What factors protect our brain cells from destruction? When Parkinson’s disease is first diagnosed, 60% of the brain cells that produce dopamine may already have died. Those of us who are not diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease may already have lost some of our dopamine-producing brain cells. Even with Alzheimer’s disease, by the time that it is diagnosed, 30% of our total brain cells may have already died. Clearly, neuroprotection of our brain cells is crucial. Starting protection before diagnosis is important.
Steven Blake, ScD
• approaches to protect brain cells from neurodegenerative disease
• antioxidants in food and spices which provide neuroprotection
• pollutants and substances in foods which should be avoided to reduce the risk and progression of neurologic diseases
• specific foods, spices, and supplements to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease
• the role of inflammation in neuron death and how to reduce inflammation
Steve Blake, ScD is faculty nutritional biochemist at Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience. He has offered many classes at the University of Hawaii. He has designed the Hawaii Dementia Prevention Trial, a clinical study at the Hawaii Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He is personally involved in conducting this clinical trial using dietary changes and with nutrients found in his targeted nutritional supplement Brain and Body Food.
Steve Blake is author of the 2008 McGraw-Hill college textbook Vitamins and Minerals Demystified. He is also the author of How NOT to get a Heart Attack, Arthritis Relief, A Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease, and Understanding Fats and Oils. He has written Mosby’s Alternative Remedies and is co-author of Mosby’s Drug Guide for Nurses, 4th edition.
Steve Blake authored the Diet Doctor, software for analyzing dietary nutrients. This software allows detailed analysis of your dietary fats, tocopherols, carotenoids, and many other nutrients. He has also maintained one of the world’s largest databases of plants used medicinally, called the Herb Doctors.
Steve Blake studies scientific research on the connections between food and disease. He sees himself as a translator of the medical literature into understandable, science-based language. Steve Blake attended the University of California. He is a research specialist in nutritional biochemistry. He lives on a solar-powered, organic farm on Maui with his wife Catherine.
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Sergio F. Azzolino, DC, DACNB
Dr. Azzolino will discuss brain based rehabilitative strategies to maximize brain function in health and disease. He has achieved international success with his brain rehabilitation programs for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, balance and movement disorders, and a variety of chronic illnesses such as Parkinson’s Disease. He has also worked with numerous professional athletes and individuals striving to maximize their performance.
With the use of innovative and advanced technologies, he is able to customize an individualized brain based program that enhances brain function such as visual-motor integration, balance and coordination, speed and reaction times, working memory and cognitive aspects.
Dr. Azzolino is an internationally renowned clinician who has been serving his profession and patients from around the world since 1995. On May 24, 2012 he was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and in January of 2014, he was elected Chairman of the Board. He continues to also serve as Chairman of the Scope of Practice and Enforcement Committees.
Dr. Azzolino obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West in 1995 where he graduated Salutatorian and Summa Cum Laude, received the Clinic Excellence Award for his graduating class, and was given various other awards and honors for his accomplishments such as the Excellence in Care citation.
He holds Board Certification in Chiropractic Neurology through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board as well as Board Certification in Pain Management through the American Academy of Pain Management. In 1997, Dr. Azzolino was appointed to the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, was elected vice president for three terms, and continues to serve in this capacity.
Dr. Azzolino is a Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology and of the American Board of Childhood Development Disorders. He is appointed as an examining Board Member of the American College of Functional Neurology. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics.
He was voted Chiropractic Neurologist of the Year in 1999 by the American Chiropractic Association Council on Neurology, and Clinician of the Year in 2010 at the International Conference of Functional Neurology.
Dr. Azzolino has blended his background in nutrition and sports medicine with years of advanced post doctorate training in Functional Medicine and Neuroimmunological Studies to provide a comprehensive and unique approach to his patients’ care. He is currently participating in the Fellowship for Post Traumatic Brain Injury, and has completed advanced studies in the diagnosis and treatment of vestibular and movement disorders through the Carrick Institute for Postdoctoral Education. He is able to assist in the non-pharmaceutical treatment of these conditions in all age groups.
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NOTE: Meeting starts promptly at 7pm. Main speaker presentation begins at 7:20 p.m.