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What is Migraine Treatment & Recovery Like?

  The Center of Healing Neurology tailors migraine treatments depending upon the nature of the migraine and the needs of the patient. Treatment options include acupuncture, neurofeedback, occipital nerve blocks, Botox injections, and medication management. Here is what Deirdre Gately, PA-C, has to say: “How long migraine treatment takes really is very variable depending upon […]

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Focus On Epigenetics

We inherit our genes and there is not much we can do to change our genotype or our genetic constitution. But the ever-expanding field of epigenetics suggests there may be something we can do to alter the expression of those genes and therefore our phenotype or how our bodies express our genotype. Epigenetics studies the […]

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Migraine Treatment and Relief

What is a migraine? A migraine is a severe, debilitating headache that afflicts millions of people across this country. Typically associated with nausea, vomiting, often light and noise sensitivity and it absolutely interferes with the quality of a person’s life. My name’s Deirdre Gately. I’m a physician’s assistant at the Center for Healing Neurology. What […]

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Focus on GABA

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an important neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter and has been implicated in a multitude of health challenges including anxiety disorders, insomnia, depression, psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, and movement disorders. The receptors for GABA are distributed diffusely throughout different regions of the brain such as the […]

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Treating the Root Cause of Autoimmunity

A healthy immune system is critical for optimal wellness. However, with increasing environmental, economical, and dietary stressors put on our immune system, it is no surprise the prevalence of autoimmune disorders has tripled in the last fifty years making autoimmune disorders the third leading chronic illness in the United States. The National Institutes of Health […]

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Don’t get me wrong. I strongly believe in the power of the body to heal. I fiercely advocate for the use of whole foods, herbs, and certain supplements to help harness those natural powers we all possess. I see the efficacy of acupuncture, meditation, and exercise each and every day. And boy do I know […]

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Mitochontrial medicine


The mitochondria are complex and an understanding of a dysfunction of the mitochondria is not a simple task. But it is an important task because the mitochondria are organelles in each cell that produce energy for all cellular functions. Mitochondrial disorders are largely due to a defect somewhere along the mitochondrial respiratory chain, which is […]

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Memories are important. They teach us lessons, give us perspective, and make sense of our lives. Memories are all we have for times past. But how can we ensure we will retain those memories and keep the ability to make more? Nutrition. Avoid pro-inflammatory foods. Inflammation is toxic to the body and the brain. Reducing […]

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Detoxification—Why It Is Important We are exposed to thousands of chemicals on a daily basis through our air, food and water. Sources of these chemical exposures in our environment include pesticides, insect repellents, flame retardants, plasticizers, solvents, household cleaners and various industrial preservatives. As many as 80,000 commercial and industrial chemicals are used in the […]

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Let’s Talk About Your Mitochondria

What are mitochondria and what role do they play in our health? Mitochondria are organelles in every cell of our body and they produce the energy for that cell and, by extension, for the organ of which that cell resides. Depending upon how metabolically active the organ is will dictate how many mitochondria are in […]

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