Look, please look, look to the children, yeah. In their eyes are the answers we seek. Now here’s today’s host, Dr. Monica Buerger. And their heart, and their hearts lead the way.
Hello everybody and welcome to our February, Look to the Children show, courtesy of BMA Chiro Secure. I am your host Dr. Monica Buerger, and I’m presenting live to you from Paris. Actually Paris Hotel that is, in Las Vegas.
So I am going to share with you today a few pros I think that are really important for you to understand the magnitude of what A we’re dealing with in today’s world in regards to these little kiddos and the power of chiropractic. So thank you for joining me and let’s rock and roll.
I don’t have anybody talking back with me this time, so I’ve got to adapt here a little bit. So let’s talk about genes. Not the jeans you wear, our DNA. So genes are an expression and they’re an expression of life. Genes are regulated by epigenes and that’s been out now for the last decade and a half we’ve been talking about epigenes, or epigenetics. So the epigene is what sets on top of the gene, and essentially what is controlling our gene expression. And our epigenes are triggered or influenced by our life stressors.
So that is our external environment, those toxins and stresses coming from the outside world, and our internal environment as well. What we call endotoxins. So hopefully you can see my power point here, our epigenes are influenced by traumas, toxin spots and technology.
So let’s break those down a little bit. One thing that I have found is we really have to define stress for our patients. We throw that word around very easily and a lot of patients look at stress from the viewpoint as far as I’m stressed out because I have a test tomorrow. I’m stressed out because I got in an argument with my husband, I’m stressed out because of work, etc. They’re looking at stress from that aspect.
For us as chiropractors we’re looking at stress from global standpoint. So we learn, most of us do, in our school. [inaudible 00:03:40] trauma, toxins, thoughts and I throw in technology these days, because technology is changing the way the brain is developing.
So furthermore we should break down trauma for our patients. We have physical trauma, which is micro trauma, or macro trauma. And for our [inaudible 00:04:01] that includes micro traumas in utero and certainly with the birthing process. And then there’s emotional trauma. We know now that our genes, or DNA is influenced by the pull down of generations before us. And their emotional status.
There’s a very popular study, it’s called the cherry blossom study, and what they did was exposed male rats to the smell of cherry blossoms and after they had that smell, they shocked them with electrical stimulation. This created an emotional response and it … A stress response, essentially putting them in a fight or flight mechanism. They allowed those male rats to breed, and they exposed the offspring to the smell of cherry blossoms as well. And those offspring, not with the electrical shock, just from the smell of the cherry blossoms, they had the same stress response as their fathers. And to further that, the next generation also had the same stress response.
So we know that our emotional responses are a way we interact with our world, from a physical and emotional standpoint, is going to influence generations to come. And influences is what we call our DNA methylation. This is essentially what runs our genes. So we need to find stress for our patients. We need to find toxins for our patients. We have what we call exotoxins from the outside world. Since World War II we’ve had an implosion in the United States of over 87,000 more chemicals put into the environment. And these chemicals have not been tested, for the most part, have been tested for safety individually, let alone combined as a combined total load. And we’re seeing studies come out now over the years, one of the first ones to come out was called the body burden study from an environmental working group and looked at the number of toxins in the local blood cord of the fetus.
So we know that there’s exotoxins and we know that there’s actually endotoxins coming from within our own bodies and a lot of this is because of a poor gut micro bio. And we’re off gassing bad bugs that are harbored in our gut and of course that can create a toxic environment, inflammatory gut lining, what we call a gut permeability, or gut dysbiosis and those toxins can then escape the gut lining. And one of the biggest places they’re going to go is the brain.
Our thoughts … I’m going to go over essentially how subluxations affect our DNA, our epigenetics. And I’m going to go over here shortly in regards to the fear monger. The amygdala. Once we are experienced in a … any kind of stressor it creates an emotional profile, pattern on our brain, an imprint. And it can create our thought patterns and these thoughts can be self limiting. We are also going to inherit the thoughts of others, especially our ancestors.
