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Exercise Improves Your Memory

Happy Monday Tribe!

Continuing on our brain topics, per usual, this week we are going to talk about the benefits of exercise.  Well, the benefits for your brain!!

A research study in February of this year came out with some exciting information on this topic!

In 2012, Harvard came out with a study that showed that a substance called “irisin ”  is produced during intense physical activity.  This is actually a hormone that converts white fat to brown fat which produces heat.  Based on this, new research has been conducted on the deeper roles of this hormone.

They founds several things throughout this exploration:

1. Post mortem tissue showed that irisin traveled to the hippocampus the region where we store our memories. (The  brain’s of Alzheimer’s patients shows a vast depletion of this hormone).

2. Researchers found that disabling irisin in the brain’s of mice, weakened their memory and synaptic function in the brain. Then increased levels, provided increased memory and synapses.

3.  The researchers found that mice after swimming for 60 minutes, five days a week, secreted detectable amounts or irisin, proving it’s linked to exercise!

4.  They went further and wanted to see in Alzheimer’s brains if irisin would change outcomes.  They injected into the “athletic” mice, beta amyloid proteins as the buildup is linked to developing alzheimers. They found that irisin is protective, and the neurons of the brain were not harmed when introduced to the plaques. They were then injected with a pharmaceutical that decreased the irisin, and they no longer had neuron protection.

The results: exercise induced irisn production protects against alzheimers and other forms of dementia. Pretty cool huh?

Well, we also already know prior to this study that exercise also promotes the release of something called brain derived neurotrophic factor. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays an important role in neuronal survival and growth, serves as a neurotransmitter modulator, and participates in neuronal plasticity, which is essential for learning and memory.

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So, if you didn’t already need a bump in the hiney to get back into exercise let this be it!  If you have limitations in what you for exercise can do because of pain or limitations, thats where I come in! Mobility is key is having safe exercise.  But don’t just NOT exercise because of pain and limitations.  Figure out why those limitations are there!

OIL OF THE WEEK

ON the spotlight this week is Do Terra Basil.

In a recently published study (March 2016), Colombian researchers conducted a preliminary pre-clinical study examining the effects of ingesting linalool for three months. Memory was then assessed in several different tests. Ingested linalool was associated with improvements in learning, memory, and overall cognitive health.* Not surprisingly, ingesting linalool also improved measures of emotional health.

Linalool is the top component of many essential oils, including LavenderClary SageBasilCilantro, and Coriander. So next time you are exercising your brain, you may want to reach for one of these oils.

Review of the Literature: Vagus Nerve and Treatment of Gastrointestinal and Psychiatric Disorders

Happy Monday Tribe!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and amazing Fourth of July!  Last week I mentioned that I am switching to ONE office starting in August.  I won’t be in mission valley after that, so please schedule accordingly:)

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I came across a very interesting article this weekend, as you know i’m always nerding out to more science!
Some of this I already know, but I found it interesting enough to write about for all of you guys to learn about!

The article came out of a psychiatry journal, but the physical and emotional are so interconnected, it’s no wonder they are finding the two so intertwined!

You’ve heard me talk extensively about the vagus nerve.  One of the 12 cranial nerves that exits out of the skull.  One of our best calming nerves we got!  It starts up in the head, but continues down into the abdomen.


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It is part of what’s called the parasympathetic nervous system.  This system overseas a numerous amount of bodily functions, mood control, immunity, digestion, heart rate.

This nerve connects the brain and the GI tract by sending information to the brain about how the inner organs are doing.  Stimulating this nerve influences the brain stem to play crucial roles in mood and anxiety disorders (called monoaminergic brain systems).
What else?  There’s also evidence that gut bacteria have an effect of mood, by affecting the vagus nerve.

Let’s talk about the GUT brain axis for a minute.  The gut has its own nervous system, called the enteric nervous system.  It produces more than 30 neurotransmitters and has more neurons than the spine!  Why aren’t we addressing the gut more?! (well, i do, but just saying)…….

Hormones that are released from this system cross the blood brain barrier and work together with the vagus nerve.  The gut is also a huge important factor in controlling the immune system, but also the vagus nerve has immune modulating properties to work with it.
So this little (or big) nerve has a role with the gut, brain and inflammation.

