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Brain Health: Effect of Wheat and Aspartame (17 min video)

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BRAIN BUILDING BASICS

memory puzzle picture

There are three primary neurotransmitter’s (brain chemical’s) associated with learning. They are noreadrenalin (NA), Dopamine, and Acetylcholine (ACh). NA is responsible for learning the information. NA is typically reduced in blood sugar problems and is the main brain chemical associated in most ADD challenges. When blood sugar drops the brain is unfed and basically won’t retain the material. One becomes unfocused and unattentive. May even lead to petite mall seizures.  Limiting sugar, treating yeast, and eating Blood Type beneficial foods are often helpful in this condition.

Dopamine is responsible for retaining the material. Dopamine is a precursor to estrogen and is typically reduced in hormonal imbalances. You have experienced the benefits of Dopamine if you have ever experienced the “runners high.” This is part of why cardiovascular exercise is beneficial to learning, happiness, and contentedness. Exercise also enhances the health (neuroplasticity) of the brain. With poor diet and lack of exercise the brain literally gets mushy.

exercise for the brain

Acetylcholine (ACh) is the brain chemical for um, um, um, um, ah … Oh yea, Recall. When ACh is low then the good news is the info is in there, one just can’t access it. ACh is the brain control for the liver and gallbladder. So often “recall” problems are actually a detox problem. You may have heard me say this before… I find tomatoes to disrupt ACh metabolism potentially causing memory problems, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Trans fatty acids and processed foods can disrupt this pathway, as can B6 or choline deficiencies.

Chronic stress is a huge contributor to dementia type brain deterioration.  True dementia is quite often a literal atrophy of the brain due to the negative effects of the stress hormone cortisol. This is minimized by maintaining proper balance in life. Taking a Sabbath day, and vacation’s to allow the body (adrenal’s) to restore. Vitamin’s like B5, zinc, eleuthero, and adrenal glandular’s are a few consideration’s.

Excitotoxins like MSG and aspartate also can literally kill brain cells leading to memory loss. These fake foods excite nerve cells (open calcium channels causing the nerve to fire) to the point of death. The damage may be irreversible but minimized by nutrients like B6, folic acid, or B12.

Autoimmune problems of gluten sensitivity can also cause damage to the brain if untreated as the brain and the gut function are very closely related.

Take care of your brain. It is the only one you have. Fortunately, we have billions of brain cells since we are all losing them to some degree. The rate at which we loose them can be very determined by your lifestyle choices. Will you choose to flourish in those “golden years,” or flounder. The choice is now in your hands.

WHAT ARE THE FINGERS SAYING?

Regrettably the left hand picture were my fingers after a few very long bike rides which created an EFA (essential fatty acid)  deficiency for me. This is evidenced by the dry, peeling skin on the ends. The good news is that this is very temporary when understood. When my fingers look like this, I take and extra 1-2 fish oil capsules and they skin is better within hours.

The white spots in the right hand picture demonstrate a zinc deficiency. This sometimes magnified by a need for HCl (stomach acid). Zinc is necessary to make stomach acid, it helps the hormone system, and it helps the immune system. Notice the poor circulation and immune problem of the last 2 fingers. Sugar consumption and stress depress zinc levels.

Cracking or brittle nails are often a need for calcium and HCL which will help one metabolize the calcium.

Perpendicular ridges across the nail are periods of protein deficiency. A sign that you need more protein in the diet. Don’t let this continue or you will end up quite ill.

Loss of the half moons at the nails beds are an indicator that there may be some hypothyroid issues. This needs to be correlated with symptoms and appropriate testing.

Anemia is another issue that may show up as spoon shaped nails or possibly as deeper longitudinal lines. Correlate with signs like a lack of redness in the “life lines” of the palm, slow color recovery after squeezing the finger and lab tests.

finger's EFA

Need for EFA’s

white spots in nails

White spots, need for zinc and maybe HCl

ARE THE RED DOTS ON MY SKIN CAUSE FOR CONCERN?

 

The Good :) and Bad :(

The Good 🙂 and Bad 😦

Little red dots on the skin are called Cherry Angiomas or Petichia. In and of themselves they are not harmful, but what they tell about your body is a very different story… There are two pathway’s in the liver associated with this problem. When one of them does not function properly, then a person ends up with high homocysteine. Homocysteine levels above 11.4 are dangerous. In fact the further above, not only does one’s cardiovascular risk increase, but the likelihood of a cardiovascular accident being fatal also increases. Yuck!

Typically, the larger and/or more numerous the dots, the higher the likelihood that there is strong cardiovascular accident family history. A seminar attendee, where I was once teaching this had a large, raised, red mole sized red dot. Both her parents had died of heart attacks in their fifties. I find them to often show first in the sternal (cleavage) area.

The chart to the left outlines the foods or nutrients that can make this pathway not function properly and the nutrients that can help it work right. When it works right, you live. Capish?

