|That is all for now.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy week.
|That is all for now.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy week.
It’s yet again another week, and it was definitely a hot one this week, whew. Speaking of hot, I HIGHLY recommend if you haven’t watched the FULL documentary of Plandemic, do so! It just released this last week and it is a good one. You won’t find it on normal media sights, because they ban it everytime! The only way you can watch the full video is through the platform londonreal that releases all information without censoring. If you haven’t heard of it, it is the most revelatory film on what is driving the vaccine agenda, the various roles of the WHO, Bill Gates, Tedros Adhanom, Anthony Fauci and more.
Going deep into what is really happening with mainstream media, Silicon Valley tech giants, big pharma and our health protection agencies.
This film will fundamentally shift the discourse around Coronavirus, the lockdown and the vested interests involved.
I honestly find if hard to talk about health topics, when so much is going on around us, but there is a lot of good happening too. So be encouraged. A lot is getting blasted open, people are healing and getting restored. Remember to keep joy in your life at all costs. Take breaks from information like this and enjoy the ones around you. Get outside, smile and be around people.
Okay, on to this week’s topic : Genetics and Heavy Metals.
Last time we talked about Leaky Brain, which was a pretty big hit! A lot of people had no idea about this concept or what causes it. Cause #2 for leaky brain is TOXINS.. As as we know toxins are quite literally everywhere. Food, Air, Water, Dental Materials, Cleaning/beauty products, EMF’s, and injections to name a few!
Part of that list includes heavy metals. Although, slight amounts of some heavy metals, such as iron,, zinc and copper, are essential for enzymatic activities in our body, other metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury, are toxic for humans. Here is a list of where they are found and what they do. This isn’t an all extensive list, but is a good start.
Since we are exposed to these metals on a pretty regular basis, how are body responds to them depend on different internal and external environments.
It also of course depends on the amount of the exposure and how the exposure was administered. For instance, in a vaccination, the heavy metals are injected and bypass our internal detoxification organs(because we aren’t ingesting them) for breakdown, so this is a much higher and detrimental amount.
We know now some of the serious side effects of heavy metal toxicity such as : Loss of bones, kidney destruction, vascular disorders, developmental dysfunction and cancer are some of the well-known health problems triggered by heavy metals.
Genetics and genetic variations are considered an internal contributing factor, and as the world of genetics is ever expanding, they are considered as novel and important contributors in heavy metal body retention and metabolism.
I very often see heavy metals affecting a person’s mood (depression or anxiety), gut dysfunction, headaches, increasing infection load like candida and neurological dysfunction. Another common finding is skin rashes and irritations.
There are certain genetic variants such as MTHFR, PON1, DMT1, GSH which are proteins that are either directly or indirectly involved in how we process and break down heavy metals. This shows that heavy metal metabolism plays a huge role in a person’s sensitivity and severity of health effects.
This is HUGE news!
This is part why I got so interested in looking into genetics and why certain people handle substances well and others not. Or why one patient got well with something and the next didn’t. Genetics are like our own blueprint, and can give us so much insight into how to know how each of our bodies uniquely work! The more you know about it, the more you can help your body by enhancing it. It might I add also save a TON of $ knowing what is optimal for you and what isn’t….
So again… Just to recap, certain variations in genes make it hard for that person to detoxify against heavy metals. That means that all those “heavy metal” detoxes and protocols out there, could possibly be doing someone major harm for certain individuals if they can’t metabolize it!
The purpose of most heavy metal detox programs is to utilize something to attract the metal to it. The most utilized one now is called zeolites, which are made from volcanic ash. Before diving into genetics I used to use these remedies all the time. As the metals attach to it, your body is then supposed to eliminate it. However, many had very severe symptoms like fatigue and headaches even though zeolites are typically very safe. My instincts are that certain individuals because of these genes have a VERY hard time eliminating them.
Keep in mind, actual increased exposure to these metals can also shut down certain genetic enzymes as well, so we must get them out, but we must get them out safely.
Let’s talk for a minute about what each of these Genes Do.
1. Metallothionein 2 A (MT2 A).This gene is a cysteine rich protein located in cytoplasm of cells. These proteins are involved in body responses to both xenobiotic heavy metals, such as mercury, cadmium, arsenic. MTs are able to bind to heavy metals via their thiol groups and provide a protection against these materials in the body.