How is the vagus nerve linked between our main (central) nervous system, and this enteric nervous system??

The gut brain axis includes the brain, spinal cord, autonomic NS, HPA axis.  The vagus nerve sends signals from the brain to the gut which account for 10-20% and then transports signals from the gut wall to the brain which accounting for 80-90% of all the fibers.  

This nerve also regulates the HPA axis, which releases hormones from the hypothalamus in the brain.  It leads to cortisol release, a stress hormone .  Which we all know stress hormones affect us all around. The vagus nerve also has lines of communications to influence intestinal function, which are under the influence of the gut microbes.

How is the vagus linked to the immune system?

The GI tract is faced all the time with food antigens, pathogens, microbiotica that may cause intestinal inflammation.  This is HIGHLY innervated by the vagus nerve. It has many anti-inflammatory capacities ( i won’t go into them all ). For those that want to nerd out  you know who you are, I’ll copy it here:

“The anti-inflammatory capacities of the vagus nerve are mediated through three different pathways (18). The first pathway is the HPA axis, which has been described above. The second pathway is the splenic sympathetic anti-inflammatory pathway, where the vagus nerve stimulates the splenic sympathetic nerve. Norepinephrine (NE) (noradrenaline) released at the distal end of the splenic nerve links to the β2 adrenergic receptor of splenic lymphocytes that release ACh. Finally, ACh inhibits the release of TNF-α by spleen macrophages through α-7-nicotinic ACh receptors. The last pathway, called the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway (CAIP), is mediated through vagal efferent fibers that synapse onto enteric neurons, which in turn release ACh at the synaptic junction with macrophages (18). ACh binds to α-7-nicotinic ACh receptors of those macrophages to inhibit the TNF-α (69). Compared to the HPA axis, the CAIP has some unique properties, such as a high speed of neural conductance, which enables an immediate modulatory input to the affected region of inflammation (70). Therefore, the CAIP plays a crucial role in the intestinal immune response and homeostasis, and presents a highly interesting target for the development of novel treatments for inflammatory diseases related to the gut immune system (618).”

What about the vagus for mood and PTSD?

Stimulating the vagus nerve decreases hippocampal activity in the brain through a neurotransmitter called GABA.  The hippocampus is pretty critical in the fear circuit.  When we decrease this activity, we calm the body. It’s been shown in numerous studies to decrease anxiety.  

What about inflammatory bowel diseases?

Vagus nerve stimulation gives an inflammatory response to endotoxins.  It also stimulates the spleen through its connection to the splenic nerve.  It’s been shown to calm down ulcerative colitis, crohns disease and also rheumatoid arthritis. 

CONCLUSION…….

The vagus nerve is an essential part of the brain–gut axis and plays an important role in the modulation of inflammation, the maintenance of intestinal homeostasis, and the regulation of food intake, satiety, and energy homeostasis. An interaction between nutrition and the vagus nerve is well known, and vagal tone can influence food intake and weight gain.

The vagus nerve plays an important role in the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders, obesity as well as other stress-induced and inflammatory diseases.

 

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So that’s all great right, but how do we stimulate that vagus nerve for our health?  In the article they stimulate it through electrodes, but we like other means .

1. Breathing.  Breathing properly is HUGE for activating the vagus nerve. It runs through the diaphragm, so many bowel problems come from improper movement of the diaphragm.

2. Craniopathy.  Of course!  Directly taking pressure off the vagus nerve where it’s entrapped has a huge impact on it’s ability.  Its the BEST way in my opinion.

3. Quantum neurology.  Once the pressure is taken off the nerve you can also directly affect its activation through neurological testing and light therapy.

4.  Exercise.  Some say yoga and meditation has a big effect on the vagus nerve, but i’m not huge into yoga, so I say proper breathing and stretching techniques are your best bet.

Many patients experience extreme calmness after an adjustment and this is why!  We are stimulating that vagus nerve!  Mood will change, guts will changes, and inflammation will change!

I mean look at the circuit of it’s path!!!


