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Welcome to Stillpoint Health Center Site…

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Dr. Robert will be out of the office for 3 weeks  (May 24 – June 13), on his annual teaching program in Europe. Sorry if you were needing an appointment. Back in the office The 14th of June…

This site is developed to be a resource and reference for the friends, patients, ‘interested’s’, and ‘inquisitive’s’ about the work and background of Dr. Robert B. Norett.  The intent is to introduce myself and the work I do, and to grow a resource of educational information and common sense ideas around the areas of Health and Well Being.

Fresh From The Garden:

The ‘fruit’ in this section will be a salad bar of topics fresh from the literature, seminars I’ve attended, and investigations into areas of Health and Healing topics that have the potential to be of great benefit for you. These posts are a product of inspiration more than of regular time related sequences of writing. The topics will always be available in the archives.

Upcoming Craniosacral Workshop

Los Angeles, June 26-27, 2010. Advanced Topics in Craniosacral: expanding concepts and experience of engagement with the Transformational and Structural Models in Craniosacral Therapy. email for more infomation: DrRobert@StillpointChiropractic.com

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OUR BRAINS LEARNING AND MEMORY… (Part I)

When it comes to the brain, learning and memory pretty much sum up its overall function. We are all aware of the general problems with brain-injured or brain-affected people, but are we aware of what we can do for ourselves to improve brain function?

Did you know that one in eight have a learning disorder today? If we are around or have children, we may be on the lookout for the telltale signs of learning problems, but we often dismiss brain dysfunction as a uniqueness or ‘special’ quality we – or they – will (hopefully) grow out of.

Learning and memory occur in different and distinct areas of the brain. Learning happens in the front part, or frontal cortex, and memory is stored in the sides, or medial temporal lobe, of the brain. What we are familiar with and hear about is the following:

Learning disorders:   Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD),  Autism Spectral Disorder

Memory disorders:    Dementia, Alzheimer’s

Basically, we learn through processing in the frontal cortex. We do this two ways:

a.) Excitatory Actions: alertness, focus, concentration, planning, learning and remembering
b.) Inhibitory Actions: dampening limbic activities (rage, impulsive behavior, anger)*

• There is a viewpoint that the function of 70% of the brain is to inhibit the other 30%!

Failure of the frontal cortex to inhibit the limbic systems leads to: impulsive behaviors, quick temper, poor decision making, saying things out of turn, inability to wait for one’s turn (impatience). Sound like anyone we know? This is the ‘hyperactivity’ of ADD and leads to socially impaired adults. The primary symptom of problems with the frontal cortex is depression and brain-based fatigue.

The frontal cortex holds the immediate or ‘working’ memory, but to convert it into long-term memory, it must process through a brain structure called the Hippocampus, and then become stored in the medial Temporal lobe. Dysfunction in this (medial Temporal lobe) area of the brain is what characterizes Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Current research shows that this begins in our 30’s and 40’s, and by the time we are 65-85 it affects 10% of individuals, and 40% of those over 85.

What happens is that in the medial temporal lobe, the healthy brain cell or neuron has attached surface marker molecules that are broken off and form clumps, or ‘tangles,’ that eventually become plaques. These are visible with brain scans, and they block the nerve receptors and block the firing of the individual neurons. No firing of neurons, no stimulation, and you get degeneration – and eventually Alzheimer’s.

Earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s: declining visual and verbal memory, memory lapses, impaired creativity, diminished comprehension, difficulty calculating numbers, slower mental response, difficulty recognizing objects and faces, and excessive urination. Conventional medical treatment really has nothing to offer. As we all know, there is no treatment for Alzheimer’s – only to try to arrest the process from further degeneration.

ADD treatments use prescriptions of Ritalin, a psycho-stimulant that inhibits the re-uptake of dopamine and norepinephrine, which is very similar in pharmacological effects to cocaine. Besides potentially producing drug addicts, Ritalin does absolutely nothing to address the cause of the ADD, frontal cortex degeneration.

NOW THE GOOD NEWS:

From a nutritional therapeutic model there is a lot that can be done – particularly if we catch things early enough and act preventively. We know that ADD or Frontal cortex degeneration starts with the poor nutritional status of the mother, causing poor myelination[1]  and plasticity of the child’s brain. Proper fats and oils are one of the key factors for growing healthy brains. Too many mothers have entered into pregnancy with poor nutritional status and reserves, building deficient brains in their children, with continued poor nutrition through lactation and/or infant formulas and toddler’s diets.

