What does it mean when I say that our brains control our bodies? Your Brain is Your Source of Life. It's divided into three parts: the cerebrum, brain stem, and cerebellum. The cerebellum is divided into two hemispheres, and these have identical areas that are designated as "lobes." Each lobe instructs our bodies to perform specific functions and control automatic processes such as breathing, heart rate, and digestion; and it formulates our total health by managing all our internal systems.
Within our brains, there are four neurotransmitters, or biochemicals, that coordinate specific functions. The brain generates and sends an electric current throughout your entire body, fueling your internal systems, and orchestrating your health. The measurements of our brain's four neurotransmitters determine the relationship between brain function or life and the creation and delivery of human electricity.
Dopanine, our brain's natural amphetamine, controls voltage, which is the intensity at which the brain responds to a stimulus, and the effectiveness of the brain's ability to process information (both cognitive and physical).
Acetylcholine governs brain speed, which measures how fast we think or process information. Our brain's speed determines how quickly electrical signals are processed.
GABA transfers, to the body, the signal when you are out of rhythm. Rhythm measures the balance between the two hemispheres of the brain. Rhythm determines how you handle life's stresses.
Serotonin affects synchrony. The electricity that the brain creates moves through your body in four types of waves. Synchrony balances the movement of them across both hemispheres. When out of balance, you will experience sleep disorders and depression.
THE ELECTROCHEMICAL BRAIN
Each cell on your "neuronal highway" is programmed to produce, send, and receive a specific chemical, whose job is to activate brain cells to fire messages at each other by moving to various receptor sites with the brain's synapses. These receptors are like fingers on a glove; each one fitting only one part of your hand. When the receptors capture specific chemicals, your brain alters how your mind and body functions. The brain's chemistry generates the electricity, which then supplies power to the rest of the body.
Each chemical travels along a different path, resulting in a variety of physical processes as well as maintaining a high-powered, fast-moving, stable, and well rested brain. The density of these chemicals is the key to your well-being. If there is an excess of a neurotransmitter (dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, or serotonin), the synapses are flooded and the signals on your neuronal highway can't get to the next neuron; if there is a deficiency, the nerve signals have nothing to travel on. Different parts of the body will react to brain chemical excesses and deficiencies by overworking or shutting down, leading to physical illness and cognitive decline.
If you are feeling ill and have physical complaints, you know intuitively that something is wrong. You might be experiencing symptoms that are not quite physical - they may be related to the mind and an overall feeling that you're not yourself. Regardless of the symptoms, the solution is to go to the source: your brain chemistry. If your brain chemistry is unbalanced, your body will be unbalanced. The moment you realize that something is off, you have already begun to lose your EDGE.
At PATH Medical, we provide a full body check-up, starting with a "head first" approach. Schedule an appointment, or send me a private message with your email and phone #. Somebody from my office will contact you.
The signature weapon in Dr. Braverman’s anti-aging armamentarium is his unique brain health checkup, which is critical for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for a host of conditions ranging from anxiety, depression, and obesity to Parkinson’s, insomnia, and Alzheimer’s. If your annual checkup, and those of your children and loved ones, does not include a comprehensive neurotransmitter (brain chemical) assessment, the opportunity for improving your quality of life and extending your lifespan is being missed.
Contact us to make an appointment that will give you the opportunity to live a Younger, Healthier, Thinner YOU.
A Brain Anti-Aging Pop Quiz
(Answers are below…don’t cheat!)
1. How much of body metabolism (nutrient processing/energy) is used by the brain?
2. Which hormone speeds up brain metabolism (and reduces belly fat, too)?
3. What shrinks thyroid nodules and speeds up brain metabolism?
4. How can brain speed and brain power be measured?
5. How can delays in brain speed be easily predicted?
6. By 40 years of age, what are the 3 most prominent findings on a 3T-MRI scan?
7. What slows brain cell damage and dysfunction, and can even restore brain cells?
Answers to the Brain Quiz
1. Up to 25%
2. Human growth hormone (HGH)
3. T3 and T4 prescriptions
4. A P300 brainwave test
5. The TOVA (Test of Variables of Attention) test
6. Ischemia (loss of blood flow), demylination (loss of nerve sheathing), and atrophy (brain cell loss)
7. Estrogen (for women) and testosterone (for men)
Reds: Many of these foods contain antioxidant compounds. The pigments that give color to these foods support your heart health, improve memory function, protect your blood vessels, cartilage, tendons and ligaments from damage, and may reduce the likelihood of cancer by preventing tissue degeneration that sometimes follows chronic irritation. They may also improve your urinary tract health.
Red Foods / Nutrients
Cranberry: Anthocyanidin, Quercetin, Resveratrol
Red cabbage: Anthocyanins, Glucosinolates, Indole-3-Carbinol, Lutein
Red onions: Allyl Propyl Disulfide, Fructooligosaccharides, Glucosinolates, Pectin, Quercetin
Red peppers: Capsaicinoids, Carotenoids
Red potatoes: Catechols, Chlorogenic Acid
Tomatoes, all varieties: Beta-Carotene, Chlorogenic Acid, Citric Acid, Fructooligosaccharides, Lycopene, Malic Acid
Red apple, all varieties: Caffeic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid, D-Glucaric Acid, Ellagic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Pectin Quercetin
Red bananas: Fructooligosaccharides, Pectin, Potassium
Raspberries: Anthocyanosides, Ellagic Acid
Strawberries: Anthocyanosides, Ellagic Acid
Red cherry: Anthocyanosides, Ellagic Acid, Malic Acid
Red grapefruit: D-Glucaric Acid, Lycopene, Naringin
Red grapes: Ellagic Acid, Lycopene, Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, Pectin, Resveratrol
Watermelon: Cucurbocitrin, Lycopene
Rhubarb: Anthraquinone, Emodin, Ferulic Acid
Kidney beans: Galactomannan, Lectins, Protease Inhibitors
Orange: Orange fruits and vegetables are high in carotenoids, which have anti-cancer and antioxidant properties, including the same effects as the well-known immune booster Echinacea. They can also improve you vision and heart health. Try to eat at least 2-3 different orange foods daily.