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Reference:

Division of Molecular Psychiatry, Translational Research Center, University Hospital of Psychiatry, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

 

 

OIL OF THE WEEK

ON the spotlight this week is Do Terra Patchouli.   What better way to stimulate the vagus nerve than through aromatherapy.  That’s in the research too!

Patchouli is a bushy herb from the mint family with stems reaching two or three feet in height and bearing small, pink-white flowers. Easily recognized for its rich, musky-sweet fragrance, Patchouli is regularly used in the perfume industry as well as in scented products such as laundry detergents and air fresheners. Patchouli is beneficial to the skin in many ways. It is often topically used to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and minor skin imperfections and to promote a smooth, glowing complexion. The fragrance of Patchouli provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions.

Uses

  • Combine with Peppermint and apply to the forehead, temples, or back of the neck after a long day of work.
  • Apply one to two drops to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, or problem skin areas, or add to your favorite moisturizer.
  • Combine with Vetiver and apply to the bottoms of feet to help calm emotions.

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.

 

 

Have a happy and healthy week,

 

Dr Rachel hamel

 

Mommy Brain, it exists and it’s a super power!

Happy Monday Tribe!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!.  Last week we talked about the importance of the tongue and it’s mobility effecting the brain.  If you missed it, don’t forget to catch the replay here:

http://www.drrachelhamel.com/blog-post/the-tongues-effect-on-your-brain/

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This week we are going to be talking about MOMMY BRAIN.

First of all, it’s probably best to chat about what mommy brain is, and if it exists right?

Many women who are pregnant claim that they feel like there are lots of things happening in their brains that they don’t understand.  Their memories get foggy so it’s hard to carry on a conversation or remember whether or not they put the an ingredient in the recipe.

Some researchers say there is no such thing as mommy brain, but still there are others and many women that would say otherwise.  The American Psychological Association concluded that 50-80% of women reported decreased concentration and memory while being pregnant.

However, we have learned that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Some researchers are saying that these symptoms actually are changes in the brain that may end up making the woman smarter and better equipped to keep her child healthy and safe. WHAT?!
This flood of reproductive hormones may actually prepare the brain for demands of being a mother.
This makes her more sensitive and a more effective caregiver, less irritated by stress and more in tune with the needs of a newborn.

Another doctor says this is why mothers can hear the babies stir, while the fathers are fast asleep. Also, when the fetus moves inside the womb of the mother, it can raise her heart rate and skin conductivity, all signs of an emotional response.  Meaning the mother will be better able to bond with her infant even before its born!

The placenta is a sac like membrane that is created to help feed and nourish the growing baby from the mother.  But fetal cells can also enter the mother’s bloodstream through the same means.  This could influence the changing of the brain preparing her for the needs and love of the infant. 

What about the actual brain size?

They have found through MRI scans that a woman’s brain may physically shrink 3-5% during the third trimester of pregnancy! 
BUT, the shrinking is not just a loss of brain cells as we might think, it’s actual do to changes in cellular metabolism that happen.  Brain circuits are being restructured to prepare for more connections that will be needed.  And some areas of the brain even grow larger when others are smaller.

After about 6 months postpartum, the brain goes back to its original size (the body is so cool), but with a better circuit system.  Women who’ve never had children don’t have this, meaning they aren’t as resistant to stress or enhanced memory and cognition (stinks for me).

But to the mother going through that change, that’s where the fogginess comes from .  It’s like a construction zone.  But once the infant is born, and those changes start to become organized, the brain is actually MORE efficient and focused.  

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Here’s another interesting change in the brain.  When a woman is early in her pregnancy, her sense of smell changes right?  She’s more aware of odors.  This is because it is a protective mechanism.  It makes her more sensitive to the smell of food that may be bad for her and her child.  It also makes her actually like the smells given off by her baby, part of the bonding process guided by the brain.

Other areas of the brain also change and grow after motherhood.  The hypothalamus, PFC and amygdala, the motivation and reward centers grow.  This highly motivates the mother to care for her child and makes her feel that sense of reward with interactions from the child. These areas of the brain are also crucial for planning and foresight, something that’s needed to anticipate the child’s needs “maternal instinct”.

The brain fog can also come from the fact that the brain is changing priorities.  Mother’s have better memories about things related to their infant.  Its important for them to remember what is really important and needed for them to remember at that time.

