Alzheimer’s is a frightening disease. Its dreaded consequences are felt by not only those who suffer from it but also their loved ones. Over the years, Alzheimer’s has claimed many lives worldwide and continues to do so even today in the age of advanced science.
Latest data from the CDC shows that the US´s neurodegenerative disease rates are at the highest level since World War II. Many specialists from around the globe including scientists, biochemists, medical doctors, and holistic doctors are working together to bring new approaches that are showing promising results for thousands around the world. By approaching these epidemic health concerns with an approach that looks to find the root causes instead of simply just trying to address the symptom, people are actually seeing learning how to prevent and even recover from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disorder that hampers memory and is a leading cause of dementia among individuals. People who have Alzheimer’s often show the following signs and symptoms;
1. Memory loss disrupting daily life.
2. Challenges in planning and solving problems
3. Difficulty in performing mundane tasks
4. Confusion with time or place.
5. Trouble in understanding images and spatial relationship
6. Problem with speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things
8. Poor Judgement
9. Withdrawal from work and society
10. Mood changes
However, by adopting data driven and genetically driven holistic approaches many are seeing a reversal in their symptoms and practitioners are seeing promising results with tackling these neurodegenerative issues associated with Alzheimer’s. The entire idea behind a functional or holistic approach is not merely to treat the disease of the symptoms, but to find and address the root causes of the dysfunction. Functional practitioners understand that the way you treat your body can affect your brain. Holistic and functional medicine practitioners focus on identifying the cause and removing those interferences so the body can restore normal function.
Using Data-driven approaches to understand how the body is functioning on a genetic level, for example, shows the practitioner and the client how to modify their lifestyle so their body can clear toxins and allow the body to heal itself.
Adopting a holistic approach first means understanding what is causing the symptoms. The causes can be high stress, lack of nutrition in the diet, an excess of dairy, sugar, or toxic chemicals in the food, underlying infections, or exposure to environmental toxins and heavy metals.
Factors Influencing Alzheimer’s:
It is essential to manage stress in your life. Doctors have found stress to be one factor that is related to dementia, depression, anxiety, and chronic illness in people. According to a research study conducted by a research publication affiliated with the University of Toronto, Chronic stress is associated with the degeneration and impaired functioning of the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex which increases the risk of depression.
Including stress management, exercises like Yoga and meditation can help in relieving stress and the adverse effects it can have on your body.
Environmental Toxins In Our Foods
Herbicides are usually used as weed killers to protect the quality of organically grown food. Herbicides like Glyphosate are typically found in commodity foods such as oats, wheat, corn, almonds, quinoa, produce like fruits and vegetables, etc. The consumption of Glyphosate through such food can trigger symptoms that can severely alter brain chemistry.
Glyphosate can also wreak havoc on our guts. Our Gut is responsible for producing around 75% of the brain’s neurotransmitters and regulating about 70% of our immune system. When our gut is under attack from foreign bodies such as Glyphosate it naturally disrupts the body’s innate immune system, thus leading to interference with normal neurological and immune function which can then lead to neurological disorders and chronic auto immune disease.
The standard American diet is full of delicacies rich in gluten, dairy, and sugar. Gluten and dairy can cause severe neural inflammation in your brain that results alterations in brain chemistry and even atrophy of the cerebellum region. Avoiding gluten foods is a step in the right direction if you are looking for implementing preventative measures against Alzheimer’s. (N Engl J Med, 1982; 307 (14): 895)
A substantial amount of studies have been conducted over the years associating dairy with schizophrenia, ADD/ADHD, depression, and other brain chemistry imbalances. Dairy is also known to cause complete psychosis among some individuals.
Avoiding dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and butter can do wonders in tackling the early signs and symptoms of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s.
Infections like candida, clostridium, or different kinds of molds can severely affect the body’s dopamine levels. Infections can release neurotoxins that block can block normal neurotransmitter production and conversion. Clostridia is an example of one type of infetions that can alter production and conversion of dopamine and norepinephrine. This result in excessively high levels of dopamine that trigger fight or flight responses in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s. In addition, high levels of dopamine cause damage to neurons in the brain. (Nutritional Neuroscience 2010 Vol 13 No 3: 1-10).
Alzheimer’s continues to be an elusive disease in the medical world. However, by transforming our lives with the help of functional medicine and holistic approaches, many are seeing positive results in reversing and preventing neuro degenerative disease and brain chemistry imbalances.
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Not sure WHO to book with? No Problem! Here at MHH we have an AMAZING team of coaches and EVERY ONE OF OUR COACHES can help you with ANY of your conditions, so just pick the one that has availability on the day and time that works best for you.