Orange Foods / Nutrients
Carrots: Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Lignin, Lutein, Lycopene, Mannitol, Pectin, Xanthophyll
Spanish onions: Allyl Propyl Disulfide, Fructooligosaccharides, Glucosinolates, Pectin, Quercetin
Pumpkin: Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Sweet potatoes: Beta-Carotene, Alpha-Carotene, Chlorogenic Acid, Lutein, Protease Inhibitors
Apricots: Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Lycopene, Zeaxanthin
Calimyrna Fig: Furocoumarin, Lignin
Mangoes: Alpha-Carotene, Anacardic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Cryptoxanthin, Ellagic Acid, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Casaba Melon: Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Crenshaw Melon: Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Nectarines: Beta-Carotene, Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Oranges, all varieties: Beta-Carotene, Cryptoxanthin, Cyanidin, Delphinidin, D-Glucaric Acid, Hesperidin, Tangeretin
Tangerines: Beta-Carotene, Hesperidin, Nobiletin, Tangeretin
Peaches: Alpha-Carotene, Lignin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Kumquat: Citric Acid
Pumpkin seeds (unsalted): Cucurbitin
Yellow: Yellow fruits and vegetables contain large amounts of phytochemicals including allicin, as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids (bonus vitamins and minerals found in many foods that naturally reduce inflammation), which have anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. They can also improve you vision and heart health. Try to eat at least 2-3 different yellow foods daily.
Yellow Foods / Nutrients
Yellow snap beans: Alpha-Carotene, Coumestrol, Lignin, Lutein, Quercetin
Corn: Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Cashew nuts (unsalted): Anacardiol, Fatty Acids
Walnuts (unsalted): Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Phytosterols
Peanuts (unsalted): Isothiocyanates, Resveratrol, Saponins
Chick-peas: Gamma Tocopherol, Protease Inhibitors, Saponins
Yellow globe onions: Allyl Propyl Disulfide, Fructooligosaccharides, Glucosinolates, Pectin, Quercetin
Pineapple: Bromelain, Protease Inhibitors
Bell pepper: Beta-Carotene, Capsaicin, Capsanthin, Capsorubin, Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Lycopene
Golden zucchini: Beta-Carotene
Butternut squash: Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Golden apples: Caffeic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid, D-Glucaric Acid, Ellagic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Pectin, Quercetin
Grapefruit: D-Glucaric Acid, Lycopene, Naringin, Naringin
Lemons: Citric Acid, Citronellal, Limonene, P-Coumaric Acid
Papayas: Ellagic Acid, Lutein, Papain
Jerusalem artichoke: Inulin
Soybeans: Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Beta-Sitosterol, Daidzein, Gamma Tocopherol, Genistein, Isothiocyanates, Phosphatidylcholine
Pignoli nuts: Fatty Acids
Macadamia nuts: Fiber, Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
Bananas: Fructooligosaccharides, Pectin, Potassium
Think Green: Chlorophyll, present in all green plants, has anti-cancer and detoxifying properties. Green fruits and vegetables are high in lutein and indol, which are currently being studied for their antioxidant properties. In addition, green leafy veggies are high in carotenoids, and bioflavonoids, the vitamins and minerals found in many foods that naturally reduce inflammation. Many contain calcium, which helps build strong bones and teeth, as well as improve vision. It is recommended to eat at least one serving daily of green, leafy vegetables.
Green Foods / Nutrients
Artichoke: Apigenin, Caffeic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid, Cosmoside, Cyanidine, Cynarin, Cynaropicrin, Cynaroside, Hesperiodoside, Hesperetin, Inulin, Luteolin, Maritimein, Mucilage, Pectin, Quercetin, Rutin, Scolimoside
Asparagus: Asparagosides, Zeaxanthin
Green snap beans: Alpha-Carotene, Coumestrol, Lignin, Lutein, Quercetin
Italian green beans: Alpha-Carotene, Coumestrol, Lignin, Lutein, Quercetin
Fava beans: Beta-Carotene, Protease Inhibitors, Saponins
Lima beans: Alpha-Carotene, Gamma Tocopherol, Lutein, Protease Inhibitors
Broccoli: Glucobrassicins, Indole-3-Carbinol, Isothiocyanates, Quercetin, Sulforaphane
Brussels sprouts: Alpha-Carotene, Coumestrol, Dithiolethione, Isothiocyanates, Lutein, Protease Inhibitors
Cabbage, all varieties: Glucosinolates, Indole-3-Carbinol, Lutein
Celery: Coumarin, Lutein (MORE)
Cucumber: Protease Inhibitors, Silicon
Fennel: Beta-Sitosterol, Coumarin, Limonene, Pectin, Stigmasterol, Terpineol, Urease, Volatile Oils
Turnip greens: Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Folacin, Beta carotene
Collard greens: Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Folacin, Beta carotene
Kale: Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Indoles, Isothiocyanates, Lutein, Quercetin, Sulforaphane, Zeaxanthin
Dandelion Greens: Lactucin, Lactupicrin, Taraxacin
Mustard Greens: Isothiocyanates, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Lettuces, all varieties: Alpha-Carotene, Lactucarium, Lutein, Vitamin K, Zeaxanthin
Leeks: Allicin, Allylic Sulfides
Okra: Mucilages, Pectins (MORE)
Green peppers: Beta-Carotene, Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Lycopene
Spinach: Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Caffeic Acid, Coumestrol, Ferulic Acid, Lutein, Neoxanthin, Zeaxanthin
Chives: Beta-Carotene, Fumaric Acid, Sulfur
Zucchini: Beta-Carotene (MORE)
Green apples, all varieties: Caffeic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid, D-Glucaric Acid, Ellagic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Pectin, Quercetin
Avocado: Beta-Sitosterol , Glutathione, Mannoheptulose
Plantains: Gums, Mucilages
Green Grapes: Ellagic Acid, Pectin, Resveratrol
Kiwis: Actinidin, Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Limes: Bioflavonoids, Citral, Citric Acid, Furocoumarins, Nobiletin
Pears, all varieties: Citric Acid, Pectin
Mung beans: Protease Inhibitors
Blue: Many of these foods contain anthocyanins and phenolics, two powerful phytochemicals currently being studied for their anti-aging benefits. Blue fruits and vegetable are extremely high in antioxidants. The pigments that give color to these foods protect your blood vessels, cartilage, tendons and ligaments from damage. These pigments may reduce the likelihood of cancer by preventing tissue degeneration that sometimes follows chronic irritation, and can improve memory function and urinary tract health.
