Category: Brain Health

February 19, 2019

Minerals, Methylation, and Mental function

Dr. Miranda Wiley, ND We are born with 100 billion neurons, and with every neuron in contact with 1,000 other cells (on average) there are more than 100 trillion synaptic connections in our brain!  However, the neurotransmitters that relay information within these synapses are not static from birth and require constant synthesis and breakdown for […]

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Slowing the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease: Fact or fishy?

Dr. Leah Hassall, ND One of the concerns of aging is cognitive decline and dementia. Omega-3 fatty acids (i.e. plant and fish oils) are readily available and are frequently used for many inflammatory conditions. I am often asked if fish oils can help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease or even prevent it. In this […]

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Lion’s Mane to Boost the Brain

Dr. Alexia Harris, ND The medicinal mushroom, Hericium erinaceus, commonly known as Lion’s mane, has gained popularity for its ability to support the brain and nervous system. Researchers have identified and isolated two nerve growth stimulant (NGS) compounds, erinacines and hericiones, which have been shown to stimulate regrowth of neurons and their myelin, the insulating […]

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October 11, 2018

Traumatic Brain Injury: Long-term effects, management and treatment options

Dr. Arezou Babri, ND Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) most commonly include concussions, closed head injuries, or penetrating injuries. These injuries can result from anything between a simple blow to the head to a significant external trauma that can impact the normal function of the brain. A TBI can have long-term physical, cognitive, behavioural, and psychological […]

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August 8, 2017

Getting to the Root of Sleeplessness

Dr. Leah Hassall, ND About one third of North Americans report sleep disturbance, which can include difficulties falling asleep, frequent waking in the night or poor quality sleep that leads to the feeling of exhaustion in the morning. Fingers are pointing towards our round-the-clock hectic lifestyles and access to technology as more and more people […]

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February 28, 2017

The Gluten-Mood Connection

How Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Can Affect Your Mood Dr. Arjuna Veeravagu, ND RAc Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disease that affects the digestive process of the small intestine in around 1% of the population.  When a person who has celiac consumes gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, the individual’s immune system […]

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January 21, 2017

Improving Memory and Cognition in Seniors with Bacopa monnieri

Dr. Leah Hassall, ND There are normal changes in cognition, or the way we think and learn information, which occur as we age. These changes are different from the changes in cognition that occur due to disease states such as Alzheimer’s dementia, stroke, brain tumor, malnutrition or side effects of medications. Cognitive change as a […]

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November 23, 2016

Brain Health: Testing Your Neurotransmitters

Dr. Samantha Gray, ND RAc Neurotransmitters are unique chemicals that facilitate the transmission of signals or messages throughout the body. Neurotransmitters are particularly active in the brain to influence and regulate a wide range of processes such as mental performance, emotions, pain response and energy levels. Neurotransmitters are the brain’s chemical messengers, facilitating communication among […]

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November 22, 2016

Brain Fog: Time to burn it off and reclaim your brain

Dr. Miranda Wiley, ND Have you ever found yourself stuck mid-sentence trying to find the right word? Or any word for that matter!? Do you ever walk into a room for “something” only to stand there blankly, trying to remember what on earth you were supposed to do or supposed to get? Do you find […]

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Ashwaganda: Withania somnifera

Dr. Jeannie Achuff, ND As naturopathic doctors, we have the privilege of witnessing the very intimate textures of people’s lives as they are lived. It is sometimes so raw and straining, and we see our patients brought to their knees by the hands of fate. While we can’t shepherd our patients through the bumps in […]

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