BRAIN BASED THERAPY MISSOURI
It's not news that Fibromyalgia is actually a form of Adrenal Fatigue. In fact, until a meeting held by an AMA committee in Tampa, Florida in the 1970's, 'Adrenal Fatigue' was the actual name of the diagnosis given to the group of symptoms that we today call "Fibromyalgia". But let's face it; it is far easier for the medical community to name health problems according to their symptoms (Fibro = Fibrous or Knotted; Myo = Muscle; and Algia = Pain) than it is to name them according to the cause (ADRENAL FATIGUE).
Think about the brilliance of what was done by changing the name of Adrenal Fatigue to Fibromyalgia. If your doctor tells you that you have Adrenal Insufficiency or Adrenal Fatigue, your first question will be, "So doctor, how did my adrenals become insufficient / fatigued?" The second question will be, "So doctor, what can be done to 'unfatigue' my adrenals and make them sufficient again?" It's far easier to tell patients that they have a bad case of painful, knotted, muscles (Fibromyalgia); and that nobody really understands why some people get it and some people don't ---- and no one knows how to actually fix it.
As crazy as it sounds, the "why" part of this question is the easiest part of the whole equation. STRESS! Due to various kinds of stress (physical, mental, emotional, chemical, dietary, etc), the adrenal glands (they sit just above your kidneys and make several hormones, including adrenaline, nor-epinephrine, and cortisol) become overtaxed and fatigued (insufficient), and stop functioning properly. Should be easy enough to remedy, right? There's a pill for everything else isn't there? Just give these people a pill to get their Adrenal Glands going again, and everything will be peachy! If only it were so easy.
For years, the question I asked myself was why some of my Fibromyalgia patients got better, and others did not? Why weren't all (or at least the vast majority) of my Fibromyalgia patients getting dramatically better by following a few simple recommendations --- cleaning up their diet, decreasing at least some of the stressors mentioned in the paragraph above, taking a HIGH QUALITY OMEGA- 3 FISH OIL, supplementing with a good adrenal support formula such as Standard Process's “DRENAMIN”, and getting adjusted on a regular basis?
Until I started studying the work of Drs. Datis Kharrazian and Fred Carrick, I truly had no idea ---- no idea that Fibromyalgia, along with numerous other Chronic Conditions, are frequently Brain-Based Metabolic Problems that cause the various body systems (neurological, cardiovascular, digestive, etc) to malfunction in ways that don't show up with standard medical testing. And unfortunately, most therapeutic interventions for Chronic Conditions do not focus enough (or at all) on the brain. Like Gray's Anatomy says, the brain controls every function of the body. Ignore it to your own detriment! When the brain is malfunctioning, it causes other areas of the body to malfunction as well. The problem begins to feed itself and become a self-perpetuating, vicious cycle.
Follow along as I lead you on a journey through the brain. Learn why Fibromyalgia and numerous other Chronic Conditions frequently have their roots in brain dysfunction. But be warned: Fibromyalgia is not a pathology / disease process that is going to show up on an MRI or Brain Scan ---- it's a "Functional" Neurological / Endocrine / Metabolic problem (HERE). See how a misfiring brain can cause Fibromyalgia as well as all sorts of other Chronic Conditions. Stay with me for a few minutes and learn how Brain-Based Therapy might be the very thing that could reboot your brain, bring it back to life, and make it fire properly again. And help you get better in the process.
CHRONIC ILLNESSES WITH THE POTENTIAL TO BE BRAIN-BASED
- Balance Disorders
- Dizziness / Vertigo
- Numbness / Tingling
- Bulging / Herniated / Ruptured Discs
- Insomnia / Sleeping Disorders
- Tachycardia (Increased Heart Rate)
- Bradycardia (Decreased Heart Rate)
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)
- Sensory Integration Disorders (ADD / ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Tourette’s Syndrome)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome)
- Low Back Pain
- Sciatica / Leg Pain
- Spinal Stenosis
- Chronic Neck Pain
- Post-Stroke Symptoms
- Tinnitus / Ringing in Ears
- Knee Pain
- Tremor Disorders (Parkinson's, Huntington's Chorea, etc)
- Early Alzheimer's
- Arm and Shoulder Pain
BRAIN BASED THERAPY
A TWO-PRONGED SOLUTION
FOR CHRONIC CONDITIONS
PRONG I: Neurology
How Does the Brain Work?