In the workplace this could also be a benefit!  More efficient, perceptive, motivated and empathetic.  No wonder there are so many mom entrepreneurs, as we know a lot of trade jobs are actually going out and will go out in the coming years.

So that being said, it seems there IS such thing as a mommy brain.  But it actually happens for a reason as we’ve seen and actually makes them more of a SUPERHERO!, benefitting her for her entire life.  A little fogginess may results in a new level of focus and attention.

Since the need is GREAT for your brain during this time in particular, it’s important that your brain is healthy to be able to create these new circuits. 

This means women should think BEFORE going into pregnancy different, and take care of themselves differently as well as during and post partum.  The demand is high for brain use, this means more focus needs to be put on enhancing it.  Just like how I talk about in children the biggest growth of their brain is 0-2 years old so we need to make sure we allow it to grow most effectively.

How do I prepare, or what should I do to enhance my brain for mommy brain?

1.  Get cranial care.  If there’s pressure on the brain, it will be less likely to be able to process new information when it can’t even handle it’s current load. We said the hypothalamus, PFC and amygdala all grow, so we need to be able to give them that space to do so. Craniopathy care helps dramatically take the stress off the brain, decrease inflammation and allow WAY less fogginess.

2. Proper nutrition.  Since your using a LOT of brain power you need to feed the brain.  Lots of good fats are needed, and supplementation is critical.  Supplement with a high grade OMEGA supplement is always warranted pre during and post partum.(not all supplements are created equal remember, some could be TOXIC, so please consult me before taking if you haven’t already).  Additionally, looking at the exact vitamin and mineral needs are also important.  This requires specific testing, as a one size fits all prenatal vitamin just doesn’t cut it anymore.

3.  Exercise.  Exercise helps the brain make more NRF2.  This enhances the brain function, reduces stress, builds stamina.  Just don’t get exhausted or breathless as that depletes oxygen from you and baby. Lots of hydration.  Being pregnant isn’t an illness, you can still exercise and need to.  Just don’t overdue it.

4. Watch cell phone use.  Exposing fetuses to cell phone radiation does in fact affect their behavior as adults, and changes brain structure for both.

5. Get plenty of rest.  Can’t sleep?  Thats what I’m here for!  Cranial care helps tremendously with sleep, and taking away the aches and pains that come with a growing child.

If you neglect these practices, you might find that you may be more foggy, or not recuperate as quickly after baby.  Your brain can only do what it can do!  If you enhance it, think of how amazing it would be after?!

OIL OF THE WEEK

ON the spotlight this week is Balance!  Because what mom doesn’t need more of that?!

Created with the purpose of grounding emotions, doTERRA Balance is formulated with emotionally beneficial essential oils that work together to create a sense of calmness and well-being. doTERRA Balance essential oil blend has a variety of uses and benefits that can be obtained both aromatically and topically. When applied to the skin or diffused, doTERRA Balance can ease anxious feelings and create a soothing and calming environment—encouraging strong relaxation. The aroma of doTERRA Balance is sweet and woody and is the perfect fragrance for promoting feelings of balance and tranquility. Infused with Spruce, Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Frankincense essential oils, doTERRA Balance is the perfect blend for stabilizing emotions.

