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What happens when you clench your teeth?

On to this week’s topic.  I will keep it light this week, as I will be promoting a talk I am doing at the end of the month for dentists.  So, if you currently are seeing a dentist in the bay area that I have not previously worked with, please let them know of my event, to help more people with treatable complaints!  It’s absolutely FREE!
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I will say a good majority of my patients that I see have ZERO idea that they are major teeth clenchers.  The reason being is because one, many dentists don’t consider it a big deal, or don’t know that other than teeth wear, there is other signs, and two most everyone who is a clencher, clenches in their sleep in which they wouldn’t know.

During the day, we have consciuous ability to know we are clenching, often times when we are stressed, but for a lot of folks they can’t control it.  And, doing it in your sleep does the most damage.  Why?  Well normal chewing is 35 pounds of pressure, whereas clenching is 1500 pounds of pressure!

The most important part of this, is if you have an abnormal bite, (alot of us do), then this amount of force will go unevenly into your cranial system creating dysfunction and causing inflammation.

It also greatly disrupts air passageways and sleep.  A lot of folks say they wake up in the middle of the night not knowing why, which most of the time if it’s not hormone related is from the clenching.

This is like having mini concussions every night, so for someone who maybe just got in a car accident, or rattled their head a bit, you can see how their brain can never really fully heal from the injury if they are significant clenchers.

This is why co-managing your case with functional dentists/orthodontists who I can train is vital!  With kids, we can outgrow them out of many of these problems, because usually clenching is from abnormal bites, and bones that are too narrow.  Once you are an adult, we’ve missed the window for growth which is around 8-14 years old.  But we can help protect you from the damage clenching causes.

Yes it does cause teeth damage, but more importantly for a craniopath, it causes continual brain inflammation.  What can this cause?

  • hormone dysfunction
  • sleep problems
  • digestion issues
  • body pains
  • headaches
  • neck/back pain
  • leg/tightness
  • vision problems
  • TMJ dsyfunction
  • Ear/hearing problems
  • vertigo
  • Tinnitus
to name a few…

I a lot of times see TMJ dysfunction as a result from clenching, but TMJ can also come from other sources, like pelvic instability.  A lot of dentists have a lot of patients with TMJ, neck pain, headaches, ect. but don’t know exactly what to do with them.

They use various dental appliances that focus on mainly jaw position and just protecting the teeth.  But the teeth are just an extension of bone, so the cranial system HAS to be looked at first.  This is why most nightguards, ect. are not effective.  There is a specific way things have to be done, in combination with my care, and in combination with a dentist who knows how the cranial system works functionally is key.

I can’t tell you how many times patients say oh ya i’m a clencher but i wear a nightguard.  Well what kind of nightguard, how significant of a clencher are you?  Do you have symptoms now that you didn’t prior?  Many don’t notice any change in symptoms from a nightguard without cranial care, because it’s like putting a bandaid on a broken bone.  Unless you actually fix the dysfunction first, the problem won’t heal.  And, i’m looking at more than just teeth protection.

What are signs of teeth clenching?

  • Wear or chipping/cracking of teeth
  • grinding
  • jaw clicking, popping, fatigue
  • waking up not feeling rested
  • waking up multiple times in the night
  • waking up with a headache or sore jaw
  • waking up feeling foggy
  • crowding of teeth (especially lower)
  • neck tightness
  • maxillary exostosis ( This is like a big knob of bone in the roof of your mouth or around the gums, see picture)
  • Mandibular tori ( Other knobs of bone in the lower teeth gums, see picture)
  • sinus inflammation
  • abnormal face/tongue sensations
  • increase in facial muscle tone
  • many others…
These pictures are pretty dramatic, but give you a good sense of what happens with excess bone growth from clenching.

So, please spread the word!  Many suffer from these complaints and don’t know why!

Nix Sinus Issues at Their Source

Sinusitis, an extremely common illness that affects an estimated 33 million people every year according to the Mayo Clinic, occurs when the lining of your sinus cavities (which are in the facial bones around your nose) become inflamed. This can prevent mucus from draining out of your sinuses, allowing viruses, bacteria and fungi to multiply and cause infection and swelling.

