Brain degeneration and sleep

There has been an explosion in research on brain function; and, it is largely due to this rising number of Dementia and Alzheimer’s victims. New discoveries about the powerful effects of nutrients, amino acids, bio-flavinoids, and herbs are being published frequently. We now understand how bad guts, diets, adrenals, and blood sugar lead to inflammation and degeneration of the brain.  Improving our diet and exercise and decreasing stress, coupled with supplementing with specific nutrients, can put the brakes on brain inflammation and degeneration. By supporting the thyroid, we also support the brain. An unsupported thyroid almost guarantees some form of brain degeneration.

When the brain degenerates, the common symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, depression, and insomnia. Insomnia is associated with so many bodily breakdowns because almost all diseases lead to adrenal stress. Some insomniacs will never respond to sleep medications or natural remedies. The reason is that the root cause is not being addressed. Only by looking at a comprehensive history and examination which may include blood, saliva, and stool analysis can the right course of treatment begin.

If you have wondered if chiropractic neurology and functional medicine can help you, see a chiropractor. Better yet, 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).

Call us today at (303) 986-7600 for a free consultation. We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, and Evergreen.

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

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HYPOGLYCEMIA occurs when fasting blood glucose levels indicate low fasting serum (blood) glucose. Hypoglycemia is caused by poor diet (heavy carbohydrates, sugars, and skipped meals), low cortisol levels, low adrenal function, Hypothyroidism, and drug side effects. Symptoms include headaches, fatigue, shakiness, irritability if meals are missed, and sweet cravings.

SYNDROME X or Metabolic Syndrome occurs when fasting glucose levels are high (this is a pre-Diabetic condition. In Syndrome X, there is usually an accompanying decrease in good cholesterol (High Density Lipoprotein, HDL), elevation in bad cholesterol (Low Density Lipoprotein, LDL), elevation in triglycerides, and elevation in uric acid.  This is usually the result of a couch potato lifestyle combined with bad food choices. Symptoms include fatigue after meals and cravings for sweets.

Maintaining blood sugar balance (neither too high or too low) is necessary to be healthy and without it, not only does one have a risk of Diabetes but also breakdown of adrenal, thyroid, gut, liver, and immune systems.

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.), 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).

Call us today at (303) 986-7600 for a free consultation. We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, and Evergreen.

Very simply, true hypoglycemia is a state of low blood sugar (FASTING glucose levels). The CAUSES are bad dietary habits, bad adrenal gland function from too much stress, hypothyroidism (low thyroid) which is secondary to many illnesses in the body, drug reactions, and growths or tumors.

HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE HYPOGLYCEMIA? Symptoms include:
(1) irritability or shakiness and lightheadedness if meals are late or missed.
(2) sweet cravings
(3) fatigue
(4) memory loss and fogginess
(5) lethargy
(6) headaches

IMPORTANT: Hypoglycemia is an entirely manageable condition that can controlled (usually completely eliminated) with discipline, diet, and exercise combined with a stress reduction lifestyle.

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.

Denver/Lakewood Chiropractor

Studies have shown that thyroid hormones have effects on the quantity of systemic Serotonin levels. Serotonin is necessary to feel good and be happy. Thyroid hormones have been shown to increase bio-energetic metabolism in those suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD). Additionally, thyroid hormone activity has been shown to acitivate 5-HT2A serotonin receptors in the brain. This makes you feel good. Thyroid deficiencies lead to increased serotonin turnover (loss) in the brain stem as well as decreased upper brain (cortical) serotonin levels. These deficiencies lead to a global neuro-chemistry imbalance. Serotonin is also a messenger to the pituitary gland to release Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). When the messenger is lost the pituitary produces less TSH.

You see that there are feed back loops between the thyroid and the areas of the brain that produce neurotransmitters – in this case, Serotonin. Please call if you are suffering from MDD, fatigue, thinning eyebrows, brain fog, memory loss, hair loss, or cold hands or feet. It may be your brain/thyroid connection.

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

When the brain or the thyroid degenerate, the most common symptoms are BRAIN FOG, DEPRESSION and FATIGUE. In our office, we notice when a new patient comes in and “had trouble getting here”, comes in late, has trouble filling out paperwork, and taking their history takes forever. The brain is just not working and the question is why? Science has proven without a doubt that depression stems from decreased frontal lobe activation. The frontal lobe is the ” lobe of humanity” or the lobe of executive function and it separates us from the beasts of the field. There are basically two models for depression: (1) thyroid malfunction and (2) cytokine inflammation leading to decreased nerve conduction. Cytokines are small signaling molecules secreted by glial cells. The majority of depressed patients have a leaky gut and inflammation. The gut is considered the 2nd brain and is responsible for 70% of immune function. Cytokine inflammation caused by abnormal glial cell activity leads to brain fog. Glial cells are the “scaffolding” of the brain, keeping neurons alive. Some thyroid patients will not respond to anti-depressants until inflammatory cytokines and leaky gut are calmed down. With persistent brain fog, healthy glial cell activity must be restored. With gluten (wheat, hops, etc.) exposure, brain fog may last from days to weeks. Gluten exposures will break down the blood brain barrier (BBB) allowing toxins that should normally be screened out to pass into the brain. This is why we recommend all thyroid patients get on a gluten free diet. people suffering  with hypothyroidism will produce less serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) so they become depressed. THE CURRENT DRUG MODEL DOES NOTHING TO RAISE THE AMOUNT OF NEUROTRANSMITTER but in functional medicine we can. The drugs’ temporary effects last no more than two years because they burn out. Hashimoto’s disease (autoimmune hypothyroid) triggers blood sugar, gluten, and adrenal problems resulting in inflammatory cytokine activity. Thyroid malfunction also leads to hippocampus degeneration. The hippocampus is a small but important cross road from the primitive limbic system to  the temporal lobe of the brain and is critical in preserving short to long term memory.

If you suffer from brain fog, depression, and fatigue and would like a drug-free approach to solving these problems or you have not responded to standard medical care, 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

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

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