Too much insulin flooding insulin receptor sites and not being able to bind (hyperinsulinemia) is a bad thing. Not only because of the risk of Diabetes, but because of other health effects including increase risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). H0w does it do this? It increases risk of High Blood Pressure, damages protein synthesis and coagulation, and interferes with lipoprotein metabolism. Due to insulin’s relationship with  sodium levels, when insulin levels increase so does blood pressure. As insulin levels drop, so does blood pressure. Insulin Resistance also interferes with breaking down fibrin protein which is intimately involved with coagulation (clotting).

Since high insulin levels are also associated with lipid metabolism abnormalities (think high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low good cholesterol (HDL), and high bad cholesterol (LDL), it is wise to lower it to avoid taking statin drug with the know serious side effects.Insulin Resistance is also associated with adrenal, thyroid, liver, immune, gut, and cognitive dysfunction. This is a serious problem that leads to Diabetes. Diabetes alone is projected by health authorities to break the American health care system unless drastic changes are made to eliminate this PREVENTABLE disease.

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, Headaches,Mirgraines, Peripheral Neuropathy, Autoimmune Disorders, Thyroid Disorders, Hormone Disorders, Adrenal Disorders, and Blood Sugar Disorders (Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, and Hypoglycemia).

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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.

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

Call us today at Brown Chiropractic Neurology (303) 986-7600 for a free consultation. You’ll be glad you did! Proudly serving Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, and Evergreen Colorado.

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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.

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

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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!

Call us today at (303)986-7600 for a free consultation to see if brain based and natural nutrition is right for you. Proudly serving Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, and Evergreen.

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That “spare” tire around your waist that people jokingly talk about is one of the surest signs of declining health through Insulin Resistance which can lead to Diabetes. Called visceral fat, this dangerous thick waist is a sign of impending Type 2 Diabetes and a sign that fat is also building up around your internal organs. This is not news to most people. There is strong evidence today that proteins and hormones released by insulin problems cause inflammation which damages arteries and liver function at the same time it negatively effects the way you break down sugars and fats. What is news to most people is that abnormal insulin and leptin are the twin sisters of Diabetes and Obesity. You see, leptin is a hormone that tells you when to stop eating. If it doesn’t, then you will keep eating without a sense of being full. Some people literally eat themselves to death. Leptin is responsible for signaling insulin to bind with receptor sites and when this goes amiss then you can not only become insulin resistant but obese in the process. The only known ways to stabilize insulin and leptin balance is through diet and exercise. Wow, imagine that. Just take care of yourself by exercising discipline in your life.

ARE YOU AT RISK?

MALES: Waist over 40 inches is considered Obesity. Ideal waist measurement is under 36 inches or under.

FEMALES: Waist over 37 inches is considered Obesity.  Ideal waist measurement is 33 inches or under.

**Keys to the kingdom of healthy blood sugar and body fat  are (1) eliminating grains, starches, and potatoes which all turn into sugar (2) eliminating sugars including and especially the dangerous high fructose corn syrups and so called “diet” foods and drinks which actually make you gain weight by increasing your appetite

JETTISON YOUR INNER FAT:

(1) Get plenty of high quality sleep

(2) Exercise regularly and intensely (but be sure to measure your heart rate and make sure it is within your ability)

(3) Reduce stress

(4) Optimize Vitamin D levels

(5) Eat organic

Kevin Patterson MD, in his article “Diseases of Affluence” states, ” No country in the world has the resources to continue to treat Diabetics the way they are being treated now, if the prevalence rates increase at the rates they are increasing.” The CDC estimates that by 2050 1 in 3 American Adults will be Type 2 Diabetics and presently 1 in 4 is either Diabetic or pre-Diabetic.

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

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, we are your primary care wellness provider. If you have Hypoglycemia, Insulin Resistance, Obesity, or Diabetes, we can help. Call us today at (303) 986-7600 and find out how. We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, and Evergreen Colorado.

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