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Music therapy for all health issues

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Music has shown positive effects in a variety of patient populations for improving symptoms related to different diseases and disorders. Here’s a sampling of some of the more common uses of music therapy.

PATIENT POPULATION NONMUSIC BEHAVIORS
Autism spectrum disorder Movement, communication, speech and language, social skills, attention, cognition, activities of daily living
Alzhteimer’s disease and dementia Memory, mood, social interaction
Traumatic brain injury Movement, communication, speech and language, social skills, attention, memory, cognition
Mental health and mood disorders Self-esteem, awareness of self and environment, expression, reality testing, social skills, attention, cognition
Pain management Anxiety and stress, mood, feelings of control
Cancer Anxiety and stress, mood, feelings of control, coping skills
Movement disorders and stroke Movement, speech and language, swallowing , respiratory control,
memory, cognition
Hospice Anxiety and stress, mood, feelings of control, coping skills

Elizabeth Stegemöller is a board-certified music therapist and neuroscientist at Iowa State University, where she studies the effects of music on movement and associated neurophysiology in persons with Parkinson’s disease.

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aging exerAfter 96 years of age, he has crying spells in the afternoon or early evening hours when our brain hormones are slowing down to ready for sleep.  With less exercise and more time sitting down watching TV and eating every 2 hours, he forgets to remember things as his brain and muscles are not working as it should when he was young.  Whenever I see him, I give him a hug and trains other caregivers to hug him more. He perks up and can do more walking.

Hugging can increase the production of dopamine in your brain, and this can be seen in PET scans of the brain. Dopamine levels are low in people with conditions like Parkinsonism and mood disorders like Depression.

So if you see someone depressed, give him a hug, and bring a little joy to their life.
Dopamine levels are low to those with Alzheimer and Parkinson’s diseases.
Dopamine containing neurons control  voluntary movements. The association with a physiologically reduced glutamate release from frontal and prefrontal cortices, hippocampi and amygdala would induce further decrease of Dopamine release, inducing hypo-activity, gait disturbances and decline of executive functions.

The earlier the impairment of Dopamine system occurs, the fastest the cognitive decline goes.

Hormones and nuerotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine are responsible for our emotions and affects our memory and muscles causing Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease.
In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter—a chemical released by neurons (nerve cells) to send signals to other nerve cells. The brain includes several distinct dopamine pathways, one of which plays a major role in the motivational component of reward-motivated behavior.
Epinephrine, also called adrenaline, hormone that is secreted mainly by the medulla of the adrenal glands and that functions primarily to increase cardiac output and to raise glucose levels in the blood.
Norepinephrine, also called noradrenaline, substance that is released predominantly from the ends of sympathetic nerve fibers and that acts to increase the force of skeletal muscle contraction and the rate and force of contraction of the heart.

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Eat happy foods: eggs, colorful whole foods and yams and whole foods/dietary supplements rich in the following nutrients:
Folate, Vitamin B complex, SAM-E,omega 3, digestive enzymes, probiotic, Vitamin C, copper, iron from greens, NAC
Suggested exercises should include walking, dancing , stretching, yoga, meditation, and other body movement.
Remember all the above information assumes that you have a healthy liver. Take care of the laboratory organ of your body, the liver which processes all chemicals, drugs, alcohol and nutrition in your body.
During sleep, your brain is helping the liver detox your body. The lymphatic system which travels opposite your circulatory system is responsible for cleaning your blood.

Lactate and brain

Lactate is considered an important metabolite in the human body, but there has been considerable debate about its roles in brain function. Research in recent years has suggested that lactate from astrocytes may be crucial for supporting axonal function, especially during times of high metabolic demands or hypoglycemia. The astrocyte-neuron lactate transfer shuttle system serves a protective function to ensure a supply of substrates for brain metabolism, and oligodendrocytes appear to also influence availability of lactate. There is increasing evidence for lactate acting as a signaling molecule in the brain to link metabolism, substrate availability, blood flow and neuronal activity.
The brain produces its own lactate from the metabolism of glycogen and tends to export lactate at rest []. Lactate is brought into the brain across the BBB to be used as fuel when plasma lactate is high or plasma glucose is low [].

Caffeine, drugs, iron, zinc, heart and latest research

Coffee is a complex mixture of chemicals that provides significant amounts of chlorogenic acid and caffeine. Unfiltered coffee is a significant source of cafestol and kahweol, which are diterpenes that have been implicated in the cholesterol-raising
effects of coffee.

The results of epidemiological research suggest that coffee consumption may help prevent several chronic diseases, including type 2 DM,41 Parkinson’s disease69 and liver
disease.

Large prospective cohort studies in the Netherlands, US, Finland and Sweden have found coffee consumption to be associated with significant dose-dependent reductions in the risk of developing type 2 DM, although the mechanisms are
unclear.

Several large prospective cohort studies have found that caffeine consumption from coffee and other beverages is inversely associated with the risk of Parkinson’s disease in men and women who have never used postmenopausal estrogen.3,67,68

The results of animal studies suggest that the ability of caffeine to block adenosine A2A-receptors in the brain may play a role in this protective effect.

Epidemiological studies also suggest that coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of hepatic injury, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, although the
mechanisms are not clear.

Inverse associations between coffee consumption and colorectal cancer risk observed in case-control studies have not generally been confirmed in prospective cohort studies.

Coffee and Health A Review of Recent Human Research

Most prospective cohort studies have not found that coffee consumption is associated with significantly increased risk of CHD or stroke.

However, randomized controlled trials lasting up to 12 weeks have found that coffee consumption is associated with increases in several cardiovascular disease
risk factors, including blood pressure6 and plasma tHct.

At present, there is little evidence that coffee consumption increases the risk of cancer. Although most studies have not found coffee or caffeine consumption to be inversely associated with bone mineral density in women who consume adequate calcium, positive associations between caffeine consumption and hip fracture risk in three prospective cohort studies suggest that limiting coffee consumption to 3 cups/d (300 mg/d
of caffeine) may help prevent osteoporotic fractures in older adults.

Although epidemiological data on the effects of caffeine during pregnancy are conflicting, they raise concern regarding the potential for high intakes of coffee or caffeine to increase the risk of spontaneous abortion and impair fetal growth

Serious adverse effects from caffeine at the levels consumed from coffee are uncommon, but there is a potential for adverse interactions with a number of medications. Regular
consumers of coffee and other caffeinated beverages may experience withdrawal symptoms, particularly if caffeine cessation is abrupt.

Overall, there is little evidence of health risks and some evidence of health benefits for adults consuming moderate amounts of coffee (3–4 cups/d providing 300–400 mg/d
of caffeine). A review of the effects of caffeine on human health commissioned by Health Canada also concluded that moderate caffeine intakes up to 400 mg/d are not associated
with adverse health effects in healthy adults.

However, some groups, including people with hypertension and the elderly, may be more vulnerable to the adverse effects of caffeine. Currently available evidence suggests that it would be prudent for women who are pregnant, lactating, or planning to become pregnant to limit coffee consumption to 3 cups/d providing no more than 300 mg/d of caffeine.

Caffeinated soft drinks are the principal source of caffeine in the diets of children and adolescents in the US, although coffee consumption increases somewhat during adolescence.

Limited data from short-term clinical trials suggest that daily caffeine intakes of 3 mg/kg of body weight or more may have adverse effects in children and adolescents.

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