The Glymphatic System: Harnessing our brain’s ability to clean itself

    submitted by Dr. James Farley, DC, MS, BA, BS, BCIM, FAAM, FAIS

    The glymphatic system was only discovered around 2012, finding that there is a lymphatic system all throughout the brain that helps the brain drain itself.  We always thought that there were no lymphatics up in the brain, but the lymphatic system is mainly made from the glial cells, which are like the helper cells up in the brain.

    So, it’s not the neurons but these glial cells, and that’s why this is called the glymphatic system. 

    There is an enormous amount of byproducts and waste that are produced from normal, everyday processes and physiology. Glial cells create a drainage system from the head for all the waste products to drain down into the neck, into your deep cervical lymph nodes.

    They go through the cervical lymph nodes to clean up the garbage, so to speak. Then, whatever is not a problem is sent into the bloodstream and gets cleaned again by your liver and kidneys.

    Toxins then exit the body through sweat, urine, and stool.  Your muscles really are the pumps for your lymphatics.

    If the muscles have a lot of tension, then your lymphatic fluid becomes very stagnant and doesn’t move. This results in the toxins staying inside of you.

    If your brain is working better from brain-based care, your muscles have good tone, and there’s not as much tension, and over a timeframe your muscles will move and pump and your lymphatics will drain. 

    Toxic build-up can create permanent neural degeneration in the form of Alzheimer’s, dementia, Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, as well as symptoms like tremors.

    It also can create neuro-psychiatric symptoms like depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, anger, and rage. If the brain does not drain out properly, we don’t turn out properly.

    Toxic by-products stay in there and can create transneuronal degeneration, which is not permanent like neurodegeneration but still concerning. Brain-based care, in my opinion, is essential for all chronic cases to help improve the glymphatic system and improve overall function.

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