Your Brain, Healthier!®

Mark Twain once said, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.”
 
“A Consensus on the Brain Training Industry from the Scientific Community” from the Stanford Center for Longevity, October 20, 2014, states that, “As the baby boomers enter their golden years with mounting concerns about the potential loss of cognitive abilities, markets are responding with products promising to allay anxieties about potential decline. Computer-based cognitive-training software – popularly known as brain games – claim a growing share of the marketplace. The promotion of these products reassures and entices a worried public.

Consumers are told that playing brain games will make them smarter, more alert, and able to learn faster and better. In other words, the promise is that if you adhere to a prescribed regimen of cognitive exercise, you will reduce cognitive slowing and forgetfulness, and will fundamentally improve your mind and brain.

Do you believe this Brain Training Industry statement to be true?  READ MORE
Ten Principles of Neuroplasticity You Should Know

First things first: What is neuroplasticity? Simply, it means "to change the brain."  It means hope for people with brain injuries and athletes alike. It suggests that brains can heal, adapt and rewire after they have been damaged.

Our brain's abilities improve when we practice and we are shaped by our experiences. Brain therapy is no different. Dr. Allen's techniques work because he engages these 10 neurological principles* to forge and strengthen the natural pre-programmed pathways to endure while at the same time causing the sacrifice of those pathways that serve no useful purpose, according to the original human design.

  1. Use it or lose it: We lose abilities when we stop doing certain things.

  2. Use it and improve it: We get better at the skills we practice more often.

  3. Specificity: For a task to improve it must be practiced skillfully and exactly.

  4. Repetition matters: Brain change happens with rehearsal; over and over again.

  5. Intensity matters: The more often a right task is done the greater the benefit.

  6. Time matters: Brain change is a process with windows of opportunity for different skills at different times; start earlier rather than later.

  7. Salience matters: Brain change requires meaning, relevance and importance.

  8. Age matters: While younger brains are more resilient, improvement is possible at any age.

  9. Transference: Practicing one skill can reveal benefits in a related skill.

  10. Interference: Adaptation of a process (i.e., a task done contrary to the nervous system's original design) may make it harder to learn to perform a given task properly.

So, how can you apply these 10 principles to your practice? Dr. Allen can teach you how to see the clinical instances where your patient's nervous systems are breaking down and describe the detriment of that dysfunction. Every one of us has patients whose nervous systems need our help, and these issues often go unaddressed because we don't know how to find them. Every erroneous movement pattern deepens the rut of neurological dysfunction; these unnatural -- unhuman -- movement patterns must be quenched and replaced by the natural inborn patterns for our brains to work optimally. Anything short of optimal movement is less than human.

The human nervous system is organized
in terms of whole body function
 
The human system is receptor-dependent and fully integrated in its performance. No matter how hard you try or what specialty you practice, the human systems cannot be individuated. The body is one intricately connected system and it responds relative to the condition of its internal and external environments; it's all about whole body function. You see, your nervous system integrates everything that happens to your body from the outside in -- i.e., temperature, vision, hearing, etc. -- as well as everything that goes on inside your body and sends all that information to your brain to develop the appropriate response.
 
When I apply the principles of manual muscle testing (MMT) as functional neurology to my practice, my patient's symptoms make more sense and I can address their needs more efficiently.
 
Many of the doctors I work with have tried using functional neurology but they shy away from it because they say it changes their routine too much, or it takes too much study, or patients may not like all the changes in their doctor's routine. But when doctors get their head around the simple beauty of functional neurology and its application to their patients everyone realizes that functional neurology is not anything like what they originally thought.
 
The purpose of this web page is to expose you -- the doctor -- to various articles, videos, webinars (discussions about physical and nutritional examinations, specific nutrients, etc.), online classes (for members only who want to learn more about functional neurology and its application to their practice) and practice management coaching (via online and in-office meetings).
 
For more information about these offerings, please look around these pages and let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to serving you in our best capacity.
Seven Principles of HealthBuilderS® Professional Coaching
  • The entire human nervous system is receptor based;
  • Tissues that are wired together fire together;
  • Reciprocal joint motion nurtures the neuraxis;
  • Always be building, but never exceeding functional capacity;
  • The immune system and the nervous system are one in the same; whatever you do to one affects the other;
  • Know what your brain might say if it could speak;
  • Whole foods and whole food nutrients nourish the tissues.
Nine Principles of Good Health
  • Breathing increases oxygen intake; the nervous system requires plenty of oxygen.
  • Water is essential to life. Be sure it is as pure as possible, and free from contaminants.
  • Protein is essential for good health. Check out this brief article for more information.
  • Exercise should be done within capacity. Exceeding capacity only breaks things down.
  • Sleep at least 7 to 8 hours nightly. Early to bed early to rise makes good sense.
  • Elimination is essential to good health. Detoxification done regularly pays dividends.
  • Whole foods have more nutrient value than processed or fast foods. Avoid additives!
  • Nutritional supplementation should come from real food. Avoid alternatives.
  • Stress reduction takes pressure off the nervous system. Stress is not your friend!

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