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October 25, 2017

The benefits of a high protein diet for chronic pain patients

KKT recommends that patients undergoing treatment consume a high protein diet, particularly in the first month and a half of treatment. This is because the entire nervous system, which is built primarily of what we call neurons, is loaded with neurochemicals, which are responsible for communicating between nerves. Neurochemicals are proteins and the nerves themselves are built on a framework and structure of proteins. These proteins allow the nerves to maintain a firm shape, further utilizing neuro-filaments and neurofibrils (proteins).

Your body also has other structural proteins called actin and microtubules and these are also crucial to the functioning of a nerve and the network of nerves which eventually become the spinal cord and the brain. We suggest a high protein diet as it assists during the healing phase of KKT as the body regenerates tissues, especially the nerves in the spinal cord and brain.

For patients who have been subjected to concussions, trauma, ripping of the spinal cord, or traumatic impact on the brain we often recommend a keto diet. A keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. Referred to as many different names including the ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), the focus of a keto diet is ensuring your body is burning ketones as its primary form of energy.

When you eat a diet high in carbs, your body produces glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy, while insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream and circulate it around your body. When glucose is being used as your primary source of energy, your fats are not needed and are often stored by the body. This means that on a higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering your intake of carbs, however, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a process that occurs in the body to help you survive when food intake is low. When your body is in this state, you produce ketones. Ketones are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The benefits of a keto diet include weight loss, consistent blood sugar levels, increased mental focus, increased energy, and reduced cholesterol and blood pressure.

Along with introducing the right diet, we also advise that our patients reduce their consumption of junk food when undergoing KKT treatment. Monosodium glutamate or MSG, which can often be found in a lot of Chinese or packaged foods, should be avoided when you’re undergoing KKT treatment.

MSG is a taste enhancer and the reason why it can accomplish this is because it mimics the role of one of the most common neurotransmitters in the brain, glutamate.  MSG can interact to overproduce and overreact, or sometimes have the opposite effect, depending on its location in the brain. The main thing to keep in mind is that MSG can act as a neuro-toxin and therefore one should not be using it in any form, particularly in food.

The other neuro-chemical people should be cautious about is aspartame or artificial sweeteners.  Once these sweeteners reach the brain, they can create functional confusion and pain in the body such as headaches. During KKT treatment, we recommend restricting your use of artificial sweeteners.

KKT’s state-of-the-art technology is designed to return your body to its peak state through a comprehensive treatment and post-treatment plan. If followed consistently, KKT’s treatment is often more effective and less invasive than other invasive treatments which often don’t treat the underlying cause of your pain.

If you are concerned about the symptoms or physical pain you are experiencing, a comprehensive diagnostic assessment by a KKT physician will determine if you require treatment. Click here to find your nearest KKT clinic and book an appointment

Posted in General Health, Healty Lifestyle by KKT Team
August 11, 2017

In a continuous effort to maintain the highest standards of all our centers all over the world, Dr. Khan recently visited the centers in the Sharjah and Abu Dhabi centers in United Arab Emirates. Dr. Khan gave a two day presentation to all physicians and staff about the latest updates to the KKT Treatment and devices. He also touched upon the importance of making all of our patient’s first and having a grander vision for health care.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to personally visit each and every doctor in our UAE centers because they are doing so well,” said Dr. Khan, “I wanted them to be the first to get an insight of the latest changes to our technology and our protocol.”

The training session has been highly lauded as a success and it is anticipated that the latest changes will provide considerable benefit to the fortunate patients who will be receiving them in the near future.

Dr. Khan will be continuing his tour of the Middle East centers by conducting a 2 week training session for the newest KKT center in Oman.

Posted in Press Releases by KKT Team
June 20, 2017

How ongoing chronic pain can affect the brain

In the past couple of years, it has become evident that chronic pain can lead to brain damage and deterioration in the body. This includes damage to the central nervous system, which impacts motor and sensory function, and neurochemical systems. This damage to the brain tissue is measurable and quantifiable, making immediate and precise treatment of chronic pain essential for preventing your chronic pain from causing further health issues.

There are several studies that show the effect that specific chronic pain conditions have on the brain. These conditions include headaches, fibromyalgia, back pain, and irritable bowel syndrome. While it may seem logical to use pain reducing medication to treat the symptoms of your chronic pain, this medication doesn’t have the same positive influence on the brain as treating the neurological component of your chronic pain to establish better health in the long-term.

One of the primary studies conducted on this topic, studying the effects of lower back pain on the brain, was done at North Western University by Dr. Apkarian — a Professor of Physiology. The results showed that up to an 11% shrinkage in the brain occurred as a result of chronic pain.  What’s also interesting is that the loss that occurred in the pre-frontal cortex and the thalamus (a vital structure of the brain that involves sensory and motor signal relay and regulates consciousness and sleep) was related to the amount of time the person was in pain.

For every year of pain suffered, there was a 1.3 cm² of decrease in the grey matter (the grey matter is the outer portion of the brain which contains all the cell bodies). The good news, however, is that the loss of the cortical thickening, or the outer layer of the brain, did not cause any neuron loss, and therefore with proper treatment the damage can be reversed.

Those of us who have been exposed to the pain and suffering of patients can identify with the fact that brain damage is becoming more and more profound.  Furthermore, patients who have been suffering from pain often present with an alteration to their sensitivity and their sensory interpretation of odor, taste, heat, emotions, and touch to varying degrees, due to the fact that they have often been compromised for many years. In fact, much of our clinical observations have now been backed by further studies concluding that patients who have been suffering from pain for a prolonged period are not able to process stimuli in a normal fashion. This relates to the way that the forebrain (the portion of our head that we touch to check our temperature) is able to process dopamine and opioids. What appears to be altered due to chronic pain are the brain receptors for these neurotransmitters indicating that chronic pain is not just a condition that requires treatment of symptoms, but a disease that needs a holistic approach to treat the underlying cause of the pain.

In our KKT clinics we often see patients display a positive change in their attitudes, their memory, their vision, their self-esteem, and their whole persona often comes back to life after a few months of care. These positive effects relate to a separate study of patients who were able to regain some of the brain function they lost as a result of their long standing chronic pain.

KKT’s state-of-the-art technology is designed to return your body to its peak state through a comprehensive treatment and post-treatment plan. If followed consistently, KKT’s treatment is often more effective and less invasive than other invasive treatments which often don’t treat the underlying cause of your pain.

If you are concerned about the symptoms or physical pain you are experiencing, a comprehensive diagnostic assessment by a KKT physician will determine if you require treatment. Click here to find your nearest KKT clinic and book an appointment.

 

Posted in All Conditions by KKT Team