Vitamin B12 Deficiency – Often Missed, Often Miraculous
Tom had painful tingling in his legs triggered by spinal canal narrowing in his lower back. With chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, asthma, brain fog, and anxiety, Tom had been deterred from his busy life of traveling, but he refused to concede.
Routine blood tests were normal. But comprehensive testing provided answers. Homocysteine was 7.2, but optimum may be 6 to 7. A lead level a of 2 put Tom at an 89% higher risk of heart attack and 151% higher stroke risk; lead’s risks are on par with cholesterol. Clotting and inflammatory d-dimer was mildly elevated. A free T3 thyroid of 2.5 was suboptimal. Food sensitivities were substantial.
Big answers came from Spectracell micronutrient analysis. His B12 was in the bottom 2% and cell energizer CoQ10 in the lowest 5%. Also low were vitamin B5, zinc, magnesium, and powerful antioxidant alpha lipoic acid. Vitamin C, vitamin E, hormone-modulating vitamin B2, and memory-nutrient choline were borderline.
Does B12 deficiency matter? Only if you dislike peripheral neuropathy, impaired memory, and higher risk for cardiovascular disease, dementia, delirium and anemia.
Does low CoQ10 matter? Not if you don’t mind chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, asthma, and brain fog.
Other deficiencies were also important. Low magnesium promotes anxiety, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy. Alpha lipoic acid may be the single most important nutrient for nerve health. Zinc and vitamin B2 are hormone modulators supporting testosterone’s anabolic repair abilities. For stress, vitamin B5 is vital.
Along with fish oil, vitamins D with K, a multivitamin with active Bs, and magnesium, Tom got anabolic and anti-inflammatory botanicals. Breath-promoting quercetin, and NADH plus d-ribose for energy and optimal muscle health, were added. Nutrient deficiencies were replenished. Food sensitivities, always a major factor, were identified and addressed. Nattokinase reduced clotting risk and ThermoFit aided suboptimal thyroid function.
Brain fog and anxiety resolved. The asthma, fibromyalgia, and fatigue had been largely explained and all were fixable. Gentle lead detoxification would protect the cardiovascular system while reducing dementia risk.
But what won the day were large-dosed injections of the reduced, non-cyanide, vitamin B12 – methylcobalamin. Tom called them “miraculous”! The nerve symptoms in his legs disappeared and his vitality soared. He was back to his important business and world travels.
Many names are given to various health disorders but it boils down to the basic nuts and bolts – vitamins, minerals, amino acids, nutrients, addressable gene mutations, hormones, nutrition, lifestyle and spirituality. Routine blood work was of no help.
My experience is that when you don’t look, you don’t find the answers. It would be hard to understand how a drug given to relieve nerve pain would fix this profound B12 deficiency. Startlingly, we sometimes see profound lymphocyte ‘functional’ B12 deficiency on Spectracell testing when serum B12 levels are normal or even high.
In those with chronic fatigue and light sensitivity, we are seeing excellent responses in 2/3rds to high-dose methylcobalamin B12 weekly injections. Many, if not most, of these are Lyme disease, highly prevalent in Kentucky and well beyond.
My upcoming book Ultraclarity – Surprising Stories of Healing: Lessons for an UltraBrain will share dozens of stories like this one and the lessons to be learned.
Come visit our office and meet Vanderbilt graduate nurse practitioner Wendy Enneking, who I personally trained for eight months. She has been working with us since May and is an outstanding addition you will love!
Jim Roach, MD, ABIHM, ABFM
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Optimally Managing Cancer
Sharply dressed Carole was in a red convertible wearing a red dress with a big smile and shades. My smile was as big as hers. Two years earlier she had been diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. It was a transformative event. She buckled down and chose us to join forces with her oncologist. She became focused, joined a support group, and determined to get the most joy out of life.
On our integrative holistic program, utilizing a cornucopia of targeted botanicals, as typical, she responded especially well to chemotherapy. In fact, inquiring oncology nurses asked if I was her doctor, because patients from our office always do so much better with chemotherapy. Specifically, better outcomes and fewer side effects.
