Healing from chronic illness should start with the brain and gut.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.

This is not medical advice I wrote this for educational purposes.

I am going to discuss some causes of injury to the brain and things that may help a person to heal. Those who have had Lyme know what it is like it severely damages the brain and causes memory loss, mode swings, depersonalization and many other issues. Many of us who had Lyme had to work together to figure out how to heal our brains on our own. Something to take note of never take high doses of supplements that usually does more harm then good. Buy lower dose and if you need more then you can take more. These often times damage the heart and cause excess blood clotting , restricted blood flow and can cause myocarditis or tachychardia. If these things are not addressed a person could die. This also damages the HPA so the adrenals need healed. All these things take time to heal and a person cannot expect to heal overnight. Depending on how bad a person is injured it can take months to a few years to fully heal. A person will develop food sensitivities so should be aware of foods that alter their moods. Once they heal this will not occur. This is just to give people an idea of things they will need to do to heal. This is mostly going to discuss the brain. The genetic, mitochondrial, metabolic and other health issues will need addressed if you are going to heal. It is best to find an experienced naturopathic practitioner with a good record for healing people.

This is not comprehensive there is much more to healing the brain but I feel writing this could help people get a start and give them some things they can research that may help them.

There is another group of people that will experience these symptoms and that is those who has had to deal with excess trauma, or excess stress or has had their hear broken. They develop what is known as Takotsubo syndrome or broken heart syndrome. Those who have been injured by the Covid injections are developing symptoms very similar to Takosubo syndrome.

It is very complex healing the brain after injury from vaccines, a pharmaceutical drug, eating processed foods, eating food that are GMO, eating foods high in glyphosate, or other toxins. Stress can also damage the brain. Many who have had Lyme refer to it as Lyme brain. Those who have had Covid are experiencing very similar things as those who had Lyme. Gut dysbiosis , gut infection or gut injury will also cause this to occur. Whatever the cause it needs addressed. If it is an infection the infection needs addressed. If it is caused by a toxin a person would have to correct the health issues caused by the toxin.

The key contributors to the damage to the brain are the inflammation and oxidative stress that has occurred. This throws the immune system out of balance. This causes autoimmunity, and chronic illnesses.

A person who has dealt with these things are often times traumatized because they get abandoned by the medical community and often times abandoned or ignored by friends. They may even get treated like they are paranoid or crazy. Many who have experienced this develop Borderline Personality Disorder. When that occurs even after the person has healed their brain they will need to seek counseling from someone who is experienced with helping those who have BPD.

Low doses of selenium, iodine, and magnesium help. Usually I alternated between magnesium citrate and magnesium chloride.

Inflammatory foods such as wheat, animal protein, corn oil, canola oil, rape seed oil, vegetable oil and things that contain transfat should be avoided as much as possible.

Oils like fish oil, evening primrose oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil are anti inflammatory and may help. Melatonin is a very potent antioxidant and anti-inf

Eating fruits helps especially ones low in sugar like pomegranate, berries and cherries.

Most are deficient in nitric oxide. Leafy greens, beet root, and pomegranate can help to increase Nitric oxide levels.

Often times sulfation is effected and would need corrected. Things like pyridoxal 5-posphate (P5P) , vitamin B12, CoQ10, low dose molybdenum, low dose manganese and eating foods high in folate will help with sulfation issues.

Often times the gut microbes are out of balance this will cause hormone imbalances. These things would need addressed. Increasing urseodeoxycholic acid producing microbes will usually decrease inflammation and oxidative stress fairly effectively. Increasing the butryate producing microbes reduces inflammation. Many of our Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium produces GABA which helps the brain heal. I will not get into probiotics but many of them balance our dopamine, serotonin and other neuropeptide levels. Fruit Pectin, resistant starch and jerusalem artichoke root can increase the bacteria that normalize our neuropeptides.

Some of the most potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herbs are grape seed extract, pine bark extract, curcumin, and adrographis.

