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How Gut Changes the Brain

How exactly does the Gut affect the Brain?

How the gut changes the brain is a subject under discussion at the Integrative Addiction Conference to be held in Austin, Texas during August 2016.  Other informative subjects will be discussed in a number of areas by highly regarded professionals and will include the following –

  • Restoring the gut heals addiction
  • Obesity is an addiction not a lifestyle
  • Gut neurotransmitters connection and addiction
  • Learn how to establish a profitable addiction clinic
  • And much, much more………..

Should you be interested in finding out more about how the gut changes the brain and other related areas in respect of physical, mental and emotional health and addiction, book your place now at our link – https://www.awaremed.com/integrativeaddictionconference/.  Take home a wealth of knowledge to use in your own practice and interact with your peers to exchange valuable medical information and grow your network of specialists in this field.

How Gut Changes the BrainAlthough gut-brain health is not a new concept, the depth of the effect of this relationship still does not appear to be particularly widely known at some levels of medicine. With the gut behaving as a second brain and having more neurons than the spine or nervous system, perhaps it is time for the medical profession to take the gut-brain relationship far more seriously in the treatment of physical and mental disease.

How the gut affects the brain is becoming increasingly apparent in recent studies.  One of these has shown a significant connection between the levels of certain gut bacteria and autism for example, with lower levels of Bacteroides fragilis having been found in children with autism.  Bacteroides fragilis was sourced from humans and given to mice that showed similar behavior to that of autism in children.  The results were significant.  The behavior of the mice altered and they became far more sociable, less anxious and exhibited far less repetitive behavior.  Another example of how the gut affects the brain relates to a study involving the common bacteria – Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.  These bacteria were found to reduce anxiety and depression levels, again proving a connection between intestinal bacteria and brain function.

Significantly higher levels of 4-ethylphenylsulphate – 4EPS have also been detected in the intestinal environments of mice exhibiting autistic type behavior, having levels of up to 40 times more than their well-adapted counterparts.  Although the link isn’t entirely clear – it does provide supporting evidence that 4EPS and other chemicals yet to be discovered, may play an important role in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Still not convinced that there is a very important link between brain and gut function?  Think again.  A study was conducted of 25 women who received brain scans at the beginning of the study to determine their responses to a series of facial images displaying various emotions such as happiness, anger, sadness and more.  Twelve of the 25 women then at commercially sourced yoghurt, containing live bacteria with four strains of bifidobacterium, streptococcus, lactococcus, and lactobacillus, twice a day for four weeks.  The brain scans conducted at the end of the study showed that the yoghurt eating group reacted far more calmly to the facial images than the non-yoghurt eating control group.  It is thought that bacteria in the yoghurt created chemical changes in the brain that led to the calmer responses, but it is not yet known how exactly these changes occur.

What is known is that “good” bacteria produce neurotransmitters including GABA, dopamine and serotonin that affect mood levels.  Specific organisms also affect how these neurotransmitters are metabolized and the amounts that then circulate in the brain and blood.

Butyrate is another neuroactive chemical produced by gut bacteria that affects anxiety and depression.  These microbes in turn affect the vagus nerve – the main information pathway from the gut to the brain.  The immune system in turn is also impacted, also resulting in behavior and mood changes.  A natural progression from this perspective is that gut microbes may well be used to replace Prozac and valium in the treatment of psychiatric disorders in the future once more is known about the gut-brain-behavior dynamic.

Yet another study shows how myelination – the formation of the fatty sheathing around nerve fibers can also be influenced by intestinal bacteria in a certain part of the brain.  Studies are underway to establish whether a metabolite produced by some intestinal flora may one day be used to treat multiple sclerosis.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and type II diabetes have also been linked to the gut, with depression and anxiety being caused by an imbalance of intestinal bacteria, rather than the other way around.  Many studies are currently underway linking behavior, brain physiology and neurochemistry to gut health.  Several neurological conditions such as anxiety, autism, schizophrenia and neurodegerative disorders have been linked to intestinal flora and the growing body of evidence is looking more promising with every study.

Join us at our Integrative Addiction Conference in Austin, Texas in August 2016 to learn more about the gut-brain dynamic.

