Neurofeedback is Proven Effective: The Research

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Can You Really Retrain Your Brain?

If you follow the Realwellnessdoc, then you know that we offer neurofeedback in our office.  We’ve posted several blogs describing neurofeedback and explaining how it works.  Despite this, you may wonder about the research behind it and whether it would work for you.  So for you research-geeks, here are some links to some great articles from reliable sources discussing neurofeedback and its efficacy for depression, anxiety, ADD, seizures, PTSD, sleep problems, migraines, and other brain-related conditions.

From the Mental Health Daily: the efficacy of neurofeedback and anxiety disorders.

From the Journal of Pediatrics: Neurofeedback provides a long-term solution to ADD that continues post-treatment.  

A NASA researcher discusses using neurofeedback to help kids with ADD. 

Neurofeedback: A Brain Flex to Help Olympic Athletes Train for a Better Performance

From the American Board of Sports Psychology: Neurofeedback for the Enhancement of Athletic Performance and Improved Balance

The role of neurofeedback on epileptic seizures

From the Clinical EEG and Neuroscience Magazine: The role of neurofeedback and migraines.

The role of neurofeedback on Traumatic Brain Injury/Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in OEF/OIF Veterans

Neurofeedback’s role in reducing depression, fatigue, and other problematic symptoms in patients with traumatic brain injury.  

Neurofeedback and depression and sleep problems.

Neurofeedback and sleep problems

If you would like to find out more, come to one of our free lectures on the topic in our Independence office on April 4th at 6:00, April 13th at 9:15 and April 27th at 11:45. The address is below.

Click here to register. We will be conducting a tour of our neurofeedback department on the April 4th and April 27th dates.

I hope to see you there!

Caroline Boardman
March 30, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

How the Easter Bunny Came to Be – 4 Easter Reveals

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The Origin Of Our Favorite Easter Traditions

Why is there an Easter bunny and not a chick, or squirrel or goat for that matter?  Why isn’t there an Easter Man or Woman?  And, what does the Easter Bunny have to do with the life and death of Christ?  Why do we color eggs?  Sure they are pretty but how did someone come up with the idea to change their color?  And Easter baskets full of candy and toys and, of course, the aforementioned colored eggs – did a clever child who was denied sweets except on special holidays create it? Finally, why is Easter called Easter?  Here are some fun facts and legends for you to ponder on this Easter:

The Name – Easter

Although there are varying myths, I think most historians will agree that many of our Easter traditions started in Germany.  The word Easter is “believed to be a derivative of Ēostre, the name of the ancient German goddess associated with spring, rebirth, and fertility.”[1] According to Bede (“The Venerable”), a late-seventh-century historian and scholar from Anglo-Saxon England, Easter is celebrated around the vernal equinox “to coincide and replace the pagan celebration of spring.”[2]   This is why Easter has no set date on the calendar.  “Instead, it’s calculated to fall on the first Sunday [after the] first full moon after the spring equinox.”[1]

The Easter Bunny

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There are two theories on this one:

One myth suggests that the “the goddess Ēostre had a thing for rabbits — some legends even describe her as having the head of a hare.”[1]  Since Ēostre was the goddess of fertility, and bunnies, as we know, are known for their ability to populate, this makes sense.  “According to some twists on Ēostre’s story, the goddess once transformed a bird into a rabbit, which helps to explain why the Easter Bunny is also associated with eggs.”[1]

The 2nd myth is that the Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure and symbol depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.  “Originating among German Lutherans, the “Easter Hare” originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient”[3] at the start of the Easter season.   Much like Santa Claus, the Easter hare rewarded good children with an Easter egg hunt.[4] [Click the link to Tweet]

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“Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, [Click link to Tweet] then eat them on Easter as a celebration.”[5]  “[E]arly Christians dyed eggs red to represent the blood shed by Jesus Christ.”[1]

