Planting the Seeds of Awareness
Dr. Gilbert Jaudy DC, FACFN, CCST has over 1000 hours of post-doctoral edu- cation in the groundbreaking field of Functional Neurology. Through brain-based neurological treatments, contemporary diagnostics and applications, Dr. Jaudy is making great strides in healing some of the most chronic and severe conditions of his patients.
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about Functional Neurology and what inspired you?
The brain is an electrical organ and I’m fascinated by the body’s ability to elec- trically receive given information, interpret it, transform it and assimilate the in- formation into a functional outcome. Imagine your human body as one cell that developed into billions which now look at you in the mirror as a full human being. All of these cells had a different inherent life during the development process. Life knew its pathway, its destination and its connections to make you all that you are today. But, if you batter life, life will change its course of func- tion, cells destroy themselves and this cascade of self-destruction causes con- nections in the brain to be lost, just like a virus in your computer. Results include deterioration of the brain, digestive system and a host of other symptoms. Some of my patients have 70-80 symptoms when they walk into my office! Functional Neurology is a result-oriented solution to neurological conditions – it is NOT put- ting band-aids on wounds. The goal is to find the underlying cause. After a state- of-the-art brain-based exam the patient knows what is going on in his or her body and has a concrete plan for change.
Q. How did you train to become a practitioner of Functional Neurology?
Ironically, my first degree was in journalism. As a journalist I was naturally inves- tigative in my interest in finding the roots of health issues on a personal level. After receiving a second degree, Doctor of Chiropractic, I began a Post-doctor- ate training program in Functional Neurology. The training in Functional Neu- rology was completed through the American College of Functional Neurology and the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies.
Q. What are some of the signs or symptoms of a neurological condition?
Chronic pain and fatigue, migraine headaches, dizziness, Loss of Interest, Mem- ory Loss, Irritability, Decreased Sleep, Aches and Pains for No Reason, Decreased Immune System, Inability to Plan or Execute Tasks, Forgetfulness, Digestive Prob- lems, Stiffness of joints, Chemical and Hormonal Imbalances, Headaches, Itch- ing, Tingling, Change in Vision, Hearing or Taste. I would call any of these symptoms a blinking light trying to alert you to internal cellular destruction and disruption of the brain’s vitality. When we lose brain cells, we lose the frequency of firing and the body can start to fail producing symptoms such as anger, anx- iety, compulsivity, decreased libido, balance problems, or dropping things. If your central computer is not working well neither will your body!
Q. What is so different about your approach to good health compared to visit- ing a conventional medical practitioner?
Throughout history the conventional model of medicine looks at the human body as parts and pieces. For instance, you visit the optometrist for your eyes, the podiatrist for your feet, and so on and so on. But, how can you separate your sense of taste from its connections in your brain and what your gut per- ceives? For instance, when you eat something bitter or poisonous or moldy, you spit it out. What initiated this action? Your gut? Your tongue? Is it your brain? We cannot disconnect the human body into pieces. It all functions as one continu- ous chain of neurology and circuitries of chemical, neurological and metabolic efficiencies. We do not develop in pieces. Conventional methods have excelled at fixing life and death traumas but functional neurology has provided for spe- cific diagnosis, understanding and clinical applications into the complexity of the mechanisms of dysfunction to target and isolate the lesion. This not only ad- dresses the symptom but provides for a global outcome of results. That is why so many symptoms clear and a higher level of health is achieved when the proper treatment is administered. This is particularly important for the patient that is symptomatic but does not fall into the classical full blown disease. He or she may go from one doctor to another feeling terrible yet with no clear diagnosis or an- swers.
The conventional medicine approach is generally symptom-based while func- tional neurology is cause- based. We focus on the causes of the dysfunction that are in essence responsible for the development of conditions and diseases.