And then there’s technology. Technology we know is … It’s changing the way the brain is developing and it’s also influencing cognition in the older generation as well. So they’re seeing basically thinning of the cortex and areas of the brain similar to that as Alzheimer’s.
So let’s take a vote here on the next slide. So The Epigenetic Effects of Subluxation. What the heck am I talking about? We essentially have incoming traffic into the brain, by our senses. These … This is information coming from the outside world into our brain. We have smell, sound, visual stimulation, visual input, taste, and touch. Those are our five [bar 00:08:47] senses. They come from the outside world in.
All our sensations need to, see if I can get my arrow to work here. We’ll come in and hit the sensory portion of the thalamus, but there’s three near senses that come from within our body. And this is so profound to us as chiropractors. This is really where the [inaudible 00:09:12] hit the road. We have the vestibular system, that is our sense of balance. It sounds so simplistic, however the vestibular system is the mass regulator. It’s the CEO, it’s the air traffic controller of all eight sensory systems.
Allowing those eight sensory systems to talk to each other, it’s going to regulate the timing, the input, the impact, the volume of the sensory information coming into the brain.
Then we have [proprio 00:09:45] suction, [proprio 00:09:47] suction we talk a lot about it in the chiropractic world, because when we do an adjustment, we’re firing those mechanoreceptors and we’re [inaudible 00:09:56] proprioception into the brain, into the CNS. Proprioception is calming, it’s centering, it calms our nervous system down. It tells who we are, where we are in space. As does the vestibular system, it tells us where we are in space.
Proprioception will screen out other unwanted sensory input. So when we get too much overload, and too much input into the brain. Proprioception, provided it’s working well, will calm down the system and allow us to navigate the system without getting what I call too crazy brain.
So vestibular input is going to come from all spinal joints, very big, very pronounced in the upper cervical spine and of course the inner ear and cerebellum is going to cure a lot of the [stimulant 00:10:43] input.
Proprioception again, our entire spinal joints and our extremities. And then there’s what we call the [inaudible 00:10:53] input or interoception. This is sensory input from our viscera and organs. This is all bagel term. 80% of visceral input into the brain is via the vagus nerve and the majority of that is parasympathetic in nature.
So we have a barrage of sensory information coming from the outside and from the bottom up, and to the thalamus. Now the brilliant Heidi Haavik out there talks about the pre frontal cortex and how that frontal cortex can flip. So that’s a top down approach and we’re going to now cover it from a bottom up, outside, in approach.
When this input comes into the brain and its too dysregulated, it’s not making sense essentially, it’s distorted, it’s a barrage of information, it doesn’t hook up. It’s like doing a dot puzzle and you can’t connect the dots. So you can’t create the full picture in your mind of what it is you are supposed to respond to.
So there’s a sensory motor loop, when sensory input comes in we’re … We’re to decipher it, connect it together, it’s all that connectivity and talking to each other. This information is supposed to connect and make sense of how we respond with appropriate motor output. And when that loop happens well, we’re in an adaptable state. Wherein we can get into a rested, digest state. We can be calm in our environment, feel secure, we can be comfortable.
When that information comes in then, it comes in and hits the amygdala, which I call the fear monger. It creates an impression. The amygdala is our rate limiting factor in life. It will allow us to go forward if we’re not stuck in a fear mode, or it can freeze us. And we can get into what we call a freeze response, or a freeze dissociate response. If an incident is so traumatic to us that the brain says, “I don’t want to remember this.” This is … Let’s say a PTSD situation. PTSD is often because of a dysregulation of information coming into the brain and it’s so overwhelming, the brain doesn’t want to remember that traumatic experience.
So we don’t integrate that emotional response, that memory, but it stays lingering out there and it always keeps us on edge. So when we go and experience a similar situation, or even it perceived situation coming up, it doesn’t even have to be a true situation, we are going to fire up into the sensory thalamus and what I call [limbic 00:14:03], lock and load mode. When we get stuck in that [limbic 00:14:07] system, we get stuck in a sympathetic dominant state. We create that amygdala, it’s firing, it’s going to regulate our HPA access, and from that there’s going to be a plethora of neuro physiological responses in a negative way. Because you’re going to have stress on the cardio vascular system, on the [inaudible 00:14:30] system, your adrenal glands are cranking all the time and from there we get a host of neuro physiological responses, and mental responses.
