Traumatic Brain Injury

What is happening in a traumatic brain injury or concussion? The brain has about 10 billion capillaries in a highly specialized endothelial lining flush with tight junctions, basement membranes, pericytes & astrocyte projections. This blood-brain barrier (BBB) admits molecules sized at 400 daltons and less (as a comparison, alcohol is 200 daltons per molecule which […]

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The Brain-Vagus-Gut Connection

The connection between our guts and our brains cannot be denied. While the relationship between the gut and the brain has been known since the 19th century in terms of control of peristalsis, or motility, we have developed a greater understanding of just how important the crosstalk is between the two organs. The burgeoning field […]

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Natural Treatment for Chronic Pain

We are in a crisis in this country. Over 50 million people suffer from chronic pain which greatly interferes with their mobility, their productivity, their interactions with family, friends, and co-workers, and contributes to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and depression. It isolates people and puts them at greater risk for chronic diseases. Chronic pain destroys […]

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Keeping Your Joints Happy and Healthy for a Lifetime of Movement

We at CHN believe movement and exercise are a critical element of long term health. But if you are in pain, that can be a challenge. Joints, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and synovial fluid (for joint lubrication) undergo a continuous but slow turnover and remodeling process. This is affected by many physiological factors such as diet, […]

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How Leaky Gut Connects to Leaky Brain

Written by Carley Squires, ND, LAc There is a two-way communication between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract often referred to as the “brain–gut axis,” so it makes sense that increased inflammation in one would result in inflammation of the other. But, how do we get inflammation in the gut or brain? And, how exactly […]

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BEATING BRAIN FOG

“Brain fog” is a phrase commonly used by patients when they are trying to describe a lack of mental clarity, a mild confusion, a loss of focus and attention, poor concentration, or even just a generalized sense of not feeling well. As a neurologist, it is of course my obligation to ensure nothing serious is […]

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