Carole is enjoying life more than ever – she is vivacious, caring, and friendly. We see that in many of our cancer patients – often they feel better under our care than they had felt in the decades before diagnosis. Carole lives one day at a time – the way we all should live.
Many of our patients are in remission utilizing only natural approaches. These include breast, ovarian, uterine, prostate, and head and neck patients that have gone two to five years so far. Where there has been less success, we usually double life expectancy, including leukemia, lymphoma, pancreatic, lung, and kidney cancer. A few appear cured (five years out) from advanced cancer utilizing our approaches plus chemotherapy include melanoma and colon cancer. We have had good success stabilizing liver metastases; prostate bone metastases have temporarily reversed.
Life-threatening heart attacks and strokes, common in cancer patients, have not been a problem. Thrombophlebitis, typically very common, has been infrequent.
Those who do best get regular comprehensive blood testing, maintain meticulous nutrition, are spiritual and at peace with their lives, utilize many recommended lifestyle enhancements, and faithfully take a dozen or so personalized supplements.
New unpublished research by an MD Anderson researcher shows with breast and ovarian cancer that turmeric works as well or better than curcumin at one-tenth the dose. Turmeric has been identified to address one hundred tumor markers. We want everyone, sick and well, taking 1000mg of turmeric one to three times a day.
In stage 4 cancer, if all visible tumor can be eliminated, dramatically lowering copper offers the opportunity for cure; a mentor has cured fourteen by this means.
Radiation can also be substantially enhanced with integrative approaches. As with chemotherapy, nutrition and supplementation has strong potential to double response while dampening debilitating reactions. A healthy form of the ketogenic diet during radiation is highly promising.
For six years we have focused on cancer and have accrued substantial experience. We have access to the brightest cancer minds in the country. Oncologists have seen our results, are comfortable in partnership, and have referred patients to us.
Research on cancer markers that I initiated, funded by board members from the Markey Cancer Center and performed through the UK Markey Cancer Center, has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Every week I review a dozen cancer related articles, participate in a national health provider e-mail chat line, participate in a monthly national roundtable cancer conference, and annually attend, and have lectured at, a national integrative cancer conference.
Cancer is always a challenge, but also can be an awakening. Our services don’t always match the needs of every patient. But we always care. Insights from our patients have transformed my life spiritually. We are a place, and source, of peace.
Jim Roach, MD, ABIHM, ABFM
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Life Lessons from My Patients
Some of my greatest lessons have come from my patients. That is certainly true of the twelve who have had near-death experiences (NDEs).
Most of us are somewhat familiar with these by now. A transformative death experience occurs with variable degrees of detail. Some feel just a complete sense of peace. Others also feel the presence of a light source that is associated with a sense of love and forgiveness.
A few will have their whole life flash before their eyes in exquisite detail, with intense pain or joy relating to the deeds they had performed. Time seems suspended as this complete review can happen in minutes or even seconds.
Hovering up above, they look down on themselves as they watch healthcare providers work on their recovery, hear the conversations, and have circumferential vision and hearing that usually extends beyond the room.
Our five senses give us the false impression that we are separate, solid entities. Quantum physics has taught that we are energy fields, fluctuating between mass and waves. When all facets are considered, an energy field that separates from the physical body best explains hovering.
NDEs are almost never described identically. In fact, those affected have great difficulty coming up with words to describe them. Colors are more vivid, and some hues don’t exist in this dimension. Sounds can be incredibly beautiful. NDEs are described as more real than ‘real life’. These experiences strongly overlap.
NDEs though are not always pleasant events. One of my patients, who had many regrets in his life, was thoroughly shaken. He transformed and made amends. His final experience was very different, very blissful and I’ll explain why in my upcoming book Ultraclarity.
One NDE occurred while I was administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation. She rose above, noting the prayers, words, and sights below. As she rose higher, she could see and hear the conversations of those outside her door, and saw a neighbor walking down the street to her house. She could see the ambulance coming a half-mile away, and heard their conversations at that moment.
As the ceiling of her house lifted away, she saw a speck of light in the sky and soon was whisked to the heaven she had envisioned. She provided great detail of what it was like. On being told that it was not her time, she cried because she didn’t want to leave, but agreed to return and then zoomed back into her bed.