“Easter egg hunts and egg rolling are two popular egg-related traditions. In the U.S., the White House Easter Egg Roll, a race in which children push decorated, hard-boiled eggs across the White House lawn, is an annual event held the Monday after Easter. The first official White House egg roll occurred in 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president. The event has no religious significance, although some people have considered egg rolling symbolic of the stone blocking Jesus’ tomb being rolled away, leading to his resurrection.”[5]

Easter Basket

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“Easter is the culmination of a long Christian season of celebration and reverence. For 40 days [before] Easter, many Christians choose something to go without for Lent. Food, such as meat, eggs or dairy, is usually chosen for this fasting period. The large feast typically served on Easter celebrates the end of this fast and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In early Christian times, the Easter feast was served in the churches. Food was brought to churches in large baskets and blessed by the clergy before being served. Easter baskets filled with treats originated from this tradition of bringing baskets to church on Easter.”[6]   “The tradition of chocolate eggs [as part of the Easter basket] began in 19th-century France and Germany and soon spread to the rest of Europe and eventually the United States,” says Katherine Tegen, the author of The Story of the Easter Bunny.  Many Christians are also eager to eat chocolate on Easter because it’s a common modern-day sacrifice during Lent, says Anne Kathryn Killinger, the author of An Inner Journey to Easter.  

So there you have it.  Enjoy your Easter, this beautiful day, your families and friends and, of course, all the great Easter traditions!

Caroline Boardman
March 27, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] http://www.bustle.com/articles/150292-why-do-we-celebrate-easter-5-facts-about-this-holidays-origins
[2] http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2008/august/why-easter.html
[3] Cross, Gary (2004). Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children’s Culture. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195348133.
[4] http://mentalfloss.com/article/21411/where-did-easter-bunny-come
[5] http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/easter-symbols
[6] http://classroom.synonym.com/origin-giving-easter-baskets-10802.html

Easter Dinner On A Detox? You Do Not Have to Eat Like a Rabbit!

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12 Easter Recipes You Can Eat
On The Clearvite Detoxification Program

Rest assured that you too can enjoy ANY Holiday season with family and friends while on the ClearVite detox . The key to any successful journey is planning and preparation.  By simply planning and being ready for Easter Day you can power through your Clearvite detox with confidence and ease and still enjoy a great meal. You’ve got this! [Click to Tweet]

Whether you intend to host Sunday’s dinner or arrive as a guest, don’t come up empty-handed!  Give 100% to your detox.  Share the Healthy and make your own new traditions! Below are a few of my favorite recipes from appetizers to desserts.   Follow these recipes for a fabulous, gluten, dairy and soy free Easter Dinner!

APPETIZERS

DAIRY-FREE FRUIT DIP RECIPE

1 (14 oz.) can unsweetened full-fat coconut milk
8 drops stevia extract
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Optional: fresh fruit for dipping (strawberries, blackberries, apple slices, etc.)

Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours. Open the can. The coconut cream will have hardened at the top of the can and the liquid will be at the bottom. Use a spoon to scoop ½ cup of the hardened coconut cream off the top of the can. Try not to get any of the liquid from the bottom of the can.

Add the cold coconut cream to a large bowl. Use an electric mixer on medium speed to beat the coconut cream until fluffy (about 3-4 minutes).

Add the stevia extract, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Mix until well combined (about 1 minute).

Spoon into a serving bowl and serve immediately with fresh fruit.

Store covered in the refrigerator. Once refrigerated, the dip will harden a little and may need to be rewhipped before serving.

GLUTEN-FREE CHEX MIX

3-1/2 cups Rice Chex
3-1/2 cups gluten-free O’s Cereal
1/2 cup sliced Almonds
½ cup pecan halves
1 cup craisins
6 tablespoons Soy free Earth Balance Vegan butter
¼ cup gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
2 cups gluten-free bite sized pretzels
 
For the Homemade Seasoned Salt:

1-1/2 Tablespoons salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine ingredients for Homemade Seasoned Salt in small dish then set aside.

In a very large bowl combine Rice Chex, O’s cereal, Craisins and Almonds. In a small bowl stir together butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture then stir with a spatula to coat. Pour into a 11×17″ or larger baking dish then bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Stir in pretzels when Chex Mix is cool, then serve!

