Jamieson Health Center
August 8, 2011
Volume 3, Number 5
Dear patients, dear friends,
Today approximately 1 out of 8 children in the United States has a brain development disorder. Some estimate 1 out of 6. In 2010, 1.5 million children entered school, and 1 out of every 6 five or six year olds will be diagnosed with some type of neurological disorder that affects their ability to learn and socially interact.
Brain developmental disorders affect more than just the brain. They often go unnoticed until children enter school or kindergarten. Often symptoms such as tics, fidgeting, poor digestion, poor bladder tone, bed wetting, poor stool control, poor coordination and balance, clumsiness or sensitivity to environmental stimulants can be signs of a developmental delay with your child.
“Why so many?” you ask. In order to understand the root causes, we need to understand how a child’s brain develops and what it needs to do so in a healthy way.
Many people think that the brain of a child is fully developed at birth. Nothing can be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, until the age of 21 the brain is in a constant state of development and change. A child’s brain doesn’t stop myelinating until the age of 21.
For the brain to develop in a healthy way, it needs proper nourishment and stimulation. Nourishment for the brain includes glucose, oxygen and healthy fats transported into the brain by your blood. Parents are responsible to give their kids a healthy diet and the necessary nutrition.
The brain also needs stimulation. In the first several months, it gets its main stimulation from movement and play. Gross motor milestones need to be met in order for the brain to develop in a healthy way.
The frontal cortex of the brain develops first. Proper myelination of the frontal cortex plays a significant role in your child’s ability to stand up, walk and the development of their personality. The frontal cortex enables focused concentration, alertness, planning, learning and remembering. It also dampens the limbic system of the brain, which causes impulses, rage, anger and arousal.
Things go wrong when the frontal cortex fails to develop normally. You will notice hindered autonomic activity such as poor bladder and bowel control, poor digestion, and intestinal permeability leading to a leaky gut, and also sleeping problems and craving sweets.
There is a critical timeframe to help your child. Don’t wait to nourish and stimulate the brain of your child. Do it now.
The older he or she becomes, the harder it is to make changes to the brain.
Proper nourishment comes from a healthy diet. Proper stimulation comes from sports and movement. Eliminate TV and computer games. Learning a foreign language and playing a musical instrument are great ways to stimulate the brain.
When things have gone wrong, you need additional expert help. We have helped many children with developmental disorders. Here is what we suggest:
v As a first step, changing the diet is a must: Eat a high protein/high vegetable diet, eliminate foods that cause brain inflammation and support with supplements like essential fatty acids. This can bring about dramatic changes.
v Secondly, your child needs specific integrative treatments to dampen the inflammation in the brain and the gut and balance the neurotransmitters in the brain.
v Thirdly, with Advanced Neurofeedback therapy we can stimulate the areas of the brain that are under-aroused and train down the over-stimulated parts of the brain until balance is restored and new plasticity is created.
Every child is different.
Although your child may be labeled with ADHD or autism, every child is different. They may struggle with hyperactivity, behavioral control and sustained attention, but also show comorbidities, i.e. symptoms of other disorders, such as anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, epilepsy, specific learning disabilities, Tourette’s syndrome, and even bipolar disorder.
Therefore, we need to take a qEEG brain map of your child’s brain to measure their brainwaves in the different lobes of their brain. Hyper or hypo-activity in the different parts of their brain directly correlates with their cognitive, emotional and social behavior.
It is important to use the data from the brain map to guide the neurofeedback therapy. When data from the qEEG map is used to normalize the brain, the comorbidities are usually effectively remediated.
The qEEG brain map also reveals whether any metabolic issues (such as gluten sensitivity) and/or emotional traumas are contributing to their condition. In this case, you need a holistic approach with integrative treatments to resolve those issues and maximize the effectiveness of your child’s neurofeedback training.
It’s so rewarding to see the good changes that take place!
I hope you don’t wait but give us a call today.
There is hope. We can help.
Yours in good health,
Dr. Samuel Jamieson, D.C.
Do You Know a Child with a Developmental Disorder?
We helped Charlotte and many others. We can help them too.
By Lena K., mother of Charlotte, age 6.
“It is somewhat difficult to comprehend how my daughter transformed from a clumsy distracted and developmentally behind child into an eager learner who actually enjoys dance classes very much! Three months of treatment changed our lives completely. I discovered that Charlotte has a personality, and a beautiful one. Now she has interests, and preferences, and most importantly skills. Charlotte is not a slow, anxious child like her kindergarten teachers claimed. She loves puzzles, math, ice-skating and even reading that used to be a torturous experience for both of us. There is a whole new world within our daughter that we’ve just recently discovered. I can’t describe how rewarding it is to have an actual conversation with your child, to hear her express herself in meaningful and coherent sentences. This is something we were never able to do before the treatment.
