The most severe form of Developmental Delay in children is Autism. Characteristically, these children: (1) may not look you in the eye (2) may fixate on a spot or stare in the distance (3) may be awkward or clumsy (4)may  be socially inept not able to read body language  (5) may exhibit perseverative behavior such as hand flapping. Science is now indicating that the brains of Autistic children are “cross wired” or out of sync.

U.C. San Diego researchers found that newborns that later developed Autism had smaller than average head circumferences. Then, in the first month and 6th month of life, an abnormally fast growth spurt in the brain occurs resulting in a larger size head than normal. By 5 years old, an Autistic can have a brain the size of someone in their early teens. Then the Autistic’s brain growth slows down while normal brains are having  growth spurts and by late teens the Autistic brain is smaller than normal.

The reason for the abnormal brain growth in Autistic children is thought to be due to pruning. Pruning is where neurons that are not useful for survival are eliminated so that multiple connections can be made between healthier neurons. In the Autistic brain, pruning occurs that allows the unhealthy connections rather than the healthy ones. So some parts of Autistic brains have too many connections and others have too few. Also, the white matter in Autistic brains is asymmetrical.

The brain CAN change. Ours is a revolutionary SOLUTION for children with Functional Disconnections or Learning and Behavioral Disorders (ADD, Dyslexia, Autism, Aspergers’s etc.).

If you have wondered if chiropractic neurology and functional medicine can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, do both and see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown.

How are we different? We specialize in neurological, immunological, and endocrine rehabilitation without the use of drugs or surgery. Conditions treated include: Sleep Disorders, Cognitive Disorders,Mood Disorders, Balance Disorders (Vertigo, Dizziness, etc.), Headaches, Migraines, Peripheral Neuropathy, Movement Disorders (Tics, Tremors, Tourette’s, etc.), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ADHD, ADD, OCD, CDD, PDD, Asperger’s, etc), Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune Disorders, Thyroid Disorders, Hormone Disorders, Adrenal Disorders, and Blood Sugar Disorders (Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Hypoglycemia).

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What is so important about the thyroid?  The answer is cross talk. The thyroid had cross talk with so many systems in the body and when it fails, one feels like she is “falling apart”. Frequently thyroid hormones are prescribed carte blance in an attempt to fix all the other systems along with the thyroid. Not good.The problem is that thyroid hormones may not be truly needed, possibly causing more problems than solutions. Thus there are millions of sufferers out there taking medications, feeling no better or even worse. The thyroid is so complicated that it can only be evaluated by looking at all bodily system through a thorough history and lab analysis.

Let’s take a look at some of the functions of the thyroid: (1) Gastrointestinal (GI) function – one of the main complaints of hypothyroisiam is constipation. Poor thyroid function slows down gut motility so that food slows down in the digestive tract. This can lead to compromised gut immune function allowing bacteria, viruses, and inflammatory processes to set in. (2) Gall bladder and liver function – this is your toxin filtering system where the liver filters, cleans, and detoxifies hormones. The gall bladder then removes the waste products.  In the liver, T4 or unusable thyroid hormone is converted to usable T3.  Hypothyroidism slows liver function and results in lower T3 production (3) bone metabolism – the thyroid manufactures a calcium regulating hormone called calcitonin and when it fails, calcium levels are affected (4) male sexual function – hypothyroidism in men leads to low sex drive, impotence, and low sperm count (5) Insulin (blood sugar) function- the brain uses most of the glucose produced in the body. Consequently when the thyroid is low, people absorb glucose slower and, consequently, have slower brain function. This leads  to “brain fog” and memory difficulties (6) Cholesterol or lipid function – when the thyroid is underactive, one makes fat faster than they burn it. This causes cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL (low density lipoprotein) to elevate and store fat (7) inability to lose weight – when the thyroid is low, the adrenal system fails to produce the epinephrine and norepinephrine hormone for fat burning . At the same time, hypothyroidism diminishes Human Grown Hormone (HGH) so muscle loss occurs.