VEGAN SPINACH DIP

2 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
5 cups frozen chopped spinach
⅔ Teaspoon garlic powder
Two bricks Daiya jalapeno havarti cheese, cut into cubes
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (from the refrigerator section)
More red bell pepper for garnish
Tortilla chips

In a large pot, cook the chopped red pepper in the olive oil over medium heat. Once the pepper is soft, add the spinach, and stir until it starts to thaw.

Add the coconut milk and garlic powder and cook until heated through.

Add the cubed Daiya cheese, and stir constantly until melted and creamy.

Pour the dip into a serving dish and top with more chopped red pepper.

Serve with tortilla chips.

LEMONY MARINATED VEGETABLE SALAD

 ½ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¾ cup olive oil
4 small cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
6 cups of chopped, fresh vegetables (pick crunchier hearty vegetables that will hold up tothe marinade)
2 – 3 cups cooked quinoa
Chopped cilantro or parsley to garnish (optional)

Make your quinoa and let cool.

Chop your vegetables and add to a large bowl. Choose from cabbages, yellow squash, carrots, radishes, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, etc.

In a separate bowl mix your lemon juice, zest, olive oil, garlic, oregano and salt. Whisk well.

Toss your veggies with the dressing and refrigerate overnight.

Then next day mix your quinoa with your marinated vegetables and let set in the refrigerator for an hour.

You can also eat the veggies without the quinoa as a salad or on top of a sandwich as a slaw.

Top with chopped cilantro, parsley or basil if you wish.

Main Dish

THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA’S HERB-ROASTED TURKEY BREAST RECIPE

1 whole bone-in turkey breast (6½-7 pounds)
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¾ cup dry white wine

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the turkey breast on a rack in a roasting pan, skin side up.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture evenly all over the skin of the turkey breast. (You can also loosen the skin and smear half of the paste underneath, directly on the meat.) Pour the wine into the bottom of the roasting pan.

Roast the turkey for 1½  to 1 ¾ hours, until the skin is golden brown and an instant-read meat thermometer registers 165 degrees when inserted into the thickest and meatiest area of the breast. Check the breast after an hour or so; if the skin is overbrowning, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.

When the turkey is done, remove from the oven, cover the pan with aluminum foil, and allow the turkey to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Slice and serve warm with the pan juices.

LEMON HERB ROASTED CHICKEN RECIPE

3 Tbsp. soy free Earth Balance Vegan butter
4 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 whole organic chicken (about 4 lbs.) cleaned and dried
2 lemons, zest both
1 small onion, cut into wedges
Salt, pepper and paprika to taste

Preheat oven to 425º F

In a bowl, mix the butter or ghee, garlic, thyme, rosemary and zest from 2 lemons. Add a little salt and pepper

Place chicken (patted dry) inside a roasting pan

Slice one of the lemons and place inside cavity along with the onion wedges and a few extra rosemary and thyme sprigs

Tie legs together (optional) with water-soaked twine

Brush chicken with the butter/ghee and seasoning mixture you prepared in the bowl. Place some under the breast skin if possible.

Squeeze juice from the remaining lemon over the chicken, then sprinkle skin with salt, pepper and a little paprika

Roast in 425º F oven for about 1 hour (using a meat thermometer is highly recommended – when the temperature reaches 165º F, the chicken is cooked through)

Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving

Important Tip:

If skin starts to darken too much while roasting, lightly place aluminum foil over the chicken and leave in place for the rest of the cooking time.

OVEN ROASTED GREEN BEANS

1 pound green beans, trimmed
2 T. olive oiL
1 lemon, halved
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 450°F.

On a large rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper, toss green beans with olive oil. Squeeze lemon halves over beans. Slice lemon halves and add to baking sheet, if desired. Roast until browned and almost tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and stir in garlic.  Roasted until fragrant, 2 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

ROSEMARY, OLIVE OIL & SEA SALT MASHED SWEET POTATOES

2 medium sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil (preferably a good quality extra virgin olive oil)
Coarse sea salt
1-3 sprigs rosemary, stems removed, finely minced
Pinch pepper
 
Preheat oven to 400. Brush sweet potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast until fork tender, about 1 hour.