2. Metallothionein 1 A (MT1 A). While the expression of MT2 A is induced by the presence of several metals, such as copper, zinc and cadmium, the expression of MT1 A was shown to be merely cadmium. So this one is particularly important when those with high levels of this metal show up!
3. Divalent metal transporter 1 (DMT1). DMT1 transports not only iron, but also other metals like cadmium and lead. Other investigations also demonstrated an association between iron levels and the expression rate of DMT1 in the intestine. Accordingly, lower body iron levels can lead to higher rate of DMT1 expression and increasing the uptake and recovery of iron. However, over expression of this transporter can cause duodenal absorption of other biochemically similar metals, such as cadmium and lead.
4 .Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). A LOT of people have heard of this gene by now. It does a LOT of things including: being a crucial enzyme in amino acid metabolism, is responsible for catalyzing the conversion of 5,10- methylene tetra hydro folate to 5- methylene tetra hydro folate, which is a co-substrate for re-methylation of homocysteine to methionine. Deficiency of MTHFR can cause homocysteinemia and some disruptions in metabolism of folate.
Genetic variations in MTHFR gene were shown to be associated with different conditions, such as depression, schizophrenia, inflammatory bowel diseases, and hyperhomocysteinemia. TT homozygotes were suggested to be more sensitive to heavy metals and other environmental toxins.
5.Paraoxanase 1 (PON1). Paraoxonase 1 (PON1), (also known as A esterase), is a liver secreted glycoprotein, is responsible for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant defenses after its association with high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in bloodstream. So far, associations between PON1 genetic variations and different conditions, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, depressive and bipolar disorders, gestational diabetes mellitus and insulin resistance, have been shown by different research.
6.Glutathione (GSH) related genes. Have you heard of glutathione before? We naturally make it. Ligandins or glutathione s-transferases (GSTs), are a group of enzymes able to conjugate the reduced form of glutathione (GSH) to xenobiotic substrates. This process finally leads to water solubility of these substrates and their easy detoxification.
Individuals with these genetic variants do really well with adding in glutathione to chelate heavy metals, since they don’t produce glutathione as well.
Sorry for the chemistry lesson there, but it’s sometimes interesting to know what these genes are actually doing.
Having this information is extremely helpful in knowing that individuals limitations. We can then give specific nutrients and recommendations to help safely and easily detoxify heavy metals if they are present. Again, we don’t want to just go and do heavy metal clearings on everyone. It’s not safe, and can cause some real mitochondrial damage. If you have those silver amalgum fillings, we must get those out before doing a bunch of heavy metal clearing. Going with a safe biological dentist is key for safety here.
Heavy Metals and Sensitivity…
When you have heavy metal toxicity you can become very sensitive to many things. One is EMF’s or electromagnetic frequencies. This is because heavy metals act like an antennae for these frequencies pulling them into the skin and tissue through the sweat glands.
If you’ve been with me for a little while you KNOW, that EMF’s are bad news. A huge portion of coronavirus is the increased radiation of 5G causing toxic load.
So, if you know that you have amalgam fillings for instance, or lots of heavy metal toxicity from vaccinations or other means, then it is WISE to keep your distance from Wifi, bluetooth and other forms of EMF’s.
For more information about your genes, make sure you schedule a genetic nutrition session and we’ll go over the ones for you that are at play.
For more information about this, you can read about the research here:
OIL OF THE WEEK
This week we are talking about Melissa OIL. This is the QUEEN of all oils….Lemon balm – also called melissa essential oil, short for its Latin name Melissa officinalis – is distilled from the leaves, which are quite easy to grow and replenish. Lemon balm comes from the same family as peppermint, which is typically known for being prolific and even invasive.
In spite of easy-growing techniques, the leaves themselves yield very little essential oil. So it isn’t a question of how quickly the plant produces but how much it must produce in order to yield a true, pure essential oil.
CANCER PREVENTION POTENTIAL OF MELISSA
Within my protocols and recommendations, lemon balm stands out as absolutely valuable due to its cancer prevention potential. As researchers uncover more and more about the mysteries of cancer and the potential that God-given substances have to erase it, I grow more excited about our work with essential oils.