For some of those hearing these reports, and most in the medical community, these are viewed as tricks of a dying, oxygen-deprived brain. Those who have studied them in detail can site many examples where this explanation is not possible.
Survivors of NDEs have no doubts, no questions about their experience, as to the veracity of its meaning. They are transformed forever into a more spiritual state. Never can life look the same.
Never have they experienced love and peace of that magnitude. And their lives take on a renewed, and strong, focus of goodwill. Never again will they fear death.
What lesson do NDEs hold for you and I? Should we continue to be anxious? Should we continue to be fearful? Are we capable of acquiring trust and faith in this life and what lies beyond?
Many new good books discuss NDEs, and have much to offer. I can strongly recommend Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death to True Healing by Anita Moorjani and Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, MD, a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon.
Some of the lessons I have learned are to listen, to trust, to have faith, to always care, to love, and to feel reassured that fear is not an emotion ever again warranted. That may seem naïve, frivolous, or arrogant. But the blessings bestowed by my wonderful patients have been, for me, life changing.
There is more, much more… but that will have to wait.
New Addition – Wendy ‘Wonderful’!
We are very fortunate to have Wendy Enneking as a new nurse practitioner on our staff. Wendy just received her masters of science degree as nurse practitioner from Vanderbilt University with specialties of adult care and women’s health. She is seeking her doctorate as well! She received her BS degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky. Past work includes as an intensive care unit nurse at UK. She has served as a news anchor for a Medford, Oregon TV station and has been a reporter for WKYT in Lexington, KY.
Wendy has had the opportunity to train under me for the last eight months so she is fully versed in our integrative approach, and is a very vibrant, warm, spiritual, and intelligent being. I have taught her as much as I can, and she has learned a great deal over those last eight months.
As I am currently booked out on appointments for eight weeks, scheduling a new patient appointment with Wendy would be a great way to get started immediately with our office. You will thoroughly enjoy getting to know Wendy! Call 859-846-4445 Ext. 1 if you would like an appointment.
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BURNIE’S HEART AND CORDYCEPS
We would all want him as a friend – helpful, wise, and a quick smile. He helped post grape vines in my yard. Around church, he was handy doing odd chores and guiding the board. At IBM he was productive for decades. He provided a wonderful shoulder for his wife and faithfully visited her at Taylor Manor.
At 94, Burnie faced heart valve surgery, given the alternative of plummeting into severe, and ultimately fatal, heart failure. But he would have lost brain cells, and perhaps suffered a heart attack, stroke, or death. I had another idea.
Heart valves aren’t the only factor impacting the heart pump. A bundle of terrific nutrients can bolster the heart when it is failing. The best may be Cordyceps.
Burnie wouldn’t match the performance of the Chinese Women’s Track & Field team in the 1993 Olympics, who with Cordyceps’, smashed the 10,000 meter record by 42 seconds – Burnie wasn’t into sports. And males like Burnie can’t reverse atrial fibrillation with Cordyceps like an 80-year-old female friend did for 20 months.
What Cordyceps did do was still nice. With improved stamina and spirits, he went to his Berea college reunion – classmates were dead – but it still was fun. He ditched his oxygen tank and reduced fluid pills. Summer days, neighbors marveled as he rode his mower. Until weeks before his death at 99, he got by on his own at home.
Cordyceps had help. The muscular heart needs testosterone power. Big vitamin D doses boost testosterone 20% in men; always add artery and heart-protecting vitamin K2 unless on warfarin. Ubiquinol, the active Coenzyme Q10, fires the heart mitochondria, boosts function, reduces arrhythmias, and prevents angina; it is great for blood pressure, but use low doses if blood pressure is normal, and avoid if low.
L-carnitine bolsters heart contractility and protects against arrhythmia. Side effects: weight loss in the midriff, stronger muscles, lower blood sugar, and more fun in bed. Could it get better? Actually, yes. About 30% crosses into the brain as acetyl-l-carnitine, brightening, protecting, and sharpening mental performance.
Exceptional botanical medicine expert Don Yance formulated a wonderful botanical – citrulline combination for heart support that especially aids heart muscle.
