Pain Relief & Wellness - October 2019


She demonstrated upward of 10.5 times as much damage present compared to someone with a healthy brain her age. Alzheimer’s is spreading across her brain. We have begun treating her brain with neurofeedback, cranial electrical stimulation, audio-visual brain wave entrainment, and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy to help the over- and under-active electrical parts of her brain function more fully and her gut. (About 80% of all the chemistry in your brain comes from your gut! This means you should eat much more fruits and vegetables and less animal products and processed food.) We love what we do and search all the corners of the globe to uncover what works best, sparing no expense to bring that knowledge, technology, training, and equipment to our office. Just this past month, we returned from trips to study and learn in Vietnam, Denver, Atlanta, Nevada, and Columbus to better help our patients get and stay well. The recent Singapore study recruited 36 adults over the age of 60 and gathered data about their health, lifestyle, and psychological well- being over the course of three years. Their cognitive performances were regularly analyzed, and MRI photographs were taken of their neural activity. Upon completion, the study found that participants who consumed green tea, oolong tea, or black tea at least four times a week had brain regions that were interconnected more efficiently than those who did not. Having efficiently interconnected neural pathways means the brain is more structured and information processing can be performed more dynamically and even quicker, in some cases. This inclines researchers to believe that the components of the mentioned teas aid in preventing disruption to interregional connections, although further study is needed to discover just how intricately the two are related. But what does this mean for those of us going about our everyday lives? It means drinking tea may be an easy but monumental step we can all take on a daily basis to preserve cognition during the aging process. More cognitive function means less opportunity for mishaps that can lead to injury and more awareness of bad bodily habits that might lead to pain and discomfort. It affords the possibility of a natural, healthy alternative to invasive procedures or medications with alarming side effects. Not to mention, it’s a great way to keep warm in the coming months.

If you’re a dedicated coffee drinker, now might be the time to consider making a switch to tea. A recent study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore revealed that regular tea drinkers have better-organized brain regions, which is associated with healthy cognitive function. When compared to coffee, tea regularly comes out on top as the healthier option for not only getting your caffeine fix but also for promoting hydration, stimulating weight loss, aiding digestion, and boosting your immune system. Different types of tea promote different wellness, but in general, it’s found to be one of the healthiest beverage options.

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It’s the same for metabolic issues like gout, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, fatty liver, heart disease, etc. You can’t successfully drug your way out of a behavior or lifestyle problem; it won’t work. You will always have more issues down the road because the cause is still present. Functional medicine helps you have a healthier lifestyle in the short and the long run by addressing the cause. It is said that over 80% of heart disease and cancer is lifestyle driven. This includes Alzheimer’s and dementia. I heard again this morning how none of the Alzheimer’s drugs are working, yet UCLA just reversed 9 out of 9 cases of the disease with the same functional medicine approach we’ve been discussing. A recent QEEG brain scan we did this past week showed that the patient’s brain is stuck in the slow, sleepy, tuned-out, not-present frequencies, and it’s deficient in the higher, more-present, functional, thinking brain frequencies, which pretty much describes Alzheimer’s.

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Until next month,

-Dr. Vinton

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