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Functional Disorder of Burn Outs, Fatigue, and Depression.

“I am not as young as I used to be.”both-kids-finally-napping-and-im-like

“I just don’t have the energy anymore.”

“I can’t keep up.”

“I don’t feel like doing anything.”

 

Sounds familiar? Have family members annoyed with you because you can’t be productive or participate in activities? Some people are really trying and yet there is no energy left in the tank. No emotional motivation to make the first step or to get back up. Burnout, fatigue, and depression are symptoms that are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Symptoms are events but Health is a Process

North American’s health care is medical medicine based on symptomatic control. The signs & symptoms are indicators for medical professions to measure the outcome of each case is under control and to observe the survival of the person’s overall condition. Most people who have survived the medical condition simply assumed that their condition is stable and have no need for any further health care.

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As we all know that health care is not an episode but a process. Assuming that after a visit to the dentist there is no need for brushing teeth is not what the dentist recommends. Our health is a process of growth and decay at a rapid pace. There are billions of chemical molecules that are being interchanged, modified, consumed, processed, and wasted as a resource for our body to maintain its brain activity.

Brain Budget

As we focus our topic to our brain, it is the most sensitive to disturbances in energy generation. The adequate supply of ATP which is a sub-unit of the organic compound for cells to utilize for energy metabolism is essential for life. For the brain, even the short-term interruption of this process can lead to long-lasting and irreversible damage(1). The large cost of energy in neural processing suggests that efficiency will be critical for an organism’s survival (2) A great majority of the energy used by the Central Nervous System (Brain and Spinal Cord) cells is for processes that subserve physiological functioning. Energy requirements may increase many-fold with increasing activity (3). Economizing our energy for the brain is essential for our health care.

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Your Phone is Burning You Out

The usage of electronic devices and its complexity has increased since the invention of the smartphone and many other electronic devices. Virtual reality is a full integration of the brain and getting close to a fiction movie called “Matrix.” The multitasking is an addiction that creates a dopamine-addiction feedback loop and increases stress hormone cortisol(4,5). This is the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, that can overstimulate your brain and cause over-expenditure of energy consumption of the brain. To have such a lifestyle with electronics, it is vital to have maximal physiological activity and not have any energy limitation. Otherwise, it can be a problem for the normal activity of the brain (3).phone-addiction

More Brain Activity=Higher Energy Costs

Most of our electronics require us to use our eyes and hands. This will include sensory and motor control for the brain to expend energy and communicate with the brain for thinking, responding, interpreting, etc for a post on a facebook page. The higher the brain activity, the higher the energy expenditure and faster the fatigue(6). The nerve in the eyes, which interpret the information on the electronic devices, can have a large impact on the energy supply (7).

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The lack of supply in energy resources from increased demands leads to many diseases. It is obvious that our brain and the nervous system are becoming maladaptive in the context of modern environment changes. As people get in fight-or-flight mode constantly and become infected or have trauma, the demands for energy resources will be diminished even more (8). A typical example of depression is a result of the brain that is exhausted in neurotransmitters to keep the brain active and productive to adapt to the stressful environment.

Conditions that Cause More Energy Expenditure

Energy expenditure is a well-known topic in neurophysiological science. When this energy expenditure is causing more problems than it should, they start to suspect Dysponesis, Dysautonomia, and Dyskinesia.

Dysponesis is a functional disorder that makes you sensitive to stress and you do not respond well. You do not adapt well, energy efficiency goes down, and you are completely unaware of this situation. “It is basically a reversible physiopathologic state composed of errors in energy expenditure that interfere with nervous system function and thus with control of organ function….. Among the numerous clinical manifestations are fatigue and exhaustion, insomnia, headache, backache, hyperventilation, anxiety and depression, “indigestion,” impotence, frigidity, and spastic colon.” (10)

Dysautonomia refers to an abnormality of the function of the autonomic nervous system. In people suffering from dysautonomia, the autonomic nervous system loses that balance, and at various times the parasympathetic or sympathetic systems inappropriately predominate. Symptoms can include frequent vague but disturbing aches and pains, faintness (or even actual fainting spells), fatigue and inertia, severe anxiety attacks, tachycardia (fast heart rate), hypotension (low blood pressure), poor exercise tolerance, gastrointestinal symptoms, sweating, dizziness, blurred vision, numbness and tingling, pain, and (quite understandably) anxiety and depression (11,12).

Dyskinesia refers to distortion or impairment of voluntary movement. Spinal segmental dyskinesis is a joint misalignment throughout the entire range of motion of the involved joint. It is well known with Parkinson’s disease of increased muscular rigidity and involuntary movements of dyskinesia increase energy requirements(13). Even if we are not diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease we can still have dyskinesia in a different form.

