The 3 Amigos: Our 3 Brains and Inflammation

The 3 Amigos: Our 3 Brains and Inflammation

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

No, you do not need new reading glasses. You read it right; we have 3 Brains.

Wait! Three brains? I can barely handle my head Brain!

The first one is the HEAD, then the HEART one followed by the GUT brain. These 3 brains are interconnected through an extensive network of neurons, each with particular roles. Resembling a highway of information, these brains, when balanced, provide stability, grounding and the intuition (gut feelings) necessary for ultimate ...

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3 Steps to Soothing the Brain

3 Steps to Soothing the Brain

By Alicia Maher, MD

A large part of brain health is maintaining the brain in a steady state. This allows us to respond, rather than react, when life triggers us. When we’re on hyperalert and being triggered throughout the day, the nervous system will initiate processes that lead to greater stress hormone production, adrenal fatigue and inflammation. In order to keep this from happening, it is helpful to have a soothing process that you can use when something in life ...

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Is Your Body a Machine, or A Garden?

Is Your Body a Machine, or A Garden?

By Danél Lombard, MPT, MA, E-RYT

Have you ever had an unexplainable ache or pain that just wouldn’t budge? You went to the doctor, physical therapist, or chiropractor, and they explained to you precisely why you were having this pain from a structural viewpoint. They also explained to you exactly how and why it would get better with their treatments. And it all made perfect sense. Except, it didn’t work. Relief would be short term or non-existent. You experienced frustration, ...

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Natural Pain Relief

Natural Pain Relief

By Bren Boston, MD

We will all experience pain at some time if our nerves are connected to our brain by an intact spinal cord.  Anything that stresses our body parts can cause pain.  That includes distention, swelling, tears, lacerations, microtears, strains, sprains, traction, shearing, laxity, degeneration, or overuse.  When our body is not in good shape, from a poor diet, lack of exercise, decline in elasticity, or chronic repetitive motion, we are more likely to experience an injury and pain.

Inflammation from sugar ...

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Help, I can’t get my school-aged kid to go to sleep!

Help, I can’t get my school-aged kid to go to sleep!

By Bren Boston, MD

Help, I can’t get my school-age kid to go to sleep!  If this sounds familiar, then you must be a parent because this is a universal parent experience.  What parents need to remember is that kids are not born knowing how to sleep and they don’t care that sleep is important.  If left to their own devices, kids will not choose to get the amount of sleep that is optimal for their health and brain development.  That is where the ...

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What the Doctor Packs Her Kids’ for Lunch

What the Doctor Packs Her Kids’ for Lunch

By Dr. Maggie Ney

*This is an updated article Dr. Ney wrote in 2019 on healthy school lunches.

It’s time to pack up school lunches again!  School mornings can be hectic so pack or plan your kids lunch the night before.  With some planning, packing lunches can be a rewarding process because you can take control of ensuring your kids eat a wholesome, nutrient-dense lunch. The best lunches should always include a protein, a vegetable, a fruit (seasonal is best), and something ...

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Families and Screen Time

Families and Screen Time

By David Laramie, PhD

While recently traveling on vacation, I was wholly unsurprised yet continually dismayed to see the incredible hold that cellular phones have on the modern mind.  My favorite example was seeing a father who had ordered fried eggs at a breakfast buffet.  During the scant one or two minutes that his eggs cooked, he frantically played a game on his phone.  This was despite the fact that if he had lifted his head, he could have taken in ...

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Your Gut Hates Twinkies

Your Gut Hates Twinkies

By Bren Boston, MD

The human body is a marvelous contraption, but it certainly is not a modern one.  It developed ages ago before there were twinkies and McDonalds.  The human gut is the passageway for us to give our cells the nutrients they require to survive, and if we are mindful, to thrive.  This passageway was not meant to endure a constant flow of carbonated, highly sweetened, artificially colored phosphoric acid, otherwise known as cola.  

Our gut is more than just our food ...

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SIBO 101

SIBO 101

By Maggie Ney, ND

Remember when the thought of bacteria in the gut would make you cringe with disgust. The current research about the importance of gut bacteria is prolific and exciting. We are now recognizing that there is a solid link between the gut microbiome and our mood, brain health, immune system, and hormones. But while bacteria are no longer seen as universally “bad”, more is definitely not better, and, where bacteria are found along our digestive system, plays ...

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Summer Mindfulness

Summer Mindfulness

By Alicia Maher, MD

Ahhhh, summer. So many wonderful things that we look forward to all year. The kids are out of school and there’s more time for the unstructured and fun.

But sometimes a house full of people with unstructured time can also mean more noise and stress. When we start feeling stressed, there’s a quick, simple mindfulness practice that may help. This is a mental exercise to decrease the reactivity we have throughout the day. This one can even ...

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