Not feeling well and looking for help with your condition, diagnosis, or symptoms that won’t go away no matter what you have tried? Our holistic biological health coaches can help you! Our coaches teach you how your body works, what the underlying cause of your condition or symptoms are, and how to fix and address them using long-term solutions that are data-driven and that work!
Our holistic biological health coaches have a deep understanding of advanced functional testing and genetics testing, along with much experience in complex cases.
Our biological coaching team works with you to empower and teach you how to understand and interpret your lab results, what your results mean, how they are connected to your health conditions or symptoms, and most importantly, what to do with the information, how to put protocols together based on your lab results, and when to reorder your various labs to track progress.
You will become your own healing master learning how to navigate the healing process, how to modify your protocols, when and how to detoxify your organs and cells from the toxins discovered on your lab results. You will learn the importance of tracking your assessment forms and symptom sheets and how to troubleshoot your healing process.
In addition, you have the opportunity to learn how to understand YOUR genetic blueprint – Our coaches are trained in the field of epigenetics and understand implicitly that YOU are in control of your own gene expression and how your genes either work for or against you. If you choose to add genetic testing into your program, your genetic blueprint information can be used not only to help drive your plan of action for healing, but also it can be used to understand your body’s unique nutrition, lifestyle, sleeping, eating, and physical activity needs are so that you can optimize once you are healed.
Get help from our functional nutrition coaches who understand that there is no ONE diet that is right for everyone. Our nutrition coaches work hand in hand with our biological coaches so if you need any lab work done or specific protocols that would require supplement protocols, you have a team working on your behalf and your nutrition coach would make recommendations for which other team coaches would be able to help you.
Your coaches will teach and empower you to learn how to determine and navigate your diet modifications which are decided based on your extensive intake forms, history, and your lab data that your coaches may want to order for you. Based on all of this information, they will teach you what foods to eat and not eat according to various conditions and why.
Your functional nutrition coach will help you learn what substitutes you can use when there are certain foods you may need to stop eating for a period of time, how to put your meals together based on your dietary needs per your lab data, how and when to incorporate gut repair protocols, and what lifestyle modifications you want to address based on your labs and your health conditions.
Nutritional coaching can be a great tool by itself or combined with coaching from our biological coaches. You can schedule with either our biological or nutrition coaches and they can help you get started and make recommendations as needed.
Many people who have successfully mentored with our nutrition coaches have had past issues such as:
Mindset, past and present traumas, and limiting belief systems are some of the biggest barriers to healing, so much in fact that gene expression and biological ‘engines’ of the human body can change for the worse because of it.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of an impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on creating new neurological pathways to imprint new and healthy mindsets and belief systems in how they perceive themselves and the world around them is greatly improved when the psychological aspect of mindset and integration of mind, body, the spirit is addressed through repatterning of the mind and body neurology.
By removing barriers discovered from traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
Therefore we incorporate mind, body, spirit integration work into our programs and in doing so, we see exponential increases in positive outcomes with our clients. We have put together the most comprehensive ‘whole person’ approach in the world, and this is why our results are so successful.
Our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches work with you to create new neurological connections, anchor new neurology, and habits, and show you how to become aware of any conscious or unconscious belief systems that may be holding you back from healing and total health.
You are welcome to try one or two appointments to see what you think. We typically recommend a minimum of 6 sessions to make an accurate assessment of how this type of modality is working for you.
Here are some of the modalities our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches use for brain and body repatterning:
Breathwork is more than just a simple exercise of intentional breathing. Specialized breathwork techniques are used to facilitate major transformation and healing by encompassing a wide range of therapeutic practices that are extremely powerful in providing immediate relief for pulling people out of fight or flight (the amygdala hijack we teach about in Part 2 of our Mastering Trauma Masterclass).
This vagus nerve activation through breath work activates the rest/digest (parasympathetic nervous system), stimulates healing, reduces blood pressure, reduces the cortisol stress response, regulates hormone and blood glucose activity, and heart rate variability (the biological stress response). It rewires the body for self-regulation of the nervous system in a manner that optimizes the body and creates resilience in times of stress.
Yoga breath therapy allows you to disconnect from the mind chatter, mind racing, and negative self-talk and reconnect with your body your energy. From this elevated state of awareness, you are able to facilitate healing, growth, and expansion. And if you are looking for some expansion of your body/mind/spirit awareness, then this type of breathwork can be nourishing and can facilitate the next layer of peace, love, gratitude, connection, clarity, and insights.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of a damaging impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress (the fight or flight response) can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
By becoming aware of how to regulate our own nervous system, and resolve traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on:
….. Find much success and amplification in their healing journey.
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