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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 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.

OIL OF THE WEEK

Check out our new summer oil! 🎊🌴☀️ This is a promotion you won’t want to miss out on! This month, receive Summer Savory FREE with your 125 PV LRP order placed before June 15. If you are signed up for the Loyalty Rewards Program, this is a great time to take advantage of your membership and receive this item for free with your order.

Summer Savory essential oil is steam distilled from the whole Satureja hortensis herb. Native to Europe and chemically similar to Thyme and Oregano essential oils, Summer Savory offers a peppery, herbaceous aroma. Until recently, the only way you could enjoy this amazing essential oil was by using doTERRA DDR Prime® Cellular Complex. But now, for a limited time, you can add this CPTG® single oil to your growing essential oil collection.

What Are the Benefits of Summer Savory Essential Oil?

Summer Savory essential oil contains relatively high concentrations of carvacrol, a chemical constituent found in Thyme and Oregano essential oils. However, unlike Thyme and Oregano, Summer Savory also has significant concentrations of gamma-terpinene. Carvacrol, a monoterpene phenol, has been extensively studied for its therapeutic benefits in the body. Due to their chemistry, phenols have been known to exhibit protective effects against environmental threats.

An Essential Oil for Digestive Support

Summer Savory can be used to support many of the organs and normal processes of the digestive system.*

  1. Mouth: The tongue, teeth, and mouth are all members of the digestive system. When added to a mouthwash or rinse, Summer Savory may actually help promote a clean and healthy mouth1,2.
  2. Stomach: Experimental research suggests that carvacrol, the main constituent in Summer Savory, can support normal function of cells in the stomach3.*
  3. Liver: Summer Savory and its main constituent, carvacrol, may support healthy liver function4,5.*
  4. Gastrointestinal tract: Carvacrol is known to exhibit antioxidant action at the cellular level, protecting cells and DNA from damage imposed by free radicals. This lends support to cells that line the gastrointestinal tract4.

Conclusion

The next time you go to grab a bottle of doTERRA Thyme or Oregano essential oil, try using Summer Savory instead. Rich with carvacrol, a therapeutic chemical constituent, Summery Savory can offer daily support to the tissues and cells of the digestive system.* Consider adding 1–2 drops to a Veggie Cap or using it to flavor the next savory dish you make.

 

 

That is all for now,

Have a happy and healthy week!

 

Dr. Hamel

 

Do you take vitamin D?  It may be toxic if you have this gene!

Happy Monday Clan!  I hope you all got information last week about he SB276, you shared and you got fired up about the potential future of our little ones. 

It’s a scary subject, but one that we can’t stand behind anymore.  I hope you got the information you need to continue protesting.

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This weekend, I went to a LIFE changing seminar.  I’ve been waiting to take a course of advanced genetics and methylation, and this weekend it finally came!  Wow, needless to say I will be changing ALOT in my nutritional practice now knowing what I know.

It seems also pointless for me to go back to doing nutritional protocols without looking at how you are actually processing things.  Today, we will be talking about just 1 gene in the entire pathway shown here.

I know right?!

The body is COMPLEX!  That’s why when people talk about detoxification and MTHFR gene, they miss a big part of the ENTIRE picture.  There’s SO much more than just that one gene, let me tell you!

Don’t worry, before you delete this email from overwhelm, I’m only talking about one gene here called VDR. 

What’s important for you to know as well, is that we cannot change our actual genes, but we CAN change and enhance HOW we express them, which can have huge effects!

For Example:
Recent progress in the understanding of nutritional influences on epigenetics suggests that nutrients that are part of methyl-group metabolism can significantly influence epigenetics.

During critical periods in development, dietary methyl-group intake (choline, methionine, and folate) can alter DNA and histone methylation, which results in lifelong changes in gene expression!!

Also when we are talking about gene regulation through nutrition, the genes we are talking about code for different enzymes.  These enzymes are either unregulated or down regulated causing effects within the body.

VDR is the enzyme responsible for breaking down Vitamin D. If we have a two copies of this gene from mom and dad, then there are extremely limited receptors for vitamin D.

This is how vitamin D converts in our body:
This gene plays an important role in how we can utilize vitamin D!

