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Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, stubborn thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, chronic knee & shoulder pain, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC

Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson is a chiropractic physician whose areas of expertise include chiropractic, functional medicine, functional neurology and spinal rehabilitation. He is also a medical writer and the author of “Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide to Revealing Your Body’s Life-Changing Secrets for Renewed Health.” He also authored the “Ultimate Strategy" series of e-books on the topics of fibromyalgia, balance disorders, migraine and other debilitating headaches, as well as unresolved thyroid symptoms. Since 1983, Johnson has owned and operated Chiropractic & Nutrition Wellness Center and Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition at 51735 Van Dyke Avenue in Shelby Township, Michigan
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History and Development of Neurofeedback

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Jan 16, 2018

HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEUROFEEDBACK

Neurofeedback began in the late 1950s and early '60s through the work of both Dr Joe Kamiya at the University of Chicago and Dr Barry Sterman at UCLA.  

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Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Brain heatlh, History of Neurofeedback, NASA

Get To Know Type 7 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Dec 28, 2017

ADD - Type 7

Here we are at tht end of the series of articles on the seven types of  attention deficit. Type 7 is also called Anxious ADD. The name for this type of ADD comes from the combination of ADD symptoms and anxiety symptoms. When these two come together, the ADD symptom become magnified. At Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition & Michigan Brain Health (website that details my mental fitness treatment paradigm) we look at brain maps or qEEG's. The brain maps have a color coding to indicate the degree of brainwave activity as well as the assymetry of brainwaves. Red and yellow colors indicate higher than normal brain wave activity. When we see light and dark blue we know there is lower that normal brain wave activity.  In Anxious ADD, it is common to see red and/or yellow in the alpha brainwaves (and sometime in beta) on the magnitude portion of the brain map clinician report. Typically the beta waves are predominant on the right side of the brain with anxiety as well on the assymety portion of the clinician report.
 
In Anxious ADD, it is very common to see the core ADD symptoms plus fear of being judged, predicting the worst, being conflict avoidant, and having physical stress symptoms, such as headaches and stomachaches. In addition, people with this type tend to freeze in anxiety-provoking situations, especially where they may be judged, such as in test taking. [1]  As with all the other ADD types, a we correlate the patient's qEEG findings with their clinical history and brain map (qEEG) results will assist with correct ADD/ADHD classification.

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Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 7 ADD, Anxious ADD

Chiropractic Adjustments Do Affect The Brain Study Shows

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Chiropractic Does Affect Brain Function

“We do know that spinal function does affect brain function. There’s now solid evidence that adjusting the spine changes brain function. This is the fourth time that the effect of adjusting the spine has on the brain has been studied. This last time it was studied and confirmed by an independent medical researcher.” said Heidi Haavik, one of the researchers behind this recent study, published in the Journal of Neural Plasticity [1]. This is the fourth time that the effect of adjusting the spine has on the brain has been studied.

This study indicates that adjustments impact the function of the prefrontal cortex. The significance of this finding is that the prefrontal cortex is the ‘conductor’ in the brain, controlling many functions within the body.

“The latest study suggests that the changes that we do see in the brain when we adjust the spine do occur in the prefrontal cortex. That part of the brain is like the conductor in the brain.”

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Topics: Chiroractic Adjustment, Prefrontal Cortex

Get To Know Type 6 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

ADD - Type 6

Now about Type 6 attention deficit in the series of articles where I explain some of the details of the seven types of ADD.  Type 6 is also called Ring of Fire ADD. The name for this type of ADD comes from underlying aspects of body chemistry imbalance that drives an overall increase in brain activity across the whole cortex. At Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition & Michigan Brain Health (my new upcoming name for my mental fitness treatment paradigm) we look at brain maps or qEEG's. The brain maps have a color coding to indicate the degree of brainwave activity. Red and yellow colors indicate higher than normal brain wave activity. When we see light and dark blue we know there is lower that normal brain wave activity.  In Ring of Fire ADD, we typically see an overall pattern of red and yellow in all the 4 brainwaves (delta, theta, alpha and beta). Dr. Amen postulates that, "Ring of Fire ADD may represent a variant of bipolar disorder mixed with ADD."
 
In Ring of Fire ADD, the core ADD symptoms are present along with the additional hallmark symptoms including; irritability, hyperactivity, excessive talking, overfocus issues, extreme oppositional behavior, and cyclic periods of calm behavior alternating with intense aggressive behavior. [1]  As with all the other ADD types, a we correlate the patient's qEEG findings with their clinical history and brain map (qEEG) results will assist with correct ADD/ADHD classification.

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Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 6 ADD

The Gut-Brain Connection Is Important for Mental Health and More

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sat, Dec 09, 2017

THE ROLE OF A HEALTHY GUT IN HEALTHY BRAIN FUNCTION

A large body of evidence is accumulating to support a role between healthy gut function, neural development and function of the central nervous system. The microbiota present in the gut should be considered an inner organ with functions similar in importance to any other organ present in the body. Disruptions in this “organ” may alter many things including central nervous system function, contributing to ADHD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and a host of other maladies. [2]

Interesting Facts about the Gut

The human gut is sterile at birth, but is quickly colonized. By one year of age, it looks similar to that of an adult profile, although it is still unique to that child. Total adult load is estimated at 1,800 genera, 40,000 species, 1-2kg in weight, 100 trillion in number and possesses 100 times the genes found in the human genome. It is the equilibrium of the microorgansims that is important and what you eat and the kind and amount of toxins, including antibiotics affect the gut microbiota.

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Topics: ADHD, Anxiety, Gut-Brain Connection, Second Brain

Inflammation Can Shrink Your Brain!

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Dec 07, 2017

LET’S TALK A LITTLE MORE ABOUT INFLAMMATION

Inflammation—we’ve all heard of it, and many people are beginning to understand just how damaging it can be to the whole body, especially the brain. 

Inflammation is our body’s natural defense system. When your body senses foreign invaders, a specific cascade of events is set off, in which your white blood cells and some special chemicals called cytokines mobilize to protect you.

This normal type of inflammation is a good thing. It helps your body protect and heal itself.  However, when your immune system shifts out of balance, inflammation can run rampant—causing a chronic, smoldering fire inside your body that contributes to disease and weight gain.

The causes of this type of inflammation are all around you.  The sugar you eat, high doses of the wrong oils and fats in your diet, hidden food allergens, lack of exercise, chronic stress, and hidden infections all trigger a raging, unseen inflammation deep in your cells and tissues.

And this inflammation leads to every one of the major chronic diseases of aging—heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and more.  

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Topics: Brain Inflammation, Brain heatlh

How Yoga Helps Reduce Inflammation

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sun, Nov 26, 2017

How Yoga Helps Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is a common condition that everyone faces at some point in their life. Dr. Isaac Eliaz states that inflammation is the body’s reaction to harmful influences like germs, pollution, toxins, and injuries. However, if inflammation reaches a chronic state, it becomes problematic to your health. Dr. Eliaz also pointed out that if such situation occurs, you have higher risks of getting dangerous illnesses including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Senior citizens with inflammation are more likely to have their health and standard of living impacted. While there are over the counter medicines available, there are also plenty of exercises that can help reduce and prevent inflammation.

(image: Pixabay)

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Topics: Yoga, Stress Hormones, Anti-Inflammatory Exercise

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