Lemon balm (melissa essential oil), for example, went through an extensive study in 2014, testing its ability to mitigate brain cancer cells. The results taught scientists much about the way the composition of lemon balm interacts with brain cancer cells. In the end, they found that a major part of lemon balm – citral – had numerous effects on the process and behavior of brain cancer and “may be of potential interest for the treatment” of this particular kind of cancer. (1)
4 MORE BENEFITS OF MELISSA ESSENTIAL OIL
Until we know just how to maximize lemon balm (melissa essential oil) as a cancer prevention and even treatment, lemon balm can benefit our lives in many ways, from daily comforts to long-term effects.
1. ANTI-DIABETIC ACTIONS
Diabetes affects more and more people every day, from type 1 lack of insulin production to type 2 lack of insulin sensitivity. For type 2 diabetes, diet and lifestyle changes are a huge component of treatment.
Where diet and lifestyle are indicated, you are likely to find an essential oil to help as well. Such is the case with lemon balm, which has been tested as an anti-diabetic essential oil. Mouse studies suggest that even small amounts of lemon balm essential oil can help to curb type 2 diabetes. (2)
It’s important to know your diabetes diagnosis well before looking toward additional nutritive treatment like essential oils. Once you understand what your body needs, you can look to oils like lemon balm to assist treatment.
Application: Use lemon balm essential oil as part of your shift toward healthy mind and body lifestyle decisions to combat diabetes. See some of our other favorite essential oils for diabetes here.
2. HEALING COLD SORES
Not only are cold sores uncomfortable and unsightly, they are a virus that can be transmitted. In fact, cold sores fall under the umbrella of herpes – the herpes simplex virus. So if you are struggling against cold sores, it’s not just a soothing reprieve you need. You need an antiviral!
Many essential oils are antivirals and could be used against cold sores. Lemon balm, though, appears to be directly effective against the herpes simplex virus. (3) As part of a soothing lip balm, you can address both the need to sooth painful sores and attack the virus at its root.
Application: Include a few drops of lemon balm in a melted mixture of a bit of coconut oil and beeswax. Pour into a small tin and let set up. Remember not to share this lip balm – it’s a source of healing and you don’t want to share your cold sore, as well!
3. COGNITIVE CALM & RELAXATION
Lemon balm is traditionally used for its calming effects. Essential oils are perfectly suited for this purpose, with easy application (just breathe deep!) and relaxation promotion. Lemon balm may do much more than just relax you, though.
For example, one study published in 2012 demonstrated the ability that lemon balm has to directly affect the brain and neurotransmitters. The specific action studied actually has implications for improving cognitive function and even reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. (4)
Such direct effects on the brain show us how deeply essential oils work in our bodies. Simply inhaling an oil like lemon balm is not just relaxing us because we like the scent, but it’s actually helping to change things deep within ourselves!
Application: Use a drop or two of lemon balm in calming and cognitive-enhancing blends. Diffuse for room-wide calming benefits or inhale directly for more targeted and specific results.
4. BUG REPELLENT
You’ve probably noticed by this point that bug repellent effects are a repeated benefit of many essential oils. It’s not universal for all essential oils, but many have shared components that are effective against mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests. With Lyme disease on the rise, this is more important than ever. For lemon balm, the shared component is citronellol and citral, shared with the popular bug repelling oil citronella.
Sometimes, these natural components are much more effective than synthetic alternatives. As one study noted of essential oils, “these natural products have the potential to provide efficient, and safer repellents for humans and the environment.”
Fungus AMONG us. Yeah. You’ll probably hear mold infections, mold toxins, mycotoxins again and again. That’s because fungal infections are pretty rampant. Why? Well, we gotta start at the beginning to get that answer.
In a perfect environment within the body, we are born with flora (good bacteria) in our digestive tract. The body lays seven layers of acidophilus and other good bacteria with the help of colostrum (found in breastmilk) to coat and protect the lining of the intestinal tracts from parasites, bad bacteria and funguses. This protective coating prevents fungus and parasites from leaking through the intestinal lining and infecting the bloodstream.
Unfortunately, we are bombarded with wide spectrum antibiotics, which destroys the good flora. I’m sure if you’ve been around here you’ve heard me talk about antibiotics extensively. This exposure can even happen before we are born!
Many women that take antibiotics during pregnancy will, in turn, give her unborn baby a dose of antibiotics as well through the amniotic wall. Also, in some cases, antibiotics are introduced into a newborn’s bloodstream through the mother’s breast milk, which is a common occurrence with babies born through cesareans.
Many young children suffer from frequent ear infections (which is a cranial and lymph problem!) and are given antibiotics for treatment.