The most well-known of all medical textbooks, Gray's Anatomy, tells us something that we learned back in fourth grade health class --- that every single function of the human body is controlled by the brain.
"The Nervous System is the most complicated and highly organized of the various systems which make up the human body. It is the mechanism concerned with the correlation and integration of various bodily processes and the reactions and adjustments of the organism to its environment." Henry Gray from the 1918 edition of Gray's Anatomy
When functioning normally, the cerebellum, or "lower brain," which sits in the back bottom part of the skull, fires off messages to the opposite side Cerebral Cortex. This in turn, stimulates the brainstem (Mesencephalon, Pons, and Medulla). This feedback system is called, appropriately enough, “The Brain Loop”.
The Brain Loop
The brain's ability to function is enhanced by increasing the frequency of firing to specific nerve cells called neurons. In many ways, these neurons are similar to other body tissues, including muscles. The more they are stimulated the healthier and stronger they become. To a point. But just like muscles, neurons can be abused, injured, or over-stimulated as well. This leads to all sorts of problems, including a form of Neural Deterioration called Trans Nerural Degeneration (more to come shortly).
When everything works in synch, your brain and the various cells, organs, glands, and tissues of your body, are connected by optimally functioning nerve pathways. The brain acts as the conductor or “Maestro” and directs the music, while The Body acts the part of the orchestra and plays the music. A properly functioning nerve system is like one of Mozart's masterpieces. The Maestro feeding off of and directing the orchestra, and the individual musicians interacting with each other to weave their various and diverse parts into a beautiful symphony.
But when certain nerve pathways become over or under stimulated, a brain imbalance begins to take shape. And like many other feedback loop deficiencies, it can quickly become self-perpetuating. When the Brain Loop's feedback mechanisms fail, the orchestra (the body) can no longer follow the conductor (the brain). The conductor fails to grasp that the orchestra is quickly turning the masterpiece into a muddle. Mistakes become the norm. The once beautiful music sounds increasingly tortured, distorted, and incoherent.
As you can imagine, when this kind of failure occurs in the brain, all sorts of neurologically-based health problems begin to arise and perpetuate themselves. The body itself becomes increasingly tortured, distorted, and incoherent. Chronic Pain and dysfunction become the norm. And why has your doctor not been able to help you? Largely because while doctors understand gross pathology, they do not understand the intricacies of the Brain Loop.
NORMAL BRAIN LOOP
THE BATTLE FOR YOUR BRAIN
Brain-Based Therapy attempts to slow down cellular death. Unfortunately, cellular death and neurological degeneration are a natural part of life. However, Chronic Conditions of ill health hyper-accelerate both of these processes, leading to the problems we listed above. Brain Based Therapy slows down this inevitable degeneration and helps restore brain function. With improved brain function comes improved health, decreased pain, and an increased quality of life.
Our average “Chronic Conditions” patient has tried numerous other doctors and treatments. They have reached a place where they no longer have normal Parasympathetic Nerve Dominance. In simple English, this means that they have lost the body's desired state of neurological balance.
Instead, these people tend to live out their lives in a state of Sympathetic Nerve Dominance. Sympathetic Dominance is the body's “Fight or Flight” mechanism run amok. Sympathetic Dominance can cause elevated heart rate and blood pressure, anxiety, dry mouth, digestive disorders, allergies, an inability to calm down or sleep (even though they feel exhausted). Even though these people may feel tired and sluggish all of the time, their bodies have become hyperactive, hypersensitive, and hyper-reactive to their environment. On top of all this, the Adrenal Glands are turned to the "on" position and continue dumping adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones into the bloodstream. As you might have guessed, this leads to numerous health problems including Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue. If you understand the picture below, you will grasp this concept.
