Monday, March 27, 2017

Make Lemonade, Or You're At Risk For Dementia.

After a suggestion from a friend I began researching the effects of stress on cognitive decline. I'm not sure this is the answer she was looking for. 

There are a number of studies supporting the fact that stress does contribute to developing Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Even stressful events that happened years earlier can trigger long lasting effects in the brain. Events like death of a loved one, divorce, chronic illness of a loved one, caring for someone with mental illness. Having multiple stressful life events compounds the problem. There is a dysregulation of the brain-pituitary-adrenal axis that continues to over produce chemicals that make it harder to think and establish poor coping mechanisms. 

When people are in stressful situations their fight or flight systems go to work. So if you are in a meeting or in class where you are supposed to concentrate and learn you won't be able to. Who can sit and do what they're suppose to do when the lion is getting ready to attack? When the lion is attacking your cortisol and adrenalin are pumping, flooding your brain with anxiety chemicals. Dopamine and Acetylcholine should be being produced which helps you be calm and learn.

Does that mean I doomed to develop dementia because I've had stressful events in my life? It is important to realize that people respond to stressful events differently. Only you can control how much you let the event affect you. As the proverbial phrase goes, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade". If you have adopted this way of thinking you may very well prevent the expected consequences.

Taking the right supplements may also give you a fighting chance to prevent cognitive decline. There are many formulas to chose from, but one research article that resonated with me and what I'm trying to do is this one. Phosphatidylserine(PS) is a type of fatty acid that makes up brain cells. Young healthy brains have a larger supply of (PS) than the brains of older people showing the effects of aging. There is clinical evidence showing that supplementing with PS can improve behavior and improve comprehension and thinking.

Take away: Don't let stress get you down and take your supplements.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Please do me a favor and leave a comment with your favorite way to combat stress.

Reference1 Johansson LGuo XHällström T, et al
Common psychosocial stressors in middle-aged women related to longstanding distress and increased risk of Alzheimer's disease: a 38-year longitudinal population study

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Can Yogurt Help Treat Depression?

Can Yogurt Help Treat Depression?

Can yogurt treat depression? Really, what’s that all about?
Yogurt is a fermented food that has the good bacteria for your intestines. Real live cultures of Lactobacillus in the foods you eat can help balance the bacteria in your gut. That promotes a healthy gut environment so the balance of good bacteria out weighs the bad bacteria. This reduces the levels of anxiety and depression(1).
There is a high correlation of depression and anxiety in people that have irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s Disease(1). With these gut problems there is an imbalance of the good bacteria. They don’t make the right amounts of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid). Other reasons for having an imbalance in intestinal flora is eating a diet high in processed sugary foods. Taking antibiotics will disrupt the normal bowel flora. As well as certain medications.
GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system. It works to slow down the hyperactivity in the brain causing anxiety, then being overwhelmed with a sense of hopelessness and depression. By having a healthy gut, you increase your ability to make higher levels of GABA and decrease pathogenic bacteria.
Not just yogurt, but naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and lots of other vegetables have the good bacteria in it. We need to be aware of where we get our fermented foods. The commercialized products we get at the grocery stores may not be the best source of good gut food. They are processed for mild taste and shelf life so the bacteria are not helpful. The yogurt you get out of the dairy case may be filled with sugar, High fructose corn syrup, dyes and additives which can even be more harmful for your intestines.
Making your own fermented vegetables is an option and might be fun. There are many recipes available online. However, shopping at local health food stores for unprocessed products and natural yogurts such as kefir and lassi.Drinking kombucha can provide good bacteria also. Eating a variety of different foods can increase your chances to help get all the right bacteria.
Don’t like fermented foods? Take a supplement to get your good gut bacteria, called probiotics. Get a good brand from a reputable source. The bottles need to be protected from the sun and heat. They are live cultures, you don’t want to kill them before you get them into your system. Everyone’s gut is different, so no one supplement is right for everyone. Rotate the variety of bacteria strains you take so you can get a broad spectrum. I have my favorite from this company.
There are more reasons to get your gut working properly and having a good balance of bacteria. Things like immune support, behavioral and learning issues in children, autism, food sensitivities and more. Maybe a subject for another blog post.
I’d love to hear from you. Please leave comment and let me know what you have  done to help your guts feel better.

Reference1 Ingestion of Lactobacillus strain regulates emotional behavior and central GABA receptor expression in a mouse via the vagus nerveJavier A. Bravoa,1,Paul Forsytheb,c,1,Marianne V. Chewb,Emily Escaravageb,Hélène M. Savignaca,d,Timothy G. Dinana,e,John Bienenstockb,f,2, andJohn F. Cryana,d,g
Reference2 Microbiota alteration is associated with the development of stress-induced despair behavior,Ioana A. MarinJennifer E. GoertzTiantian RenStephen S. RichSuna Onengut-GumuscuEmily FarberMartin WuChristopher C. OverallJonathan Kipnis & Alban GaultierScientific Reports 7, Article number: 43859 (2017)doi:10.1038/srep43859MicrobiomeStress and resiliencePublished online:07 March 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

How Can Your Daily Cup Of Coffee Be Good For You?