Throughout life, we are given antibiotics as a way of dealing with sickness. Whenever antibiotics are used, it destroys all seven layers of acidophilus and the other good flora and creates leaky Gut Syndrome(other things cause leaky gut as well). This is when the fungus eats its way through the intestinal lining and enters the bloodstream.
This is one way Leaky Gut Occurs and Allergies:
On its way through, the fungus leaves little pinholes behind, which allows proteins, carbohydrates and fats that have not yet been fully digested to enter the bloodstream. The immune system reacts and builds antibodies and enzymes to destroy what the body considers to be foreign objects and pathogens.
Let’s use broccoli as an example. Broccoli is good for you. Your body needs the necessary amino acids that it produces. When your body breaks down the broccoli into an amino acid, it still carries a broccoli signature. Because you have been prone to antibiotics, have fungus and have leaky gut syndrome, when the broccoli amino acids enters the bloodstream, the body believes that it is a foreign invader and creates antibodies to destroy it. It is no longer getting the good amino acid it needs to run effectively. We call this an auto-immune problem or a food allergy.
Antibiotic use disrupts normal digestion. This causes an overgrowth in fungus in the digestive tract, which kills good digestive flora leaving the intestinal wall exposed. This allows fungus to eat its way through the intestinal lining and get into the bloodstream. This, in turn, disrupts the immune system and contributes to autoimmune problems. These problems manifest itself in forms of food allergies and a malabsorption of nutrients.
At this point, the fungi proliferate throughout the whole system creating a cascade of different reactions, first of which is a craving for carbohydrates. The brain is a carbohydrate fiend. It utilizes 50-80% of all the carbohydrates we ingest. Fungus also loves to feed off carbohydrates and trace minerals. The problem is that the fungus eats the carbohydrates in our bloodstream making the brain crave carbohydrates.
Food manufacturers love to take advantage of this carbohydrate craving by enticing you. Just think about it, if you go into a grocery store, all you see are cakes, chocolates, cookies and candies. I see you girl scout cookies!!!
When you eat these sugar loaded carbohydrates, your insulin spikes, “insulin is the number one cause of aging and the number two cause of brain damage.” Hence the saying, “the less you eat, the longer you live” because you do not spike insulin.
When your insulin spikes, you end up storing the carbohydrates along with the fats and proteins. Now, you have put yourself in the position of unwanted weight gain.
The fungus that has proliferated the body also effects the brain. The fungus gives off a bowel movement, which is an offshoot of ethanol. This overpowers the immune system, entering the brain and disrupts neurotransmission for short term memory, causing mutation and malfunctions in the brain. This is one of the symptoms of a fungal infection.
WOAH okay, sorry that was a lot but that’s just how we can first get exposed to mold! Different types of mold can also be in homes and foundations, bathrooms, and many other areas. When we constantly breathe it in, it’s also a problem and produces similar effects in the body. A big spot I find is in the turbinates of the sinuses, they LOVE to hide here and give sinus and allergy issues. CRANIAL TO THE RESCUE.
Additionally, there are what are called mycotoxins that are toxins from mold in food. More and more crops are being infected and it’s pretty common now to find. Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by fungi like mold, which can infest buildings, vehicles, and food. A majority of mycotoxin exposures are through food ingestion or airborne exposure. It causes a big histamine reaction in the body, and over time can cause a person to become very hypersensitive to so many foods and environmental agents.
We’ve seen mold affect the gut AND the brain AND the immune system.
But what about the gallbladder?
Let’s look deeper…..
Gallbladder removal is one of the most common operations in the United States. Most are due to gall stones which are backed up bile. Some I have seen can be from a spasmed gallbladder from a shock or stress to the body. However, fungal infections are another cause:
The gallbladder’s main function is to store bile. Bile is a breakdown of red blood cells that have been crushed in the spleen. The spleen removes the necessary minerals and the red blood cells are processed and reutilized in the body. These minerals are processed back through the liver where they are bound to used cholesterol-forming bile acid.
This bile is supposed to be stored in the gallbladder for later use and excreted during heavy meals to help us digest fats. When the gallbladder is backed up, it doesn’t excrete the proper bile to digest fatty foods.