Thank you Dr. Jamieson and Hilde. This was a life changing experience for our family. You gave Charlotte a gift she might only come to appreciate years later. My daughter is a happy bright little girl, and much of it we owe to Jamieson Health Center.”
You have a critical time frame to make changes. Stimulate and nourish your child’s brain now.
From conception until the age of 21, the brain is in a constant state of development and change. Unfortunately, the older your child becomes, the harder it is to make changes in the brain and the more permanent their disabilities become.
There is a critical time frame to make changes, so don’t wait. Act now!
Just as in Charlotte’s case, give your child’s brain the nourishment it needs and secondly, activate their brain with as much stimulation as possible to help it develop. Here is what you need to do:
Step 1 - Nourish the brain for peak outcomes:
v Your child’s brain needs fats (fatty acids), glucose and oxygen for proper brain development.
Ø It is important to address this with a high protein/high vegetable diet rich in healthy fats. For more information about healthy fats, see our July 2010 newsletter. In addition, proper omega-3 supplementation is very important. Your typical omega-3 contains the fatty acids EPA and DHA. The aspect of omega-3 supplementation that ties directly into your child’s brain function is DHA. The ratio of DHA to EPA is very important. We offer supplements with either a 5:1, 14:1 or a 24:1 ratio of DHA to EPA for proper brain development and for children with brain developmental disorders.
Ø Glucose is also an important nutritional factor with proper brain development. No, this does not mean that the consumption of processed sugars or processed carbohydrates is the food of choice for brain development. On the contrary, I am talking about feeding your children a high protein/high vegetable diet on a consistent basis. This will stabilize the release of glucose so insulin levels do not spike. This will provide the long sustained energy without the spike and crash that we often see with children.
v Eliminate the nutritional choices that are hindering your child’s development.
The following list of foods are known to cause inflammation in the brain and need to be eliminated:
§ Gluten containing foods – to learn how gluten affects the brain, read our February 2011 newsletter.
§ Sugars, starches, simple carbohydrates, sodas, fruit juices – see our June 2010 newsletter.
§ Pasteurized dairy products
§ All processed foods – they are high in sugar, contain trans-fats and often gluten, and have little real nutritional value
§ All foods containing trans-fats – the only fats that are bad for you, read our August 2010 newsletter.
I have had many parents in my practice share that if they eliminate these foods, they are eliminating most of what their kids eat. If this is your case, it’s understandable that it’s not easy to change, but your child needs real, whole food, and you know where the responsibility lies. It lies with you as the parents. I know that this is tough to hear, but do you really want to hinder your child’s brain development? Are you willing to take responsibility for multiple challenges for your child’s health for the rest of their life? Remember that the brain is developing well into the late teenage years, so this is extremely important.
Often parents tell me that they are only feeding their kids what every other parent is giving to their children. Remember that 1 out of 8 children in the United States has a brain development disorder and some even suggest 1 out of 6. So is it really OK to feed your child what everyone else is feeding theirs?
v Support the brain to develop healthy neurotransmitter pathways and dampen brain inflammation.
If your child’s brain is currently inflamed, for example due to an unhealthy diet and/or gluten sensitivity, your child urgently needs the necessary integrative treatments and supplements to dampen this inflammation. To better understand the connection between an inflamed gut and inflamed brain, read our April 2011 newsletter.
In addition, dependant on the specific symptoms of your child and the type of deficit disorder (for different types of ADHD, see our February 2010 newsletter), we need to support their brain with supplements for healthy development of neurotransmitter pathways. The pathways of serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine and GABA are often underdeveloped and therefore affect their behavior and the ability to learn. For more information on neurotransmitters for specific deficit disorders, please read our October 2009 newsletter.
Step 2: Activate the brain with AS much stimulation AS POSSiBle to help it develop.
v Dramatically decrease passive activity such as computer games and television.
Computer games are far too stimulating to the limbic system. And TV numbs the brain. Instead focus on activities that stimulate the frontal cortex such as play and movement. Toys should be everywhere. Children are the most creative beings in the universe, so let them use that gift!
v Children need to move to develop their brains.
Do you remember what we used to do as kids? Run around, be active, play made-up games. Sports is an absolute must for older children. Focus on activities that require balance and coordination. Whatever your child is NOT good at, that’s the type of exercise or sport you want your child to be actively involved in. For example, if your child is clumsy, has poor coordination and poor balance, dance classes will provide excellent exercises for the brain.
v Play a musical instrument and learn a second language.