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Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Coping with craving of cocaine (part two)

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction

In our part one of this series of articles about the cognitive behavioral approach of treating addiction, we had highlighted some of the areas to focus on as listed below and we were able to explore on the first one i.e. understanding craving. You can actually make reference on that as we progress but for the purpose of this article we want to continue from where we left and see how best we can describe craving which is one of the biggest elements when it comes to solving the problem of addiction. Our team of experts from the home of addiction solutions (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury who is also the founder of the facility, we want to explore on the possibilities of dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction with a view of finding lasting solutions to the scourge of addiction.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Describing craving

Having understood what cravings is our next point would be to get the essential sense of the patients’ experience of craving. This can be very broad and may include having the knowledge about the following information.

What is craving like for you? – Doctor Akoury says that cravings or urges as it is commonly known is experienced in many different of ways by different patients. Like for instance an individual could say, the experience is primarily somatic that is to say, a patient would just get a feeling in the stomach or the heart races or just start smelling the element being craved for. For others, craving is experienced more cognitively; like for example one would say that “I need it now” or “I can’t get it out of my head” or “It calls on me.” Or it may be experienced effectively; for example, “I get nervous” or “I’m bored.” Depending on your individual experience, it is important that when seeking for help, you let your therapist know your experience with craving, this way they will be able to get to the roots of the problem and offer solutions effectively.

Are you bothered by craving? – There is tremendous variability in the level and intensity of craving reported by patients. For some, achieving and maintaining control over craving will be a principal treatment goal and take several weeks to achieve. Other patients deny they experience any craving. Gentle exploration with patients who deny any craving especially those who continue to use cocaine often reveals that they misinterpret a variety of experiences or simply ignore craving when it occurs until they suddenly find themselves using. Other, abstinent patients, who deny they experience any craving often, when asked, admit to intense fears about relapsing.

How long does craving last for you? – In this journey doctor Akoury says that to make the point about the duration and nature of craving, it is often very important for professionals to point out to their patients that they have rarely let themselves experience an episode of craving without giving in to it.

How do you try to cope with it? – Getting a sense of the coping strategies used by patients will help the therapist identify their characteristic coping styles and select appropriate coping strategies.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Identifying triggers

The next point to focus on would be the identification of the triggers to the substance of abuse. It is important that therapists should work very closely with their patients to develop a comprehensive list of their own triggers. Some patients become overwhelmed when asked to identify cues. From experience doctor Akoury says that when handling addicts, you will notice that someone may even associate breathing with cocaine use. Again, it may be most helpful therefore to concentrate on identifying the craving and cues that have been most problematic to the patient in recent weeks. This should commence immediately during the therapy session and this should include self-monitoring of craving so that patients can begin to identify new and more subtle cues as they arise.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Avoiding cues

When considering the avoidance of cues it is always advisable that you keep in mind the general strategy of “recognize, avoid, and cope.” These strategies are particularly applicable to craving for all substances and not necessarily cocaine. Doctor Akoury says that real experts would first identify the patients’ most problematic cues then make an exploration of the degree to which some of those could be avoided. This will come with certain sacrifices including breaking ties or reducing contact with individuals who use or supply you with cocaine, getting rid of paraphernalia, staying out of bars or other places where cocaine is used, or no longer carrying money, as in the following example:

Finally in dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction one needs not to let any stone unturned. I am saying this because we are all aware that cocaine is an illegal substance but other substances like alcohol which are legal can form a perfect avenue for the consumption of cocaine without being noticed. Besides that the ability to pay for the substance is another point of consideration. When the financial strength allows users to access cocaine could easily form a solution in an alcoholic drink. Therefore experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center recommends that for any meaningful treatment to be realized, therapists and other professionals in the line of substance abuse must spend considerable time exploring the relationship between alcohol and cocaine with patients who use them together to such an extent that alcohol becomes a powerful cocaine cue. Specific strategies to reduce, or preferably, stop alcohol use should be explored. We appreciate that doing this may not be easy for many people and that is why doctor Akoury will be readily available on call for you to schedule for an appointment so that any pending or unclear issues relating to addiction can be attended to professionally.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Coping with craving of cocaine (part two)



Inpatient medical detox facility appropriate for healing addiction

Inpatient medical detox facility appropriate for healing addiction: Choosing the best

Inpatient medical detox

AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is an Inpatient medical detox facility appropriate for healing all your addiction related complications.

