Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor

June 11th, 2019|0 Comments

What is BDNF and why is it so important? BDNF stands for brain-derived neurotrophic factor and is a molecule that seems to be responsible for many health benefits. Here is a short story of BDNF and what we can do to increase its level. The role of neurotransmitters Humans have always been curious about the brain and how it works. What is happening in our brain when we generate a thought, when we remember what we ate yesterday for dinner, when we try to raise an arm, when we feel the cold temperature of the water we are drinking, or [...]

Nutrition: New Paradigm (Part 2)

May 7th, 2019|0 Comments

As we saw on the previous post, all calories are not created equal. The calories that you are ingesting will affect your metabolism differently depending on their composition and their origin. The truth is: you can still get fat and unhealthy with a low calorie diet. So what is important in a diet? Here are a few factors that you need to consider as well. Blood sugar level   One of the main causes of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, or brain degeneration is an almost constant elevated blood sugar level, which promote inflammation. We eat bigger quantities than in the past, and the [...]

Nutrition: New paradigm (part 1)

April 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Nutrition is one of the most debated topic in healthcare today. There are countless diet plans or nutrition guides that seems to change all the time and are contradictory with each other. There are good reasons for that. Depending on how you feed yourself, food can literally make you sick or cure you from many diseases. Diets are also easy to sell. In the internet era, it became an easy way for many therapists or health care practitioners to use that as a source of income. The weight loss industry has always been very lucrative, estimated at around $64 billions [...]

The gut-brain connection and its role in concussion (part 2)

April 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Due to its complex relationship with the central nervous system, it is not a surprise that the gut plays a role in the recovery after a brain injury. As a matter of fact, gut dysfunction is actually one of the numerous symptoms of a TBI, including increased permeability of the gut lining, which leads to “leaky gut”, increased immune response. Based on the following mechanisms: Neurotrauma will cause local inflammation within the brain, which will then lead to microglial cell proliferation. 2. This increase in microglia activity will increase the brain’s vulnerability to immune responses for future external (e.g., subsequent TBI) or [...]

The Brain-Gut connection and its role in concussion (Part 1)

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Recent discoveries regarding the gut and its relationship with the brain have revolutionized the way we look at that organ. Previously thought exclusively as a digestive tube, we now know that the gut, and more specifically the huge colony of microbes who live in there, play an important role in the production of hormones and vitamins, our immune system and our inflammatory response. Treating the gut has shown to improve the outcome in treatment of depression, Parkinson's disease, obesity, cancer, allergies, diabetes, and stroke/head injuries. The role of the microbiome The gut is home of a vast and diverse community [...]

Statin drugs don’t work? Let’s make fish oil a prescribed drug.

February 20th, 2019|0 Comments

How pharmaceutical companies try to make fish oil (aka food) a prescribed drug. Subject of jokes and disregard for years by many authorities in the medical world, fish oil is now presented as a new drug which lowers the rate of cardiovascular deaths by 20%. Harvard Medical School Newsletter just published an article about a trial called REDUCE-IT, which claims to revolutionize the way we approach treatment of diabetes and heart diseases with the invention of a new highly-efficient drug. The only problem is, it's just EPA, found in any fish oil supplementation. How did we get here: The failure [...]

Mechanism of concussion: 3 impacts in 1

February 17th, 2019|0 Comments

What is actually happening, at a mechanical and physiological level, during a head injury? First thing, the absence of findings on a brain scan or MRI doesn’t necessarily mean that there are no damages. And during a head impact there are actually 3 distinct mechanisms that are happening. In order to understand that, we must first review the anatomy. The skull is connected to the spine with a condyloid joint (the atlanto-occipital joint),  which grossly looks like a sphere that’s pivoting on top of a stick (in reality it’s a little bit more complicated but let’s use this analogy for now). Within that [...]

Vagus nerve stimulation: How does it work (part 2)

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Type of therapies:  Currently several different methods of therapy are used with different functions:  Cervical VNS:  The vagus nerve fibers going down through both sides of the neck. The fibers that go down on the right side innervate the heart and hence this side is used in case of heart failure, but for any other medical conditions the left side is preferred.    Transcutaneous VNS:  A less invasive method is to use that sensation pathway of the ear in order to stimulate the vagus nerve. It usually looks like an earclip attached to the tragus of the ear (left side again, in order to avoid any cardiac involvement) and a [...]

Vagus Nerve Stimulation: how does it work? (part 1)

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Amongst the recent therapies used to enhance brain function or to improve the outcome of a neurological disorder, the stimulation of the vagus nerve appears to be a safe and pretty effective method. It has been around for a few decades as an invasive procedure (meaning it takes a surgical implant to be inserted) mainly in order to treat seizures, but it is only recently that we discover that it can also have other benefits for other disorders as well. Over the years and after many experiments, it appears that:   Vagus nerve stimulation is useful for many other conditions  such as TBI, Alzheimer’s disease, migraine, PTSD, anxiety, [...]

Blue light: good or bad?

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

It is not something really new anymore: exposure to blue light, especially at night time, can mess you up pretty bad. On a previous post, I talked more in depth about the differences and effects of light colors on the human body. But in short, exposure to blue light wavelengths at night can disrupt your biological clock, the circadian rhythm, which normally regulates your sleep, hormones, mood, and much more. The problem is that now, many of us end up the day by getting to bed, usually late, and have our eyes focus on a screen (TV, tablet, or cell phone) which is [...]

