Dr Datis Kharrazian is conducting Broken Brain Series Oct 18-26th 2017
Dr Datis Kharrazian is conducting the ‘Broken Brain’ docuseries, together with 58 other health leaders, who will address the root causes of our biggest brain challenges, as well as ways that we can heal from these illnesses and optimize our brain function.
Dr Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci writes ……When we talk about the brain we commonly think of brain cells, called neurons, but in reality the brain is made of about two thirds immune cells. These immune cells are called microglia cells. The brain’s housekeepers, they clear out dead and dying neurons from the brain so it can function more efficiently.
But when microglia cells are overly triggered by stress and systemic inflammation, the brain becomes inflamed, which damages brain tissue and accelerates brain degeneration. This is called neurodegeneration.
All of us are playing a lifelong game between neurodegeneration and neuroplasticity, the body’s ability to create additional connections between existing neurons.
When a baby is born, it has many more neurons than an adult, but that baby’s brain doesn’t function as well as an adult’s. That’s because there are yet not many connections between neurons. As that baby grows, those connections increase via neuroplasticity — connections between brain cells. In adulthood, that same person has many fewer neurons, but their increased neuroplasticity has led to better brain function over time.
We all lose brain cells to life and stress. At the end of the day, it’s not as much about how many brain cells we keep as how much neuroplasticity we develop in compensation for that loss.
Neuroplasticity can be activated by using your brain.
For example, if you were a kid who wasn’t good at sports and you never played them, the area of your brain associated with those types of activities, the cerebellum and motor areas, may never have developed well.
Then you go through life with part of your brain not really having much plasticity because you never developed it. As you get older your childhood uncoordination might become less prominent, but as you age and get more exposure to inflammatory factors such as:
–Unstable blood sugar
All these factors add up to body and brain inflammation, and your glial cells go into -overdrive. This leads to a destructive inflammatory cascade in the brain.
The problem is, as your brain continues to degenerate, these formerly under-developed areas will have the least amount of plasticity and will be the first to show clinical signs of degeneration. You become even more clumsy, or if it was a different part of your brain, perhaps you develop chronic constipation and gut motility issues, or you lose your ability to discriminate sounds when there is background noise.
In many ways, the brain is like a muscle; the less you use it, the weaker it gets. And the longer you wait to use it again, the harder it is to get it back in good working order.
But there is always hope, and the earlier you make changes, the better off you are. Even as you age you can build plasticity and improve brain function.
In functional neurochemistry, we look at which parts of the brain show signs of degeneration, then we introduce protocols and exercises that support and activate those same areas. Once the symptoms are identified, one can proceed to make positive changes.
Two ways you can start saving your brain today:
The first is a free talk Dr Datis Kharrazian is giving during the Broken Brain docuseries October 18-26, 2017.
The second is his own six-week online course that walks you through the same sequence of protocols he use with his patients.
It’s called Banish Brain Fog: The Six-Week Brain Rescue Plan ….. and it has already helped many people recover their brain health.