Thu, 15 February 2018
Anxiety and/or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can be crippling health challenges that are not dealt with very well by the mainstream medical model. Today's episode dives in to many of the different possible causes of anxiety and/or OCD.
Tue, 13 February 2018
Insufficient or deficient copper levels can result in a myriad of symptoms that could easily be brushed off as unrelated. This makes copper insufficiency/deficiency a commonly overlooked issue that may be contributing to your iron issues, immune issues, fatigue issues, etc.
Thu, 25 January 2018
All the manufactured hysteria over Flupocalypse 2018 has led to many questions in the practice regarding natural anti-viral strategies, particularly Elderberry.
This podcast dives into the research regarding safety and efficacy of Elderberry vs. Flu.
It also addresses the following questions:
How does Elderberry effectiveness compare to Tamiflu and Amantidine?
Is Elderberry safe if you have autoimmunity?
Is Elderberry safe for children?
If you'd rather watch the video, check it out on Youtube at https://youtu.be/jt-1pr-AaOg
Sun, 14 January 2018
Recent research implicates Ibuprofen use in male infertility and low testosterone due to induction of Compensated Hypogonadism.
Direct download: Ibuprofen_Induces_Compensated_Hypogonadism.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:57pm EST
Mon, 1 January 2018
Dr. Ryan Cedermark (DrCedermark@gmail.com)
Speaker at the 2017 world conference of IAFNR
Speaker on Brain Health Summits on Gut/Brain Axis and TBI
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/jdRK_3UIAI8
Direct download: Expert_Interview_-_Brain-Gut_Axis_Dysfunction_and_TBI_-_Dr_Ryan_Cedermark.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:00am EST
Fri, 29 December 2017
Expert Interview - Why is Chiropractic Necessary for Pregnant Mothers and Newborns? - Dr. Abbie Ballard
Dr. Abbie Ballard of Ballard Family Chiropractic in Effingham, IL.
Dr. Ballard's expertise and specialty is in Maternal and Pediatric Chiropractic.
She is an expert in optimizing health and function from pre-conception, through pregnancy, birth, and post-partum for both mother and child.
Autism One conference in May 2018
Find the video version of this podcast on my YouTube Channel at:
Direct download: Expert_Interview_-_Why_is_Chiropractic_Necessary_for_Pregnant_Mothers_and_Newborns_-_Dr_Abbie_Ballard.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:05pm EST
Wed, 22 November 2017
One of the most common questions I am asked when partnering with a person on an Action Plan to address their health challenge(s) is:
"When will I feel better?"
The truth is...I have no idea.
A key differentiator of Functional Medicine is that we honor the fact that every person is a unique individual with their own unique list of contributing factors to their health challenge(s). Each individual, therefore, will heal at their own rate.
Although I cannot predict when you will feel better, I can tell you the 4 possible responses to care that you may experience...
Direct download: When_Will_I_Feel_Better_-_Possible_Responses_to_Care.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:07pm EST
Wed, 8 November 2017
Category:Blog -- posted at: 7:28pm EST
Wed, 27 September 2017
#Genetics are a common scapegoat in US "Healthcare". When you look into it, the statistics reveal that only about 5% of disease is truly genetic. The rest is #Choice #Lifestyle #Environmental #Epigenetic based.
Genes load the gun, but Choice/Lifestyle/Environment pull the trigger.
This means that genes may create a susceptibility to a disease, but the expression/manifestion occurs when that gene is exposed to consistently poor choice/lifestyle/environmental cues.
Our "Healthcare" system was/is built on the premise that genetics are a major cause of disease. If genes cause disease, and genes are not changable (you cannot change your genetic code), then the person has no hope and no responsibility/accountability other than to palliate the pain until they succumb to the disease.
And who swoops in to the palliative rescue? #BigPharma with their endless list of failed magic bullets.
You see, if disease is genetic, then you're hopeless (and NOT responsible/accountable for your choices/lifestyle/environment), and you're dependent on a drug to palliate you.
Making people believe they are hopeless and hold no power to impact their health is a great business model, it just doesn't lead to the clinical results that the person who is a patient desires.
Science shows that, in reality, the overwhelming majority of disease is epigenetic; or, controlled/influenced/turned on by our minute to minute choices/lifestyle/environment.
THIS IS POWERFUL because it gives you HOPE. If you get a diagnosis you don't like, 95% of the time, you can impact it in a positive way.
THIS IS POWERFUL because it makes you RESPONSABLE/ACCOUNTABLE. Some people may not like that responsibility. But, again, that responsibility provides the hope that you can change your knowledge and choices and therefore your health.
Do not be lazy. Do not blame genes. Ask yourself how have my choices/lifestyle/environment led to my current health challenge and what can I learn and do to change and impact my circumstances in a positive way.
Once you know what to do, DO IT. And do it persistently.
Health by Choice, Not by Chance.
Category:Blog -- posted at: 3:51pm EST
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:
The sympathetic system, also known as the fight-or-flight system.
The parasympathetic system, also known as the rest-and-digest system.
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 EST