Cell Phone Safety By Eric Braverman MD

 

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Studies have indicated that cell phone use could alter brain activity due to the emission of electromagnetic radiation. Today’s cell and smartphones emit more radiation than ever before as they transmit complex data.

It’s recommended that we keep cell phones at a distance by putting them on speaker mode or using a wired headset whenever possible. The next-best option is a wireless Bluetooth headset or earpiece, which emits radiation but at a far lower level. Just holding your phone slightly away from your ear can make a big difference; the intensity of radiation diminishes sharply with distance.

This is why I think texting is better than talking on a phone, because you have to hold the phone completely away from your brain. Keep in mind that cell phones emit the most radiation when they initially establish contact with the cell towers. To reduce exposure, wait a few seconds until after your call has been connected to put it next to your ear. Also, your cell emits less radiation when you are standing still. When you’re moving, your signal moves with you from tower to tower and must generate little bursts of radiation to make each digital connection.
Author Bio:

Eric Braverman MD is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. Dr. Braverman is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.

 

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Dr Braverman on Immune System

 Part 5 of the Series: Aging and the “Pauses of Life”
Immunopause – When you can’t fight infections

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Do you remember childhood as one long string of good health, yet your adult life is one sinus infection after another? With every hormone loss or brain chemical imbalance, our immune code is broken. As early as the beginning of puberty, our immune response slowly begins to decline, which in turn causes us to get sick easier.

Our immune system provides a layer of protection that keeps viruses and infections from harming the brain and the body. When you enter Immunopause,

your immune system cannot protect you from the constant attack of viruses and infections that surround you. As adults, we experience the switching off of the immune system as increased inflammation, which plays a role in every medical condition from heart disease to dermatitis. Serotonin regulates the immune system, and serotonin agents can boost immunity. As inflammation increases, serotonin levels decrease, creating both low- and high-grade fevers as well as sleep abnormalities. Inflammation acts as the immunopause death code, allowing virusesfungus, and bacteria into every organ of the body.

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Meanwhile, aging can be summarized as oxidation – you are literally burning up, including your dopamine. You need this vital biochemical to suppress illness. For example, that’s why adrenaline (dopamine family of brain chemicals) is used as an antidote to an allergic reation, such as to a bee sting.
Infections are Alien Invaders
Infections can grow and develop inside the body when the immune system is asleep at the wheel. Tiny microorganisms are let in through the various orifices and work their way into your cells, wreaking havoc along the way. Infections can contribute to further inflammation, and more dangerously, like in the case of AIDS, can destroy your immune system.

Infections that occur in the body can affect our brain. For example, the common flu contributes to Parkinson’s disease. When your immune system is compromised, your dopamine level is diminished. That is why Parkinson’s drugs, which build dopamine, can help to alleviate flu symptoms.

Infections can occur anywhere in the brain and the body, sending their own aging code and jump-starting the pauses such as:

  • Heart infections
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Infections of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, and muscles
  • Bacterial skin infections
  • Fungal skin infections
  • Viral skin infections
Take Action: Strengthen Your Immune System and Get Younger
It’s relatively easy to boost your immunity. A multi-modal approach including medications, hormones, supplements and specific dietary suggestions will help you break immunopause. I’ve included a list of nutrients that will help break the immunopause code. Consider these natural treatments, and consider making an appointment to have a full body check-up. Early detection is your best bet in fully recovering from immune diseases – including cancer. PLEASE CONSULT with your doctor before beginning any new protocol. We at Path Medical can help.
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Author Bio:

Eric Braverman MD is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. Dr. Braverman is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.

 

GABA Deficiency by Eric Braverman MD

The anxiety pendulum – as your brain experiences larger and more frequent swings, whether it’s from aging, stress, drug or alcohol abuse, or just burned-out GABA, you have engaged in the GABA deficiency. Beyond cortisol release, a GABA loss directly affects all body systems including heart, the immune system, sexual functioning, as well as the bones, muscles, and skin.

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  • GABA deficiency leads to choppy signals from the brain to the heart, which can lead to cardiac arrhythmias and heart attacks.
  • Anger and anxiety, caused by low GABA levels, are two of the strongest predictors of high blood pressure.
  • Lack of internal calm can lead to digestive problems, including reflux, heartburn, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, or constipation
  • Low GABA leads to pain in your bones, muscles, and joints, such as chronic back pain.
  • A constant state of tension and anxiety can lead to a loss of sexual interest as well as sexual dysfunction.

