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Now we discover that the brain contains an amazing “thing.” If a portion of the brain is taken out and put in a petri dish, this “thing” stays alive!

2019-04-03T10:21:04-05:00

I have been talking for a while about the importance of brain/body cross-talk, especially to achieve extreme wellness in mid- to later life. Now we discover that the brain contains an amazing “thing.” If a portion of the brain is taken out and put in a petri dish, this “thing” stays alive! What is it, how is it important, and how do we keep it humming? The brain contains a region called the hypothalamus, which is the Greek word for “chamber.” In this brain chamber sit numerous nuclei, important clusters of neurons that act like control centers. These link cross-talk between [...]

Now we discover that the brain contains an amazing “thing.” If a portion of the brain is taken out and put in a petri dish, this “thing” stays alive!2019-04-03T10:21:04-05:00

Progesterone’s emergent novel medical applications—a revolution in health care!

2019-04-03T10:24:11-05:00

Recently a dear friend of mine, a lawyer, called because her sister-in-law was experiencing dire throat neuropathy secondary to chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer. My friend wanted to know if there were any natural treatments that might reduce the discomfort and allow her sister-in-law to eat normally again. Answer? Natural biologically-identical progesterone. Progesterone has long been regarded as mainly a female hormone, but now a growing appreciation of the diverse physiological actions of progesterone reveal its use in a variety of disorders in men, women, and sometimes even in children. A review article, from researchers at several Departments of Pharmacology associated [...]

Progesterone’s emergent novel medical applications—a revolution in health care!2019-04-03T10:24:11-05:00

What is the forgotten brain protector you must know about to safeguard your brain?

2019-02-06T12:07:06-06:00

Hormones deliver email to small openings that line cells, called receptors. These emails are messages that tell cells what to do, what not to do, how to function and keep you vertical, on the move, and paying taxes. Estrogen delivers estrogenic email to estrogen receptors. Progesterone delivers progesteronic email to progesterone receptors. Turns out, all of our brains are flush with progesterone receptors. Progesterone is manufactured in the brains of all humans, girls and boys, men and women alike. What exactly is progesterone doing in the brain? What are the messages progesterone’s email are sending to the brain? Exciting data has [...]

What is the forgotten brain protector you must know about to safeguard your brain?2019-02-06T12:07:06-06:00

Our lives are dictated more by smell than we realize, but once again, as I have been writing for years, shape is also part of the issue

2019-04-03T10:25:42-05:00

Our lives are dictated more by smell than we realize, but once again, as I have been writing for years, shape is also part of the issue. It now turns out that dancing is not just “with the stars,” but also “with our noses.” And a romantic partner’s shape is not only cool to look at, but also travels up our nose! I have been writing and lecturing for years that the essential, critical messages of life are delivered inside our bodies by shape-shifting. A hormone sends a message to a proteineous receptor, and together they “shape-shift.” Merged together, they form [...]

Our lives are dictated more by smell than we realize, but once again, as I have been writing for years, shape is also part of the issue2019-04-03T10:25:42-05:00

Depressed? Need a PSYCHOLOGIST OR NUTRITIONIST?

2020-02-25T13:07:11-06:00

The times they are a changing. Used to be if you had depression, why you had a Prozac deficiency. But no drug comes without some downsides. Less libido. Rebound trying to get off. No one mentions the link of SSRIs to possible future neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s. Or even cancer. And, these meds cost a lot of dough and create wide spread wear and tear on the entire health care system. What may be coming to the rescue… NUTRITION! The International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research has put out a new short and sweet consensus statement. It emphasizes that there is [...]

Depressed? Need a PSYCHOLOGIST OR NUTRITIONIST?2020-02-25T13:07:11-06:00

BOOSTING YOUR BRAIN WITH MAGNESIUM

2018-10-24T19:55:31-05:00

The more magnesium inside your brain the better you think. All magnesium helps some (eat your greens but also digest them). But most magnesium has trouble crossing the blood-brain barrier. Magnesium threonate can go from your systemic blood to your brain intimate blood. But it is not best for other tissue demands of magnesium. Best magnesium supplementation is individualized for you from diverse sources and even delivery modes. Work with an experienced nutritional practitioner that can also assess your microbiome and digestive enzyme status, all needing to be on board for optimal magnesium absorption on all levels. Expert Opin Ther Targets. [...]

BOOSTING YOUR BRAIN WITH MAGNESIUM2018-10-24T19:55:31-05:00

Parsley and Sophisticated Brains

2019-02-14T13:44:03-06:00

Sophisticated Brains Since "higher" consciousness seems to come from the ability to have broader, healthier brain connections, here is one of my favorite spices that boosts BOTH brain connectivity and integration. Parsley and its main flavonoid: apigenin. Apigenin promotes integration and connection between multiple brain cells. And it's found in this herb you can use in salads, cooking and smoothies. By the way parsley’s flavonoid also balances and protects hormone metabolism. (Why I have been recommending a special parsley green drink for years to appropriate patients.) Apigenin boosts strong brains. It strengthens memory, learning and focus. It promotes more sophisticatedly brain [...]

Parsley and Sophisticated Brains2019-02-14T13:44:03-06:00

Care Taking Your Brain’s Hippocampus (Your Memory Mojo)

2018-10-12T17:43:17-05:00

Your brain's hippocampus is the epicenter of your memory. It is who you remember yourself to be. It has the highest blood flow of any tissue in the body. It has more mitochondria per volume of cell size than any other tissue in the entire body including the heart. So Mom Nature holds your hippocampus in high regard. What "feeds" your hippocampus? Estrogen and testosterone. As you age, from 25 years on, levels of estrogen and testosterone start to silently go south. Your hippocampus goes anorexic. It thins out. The scientific term for this is actually “hippocampal shrinkage.” When the hippocampus [...]

Care Taking Your Brain’s Hippocampus (Your Memory Mojo)2018-10-12T17:43:17-05:00

Brain Protection by Buffing UP Your Mitochondria

2019-01-17T19:10:38-06:00

Mitochondria are the energy packs inside cells. Turns out, based on rodent studies from Johns Hopkins, an enzyme protects these every-ready physiologic batteries. And exercise boosts these enzymes, especially in the brain. These enzymes are called SIRT3 enzymes. What does this mean for YOU? You want and need healthy mitochondria, especially inside your brain. And it turns out that what is good for your brain, happens to also be good for your heart. Exercise is one major solution. "Mitochondrial dysfunction"—well known to contribute to cognitive decline, mood disorders (like anxiety and depression), severe fatigue and heart disease—is "opposed" by robust EXERCISE. Also, [...]

Brain Protection by Buffing UP Your Mitochondria2019-01-17T19:10:38-06:00

Distinct Type of Depression (Brain Inflammation) and the “I Spot” in the brain that identifies it

2019-01-17T18:58:43-06:00

Inflamed Brain Our brain is our most important organ. Many of us aging folks are now more worried about outliving our wits, than getting cancer. Much of brain aging is actually brain inflammation. Inflamed brains age faster, and make us worried and depressed. What can we do about it? And is this real, or bogus? Emory Health Science researchers wanted to know, too. They found that 1/3rd of depressed people have inflamed brains. These people have elevated blood inflammatory markers and the inflammation can be distinctly viewed on brain imaging. Wow! No more hiding inflamed brains, we can see you! Brain [...]

Distinct Type of Depression (Brain Inflammation) and the “I Spot” in the brain that identifies it2019-01-17T18:58:43-06:00

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