Acute sinusitis is usually caused by infection with a virus or single type of bacteria, chronic sinusitis is usually caused by infection with a mixture of bacteria or allergies. It can occur at any time but may also follow a respiratory infection, such as a cold.

I will note here, that I get a LOT if not a majority of “sinusitis” cases that actually have nothing to do with the sinuses.  That being because the sinuses are behind the cranial bones, AND joints where the bones come together are usually the inflamed areas.  In this photo of the skull I have circled areas where individuals point when they have “sinus headaches” or pressure.  When in fact, it is joint inflammation of where two bones come together.

Again, when the sinuses become inflamed, it prevents mucus from draining.  But the sinuses aren’t always infected.  Yes, sometimes a good majority are because of the continual inflammation from the cranial joints, but not always.  Can you see though how the inflammation could start, which can then lead to infections getting in?

There are a number of steps you can take to prevent chronic sinusitis from flaring up and help reduce the symptoms naturally.

  • Get Cranial Care.  These bones move every breathe we take, and when they aren’t moving correctly then this can block that sinus movement creating more sinus inflammation.

 

  • CranioBiotic Technique–  Again a lot of sinusitis is hidden infections.  This technique I use in office helps me screen for hidden infections.  The major of sinus issues I find are usually a mix of infection but ALWAYS ALWAYS includes mold infections.

 

  • Allergy testing.  Once I use CBT and help your immune system eliminate suspected infections out of the sinuses, a lot of “allergies” tend to go away.  Because the inflammation is down.  If there are “true” allergies, I can then screen for most common ones in my office, and either help your body desensitize against them, or we can always do blood testing if you want more definitive testing results.  * Most are usually just amazed how well the technique work they don’t bother with further testing. AND MOST don’t know you can get rid of allergies.

 

  • Homeopathy.  After doing cranial work and CBT, Certain homeopathic combinations work amazing for drainage.  One I use called Drainage Tone has worked wonders.

 

  •  Dairy products and gluten often encourage mucus production.  Commercialized dairy is not good for us anyways and laden with tons of antibiotics and a huge overdose in casein (milk protein) which is way higher than what we need.  We already know gluten is inflammatory.

 

  • Drink plenty of water.

 

  • Avoid alcohol, which can cause your sinus membranes to swell.

 

  • Eat a variety of foods, like organic fruits and vegetables, to boost your immune system, which may help fight off an underlying infection, and reduce inflammation in your body.

 

  • Inhale steam from a kettle or pot of boiling water (being careful not to get burned) or use a diffuser with essential oils! Which is way better and actually cleans and detoxifies the air.

 

  • It is highly recommended that you use a high quality air filter to clean your home’s air. The Environmental Protection Agency says indoor air can be anywhere from two to five times as polluted as outdoor air and sometimes more than 100 times more polluted! When you breathe in polluted air, the pollutants reach much further than your nose, mouth and even lungs. Polluted air affects all of your body’s systems, particularly your respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Because people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, having clean air inside should be a top priority.
  • -What should you look for in an air purifier? The challenge with most air filters or purifiers is that air must be drawn to the unit, either through natural air flow, or through the use of a fan. This method results in uneven treatment and can leave pockets of polluted air, plus fans are noisy, subject to failure, and require higher levels of electricity. There are a few top rated air treatment system that do NOT wait for pollutants to contact a filter or plate. Instead, the these generates air purifying technology that migrates through the area and neutralizes organic odors, microbes and molds at their source. As a result, systems like this produces fresh clean air throughout your home or office uniformly, by addressing the pollutant source without the use of fans, filters, or plates! These type of air treatment systems use the most effective air purifying technology, called “photocatalysis,” which is actually a replication of how outdoor air is naturally purified. Some air treatment companies also provide excellent room sizing guides so you can choose the power level that is best for your individual family’s needs.  I like using an ozonator called MiniAer.