Q. Once you find the cause, how does Functional Neurology help a patient to heal from their condition?
The body can malfunction. The question is “what do you do about it? Shall we alter it by cutting out the “bad” part or organ? Shall we anasthesize the body locally so that you can’t feel the pain and thus not deal with the possible erupt- ing volcanoes..even as they erupt with blazing fires? And what are the domino effect of consequences of not dealing with them?
If we do not know what is cooking we then we can’t take measures to stop or re- verse it. The approach in Functional Neurology is a much different approach to going to the doctor and then given a drug to manage your symptoms without even a second thought of why you have these symptoms to begin with. IT is a con- temporary science based approach to healthcare that targets the cause of the dysfunction through the very mechanism and pathways that it functions…hence, Functional Neurology, or restoring function.
The brain is an electrical organ that is the engine and modulator of all our body sys- tems. We look to the misfiring area that is responsible. For instance if the upper brainstem is misfiring, then the lower brain stem is not being regulated. the brain- stem controls many autonomic processes such as breathing, heart rate, sleep and wake cycles, sensitivity to pain, blood pressure, and much more. does not work well, neither do these functions! If these areas do not work well, neither do these functions!
Hence, if the doctor can understand the wiring system and apply the proper treat- ment applications then we can reboot the nervous system to function properly. It is a radical departure from patching symptoms. It is those neurological pathways that we treat and results which can be profound are often reported in 1-3 visits.
Q. In your opinion, what are the greatest threats to neurological health?
Brain misfiring can cause a host of symptoms due to physical, chemical, and emo- tional stresses. Chemical stresses can be addictions such as alcohol, smoking or ex- posure to an environmental downward spiral such as:
• A highly toxic production of nutrients • Filthy contaminated water systems
• Destruction of the family structure through daily activities
• High levels of pollution in the air and on the ground
• A depletion in the basics of life – pure water, pure oxygen, and pure food
Car accidents, injuries, excess usage of over the counter drugs to name a few.
All of these factors are a perfect storm and we are injecting this from one genera- tion to the next. Unless we do something about this to restore proper neurologi- cal function, health challenges will keep rising.
Q. So proper nutrition and supplementation heals most conditions?
No. It is important to know that if you are physiologically and neurologically mis- wired, you are not going to get the full effect and, in some cases, you might even get more congested. Considering that congestion in your system is a big part of the problem, this is not ideal. Nutrition won’t fix the pathways in your brain. It is easy to pop a pill or supplement, but we must think farther than that. It does not make sense to swallow something more than dumping liquids into a broken en- gine and wondering why it won’t drive. If the nerve conductivity is not there you will not be able to process it. You can bloat like a stagnant lake.
Q. What steps can a person take to insure good neurological functioning?
Every human being can benefit from a brain-based neurological exam to rule out any dormant neurological volcanoes that may be occurring unbeknownst to the patient. Lifestyle choices such as daily activities, eating food that is as clean and pure as possible, drinking the proper water and paying attention to the way one thinks can all be hugely beneficial. Many claim that they feel “healthy” but the truth is that you can’t know how healthy you are or what might be wrong unless you get assessed neurologically..
Q. Can you tell us about some of the ex- citing developments at your center planned for 2011?
There are many. We will be launching the Dr. Jaudy Show in early 2011. The purpose of the show is to create aware- ness of several conditions, the causes and mechanisms of the conditions and what we can do to treat them.
At our office, we’ve also added many new technologies and brain-based diag- nostic equipment. For instance, one new device can test and assess the vestibular system which gives us infor- mation on risk of falling. Another instru- ment can detect tremors in the very early stages. The new state of the art technology allows me to create new treatment plans and procedures that are non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical.
We are also organizing Community Open Health Forums where we are planting the seeds of awareness that will allow families to start and maintain a lifestyle that promotes optimal health.
I’m also very excited to launch a new Brain-Based Weight Loss program that will help people solve their weight issues in an effective brain-friendly manner.
For more information, you can reach Dr. Gilbert Jaudy at 760-340-4777 or www.drjaudy.com.