Take the time to keep an eye on your spouses skin, regularly checking for these danger signs. If present, determine which of the above nutrients is missing in their diet and which of the offenders are being consumed and make appropriate changes while you still can.

homo dots w arrows

What Causes “Side Effects?”

ANYTHING GOD MADE IS BETTER THEN EVERYTHING MAN MADE!

The solutions to many of our health problems can be found in nature. Unfortunately, man feels compelled to process out the synergistic elements from wonderful God made remedies so that they have a synthetic product that can then be patented. Then when we the consumer take these drugs or even some supplements we create nutrient deficiencies which create other problems or “side effects.” Here is a list of some of the common nutrient deficiencies caused by a few medications. If you “need” one of these, you might be well served to find a good vitamin to compensate. http://www.spofscc.com/uploads/Drugs_that_Gobble_Vitamins_New.pdf

WHAT ARE THE EYE’S TELLING US?

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” Matt 6:22

As the eye’s are a lamp of the body, we can learn about our health through visual shortcomings. Many examples of this come from the stress gland the adrenals. The same mechanism that should tonify the veins when you stand up so that blood does not pool in your feet, also should tonify the pupil in bright lights.  This is the mechanism that shrinks the pupil to block out light and focus on far away objects (far vision). Alternatively, the pupil needs to relax for reading (near vision).

When the adrenal glands are struggling to adapt to our stress, then it can manifest in the functioning of the eye’s. Ever get dizzy when you stood up to fast? Need your sunglasses in bright lights when you are tired? Trouble focusing when your are hungry? In these scenario’s one would want to identify the core stress, be it wrong foods, under rest, or need of  vitamins.

Blind spots? Structural misalignment in the spine, especially the neck can cause visual blind spots. Did your vision deteriorate after a whiplash or injury? Appropriately administered chiropractic works wonderfully and often instantly here.

Double vision (diplopia or strabismus) can occur from a parasitic infection. Parasites cause a reduction of the brain calming chemical GABA. When GABA is low the muscle on the outside of the eye can get weak. This causes the eye’s to track improperly. The eye in the bottom left of the diagram would quite likely have parasites based on the brown around the pupil and the spots in the iris. There are many highly effective herbs to treat parasitic infections.

There are also wonderful therapies for those who fall asleep in the car or have poor reading retention. Unfortunately, the therapies are widely varied and beyond the scope of this brief over view.

Cataracts are often due to free radical damage of processed diets and respond well to vegetables and antioxidant therapies. Even glaucoma can respond to herbs to help the liver and kidney work more efficiently.

May your eyes be a bright window telling a healthy story.

The Story Behind the Eye's

Reduce the Negative Effects of an Injury

If you or more commonly, your child get injured there is a simple technique to reduce the negative effects of that injury. I commonly use this when my children get hurt. Even if the effects were  placebo, it beautifully distracts them. There is a lot of complex neurological benefits behind this, but the therapy is super simple. The treatment is simply done by rubbing, pushing, or contracting the injured or bruised area. This is immediately followed by a gentle flex (tuck) of the chin. This simple technique gently causes the nerves to allow the damaged muscle or skin to relax and go back to normal length. It works over old scars as well.

Got Elbow Pain?

Pain on the outside of the elbow is often secondary to a hormonal imbalance. There is a very commonly active acupuncture point there that hurts when the hormone’s are imbalanced. Parallel that with symptom’s of hot flashes, PMS, headaches, hip pain, low libido or just that general blah feeling. Most hormonal correction starts with stabilizing blood sugar. Happy hormone’s = Happy home!

Mousing Around with Genetics, part 1

Mousing Around with GeneticsThis breed of mouse is characterized by high cancer risk, diabetes, obesity, and short life span (like many American’s?). Cooney et al. (2002) J Nutr. 132:2393S fed them zinc, methionine, choline, folate, and B12 to support methylation in the liver which effects many “genetic” changes. What do you think happened?

Offspring of nutritionally optimized mouse

Here is the child of the obese, diabetic, cancer prone, short life mouse. The difference was the previously mentioned nutrients that completely changed the mouses genetic picture. Healthier fur, improved life span, no diabetes… Change your diet, change your genes. Dr. Pottenger demonstrated similarly profound results with cats in the 1940’s. His research basically predicted the diseases that currently plague today’s youth.

Healthy Eating Travel Tips

[Archives April 2011] More Dr. V travel tips: Many hotels will offer a complimentary fridge if you have “food allergies.”

Try this on your next trip: Premix a large bag with rolled or steal cut oats, raw walnut baking pieces and protein powder. Xylitol would be an optional sweetener. Then use the hotel room coffee pot to heat the water you will add to your health preserving travel breakfast. As a big eater I often thoroughly clean and use the ice bucket as my bowl.