YOUR TWO NERVOUS SYSTEMS
SYMPATHETIC -vs- PARASYMPATHETIC
WHEN THE SYMPATHETIC SYSTEM WINS
Besides the stressors listed above, physical trauma can cause brain injury that leads to Sympathetic Dominance. This can come in the form of sports injuries (including over-training), CAR ACCIDENTS, horse accidents, falls, head traumas (with or without loss of consciousness), physical abuse, difficult repetitive jobs, as well as numerous others.
The effects of these various “stressors” accumulate over time until they finally reach “critical mass”. Critical Mass is the 'tipping point' --- the point where the body's tolerance to resist this bombardment of chemical, mechanical, emotional, and dietary stress is diminished so greatly, that symptoms start manifesting themselves visibly and tangibly. In the words of the famous medical whiplash researchers Drs. Gargan and Bannister, people find themselves increasingly living with an array of, "diverse and seemingly unrelated problems".
When the brain is imbalanced, its normal firing sequence is interrupted. This presents big problems. In order for the body to be able to heal itself, it needs to be 'reset' or 'restarted' --- kind of like "rebooting" a locked up computer. This is where Brain Based Therapy comes in.
HOW DOES BRAIN BASED THERAPY WORK?
Neurons (nerve / brain cells) require two things to function properly and remain healthy: Fuel and Activation
- The Proper Amount of Neurological Stimulation (Activation)
- The Proper Amount of Oxygen (Fuel)
- The Proper Amount of Blood Sugar / Glucose (Fuel)
This is accomplished through metabolic testing, physical examination, and careful patient interviews / questionnaires. Blood panels may be used to evaluate the function of the Immune System, Thyroid, Adrenals, Pancreas, Liver, Kidney; as well as blood sugar levels. Some of these are standard tests. Some are a bit different than anything you may have heard of before (More to come later).
FUNCTIONS OF THE BRAIN
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT ALL BREAKS DOWN
Nerve impulses from receptors throughout the body (touch, balance, pressure, pain, PROPRIOCEPTION, control of postural muscles, etc) move firstly through the spinal nerves and then through the spinal cord where they are delivered to the so-called "lower" part of the brain in the back of your skull. This area is called “The Cerebellum”.
In the recent past, it was believed that the function of the Cerebellum was equilibrium and the coordination of movement. However, science has recently revealed that the Cerebellum does more than that --- far more. The Cerebellum actually controls all neural impulses.
After nerve impulses arrive at the cerebellum, they are transmitted to the Frontal Lobe of the Brain Cortex. So, you ask, if the “lower” part of the brain (The Cerebellum) to some degree, controls all neural impulses, then what is the “higher” part of the brain even (The Cerebral Cortex) needed for? Great question!
At this point, the function of the Cerebral Cortex is to act as a “signal booster” (like a cell phone tower) and provide an increase in the frequency of firing. Also, without normal stimulation from the lower brain (The Cerebellum), the higher brain (The Cerebral Cortex) looses its ability to actively control the body's so-called “primal functions”. In plain English, this means that your body begins to loose its ability to regulate many body functions – most particularly the balance centers, postural muscles, and termination of eye movements.
If one side of the cerebellum is not receiving enough nerve input, it cannot send sufficient numbers of nerve impulses to the frontal lobe of the Cortex, which in turn, can’t send enough input to the lower brainstem to put the brakes on the mesencephalon and keep it from over-firing. We will cover the over-firing mesencephalon shortly.
As stated a moment ago, a key portion of the Cerebellar aspect of the “Brain Loop” has to do with postural muscles --- the muscles on either side of your spine / neck. A misfiring cerebellum will cause one side of the postural muscles to be in constant spasm, which will cause constant imbalances in the vertebrates as well (this is why some individuals have significant motion imbalances even after undergoing our SCAR TISSUE REMODELING). Individual vertebrae will 'lock up' and become restricted in their normal movement (chiropractors call this “subluxation”), and as you can imagine, this leads to all sorts of chronic musculoskeletal problems. These include CHRONIC BACK AND NECK PAIN, MIGRAINE HEADACHES, DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS, DISC HERNIATION, SCIATICA, joint pain, and others including dizziness and vertigo.
