Detoxify Your Brain

Get those toxins out of your brain and body! One of the best ways to prevent brain decline is to detoxify your body. Your brain has its own lymph system called Glymphatic, which shrinks at night to help detoxify your brain. Make sure to get enough sleep to support this function. If toxins remain in your body for years, they can certainly get lodged in the brain. Think of mercury dental fillings, a neurotoxin that can off gas in your mouth, or aluminum from cookware. These heavy metals are damaging, especially in the long term.

Brain decline can lead to dementia, Alzheimers, loss of memory, and a host of other symptoms which could make life miserable. Mental symptoms include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, fog, worry, anger, fear, ADD & OCD. Physical symptoms of a brain or nervous system deficiency include chronic PAIN, inflammation, loss of smell, numbness, tingling, twitches, spasms, cramps, tremors, neuropathy, shortness of breath, sweats, & seizures.

Toxins include bugs (bacteria, virus, fungal, parasites), chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, GMOs), heavy metals, vaccines, EMFs (electro-magnetic fields such as from cellular, wifi, electrical), protein toxins (from undigested gluten, dairy or soy), and high stress. Of course brain injuries such as concussion can cause scarring and alter the cranial structure of the brain. I myself lost hearing in one ear after a series of head injuries.

All these toxins can be slowly drained from the brain! I use nutrients and supplements to do this. Greens  such as cilantro, chlorella, or barley grass; enzymes such as bromelain, protease, pancreatin 4x, 8x, 10x; herbs such as collinsonia, astragalus, radish, turmeric, boswellia, and other bitters. Homeopathy works great to support detoxification. In my practice I test to see which nutrients each person needs; no one would need all the above, just maybe a few.

Fundamental nutrition for the brain includes regular protein, hydration, electrolyte or mineral balance and healthy fatty acids as the brain is 60% fat. Exercise is crucial, especially aerobic or high intensity interval training so as to fully oxygenate the brain. The brain also needs stimulation such as learning new things, creativity, hand writing, etc. The gut/brain connection is crucial, since 70% of the neurotransmitter Serotonin is produced in the gastro intestinal tract. Thus it is especially important to have a clean healthy diet.

There is also an important connection between the brain and hormones: menopausal women often suffer poor memory, brain fog, insomnia, and other disabling symptoms. If you are experiencing other symptoms of hormonal imbalance, such as fatigue, get help now, don’t wait.

After 20 years in holistic practice, I have recently learned how to energetically test for toxins in the brain, via muscle response testing or applied kinesiology, using the Morphogenic Field Technique. I have a new test kit for the brain, as well as bugs and toxins. My system is always individualized, as no two people are alike. The best time to prevent brain decline is NOW; it’s never too early.

Keys to Successful Weight Loss

After 20 years of working with patients (and myself) I finally discovered the best way to lose weight: lifestyle change! It’s boring, I know, nothing new, but people who lose weight rapidly almost always gain it all back, and then some. If you lose weight slowly over time, your hypothalamus or brain has time to reset to the new lower weight.

That said, you must have healthy functioning thyroid, pancreas, adrenals and liver to be able to burn fat! The thyroid is the gas pedal, if under functioning your metabolism will be too slow. The pancreas regulates insulin/glucagon, cravings and blood sugar. If you have any insulin resistance your body will conserve fat, not burn it. Proper adrenal function counters fatigue and gives you energy for living and exercising. Your liver has a function in glycogen hypoglycemia, so that must be in balance.

I find many people have mental/emotional blocks to fat burning and losing weight. Their negative self-talk “I hate my body/I’m too fat” only reinforces the problem. I have used Psych-K to rapidly dissolve these subconscious beliefs and replace them with a positive and supportive mind set.

It takes time, maybe months or a year, to learn to eat lots of veggies, smaller portions and adjust to a healthier lifestyle. But it’s so worth it to regain your health on all levels!

Detox, Cleanse & Purify

We are continually exposed to external toxins such as pollutants, pesticides, drugs, alcohol, chemicals, heavy metals, and even cosmetics. Internally our bodies produce waste byproducts such as ammonia, carbon dioxide & free radicals as a result of normal metabolic function. Our bodies are designed to rid itself of toxins naturally, but can become overburdened.

