The role and influence that diet plays, in relation to spectrum disorders such as ADD and ADHD, has been extensively studied over the last thirty-five years or more. The current consensus is that while a direct causality does not exist concerning specific foods and ingredients, there is sufficient data that suggests that some ingredients and foods enhance the symptoms of spectrum disorders and thus it is recommended that it patients with ADD and ADHD avoid these foods. However, it is important to consider that not all patients will react with the same sensitivity to these ingredients or foods, therefore, it is imperative to consult with a treatment provider before removing these foods from the diet of those who suffer from ADHD.Read More
From the Desk of Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC.....
I am often asked if anything can be done for knee problems that persist after a full or partial knee replacement.
A recent study looked at the percentage of patients with chronic knee pain after knee replacement at a minimum of one year following surgery in 272 patients. A questionnaire was sent to them at between 12 and 16 months following their surgery. Of the 272 patients who responded, 107 patients (nearly 40%) reported that they still had persistent pain at one-plus year following surgery. The median average pain rating (using the 0-10 numeric pain scale) was 3 out of 10, with pain reported as high as 5 out of 10. While you might think 5 out of 10, which is moderate pain, would be an improvement in knee pain after knee replacement, it isn’t that much different from the pain level most patients would describe prior to undergoing the knee replacement. This amount of pain can keep you from being able to do certain things like roller skate with the kids, or going on trips that require a lot of walking or climbing stairs, for example. Persistent pain is also commonly described as aching, tender, and tiring, which certainly would give someone pause when considering to participate is a variety of activies.
The relationship between ADHD and nutrition has been extensively studied for several decades with most results indicating an association between the role of diet and the symptoms of ADHD but offer no clear link concerning causality towards ADHD. In other words, while nutrition can have an effect on the symptoms of ADHD, nutrition is not a direct cause, nor does it offer a cure for ADHD. Therefore, understanding the role of ADHD and nutrition can potentially help an individual reduce the impacts of ADHD symptoms but any alterations to the normal diet should be associated with additional treatment options.Read More
Sleep is a huge part of health. Quality sleep is a must for optimal health. Insomnia is lack of sleep. To have insomnia is to feel that you are walking around in a daze, not fully awake at times. The CDC reported that one third of our population gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night. The US Department of Transportation found drowsiness/nodding off causes over 1500 deaths and 40,000 injuries per year.
Many people take medication in an attempt to get quality rest. Many are not aware that insomnia is often a symptom of a larger problem that involves the over-firing of the brain or imbalances in body chemistry. In our office, we use brain maps to determine if a person’s brain is over-firing and neurofeedback to rehab the brain. If the underlying cause of imbalanced brain waves is not properly dealt with these people often also end up dealing with symptoms like anxiety, chronic pain, tinnitus, poor memory and focus/attention difficulties.Read More
Do You Have A Leaky Brain? Perform This Simple Test To Find Out.
You’ve heard of leaky gut, but have you heard of a leaky brain? If you have symptoms of leaky gut or intestinal permeability, you most likely also have a leaky brain, or “blood-brain barrier permeability.” How do you know? You can perform a simple test with store-bought supplements to find out.
The blood-brain barrier is a thin barrier that lines the brain. Its role is to keep out viruses, bacteria, chemicals, heavy metals, and other pathogens, but to allow nano-sized particles in and out as necessary.
Unfortunately, the blood-brain barrier can become leaky just as the gut can. A leaky brain allows harmful pathogens to enter, where they trigger inflammation. This chronic inflammation damages and destroys brain tissue, accelerating brain degeneration.
Are you spaced out all the time? 5 reasons for brain fog:
Do you feel spaced out all the time? Like you’re moving in slow motion through a fog and can’t snap out of it?
Though it’s not considered a disorder worth a doctor’s visit, brain fog is nevertheless distressing, disorienting, and difficult to cope with.
It’s also a red flag your brain is aging too quickly and that you should take action right away.
When your neurons, or brain cells, don’t communicate well with another, this causes brain fog. This poor communication causes overall brain function to slow down and diminish, giving you symptoms of brain fog. The trick is to find out why those neurons aren’t communicating well with one another.Read More
Often, the first ADD treatment options suggested are those involving medicines and pharmaceuticals. However, these are associated with a range of side effects that can negatively impact a person's quality of life. In addition, it frequently requires multiple alterations to the specific medicines and dosages in order to discover the most effective of this option. However, there are other ADD treatment options that do not have the same associated situations or concerns but offer the same or higher level of effectiveness than medicinal options alone. Of course, this does not mean that the pharmaceutical option should be ruled out, only that other ADD treatment options are available that should be considered prior to engaging with the solely medicated option.Read More