When the Cortex receives insufficient input from the Cerebellum it becomes incapable of properly controlling the brainstem's various functions. Because of this, a process called Trans Neural Degeneration sets in. Trans Neural Degeneration never gets better by itself . The longer you have Trans Neural Degeneration, the faster your brain dies.
DIMINISHED CEREBELLAR DYSFUNCTION MAY LEAD TO
The Brainstem is where your brain actually becomes the spinal cord, and is made up of the mescencephalon (the upper portion), the pons, and the medulla (the lower portion). It regulates numerous functions of the body, many of which fall under a large category referred to as “autonomic function” (they occur without any sort of conscious thought process, breathing, heart rate, digestion, etc, etc, etc). The brainstem also contains highly specialized groups of cells called the Cranial Nerves which are responsible for the special senses. These 12 pairs of nerves control vision, eye movement, hearing, balance, taste, facial movement and sensation, and even organ function. And not only does it contain the highly important Cranial Nerves, the brainstem happens to be the part of the brain where many critical neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine are produced (can anyone say "Depression"?).
AN OVERFIRING MESENCEPHALON
However, once stress interrupts the “Brain Loop”, the mesencephalon is left to fire unchecked. Remember our earlier discussion on the problems associated with Sympathetic Dominance? The brain gets locked in a sympathetic (fight or flight) response, creates imbalances in Cranial Nerve function, and ends up with a mesencephalon that is stuck on hyper-drive. Because the mesencephalon has several very specific functions, an overactive mesencephalon will usually manifest with very specific symptoms. These symptoms are fatigue, light sensitivity (Photophobia), Gut complaints (digestive / bowel / IBS), insomnia, Chronic Pain, attention problems, mental fog, heart palpitations and arrhythmias, etc. It also happens to cause the symptoms that doctors today call Fibromyalgia.
As you are beginning to notice, Brainstem malfunctions cause many of the Chronic Conditions that continue to befuddle the Medical Community. Brain-Based Problems create suffering patients who frequently struggle mightily even though they are having lots of doctor visits and taking lots of medications. Everyone knows lots of these folks.
THE OVER-FIRING BRAINSTEM
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“The longer the individual has had Fibromyalgia, the greater the gray matter loss, with each year of fibromyalgia being equivalent to 9.5 times the loss in normal aging”. McGill University Centre for Research
Think about this for a moment. Every single year you or someone you love lives with Fibromyalgia (or other Chronic Pain Syndromes), is the equivalent of nearly 10 times the brain loss seen in one year of the normal aging process. Re-read this paragraph until it sinks in! You will never again wonder why people in Chronic Pain age so rapidly.
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THE BRAIN LOOP
NORMAL -vs- ABNORMAL
If you have read this far, you are an amateur neurologist and probably know more about the subject than your family doctor. The question now becomes, what can be done about it? I realize that you have already tried just about everything that you thought you could try. It's time for a very different approach. How about increasing the neruroplasticity in the brain and the nervous system!
Brain-Based Therapy concentrates on locating the deficient nerve pathways which are creating the neurological imbalance. The neurological examination is designed to locate imbalances in the cerebellum, brain stem, and cortex. A brain-specific treatment protocol is then created with the goal of strengthening or rebuilding these injured or deficient nerve pathways.
This is done the same way a person learns to ride a bike, or play piano, or speak the Chinese language, or become a better free throw shooter --- by repetition. Only instead of shooting thousands of free throws, frequency of firing is increased by providing Fuel and Activation (we spoke of these things earlier). This comes in the form of Fuel and Activation. These include:
- Pathway-Specific Neurological Activation & Exercises
- Nutritional Therapy and Proper Blood Sugar Levels
- Oxygen Therapy.
THE SECOND PRONG OF BRAIN BASED THERAPY
Functrional Neurologists Datis Kharazzian and Fred Carrick have shown that numerous Chronic Conditions can be dramatically improved if the treating physician will simply reset the body's neurology, and balance the body's metabolism. This means that there might be nutritional supplements involved in the process. It also means that depending on how inflamed the brain is, what foods you are sensitive (or allergic) to, and just how well (or poorly) you eat; you may have to modify your diet. We will delve into this subject in more detail shortly.
BRAIN BASED THERAPY
Figuring out exactly what is wrong.
