Common brain conditions that we screen for include attention and hyperactivity disorders, learning disorders, aged related cognitive impairment, poor concentration, dementia, mood and anxiety disorders, insomnia, food, cigarette and alcohol cravings, impulse control disorders and many other brain related deficiencies.

We offers a wide array of in-office, non-invasive testing to identify modifiable or reversible causes of brain dysfunction. Most of our testing is covered by insurance companies. Testing to identify factors that can cause brain dysfunction include the following:

1) Environmental Blood and Urine Testing: identifies common environmental toxins.
2) Evoke EEG Testing: a non-invasive, painless test that measures brainwave and brain function. It helps to identify abnormal function and customize a treatment plan that is best for your optimum brain function.
3) Sleep Study: to identify sleep disorders.
4) CNS Neurocognitive Testing: a timed computerized test that is completed by in the office and scored for cognitive function.
5) Peripheral Nervous System Screening: a non-invasive painless screening testing which identifies brain associated autonomic nervous system dysfunction.
6) Saliva and Blood Hormone Testing: for hormone imbalances i.e. cortisol, testosterone, DHEA, estrogen and progesterone which affect brain function.
7) Endothelial Dysfunction Screening ( Digital Pulse Analysis, EndoPat and CIMT): are painless, non-invasive screening tests to evaluate brain blood vessel function.
8) Blood allergy testing: to identify allergens, which may cause brain inflammation and brain disorders.
9) Nutritional and Metabolic Testing: to identify brain nutritional deficiencies and metabolic disorders.

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Symptoms of Brain Dysfunction:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor memory or recall
  • Decreased attention span
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty staying on task
  • Difficulty multi-tasking
  • Difficulty learning new information
  • Failure to follow through with task
  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings
  • Impaired judgment
  • Poor impulse control
  • Sadness
  • Apathy
  • Fatigue
  • Foggy thinking
  • Insomnia
  • Food cravings
  • Social withdrawal
  • Losing or misplacing objects

Treatment Options:

We provide a variety of treatment options based on your clinical history and test results. Some of our treatments include oral and IV nutritional therapy, amino acid therapy, detoxification therapy, bio-identical hormone replacement, and allergy treatments to name a few. Our goal is to restore and preserve brain health by using a natural approach, which can be used alone or with prescription drugs if needed. In many cases, prescription drugs are unnecessary if the underlying cause of brain dysfunction is identified and treated.

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Children Brain Dysfunction
Adult Brain Dysfunction

Children Brain Dysfunction

There are many factors that affect the brain health of children. They range from food allergies and additives, environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies to leaky gut syndrome, hormone disorders, and inflammation and neurotransmitter imbalances to name a few.

In a study in the Lancent Neurology in 2014, they proclaimed eleven chemicals that they dubbed the global, silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental (development of the brain) toxicity. To put this statement in laymen terms, these commonly worldwide used chemicals have poisoned the nervous systems of our children. The greatest concern is the large numbers of children who are affected by toxic damage to brain development in the absence of a formal diagnosis, said study author Philippe Grandjean, of the Harvard School of Public Health. They suffer reduced attention span, delayed development, and poor school performance. Industrial chemicals are now emerging as likely causes.

According to the authors, neurobehavioral problems, like autism, ADHD, and dyslexia, affect about 10-15% of kids born today. Genes may play a 30-40% role in these disorders, but a large percentage seems related to environmental factors.

The eleven chemicals for which there is strong evidence of connection to neurodevelopmental disorders in children and also have adverse effects in adults include: Lead has been linked with serious deficient. Children are still at risk for lead exposure, especially if they live in a home built prior to the 1978 ban on lead based paint. It must be understood that simply banning a product that has been in place for decades does not make the problem evaporate! In addition, even though most water utilities are in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act Lead and Copper Rule of 1991, lead in water remains a problem in some areas. According to Parents for Nontoxic Alternatives, lead is the most prevalent toxin found in water in schools in the United States.

Methylmercury (Mercury) is a naturally occurring element that is found in air, water and soil. Exposure to mercury even small amounts may cause serious health problems, and is a threat to the development of the child in utero and early in life. Mercury may have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes. People are mainly exposed to methyl mercury when they eat fish and shellfish that contain the compound.

Mercury is contained in many products, including batteries, measuring devices, such as thermometers and barometers, electric switches and relays in equipment, lamps (including some types of light bulbs), dental amalgam (for dental fillings), skin-lightening products and other cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) Humans are exposed to PCBs via food, air and drinking water. Overall, humans are mainly exposed through consumption of contaminated foods, particularly meat, fish, and poultry. Infants can be exposed to PCBs contained in human breast milk. The general population is exposed to low levels of PCBs present in the air they breathe particularly indoors, but also outdoors. The general population can sometimes be exposed to low levels of PCBs in drinking water, though concentrations are often too low to be measured.

Exposure during pregnancy and breast-feeding may be linked to slow infant growth and development. PCB exposure may also be linked to neurological health effects, (such as numbness and headaches), more frequent infections, and changes of the skin, particularly rashes.