Which we know is huge for immunity, bone health, and much more.
If you have this gene, and do not have receptors for vitamin D, most likely in your bloodwork you will show low levels of vitamin D.  
But what does that mean?

Well, when you test vitamin D in the blood, that is its inactive form.  What usually happens though is that individuals then start taking vitamin D supplementation.  But this is NOT smart if you have this VDR gene, because you have LIMITED receptors to use it.  So what happens is that the vitamin D gets pulled into the bloodstream and can create calcification in the blood vessels.  

That means you will still be vitamin D deficient, because you’re not using it, but also are creating toxicity in your body by overdosing. 

This gene also has other roles:

-Immune system
-infections
-SIBO
-chronic fatigue
-depression
-Associated with autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s
-Leads to low dopamine levels-depression and reward seeking behavior
-body aches/pains

•Must have methylation cycles going to get full expression of VDR!

IF you know someone with chronic infections, chronic adrenal fatigue or depression, they most likely carry this gene. Giving continual adrenal support, or always detoxing and doing gut protocols will be an endless cycle with these people.  Also, those with LYME you most likely have this gene.  When you REV up this cycle the infections can’t hide!  That means if you have a lot of infections, this cycle isn’t working well if at all.

What needs to be done is add in what are called nutritional co-factors in order to switch that gene’s expression and actually ABSORB the vitamin D!

•Vitamin A protects against vitamin D toxicity and introduced the possibility that vitamins A, D, and K2 may be cooperative factors that should all be consumed in proper balance.

  • Magnesium is needed to exert positive influence over the human genome and may be involved in the genetic actions of vitamin D.
    Magnesium possibly has a role in vitamin D’s effect on the immune system.
    Magnesium works synergistically with vitamin D and calcium by stimulating calcitonin–which helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones
  • Fat is also needed to absorb Vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D is absorbed in the small intestine, requires adequate bile salts. Low HCL and food allergies can cause a binding of vitamin D in the small intestine rendering it totally unusable.
  • Probiotic help promote the full absorption of all nutrients, but especially vitamin D.  (Maybe affected by FUT variants.)
  • VDR balancing can help heal SIBO and greatly benefit the microbiome.
VITAMIN D BLOCKERS:

•Cortisol
•Caffeine-Don’t take Vit D.  with coffee
•Gallbladder issues-Decreases absorption of fat soluble vitamins (ADEK)
•Infections can reduce or block VDR function

 

So, think TWICE before taking just a vitamin D supplement when your vitamin D levels are low.  Make sure you know your genetics.  I like using ancestry.com, and decoding them from there.

More to come on other important genes, and how to clean them up!

I’m excited to incorporate this more and give patients LESS supplements, more SPECIFIC supplements at the cellular level to make lasting changes to allow YOUR body to do what it needs to do.

Have a great week!

Oil of the Week.

On the spotlight this week is DoTerra’s Lemongrass.

What are the origins of a plant’s unique essential oil? The answers lie in genetics. Genes function as a code, similar to the code that runs an app. If you know how to read an app’s code, you can construct in your mind the various functions, and the look and feel of the app. The same applies to genes. Scientists have made great strides in knowing how to read what a gene’s code will make.

 

DNA is a sequence of linked nucleotides, which are a form of small molecule. A gene is a cluster of these nucleotides. It used to cost billions of dollars and years of extremely hard work to sequence the genes of an organism. In the last 20 years, sequencing technology has improved dramatically, such that now sequencing genes is quick and relatively inexpensive. Scientists have found that most genes code for distinct proteins. Proteins perform almost all of the functions of a cell, including producing the various chemical components of an essential oil.

 

Scientists in India studied the genetic origins of Lemongrass essential oil, which is native to India. Lemongrass, Cymbopogon flexuosus, produces many secondary metabolites, including essential oils. Of the genes relating to secondary metabolites, 18 percent coded for terpenoid backbone biosynthesis, 1 percent for monoterpenoid biosynthesis, 1 percent for sesquiterpenoid and triterpenoid biosynthesis, and 5 percent for limonene and pinene degradation. That represents a significant investment by the Lemongrass plant in producing a diverse essential oil. The diversity of these genes correlates to the diversity of components in Lemongrass essential oil.

