Category Archives for "Brain Health"
What happened when I asked an 80 year old to have cold showers?
Known effects of controlled cold exposure, technically known as cold hormesis:
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that an 80 year old with brain fog and headaches resulting from a stroke found dramatic improvement just by having a cold shower every day for 2 or 3 minutes.
Hormesis is anything that stresses you that makes you stronger. So exercise is a form or hormesis, as is fasting, and using saunas.
If you want to learn more about hormesis, and how to get it into your life, along with other techniques that make you more energetic, then check out my 7 Week Anti- Ageing Program
Over the next couple of months I’m going to be sharing with you what I’m learning from You can Fix Your Brain by Dr. Tom O’Bryan.
I apologize for the quality, it was originally a Facebook Live broadcast.
You can request to join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thehealthlab7/
As well as watching the Facebook Live broadcasts I’d recommend buying the book, especially if there is a history of dementia in your family.
Just click on the picture if you wish to purchase from Amazon:
This is something we’ve been teaching in Functional Neurology for 15 to 20 years.
It’s always surprising to discover that even neuroscientists need a ‘jolt’ to realise it though:
Her prescription is 30 minutes of exercise that gets you out of breath 4 x week.
One aspect missing from the research though is the effects of poor spinal function on brain health. If the spine is not moving properly, then you can not get the full benefits of exercise.
So make sure your spine is fully mobile by getting it checked (you’ll also help prevent injuries).
Modern medical psychiatry tries to understand the brain only in terms of gross damage (so nothing can be done) or single chemical imbalances. This is a simplistic and somewhat foolish approach considering the fact that any neurologist, behavioural scientist or biochemist will tell you the brain is anything but simple.
For the brain to work properly it’s an interaction between the structures, the chemistry, the electricity, and your lifestyle and social choices.
As you’re about to discover, preventing mental health issues is really very similar to preventing cancer, heart disease, obesity, and all the other chronic diseases of the West.
You’ll also discover there are more treatment options within our control.
These 5 videos are not intended to treat or diagnose any disorder.
I’m going to cover:
If you have any of the following symptoms you should consider following the advice in the next video
The nutritional regime form the study mentioned:
For 2 Years:
0.5 milligrams of vitamin B12 (equivalent to 500 micrograms)
20 milligrams of B6
0.8 milligrams of folic acid (equivalent to 800 micrograms)
Name of the test: homocysteine
In this video I describe how stress aggravates mental health, and share my favourite ways to switch stress of and save your brain and your health.
The resources I mention:
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Balancing the brain is something NO DRUG CAN DO.
For instance, conditions such as ADHD and OCD can actually problems with the right side of the brain. Drugs work on BOTH sides, so you can never get a cure. Depression can be just a left sided problem.
Today I’ll reveal how to spot if you have a ‘brain hemisphericity’ and what you can do about it.
If you’re reading this then I’m 100% certain that this article is of prime importance to either you, or someone very close to you.
There is a large body of evidence that suggests inflammation is the root cause of cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and many other chronic diseases.
It can even be behind the inability to lose weight.
Before watching my training video inspired by Dr Pompa, and originally part of www.Mi365.me, here’s a personal story as told by a colleague of mine in the USA:
And here’s my longer training (you may want to get cup of the anti-inflammatory coffee I recommend):
This is a more recent video, going into some depth at the importance of anti-oxidants and a bit about the good side of inflammation:
Inflammation of the cell membrane that affects the way the cell communicates, detoxes and will ultimately change gene expression, leading to a diseases of genetic weakness.
There are 3 main contributors that always need to be addressed in order to down-regulate inflammation.
Keeping tight control of your glucose intake is of paramount importance for any anti-inflammation program to be effective as it is a driving force that cannot be remedied by any supplementation or drug protocol. For example, diabetics do not die from diabetes, but from other degenerative conditions. Despite being on medication, 68% of all diabetics die from heart disease, and 50% of diabetics end up with dementia or Alzheimer’s as they age rapidly from the inside out.
This is directly due to the oxidation/inflammation from uncontrolled glucose and insulin.
By the way, grains, not sugar, are the #1 contributor to elevated glucose. Yes, even whole grains. Did you know that 2 pieces of whole grain toast or a bowl of oatmeal raises glucose the same as a can of Coke? This is why a Cellular Healing Diet eliminates ALL GRAINS from the diet UNTIL cellular inflammation is corrected.
What are ‘bad fats’? Well it may surprise you to know that the worse culprit is probably omega 6 fats from all the processed vegetable oils we’ve been told to consume! All the sunflower and rape seed oils we buy in supermarkets to cook in, and that are added to all baked goods.
These oils are causing massive imbalance in the oily make up of our cell membranes and are a major cause of inflammation and artery damage.
You need no worry about eating sunflower seeds though – it’s just the processed oils.
Another inflammatory fat (no surprises) is that found in processed meats and beef from non-grass fed cows.
On the other hand, limited fats from grass fed cows are fine (and contain the beneficial omega 3 oils).
