As 2018 rapidly approaches, I wanted to share with our newsletter readers some advice for good health from our doctors at the Breiner Whole-Body Health Center for the New Year. Maybe you will find a tip, suggestion, or new information, that will set the course for a healthier 2018 for you and your family.
5 Health Facts and Benefits of Osteopathic Medicine
- Dr. David Johnston
There are many treatment options available today to help you recover from an injury or help you with day-to-day aches and pains. Through Osteopathy, I help my patients achieve their highest possible form of health; aligning all parts of the body to work together
Osteopathy, including Cranial Osteopathy, is as a natural approach to ignite the body's innate healing ability. It may be applied for the prevention of and treatment of disease or injury, and for the enhancement of general health.
Here are 5 things to know about Osteopathic Medicine:
- It's a Proven Practice: Osteopathy was discovered and developed in the U.S in the late 1800's before it gravitated to France and consequently throughout the world. Osteopathic care has the focus on health and wellness, as opposed to the conventional disease-based approach.
- Your Body is Treated as a Whole: Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, founder of osteopathy, understood that the human body is composed of many parts, all intimately related as a functional whole. Therefore, dysfunction in one area affects other areas as well. DOs tend to think more holistically, looking for the relationships between medical problems and the many factors that influence a person's health.
- Treatments are Low Impact: By applying osteopathic manipulation, I use my hands to gently and precisely diagnose and treat the body's muscles, joints, soft tissues, and fluids to restore circulation, proper alignment and function.
- It May Help Boost Immunity: The best drugs you can't buy are contained in the body's immune, metabolic, nervous, and endocrine systems. Osteopathic manipulation has been proven to increase lymph flow to all of these systems. The health of the nervous system is a major component in maintaining the physiological balance (homeostasis) within the body. Read National Institute of Health "Lymphatic Vessels Discovered in Central Nervous System."
- Safe for Everyone: Osteopathy is generally regarded as a safe treatment with virtually no side effects. It's possible you may experience minor soreness a day after manipulation, but this is seen as normal as the body responds to the treatment.
For 2018 consider, hands-on Osteopathic Manipulation for increased health and wellness with no side effects!
Protect Your Child's Brain (and Yours too!!)
- Dr. Adam Breiner
Your brain is an amazing organ. It is the most complex part of the human body and the "command center" for the entire nervous system. All that we think, feel, and create originates in this three-pound organ. Your brain is "you"-and there's nothing more important than keeping it healthy.
You may have heard about Baseline Testing for brain function, many adults opt to evaluate their brain function to stay on top of their "game" in the workplace, or simply for comparison in case of a future head injury or cognitive decline. With the growing awareness of the ramifications associated with concussions, many schools and teams now encourage athletes of all ages to consider having a baseline brain neurocognitive assessment.
Brain functional imaging, using EEG with live sLoretta (to see electrical activity deep within your brain) is one of the most sensitive tools to assess brain function.
To obtain even more information on how the brain is performing, we use CNS Vital signs, a computerized cognitive performance test, as well as measuring vestibular function and balance with a computerized balance test. The NeuroEdge Brain Performance Center, at the Breiner Whole-Body Health Center, is dedicated to keeping your brain sharp and high-functioning. Not only do we treat head injuries and brain traumas such as concussion and stroke, we help a wide array of clients-from athletes to students to businesspeople improve their performance on the playing field, in the classroom, and in the workplace. In fact, we help "wellness seekers" of every stripe dramatically improve their quality of life.
Develop Positive Pathways in Your Child's Brain for Healthy Adult Responses to Stress
- Dr. David Brady
Are you one of tens of millions of individuals silently suffering from widespread pain and fatigue? Have you been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but recovery seems to elude you? Many fibromyalgia patients have extraordinary amounts of stress in their lives or have experienced intensely emotional events in the past. The stress and emotional trauma disrupts the brain's ability to process pain appropriately. Therefore, widespread pain and fatigue in the presence of stress and trauma, but in the absence of a metabolic, functional, or musculoskeletal problem, often points to classic fibromyalgia.
So, what sets fibromyalgia apart from its camouflaging conditions? The simple answer is the central nervous system. Classic fibromyalgia involves a hyper-responsive nervous system that accentuates pain in response to normal stimuli. Studies are showing strong correlations between physical and/or emotional trauma, and the development of fibromyalgia, especially if the trauma occurred during childhood. The central nervous system is rapidly developing during childhood and is being conditioned to respond to various stimuli and stressors that are encountered in life. A pleasurable experience such as a hug from a parent creates pathways that teach the child's brain to respond pleasurably to those stimuli. Likewise, a frightening experience will create and exercise pathways that respond in fear.