Blue Foods / Nutrients
Black radishes: Diastase, Gallic Acid, Methanethiol, Pelargonidin, Protease Inhibitors, Sulforaphane
Blueberries: Anthocyanidin, Anthocyanosides, Ellagic Acid, Myrtillin
Dark Grapes, all varieties: Ellagic Acid, Lycopene, Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, Pectin, Resveratrol
Currants: Anthocyanidin, Anthocyanosides, Ellagic Acid
Black beans: Galactomannan, Protease Inhibitors
Black walnuts (unsalted): Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Phytosterols
Brazil nuts (unsalted): Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Ellagic Acid, Lignin, Selenium
Indigo: Indigo foods also contain an abundance of antioxidant compounds. Dark blue and indigo foods reduce “oxidative stress,” one of the main factors that cause aging. They also contain high levels of resveratrol, believed to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and other important vitamins and minerals that can improve memory function and urinary tract health.
Indigo Foods / Nutrients
Beets: Betaine, Fumaric Acid, Glutamine, Succinic Acid
Red cabbage: Anthocyanins, Glucosinolates, Indole-3-Carbinol, Lutein
Purple kale: Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Indoles, Isothiocyanates, Lutein, Quercetin, Sulforaphane, Zeaxanthin
Turnips: Glucosinolates, Indoles, Isothiocyanates, Phenethyl Isothiocyanate, Sulforaphane
Red grapes: Ellagic Acid, Lycopene, Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, Pectin, Resveratrol
Plums, all varieties: Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Malic Acid, Pectin, Zeaxanthin
Prunes: Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Malic Acid, Pectin, Zeaxanthin
Passion fruit: Anthocyanidin, Harmala Alkaloids
Violet: Violet foods contain an abundance of antioxidant compounds. Indigo foods reduce “oxidative stress,” one of the main factors that cause aging. They also contain high levels of resveratrol, believed to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and other important vitamins and minerals that can improve memory function and urinary tract health.
Violet Foods / Nutrients
Purple broccoli: Glucobrassicins, Indole-3-Carbinol, Isothiocyanates, Quercetin, Sulforaphane
Purple wax beans: Alpha-Carotene, Gamma Tocopherol, Lutein, Protease Inhibitors
Chinese purple eggplant: Anthocyanidin, Coumarin, Gallic Acid, Protease Inhibitors, Saponins
Purple artichoke: Apigenin, Caffeic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid, Cosmoside, Cyanidine, Cynarin, Cynaropicrin, Cynaroside, Hesperiodoside, Hesperetin, Inulin, Luteolin, Maritimein, Mucilage, Pectin, Quercetin, Rutin, Scolimoside
Here's a Serotonin and Dopamine boosting turkey recipe for all year long. Turkey is a lean protein that is high in brain chemical precursors. It contains tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin, as well as tyrosine and phenylalanine, precursors to dopamine.
Tryptophan is an amino acid that the brain and body need, but cannot make on its own. Tyrosine is also an amino acid - in abundance, it increases your resistance to stress and acts as one of the body's natural pain relievers. But most importantly, tyrosine is an adrenaline builder. Phenylalanine, an essential amino acid found in high-protein foods, will help to boost your metabolism.
Your stomach, GI tract, and fat cells secrete a variety of fullness hormones, but the most important of all is LEPTIN. Eric Braverman, MD, and his team at PATH have utilized the power of leptin and its role in metabolic optimization and retraining the appetite/hunger switch!
Leptin is a hormone secreted by the body that acts on the hypothalamus of the brain, which controls hunger and body weight. Here’s how leptin works: Your fat cells have internal sensors that tell them to fill up. As more fat enters a fat cell, that cell secretes leptin. Leptin’s role in the body is to produce feelings of satiety after meals. However, if leptin isn’t around or the signal isn’t being received, then your hunger/appetite switch gets turned off, and you continue to accumulate fat.
Your body can become resistant to the action of leptin, much like insulin resistance that is seen in persons before developing type II diabetes.
While obese people do have high levels of leptin circulating in their body, the leptin isn’t active where it needs to be – the hypothalamus. Instead, they seem to have developed a form of leptin resistance, where the brain leptin receptors are no longer receptive to the leptin which is present.