 

It is theorized that plants with more diverse essential oil component profiles also have a diverse profile of essential oil biosynthesis genes. The chemical component makeup of a plant’s essential oil isn’t created by chance, but is due to evolutionary pressures working on the genes of the plants over time. The essential oil of Lemongrass (and other plants) are therefore the product of thousands of years of evolutionary selection to give you the very best that nature has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

Triggers for Disease and Injury

 

Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope you enjoyed last week’s topic about surviving allergy season!

This week we will be talking about Triggers for Disease and Injury- The all important topic of INFLAMMATION.  

What you NEED to know though is THIS:

INFLAMMATION ISN’T A DISEASE, IT’S A REACTION.  IT ALWAYS HAS A TRIGGER OR A FEEDER MECHANISM OR BOTH!!

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In 2014, American’s spent 4.4 billion on OTC pain relievers (Including anti-inflammatories) on several primary medications: aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Currently, 46,000,000 adults in the US have physician diagnosed arthritis, in one form or another and that is projected to reach 76,000,000 by 2030.

It’s time to RETHINK inflammation!

If you chase inflammation or just give anti-inflammatories, even the NATURAL form, you are just putting a bandaid on the situation. 

Here is the problem with NSAIDs.  They actually don’t allow healing ( and harm the kidney over time).  Let me set the stage:

-When there is an injury to a joint, muscle whatever it is.  The inflammation of that area actually stimulates healing and new tissue formation.  But what happens when you take an NSAID is the pain is gone, but the inflammation is also down meaning that actual cellular repair never happens.  When you interrupt or block inflammation, healing is also blocked.

This is why people live off of anti-inflammatories, because the pain WILL come back because the tissue has not been healed. 

Here are all the different feeder mechanisms to inflammation:

  • Toxicity
  • Obesity
  • Pathogenic Gut Bacteria
  • Ulcerative Bowl Disorders
  • Dental Issues
  • Stealth Pathogens
  • Nervous System Dysfunction
  • Long Term Intense Exercise
  • Emotional wounds
  • EMF’s
These mechanisms must be addressed in order to bring you back to a state of true health. 

All too often, even in the natural field I am in, inflammation is treated as a disease, in and of itself and therapy is short-sided and focuses only on inflammation reduction. 

If we merely just prescribe natural anti-inflammatories instead of pharmaceutical ones, what great things have we done??

We have to address those TRIGGERS!

For example, address the root cause of inflammation for one patient can look like this:
You find the root cause is gut inflammation caused by pathogenic bacteria.
-Why is the bacteria there in the first place?
-How do you resolve the bacterial presence?
-How do you resolve damage to gut epithelial tissue?

4 months later their digestion is better, gut pain is gone, elimination and stool form is back to normal, but still residual pain in the musculoskeletal tissue.  WHY?  Well, we have only addressed initiation or the cause, now we  MUST address resolution.
HEALING=RESOLUTION.

Ways you get ride of waste and toxins are lymph, liver, kidney, skin, lungs GI, tongue and fat.  If they don’t work well neither do you.  YOU CAN’T REGENERATE, IF YOU CAN’T ELIMINATE..

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Let’s talk resolvers (return to original state).  Well depending on what the TRIGGER is, after addressing it through initiation, resolution means then giving nutrients that heal the aftermath.  These nutrients can come in the form of actual physical modalities to get blood flow, ect back to the area, or actual nutrients.

Physical modalities:
-Your body doesn’t just stay sick for no reason, it wants to heal.  What happens to all the cellular waste from the old cells when you make new ones?  If they can’t get out they stay inside you.  Hence no resolution of inflammation.
-Craniopathy care
-lymphatic work
-colon therapies

Nutrients like essential fatty acids are not anti or pro inflammatory per say.  Rather, they either up or down regulate the production of pro-inflammatory mediators, balancing inflammatory processes so that healing can occur with undue damage to surround tissues.  They contain something called a pro-resolvin, which brings the inflammatory process to an end.

Most western diets have an overabundance of omega 6 fatty acids and include insufficient amounts of omega 3s and 9s.  High omega 6  and low omega 3,9 intake tip this system out of balance.
Our endocannibioid system in our body also runs off of fats.  So we must intake good fats for cellular repair.

So utilizing high grade omegas are one way of resolution, but there are many others such as hemp oil which turn on cellular repair mechanisms.

