Alzheimer’s & Hidden Infections

Finding & Treating Hidden Infections

My colleague Joe has previously shared from a groundbreaking book called The End of Alzheimer‘s how Alzheimer’s was caused by 3 distinct conditions: excessive inflammation, a lack of growth factors, and toxins.

Dr. Russell Blaylock also suggests that another major piece to the Alzheimer’s puzzle is hidden infections.

Watch this week’s video as Joe discusses the different types of hidden infections, and which plant extracts your wellness clinician can select to help support your body’s ability to fight them.

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Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN

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Stop Cognitive Decline

Eliminate & Even Reverse Mental Decline

The process of cognitive decline is already occurring 10 years before Alzheimer’s is diagnosed. The good news is that the deterioration process can be measured and monitored, and need not be permanent.

Watch this week’s video as my colleague Joe introduces you to an exciting new book with therapies to stop degeneration and begin the rebuilding process in the brain. Some therapies you will be able to apply yourself, and others you will need to do with your wellness team.

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Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN

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Brain Anti-Aging Tips

Keep YOUR Brain Healthy While Aging

Learning, judgment, memory, and intuition are governed by a healthy brain. Watch this week’s Wellness video as my friend and colleague, Dr. Cara Hartman, shares her cutting-edge wellness perspective about cognition, and how to improve and keep your brain healthy.

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Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN

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Is Aluminum To Blame?

See If You Could Be At Risk

Alzheimer’s, autism and other neurodegenerative conditions have been linked to aluminum toxicity, a common element in the earth’s crust. But aluminum can also be found in our food, vaccines, pharmaceutical products, cooking utensils, cookware, and drinking water. There is cause for concern. Are you at risk? What can you do?

Watch this week’s Wellness video; and if you are concerned, or have a family history of neurodegeneration, have a conversation with your wellness professional about aluminum.

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Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN

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Heavy Metal Toxicity

According to researchers, not since the Roman Empire has human exposure to heavy metals been greater than now.

When I say “Heavy Metal Toxicity” or “Heavy Metal Burden” what image conjures up in your head… a heavy metal rock concert with a decibel level that would crumble a Roman coliseum? Rome may not have been built in a day, but its fall was in part due to heavy metal poisoning.Wellness Minute Heavy Metals

According to researchers, not since the Roman Empire has human exposure to heavy metals been greater than now. Today, heavy metals and other toxic substances in our environment appear to be bringing about a similar decline in the mental and physical health of society. Learning disabilities and behavioral problems are rampant. Autoimmune disorders continue to increase at an alarming rate. These include rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, type I diabetes, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. Heavy metals and other environmental contaminants are likely a factor in these and other modern health problems.

The heavy metals that are affecting us are those on the periodic element chart that settle into the body and cause health problems. They’re not called “heavy metals” because they weigh a lot. The term “heavy metal” refers to any metallic chemical element that has a relatively high density, are toxic and even poisonous at low concentrations.

Our environment and lifestyle allows for heavy metals to make their way into our bodies. We can breathe them, eat them, drink them, and even absorb them through our skin. It’s always helpful to “know your enemy,” so here are some important facts about the major heavy metals we’re being exposed to. If you are chronically ill, heavy metals may be causing your health problems! Learning disabilities, infertility, Alzheimer’s, a variety of neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid  arthritis, chronic fatigue and even cancer can involve heavy metal toxicity! Let’s take a brief look at a couple.

Mercury is one of the most toxic substances we can be exposed to and we are exposed to it on a fairly regular basis. The World Health Organization position on mercury is: “Recent studies suggest that mercury may have no threshold below which some adverse effects do not occur.” Mercury is found in pesticides, dental fillings, contaminated seafood, various cosmetics, and some fabric softeners. Mercury can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. It can cause chronic candidiasis, depression, dizziness, fatigue, gum disease, hair loss, insomnia, memory loss, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, food and environmental allergies, menstrual disorders, miscarriages, behavioral changes, asthma, metallic taste in the mouth, loose teeth and more.

Remember those silver fillings that dentists put into your mouth? Well, they are really 50% mercury! Many European countries now completely outlaw the use of silver/mercury amalgam fillings!  According to the World Health Organization, amalgam dental fillings are a major source of mercury exposure. Mercury fillings may be a contributing factor to many chronic, degenerative and autoimmune conditions. It is important to note that a mercury detox program is usually needed after fillings have been removed.

Wellness Minute Heavy Metals 2Lead is also one of the most toxic metals known. It’s been many years since our society was made aware of the damage that exposure to lead-based paints was doing to our health, especially to young children who suck on and chew anything they can get their hands on. “Lead concentrations in the blood as low as 2.07 µg/dL likely represent a public health hazard.” According to published literature, 38% of U.S. adults had a blood lead level above this threshold. Lead can damage the kidneys, liver, heart and nervous system.