Knowing what kind of neurological activity that might be occurring, we will address all of these conditions and processes on how it happens, how to see the signs, and what would be the solutions in the future articles.

Brain Energy

You can not increase your brain’s capacity of how much energy you have. You can economize them, you can save them, and continue intake of nutrients to continue brain activity but you can not have more or keep your brain cells at a rapid activity at a constant rate. You will run out of resources before you know what is going on. People are commonly ignoring signs and symptoms of seemingly minor problems when there are so many things that need attention, such as your baby needs a diaper change or paying the bills.

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To Conserve and economize energy by stopping all activities is impossible for a busy lifestyle or when you have kids, work, multiple jobs, and etc. Unless you live in a timeless world that allows you to slow down or stop all activities. Trying to limit the amount of brain activity such as fasting from electronics or turning off all phones while driving will be simple things that will help to economize brain activities (16). Simpler tasks instead of multi-tasking all the time will help you from overloading your brain with too many activities. Many monasteries start with very simple tasks and meditation to help in processing, interpreting, detoxing, and rest from the busy world. We can do similar things in our daily activities of living. Keep it simple.

5-Types-Of-Meditation-Techniques-And-Their-BenefitsFiltering unnecessary brain activity will be an impossible task. In this modern age of electronics and high-speed internet, we are trying to go faster in getting information and more quantity of information. Unplugging yourself from all this information is what we do when we sleep to regenerate resources. Our brain needs to cut down activities to regenerate and restock resources for the next period of activities. Temporary shut down may be needed for high-stress individuals and constant high brain activities (17). People can take short naps or sessions to meditate and regenerate resources as you reduce the fight or flight response by slowing down to rest and digest. Slow and grow.

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Intake of nutrients to continue brain activity in which most people do by taking stimulants such as coffee, eating lunch for energy resources, taking supplements to keep your brain activity to a high level. When your brain is deficient in much needed organic biochemicals for the billions of processing in a split second, this will create a problem so your body will start to take necessary chemicals from other parts of the body. Your body will start to break down muscle, fats, and carbohydrates from all over of your body to fulfill the brain’s needs (14). As the condition gets worse, people develop symptoms that result in prescribed medication. Keeping a good biochemical balance is to provide enough nutrient sources in your meals and supplements. Another way to get more chemicals for brain activity is exercise. This is well known for wellness enthusiasts because by using physical exercises we stimulate hormones and brain chemicals for more motor function stimulation. When we have more motor function stimulation of your muscles, we focus our frontal premotor cortex for muscle function and cognitive function (15). This will help counter the limbic system which causes larger stress response and unstable mood control. Eat well, move well, think well.

Conclusion:

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Your brain is like a garden. You need to nurture and give good nutrients to the plants. The brain producing complex abstract cognitive thought process is like the garden producing fruits and vegetables that are produced in the garden. The more you try to superficially handle it, or leave it alone, your garden will not be successful. Your brain is the same way and highly functional but vulnerable to problems and disorders.

Functional disorders may confuse people and conventional medical care might just be treating the symptoms but not the cause. High stress and continuous lifestyles stimulation from electronics are usually the stressors. Our brain will decline and degenerate from constant brain activity with no regeneration and rest. To help you allocate your brain’s activity efficiently, chiropractor or other practitioners that understand functional disorders and monitors them is essential. Healthy lifestyles are the key. Keep it simple, slow and grow, eat well, move well, and think well.

References:

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Emotional Health and Well-Being

“Chiropractors correct abnormalities of the intellect as well as those of the body.”—D. D. Palmer, Discoverer of Chiropractic.

 

Shortly after its discovery, chiropractic’s mind-healing (psycho-therapeutic) effects were observed. Many individuals suffering from severe as well as mild conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, excess tension, depression, “mental dullness” and other conditions reported relief of their problems.

Due to chiropractic’s success in this area, chiropractic sanitariums were founded throughout the United States. They reported success rates far better than medical sanitariums and institutions.

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)

Today the new scientific discipline of mind-body relationships (PNI or psychoneuroimmunology) is revealing the many ways that your thoughts and feelings affect your physical health and the many ways your physical health affects your emotional health.

PNI has discovered (actually rediscovered) that many conditions considered “emotional” or “mental” may, in fact, be neurological, due to a malfunctioning nervous system. When nervous system function is improved, many conditions considered “emotional” can resolve. This has been especially obvious following chiropractic care.

How Does Chiropractic Affect Mental Health?

Chiropractic promotes a “sound mind in a sound body” by removing a serious form of nervous system damage, the vertebral subluxation complex (“subluxation”). When the interference of the nervous system’s function is relieved by chiropractic adjustments, psychological health has been observed to improve. Your nervous system appears to be a “bridge” or intermediary between your mind and body. Its proper functioning affects both ends of the “bridge” when you are freed from subluxations.

