Leigh syndrome is a rare inherited neurometabolic disorder that affects our nervous system. It can be caused by patches of damaged tissue; known as lesions that develop in the brain. These lesions can be accompanied by loss of myelin coating around the nerves reducing the ability of the nerves to activate muscles that are used for movement or relay the sensory information from the rest of the body and back to the brain.
Leigh syndrome can be caused by mutations in 1 of more than 75 different genes. In humans most genes are found in the DNA in the cells nucleus. Some of these genes found in the DNA are in a specialized structure of cell called Mitochondria.
Mitochondria uses oxygen to convert the energy from the food we eat into a form that cells can use through a process called oxidative phosphorylation. During this oxidative phosphorylation the protein complexes drive production of ATP, which are the cells main energy source. Many gene mutations that occur in those with Leigh’s syndrome disrupt or eliminate activity of one or more of these complexes or disrupt their assembly.
Another common M+ DNA mutation in Leigh’s syndrome affects the MT- ATP 6 gene, which provides instructions for making a piece of complex V known as ATP synthesis protein complex. These mutations can block generation of ATP by the mitochondria, which can decrease the activity of the other oxidative phosphorylation protein complexes and lead to formation of mitochondrial protein, which can impair mitochondrial energy production. It is believed that the impaired oxidative phosphorylation can lead to cell death because of the decreased energy available in the cell.
Leigh’s syndrome usually occurs early on often before the age of 2. Some things that one can encounter are:
-The inability to grow and gain weight
-Have severe muscle and movement problems
-Inability to balance or coordinate movements
-Weak muscle tone (hypotonia)
-Involuntary contractions (dystonia)
-Movement and balance problems
-Loss of sensation and weakness in limbs
-Decrease function of swallowing and breathing
About a year and a half ago my friend shared the news that her son was diagnosed with this rare syndrome. I had never heard of it but a short time after learning what it was I came across PEMF. As a practitioner of many different modalities it got my attention immediately and I needed to learn more.
PEMF can help support the body as we know that every cell produces an electromagnetic field created by ion transfer via cell membranes. Using PEMF technology you can “charge” these cells that aren’t working optimally. Using PEMFs low frequency triple sawtooth waveform it helps match the biological window in the human cells frequencies. Science has shown us that PEMF technology can optimize cell function improve melatonin; improve blood circulation and oxygenation saturation.
My friend’s little boy started using the Omnium1 PEMF system once a week. He noticed after laying on the full body mat that he had more energy he was even able to stay at school full days, his body felt calmer, he slept better and just had an overall change to mood. After months of weekly use they purchased a PEMF system to allow daily use so he could continue to feel better and live the best life he possibly could.
1 in 5 Canadians live every day with arthritis and there is no cure.
Arthritis is a collection of conditions affecting joints and other tissues. It causes pain, restricts mobility and diminishes quality of life.
Arthritis is a term used to describe a group of over 100 diseases characterized by inflammation in the joints or other areas of the body. Inflammation is a medical term that describes redness and swelling which causes pain and, when in the joints, can also cause stiffness. Left unchecked, inflammation can lead to significant and often irreparable damage to the affected areas, resulting in loss of function and disability.
Arthritis is a chronic condition: it affects people on an ongoing, constant or recurring basis over months, years, even a lifetime. It can involve almost any part of the body, most often affecting the hip, knee, spine or other weight-bearing joints, but also found in the fingers and other non-weight-bearing joints. Some forms of arthritis can also affect other parts of the body.
Arthritis conditions are grouped into two broad categories:
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, affecting more Canadians than all other forms of arthritis combined. Though once referred to as the “wear-and-tear” arthritis, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recently re-defined this condition. It describes OA as the result of the body’s failed attempt to repair damaged joint tissues. While the joint damage can occur through deterioration associated with aging, it can also occur in response to an injury.
OA leads to the breakdown of cartilage (the tough elastic material that covers and protects the ends of bones), and the resulting bone-on-bone contact can cause pain, stiffness, swelling and reduced range of movement in the affected joint(s). The joints most commonly affected by OA are the knees, hips and those in the hands and spine.
There are many factors that are thought to contribute to developing OA, such as age, obesity, your sex, occupation, participation in certain sports, history of joint injury or surgery, and genetics.
Inflammatory arthritis (IA)
Inflammatory forms of arthritis are different from osteoarthritis, in that the source of joint damage is from inflammation rather a wearing away of your cartilage. Most forms of IA are also autoimmune diseases, where the immune system – the body’s defense system against infections and other invaders – mistakenly starts to attack the body’s own healthy tissues.
Inflammation from these conditions can result in pain, stiffness, restricted mobility, fatigue and damage to joints and other tissues. If not identified and treated swiftly, these conditions tend to progress more quickly and aggressively than OA.
IA includes every form of arthritis except osteoarthritis – even some things you may not have realized were arthritis at all, like lupus or gout. Other common examples include rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, but there are many other types. Some forms of IA are considered systemic diseases, because they can affect the whole body.
Typical treatment for those suffering with arthritis include medication to help provide pain relief and reduce inflammation.
Surgery may also be recommended depending on the severity and location of the disease.
The above information was sourced from the Arthritis Society
Why Choose PEMF Therapy?