Because the fungus clogs up the gallbladder, it causes the bile acid to bleed into the pancreas. This causes the pancreas to create excrete insulin, which is a major cause of aging and also brain damage. Too much insulin in the blood causes hypoglycemia. Symptoms of hypoglycemia includes shakiness, pounding heart, crankiness and hunger headaches. Excessive insulin also makes your body store glucose, fats and proteins that you really don’t need. The pancreas is responsible for making enzymes that are crucial for digestion and for making chemicals necessary for proper body function.
“Because of the fungus, the bile acids damage the pancreas and destroys its ability to seek out cancerous cells and provide insulin, which slowly turns the body diabetic. When the gallbladder gets clogged up with fungus and the bile starts to back up into the liver through the liver ducts, eventually damaging the liver, which is the primary organ that produces chemicals in the body.” Because bile is no longer digesting fats, it cannot be turned into good cholesterol in the liver. This poses a major problem as all our hormones are made from cholesterol, so hormone issues will begin. Most individuals get the gallbladder removed at this point, which doesn’t fix the issue and eventually symptoms return or get worse.
The fact that fungal infections deprives our body of proper hormone balance causes a cascade effect which affects every aspect of our lives. Fungal infections cause multiple malfunctions throughout the body which results in sickness, cancer and an overall depressed sense of well being. If your body isn’t happy and healthy, your relationships will not be either.
SO that’s it FOLKS. Fungal infections are extremely common and hugely depend on the health of our gut, and oxygenation of our body. Fungus hates oxygen.
Another cause of constant fungal infections is also heavy metal exposure. If you’ve been battling chronic fungal infections, you probably also have a heavy metal issue that needs to get addressed.
Suspect you may have fungus issues?
Fungus can be tricky, but there are options. First you have to decrease your exposure. We then look into building the body up a little through genetic based nutrition, especially the vitamin D and metabolic pathway. Then we can start to attack the metals and fungus. The attacking part looks different for different people, whether nutritional or other methods. Don’t just go trying to kill fungus without first having support! You could feel REALLY bad .
Hope this was helpful.
Keep trekkin warriors!
Often with infections it can cause backing up of our lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is your drainage system. Lymph nodes for instance, function as filters, trapping viruses, bacteria and other causes of illnesses before they can infect other parts of your body. It’s extremely important and I think second most important system in our body after the nervous system for function. This is often why you hear of detoxing, detoxing, detoxing.
In order for us to properly get rid of infections, as well as to prevent them, we must have our lymphatic system FLOWING continuously. But what make it move? Our movement. This system relies on our body movement and organ movement. If we aren’t physically moving, or if our organs aren’t moving (because the lymphatic system goes through every part of our body and organs) this system won’t be working well. Almost every chronic disease has a lymphatic issue.
Most people think of the lymphatic system as just lymph nodes or your tonsils… In fact, the lymphatic system is HUGE. It’s a network of nodes, vessels and organs which drains lymph from the tissues into the blood. There’s even lymphatic tissue in our small intestine called Peyer’s Patches.
So, since this system depends on movement, it’s pretty important that movement in the body is balanced.
Let’s go back to the head for a second.
(Not my image). Picture of the lymph system in the head and neck.
THERE IS A LOT going on in the head and neck right?!!
It’s definitely more than just tonsils. This interweb actually continues through your ENTIRE body as well, all around your organs. The most lymph nodes are actually in our abdomen, so that’s another area I focus on a lot for this system.
Puffy eyes and swelling in the face is usually a sign that this system is congested. But again, this system can’t flow effectively unless movement happens. If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know that the Cranial System (Head) moves every breathe that we take. Sometimes these joints in the head though are not moving well. That means this fluid will back up, like a pump backing up, which causes pressure changes. Additionally, our brain has it’s own unique lymphatic system as well that drains into this lymph system, so we must address it first!
This can often cause individuals to get sinus pressure, congestion, increase in actually getting infections, headaches and allergies. The key is to get this system moving, but in order to do it effectively, we have to make sure the cranial system is moving! If you just do things like lymphatic massage or dry brushing, which are helpful, but often stagnation will return because the cranial system has not been balanced. You see in the above picture how much nodes and vessels are close to the jaw joint as well. This can cause pressure changes in the ear and eustachian tube, which can also affect hearing/balance.
Swelling in any of this system often will have a system effect. I’ve had individuals with liver stagnation feel a release in their head and sinuses when we started normalizing the lymphatic movement in their liver.