 

  • Do my regular 21 day purification body cleanses.  Since the air and our food is toxic, making sure your body can cope with toxins is key!  Doing a cleanse is great for overall health.

A quick note here.  You could also have eye strain which is causing sinus and eye related headaches.  If you think this is the cause, please let me know as I have a wonderful functional ophthalmologist I can refer for vision therapy to fix the eye strain.
 

 

Are you being tricked? Why sweet things aren’t so sweet

Happy Halloween week everyone!  To be in the spirit, I thought I would talk about this week what happens during this holiday and the following holidays to come.  Yes sweetssss, candy, desserts, alcohol ect.  And how it can be tamed!

It’s pretty well known at this point that American’s are sugar ADDICTS.  Yes sugar is a naturally occurring substance that is vital for energy.  The good kinds of sugar, and in the right amounts.  Excessive sugar consumption is a culprit for many conditions including diabetes, alzheimers, obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, and tooth decay and infections. Tooth decay in itself can also lead to endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy complications, alzhemiers risk.  

Studies have shown that sugar can also have the same addiction related behavioral reactions as heroin.

Americans consume over 150 POUNDS of sugar per year.  A big culprit to that was in 1950 the addition of high fructose corn syrup.  So American’s are eating more sugar, and manufactures are making more unnatural sources of it.

Sugar tastes good though right?  And makes us feel good?

That’s because it does create a boost of energy, and pleasure neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, and can soothe pain.

And because we like it, we are bombarded with manufacturers with sugar and products loaded with it.  Like soda, Gatorade, alcoholic drinks, coffee drinks, energy drinks or “fruit juices”.
A lot of us don’t even really realize we are consuming it because of it’s hidden names in processed foods. Including meats, soups, crackers, bread, ect.

Here are a few master of disguise ingredients:

  • fructose
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • dextrose
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • lactose
  • maltose
  • sucrose
The FDA recommends only about 40 grams per day, which most consume about 5 times that.  A classic Starbucks mocha 16oz is 35g, which is about your intake for the day.  That 40g includes sugar from fruit as well.  Which is a good source of sugar, but you can also overdue that as well.
What about the drink Gatorade?  Yes, for athletes they do need some sugar to replenish, but they actually need more of the electrolytes, and actual water, less sugar.
A 32 oz of thirst quencher Gatorade, which is the typical size is 56 grams of sugar. These aren’t good sources of sugar either.  And most of us aren’t do athletic performance levels of exercise that would even warrant that amount of sugar.

This also doesn’t mean go “sugar free”.  Sugar free sweeteners like splenda, aspartame, sweet and low, equal, ect, are what are called excitatory substances in research have shown to lead to huge brain disruption and cancer.
So, sugar free is actually WORSE than actual sugar. Don’t be fooled.

Break the Cycle

Sometimes, because of the addiction part you have to break the cycle.  Additionally, when your gut health isn’t great, say you went on antibiotics, or your digestion isn’t optimal, because of all the processed food or hidden bugs, the bad guys (bad bacteria and fungus) actually feed off the sugar andsignal that addiction center in your brain as well as tell you to crave more sugar.

Remember carbohydrates are metabolized as sugar as well.  So dead carbs like bread, sweets, pasta, grains, turn into sugar in our bodies.  When we’ve reached that 40g we need the rest is stored as fat, or goes into inflammation.

Breaking the cycle includes doing a sugar detox.  Start by at least just cutting out all added sugar.  This stops the constant cycle in your brain.  Then begin lowering your carb intake, and healing your gut.  It helps tremendously with the cravings.  Regulating your sugar will also help tremendously with your energy.
When you eat sugar or a high carb meal you will have a really big high, but then a really big low (hence that 2pm tired feeling).  My 10 day blood sugar cleanse is an excellent jump start to helping you kick the habit.  It uses some amazing herbs to help decrease your need and want for sugar while rebuilding and detoxing your body.

Research shows that you can actually retrain your tastebuds. When you cut out sugar, they rewire after a while, and even the smallest amounts of sugar will satisfy your need.

