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Median Nerve Entrapment

Do You Have Numbness or Tingling in Your Hand and Fingers? The numbness and tingling could be caused by physical and/or metabolic factors. Physically, when patients complain of hand and finger tingling, we suspect compression/entrapment of the median nerve. When the median nerve becomes entrapped common symptoms can include pain, numbness, or tingling in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Weakness can also be present which can make it difficult to perform certain tasks such as sewing or even writing ...
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Fatigue and Mitochondrial Health

Are you struggling with Fatigue even after a Good Night’s Rest? Have you considered the Health of Your Mitochondria? What are mitochondria? Mitochondria are the power factories inside of each of our cells, responsible for converting food and oxygen into energy. Each cell in our body contains hundreds or even thousands of these energy producers with over 100,000 trillion mitochondria located throughout our body. Mitochondria is the place where metabolism happens, so mitochondrial health is essential to having good energy ...
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Genetic Testing for Chronic Pain

Do you Suffer from Chronic Pain? Make Genetic Testing Part of Your Recovery Plan! Multiple factors contribute to our body’s pain response in addition to the actual insult itself. Some people’s bodies respond strongly to pain with an excessive immune response that is slow to calm down. Others have difficulty metabolizing pain medication or clearing out cellular debris from healing processes. Those who have been suffering from pain for many years may find that their neurological function has become highly ...
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How to Thrive at Optimizing Your Diet

Functional medicine and neurology are focused upon optimization, giving patients a science-driven opportunity to improve their own health and wellness. One of the functional strategies we commonly use at our clinic is to help our patients optimize their diets. We show them the power of nourishing their brains and bodies with healthy proteins and fats, colorful vegetables and fruits. We also guide them on elimination of all of the potential troublemaker foods that could be causing negative reactions in their ...
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Carbohydrates and Cognitive Decline

Diets High in Carbohydrates May Increase Risk of Cognitive Impairments, High in Protein and Healthy Fats May Decrease Risk When it comes to brain function, what you eat matters. A Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that seniors who eat food high in carbohydrates were four times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment. And when their diet was especially heavy in sugar, then their risk of cognitive difficulties increased even more. On the bright ...
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Attention and Movement

Does your child struggle with attention? How much is he or she walking, running and playing? A review published in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience reveals a growing number of studies showing the importance of movement with cognitive development, including attention. The authors write, “Locomotion is fundamental for an optimal child development. The ability to smoothly and adequately navigate through the environment enables the child to interact with the environment. Children with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit/hyperactivity ...
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Functional Neurology

The brain/nervous system is the most important organ system in the body maintaining control and directing all other parts and systems of the body in an orderly and synchronized fashion. Like a computer, the brain processes information it receives from the body and sends a response back based on the feedback it receives. It was once believed the brain cannot change after maturity. Neuroscience however has established the brain can learn throughout one’s entire life. This concept is named neuroplasticity, ...
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Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children

Children, Long-Term Trauma and C-PTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Most of us have heard of PTSD, but few have heard of C-PTSD. What is the difference? While PTSD is the result of a short-lived event, C-PTSD is the result of prolonged trauma, such as ongoing abuse, trafficking, imprisonment and more. Formally recognized by the World Health Organization, C-PTSD has its strongest effect on children who have grown up in traumatic environments, victimized by violence and neglect. The concern of many ...
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Your Genes and Recovery from Concussions/Traumatic Brain Injuries

Did you know that genetic testing can reveal challenges your brain can have when healing from a concussion? Whether your child is about to enter into a contact sport or you are having difficulty recovering from an automobile accident, genetic testing can reveal the support your brain needs to heal and recover. How can your genes affect your ability to recover from head injuries? Cellular inflammation potential. After a head injury, your body will begin to heal the damaged cells, ...
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Neurotransmitter Genetic Testing

Are you at a Higher Risk for Neurotransmitter Imbalances? Genetic Testing Offers Answers and Healthy Solutions! Neurotransmitters allow for thought and communication throughout the billions of neurons in your body. There are both excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters. Excitatory neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine and epinephrine, stimulate the brain, triggering motivation, focus, anxiety, stress, and more. To balance out excitatory neurotransmitters, there are inhibitory neurotransmitters, such as GABA, serotonin and dopamine. Inhibitory neurotransmitters allow the brain to calm and often become low ...
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