Another point here is oxygen. With swelling and stagnation in the lymphatic system, there often will be a depletion in oxygen. Congestion means less nasal breathing and inflammation in the sinuses and respiratory system. This provides an OPTIMAL environment for infections to live in. Most infections that we get are what are called anaerobic meaning (hate oxygen). So naturally when there is an environment with less oxygen, they will move in..
We have to get the cranial system open FIRST, and get oxygen flowing. Sometimes there is actual structural issues like narrowing of the sinuses and deviated septum for instance. This definitely also has to be addressed or you will find you or your children constantly fighting infections. Again, a lack of oxygen will harbor infections. Many individuals with many teeth infections also have airway issues. Of course diet and hygiene come into play, but many individuals that always have continual teeth infections you will find have airway issues, tongue tie and difficulty nasal breathing.
So…. Long story short. We have to change that pressure system.
First and foremost:
1. Get Craniopathy Care regularly to make sure the FLOW can happen for this fluid. This could often also result in co-managing with a functional dentist to help change that structure. Remember your nervous system controls your immune system! If you clench your teeth, you will constantly have congested lymph in your head and neck!
2. Keep your body moving. Regular exercise and infrared Saunas are great ways to continually take care of your lymph.
3. Eat a low inflammation diet. Get rid of inflammatory foods, like sugars and processed foods/grains. These cause inflammation in this system.
4. Clear that liver and gut. Since most of the lymphatic system resides in the gut, it must be important right? Stop eating toxic foods, or come in for a genetic nutrition session to help clear your detox organs. We can also evaluate and give you immune system support to help keep you protected.
5. Kill the Infections. CRANIOBIOTIC TECHNIQUE is what I use most in my office to help your immune system kill infections. Most in the head and neck I find are mold infections because of lack of oxygen.
6. Decrease EMF exposure. I’ve found that EMF’s are really clogging the liver and lymphatic system. Go back to my last blog for tips on this matter, get RID of airbuds and bluetooth headphones near your head!
6. Dry Brushing.
7. Lymphatic Massage.
For those of you you have been terrified about the corona virus, I got an Infection Vile to check for this infection using CranioBiotic Technique. But just so you know, I would check out this article about its origin. You won’t find it on the mainstream news.
This week I’m giving you a recipe for a great sinus opener!!
This one can get your eyes watering so be careful! Super Tip, I use this while flying. I just ask the flight attendant for a cup of hot water and while on the plane, put a drop of each in and it clears the air and keeps the bugs away!
Happy Monday Warriors!
It’s 2020!! I can’t believe it! I was laughing with a patient this past week about not thinking we would make it to 2020 haha. But, we definitely have arrived, and in full swing!
Thanks for all who came a couple weeks ago to our mobility workshop! I hope you learned some tips to keep your body moving. If you are sad you missed it, we WILL be holding another next month so make sure you let us know!
This year is gong to be a big year for my practice I can feel it. I’m continuing to write my book, and in fact alot of this blog is coming directly from that. I’m also wanting to start a podcast very soon. If someone is very familiar with running podcasts or would love to donate time, ect. let me know! There’s so many things I’d like to do, but time!!! Right? Finding that balance.
Also! If you are a patient of mine, I have created a private account on MeWe. Its a social media platform similar to Facebook. I wanted to create a community for my patients to talk about various health topics, and not be censored like facebook does. I also wanted a place for you guys to share maybe about things that you do and offer! A real community! It can feel isolated especially for some of my families that don’t vaccinate, to find like minded communities. So, if you don’t have an account GET ONE! Add me Dr Rachel Hamel, then I will add you to the group!
Alright enough house keeping. BUT ONE MORE.. If you are a patient and have not written a google review, would you mind taking a couple moments? They really really help my practice and inspire others!
Brain Fortitude. The ability to utilize the brain to shut down unwanted thoughts and actions.
What do you mean doc?
Well, we know that the Brain controls every function in our body. But what if it fails to turn on or shut off certain systems?
What is happening here.? Usually, there is some malfunction in the frontal lobe in our brain. The frontal lobe is the executive functioning, reasoning, rationale, impulse control, allows us to start and finish tasks and provides short term memory. This is a huge driver for us as adults and children. You want to be able to access this part of your brain effectively and entirely. So how do we do that?
Well, the brain in general when you are able to utilize it, is better at inhibiting unwanted thoughts, actions and movements.
If not working right, it cannot put the brakes on the limbic system, emotional center. You can get stuck in this emotional paradigm where all rationality goes out the window. This is not where you want to be.