In the presence of a strong support system and normal, short-lived stressors, a child's stress responses are appropriately activated and buffered through supportive relationships. In this way, positive pathways are developing in the brain and training the nervous system to appropriately respond to the normal stressors of life. As the brain encounters various stressors, a healthy resilience is built so that increasingly stressful circumstances are able to be experienced with normal biological responses. Read more at the National Institute of Health.
For 2018 be cognizant of the brain development of the child in your life, reduce stressful or frightening experiences, increase hugs!! Learn more about reducing your Chronic Pain and Fatigue in 21 Days in Dr. David Brady's book, The FibroFix.
Women's 2018 Health Tips
- Dr. Elena Sokolova
Every woman wants to be happy, to be healthy, and to be loved. With over twenty-five years of experience in dealing with women's health, both as a medical doctor and as a naturopathic doctor, I have discovered that certain natural approaches are time-tested winners in helping to restore female health and sexuality.
Here is an easy start.
1) Stress impairs your general and sexual health. One of the best ways to help reduce stress is physical exercise.
2) Environmental toxins are endocrine disruptors, which play havoc with hormones and disrupt female health. I find my patient's health and sexuality improves when their toxic load decreases. Go 'green' and 'organic'! At home, you can decrease your toxic load by avoiding use of plastic containers, bottles, and wrapping for foods. Choose foods without pesticides, additives, hormones, and antibiotics. Substitute red meat with wild Alaskan salmon. And always drink good quality water.
3) Low energy production can affect every aspect of your life, and, certainly, female sexuality. I have found that certain formulas will boost general energy, as well as sexuality. Custom formulas that I prepare may include Korean, Russian, and Indian botanicals. Please, be aware that you should take herbal formulas under the care of a natural health practitioner, especially if you have history of hypertension.
4) Vitamin/mineral deficiencies can affect general female health and sexual energy. Test vitamin and mineral levels prior to taking multi-formulas.
5) A good night's sleep will balance your hormones and improve your energy. You should strive for at least 8 hours sleep every night. If need be, consider soaking in a relaxing 10-15-minute warm bath with 2-3 cups of Epsom Salts before bed. Another natural sleep aid is to put 2-3 drops of essential lavender oil on your pillow case.
6) If you smoke cigarettes, make 2018 your time to quit!
For 2018, Consider Your Sleep Status and Your Health
- Dr. Mark Breiner
Can dentistry help change a bad night's sleep into a restful quality night's sleep? Well, for starters, your dentist may be able to diagnose if you are suffering from a lack of oxygen. Many adults don't even know that they have a Sleep Breathing Disorder. Improper jaw development can lead to a restricted airway (dangerously narrow airway) which then can progress to sleep apnea. Research has shown that people with sleep apnea have a higher incidence of stroke, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and dementia.
We all know oxygen is critical, but what if you are getting some oxygen when you fall asleep, but just not "enough oxygen"? If you have a restricted airway, you may experience some of these tell-tale signs - snoring, clenching or grinding your teeth, not waking up refreshed, daytime sleepiness, bladder urgency, waking up in the middle of the night startled or gasping for air, acid reflux, teeth fracturing, teeth imprints on the side of your tongue, poor profile, chronic neck and shoulder problems, and the list goes on...do any of these sound like you or your significant other?
Today we are fortunate in having 3D-Dental X-ray Scans that allow us to measure your airway opening and to measure the volume of airway. In our office, we use the Pax-i3D that provides a 3D rendering of your pertinent dental structures including the sinuses. This high-tech device is a great tool for airway analysis (airway restriction and airway volume). We can discover if you have a restricted airway that may cause Sleep Disordered Breathing including low oxygen levels, sleep apnea, and more.
If we find a restricted airway, then what? There are various options available; all have the goal of increasing your oxygen levels.Have a happy and snore-free holiday!
We hope you enjoyed hearing from our practitioners. We want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and A Healthy 2018!
© 2017, Mark A. Breiner, DDS
The information presented is for educational purposes only. Please consult a qualified dentist or health practitioner for diagnosis and treatment.