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Traumatic Brain Injury

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and Post-Concussive Syndrome There has been a lot of attention and media coverage surrounding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in veterans, professional athletes, and younger athletes. This attention is warranted due to the potential severity of the associated symptoms and illnesses that brain […]

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Multiple Sclerosis: An Integrative Approach

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and neurodegeneration of the brain and spinal cord. MS is a disorder that causes demyelination resulting in destruction of the protective lining of nerves causing neurologic dysfunction. Symptoms of neurological dysfunction may present as the following, but are not limited to: Weakness and/or numbness in […]

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Treatment of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Using Regenerative Medicine

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a genetic connective tissue disorder affecting skin, bones, joints, blood vessels and other organs of the body. Individuals with EDS have problems making the structural protein collagen.  Collagen is the framework of all connective tissue in the body providing structure, strength, and proper elasticity.  Abnormal collagen production causes skin hyper extensibility, […]

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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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LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

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

FOCUS ON MITOCHONDRIA

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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