The latest on METABOLIC OPTIMIZATION from Eric Braverman, MD…
Obese rats initially respond to leptin injections by losing weight, but after three days the weight loss stops! The excess leptin is not getting to their brains, or their brain cells are not responding to leptin’s message. This sets off cascade of biochemistry reactions; resulting in other fullness hormones (such as dopamine, cholecystokinin, glucagon-like peptide and peptide YY) to become ineffective too. What does this mean for you? Well, it takes an increase in the amount of fullness hormones to induce the sensation of fullness. Furthermore, the sensation of fullness you do experience is milder than usual, so it doesn’t always persuade you to stop eating. Eventually you still feel hungry, even though you have just eaten, or you may never feel truly hungry, but you also never feel full either – you continually graze on and on, with no signals to suppress your food intake.
Interestingly, we have also found excess inflammation as a result of leptin resistance from high leptin levels. Leptin has been associated with the inflammation that causes heart disease, as well as just about every other lifestyle disease!
On the other side is an overview of the latest cutting-edge scientifically proven top strategies that Eric Braverman, MD, recommends in preventing and managing leptin resistance!
Dr. Braverman’s Leptin EMERGENCY Program…
The Leptin EMERGENCY program
Start every morning with 1-2 mugs of Dr. Braverman’s high-potency Jasmine green tea w. lemon (available via www.totalhealthnutrient.com). Catechines in green and black tea inhibit fat absorption. L-theanine in green tea optimizes GABA and calms your central nervous system -> Lowers cortisol
Top 5 Diet Strategies
Top 5 Snack Ideas
Top 5 Foods
Remember to take your medications as these will help kick-start your body into fat-burning gear, enabling you to utilize and respond to the nutrients and nutritional strategies faster!
Other recommendations for a weight-loss program:
Reports keep coming about the role natural supplements, and diet and lifestyle changes play in improving health and lowering the cost of medical care. For a nutritional consultation and/or AgePrint quiz, and for all of your supplement needs, call PATH Medical today.
The Easiest Way to Become a Younger, Healthier, Thinner You
Sleep's Effect on Hunger
Have you ever had a restless night's sleep and felt famished in the morning? The cause of your hunger is actually too little sleep. Most of us have a sleep deficit (getting less than 7 hours per night or less than 49 hours per week). The result from being overtired is that your body and your brain are primed to make bad decisions.
When you wake up starving, you might reach for something easy and quick to eat, such as a breakfast of cereal, toast, or a bagel to provide an energy burst as well as satisfy your hunger. But literally feeding your energy needs this way will only slow you down. Your body will turn these directly into body fat. The next carb-heavy meal will do the same thing, and eventually you will train your body to store all carbs and never burn them. This leaves you more tired and ultimately heavier.
Sleep's Effect on Ghrelin and Leptin:
Poor sleep can also affect your internal chemistry. Sleep directly influences two key hormones that regulate satiety and hunger: ghrelin and leptin. Elevated levels of ghrelin increase feelings of hunger, while leptin acts to suppress appetite. Interestingly, serotonin is vital to regulating the brain's response to both of these hormones. When you suffer from sleep deprivation (or a sleep deficit), your body's levels of leptin and ghrelin fall, creating that "hungry but never satisfied" feeling.
To help balance your serotonin levels and regain your health, try my Younger (Thinner) You Diet. It's not necessarily a low-carb diet, but it does require you to choose more complex carbs that provide nutrition as well as the building blocks of serotonin. These carbs are slower to digest, so you feel full longer, and the body has more time to use them as fuel. That way, you're burning more and storing less. You are retraining your body, which will facilitate weight loss. And with more serotonin, you'll also get more sleep.
For more help, you can contact us to make an appointment or schedule a phone consultation.
Did you know that a mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or a printed page. Caffeine has a diuretic effect, pulling water out of cells and body, further promoting dehydration. To replace the water lost from soft drinks, one needs to consume 8-12 glasses for every glass of soda consumed. So grab a bottled water rather than a can of Coca-Cola.
Besides the high caffeine content of 34.5, did you know that the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid? It has a pH of 2.8 and can literally dissolve a nail in 4 days. Keep in mind that disease flourishes in an acidic environment. The phosphoric acid also leaches vital minerals from your body which can lead to Heart Disease (lack of Magnesium) or Osteoporosis (lack of calcium).
Soft drinks can interfere with digestion, are loaded with sugar, and can remove rust from a car bumper or any other metal surface. At PATH Medical we believe that one should avoid soft drinks. There really are no benefits to choosing a soft drink over water. So choose water!!
Part 4 of the Series: Aging and the "Pauses of Life"
Cardiopause - a decline in pumping power, valves and blood flow
Vasculopause - a decline in blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body
Let’s look at the connection between your heart and your brain’s own age accelerators. Basically, when the brain breaks, the heart breaks. Now you have a broken heart and a broken brain. A lack of the following neurotransmitters can put you at risk for cardiopause:
Dopamine: A lack of this neurotransmitter may lead to obesity, which accelerates all forms of heart disease because it causes your blood vessels to become clogged with fat. Addictions (food, alcohol, smoking, cocaine, etc.) can all accelerate heart disease.
Acetylcholine: A lack of this can cause your brain and mind to deteriorate and heart disease can accelerate as a result.
GABA: A GABA deficiency typically begins as a loss of calm and a simultaneous increase in blood pressure. Anxiety and stress are well-known causes of heart disease.
Serotonin: A lack of this brain chemical may lead to depression, which often disrupts sleep patterns. Too little or too much sleep might increase your risk of developing heart disease. What’s more, coronary artery disease is often associated with depression.
