Hype or the Real Deal?

If you're like me, you've spent plenty of money in the past trying products that over-promise and under-deliver. Fortunately, as time has gone on, I've become much more discriminating when it comes to investigating before hand whether a product is worth looking into and whether their so-called research holds up under scrutiny.

I'm very grateful to have had help in this process from a high-integrity Bio-Chemist, Bill Downs, who has spent his whole career being involved in nutrition and watching the natural supplement industry. Along the way he has combined his scientific knowledge about gene expression with his knowledge of the properties of some of the most potent, beneficial botanicals, as well as discovering a revolutionary delivery system to create some of the most researched support products to date.

Bill has been a mentor of mine for a number of years and I have had great success with his Brain Support product for a couple years now and his newest product Prodovite, which came out just 5 months ago. As he says, they are nutrition you can feel.

I strongly encourage you to follow the links to learn more about these two unique and amazing products, especially for those among your family and/or friends who struggle with health challenges.

I can't think of a better way to support a Healthy New Year!

Yours in Health, Dr Pat

Brain Gauge

The BrainKick Start Program Introduces the Brain Gauge

Combining the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience with the power of present day technology to revolutionize the assessment of brain performance

The Brain Gauge system is a new technology that can be used to test brain function and track it over time. The Brain Gauge pulses your fingertips with small vibrations so that certain regions in your brain become active and talk to each other in a very specific manner. By asking a few simple questions about your perception (similar to reading an eye chart), we can measure this communication within the brain and use it to compute several metrics of brain function.

The Brain Gauge measures changes in information processing in the brain and delivers rapid, reliable, objective assessments of brain health. The method takes advantage of the relationship between the nerves in the finger tips and the interactions that take place in the individual’s brain that result from the vibration. These interactions in the brain characteristically deteriorate with the severity of the concussion and improve with the patient’s recovery. Based on 30+ years of scientific research and 10+ years of technological developments, the methods are providing extremely robust results for differentiating concussed from non-concussed individuals, and the research is receiving support from the NFL/GE Head Health Challenge and the Office of Naval Research’s BLAST program. Cortical Metrics’ co-founders Bob Dennis and Mark Tommerdahl are both members of the faculty of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.

How do you know Brain Gauge is for you? Have you experienced any of the following conditions?

Concussion           Traumatic Brain Injury              Stress                Anxiety Depression                       
Stroke                   Autism                                       ADHD             
Alzheimer’s          Dementia                                  Migraine           
Carpal Tunnel                                               

How Does Brain Gauge Testing Work?

The Brain Gauge system uses the sense of touch to engage your brain and test its performance. The high precision and high fidelity of the mechanical pulses that the Brain Gauge delivers is what is ultimately responsible for objective and quantitative metrics of brain performance.

What do your scores mean?

After you have taken a cortical metrics test, you can view (or obtain a printout) of your test results.
Brain Gauge Brochure

Elimination Diet

My version of an Elimination Diet can be found HERE

I thought I would also post this one from Robin Berzin MD

You may not realize it, but the foods you're eating every day could be slowly corrupting your health and shortening your lifespan. But how do you know? For many people, toxic foods are hard to spot, especially for those who've already cleaned up their diets and feel like they are eating healthy.

For example, I recently saw a patient who came in because she'd gotten a facial and was told she had “allergy skin.” The slight redness and tiny bumps on her cheeks were more noticeable to her than anybody else, but they were definitely there. She had already gone mostly gluten-free, was a trained health coach, and overall had a very healthy diet. But after speaking with her, I realized that she had signs and symptoms of system-wide inflammation: needing allergy shots for dust and mold, and having gas and bloating that were only soothed by taking digestive enzymes.

This patient had already done a lot of the hard work in solving her issues, but it was clear that she still had leaky gut, which is the underlying cause of many people’s allergies and inflammation. She came in because she wanted food allergy testing. She left with an elimination diet. Here’s why.

Testing can be illuminating, but the “gold standard,” meaning the last word, in figuring out if foods are causing inflammation (contributing to everything from autoimmune arthritis, to irritable bowel, to acne), is to cut out the culprit foods for about a month and see how you feel when you reintroduce them.

