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Dr. Brady on Alternatives for Ritalin December 5, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in ADD/ADHD.
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  • Neurotransmitter test results mentioned in the above video
  • Ritalin is generally used to increase concentration and slow motor movement.
  • Ritalin works by increasing dopamine levels in the brain. It has the same mechanism as cocaine.
  • Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, becomes out of balance for a reason. This reason needs to be identified in order to truly promote proper function. This can be easily done by laboratory tests that most insurance plans cover.
  • In order for brain neurotransmitters, like dopamine, to be produced you must have several aspects optimized: fatty acids (fats), vitamin and mineral utilization, and amino acid (protein) utilization. All of these can be tested for (see example of a neurotransmitter test). The reason why they are not typically tested for is that most doctors are not trained to look for imbalanced, only full on disease. No one wants to wait that long.
  • Natural medicine can dramatically help those wanting to remove themselves from Ritalin by promoting natural dopamine production.
  • Lifestyle change along with nutritional supplementation and laboratory monitoring can help children and adults with ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression and other condition dealing with brain imbalances away from pharmaceuticals.

We encourage you to take action in your health goals whether it is addressing a chronic health problem or creating a wellness plan to prevent disease in the future. Become part of our team. True health is not easily achieved alone.

Our goal is to identify and address the “spider web” of biological dysfunctions that play a role in chronic diseases.   We do this through our clinic  in Atlanta, Georgia and around the world through our TeleHealth phone/video consultation service.

Dr. Brady Hurst
True Health Center for Functional Medicine + Chiropractic.
www.TrueHealthDC.com

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Brith Control Pill and Weight Gain: A look at “Functional Hypothyroidsim” December 2, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Birth Control Pill, Hypothyroidism, Woman Issues.
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More Notes, More Info!

  • The birth control pill (BCP) contains small amounts of estrogen (female dominant hormones).
  • Estrogen can increase thyroid binding globulin (taxi service for thyroid hormones). The more thyroid hormones are bound to these taxis the slower the person’s metabolism= weight gain. If you do not have insurance you can order affordable thyroid blood test yourself along with thyroid binding globulin test.
  • This can cause “Functional Hypothyroidism” meaning that your laboratory test may look OK but you will not.
  • Excess estrogen from the BCP can build up in body tissue and “leak out” over time creating a hypothyroidism state even after quitting the BCP.
  • Excess estrogens can be detoxified by increasing phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification. However, blood sugar issues (functional or pathological (i.e. diabetes)) must be stabilized first. Many young women today are functional hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) which can alter thyroid function.
  • Those who refuse to quit the BCP, phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification must be supported
  • Those who are on the BCP for other feminine problems and want to minimize long term side effects, the cause of those underlying problems (acne, irregular periods, etc.) must be identified first. From there a comprehensive plan can be developed to restore normal function. That means a healthier you and not someone who becomes dependent on medication.

We encourage you to take action in your health goals whether it is addressing a chronic health problem or creating a wellness plan to prevent disease in the future. Become part of our team. True health is not easily achieved alone.

Our goal is to identify and address the “spider web” of biological dysfunctions that play a role in chronic diseases.   We do this through our clinic  in Atlanta, Georgia and around the world through our TeleHealth phone/video consultation service.


Dr. Brady Hurst
Clinic Director at True Health Labs
www.TrueHealthLabs.com

 

Dr. Brady on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) November 14, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Hypothyroidism, thyroid, Woman Issues.
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  • Symptoms: Amenorrhea (few or absent periods), infertility due to anovulation (ovaries do not release eggs), Hirsutism (excess body hair), thin scalp hair, acne, weight gain, depression
  • Signs: irritable if meals are skipped, fatigue after meals (eating relieves symptoms), depends on coffee or caffeine to get started in the morning
  • Those with PCOS have a very high risk of also having an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s in wich the body’s immune system attacks healthy thyroid tissue. This leads to hypothyroidism. This can be tested for by screening TPO antibodies. Those with PCOS being treated with clomiphene citrate have an even higher risk of having or developing Hashimoto’s.
  • PCOS is triggered by high testosterone levels
  • Insulin creates the production the testosterone
  • Insulin helps lower blood sugar when high
  • Insulin will also cause the liver to produce excess cholesterol. This can further alter hormones since sex hormones (estrogen, testosterone, etc.) are made from cholesterol.
  • Women with insulin resistance and/or diabetes will experience the highest testosterone levels.
  • The key is to control insulin surges. Best signs of insulin surges or insulin resistance- fatigue after meals and/or irritability in between meals.
  • Insulin drives high testosterone, high testosterone drives insulin. This creates a “vicious cycle” that feeds itself. Even though diet and exercise are KEY, breaking that cycle is just as important. There are peer reviewed studies that show specific botanicals and nutrients that help break that cycle.
  • High testosterone is the MOST COMMON hormonal shift in menstruating women.
  • PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in the USA.
  • Simple test can be done in office or remotely to determine the many factors that drive PCOS.
  • Most mainstream healthcare options do not offer this comprehensive approach. For help contact our office.

Our goal is to identify and address the “spider web” of biological dysfunctions that play a role in chronic disease. We provide the most comprehensive care to those with chronic conditions and those who want to prevent chronic conditions, which make up the top ten most common causes of death.  We do this through our home office in Atlanta, Georgia and around the world through our TeleHealth phone consultation service.

Dr. Brady Hurst
Clinic Director at True Health Labs
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Functional Genetic Testing- Who you are Makes all the Difference October 8, 2008

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Exciting New Updates!

New! Take a look at our new TeleHealth System– Affordable nationwide care without the travel!