How can your daily cup of coffee be good for you?
The first cup of coffee in the morning can be more than just a habit. It can be the key to a successful day. When you have your cup of coffee you not only have the opportunity to sit and be grateful for the things you have, you also promote Dopamine transmission. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that is active in cognitive function, motivation, arousal and movement.
Cognitive function? Do I mean that Coffee is good for how well your brain works? Yes! It can play a role in getting the spark and the drive you need for thinking, memory and getting things done. There are a number of studies that show long term of use of coffee, tea and caffeine will actually decrease your risk for age related dementia and the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
When I say coffee and caffeine can be good for your brain, that doesn’t mean that adding cream and sugar is good for you too. Those sugared up coffee drinks can actually erase all the good and be bad for your brain. No energy drinks either, Eeek! Read about that coming up. Learn to drink and enjoy the pure simple taste of a great roasted high quality coffee.
Even though it has been proven that there are benefits of drinking coffee and caffeine you have to keep your own experiences in mind. Do not start drinking coffee if you know you already suffer from adverse effects. Coffee can disturb your sleep if you don’t detoxify it well. We can talk about that another time. As always, please contact your own doctor starting or adding anything new.

Tamara Lund, Doctor Of Chiropractic, Diplomate American Chiropractic Neurology Board

1Adenosine, Adenosine Receptors and the Actions of Caffeine Authors Bertil B. Fredholm First published: February 1995DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0773.1995.tb00111.x  
 2Relationships Between Caffeine Intake and Risk for Probable Dementia or Global Cognitive Impairment: The Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study,Ira Driscoll,Sally A. Shumaker,Beverly M. Snively,Karen L. Margolis,JoAnn E. Manson,Mara Z. Vitolins,Rebecca C. Rossom,Mark A. EspelandJ Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci (2016) 71 (12): 1596-1602.DOI: September 2016

Saturday, February 4, 2017

What's wrong with my popcorn?

I was having a discussion with one of my friends about popcorn being a good snack for her little girls, as long as it's not microwave popcorn. She looked at me as though I sprouted another head!
" It is microwave, why?" That lead me to realize that not everyone is aware of the health hazards and potentially toxic effects of everyday food.

It's not the popcorn that's the problem, it's the lining of the bag and the artificial butter flavor.
The coating on the inside of the bag gets hot and breaks down into a chemical called perfluorooctanoic (PFOA), a "likely carcinogen" says the EPA.

The second potential danger is the butter flavor that causes "popcorn workers lung". The workers in the popcorn factory get a dangerous form of bronchitis. I don't want that chemical flavoring in my body or my kids either.

We make our own popcorn at home.  I like air popped with real butter melted over it and sea salt or sometimes, garlic salt.  Plain and simple. My husband likes popcorn made on the stove. We refer to it as "fried popcorn".

I know my kids will go with convenient when out on their own at school and events, but I don't worry. I know the majority of their food is whole and natural. They are healthy and their immune systems are strong. They get regular Chiropractic care😉.

If you liked this blog post, or didn't like it, please leave me a comment. Also, let me know what else you would like me to post about.

As always, quality of life matters..

Citation: Halldin CN, Suarthana E, Fedan KB, Lo Y-C, Turabelidze G, Kreiss K (2013) Increased Respiratory Disease Mortality at a Microwave Popcorn Production Facility with Worker Risk of Bronchiolitis Obliterans. PLoS ONE 8(2): e57935. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057935

 2005 Oct;22(10):1023-31.

Perfluorochemicals: potential sources of and migration from food packaging.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Can you help me?

Where is Dr. Tamara, Ricky's Brain Treatment, I need your help!
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What's been going on with Dr. Tamara?

Its been  a great vacation! When I looked back and saw it was November when I sent you my last news letter I was floored! So much has changed around our office. Our long time receptionist Tammy has move to Tennessee to be near her grandchildren and is loving life. My longtime assistant and office manager Lindsay, left to be a stay at home mom. I have to say I was not surprised and happy for her to be able to live out her dream. In the mean time we have new staff!!
Kara is my new assistant who came from being a stay at home mom. She has a huge learning curve and is meeting the challenge with excellence. Selena is our new receptionist. She has experience from a local optometrist and is bringing her patient service skill to you.
 Christmas vacation we took a family trip to Colorado. It was a family reunion in Colorado Springs. Since we were there, we might as well take advantage of skiing in Winter Park. The kids had a blast and many memories were made. Yes, I am ducking down to be in the front row. I am still the tallest in the family, but not by much.


We are making HUGE changes in people's lives with our Brain Treatments.

I have been getting patient testimonials to help spread the word that we have technology to treat you, improving your brain without the use of drugs or surgery. Just listen to Ricky tell his story

This is where I need your help.

Many people tell me that they want to spend more time with me to tap into my knowledge. That is a huge honor and I am flattered. I am designing a free online webinar to be able to serve many of you at once. My question to you is, what do you want to learn more about? I have many areas that I love to teach and talk about, and need to pick one that will be interesting and valuable to you. Please email me or just leave a comment below about health topics you want to know more about. Possible areas include; Keeping your brain young, Successful aging, Hormone balancing, Weight Loss, Spinal health, Head pain and Migraines...
I appreciate your help.

