Brain Nourishment and Exercise

Brain Nourishment and Exercise

Use it or lose it!  This is definitely true with respect to our mental faculties.  Throughout our entire lives our brains grow and rewire themselves.  The more you stimulate and support healthy brain function the better and longer your mental capacities will sustain themselves.

There are multiple ways to nourish your brain.  The more of these healthy lifestyle choices you can integrate into your life the more you will benefit from a fuller functioning mind.

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential for ideal nerve function.  Refer to the free Wise Nutrition Course under the heading of Free Health Courses at HealThySelfNow.com for generalized nutritional guidelines.  The brain is particularly sensitive to deficiencies in B vitamins so taking a high potency multiple or B-complex supplement can be helpful for many people.  Getting sufficient protein daily is also essential for brain growth, repair, and function.  Keeping your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day is very important for cognitive and emotional well-being.  That means several small meals throughout the day…each with a bit of protein.  Complex carbohydrates and vegetables rather than simple sugars and refined carbohydrates will also help stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent spikes of highs and lows in energy.

As high as 80 % of individuals have a relative nutritional deficiency that adversely affects their brain function that can not be remedied by a balanced diet.  These individuals may have a genetic predisposition for a greater need for nutrients.  Or their nervous systems has been damaged by physical trauma like a concussion; chronic stress; chemical contamination; prescriptive or recreation drug use.  These individuals need very specific, targeted nutritional supplementation guided by lab tests to ideally correct for the neurological damage.  Refer to Brain Neurotransmitter Balancing for guidance with this approach to a healthier brain.  People suffering from neurotransmitter related diseases will definitely want to research this avenue.  For the most thorough scientific explanations of nutrition and brain health go to Nutrition Protocols.

Sleep 

One of the healthiest things you can do for your mental health and cognitive function is getting sufficient and deep sleep every night.  Most adults need 8 hours of sleep per night. Many of those who say they need less are actually sleep deprived and their brains are functioning sub-optimally because of this.  There are only a few individuals who actually need less than 8 hours of sleep per night.  Children and teens need 9-10.  Refer to the insomnia guidelines at HealThySelfNow.com for more detailed information.

Physical Exercise

Scientific studies have consistently found that moderate, regular aerobic exercise improves the health of the brain by supplying it with more oxygen.  Thirty minutes of brisk walking 5 days per week is a minimum for stimulating good blood and oxygen transfer to the brain.  Fun, safe sports are often a good way to get physical activity, socialize and stimulate the brain in diverse ways.

Diverse Mental Exercises

A variety of mental exercises can keep different modules of the brain healthier when young and as we get older.  One type of verbal exercise will help in a different way than mathematical exercises.  Variety is the spice of life and that holds true for the health of varied brain function.  Challenging yourself is also a key factor.  Exercises that are hard and push your present capacities stimulate new nerve growth and reinforce already existing capabilities.  Below are some suggestions that have been found by scientific studies to help significantly in building healthier brains:

Play a musical instrument

Participate in daily meditation and mindfulness practices.  Refer to the free Consciousness Hygiene Course  under the heading of Free Health Courses at HealThySelfNow.com for detailed instruction and guidance with this.

Learn a language

Play video games

Do crossword and sudoku puzzles

Read books

Socialize more

Computer Based Brain Exercises

One type of these exercises is Biofeedback.  Electrodes are placed on the skin of the scalp to monitor brain electrical activity and then through a series of specific exercises we can exercise the brain to relax more, focus better, shift tasks quickly, etc.  There are numerous neurofeedback practicioners who offer these services.  The best biofeedback software is the BioIntegrator.

Another type of  exercises you can do on your computer are Brain exercise websites such as Posit Science and Luminosity.  There is question about the scientific validation for stimulating improved brain function in ways that have appreciable impact on everyday life.  Luminosity has some free brain games to try and Posit Science provides free trials of their exercises.

You now have many ways to build a healthier brain…time to get started!

 

Brain Nourishment and Exercise

Brain Nourishment and Exercise

Use it or lose it!  This is definitely true with respect to our mental faculties.  Throughout our entire lives our brains grow and rewire themselves.  The more you stimulate and support healthy brain function the better and longer your mental capacities will sustain themselves.