Stay tuned for part 6 where we will continue with the functions starting with #8

If you have wondered if chiropractic brain based nutritional approaches are right for you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr .Scott Brown

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Thyroid metabolism (in a nutshell) goes something like this: The hypothalamus of the brain ( the main control center for the autonomic nervous system ) produces Thyroid Releasing Hormone to excite the pituitary gland (the main endocrine gland). In turn the pituitary gland releases another hormone called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) to the thyroid gland. TSH stimulates the production of Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO). TPO uses iodine to create T4 and T3 hormones. Most of these thyroid hormones are T4 (93%) and the rest to T3 (7%). But wait. The body only utilizes T3. So 60% of the T4 is converted in the liver to T3. Now we have 67% T3 that is useful. Fortunately, the most of the remaining T4 is converted to T3 in the peripheral tissues and the gastrointestinal tract (GI).

Here’s the problem. Things can go wrong with each of these steps. The brain may not release the TSH. The pituitary may be malfunctioning. TPO may fail to stimulate the use of iodine. The problem may be autoimmune where circulating antibodies have identified the thyroid as a foreign invader. Note that the thyroid has a similar chemical structure as gluten and this is why the body mistakenly identifies the thyroid as an enemy and attacks it. Autoimmune thyroid diseases include Hashimoto’s Disease and Graves Disease. Other non-thyroid autoimmune diseases include Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc..

The thyroid is a complex organ with cross talk to literally every bodily system ( brain, GI tract, neurotransmitter system, adrenal glands, liver, etc.).

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

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Is high cholesterol something to worry about? Well if you listen to the PR machine of the makers of statin drugs (think Lipitor), almost the entire population should be on statin drugs. But wait a minute. Let’s discuss what cholesterol is and why we need it and couldn’t live without it.
Cholesterol is a natural, life sustaining steroid hormone found in animal fats and oils. It is found in nerve fibers, blood, brain, and liver. It is necessary for production of sex hormones, adrenal steroids, cell development and bile acid production. Why does every body hate it? Answer: because it makes gobs of $ for it’s makers. The healthy range for MOST people is 150-200. More important though than the Total Cholesterol reading is the ratio of cholesterol to the other lipid markers (Triglycerides, High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). Anyone who has a TOTAL CHOLESTEROL reading of 201 is considered a candidate for statin drugs. But is this a problem? Not if the HDL (good cholesterol) is between 55-80, the bad cholesterol (LDL) is below 120, and the Triglycerides are 100.

If you have wondered if chiropractic can help, see your chiropractor or chiropractors, see a chiropractic neurologist, or do both and see me, Dr. Scott Brown.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, we specialize in normalizing lipid markers by making sure that blood sugar, thyroid, adrenal, GI, liver, and immune function are healthy. Usually, lipid panels that are not healthy can be normalized by making sure that all these areas healthy. This is done with natural diet and supplementation.  Call us today at (303) 986-7600  and find out if chiropractic neurology is right for you! Proudly serving Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Evergreen, and Arvada.

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The thyroid  is like a giant switchboard where calls from all over the country (body) are routed. Hormones in the brain fire messages to the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland then fires messages to the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland fires messages to the liver. You get the picture. It is now being called “thyroid crosstalk” and the thyroid literally communicates to every cell in every system in your body. Any breakdown in the switchboard and some of the communication is jammed.

Example: The body notifies the brain that metabolism needs to increase because it is too cold. The brain then fires a message to the hypothalamus (a relay station between the nervous system and the endocrine system) to go faster and heat things up. The hypothalamus fires another message through a chemical messenger (TRH) to another gland called the pituitary gland. When TRH delivers it’s message to the pituitary, the pituitary releases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH tells the thyroid to let in iodine which stimulates another hormone called thyroid peroxidase (TPO). TPO combines with iodine to create the thyroid hormones T4 and T3.

Standard lab testing done by medical doctors only measures TSH levels. This doesn’t account for the fact that other factors such as pituitary function, autoimmune function, or even if thyroid hormones are effective throughout the rest of the body.

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

Stay tuned for part-3 next blog!

