YOUR BRAIN KEEPS GROWING AND REPAIRING UP UNTIL AGE 25 - MAXIMIZE IT WITH NUTRITION.
Brain plasticity illustration: imagine making an impression of a coin in a lump of clay. In order for the impression of the coin to appear in the clay, changes must occur in the clay -- the shape of the clay changes as the coin is pressed into the clay. Similarly, the neural circuitry in the brain must reorganize in response to experience or sensory stimulation.
In order for the brain to “reorganize” itself (repair) it must have essential nutritional compounds. Each neurological health issue is different, even among those with the same diagnosis. No two individuals are alike. There are some nutrients that may apply to just about everything with virtually any neurological issue, but careful investigations are needed to determine what each individual with a given brain or nervous system issue requires. Here is how I figure it out…
1. Careful health history
2. Nutritional visual examination
3. Extensive blood work and other tests: including the potential influence of the following upon brain recovery, repair and overall health – hormones, nutritional levels, inflammation, oxidative stress, absorption/malabsorption and more.
4. Nutritional interpretation of the blood work
Neuroplasticity occurs in the brain under two primary conditions:
The brain continues to make new connections up until the age of approximately 25. WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT THE POTENTIAL TO MAXIMIZE BRAIN REPAIR (PLASTICITY) IS UP UNTIL 25 YEARS OLD! This is an opportunity to potentiate nutritional supports that are otherwise entirely ignored by mainstream neurologists.
1. During normal brain development when the immature brain first begins to process sensory information there is plasticity of learning and memory).
2. In the event of brain injury.
FACTS ABOUT BRAIN REPAIR AND HEALTH
FACT 1: The environment plays a key role in influencing plasticity.
In addition to genetic factors, the brain is shaped by the characteristics of a person's environment and by the actions of that same person.
FACT 2: We know that there is a lot one can do to prevent age-related loss of brain function APPLIES TO ALL BRAINS NO MATTER THE ISSUES.
FACT 3: Brain health is affected by
- Toxins in our environments
- Toxins in our bodies
- Diet & nutrition
NEUROLOGISTS – receive little to no training in the area of nutritional influences on the brain.
FACTT 4: You need to know if you or a family member or friend suffer from these or other conditions of the brain and nervous system:
Abscess of the Brain
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Auditory Processing Disorder
Congenital bilateral perisylvian syndrome
Deficit in Attention Motor control and Perception (DAMP)
Global developmental delay
Hypomelanosis of Ito
Intracranial Epidural Abscess and Subdural Empyema
Multiple System Atrophy
Mylagic encephalomyelitis (ME)
Parasitic Brain Infections
Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML)
Pure Autonomic Failure
Semantic pragmatic disorder
Sensory processing disorder
Transient Global Amnesia
NEUROLOGISTS receive little to no training in the area of nutritional influences on the brain. There are a handful of neurological issues that are relatively rare and extreme that involves nutritional toxicities or deficiencies that neurologists learn about.
1. Nutrition is essential for maximizing brain development and health – Throughout our entire lives!
2. Poor nutrition is known to cause premature mental decline, affects physical development and promotes Alzheimer’s disease. Other brain issues that can be affected by poor nutrition include all spectrum disorders (i.e, autism, attention deficit disorder,
3. Huge gap when it comes to applying what is known to be true for so-called normal brain aging vs. maximizing the development and health of the brains of those who need it for other reasons. Special needs, brain damage and other forms of brain developmental issues may benefit in small and enormous ways from properly applied nutrition.
4. Brain or neuro-plasticity and the role of nutrition – refers to the growth, repair and remodeling of the brain – there is potential to catch the brain up and improve it with proper nutrition beyond how the brain would normally age.
5. Nutrition can improve the size of the brain and spine; the number of neurnal connections, the amount of neurotransmitters – affecting virtually all aspects of brain health and wellbeing
6. Nutrition and brain development from birth to age 25
7. For brain conditions said to be genetic – this does not mean, in almost every case, that the brain cannot be influenced by epigenetic factors – namely, nutrition – neuruo-plasticity – they can and are!
Nutrition can improve the circuitry of the brain
Nutrition can improve one’s overall health and wellbeing
Nutrition can target specific problems in the brain
Nutrition can maximize the influence of food and nutritional compounds upon brain repair, aging and cognitive function
Dr. Wald’s fundamental nutritional pics are provided below. Their dosing should be based upon factors including: the health condition, weight, specific laboratory findings, specific goals and other factors.
(Available at www.BloodDetective.com)
Boswellia serratia Extract
Dtox I, II, III and IV
Vitamin D 5000
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Nutrients and growth factors regulate brain development during fetal and early postnatal life. The rapidly developing brain is more vulnerable to nutrient insufficiency yet also demonstrates its greatest degree of plasticity.
Certain nutrients have greater effects on brain development than do others.
These include protein, energy, certain fats, iron, zinc, copper, iodine, selenium, vitamin A, choline, and folate. The effect of any nutrient deficiency or overabundance on brain development will be governed by the principle of timing, dose, and duration.
The ability to detect the specific effects of nutrient deficiencies is dependent on knowing which area of the brain is preferentially affected and on having neurologic assessments that tap into the functions of those specific areas.
As examples, protein-energy malnutrition causes both global deficits, which are testable by general developmental testing, and area-specific effects on the hippocampus and the cortex. Iron deficiency alters myelination, monoamine neurotransmitter synthesis, and hippocampal energy metabolism in the neonatal period. Assessments of these effects could include tests for speed of processing (myelination), changes in motor and affect (monoamines), and recognition memory (hippocampus).
Zinc deficiency alters autonomic nervous system regulation and hippocampal and cerebellar development.
Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are important for synaptogenesis, membrane function, and, potentially, myelination.
Overall, circuit-specific behavioral and neuro-imaging tests are being developed for use in progressively younger infants to more accurately assess the effect of nutrient deficits both while the subject is deficient and after recovery from the deficiency.
Schedule your free 15 minute consultation to discuss your or a friend or family members needs with Dr. Wald. Call: 914-242-8844.