The frontal lobe is the most compromised when there is any injury to the head, brain or cervical spine. Children, are very sensitive when this section of the brain is compromised. This can be from trauma during the birth process, or any falls or injuries during childhood.
Neuro-expression is how the nervous system expresses itself, and it gives us a window into how the nervous system is working. For instance, a child’s behavior can be an outward expression of the integrity of the nervous system. If a child can’t sit for a long period of time, maybe are running around or kicking the desk of a child in front of them at school, chances are they have dysfunction going on in their vestibular system. If they are forceful, they could be lacking appropriate proprioceptive input and are trying to regulate their brain through this action. Many children may seem “defiant”, and although can be perceived this way, often times don’t want to do things that make their brain uncomfortable. Sometimes defiance is yes defiance, other times it’s a protective mechanism to avoid discomfort we cannot see.
What individuals react to will determine which part of their brain isn’t “online”.
What’s important to note here is that when children, and adults for that matter get into this state in their frontal lobe, cognitive or rational types of treatment doesn’t work effectively because they don’t understand. Methods like cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and meditation won’t really be helpful here until the frontal lobe is on board. Their frontal lobe isn’t online and so rationality is out the window. When you regulate the sensory modulation and work with the frontal lobe, then you can do this other more rationale work and it be more successful!
The short story of this is that the brain ALWAYS has a reason to what it’s doing. Sometimes controlling emotions and other functions in our body is difficult when certain areas of the brain aren’t really working.
If you or someone you know has difficulty regulating their emotions, or difficulty controlling certain body systems, you might look to the brain for the answer. EVERYTHING in the body works better, when the brain is online…
So how do we make sure it is?
Work with the sensory nerves! Craniopathy and chiropractic manipulations with proper sensory/motor looping is where you’ll get the most success. I often see many children who have gone through so many different types of therapy prior to finding my clinic. Behavior therapy, speech therapy ect. Although some of these cognitive methods can provide some help, I find that many children aren’t even properly doing them because their frontal lobe isn’t online. Once we start working with those sensory deficiencies, most children can then go to different therapies and get much greater results. You can’t train something when the connection isn’t online!
This is not only for children, but for all of us. Many patients say that movement for instance is so much easier now that their brain is working better. Digestion is better, falling asleep is easier, and they aren’t reacting to stress as dramatic.
I hope you enjoyed this little snippet this week.
Despite all the negative things going on in our health system, I think 2020 is going to be a great year!
On the spotlight this week is DoTerra’s Juniper Berry.
Juniper Berry is a great oil to help balance the nervous system. It actually helps the NS to get into more of a parasympathetic tone, which we ALL need right?!
Extracted from the berries of a coniferous tree, Juniper Berry essential oil is recognized for its versatile uses and benefits. The scent of Juniper Berry oil is woody, spicy, and clean. When used for its aroma, Juniper Berry essential oil has a calming and grounding effect and can also be diffused to help cleanse and purify the air. Juniper Berry oil can be used internally as a powerful cleansing and detoxifying agent and to support urinary tract and healthy kidney function.* Applied topically, Juniper Berry essential oil acts as a natural skin toner and reduces the appearance of skin blemishes.
Juniper Berry Oil Uses and Benefits
It was said that if you dreamed of gathering juniper berries in winter, you would prosper. It is also noted that the berries of a common juniper signified honor or the birth of a boy.1
The common juniper, Juniperus communis, is an evergreen conifer tree that can grow up to 10 meters high and can live for as long as 200 years. The tree’s bark is grey-brown while the twigs of the tree are reddish brown. The leaves of the common juniper are needle-like with prickly points and are green in color. The tree also produces male and female flowers. The male flowers are small and yellow and grow near the tip of the twigs whereas the female flowers are green and eventually evolve into the purple fruit of the tree. The fruit is a berry-like cone that is fleshy and aromatic.2 doTERRA Juniper Berry essential oil is extracted from the berry of the common juniper plant.
Chemistry of Juniper Berry Oil
Main Chemical Components: α-pinene, sabinene
One of the main chemical constituents found in Juniper Berry essential oil is alpha-pinene. Alpha-pinene is a monoterpene which, due to its chemical properties, can help uplift and renew when used aromatically. Another main chemical component in Juniper Berry oil is sabinene. For more information about the chemical constituents found in Juniper Berry oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.