Maybe you’re experiencing joint pain or having difficulty remembering things, so you do what most people would do – visit your doctor. Your doctor asks you some questions and performs some exams. [...]
Human health is not universal, linear, or consistent. It’s individualized and in a constant state of flux. For those trying to improve their wellbeing, it’s crucial to recognize that variation [...]
Research into the brain-gut connection is revolutionizing how medical professionals understand the relationship between mood, food, and cognitive function. At the center of this new space is the [...]
Medical technology evolves rapidly, but many healthcare professionals continue to use outdated and one-dimensional diagnostic tools. These often fail to detect neurological conditions like [...]
You can’t treat it if you don’t know the cause. Nerve conduction and electromyography are two really powerful diagnostic tests I use in the first pillar of my unique Five-Pillar system – [...]
“This patient needs an EMG.” It’s something I say to my nurses all the time, but from a patient’s perspective, it might be a little confusing. Let’s take a closer look at EMG testing, [...]
So, you’ve scheduled a spinal fluid examination. You’re a little concerned about the procedure itself (don’t be – it’s a very routine process that’s only slightly more involved than your standard [...]
I’ve been practicing as a neurologist and medical doctor since the early 1990s, and I’ve done thousands of spinal fluid examinations. I know the procedure sounds painful and high-risk, but trust [...]
You are familiar with the conventional process. You see a doctor. They diagnose your condition, and you are prescribed medication to treat your brain or nervous system. It works – to an [...]
Does the healthcare delivery system work? It is a huge, multi-faceted question, one that demands nuance and objectivity, professional and personal experience. In this article, I will break down [...]
A functional medicine approach to inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease When a degenerative disease changes our or a loved one’s life, we all wish for a quick and painless solution, a [...]
New Trial Shows Potential Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Breakthrough Just under one million people in the United States live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease that impacts the central [...]
The United States is home to an estimated one million people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), with approximately 60,000 Americans diagnosed each year. PD impacts people’s everyday lives and [...]
Samantha, a local bank manager, came to see me recently for her migraines. At the time of our first visit, she told me she was having as many as 8 migraine attacks a month. For her, an attack [...]
This is a common scenario in my office: “Do you believe in fibromyalgia? My doctor doesn’t. My doctor says it does not exist.” For the record, I do believe in fibromyalgia, and it does exist. [...]
When I decided to write The Healthy Brain Toolbox: Neurologist-Proven Strategies to Prevent Memory Loss and Protect Your Aging Brain, it was because I thought it was high time to set the record [...]
I’m Dr. Ken Sharlin, a practicing functional medicine board-certified neurologist. When my nurse says the next patient waiting to see me is a 34-year-old woman with numbness and tingling whose [...]
What Is Memory Loss? The words “memory loss” makes me think of my patients who struggle with completing sentences, recalling words or names, repeating the same question, forgetting conversations, [...]
If you are bothered by headaches it may be helpful to know that all headaches are not the same. A narrow definition of headache would include pain in any part of the head, often parts of the [...]
Did You Know? The Importance of Sleep Sleep improves your digestion. Sleep helps you balance your hormones and immune system. Sleep is a time where the brain clears toxins that have accumulated [...]
A video showcase of just a few of the many patients we have helped with my Brain Tune Up! Protocol. Discover the power of our program through their words.
If you are affected by neurological disease we would like to showcase how Brain Tune Up! Protocol can help reverse memory loss and give you short and long term health.
Meet Mike, Brain Tune Up! Protocol Memory Loss patient. Discover his story, share his journey before and after our treatment.
A retiring couple today can expect to spend for the rest of their lives on health care, not including nursing home cost. A most recent estimate was approximately $280,000.
I would say out of 10 people that come and see me maybe two, in fact, do not have Alzheimer's disease, they have something else going on. So, it's very easy to label someone with Alzheimer's [...]
When we address problems at the root cause level, we're really addressing all causes of disease, that's the incredible thing about the Brain Tune Up! program.
Thanks to modern imaging, breakthroughs in genetics, microbiology, our understanding of the brain’s immune system, and cell biology we now know that Alzheimer’s disease has many causes and those [...]
Want To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? In my previous blog posts I’ve listed for you some important aspects of why women are at increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease [...]
12 Good Health Habits To Reduce Your Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease: How can we keep our brains tuned later in life? Stay engaged. Memory changes can be frustrating, but the good news is that, [...]
In another study called the Cache County Study, women who initiated hormone replacement therapy within at least 5 years of menopause had a 30% reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Now there's another layer or risk because we know that women who have their ovaries removed before the natural age of menopause and therefore have an abrupt and somewhat unnatural decline in [...]
Hi, I'm Dr. Ken Sharlin with Sharlin Health & Neurology. We're going to talk a little bit today about the remarkable differences in Alzheimer's disease when it comes to looking at the risk for [...]
In 1817, the English doctor, James Parkinson, described what has become known as Parkinson’s disease in a report of six cases he titled, “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy.”
ADRENAL FATIGUE EXPLAINED: THIS IS KAREN’S STORY Karen was the third person to see me in the past couple of weeks with nearly the same medical history.
It is through our actions that we can turn on health-promoting genes, and turn off disease-promoting ones. In this sense, it is reasonable to ask what can women do to reduce their risk of [...]
So the question frequently comes up, when someone has a family member, perhaps a grandparent or a parent that has been affected by Alzheimer's Disease
Although genes, the code of life found deep within each cell, play a role in our health it is estimated that their overall impact is relatively small.
I read an article recently reporting on results of a drug trial hailed as the best news for Alzheimer’s disease research in 25 years. Are we really on the verge of a cure? Dr. Sharlin Responds: [...]
The boardroom of healthcare leadership needs to be filled with innovative risk takers and those with solutions for our system that reach beyond the status quo. In October 2015 I left my place of [...]
Is there really such a thing as non-celiac gluten sensitivity? Dr. Sharlin Responds: Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is different from wheat allergy and Celiac disease. It remains a [...]
Taking it to the next level. The Wahls Protocol uses functional medicine principles and a specific Paleo diet (The Wahls diet) to address autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. But in [...]
Facebook comment: There is no such thing as commercially available genetically modified wheat. This is just “fear-mongering.” Dr. Sharlin responds: To suggest, by extension, that we are being [...]
Next month I will be speaking at the annual Wahls Seminar about how to talk with your doctor. If you have multiple sclerosis or other autoimmune diseases you may, and, frankly, you SHOULD, be [...]
CADASIL (“Cerebral Autosomal-Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy”) is the most common form of hereditary stroke disorder, and is thought to be [...]
“Growing your own food is like printing your own money” says Ron Finley, the Guerilla Gardner of South Los Angeles in TED 2013. I am reminded of these words when a friend echoes them in [...]
Dorothy: Oh, will you help me? Can you help me? Glinda: You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas. Dorothy: I have? If you are an adult [...]
According to the Mayo Clinic Online Meralgia Paresthetica is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in the outer thigh. The cause of meralgia paresthetica is [...]
A 2015 article in the journal Mitochondrion begins with the sentence, “Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome with unknown etiology.” It goes on to describe three findings that are commonly [...]
I am about to commit functional medicine blasphemy. I am about to tell you something, well, not very nice. Are you ready? Here it is: You are not an MTHFR. If you are a frequent flyer of the [...]
I was seeing a patient the other day in my office who had come in to review her lab results. Her concerns include fatigue, poor energy, weight gain, and diffuse muscle soreness. She owns a [...]
One of the first ideas I was introduced to in my education as a functional medicine doctor was the illness-wellness continuum. To me the idea that each of us lives on a scale between perfect [...]