doTERRA Balance Uses and Benefits

  1. Relaxing your body begins with the mind. Help your body relax by focusing on your emotions first. Use doTERRA Balance essential oil blend to help ground your emotions so that your whole body can feel completely at ease when you need it most. This emotionally balancing blend is a great oil to use during meditation or yoga practices.
  2. Start your day off right by putting a little doTERRA Balance into your step. After you wake up, apply one to two drops of doTERRA Balance to the bottom of your feet. This will help promote feelings of calmness and tranquility throughout the day. doTERRA Balance can also be applied to your feet throughout the day to help lessen feelings of stress.
  3. If a road trip is in your future, make sure to bring some doTERRA Balance. For those long hours of driving in a full car, diffusing doTERRA Balance will help create a calming and soothing environment. Once you experience the serene feelings of doTERRA Balance, you’ll wonder how you ever took long road trips without it.
  4. doTERRA Balance is one of the essential oils used in the AromaTouch® technique. doTERRA Balance essential oil blend is important to the AromaTouch experience because it helps produce emotional harmony and relaxation. Experience the enriching benefits of doTERRA Balance during an AromaTouch Hand Massage by either applying it to your own hands or having someone else perform the hand massage. The AromaTouch Hand Massage can also be performed on a grandparent to help them feel relaxed and calm.
  5. If you experience occasional feelings of anxiousness, apply doTERRA Balance to your wrists and neck. The topical application of doTERRA Balance essential oil blend will help ease anxious feelings when they arise.
  6. One of the main benefits of doTERRA Balance is its ability to evoke feelings of tranquility. When you feel overwhelmed emotionally, take a step back and give yourself the peace your mind needs. Diffuse doTERRA Balance or apply doTERRA Balance topically to create an environment of tranquility so that you can press forward feeling emotionally balanced and ready to take on the tasks ahead of you.
  7. Do you find yourself with little time to sit back and let your mind relax? For an emotionally grounding experience in a short amount of time, apply one or two drops of doTERRA Balance to your hands and cup them over your nose, breathing in deeply. The same results can be felt by simply uncapping the doTERRA Balance essential oil blend bottle and breathing deeply with the bottle of doTERRA Balance held a couple of inches from the nose.
  8. Before you go to bed, apply doTERRA Balance to the bottoms of your feet. This calming and soothing blend will encourage a restful night’s sleep.
  9. Promote a whole body relaxation by including doTERRA Balance in your bath. doTERRA Balance will help relax the body and provide a comforting and soothing experience. For those moments when you just need time to relax and recharge, add a couple drops of doTERRA Balance with some Epsom salts to your bath water. You will love how easily it evokes feelings of balance and tranquility.
  10. doTERRA Balance is a powerful blend of CPTG® oils designed to promote harmony in the mind and body and help balance emotions. When you have stressful events or meetings, make sure to use doTERRA Balance so that you can experience a sense of stability and relaxation during situations that are prone to anxious and stressful feelings.
  • Spruce Leaf
  • Ho Wood Leaf
  • Frankincense Resin
  • Blue Tansy Flower
  • Blue Chamomile Flower
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

That is all for now,

 

Have a happy and healthy Week!!

Dr. Hamel

The tongue’s effect on your BRAIN

Happy Monday Tribe!

I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend, although the weather wasn’t the best here!

Last week we went through some genetic variants that can impact your energy, if you missed that make sure you catch the recap here:

http://www.drrachelhamel.com/blog-post/the-genetic-variations-for-energy-who-doesnt-need-more-energy/

This week we are switching gears and talking about the effects of your TONGUE on your brain! 
I like to keep it interesting for you guys! You love it right?! Well, you really have no choice, although I DO LOVE RECOMMENDATIONS for topics:)

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Let me first talk about something that needs to be addressed first.
Being a brain doc I have done EXTENSIVE research in other fields.  Dentistry, chiropractic, osteopathy and others.  

There’s no medical person that can tell you they learn much of ANYTHING about the tongue.  Nothing about the fascia layers, that tissue going into the tongue. nothing really other than what the parts of it are called and the nerve that goes to it.

But in reality the tongue is VERY important and complex, and holds a big key as to how our cranial bones move, and our brain working….

The tongue is very dynamic when we look at it with the head.

It actually has a strong impact on the base of the head.  The fascial tissue around the brain (called the dura), does as well, but the tongue in general is more dynamic.

So far, what we have learned about the tongue is that when there is restriction in the tongues movement it has HUGE effects on the movement of the bones of the head.  If someone has what is called a “tongue tie”


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as shown here, the tongue cannot actually reach up to the roof of the mouth effectively.
What does that mean?

Well, that means that the upper palate (where the upper teeth come from ), doesn’t have stimulation from the tongue to grow properly.  This means the palate will usually cause a narrowness in the face, sinuses, and usually airway problems.

So we need the tongue to lift up for airway, swallowing, and also posture. 

But, what’s also important is not only lifting the tongue, but the base of the tongue is also relevant to the movement of the cranial bones.  A tongue tie, is a fascial restriction.  Fascia is connected throughout our entire body, but the tongue is actually the strongest fascial layer in the body!
When someone is a mouth breather or a tongue thruster because the tongue is bound down, it also has a direct effect on the movement at the base of the skull which ALSO leads to a narrow palate.  