Many studies suggest that there is a link between exposure to PCBs and increased risk of cancers of the digestive system, the liver, and of the skin. Furthermore, high levels of PCBs in the blood may be linked to a cancer of the lymphatic system. PCB exposure may affect human reproduction and may be linked to decreased fertility in women and a lower mobile-sperm count in men.

Arsenic when absorbed through drinking water, this chemical has been linked to reduced cognitive function in schoolchildren. Arsenic exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy is known to cause intellectual disabilities. Prenatal arsenic exposure may lead to diseases later in life; bladder cancer has been known to develop up to 20 years after exposure.

Pollution has made groundwater contamination of arsenic a worldwide problem that affects people, crops, and livestock. Unacceptably high arsenic levels affect many water systems in the United States and money is not available to address the problem. Poor communities were identified to be the highest at risk. Many of the foods that we eat i.e. plants and animals are contaminated with arsenic because of exposure through arsenic contaminated water. Rice and rice products i.e. organic brown rice syrup, in particular can contain high levels of arsenic. Nutritional supplements that contain ingredients from China are also at risk for arsenic contamination.

Arsenic is a carcinogens and exposure can lead to cancer and other toxic health effects, including cardiovascular disease, neurological problems, and developmental disorders. Studies have confirmed the association between arsenic exposure and DNA methylation, a biological process that causes many debilitating and fatal diseases. Other studies have linked arsenic exposure to high blood pressure and as a factor associated with cardiovascular disease. Arsenic can also adversely affect the male reproductive system and diminish semen quality.

Toluene has been linked to brain development problems and attention deficit in children. Exposure to toluene may occur from breathing ambient or indoor air affected by such sources. The central nervous system (CNS), or brain, is the primary target organ for toluene toxicity in both humans and animals for acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) exposures. CNS dysfunction and narcosis have been frequently observed in those acutely exposed to airborne levels of toluene. Symptoms may include fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, and nausea. Chronic inhalation exposure of humans to toluene also causes irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, sore throat, dizziness, and headache. Studies have reported developmental effects, such as CNS dysfunction, attention deficits, and minor cranio-facial and limb anomalies, in the children of pregnant women exposed to high levels of toluene or mixed solvents by inhalation.

The highest concentrations of toluene usually occur in indoor air from the use of common household products (paints, paint thinners, adhesives, synthetic fragrances and nail polish) and cigarette smoke. Toluene exposure may also occur in the workplace, especially in occupations such as manicurist or printing or painting, where toluene is frequently used as a solvent in products that are used.

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Manganese is a trace element that occurs naturally in soil, water, and plants. Several studies have linked excessive manganese exposure and neurological disorders in children. It has been linked to lower scores in math, diminished intellectual function, and ADHD.

Metallic manganese is used primarily in steel production to improve hardness, stiffness, and strength. It is also used in carbon steel, stainless steel, and high-temperature steel, along with cast iron and super-alloys.

Manganese compounds have a variety of uses. Manganese dioxide is used in the production of dry-cell batteries, matches, fireworks, and the production of other manganese compounds.
Manganese chloride is used as a catalyst in the chlorination of organic compounds, in animal feed, and in dry-cell batteries, while manganese sulfate is used as a fertilizer, livestock nutritional supplement, in glazes and varnishes, and in ceramics.

Manganese can also be released into the air by iron and steel production plants, power plants, and coke ovens that can then contaminate water supplies. People who work in or live near factories where manganese metal is produced from manganese ore or where manganese compounds are used to make steel or other products are most likely to be exposed through inhalation to higher than normal levels of manganese.

Fluoride: higher levels of fluoride have been linked with a 7-point decrease in IQ in children and Alzheimer’s Disease in adults. Water fluoridation has been banned in many countries. Nearly all of Europe’s water supply is fluoride-free. Unfortunately, fluoride is present in most of Americas food supply. It is found in our water, juice, soda, wine and coffee, soups and processed food, and baby formula. Fluoride isn’t just in toothpaste. Almost all of the beverages sold in stores and restaurants are made with tap water that leads to a fair amount of fluoride intake.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists fluoride among about 100 chemicals for which there is substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity. There have been over 100 animal experiments showing that fluoride damages the brain and impacts learning and behavior. Studies have shown an association between fluoride exposure and impaired visual-spatial organization and other studies have found an association between prenatal fluoride exposure and fetal brain damage.

Fluoride also affects the pineal gland. Studies show that fluoride accumulates in the human pineal gland to very high levels that may reduce melatonin production and leads to an earlier onset of puberty. Studies have also reported that on average young girls in the fluoridated community reached menstruation 5 months earlier than girls in the non-fluoridated community.

Fluoride negatively impacts thyroid function by lowering thyroid function. According to clinical studies, the thyroid function of hyperthyroid patients was reduced at just 2.3-4.5 mg per day of fluoride while the average of exposure of fluoride in fluoridated communities ranges from 1.6 to 6.6 mg/day. This is a remarkable fact, particularly considering the rampant and increasing problem of hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) in the United States and other fluoridated countries.