When the ejection fraction sags, it can partly reverse with these approaches. Some testosterone, almost always low in these situations, can be added if needed.
Statin cholesterol medicine lowers testosterone and ubiquinol. So would it weaken heart muscle? See if you can cajole your doctor into stopping it. Statins are known to make muscles unhappy (ask my wife).
Anti-cholinergics also reduce heart contractility, increase brain fog and risk of dying. Over fifty are used in the elderly despite cautions, including drugs for incontinence, chronic lung disease, intestinal cramps, acid reflux, nausea, and depression.
Cordyceps boosts testosterone, a close cousin of adrenalin. So dosing needs to be initiated cautiously. Females can get bossy. In cardiovascular disorders, a healthcare provider knowledgeable in integrative approaches must do the adjusting.
A man of service, Burnie had wonderful years with Cordyceps. We miss you Burnie!!
Jim Roach, MD, ABFM, ABIHM
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Understand COMT and Change Your Life!
Improved working memory, executive function and higher IQ can rest in the mutation of a common gene, COMT. But as it controls estrogen, neurotransmitter, and toxin elimination, anxiety and mood swings are prevalent. Specifically, stimulating dopamine, adrenalin, and norepinephrine levels can be four-fold higher.
‘Warriors’, as The New York Times Magazine recently referred to non-mutaters, only focus when stimulated, as in battle. The mutated, it states, are ‘Worriers’, with continuous focus but subject to meltdown under high stress. Worriers get better grades but Warriors do better on tests. Interestingly, when students were told that anxiety during tests meant better results, scores substantially improved.
Anorexia, ADHD, aggression, gambling, alcoholism and insomnia are Worrier-prone conditions. Autoimmune disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and fibromyalgia can also manifest. Response to stimulants, including caffeine and Ritalin, is magnified.
Due to higher estrogen in Worriers, premenstrual syndrome worsens, producing panic, irritability, obsessive-compulsiveness, phobias, and sleep disturbance. Premenstrual migraines, carbohydrate craving, breast soreness, heavy periods and cramping are also typical. Nutrition, exercise, and botanical interventions can nicely neutralize these symptoms and protect against hormone-related disease.
With less stimulation, Warriors have a harder time getting work done. Increased sensitivity to pain and response to narcotic pain medicine are characteristic.
Can Warriors be routinely stimulated to improve productivity or school performance without prescription medicine? Absolutely! Green tea and herbal adaptogens are two of many ways to healthfully drive motivation and performance.
Impaired toxin and estrogen clearance in Worriers places them at higher risk for hormone-related cancers; elimination strategies are important. Genetic panels are available that assess detoxifying genes including COMT and MTHFR.
Identifying impediments to methylation aids Worrier assessment. Check powerful methylating gene MTHFR and treat mutations with active folate L-5MTHF. Measure homocysteine, and intracellular folate, vitamins B12, B6, B2, B3, choline, serine, and magnesium. Pathway mutations, especially coupled with folate receptor antibodies, warrant titration of the active vitamin B12 methylcobalamin followed by L-5MTHF. Folate receptor antibodies can respond dramatically to 25mg L-5MTHF or more under medical supervision. Downstream end products may work even better.
For Worrier’s, nighttime magnesium glycinate and a morning B complex containing methylcobalamin, L-5MTHF, and pyridoxine-5-phosphate are a good start. Detoxification strategies of sweating, fasting, infrared sauna, and botanical liver support such as Milk Thistle, reduce risk and improve quality of life. GABA-promoting botanicals can give relief. Modulating estrogen can eliminate PMS.
Mutations of MTHFR and Worrier COMT added to mercury amalgams and vitamin D deficiency make a toxic recipe for autoimmune, heart, and psychiatric disorders, neuropathies, diabetes, and thyroid and kidney failure that all may be reversible. Test COMT, let us help you withdraw from weight-promoting, sex-inhibiting anti-anxiety antidepressants, and learn excellent adaptive strategies for a better life!
