A Simple At-Home Test


New: Anti-Aging YOUR Brain

Many people in their 50s and beyond are actively looking for ways to maintain a strong healthy brain. A new test, called BrainSpan, identifies inflammation in the brain with a simple blood spot test along with online cognitive performance testing. This will provide your healthcare practitioner a clear representation of any nutrient deficiencies within your cells that reduce brain function.

Watch this week’s video as we take a look at this inexpensive test that will provide you the direction you need for a healthier and longer life.

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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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Restore Your Sense of Inner Peace – GABA


“This new GABA enhancing product has been effective in reducing anxiety, seizures, insomnia & some cases of neuropathy.”

We really do live in an over-stimulated society. We joke about being over-caffeinated with our extra shot latte or 5 hour energy cocktails. Over-stimulation is a real issue. So let’s consider how we can restore inhibitory balance.Godo Chiropractic

When we normally think of over-stimulation, we think of anxiety, panic, and maybe insomnia. But neurologically, over-stimulation also translates to muscles; and that can mean loss of muscle tone and even seizures. The goal of most prescription anti-anxiety, seizure and insomniac medications is to normalize the amino acid GABA as its primary target.

GABA is short for gamma amino-butyric acid and is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical molecules that “ferry” nerve impulses across the synapse from one neuron to the next. Neurotransmitters are the communication molecules that turn receptors “on and off.” Since GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter and “turns off” receptors, the brain becomes over excited when GABA is deficient and that can mean over stimulation neurologically.

Low GABA levels may cause you to experience panic or anxiety, feelings of dread, being overwhelmed for no reason, guilt about decisions, a restless mind, difficult time turning your mind off when resting, disorganized attention, inner tension, and excessive tendency to worry about things that don’t come to pass. It’s almost like having sufficient GABA allows us to have a sense of inner peace.

Environmentally, many factors sabotage the inhibitory effects of GABA. For example, the organ-chlorine group pesticides work by interfering with GABA receptors, making bugs actually convulse to death. Organo-chlorine type pesticides are accumulating in our foods and in our bodies as well. Significant levels have been measured in breast milk and can easily pass through the placenta.

Another toxin that interferes with GABA is the heavy metal lead. We can acquire lead from our toxic environment, manufactured goods, even foods. People who test high for levels of lead are usually surprised.

Also, some medications, particularly a category of antibiotics called quinolones, can obstruct GABA which include common brands like Cipro and Floxin.

We make GABA naturally in our body, but what should we do if we are deficient? Take a supplement of GABA? Unfortunately GABA does not cross the blood brain barrier in any appreciable amounts. Dr. Kurt Vreland, a diplomat in Neurology, suggests that only 4% of preformed GABA will cross the blood brain barrier. To get appropriate amounts you would have to take 10-15,000 mg a day. Fortunately there are some natural solutions to this dilemma, one of which is to make sure you take adequate amounts of B6.

GABA needs B6 as a cofactor. This is one of the reasons why B6 is so valuable as an adjunct to control seizures. As you might expect low levels of B6 have been known to cause seizure activity.

A good friend of mine had a brain injured child. As a baby, regardless of the drugs given, the child had repeated seizures. I mean she was given poly drug cocktails that were strong enough to stop a horse but nothing helped the seizures. However, when the child finally was given therapeutic levels of B6, her seizures miraculously stopped. (B6 Phosphate can be found here.)

Godo ChiropracticAlso we need adequate amounts of the amino acid taurine. But more effectively is a derivative of GABA called βetaPhenylgamma-aminobutyric acid or phenibut for short. PheniTrophic by Biotics Research Corporation is a GABA enhancing, plant based supplement yielding 300 mg of phenibut per capsule. PheniTrophic has been effective in the reduction of anxiety, seizures, insomnia and some cases of neuropathy.

In an over stimulated society and with so many GABA focused prescription drugs on the market, it’s nice to have a plant based, natural alternative. If you or someone you care about suffers with anxiety, seizures or insomnia, talk to Dr. Godo about PheniTrophic.

