Happy Snow Day!
For all of you out there pushing that snow around with a straight shovel, it is time to modernize for the sake of your back and shoulders! If your shovel isn't shaped like a "Z", you are using ancient technology to shovel your deep wet snow! A bent shovel gives you an ergonomic advantage and makes snow shoveling a breeze.
Now I don't sell these things so I don't have a vested interest in you buying one. In fact, I make more money if you continue to hurt your backs shoveling with archaic equipment! For less than the cost of one adjustment in my office, you can have a properly designed shovel that will last you for years and make these Colorado winters just a bit easier on your body.
Now where did I put those...
Does that thought cross your mind frequently? Walk into a room and suddenly realize you have no clue why you walked in there but you know there was a good reason? Welcome to the wonderful world of neuro-degeneration! Yes, our brains break down just like the rest of our bodies if we don't take of them.
Anti-aging is not about bio-identical hormones, cosmetic surgery and anti-oxidants. It's about protecting and nourishing our brains with physical exercise, mental exercise, proper nutrition and getting a good night's sleep. Keeping our stress levels down is many times mind over matter...if you don't mind, it don't matter! It is the importance we place on things that creates extra stress in our lives.
All Baby Boomers Brains are Degenerating
Your performance in life is brain related. As we get older it is important to keep our brain active learning new things; dances, sports, languages, math problems and puzzles, new skills, etc. all help to create new pathways for the nerves and slow down brain degeneration.
Laziness is a sign of a weak frontal lobe that can be helped with nutrition. Fatigue after using the brain, after driving or working on the computer are all signs of brain degeneration.
The brain is the most sensitive tissue to chronic stress. If you have a chronic illness, you have a brain problem as well. Chronic digestive problems are related to brain but it never addressed. The number two selling drug in 2010 was Nexium, the Purple Pill, for digestive problems. Oh, number one was a cholesterol lower medication which is best fixed by nutrition and not a drug that eats your muscles and kills your liver. But that is for another time.
Speaking of time...chronically late, gets lost easily, easily confused, needs help getting to places, handwriting getting sloppier are all signs of brain degeneration. Doctors are exempt on that last one. We had to take classes on how to have illegible handwriting!
Promoters of Brain Degeneration
One simple thing to do is work at the things you are bad at to stimulate the brain.
Food for Thought
Keeping your blood sugar level by eating every 2-4 hours is very helpful to the brain. Avoiding the foods you know or at least think you are reacting to help stop the attack on your brain.
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is found in meats, organ meats and seafood but not in sufficient doses unless you eat a lot of beef brain every day. You need 600-2000mg of PS daily to help your brain. This is why we use Adrena-calm to help give the body a higher dose of PS at a cheaper cost than taking tablets.
Interestingly, the FDA did give "qualified health claim" status to phosphatidylserine, stating that, "Consumption of phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly" and "Consumption of phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction in the elderly." It takes a lot of the FDA to make those statements. Oh, and it helps us not so elderly as well!
The easiest way to test the chemicals in your brain is not by a blood test. There is a protective barrier in the brain that doesn't let a lot of things in or out of that highly sensitive organ. So brain neurotransmitters cannot be measured by blood or urine tests.
Though I never attach things to my email newsletters, this time there is an attached Neurotransmitter Assessment Form that you can fill out and email back to us if you are interested. Just click on the NTAF link at the top left of this box. It helps us figure out what type of support your brain needs. Many of you have filled out this form when you first came in as a new patient but it is good to fill one out periodically.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an article stating that anti-depressant medication has no effect on mild to moderate depression. But there are permanent changes to the neurotransmitter receptor sites from long-term use of anti-depressants. There may be some nutritional help that doesn't have side-effects that can have a positive effect on these conditions. Keeping your blood sugar balanced is one for sure.
There are no changes in the schedule planned for the month. Yes, we will be here on President's Day and Valentine's Day. I am such a slave master!
DR. Craig Reese D.C
3000 Center Green Dr #230
Boulder, CO 80301