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Neuroplasticity – Gut Brain Healing 

Neuroplasticity, also known as neural plasticity, or brain plasticity, is the ability of neural networks in the brain to change through growth and reorganization. It is when the brain is rewired to function in some way that differs from how it previously functioned.

Toxins can cause inflammation, oxidative stress, infection, and allergy. Dr. Joe Pizzorno, a founding godfather of functional medicine, shares in his book The Toxin Solution that there are basic mechanisms by which environmental toxins affect our brain health. Emotional trauma and stress can also add to this.

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  • Enzymes are molecules that speed up the rate of all chemical reactions inside our cells. Toxins poison enzymes, leaving them less effective.


  • Toxins displace structural minerals, resulting in weaker bones. When toxins displace the calcium in your bones, there is a twofold effect: weaker skeletal structures and risk of increased toxin release when you start losing bone cells (for women, in menopause). The toxins being released by the loss of bone now circulate throughout the body and ultimately can affect the brain, increasing inflammation and brain cell loss in our elder years.

  • Toxins damage organs like the brain through B4 (a breach of the blood-brain barrier), molecular mimicry, and collateral damage from neo-epitope formation. For instance, when chlorine binds onto thyroid receptor sites, it forms a neo-epitope. Then your immune system will make antibodies to that chlorine thyroid neo-epitope.


  • Toxins damage DNA, which increases the rate of aging and cellular degeneration. Many commonly used pesticides, phthalates, improperly detoxified estrogens, and products containing benzene damage DNA.


  • Toxins modify gene expression. Our genes switch on and off to adapt to changes in our bodies and the outer environment. Many toxins activate or suppress our genes in undesirable ways. This not only results in individual brain health problems (such as depression and dementia) but also causes effects that can span generations.


  • Toxins directly affect the function of our cell receptor sites (by filling up the catcher’s mitts so our hormones can’t get in). Damage to these cells prevents them from getting important messages, which may result in anxiety.


  • Toxins interfere with hormones and cause imbalances, as in the case of endocrine disruptors. Toxins such as BPA can also induce, inhibit, and mimic hormones.


  • Toxins actually impair your body’s ability to detoxify—again, the body burden—and this is the worst problem of all.


  • Old physical injuries like sports injuries, accidents and whiplash can have long lasting impact years after they occurred.


  • Emotional trauma and stress can create biochemical changes that can affect your brain over many years.


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