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Understanding the Fundamentals of Brain Health and Chronic Diseases Safdar I. Chaudhary, MD

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Safdar I. Chaudhary, MD
Medical Director S’eclairer; Clinical Assistant Professor, Chatham
University; Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by American Board of
Psychiatry and Neurology

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  • 1. Understanding The Fundamentals of Brain Health & Chronic Disease Safdar I. Chaudhary, MD
  • 2. Objectives Identify poor lifestyle choices the root causes of modern chronic diseases Practice stress relief techniques Learn skills to have a healthy lifestyle and the possibility of having a meaningful and sustainable improvement in health
  • 3. State of Affairs- Pain Meds Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the- clock for one month.
  • 4. Attention Deficit Disorders  Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011.  The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011. The total cost care for ADHD in the US in 2000 was $31.6 billion. Of this total, $1.6 billion was for the treatment of patients.
  • 5. Toxic Environment QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 6. Autism
  • 7. Chronic Diseases  Leading Causes of Death and Disability in the U.S.7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.  In 2005-almost 1 out of every 2 adults had at least one chronic illness. Obesity has become a major health concern. 1 in every 3 adults is obese. 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese.  Arthritis is the most common cause of disability.  Diabetes continues to be the leading cause of kidney failure, non traumatic lower-extremity amputations, and blindness among adults, aged 20-74.  Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., behind diet and physical activity and tobacco.
  • 8. Four Common Causes of Chronic Disease Lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases. More than one-third of all adults do not meet recommendations for aerobic physical activity and 23% report no leisure-time physical activity at all in the preceding month Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 9. Fear via hormone & nerves QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 10. Integrative Medicine
  • 11. Nutritional Brain Energy Enhancement for Reducing Mental Fatigue and Improving Mood and Cognition
  • 12. Environment and us  Our genes express based on the environmental exposure  Some estimates indicate- 2 % of diseases are genetic such as • Hemophilia • Huntington’s Disease Remaining impacted by life style & Environmental Exposures QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 13. Mindfulness Practices
  • 14. Exosomes Exosomes are secreted by most cell types and contribute to functions including tissue repair, neural communication, and the transfer of pathogenic proteins.
  • 15. Our beautiful body QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 16. Effects of food content In humans, serotonin levels are affected by diet. An increase in the ratio of tryptophan to phenylalanine and leucine will increase serotonin levels. Fruits with a high ratio include dates, papayas, and bananas.
  • 17. What Controls Our Health Women who believed that they were prone to heart disease were nearly four times as likely to die compared to women with similar risk factors who didn't hold such fatalistic views. The higher risk of death, in other words, had nothing to do with the usual heart disease culprits -- age, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight. Instead, it tracked closely with belief. Think sick, be sick.
  • 18. Our Environment QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 19. The Brain that Changes Itself Researchers are discovering that we can teach an old brain new tricks. It seems the organ is more flexible than scientists originally thought.
  • 20. The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself Growing number of discoveries showing that greater use of a particular muscle causes the brain to devote more cortical real estate to it. Mental training has the power to change the physical structure of the brain. The ability of mere thought to alter the physical structure and function of our gray matter.
  • 21. Wonderful Mind Our Perceptions Our Belief Systems Emotions- Fear Based or Trusting Healthy Responses
  • 22. OVERTHROWING THE DOGMA FOR DECADES, THE PREVAILING DOGMA IN neuroscience was that the adult human brain is essentially immutable, hardwired, fixed in form and function, so that by the time we reach adulthood we are pretty much stuck with what we have.
  • 23. Pathways of Brain QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 24. Story of Wisdom QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are neededtosee this picture. QuickTime™and a decompressor areneeded to seethispicture.
  • 25. Empowered with Possibilities But research in the past few years has overthrown the dogma. In its place has come the realization that the adult brain retains impressive powers of "neuroplasticity"--the ability to change its structure and function in response to experience.
  • 26. Good Medicine QuickTime™ anda decompressor are neededtoseethis picture. QuickTime™anda decompressor are neededtoseethis picture. QuickTime™ anda decompressor are neededtoseethis picture.