There are multiple ways to nourish your brain.  The more of these healthy lifestyle choices you can integrate into your life the more you will benefit from a fuller functioning mind.

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential for ideal nerve function.  Refer to the free Wise Nutrition Course under the heading of Free Health Courses at HealThySelfNow.com for generalized nutritional guidelines.  The brain is particularly sensitive to deficiencies in B vitamins so taking a high potency multiple or B-complex supplement can be helpful for many people.  Getting sufficient protein daily is also essential for brain growth, repair, and function.  Keeping your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day is very important for cognitive and emotional well-being.  That means several small meals throughout the day…each with a bit of protein.  Complex carbohydrates and vegetables rather than simple sugars and refined carbohydrates will also help stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent spikes of highs and lows in energy.

As high as 80 % of individuals have a relative nutritional deficiency that adversely affects their brain function that can not be remedied by a balanced diet.  These individuals may have a genetic predisposition for a greater need for nutrients.  Or their nervous systems has been damaged by physical trauma like a concussion; chronic stress; chemical contamination; prescriptive or recreation drug use.  These individuals need very specific, targeted nutritional supplementation guided by lab tests to ideally correct for the neurological damage.  Refer to Brain Neurotransmitter Balancing for guidance with this approach to a healthier brain.  People suffering from neurotransmitter related diseases will definitely want to research this avenue.  For the most thorough scientific explanations of nutrition and brain health go to Nutrition Protocols.

Sleep 

One of the healthiest things you can do for your mental health and cognitive function is getting sufficient and deep sleep every night.  Most adults need 8 hours of sleep per night. Many of those who say they need less are actually sleep deprived and their brains are functioning sub-optimally because of this.  There are only a few individuals who actually need less than 8 hours of sleep per night.  Children and teens need 9-10.  Refer to the insomnia guidelines at HealThySelfNow.com for more detailed information.

Physical Exercise

Scientific studies have consistently found that moderate, regular aerobic exercise improves the health of the brain by supplying it with more oxygen.  Thirty minutes of brisk walking 5 days per week is a minimum for stimulating good blood and oxygen transfer to the brain.  Fun, safe sports are often a good way to get physical activity, socialize and stimulate the brain in diverse ways.

Diverse Mental Exercises

A variety of mental exercises can keep different modules of the brain healthier when young and as we get older.  One type of verbal exercise will help in a different way than mathematical exercises.  Variety is the spice of life and that holds true for the health of varied brain function.  Challenging yourself is also a key factor.  Exercises that are hard and push your present capacities stimulate new nerve growth and reinforce already existing capabilities.  Below are some suggestions that have been found by scientific studies to help significantly in building healthier brains:

Play a musical instrument

Participate in daily meditation and mindfulness practices.  Refer to the free Consciousness Hygiene Course  under the heading of Free Health Courses at HealThySelfNow.com for detailed instruction and guidance with this.

Learn a language

Play video games

Do crossword and sudoku puzzles

Read books

Socialize more

Computer Based Brain Exercises

One type of these exercises is Biofeedback.  Electrodes are placed on the skin of the scalp to monitor brain electrical activity and then through a series of specific exercises we can exercise the brain to relax more, focus better, shift tasks quickly, etc.  There are numerous neurofeedback practicioners who offer these services.  The best biofeedback software is the BioIntegrator.

Another type of  exercises you can do on your computer are Brain exercise websites such as Posit Science and Luminosity.  There is question about the scientific validation for stimulating improved brain function in ways that have appreciable impact on everyday life.  Luminosity has some free brain games to try and Posit Science provides free trials of their exercises.

You now have many ways to build a healthier brain…time to get started!

 

Paxil, Wellbutrin Fraud

Paxil, Wellbutrin Fraud

The Pharmaceutical drug giant, GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to criminal charges and was ordered to pay $3 billion to settle the largest case of healthcare fraud in U.S. history in 2012.

