The Beginning of NeuroLipid Research

layla007There is that moment in one’s life when we know there is about to be a transformation, when it becomes clear that you have stepped into a realm where you face why you are here in the world and what your life’s path is to be. For me, that moment was being in the presence of a 21-week old preemie that I had been asked to assist with. As I peered into that incubator and saw a tiny, fragile being I was soon to know that she would be my greatest teacher. They said she would be blind and deaf and cognitively challenged; she would never talk , walk or play. I pushed all of that aside. This tiny piece of humanity, before me was struggling valiantly to survive. She wasn’t giving up. She bolstered my courage to stand up for her and to begin in a place, that no one had thought of before – the cell membrane. In the neonatal care unit (NICU) I had only breast milk as a source for nourishment so I poured nutrients, protein and lipids into her mother. The use of essential fatty acids was paramount to protect her brain as the brain is comprised of 60% lipid. Within a week her breast milk was one third cream. With beautiful, balanced essential fatty acids, Ayla awakened as her cellular function was optimized. Two months before she would have been born she reached up to the star at the top of her incubator and batted at it. Nurse Ratchett came stomping over to Ayla’s incubator shaking her finger at us and demanding to know ‘just exactly what is going on here??’ She announced that in 25 years of nursing she had never seen a 7 month neonate develop eye / hand coordination capable of reaching for a star.

layla002To our delight, Ayla’s development was delightfully normal. We watched as she grabbed her favorite toys, giggled at our antics, sat up, rolled over, waved bye-bye, nonchalantly spoke her first words, decided without adieu to simply get up on all fours and crawl (you could hear us screaming a block away) and twirl around three times before talking her first triumphant steps.this just seems too wordy

layla-mkt029Ayla survived… and every medical professional who came in contact with her were never the same again. Those same neonatologists who had insisted that Ayla had no chance for a normal quality of life, at 20 months of age deemed her perfectly healthy. No retinopathy of prematurity, no necrotizing entercolitis, no cerebral palsy, no developmental delay, no retardation… Perfectly healthy! A miracle? Or perhaps a gift guiding them towards embracing neonatal care in a full metabolic spectrum. Did they know?? Ayla’s gift to her neonatologists was the knowledge of the incredible impact Membrane Medicine has, even upon a ‘nonviable fetus’ or rather a ‘guiding light’ revealing the effect phospholipids and nutrients have upon the body human, no matter how fragile. This tiny premature infant made us believe that when we begin at the cellular membrane level and apply liberal amounts of balanced essential fatty acids, phospholipids and supportive nutrients, the body and brain will heal and grow. With the sweep of her tiny hand towards that star in her incubator 22 years ago Ayla was the inspiration, the birth of NeuroLipid Research. If one tiny infant can emerge from the womb at five months of age and develop into a beautiful perfectly normal young woman after being given a rich array of balanced lipids, then a comfort level begins to develop. Many of the disorders of our time can now be approached with evidence-based Membrane Medicine.

Layla July 2012Can you imagine what it is like to face Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Cancer, Parkinson’s, ALS, Pervasive Developmental Delay, Chronic Pain, ADD, ADHD, Bipolar, Autism, rage behavior, Multiple Sclerosis, Depression, Substance Abuse, Cognitive deficits, Brain Trauma, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or a myriad of other disorders in a loved one or yourself? Traditional medicine often offers little hope. Membrane Medicine boldly approaches the origin of the disorder by discovery of the toxic insults impacting the genes, epigenetics, and membrane disturbance with examination of red cell fatty acids from a university based laboratory. We start at the cell and organelle membranes and approach the deficits from that point so that treatment is balanced, targeted to the specific needs of the unique presentation of the individual.