…almost everyone adjusted [for subluxation] is benefited. Chiropractors should occupy posts in every mental hospital.

–Herbert C. Hender, MD, chief psychiatrist at the Clear View Sanitarium

 

Clinical Observations

Chiropractic has shown dramatic effects on children diagnosed with emotional and/or learning disorders. Among benefits noticed are improved IQ, improved behavior, better attention span and concentration, and improved vision, hearing and muscular coordination. In many cases, children were able to stop taking Ritalin and other drugs.

All children diagnosed with learning and behavioral problems, including hyperactivity (ADD, ADHD), dyslexia, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, developmental delay and other “nervous system” disorders need to have their spines checked by a chiropractor.

Chiropractic has never been observed to reduce or remove phobias and stress. However, the benefits of subluxation correction are not only for those with observed problems; all children, as well as adults, may get a “brain boost” from chiropractic care.

Decreased Blood To The Brain?

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Subluxations appear to decrease blood supply to certain parts of the brain and this may be why whiplash and accident victims exhibit nervousness, stress, concentration, vision and emotional symptoms. It has also been observed that preschool children who have experienced even a mild head injury can have neurological problems years later.

Research studies and clinical observation indicate that one-way chiropractic helps brain function is by increasing blood supply to the brain. There may also be other mechanisms as well.

Since childhood is so full of falls and accidents, a chiropractic spinal checkup should be as much a part of a child’s health care as vision and hearing checkups. How many conditions considered “emotional” in adults may be due to a fall or accident in childhood that has compromised the nervous system? No one knows.

What Outcome Studies Reveal

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Outcome studies have revealed the psychological benefits of chiropractic care. In one study of 2,818 chiropractic patients, those under regular chiropractic care reported greater physical health, improved emotional health, less stress in their lives and enhanced life enjoyment.

Other outcome studies have also revealed that chiropractic patients report improved mental health, more vitality, and better overall health status.

Chiropractic…is the last frontier of physical treatment of disorders of the mind…It is not surprising that chiropractic lifts depression…will become an important tool in psychiatric treatment…chiropractic has hardly yet started on a predictable course to its pinnacle as the most used procedure in Medicine.—R.F. Gorman, Australian researcher and physician

Please be aware that chiropractic is not for physical or emotional/mental disorders, it is for people. No matter what condition or disease you or your loved ones may be manifesting, being free of vertebral subluxations is absolutely necessary for complete physical and emotional health and well-being.

Dr. Gonstead’s Clinical Observations on Emotional Health

Dr. Gonstead’s clinical experiences of 7 million people gave him a very deep understanding of the spine and how subluxations will cause emotional health issues. In Dr. Gonstead’s seminars, he mentioned many conditions he has helped such as Depression, Nervousness, Nervous Break Downs, Mental Illness, Emotional Problems, Senility and Loss of Memory, Alcoholism, Amnesia, and Perception problems/Dyslexia.  Often times he mentioned the bodies ability to control chemical responses, mostly hormones were out of control from the result of subluxation.

When subluxation scrambles the communication of the brain to the rest of the body, the chemicals such as neurotransmitters/hormones/neuropeptides/etc that comes from the brain and goes out of control. There can be too many chemicals or fewer chemicals produced by the glands, reproductive organs, digestion organs, and many more. An obvious solution was to correct subluxations but many Chiropractors failed to see good results as much as Dr. Gonstead’s clients because the other Chiropractors failed to understand that there is no formula.

There is no formula because everyone has different bodies, people came from different places, grew up with different experiences, ate differently, and has done many different activities. All of these will determine the makeup of the person’s spine and the adaptation of the brain to the environment. Dr. Gonstead understood that fact and always find had a clear mind and look at each person as a unique situation. When other Chiropractors that has failed to look at each individual and stuck with their formula of adjusting certain areas of the spine resulting to seldom results.

Instead of doing formulas, Dr. Gonstead was always understanding the physiology of the organs in the body. For emotional well-being, he often referred to as ‘Problems with the Body Chemistry.’ The body chemistry problems usually consisted of Thyroid, Adrenals, Ovaries/Testes, and Pituitary glands.  He looked in the corresponding nerves on spinal segments on the autonomic nervous system. He then would look at the full spine x-ray film and determined what was mechanically going on with the spine. Then he would examine the person and find the subluxation and correct that segment.

Ever since his grand work and experiences noted on “The Notes,” by Dr. Carr and Dr. Donahue, many people were able to understand further his ideas and never took Chiropractic as a formula. His students have further studied his work and progressing to understand the human body and how Chiropractic can change emotional health and well-being.

The well-adjusted family is a happier family (we really adjust people one at a time).