Cut off the ends of each sweet potato. You may remove the skin if desired; I did not. Transfer to a large bowl, add a tablespoon of olive oil and mash with a fork or masher, or use a mixer or immersion blender. Add 1 sprig rosemary and a pinch of pepper, and taste. Add extra rosemary and/or salt small amounts at a time until you achieve the desired taste.

CINNAMON PECAN ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

1 large butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut in 1-inch chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup pecan halves
2 sprigs rosemary

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.

Place butternut squash in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently toss to combine.

Place into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, turning once, or until tender.* Add pecans during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.

Serve immediately, garnished with rosemary, if desired.

DESERT

BANANA CREAM PIE CHIA PUDDING RECIPE

1 very ripe medium-sized banana
2 tbsp. chia seeds1 tbsp. maple syrup
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup Silk unsweetened almond milk
Optional: banana or fruit, granola, nuts, etc.

In a medium bowl, add the banana. Mash it with the back of a fork.

Add the chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla to the banana. Stir to combine.

Add the almond milk. Mix well, ensuring chia seeds are evenly distributed.

Cover the bowl. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 7 hours.

Stir well. Serve cold. Optional: Top or layer with fruit, granola, nuts, etc.

PALEO PEACH COCONUT SMOOTHIE

1 cup full fat coconut milk, chilled
1 cup ice
2 large fresh peaches, peeled and cut into chunks
fresh lemon zest, to taste

Add coconut milk, ice and peaches to Vitamix or blender. Using a microplane, add a few gratings of fresh lemon zest.

Blend on high-speed until smooth.

KEY LIME CHEESECAKE

CRUST
1 cup organic raw almonds
4 Large organic dates
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

FILLING

1 1/2 cup organic raw macadamia nuts
1/2 cup homemade almond milk
1/2 cup organic lime juice
6 tablespoons organic maple syrup
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
6 tablespoons organic coconut oil

PREPARE THE CRUST – Put all the crust ingredients into a food processor and process until it’s a sticky coarse meal. Scoop out 1 – 2 tablespoons and put in the bottom of the cheesecake pan and press down firmly. Set in the freezer to harden while you prepare the filling.

PREPARE THE FILLING – Put all the filling ingredients into a Vitamix and blend until smooth and creamy.Remove the cheesecake pan from the freezer and pour the filling on top of the crust.Return the cheesecake pan back to the freezer for about 2 – 3 hours or until hard and firm.

ASSEMBLY- Remove the cheesecake from the freezer after its hardened and set at room temperature for 5 – 10 minutes to thaw slightly, but not too long because it will become too soft if left out at room temperature. Garnish the tops with homemade coconut cream, crushed walnuts, shredded coconut, lemon zest or lime wedges.

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From all the Staff at Functional Endocrinology of Ohio, we wish you all a very blessed Easter!

Joy Vale
March 23, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

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Brain-Building: The Key to Longevity?

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4 Essential Facts You Need to Know About Neuroplasticity

In the last decade, it has become clear that our brain’s ability to function at its highest level is, at least partly, within our control.  Genetics and head trauma play a role but so does our environment, the foods we eat, and the quality of our daily brain workout. 

In 2014, on Father’s Day weekend, I was in a boating accident.  I was a passenger in a 4-seater SeaDoo jet boat driving in a no-wake zone.  A young inexperienced driver in a 27 foot speed boat struck us at full speed.  I had broken ribs and a concussion.  There is so much I could write about the effect of that accident on my life – about how it gave me a new perspective on things, about how I look at each day differently, and about how blessed I am to have the people in my life that supported me after the accident.  But, the scope of this article is to share with you the importance of neuroplasticity in a brain that is damaged by trauma, age, environmental factors and the failure to give the brain the attention it deserves and requires.

