The Once a Year 45 Day Brain Tune-up

BrainWith all the stress in our lives it can help to tune up your brain every now and then. Just like your car needing fresh oil and spark plugs, your brain needs to be occasionally nourished with extra nutrients and a healthy diet.

This brain tune up slowly heals your brain. However, it won’t take long until you feel the effects, which include deeper sleep, better concentration, improved memory, and less stress.

The Meal Plan

The focus is to decrease inflammation without drastic changes. Nourish your brain by removing all processed foods. Try to eat organic as much as possible to help lower pesticide exposure. If you can’t eat organic, look at the fruits and vegetables in the dirty dozen and avoid them unless they are organic.

Meal Plan Guidelines

  • Avoid processed foods
  • Eat organic when possible
  • Cut back on grains
  • Eat mostly fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.


If you are doing a daily meditation, continue your practice. For those who don’t meditate, a simple meditation practice isn’t difficult. Just breathe in for a count of 7 and breathe out for a count of 7. Count and concentrate on counting. Five to ten minutes is all you need. Sometimes the best time is when you first get in bed. This can help you sleep better.


Make sure you are on a multivitamin to maintain healthy levels of your vitamins. On top of a multivitamin, take the following:

Krill Oil – 3000 mg a day. 1000 mg with each meal

Why krill and not fish oil? Krill oil differs from fish oil in way that its EPA and DHA are bound to phospholipids. Fish oils DHA and EPA are bound to triglycerides. The brain membranes are high in phospholipids making krill the ideal choice to help them heal.

Be cautious of krill if you have a seafood allergy, bleeding disorder and if you’re about to undergo surgery. Krill oil may slow blood clotting so do not take this along with medications that slow blood clotting. If you are taking fish, flax, or other type of oils, discontinue during the 45-day brain tune up regimen.

Curcumin (Meriva) – 3000 mg a day. 1000 mg with each meal

Curcumin is known to help fight inflammation. We want to reduce any inflammation in the brain in order for healing to occur. Meriva is a form of curcumin that has up to 30 times greater absorption than regular curcumin so it works much better in reducing inflammation.

Resveratrol – 400 mg/day in two 200 mg doses

Resveratrol is another substance that helps reduce brain inflammation. Resveratrol can also help increase blood flow to the brain and increase healing. A glass (one) of red wine can also be another helpful source of resveratrol during your brain tune-up.

Magnesium L-Threonate 1-3 capsules of Life Extension Neuro-Mag Magnesium L-Threonate

Over half of Americans are magnesium deficient. It is difficult for magnesium to be absorbed into the nervous system and brain. Neuro-Mag from Life Extension has been shown to increase magnesium levels in the spinal fluid.  It is a great product that gets essential magnesium to the brain.

It is suggested that you start with 1 capsule an hour before bedtime. Over the next few days, add 2 more capsules taken during the day.


In order to keep your brain healthy going, you’ll take smaller amounts of most of the nutrients.

Krill Oil –500mg/day

Curcumin (Meriva) – 1000 mg/day

Resveratrol – 200 mg/day

Magnesium L-Threonate 1-3 capsules

Continue with 1 capsule at bed time. Many people who feel so much better using this form of magnesium like to continue taking 3 capsules per day.

We recommend the following supplements for quality and value:

Neptune Krill Oil 1000 mg Source Naturals Inc. 90 Softgels by Source Naturals

Curcumin Phytosome featuring MERIVA 180 Count (500mg) by Doctor’s Best

Best Trans-Resveratrol 200 featuring ResVinol-25™ (200 mg) by Doctor’s Best

Neuro-Mag Magnesium L-Threonate 90 VegiCaps by Life Extension

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Eating Organic Makes a Difference!

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In a recent article, The better-than-nothing diet, from New Hope Natural Media discusses how eating organic, even if it is only part time reduces your exposure to pesticides. Eating organic can lower organophosphate pesticides in your body even if you aren’t eating a full time organic diet.


We are seeing a continuing increase in childhood diseases related to organophosphate exposure. A recent study in Environmental health Perspectives found that exposure to organophosphate pesticides in infants was associated with an increase respiratory symptoms and possible asthma.

Cognitive Deficits

Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase 1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood from the Environmental Health Prospectives journal discusses how exposure prenatally to organophosphates can lead to deficits in cognitive development in babies. The organophosphates also adversely affect perceptual reasoning. These deficits begin at 12 months and continue all the way into early childhood.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

An evaluation of The Charge Study found that living close to organophosphate pesticide application (less than 1.5 km) is associated with a 60% increase in autism and an increase in developmental delays.

Safer in the Big City?

One might think living in a large city away from agriculture might keep you safe from exposure. However, the study Population-Based Biomonitoring of Exposure to Organophosphate and Pyrethroid Pesticides in New York City found adults in New York City have higher pesticide levels than most of the rest of the United States.

Those eating green vegetables had higher levels of pesticides than those who largely abstained. This is why eating organic makes sense to lower our exposure.