My favorite ones for cellular healing are from Standard Process:
Hemp Oil complex- includes calamari oil (omegas, pro dissolving mediators), broccoli (cellular repair, NRF2, Heat shock proteins), hemp(endocannibinoid activator).   Combining this with their Tumeric Forte (turns off the inflammatory master switch).  

Resolving inflammation means you must find the initiator and heal the aftermath, but the quality of nutrients and right balance is needed.  

If you are just also chasing inflammation with your providers, it’s time to take a different look.  Look at where it’s actually coming from, fix those methods through alternative modalities and heal the brain, then come in with tissue healing protocols.

That’s all for now rockstars.

 

HAPPENING TODAY!!! Please RSVP!!! We NEED to STOP THIS!  They are trying to dismantle taking away even medical exemptions.  Soon, this will be mandated for adults too.

 

 

That is all for now,

 

Wishing you a happy and healthy week.

 

Dr. Hamel

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
  • 2 lemons
  • 2.5 inches fresh turmeric
  • 3 inches fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp spirulina
Instructions
  1. Juice lemons, turmeric and ginger in a juicer.

  2. Combine juice and spirulina in a drink or protein shaker, shake well.

  3. Pour into serving glasses, drink immediately & enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This shot is sour – if you’re looking to sweeten it, add an apple to the juicer or honey to the shaker!

If you don’t have a juicer, add 1/2 cup water, blend and use a mesh cloth to strain.

 

Nutrition to Help Heal Your Brain

 

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and are enjoying this month’s topics revolving around the brain and brain injury!

Last week we talked about PTSD, emotional dysfunction and brain injury, so if you missed it, it’s a good one!  Head on over to my website to catch up!

Brain injury, PTSD and messed up emotions.. Whats the connection?

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To end out the month of March, I thought we’d finish up with some nutritional recommendations that can be helpful when dealing with brain injury and just overall boosting your brain’s ability to function. 

This is of course, after having done the first things we talked about this month like Craniopathy care, emotional help, and assessing the jaw/bite.  These must be done first, but there are great anti-inflammatory foods as well as nutritional recommendations that can be very helpful to help the brain and nervous system heal more effectively.

Let’s start with some brain facts and why the nutrition you put in your body is so important to help your brain function and do all the tasks that it needs to:

1.  Your brain utilizes 25% of the food energy we consume. That means whatever we put into our body, 25% of that is going straight away to the brain for fuel.

Meaning if you need your brain to heal, or if you need it to work harder or more efficiently, you can’t feed it junk.  It utilizes a lot of nutrients!

2. Your brain utilizes 25% of O2. This is a big point why the craniopathy care is VITAL as well as examining air passageways to make sure it gets enough oxygen to heal/function.

3.  The brain is 1-2% of our body fat. 

4. The brain is made of 60% fat.  “Fat Head”.  That means it NEEDS a lot of good fats to function.  The more inflammation and damage, the more good fats we need.  Hence why so many individuals are leaning towards more ketogenic diets.  I’m not saying it’s for everyone, and I modify it for different people, but so many are fat deficient in our society, with too much emphasis on carbohydrates and proteins.

5.  The brain is THE MOST affected by nutrition/and it’s environment.  We already talked about the brain environment a few weeks ago, so we most certainly need to change that or else nutrition won’t make much difference long term.  However, since it’s the most affected by these two, we need to make sure as best as we can we are feeding it what it needs!

So what does the brain need?
– Well it needs good sources of fats like fish, grass fed meats, coconut oil, grass fed better, oils, nuts, avocados, ect.
– It also needs some good carbs in the sense of fruit and veggies
– It doesn’t need as much protein, but that being said if you are eating good amounts of grass fed proteins and fruits and veggies, protein won’t be a problem.  Most people focus too much on getting enough protein which is usually dysfunctional if their upper digestion is improper and not breaking it down.  Not so much that you need  more consumption.

The four best brain foods are as follows:

1. Salmon – high in good fats omega 3

2. Wild Blueberries – high in natural antioxidants.

3.  Greens: Spinach/kale/swiss chard/ collards – high in folate, iron, calcium and vitamins E and K.

4. Nuts: Walnuts.- high in good fats, ALA/ Omega 3

These are all wonderful nutrients that help us to utilize that brain power that we need, while giving the vital nutrients needed to heal.