Here are some suggestions for taming the sweet obsession:

  • slowly eliminate one sugar food at a time, so you don’t go into withdrawal (this is where the cleanse helps a ton)
  • when you crave something sweet try fruit instead, or something with protein like lunch meat, nuts, unsweetened yogurt
  • reduced processed foods and switch to whole organic foods
  • add more protein and fiber rich foods, which will also make you feel more full
  • exercise more, it helps you create a good habit, which will make you more likely to create a good habit of cutting out sugar
  • set small goals so you feel accomplished
  • swap out white potatoes for sweet potatoes(stabilize blood sugar)
  • adding cinnamon to your food (helps with metabolism, also essential oils like grapefruit)
  • Agave and other natural sugar alternatives also raise the blood sugar and aren’t so natural.  Try stevia or xylitol as a sweetener, or a little pure maple syrup.

Instead of giving out Sugar and candy tomorrow consider these ideas instead:

  • plastic jewelry
  • fake tattoos
  • accessories, like skull keychains glow in the dark sticks(always a huge hit), ect
  • art and crafts like glitter stickers
  • spooky school supplies
  • terrifying pocket toys and games
  • xylitol chewing gum (helps prevent cavities)
  • other healthy snacks like raisins, nuts, ect. you can be creative.  Be careful of “fruit snacks”, which are most the time just straight sugar.
OR
You can encourage your kids to participate in Halloween Candy Buy Back, a national program that pays kids $1 per pound of sweets that are shipped to U.S. troops overseas.

Not that our troops need more sugar either, but hey..

Sugar consumption is not something that should be taken lightly.  It causes a lot of behavioral problems in our kids, and a ton of health problems in all ages.  You’ve heard me talk before about type 3 diabetes (alzheimers) which is now classified as sugar in the brain.  Cut the grains, cut the sugar, live a healthy lifestyle, and most of all have a safe halloween!

Kids Head Injuries, Forgotten Injuries and Future Problems

t’s that time of year again, football is in full swing, and more than 55% of high school students participate in athletics, football ranking the most popular for boys.

Football creates a lot of team building, and has a lot of other attributes, however it also results in the most catastrophic injuries than any other sport tracked by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, and appears to be much more dangerous at the high school level than the college level

“While catastrophic head injuries such as brain bleeding and swelling are rare, a study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine found its incidence is significantly higher at the high school level than the college level. High school football players have more than three times the risk of a catastrophic head injury than their college peers,” says lead author, Barry P. Boden, M.D., from the Orthopedic Center in Rockville, Md., and adjunct associate professor at the Uniform Services University of the Health Science in Bethesda, Md., in Science Daily.

Further, the researchers found a high percentage of high school football players who had minor symptoms of neurologic injury from a previous head injury (such as a concussion) at the time of the catastrophic injury. Further points found in the study included:

  • 81 percent of the injuries were caused by helmet to helmet collisions and helmet to body collisions
  • 59 percent of those injured had a history of previous head injury (71 percent of which occurred during the same season)
  • 40 percent of injured athletes were playing with residual neurologic symptoms from a prior head injury
  • Of the 94 catastrophic injuries reviewed, 9 percent result in death, 51 percent in permanent neurologic injuries, and 40 percent serious injuries with full recovery”

Why the increase in high school?  Well, researchers think its the younger the brain, the more susceptible it is to injury.  Also, college teams have way more practitioners and people watching for injuries, and many high school teams just don’t have these resources.  Many kids are just taught to walk it off, or there is high pressure for them to get into college, so they have to play through injuries in order to get scholarships.

It’s also important to note, you don’t actually have to hit your head to have a concussion.  In fact, the number 1 sport in general for concussions is women’s soccer.  The quick movements of the head, and generally women have weaker necks than males.

What happens to the brain after an injury??

“In the event of a closed head injury, your brain collides with your skull, bruising brain tissue and tearing blood vessels. The rapid movement of your head may also stretch or injure your neuronal axons, which are nerve cells that link parts of your brain together, and link parts of your brain to other parts of your body. Such an injury tends to impact a wide range of functioning.