Toxicity can contribute to a wide range of symptoms and conditions: joint or muscle pain, digestive & gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, headaches, food cravings, skin problems, irritability, weight gain, brain fog, & insomnia to name a few. Detoxification is important because your body won’t heal properly if it is too toxic!

Of course healthy diet such as plant-based, organic & alkaline foods with lots of green veggies is the best way to go, but consider giving your body a break from digestion with a cleanse.  If you can’t go on a retreat (www.detoxcleansingretreat.com at Harbin Hot Springs June 27) consider a 21 day Purification Program (Standard Process) or even a 10 day cleanse (Purium). 

Estrogen Dominance: Save Your Breasts with Natural Medicine

Angelina Jolie has inspired some women to consider double mastectomies as a solution for cancer prevention.  Is this the only solution?  I see women in my practice responding to natural treatment in positive ways on a daily basis.

A few years ago, I treated a woman in her late twenties who had a medical diagnosis for estrogen positive adenoma and cysts that was confirmed by breast thermogram and a tissue biopsy.   (See red areas in first photo below). After one visit with me and following my recommended treatment that included EstraLiv, her follow-up thermogram revealed that all but one cyst was gone in just four months of treatment.  There was a 90% clearing of breast tissue cysts.   See the dramatic improvement in the photos below.

Thermogram: Estrogen Dominance before Treatment

Thermogram: Estrogen Dominance before Treatment

Thermogram 4 months post treatment

Thermogram 4 months post treatment

EstraLiv is a proprietary formula to help the liver de-conjugate estrogens both real and synthetic.  Such estrogens include xenoestrogens (false estrogens), pesticides, skin creams with estrogenic  ingredients, off-gassing from cheap plastics and heated water bottles, among other culprits. Excess estrogens, natural or synthetic, tie up receptor sites and over time lead to signs of accumulated or congealed estrogens.  The liver must be able to de-conjugate these hormones to excrete them from the body, otherwise they may lead to cysts and fibroids.

In my opinion, many years of accumulated estrogens in the body can lead to excess cell proliferation and eventually cancer, especially breast, uterine or ovarian cancer.   If you are taking hormones of any sort, I recommend taking a bottle of EstraLiv once or twice per year to help detoxify the excess estrogens.

In fact, anyone who has ever taken birth control for longer than six months needs to take EstraLiv.  Even if it was twenty or thirty years ago, your body can still carry the congealed estrogens in your breast, ovary and uterine tissue.  Additionally, any menopausal woman on hormones should also take EstraLiv.

EstraLiv is a proprietary formula that provides necessary patterns of vitamins, minerals , nutrients and enzymes to assist the liver in processing biological and supplemental estrogens such as birth control or hormones.  Because the liver performs several functions which enable female hormones to be correctly produced, processed and eliminated, a synergistic unique blend of specific nutrients is required.

An estrogen imbalance can lead to many health symptoms including fatigue, mood swings, skin and vaginal dryness, bladder problems, food cravings, weight gain over hips, upper thighs, breast and upper arms; joint pains, headaches, loss of libido, sleep issues, premature aging, heart palpitations, breast swelling and tenderness, fluid retention, breast lumps and cysts, hot flashes, osteoporosis, menstrual irregularities and more.

Recently one of my patients experienced a sudden onset of breast swelling and tenderness.  She began taking Estraliv and within three days the tenderness was gone.  Some women like to be on it all the time because they feel so much better, especially emotionally more balanced and clear.  If the liver isn’t functioning well mental symptoms include irritability, emotional sensitivity, and even anger.

Although EstraLiv is only part of the solution, and specific nutrients for other endocrines such as thyroid, adrenals and ovaries are important too, it is a huge part of prevention.  This product was developed and has been successfully used for the last 25 years.  You can get personal support from me for hormone balance and detox of accumulated estrogens.  Appointments and solutions can be conducted in person or long-distance by phone.   EstraLiv will soon be available online at www.AnniesNaturalMedicine.com or call for an appointment today: 707-494-8606.

These Thermography results can be verified through the Thermography Center of Sonoma County