The word, “neuroplasticity” comes from the root words, “neuron” and “plastic.”  “Neuroplasticity refers to the potential that the brain has to reorganize by creating new neural pathways to adapt, as it needs.”[1]  The old school of thought was that the brain is static, except “during some critical developmental periods.”[2]  We now know that is not true.  Our brains are remarkable.  They can reorganize pathways, create new connections and even create new neurons throughout your lifetime if treated well. (Click Link to Tweet)

Here are the bare-bone facts about neuroplasticity.

  1. Neuroplasticity Occurs Under 2 Conditions:  “(1) during normal brain development when the immature brain first begins to process sensory information through adulthood (developmental plasticity and plasticity of learning and memory), and (2) as an adaptive mechanism to compensate for lost function and/or to maximize remaining functions in the event of brain injury.”[3]

2.  Cells that Fire Together, Wire Together.   “When people repeatedly practice an activity or access a memory, their neural networks — groups of neurons that fire together, creating electrochemical pathways — shape themselves according to that activity or memory.”[4]  Over time, “these connections become thick, hardy road maps that link various parts of the brain. When people stop practicing new things, the brain will eventually eliminate, or prune,” the connecting cells that formed the pathways.[5]  Thus, you must always continue to practice new things to create new pathways and to make sure the “map” in your brain will take you where you want to go.

3.  Our Senses are Closely Connected to Memory and Cognition.  Thus, a weakness in one of the brain’s pathways can effect one of more of your senses.

 For example, we all know that Alzheimer’s patients slowly lose their memories. One way this manifests is that they eat less food. Why? As it turns out, visual deficits are also a part of Alzheimer’s. People eat less because they can’t see the food as well. Another example is in normal age-related cognitive changes. As we grow older, we get more forgetful and distracted in large part because our brain does not process what we hear, see, and feel as well as it once did. The result is that we can’t store images of our experiences as clearly, and so have trouble using them and recalling them later.[6]

4.  Neuroplasticity is directly related to age.  The brain changes at all ages, “but different kinds of change are relevant at different ages.”[7]   The brain will change and rewire itself through its life in responds to stimulation of learning and experience. “As we age, the rate of change in the brain, or neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, declines but [it] does not come to a halt. In addi­tion, we now know that new neu­rons can appear in cer­tain parts of the brain up until the day we die.”[8]   We may increase our brain’s plasticity to try to slow down the aging process.

So what can you do to improve your brain’s function?

  1. Get evaluated by a good functional neurologist so that you can discover any brain weaknesses and any metabolic issues affecting your brain function. Click here to read our blog post about functional neurology and click on any of our doctors’ names below to read about their training.
  2. Engage in neurological therapies. Click here for a list of some of the therapies we use in our office.
  3. Have your brain-mapped and trained using neurofeedback. Click here to read our blog post about neurofeedback or here to visit our neurofeedback website.
  4. Meditate.  Click here to visit Dr. Joe Dispenza’s website to learn about how meditation changes the brain.
  5. Try one of the many brain-training “games” on-line like, Lumosity, Peak, Elevate, or Fit Brains. You can also get these on your phone as mobile apps.

The good news is that for most people, you can improve the brain’s neuroplasticity if you are capable of learning anything new, no matter how small.  Obviously, the level of improvement will depend on many factors. You will notice even greater improvement when you combine one or more of the action steps above.

As for me, I’ve done “all of the above” and will continue to work out both my body and my brain in hopes of living a long and healthy life.  I may also avoid boating for a while  🙂

Dr. Keith S. Ungar
May 17, 2015

www.balancingyourchemistry.com
Email: info@feohio.com
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
Click here to make an appointment.