Brain injuries, whether mild or severe, all have the potential to impact the following:

  • Cognitive skills (concentration, learning to skills, attention span)
  • Speech and language skills
  • Personality (lethargy, aggression, mood swings, dependent behaviors)
  • Senses (vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch)

 

If your child has experienced even a minor head injury, do not let them continue to play contact sports. Doing

so increases their risk of having a serious head injury.

For those who experienced a head injury long ago, researchers are realizing that the blow may long be forgotten, but the impacts could linger on.

For some, the head injury leads to irritability or depression, which turns into substance abuse. Others have a hard time juggling tasks throughout the day, and become disorganized, easily distracted or unable to hold a job.

In fact, according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), one study found that 40 percent of people hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury had at least one problem that still lingered one year later. Most frequently, this was:

  • Improving memory and problem solving
  • Managing stress and emotional upset
  • Controlling their temper
  • Improving their job skills”

What to Watch Out for if Your Child Has a Head Injury 

If your child has a head injury while playing football or due to another circumstance, you should see either myself immediately, or if severe your doctor. “Even if it appears mild, the full extent of a head injury may not develop for days, so you should continue to watch closely for symptoms. Sometimes getting imaging is also really important. ” But cranial care combined with some other nutritional recommendations is key to helping decrease the inflammation on the brain, and prevent future problems.

I’m also looking for other things affecting you and your child’s health with a concussion.  A developing brain does not do well with brain swelling. I will test neurologically how their entire body is functioning, to help facilitate the correct healing as soon as possible.

These are symptoms to watch for following a blow or indirect blow to the head: 
Headaches
Lethargy
Balance
Nausea
Fatigue
Bad taste in mouth
Slurred speech
Ringing in ears
Neck pain
Anxiety
Irritability
Depression
Problems concentrating
Memory loss
Difficulty collecting thoughts
Trouble walking (balance)
Trouble sleeping
Dilated pupils
Drainage of bloody or clear fluids from nose or ears
Weakness or numbness in limbs

“If you notice any of the following, seek medical help immediately. Do not let your child participate in sports if they are showing signs of a head injury “The single most important piece of advice that I can give is to never let an athlete play football if he has any neurological symptoms whatsoever,” Dr. Boden told Science Daily. This could include amnesia, dizziness, headache, irritability, personality changes or any of the signs listed above.  “Football is a very macho sport. Athletes are taught to play through pain,” Dr. Boden continued. “But concussions need to be taken seriously. Many of them are probably being overlooked at the high school level. These injured athletes are allowed to return to play before full recovery, leaving them susceptible to a more significant injury.”

I could not agree more!  Concussions happen all the time, I see them in car accidents constantly and since our brain is the master controller, it should be the MAIN focus of protection with any activity.

Be careful with your little ones in these contact sports.  More focus should be on strengthening the neck muscles, and other practices BEFORE entering into this type of sport.  But, i can’t reiterate enough the importance of Cranial care.  When you do this you can avoid so many symptoms on down the line.

http://articles.healthrealizations.com/SchippelChiropractic/2017/10/16/Study-Finds-Old-Forgotten-Head-Injuries-the-Source.aspx?SubscriberEmail=dr.rachelhamel@…

Taking proton pump inhibitors? This can increase your risk for food allergies in yourself and during pregnancy for your child

 As you may or may not know from my previous blog’s, the pharmaceutical industry definitely has a place in emergency situations, but a good majority of the time is way over utilized leading to many problems, a lot they don’t even warn you about.  This being because bigPharma is all about the bucks.

Proton pump inhibitors, or acid reducing medications like zantac, prilosec, prevacid, nexium, tums ect…. are a class of pharmaceutical drugs that are used for almost any gastrointestinal complaint.  A lot are over the counter now.
In the UK, doctors issue more than 50 million prescriptions for PPIs every year.

