Some insomniacs KNOW that they have trouble sleeping. Others don’t. For instance, many of you wake up tired even after 8 or more hours of sleep. Some of you are refreshed and rested after as little as 5 to 6 hours of sleep. There are many possible reasons for the former. Among them is that the sleep you are getting is fragmented and the normal sleep cycles are not occurring. For instance, you may be in rapid eye movement (REM) or dream sleep all night with no deep sleep.

Another reason that may keep you from waking up rested is Sleep Apnea or Sleep Hypopnea. In Sleep Apnea, one will actually stop breathing. In Sleep Hypopnea, one will have lower levels of Oxygen saturation at night but not actually stop breathing. Either way, without oxygen it is hard to rejuvenate at night without proper oxygen.

Research indicates that as we age, the HPA axis of the brain is altered by high cortisol levels. Cortisol (a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland) has an impact on both REM and deep sleep patterns. Stressful American lifestyles are the major contributor to adrenal dysfunction and sleep disorders.

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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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).

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Andropause is the scientific term for male menopause. Men don’t menstruate and they don’t have a sudden decline in hormone function, like women, but instead go through a gradual decline in androgen dominance (testosterone). The level of androgen production accounts for the fact that some men age with great vim, vigor and virility and others do not.  The key point here is that men face a gradual decline whereas women experience a sudden drop in hormonal dominance. Andropause is insidious and often overlooked because men aren’t screened by health professionals. In addition men don’t recognize or ignore the signs – translation: men don’t won’t to be bothered or admit that they are not the stud of yesteryear. As a result, Andropause is now a serious health problem in America. Causes may include: accumulated environmental toxins (exotoxins and xenoestrogens), increased emotional stress, increased dietary stress ( lack of essential fatty acids – Omega 3’s), and increased demands on liver detoxification. Andropause is the direct result of the environmental, chemical, physical, and dietary demands of modern industrialized life.

There are numerous causes of low testosterone including: (1) functional Andropause (the most common form where the ratio between testosterone and estrogen shift) (2) genetic disorders (3) primary Andropause (4) secondary Andropause. A normal blood testosterone to estrogen ratio is 50:1 while many men with Andropause have an 8 or 10:1 ratio.  A critical point here is that these men may have “normal” testosterone blood ranges but estrogen dominance exists and creates a low testosterone state. Low testosterone levels result in obesity, insulin sensitivity (blood sugar problems), increased cardiovascular risk, and cholesterol problems.

SYMPTOMS of Andropause: (1) decrease in stamina (2) depression (3) decrease libido (4) mental fatigue (5) lack of drive (6) decrease in morning erections (7) decreased ability to start or maintain full erections (8) muscle soreness. SIGNS of Andropause: (1) increased blood pressure (2) increased cholesterol and or triglycerides in blood analysis (3) increased fat around breast and hips (4) hemorrhoids and varicose veins (5) fat tire around waist  (6) increased fasting blood glucose (insulin resistance)

Andropause occurs most often in middle aged men but can hit men in their 20’s or 30’s.  The most common clinical presentation is a 40-50 yo man who GRADUALLY loses his strength, energy, enthusiasm, and sex drive. He is tired and loses interest at home and in business. His is a downward spiral resulting in a disaster of a sex life with  inability to achieve erections.

THERE IS HOPE! Call our office and schedule an examination. We utilize the latest scientific approaches based on peer reviewed, indexed literature to provide drug free solutions for Andropause and other metabolic conditions including but not limited to: thyroid, blood sugar, adrenal, and autoimmune disease. PH: (303) 986-7600

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