[1] http://www.whatisneuroplasticity.com
[2] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/01/15/neuroplasticity-brain-health.aspx
[3] http://www.efpta.org/docs/NeuroplasticityMM-474891-29-04-2012.pdf
[4] http://www.edutopia.org/neuroscience-brain-based-learning-neuroplasticity
[5] Id.
[6] http://www.brainhq.com/brain-resources/brain-plasticity/what-is-brain-plasticity
[7] http://www.efpta.org/docs/NeuroplasticityMM-474891-29-04-2012.pdf
[8] http://sharpbrains.com/resources/1-brain-fitness-fundamentals/neuroplasticity-the-potential-for-lifelong-brain-development

Beware of the Toxic French Fry – What You Need to Know

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4 Ways to Reduce the Impact of Acrylamide in Your Food

As a natural practitioner, I spend a lot of time analyzing and evaluating foods.  It is my job to research and recommend which foods each of my patients should eat.  The toxic chemical acrylamide keeps popping up as an ingredient in many foods.  Here is what it is and how to cut its impact on your health.

Acrylamide is a chemical used primarily as a building block in making polyacrylamide and acrylamide copolymers. Manufacturers use Polyacrylamide and acrylamide copolymers in many industrial processes, such as paper, dyes, and plastics production and in drinking and wastewater treatment, including sewage. They are also found in consumer products, such as caulking, food packaging, and some adhesives. Trace amounts of acrylamide generally stay in these products post-production. (1)

Researchers in Europe and the United States have found acrylamide in certain foods heated to a temperature above 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees Fahrenheit), but not in foods prepared below this temperature.(2)  Potato chips and French fries were found to contain higher levels of acrylamide compared with other foods.(3)  The World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations stated that the levels of acrylamide in foods pose a “major concern” and that we need more research to find the risk of dietary acrylamide exposure.(3)

In 2002, acrylamide was first detected in food.(5) In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that acrylamide can cause cancer in certain lab animals.(4) On June 4, 2015, EFSA published its first full risk assessment of acrylamide in food. Experts from EFSA’s Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) reconfirmed previous evaluations that acrylamide in food potentially increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all age groups.

Evidence from animal studies shows that acrylamide and its metabolite glycidamide are genotoxic and carcinogenic; they damage DNA and cause cancer. But, evidence from human studies that dietary exposure to acrylamide causes cancer is limited and inconclusive. (5)

Toxic Plate Authors at the Worlds Healthiest Foods have compiled a list of foods that contain the highest amounts of acrylamide per serving.  (6)

Food:                                              Acrylamide Content:

Grain Based Coffee Subs.           5.399 ppm

Potato Chips                                  9270 ppb

French Fries                                   1.325 ppm

Dehydrated Onion Soup Mix      1.184 ppm

Toasted Wheat Cereal                  1.057 ppm

Cookies                                            0.995 ppm

Cocoa                                               0.909 ppm

Cynthia Sass is a news editor from ABC News and she offers some everyday advice to help lower the potential risks of acrylamide:

  1.  Don’t Panic.  Putting yourself into a state of fight or flight is no good for anyone.  The body’s innate design is healthy so just add acrylamide to the list of things to keep on your radar when trying to make the healthier food choice.
  2. Eat More Raw Foods.  Plain and simple.  Acrylamide is not present in these foods.
  3. Eat Foods that offset acrylamides (cruciferous vegetables).  Eat foods that have been proven to fight cancer and cardiovascular disease so if you do get exposed to the toxic substance then you have already prepared your body with preventative foods.
  4. Soak your potatoes for 30 minutes before cooking. There are many studies showing how certain food preparation can lower the amount of acrylamide in foods.

Each and everyday I try to make better choices of what I put into my body to fuel the God-given potential that flows through my veins.  I hope this information will help you the next time you are looking at the menu and trying to decide between the side salad or french fries for your side dish.

Dr. Andrew Kender, III, D.C.
March 16, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here

Sources:

  1. http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/acrylamide-fact-sheet#q2
  2. Stadler RH, Blank I, Varga N, et al. Acrylamide from Maillard reaction products. Nature 2002; 419(6906):449–450.
  3. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. World Health Organization. Summary report of the sixty-fourth meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). Retrieved July 24, 2008, from:
  4. http://dailycoffeenews.com/2013/11/15/acrylamide-in-coffee-what-roasters-should-know/
  5. http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/topic/acrylamide
  6. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=260

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10 Reasons To Turn Your Body Upside Down Every Day!

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Act Like a Kid and Go Upside Down – Your Body Will Love It!