A few studies have been done to determine whether the high prevalence of arthritis in America and other fluoridated countries could be related to growing fluoride exposure. Fluoride damages bone. Trials and studies revealed a two-fold increase in bone defects among children in the fluoridated community and a correlation between the severity of dental fluorosis and the frequency of bone fractures in children and adults. Fluoride may increase hip fractures in the elderly. High doses of fluoride can lead to a higher number of fractures, particularly hip fractures.

Chlorpyrifos and DDT (pesticides) increased risks of neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism, as well as higher chances for birth defects and a variety of childhood and reproductive cancers. They have recently been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Ninety three percent of Americans tested by the CDC had metabolites of chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic insecticide, in their urine. Banned from home use because of its risks to children, chlorpyrifos is part of a family of pesticides (organophosphates) linked to ADHD. Ninety nine percent of Americans tested positive for DDT degradants, even though DDT hasn’t been used in the U.S. since 1972. Women who were exposed to DDT as girls are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

How is it that these two pesticides are found in over 90% of Americans Through the food we eat Chlorpyrifos remains one of the most widely used pesticides in U.S. agriculture. DDT is a long-lasting persistent organic pollutant (POP) that bio-accumulates up the food chain, and can be found in most butter and milk. These are but two of the dozens of pesticides found on our food, even after washing.

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Tetrachloroethylene – AKA perchlorethylene(PERC) have been linked to hyperactivity and aggressive behavior, and increased risk of psychiatric diagnosis. Mothers in certain professional roles, like nurse, chemist, cleaner, hairdresser, and beautician had higher levels of exposure.

The largest US user of PERC is the dry cleaning industry. It accounts for 80% to 85% of all dry cleaning fluid used. Textile mills, chlorofluorocarbon producers, vapor degreasing and metal cleaning operations, and makers of rubber coatings also use PERC. It can be added to aerosol formulations, solvent soaps, printing inks, adhesives, sealants, polishes, lubricants, and silicones. Typewriter correction fluid and shoe polish are among the consumer products that can contain PERC.

Polybrominateddiphenyl Ethers: Two more compounds of concern are bisphenol A (BPA), a common plastics additive, and phthalate, aka DEP and DBP, are found in many cosmetics such as color cosmetics, fragranced lotions, body washes and hair care products, nail polish and treatment. BPA has been banned in baby bottles and sippy cups due to its negative affect on neurodevelopment. Phthalates, which are common in personal products like nail polish and hair spray, have been linked to shortened attention span and impaired social interactions in children. They are banned in cosmetics sold in the Europe.

DEP is a ubiquitous pollutant of the human body, found in 97 percent of Americans tested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recent epidemiological studies have associated DEP with a range of health problems, including sperm damage in men. Most fragrances don’t list phthalates on the label, but hide them under the term, “fragrance.”Health concerns include endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, and bioaccumulation. The most vulnerable populations are in pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers.

Other conditions to be considered that may affect the brain health include:

  • Food Allergies i.e. gluten, diary, eggs
  • Amino and Fatty Acid Deficiencies
  • Caffeine Intake
  • High Sugar Intake
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Adrenal Dysfunction
  • Hyper or Hypothyroidism:
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Metabolic Disorders i.e. diabetes
  • Genetic Defects i.e. Turner’s syndrome, sickle-cell anemia, and Fragile X syndrome.
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Iron Deficiencies
  • Vitamin B Deficiencies
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • GI Dysfunction i.e. leaky gut and dysbiosis
  • Parasites and Candida
  • Over the Counter Drugs

Most standard blood tests performed by doctors dont identify these problems. Fortunately, they can be identified with appropriate testing, which in many cases are covered by insurance companies.

Common brain conditions that we screen for include attention and hyperactivity disorders, learning disorders, aged related cognitive impairment, poor concentration, dementia, mood and anxiety disorders, insomnia, food, cigarette and alcohol cravings, impulse control disorders and many other brain related deficiencies.

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Adult Brain Health

As we age some brain function decline due to the loss of neurons in the brain, also known as neurodegeneration, can occur. Fortunately, there are strategies that can protect our cognitive function (neuroprotection) from the decline seen in dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Diet, nutrition, exercise, social interaction and cognitive activities seem to play a neuroprotective role in adult brain health. Research has suggested that combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity. About half of the Alzheimer’s disease cases can be diminished by addressing potentially modifiable risk factors. Modifiable risk factors include environmental toxins, food additives and preservatives, obesity, nutritional deficiencies, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, hormone imbalances, lipid abnormalities, elevated homocysteine, and endothelial (blood vessel) dysfunction. Lower brain neurotransmitters, primarily acetylcholine, appear to play a role in the decline of cognitive function. Low serotonin levels, which are seen with aging, can also play a role in impaired cognitive function.

 

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