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.
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.