December 2010


Take this test to help determine the state of your thyroid function. Answer 0 (never or seldom), 1 (infrequently or sometimes), 2 (frequently), 3 (all or most of the time

THYROID

Thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows  0, 1, 2, 3
Tired and sluggish most of the time  0, 1, 2, 3
Cold all over especially hands and feet   0, 1, 2, 3
Require excessive sleep to function  0, 1, 2, 3
Mental sluggishness   0, 1, 2, 3
Dryness of skin or scalp   0, 1, 2, 3
Thinning of facial or genital hair  0, 1, 2, 3
Excessive hair falling out    0, 1, 2, 3
Depression, no motivation  0, 1, 2, 3
Difficult, infrequent bowel movements   0, 1, 2, 3
Morning headaches that wear off later  0, 1, 2, 3
Weight gain even on low calorie diets  0,1, 2, 3

If you answered mostly 2’s and 3’s, it is probable that your thyroid is not functioning properly.

PITUITARY

Inward trembling   0, 1, 2, 3
Heart palpatations  0, 1, 2, 3
Night sweats  0, 1, 2, 3
Increased pulse even at rest  0, 1, 2, 3
Nervous and emotional  0, 1, 2, 3
Insomnia  0, 1, 2, 3
Difficulty gaining weight  0, 1, 2, 3

If you answered mostly 2’s and 3’s, it is probable that you have: (1) a pituitary problem (2) a primary pituitary problem with secondary thyroid symptoms (3) an autoimmune problem. With thyroid issues, it is imperative to perform a blood panel (including anti-body testing) to determine  which of the above three it is. Note: 90% of thyroid sufferers today have autoimmunity (mostly Hashimoto’s Disease). In functional medicine, we believe strongly that the way to treat autoimmune thyroid, as opposed to regular hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, is as different as night and day. If you are suffering from thyroid symptoms, we would like to help with drug free treatments whenever possible.

If you have wondered if chiropractic natural nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, and in functional medicine, we look at your cholesterol (lipid) panels thoroughly (not just total cholesterol) to determine the best diet and supplement regimen for you. Call us today at (303) 986-7600.

We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge Colorado (CO).

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

Take this test to help determine what type of adrenal function you have.  Answer  0 (never), 1 (infrequently or sometimes), 2 (frequently), 3 ( most or all of the time).

HYPO-ADRENALISM

Slow starter in the morning                             0, 1, 2, 3

Afternoon fatigue                                                0, 1, 2, 3

Can’t stay asleep                                                   0, 1, 2, 3

Crave sweets                                                         0, 1, 2, 3

Afternoon headaches                                       0, 1, 2, 3

Exertion headaches                                          0, 1, 2, 3

Dizziness when quick to stand up                0, 1, 2, 3

Weak nails                                                              0, 1, 2, 3

If you answered mostly 2’s and 3’s, it is probable that your Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis not producing enough cortisol and your adrenals are under-active.

HYPER-ADRENALISM

Wake up tired after 6 or more hours sleep               0, 1, 2, 3

Can’t fall asleep                                                                     0, 1, 2, 3

Perspire easily                                                                      0, 1, 2, 3

Excessive perspiration with no exertion                  0, 1, 2, 3

Weight gain under stress                                                 0, 1, 2, 3

Under high amounts of stress                                       0, 1, 2, 3

If you answered mostly 2’s and 3’s, it is probable that your HPA axis is producing too much cortisol and your adrenals are over-active.

The best method of determining the right diet, lifestyle, and nutritional supplementation for your individual case is to do an ADRENAL SALIVARY INDEX (ASI) test. This would be done after a comprehensive blood panel ruled out physical disease states (such as Anemia) which could be exhausting the adrenal glands.

If you have wondered if chiropractic natural nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, and in functional medicine, we look at your cholesterol (lipid) panels thoroughly (not just total cholesterol) to determine the best diet and supplement regimen for you. Call us today at (303) 986-7600.

We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge Colorado (CO).

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

Below is list of blood sugar symptoms that you can grade yourself on. Take this test and circle the appropriate number 0 (never), 1 (occasionally), 2 (frequently), 3 (most or all of the time). Then find out below how you fare.

HYPOGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar)

Irritable if meals are missed 0,1,2,3
Eating to relieve fatigue 0,1,2,3
Feeling shaky, jittery 0,1,2,3
Easily upset, aggravated, nervous 0,1,2,3
Blurred vision 0,1,2,3
Getting lightheaded of meals are missed 0,1,2,3
Depend on caffeine to start the day 0,1,2,3
Forgetful, poor memory 0,1,2,3
Craving sweets during the day 0,1,2,3

If you answered mostly 2’s and 3’s, you likely have low blood sugar and should be evaluated.

INSULIN RESISTANCE (pre-diabetes)

Fatigue after meals 0,1,2,3
Eating sweets does not relieve sugar cravings 0,1,2,3
Must have sweets after meals 0,1,2,3
Frequent urination 0,1,2,3
Waist is equal or larger than hip girth 0,1,2,3
Increased thirst and appetite 0,1,2,3
Difficulty losing weight 0,1,2,3

If you answered mostly 2,s and 3,s, it is likely you have insulin resistance and should be evaluate.

At our office, we use drug free methods to restore normal insulin levels. We’d like to help!

If you have wondered if chiropractic natural nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, and in functional medicine, we look at your cholesterol (lipid) panels thoroughly (not just total cholesterol) to determine the best diet and supplement regimen for you. Call us today at (303) 986-7600.

We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge Colorado (CO).

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

Think of your 3 major health concerns and list them in order of importance. If tummy troubles of ANY kind are on that list, please read the symptoms below and grade yourself a 0 (never have this problem), 1 (occasionally have this problem), 2 (frequently have this problem), 3 (always have this problem).

CATEGORY 1

(1) Lower abdominal pain relief by passing stool or gas         0,1,2,3
(2) Alternating constipation or diarrhea                                       0,1,2,3
(3) Feeling that bowels do not empty completely                      0,1,2,3
(4) Constipation                                                                                        0,1,2,3
(5) Diarrhea                                                                                                 0,1,2,3
(6) Use laxatives frequently                                                                 0,1,2,3
(7) More than 3 bowel movements daily                                        0,1,2,3
(8) Pass large amounts of foul smelling gas                                    0,1,2,3
(9) Coated or fuzzy tongue                                                                    0,1,2,3

If you answered with a lot of 2’s or 3’s, this is usually indicative of a COLON problem

CATEGORY 2

(1) excessive burping or belching
(2) Gas immediately following a meal
(3) Offensive breath
(4) Difficult bowel movements
(5) Sense of fullness during and after meals
(6) Difficulty digesting fruits and vegetables with undigested foods in stools

If you answered with a lot of 2’s and3’s, this is usually indicative of a loss of HYDROCHLORIC ACID production

Stay tuned for part 2 on HYPER-ACIDITY and SMALL INTESTINE problems

If you suffer from GI problems, we can help without drugs or surgery. Call today for an appointment or a free phone consultation! (303-986-7600

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

Medical research and development has resulted in numerous treatments for every known health condition. However, it has abjectly failed in the prevention or cure of disease and ill health. Did you know now more than ever:  (1) more people suffer from stress, depression, and anxiety  (2) more people suffer from insomnia (3) more kids have ADD/ADHD  (4) more people have gastrointestinal disorders, acid reflux, and ulcers (5) more people get cancer (6) more people have heart disease  (7) more people have diabetes (8) more people have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue (9) more people get colds and flu (10) more people suffer from neck pain, migraines, joint pain, and back pain (11) more people suffer from sexual dysfunction (12) more people suffer from allergies, asthma, and psoriasis (13) more men suffer from prostate problems (14) more people are taking drugs (15) more women suffer from yeast infections and hormonal problems (16) more people are having surgeries

More people are getting more medical treatment, taking more drugs, getting more sick, and getting more surgery than ever. Over $210 billion has been spent since 1971, on cancer, and you have a higher chance today of getting cancer today than ever before. My opinion is that the so called health care system is not. You and I are destined for rationed “sick care” and it will not be pretty. What is the solution? The ONLY solution is to, starting today, take charge of your health through prevention. Only by eliminating your need for sick care can you age with dignity and grace. If you have small children, this is the time to get them on healthy outdoor play, nutritious foods, and natural health care (including chiropractic). Regardless of which side of the political fence you sit, the new health “insurance” will insure nothing except costly sick care where the treatment for one disease causes the next. Call today at (303) 986-7600 and ask us about our wellness orientation workshops and how they can put you on the true path to health.  Every other Tuesdays at 6:15 pm til 6:50 pm.