If you are currently taking prescription medication and have concerns about harmful side effects, Dr. Godo can help by offering safe and natural solutions. Restoring your balance of GABA can improve your quality of life and in some cases, it can be life changing. Give Dr. Godo a call, and start down a path toward wellness. It’s not only good science it makes good sense.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

www. GoToGodo.com

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Is Snoring Keeping You Awake?


“I must confess I was pretty skeptical; however after 3 days, my wife said my “snoring” was gone.”

Do you Snore? You might say “never” or, “maybe” or, “How would I know, I’m asleep.” If we asked your mate, they will definitely have the answer. A couple was in the office last week, and here’s what the husband said. “My wife says I am a puffer. Kind of a … (puff a few times) is that annoying? But even as a puffer, sometimes I keep my wife awake because she is such a light sleeper.”

Wellness Minute Transcript Snoring 13

So as innocuous as a little puffing may seem, it can cause some serious discomfort in your mate’s sleep and ultimately how they function the next day. But let’s look at snoring as one of the clues we can use to identify the need to live a healthier lifestyle.

A September 2008, study in the journal “Sleep” showed “Heavy snoring to be an independent risk factor for early carotid atherosclerosis. The study is rather technical but here’s the short version. 110 people were categorized as mild, moderate, or heavy snorers in a sleep laboratory. Two researchers were blinded to the snoring history of each subject and listened to a sound signal from a room microphone. Each individual snore was  manually scored and a snore index was created based on snores per hour of sleep.

Participants were placed into one of 3 groups: 0-25% was defined as no snoring to mild snoring; 25-50%, moderate snoring; more than 50%., heavy snoring. Here’s what the authors had to say about heavy snoring: “Our data clearly demonstrates that heavy snoring is an independent risk factor for early carotid atherosclerosis which may progress to be associated with the development of stroke, representing a major cause of morbidity and mortality.”

You might be thinking, could my snoring or my spouse’s snoring be that serious? What about mild snoring? Should I be concerned? What about the baby boomers who want to function at peak mental capacity. Snoring may be the motivation for you or your spouse to finally decide to get healthy, real healthy.

Let’s face it, nobody wants to change. But if the carrot is big enough, all of us will travel in uncharted waters. The risk of atherosclerotic plague, compromised healthy brain function, and possible stroke as well as the behavioral and interpersonal issues of snoring may be strong enough reason to take action.

So what are some of the natural things you can do to help reduce snoring? From a physical therapy point of view, anything that can increase muscle control in the throat and soft palate will help. Singing, especially employing throat warm-up exercises used by professional singers, will strengthen lax muscles. Done 30 minutes a day, throat exercises can be a cost-effective snore-reducer for people and even help mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Wellness Minute Transcript Snoring 13bFrom a nutritional point of view, a friend and colleague Dr. Brian Sandborn shared with me a little remedy. To reduce snoring, try taking L-Carnitine. He uses one tsp which is 3 grams of L-Carnitine before bed. L -Carnitine has many functions, but one of its principle roles is to mobilize fat. The word picture that I like is that Carnitine is like a fork lift carrying fat into the energy part of the cell called the mitochondria where the fat can be burned.

I decided to try it for the patient’s puffing.  Because it is tart, I had him mix it with about 3 ounces of fruit juice and 6 ounces of water. I must confess I was pretty skeptical; however after 3 days, his wife said his puffing was gone.

L-Carnitine and vitamin C is just one strategy. Ask Dr. Godo about L-Carnitine and other ways to reduce snoring. But remember, therapies that work for one person may not work as well for another. We are all biochemically unique. That’s why your individualized approach with Dr. Godo is so valuable. He can help you assess strategies that work for you. Ask for help. Your spouse will sleep better, you’ll reduce serious risk factors, and you’ll be healthier.I just saw Dr. Sandborn a few weeks ago and he reminded me that Carnitine is made from Lysine if adequate vitamin C is present. So whenever you supplement with Carnitine, make sure you are getting sufficient vitamin C.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com

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Restore Your Sense of Inner Peace – GABA


“This new GABA enhancing product has been effective in reducing anxiety, seizures, insomnia & some cases of neuropathy.”