When Vasculopause Strikes – vasculopause usually begins around age 50. It is the second limb of heart disease and is equally as important to detect and reverse as cardiopause. It refers to changes in your blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. The vascular system carries oxygen-rich blood away from the heart through blood vessels, arteries, and tiny capillaries into the tissues, and back to the heart through your veins.
These are likely scenarios of vasculopause:
Unfortunately, high blood pressure is painless, symptomless, and often unexpected. It affects the middle-aged and elderly who are obese or heavy drinkers. It also affects women who are currently taking oral contraceptives or using recreational drugs.
Pain and emotional distress are certainly age accelerators leading to high blood pressure, and GABA deficiencies leading to pain and anxiety contribute to high blood pressure. If you can boost your GABA, you’ll watch your blood pressure drop.
Cardiopause and Vasculopause can be Reversed:
I have witnessed long-term improvement in patients - in some cases almost full reversals that last for years. These results are possible because we look at heart failure as a systemic issue. In other words, we treat the whole person, not just the pumping condition of the heart (although that’s obviously a key element of our program). This treatment includes making healthy lifestyle changes as well as introducing nutrients and supplements, bio-identical hormones, and medications if necessary that are designed to improve the heart’s and vascular system’s functions and prevent future problems without negative side effects.
My Rainbow Diet is a good place to start as a nutritional approach to controlling high blood pressure and heart disease. It’s an eating plan that is based on incorporating the seven major colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – into the foods you eat. Fruits and vegetables of all colors are packed with disease-fighting nutrients.
We at PATH Medical can teach you how to use these nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, as well as the addition of lean protein (especially fish), fiber-rich whole grains, legumes, healthy fats and oils, and lots of spices and herbs, to help you achieve your optimal weight, and to improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, and your overall cardiovascular health.
HEALTHY AGING HAPPENS when we can increase our brain functioning, which controls the health of the rest of the entire body.The most common ailments, including arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, loss of skin tone, and even back pain, are all age-related conditions that are affected by an increasingly aging brain.
Yet the brain can be taught to break the aging code and actually resurrect an aging body. By balancing the brain with nutrient supplements, proper diet, natural hormones, medications, and lifestyle changes, I help my patients delay the progression of many of these diseases so that their life can return to a more normal, age-appropriate state. It's a simple remedy: to restore your health, restore your brain chemistry. And the earlier you start, the better your chances of postponing or completely avoiding the ravages of the aging process.
There are plenty of things you can start today on your own: incorporate important vitamins and minerals into your diet, take supplements that your body needs that it may no longer be producing or getting from a typical diet, and adopt a Rainbow Diet. My diet is easy to remember: by eating meals that reflect the colors of the rainbow, you are guaranteeing that you are getting high doses of vitamin-rich foods. What's more, a diet that is high in colorful fruits and vegetables has been shown to provide many benefits to your overall health.
Try this colorful salad with fruits and vegetables that are abundant during the winter months. It's a Vitamin C, A, and Antioxidant-rich salad with the addition of healthy fats.
For further help, you can make an appointment or schedule a phone consultation, so that we can further assist you on your PATH to health and a Younger YOU.
Part 3 of the Series: Aging and the "Pauses of Life"
Gastropause - a weakening and aging of the stomach and GI tract
Gastropause affects the stomach and GI tract and begins around the age of 30 and is related to the brain chemicals dopamine, GABA, and serotonin. The slowing down of nutrient absorption by the entire gastrointestinal tract results in digestive problems from GERD and Irritable Bowel Syndrome to the development of a malnourished state. In some cases, even when we are overweight we can actually be suffering from malnutrition because we choose foods that are nutrient deficient.
Once the deficit becomes major, it requires medical intervention. Deficits can lead to such diseases as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, increase in stomach acidity, gallstones, diverticulosis, GERD, decrease in digestive acids, etc.
CODE BREAKER: Maybe You Were Born Old
Just as the body ages at different rates, some people are born old. You might have old bones, infertility, gastrointestinal issues, or a heart condition. These are problems related to old age, and you were just genetically unfortunate to get them when you were young. I see many patients who even at age 20 or younger have body parts that are age 40 and 50. Take the following "quiz" to determine if you have an aging digestive system. Give yourself 1 point for every TRUE response. Multiply the total TRUE responses by 10. This is your age code for your digestive system. If your age code is older than your chronological age, you need to consider treatment.
After her first visit in my office, I diagnosed something that had been overlooked. Not only are biochemicals and their resulting brain waves produced in specific locations within the brain, but they can also be found in the body, in such locations as the gut. These functional areas are connected to and complement each other. Furthermore, the lobes in our brain instruct our bodies to perform specific functions. These lobes, in conjunction with the brain stem, control automatic processes such as digestion.
Once we focused on balancing this patient's brain, she was immediately able to add new foods back into her diet, and her digestion is improving.
Indian dishes are loaded with spices. There are so many spices in the Garam Masala that will enhance and boost all of your brain chemicals, and they will also effectively boost/rev your metabolism. The chicken is an excellent source of protein that will also enhance all of your brain chemicals. The yogurt is high in both calcium and protein, which together are known to raise metabolic rate and improve digestion and bowel health. It also supports your immune system, reduces overall inflammation, and lowers your LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. That's why I consider this dish to be a Younger (Thinner) You superfood.
Study after study shows the benefits of spices. For example, the cinnamon (one ingredient of the garam masala), has tremendous blood sugar benefits.
Ginger can help to improve blood circulation and digestion, as well as lowering blood pressure.