Did you know that Hippocrates use inversion exercises dating all the way back to 400 B.C.? Chiropractor Dr. Robert Martin introduced inversion therapies to America by in the 1960’s. Inversion is any activity done upside down to stretch and lengthen the spine. [2] It is mainly used to providing pain relief and reduce stress from a person’s back and neck. [2] Some inversion exercises include specific yoga poses, some Pilate’s moves and inversion therapies performed with gravity-defying machines such as inversion tables and chairs.

I use to attend a breathing and meditation yoga class every week. During this class I noticed the instructor would make a point of having us do at least one inverted or upside-down position. After class one day I asked her if there was a meaning behind this. The instructor went told me about how healthy it was for your heart and mind to almost “reset” the blood that is circulating in your body. It peaked my interest so I looked into the benefits of going inverted and wanted to share them with you.

Ten Great Reasons to Invert Yourself

1.) Relieves spinal pressure by increases the space between individual vertebrae and lengthening the spine. This helps reverse the compressing effects of running, jumping, sitting, and standing

2.) Strengthens your ligaments to help prevent bones accidentally breaking. [3]

3.) Improve circulation in the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. [1]

4.) Increased blood flow moves metabolic waste such as lactic acid out of tissue more efficiently. This helps detox the body and strengths your immune system. [Click The Link to Tweet] [2]

5.) Increase blood circulation to the brain which gives brain cells more oxygen. This increased blood flow helps improve memory, concentration, and awareness. [2] Inversion may also be helpful with recovering from traumatic brain injuries (ask your doctor before trying).

6.) Reversing gravity rushes nutrients and oxygen to your face which removes toxicity including acne. [Click the Link To Tweet] It also stimulates your facial capillaries and hair follicles.

7.) It will make you happier!  Inversion flushes your adrenal glands causing them to release neurotransmitters and endorphins which make you feel happy. [Click Link to Tweet] These happy hormones can help counteract depression, mood swings and seasonal affective disorder. [2]  Upside Down Smiley Face

8.) It also helps reduce anxiety and anxiousness by stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system, which produces feelings of relaxation and calmness.

9.) Helps move along the digestion process in your colon and can help relieve forms of indigestion.

10.) Relieves muscle tension for a better night sleep. A study conducted by LJ Nose showed muscle tension declined by more than 35 percent within 10 seconds of inverting. [2]

Different Ways to Invert Yourself

  • Yoga poses that involve any movement where your legs are over your head or your head is pointing downward.
    • Downward facing dog             Yoga Pose 10
    • Supported shoulder-stand
    • Supported head stand
    • Plow pose (advanced yogis only)
  • Using an inversion table, bar, or chair
  • Doing a Handstand

*PLEASE READ: “Inversion exercises have been found to increase both blood pressure and pressure behind the eye in healthy people. Because of these findings, inversion therapy is not recommended for those with high blood pressure, glaucoma or spinal instability and patients taking anticoagulants or aspirin therapy. Inversion therapy is also not recommended for pregnant women, stroke patients, and those with detached retinas. Seek the advice of a qualified health professional before beginning any program involving inversion exercise.” 2.

I hope you found this information useful and interesting. Please share below any inverted exercises you practice and how they have helped your life.

Missty L. Klinger
March 9, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

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  1. Jennifer Arnett and Demand Media. (2014). What Is Inversion Exercise? http://woman.thenest.com/inversion-exercise-10616.html
  2. Gillian Mandich and Angela Peters (2013). Six detoxifying health benefits of inversions. http://www.chatelaine.com/health/wellness/the-health-benefits-of-inversions/
  3. (2015). These Are Just Some Of The Many Benefits Of Inversion Therapy. http://www.energycenter.com/grav_f/benefits.html#dep

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes – The Natural Way

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Does This Have to Be Your Permanent Diagnosis

You may have diabetes and/or know someone who does.  You have heard or been told that once you are on the road to Diabetesville, you cannot turn around or take another route.  For many people, this is just wrong.  Type 2 diabetes is reversible in many cases if you are ready to make the changes you need to make.  Losing weight and exercising is a good start, but how? What should you be eating?  What is causing your diabetes?  Can it be fixed?  Are there other systems in your body that are not functioning properly and contributing to your blood sugar problem?  You are probably also wondering if its possible to get off the medication merry-go-round.

