Have you ever heard the old term “mad as a hatter?” In 18th-century England, workers who made felt hats were exposed to mercury salts. Mercury is highly toxic to the brain and hatters literally went “mad” from exposure to it. The term “brain toxicity” refers to impaired brain function due to the brain’s exposure to and absorption of toxins such as solvents, chemicals, and heavy metals (like mercury and lead, among others).
Today, you don’t have to be a hatter or an industrial worker to be exposed to toxins. There are many everyday items to which we are exposed – from house cleaners to perfumes to foods to air molecules – that are tainted with heavy metals and chemicals. Unfortunately, the brain “takes up” and retains such toxins very effectively. Left unaddressed, toxins can build up and damage the brain, causing symptoms such as personality changes, memory loss, inability to focus, physical tics, fatigue, seizures and depression.
In the Amen Clinics Method, we see every patient as a product of his or her whole being, including biology, psychology, social connections, and spiritual life. We have always taken a biomedical approach, looking for physiological and environmental factors that may be adversely affecting a patient’s mental health. Brain toxicity is an excellent example of how physiologic factors impact a person’s psychology.
Detoxification is an important first step in treating brain toxicity. Therapeutic lifestyle changes such as brain and body exercises, targeted nutrition and natural supplements along with certain therapies and medication, if needed, can help the brain recover from damage done by toxins.
Brain SPECT imaging (which stands for single-photon emission computerized tomography) is a special kind of study that helps us better understand how your brain works. SPECT can specifically help people with brain toxicity by:
Dr. Amen’s own SPECT scans look healthier than they did 20 years ago. But he’s not the only person who has benefited from a healthy brain program – there is no shortage of people who have seen dramatic results.
At Amen Clinics, we treat each patient as an individual, and take a full personal history before beginning SPECT imaging or recommending any treatment program. Call us today at 888-288-9834 or tell us more to schedule an appointment.