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Typical symptoms of low levels of GABA include:

  • Restlessness
  • Feeling on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweaty, clammy hands
  • Cold extremities
  • High startle response
  • Feelings of panic
  • Excessive worry
  • Attention deficit
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems
  • Out-of-body feelings
  • Obsessive compulsive traits

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Choose a variety of foods that contain GABA nutrients that are high in Vitamin B. The following list contains foods that are high in glutamine, the amino acid that is a precursor to GABA. Bananas, broccoli, and brown rice are all packed with inositol, another B-complex vitamin that boosts GABA production.

  • Almonds
  • Banana
  • Beef Liver
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Grapefruit
  • Halibut
  • Lentils
  • Oats
  • Oranges
  • Potatoes
  • Rice bran
  • Spinach
  • Walnuts
  • Whole grains

For more help and information, contact my office at Path Medical for a full check-up. We treat the body as a whole – checking every organ system. We all know that our entire body, from the top of our head to the soles of our feet, are intricately interconnected. Our internal organs do not function independently.

Author Bio:

Eric Braverman MD is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. Dr. Braverman is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.

 

Preventing Heart Attack and Stroke

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There are many health care professionals, today, that still focus on treating disease once it is diagnosed. They’re still not getting the big picture and miss 90% of silent disease. While early detection is key, prevention is equally important in guaranteeing a longer, healthier life. By focusing on preventive treatment, my patients don’t experience unexpected illnesses or surprise deaths.
Preventing Heart Attack and Stroke
We can now conclusively predict who is most likely to become the victim of a stroke or heart attack, even though the majority of patients who die of a sudden heart attack have few or no symptoms. For example, a major study of 28,000 women at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital provided conclusive evidence that painless inflammation of heart and blood vessels is a major trigger of heart attacks – even more so than high cholesterol. Women with high levels of inflammation are twice as likely as those with high cholesterol to die from heart attacks and strokes.
The collective condition known as “cardiovascular disease” refers to disorders of the heart as well as the vascular system. Below are signs and symptoms that you want to be on the lookout for; and if they occur, talk to your doctor immediately.
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack
  • A sudden onset of sharp pain in an arm, shoulder, the back, stomach, or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden dizzy spells
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
Signs and Symptoms of Stroke
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, which may affect only one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion or difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Loss of balance or coordination, dizziness, or trouble walking
  • Severe, sudden headache of unknown cause

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C-reactive protein blood test is one of the simplest ways to identify chronic inflammation that may be smoldering in your body. Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is another useful technique for identifying heart disease.

The key to prolonging good heart health (and overall health) and continuing to lead a vibrant and active life is the ability to identify the aging parts of your body that may already be experiencing the ravages of silent disease.
Your Waistline Predicts Your Heart Health
You can never start a cardiovascular program soon enough. In assessing your heart attack risk, simply look at the notches on your belt. An increasing waistline is a reliable risk indicator of heart disease.
Bioidentical Hormones
Potential heart disease patients may benefit from preventive hormone therapy, especially testosterone therapy (in men). Testosterone and other hormones strengthen the heart muscle, which will aid in heart contraction and improve the heart’s pumping ability. DHEA may help protect against atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Contact our office for an appointment to discuss further hormone therapies.
Natural Supplements For a Younger Heart

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  • Fish oil
  • Niacin
  • Taurine
  • Inositol
  • Melatonin
  • B-complex vitamins
  • Policosanol
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Amsa (Indian gooseberry)
  • Pomegranate
  • Irvingia
  • Dietary fiber
Dietary Modifications For a Healthy Heart

By following a healthy lifestyle including exercise and a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy whole grains, and plenty of low-fat protein (including eggs, which are a perfect protein source rich in amino acids), you may lose excess weight that can contribute to heart disease and stroke. You also need to eat foods that are low in sodium, which will naturally reduce internal swelling and water retention. For more information on my Braverman Protocol and Rainbow Diet, you can read my book, The Amazing Way to Reverse Heart Disease Naturally. But a yearly exam that includes early detection tests is a must.

At PATH Medical, we can help you with all of your health, dietary, and supplemental needs.

Author Bio:

Eric Braverman MD is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. Dr. Braverman is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.