 

We really do live in an over-stimulated society. We joke about being over-caffeinated with our extra shot latte or 5 hour energy cocktails. Over-stimulation is a real issue. So let’s consider how we can restore inhibitory balance.

 

When we normally think of over-stimulation, we think of anxiety, panic, and maybe insomnia. But neurologically, over-stimulation also translates to muscles; and that can mean loss of muscle tone and even seizures. The goal of most prescription anti-anxiety, seizure and insomniac medications is to normalize the amino acid GABA as its primary target.

 

GABA is short for gamma amino-butyric acid and is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical molecules that “ferry” nerve impulses across the synapse from one neuron to the next. Neurotransmitters are the communication molecules that turn receptors “on and off.” Since GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter and “turns off” receptors, the brain becomes over excited when GABA is deficient and that can mean over stimulation neurologically.

 

Low GABA levels may cause you to experience panic or anxiety, feelings of dread, being overwhelmed for no reason, guilt about decisions, a restless mind, difficult time turning your mind off when resting, disorganized attention, inner tension, and excessive tendency to worry about things that don’t come to pass. It’s almost like having sufficient GABA allows us to have a sense of inner peace.

 

Environmentally, many factors sabotage the inhibitory effects of GABA. For example, the organ-chlorine group pesticides work by interfering with GABA receptors, making bugs actually convulse to death. Organo-chlorine type pesticides are accumulating in our foods and in our bodies as well. Significant levels have been measured in breast milk and can easily pass through the placenta.

 

Another toxin that interferes with GABA is the heavy metal lead. We can acquire lead from our toxic environment, manufactured goods, even foods. People who test high for levels of lead are usually surprised.

 

Also, some medications, particularly a category of antibiotics called quinolones, can obstruct GABA which include common brands like Cipro and Floxin.

 

We make GABA naturally in our body, but what should we do if we are deficient? Take a supplement of GABA? Unfortunately GABA does not cross the blood brain barrier in any appreciable amounts. Dr. Kurt Vreland, a diplomat in Neurology, suggests that only 4% of preformed GABA will cross the blood brain barrier. To get appropriate amounts you would have to take 10-15,000 mg a day. Fortunately there are some natural solutions to this dilemma, one of which is to make sure you take adequate amounts of B6.

 

GABA needs B6 as a cofactor. This is one of the reasons why B6 is so valuable as an adjunct to control seizures. As you might expect low levels of B6 have been known to cause seizure activity.

 

A good friend of mine had a brain injured child. As a baby, regardless of the drugs given, the child had repeated seizures. I mean she was given poly drug cocktails that were strong enough to stop a horse but nothing helped the seizures. However, when the child finally was given therapeutic levels of B6, her seizures miraculously stopped. (B6 Phosphate can be found here.)

 

Also we need adequate amounts of the amino acid taurine. But more effectively is a derivative of GABA called βetaPhenylgamma-aminobutyric acid or phenibut for short. PheniTrophic by Biotics Research Corporation is a GABA enhancing, plant based supplement yielding 300 mg of phenibut per capsule. PheniTrophic has been effective in the reduction of anxiety, seizures, insomnia and some cases of neuropathy.

 

In an over stimulated society and with so many GABA focused prescription drugs on the market, it’s nice to have a plant based, natural alternative. If you or someone you care about suffers with anxiety, seizures or insomnia, talk to Dr. Godo about PheniTrophic.

 

If you are currently taking prescription medication and have concerns about harmful side effects, Dr. Godo can help by offering safe and natural solutions. Restoring your balance of GABA can improve your quality of life and in some cases, it can be life changing. Give Dr. Godo a call, and start down a path toward wellness. It’s not only good science it makes good sense.

 

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

www. GoToGodo.com