The frustrations that are associated with alcohol and drug addiction can make one to jump into conclusion without really getting the facts correctly. It is true that when one is struggling with any kind of addiction, treatment is very necessary and detoxification is very instrumental in laying the foundation for proper treatment. The challenge that many people often have includes that of identification of the right experts for the job. It is important to note that when the right choice is not made from the beginning, then the whole process is likely to be even more frustrating, demoralizing because the desired objectives may not be realized. In our previous article we did mentioned that detox is very important for individuals suffering from alcohol and drug abuse. We also noted that for this to be done effectively, certain protocols must be observed. In view of this and so that we avoid making costly mistakes, we want to focus the discussion of this article on identifying the right inpatient medical detox facility because it is emerging that not all that glitters is not gold. Many inpatient facilities are business oriented and are focusing more on the financial returns than the key objective of transforming lives. To that effect, doctor Dalal Akoury who is an addiction expert of several decades and also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is going to help us in unlocking the facts about what we must look for, and questions we must ask to get value for our money and eventually free ourselves and loved ones from the scourge of addiction.

To start us off, doctor Akoury is highlighting certain things to ask for before going to an inpatient medical detox facility. She says that it is very important that anyone seeking medical detox at an inpatient facility should ask the following questions and must ensure satisfactory responses from the people concerned:

  • What is the medical protocol for the substance from which the person will be detoxing?
  • Enquire of to know about changes if any that will be made to the medical protocol if the patient reacts differently to the withdrawal than earlier expected?
  • What is the length of time like for instance does the facility offer 24-hour medical supervision?
  • Trace the statistics of the facility and find out what percentage of people who start a medical detox that actually completes it?
  • What is the estimated time required for the detox requested?
  • Will the person leave the medical detox facility on new drugs?
  • Can the person walk outside and what is the surrounding environment like security wise in terms of availability of potential triggers?
  • Enquire if the facility has some prohibitions like are there any restrictions on smoking, watching television, making telephone calls, eating meals and internet access?
  • Assess the level of privacy within the facility. That is to say does the person have a private room?
  • Read wide and find out for yourself about the experiences your predecessors have. Find out what are the comments of former patients about their experience at the facility?

There are a lot one will need to find out and this is just a pointer to the approach one should always take in identifying the right inpatient medical detox facility. Depending on the way you the above is responded to, you can carry out a self-evaluation on the suitability of the facility.

Inpatient medical detox facility appropriate for healing addiction: The AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center experience

If these questions were to be directed to us at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, we would answer these questions in the following way to help you stick with professionalism and assurance of delivery of results that are not only timely but are also going to last for a life time:

  • The AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center protocol includes not only the standard medical handlings but also hydration, vitamins, minerals and good food. This gives us the zeal to deliver on our objectives effectively.
  • AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center offers 24-hour medical supervision is continually monitoring the patient’s progress and frequently will adjust the rate of the patient’s taper in accordance with the comfort and safety of the patient.
  • AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center has a more than 90% completion rate of people who start their medical detox at our facility.
  • Generally, people can complete their detox in from six to eight days and even very high doses of opioids can be detoxed in less than fourteen days.
  • The person will not leave on additional drugs.
  • AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is on 3.25 treed acres and our patients regularly take walks or sit outside.
  • AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center has designated smoking areas but our patients are free to smoke at any time. They have a television in their room. They have a phone in their room and there are no restrictions on cellphone usage. They have internet access and the food is rated as excellent by patients.
  • Each AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center patient has his/her own private room.
  • There are patient comment forms available for review.

Do we know that if you come to AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center you will not revert to using the substance from which you detoxed? Absolutely No, however what we can associate ourselves with is that almost all of our patients complete their medical detox and that their testimonies keeps us to be among the leading addiction solution providers in the global market. We are actually not a shame to note our team of experts have impacted positively to all our clients both at the present and in the past thereby making all patients who have passed through AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center feeling better than they have in years before. This is what we take pride in and we would wish to request you not to stay with your problem in silence, remember that a problem share is half way solved. Therefore if you or anyone you know is struggling with any kind of addiction, then you have an opportunity of regaining your life back by scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today.

Inpatient medical detox facility appropriate for healing addiction: Choosing the best





Medical detox is a necessity to all drug addicts

Why medical detox is necessary to addicts: What is medical detox and why do i need it?

Why medical detox is necessary to addicts

Why medical detox is necessary to addicts

When one is taking any given drug or alcohol into his or her body, the body is bound to react in different ways which may bring about both mental effects and physiological adaptations by the body in the process. The administration of the drugs or alcohol stimulates reactions in the body that were formerly produced by other natural substances. And with time if these reactions continue, the body will begin to produce less of the natural substances and hence rely more and more on the alcohol or drugs. Because all of us have different metabolisms and different DNA, the amount of time before these changes occur varies widely and that brings us to the focus question on this article which is “why medical detox is necessary to addict.” Progressively once a person has become dependent or addicted, they will have withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drugs or alcohol in that regard, they are likely going to experience some mild to severe discomfort and pain when they attempt to stop taking the drug or drinking alcohol abruptly.

