Brain on Fire: Why chronic inflammation is driving unprecedented levels of neurological and psychiatric illness

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February 17th, 2023
Dr. Suzanne Gazda

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**Please note: The MindHealth360 Show YouTube video of Dr. Suzanne Gazda has been removed due to a comment about the effects of the Covid 19 vaccine, based on the fact that “YouTube doesn’t allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO)”. We are editing and will be reposting the video without this comment, but please listen to the interview on the audio channels above in the meantime.**


Renowned Functional Medicine Neurologist Dr. Suzanne Gazda is at the forefront of treating neurological disorders, from neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Multiple Sclerosis, to neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism and ADD and has also become a specialist in Long Covid and its neurological effects. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and is the founder of the Neurology Institute of San Antonio (NISA). Dedicated to patient care since 1989, having worked extensively with Hope for Humans charity in Uganda on the treatment of neurological diseases, and trained in functional medicine, Dr. Gazda has a unique and incredibly diverse perspective and experience, enabling her to approach neurological illness from a whole body and whole brain perspective, diagnosing and treating the root cause of neurological disorders. 

In this in-depth interview she focuses on how to find and treat the biological and environmental root causes of neurological disorders (MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, ADD, etc) and psychiatric symptoms (depression, anxiety, OCD, etc), rather than just treating their symptoms. She explains how immune reactions–to infections, mould, chronic stress, toxins, poor diet, EMF, etc–produce neuroinflammation, which is the major cause of all neurological diseases. She also explains why Covid poses the biggest threat to neurological and psychological health humanity has ever faced. In this fascinating interview, she outlines how we can reduce and prevent chronic inflammation to safeguard our brain health through simple ‘pillars of health’ solutions.

Learn about:

  • Dr. Gazda’s experience in Uganda treating neurodevelopmental diseases, and how she discovered the irrefutable link between environmental factors (including psychological stressors, poor diet, toxins, pollution, infections, mould, EMF, etc), inflammation and neurological degeneration  
  • Why environmental factors can trigger the immune system into an inflammatory response and why chronic neuroinflammation is the most common root cause of all neurological disease (and why our genetics aren’t to blame) 
  • How chronic inflammation also causes poor mental health (anxiety, depression, OCD, etc)
  • Why physiological symptoms (including tremors, shaking, muscle fasciculations, cognitive decline) should not be dismissed as part of a psychological response to stress/anxiety, but can also be caused by an inflammatory reaction to biotoxins such as moulds, viruses and bacteria
  • How the gut microbiome impacts neurodegeneration, why diet and nutrition are vital to brain heath, and how to heal a leaky gut and repair the blood-brain barrier to protect brain health 
  • Why Covid poses the biggest threat to human health, ways it impacts the cardiovascular system and the brain, and why it is responsible for the substantial increase in neurological diseases worldwide (and the pitfalls of the Covid vaccination)
  • Why Covid may not be an entirely natural virus, and why 68% of people who contract Covid go on to suffer an autoimmune disease
  • The common causes of neurodegeneration (Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, etc), including immune dysfunction, mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress, and how they are linked to chronic inflammation 
  • The common symptoms of chronic inflammation and the 5 best ways to reduce inflammation and safeguard brain health, including inexpensive ‘pillars of health’ strategies (diet, sleep, exercise, stress management and detoxification) 
  • Which flavonoids can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, and boost health (including green teas, fruits, vegetables, melatonin, spermidine), and why Dr. Gazda uses these in her long Covid recovery protocol

About Dr. Suzanne Gazda

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Renowned by peers and patients alike, Dr. Gazda offers a lifetime of experiences that can best be summed up as truly extraordinary. From her first days of study at the University of Texas in Austin receiving her degree in Pharmacy then her medical school training at the Health Science Center in San Antonio Texas to the founding of the Neurology Institute of San Antonio (NISA), she draws upon her specialized efforts in multiple sclerosis treatment, clinical research and over 3 decades of experience with, a heart centered deeply caring approach. Dr. Gazda has the most diverse professional – and personal – perspective on neurological disorders which as of 2021, now, includes the evaluation and treatment of Long COVID. She has been dedicated to patient care since 1989.

Always thinking globally with compassion and commitment, she has taken her skills to distant locales, studying neurological disorders in places where access to care and research is limited. Her work with Hope for Humans in Uganda from 2011-2017 has made a profound impact on the lives of so many children and families with far-reaching implications for appropriate treatments for even the most complex neurological disorders.

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Connect with Dr. Gazda:

Dr. Suzanne Gazda

Neurology Institute of San Antonio

3603 Paesano’s Parkway, Ste. 300

San Antonio, Texas 78231

United States

+1 210-692-1245