Ww also know about the Gut/Brain Connections, as I’m sure you’ve heard me talk in exhaustion by now.  

The human DNA has over 20,000 genes, which the gut microbiome has 10 million genes.  This means that problems in the gut can have a HUGE impact on how our brain and body functions.

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For instance, you can have gut dysfunction and it not manifest as actual digestion problems.  The gut/brain axis is so closely connected that it can really affect anything down that chain.

Symptoms such as tired, bloated, brain fog, cravings, or headaches….
All symptoms of dys-regulated gut/brain axis.

What I do like to mention though is yes, this gut/brain function is HUGE for adults but who is most affected by gut dysfunction is our children.  Children are 10X more likely to feel effects than adults. That means you could give your child a junk meal, high in carbs or sugar,  25% goes straight to the brain for fuel and if given junk the child is going to associate a symptom 10X more and faster.

You will see this when a child eats a heavy sugar meal or carb heavy and has a temper tantrum that day or the next couple of days. Or maybe they have a food allergy you don’t know about, because they don’t have a stomach reaction. They are growing and developing, and their brain needs that good nutrition to help those brain pathways to develop.  Quick changes in the mood or function of their body is most likely due to inflammation somewhere, and the head and gut are always my first go to’s.

It’s also important to differentiate for adults and children the difference between SNACKS and TREATS.

Many parents will give there kiddos a sugar filled bar, or fruit snacks, cookies, ect for a “snack”, when it in reality is a “treat.”  
On the whole, we shouldn’t consume these foods daily for snacks.  Once in a while it can be a “Treat”, like say at a birthday party or an event.  But, snacks should always consist of actual food needed to help us function.

A study done By Oxford in 2005 showed that brain foods in general helped school children with reading, spelling and writingWhen we “feed” the brain what it needs, it will perform how we need it to. 

The more junk food we consume, the more what is called oxidative stress builds up in our bodies. What do I mean by junk?
– Processed foods!  Anything in a box or bag.  Breads, pastas, rice, GMO foods, fast foods, lots of sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, to name a few.  Basically just not real food.  Even some “organic” labeled food can be junk.  Like organic crackers… Yes maybe the ingredients are better, but is a high carb load really what you need for your brain, probably not unless you are an elite athlete that burns so many carbs.

Oxidative stress can come from other things as well such as physical stress, metabolism, uv rays, alcohol, pollutants and toxins, pesticides and herbicides, lack of sleep, smoking, ozone, emotional stress, processed foods, radiation, car exhaust, EMFs ect….

We DON’T Want oxidative stress because that means our cells and in particular our cell’s membranes won’t work well.  We need those membranes to be strong.  If they aren’t memory will decline, and chronic inflammation will occur.

That’s why eating foods high in anti-oxidants and using other means like Kangan water, DoTerra Essential oils like clove, rosemary, juniper berry and others which are high in antioxidants are so helpful for taking that oxidative stress down.

Unfortunately our foods are just not rich enough in these brain nutrients so supplementation is often needed.  This is because our quality again is so poor, soil quality ect.  So supplementation to fill in these gaps is VITAL.  

 

Giving things like Omegas, whole food vitamins/minerals, gingko, alpha lipoic acid, glutathione/milk thistle and others are vital for that brain function.  These I offer in my practice.  Other’s are needed with brain injury or brain infections that happen.  I like to use actual brain gland to support these and stem cell organ supplementation to help rebuild the brain.

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Other ways we can improve our brain is through neuro aerobics.

Doing things to constantly keep the brain active.  This is great for ADD, brain fog, memory, brain injury and dementia.
– Things like exercise
– Brain exercises like those found on luminosity or other kinetic movements
-learning an instrument
– learning a new craft
-educating in general
-moving while working your brain like working out and counting by 2s and 3s or backwards.

Our brain will adapt if we don’t challenge it.  That’s why those who are more active have actually smarter brains.
There’s so much research for exercise and brain function because it increase difference factors in the brain like NRF2 and others.

I hope this topic was helpful to you!  Take care of your brain it’s the BEST ASSET you have really.

Till next week!