 

The Benefits of Tea By Eric Braverman MD

I like to think of tea as the Tree of Life that saves your health. It’s a much healthier option than coffee, because it is also high in nutrients and antioxidants, yet does not contain a single calorie. Make an effort to drink SEVEN 6-ounce servings of tea per day – hot or cold.

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The health benefits of drinking tea add up fast. Not only does it get you in the habit of drinking more beverages, you are simultaneously flushing out of your system the toxic foods you’ve been eating. The nutrients in tea speed up your metabolism.

By itself, tea has no calories and can stimulate digestion, cleanse the body, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and give you lots of energy. These are all necessary for losing weight and reversing the aging of every part of your body.

A cup of hot tea is also the perfect antidote for calming an anxious mind. Both black and white tea are derived from the same green tea, but each has a different taste and appearance. White tea is growing in popularity because it has a higher antioxidant value than green and black.

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Green, black, and white teas all contain the nutrient L-theanine, which has been shown to stimulate alpha brain waves. These waves are associated with a relaxed but alert mental state, which may increase attention span. Because theanine helps the mind to stop racing, it also seems to help promote a more restful, sound sleep.
Author Bio:

Eric Braverman MD is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. Dr. Braverman is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.

 

The Trouble With Dieting – Dr. Braverman

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To my mind, diets that do not address brain chemistry fail for two reasons, which are:

First, when you restrict certain macronutrients (like carbs or fat), your brain isn’t getting all the nutrients it needs, so the body sends out a hunger signal that results in overeating. Instead, my key to weight management is not found in counting carbohydrates, fat grams, or calories; but, instead, in balancing brain chemistry through nutrition – something anyone can do easily and effectively. It is an eating plan you can follow for life.

Second, when we diet, we often deprive ourselves of vital nutrients, so our mental state becomes taxed and we make bad food choices. We are too fatigued, so we eat to boost our energy. We are depressed, so we eat excessively to force sleep. These mental states are aging you far beyond your chronological age. The good news is that by following a diet that enhances brain chemistry, each of these mental states can be completely reversed naturally. That’s why my Younger (Thinner) You Diet is all about.
On the Younger (Thinner) You Diet, you will not only lose weight because your are increasing your brain chemical, Dopamine, but as you balance your brain, you will also become more fit as you increase another brain chemical – Acetylcholine. You will become calmer as you learn to stabilize your GABA. And you will be happier and sleep better with more Serotonin.
The Basics of the Younger (Thinner) You Diet

Make sure that you are eating foods that are nutrient dense, rather than calorie dense. This is key in maintaining weight loss and a balanced brain chemistry. You want every square inch of your food to be packed with nutrients, not calories.

The Younger (Thinner) You Diet offers hundreds of good choices: complex carbohydrates, which include lots of fruits and vegetables; lean meats; healthy fats; wonderful herbs and spices that are chock-full of thermogenic nutrients including antioxidants; and soothing, healing teas. A diet rich in these will naturally provide plenty of fiber to aid in digestion. They are also considered “high volume”: You can eat lots of them and feel full because they take up space in your stomach, yet they are still low in calories.

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Best of all, you can eat healthy-sized portions of these foods and still lose weight, because the nutrients-to-calorie ratio is the highest of any diet around. You won’t feel hungry all day, and at night, you’ll sleep well. Not only has this way of eating been proven to improve the way you use and burn your food, but these foods support an anti-aging strategy to get you feeling healthier and younger.

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Here’s a page from my book, Younger (Thinner) You Diet – How Understanding Your Brain Chemistry Can Help You Lose Weight, Reverse Aging, and Fight Disease. These are a few examples of what to eat to balance your brain chemistry and to lose weight. For more help and/or information, make an appointment with us – we can help you with your health and weight loss needs. You can also find some recipes in the recipe section of my blog at Path Medical or on Pinterest (search for Eric Braverman, MD).
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Author Bio:
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. Eric Braverman MD is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.

 

Dopamine and Cortisol

 

THE CORTISOL EQUATION:Dopamine and Cortisol

LOW DOPAMINE = BIG BELLY FAT =

A HEAVY BURDEN TO CARRY FOR

​BOTH BRAIN AND BODY

When you have a dopamine deficiency, the body naturally increases the production of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the backup energy hormone; it provides us with additional power so the brain and body can continue to function without the right levels of dopamine.

Cortisol is also released when you are under stress, whether or not your dopamine is low. But, when you are stressed, you naturally burn more dopamine, which is why the cortisol is released.

