Jamieson Health Center Newsletter
OCTOBER 1, 2009
Volume 1, Number 2
Holistic care – the big picture
And why the brain is so important…
Dear friends and patients,
In order to understand what’s going on with your health and that of your children, we need to look at your bodies holistically. That means we look at how your different systems impact each other. For example we need to understand how the brain works, but also how it impacts the other systems in your body like the endocrine, immune and digestive systems and how in turn those systems impact your brain.
We also look at the causes holistically by identifying structural, chemical and emotional stressors on the different systems. Structural interferences such as subluxations can cause digestive and gut issues. What you eat every day can cause chronic inflammation throughout your body. Chronic emotional stress causes pain, fatigue, and compromises your Blood Brain Barrier.
The good news is, once we identify the stressors, then we know what we need to work on and how to treat your body holistically. And your health can be restored!
Since the brain impacts virtually every system in the body, and many peripheral systems impact the brain, I want to continue our series on the importance of a healthy brain. This time our focus is on balancing Neurotransmitters. Enjoy!
Yours in good health,
Dr. Samuel Jamieson, D.C.
Neurotransmitters for a Healthy Brain and Body.
Your brain and your body run on neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are the key chemical messengers of your nervous system. The brain uses neurotransmitters for a multitude of functions, such as signaling your heart to beat, telling your stomach to digest, and telling your brain to experience certain moods.
Deficiencies of neurotransmitters can cause many disorders.
Neurons, the core components of your nervous system, communicate with each other by neurotransmitters. When their communication fails, neurodegeneration happens. Your brain needs a balance of both the calming (inhibitory) and the stimulant (excitatory) neurotransmitters and the synaptic response they incur on the neurons of the brain. A deficiency or imbalance of neurotransmitters can cause many disorders.
The main neurotransmitters are:
· SEROTONIN - a deficiency may result in anger, depression and loss of interest and enjoyment of life. Relationships are similarly affected and sleep disorders may develop.
· DOPAMINE – has numerous functions related to motivation, cognition, mood and attention. It is associated with the pleasure system of the brain and promotes feelings of enjoyment. A deficiency can result in physical and mental fatigue, cravings, feelings of hopelessness, anger and worthlessness.
· GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) - is a key inhibitory neurotransmitter. It helps support relaxation and sleep. A deficiency can cause excitation of the brain resulting in various types of fear, anxiety, worry, insomnia and also depression.
· ACETYLCHOLINE – is used to promote cognition, memory and arousal. A deficiency can result in different kinds of memory loss, such as verbal, visual, numbers, faces, objects.
We offer a detailed Applied Kinesiology exam along with a comprehensive Neurotransmitter Assessment – one for children and one for adults - to identify any neurotransmitter imbalances. Contact our office at 408-517-0706 or visit our website at www.jamiesonhealthcenter.com
Why sugar is so bad for you.
When your blood glucose (sugar) levels are abnormally high and cannot be taken into the cells efficiently, the glucose in the bloodstream becomes oxidized by free radicals and produces extremely inflammatory compounds. Those compounds cause inflammation throughout your body. They are very destructive to your vascular system and to your brain, and cause it to degenerate, leading to many diseases.
If you are suffering from fatigue and have sugar cravings after meals, you probably have elevated glucose levels and are at risk of many health issues, starting with degeneration of your brain and diabetes.
So for your own health, please:
· No more sugar (candy, sweets, etc.)
· No more soda’s
· No more starches
We know this can be hard to do. So we suggest you take baby steps and eliminate one thing at a time from your diet.
Get help - eliminate causes of neurotransmitter imbalances.
As a holistic chiropractic clinic, we offer several ways to restore and maintain healthy neurotransmitter levels, dependant on the stressors that cause your imbalances. First step is to identify those stressors. Here are some of them:
· Poor nutrition and diet
· Chronic emotional and physical stress
· Toxic exposure
· Blood sugar imbalances
· Allergies and food sensitivities
Eat plenty of meat and fish, fresh vegetables and fruits.
Certain amino acids found in protein from meat and fish are used by the brain to build neurotransmitters and regulate body functions, moods and feelings. Nutrients found in vegetables and fruits are also used in a similar way by the brain.
So a high-protein, low carb, no sugar diet helps to keep your neurotransmitters balanced. This is why the standard American diet (high-carb, low fat) is causing so many disorders – it just doesn’t provide the essential fats and other building blocks to build neurotransmitters and it causes rollercoaster type blood sugar imbalances (see article at left).
Supplement imbalances with neurotransmitter support.
One way to support neurotransmitter imbalances is a series of complex products aimed at solving nutritional deficiencies. Those supplements provide your body with different amino acids and cofactors required for the healthy production of neurotransmitters. They also contain phytonutrients to support neurotransmitter activity and inhibit their breakdown. The supplements are in capsule form, but we also offer sprays for children.
For more information and to correct imbalances, contact our office at 408-517-0706.
You can also visit our website at www.jamiesonhealthcenter.com.
JAMIESON HEALTH CENTER
Samuel R. Jamieson, D.C.
Emotional Stress Relief
Total Body Modification
1175 Saratoga Ave, Ste 8
San Jose, CA 95119
We’re on the Web!
Seminars we took.
Since I want to make a difference in your lives and that of your children, I’m constantly trying to keep up with the latest developments in healing practices and new discoveries in the area of alternative holistic medicine. To that end, I have attended the following seminars and conferences over the last several months:
· Neurotransmitters and Brain
· Applied Brain Concepts
· Advanced Nutrition Therapeutics for Addictions and OCD
· Restoring Gastrointestinal Health
· Herbal Solutions for the Modern Patient
· Balancing Female Hormones
· Balancing Male Hormones
· The Impacts of Estrogen on the NeuroEndocrine-Immune Axis
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