A FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE APPROACH TO BRAIN HEALTH
Brain related diseases that are acute, chronic, or degenerative in nature can each be positively influenced by a functional medicine approach. By understanding what inflammatory triggers, nutrient deficiencies, and toxin overload is occurring, your mental health can be dramatically changed.
Conventional medicine suggests that brain disorders are a combination of faulty genetics and brain chemistry that can only be managed with high powered medications with sometimes devastating side effects. While this is true at some level- that genetics and brain chemistry affect mood and behavior- it is not the whole story. Many neurological disorders do have a genetic component, but the epigenetic component of this is ignored.
Let’s explain. Your genetics are yours and do not change, however, epigenetics has proved that genetic “switches” can be turned on and off based on inflammation, immune system health, nutrition, stress, etc. This is why one person with the gene for Alzheimer’s does suffer from the disease, but another person with the same gene does not. By understanding genetic vulnerabilities, the gut/brain connection, inflammation, and brain biochemistry, a functional medicine approach to brain health can improve, slow, and even resolve many of these neurological conditions:
- Alzheimer’s and dementia
- ALS/ Lou Gehrig’s disease