Let’s move down from the tongue….

Going down…

Going down the body, a tongue tie can also affect your hyoid bone.


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The hyoid bone is a moveable bone going down your throat.
When there is a tongue tie, there is tension from the muscles and fascia above and below this bone.  This means that with tension, it can pull a person into a more forward posture, creating improper posture and improper airway.

But also!

That fascial tissue and pull goes ALL THE WAY down to the sternum. 
If you have a really tight sternum or chest,
its the fascial relationship of the tongue!

That’s because this tissue connects to the
–Bronchopericardiac membrane (lungs)
– phrenoparicardial ligament (diaphragm)


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The tongue tension goes into the rest of the body, so you have to release the phrenopericaridal ligament, attaches the heart into the diaphragm, which will also pull that person into the forward posture. The diaphragm has a HUGE connection with posture.

The collarbone has two of the 3 axial layers of cervical fascia attached to the hyoid bone.  A lot will get pulled inferiorly and drag the whole system with them.  Not allowing the whole tongue to function properly.

Know someone that has a tight sternum and chest?  (they probably have a tongue tie)

So the fascial restrictions below the hyoid can also cause problems.

You have to look at the whole picture here.  Because the brain likes BALANCE.

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This is why it is so important. …..

In my practice I would get patients feeling better with their brain working better, less tension, better posture, better breathing.. But for some individuals things kept coming back.

What we learn is the tongue.
When patient had the issues of tongue dysfunction (tongue ties),  and had the tongue tie release done (just lasered that tissue off) those muscles and fascial tissue relaxed and had a lasting effect. 

The brain no longer has to keep going into those patterns because the restriction is off.  Pretty awesome right?!

BUT, I will say integration of the ENTIRE body is important.  You can’t just get a tongue tie release done without craniopathy care and body work and expect the same results.
(think about the whole line I just talked about)
Integration is key.  Because after all if the nerves getting to the tongue aren’t working, then a tongue tie release wont’ make much difference.  Fix the nerves first then do the release and soft tissue work.

HUGE:
Proper swallow- having that free end of the tongue helps flexion of the maxilla, the tongue is the scaffold from the growing bone, and the tongue will be able to lift to the palate.

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I know tongue tie release is becoming more common in infants with feeding issues, but it’s also JUST as common in adults that have chronic neck, breathing, jaw, swallowing and upper body tightness.

Getting cranial work done to get the brain to work better and getting a tongue tie release can be LIFE changing for many people, myself included. 

OIL OF THE WEEK

ON the spotlight this week is clove oil!  This is the oil i use to numb the gums for any dental work and for tongue tie releases!Sourced from Madagascar, doTERRA Clove oil is harvested from unopened and dried flower buds of the evergreen tree, Eugenia caryophyllata. Though it is more commonly recognized as a ground household spice, Clove oil is a unique and powerful option that you can utilize even outside the kitchen. It is a popular choice for adding spice to a meal, administering a warming massage, freshening your breath, and more. Clove essential oil has many everyday uses—making it a helpful addition in any home.

