I just finished watching an eight part series online called The Broken Brain. What got me interested in it was the host doctor’s own experience with a broken brain. Dr. Mark Hyman spoke about how healthy he was at one point in his life. He had a razor sharp memory, led a very active lifestyle, had biked many miles and had a very full life. Then, suddenly everything went down hill. He had really bad fatigue, brain fog so bad that he could not remember what he was trying to say when he started a sentence. It led to depression, feeling hopeless and most likely confused as to what was going on in his body. He went to numerous doctors but none could find out what was really causing all this until he went to a doctor who specialized in alternative, natural medicine.
That doctor found out what the problem was by testing for toxins. The problem was mercury poisoning. Dr. Hyman spent years overseas in China and I think he mentioned Japan. Plus he ate a lot of tuna. So it was all the fish he ate that caused it. The level of toxicity was off the charts in his body and brain. It was a long process of detoxing his body to get rid of it and now he specializes in functional medicine which gets to the root cause of illness and not just throwing a bunch of pills at the patient, which are toxic in themselves.
There was so much material on this series that I could not possibly tell you everything I learned. But I can tell you some things that may help you or others. First of all, everyone knows that processed food has caused quite a bit of havoc with the body and the brain. GMOs and excessive sugar, white flours, white pasta, food sensitivities as well as allergies have been doing a number on all of us to one extent or another. And our children suffer from bad food, too. ADHD is on the rise and maybe it is time for parents to correct what their child eats. Throw out all that heavy sugared items and processed garbage that is not food.
The human brain is an amazing organ. I am in awe of God and His creation and how intricate the brain is. (It was amazing, listening to all these doctors and health professionals during this Broken Brain series who revealed all the wonderful things of the brain, yet think we evolved from whatever life form: pond scum, apes, E.T., whatever.)
It was also amazing to hear how many of the things that plague mankind can be fixed with…diet. Yes, the food you eat has a powerful effect on your health. You have to think of food as not just something to fill your stomach but fuel for the body in which the nutrients in the food item (mostly plant sources because that is exactly how God created it and meant it to be. See Genesis 2:9) Food is information for the body to be replenished as it takes from the food item what it needs to function. Every cell in your body is communicating with other cells. God is amazing. Your body does not know what to do with preservatives and chemicals from processed fake food. It gets stored as fat and/or attacks the body and mind as a toxin. Obesity is rampant.
You would be surprised to hear how these doctors talked about how many things that plague us can be reversed through proper food. Yes, even conditions such as Alzheimer’s, autism, cancer, and many more. Yes, cancer. One doctor spoke about how the blood from a very healthy body was dropped on cancer cells in a laboratory and the cancer cells died. Why did they die? Because that person’s body that the blood came from was very healthy and had antibodies that killed the cancer.
Contrary to popular opinion we need to have healthy fats in our diet. Those fats would be extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, seeds and nuts. The brain thrives on it. What the brain does not need is vegetable oil and lard for cooking. Those items are highly inflammatory. In fact, disease and other maladies can be classified as inflammation in the body. What you need is an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, good fats and oils. Stay away from gluten, if you are sensitive to it. But they really recommended staying away from it if you have any thyroid problem like hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, or Hashimoto’s because gluten attacks the thyroid.
I have a few sensitivities that include gluten, dairy, some nightshades like hot peppers, and (believe it or not) some gluten free breads. I had read not too long ago that even if the food item says it is gluten free it does not mean it is healthy. It’s possible that the other plant source for the gluten free bread or pasta has been sprayed with insecticides and a person can be allergic to that. I think that is what has happened with me. I had some gluten free bread with my dinner and now I’m sneezing my head off and blowing my nose a million times. Oh, I had zucchini that I spiralized into zoodles, mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, garlic and fresh basil. I also made my own vegan grated cheese to put on it. (It was made from cashews, nutritional yeast, salt and garlic powder.)
This post is getting very long. I will give you the link to the Broken Brain series if you want to own it. http://brokenbrain.com/order/v1.php?utm_expid=162456481-6.I0BOW0E4QAGhnirSOSYmhg.1&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fbrokenbrain.com%2F08-ultramind2%2F
You can also subscribe to Dr. Hyman’s newsletter if you go to his site. http://drhyman.com/
It is so important to have a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy, staying away from processed food, exercise (because its important for brain health), stress management, social contact (NO, not Facebook. But face to face contact.) One of the important things you can ask your doctor is WHY. Why is this happening? You have to get to the root cause of why you are sick, not have pills thrown at them and sent on their way. Fire that doctor if that is what you have.
Forgive me if all this sounds like rambling. It is really hard to capsulize all that material. I’m in the process of correcting my own health issues, too. Trial and error. I did discover something that made a difference with me. I had bought a new food processor because a piece of the lid on my old processor broke and if I want to use it, I have to hold down the lid. Well, anyway, I was able to get a Ninja food processor with a veg spiralizer attachment for a really good price so I bought it; although the processor bowl is rather small compared to other processors. But I only paid $56 for it with several coupons at Kohl’s and you can’t beat that price with a stick! (when I win a lottery I will buy my dream machine which is a Vitamix!) Anyway, yesterday morning I decided to make a smoothie with mainly green vegetables. I put torn up kale leaves, parsley, celery and a few chunks of frozen banana into the processor and turned it on. I did add liquid minerals and a scoop of Vega One vegan protein powder to it. Well I noticed that a short time after I drank it, I started feeling better. I was feeling wiped out prior because I had a bout of insomnia that left me feeling like 20 miles of bad road. So I did the same today and will continue to do that because I noticed that when I have mainly greens, I feel better. It might be just my body, but I’m sticking with it. I might have it a couple of times during the day if I am ambitious. We’ll see how it goes.
Anyway, this is gotten really long. God bless you all.