I actually recommend that everyone—yes everyone—do an elimination diet at least once.

So how do you do it and not make it complicated? Here is my easy 7-step plan for doing your own elimination diet. You might be surprised by what you learn!

1. Take stock. It’s hard to know where you're going unless you know where you are.

Do you have skin issues? Digestive issues like gas, bloating, or intermittent constipation? Bad allergies? How's your energy level? What about your mood? Ever feel like you suffer from brain fog? These are just some potential symptoms of food sensitivities.

So, before you begin an elimination diet, start at your head and go to your toes, and make a list of everything you notice in your body, however subtle or long-standing the symptom has been. This sets you up to notice important changes when they happen.

2. Eliminate the usual suspects for 23 days.

The basic elimination diet is as simple as this:

No gluten, corn, dairy, eggs, soy, fast food, or alcohol for 23 days.

Why 23 Days?

Antibodies, which are the proteins that your immune system makes when it reacts to foods, take around 21 to 23 days to turn over, so if you don’t quit things to which you're sensitive for at least that time, you won’t get the full effect of eliminating them.

Why Booze?

Eliminating alcohol is partly for the detox factor. But alcohol also has a lot of sugar that helps things like yeast and harmful bacteria in your gut thrive. So when you eliminate alcohol, you may feel better in a few weeks, not just because of the absence of a sleep disruptor and a depressant in your life, but because you've actually changed the flora in your gut that are critical to keeping you healthy!

3. Cr*#! What DO I eat?

If this is your reaction, do not freak out! You can do this. The diet requires a little grocery shopping and taking a few extra minutes a day to prepare food.

We’re all habituated to fast-food, easy prep, and taking two seconds to round up and scarf down a meal. The problem is that typically food that can be prepared and consumed this way makes us sick over time.

New habits take 21 days to form, so the yogis say, which is also why we’re doing a 23-day elimination diet! We want these new habits to die hard.

4. But seriously .... what do I eat?

  • 30% “clean” protein, i.e. organic, hormone-free, grass-fed, happy, lean beef, chicken, and wild fish and shellfish
  • 70% vegetables, legumes (think beans and lentils), nuts, seeds, seaweeds, and gluten-free grains like quinoa
See, it’s that simple!

5. What to eat & what to avoid

DO ...

  • DO eat fish. (But watch out for fish on the NRDC’s high mercury list like tuna and swordfish.)
  • DO eat lots of fiber, fresh whole foods, and unprocessed meals you make yourself.
  • DO eat lots of healthy fats found in olive oil, ghee, coconut oil, sunflower oil, flax oil, walnut oil, and avocados.

  • Do NOT eat processed health bars if possible. They often have 15 grams (or more) of sugar. If you need them for an emergency snack, the kinds I like are Go Raw pumpkin bars and Kind’s “Nuts and Spices” variety, because they are very low in sugar.
  • Do NOT carbo load on gluten-free breads, cereals and crackers. Totally cool to eat some of these, but in an ideal world, you’re not just replacing a lot of refined carbs with a lot of gluten free refined carbs.
Watch out for oats, they almost always have gluten!

6. How do I reintroduce foods the right way?

This is also much simpler than people make it out to be.

On day 24, pick one thing you eliminated—like gluten, OR dairy, OR eggs—but not more than one, and eat it.

See how you feel over the next 48 hours. If you have no reaction after two days, eat that same food again, and for a second time, notice how you feel. From there, it’s up to you whether or not to re-incorporate that food into your diet on a regular basis.

Once you’ve made a call on the first food you reintroduce, pick another one and follow the same steps.

7. This all works best when you pay attention to you.

Throughout the diet and the reintroduction process, notice how you feel. Maybe you'll see changes you weren’t expecting. Maybe your sleep quality or your energy level is better. Maybe the redness in your skin is gone, or your belly is flatter.

No blood test can tell you what life without a particular food will be like. When you find out for yourself, you could be saving yourself a lifetime of inflammation, annoying symptoms, and in some cases, even life-threatening diseases.

Robin Berzin MD

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