Donna: Hi doctor. My name is Donna, and I have a prior history of breast cancer. I went through chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. A few years ago I developed an inflammatory disease or airline called Pyoderma gangrenosum, and went into respiratory failure from that. In the last couple years I just ... I haven't been feeling good, I did The Daniel Plan diet through Saddleback church and stuff, so I've been doing that. They're still treating me with fibromyalgia and thyroid problems, and now type 2 diabetes. All these pills are just kind of making me out there with with all this stuff. I don't exercise very much because I don't feel good enough to do that, but I'm trying to do the diet. Nobody seems familiar with the causes from Pyoderma gangrenosum and maybe that, they put me on 2,000 units of vitamin D, and then I had a cardiac enzyme, skyrocketed so they took me off of calcium and vitamin D completely. I'm kinda like, I don't know what to be doing.
Dr. Amen: Okay, so with a chronic illness, it's important for you to do all the things you can do, to try to help it get better. You have to make sure you don't have any food allergies. That you actually do an elimination diet. I don't know if anybody told you to do that, but it would be one of the first things that I would do. My friend Doris Rapp wrote a number of wonderful books, but one of them she said, Is This Your Child? and it's about environmental and food allergies that cause chronic illnesses.
I would completely eliminate, just like Tana told her sister to do. Sugar, bread, dairy, soy, alcohol, coffee, wheat. Now I'm dead serious, and for the first two months I would be eating vegetables, some fruit, nuts and seeds, and lean protein, and that's it. If you have one of those that you're allergic to, that's causing the inflammation in your body, it's totally worth doing it. I mean you'd do anything to be out of this chronic pain and dysfunction, right? Well we've seen many people just completely transform their bodies, just by getting on the right food, so using food as medicine.
Even though you don't feel like doing exercise, I'd do whatever you could do. Maybe it's even in the water, you know, that you're doing things in the water, because that will help buffer some of the pain. That you take high-dose fish oil. I mean what we did with our NFL players is we put them on six grams a day. Many of them said they decreased their pain meds. Another thing I didn't talk about, but I sort of alluded to it in the show, is environmental toxins can totally ruin your body, and ruin your brain. Do you have flood in the house? Is there any mold? Is there anything toxic in your neighborhood? Thinking about those things can be very important as well, but for you it sounds like it's an emergency, and you've already been very sick from this. That means you have to be even more of a warrior for the health of your brain, and make sure that you don't get discouraged and then have a banana split.
Donna: Yeah. Yeah. Been there, done that. Okay. Thank you.
Dr. Amen: You're welcome.
Bev: My name is Bev, and I'm a concerned grandmother. I have a 21 year old granddaughter who is a senior at a university. She's been playing on the women's soccer team for four years. She's just had her fifth brain concussion, I don't understand why they've let her play up into this point, but at this level where she realizes she's done as far as playing competitive soccer, but how can I help her get started on a brain health program?
Dr. Amen: Well I think you know, when the show comes out, share it with her for sure. Or get my book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, or some of the other programs I did. Magnificent Mind at Any Age. I'd give her brain scan for Christmas, because when people see their scans ... I mean the concussions may have not caused any lasting damage, or they may cause serious damage that is going to make her more emotional, less effective, and can affect school, relationships, money, her own health down the line.
Going, you're young, her brain is not even finished developing, it's sustained all of this damage, and now is the time to see how much of her reserve we can get back. That would be so exciting, but it's critical for her to get this message now. Once people have had brain trauma, sometimes they don't listen the first time, because they're inattentive, or they're distracted, or their memory is not good, or they're moody, and they're emotional. It's critical, but you can do her such good by giving her this message.
Bev: I will. Thank you very much.
Francis: Hi. My name is Francis. I'm one of those thousands of Americans that have brain injury from automobile collisions, multiple collisions. In two years of cognitive rehab, I never heard a diet nutrition discussed once, and we didn't talk about exercise either. I have a couple of questions. One is, do you have a rela