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Foggy Days: Reasons for Brain Fog

By vitalhf, Apr 10 2019 01:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.

Many people complain of “brain fog”. Some define it as an inability to concentrate or easily getting distracted, while others say they go about feeling like their head is stuffed with cotton and they feel sleepy. To eliminate it, many resort to coffee to try to focus, or on sweets to stay awake. Both just make the problem worse.

As always, looking for the underlying culprit goes far in remedying it. Since there are many causes for brain fog, we need to do some investigative work. Blood work is rarely helpful in identifying a cause for two reasons: First, brain fog isn’t considered a medical condition, therefore, there is no medical protocol for discovering a cause, much less a treatment for it. Secondly, blood work mostly identifies diseases, and unless the disease is drastic enough that follow-up testing reveals an underlying pathology, the protocol will be based on a disease model at that point, not a health model. So, where do we start?

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