Correcting those problems in the proper order.
BRAIN BASED THERAPY PART I
DIAGNOSING UNDERLYING PROBLEMS
QUESTIONNAIRES & INTERVIEW: A good history will give us many clues to what your underlying problems are, and whether or not I believe I can help you. Some of these intake forms are found HERE and must be filled out in their entirety prior to your first visit.
HIGH FREQUENCY X-RAY: If you need any films taken, we have onsite capability. You are always encouraged to bring current x-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests (MRI's, CT scans, etc). Please be sure to bring the reports.
NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION: This is not merely a simple tap of the reflex hammer. Your Cranial Nerves will be thoroughly evaluated, as will your brain function. Be aware that some of the methods we use might seem a bit strange, but this is how I get the information needed to figure out if your brain is firing improperly and where.
PHYSICAL / ORTHOPEDIC EXAMINATION: Although this is fairly standard at most chiropractic offices, I am very particular about checking ranges of motion. This is because many ROM problems and joint restrictions do not require Brain-Based Therapy, but can be cleared up quite nicely using adjustments and our Tissue Remodeling Treatments.
LAB WORK / METABOLIC TESTING: This might be in the form of blood work, or it might involve other tests you are not familiar with. For some of the Chronic Conditions we deal with in the Brain-Based Program (particularly Fibromyalgia), labs are vital. In fact, labs are such a vital part of this program that for many of the Chronic Conditions, they are actually a bigger part of getting you better than is the Neurological part of the program.
Figuring out the underlying cause is not always easy --- especially in long-standing problems. What this really means is that we must look at the whole body to see what is going on. Beyond a complete neurological evaluation, you may need to undergo Metabolic Testing. Some of the things that have to be looked at if a person wants to beat a difficult or long-standing health problem (Fibromyalgia Included) include....
- FOOD SENSITIVITIES / ALLERGIES:
- BLOOD CHEMISTRY READINGS:
- AUTOIMMUNITY (common):
- IF AUTOIMMUNITY, WHICH SPECIFIC PART OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY; TH-1 or TH-2:
- GUT INTEGRITY (this covers a lot of ground, but includes things like Food or Chemical Sensitivities, Intestinal Hyperpermeability / Leaky Gut Syndrome, Brain Inflammation / Leaky Brain syndrome, Dysbiosis, etc)
- ADRENAL INSUFFICIENCY:
- HORMONE LEVELS (there are lots of different hormones in your body):
- WHOLE BODY / BRAIN INFLAMMATION LEVELS:
- CELIAC / GLUTEN SENSITIVITY:
I: Sensitivity Testing:
Sensitivity testing is done to see if you are allergic or sensitive to certain chemicals, foods or food groups. Although there are all sorts of potential sensitivities, the most common are:
- WHEAT (Gluten / Gliadin --- wheat, rye, barley)
- Corn, Oats, and other Grains
And if you are sensitive, exactly how severe is the sensitivity. This is critical information because Food Sensitivities cause Inflammation in your brain, your gut, your nervous system, and throughout your body. In fact, every time you eat a food that you are sensitive to; you kill off a little bit more of your brain! Some of the most common symptoms of food sensitivities include:
- Chronic pain or fatigue
- Frequent indigestion
- Bloated after eating
- Frequent loose bowel movements
- Mouth ulcers or sores
- Frequent vomiting
II. Complete Blood Panels
By using specific blood tests such as:
- A Comprehensive Executive Metabolic Panel: includes 24 important disease markers such as Glucose, A1c (blood sugar), SGOT, SGPT, GGT, Bilirubin (Liver), BUN, Creatinine, Uric Acid (Kidney), Alkaline Phosphatase (Bone)
- A Cardiovascular Panel: includes Cholesterol, Triglycerides, LDL, HDL, VLDL, Cholesterol/HDL Ratio, LDL/HDL Ration, Fibrinogen, C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
- Iron/Anemia Panel: includes TIBC, UIBC, Serum Iron, Iron Saturation, Serum Ferritin
- Inflammatory Markers: C-Reactive Protein, Homocysteine
- A CBC (complete blood chemistry with auto differential): includes Red Blood Cell counts, White Blood Cell counts, Platelet counts.
