Brain-Gut Neuroplasticity (BGN) Program
The HaleHealthMedicine BGN program is inspired and supported by the novel work of chiropractic Neurologist, Randall Gates (GatesWayToHealth), who has been perfecting neuroscience-based functional neurology techniques for use in pain and other chronic disorders for more than eight years.
Through the use of the IFM functional medicine approach, personalised brain exercises, and specifically placed neuro-stimulation (TENS or Rebuilder currents) this program has successfully achieved patient recovery or improvement from fibromyalgia, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, peripheral neuropathy, early cognitive decline, and POTS.
Our BGN Clinic is the first clinic outside of Nevada, USA to incorporate Dr Gates’ functional neurology brain exercise program. Dr Gates is currently actively involved in reviewing the oculo-vestibular findings from all our patients and devising their BGN program. Over a period of 6 months or more, Dr’s Gates and Hale monitor patients closely with regular reviews of symptoms, signs and oculo-vestibular findings.
Why use functional neurology techniques in chronic conditions and cognitive decline?
In chronic pain, chronic illness, autoimmune disease and chronic GI disorders, the BRAIN is KEY to a full recovery. Chronic illness may precede or follow emotional trauma and the trauma previously experienced in addition to the trauma of being ill without answers, often leads to a damaging ‘feed-forward’ ‘fright and flight’ cycle. The fright and flight cycle involves key areas of the brain and body including the limbic system (thalamus, hypothalamus, hippocampus and amygdala), the cerebral cortex, the cerebellum, the adrenals, the GUT and other organs. The ‘fright and flight’ amplifies the physical body problem, which in turn often has the effect of triggering more the ‘fright and flight’ reactions.
Can the BGN improve patients with dementia?
Yes, but is more likely in EARLY cognitive and when there is close attention to ALL the patient’s unique underlying factors that are contributing to their decline. Success also depends on having an effective support team (at least 2-3 family members) ensuring the patient can adhere to the dietary, lifestyle and brain exercise prescription.
At present, the BGN approach has yet to be studied in large scale studies. Our approach is safe as it relies heavily on diet, lifestyle and targeted nutritionals, and not drug therapy. In the process of the program, we always aim to improve overall health and wellbeing.