Scientists have been studying the connection between PPIs and food allergies, because they already know  through research that PPI’s can have other side effects such as a greater risk for heart disease, increase the chance for dementia, chronic kidney disease, nutritional deficiencies and infections such as salmonella, pneumonia and Clostridium Difficile.  

PPIs reduce the amount of acid in the stomach, which is “desirable” for patients with gastric ulcers. However, In 15% of patients they found sensitizations to foods that had previously been fine with before taking the medication.  Foods like potatoes, tomatoes, celery.  So, there’s a a high risk of developing an allergy with these medications.

Nature provides it’s own protection in the stomach, but we deactivate that when we take these drugs.  The stomach produces enzymes and those enzymes have the task of breaking down proteins that we ingest through our food.  But the enzymes work only in an acidic environment. Your stomach actually loves acid, after all it sits in a pool of it!
When we take these drugs we neutralize the acid, and the enzymes can’t do their jobs.  Proteins get through undigested and we can become sensitized or develop allergies.

If you have digestion issues to begin with, most the time the stomach acid is just not in that optimal acidity that we need it to be in.  This is often times because of stress, lack of exercise and most commonly the typical poor american diet of sugar, carbs and processed foods. 
If the acid isn’t being used because the acidity isn’t right, then yes it will rise and give you acid reflux.  And over time ulcers can result.  But, the less acid you produce, the worse the problem becomes.  That’s why many individuals have such a hard time coming off of these drugs.  They are so depleted in the acid, that its hard to recover from.

It’s actually quite an easy fix, and one I see daily in my office.  You need to first heal the lining of the stomach and esophagus, and then use some quality supplementation to stimulate the acid to be produced again, and in the right acidity level.  Changing the diet is also a must.  Over time, the stomach gets the memo and continues to produce the adequate acid without the need for the supplement.

Allergies are also on the increase in children.  We know there are other factors now such as vaccinations creating so many allergies because of the food proteins in them mixed with the chemicals, GMO foods, ect. but if a pregnant woman takes a PPI there is an increased risk of the unborn child developing a food allergy. 

PPI are prescribed for 60-70% pregnant women. This being because heart burn can be a common symptom during pregnancy as the child pushes on the stomach and diaphragm. This medication not only impacts the immune system of the women ( acid kills bugs), but also on that of the unborn child. Studies have shown that during the time when the stomach’s own defenses are neutralized, the way may be paved for sensitization to allergens. 

There are many natural options during pregnancy as well to help with the symptoms, and most women say after the baby is born the symptoms go away.  But, who do you know that has been told that they may have some of these symptoms by taking this medication?

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The stomach is our first stop for digestion, and some would say the most important.  If we don’t digest our food, then we don’t absorb it on down the line in the intestines.  This is something I always start with with any nutritional protocol.  You’d be surprised what can all change when you can properly digest your food!

I also see a ton of neck and shoulder issues arising from stomach dysfunction.  
Believe it or not, the stomach nerves have a referral type pain in the neck and the shoulders.  Often times, this can be just the ticket for fixing these complaints.

I hope this was helpful to you this week.  Please always do your research.  There are risk to every single pharmaceutical drug that you take. My goal is to find root causes instead of bandaids, but nature does provide us with options when we need them!.  Nature first and drugs last.

OIL OF THE WEEK
On the spotlight this week is DoTerra’s Ginger Essential Oil.

Newly sourced from Madagascar, dōTERRA Ginger essential oil is derived from the fresh rhizome of the ginger plant—the subterranean stalk of a plant that shoots out the root system. A featured ingredient in many Asian dishes, Ginger has a hot, fragrant flavor when used as a kitchen spice. In Western tradition, Ginger is most often used in sweets—gingerbread and ginger snaps being two examples. Internal use of Ginger is best known as a digestive aid and for helping to ease occasional indigestion and nausea.* Ginger essential oil can also be applied topically or inhaled for a soothing aroma.* 

Uses

  • During a long car ride, diffuse or place a drop of ginger in the palm of your hand and inhale.
  • Apply over lower abdomen for a soothing massage.
  • Use Ginger essential oil in your favorite sweet and savory dishes.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.