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BIGGEST ADVANCES FOR 2012
Advances in brain health:
a. Lyme’s strong connection with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, tics, autism and other brain disorders, particularly movement disorders
b. A new outstanding botanical combination for brain health
c. A new effective way to neutralize the Alzheimer’s risk from the strongest Alzheimer’s gene – APOE4
d. Low homocysteine can be a concern – we recommend treatment
e. Better approaches to homocysteine/MTHFR management
f. The role of the genetic mutation COMT in brain health
g. Recognition of the copper deficiency syndrome
h. Understanding copper’s promotion of anxiety and irritability
i. Coconut oil is excellent for brain health
j. “Power Up Your Brain” by Dr. Perlmutter is an excellent book
k. Folate antibody testing – presence requires very high doses of 5MTHF
Advances in intestinal health:
l. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s responds well to integrative approaches
i. The need for prescriptions is unusual
m. HLA-DQ is important in assessing gluten susceptibility
n. Dragon’s blood is an astringent beneficial for benign diarrhea
Advances in cancer:
o. New rotational botanical regimen with chemo can add further benefit
p. Ashwagandha blocks estrogen receptors in estrogen-related cancers
q. Aromatase inhibitor for breast lump BEFORE biopsy in older women
r. HER2neu blood monitoring in breast and many other cancers
s. Circulating Tumor Cell testing in bladder cancer
t. Galectin-3 tells whether Modified Citrus Pectin can prevent metastasis
u. The strong squamous cell cancer-HPV connection and how to treat it
v. NADH supports energy in cancer patients
w. Fasting before and after chemotherapy is a serious consideration
x. More strategies to protect against and address radiation side effects
Recognition of the high prevalence of Lyme’s disease in Kentucky
y. The role of CD-57 and IGeneX testing
z. We are having two positive screening tests weekly
aa. Recognition of prevalence of co-infections
bb. Lyme’s usually responds well to conservative management
cc. Symptoms are predominantly brain and joint
dd. Children with brain disorders often have Lyme’s disease
ee. Lyme’s can be transmitted from mother to newborn
Advances in fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue
ff. Recognition of how commonly Lyme’s disease is involved
gg. Food sensitivity and hormonal issues are always present
hh. Causes and effective non-Rx management is very clear now
Advances in cardiovascular disease:
ii. A low lead level of 2 can cause hypertension, heart attack and stroke
jj. Ability to assess LDL oxidation
kk. The role of heavy metals in heart failure
ll. Cochrane meta-analysis: risk-benefit point of Rx blood pressure medicine is 160 instead of 140, except in arterial disease
i. Utilize non-Rx approaches to get systolic blood pressure <130
mm. Beta-blockers have no benefit in preventing heart attack or stroke
nn. Quercetin – very promising in coronary artery and cholesterol disease
Hyperbaric oxygen – promising in
oo. Nearly all brain disorders, especially in children
qq. Inflammatory bowel disease
Advances in hormone management:
ss. The importance of the estrogen-copper-vitamin B6 connection
tt. Botanicals are our preferred way to manage hormones
Advances in thyroid management:
uu. The grain-thyroiditis connection
vv. Heavy metal elimination for potential thyroid dysfunction reversal
ww. Nutrition and halogen-removal in reversing thyroid disease
‘The Fall of Aspirin’: it is mostly a treatment of the past; understand risk
Advancements in spiritual understanding
xx. Proof of Heaven by Adam Ebelson, M.D., a Harvard neurosurgeon
Advancement in infectious disease:
yy. Coconut oil has anti-yeast, anti-flu, anti-Staph, anti-Strep, anti-H. pylori, anti-Herpes properties
Advances in rheumatologic disorders:
zz. Rx medicine is essentially never needed for management
aaa. Joint and muscle pain rarely needs Rx to be improved
Fertility and pregnancy
bbb. It is ESSENTIAL to see us to get optimal information for best odds
Advances in energy medicine:
ccc. Success in management of schizophrenia using this approach
ddd. The most promising approach for treating resistant disorders
Advances in dermatology:
eee. Coconut oil, silver, propolis, and Manuka honey are good topically
Advances in psychiatry:
fff. Risks with Rx drugs are increasingly recognized as serious
ggg. Few disorders need Rx medicine, and then primarily acutely
Healthcare system concerns:
hhh. The continuing purchase of primary care practices by hospitals with the disappearance of independent primary care
- this inherently will lead to inappropriate, expensive care
iii. Exorbitant hospital charges e.g. $125 for a urinalysis one patient said
i. Imaging and procedures are virtually always more expensive in a hospital compared to non-hospital outpatient facilities
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MOOD and IMMUNE WINTER CARE
Winters arrival brings respiratory infection, gastroenteritis, weight gain, toxin build-up and seasonal blues. Winterize your health.
