The most important nutrient for our brain.
Happy Monday Tribe!
Just a friendly reminder. I am no longer in my mission valley office and full time in pacific beach!
In pacific beach, I do NOT have staff any longer. I will be giving the front desk at the office my schedule each day so that if you are waiting they know to inform me.
If my door is NOT open, I am with a patient. If it’s open, I’m not and you can come on in, unless I come get you.
You can either book online through my website or through my scheduling service 8587755138. The BEST way to reach me during business hours is either email or texting that number. I know it’s tough without staff to help with the flow, but I’ll do my best to make it a smooth transition!
With my scheduling service, you will get a reminder email the day before! If you DO NOT get an email, please inform me ASAP as sometimes the system might glitch and not fully schedule you or you didn’t fully schedule correctly. Just inform me that day or call to make sure your appointment is booked if you don’t receive the email.
Thanks for being awesome guys!
I hope you enjoyed last week’s topic about wireless radiation and 5G. If you missed it make sure to re-catch in through my blog on my website. It’s a very important topic!
This week I want to talk about the MOST important nutrient needed for the brain to function.
It’s something that’s all around…. most don’t realize they are deficient in it.
You can’t eat it. You can’t touch it….
Have you guessed it?!
I recently did a talk for one of my favorite non profits Beyond Concussion, and realized. that I talked all about the cranial system, nerves, brain and forgot the most important point of healing: OXYGEN.
Wow. (palm to head).
Well.. even I forget sometimes!
Oxygen is VITAL. we know this.
However, this being said. How many people walking around have oxygen depletion?
A good amount actually.
The brain uses about 3 times as much oxygen than the muscles in the body do. Because they use so much, they are most sensitive to any oxygen level changes and doesn’t survive or function very well without it.
When brain cells are depleted of oxygen, they die due to increased acidosis, they can begin to die off in as little as 5 minutes!
Oxygen in the brain is vital to growth and healing. It’s also vital to energy production. Oxygen is delivered through the blood, and through a process called cellular respiration. The brain uses more energy than any other organ, so it makes sense as to why it needs the most oxygen.
I’d say honestly speaking the MOST impactful thing I do in my care is increase oxygen in the brain and body.
Whenever there is an impedance in the cranial bones movement, this means their will be depletion in the oxygen available. You see, the movement of the cranial bones is vital, we need that movement for the blood circulation so oxygen can come in and be utilized.
So the first way the brain doesn’t get oxygen is improper movement within the bones of the head. When this pattern persists, the individual will grow into those patterns, and then create actual airway issues within the bone structure.
This means the nasal floor can have issues causing oxygen depletion, then down the throat if there’ any impedance can cause issues with airway as well.
Having a narrow palate is a home run for oxygen depletion. It’s very common. It usually happens from birth trauma, but can have other causes.
Sleep apnea, is growing more and more recognition mainly because more and more are recognizing its severity. Its not really just a matter of wearing a mask and you’re fine. Oxygen depletion is a big deal. HUGE. Decreasing your brain function, also a HUGE stress on the heart, and many other organs. Again oxygen is a BIG deal.
Anyone who’s had any head trauma has experienced this. A depletion of oxygen causes many issues for those with whiplash, concussion or anything even minor that happens to the brain.
What are some signs of oxygen depletion?
– Clenching/Grinding of teeth
-Dark circles underneath the eyes or around them
– memory isn’t as great
-irregular heart beat – slow or fast
-lots of teeth infections (microbes loves not having oxygen)
-lots of infections in general
How do we enhance our brain’s ability to have more oxygen?
1. Of course the first way is getting system moving! So Craniopathy care is needed to get everything back in balance.
2. Sometimes dental co-management is necessary. Tongue tie or maxillary expansion is a key component.
3. Sometimes sinus surgery is also necessary ( mainly adults). Since oxygen is super important, you have to make sure all airways are clear.
4. Certain supplements can also help transport oxygen, but most won’t work well until the cranial system is balanced. I like using ginko and some others.
5. Hyperbaric oxygen is a great way or live O2 (oxygen mask), to get it directly into the brain.
A common thing most patients say after treatment is : WOW I can breathe!!
We take it for granted when we can’t efficiently get oxygen. But DON’T.
If you can’t breathe through your nose, even through sleep your oxygen deficient.
Don’t be a statistic. There’s answers for help!
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.
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!
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 Lavender, Clary Sage, Basil, Cilantro, and Coriander. So next time you are exercising your brain, you may want to reach for one of these oils.
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:)
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.
(not my image)
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 (6, 18).”
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.
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.
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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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.
- 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
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:
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!