If we’re stuck in a cortisol burst all the time, we’re … It’s going to appear … An anxiety state. These are the individuals that I … I hate this diagnosis, I refer to it as GAD, general anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are taking over especially in our teenage population group. And so often it’s because they are stuck in this sensory loop, and they’re stuck in limbic lock and load mode.
The amygdala is also going to regulate the ANS access, so our gas versus brake pedal mode. We’re going to be stuck in that gas pedal mode and our brake pedal can’t shut down. When that happens we cannot be in a rested, [digest 00:15:30] state. When that happens we get a chronic cortisol kick, cortisol is initially anti inflammatory, but over time it becomes pro inflammatory. Especially in the brain, and in the gut. We’ll talk about that in a minute.
So this loop that gets created, becomes a memory. Let’s say you have a tragic situation that happens, or a death in the family, it creates this visceral response. You may even have a true heart ache, your heart actually hurts. That is a visceral emotional response that sets us into the same loop. Maybe it is … You go through a divorce, that kiddo’s experience a divorce of the parents. This memory pattern is going to follow the same loop, so that might trigger an individual not to want get into relationships or bond with others, because they are too afraid of that emotional pain again.
So this is really the way we navigate life in general. This is the way by every decision we make it in life comes from a limbic … We make an emotional decision, from that limbic system, and that’s what drives us to make decisions. Now when we get stuck in limbic lock and load mode, we have the frontal lobe, the executive functioning part of our brain, he shuts down, checks out. Essentially the executive function part of the brain, our decision maker, our reason, or rational center, the way we make decisions, the way we can respond appropriately … He’s out to lunch, he’s not working anymore. So it’s like trying to reason with somebody in the middle of a heated argument, it’s not going to happen, right?
These are the kiddos that we try to parent them, discipline them, with the same techniques, and really their reasonable logic capacity, their impulse control is gone. So I tell teachers, principals, etc, it’s like what’s the definition of insanity, it’s doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. That’s what we’re doing with so many of these kiddos, we tell them, “No don’t do that.” Or “That’s not appropriate.” That frontal lobe is checked out, it’s gone, it’s offline. They’re living in this limbic lock and load mode.
So going from a top down approach, and trying to get them cognitively to respond is not necessarily going to be our best approach. Two approaches together, working from bottom up and outside, regulating that sensory input, along with behavioral cognitive therapies and those type of therapies and meeting in the middle, connecting these parts of the brain. Allowing these two parts of the brain to communicate, that’s where it’s at.
And this is where chiropractic is so imperative, because guess what? What do we have the ability to do? We have the ability to free up subluxations and neuro mechanical stressors on the spine, regulating the input into the brain. Into the CNS in regard to especially vestibular proprioception and neuro visceral interceptive input into the brain.
When we can regulate that input into the brain it’s no so chaotic, it’s not so overwhelming, it’s more organized when it comes into the brain and we can help to regulate that limbic system and that limbic drive. Bringing the frontal lobe back online, allowing for the brain to be connected and calm.
Now if that doesn’t happen, if we stay stuck in this limbic drive, we’re not in a rested, digest state. And what are we talking about all over now? We’re talking about the micro bio. If we’re not in a rested digest state, this picture graphic on the left shows what happens is the mucosal lining gets inflamed. It allows that barrier to become permeable. And now the bad juju. The endotoxins, because we’re not in a rested digest state, we’re eating and eating bad foods for the most part of the sad diet, the standard American diet.
The food sits like that, it putrefies, it off gases, the bad bacteria can escape the gut lining and where does it meander? It heads up to the brain, creating a neuro inflammatory response.
