Archives for September 2018

Your Eyes: Windows Into Brain Health And More!

Hello One and All: This week, and for probably 2 more blogs, I would like to cover some incredible information about eye movements and how they are enabling us to see into the brain and provide relief for a variety of health problems. As you may know, inflammation causes our brain to function poorly, and can lead to many brain-based symptoms. Previously, we have covered the many causes of inflammation, but that is not all there is to it. We also know that brains that do not function well have areas of reduced function, and if we can identify those areas and use receptor-based therapies to stimulate them, then we can induce neuron growth (called neuro-plasticity). This neuron growth can increase or normalize brain function, and reduce or control symptoms. In other words, we need BOTH a great body chemistry AND appropriate neurologic stimulation to optimize brain function. Taking ... Read more

Alzheimer’s Prevention: It’s All About Your Lifestyle

Hello everyone: Today I want to focus on dementia to let you know how the current science is trending. First of all, there has not been any prescriptions found that have any significant benefit despite 40 years of research and trials. The reason for this is that dementia has multiple causes. To put this in perspective, here are some selected quotes from this link: “Four decades of intense research and development (R&D) efforts have failed to yield any effective interventions for neurodegenerative diseases. The lack of success in the search for a drug to improve the devastating symptoms of these chronic brain disorders has been one of modern medicine's greatest frustrations with a failure rate of nearly 99.6 % as compared with about 20% success rate for cancer drugs. One important new fact about AD (Alzheimer’s ... Read more

Move Your Body & Grow Your Brain

Hello again everyone: Here is some interesting information on how yoga improves brain function! As you know, I want to provide practical tools we can all use and incorporate into a health building lifestyle that reduces risks to all chronic diseases as well as protects your brain/cognitive/emotional health. The author’s state: “Yoga combines postures, breathing, and meditation. Despite reported health benefits, yoga’s effects on the brain have received little study. We used magnetic resonance imaging to compare age-related gray matter (GM) decline in yogis and controls. We also examined the effect of increasing yoga experience and weekly practice on GM volume and assessed which aspects of weekly practice contributed most to brain size. Controls displayed the well documented age-related global brain GM decline while yogis did ... Read more

Can Food Really Destroy Your Brain?

Hello everyone: Hope your summer went very well. Here is a paper that summarizes how what we eat can destroy our memory and ability to think (cognition), and how alterations in our gut bacteria are part of this equation: The author’s state: "Consumption of a Western Diet (WD) that is high in saturated fat and added sugars negatively impacts cognitive function, particularly mnemonic processes that rely on the integrity of the hippocampus. Emerging evidence suggests that the gut microbiome influences cognitive function via the gut-brain axis, and that WD factors significantly alter the proportions of commensal bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Here we review mechanisms through which consuming a WD negatively impacts neurocognitive function, with a particular focus on recent evidence linking the gut ... Read more