. Dr. Taketa-Wong’s commitment to cutting edge science led her to a new technology, called NeurOptimal, that can augment her treatment protocols using brain wave patterns. Certain types of brain waves occur when we’re feeling happy, relaxed, focused, on top of our game. Others occur when we’re feeling anxious, having a hard time sleeping, feeling upset or depressed. The NeurOptimal sessions help the brain to achieve more balanced brain wave patterns.
The technology can be helpful for many types of conditions. What’s very exciting to Dr. Taketa-Wong is how she’s seen it work for children – helping with mood, concentration, awareness, and overall cognitive function.
The NeurOptimal machine uses sound frequencies to help balance brain wave patterns. One simply relaxes and listens to music or watches a movie. NeurOptimal® processes brain signals very rapidly, and when it detects them moving into an “instability” pattern, the music or movie pauses very briefly. That’s it. That is the “feedback”. Some people don’t use if for treatment but rather more like a tune up. For them, NeurOptimal sessions help them to recall words, improve overall memory, and feel sharper overall.
If you, a loved one, or friend would like to talk to Dr. Taketa-Wong about NeurOptimal or any health question or concern, she offers a no-charge phone consultation. Please call our office at 808-425-2987 or text FREE CONSULT to that number for more information or to schedule a free consultation with the doctor. You can also click this link: https://www.drtaketawong.com/contact.html...
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"About half the world’s population deals with menstruation, yet misconceptions and myths about it exist to this day. Some cultures still consider just talking about menstruation to be taboo. Even in the U.S., women don’t necessarily like to discuss the topic.
"This excellent write-up takes an in-depth look at 7 menstruation myths, from sex during a period to swimming, exercise, syncing periods, false notions about tampons, and more."
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NEW RESEARCH VALIDATES DR. TAKETA-WONG’S AUTISM TREATMENT APPROACH—SHOWS THAT CERTAIN PROBIOTICS IN PREGNANCY CAN PREVENT AUTISM-LIKE DISORDERS
Dr. Taketa-Wong’s pioneering work in treating autism just received important scientific confirmation. She has long emphasized that autism and other spectrum conditions have their roots in medical imbalances, especially in the gut. She treats brain inflammation, often occurring in tandem with digestive issues, as a major underlying cause of autism symptoms. Her treatments, based on laboratory testing, have helped hundreds of children with autism improve dramatically.
In a new animal study that builds on previous research with both animals and humans, scientists gave animal mothers beneficial bacteria (probiotic) during the equivalent of the third trimester of pregnancy. The result: prevention of an autism-like disorder in their offspring.
The research is the latest in a series of studies in animals and humans showing that exposure to certain microbes can dampen inflammation, positively impacting the brain and central nervous system. The authors look forward to more research to validate their findings because they could open the door to new prenatal interventions.
The scientists envision a day when mothers deemed at particularly high risk of having a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder like autism could be given a specially formulated probiotic or inoculation to support healthy brain development of their child.
The article reviews the emotional and environmental stressors affecting fetal development that expectant mothers should be aware of. The scientists also recommended avoiding terbutaline (a drug that delays labor). As to action that pregnant moms could take, they recommended beneficial bacteria in their diet through fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kefir. (Yogurt and kefir are available in non-dairy forms.)
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Why not use antibacterial soaps? First, regular soaps do the same thing just as well. Antibacterial soaps do not get rid of germs any better than regular soaps and water. In fact, it’s more of a marketing device than anything else.
Second, we don’t need to introduce more antibacterial chemicals into the environment, making them less effective. The environment is already choking on them and their usefulness in fighting disease continues to be diminished as a consequence. Third, the ingredients could contribute to harmful hormonal changes, especially if used over a long period of time.
Taking a closer look, the manufacturers haven’t proven that the antimicrobial ingredients are safe for daily use over a long period of time. That’s why the FDA is issuing a final rule which will ban antiseptic wash products like bar soaps, foam, gel hand soaps and body washes that contain antibacterial active ingredients—including triclosan and triclocarban.
Read the article here.
HEALTH WARNING! HARMFUL PESTICIDE RESIDUE FOUND IN MANY HUMMUS BRANDS. SEE WHICH BRANDS TO BUY AND WHICH AVOID.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is the organization that annually produces their Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists of non-organic fruits and vegetables. By referring to their reports, consumers can learn which kinds of produce should be purchased organic and which non-organic are relatively safe for your family. Now the EWG has investigated hummus and issued their report.
The good news here is that there is an organization we can trust to inform consumers about what foods are safer and which should be avoided. The article lists the brands with the highest and lowest percentages of glyphosate. This is the chemical in Roundup herbicide that has been linked to cancer. Hummus can be a very healthful part of our diet, so knowing which brands are safest is important, especially because toxic chemicals can accumulate in our body over time.
Read the EWG report here.
It’s no wonder that many of us are interested in learning more about sleep. Since 1991, the National Sleep Foundation has conducted polls to study American’s sleeping habits. One highlight from 2020 is that significant numbers of people in America feel sleepy about 3 days per week, which negatively affects their daily lives.
When it comes to which position is best for sleeping, medical science tells us that sleeping on our back is healthiest. However, it must not be very comfortable, because only 8% of us sleep that way. On the other hand, sleeping on our stomach is considered the least healthy due to the way it positions the spine, neck, and arms and presses on the stomach.