In Conclusion

Non-organic apples, celery, grapes, peaches, and strawberries have some of the highest levels of pesticides. Look at The Environmental Group’s shopping guide to help choose fruits and vegetables with low levels of pesticides. Make sure you buy organic when possible, being mindful of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables from the guide.

Look to control household pests naturally whenever possible to keep exposure down for you and your family. There are many natural alternatives around the house, in the garden and the yard.

Check our WebVitamins selection of healthy, natural and organic foods.


In Good Health,


John Montague DC

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AHCC Miracle for Some HPV Patients

AHCC, Japanese mushroom extract, eradicates HPV infections in women For sufferers of the most common STD in the United States there is good news. Up to 70% of sexually active adults will acquire HPV at some point in their lives.

Research presented at the Society for Integrated Oncology showed that there is possibly a natural method to eliminate HPV. HPV is associated with a variety of cancers. Most commonly is cervical cancer, but also esophageal cancer, anal cancer, vaginal cancer, and penile cancer.

In this study, the researchers used AHCC, a mushroom extract, in the treatment of HPV. The patients were treated with AHCC pills used once a day.

The group of 10 women were studied for a period of up to 6 months. 5 had a negative HPV test result, while 3 had confirmed eradication, and the other two responded and continued on the treatment.

This is great news for anyone suffering from this terrible disease and offers hope to millions.   Source:

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Exercise May Help Smokers Quit

Exercising helps depressed smokers quit

People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. And those who have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of. Those insights were among the collective findings recently published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research by a team of researchers based in part at Concordia University. While nearly one in five North American adults are regular smokers, a figure that continues to steadily decline, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag. The statistic motivated the researchers to investigate what was behind that higher percentage. The findings revealed that those who struggle with mental illness simply have a tougher time quitting, no matter how much they want to. The anxiety, cravings or lack of sleep that accompany typical attempts to quit cold turkey will have them scrambling for the smokes they might have sworn off earlier that evening. A person without clinical depression is better equipped to ride things out.

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Coffee and Hot Flashes?

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Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?

Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats that affect roughly two-thirds of women as they go through menopause, new survey data suggests. “While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats,” said researcher Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of the Women’s Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But caffeine — a stimulant found in coffee and colas — appears to have a different effect on women beginning the transition into menopause (known as perimenopause). In their case, caffeine might boost their mood, memory and concentration, the survey suggested.

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Dietary Supplement Research No More

No more dietary supplement research … ever!

When scientists deter future research, they discourage inquiry that might lead to the next big breakthrough. After this, no one need ever write on this topic or conduct further research in this area again, unless, of course, you agree with my conclusions and just want to say so, because this piece unequivocally delivers the final word on the topic I’m writing about: dietary supplement research. Does this sound crazy to you? Not to mention a little pretentious, ego-inflated and defensive? It does to me too. But there seems to be a recent trend among researchers, particularly those studying the effects of specific dietary ingredients, to publish their study (sometimes it’s not even an actual study; it’s a meta-analysis of other people’s research) and then declare the final nail has been placed in the coffin; no one else need investigate further (and risk contradicting their conclusions).

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Cocoa Extract Against Specific Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s

Cocoa extract may counter specific mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease

“There have been some inconsistencies in medical literature regarding the potential benefit of cocoa polyphenols on cognitive function,” says Dr. Pasinetti. “Our finding of protection against synaptic deficits by Lavado cocoa extract, but not Dutched cocoa extract, strongly suggests that polyphenols are the active component that rescue synaptic transmission, since much of the polyphenol content is lost by the high alkalinity in the Dutching process”. The new study provides experimental evidence that Lavado cocoa extract may influence Alzheimer’s disease mechanisms by modifying the physical structure of Aβ oligomers. It also strongly supports further studies to identify the metabolites of Lavado cocoa extract that are active in the brain and identify potential drug targets.

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How To Treat and Prevent Effects of Poison Ivy

Treatment and Prevention Tips on Poison Ivy

Dr. Michael Gabriel, a Staten Island pediatrician, provides advice on how to avoid poison ivy plants and treat or prevent rashes. According to an article published by, poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac all contain the same oily substance that causes rashes: urushiol. Recognizing oily plants during different parts of the year is important because they can look different depending on the season. Poison ivy can often be red during the spring, green during the summer, and brown during the fall. An allergic reaction to poisonous plants occurs for 60 to 80 percent of people within hours, or as late as 5 days after coming in contact with a plant. Poison ivy can often be prevented, according to the article. Avoiding areas where poison ivy is present is the key way to prevent poison ivy rashes, along with learning to identify plants and wearing proper clothing when engaging in outdoor activity.

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Beet Juice for Athletes

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Beetroot juice supplementation may boost time trial performance

As you may be aware beets are a great source of nitrates. This is then converted to nitric oxide which is a vasodilator.

Nitric Oxide cases a decrease in the resistance of peripheral blood vessels and can result in reduced blood pressure.

This study the athletes received 140 milliliters of beet juice every day. While the athletes didn’t show any difference in blood pressure they did find times in 5K runs were 18 seconds quicker for the control group as opposed to the placebo group.


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