As soon as your child is old enough, I suggest getting them interested in playing a musical instrument and enrolling them in learning a second language. These are very stimulating to the brain and assist with brain development.
v Advanced Neurofeedback is the most precise and effective brain training available today.
Numerous clinical studies have shown the effectiveness of qEEG neurofeedback for brain developmental disorders. We have had a lot of success with children who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, autism, Asperger’s and others. It’s so rewarding to see the good changes that take place!
Ø The reason why Advanced Neurofeedback therapy is so effective is because it is guided by the data of a qEEG brain map. The qEEG brain map of your child’s brainwaves pinpoints specific areas of overstimulation and/or under-arousal in your child’s brain. These areas directly correlate to emotional, social and cognitive behavior. Therefore the map provides the most accurate assessment of how your child’s brain affects their behavior known today.
Ø Using the data from the qEEG map, the neurofeedback training will then train up the under-aroused and train down the over-stimulated brain areas. As a result, new physical pathways are created in your child’s brain and your child starts feeling and behaving better. You’ll observe better attention, focus, concentration, comprehension, behavior, communication, language, socialization, sequencing and motor planning.
Ø Once those new pathways are mature enough, the brain normalizes and becomes more balanced. New plasticity is created and the changes become permanent.
For more information about brain developmental disorders and Advanced Neurofeedback, call our office at 408-517-0706 or visit our website at http://www.jamiesonhealthcenter.com/neurofeedback.htm.
Advanced Neurofeedback helped Charlotte – we can help your child too.
Ø The qEEG brain map also shows the state of the limbic system and the frontal cortex, which we explain in the adjacent paragraph. In many children with brain development disorders, it often shows that there is not enough beta wave activity in the frontal cortex to dampen the high theta activity of their limbic system, which causes them to react impulsively. A standard ADHD neurofeedback protocol will therefore focus on training theta waves down and beta waves up.
Ø On the other hand, many children don’t always show the typical brain map of an ADD/ADHD or autistic child. For example, their brain map may show diffuse elevated delta slow wave activity. This can be caused by metabolic issues such as gut inflammation, toxicity, gluten sensitivity, a neurotransmitter deficiency or sometimes emotional stressors or traumas. Increased delta slow wave activity affects the integration and continuity of information between the different lobes of the brain. This causes brain fog. Your child is not able to focus, concentrate and respond to questions and their condition may mistakenly be labeled as ADD.
Ø There also exist different ADD subtypes and comorbidities of ADD and autism. Every child is different. Your child may not only struggle with hyperactivity, behavioral control and sustained attention, but in many cases children also show symptoms of other disorders such as anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, epilepsy, specific learning disabilities, Tourette’s syndrome, and even bipolar disorder.
Ø I cannot express enough the importance of using qEEG guided neurofeedback rather than standard symptomatic neurofeedback. When data from the qEEG map is used to normalize the brain, the comorbidities are usually effectively remediated. A standard ADHD protocol cannot remediate those additional symptoms.
Ø And as mentioned before, when metabolic or emotional issues are contributing to the disorder, you need a holistic approach to remediate those issues to maximize the effectiveness of your child’s neurofeedback training.
So again, don’t wait. Call us for help now.
A few words for prospective parents.
The best time to start thinking about the healthy development of your child’s brain is when your child is simply a glimmer in the eyes of you and your spouse.
Focusing on your own optimal health as a parent prior to conception and during pregnancy is extremely important.
Healthy parents typically conceive healthy babies.
It is recognized by many in the field that often children with developmental delays are born from a pregnant mother with hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, weak immune system, and/or autoimmune challenges, among others. Therefore it is important to address your own health issues and optimize your health PRIOR to becoming a parent.
During pregnancy, it is obviously very important to eat a healthy whole food diet to support the processes that develop a healthy brain.
It will also be much easier for you to teach your newborn healthy habits if you are already following these habits yourself. If you ask your child to eat healthy, play, move and stimulate their brain, you should be too.
Brain developmental disorders – affect more than just the brain.
When we talk about a child’s developmental delay, we think of challenges such as autism and ADD. But this delay often goes unnoticed for so many children. Often symptoms such as tics, fidgeting, poor digestion, poor bladder tone, bed wetting, poor stool control, poor coordination and balance, clumsiness or sensitivity to environmental stimulants can be signs of a developmental delay with your child.
Current conventional treatments for neurodevelopment disorders are to medicate your children with amphetamines, sedatives, antipsychotics, beta blockers and/or to use behavioral therapies. Unfortunately, medication is very addictive and the severity of the long term side effects, especially of sedatives and antipsychotics, is totally unknown today. Many parents who have tried different types of behavioral therapy tell me that they see only very limited success.
