Understanding how your gut could be affect your brain There is no doubt that the gut is sensitive to emotion. Many are familiar with “butterflies” in your stomach or loose stool with anxiety. Well research reveals just how the gut-brain connection influences our emotional response. It makes sense that the brain has direct influence over the gut. The brain is the master control, which sends signals to the digestive tract through our autonomic nervous system to enhance overall function and optimize nutrient breakdown and absorption. This includes the secretion of stomach acid, motility of the gut and blood flow to the digestive tract, controlled by the vagus nerve and glandular/hormonal output.1 During stress these signals get disrupted. The body diverts energy away from digestive function and increases adrenalin, which directs circulation towards the heart and muscles to “fight or flight”. Chronically, this wreaks havoc on your digestion. Many experience heartburn, bloating, gas, reduced appetite, constipation or diarrhea and overall poor digestion, many symptoms that mimic IBS. In those with IBS, the gut-brain signals become disrupted. Those with diarrhea predominant IBS are shown to have a heightened autonomic and stress response, also known as hyper-responsiveness of the autonomic nervous system.2 Interestingly, those with constipation predominant IBS present with a significantly lower autonomic response of the vagus nerve.3 Stress, anxiety, depression and stressful life events are some of the most significant risk factors for the development of IBS.4 Infection can lead to physical stress on the body. Recent meta-analysis demonstrate a six fold increase in the risk of developing IBS after an intestinal infection, which remains elevated up to two to three years post infection.5,6 The Second Brain As it turns out, the communication between the gut and the brain is a two way street. The gut, which is also called the second brain, influences the brain’s emotional response, including the release of stress hormones (cortisol and CRH). Research shows that those who suffer from digestive complaints are at a higher risk of mental health complaints, such as depression and anxiety.7 To add another layer to the story, emerging data shows how the gut microbiome affects brain signalling. Changes within the gut bacteria are shown to influence pain perception in those with IBS by influencing inflammation, the stress response, immune function and areas in the brain that process emotions called the amygdala. Probiotics are now being used to alter psychological stress and improve pain sensitivity in those with IBS. Gut microbes are shown to produce a number of gut hormones, SCFAs, and neurometabolites (GABA, NE, DA), which modulate the function of the nervous system.8,9 These products have such a strong effect...

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Coined by Dr Hakaru Hashimoto in 1914, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or Autoimmune or Chronic Thyroiditis (AIT) is probably the most common form of low thyroid or Hypothyroidism, though it can cause an overactivity of your thyroid, hyperthyroidism, also known as Graves disease. This is an attack on your thyroid of your immune system going haywire keeping your thyroid from producing thyroid hormone. Usually treatment is started with thyroid medication. If the doses of the thyroid medication are too low it can continue to feed the attack so it’s important to optimize the levels to improve the health of your immune system to stop the attack. The thyroid is the master gland in the body and controls the rate at which things happen. That means metabolic rate, heart rate, body temperature, the rate that enzymes are made and released from the digestive system, digestive motility and the rate of cellular detoxification. When the thyroid is under functioning everything slows down. Common symptoms include fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, fluid retention, sensitive to cold and constipation. Testing for the proper function of the thyroid requires a full panel of thyroid tests including the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), the signal from the pituitary to the thyroid to increase or decrease the production of the thyroid hormones (T3, T4) in the thyroid, Free T3 (FT3), the amount of the active form of the thyroid hormones, Free T4 (FT4), the inactive form of the thyroid hormone, Reverse T3 (rT3), the amount of inactivated T3 due to stress to the thyroid, anti-TPO (thyroid peroxidise enzyme responsible for adding iodine to thyroglobulin to make the thyroid hormones) and anti-TG (thyroglobulin, which combines with the amino acid tyrosine and iodine to form the thyroid hormones) antibodies that are formed by our immune system to remove these proteins which are perceived as being foreign. Diagnosis of a hypothyroid in a traditional setting is based a high level of TSH and/or low levels of FT3/FT4. Diagnosis of AIT is based on elevated one or more antibodies. The four top causes of AIT include allergies (immediate or delayed eg. gluten, soy, millet), infections (eg. EB virus), toxins (eg. mercury) and nutritional deficiencies (eg. iron, Vitamin D, zinc, iodine, selenium, Magnesium, Manganese). Measuring the body temperature throughout the day is an important objective gauge to evaluate the proper functioning of the thyroid as well. Good reference: Suzy...