Consider an alternative, natural and non-evasive approach to reducing pain and inflammation
PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field
PEMF therapy sends low frequency pulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate biological, chemical reactions within your cells. It is these biological, electrical and chemical processes that permeate the cell’s membrane to regenerate and heal the body at the most foundational level – the cell.
When cells are exposed to PEMF it allows for the increased intake of minerals, nutrients, and oxygen which supports the production of ATP (the body’s energy supply), increased ion transfer, cellular voltage and circulation. PEMF also facilitates the removal of toxins, CO2 and water, maximizing cellular performance.
The secret of PEMF lies in the improvement of microcirculation. The increased blood flow minimizes the clumping of red blood cells and increases circulation by delivering oxygen to the smallest blood vessels of the body. Research has found that PEMF therapy is an effective tool to combat and reduce joint and muscle pain by reducing inflammation.
The Omnium1 PEMF therapy mat delivers a specialized therapeutic waveform to target these very small blood vessels promoting improved blood flow and increased oxygen and nutrient supply to tissues, muscles and organs.
Rent a PEMF system today to discover how daily usage of PEMF therapy can significantly reduce pain and inflammation for the arthritis sufferer.
On March 14, 2021, my spouse and I were in a car accident. Both of us suffered what is called a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The most common causes of this trauma can be falls, bumps, blows, or something that enters the skull. Even though we did not hit our heads directly during the accident, the impact on our car and our bodies was strong enough to make our heads move very quickly forward (sudden acceleration) and very quickly backwards (sudden deceleration), causing a concussion and a whiplash.
Here are the most common symptoms of a TBI:
We both experienced serious and frequent headaches immediately, but not vision problems, sensitivity to light, or loss of smell or taste. We also had problems concentrating and troubled sleep, but we were totally unprepared for the emotional aspects of having a concussion.
For the next two months, I could not look down or bend my neck down for more than a few minutes without experiencing a headache. The nausea and dizziness were present only immediately after the accident. One hour after it happened, after talking with my insurance for 20 minutes, my brain suddenly got very tired. Words were not coming out anymore. For someone who makes a living with her words, that was an unsettling experience, the first in what was going to be a daily occurrence, for weeks on end. Before the accident, I could open my mouth and words would just flow out, expressing my thoughts with ease. Not anymore.
As a translator, I was used to smoothly go back and forth between languages. Now I found that my vocabulary had shrunk dramatically in both languages and that the best I could come up with was some approximation of what I really meant. I would often remain stuck with a French or an English word, unable to find its counterpart. I got scared.
I heard white noise all the time and rock music made me tense. I could concentrate only for short periods of time. At first, I worked at my job at a computer only two hours a day before mental fatigue would set in. I had trouble understanding my emails and became overwhelmed very quickly. I took things personally, had to write absolutely everything down, forgot procedures, became paranoid that my colleagues would not trust me anymore, and felt totally out of control. I had to ask for help and that was very, very difficult. I felt vulnerable and depressed.
My physiotherapist helped me understand that one branch of my autonomous nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), the one that is active in “fight or flight” situations, had become stuck in the “on” position. When that happens, it is difficult to relax, sleep, and keep one’s sense of humour. My sympathetic nervous system had gotten activated by the trauma and become hypersensitive to any form of stress or fatigue. That is why he expressly told me take breaks often and to not even approach my limit on any level (physical, mental or emotional).
I took his advice to heart. But what was instrumental in helping me deal with the headaches, the problems with stamina, memory and concentration, feeling self-conscious, anxious, depressed and scared was my PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) mat from Swiss Bionics.
You see, I was very fortunate because immediately after I hung up from speaking with the insurance company, I was able to lay on the mat we had purchased two months before. During those two months, I had explored different settings to help me feel energized for my day, relax when needed and sleep at night. After the accident, as soon as I laid down, I would feel safe, in what felt like a warm embrace and I would fall asleep. It was therefore very easy to take short naps every day and feel calm and refreshed. That was instrumental in my being able, over a period of two months, to gradually increase my working hours to a full day. PEMF was my nervous system’s “off” switch.
Our PEMF system uses low frequencies that, as peer-reviewed studies have proven, help reduce irritation and inflammation in the brain, decrease anxiety and depression, regenerate nerves, improve circulation and oxygenation, as well as promote a deep and restorative sleep. All of those benefits accelerate healing at the cellular level, everywhere in the body. Thus every cell’s well-being and the body’s ability to heal itself are being realized without any negative side-effects.
I felt safe when I was on the mat and that has helped me become more patient during my slow recovery. It has now been a bit over 5 months, and I am rarely at a loss for words, I can express myself with fluidity, I am a fast typist and thinker again, and I can focus, concentrate and remember much more easily. I do treasure the habits I have made to take breaks often and stimulate my parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) by looking away from the screen, stretching my body or laying down to breathe deeply and meditate on my beloved Swiss Bionics iMRS or Omnium mat. While I don’t automatically fall asleep anymore, I am able to connect with my body at a deep level, and I am rewarded with a feeling of profound well-being every time.
If you or a loved one is among the 10 million people who, every year, suffer a traumatic brain injury or concussion caused by a motor vehicle accident, sports, fall or blow to the head, you may be curious and consider renting a system from your local PEFM Global Rentals expert. You can experience the benefits of PEMF for yourself, several times a day in the comfort of your own home and bring your whole self into balance.