New! Ask Dr. Brady your tough health questions LIVE! The Doctor’s In LIVE TM systems allow you to join a LIVE video Q&A session with Dr. Brady. Times will be announced to Dr. Brady’s FaceBook and Twitter fans, so make sure you follow.

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I’m sure you have heard it a few time, “I have X, Y, Z condition…It’s genetic!” The fact is that only a few conditions such as Huntington’s Disease, Tay-Sachs Disease, and Down Syndrome are considered genetic disorders.  “What about the rest? I just know that my diabetes, cholesterol issues, sleeping problems, high blood pressure, and the tumor I had removed last week are genetic…my mom had it!”

It’s not that you have a certain gene but it’s the variation of that gene that makes it easier for you to develop a dysfunction that leads to disease. These genetic variations are called Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms or SNP’s. In essence, they are what make you biologically different from your neighbor. When your cells divide they must copy their DNA. They should look exactly the same, however, variations commonly occur that ultimately determines how humans develop diseases and respond to pathogens (things that cause disease), chemicals, drugs, vaccines, and other agents.

Here is an example of a SNP:  Let’s say that a particular gene’s purpose was to process Folic Acid. If you have a genetic variation that causes the way you process Folic Acid, you may need to supplement 500x more Folic Acid just to function correctly. Your run-of-the-mill multi-vitamin or prenatal vitamin won’t cut it. Folic Acid is needed for proper cell division/repair which is a huge problem in cancer patients and women planing to become pregnant. Those with SNP’s that disturb Folic Acid  may also be prone to anemia, cause neurological problems in developing fetuses, and disrupt behavior such as ADD, anxiety disorder, and depression.  Thanks to the Human Genome Project we were able to identify thousands of SNP’s that play a role in a person’s chances to develop diseases.

SNP’s can effect:
•    Hormonal/Endocrine System- Estrogen Positive Cancers, Endometriosis, Pre/Post Menopause  Complications, Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular Disease, Inflammation
•    Cardiac system- Cardiovascular Diseases, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Oxidative Stress
•    Detoxification System- Cancers, Chronic Fatigue, Adverse Drug Reactions, Allergies
•    Energy Production System- Cancers, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia,
•    Neurological System- Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Seizures, ADD, Autism
•    Structural System- Osteoporosis, Inflammation, Vitamin D Abnormalities
•    Immune System- Allergies, Autoimmune Disease, Cancers

Testing for these genetic variations, or SNP’s, can be done in adulthood as well as childhood. This means that we can now develop a life-long nutritional plan that will offset these potentially deadly SNP’s.  This is a breakthrough, a breakthrough that can accurately show risk of a future disease BEFORE IT EVER STARTS.

True Health and Dr. Brady Hurst now offers testing for SNP’s. With this information, Dr. Brady develops a personalized plan that will give your body what it needs to override these genetic differences and live a long health life with the lowest risk of developing disease.

If you mention this blog post, we will grant a %10 discount off your initial consultation.

Dr. Brady is a certified Chiropractic Neurologist and an authority in field of Functional Medicine. People from all over the world call on him for their nutritional management and prevention of diseases.

Dr. Brady Hurst
True Health Center for Advanced Alternative Medicine and Chiropractic.
www.TrueHealthDC.com

Low Vitamin D Levels August 16, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in breast cancer, Candida (yeast) Infections, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Hypothyroidism, Lab Testing, thyroid, Vitamin D.
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  • Low Vitamin D levels are very common in the United States because of diminished nutrition in our food supply, the overuse of sunscreen, and the overall lack of outdoor activity in the summer and in winter.
  • AT LEAST 15 minutes (30 minutes for African Americans) of direct sunlight or 30 minutes to 1 hour of shade time is required for adequate Vitamin D production. We have not yet evolved enough to produce more Vitamin D with less sunlight. Our prehistoric ancestors lived near the equator receiving direct UV rays and therefore receiving adequate amounts of Vitamin D…and sadly enough, their food supply was also more nutritious than ours today.
  • Low Vitamin D levels substantially increase the risk of a variety of diseases including several cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, infections (such as Candida), multiple sclerosis, and is linked to an increase of death FROM ALL CAUSES.
  • Low Vitamin D levels in children are linked to a higher risk of death from the H1N1 Swine Flu virus. Have your children’s vitamin d levels tested now.
  • Optimal levels of Vitamin D should read around 50-90 ng/ml. About 90% of my patients show less than 20 ng/ml which is considered an EXTREME DEFICIENCY.
  • Adults and children should be tested once each season. Our office can easily run this test.
  • The majority of us are Vitamin D deficient and should supplement. Vitamin D should be taking in a cod or flax based formula. Vitamin D works best when taken with its co-factors and synergist.
  • I STRESS THAT FULL PERSONAL BALANCE OF ALL VITAMINS, MINERALS, FATTY ACIDS, ENZYMES AND CO-FACTORS ALONG WITH DECREASING THE BURDEN OF HEAVY METALS, VIRAL/BACTERIAL LOADS, AND OXIDATION ARE KEY TO TRULY REGAINING HEALTH.

Our goal here at True Health is to identify the spider web of metabolic dysfunctions that occur in the chronically ill and those of us who are healthy and want to prevent chronic illnesses. We find these dysfunctions through objective laboratory tests. Your personalized plan includes lifestyle, environmental, and dietary changes with an individualized supplement plan.

Because our office has accounts with international laboratories, we are not only able to care for loved ones in-house but now across the world through our unique TeleHealth Service. Finding a good doctor is now made easy.

Dr. Brady Hurst
True Health Center for Advanced Alternative Medicine and Chiropractic.
www.TrueHealthDC.com