The Five Priorities when assessing the blood work are:
- Blood Sugar / Adrenal Stress Index
- Gut / Liver
- Fatty Acid Metabolism
CRITICAL POINT: I am aware of the fact that you have had blood testing done before. In fact, you may have done lots of blood work and been told repeatedly that everything was normal. Here we are looking at "Functional Values". Your test results must be compared to FUNCTIONAL values and not the PATHOLOGICAL values of the labs. This is because standard lab testing is designed to catch disease, but not the departure from health. Their "normal" ranges are so liberal (large) that they tend to allow too many health problems to slip through. How else do you explain the fact that you can be so sick, yet have such "good" blood work? HERE is a Blog Post on the topic.
III: THYROID PANEL:
If you have Chronic Conditions, you need to have your thyroid fully evaluated. Chronic Conditions are frequently rooted in the Endocrine System, Immune System, and Gut Function (see ENDOGUT). Traditional thyroid testing begins and ends with testing your TSH levels. However, thyroid function can be affected by a variety of things, and simply testing for TSH levels is ignoring the other variables. Testing for TSH is not enough.
What other tests of the thyroid are necessary?
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (THS): this is the hormone “message” sent from a gland in the brain (the pituitary) to the thyroid.
- Free T3: an important hormone produced by the thyroid gland, considered to be the more biologically active hormone.
- Free T4: another important hormone produced by the thyroid gland.
- Thyroid Binding Globulin (TBG): This test measures the amount of proteins in the blood that transport thyroid hormones to the cells. Elevated testosterone can lower TBG levels and elevated estrogen can raise TBG levels. Both can produce hypothyroid symptoms.
- Thyroid Antibodies (TGB & TPO): checked in suspected cases of autoimmune thyroid disorders (see below)
- Total T4: this is a reflection of how much total T4 hormone there is in the blood.
- Total T3: this is a reflection of how much total T3 hormone there is in the blood.
- Free Thyroxine Index (FTI): this is an estimate of how much thyroxine is in the blood.
- Resin T3 Uptake (T3U): this test measures the unsaturated binding sites on the thyroid protein.
WHEN THE THYROID IS NOT EVALUATED THOROUGHLY, AN INCOMPLETE PICTURE AS TO THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM ARISES. THIS CAN LEAD TO POOR MANAGEMENT OR MISMANAGEMENT OF CARE. A THYROID THAT IS OUT OF CONTROL, RUNNING TOO FAST OR TOO SLOW WILL COMPLICATE CHRONIC CONDITIONS.
IV: Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) :
You can test the adrenal glands with a test called an Adrenal Stress Index. This is a salivary test much like DNA testing. The adrenal glands sit right above the kidneys and are your “stress” organs (i.e., they react to stress). If the patient has been, or is currently under stress, dealing with Chronic Pain, suffering from Insomnia, struggling with Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, or Chronic Fatigue; this test is critical. This is the test that measures Adrenal Hormones including the stress hormone Cortisol. Because Adrenal Fatigue is thought to be synonymous with Fibromyalgia, it is critical to test the Adrenal Glands!
V. Immune Panels:
Because autoimmunity is so common in America, it is included in the Brain-Based Protocol as well. In autoimmunity, your immune system actually begins attacking your brain and nervous system, as well as other tissues, glands, and organs in the body. This is why the immune panels are so important. A short list of the more common autoimmune problems includes:
- Addison's Disease
- Atopic Allergies
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Chrohn's Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Cushing Syndrome
- Type I Diabetes
- Grave's Disease
- Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Disease
- Myesthenia Gravis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Pernicious Anemia
- Restless Leg Syndrome (believe it or not)
- Reiter's Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ulcerative Colitis
Believe me, this is a "short" list. Trying to heal the immune system without diagnostic testing is next to impossible. This is because there are several very different parts to the immune system, TH-1, and TH-2:
- TH-1: T-Cells T-cells are the army that attacks and cleans up after the battle (Helper T-cells, Suppressor T-cells, NKC, Regulatory T-cells, and Macrophages).
- TH-2: B-Cells B-cells make anti-bodies. They tell T-cells what to kill.
