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Brain Fog

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Brain Fog is linked to high oxidative stress and inflammation, whichcan have many different causes – above are some of them – source: https://www.sinusitiswellness.com/what-exactly-is-brain-fog/

Brain fog is a type of mental fatigue that causes difficulties in memory, concentration and can also make problem solving difficult. Developing appropriate coping and management strategies, and addressing underlying causes of high oxidative stress, exhaustion and inflammation  is usually how brain fog is addressed. While common to people with Environmental Illness (See Calm notes below) it is also linked to other health conditons, which when properly treated can reduce brain fog.  If experiencing brain fog it is important to discuss it with your doctor. If very severe you may need some help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) like paying bills.


Brain fog and EI  (based on research by EI Lisa)

CIRS Brain fog – memory, concentration difficulties should reduce with proper treatment of biotoxic illness – CIRS e.g. Shoemaker protocol and as necessary underlying yeast infections like Candida.
ALLERGIES  Managing allergies may reduce brain fog.
LOST More severe Sensory overload (light, odours, sound, touch/texture/temperature often accompanies brain fog (and severe fatigue) when due to brain trauma (encephalopathy, injury)- toxic or other.  People with brain trauma need a period of REST, REST, REST, and appropriate paced treatments for any continued underlying causes.
MCS Reducing exposure to everyday chemicals and indoor pollutants can help reduce brain fog, due to toxic encephalopathy (toxic brain disease) or comorbid biotoxicity or neurotoxiciy (CIRS, lyme like infections or other related). Diagnosing these issues are difficult – a Spect Scan is recommended by Dr Amen from Amen Clinics for diagnosis toxic brain!

As MCS and brain fog is often linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia as well, it can be helpful to get some tips for mananging brain fog from sites like

 Cfidsselfhelp.org

 

 

References

 

(1) https://www.sinusitiswellness.com/what-exactly-is-brain-fog/ (chart source)

(2) https://www.braininjury-explanation.com/consequences/invisible-consequences/overstimulation-in-brain-injury-1/videos-on-flooding

(3) http://burningissues.org/car-www/medical_effects/toxic-brain.htm

(4) Intensive glycemic control has become standard practice. Existing data, however, suggest this practice may have adverse consequences for traumatic brain injury. source; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2592729/

This meta-analysis of intensive glycaemic control shows no association with reduced mortality in TBI. Intensive glucose control showed a borderline significant reduction in the risk of poor neurological outcome, but markedly increased the risk of hypoglycaemia. These contradictory findings should motivate further research. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29351760

 

Brain Toxicity and Infection

Bouncing Back After a Traumatic Brain Injury

 

Dave Asprey (Bulletproof) says

If you think you’ve had a TBI:

  • Avoid strenuous activity, including anything physically, mentally, or emotionally taxing. Rest your eyes and your brain. That means little to no reading or even watching TV
  • Avoid bright lights and loud sounds
  • After a TBI, there’s a higher risk of a secondary brain injury. Minimize airline travel and avoid high impact activities in the 6 weeks or so following a brain injury

Continue reading Bouncing Back After a Traumatic Brain Injury (Dave Asprey Bulletproot)

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