Increasing nitric oxide and protecting the heart is very important during these times. Some herbs and supplements that can help improve blood flow and protect the heart or CoQ10, consume foods high in nitrates, bacopa, butchers broom, nattokinase, and grape seed extract. Hawthorne has been found to be very healing for the heart.

Oxytocin levels usually become low. Once sulfation is corrected things like sprirulina can help to increase oxytocin. Cod liver oil, olive oil, avocado oil and chocolate can increase oxytocin. Shepards purse and alfalfa increases oxytocin. Getting a message, caressing, even hugging can increase oxytocin.

Herbs that can help improve adrenal function are adaptogenic herbs like gensing, Lemon balm, ashwangha, eleuthero, rhodiola, maca root, holy basil can help to heal the adrenals. Copper and vitamin C are very important for adrenal function but in high dose vitamin C can break down red blood cells.

Things that can improve dopamine levels are oat straw tea, panax gensing, gingko, tumeric, St Johns wort , velvet bean, and Kava kava can help to increase dopamine levels. Kava kava can irritate the stomach and if taken in high dose or long term can damage the liver. Doing something creative helps to increase dopamine. Even doing things such as puzzles or coloring in coloring books can increase dopamine. Vitamin D increases dopamine but should not be taken in high dose. Melatonin increases dopamine. Fenugreek, anise seed increases dopamine. Doing acts of kindness increases dopamine. Smelling lavender increases dopamine. Calming music increases dopamine. Looking at photos of people you care about increases dopamine.

Increasing endorphins help reduce inflammation and pain. Light exercise even yoga increases endorphins. Laughter increases endorphines. Eating hot peppers increases endorphins. Listening to music, getting sunlight also increases endorphins. B vitamins increase endorphins but some can build up in the body and damage the liver so I would not take them daily. Foods that increase endorphins are citrus fruit, bananas, and foods that contain phenylalanine. Nuts contain folate which increases endorphins. Greek yogurt can increase endorphins.

Often times the circadian rhythm gets disrupted. This can effects our whole body including our microbiome and hormones. It is very important to work to correct this. Melatonin, getting sunlight as soon as a person rises in the morning, avoiding blue light from phones, tvs and personal computers before going to bed helps. Even if you cannot sleep try laying in bed, it can help train your mind and body that is the time to go to sleep.

High hydrogen sulfide producing bacteria in the gut can disrupt the circadian rhythm. Also gut dysbiosis can dysrupt the circadian rhythm. Salt increases hydrogen sulfide production in the gut. A diet deficient in polyamines can also disrupt the circadian rhythm. Foods high in proline especially spermidine helps to increase the microbes that maintain the bodies biological clock.

Things that can help speed up healing in the brain are mugwort things that contain berberine like coptis or bayberry. Fish oil can speed up healing of the brain. Passion flower can help to heal the brain but in high dose or if taken for too long it can start to damage the liver. Some have said passion flower irritates their guts. Lions mane mushroom also helps to speed up healing of the brain. Kudzu has been shown to improve brain function. California poppy improves brain function and reduces pain.

Increasing Sirt1 can speed up all around healing. Nicotinamide increases Sirt1. Grape seed extract increases Sirt1. Pine bark extract, grapes especially muscidine grapes increase Sirt1 expression.

These are things that can help to normalize neuropeptides and hormones in the brain. Mango leaf, wild carrot leaves and flowers, Sweet fennel, most types of lovage, star anise, Juniper scopulorum leaves, Sassafras root, most species of basil, thyme, nutmeg, bacopa, and wax flower root. These also reduce inflammation in the mucus membranes so would help the lungs, blood brain barrier , bladder and many other areas of the body to heal. These should help those who have long Covid symptoms. I would use caution with these herbs many of them if taken in high dose can cause hallucinations and some of them if taken long term like sassafras can be carcinogenic to the liver.