- TH-3: This is control center for both TH-1 & TH-2.
- TH-17: This part of the immune system is stimulated by Immune System Imbalance. A predominance of either the TH1 or TH2 side causes stimulation of TH17. If this is seen, rest assured that cell / tissue death is taking place. For more on the difference between these parts of the immune system, SEE HERE.
We have to determine whether or not the problem is due to an antigen that is active in your body right now (parasites, bacteria, virus, mold, yeast, fungi, protozoan, food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, heavy metals, etc). Or if the immune system problem is due to dysregulation (the immune system is off track and not working properly). These two Immune System problems are dealt with very differently. For the record; 1 in 5 Americans is autoimmune; with Hashimoto's (hypothyroidism) arguably being the most common (nearly 10% of the population).
IMMUNE PROBLEMS EQUATE TO INFLAMMATION. INFLAMMATION IS TOXIC TO BRAIN CELLS. YOU CANNOT FUNCTIONALLY ADDRESS CHRONIC CONDITIONS WITH AN IMMUNE SYSTEM IMBALANCE! IF YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ONE AUTOIMMUNE PROBLEM THE LIKELIHOOD OF YOU HAVING ANOTHER (OR GETTING ANOTHER) DRAMATICALLY INCREASES. TESTING IS THE ONLY WAY TO RULE OUT AUTOIMMUNITY.
V. Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome), Dysbiosis, and Overall Digestive Function:
These tests are used to determine if the patient suffers from Leaky Gut Syndrome as well as other problems in the digestive tract or "gut". Leaky Gut Syndrome describes a condition of altered or damaged bowel lining. This is almost always caused by antibiotic use / overuse, accumulated toxins, poor diet, parasites, infections, etc. LEAKY GUT SYNDROME is characterized by an increased permeability of the gut wall to toxins, microbes, undigested food, waste products, etc. This typically occurs because inflammation has caused the "tight" junctions that regulate the size of particles absorbed into the gut, to become bigger than they should be. Large particles begin to come through the junctions, and the body identifies these "too large" particles as foreign. The immune system then begins to make anti-bodies against them, and you end up with a real mess ---- constantly reacting to foods or substances that are as benign as a banana.
Why is the gut so important? Because it is where your Nervous System, Endocrine System (pancreas, adrenals, thyroid, sex glands, etc), and Immune System all converge. Think I am blowing hot air? Read the short article in our country's oldest and most prestigious Scientific Journal, Scientific American; "Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being".
Of course your digestive tract is where food is digested and absorbed --- you already knew that. But this is just one aspect of gut function. An amazing Scientific Paper was published in the American Journal of Physiology in 1999. Three Australian doctors from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Melbourne, published a Research Paper called, "The Intestine as a Sensory Organ: Neural, Endocrine, and Immune Responses". In the Abstract (I suggest you read it --- the first paragraph of the paper), the authors tell us something that the Scientific Community has known for decades. That, "the gut immune system has 70– 80% of the body's immune cells". Did you catch that? Your gut is where the brunt of your immune system is housed. Poor digestive health means poor immune system function. Poor immune system function means a Pandora's Box of potential health problems including Autoimmunity, Fibromyalgia, Thyroid Problems, and a whole host of others.
These "others" often travel like wolves ---- in packs. It is not uncommon for our testing to verify things like
- DYSBIOSIS: These include intestinal over-growths of yeast (Candida), mold, fungus, and "bad" bacteria --- poor gut flora.
- HYPOCHLORHYDRIA: This is decreased stomach acid. Although most people are told that the reason they have indigestion, heartburn, gas, etc, is because they have too much stomach acid, the truth is probably 180 degrees reversed ---- they do not have enough stomach acid.
- H. PYLORI INFECTION: This is what causes Stomach Ulcers and was probably caused by antibiotics --- even though that is what you doctor will prescribe in an attempt to clear it up.
- VARIOUS PARASITIC INFECTIONS: Yeah, just because you live in America does not mean you do not have parasites.