Coriander alleviates indigestion, lowers serum cholesterol, increases HDL cholesterol levels, lowers LDL cholesterol levels, and facilitates the removal of aluminum, lead, and mercury from the body.
Cumin can lower elevated blood sugar, lower cholesterol and elevated triglycerides, and alleviate intestinal cramps.
Cloves may suppress some forms of bacteria, improve digestion, and alleviate pain.
Fennel can alleviate diarrhea and indigestion, improve kidney function, improve liver function, and improve brain metabolism.
Mustard seed may increase metabolism, alleviate bronchitis, and alleviate the common cold.
All of the spices in this recipe have potential health benefits and are brain chemical augmenters. Keep leftover Garam Masala in a container with a tight-fitting lid and use it to spice up any poultry, fish, or meat dish.
Part 2 of the Series: Aging and the "Pauses of Life"
Thyropause - Aging and Weakening of the Thyroid System
Why is the thyroid important?
Your thyroid gland controls the rate that your body burns the fuel necessary to keep you and your mood going. It does this by synthesizing the hormones thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3). These thyroid hormones are necessary in adults for normal function of the other organs and systems. Thyroid hormones also affect tissue growth and maturation, help regulate fat digestion, and increase intestinal absorption of carbohydrates.
Signs of thyropause:
Thyropause marks the beginning of a metabolic disorder, which can begin as early as birth but typically begins between the ages of 30 and 50. If you know that you have a dopamine deficiency, you are a likely candidate for experiencing thyropause sooner than you think. Changes can be subtle, but many of the following symptoms could indicate the possibility that you're experiencing thyropause (the aging and weakening of your thyroid):
Thyroid Problems Can Be Reversed:
Any form of thyroid disease can be managed with medication. To treat an aging thyroid, you start with natural thyroid treatment. If it is picked up soon enough, the disease is stopped in its tracks. Taking natural thyroid supplements when you need them works like taking other bioidentical hormones. It's not a crutch. It doesn't make the thyroid weaker but actually makes it less likely to decline by getting its adequate support. Your thyroid health may require bioidentical hormone supplementations of the hormones T3 and T4.
Because there's a distinct relationship between your thyroid and a dopamine deficiency, you can augment your dopamine with foods and nutrients. But with thyroid problems, it may best to stay away from foods that are known as goitrogens (cruciferous vegetables, soybeans, peaches, strawberries, peanuts, radishes, spinach, and millet). Instead, choose Thyropause-reversing meals such as:
*omelets made with low-fat cheddar cheese
*black bean soup
*organic turkey with lentil sauce
*4 oz. lean steak, broiled with fresh garlic and basil and a green bean salad
*japanese seaweed salad
During these pauses, the failing organ, or part, becomes older than the rest of your body. At the same time, its associated hormone levels drop, sending a signal or code to the rest of the body whose purpose is to broadcast that the system is failing. This signal also begins the process whereby the whole body will begin to shut down. In essence, when diminished, the hormones of life and the electrical signals of the brain send a wrong or "anti"-signal to the rest of the life.
Aging occurs throughout the entire body through the following codes:
Our body parts will not pause at the same time. For example, a patient whose chronological age (real age) is 40 years old could have a heart that has aged to that of a 50 year old; or they could have bones that have aged to that of a 60 year old. You can find out your AgePrint by completing my AgePrint quiz and through testing and blood work. My AgePrint quiz can help you determine not only which pause(s) might be affecting your health, but what stage they have reached. The results from the quiz assign an approximate age for every organ and system of the body. Blood work and testing can easily confirm your findings.
Every aging code currently known is reversible in its early stages. I know of no aging signal that has not been reversed. The keys then to a Younger YOU are the tests that detect symptoms before a health problem hits you, instead of waiting for medical and surgical intervention. The most successful way to achieve total health and extend life is to prevent internal again from occurring.
This is Part 1 of a continuing series on the "Pauses." I'll discuss each pause in more depth which will include dietary, supplemental, and hormonal strategies.
Along with spices, herbs, teas, water, yogurt, balanced foods, fiber-filled foods, colorful fruits and vegetables, it's important to include carefully chosen proteins on my Younger (Thinner) You Diet. Although chicken can be eaten every day, it can get boring looking at the same boneless, skinless chicken breast every night.
Wild-caught fish, on the other hand, offers a low-fat, healthy variety of choices that can be consumed on a regular basis. Fish oils can reduce your risk of heart disease, help prevent osteoporosis, and is considered the number one anti-inflammatory protein. On this diet, you can choose one fish meal per day.
This complete Younger (Thinner) You powerhouse meal supports all of your brain chemistry. Mackerel not only increases acetylcholine and serotonin, it can also help you beat a blue mood. Peas are dopamine and GABA precursors, and lemon supports GABA and dopamine. Each serving has 290 calories.
Other ways to prepare fish is to simply bake, broil, or steam it with a touch of olive oil and three of your favorite spices to create your own recipes. Fish (especially cold-water fish such as bluefish, cod, haddock, halibut, mackerel, salmon, sardines, snapper, and trout) are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are two omega-3 fats that have been singled out for their powerful heart- and brain-protective properties.
Be sure to avoid all fried, salted and pickled fish, or fish packed in oil. Eat bass, tuna, swordfish, and shellfish infrequently as they contain high concentrations of pollutants such as heavy metals (particularly mercury) and PCBs.
But I have found that when we have excessive stress, we tend to either get caught in a rut or return to some old pattern that we had created earlier in life to self-sooth (food, shopping, crying, etc.) When the brain is too heavily focused on staying on task, it loses its ability to grow and stretch to allow for new memories that come from new learning and experiences. When you have "too much on your mind," the stress you may be feeling is your brain chemicals fighting for the chance to grow and remember.