You can learn more by downloading Dr Pompa’s ebook, The Cellular Healing Diet, here:
Lastly, toxins, in my opinion, are the biggest driving factor of inflammation today. We have discussed this in every ‘R’ of cellular healing, so I will not get into it here but I will say this: if you do not remove the hidden sources of toxins within your body, the chronic inflammation will NEVER be resolved.
For example, personal care products you use every morning contain, on average, 518 chemicals that are known “hormone disruptors”.
There are also the pollutants and toxins in the air we breath (which kills between 20,000 and 240,000 people in the UK every year), the tap water we drink (a known cause of male infertility) and all the pesticides and herbicides on our fruit and veg.
Here’s Dr Pompa’s pdf on inflammation:
If you have not already started, know would be a good time to ask us about detox!
Did you know that a cure for epilepsy, discovered in the 1920’s is now the ‘new big thing’ in the health and fitness industry? Learn more in the video, including the ‘1 hour keto cheat’
It’s called the ketogenic diet and it was originally developed to treat epilepsy. The strict ketogenic diet consists of about 90% fat, however a well research, much more sustainable ‘Modified Atkins’ version is
At first glance, you may think all that fat is a bad thing, and it certainly will be if you are eating rubbish, processed fats. It’s a lot of effort, and a big change, but if you can stick with it and you are eating good quality healthy fats though, this is the list of possible benefits:
Pretty impressive, and the really good news, is there is now a way to get into ketosis, within an hour, without having to change your diet.
I share some more facts, including the cheat method in the video.
If you’d like to try the ‘exogenous ketones’ I spoke about then call the clinic on 01707 662 704 for more details.
I first encountered the concept of Fixed and Growth mindsets thanks to Todd Herman, a performance expert (in business and sport).
Todd called these ‘Oww’ and ‘Wow’.
More on Brain Chemistry:
Here’s some cool graphics for summary:
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“By 2020 depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide.”
– The global burden of disease, Cambridge, Murray and Lopez
Here are my notes for the above video on chronic depression:
Psychoneuroimmunology – goes both ways
3 months – therapy, drugs
Inflamed brain feels no pain! Not like a muscle or a joint – signals with psychiatric symptoms
Inositol 4g x3 /day for 4 weeks
ECGC – green tea extract
Diet – sugar!
You Are Enough
Brain Based Wellness
Boost DHEA, serotonin, GABA, melatonin and beta-endorphins – the hormones that are the brain’s defence against stress.
Restore the body’s natural pH balance
Rid the body of toxins
Balance the immune system
The neurochemicals in the limbic system mediate all of one’s feelings and emotions.
A direct connection exists between the nocioceptive reflexes at every level of the spine and the limbic system. Every spinal level has an intimate relationship with the proper functioning of the limbic system. [Blum and Holder 1997]
And other relevant blog posts:
If you would like help implementing any nutritional strategies then you can book a consultation, either in person, or if you are not local, via phone or skype: 01707 662 704
If you think I’m exaggerating then check out the 2016 Nobel Prize for Medicine (links below)
Without going into too much detail fasting regularly improves your body’s ability to get rid of its ‘sick’ cells, and encourage new ones, and it does this through various mechanisms.
One is that it stimulates a process as autophagy or ‘self-eating’ – think of this as self cleaning and recycling. (See the 2016 Noble Prize).
Another is that it lowers sugar (glucose). Sugar is a very ‘dirty’ energy, but it is easy to burn. Think of it like kindling that gives off lots of foul black smoke.
Another is that it raises the really good energy source, made from fats, known as ketone bodies. Ketones are a really clean energy source, but less easy to produce than sugar. Think of it like solar energy. A lot of installation needed, but once set up it’s much, much easier with no smoke.
And this is the problem. Because sugar is so much more ‘easy’ our body will burn it in preference to fat, no matter how much fat we have.
We can only store 12 hours’ worth of sugar (about 2000 calories), after which our body is forced to break down fat into ketone bodies. Even lean people have 60-80,000 calories of fat they can burn, so you cannot actually ‘starve’ to death for quite some time.
The trouble is, with the myth of ‘breakfast’ having to be early, many of us rarely go more than 10 -13 hours without eating more food that contains sugar. Sugar means any carbohydrate or starch – so the typical breakfast cereal, even muesli or porridge oats, is sugar. Pasta is sugar. Potatoes and rice are sugar. Even proteins from meat and fish, nuts and seeds can be turned to sugar.
Intermittent fasting can be practiced in a number of ways, but the one I focus on for patients is daily, trying to have at least 13, and really at least 15 or 16 hours, from your last intake of calories on one day, before breaking your fast the next day. In reality this often equates to skipping breakfast and eating 2 meals a day. You don’t have to jump right into this, and if you do have a medical condition then you should really consult us first, so we can help ease you into it.
Intermittent fasting can be profoundly beneficial to your health
Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist (kidney specialist) with a practice in Canada, has written an important book:
“The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting,” co-authored with Jimmy Moore. It details how to implement fasting and overcome some of the most common challenges that might arise, including persistent fears and myths associated with extended water fasting.
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The Running on Fat movie:
The 2016 Nobel Prize:
Move on to Part 2 of Permanent Perfect Eating