Healthy Beginnings

An Unhealthy and Aging Brain – Part 1

“Everything you have ever experienced, felt, or conducted in life is due to brain function. The ability to enjoy, perceive, sense and experience life is dictated by the firing rate and health of your brain. It is impossible for a person to become healthy mentally or physiologically without a healthy brain.” ~Datis Kharrazian, DC, DHSC, MS

The degenerating brain is a real consequence for all of us in society today. Every year we become older and lose more neurons (brain cells) as a consequence of normal biological aging. Our brains and neurons are constantly affected by inflammatory responses, abnormal immune activation (autoimmune problems such as MS, celiac, fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s, etc), blood sugar fluctuations (hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, or diabetes), liver detoxification failures, deficiencies of critical nutrients, and most importantly from a lack of stimulation in today’s sedentary and passive entertainment (think TV’s/Computers). The brain is essential for every aspect of our physiology, our cognitive experiences (attention, memory, language, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making), the emotions we feel and essentially who we perceive we are.

Everyone “knows” the brain is important, but we rarely make an effort to keep it healthy. We are more inclined to focus on our physical appearances than the state of health of our brain, which essentially influences everything including our physical appearance. Additionally, healthcare providers are not trained to identify early signs of brain deterioration, or more importantly, trained to help optimize or correct abnormal function of the brain. We have no specialty in the entire traditional healthcare system–including neurology–that has a full understanding for supporting and optimizing the health of the brain. Healthcare providers are only taught to look at extreme disorders of the brain, and have limited understandings of how poor brain function leads to hypertension (ever wonder why you have high blood pressure?), poor digestion, sexual dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, abnormal pain perception (think fibromyalgia, RSD), bladder incontinence, UTI’s and more–much, much more. We have a tendency to treat the consequences of these conditions without ever considering the specific relationships of these things to the one organ that controls everything: the brain.

In 1990, President George Bush declared the 90’s the decade of the brain. In the following two articles there will be an attempt to summarize the vast amount of information and research that has been discovered in the now never ending “Decade of the Brain” era, and help the lay public to understand these new discoveries and how they apply to you. More importantly, it is the brain model of alternative medicine that offers the most hope for the future health of this countries sick patient population. Why is it that even in Time Magazine’s medically oriented cover article in 2011 the alternative models of spinal manipulation, massage, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, biofeedback, sound therapy, yoga, meditation, and nutritional are all acknowledged as holding far more potential to stop brain degeneration, improve healing, and achieve anti-aging–more so than the current traditional approaches; especially when these approaches are individually tailored to that person’s specific dysfunctional “firing rate.”

In subsequent articles parts II and III, we will discuss the physiology of the brain in a manner that will provide you with an astonishingly simple understanding of your complex brain. More importantly, we will discuss the above therapies and how, in proper combination, they can stop the brain degenerative processes, which are endemic to today’s social health problems, and recover normal or close to normal brain function. The understanding of these concepts will change the way you look at yourself and how you pursue your health care needs forever. Stay tuned!

1. Kharrazian, Datis 2009, Neurotransmitters and the Brain – Rev (091109).DOC
2. Park, Alice, Understanding Pain, When the Pain Won’t Stop, Time Vol 177, No 9, 2011

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