Side sleeping benefits include better digestion, enhanced brain power, keeping snoring to a minimum, reducing pressure on the heart. There are ways to keep the body in alignment—sometimes difficult when sleeping on the side—which are explained in the article. Also detailed are the pros and cons of each side.
If you or a friend or family member would like to talk to Dr. Taketa-Wong about this or any other health question, we offer a no-charge phone consultation called the Personal Health Strategy Session. Please call our office at 808-425-2987 or text FREE CONSULT to that number for more information or to schedule a free consultation with the doctor. Mahalo!
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AUTISM ALERT! PHTHALATES DURING PREGNANCY LINKED TO AUTISTIC TRAITS. FOLATE SHOWN TO PROTECT AGAINST THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS.
While there are many potential contributors to autism, medical science is increasingly looking at environmental exposures as a potential culprit. This new study adds to a growing body of evidence that prenatal exposure to certain chemicals may impair social development. Importantly, folate may protect against the harmful effects of phthalates. The research focused on boys since autism is four times more common in boys.
Phthalates are widely used in certain plastics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, food packaging, and medical devices. They act as endocrine disruptors, altering the proper functioning of hormones. It's possible the chemicals could impact mothers' thyroid function or reduce the production of androgen hormones during pregnancy—both of which are crucial for babies' brain development.
In addition, some phthalates have already shown anti-androgenic effects. Androgen hormones regulate the development of male traits and reproduction. Phthalates can also reduce testosterone in baby boys, which would help explain the difference seen between the sexes when it comes to autism.
The new study adds to the conclusions of previous ones. A 2009 study of 4,779 children found that those who lived in homes with polyvinyl chloride flooring, a source of phthalates, were more likely to be diagnosed with autism. A 2010 study found links between higher levels of certain phthalate metabolites during mothers' third trimester and autism traits in 137 children ages 7 to 9.
The good news from the new study is that it reinforces prior research, confirming that mothers who took recommended doses of supplementary folate during their first trimester were less likely to have boys who later exhibited autism traits.
If you or a friend or family member would like to talk to Dr. Taketa-Wong about a medical condition, we offer a no-charge phone consultation called the Personal Health Strategy Session. Please call our office at 808-425-2987 or text FREE CONSULT to that number for more information or to schedule a free consultation with the doctor. Mahalo!
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RESEARCHERS DISCOVERED 400 MEDICAL "FACTS" THAT WERE SHOWN TO BE WRONG (LIKE PEANUT ALLERGIES IN KIDS, DUST MITES AND ASTHMA)
Most people assume that standard medical advice is based on substantial amounts of scientific research. However, like most assumptions, this one, too, is wrong. In fact, researchers recently discovered that nearly “….400 routine practices were flatly contradicted by studies published in leading journals.” The study included scientists from universities in Oregon, Illinois, and Maryland.
Of more than 3,000 studies published from 2003 through 2017 in JAMA and the Lancet, and from 2011 through 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than one of 10 amounted to a “medical reversal” -- a conclusion opposite of what had been conventional wisdom among doctors.
Here are just two: (1) Peanut allergies occur whether or not a child is exposed before age three (2) Keeping your dwelling free of dust mites, cockroaches, and mice does NOT protect against asthma attacks.
The article has a total of 10 findings. The following link is to the meta research that the researchers conducted where all of the findings can be reviewed. https://elifesciences.org/articles/45183?utm_source=content_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_content=fulltext&utm_campaign=12-June-19-elife-alert
You can read the article here.
ACUPRESSURE CAN WORK FOR SELF-TREATMENT OF HEADACHES – HERE’S HOW TO DO IT (AND HOW I TREAT HEADACHES)
I am always mystified at the lack of scientific research into healing modalities that have a proven track record over hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. While acupuncture has been gaining ground when it comes to research, acupressure has barely been studied. Regardless, I certainly see no reason not to try it if you have a headache.
Headaches have many different potential causes, so I take a holistic approach to identifying the underlying causes and treating them. Headaches can be caused by lack of sleep, stress, tight muscles, dehydration, hormonal imbalances, allergies, toxins and many other factors.
When a patient complains of headaches, I do a thorough medical history and physical exam and put on my “medical detective hat” to look for clues as to the underlying causes. By treating the underlying causes with ongoing dietary and lifestyle improvements and natural medicines (medical grade supplements, herbs, vitamins, and homeopathics) my patients have been able to significantly reduce or permanently eliminate headaches and migraines.
While this article includes some information about massage therapy and other related practices, its main value comes from the illustrations and instructions about how to use acupressure points to relieve headaches.
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This article covers natural treatments such as acupuncture, massage, tai chi, qi gong, food selection, supplements, and more. As medical knowledge increases and old stereotypes and prejudices are put to rest, we are going to find increasing acceptance of natural therapies. This is good news for patients.
In working with breast cancer patients (and other cancers as well), I have utilized several natural treatment protocols to help them manage their symptoms and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and medications. These therapies are not meant as a substitute for standard care, but rather serve to lessen its severity.
One of the therapies I use is a Hawaiian herb that helps reduce nausea, maintain appetite, and enhance energy levels. I have seen my cancer patients do much better with their chemotherapy – and even radiation – when they are able to have natural treatment included.
Read the complete article here.