Yoga Improves Memory and Brain Function in Older Adults, Study Finds

Published on the YogaU Wellness blog, the article below discusses a study which showed an increase in memory and brain function in older adults who did yoga. While GMA patients may not all be older, many still may suffer from memory and concentration issues which could benefit from yoga.

Yoga Center of Santa Rosa

Pam Fields of the Yoga Center of Santa Rosa teaching in her gentle yoga class. Pam also teaches a class for Parkinson’s patients.

If you are interested in trying it out, check out our Resources/Support Groups page on the GMA website to find a list of local and online classes in gentle and restorative yoga that would be possible for many patients.

Yoga Improves Memory and Brain Function in Older Adults, Study Finds
By: B Grace Bullock, PhD, E-RYT 500

Prolonged stress can have a deleterious effect on the brain, reducing your ability to think, plan and reason effectively. This is particularly true for the elderly. Now, a new study published in Biological Psychology finds that yoga may moderate the stress response and improve executive function in older adults, building on prior research that finds that yoga is good for your brain.

Neuroendocrine research finds that brain exposure to higher concentrations of cortisol – a key marker of stress – increases the risk for cognitive deficits as we age. Chronic stress magnifies this effect, placing undue wear and tear on the brain and the autonomic nervous system, and increasing the risk for disease.

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Read the original study: Yoga practice improves executive function by attenuating stress levels

Find a review by the Harvard Medical School Health Publication of studies about yoga and the stress response: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression



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Watch for AIMS Survey Going Out to Participants

Science in Service of HumanityThe first round of surveys for participants in the Analyzing Individual Metabolomics Study (AIMS) went out yesterday. Due to a glitch in the software that didn’t produce the necessary IDs for the participants, it is being resent. Keep an eye on your inbox if you have signed up for the study. [Read more…]


New! Patient Resources Now at the GMA website

Patient Resource Page

Our Resource Page is now on the GMA website at
Resources/Support Groups

We have a new resource list, with updated links, and many new additions. I hope you will find these helpful to you in the coming new year. There are still areas we are planning to update or fill in, so if you are a patient, and have suggestions for resources you have found useful in your health journey, let us know in the comments below.

*Inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean that we endorse the organization, group, or business. Before making any changes in your treatment, always be sure to consult your physician.

We list resources on the following topics:

Aging and Illness

Aging and Illness Support and Resources – Local
Aging and Illness – National [Read more…]


Happy Holidays From Everyone at GMA!

Happy Holidays from GMA

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Update on AIMS 12-21-16

Science in Service of HumanityFrom Asha Baxter and Susan Friedl
AIMS Research Coordinators

In research the turtle wins the race. Things always move more slowly than anticipated. The AIMS study is simultaneously recruiting participants and collecting funding. If you have sent in a form on the website or talked to us directly then you have been put in the queue for the study. Don’t worry, we won’t forget you!

This third study through Science in Service of Humanity (SISOH) will be the first to look at how individual as opposed to population based metabolomics data can be used to evaluate CFS/ME and other poorly defined illness. That means that if you have something other than CFS, you can also participate in the study. Remember we are also looking for age, sex, and illness matched controls who can participate. Encourage those you know to sign up, even if they are not a match for you. Controls are essential to being sure the study results are valid. [Read more…]


Holiday Supplement Shipping Schedule

Trina as Santa's Helper

Trina as Santa’s Helper – everyone who knows Trina, know she is not only a help at the holiday season, but all year!

The staff at GMA are working hard to be sure your holidays are as bright as possible. Help make it easier on them, and be sure to get your supplement orders in early for the holiday period. GMA’s shipping department will have shortened hours over the holiday period, as will the GMA Pharmacy at NPScript. NPScript is also making a change in their shipping rates as of 1/1/2017, so get your order in now to take advantage of the best rates. [Read more…]

Health Rising – Recovery Potentially Possible: Naviaux Talks on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

Health Rising
by Cort Johnson | Dec 13, 2016

Personalized treatment plans will require addressing the core metabolic abnormalities found in most ME/CFS patients plus the individual metabolic issues found of each patient.

Treatments that work for a time and then stop could be the result of not addressing all the metabolic needs of an individual.

Cort Johnson – “Recovery Potentially Possible: Naviaux Talks on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)”

The day after my brother’s wedding I shot down to San Diego to meet Rachel Riggs and a doctor with ME/CFS. Rachel, who has turned into a volunteer patient coordinator had enrolled me in Naviaux’s next metabolomics study. (Resistance, I quickly surmised, was futile – not that I was putting up any.) Rachel chatted away on the phone with another potential participant as we drove down to Naviaux’s lab. I was one of the last to give blood. editor’s note: Cort actualy enrolled in the 2nd Metabolomics study. SISOH is now recruiting for a 3rd study.

After I gave a surprising small amount of blood we tromped down the hall to meet with Dr. Naviaux in his workroom, the industrial looking pipes overhead bringing back memories of college labs in the past. Ducking into one lab Rachel showed me two $500,000 dollar mass spectometer machines each the size of a large microwave.

Gracious, as always, Dr. Naviaux offered us some coffee or tea. A bit spacey from my fast I tried out some green tea – at which point my nose immediately stopped up. At the first sound of my sniffles Naviaux turned to me and said we would have to note that for the study. (No one with a cold is allowed in the study.) Those sniffles cleared up later. (Dr. Naviaux, if you read this I promise it was from the tea…)

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MEDSCAPE – Biomarker Research Advances in ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’

Science in Service of HumanityMiriam E. Tucker
Medscape – November 08, 2016

In addition, in an “unbiased” metabolomics study using mass spectrometry, metabolites that differed most between 17 patients with ME/CFS and 15 healthy participants involved pathways harvesting energy from glucose, fatty acids, and amino acids.

The finding, suggestive of a general hypometabolic state, corresponds to another recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The specific metabolites differed between the two studies, but, Dr Komaroff said, “it’s consistent. It says that some types of metabolic pathways are downregulated in this illness, whereas others like those involving immunity and inflammation are upregulated.”

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — New research adds to growing evidence that the illness commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome is biologically based, researchers report here at the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFSME) research and clinical conference. Some of the abnormalities identified suggest potential clinical diagnostic tests and targeted treatments.

The condition, now called myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) by US government bodies, has long confounded the medical community because, although patients may be severely debilitated and exhibit numerous abnormal physical findings, no specific biomarker has been found to conclusively make the diagnosis.

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