GSK targeted the antidepressant, Paxil, to patients under age 18 when it was approved for adults only.  It pushed the drug, Wellbutrin, for uses it was not approved for, like weight loss and treatment of sexual dysfunction.

The company went to extreme lengths to promote the drugs, such as distributing a misleading medical journal article and providing doctors with meals and spa treatments that amounted to illegal kickbacks.

Drug companies have to resort to these unethical and illegal means because their ant-depressant drugs do not work well and actually make the brain biochemistry worse over time.

For natural alternatives to these drugs refer to:

Brain Neurotransmitter Health

Health Consults

NeuroSupport

Neuro Science Myths

GSK also failed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration safety data about its diabetes drug, Avandia, in violation of U.S. law.

The fraud started in the late 1990s and continued through 2007.

Guilty pleas in cases of alleged corporate misconduct are exceedingly rare, making GSK’s agreement especially unusual.  The agreement to settle the charges “is unprecedented in both size and scope,” said James Cole, the No. 2 official at the U.S. Justice Department. He called the action “historic” and “a clear warning to any company that chooses to break the law.”  The settlement includes $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fines.  GSK said in a statement it would pay the fines through existing cash resources.

The GSK settlement surpasses what had been the largest criminal case involving a drugmaker in U.S. history. In 2009, Pfizer Inc agreed to pay $2.3 billion to settle allegations it improperly marketed 13 drugs.

Because of the rising cost of providing drugs through government programs. U.S. authorities have been cracking down on how pharmaceuticals are sold.

From 1994 to 2003, GSK underpaid money owed to Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor run jointly by states and the federal government. The company had an obligation to tell the government its “best prices” but failed to do so.  $300 million of the settlement will go to states and other public health authorities.

Prosecutors have not brought criminal charges against any individuals in connection with the GSK case, although the settlement expressly leaves open that possibility.

Almost exactly a year ago GSK agreed to pay nearly $41 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia in an unrelated case about substandard manufacturing processes at a Puerto Rico factory.

 

Chronic Pain, Mood, Memory

Chronic Pain, Mood, Memory

It seems obvious that physical pain can cause your mood to go downhill pretty fast.  Chronic pain can put a continual wet blanket on one’s mood.  Chronic pain also disturbs memory and cognitive abilities.  Research at Northwestern University has found that one of the places these relationships seem most significant is in the hippocampus of the brain.  The hippocampus is responsible for memory and processing emotions.

The stress of perpetual pain and disturbed sleep can also deplete neurotransmitter reserves.  Serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine balance can be distorted causing a multitude of adverse cognitive and emotional changes.  Pain medications often disturb brain biochemistry.  Balance can be restored many times with supplements of the precursor nutrients needed for added production of neurotransmitters.

Chronic pain and all its ramifications is truly a brain/body health problem.  An integral part of treatment should be restoration of healthy neurotransmitter levels via monoamine transporter assay and targeted amino acid nutritional supplementation.

For a health consultation with these protocols go to Health Consults.

 

US Ranks Low in Societal Health

US Ranks Low in Societal Health

Politicians and patriots always say that America is the greatest country in the world but the facts reveal something shockingly different.  The Social Progress Imperative has done an exhaustive study of factors that measure social progress in all the countries of the world. Social Progress is defined as:

the capacity of a society to meet the basic human needs of its citizens, establish the building blocks that allow citizens and communities to enhance and sustain the quality of their lives, and create the conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential.

Their 2014 Report has found some interesting rankings of US relative to other countries under the heading of Basic Human Needs.  For instance, the US ranks 36th in child mortality rate…below Bosnia and Serbia.  We rank 40th in maternal mortality rate.  We rank 41st in homicide rate…below Morocco and Algeria.  We rank 37th in traffic deaths…below Uzbekistan and Romania.

Under the heading of Foundations of Well-Being more statistics reveal American health at less than many realize.  We rank 29th in life expectancy…below Cuba and Costa Rica.  One of the reasons for the low life expectancy rate might be we rank 125th in obesity rate.  We also rate 79th in suicide rate.  We also make the rest of the world less healthy because we rank 2nd in greenhouse gas pollution emissions.  We also rank 67th in protecting biodiversity.  The US ranks 46th in upper secondary school enrollment…just behind Slovakia and Kuwait.  You would think that the US would rank 1st in press freedom but we actually rank only 21st.