Two big guns in this whole ball game, are gluten and casein by the way, because each of those carry an opiod, a morphine peptide. Casein, morphine, gluteal morphine, those are extremely neuro inflammatory, they can escape the gut lining, hit the brain and cause a neuro inflammatory response. Along with a host of other bacterial, viral loads.
The key regulator of this is going to be the vagus nerve by the way. The vagus nerve, I’m not sure if you can see the graphic, but the vagus nerve is got to modulate your inflammatory response. I tell patients it’s the inflammatory shut off valve. It shuts your inflammation off. It does that by the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. The vagus nerve also modulates our gastro intestinal function, I call it the big bad voodoo daddy.
So if we have poor sensory input via visceral afferents, [bagel 00:21:55] visceral afferents into the brain, we can’t modulate that inflammatory response.
What else do I going to tell you? I’m on very sleep right now by the way, I had quite the trip coming here to Vegas. So vagus nerve tones down, by the way, a lot of you out there may use agents probiotics. Our research also suggests that very key probiotics that will modulate the limbic load, the hypothalamus in the frontal lobe. There’s a couple key probiotics that we know of. One is lactobacillus rhamnosus and one is lactobacillus reuteri, they have an effect mood, anxiety and depression, however they will not have the same effect on the brain if [bagletone 00:22:49] is deficient.
So from a whole perspective, if we take the whole ball of wax, and look at the big picture, if we had chronic subluxation patterns, and normal afferent input to the CNS, which we have those studies with Heidi Haavik out of New Zealand, showing that the adjustments do affect processing of the prefrontal cortex. If we have an abnormal afferent information into the brain our sensory systems, all eight sensory systems are dysregulated, we get stuck in a limbic drive, we get stuck in a fight or flight situation, the HPA access shuts down, it shuts down our gut. And that’s essentially what we’re seeing across all ages and all stages.
So this information actually is pertinent from developing minds to diseased minds all across the board. When the other very cool information that we have is that a mans emotional response pattern, if she’s in this limbic drive during pregnancy it’s going to drive that same response with the offspring with the little [fiddle farts 00:24:17].
So what can happen is … There’s very key development of windows of opportunity, what I call them. There’s sensitive periods of time for neural development that a child should go through various motor milestones. And then there’s hardcore cut off periods of time that a child should go through different developmental milestones. And these developmental milestones are very much associated especially with development of that frontal cortex, and the visual processing system. If the visual processing system, that’s one of the biggest sensory systems we see associated with a neural psychiatric disorders. That’s a lot where the research is lying, we have the most research on.
If we do not master these developmental monumental milestones, these developmental windows of time can close and specific areas of the brain are offline so to speak. And those specific areas are what later on in their deficiency can lead to a neural psychiatric disorder. Especially in male teens and with diagnosis like schizophrenia, etc.
So if we have an infant that is subluxated, cannot get into these movement patterns and go through these developmental milestones, our primitive reflexes can be set and stayed to active. We have a hard time getting those integrated, our posture reflexes, higher more sophisticated parts of the brain, our sensor motor systems will be weakened and therefore we can’t build up to cognition and develop that prefrontal cortex.
So again, assessing children right from the get go, allowing them to get into these movement patterns, if they’re subluxation free, they’ll have proper sensory input, be able to reach those motor milestones, be able to move through these processes, integrate those primitive reflexes and build those higher more sophisticated parts of the central nervous system.
So hopefully that gives you some words of wisdom to chew on, and really hits home the huge effect we have on epigenetic regulation, a long term physical and mental health. If you see a study called the ACEs study, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, it talks about trauma in the early years of life and they’re showing that this trauma sets into action exactly this pattern and those children are said to have about 20 year less life expectancy, because of the neural physiological consequences, especially in the cardio vascular system.
Okay, Allan I think I’ve finished my little tit bit here. Hopefully you enjoyed that, please sign in first Thursday in March for the amazing Tony Evil, he’ll drop some more knowledge bombs. Next week Nicole Lindsey another beautiful soul is going to do her show for chiropractic … Women in chiropractic, and I’ll be back next month with hopefully more sleep under my belt, and more amazing information to bring your way.
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