The various dysfunctions of the digestive system work together (like a pack of wolves) to produce lots of different problems in the gut, as well as the rest of the body --- problems that attack you from 360 degrees. When the "gut" and digestive tract are not working properly, how in the world is the rest of the body going to function properly? It cannot! No way! Poor gut health is where numerous other health problems begin! For more information on this section, see ENDOGUT.
VI. HORMONE PANELS:
We can check hormone panels to determine if the patient suffers from low testosterone in males or low progesterone / high estrogen levels in females (Estrogen Dominance). Symptoms related to decreased or imbalanced hormone levels may include:
- Mental Fogginess
- Mood Swings
- Hot Flashes
- Food / Sugar Addictions
- Weight Gain
- Decreased Physical Stamina.
- Decreased Sex Drive
Inflammation is at the root of lots of different health problems and Chronic Conditions! Inflammation must be assessed by looking at Homocysteine levels as well as C-Reactive Protein (CRP). Chronic Systemic Inflammation destroys brain cells --- period! To learn more about Inflammation, please CLICK HERE.
Chronic Conditions have stolen the joy of living for many people. Maybe you are one of those people? Ask yourself the following questions:
- How has your condition affected your relationships, finances, family, or other activities?
- What has it cost you in time, money, happiness, sleep?
- Where do you picture yourself in the next one to five years if this problem is not taken care of?
- What is it worth to you if we could improve your condition?
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BRAIN BASED THERAPY PART II
MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS WITH BRAIN-BASED PROBLEMS
I.I.R.E.C-B.C.T. (TISSUE REMODELING): Since just after Y2K, I have been involved with Tissue Remodeling. This is not deep tissue work or typical Myofascial Release. Visit the only site on the internet solely devoted to diagnosing and repairing Microscopic Scarring of the Elastic, Collagen-Based Connective Tissues (LIGAMENTS, TENDONS, MUSCLES, and FASCIA).
UNILATERAL CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS: One of the most amazing things that I have learned is how certain adjustments given to only one side of the body, can stimulate or "slow down" (depending on your condition) the opposite side brain.
DECOMPRESSION THERAPY: Decompression Therapy is exactly what it sounds like -- decompressing the spine. Decompression is an advanced sort of traction that takes pressure off of the discs. There has been a great deal of research on decompression helping prevent spinal surgeries. Please visit our website on Spinal Decompression Therapy (HERE).
WHOLE BODY VIBRATION: Whole Body Vibration has been shown to not only stimulate specific nerve pathways as well as specific areas of the brain (the cerebellum), it has also been proven to increase muscular strength, coordination, balance, and bone density. Please visit our "WHOLE BODY VIBRATION" page.
GLUTATHIONE THERAPY: Glutathione, a substance made by your body in small amounts, has been called, "The mother of all antioxidants". Read more on our "GLUTATHIONE THERAPY" page.
COLD LASER THERAPY: Cold Laser is the single most promising therapy since I.I.R.E.C-B.C.T. began growing in popularity 15 years ago. Because the Cold Laser has helped me personally and has shown some amazing results for my patients, I created a small website devoted solely to Cold Laser Therapy. COLD LASER CURE
MICRO-CURRENT STIMULATION: I use a MENS-O-MATIC in my clinic. Back when I did lots of acupuncture, this is how I did it -- without needles. This is a versatile tool with many different uses. It is a potent tool for treating Chronic Pain.
BRAIN-BASED EXERCISES: Some of these exercises may seem rather odd to you. Than is OK. Do them anyway. Our goal with these exercises is not to strengthen weak muscles. It is to strengthen weak nerve pathways and where needed, build new nerve pathways. These exercises may involve sound, sight, touch, smell, etc.
NUTRITIONAL THERAPY / SPECIFIC DIET: The brain requires the proper fuel to function properly and repair itself. The first part of the brain-fuel equation is proper nutrition. Because we are dealing with neurotransmitters, you may require very specific supplements. You may also have to make changes to your diet as well.
OXYGEN THERAPY: The brain must have not only the proper nutrition, but it must have the second part of the brain-fuel equation as well ----- oxygen. Part of your therapy might involve using 90% oxygen (pure oxygen is harmful) while doing brain-based exercises or decompression. Read more on our "OXYGEN THERAPY" page.
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