Fri, 22 September 2017
When something stressful happens, our body goes into “fight or flight” mode, pumping out stress hormones, raising blood pressure and pulse, and shunting blood away from the organs and towards the limbs. When the stress is over, a healthy body bounces back and returns to normal.
Unfortunately, many people are stuck in fight-or-flight mode. This is especially true in people dealing with a chronic health or brain disorder, as their health itself is a chronic stressor in a self-perpetuating vicious cycle.
The autonomic nervous system, which runs such bodily functions as digestion, heart beat, breathing, etc., consists of two arms:
When you're in a life-or-death situation, you don't need to digest, detoxify, reproduce, or regenerate cells — duties for the parasympathetic rest-and-digest system. The priority is simply to keep you alive. Once you’re safe, the parasympathetic system kicks back in.
The problem is modern life has many of us on hyper drive, in what feels like an ongoing attack. This keeps us in sympathetic mode longer than we should be.
Causes of chronic fight-or-flight mode
It’s not just daily stress that can keep a person stuck in sympathetic mode. It could be stress from the past that has been hardwired into your brain, a concept referred to as negative plasticity. The neuron pathways in your brain have become highly efficient at stress so it takes less and less to trigger a stress response.
The most common example of this is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. It can also come from long periods of overwork and sleep deprivation that have essentially trained your brain to be agitated all the time, even though your health is being sacrificed.
Signs of chronic sympathetic stress
Signs you are stuck in sympathetic mode include problems with sleep, anxiety, blood sugar issues (even with a blood-sugar-balancing diet), sexual dysfunction, brain fog, memory issues, fatigue, difficulty recovering from exercise or stressful events, getting sick easily, and chronic pain.
Chronic sympathetic stress not only creates negative plasticity, it also damages the gut lining, leading to intestinal permeability, or leaky gut. This allows undigested foods, bacteria, yeast, and other pathogens into the bloodstream, where they trigger inflammation. This chronic inflammation is the foundation to many health maladies.
Getting out of chronic sympathetic stress mode
The most obvious first step to managing sympathetic stress is to address the cause of stress. The cause can be metabolic, such as chronic infection, blood sugar issues, hormone deficiencies, inflammation, or undiagnosed autoimmunity.
Or it can be lifestyle, such as a toxic job or relationship, not sleeping enough, or taking on too much to do and never taking time off.
Another commonly overlooked cause is a brain-based disorder. The less healthy or more degenerated the brain is, the less able it is to dampen sympathetic stress.
If you suffer from brain fog, memory loss, poor cognitive skills, and lack of brain endurance, you may also find you’re often in fight-or-flight mode.
Problems with your vestibular (inner ear) system or cerebellum, both of which play a role in balance, can cause chronic sympathetic stress because the brain is constantly feeling unbalanced.
People may also have issues with the basal ganglia — which acts as the gas and brake pedal of the brain — that keeps them chronically stressed out. These are just a few ways in which a brain-based disorder can contribute to sympathetic stress.
In functional neurology we look at all facets of health to help you unwind sympathetic stress. Sometimes the issue can be as simple as removing certain foods from your diet that are inflaming your body and brain, gluten being the most common.
Other times it takes a neurological exam and some sleuthing to determine whether the issue is brain-based. Often it is a combination of metabolic and brain-based causes.
Ask my office how we can help get you out of chronic sympathetic stress and into a more balanced neurological state that includes plenty of restful and restorative parasympathetic activation.
Category:Blog -- posted at: 11:07am EDT
Wed, 13 September 2017
Your #Health can be looked at as a train on a train track. There are two ways to go, forward or backward. The right way, or the wrong way. Full speed ahead or trainwreck.
If you are living under the typical American paradigm of "I'll eat drink, drink, and be merry and modern medicine will save me with a magic bullet prescription medication" then you're on the wrong track.
Health is a never-ending journey, not a destination.
Health is being created or destroyed every moment with every decision you make.
Do you want full speed ahead but don't know the choices to make? Have you been in a Trainwreck and want to get the most out of what's left of your engine?
Then partner with a train engineer that knows how to diagnose what is wrong with your engine, navigate the tracks, and get you traveling in the right direction.
Category:Blog -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT
Mon, 11 September 2017
#LowTestosterine aka #LowT is a hot diagnosis these days.
I have consulted with many men who have "Low T" symptoms such as #Fatigue #LowEnergy #LowLibido #BrainFog #WeightGain etc.
