Brain fog. If you’ve ever wandered into a room and forgotten within seconds why you went there, you’ve experienced it. The culprit responsible for this fuzzy mental state could be lack of sleep, stress or any number of other reasons. One thing that is clear: If we don’t know what’s causing it, fixing it becomes more challenging.

AM Medical WAVI concussion
The WAVI machine measures brain activity and can indicate both brain health and signs of cognitive decline. PHoto courtesy: AM Medical

Patients at Yelm’s AM Medical clinic don’t have that issue. Thanks to a technology called a Wavi headset that measures brain waves, Dr. Ana Mihalcea can determine the density of any given brain’s dendrites and synapses. The tool helps to diagnose everything from cognitive decline, depression and anxiety, to damage resulting from drug use and concussion trauma. More importantly, once a condition has been identified, Mihalcea works with clients to address and reverse the problem.

“This technology is so important for getting actionable data very quickly and easily,” says Mihalcea. “With the WAVI, there are very specific ways of telling what’s going on and then we’re able to treat it accordingly.”

The key measurement is a number called P300, which indicates the density of the brain’s dendrites and synapses. When patients are developing age-related cognitive decline that number shrinks. However, the situation is not irreversible; peptide therapy has been shown to reverse Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive impairment. “The peptides can produce nerve-derived growth factors so you can actually make new neural connections,” says Mihalcea.

For patients wrestling with depression and anxiety, the machine can pinpoint areas for treatment. The WAVI measures voltage within brain cells as well as the P300, and if the voltage is low, peptide therapy and nootropics can make a difference. “We may see that the hemispheres aren’t communicating correctly with each other or that the cells’ voltage is a little lower than it should be,” says Mihalcea. “That can be addressed. There are some very specific things we can do outside of using antidepressants.”

Another key use of the WAVI: providing a baseline for young athletes to use for comparison in case they suffer a concussion. “It’s really about understanding when you can release them back to full activity,” says Mihalcea. “When we have a baseline, we know when they’re at an optimum. If they get a concussion, we can follow them and determine, ‘Hey, you need to be out another month. Even though your reaction time and your physical exam are normal, your brain isn’t yet.’”

She’s also seen positive results for patients dealing with metabolic issues like obesity as well as chronic fatigue and pain, all of which are often connected with brain fog. “The wonderful thing is that once we have identified the issue, we have ways of helping patients reverse all kinds of conditions,” says Mihalcea. “We can help with natural forms of treatment.”

Learn more by visiting the AM Medical website or by calling 360.960.8538.

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