As we age, our hormone levels decrease. But when our hormone levels get too low (which stress contributes to), aging accelerates, and our bodies can function as though they're far older than our chronological age. I refer to these hormonal changes as PAUSES - the concept being based on the idea of menopause. Because hormones regulate all of the systems in the body, this experience can be related to all organs and systems of both men and women. Pauses include Thyropause, Cardiopause, Adrenopause, Gastropause, Andropause, Osteopause, Dermopause, etc. (We'll discuss more on these Pauses in upcoming weeks.)
A person whose "PAUSES" begin sooner than they should is probably under great STRESS. When brain stress is high, hormonal imbalances start very early on.
What are some ways in which we can reduce our stress? It doesn't have to be a radical change. A one-hour nap, for example, is perfect for giving your brain a chance to restore its neurotransmitters naturally. And of course there's no lack of evidence about the efficacy of regular physical exertion in improving health. Meditation, chanting, and prayer have calming effects that allow the brain to slow down and resynchronize. Nurturing relationships also allows your brain to relax; but relationships fraught with stress and antagonism will eventually deplete your supply of neurotransmitters.
Call for an appointment to assess your brain chemistry and hormonal health. We can determine which part of you is aging quicker than others and help you to become balanced and return to health. You're only as Young as your Oldest Part.
circulation, and prevent and fight colds and viruses. Garlic reduces heart attack risk, improves blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, eliminates intestinal parasites, stimulates the immune system, and so much more.
Some herbs, such as basil, lemon balm, sage, and mint can help improve your brain speed as they stimulate acetylcholine receptors. So, go ahead and boost your brain speed and overall health. It's as simple as sprinkling herbs on every meal of the day.
Whatever your deficiencies may be, there’s one supplement that I highly recommend to become smarter. It’s the antioxidant resveratrol. This compound is naturally found in red wine and grape skins. Alcohol in general increases GABA levels, which make you feel more relaxed; and the consumption of red wine is linked to decreased heart disease.
Red wines also contain many polyphenols, which are the most abundant antioxidants in our food chain. They’re the ones responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors – specifically quercetin and catechins, which are linked to the prevention of heart attacks, cancer, and strokes.
Red wine is also a great source of the polyphenal resveratrol, which is considered to be in a class of polyphenols called sirtuin gene activators. These have been found to help directly repair genes and make them more resistant to change, thereby increasing human longevity by decreasing cellular death. These “super repair genes” are thought to slow down the aging process because they trick the body into a natural response similar to what occurs during calorie restriction.
When you restrict your calories, the body learns to modify its processes and becomes more efficient because it doesn’t have any resources to waste. A new chemical pathway called the sirtuin pathway is activated, which instructs the body to use less energy in all its functions. The result is that on the cellular level, the body produces less toxicity, and individual cells actually live longer.
Resveratrol is able to turn on the sirtuin pathway without calorie restriction, so that the brain and body can continue to operate at a rate that is best suited for optimal brain health (a vibrant brain needs more energy – not less). Better still, because they literally slow down aging, they reduce obesity and increase muscle mass; help protect the body from infection, inflammation, and cancer; and protect the heart and brain.
However, the amount of resveratrol found in red wine is relatively small. Because I can’t recommend more than two glasses, I would recommend a high quality resveratrol supplement (100 – 500 milligrams per day range) so that you have the benefits of red wine without the alcohol, or the calories.
Are you overweight? One way you can determine whether you need to lose weight is by identifying your leptin levels. Leptin is a hormone secreted by the body’s fat cells. Its receptor is found in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls your hunger and body weight. The discovery of this hormone has led to a greater understanding of how fat cells are formed and how we respond to hunger. These fat cells are no longer viewed as a part of tissue that merely stores excess calories. Instead, we now know that they are dynamic cells that work with the endocrine system to produce hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism.
Each fat cell has an internal sensor that demands food. As more fat enters the fat cell, that cell secretes leptin in response. The secretion of the leptin hormone signals your brain, “telling” you that you’ve achieved satiety: the feeling you get when you’ve eaten enough. The more leptin that’s present, the stronger the signal to your brain, and the less hungry you feel. However, if there is leptin overload, which often occurs when you are overweight, or if the signal doesn’t get received, your brain won’t transmit the message to stop eating. Unfortunately, the consequence is that you will continue to eat past the point of satiety, which leads to the accumulation of body fat. It becomes a vicious cycle then as, subsequently, more fat cells also accumulate and their food requirements need to be met.
As we age, our bodies can become resistant to the leptin message. This happens because the heavier you get, the more resistant you become to the leptin you produce, resulting in a weaker signal to your brain. A low leptin signal then sets off a cascade of brain chemical reactions, particularly in relation to metabolism. For example, when leptin is released, dopamine (a main brain chemical) production also increases, that enables you to be able to burn off the foods you eat instead of storing them as fat cells. However, without the leptin message, metabolism falls as well.
High leptin levels are correlated with obesity, while moderate to low leptin levels are associated with better fitness. However, extremely low leptin levels may be associated with other hormonal loss. For example, increased levels of the hormone cortisol also lead to increased leptin resistance, which contributes to even more weight gain. Also, low leptin levels lead to lower levels of estrogen and progesterone for women, which signal menopause; and for men, testosterone, which signal male menopause.
Your leptin level can be determined by a simple blood test. Call to make an appointment today to have a full body check-up and to learn more about nutrients and diet that positively affect leptin and other hormonal imbalances. You’re Only as Young as Your Oldest Part.
We look at your brain set, because the brain, as the head of the body is the major factor in every major illness.