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, it is possible that in some cases, the person can just stop abruptly and for sure when this happens, there is bound to be some level of pain and discomfort. However, in cases where someone is drinking alcohol or taking many types of prescription drugs, ceasing to take the drug or to just stop drinking alcohol can cause serious medical problems which can also be very life-threatening if not addressed in good time. Professionally doctor Akoury is registering that if a person is dependent or addicted to opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, oxycodone or methadone or to other opiates like heroin, the withdrawal may not be life-threatening, but nevertheless the available statistics gives a very painful pointers like for instance, the U.S. government has given their estimates to a shocking revelation that up to 95% of the people who try to stop taking these opioids on their own often fail to complete their withdrawal. Therefore to address the safety issue and the discomfort or pain issues of drug and alcohol withdrawal, many people are turning to medical detox facilities like AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. And doctor Akoury is saying that for instance internally we are currently receiving so many clients with different addiction problems daily coming for help which we are professionally delivering to them. You can also become part of this solution if you are struggling with any kind of addiction by scheduling for an appointment with her today.

Why medical detox is necessary to addicts: Medical detox

Detox is the short form for detoxification and it is the removing of toxins which are poisons or harmful things from the body which includes drugs and alcohol. Medical detox therefore means that the detoxification process is done professionally under the supervision of a qualified medical expert. However, the product of a successful medical detox is not the total elimination of all the toxins from the body or the elimination of any cravings for the drug or alcohol. The product of a successful medical detox is that the person, in a more comfortable way, no longer has any medical risks caused by no longer taking the drug or drinking alcohol. With this done the person will then be ready to go into a rehab facility and if he was just dependent then he can return to his life.

Why medical detox is necessary to addicts: Protocol

A medical detox should follow a proven detox protocol which is a detailed plan of a scientific or medical experiment, treatment, or procedure. The best medical protocols are not like a recipe for a cake. A good cake recipe can be followed exactly and should produce the same cake each time. But because all of us have different metabolisms, DNA and current health situations, unlike the cake recipe, a properly designed medical detox protocol is not followed exactly for each patient. Therefore a good medical detox protocol is a guide that contains alternative procedures if the patient reacts differently than other patients. A good medical detox protocol does not have one size fits all procedures, but instead it provides procedures to ensure that each patient is most comfortably and safely detoxed from the substances of abuse. Like for example says doctor Akoury, the standard medical protocol for an alcoholic utilizes a drug that is given to eliminate the seizure risk. Once the person is no longer a seizure risk, the person should be given less of the drug each day until they are no longer taking the drug. This is called a taper. Because of our DNA, metabolism and current health differences, some people will be able to taper off the drug faster than others. The speed of the taper should be adjusted for each person.

In addition, a person withdrawing from alcohol or an opioid is normally very dehydrated, and a good medical detox protocol will address this. They are normally vitamin and mineral depleted, and a good medical detox protocol will also address this. They may experience other withdrawal symptoms that will make their detox very uncomfortable if not handled.

Why medical detox is necessary to addicts: Outpatient solutions

An example of an outpatient detox is when a person sees a doctor in his office as a patient, and the doctor supervises their detox and prescribes any drugs that are needed. The person goes home and visits the doctor regularly during their detox. Because the person is not under medical care for 24 hours a day, the doctor must be very cautious, thus the detox can take many weeks or even months. Unfortunately, it is often the case that the person will have some uncomfortable sensations and not complete the withdrawal. In other cases, a person can become dependent or addicted to the drugs used to assist the person’s detox and they have gone from a problem with one substance to a problem with another.

Why medical detox is necessary to addicts: Inpatient solutions

Patients check into inpatient medical detox facilities and stay in the facility until they complete their detox. Even though some facilities bill themselves as medical detox facilities but only provide lodging it is important to note that a medical detox facility, must ensure that all clients under inpatient solution be put under medical supervision for 24 hours daily for the period of treatment. The patient must be given medical drugs or natural products to assist in their withdrawal. The good news here is that because the patient is under the care of medical personnel around the clock, the detox can go much faster and it is normal for people to complete their withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs in just a fortnight. Finally if you need help contact doctor Dalal Akoury today and experience the difference.

Why medical detox is necessary to addicts: What is medical detox and why do i need it?






Indicators of childhood addiction to substances

Indicators of childhood addiction to substances: What to look for?