Under the heading of Opportunity we generally rank better for the freedoms we guarantee.  But we rank 29th in discrimination and violence against minorities.  We rank 26th at providing a community safety net.  That is below Mongolia.  We rank 38th in religious tolerance…below Burundi and Cameroon.

So America has a long way to go in order to improve our general well-being.  We should each think of how we can contribute to a rise in our own individual health, that of our family and the other citizens of the world.

Mindfulness Practice Improves Mental and Physical Health

Mindfulness Practice Improves Mental and Physical Health

Researchers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Utah reviewed published studies of mindfulness-based practices and found definitive mental and physical health benefits.  The study is published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice.

Mindfulness is “the practice of learning to focus attention on moment-by-moment experience with an attitude of curiosity, openness, and acceptance.”

Another description is “practicing mindfulness is simply experiencing the present moment, without trying to change anything.”

Researchers assessed three popular techniques:

  • Zen meditation, a Buddhist spiritual practice that involves the practice of developing mindfulness by meditation, typically focusing on awareness of breathing patterns.
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a secular method of using Buddhist mindfulness, combining meditation with elements of yoga and education about stress and coping strategies.
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which combines MBSR with principles of cognitive therapy (for example, recognizing and disengaging from negative thoughts) to prevent relapse of depression.

Investigators discovered that MBSR and MBCT can help to relieve general psychological distress and ease depression and anxiety.

Researchers also discovered that both MBSR and MBCT are effective adjunctive treatments for anxiety.

The findings also support the effectiveness of MBSR to help reduce stress and promote general psychological health in patients with various medical or psychiatric illnesses.

On its own, MBSR was helpful in managing stress and promoting general psychological health in healthy people. There was also evidence that Zen meditation and MBSR were useful adjunctive treatments for pain management.

Go to HealThySelfNow.com and view the Stress Management Course and Consciousness Hygiene Course under Free Health Courses for free online guides on the subject with additional resources.

 

Enhancing the Happiness Gene in Women

Enhancing the Happiness Gene in Women

Researchers from the University of South Florida, the National Institutes of Health, Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute have discovered the first gene associated with happiness in women.  The low expression of the gene monoamine oxidase A seems to be related to self reported happiness in women, but not men.  Researchers believe the hormone testosterone, found in much smaller amounts in women than in men may cancel out the positive effect of MAOA on happiness in men.

The findings are written up online in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry.

This is an unusual finding because low expression of MAOA has been previously related to some negative outcomes like alcoholism, aggressiveness and antisocial behavior.  It has been referred to as the warrior gene by some scientists because of this.

Women do have higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders but they tend to report greater overall life happiness than do men. The reason for this is still a mystery, probably involving numerous other genes and environmental factors.

The low-expression version of the MAOA gene promotes higher levels of serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters in the brain, elevating mood.  Compared to women with no copies of the low-expression version of the MAOA gene, women with one copy scored higher on the happiness scale and those with two copies increased their score even more.

Numerous genes influence human happiness.  Twin studies estimate that genetic factors account for 35-50 percent of the variance in human happiness.  More research needs to be done to understand what genes are involved and what environmental influences act on these genes turning them on and off.

NeuroResearch Clinics have found that precise nutritional supplementation guided by lab tests can optimize neurotransmitter brain function that may be diminished by unfortunate genetic inheritance.  Through a series of simple monoamine transporter urine tests doctors can determine a daily dosage of nutritional supplements that can enhance mood, memory and other brain functions.  There are over a sixteen hundred clinics in the US that use these protocols.  To find a doctor who can consult with individuals  optimizing their brain function in this way click to Health Consults.