As always, Quality of Life Matters!



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Sunday, November 29, 2015



What's been going on with Dr. Tamara?


We have had a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday. I made good use of my time by resting and just being present in my house and with my family. It is so nice being able to hang out with my kids doing nothing but a little coercion in getting the house work done. We were able to spend time at a friends house on Thanksgiving day and enjoyed a fantastic meal. Spent black Friday shopping locally in downtown Sonora.Then we had a wonderful holiday celebration on Saturday with family and friends.


the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays. Not only for all of the wonderful food, and not only that my husband does all the cooking. But it's a time we get to share with family and reflect on what we're thankful for.  I have even suggested to the kids that I want them to reserve Thanksgiving for our family even as they get older and have families of their own.

As I take this time and reflect on all the things I have to be grateful for, I realize there is so much. Why do I only use this week to count my blessings? There are 52 weeks in a year, and better yet 365 days in a year. Instead of picking one thing a day I'm thankful for because I get all caught up in, "Wait, I was thankful for that last week." I'll write down 3 wins I had today. If I'm on my "A" game, I'll write 3 things I'll win tomorrow! Sounds inspiring doesn't it? This idea comes from my friend, Jeff Walker.

As I'm gearing up for a year in gratitude one of the major things on my list is my health and the health of my family. I have learned so much about the care and feeding of the human frame. Not only physically but mentally as well. Diet, exercise, positive mental attitude, and neurofeedback. Positive mental attitude can be a stumbling point for someone with anxiety or/and depression and neurofeedback can play a major part in helping overcome those symptoms.

We've seen some amazing turnarounds in people using our ClearMind system of retraining your brain. The first step is to evaluate how your brain waves are functioning in each part of your head, then assign treatment protocols to get them firing properly. Training your brain is easy and fun! 

See, doesn't he look like he is having a good time?

For the month of December we will be offering a 50% discount on brain maps. Just $99!
The last special we had was so popular that we ran out of brain mapping hours. We will now be available 5 days a week for mapping. Please call our office to talk to Dr. Lund directly about your interest or questions.
Contact Dr. Tamara at her website, or office phone 209-536-9182.
" I want to thank you for introducing me to neuro-biofeedback, as you know I have been through some hard times.  I no  longer take any anti depression medication. Neuro-biofeedback has been truly transformative for me, and instrumental to my happiness. I am emotionally stronger than I have ever been.
                                                                                                          Thanks again, Mike"

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Neuro Map

The Neuro Map

This month is rockin. I will be speaking at 3 different meetings! I would like to invite you all. It's this Wednesday, July 8th, 2:00pm at Mountain People's Organics located at the Columbia Airport. I will be talking about brain health. Fuel and Activation Baby!
RSVP here.

Also, July's promotion is 50% discount on a brain map of your very own brain. Which includes a BrainMap, a detailed color report and a  20 minute consult. Read all about the Brain Map below.

The Neuro Map: It’s What Makes Our System Better

The Clear Mind system includes the Neuro mapping feature, which gives you the whole picture for each person in a detailed report. Also known as brain mapping, this process allows you to visualize inside the brain and identify very clearly the irregular brainwaves that cause neurological issues. From that brain map, a report is generated for each patient that shows the areas of dysfunction and the protocols recommended to address them.
A customized system means more accurate training, faster results and happier patients. This results in a higher success rate and can lead to quality referrals and more business through your door.

How Does Brain Mapping Work?

brain map capUsing a cap placed on the scalp, our software captures the electrical impulses in the brain. This method is known as an electroencephalogram (EEG). The results show brain wave patterns in different parts of the brain. The process takes about 15 minutes, and the data is then converted into a visual brain map report. We analyze the brain map report and identify any problem areas. The report will display the results in a clear and concise format that can be easily understood.

The Brain Map Report

Here are several pages from the brain map report:
Brain Map Report  Brain Map Report
brain map report magnitude
This page shows an analysis of each lobe of the brain (frontal, parietal, central, temporal and occipital) for each type of brain wave: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta. Green indicates a normal level, red is elevated and yellow is extreme.

The Discriminants Analysis page (below) shows a visual meter for the major functions of the brain, such as the cognitive, emotional, memory processing, executive functions, and more.
brain map Discriminants Analysis

The Emotional and Cognitive Analysis compares the results of your self-assessment against the results of the brain map and helps identify problem areas within the brain. Red indicates a strong potential match, green indicates no match.
brain map Cognitive and Emotional Checklist

The Midline Analysis is a visual reference of your brainwaves compared to normal ones. Gray bars are normal levels, color bars are from your brain map.
brain map protocols and supplements display

Based on the results of your brain map, the report will generate suggested protocols for training your brain back into normal ranges, as well as suggested supplements.
brain map protocols and supplements display
This report was taken from the ClearMind website. Learn more by clicking here .