Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Study: Chiropractic Care Helps Concentration

A small but growing group of very progressive chiropractors is showing the world that chiropractic is neurology. Structure and function are interdependent upon one another. Watch the video to see a bit of how this works. The goal is to build new neural pathways and enhance the existing ones through specific brain exercises. While brain exercises seem to be the buzz today, remember that chiropractors have been addressing the nervous system since 1895, and today are very well equipped to do so, especially with intensive post graduate programs in different areas of specialty such as neurology.

Study: Chiropractic Care Helps Concentration - News Story - KXAS Dallas

LAKE HIGHLANDS, Texas -- A small study last month in Switzerland offered more evidence that chiropractic care can help adults with concentration problems and attention deficits, NBC 5 reports. Tuesday, October 16, 2007.

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Monday, April 28, 2008


Neurotoxicity is defined as the capacity of chemical, biological, or physical agents in your environment to cause abnormal changes in the nervous system. It is well recognized that exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment can cause neurological and psychiatric illnesses. We use the term environmental neurotoxicity to refer broadly to adverse neurological response to a wide variety of substances that cause injury to the brain including diet, alcohol, tobaccos, drugs, and other toxic substances in the air, water, and soil. About 70,000 chemicals are in the environment. Of these, only a handful have been evaluated thoroughly for neurotoxicity. The picture becomes even more frightening when we consider that decades can pass between exposure to a chemical and symptoms. This is called latent toxicity. These chemicals saturate and reside in your fat cells in your abdomen, breast, buttocks, and the sheaths around your nerves. These toxins gradually leach out into the system. Many times when you begin to lose weight we find cases of neurotoxicity.
Many of us are exposed to toxic chemicals in the environment. It has been suggested that many signs of sub-clinical toxicity are more common than we think.

These are the common signs of neurotoxicity:

· Insomnia
· Weakness
· Visual disorders
· Confusion
· Heart symptoms like palpitations & arrhythmia
· Headaches
· Irritability
· Tension
· Nerve disorders, i.e. Parkinson’s
· Chronic fatigue
· Chronic pain
· Poor memory
· Depression
· Nervousness
· Sleep disturbances
· Skin inflammation

There are five major environmental toxins:
· Mercury
· Lead
· Cadmium
· Arsenic
· Aluminum

At the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC volunteers were tested for the presence of 210 chemicals commonly found in consumer products and industrial pollutants in the NY tri-state area. Tests on blood and urine detected on average 91 industrial compounds, pollutants, and chemicals in New Yorkers.
There is no way to avoid these chemicals. We must make our system that detoxifies these toxins efficient in clearing these from our body by using nutrition, diet, exercise, and any other methods since we can’t avoid them entering.
Glutathione clears these xenobiotics. Glutathione and lipoic acid repair neurons and neuronal membranes and omega 3 oils repair cell membranes.
It is imperative for us to take control of our health because no else is going to do it for us. There are increasingly more and more toxins and chemicals being added to the environment annually. We only have one liver to detoxify us and it may have difficulty in doing its job. We must support it with lots of fresh clean water every day and lots of fruits and vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, etc.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Key Nutrients Reverse Brain AgingHealth News

This is an article from the staff at Vitamin Research Products, one of the cutting edge companies that I deal with. The brain is under assault today from envirnomental toxins, lack of proper sleep and nutrition, and couch potato-ism. Consequently we have the highest rates of neruodegenerative diseases in history. The old science said that the brain and it's wiring were set in our youth. Whatever we lost could not be regained. We now know otherwise. Exercises and activities, improved sleep, hydration, and nutrition can all be implemented to build new brain cells, neurotransmitters, and pathways.

By VRP Staff

For years, the health of your brain cells was largely considered a one-shot deal: Your neurons had a single non-dividing lifespan — and once they were gone, there was no replacing them.
Making matters worse, any further loss of neurites and dendrites (the branches that form your brain’s massive communication network) could take what would be an otherwise normal loss of brain cells and turn it into a much more serious (and equally irreversible) condition — one marked by anything from minor physical and behavioral impairments to a state of complete senility.
Luckily, the scientific community has since done an about face on this particular matter.
More recent research has revealed that brain cells can replace themselves and regrow their communication networks, if given the right environment. In fact, just by boosting your intake of a few key nutrients, you can improve cognitive health — and even turn back the clock where cognitive decline has already started to settle in.
Among these nutrients, acetyl carnitine could be considered the most important. Laboratory studies have shown that this nutrient increases the revitalizing effects of nerve growth factor (NGF) on brain cells — helping to boost neurite outgrowth a full 100 times greater than NGF alone.1 And when taken in combination with acetyl carnitine arginate, the two act synergistically to boost the production of key neurotransmitters, like GABA and glutamate.2
These powerful effects are reflected in a number of human trials—all of which have shown that acetyl carnitine yields significant improvements in cognition.3
Uridine is also an important and little known ingredient for brain function—it provides the necessary components for cell membrane growth and memory-related neural signaling. In vitro analysis has revealed that human brain cells exposed to uridine experience increased neurite outgrowth and regeneration — results that carried over in vivo, when tested in aged rats.4-5
Similar applications can be seen with gotu kola, an Indian plant with a long history of use in Ayurvedic preparations for senility, epilepsy, and other nervous conditions. Studies performed in the last decade have only reinforced this reputation: Scientists have identified two of gotu kola’s unique compounds — asiaticosides and asiatic acid — as being particularly active, sparking repair of damaged neurons and higher brain functioning in both animal and in vitro studies.6
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Wang L, Pooler AM, Albrecht MA, et al. “Dietary uridine-5-monophosphate supplementation increases potassium-evoked dopamine release and promotes neurite outgrowth in aged rats. J Mol Neurosci. 2005;27(1):137-45.
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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Use of brain-boosting drugs reported in survey

From a story on CNN we learn that one in 5 respondants to a survey reported that they take brain enhancing drugs.

There's a drug solution for everything, isn't there? A better brain builder is good sleep, adequate water intake, a variety of excercises, and thinking activities like crossowrd puzzles and reading! This takes some effort compared to popping some pills, but you will be buidling new neural pathways that provide natural drugs the brain produces. This will enhance your performance for the long term. Drugs provide temporary results but then wear away. In the course of time higher doses are needed to provide the same results. Soon you're addicted and what will you do then? Not to mention all kinds of awful side effects including a weakening of the system you took the drug for in the first place. The brain will be dependant upon the drug since you effectively shut down it's natural production of dopamine and other critical neurotransmitters.