They went to a hormone replacement doctor or clinic, had their #Testosterone checked by blood work (an incomplete test 100% of the time), and were told they had Low T and needed Testosterone replacement via injection, topical, pellet, and/or oral.
You MUST ASK WHY you have Low T...or better yet, whether you have it at all.
Category:Blog -- posted at: 8:00am EDT
Thu, 7 September 2017
Person presents with 7+ years of #Dizziness #Imbalance #Anxiety and #EmotionalInstability
A history of #TBI #TraumaticBrainInjury from a golf club is one factor.
Category:Blog -- posted at: 8:00am EDT
Wed, 6 September 2017
#Depression is no longer (and hasn't been for a while) considered to have a primary cause of #NeurotransmitterDeficiency
The most up to date #ScientificResearch shows that the primary driver is #NeuroInflammation
If we are seeking to truly #AddressTheCause then we must ask, "What is causing the neuroinflammation?"
The answer to that question is the key to cracking the case of the individual in question.
The cause(s) could be many: #TraumaticBrainInjury #TBI #Infection#GutDysbiosis #Excitotoxicity #ChronicStress #PoorDiet #NutrientDeficiency#Autoimmunity #PoorLiver #GeneticDefects #HeavyMetals #CorporateToxins#Medications and more.
So if you go to a doctor and complain of depression and they immediately want to put you on #Prozac or some other #SSRI drug, you know one of two things.
1. They are not current with the research.
2. They are not thinking critically enough and asking "why?".
If you think you can get more than 8 minutes out of your visit, try asking them what they think could be causing it and what treatment options are available beside medications.
Category:Blog -- posted at: 8:30am EDT
Tue, 5 September 2017
The #FluShot nonsense has to stop. Every year they come out and say how ineffective that year's shot was.
It'd be one thing if the shot was ONLY ineffective. But it's also #Toxic and #Dangerous
So why is it continually pushed on the public by the #FDA and #CDC in the name of safety? Probably because they answer to and are run by #BigPharma
Nowhere else in the marketplace can a product be such a failure and continue to be pushed on the people.
Not only is it recommended, but as you can see from the picture, it is commonly offered with inducements and enticements to #Poison yourself and your family.
Don't fall for it.
Category:Blog -- posted at: 11:38am EDT
Fri, 1 September 2017
Gas and bloating are two of the most common symptoms that present in clinical practice. According the the Journal of the American Medical Association, gas and bloating can be diagnostic of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). Do you suffer from gas and bloating after meals? Do you suffer from gas and bloating all day long? If you do, you may suffer from SIBO. You are about to find out that SIBO can have many causes beyond the GI tract.
Fri, 1 September 2017
I had a 12 year old female yesterday morning with OCD, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and a Tic that has seen many neuros, pediatric neuros, had EEGs, etc that cannot diagnose her. This person came in from 3 hours away.
Beyond the obvious Basal Ganglionic issues, she also has Absence Seizures and Vestibular Migraines that the previous doctors denied and supposedly ruled out with EEG.
I was able to induce an Absence Seizure immediately followed by a Vestibular Migraine during my examination, confirming that she has them..
Mom saw it before I even asked her if she saw it. It was great.
As a mentor of mine says, "how can you treat it if you don't diagnosis it first?"
This poor girl has been through the ringer with no help because no one has examined or diagnosed her thoroughly enough, combined with the tunnel vision of only focusing on their "specialty".
Chronic neurologic issues will not be helped if not examined and diagnosed properly. They also will not be helped if there is underlying metabolic dysfunction that has never been considered.
We are excited to see lab results now investigating metabolic, autoimmune, etc contributions. With the results, I can then create an individualized and specific action plan to address her unique constellation of contributing factors.
Category:Blog -- posted at: 9:41am EDT
Mon, 12 June 2017
Using a semen analysis to determine the cause of male infertility is like using the exhaust to diagnose a problem with your car. It can be helpful, but to figure out the real cause to the problem, you have to get your hands dirty and dig deeper.
Direct download: Infertility_Solutions_-_Determining_the_cause_of_Male_Infertility_with_Functional_Medicine.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:57am EDT
Fri, 12 May 2017
I recently sprained my ankle during a workout and thought I'd use the experience as a teaching platform. Today I dig in to the idea that the commonly voiced R.I.C.E. strategy for soft tissue injury is hurting you and slowing your return to action. I cover the science proving that ice is a poor recovery strategy, and I present a strategy that truly is effective and allows you to get back into action as fast as possible.