#124 Improve Organ Perfomance: Brain Health

July 10, 2024

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The brain is fascinating for many reasons, often referred to as the master control center of the body. It’s integral to the functioning of our entire electrical system and serves as the center of our emotions and cognition. Interestingly, it is the only organ with two distinct types of doctors: neurologists and neurosurgeons, each addressing different aspects of brain health. In my practice, I’ve observed the crucial role brain health plays and the consequences when it is compromised.

 The Brain as the Electrical System and Emotional Center

The brain’s role as the electrical system and master control center is evident in various patient experiences. For instance, a 77-year-old female patient in good health hit her head on a metal shelf, resulting in acute brain irritation. Although her CT scan showed no abnormalities, she experienced vision changes, inconsistent blood pressure, and cognitive and emotional processing issues. Through high-dose B12 supplementation and cranial manipulation, we managed to improve her condition.

Another example is a 45-year-old female patient dealing with brain fog. While making progress in her treatment, she suffered minor whiplash from a car accident, leading to a significant shutdown of her bodily and mental functions, almost requiring her to take FMLA leave. These cases illustrate the brain’s vital role and how even minor incidents can have profound effects.

 

Addressing Neurologic Problems: Conventional and Holistic Approaches

 

 Conventional Approaches

Conventional approaches to neurological issues involve identifying the problems, which can manifest as cognitive, emotional, or electrical system-related symptoms. Cranial nerves, the spinal cord, and their offshoots play critical roles in this system. Cognitive testing, such as the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), helps assess thinking ability, though it often detects significant decline only when cognition is severely compromised.

Imaging tests like MRI, CT scans, PET scans, and EEGs provide insights into the brain’s electrical system and structures. Pharmacologic treatments for neurological disorders are vast, addressing depression, anxiety, seizures, and psychiatric conditions. However, some medications can create “zombie effects,” where the person appears symptom-free but still has underlying issues. Memory support medications for dementia and Alzheimer’s often show limited efficacy.

Surgical interventions include deep brain stimulation and epilepsy surgery. For instance, deep brain stimulation can help with sleep apnea by activating specific cranial nerves. However, it’s crucial to explore non-surgical options whenever possible.

Holistic Approaches

Holistic medical evaluation and treatment focus on patient history, lifestyle, diet, and stress levels, considering both subjective and objective aspects of cognition. Recognizing early signs of memory loss and addressing them promptly is vital. For instance, noticing when someone starts repeating conversations (looping) can indicate cognitive issues.

Practitioners like Dr. Dale Bredesen and Dr. Daniel Amen have contributed significantly to brain health understanding. Dr. Bredesen’s work emphasizes the ineffectiveness of monotherapy for Alzheimer’s and the importance of addressing multiple factors like infection, inflammation, and nutrition deficiencies. Dr. Amen’s work highlights reversing brain disease through comprehensive support.

Nutrition and Lifestyle for Brain Health

The brain thrives on specific nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, which supports neurological development and function. Vitamins B6 and B12, magnesium, huperzine, ginkgo biloba, and turmeric are also beneficial. Biofeedback and neurofeedback techniques help manage fear, which can shut down cognition and impede healing.

Mindfulness practices, such as focusing on sensory experiences and staying in the present moment, support cognitive function. Neuromuscular programming involves using the brain to organize muscle actions, reducing fear-based responses and enhancing overall health.

Gut-Brain Connection and Practical Tips

The gut-brain axis highlights the connection between gut health and brain function. The vagus nerve plays a significant role, extending from the brain to the gut and influencing both areas. Maintaining stable blood sugar levels is crucial, as fluctuations can disrupt cognition and emotional stability.

Finding joy and ensuring quality sleep are essential for brain health. Foods rich in serotonin and dopamine, along with appropriate supplementation, support mood and cognition. Avoiding stimulants and maintaining a regular sleep schedule are vital.

 Professional Support and Final Thoughts

Seeking professional advice from practitioners like Dr. Ray Petras, who offers telehealth visits, can significantly impact brain health. Dr. Petras helps individuals access and release programmed thoughts and patterns from the subconscious mind, promoting well-being and cognitive healing.

In conclusion, the brain’s role as the master control center of our body highlights its importance in maintaining overall health. By combining conventional and holistic approaches, supporting brain health through nutrition and lifestyle, and recognizing the gut-brain connection, we can enhance cognitive function, emotional stability, and overall well-being.

 

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