” What you think” is one of the 9 variables to your health and longevity. It is the most important because it dictates your belief system and the actions you take day to day and in your decison making and lifestyle choices you make.
Unfortunately too many of us are spending too much time in thoughts of worry, anger, and fear. This causes our autonomic nervous system to become imbalanced – staying in the sympathetic dominance (fight/flight) for prolonged periods of time. This causes our muscles to be tight, blood pressure to elevate, digestion to shut down, and sleep disturbance. In addition, this causes an excess production of adrenaline and cortisol which adversely effects our tissue building anabolic hormone production of DHEA and testosterone and calming neurotransmitters like GABA and serotonin.
We must make an effort to take adequate time for internal reflection through prayer and meditation. One of the great tools we have found for patients to reduce stress and encourage new positive behaviors is BrainTap. There are over 700 different programs that can help you de-stress, sleep better, lose weight, and more. It requires no special training. You simply listen to a 20 minute program with your eyes closed.
“Trauma”, which is also one of the 9 variables in our health and longevity can negatively impact our cognitive thinking. This can come in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or from traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can occur from car/motorcycle crashes, sports injuries, or combat. The symptoms following injuries can be seen immediately in some cases but often are not evident until years later and manifest in the aging process. The BrainTap is an excellent tool for recovery in the case of PTSD. We have found another device that is very helpful in cases of TBI both acute and chronic and in cases of stroke or loss of cognitive function seen in dementia/Alzheimer’s. Please review the video below for more information.
This technology coupled with a nutritional approach offers great hope for the treatment of acute and chronic TBI. In approximately 1/3 of the cases of chronic TBI, hypothalamus-pituitary dysfunction occurs adversely affecting both thyroid and sex hormones. Appropriate bio-identical hormone therapy can be of benefit in these cases. This is an area we have great expertise in.
In the case of the aging brain, the infra-red light therapy can be coupled with the BrainTap, and with nutritional and bio-identical hormone supplementation to optimize brain oxygenation, mitochondrial energy production, and neurotransmitter production. Protecting and optimizing our brain function is now a choice. Below are some excerpts from Saving Our Brains: Causes, Prevention, and Reversal of Dementia/Alzheimer’s, by Kelly Miller DC NMD FASA FBAARM CFMP.
“The old school of thought was that we were born with just so many brain cells (neurons) and that we could only lose them as we aged. We now know that we can regenerate new neurons (neurogenesis) while we sleep, and there is no age limit on this. We can always make new neurons, under the correct circumstances.
The neurons in the brain control all bodily functions. What is good for the brain is good for the body, and what is good for the body is good for the brain. When large numbers of neurons die in specific parts of the brain, the area of the body that those neurons control becomes progressively dysfunctional.
Our mind should not be confused with our brain. The brain is a physical structure. The mind is particle energy that produces thoughts, which then produce proteins in the neurons. These thoughts, start out as “spines” on the dendrites, but progressively grow in size. This thought grows to a “bump” within 7 days, to a “lollipop” shape at around 14 days, and to a “mushroom” shape at 21 days as this thought becomes stronger.1 The more contemplation to this thought, the larger the number of neurons connected to this thought.
Our mind is designed to control our brain, which in turn controls our body, not the other way around. Our mind controls the brain through our thought and choices. Every day we make choices about our perceptions of the world we live in, and these choices, perceptions, spoken words, and actions affect how the chemicals and protein, and the architecture and function of our brains change.
Research from numerous prestigious medical associations and world-renowned experts indicate that the vast majority (anywhere from 75-98%) of mental, physical, and behavioral illness comes from an individual’s thoughts and perceptions. These thoughts or perceptions shape and change the architecture of the brain, as well as affect the many neurotransmitters and hormones the brain is responsible for producing.
A study by the American Medical Association found that stress is a factor in 75% of all illnesses and diseases that people suffer today.2 The American Institute of Health estimates that 75-90% of all visits to the primary care physician are for stress-related problems.3 In Bryan Luke Seaword’s book, Managing Stress: Principle Strategies for Health and Well-Being, he gives evidence that the link between stress and disease is as high as 85%.4 The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization5 have concluded that 80% of cancers were due to lifestyle (sowing and reaping and not genetics), and this is a conservative number. According to the genetic researcher, W.C. Willet, only 5% of cancer and cardiovascular patients can attribute their disease to hereditary factors.6 Dr. Bruce Lipton, a research scientist who has made significant contributions on our understanding of the function of the brain, indicate that genetic disorders like Huntington’s chorea, Beta Thalassemia (a type of anemia), and cystic fibrosis, to name a few, affect less than 2% of the population. Dr. Lipton states that up to 98% of all diseases are related to lifestyle choices-in other words, our thinking.7
Our thinking determines what we eat, what we drink, how we rest, how we exercise, what/how we breathe, and what we are going to spend time watching, listening to, reading, and speaking about.”
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The following are scriptures that help me put things in better perspective:
Jesus said to him, ” ‘You shall love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like it; ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ NKJV. Matthew 22:37-39.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. NKJV. I Corinthians 13:13.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” NKJV. Matthew 6:34.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. NLT. 2 Timothy 1:7.
“What do you mean, ‘If I can?’” Jeasus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” NLT. Mark 9:23.