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What do top athletes do that separate them from the herd? Other than natural ability combined with hard work? They are always searching for the “edge” for ways to improve – even fractions of a second for Lindsey Vonn in the downhill ski race can mean the difference between a gold medal and obscurity. ALL of these top performers today are diet fanatics and Lance Armstrong is even reported to weigh his food.

Dr. Brown’s fine peak performance tips:
(1) Optimize energy systems by supporting a healthy brain and intestinal flora. Probiotics and omega 3 fatty acids promote symbiosis between brain and gut.  Why do I associate brain and gut? Because most people with good brains have good guts. The gut is considered the 2nd brain and is responsible for 75% of your immune system. Immune compromised athletes rarely excel, not to mention that a leaky gut fails to deliver fuel to make the muscles work.

(2) Get as much fiber in your diet as possible. Regularity promotes optimal performance. Try beans, peas, legumes, apricots, raspberries, figs, plums, pears, apples, broccoli, cherries, bananas, brussels sprouts, coconuts, and baked potatoes (with skin).

(3) Get 8 hours of sleep EVERY night. Some studies (and my personal experience) show that the hours slept before midnight are worth twice as much as after.

(4) Turn on your brain and central nervous system with chiropractic adjustments and massage. Top performers such as Joe Montana, Tiger Woods, and Lance Armstrong keep their edge with regular adjustments and freely admit that they could not perform at the highest level without spinal and extremity adjustments.

(5) Limit alcohol. No explanation needed

(6) Thank you for not smoking!

(7) Eliminate stress. Chill out – literally. Read spiritual or inspirational literature before going to sleep and NEVER watch the (bad) news that starts at 11 pm every night.

If you have wondered if chiropractic can help  you reach your athletic potential, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

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It is never too late to protect your brain, however; Diabetes AND Alzheimer’s usually develop over a period of years, if not decades, before the very first signs and symptoms occur. Brain starvation occurs in Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Diseases and what most people don’t realize is that the brain manufactures it’s own insulin to convert glucose from the bloodstream into food for survival. When the brain stops producing insulin, it begins to starve. The same thing happens in Alzheimer’s where the brain atrophies leading to cognitive (memory), speech, motor, and personality changes. Diabetics have between a 50% -75% chance of Alzheimer’s Disease (WOW!). So pay attention because the research is quite clear that insulin resistance is connected to Alzheimer’s (no one yet knows how).

The good news is that there are food sources and supplements that can to improve brain function even after damage has occurred. Some of the heavy hitters in this category are: vitamin B-12, coconut oil, phosphatidylserine, acetylcholine, omega 3 fatty acids or krill oil, and a host of others that are specific to individual needs. Heavy carbohydrate diets have been shown to destabilize blood sugar and are therefore NOT good for brain function. A more appropriate ketogenic diet laden with fats and creams produces medium chain triglycerides which has been found to send ketones to the brain directly to produce fuel. It is now thought that ketones are the best source of brain food for Diabetics and Dementia patients. For instance, ketone producing coconut oil is a fat that acts like a carbohydrate without the negative effects on the individual insulin system.

Foods to avoid if you want to keep your mind sharp:
(1) Grains of ALL kinds (even organic). Sorry everyone, I know you like these for breakfast.
(2) Soy. Sorry again. So many people have been misled that un-fermented soy such as Tofu is good. See my previous blog.
(3) Artificial sweeteners of ANY kind including Splenda. A lot of you won’t like this. Aspartame is the baddest of the bad of these products and, although the mechanisms are unknown, studies on animals have shown that Aspartame impairs multiple memory functions, damages hypothalamic neurons, causes brain damage, mental retardation, and brain tumors. Don’t take the chance.

(4) Restrict sugar to 20-30 grams per day (even fresh fruits).  Along with grains, too much sugar is the greatest contributor to Diabetes

Optimize brain health and protect your immune system at the same time by:

(1) Regular exercise

(2) 5-10,000 I.U.’s of vitamin D

(3) Avoid anti-cholinergic drugs (Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter for memory, and certain drugs including broncho-dilators will block its positive brain effects)

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

Call us today (303) 986-7600 at Brown Chiropractic Neurology for a free consultation! Proudly serving Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Morrison, and Evergreen Colorado (CO).

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