Oil of the WEEK.

The oil of the week this week is Yarrow Pom.
Pomegranate is known as an amazing anti-oxidant, but this nutraceutical combines cold pressed pomegranate oil with Yarrow EO!  It’s the first of it’s kind.

Yarrow|Pom Oil Product Description

A unique blend of Yarrow essential oil and Pomegranate seed oil, the doTERRA Yarrow|Pom Active Botanical Nutritive Duo offers significant benefits for the skin, body, and emotions. This proprietary blend has been carefully crafted to provide benefits related to the aging process, feelings of vitality, and overall wellness. Once you experience the variety of benefits that Yarrow|Pom oil has to offer, and breathe in the distinctive fruity, spicy, and herbaceous aroma, you’ll see that this is a blend you definitely want to add to your essential oil collection.

Yarrow|Pom Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. One significant benefit of Yarrow|Pom is the potential the oil holds for calming the body and mind.* Properties within the oil make it useful for those days when you need to calm or uplift your heart and mind. Diffusing or inhaling the oil is an easy way to take advantage of the calming effects of this oil. The next time you would like to promote feelings of calm, put a drop of Yarrow|Pom in the palm of your hand, rub the hands together, place the hands over the nose, and inhale deeply. When you’ve had a moment to breathe in the unique aroma of Yarrow|Pom oil, rub the excess oil over your heart to provide calming feelings throughout the day.
  2. Due to the chemical makeup of the oil, Yarrow|Pom is useful for promoting cellular, immune, and nervous system health.* One of the chemical constituents in Yarrow|Pom oil known as Beta-Carophyllene (β-caryophyllene) has substantial benefits for the immune and cellular systems. To promote a healthy immune response, consider taking one to two drops of Yarrow|Pom daily by adding the oil to at least four fluid ounces, and swallowing.
  3. As mentioned, the uplifting properties of Yarrow|Pom oil can help to calm the body and mind.* If you enjoy using essential oils for mood management, try diffusing Yarrow|Pom oil during the winter or during dark, dreary days in order to uplift your mood. The calming combination of Yarrow oil and cold-pressed pomegranate seed oil will lift your spirits as the aroma fills your home on a monotonous day stuck indoors. As you can imagine, Yarrow|Pom is a great oil to diffuse during holiday parties and gatherings, because it promotes a soothing environment. Furthermore, if you know someone who is feeling down during the holidays, consider sending a bottle of Yarrow|Pom their way for a pick-me-up.
  4. Yarrow|Pom oil contains many internal benefits, including powerful antioxidant support, healthy metabolic function support, and benefits for the cells.* When taken internally, Yarrow|Pom oil can help to provide the body with useful antioxidants, promote a healthy metabolism, and restore youthful vitality. No matter your goals for internal health, Yarrow|Pom oil is definitely an essential oil that you will want to incorporate into your regular routine.
  5. When incorporated into your skincare regimen, Yarrow|Pom has the potential to promote a smooth, youthful complexion. Both Yarrow and pomegranate seed can help to moisturize and restore healthy-looking skin, while also working to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. As a special, proprietary blend, this essential oil works to activate protecting proteins within the skin in order to protect the complexion from enzymes that breakdown collagen and elasticity. To take advantage of the revitalizing and skin-protecting benefits of Yarrow|Pom oil, try applying two drops to the face, chest, neck, and hands each morning and night.
  6. The properties of Yarrow|Pom oil make it useful for providing the body with targeted benefits. Because the oil is calming to the body and mind, it can be used as part of a relaxing massage after a long, tiring day. To experience the targeted benefits of Yarrow|Pom oil, use the oil to create a rejuvenating massage that will help to soothe tension in certain areas.

Chemistry of Yarrow|Pom Oil

Main chemical components: Punicic acid, β-caryophyllene, chamazulene

The exclusive, proprietary doTERRA Yarrow|Pom blend contains chemical components that support the body when taken internally* With chemical components like the omega 5 punicic acid, antioxidants, β-caryophyllene, and chamazulene, the Yarrow|Pom oil blend supports immune, nervous system, and cellular function and rejuvenation.* Not to mention, the blend is vegan-friendly.

 

 

 

 

Wishing you a happy and healthy week,

 

Dr. Hamel