Hello everyone: It is now scientifically validated that foods that induce inflammatory responses damage the intestines and cause leaky gut, gluten in particular. Dairy, soy, egg, grains, gums, processed foods, excess sugar, and fast foods are the other most common potential culprits. In turn, the leaky gut allows toxins to enter the blood stream and cause multiple types of bad shenanigans all over. The information is so strong that it appears prudent to investigate leaky gut issues in virtually any chronic health problem as it may be a part of what causes, aggravates or perpetuates illness. Take a look: https://cellular-molecular-medicine.imedpub.com/endotoxin-and-other-microbial-translocation-markers-in-the-blood-a-clue-to-understand-leaky-gut-syndrome.php?aid=17990 The authors statement is pretty clear: “Gut affects various systems in the human body. The leaky gut ... Read more

Hello again everyone: Here is more info on how the loss of smell can be a signal of loss of brain function, that is, an early warning sign of pending memory loss, cognitive decline and dementia. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4336090/ The authors conclude that: Impairment in odor identification was superior to deficits in verbal episodic memory in predicting cognitive decline in cognitively intact participants. The findings support the cross-cultural use of a relatively inexpensive odor identification test as an early biomarker of cognitive decline and AD dementia. Bottom Line: We are now starting to offer the same tests that these researchers used to identify loss of smell. Together with multiple other tests and strategies, we can identify early markers of brain function that may indicate a gradual loss of cognition and other brain functions. The advantage ... Read more

Hey there everyone: If you have been reading any of my blog posts, you will recall that inflammation is the cause, aggravating or perpetuating factor of virtually every health issue. So, by now you get the fact that inflammation is something you want to reduce, and you should be aware that what we eat can either be a source of inflammation and illness or a source of our recovery and a huge part of prevention. Just do a search on inflammatory foods if you need any convincing. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4836295/ “Diets rich in fruits and vegetables (FV), which contain (poly)phenols, protect against age-related inflammation and chronic diseases.” And “These results suggest that (poly)phenols derived from onions, turmeric, red grapes, green tea and açai berries may help reduce the release of pro-inflammatory mediators in people at risk of chronic ... Read more

As we enter this new year full of potential, I want to circle back to food for a moment, just to highlight the urgency and critical nature that food plays in our health. Why? I wrote this blog two years ago, and the overall situation with food in this country has not improved, nor has the epidemic of chronic disease. Food is a MAJOR driver of chronic disease, a fact I will focus on in the next few blogs by showing you what the science says. Most experts feel that it is responsible for 80% of chronic degenerative health disorders. Most of the time the effects of eating processed foods are not felt immediately, which is one reason people have trouble getting it that their food plan may be destroying their health. So I want to let you see what the science says about processed foods: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673612620893 The researchers in this article ... Read more

Hello again everyone: This newsletter is a from one year ago, and it still very pertinent, and this is the time of year where we take stock of the past 12 months and make resolutions/plans for the coming year. This newsletter is centered around an intriguing concept of Lifespan vs. Healthspan. This concept was first brought to my attention in 1992 when I read this book: Biomarkers: The 10 Keys to Prolonging Vitality by Evans and Rosenberg. 1991 (Tufts University and USDA collaboration studies). http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Biomarkers/William-Evans/9780671778989 This important concept is simple: our lifespan is how long we live, and our healthspan is how long we live without any disability of any sort. Ideally, our healthspan should be only slightly shorter than our lifespan, and we should function well until just a few months before we move on. There is a lot of ... Read more

Hey there everyone: Did you know that loss of sense of smell can be an early sign of loss of brain function? Well, sorry to tell you, but it is an important marker that can be used to see how well your brain is aging. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26569387 “To increase the opportunity to delay or prevent mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer disease (AD) dementia, markers of early detection are essential. Olfactory impairment may be an important clinical marker and predictor of these conditions and may help identify persons at increased risk.” Their conclusions are clear: “Olfactory impairment is associated with incident aMCI and progression from aMCI to AD dementia. These findings are consistent with previous studies that have reported associations of olfactory impairment with cognitive impairment in late life and suggest that olfactory tests have potential ... Read more

Hello again: Here is another report that chronic stress can shrink our brain because the stress hormones (specifically the stress hormone cortisol) damage the brain. http://n.neurology.org/content/early/2018/10/24/WNL.0000000000006549 The authors conclude: "Conclusion Higher serum cortisol was associated with lower brain volumes and impaired memory in asymptomatic younger to middle-aged adults, with the association being evident particularly in women." Furthermore, the researchers found that people with high levels of blood cortisol had much poorer memory when compared with peers with normal cortisol levels. Importantly, impaired memory was present in these individuals even before obvious symptoms of memory loss set in. They went on to comment that it is very important to find ways to reduce stress by daily lifestyle activities: “So it's important for people to find ways ... Read more

We all know that Vitamin D deficiencies are very, very common…but did you know that making sure that you have adequate amounts of Vitamin D can be a part of a healthy lifestyle to prevent dementia?!? Well, it turns out to be true: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28522216?dopt=Abstract The author’s findings included this statement: “25(OH)D deficiency was associated with a nearly three-fold increased risk of AD (hazard ratio = 2.85, 95% confidence interval 1.37-5.97).” Bottom Line: Get your Vitamin D levels tested and aim for a value of between 60 to 80. The normal range is a broad one, 30 to 100, however optimal levels are between 60 to 80. It is important not to settle for a number less than 60. So if you are told your numbers are fine, make sure you actually get to look at the lab report and check the numbers for yourself and if they are lower than 60 then supplement ... Read more

Hello again to all: Hope everyone had a really great Thanksgiving, and for those of us with anxiety, we may want to add fish and/or omega-3 rich foods to our Thanksgiving spread. It turns out that essential fatty acids known as the Omega-3 group, can have very brain favorable health benefits: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2702216 The author’s state: Conclusions and Relevance: This review indicates that omega-3 PUFAs might help to reduce the symptoms of clinical anxiety. Further well-designed studies are needed in populations in whom anxiety is the main symptom. Bottom Line: As part of a brain healthy program, most people can add a dietary and/or supplemental source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids to the mix. There is enough research to validate this approach, but in my opinion, it should not be a stand-alone therapy. Because of the way that ... Read more

Hello again everyone: First of all, everyone here at Richmond Chiropractic Neurology sends you warm wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday…a time to give thanks and express gratitude. As it turns out, practicing gratitude in our daily life has positive health benefits and can be a foundational conscious activity that supports your health on many levels. To start, here is a basic definition: gratitude is the sincere appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself; it is a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation. There are a lot of studies on gratitude, and here is a good one: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15427609.2018.1499350?scroll=top&needAccess=true “Gratitude provides many advantages throughout development…Mounting evidence shows that gratitude is advantageous because it helps reduce antisocial behavior and pathology, protects from ... Read more