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Recent Posts by Dr. Don Davis, D.C., DACNB - Neurology

The Gut, Inflammation and Depression

America is finally realizing that depression is a serious concern. Of course, the pharmaceutical companies have known for years that there’s money to be made, but now society is on full alert. It’s taken a few miss-steps with celebrities, but the message is clear; those suffering from depression aren’t just having the “blues”, they are suffering, and in a big way. What can we do to help these people? Well, this is one of those times where the best approach is to get back to finding the underlying cause.

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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

By Doc Don Davis            .................. I’m sure you know the feeling, even though you may not know the name. Irritable bowel syndrome or Spastic Colon is one of the most common intestinal disorders. Most doctors and patients find it hard to clearly define just what Irritable Bowel Syndrome is. It used to be a diagnosis of exclusion where the doctor would finally label your symptoms as IBS when they couldn’t think of anything else to call it,But IBS research has advanced so much in the last 5 years that it has cleared the path to a much fuller understanding of the cause and effects of IBS. This syndrome – or collection of symptoms, may start with (photo) indigestion, bloating, gas and abnormal bowel frequency and then progress to (photo) abdominal pain, cramping, heartburn, diarrhea alternating with constipation and nausea. In addition, many patients have what…

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The Second Brain- in your Gut

By Doc Don Davis            .................. Today I’d like to talk about a second brain that we all have that resides in our intestines.  You would think one brain would be enough, but we actually have two brains; one at the top of the spinal cord and one large, powerful “brain” in the gut, called the enteric nervous system.  Anyone that has given a speech and experienced the predictable performance-related stomach distress knows that your gut is listening closely to your brain.  But what can the brain learn from the stomach?  As it turns out, plenty. You see, the brain and the gut, including the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, and colon are intimately connected by the huge vagus nerve in a two-way street. Scientists were recently shocked to learn that about 90 percent of the vagus neurons carry information from the gut to the…

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What’s the deal with gluten?

By Doc Don Davis            .................. Why is it so controversial? It’s clearly part of the modern nutritional landscape that results in a lot distress, both nutritionally and politically.  I'm not only talking about standard medicine vs alternative therapies even though that's part of it.  I'm referring to the severe and widespread damage of undiagnosed gluten sensitivity vs the psychological reluctance to give up what we consider one of the most emotionally attractive and satisfying foods of all time. Gluten containing foods like cookies and breads, stimulate the addiction areas of the brain raising dopamine levels promoting carbohydrate seeking behavior, binging, and food habits that are not consistent with human health.  I don't think I have witnessed a more passive-aggressive food option. And the "political correctness" of being gluten free discourages rational discussion about bagels and beer. Let's face it, if you aren't gluten-free you aren't…

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