While cortisol can be helpful, I call it the obesity hormone. Even though it effectively keeps your brain running, it does not improve your dopamine levels. It actually forces your metabolism to slow down, because when brain energy falters (low dopamine), the body is forced to send up to the brain its reserve units to pick up the slack, in the form of steroid hormones (cortisol) from the adrenal glands. The cortisol increases the effectiveness of catecholomines like adrenaline and creates the necessary energy, while conveying a feeling of happiness. However, this dopamine substitute is supposed to be a temporary safety mechanism.

When your brain is continually turning to cortisol for energy, it becomes a way of life. In the end, you get puffy, round-faced, blood pressure rises, your appetite increases, and you experience weight gain (especially around your midsection).

It has been linked as a direct cause of belly fat in both men and women: It causes fat to be deposited in the abdominal area where there are the most cortisol receptors. So if you’re a “high energy” individual but are stuck with an apple body shape, chances are your cortisol levels, instead of your dopamine, are supporting your body’s energy needs.
A big belly is also an indicator that you’re at high risk for metabolic syndrome, which from a brain chemistry perspective, is primarily a loss of metabolism: a low dopamine condition. When you see someone with a big belly, think of brain burnout. It is often accompanied by a poor attention span, poor sleep patterns and attention deficit problems.
Cortisol also boosts adrenaline, which can make you feel restless: When your adrenaline is pumping, you might be anxious during the day and not able to sleep at night. These two factors also contribute to weight gain. Anxiety tends to cause us to self-medicate with “comfort foods,” and a lack of sleep prevents your brain from resetting its other chemicals to the right levels.
Strategies for Increasing Dopamine:

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  • Eight or nine hours of restful sleep are crucial for weight loss because proper amounts of sleep increase your metabolism and lower cortisol levels.
  • Try to get 15 minutes a day of quiet/rest – it can make a profound difference in diminishing stress.
  • It can be difficult to reduce stress, but I’ve found that exercise is a great stress-reduction technique. It also helps to increase your levels of dopamine and increase your metabolism, giving you the extra energy you need to keep up with your busy life. Even 15 minutes a day can make a profound difference.
  • Follow my Younger (Thinner) You Diet – especially adding quality, lean protein to your breakfast which is a precursor to dopamine.
  • Get rid of sugary foods.​​
We at Path Medical can help you to re-balance your brain. Our exams include a full brain exam, because brainpower is the fire that keeps your mind alive, awake, alert and aware.

Author Bio:

Eric Braverman MD is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. Dr. Braverman is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.

 

The Addiction/Dopamine Connection – By Dr. Braverman

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All of us are vulnerable to the ADDICTION cycle when we experience a deficiency in our brain chemical, Dopamine. Disturbances in the dopamine “reward system” are associated with addictive behaviors.

Anything you enjoy doing but can’t seem to rein in can cause a release of dopamine. When this happens, you will initially feel that surge of excitement, or “rush.” This is true whether the addiction is to drugs, alcohol, or shopping. But if you’re already low in dopamine and you abuse drugs or alcohol, you’ll feel less and less satisfied with each exposure.

Unfortunately, now that you’ve experienced a good rush, you’ll keep craving the experience again. So not only do you become addicted to the substance or experience, but you become addicted to dopamine, even as your brain produces less and less. Because addiction is almost always a self-medication model, it’s exactly how the addiction cycle begins.

The catch is that the brain can’t keep up with demand. Instead, it strives to reach homeostasis, or balance, so that each time you are exposed to the addictive substance or behavior, the brain releases less dopamine, not more. When this happens, the euphoric feeling doesn’t come back at all. Yet low-dopamine people will still continue to drink or smoke, in hope of it’s returning. Unfortunately, these addictions affect every part of your health, including your thinking.
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The Good News is that you can break the cycle. You need to learn how to increase dopamine in a more balanced approach: first choosing foods, then nutrients, and sometimes even medications, so that alcohol, drugs, or shopping doesn’t become your only source of a dopamine rush. By increasing levels of dopamine, you’ll be able to help yourself break the cycle of addiction and gain control over your life. You’ll also be able to create new brain cells to replace the ones you’ve destroyed in the past.

​Remember, addiction is serious and will sometimes require professional help. We at PATH Medical can help you to restore your brain to a balanced chemical state.

Author Bio:

Eric Braverman MD is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. Dr. Braverman is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.