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

The detoxification process (a liver and gall bladder function) is a VERY important bodily process, especially for Americans and other industrialized nations suffering toxic overload from compromised foods, air, and water – just to name a few. Healthy detoxification is especially important when managing any chronically ill patient. Treatment of thyroid, blood sugar, adrenal, hormonal, cardiovascular, or immune disorders becomes difficult without healthy detoxification. Traditional  doctors recommend the same treatment or “one size fits all” for anyone whose blood work is outside a certain range. For instance, HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy is recommended for everyone who has a hormone deficiency regardless of individual findings. If patients have detoxification issues causing their symptoms, using HRT or other drugs that utilize these pathways may exacerbate their dysfunctional metabolic pathways. For example, indexed scientific publications have demonstrated the adverse effects of impaired detoxification on chemical sensitivities, drug reactions, neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders, and chronic fatigue. If hepatic (liver) pathways are not restored, there is little hope of optimizing metabolic function again.

Natural agents that support Liver, Gall Bladder, and Bile function include: Milk Thistle, Panax Ginseng, Glutathione, Dandelion, Ginger, Vitamin C, Lecithin,  Phosphatidylcholine. These supplements can be purchased at health food stores. For liver problems, consult someone such as myself who specializes in functional metabolic problems. We can measure the results of  treatment with blood work and metabolic assessments. There are 4 conjugating pathways that must be monitored by the treating clinician: Methylation, Acetylation, Glucuronidation, and Sulfation. These processes are complex and require expert clinical support.

There are many liver and gall bladder cleanses out there. Some are appropriate and some are not. The best advice for someone who has metabolic problems such as a sluggish detoxification system, is to seek professional help.  I would like to help!

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

The holiday season is a wonderful time for many people, yet for others it is a time of sadness. What most people don’t realize is that extreme happiness and extreme sadness can stress your nervous system the same. Research has shown that getting married and getting divorced causes EQUAL stress. Likewise, getting a new job and getting fired also cause the same amount of stress.

Psychologists estimate that an average American today has more stress in one week than his great grandparents did in an entire lifetime.  Either that or we are not as well equipped to handle the stress in our lives.  I’m not so sure which is more prevalent, but one thing is for sure – stress is multiple times greater on people today and the effects are not just emotional but pervade the entire Neurological, Endocrine and Immune Systems. Let me explain: excess stress impacts an extremely important neurological center called the HPA Axis (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis) in a negative way. The HPA Axis is like the command and control center for the temperature, hormone, blood sugar, thyroid, detoxification, and intestinal  regulating systems. If this powerful master switch fails, there are so many body functions that malfunction. Under enough stress for a long enough time, even the strongest of individuals can lose integrity of multiple body systems.  Stress affects the sex lives of both men and women by lowering testosterone levels in men and estrogen levels in women. Stress leads to depression, fatigue, immune dysfunction and autoimmune conditions, weight gain, leaky gut, impaired detoxification, Insulin Resistance (Diabetes), memory loss, and the list goes on.

Everyone has too much stress at some time in their lives. Minimize the impact of stress and prevent chronic stress by: (1) getting a massage and a chiropractic adjustment – fast stretch of muscle spindles and joints powerfully enhance brain function (2) go for power walks and march like a soldier with exaggerated arm swing (3) Find someone who makes you belly laugh and laugh a lot  or watch a funny movie (4) enjoy fabulous times with your significant other (5) play with your dog or pet (6) listen to music (7) avoid sugar, caffeine, drugs, and alcohol  (8) take supplements that promote immune, adrenal, gut, and brain health (9) get enough sleep – very important (10) don’t procrastinate.

If stress is making your life miserable – I’d like to help. Call Brown Chiropractic Neurology today at (303) 986-7600

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

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