Surprising brain scan of a 27 year old football player, convicted of murder and later committing suicide in prison, showed severe cte – chronic traumatic encephalopathy. the worst degenerative brain disease ever seen in someone his age, normally seen in players well into their 60’s.
- Tau Protein tangles in his frontal lobe. The area of reasoning, rationale, emotional stability and executive decision making: “Tau” tangles are deformed proteins in nerve cells, a result of poor replication/production by DNA. These protein tangles are a hallmark of Alzheimers and Dementia patients in their 80’s. Read our article about Dementia/Alzheimers here. Understand your risk of developing these diseases and how it’s all related.
- Early brain atrophy – the kind seen in genetic disorders and brain damaged individuals
- Large “perforations” in the center membrane of the brain seen in major brain infections or genetic disorders
Researchers at Boston University published research findings showing that adults who began playing football before the age of 12 years old developed more cognitive and behavioral problems later in life than those players who started tackle football after they reached that age. I can remember my experience playing football as a young man (thankful to have started after 12!) and the significant impact of blows to the head during tackling drills and practice. Multiple, repeated blows to the head, getting “stingers” through damage to the brachial plexus of the shoulder and neck, along with giving-receiving blows referred to as “slobberknockers”. This term referred to a highly sought after hit that would make a player literally spit up slobber and snot from the nose due to a significant impact to the head. These types of hits were encouraged and a sign of a well placed hit on the opponent. Those hits resulted in multiple concussions through the years. Awakening from one concussion, I recall the bright lights of the field initially, then came amplified sounds of coaches and players bickering around me, and all being processed over the loud ringing in my ears. Dizziness, confusion, fatigue, visual problems were all very real and hindering to my quality of life in the days that followed. These types of injuries to the head can have immediate impacts to the function of the brain. Luckily I recovered, like most people do after head injuries/concussions, and I was able to return to full function within a few days or a week. However, many people are not so fortunate continuing to experience all the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.
Read about our cutting edge treatment protocols for post-concussion syndrome at the link above. Our state of the art diagnostic equipment and thorough neurological exam allow us to target the damaged areas for simple and complex rehabilitation procedures. Sometimes it’s as simple as a few 5 minute exercises for successful concussion treatment.
What happened to Aaron Hernandez, the 27 year old NFL player for the New England Patriots, was a notable case in point. This young man began having impacts to the head a young age playing as a teenager and later honored with an award in 2013 from Pop Warner – Inspiration to Youth Award. A talented and rising star athlete didn’t have a good reason to limit the blows to the head. They were “part of the game” that he was good at, a common occurrence that he experienced practically his whole life. Critical developmental years of the brain occur between 18 and 21 when the frontal lobes of the brain develop. If a person’s brain is constantly injured and trying to heal, there are no opportunities for the developing areas to form a fully connected cognitive system. This cognition is critical for the development of behavioral control and rational executive functioning of the motivation systems and the emotional control systems that should be hard-wired in human beings. Mr. Hernandez was unable to develop these areas and it showed in his decision making a few short years later in life.
Many NFL players show these signs later in life time after time. Research conducted on 100 NFL players showed brain scans that were marked by CTE in 99% cases. That’s a significant number and points to the inevitable reality that blows to the head and neck serve to damage critical networks of the brain in almost every case. To that end we should be looking for ways to detect and prevent these injuries from having life long impacts on the lives of those in our society. Our cultural love for high impact sports like this is having an impact on current and future generations.
Therapies exist for the rehabilitation of brain networks that will be critical to our athletes and every person who has experienced head injuries in their lifetime. Our therapies are being used successfully to reverse the damage of critical brain networks. For the adolescents in our lives, the sooner you treat a brain injury, the less damage that brain has in the coming years and decades following that event.
Why most detox and cleanse programs don’t work…
We all have friends who are always doing a detox or a cleanse—especially after the Holidays—and maybe you’ve even tried a few yourself.
Unfortunately, most detox programs are either unbearably difficult or they come in the form of supplements which only target one of the many “pathways” our bodies have for detoxification.
For example, let’s take a look at a supplement called Milk Thistle…
Milk Thistle is often included in a 30 or 60-day cleanse, and it’s job is to stimulate your liver—which is an important pathway during a detox. But unless we also have perfect gut health, our bodies are only able to benefit from a very small portion of the supplement.
And when it comes to accelerating our weight loss, here’s what’s most interesting…
The liver is not our most powerful pathway for detoxification… our brain is!
But unfortunately, there are many different life-events that can prevent our brains from being able to function properly in the area of balance, such as:
Teaching your body to constantly cleanse
Over the last few years, there has been some really interesting discoveries around the Science of cleansing. If fact, we now know that it’s possible to “switch” the nervous system into a constant cleansing mode—even when we aren’t actively cleansing.
Not surprisingly, this method involves stimulating our brains in a very specific and meaningful way.In addition to weight loss, my patients constantly tell me that they are also experiencing benefits like:
- Having a clear head and less brain fog
- Increased gut absorption and healed leaky gut
- A noticeable increase in their energy levels
- Better physical, mental and emotional balance
- Less bloating, constipation, stomach pain, loose stools, and indigestion/acid reflux
Why the rhythm cleanse works
I often get asked why I call this method a Rhythm Cleanse. First, think about the things in your life that you do without having to put a lot of effort behind them. Things like getting a shower, or feeding the pets, or checking the mail.
All of these important actions are built into the rhythm of your life.
In other words, if you were to skip one of them, something important would be neglected.
So as I was creating the Rhythm Cleanse, I knew it was going to be very important that it fit into the rhythm of our lives. In fact, that’s the reason so many other cleanses and detoxes fail. They are simply too extreme or too ineffective to ever become a normal part of our day to day.
What to expect during the rhythm cleanse
Logistically, I want to tell you a little bit about what you can expect when you sign up for my Rhythm Cleanse.
You can rest assured, knowing that I will be walking you step by step through each of the 3 steps in the process, which are:
We’ll cover when to do specific actions, what foods will help you along the way, and how to stimulate all of your detoxification pathways. You can count on receiving a step-by-step action plan, inexpensive and easy-to-make recipes, and multiple ways to continually accelerate your weight loss to hit your goals.