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There are many reasons for considering weight loss, but it is also imperative to consider the underlying conditions that contribute to weight gain. Often, weight loss is not as simple as cutting calories, as other metabolic factors could influence results, leading to fluctuation or “yoyo” dieting. Simple changes in habit can contribute to effective weight loss results. Here are some tips for habits to adopt for improved chances for positive weight loss results: Drink more water: It can be easy to confuse thirst for hunger, so before you begin snacking, drink a tall glass of water and assess your hunger level after.  Set a kitchen curfew: After you finish eating dinner, close your kitchen until 12 hours later. This will limit late night snacking and “grazing” activity. Eliminate trigger foods: It is best to keep unhealthy snacks, such as potato chips or candy, out of your home environment to remove the source of cravings. Cut your added sugar: Reducing the intake of high-sugar, processed food and drink will greatly decrease unnecessary calories in your diet. Consider sparkling water instead of soda, or eating an apple instead of a granola bar. Balance your meals: Breakfast should be satiating, otherwise you will be hungry soon after. Incorporate protein, fiber, fat, and vegetables for a well rounded, satisfying meal. For lunch and dinner, proper portions are key- eat as many vegetables as you want, but meat portions should be the size of a deck of cards, and pasta portions the size of your fist. Adjust your exercise routine: A workout that incorporates both cardio and strength training has more impact than a routine of low-impact cardio. Consider circuit or interval training for effective exercise that gets your heart rate up, and strengthens muscles. Incorporating these good habits into your daily routine could contribute to positive weight loss results. Our personalized weight loss programs can help diagnose underlying issues contributing to weight gain, and help you safely and effectively lose weight- please contact us for more information, or schedule your free consultation today.  ...

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May Latest Clinic News

May Latest Clinic News


Posted By on Dec 6, 2013

May 2014 Dear Patients, It is now the month of May and the warmer weather is finally here. This May the Centre for Advanced Medicine (CAM) wants to help all patients’ balance their inflammatory function so that they are able to enjoy the warm weather with family and friends. Inflammation is a process controlled by the immune system that protects us from invading bacteria and viruses and also helps to regulate heart function, blood flow and many other vital functions. Keeping a balanced inflammatory function is vital to good health and well being. It is when this balance becomes disrupt that we experience increased pain, less mobility and flexibility. The first step to balance the inflammatory function is to get Pasco-Agil Injections. This injection is gentle, yet as effective a prescription anti-inflammatories and reduces pain via Devil’s claw’s impact on TNF-alpha. Results are often felt within 2 to 3 days for all pain types. This month only, if you mention the May blog at the front desk you can receive $5.00 off and receive the injection for only $15.00. Dr. Arseneau also recommends taking MSM + DMSO EXCELSA 10X Solution by Jacob Labs in liquid or gel format. This special solution helps reduce discomfort and support healthy matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity. This formula supports joint flexibility, function and fitness and optimizes a healthy exchange of nutrients, lymph, and blood flow to muscles, ligaments and joints, leading to improved joint integrity over time. It supports the cartilage matrix and defends against free radicals, thus supporting the maintenance and repair processes of connective tissue. Dr. Arseneau suggests 1 tsp twice a day with food for the liquid format and up to twice a day application of the gel. Again just a reminder for patients who are suffering from colds/flus, sinusitis and/or seasonal allergies this Spring, consider Nebulized Glutathione Treatment. Glutathione quenches the free radicals and repletes the antioxidants capacity in the respiratory tract to heal and repair the epithelial lining. Treatments are roughly 20 minutes in length and cost $30.00. Feel free to give us a call at 905-655-7100 to book a treatment. Wishing you a wonderful month of May, Your CAM...

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