Clove Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. Clove oil can be especially useful for dental hygiene. For years, Clove essential oil has been used in candies, gum, and dental preparations due to its ability to cleanse the mouth and help freshen breath. There are several ways to harness the cleansing and soothing benefits of Clove oil for the teeth, gums, and mouth at home. For example, place a single drop of Clove oil in two ounces of water and gargle for a soothing effect. You can also add one drop of Clove to your toothpaste, which will promote clean teeth and fresh breath. For an extra clean feeling, apply one drop of Clove oil to your teeth and gums after your six month appointment with your dentist.
  2. Because of its warm, spicy characteristics, Clove essential oil makes the perfect addition to your favorite autumn or holiday recipes. This essential oil pumpkin pie recipe harnesses the delicious, spicy flavor of Clove, Ginger, and Cinnamon essential oils to add a new twist to an old favorite. Whether you are getting ready to host a big holiday party, or you are looking for the perfect dessert for a crisp fall evening, this pumpkin pie recipe will soon become your go-to for the holiday season.
  3. Not only is the spicy, autumn flavor of Clove oil great for cooking, you can also enjoy the scent of Clove oil in your own homemade sugar scrub. Make your own skin exfoliating scrub at home by combining the fall scents of CassiaGinger, and Clove essential oil, and enjoy smooth, exfoliated skin. You’ll love this festive fall sugar scrub that smells like a crisp autumn day.
  4. Add Clove oil to your daily supplement regimen to help promote wellness. To experience the benefits that Clove oil has to offer, consider adding two or three drops of the oil to a doTERRA Veggie Capsule and take internally to support cardiovascular health.*
  5. Have you tried making your own potpourri using essential oils? Clove oil is a helpful addition to a homemade potpourri concoction, especially if you are trying to fill your home with the warm scents of autumn and winter. Use CinnamonCassiaVetiverWild OrangeGingerCardamom, Clove and your other favorite oils to add an aroma to this homemade potpourri and enjoy the warm, spicy, and herbal scents of fall.
  6. Make a sweet treat for your loved ones with this delicious gingerbread cookie recipe. Obviously you’ll need some Gingeressential oil, but you can amp up the taste of regular gingerbread cookies with some extra help from Cinnamon and Clove oils. These yummy gingerbread cookies are gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan, so they are perfect for any of your friends or family who have diet restrictions. Plus, they taste delicious!
  7. Because Clove oil brings a warming sensation to the skin, it is sometims used for massage therapy. Keep in mind, however, that Clove is known as a hot oil, and should always be diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil. Or, if you want to enjoy the benefits of a calming, warm massage at home, you can also combine Clove essential oil with the doTERRA Hand and Body lotion.
  8. Experience the invigorating scent of Clove oil by diffusing it during the fall and winter seasons. For a stimulating diffuser blend, diffuse three drops of Clove, two drops of Cinnamon, and one drop of Wild Orange oil in the essential oil diffuser of your choice.

Plant Description
Clove oil comes from flower buds of an evergreen tree. Requiring a tropical, humid environment, the clove tree produces flower buds, and Clove oil is created out of the unopened or dried flower buds. Clove trees have been useful for centuries for cooking, perfumes, and other aromatic uses. Originally hailing from Southeast Asia, the clove tree, or Eugenia caryophyllata, can live up to 100 years and is a member of the myrtle family whose leaves, flowers, and buds are highly aromatic—making it useful for essential oil production.

 

Chemistry of Clove Oil
Main Chemical Component: Eugenol

The bud of a clove tree contains a significant amount of the active chemical component eugenol, which contributes to the energizing fragrance of Clove essential oil. Studies have shown that eugenol has the potential to assist the body in maintaining normal gastrointestinal motility, which is particularly helpful during times of stress when the digestive tract is not functioning properly.* Eugenol is also used in several dentistry applications, which is why the oil from clove buds is often noted for its benefits for oral care.

That is all for now.
Have a happy and healthy week.
Dr Hamel

The genetic variations for ENERGY, who doesn’t need more energy?!

Happy Monday Tribe!

We are switching it up a lttle as there was no blog last week!  (Thank you for all the birthday wishes, you guys are THE BEST).

Last month we talked ALOT about the illusions of the nervous system, and ways to heal specific nerves.  If you missed any of them make sure you check out my blog online to recap, there was SOME REALLY great nuggets in there.  Especially the bit about cranial nerves!

Check it here:
http://www.drrachelhamel.com/blog-post/supercharging-your-cranial-nerves/

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This week we are shifting gears a little to talk more about genes and nutrition.  A few weeks ago I told you about the genetic mutation VDR for vitamin D and how it is SO important for the immune system, mood regulation and other. 

Before I go into more, let’s recap about genetics and nutrition for you new comers.  When looking into genes for nutrition this is what we are looking for:  enzymes.  The enzymes will either speed up or slow down a process.  Two things can happen.  You either have a homozygous gene (one from mom and dad), or heterozygous gene (one from either mom OR dad).  Each variant will inhibit the pathway its under by either 80%(homo) or 30% (hetero).  That’s a big deal!

