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LOST IN THE BRAIN FOG
Rg3, Niagen, Hydroxycobalamin
by Dr. Matthew Carpenter
There are lots of causes of the condition referred to as brain fog, something really difficult to pin down – especially when you have it. Mady Hornig, MD, associate professor of epidemiology at New York’s Colombia University Medical Center, calls it “the inability to really punch through, a vague sense of what you’re trying to retrieve, but you can’t focus on it. The effort to harness the thought can be as draining as physical activity.”
Brain fog can be a symptom of many different mental and physical maladies, including fungal infections, metal toxicity, sleep denervation, hormone changes, high stress, side effects of prescription medications – the list goes on and on. Being a biological dentist working with mercury-toxic patients daily doesn’t mean I have the market cornered on brain fog, but I see a lot of it.
I ask all new patients to describe subjective complaints – how they don’t feel well – and we set goals for changes they want. One of the more frequent symptoms described is brain fog, an expected occurrence when you’ve been exposed to metals like mercury, which have been shown to harm brain neurons and cause neurodegeneration.
Retrograde axonal transport – and the supernatural.
The phenomenon of retrograde axonal transport is the science that demonstrates that mercury can move from your amalgam fillings through the nerves of your teeth, traveling back through nerves that control your nervous system to – your brain!
Being a biological dentist in the Austin and Round Rock area has its advantages, here one can find everything from alternative health practitioners to farmers markets to choices for grass-fed meat or local, organically grown vegetables in local restaurants. While I love duck eggs, Kimchi, and locally harvested honey, sometimes you come across natural things that have been turned into something, well – supernatural.
One of my favorite things is working with brilliant minds like Ray Solano, RPH, MBA, CCN, radio host, and head compounding pharmacist for Specialty Compounding. Ray and his lab have developed a new compounded solution with three synergistic ingredients – Rg3, Niagen, and Hydroxycobalamin – that shows promise with brain fog and neuro-degeneration. Users of the compound have reported instant improvements in memory, and the ability to articulate thoughts clearly and directly.
How it works:
- What is Rg3? (Editor’s note: No, not the former Baylor quarterback, benched by the Redskins, which is what you find when you search it online.) Derived by steaming Panax ginseng root, Rg3 is used for neuroprotection, decreasing inflammation, antifatigue, vasorelaxation, brain trauma protection, immune enhancement, cancer therapy, and protection from conditions such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Ginseng root is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a general health tonic, and today is used mainly as an adaptogen, a substance that increases nonspecific resistance of the body to a wide range of chemical, physical, psychological and biological stressors. Purified individual ginsenosides – the pharmacologically active ingredients in ginseng – are becoming popular in integrative medicine to treat health conditions instead of whole ginseng root extract, since individual ginsenosides have different chemical structures and effects.
- What is Niagen? Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) is a more potent form of vitamin B3 – niacin, an important part of cellular metabolism that improves the way cells use energy. On a cellular level, NR is used to create the NAD+ coenzyme, which plays a key role in the function of mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of the cell. Research indicates that NR could be used as a nutritional supplement to improve metabolic and age-related disorders.
- What is Hydroxycobalamin? It’s a natural, more readily absorbable and bioavailable form of vitamin B12, the form to which the body has to convert any B12 you ingest in food and supplements to convert it into a usable form. It bonds to free radicals in your system.
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Dr. Matthew Carpenter of Transcend Dental Health uses drill-free air abrasion, ozone therapy, natural alternatives to antibiotics, and non-surgical treatment of gum disease. He is currently writing prescriptions for the Rg3 compounded formula for his dental patients that have had chronic exposure to neurotoxic metals and are experiencing brain fog. Call (512) 255-3618 for an appointment.