Unfortunately, none of these treatments address the root cause of the disorders. In order to understand the root causes, we need to understand how a child’s brain develops and what it needs to do so in a healthy way.
How does the brain develop?
From conception until the age of 21, the brain is in a constant state of development and change. The processes involved during brain development are called neurulation, neuronal proliferation and neural migration (after conception until birth), synaptogenesis, apoptosis and myelination (from before birth until adolescence). You may not know that a child’s brain doesn’t stop meylinating until the age of 21. During the late teens, a big burst of myelination happens, which is why teens think they know it all.
For those processes to work optimally, the brain needs nourishment and proper stimulation. Without them, things go wrong and developmental disorders happen. Nourishment for the brain includes glucose, oxygen and healthy fats. The blood transports these nutrients to the brain. These are not optional, they are essential for proper development. For example, during myelination, myelin, the protective sheath that’s created around the axons between the neurons, is made from fats. Anyone claiming that fats are bad for you is absolutely in the dark about how the body and especially the brain functions.
You child’s brain can only develop with proper stimulation. During the first 5 months, their brain gets its main stimulation from movement (for example play and interaction with their parents). Your child needs to go through different gross motor stages and reach specific milestones in their development. Each stage and milestone that is reached is important for proper brain development. Skipping or not reaching a milestone is a reason for concern. Here are the important milestones during the first few months of a child’s life:
The following language and personal/social milestones will typically be reached next:
The role of the frontal cortex.
One of the early keys to proper brain development is tied to the frontal cortex. The frontal cortex is the part of the brain that myelinates first. Proper myelination of the frontal cortex plays a significant role in your child’s ability to stand up, walk and the development of their personality. The frontal cortex enables focused concentration, alertness, planning, learning and remembering. It also dampens the limbic system of the brain, which causes impulses, rage, anger and arousal.
Often children with a developmental delay have a suppressed frontal cortex which leads to an overactive limbic system. Those children will show:
· impulsive behavior
· quick temper
· poor decision making
· saying socially inappropriate things
· saying things out of turn
· inability to wait for their turn
We are all, in the first place, emotional beings and 70% of our brain is there to inhibit the other 30%.
The development of the frontal cortex also directly correlates with autonomic activity. When the frontal cortex fails to develop normally, your child will show increased sympathetic activity and decreased parasympathetic activity such as:
Here is an excerpt from a recent neuroimaging study about the role of the frontal cortex:
“Brain development at a macroscopic level typically proceeds first in sensorimotor areas, spreading subsequently and progressively into dorsal and parietal, superior temporal, and dorsolateral prefrontal cortices throughout later childhood and adolescence. These patterns of anatomical development parallel increasing activity in frontal cortices that subserves the development of higher-order cognitive functions during late childhood and adolescence. Disturbances in these developmental patterns seem to be involved centrally in the pathogenesis of various childhood psychiatric disorders including childhood-onset schizophrenia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, developmental dyslexia, Tourette's syndrome, and bipolar disorder.” (J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2008 Nov;47(11):1233-51.)
For more information about brain developmental disorders and Advanced Neurofeedback, call our office at 408-517-0706 or visit our website at http://www.jamiesonhealthcenter.com/neurofeedback.htm.
JAMIESON HEALTH CENTER
Samuel R. Jamieson, D.C.
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1175 Saratoga Ave, Ste 8
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Seminars we’ve taken.
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, clinical research and new discoveries in the area of integrative holistic medicine. To that end, I have attended the following seminars and conferences over the last several months:
· Understanding the complexity of gluten sensitivity
· Breaking the complex web of leaky gut
· Neurochemistry of childhood brain developmental disorders
· The aging brain
· The brain-gut axis
· Nutrition Response Testing
· NeuroIntegration therapy– Level 1 and Level 2 training
· Autoimmune regulation
· NeuroEndocrine-Immune Axis of Andropause
· Metabolic Biotransformation: an overview of detoxification and weight management
· Restoring Gastrointestinal Health
· Practical Blood Chemistry
· Functional Neurology for the Primary Care Provider
· Neurotransmitters and Brain
· The Thyroid-Brain–Immuno Connection
· Restorative Endocrinology: Balancing Female Hormones in Menopausal Women
· Restorative Endocrinology: Balancing Hormones in Cycling Women
· The Impacts of Estrogen on the NeuroEndocrine-Immune Axis
· Restorative Endocrinology: Balancing Male Hormones
· Advanced Nutrition Therapeutics for Addictions and OCD
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