We then look at your ENTIRE body because everything is connected in the body. Treating a symptom in one organ or one area the body is like trying to bail our water from your boat without plugging the hole that is causing the leak. We treat the systems, the cause, and the entire body.
We start with the brain, as the head of the body. We give all out patients a detailed questionnaire to understand all aspects of their life. Some people don't realize that our addressing one area you may think has NOTHING to do what why you come to visit us, may actually resolve you issue. We are all connected, inside our bodies.
Yes, there is a role for nutrition, hormones, diet, and conventional medicine at PATH Medical.
We want to help you break the aging code and E-X-T-E-ND your life. You can live longer and have a high quality of life!
Click here to make contact us or to make an appointment
Dr. Braverman Saved My Life
I Did Not Know I was Sick
I Did Not Know I Had Diabetes
Shera Nuesbaum, a patient of Eric Braverman MD, describes in the video below, how she did not know she was sick and did know know she had diabetes.
Shea was overweight, her blood sugar was about 300 daily, her weight was about 50 pounds heavier. She did not know she was sick and did not know she had diabetes. She was tired, exhausted, and depleted.
With the help of Dr. Braverman and PATH Medical, she was able to reverse the diabetes. She was a previous patients and let her health get sidetracked, but the office called her to check up on her.
"It's a miracle I came in when I did, or I would be dead. You Saved My Life."
All of her indicators are now normal. Watch the video here:
With the help of Dr. Braverman and PATH Medical, she was able to reverse the diabetes.
In this quick video, a father (identity withheld) describes the "in-process" improvement he has seen in his daughter's health while under Eric Braverman MD's and www.PathMed.com's care.
PATH FOUNDATION NY AND GOVERNORS PATERSON AND PATAKI ANNOUNCE
BI-PARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PROTECT FROM RADIATION IN TERRORIST ATTACK OR NUCLEAR ACCIDENT
Legislation drafted on the City & State level to distribute Potassium Iodide to Residents and Schools within 50 Miles of a Nuclear Power Plant and to create a “State Day of Preparedness”
What: Governor David Paterson and Eric Braverman, M.D. Founder and President of the PATH Foundation NY, will host a press conference to announce new legislation that addresses the need to increase the distribution of potassium iodide (KI) within a 50 mile radius of a nuclear power plant as well as the need for a “State Day of Preparedness”. They will focus on the substantial benefits of potassium iodide distribution in the event of a nuclear emergency in New York City and State.
Who: Speakers include: Former Governor David Paterson; James Hurley, MD, Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus of Medicine; and state legislators involved in introducing the bills. Governor Pataki will be available for phone interviews.
When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:00AM
Where: Steps of City Hall
Why: Increased terrorist activity world-wide and the ever-present danger of an accident at a nuclear power plant require action to reduce the damaging effects of radiation from a dirty bomb or power plant accident. This can be achieved through distribution of potassium iodide (KI) to residents and schools located within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant. The proposal of a “State Day of Preparedness” will promote public awareness on this vital subject.
Former Governor George Pataki
“Dr. Braverman’s work with Bernard Loeffke, PhD, Major General US Army on analyzing different approaches to managing possible radiation incidences will have significant influence on our national security and that of other countries.”
Former Governor David Paterson
“Dr. Braverman and the PATH Foundation’s ideas have consistently been ahead of our time. It is no wonder that their focus is now centered on potassium iodide distribution as a means to safeguard the surrounding population of Indian Point from the harmful effects of a nuclear accident. I stand by PATH Foundation in the proposal to designate 9/11 our ‘State or National Day of Preparedness’ to raise awareness of this issue.”
James Hurley, MD, Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Weill Cornell College of Medicine
“The historical example of Poland’s utilization of KI tablets in response to the Chernobyl accident is a strong practical demonstration of the effectiveness of KI usage post a radiological event. Iodine-131 poses a great threat to the health of all New Yorkers who are just miles away from Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. KI prophylaxis, which has substantial benefits in adults as well as in infants, children, and adolescents, should be incorporated into New York’s emergency preparedness protocols.”
Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute at Columbia University
“Planning for the possibility of a catastrophic meltdown of nuclear power plants in the U.S. has been grossly inadequate. This is particularly true with respect to the Indian Point plant located some 25 miles north of New York City in one of the nation’s most populated regions. Children are particularly vulnerable to the long-term consequences of exposure to radiation exposure, a risk that is considerably reduced by giving them potassium iodide in pill or liquid form as soon as possible after exposure. It is unconscionable that KI is not available for rapid dissemination to every child in the region in the event of a nuclear disaster.”
Jordan Ryan, UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP, Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery
“These efforts, backed up by PATH Foundation’s scientific research and forthcoming paper, may help nations better prepare for and manage the human effects of nuclear accidents such as Fukushima, Hanover, and Chernobyl. This will be a significant contribution to a critical international relations issue of our time. The designation of a ‘National Day of Preparedness’ would promote the importance of being prepared for a nuclear disaster, or for any emergency. The plume of a nuclear event can travel 300-plus miles, spanning millions in populated areas just like New York. The metropolitan area is at risk; we are obligated to be prepared and spread awareness.”
Eric Braverman, MD, Founder and President of PATH Foundation NY
“The health effects from excessive nuclear radiation are often fatal, but can also cause catastrophic developmental problems and disabilities. By regularly treating people living close to nuclear power with low doses of Potassium Iodide, the effects of radiation exposure could be greatly mitigated if a disaster struck. Potassium Iodide as a prophylaxis treatment would save many lives, ultimately reducing the impact of a nuclear disaster.”
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
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. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.