Recent brain studies show that it is more commonly the gluten from wheat and the casein from milk products, and not sugar, that acts as the stimulants in hyperactive kids. The gluten and casein form what are called gluteomorphin and casomorphin[2] responses in their brains, making them jumpy and hyper-active. Stopping wheat and dairy can turn them into more of a demon, for days, as they go through true withdrawal symptoms. Gluten protein is inflammatory for the brain, and inflammatory responses in the brain are poorly controlled (via glial cells). The irritation goes on for a long time, whereas in the body (outside of the blood / brain barrier) our immune systems have multiple mechanisms to attenuate and regulate inflammation.

Our best strategy is to avoid degeneration of our brains, and at least ‘arrest’ the process. This means to clean up our diets in regards to the quality of fats and oils, detoxify our livers, and support our brains with what has been proven to assist memory and learning. In my personal experience, these methods really work. When the brain cells are firing and functioning more optimally, all other systems work better in the body. We often focus on metabolic and organ function with herbal and nutritional therapies, but these are all regulated via the brain. The results speak for themselves:

The following formulas are recommended for adults and are ’general /non-specific’ formulas, meaning they can be used by anyone and are not contraindicated for any conditions, or interact negatively with medications.

Memory Boosting Formula: [all formulas are Apex Energetics]

Phyto Brain-E DHA:          EPA (24:1 highest anywhere) – vegetarian essential fatty acids for brain
Acetyl-CH Active:           co-factors, precursers, phytonutrients supporting cholinergic activity
NeuroO2:                          circulation to brain, antioxidants for blood vessels, and oxygen to neurons
Sublingual Vitamin B12:    absorbable B12 avoids the Liver and GI tract, methyl-donor for neurons

Advanced Memory Support: (the above plus the following):

Methyl-SP:      supports homocysteine breakdown, phase II liver detox, bile synthesis & metabolism
NeuroFlam:     neuron support during neuroinflammation, neuroprotective from activated microglia
Neuro-PTX:     protects neuron from free radical activity, supports neuronal mitochondrial activity
Adrenacalm:    support for memory, cognition, and management of anxiety, supports adrenals

These formulas will make a significant change in brain metabolism. You can feel within 1 month, but after 4 months the levels of DHA in the neurons will prove all of the above. These formulas are for adults, but for children there are specially formulated nutrients of proper dosages for them. Please download our CHILD NEUROTRANSMITTER & NUTRITION QUESTIONNAIRE (CNNQ) under FORMS at the left on this page.

Although the protocol of supplements listed above may be the very best formulas – perhaps the only formulas – on the market that address these brain issues at the level of the neuron, it is not to suggest any replacement for needed counseling or proper and professional evaluation for learning and memory issues. These protocols are ‘state of the art,’ front-line evidence-based therapeutics and are suggested as an adjunct to any necessary therapies or professional help in these areas. Moreover, it is suggested as prevention and some good ol’ common sense support for our brains, like we might use plant food for our plants, or supplements for our bodies.

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[1] Myelin is an electrically insulating material that forms a layer, the myelin sheath, usually around only the axon of a neuron. It is an outgrowth of a glial cell, and essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system.

[2] Gluteomorphin is an opioid peptide, which is formed during digestion of the gliadin component of the gluten protein. It has been hypothesized that children with autism have abnormal leakage from the gut of this compound, which then passes into the brain and disrupts brain function. Casomorphins are protein fragments, derived from the digestion of milk protein, also having an opioid effect.  They have been implicated in a number of medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and symptoms of autism and schizophrenia.

For any further interest in this, please contact my office via email or telephone.

This information is intended to inform and help us make better choices in our pursuit of Health and Well-being. When we have awareness and knowledge, it is often easier to be empowered to make these choices. These ‘blurbs’ will be covering various topics toward this end. Please feel free to respond, comment, or rebut, and discussions may grow.

Harold: “Ever since my doctor gave me those pills for my memory, I’m doing much better remembering things.”
Irving: “ What is it you’re taking?”
Harold: “ It’s, uh, it’s uh, it’s a little pill I take once a day.”
Irving: “ But what is it? What’s it called?”
Harold: “It’s, uh, it’s, uh, it’s a little blue pill.”
Irving: “ But it has a name, what’s the name?”
Harold: “Name. Oh. Oh yeah, what’s that thing that’s green and long with red on top?”
Irving: “What?”
Harold: “You know, all green with red at the top. You give it at Valentine’s Day?”
Irving: “ A rose?”
Harold: (yelling) “Rose, what’s the name of the blue pill I take?”

Flaxseed Oil

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FLAXSEED OIL

Greetings, and thanks for all your various notes and support for this newsletter and ‘soap-boxing’ I’m about to do.  There were too many letters to personally reply to right now, but please know I appreciate the remembrances and staying connected…

There was a fairly overwhelming, eyebrow-raising response to the comment about flaxseed oil.