An optimistic outlook begins with spirituality and connection. Communicate from the heart, cultivate positive family energy, and re-spark friendships. Focus on goals, and be involved in improving the world.
Nutritionally, avoid sugar-promoting foods, grains and cow’s milk products. Eat homemade vegetable soups, healthy coconut and olive oil, along with omega-3 wild salmon and sardines.
Walk and jog an hour daily but wait at least 2 hours after meals, wear lots of layers and cover up completely when very cold. ‘The Five Rites’ is a wise, concise daily anaerobic workout.
Assess root causes of ‘the blues’: IgG food hypersensitivities, intracellular micronutrient analysis, homocysteine, HLA-DQ, hormones, CD57, C-reactive protein, MTHFR, extensive thyroid and heavy metal testing, and genetic analysis. Why start brain-risking prescriptions, which paint over symptoms while ignoring causes? We find Rx antidepressants dangerous and addicting, and rarely if ever needed, though stopping them must be done under medical supervision.
Brain and health-promoting fish oil, vitamin D3, ‘active’ B vitamins, with nightly magnesium are essential. Methylating L-5MTHF, methylcobalamin, and P5P bypass highly prevalent genetic mutations, facilitating a rapid acting mood enhancer. Strong probiotics reduce brain-draining toxins and inflammation from epidemic IgG food intestinal injury. Personalized advice can boost vitality and confidence.
Thyroid support frees hormones, energizes, and boosts productivity and mood. Thyroid function wanes during the winter, impacting weight, glucose, and cholesterol. Seaweed-sourced iodine protects estrogen receptors from over-stimulation for overall health maintenance, performance, and brain health.
Wintertime respiratory and gastrointestinal immune support includes anti-viral botanicals, adaptogens, mushroom-based formulas, probiotic, vitamin D3, zinc, and coconut oil. It is very unusual to see flu with this approach. Safe non-synthetic strategies tackle the gamut of maladies. Liver-enhancing herbs like milk thistle cleanse and detoxify. Coconut water is ideal electrolyte replacement after vomiting and diarrhea.
This winter, stay well, happy, and energetic; learn unique gene and nutrient needs to optimize odds of a long, enjoyable, and productive life.
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Our nation prides itself on intellectual achievements. We seek rational solutions. We live in an “information age” where knowledge is king.
Yet we are not solving drug addiction, violence, or war. After a record eleven years, war is routine. Mass gun murders occur monthly. One-third of us take anti-depressants. We have the biggest gap between rich and poor, and the smallest middle class, in three-quarters of a century. In a country that prided itself on education, debt increasingly precludes college and our international ranking is at new depths. Chronic disorders including autoimmune, intestinal, brain disorders at all ages, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and diabetes, are growing rapidly. Is this where intellectualization leads?
We glamorize the brain and its abilities. The future, we insist, will be the result of technology, the product of a vast brain trust. But is that a future we want? Will that bring more social ineptness and alienation, more mass murders, more routine war?
Sage Mohammed Nasser says we must “speak from our heart, not our brain.” Can the heart be the next plane of evolution? Energetically, the electromagnetic field created by the heart extends 15 feet, and is 5000 times more powerful than the brain. The heart is mostly nerve tissue! It has a deep memory and a consciousness. When we interact, do we assess the heart more than brain?
Deep inside, we know the heart’s worth. We have watched Ebenezer Scrooge, and vowed that would never be us. We know baby monkeys given nourishment, languish and die without a mothers love. Alienation and loneliness shorten longevity.
Male Harvard medical students were once asked about relationships with parents; 35 years later, of those reporting a warm, fuzzy relationship, 47% had a chronic disorder; ones with a cool, distant relationship 100% of the time had chronic illness.