Low Level Light Therapy: Myths and Benefits (Part 2)

December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Clinical application    In 1967 was invented laser therapy, which was capable to deliver near infrared light at an intensity strong enough to be effective on the human body. First it was mainly used for wound healing and pain relief but has been since used for many other health issues such as:    stroke (Lapchak 2010)  myocardial infarction (Liebert 2017)  spinal cord injury (Cordeiro da Silva et al 2018)  immune system support resulting in decreasing inflammation (Hamblin 2017)  peripheral nerve regeneration (Rosso et al 2018)  neurodegenerative diseases (Lapchak 2012, Sommer 2012)  traumatic brain injuries. (Wu 2010)  Anxiety and depression (Schiffer 2009)  It is important to note that laser doesn’t [...]

Low Level Light Therapy: Myths and Benefits (Part 1)

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Low level light therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation is a therapeutic strategy that has been recently growing in popularity due to the advancement in technology and decrease in cost of production. It looks like one of those barcode scanner that cashiers are using at the groceries, don’t feel like anything when applied to the body, but yet can produce some of the most incredible healing results. A little bit of history Light therapy has been used for centuries by many ancient civilizations who noticed that exposure to the sunlight would help with many health issues such as mood disorders, fatigue, or [...]

Is Parkinson’s a degenerative or an environmental disease?

November 26th, 2018|0 Comments

This article contains extracts of the book Our Daily Poison, from Marie-Monique Robin.  Parkinson's disease is the 2nd most common neurodegenerative disease (after Alzheimer's disease) and it has been estimated that nearly 1 million people are currently diagnosed, with over 60'000 new cases each year. It was first described by an English doctor, James Parkinson, in his "Essay on the Shaking Palsy" in 1817. First very uncommon, it has became lately more prevalent among elderly people, and has brought more awareness since celebrities such as Michael J Fox, Muhammad Ali, George Bush senior, or more recently Robin Willams have been [...]

Recipe: Morning Smoothie

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Start your day the right way with a nutrient-rich smoothie. Add some good quality protein powder or a dietary supplement to replenish your body. Try this recipe at home or share it with your friends.   Ingredients: 2 cups of mixed green salad 1 or 2 carrots 2 Persian cucumbers 2 cups of frozen berries 1 serving of Xymogen Opticleanse Ginger Mint Almond milk   Direction Throw all the ingredients in a blender and mix it. Add a leaf of mint before serving. Enjoy it!  

The Best Work Out For Your Back Pain?

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Everyday I see numerous patients with back pain. And naturally once they get better, the key is to sustain that state as long as possible. Like I like to tell them, this is only possible with a healthy lifestyle and I always encourage my patients to stay active, which is not always easy if they are busy or lack exercising in general. Also, what should they do? Weightlifting? Yoga? Stretching? All of those are great but there is one type of work out that I love and my patients love too: Ginástica Natural. You probably never heard of it unless [...]

5 Scientific Evidences That Show How Chiropractic Enhances Athletic Performance

November 17th, 2016|0 Comments

It has been well established that chiropractic is one of the most effective conservative treatment for back pain. The American Medical Association (AMA) has suggesting that chiropractic should be tried prior to consider surgery. Some of the most famous athletes in the world (Kelly Slater, Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice,...) have used chiropractic treatment throughout their career. Today, many athletes will see their chiropractor in order to speed up their recovery time after an injury. And it works. But how about when they are not injured? Is there any benefits to see a chiropractor on a regular basis as a lifestyle [...]

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy And Its Implication For MMA Fighters

November 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Earlier this year the MMA community was shocked by the tragic loss of Jordan Parsons, the shining star of Bellator, hit and killed as a pedestrian by an alleged drunk driver. 6 months later, an autopsy revealed that he was suffering from a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. This diagnosis was confirmed by Dr. Bennet Omalu, the man who first discovered that disease in a former NFL player and whose life has been recently played by Will Smith in the movie Concussion. Since then we know that CTE has been affecting former NFL athletes, ice hockey players, and WWE [...]

8 Superpowers Of Your Gut

October 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Our gut is our second brain, more and more people are now familiar with this idea. But, actually our gut is even more than that and research keeps discovering new roles of the bacteria populating our intestines. By sending messages via our nerves, blood flow and immune system, our gut bacteria (microbiota) influence a broad range of basic functions such as our sleep, stress level, mood, memory.... In one sentence: our gut governs our existence.   Our gut controls our mood, our anxiety level, and our sociability It has been established by countless research papers that people suffering from depression, [...]

How Your Sleep Affects Your Weight

October 12th, 2016|0 Comments

How many people do you know are able to, on a daily basis, sleep long enough to feel fully rested when they wake up? Who is able to go through the day without being at some point sleepy or feeling the need to take a nap? In contrast to a few decades ago, we have the tendency to sleep less. Increased competitiveness in the business world forced people to work for longer hours, and new technologies makes our lives busier. One of the direct consequence of lack of sleep is obviously fatigue throughout the day. Most of us will try [...]

Concussion: 5 tips to avoid brain damages

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

If you train at any type of contact sport, you probably have witnessed or have suffered from a concussion. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that the incidence of concussion ranges from 1.6 to 3.8 million annually in the USA alone. A large part of those are sport-related concussions and it has dramatically increased in the past few years, especially among children and teenagers. So why is it on the rise? Is sport practice getting more brutal? Are we simply more aware of it?   What is a concussion? When the head is subject to an impact [...]