The body can’t tell the difference between lead and calcium, so pregnant women, children and other people who are deficient    in calcium absorb lead more easily, with infants and children affected most severely. Possible symptoms of lead poisoning include anxiety, arthritis, confusion, chronic fatigue, behavioral problems, juvenile delinquency, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, liver failure and death. Exposure to lead can come from food that is grown near roads or factories, certain hair products, food from lead-soldered cans, imported ceramic products (especially from Mexico and China),  ink on bread bags, batteries in cars, bone meal, insecticides, and lead solder in the water pipes.

Aluminum isn’t technically a heavy metal, but it is a neurotoxin all the same as it can cross and alter the blood-brain barrier. Possible symptoms are Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and aching muscles. Trace amounts of aluminum may not be  toxic, but we are exposed to excessive levels in our modern society. We can be exposed through cookware, baking powder, toiletry items like antiperspirants and cosmetics, dental amalgams, medications, fertilizers and unfiltered water.

Dr. Godo can help you determine if heavy metal toxicity or heavy metal burden is the root of your chronic health problem and prescribe safe, effective methods to eliminate it.  He can alert you to foods which are high in heavy metals and offer natural strategies for reducing your exposure to them, and improving your health.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

Is Your Brain Shrinking?

“I don’t like the thought of my brain shrinking; but as we age, our brains actually do start to shrink.“

Don’t take this the wrong way but is your brain shrinking? Maybe a better question might be “are you ready for your brain to start shrinking?” because in the elderly, the brain shows progressive atrophy. The atrophy occurs even in healthy cognitive adults. The greater the levels of cognitive decline, the greater the atrophy as seen on MRIs.

However, researchers found an interesting variable, plasma level of homocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid synthesized in the blood as the result of a multi-step process. Raised homocysteine is associated with both regional and whole brain atrophy, not only in Alzheimer’s disease but also in healthy adults. 168 participants, 70 years and older, were placed in 2 groups. The treatment group had 85 participants supplemented with the homocysteine lowering B vitamins: folic acid, B12 and B6. 83 remaining participants in the control group received a placebo. Both groups were given MRIs before and after the two year study. The mean rate of brain atrophy after 2 years was 1.08 % for the control group and .76% for the treatment group.

Ouch, I don’t like the thought of my brain atrophying even .76% in a 2 year period. The greatest rate of atrophy was associated with a lower final cognitive test score. In other words, the more your brain atrophies, the lower your ability to think, to remember and problem solve. Elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood have been associated with atherosclerosis, an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clot formation, and Alzheimer’s disease. Elevated levels of homocysteine have also been linked to increased fractures in elderly persons. It appears that reducing homocysteine levels does not affect bone density. In a trial, subjects with prior stroke and elevated homocysteine levels were given folate and B12. There was an 80% reduction in fractures, mainly hip, after 2 years. Interestingly, bone density (and the number of falls) was identical in the vitamin and the placebo groups.

So homocysteine is a marker. No clear data indicates that reducing homocysteine will reverse these conditions. But the results of this study show by using these low dose B vitamins, you can slow down brain atrophy especially in the cases where elevated homocysteine is present. Let’s consider several key points of the study. First, the study took place over 2 years. Nutrients are needed on an ongoing basis to reduce the factors that cause the brain to be inflamed. Next, when plasma levels of homocysteine were greater than 13, treatment results were more dramatic. Most clinicians I know recommend levels of 10 or lower. If your levels of homocysteine rise, it’s an indicator you have a malfunctioning metabolism that is depleted of folic acid, B12, and B6.

Remember we need B12 and folic acid for our genes to work properly. I think of homocysteine as the canary that dies in the coal mine, warning the miners that gases are present. Why should we wait till it hits 13 before we start supplementing? Testing can be done on a regular basis to monitor your progress. Another factor in the study, low doses of nutrients were used yet significant changes were seen.

After reading the results of this study, I remembered that B12-2000 Lozenges from Biotics Research contains all the ingredients used in the study. B12- 2000 Lozenges has been a “go to” supplement I’ve recommended to many patients. People love the cherry taste. B12-2000 contains 800 mcg of folic acid, 2000 mcg of hydroxocobalamin and 2.5 mg of B6. As we age, it’s worthwhile to consider these and other factors that contribute to maintaining our ability to think, remember and problem solve.

Dr. Godo will coach you and give you the direction and encouragement you need. He may also suggest fish oil, reducing both sugar and trans fats, increasing antioxidants, mineral balance to keep heavy metals from accumulating, plant based diets to keep the bowel healthy with the good bacteria. Yep, we are talking about a Wellness life style, a lifestyle with many benefits and that includes a healthy brain. It’s kind of like that commercial we’ve seen for years, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.” It’s true, no matter who you are or how old you get.