“Did you know that taking flaxseed oil is actually harmful to your health and one of the biggest mistakes being made by doctors, health advisors, and nutritionists?”

I was intending to write first about memory, issues with learning, and brain function, but we’ll dive into the flax issue first off.  We should all be aware of the socialization of the delivery of information and education regarding Health foods and products. Even though the science comes first, it is the Health food industry that promotes, popularizes, and presents the latest products to us. Think of canola oil, or sweeteners – artificial or natural – for example.  Also, much of the information about the latest supplement or super-food is based on a ‘stand-alone’ kind of presentation, without regard for the rest of the ‘lifestyle’ related environment of our bodies, such as the way we eat, or the inherent imbalances of our systems. As a result, many of the ‘claimed’ Health benefits may be inappropriate or insignificant on an individual basis.  That being said, the following is my brief ‘rant’ on the humble flax seed…

Flaxseed oil is one of the more unstable essential fatty-acid oils we can take. It must be refrigerated, turns rancid effortlessly, and is easily oxidized into harmful products in the body. Thus, it is, was, necessary to use only the best quality of flaxseed oil.

Why do we take it? It is because flaxseed oil contains a very high percentage (60%) of the fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, which the body uses to produce EPA, an essential fatty acid that is used to make the series (1 & 3) of prostaglandins that fight inflammation.  This all started when research on the prostaglandin pathways was published in the 1980’s.

Inflammation is not a good thing. We don’t easily die of it, but it is implicated with quite a laundry list of Health issues that are costly to our Health and Well-Being. For example: hair loss, hair thinning, alopecia, cancer, diabetes, depression, heart disease, arthritis, stroke, Alzheimer’s, etc. Chronic inflammation is usually asymptomatic except when the byproducts oxidize and interrupt the chemical pathways that make energy in our cells and body. We then feel tired, fatigued, and our immune system doesn’t work so well. (Anti-inflammatory diets are intrinsic to a Healthy lifestyle!)

Without going into too boring (and confusing) detail about these essential fatty acids, this is the lowdown: the BIG IDEA behind taking flaxseed oil and essential fatty acids is to get nutrients called EPA, DHA, and GLA from omega-6 and omega-3 oils.[1] This is vital for Healthy immune systems, metabolism, and brain functions.

There are three reasons why flaxseed oil is not good.

1.  Our bodies make EPA from the alpha-linolenic acid of flax oil very inefficiently. Only 5% is converted to EPA! The rest is metabolized in the liver or incorporated into different forms of cholesterol and into the cell membranes (made of phospho-lipids) of tissues and arteries, making them a high risk for free-radical oxidation damage.[2]

2.  This one is big!  In order to get the beneficial EPA, DHA, and GLA from flax oil, we must have an enzyme called delta-6 desaturase (D6D).  This enzyme is essential for turning the alpha-linolenic acid from flaxseed oil into the EPA we need.  It also converts the linoleic acid from flaxseed oil into the GLA we want.  Guess what? Recent research is showing that many people are deficient in D6D from birth!

Only young, Healthy people have enough of this enzyme to sufficiently make the EPA needed from alpha-linolenic acid. D6D is fragile, and shown to be blocked by stress, high amounts of saturated fats (and trans fats), alcohol, smoking, high levels of omega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils and fried foods, and high levels of insulin (as in surges produced from the proverbial sweet-tooth).

D6D is less available as we age, and the genetic mutation that predisposes one to Type-2 diabetes is a change in the one chromosome that makes it possible to make D6D!

3.  Thirdly, if it’s the case that we lack the D6D mentioned above – and most likely it is – then the linoleic Acid (the other main essential fatty acid) we get in the flaxseed and other omega-6 oils is unable to be converted to GLA. This is not good since the ‘unconverted oils then favor a pathway that produces higher amounts of Arachidonic Acid, which is the main ‘feed’ into making pro-inflammatory prostaglandins (series 2).  In short, it increases inflammation in the body.

Well, if that was confusing, then here is the ultra-simplified version:

  1. EPA from flaxseed oil is made inefficiently in our bodies. The unconverted fatty acids become incorporated in cell and arterial membranes, making them vulnerable to oxidative damage.
  2. Only young, Healthy people have the necessary enzyme to make EPA and GLA from flaxseed oil.
  3. Flaxseed oil, therefore, promotes pro-inflammatory states.