A pocket of remarkable longevity was discovered in the rural Pennsylvania town of Rosetta. What was their secret? They emigrated as a group from Italy. Neighbors were very close and families stayed nearby, supporting each other for four generations. They have now gone their own ways and, with it, their longevity.
Can we solve the world’s problems with brains? Genetically modified foods are a brain success – but a heart failure. Computers and iPhones for school children are a brain success – but marriage is at an all-time low. Antidepressants are pharmaceutical marketing genius – but a heart and societal failure.
We individually can choose to live at a new level – the heart level. It is happier. It is one of strong personal bonds, of business decisions based on benefit for others, where families foster not gadget-superiority and wealth, but strong relationships.
It begins with interactions. Before saying the first word, take a deep belly breath. Consciously switch from brain to heart. The heart connection is literally thousands of times more powerful. Attempts to attain happiness, meaningful relationships, and world peace with intellectual solutions have failed. What may be unfathomable to the brain though is achievable by the heart. Love is the only ‘rational’ level at which to live. It transcends space and time. And it begins with that deep belly breath, gentle switch to the heart, and immediate connection to others. Enduring solutions ensue – to relationships, to community, to violence, alienation, and bankrupt lives; and ultimately to a dream forgotten and unachievable at the brain level – peace, prosperity, and good will for all.
Jim Roach, MD
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HOPE WITH PEDIATRIC BRAIN DISORDERS
A whirlwind of activity and shrieks, 4 year-old Tom’s severe autism began less than 24 hours after his MMR vaccine. With no interest in books or language, and only adverse responses to psychiatric drugs from providers including a regional pediatric hospital, Mom was determined to find root causes and get her son better.
Karen, a first grader with ADHD, was getting 50s and 60s on her spelling tests. On her first follow-up visit after initiating our recommendations, she had just gotten a 95, following many A’s and B’s – and without any drugs.
Common to all pediatric brain issues including Tourette’s (tics), ADHD, and spectrum children we find are major food hypersensitivities. Assessing intracellular vitamin, mineral, amino acid, antioxidant and detoxification nutrients allows tailored therapy. Crucial genetic mutations impact vitamin D, folate, and key detoxifying nutrient glutathione. Research has identified a plethora of promising nutrients to aid recovery.
There is a simple way to understand these children. Review of the literature and clinical experience reveals two primary issues: 1) Damage to the intestinal lining 2) Genetically impaired toxin elimination.
Antibiotics during pregnancy and childhood, C-sections, and bottle-feeding damage the intestines. Chemicals and heavy metals in water and processed food, and, I strongly suspect, rampant use of genetically modified foods are contributory. Beneficial bacteria are necessary to maintain intestinal integrity.
Intestinal bacteria eat food, excrete toxins, and with increased intestinal permeability, migrate to fat, including the 70% fatty brain. There, in the susceptible, symptoms manifest from schizophrenia to bipolar to obsessions. Ultimately, toxins predispose to Parkinson’ disease and Alzheimer’s dementia.
We are bathed in an ocean of electromagnetic fields from cell towers, computers, and wireless devices, which weaken the intestinal lining and compromise the crucial toxin-inhibiting blood-brain barrier.
Psychiatric drug research is greatly troubling. Antipsychotics are linked to shrinking brains. Common serotonin anti-depressants are associated with higher pediatric suicide risk. As the brain is so complex, intricate, and delicate, are foreign chemicals always harmful? Permanent alterations may result. World Health Organization research showed long-term psychiatric outcomes in America were worse than third world countries; psychiatric medicine is highly suspect. As much safer, effective options are available, pediatric use should be rare, and strictly short-term.
After comprehensive assessment, supportive nutrients, and elimination of problem foods, Tom immediately improved. As hyperbaric oxygen research in autism is very promising, it was also utilized. Mom reports the difference was dramatic. Two years later, Tom is relaxed, content, speaks and spells. His angelic mother is thrilled!
Children with Asperger’s, sensory perception disorders, and severe Tourette’s typically can return to a normal life. Regardless of the brain or mental disorder, always insist on identifying and addressing underlying causes and NEVER settle for treating symptoms. When you treat causes, a wonderful world can unfold.
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