Chemical Dependence Detox
Addiction is a medical condition that alters the chemistry of the brain. Restoration of proper brain biochemistry is the major requirement for breaking the addiction, restoring clarity of mind, stabilizing moods, and reducing or eliminating cravings. Functional Medicine Georgia is working in conjunction with Springfield Wellness Center’s proprietary NAD/BR+ Detox to help patients break free of alcohol and drug addictions with minimal or no withdrawal.
Dr. Rachel Murphy
Depression and Anxiety
Similar to stress, depression and anxiety are mental conditions that can have long-term debilitating effects on the body. Although popular culture links the emotions to the heart, science traces emotions to the brain. And though the factors that may result in depression and anxiety are far too complex to be explained by a single chemical deficiency or imbalance across all individuals, the more we learn about NAD, the more we understand that it plays a vital role in many of these complex interactions. For starters, NAD is essential for maintaining proper levels of neurotransmitters—intricately involved in brain communications. NAD also plays a role in DNA repair, and in turning genes “off” and “on.” We also know that NAD levels are depleted when the body is dealing with illness, addiction, environmental toxins (including medications) and stress. So, if depression is caused by one or a combination of the following: faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications, and medical problems, it’s likely that NAD plays a role in resetting the brain to regulate moods appropriately and get you feeling good again.
Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that up to 20% of Iraq War veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). That’s as many as half-a-million vets.
PTSD is so difficult to live with, it often pushes veterans into a downward spiral that includes unemployment, homelessness, depression, addiction, and even suicide. The VA has called it an epidemic that may kill more soldiers than combat.
Functional Medicine Georgia is working with the Springfield Wellness Center’s NAD/BR+ protocol to help traumatized, depressed, suicidal, or addicted veterans beat their demons and find their way back to hope. Our NAD/BR+ formula restores the neurochemical balance in a traumatized veteran’s brain. BR+ has a 97.5% patient satisfaction rate, and over 90% of patients report no cravings even with the most severe forms of addiction.
PATRICK’S STORY: “I’m a Marine combat veteran. When I returned to the States I became addicted to opiate pain medications, and I also suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I couldn’t drive; I was terrified of objects on the side of the road. I couldn’t sleep; I’d have nightmares. I’d finally get so exhausted, I’d lean up against the wall so my back was protected and drop off. I couldn’t hold a job; I was just too jittery. My nerves were shot. I lost my family. My life was falling apart.
“I told my Dad I needed help and he brought me to Springfield Wellness Center. The goal was to kick my opiate addiction, but I also found that it relieved my PTSD. Since 2012 I’ve got my life back. I’ve got a job; I can sleep; I can take care of my kids. When I start to get jittery or get nightmares again, that’s my signal to return for a booster dose. Otherwise, I’m free of drugs and PTSD.”
Chronic stress is perhaps the country’s leading underlying cause of degenerative diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and many more. Stress tells the body to “stop doing what you normally do” in case we need to “fight, fly, or freeze.”
Stress was originally designed to get us out of life-threatening situations, but prolonged periods of stress keep the body “not digesting,” “not healing,” “not repairing or rebuilding,” in a pattern that inevitably leads to illness, depression and additional anxiety, in a negative reinforcing spiral.
Functional Medicine Georgia can help. Our NAD/BR+ protocols give the brain the nutrition it needs to break the debilitating stress cycle and return to normal functioning. When the brain is restored, it can resume its job of directing the healing of the body. The best part: life is a joy and you feel good again!
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) has shown to be responsive to NAD/BR+ treatment. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition most often affecting the arms, legs, hands, or feet, usually after an injury or trauma to that limb. It is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems; however many integrative and functional medicine practitioners believe that CRPS is a result of chronic inflammation, perhaps caused initially by trauma, but also caused or aggravated by stress—including poor diet, environmental toxins (including medications, drugs, and alcohol), and chronic depression or anxiety.
“Neurodegenerative disease” is the umbrella term for the progressive loss of structure or function of neurons, including the death of neurons. Neurodegenerative diseases include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s. The primary causes of neurodegenerative diseases include genetic mutations; accumulation of intracellular toxic proteins; an aggregation of misfolded proteins; mitochondrial dysfunction; and damage to cell membranes. Although these diseases are currently believed to be incurable, NAD/BR+ treatment has been shown to be capable of dramatically reducing symptoms. Although far more research needs to be done, these results are consistent with what we already know about NAD: that it is an essential component of energy production (mitochondrial function); heavily involved in DNA repair and cell repair; responsible for turning certain genes on and off; and essential for maintaining neurotransmitter levels, for the proper functioning of the brain.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions and even sub-concussive hits to the head. This disease was previously called dementia pugilistica (DP), or “punch-drunk,” as it was initially found in those with a history of boxing. CTE is now most commonly found in professional athletes participating in football, ice hockey, professional wrestling, stunt performing, bull riding, rodeo, and other contact sports resulting in repetitive brain trauma. In 2015, researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University announced that they had identified CTE in 96 percent of the 91 deceased NFL players they had examined and in 79 percent of all football players. CTE often results in symptoms of dementia, such as memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression, which may appear years—or even decades—after the trauma.
Stress, aging, metabolic and hormonal imbalances, and other factors can disrupt sleep patterns, robbing the body of time needed to repair and restore itself. Although the biochemistry of sleep is poorly understood, our own results demonstrate that NAD/BR+ therapy is beneficial in restoring proper brain function—with cascading positive effects on stress levels, hormone balance, and sleep.
In a similar vein, and probably for similar reasons, NAD/BR+ therapy appears to have anti-aging effects: boosting the body’s natural cell repair and restoration processes; turning off genes associated with degenerative diseases; and maintaining adequate energy supplies for healthy cell functioning.
The American Cancer Society’s website notes that, after chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment, “the sometimes vague yet distressing mental changes cancer patients notice are real, not imagined. They might last a short time, or they might go on for years. These changes can make people unable to go back to their school, work, or social activities, or make it so that it takes a lot of mental effort to do so. Chemo brain affects everyday life for many people, and more research is needed to help prevent and cope with it.”
Symptoms of “chemo brain”:
• Forgetting things that they usually have no trouble recalling (memory lapses)
• Trouble concentrating (they can’t focus on what they’re doing, have a short attention span, may “space out”)
• Trouble remembering details like names, dates, and sometimes larger events
• Trouble multi-tasking, like answering the phone while cooking, without losing track of one task (they are less able to do more than one thing at a time)
• Taking longer to finish things (disorganized, slower thinking and processing)
• Trouble remembering common words (unable to find the right words to finish a sentence)
NAD/BR+ has been shown to be effective at treating “chemo brain,” just as it does the “mental fog,” or “cognitive dysfunction” associated with years of addiction, alcoholism, chemical dependence, aging, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. NAD has a powerful capacity to “reset” the brain to its original set point.