We can’t change the genes, but we can change the way they express, and the more genetic mutations in a certain pathway, the more hindered that pathway will be.

This week I want to BRIEFLY talk about the energy pathway.  I say briefly because the energy pathways has dozens of different genes that can affect it.  I’m just going to be talking about a couple in the pathway that I see pretty commonly, and how it affects so many things, but really your ENERGY!

Who doesn’t need more energy??? Ya, I thought so.  I’m with ya there friends! 

Now, if I sent you the entire pathway of energy, your head might explode.  Ok not really, but there’s ALOT going on and a lot of you will have nightmares of your high school or college chemistry days! Or maybe some of you nerds like me will LOVE IT!

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go into it all.  I’m just going to attach a snipet here of the particular pathway we are talking about.

So the section that says #1 and #2, we are going to focus on those two areas!!
Some of you may or may not remember in those chemistry classes learning about the Krebs (or citric acid) cycle.  It’s basically the Energy Cycle.  The goal is to create something called ATP.  ATP= ENERGY, cellular energy.

ATP transports chemical energy within cells for metabolism.  It is used by enzymes and proteins in many many cellular processes that need to take place. 

Lack of ATP?

Causes issues with a build up of an amino acid called methionine and adverse response to methylated forms of supplements.  It also can result in anxiety and inflammation from high levels of glutamate.

In order to make energy which is the goal of this whole process, the ATP must be generated from something called the electron transport chain and all the processes above it.

So Let’s look at the first genetic variant NDUFS by the number 1. This gene is involved with the making of lipoic acid. Lipoic acid is needed for the electron transport chain to work and create that ATP!

This genetic mutation may be associated with: lethal neonatal disease, adult onset neurodegenerative disorders, macrocephaly with progressive leukodystrophy, encephalopathy, hypertrophic or cardiomyopathy, myopathy, liver disease, optic neuropathy, and some forms of parkinson’s disease.

Health risks:
Fatigue!!
Exercise intolerance
Weight gain
Leigh Syndrome
Neurological imbalances
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Encephalopathy (maybe a reason why children get encepahology from vaccines, they can’t utilize this pathwayto clear the toxins??)
Myopathy
Liver disease
Optic neuropathy
Parkinson’s disease.

WOW right.  This is just one genetic mutation.

I should say all this info is from scientific studies on these specific genes.  We are learning more and more everyday!

So, a decrease in energy because of this ONE gene can lead up to a list of possible risks!

Let’s check out the area #2. Gene called SLC22A4, 5. 
This gene provides instructions for making a protein found in the heart, liver, muscles, kidneys and other tissue.  This protein is within the cell membrane, where it transports something called carnitine into the cell. 
Carnitine is consumed in our diet and needed to bring fatty acids into mitochondria, the energy producers in cells.  They make the ATP.

Fatty acids are a major source of energy for the heart and the muscles.  What about fasting?
During fasting, fatty acids are also an important energy source for the liver and other tissues.
With this mutation there is a shortage of carnitine within the cells.  Without this, fatty acids cannot enter mitochondria and be used to make ENERGY!

Reduced energy?
Muscle weakness and hypoglycemia.  It’s critical for elimination of many drugs and environmental toxins as well!

A buildup of this causes other symptoms:
– muscle weakness
-crohns disease
-rheumatoid arthritis
-carnitine deficiency
-fatigue
-exercise intolerance
-plaque psoriasis.

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So we’ve only gone over 2 genes.  Do you see how this can be complicated?!  Good thing is you don’t have to know it all, you just need to see someone that does!

What I am tending to find with this work is that especially for this cycle (there’s more involved here), that the chronic fatigue energy people, have a lot going on in this pathway. 

The people that always need adrenal support or energy support, coffee/tea.  
Yep, those peops. 

Instead of just giving energy supplements, you need to look at why the energy (ATP), isn’t really working!  A good portion is because of these two genetic mutations.

Through specific nutrients we can help these pathways clear up and get that energy pumping better! 

Because like I said, who doesn’t want more energy?!

Want more info!?
Schedule a genetic nutrition appointment today!
www.drrachelhamel.com or 8587755138.

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That is all for now,

Have a happy and healthy week!

 

Dr. Hamel