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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Exciting New Study On ADHD


“There was a significant reduction in hyperactivity; attention, visual-motor coordination and concentration improved; whereas there were no positive effects in the placebo group.”

According to the latest statistics, if you were to go thru the hallways and visit the classrooms of all the elementary schools in America, you would discover over 2 million children diagnosed with ADHD, attention deficit hyperactive disorder.Wellness Minute ADHD

It’s a huge problem (more so with boys) and often involves the use of prescription drugs that have serious long term side effects. Perhaps even worse than the side effects of the medication are the young minds that are wasted on mundane tasks because they can’t pay attention, they get bored, fidgety and ultimately push whatever boundaries they can for excitement or recognition.

There can be many contributing factors to this type of behavior in kids: sugar overload, causing B vitamin and mineral deficiencies; heavy metals, short circuiting neurological functioning and  compounding mineral imbalance; essential fatty acid deficiencies, creating a shortage of healthy hormones; and neurotransmitters deficiencies. The list goes on and on.

A colleague of mine recently sent me a copy of a VERY exciting new study done on ADHD. According to an article in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, pine bark extract (or pycnogenol) has been shown to be effective for treating ADHD, at least in boys. In this double-blind trial, 61 children with ADHD received either pine bark extract or placebo for four weeks. The average age was 9.5 years. The pine bark extract group had a significant reduction in hyperactivity. Attention, visual-motor coordination and concentration improved, whereas there were no positive effects noted in the placebo group. Treatment was not significantly effective for girls in contrast to boys, but there were only 6 girls in the pine bark extract group.

According to the study, pycnogenol works by balancing stress hormones, which in turn stabilizes adrenaline and dopamine, thereby improving children’s attention and reducing hyperactivity. Stress hormones were measured in the children before, during, and after the treatment. Adrenaline was reduced by about 26% while taking pycnogenol, and dopamine by about 10 percent.

Dropping adrenaline by 26% is pretty amazing because children with ADHD have dramatically elevated levels of stress hormones known to increase heart rate and blood pressure, causing excitement, arousal and irritability. The authors of the study were quoted to say that their findings demonstrated a  significant stress hormone “lowering” effect for a nutritional supplement for the first time.

Wellness Minute ADHDOf course this is all very exciting if you know someone dealing with ADHD. One of the downsides of the study is that one month after the pine bark extract treatment ceased, patients had a recurrence of  symptoms. This shows a need for a more holistic, long term treatment. Pycnogenol should be just one part of a comprehensive protocol that addresses many of the possible contributing factors to ADHD.

If you or someone you know has children with the symptoms of ADHD, talk to Dr. Godo. Natural treatment offers so many benefits with NO side effects. In addition, Dr. Godo can address diet, and recommend which foods are helpful and provide the “brain fuel” children need.

Essential oils can help with a sluggish metabolism, cell membrane sludge and cellular energy inefficiency. There are supplements which provide phosphorylated B vitamins, trace minerals and neonatal glands to help balance blood sugar and stabilize energy.

Taking a Wellness approach to ADHD can be a welcome solution for those who have seen the side effects of prescription drugs. Prescription drugs for ADHD can cause headache, dizziness, insomnia, dryness of the mouth, stomach pain, sleeplessness and decreased appetite. Many of the drugs prescribed for ADHD are so new, who knows the long term effects they can have.

We all want the best for our children. Watching them develop and learn, and seeing them happy, is one of life’s great blessings. Talk to Dr. Godo about ADHD.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

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

Boost Your Brain Power


“Elderly individuals who did this daily for 24 weeks showed an 1,800% increase in memory, attention, and cognitive function.”

I’m sure you’ve noticed ads for products that claim to enhance mental performance? After hearing all the research and the hype, I always try to ask myself the question “Why is that working? What’s the underlying mechanism?”

You could take 20 or 30 different nutrients to increase brain function, and each one of them has some rationale. But let’s consider “principles” that promote brain power rather than a specific “take this miracle product” approach.

We now know, contrary to our earlier understanding, that parts of the brain can regenerate though a process called neurogenesis. To stimulate and control neurogenesis, certain chemicals called neurotrophins are involved. One of the most exciting factors and one of the most active is a protein called BDNF, “brain derived neurotrophic facto.”

BDNF is an essential key player in creating new neurons and protecting old ones. Some of the factors that are involved in turning on BDNF are voluntary exercise, caloric reduction, and intellectual stimulation. I say voluntary exercise because lab animals that were stressed or forced to exercise did NOT have  the same benefits as those who could exercise at will.

Medical researchers at the University of Western Australia found that elderly individual’s who exercised the equivalent of just 20 minutes a day, for 24 weeks, showed an 1800 percent increase in memory, attention and other cognitive functions. One reason exercise may be so important is that BDNF is also found in skeletal muscle. It appears that as BDNF in the muscle increases so does BDNF in the brain. Just hearing about that kind of results makes me want to go jogging.

Next, let’s consider caloric reduction. More and more research reports the benefits of caloric reduction, and one of those benefits is an increase in BDNF. The typical American consumes an average of 500 more calories a day than they consumed in 1970. So reducing calories from the estimated 3,700 to 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men is not a huge discomfort. Food is like a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain. Another interesting note is that “BDNF levels are LOW in those with obesity and also in patients with Type II diabetes.”

Just as exercise can increase BDNF in the muscles, mental exercise can also increase BDNF in the brain. BDNF is increased with problem solving, intellectual stimulation, and according to neurologist Dr. David Purlmutter even meditation. I never thought about it, but in a way, learning new concepts and ways to apply them here on the Wellness Minute may be actually increasing BDNF in your brain. Every little bit helps, right?

Of course, it will come as no surprise that stress is one of the major factors which negatively affects brain health. We can break stress into 4 major categories: inflammatory stress, oxidative stress, toxic stress (both internal and external toxins) and of course emotional stress. It takes energy to deal with these stresses. When our energy supplies are depleted, the effects of these stresses accumulate and cells begin to function at less than optimal rates.

Cellular repair mechanisms need energy to rebuild, repair and reproduce healthy cells. That’s why it’s so important to follow a few core principles and enforce your brain power with core nutrients like a quality multi-vitamin / mineral as well as pure oils like Omega 3 fish oils. More than 2/3 of the dry weight of the human brain is fat. Healthy oils are beneficial to promote healthy brain plasticity between synapses of brain cells.

We actually do reap numerous benefits by practicing core principles. More specifically I’m referring to wellness principles that encourage and promote life. Along with that, consider voluntary exercise, caloric reduction and intellectual stimulation as KEY components for optimal brain health.

When it comes to core nutrients, you can obtain professional grade nutrients through Dr. Godo’s office. Feel free to ask Dr. Godo for other tips on how you can stay sharp and how you can increase your brain power.

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