Indicators of childhood addiction to substances

Indicators of childhood addiction to substances will be very evident when parents stay closer to their children.

When our children grow up we are often forced to release them to other people for care due to various reasons. Such reasons may include their education, our work schedule that does not allow us to have adequate time to spend with them and many others. As parents and guardians we still have a duty to ensure that they are well taken care of irrespective of their new places of residence whether temporal or permanent. And with the saturation of the drugs and alcohol in our neighborhoods we must up our sleeves to ensure that our children are brought up morally upright. It is for this reason that we want to focus our discussion on the indicators of childhood addiction to substances of addiction. To do this we are going to be talking to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury to help us bring this topic into perspective. In view of this doctor Akoury says that we must first evaluate the accuracy of the problem at hand by answering the following questions: Do you suspect that your child is abusing alcohol or using drugs? Are you worried? Have you noticed some changes with your child? If your response to these is yes, then as a parent it is very normal to be concerned and that brings us to the next point of concern which is how are parents affected by their children’s misuse of drugs?

Before we discuss what you need to look for if you your child is misusing drugs, it is important that we find out how we are affected in the first place by our children indulgence in to drugs and alcohol. Doctor Akoury is very categorical that as a parent your ability to be helpful in this situation will highly depend on how much you understand the significance of alcohol and drugs as well as how you much have been affected by their alcohol and drug use. And in fact, the most important thing you can do to help your son or daughter is first to commit to getting help and support for yourself! And to do that better, you must first understand how you have been affected, and find out if you need some help in answering these questions:

  • About alcohol: Are you troubled by someone’s drinking?
  • About other drugs: Do you need help?
Depending on how you respond to those questions knowing the warning signs becomes the next focus.

Indicators of childhood addiction to substances: Warning signs

The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored or minimized and we should not sit back and hope they will just go away. If left untreated, their usage can develop into serious drug dependence or alcoholism. Therefore is very important to recognize the various signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse early enough for proper action to be taken. Doctor Akoury and her team of experts will always be there for you and so if you’re worried that your son or daughter might be abusing alcohol or drugs you can schedule for an appointment with her today for the commencement of their recovery process but in the meantime the following are some of the physical and health warning signs of drug abuse to look for:

  • Irregular changes in appetite or sleep patterns or sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Shakes, tremors, incoherent or slurred speech, impaired or unstable coordination.
  • Deterioration in personal hygiene or physical appearance.
  • Eyes that are bloodshot or pupils that are smaller or larger than normal.
  • Frequent nose bleeding could be related to snorted drugs like meth or cocaine
  • Sudden seizures without any history of epilepsy
  • Impaired coordination, injuries/accidents/bruises that they won’t or can’t tell you about- they don’t know how they got hurt
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.

Indicators of childhood addiction to substances: Behavioral signs of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Skipping classes, declining grades and getting in trouble at school
  • Drop in attendance and performance at work, loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports or exercise and decreased motivation
  • Consistent complaints from co-workers, supervisors, teachers or classmates
  • Missing money, valuables, prescription or prescription drugs, borrowing and stealing money
  • Acting isolated, silent, withdrawn, engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Clashes with family values and beliefs
  • Preoccupation with alcohol and drug-related lifestyle in music, clothing and posters
  • Demanding more privacy, locking doors and avoiding eye contact
  • Sudden change in relationships, friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
  • Frequently getting into trouble like arguments, fights, accidents, illegal activities
  • Using incense, perfume, air freshener to hide smell of smoke or drugs
  • Using eye drops to mask bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils

Indicators of childhood addiction to substances: Psychological warning signs of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Unexplained, confusing change in personality or attitude.
  • Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing.
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation.
  • Lack of motivation; inability to focus, appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
  • Appears fearful, withdrawn, anxious, or paranoid, with no apparent reason.

Having the above knowledge is not only essential for the determination of whether your son or daughter is struggling with any kind of substance abuse but also very important to you. Addiction is one condition that knows no boundary and therefore when dealing with it, expert opinion is very important in every step of the way. In that regard we want to let you know that if you have been struggling with your child’s addiction or you’re the victim, help is much closer to you that you ever imagine. Doctor Dalal Akoury is a veteran addiction expert of several decades and has registered immense success in her way of administering addiction treatment for her clients. It will interest you to note that she made a personate decision to create a medical center (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. Besides that Dr. Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. You may therefore want to reach out for her professional help by calling her on telephone number 843 213 1480 for an appointment and you will not regret having done so.

Indicators of childhood addiction to substances: What to look for?