Thyroid Disease and sleep

Low thyroid or Hypothyroidism is usually secondary to other metabolic problems and frequently it is adrenal malfunction. Chronic adrenal stress affects the relay system between the brain and the thyroid hormones. The hypothalamus and pituitary glands direct thyroid activities. With chronic stress they will mis-communicate with the thyroid. Sometimes a low thyroid burns out the adrenals and sometimes low adrenals burn out the thyroid. In any event, the cascade of metabolic imbalances associated with an under-performing thyroid gland include blood sugar imbalances and poor gut health. The shut down in these important body systems results in abnormal circadian rhythms at night. When the body’s natural rhythms are out of sync, insomnia is a common result.

Which comes first the chicken or the egg? Insomnia is ALWAYS a problem that begins in the Neuro-Immune- Endocrine system. Sometimes it is something simple such as a stressful event such as a death of a loved one or a divorce that raises the output of the Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal (HPA)axis, and the resultant signals to the adrenal glands to produce more cortisol. In this case when the event is over and the person has grieved properly, the body returns to normal with normal sleep. However when this stress goes on and on, eventually the body loses homeostasis and the system fails. The result can be disastrous to sleep, energy, and joy de vive.

Cortisol is the steroid hormone that mobilizes you and allows you to “run from the tiger” so to speak. However, our bodies are not designed to run from tigers every day. In America,the stress levels are so high  that this is exactly what happens though. Over time, with high levels of cortisol (can’t fall asleep), the adrenals burn out and produce low cortisol (can’t stay asleep) and eventually in the state of adrenal exhaustion, one may not be able to fall or stay asleep.

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.

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In a stressed out America, many people have trouble falling or staying asleep. The standard medical model of treatment involves pharmaceutical intervention. Quite frankly, not only are these medications poorly tolerated by the individual; but also, drugs are a short term masking of the problem which must eventually be addressed at its origin.

The shocking truth is that law enforcement agencies are confirming what research has also indicated – sleep deprivation is responsible for more vehicular injuries and deaths than drunk driving.  What’s going on?

Sometimes insomnia is directly related to Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), Insulin Resistance (high blood sugar), or full blown Diabetes. Almost always when blood sugar imbalances exist, there is stress on the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two pea sized glands located above kidneys which produce hormones that will stabilize blood sugar. When the adrenals secrete cortisol in higher than normal amounts at bedtime, the pattern is called adrenal hyper-function (overactive adrenals) resulting in the inability to fall asleep. Adrenal hypo-function is just the opposite in that patients can fall asleep but not stay asleep. Obviously, both conditions will impact sleep.

Testing for adrenal function involves a test called the Adrenal Salivary Index (ASI). The individual will take 4 saliva samples during the day and send it to the lab for analysis. The lab can see the circadian cycles of cortisol throughout the day to determine what stage of adrenal stress the person is in. The test is accurate and reasonably priced.

If you have wondered if chiropractic neurology and functional medicine can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. 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.

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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).

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

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.

(1) Eliminate stress. Easier said than done, I know.

(2) Eat many raw foods. Shop the outside sections of the grocery store.

(3) Get chiropractic adjustments and massages. They can lower your blood pressure and reduce body stresses.

(4) Get 8 hours of sleep. Again, easier said than done.

(5) Get plenty of vitamin D. Get it from the sun and with supplements. I can’t stress this enough.

(6) Drink clean water, and alot of it.

(7) Eliminate toxins by eating pure products.

(8) Take in plenty of healthy fats such as omega 3 fatty acids, butter, and coconut oil. Yes, some fats are good for you.

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.

In part 1, we talked about the causes, conditions, and brain changes in Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Today we will expand upon these topics.

MISFIRING IN AUTISM
* poor body awareness
* retention of primitive motor reflexes which interfere with development
* poor social skills and abnormal emotions
* poor fine and gross motor skills
* poor eye coordination
* sensory processing problems
* rapid heart rate
* digestive weaknesses
* food sensitivities
* compromised immune system
* academic and cognitive problems

WHAT’S GOING ON?

* Once thought a social problem, it is now known to be a central processing problem
* Motor and gait abnormalities
* Distraction due to faulty sensory input
* Overwhelm due to lack of assimilation
* Communication problems with repetitive behavior (Perseveration)
* Causes: small brain areas in the parietal lobe, vermis of cerebellum, corpus callosum, anterior cingulate, and striatum.
* Increased Serotonin levels in the blood
* Abnormalities in inflammatory responses leading to social withdrawal,fear of new stimuli, and sleep disorders
* Abnormal rapid eye movements leading to inability to attend stimuli
* Averted gaze of human faces

ASSOCIATED SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS

* Strongly associated with autoimmune disorders in relatives
* Excessive innate immune responses associated with gastrointestinal disorders
* Deficits in postural stability, posture, balance, and eye movements
* Respond to negative emotion
* Decreased motor skills
* Can’t understand non-verbal communication
* Stereotypical behavior

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

As stated in part 1, these conditions can be changed. This is not a lifetime sentence but it does require work. Call  us today at Brown Chiropractic Neurology (303) 986-7600. Proudly serving Golden, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Denver, Lakewood, and Evergreen.

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We now know that Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) radiation is affecting people’s health. Evidence shows that EMF damage is linked to Autism, low sperm counts, and DNA damage – to name a few (www.explorepub.com). Sources of EMF pollution include cordless phones, wireless phones, wiring in the walls, over and underground cables, lamps, and electrical outlets as well as computers, WI-FI hot spots, wireless printers and on and on. Most animals and humans are incredibly sensitive to even small EMF frequencies. Living cells interpret these exposures as normal cellular activity (heart rate, brain wave, cell division and cell signaling, etc.). But these man made electromagnetic exposures are not normal and have unusual signaling intensities, wave forms, and pulsing patterns detrimental to our health. The insidious thing is that we can’t feel, touch, or detect consciously these EMF’s but it is now clear that our cells are impacted. Sam Milham MD in his book “Dirty Electricity”, states that modern diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes may be triggered by EMF damage.

Some problems now being linked to EMF damage are: increased blood brain barrier permeability, depression, cardiovascular irregularities, DNA damage, hormone disruption, cognitive problems, metabolism changes, Autism, fertility impairment, Sleep Disorders, Immune Disorders, Learning Disorders, mineral deposit disruption, and a host of other neurological conditions. Listen to an interview with Dr. Rau at http://www.electromagnetichealth.org for more.

I strongly suggest that you read as much as you can on how to protect yourself from EMF by googling  – mercola.com – and type in links to his newsletters on the subject of EMF frequencies.

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).

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