Brain Health and Inflammation
The incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the U.S. is approximately four million cases a year. The first line of evaluation in the clinical examination includes various standard medical imaging including cranial X-rays, CTs, and MRIs. Getting a correct diagnosis for head trauma due to whiplash, and sports injures (concussion) is vital to establish an effective treatment plan for the best recovery.
Dr. Bruce Ames, a medical physician and founder of the Ames Clinics, is an outspoken expert on brain health. According to Dr. Ames, he uses a neumonic “bright minds” to inform us of the steps to maintain a healthy brain.
We get brain inflammation from various sources. We have short- and long-term exposure to many environmental and chemical toxins. We also have exposure to the internet in increasing frequency; cell phones, computers, and WiFi all have negative effects on our nervous and immune systems.
The majority of Americans consume foods of very poor quality nutritional value. The development of chronic illnesses are increased with the daily ingestion of bad essential fatty acids in the form of Omega 6 oils: corn, soy, cottonseed, and canola oils. Approximately 50% of the U.S. public are pre-diabetic or diabetic.
Mental illnesses are getting a lot of attention more recently. Statistics like Alzheimer’s will see a four-fold increase in the next 29 years. The incidence of depression is 50 million in the U.S., with a 400% increase since 1987.
When the brain is inflamed the rest of the body suffers and has more pain. This could be a source that is neuromuscular, like headaches, sciatica, or joint pain, with or without joint degeneration (based on imaging). Overuse injuries in all activities all contribute to global body pain and inflammation, predominantly due to sports. You can be an adolescent, middle aged or a senior playing your favorite sport; without a solid foundation in nutritional support eventually pain will find you.
Reoccurring and chronic pain at any location in the body will send pro-inflammatory compounds (cytokines) into the blood stream and then cross the blood-brain barrier and cause inflammation. The brain tissue that protects the neurons in your brain are called microglial cells. Whenever you have an injury to the brain, such as a sports concussion, the brain lights up on fire.
New technology is being utilized in the healthcare of the brain, and with the right clinic training tools are now available to measure, track and optimize brain health. The only way to accurately test your brain health is to get a baseline in brain function: this includes biochemistry (specific blood tests), functional neurology (neuro-biofeedback technology), and an online Functional Assessment Examination which includes: Sustained Attention, Memory Capacity, Processing Speed, and Cognitive Flexiblity.
For further information, go to www.mybrainspan.com.