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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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4 Ways To Keep In Top Shape As We Age

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

4 Ways to keep in Top Shape As We Age

We can count on getting older every day...until we stop aging and join the next dimension. While we are still here on terra firma the choices we make in four categories can make a huge difference in our vitality.

Our physical body is a machine. An advanced, incredible machine, but still at machine. It matters what we do to it and what we put into it on a regular basis. If we take care of our machine, it will take care of us as we age. Health and wellness must be a priority. Nutrition, exercise, inflammation and brain activation can all determine our quality of life.

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Topics: Healthy Eating, Healthy Aging, Nutritional Help, exercise, inflammation modulation, Brain heatlh

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

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

Get To Know Type 5 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Nov 20, 2017

ADD - Type 5

Here we are, already, at part five in the series of articles where I explain some of the details of the seven types of ADD.  Type 5 is also called Limbic ADD. This type of ADD is where depression and ADD intersect each other. The core ADD symptoms are present with the additional symptoms of negativity, moodiness, sadness, low energy, lower motivation and a decreased zest for living. Typically, we want our cognitive areas of the brain to have increased activity and our emotional  center to be less active, which will create a generally positive, more hopeful, centered state of mind. In Limbic ADD, as this emotional area of our brain (limbic area) increases in activity, we tend to develop a more negative outlook on life.
 
"Limbic ADD is often responsible for failed marriages. The low sexual interest, tiredness, feelings of being constantly overwhelmed, and lack of attention to detail often cause marital conflict. Treating Limbic ADD can literally save families and change a person’s life." [1]
 
As with all the other ADD types, a we correlate the patient's qEEG findings with their clinical history. To be accurate in our evaluation, when we see negativity, low motivation, low energy, depression, which is common in Type 5 ADD, correlating 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 5 ADD

Get To Know Type 4 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

ADD - Type 4

Welcome to part four of the series of articles where I explain some of the details of the seven types of ADD.  Type 4 is also called Temporal Lobe ADD. The temporal lobes are the part of the brain near your temple area and behind your eyes. Temporal lobes have a lot to do with emotionality, memory, learning, mood stability and visual processing of objects. So, when we run a brain map (qEEG), we look for different patterns, and Type 4 is one of those patterns that we look for. As with all the other ADD types, we correlate the qEEG findings with the patient's clinical history. Although moodiness, agressiveness and memory problems are notable with Type 4 ADD, the best way to determine the type of ADHD is by using patient history and brain mapping (QEEG) in order for the ADD/ADHD classifications to be more accurately determined.
 
Type 4, is also called Temporal Lobe  ADD. "Temporal Lobe ADD is commonly associated with learning and behavioral problems. It is often seen in people with ADD who struggle with mood instability, irritability, dyslexia, and memory problems.  Associated with domestic violence and suicidal thoughts, this type of ADD can ruin a family." [1]   When we have a temporal lobe issue, we can have somebody that's maybe morally rigid in their view of the world. They might have unpredictable moods. They might be angry. These kids kind of struggle to get to know people and have relationships, so they may interpret comments towards them as negative even when they're not. They tend to have a darker, negative view of the world. They may have had a history of head trauma, which could be a full-blown concussion even a mild head injury.

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Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 4 ADD

Get To Know Type 3 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, May 04, 2017

ADD - Type 3

Welcome to part three of the series of articles where I explain some of the details of the seven types of ADD. In a way Type 3 ADD is opposite of type 1. Imagine someone being so overfocused that they seem to not be paying attention, but rather they are hyperfocused and have issues with shifting attention. Even though the tendency to overfocus is a key attribute of Type 3 ADD, the best way to determine the type of ADHD is by using patient history and brain mapping (QEEG) and the ADD/ADHD classifications can be more accurately determined.
 
Type 3, also called Overfocused  ADD. Those with overfocused ADD tend to have excessive activity in the middle of the brain. Because they have trouble shifting attention it makes them appear as though they cannot pay attention. Those with type 3 often have hard time with change and also often have difficulties with clothing. They may also have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), more commonly seen in children and grandchildren of alcoholics and substance abusers. Tourette’s Syndrome AKA Gilles De La Tourette’s Syndrome is also associated with Type 3. A person with Tourette’s can have tics that are vocal and/or motor in nature (or both). It is estimated that 60% of those with Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) have ADD
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Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 3 ADD

Get To Know Type 2 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Apr 27, 2017

ADD - Type 2

This is the second part of the series of articles where I explain some of the details of the seven types of ADD. Type 2 ADD is quite a bit different than type 1.  Remember the best way to determine the type of ADHD is by using patient history and brain mapping (QEEG) and the ADD/ADHD classifications can be more accurately determined.
 
Type 2, also called Inattentive ADD. This type is described as daydreamers, space cadets, or couch potatoes. Their brain map reveals a high theta overall. Many of these cases never get diagnosed or treated and clinicians often tend to tire of treating many of these kids and adults. They are seen as couch potatoes. In class they often daydream and are lost in themselves. They have trouble finding interests and motivation. This type of ADD is more commonly seen in females.
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Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 2 ADD

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