Molecular Health and Healing

by CEGant on January 8, 2015

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I specialize in molecular health and healing, especially as it supports psychospiritual growth and mental health recovery from problems such as AD/HD, autism, mood problems, addictions, food and carbohydrate compulsions and nicotine dependence.

I routinely order functional medicine testing to diagnose precisely what is deficient in each and every patient, and then replenish those missing, essential items.

See my article on: First Priority in Providing Health Care

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Yours to good health,

C.E. Gant, MD, PhD



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Drug Addiction Solutions

by CEGant on January 8, 2015

Drug addiction is, by far, the number one cause of death and disability, with tobacco use alone responsible for more than 400,000 deaths per year in the U.S. and over 5 million worldwide? If we ignore addictions (which some would call “denial”), then it would appear that cardiovascular disease, cancer, suicide and cirrhosis lead the mortality statistics, but addiction looms behind many of those statistics as the root cause.

Over the years, various approaches to solving addictions have been tried with marginal success. Historically, addiction was first thought to be a moral problem to be addressed by law enforcement. In the early 20th century, a psychological/psychoanalytic model was adopted, based on the poorly substantiated belief that addicts and alcoholics were simply medicating their emotional wounds.

Alcoholics Anonymous then emerged and achieved a modicum of success by promoting the 12-step philosophy, which bypasses immorality or psychological rationales as the cause, focusing instead on spirituality.

The psychopharmacological approach came next. It was based on the assumption that addiction is caused by a Valium or Prozac deficiency in the brain. Substantial education and prevention efforts have also been made for decades. For the most part, addictions are currently handled by some combination of these models, but with marginal success.

How can we do better?

The Brain/Body Connection

All of these approaches have made contributions, but none of them fully addresses the critical brain/body connection, so let’s explore the little known scientific facts about addiction.

Psychotropic chemicals encompass a broad range of substances, including some that are medically prescribed. Whether the individual knows it or not, use of psychotropic chemicals has a simple intent behind it. It is an attempt to replace the brain’s normal “feel-good” chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, in order to achieve their desired effects.

Here’s how they work.

*Most antidepressants artificially boost serotonin (the brain’s “natural Prozac”)

*Ritalin and Adderall work on dopamine (the brain’s “natural cocaine”)

*Ativan and Xanax and other benzodiazepines fit into GABA receptors (the brain’s “natural Valium”)

*Nicotine wiggles into acetylcholine receptors

*Oxycontin and other opioids replace endorphins and enkephalins (the brain’s “natural morphine”)
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*Annabinoids tweak anadamide and other endocannabinoid receptors (the brain’s “natural marijuana”).

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Learning About Mindfulness

by CEGant on December 8, 2014

On-line research for “mindfulness education in schools” gets about 34,000 hits. Believe it or not, enormous resources and research are being devoted to educating children about mindfulness and the development of their relatively dormant, frontal structures. Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation, has promoted mindfulness practice in Congress and has supported the delivery of mindfulness education to at-need populations, including veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and children in inner city public schools.

As more and more people practice various forms of meditation (contemplation and self-reflection), there seems to be an increasing appreciation that mindfulness is a completely separate faculty of consciousness, independent of the other four faculties: cognition (thought and visualizations), emotion and intuition, behavior and kinesthetic-related activity and sensation (the five senses).

Mindfulness-based psychotherapies are becoming popular and are being combined with many kinds of earlier approaches such as cognitive therapy—now being relabeled as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). Formal, peer-reviewed, psychological testing instruments can measure improvements in the psychological and behavioral function of patients who have engaged in mindfulness-based therapies, and are even being standardized to measure the facets of mindfulness itself.

More recently, mindfulness is being appreciated as not only a faculty of consciousness—an experience—but also as a faculty which is conferred by certain brain regions. Neuroimagery studies have demonstrated dramatic changes in brain function of mindfulness practitioners, especially in the prefrontal cortex and associated structures.

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Chronic Emotional and Physical Pain

by CEGant on November 10, 2014

In looking at the physical body, most patients who suffer from chronic pain actually suffer from a more generalized condition — inflammation, which classically exhibits four symptoms: redness, heat, swelling (edema) and pain. These symptoms are often the observed effects of a systemically (whole body) activated immune system which tends to get directed at a localized injury.

Although emotional and physical pain can have many causes, the experience of pain is “in the eyes of the beholder.” Healers who address the mind, body and spirit levels of their patient’s suffering are addressing both sides of this equation; they diagnose and treat possible causes or risk factors, and they also address the perception of pain, which in most patients, especially for those suffering from emotional pain, is the most important factor.

If an acute traumatic injury like low back strain or an acute infection does not resolve, usually inflammation has set in. Swelling is an attempt of the body to dilute the toxicities from dead or injured tissues or germ toxins, analogous to how toxic waste spills are handled environmentally. Specifically, “the solution to pollution is dilution” as diluting toxins lessens the harmful effects. Swelling (edema) can cause pain by putting pressure on nerves which must pass through small openings between and around bones and cartilage.

The cause of chronic pain from inflammation can have localized symptoms, but it is usually caused by a systemic challenge to the immune system, which when activated, will direct its wrath toward any part of the body which appears suspicious. When severely activated, even autoimmune symptoms can occur and various parts of the body are attacked for no obvious reason.

Activation of the immune system which causes chronic inflammation and pain is usually derived from four kinds of infections. Diagnostic testing is available to rule out these causes so that they can be properly treated.

Four Kinds of Infections

1) Gastrointestinal overgrowth of unfriendly flora like candida or parasites, which also is worsened by “leaky gut” which causes food allergies.

2) Dental infections from root canals and cavitations (abscesses in tooth sockets, often caused by anaerobic bacteria)

3) Chronic, year-round, non-seasonal nasal congestion and sinusitis (caused by candida and other fungi)

4) Tick-borne germs like Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella

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Detoxing For Life

by CEGant on October 31, 2014

Chronic psychiatric and medical problems are often caused by toxins derived from chronic infections, environmental exposures from the air, food and water, psychotropic drugs, medications, genetic vulnerabilities and gastrointestinal imbalances. Efforts to help patients detoxify can take up the lion’s share of the clinical time in an integrative medical practice.

Detoxification is a two-step process of oxidation and conjugation.

This is analogous to a two-step process that many people use to get rid of trash in their backyards, by first burning it (oxidation) and then carting it away (conjugation). In the body, toxins are first oxidized to make them reactive, and then conjugated to (connected to) certain molecules, which generally make the toxins more soluble in water and easier to excrete.

Here are a few simple things you can do to help your body’s attempts to rid itself of toxins.

* Sweat more—while exercising, in saunas or in the bathtub. Many toxins are removed through sweat. For baths, add a few cups of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate, which assists in the conjugation process) to hot bathwater and soak 30 minutes daily.

* Eat more detoxifying foods, such as garlic, onions, broccoli and parsley, which are high in sulfur, a toxin conjugator and take probiotics.

* Drink lots of purified water—three to four quarts a day.

* Eat plenty of fiber.

* Get genetically tested to determine if you are especially vulnerable to living in the modern age.

* See a biological or holistic dentist to get your mouth cleared up from toxic metals such as mercury amalgams (silver fillings).

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