At Functional Endocrinology of Ohio, we have a proven track record of turning back the hands of time on diabetes (and other conditions). Our clients reduce their need for diabetic medication (including insulin) as well as other medications and, sometimes, cut the need for medications altogether with the help of their prescribing medical doctor. By finding out the cause of their diabetes, we are able to bring the body chemistry back into alignment, reverse diabetes, and improve the patient’s overall health dramatically.

We all know these scary statistics about diabetics[1]:

* Individuals with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely than the general population to die from heart disease or to experience a stroke.

* More than two-thirds of U.S. adults with diabetes had hypertension or reported using medication for high blood pressure in 2005-2008.

* Nearly 30% of diabetics suffered from diabetic retinopathy in 2005-2008, 4.4% of which were severe enough to threaten vision.

* Diabetes is the leading cause of newly diagnosed adult (20-74 years of age) blindness in the U.S.

* Diabetes caused 44% of all newly diagnosed kidney failures in 2008, with nearly 50,000 diabetics entering treatment for end stage kidney disease.

In 2008, over 200,000 diabetics in the U.S. were on chronic dialysis or living with a kidney transplant as the result of end stage kidney disease.

* Diabetes causes mild loss of sensation in extremities in as many as 70% of diabetic adults. When this loss of sensitivity occurs, amputations of lower extremities may be necessary; more than 60% of all non-traumatic amputations of lower limbs occur in diabetics.

* Approximately 1 in 3 diabetics suffers from severe periodontal disease.

* Uncontrolled diabetes during pregnancy can increase the chance of birth defects, large babies, and other complications that can be dangerous to the baby and the mother.

* Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from depression as people without a diabetes diagnosis.

* In 2007, the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. was diabetes, and its contribution to death is likely dramatically under-reported on death certificates.

* Diabetics have twice the risk of death of any cause compared to people of the same age without diabetes.

It does not have to be this way for you. Based on objective testing, on average, our clients: (1) reduce their insulin levels by 53.18%; (2) reduce their oral diabetic medication levels by 26.44%; (3) reduce other medication levels by 31.7%; (4) reduce their blood sugars by 20.64%; (5) hemoglobin A1C by 18.58%; and (6) lose 15.18 pounds or 7.57% of their body weight. And, the best part is that these results are achieved naturally! Click here to read and watch some  of our patient’s testimonials.

Untitled design (39) How you may ask?  By finding out what is causing the problem!  After a thorough functional neurometabolic case history and exam, we order the testing that is necessary for us to find out what might be the underlying cause of your diabetes.  In addition to an extensive blood test, we could test your hormone levels, thyroid and adrenal gland function, food sensitivities, toxicities and what is going on in the intestinal system and stomach.  We then customize a treatment plan that is exactly what YOU need to bring your body back into balance and causing it to act as God intended.  We work as a team with your medical doctor to help you meet your goals.  For most people, this means addressing blood sugar problems with as little medication as possible.  When the time comes (your body is back into balance through dietary, nutritional and lifestyle changes in our office), you and your medical doctor can address your medication needs.

Give us a call or click the link below to come in for a free consultation to see if we can help you.

Dr. Keith S. Ungar, D.C.
March 2, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

www.healthline.com, January 24, 2012

Are You Feeling the Burn?

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Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
Do Not Have to Limit Your Life.

Are you hands or feet numb?  Do they tingle?  Are they painful?  If so, you may be suffering from peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, which often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet.  It may also occur in other areas of your body.  People generally describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.

Peripheral neuropathy can result from problems such as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes. In many cases, peripheral neuropathy symptoms improve with time, especially if the underlying condition, like diabetes, is reversed by balancing the body’s chemistry.

Dr. Keith Ungar, D.C.
March 2, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.