Wise Health and dietary choices are aimed at reducing inflammation and pro-inflammatory products and foods ingested in our bodies. Therefore, if flaxseed oil is shown to be indirectly (from a lack of the D6D enzyme) responsible for pro-inflammatory states and all the implicated nasty things listed above, and if it gets into the membranes of cells and makes them susceptible to oxidation – thereby impairing necessary exchanges into and out of tissues – then why take it?

A better approach is to get the EPA, GLA, and DHA we need by ‘bypassing’ the missing D6D enzyme and avoiding inundation from the unstable unsaturated fatty acids in flaxseed oil (Saving our precious cells from oxidation and pro-inflammatory states).

Fish oils give us EPA and DHA without needing to be converted by D6D. Borage oil gives us GLA directly without using D6D.  So the answer is simply to add them into your diet; avoid flaxseed oil and favor essential fatty-acid oils like Borage, Hemp oil, Evening Primrose, or a blend of these and fish oils.  For vegans there is good news: a new sea algae-based source of DHA is now available (although expensive) that has the highest known ratio of DHA to EPA. (More on this in the upcoming Brain & Memory newsletter.)

A general guideline for getting quality oils in the diet:  adults should get at least three Tablespoons of high quality (expeller pressed, unrefined) oil from olive, avocado, and coconut oil. For non-vegetarians, fish oil should be included. Coconut oil is a saturated fat, as opposed to the less stable unsaturated oils mentioned above. We need saturated fats in the diet (such as raw, organic butter in small amounts). The problem with many of the ‘designer’ oils on the shelves today is that they easily become rancid and damage the body in the ways mentioned above.  Ideally add oils to food after cooking (cook with coconut oil as it does not become rancid when heated).

This information is intended to inform and help us make better choices in our pursuit of Health and Well-being.  When we have awareness and knowledge, it is often easier to be empowered to make these choices.  These ‘blurbs’ will be covering various topics toward this end.  Please feel free to respond, comment, or rebut, and discussions may grow.

In Health, Well-Being, Peace, and Love,

Robert B. Norett, D.C.


[1] For optimum health, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids should be between 1:1 and 4:1. The typical North American and Israeli diets are usually in the range of 11:1 to 30:1. This imbalance contributes to the development of long-term diseases such as heart disease, cancer, asthma, arthritis, and depression as well as, possibly, increased risk of infection.

[2] Some internally generated sources of free radicals are mitochondria, phagocytes, xanthine oxidase, reactions involving iron and other transition metals, arachidonate pathways, peroxisomes, exercise, inflammation, and ischemia.  Some externally generated sources of free radicals are cigarette smoke, environmental pollutants, radiation, ultraviolet light, certain drugs, pesticides, anaesthetics, industrial solvents, and ozone.

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Addendum:

In response to several comments on the above:

The use of Flaxseed oil mixed with cottage cheese – ala Budwig – is commonly used as part of a protocol, originally for cancer treatment, along with other dietary protocols.  Dr. Budwig used the flaxseed oil and ground flaxseeds in a mixture of ‘quark’, a thick fermented dairy product, that we here in the US substitute cottage cheese for. The idea is to make the flaxseed oil easily absorbable by becoming water- soluble combined with the protein in the dairy.

I don’t believe that Dr. Budwig was concerned with the EPA, DHA, GLA side of the essential fatty acids usage. She was interested in restoring the polarity and functional integrity of cell membranes by using electron rich fatty acids like in flaxseed oil. It was part of her concept of dysfunctions and diseases (like cancer), being formed in correspondence with poor membrane function due to poor fats and commercially processed foods. The oil and cottage cheese apparently also had a positive effect on reducing tumors. http://www.cancertutor.com/Cancer/Budwig.html

I would not worry about using the flaxseed oil too much with her protocols, because the rest of the diet of organic fruits and vegetables left one without offending factors to oxidize the membranes or promote inflammatory pathways (a true anti-inflammatory diet).  The D6D issues are still valid however, and I personally would substitute hempseed, or borage oils instead of the flaxseed oil. As far as I can research on this, there is nothing special about the flaxseed oil that would not be in the hempseed or borage seed oils.

Teaching seminars in Europe

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craniosacral therapy

Dr. Norett teaches annual courses for health care practitioners in Europe. These programs are clinically oriented for the manual healing arts and those with medical training in structural therapies. They are not limited to, but designed to be ancillary modalities for a whole body approach for Craniosacral practitioners.

2010

Chronic Cervical Trauma part I
http://www.cranialinstitute.com/html/craniosacrale-osteopathie-kursdaten.htm

Visceral Organ Manipulation I
http://www.cranialinstitute.com/html/craniosacrale-osteopathie-kursdaten.htm

Chronic Structural Trauma part II
http://www.cranialinstitute.com/html/craniosacrale-osteopathie-kursdaten.htm





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