 

Obesity Linked to Cognitive Decline

Obesity Linked to Metabolic Decline

There are many things that can adversely impact our mental status.  A new study, published in the journal Neurology, has made it more clear that obesity, high blood pressure and metabolic disorders are linked to cognitive decline.  For the purpose of this study metabolic disorders that were monitored were: high blood pressure or taking medication for it; low HDL or “good” cholesterol; high blood sugar or taking diabetes medication; and high triglycerides (a type of fat found in the blood) or taking medication to lower cholesterol.  The study included over 6,000 people who were monitored and tested over 10 years.  Three memory tests were taken over ten years to determine which factors were linked to memory declines and which did not.

The research found that over the 10-year study, people who were both obese and metabolically abnormal experienced a 22.5 % faster decline on their mental function test scores than those who were of normal weight without metabolic abnormalities.

Some people have suggested that there is a “metabolically healthy obesity.”  This study seemed to refute this premise since obesity without metabolic risk factors still showed significant cognitive decline compared to the non-obese.

 

Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Although targeted amino acid nutritional supplementation is the treatment of choice for true fibromyalgia sometimes other conditions can co-exist with fibromyalgia that have similar pain characteristics and these need to be adequately addressed for full recovery.  Or sometimes another condition such as Myofascial trigger point pain syndrome, or spinal subluxations are misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia.

True Fibromyalgia is a neuronal bundle damage disease of primarily dopamine mediated nerves.  Fibromyalgia is often triggered by some stressful event like a car accident, severe infection, chemical contamination, or the culmination of many emotional stressors.  These incidents damage nerves or deplete neurotransmitter levels so that nerves become hyper-excitable and our sensory pain system becomes hyper-irritable.  New scientific advancements have proven a 100% effective nutritional approach for true fibromyalgia.  For nutritional resolution of true fibromyalgia go to: Fibromyalgia Consults.

So in cases like a car accident or physical injury there may be unresolved, painful areas of muscle tightness that are just due to muscles that were not adequately treated with stretching, massage, and magnesium supplementation.  Sometimes this is the sole problem and once it is resolved the condition disappears.  At other times the accident can cause trigger points in muscles PLUS fibromyalgia.  In these situations both conditions need to be addressed.

Therapeutic Massage, Trigger-point Work, Graston Technique, St. John’s Technique are all good forms of therapeutic massage that may address a myofascial component to a pain syndrome mimicking fibromyalgia or coexisting with it.  Scientifically safe stretching like what is outlined in the books “Auto-Stretching” by Evjenth and Hamberg or “The Better Than Yoga Stretching Guide” by Collins can be used as a complementary adjunct to massage for better relief of pain from tight muscles.  Magnesium supplementation 400-800 mg per day of magnesium malate, orotate, or aspartate also can help muscles relax.  Electrical muscle stimulation and ultrasound can also help relax muscles.

A similar circumstance can occur with spinal subluxations.  These are joints of the spine moving abnormally in a way that is highly irritating to nerve bundles. These are frequent components in spinal injuries and often not addressed unless a chiropractor properly evaluates the injured person.  Often people are diagnosed with fibromyalgia and they really have uncorrected spinal subluxations.  Once the spinal subluxations are corrected the pain syndrome can disappear.  Sometimes though spinal subluxations AND fibromyalgia can coexist and both need to be treated for full resolution.

Meditation and mindfulness based pain management programs can relax the nervous system and ease the intensity of many pain syndromes including fibromyalgia.  Meditation and mindfulness practices can also help us more effectively manage on-going stressful life situations so that they do not continually impede progress with other therapies.  Use two of the Free Health Courses, Stress Management and Consciousness Hygiene at HealThySelfNow.com as a starting point.

Alternative treatments that probably work by the mechanism of placebo effect:

Flower essences
Therapeutic Touch
Reiki
Qi gong
Reflexology
Homeopathy

Dangerous Treatments

Many people take medications…either pain meds like Oxycontin, Neurontin Vicodin, and Percocet or other pain blockers and narcotics; anti-inflammatories like Advil, Motrin, Alleve, Celebrex,; muscle relaxants like Soma; or drugs that affect neurotransmitters like Lyrica, Prozac, Zoloff, Paxil, Elavil, Ambien, and Cymbalta, and even marijuana.  These all cause long term problems, adverse side effects, and can make the problem worse.

 

 

Exercise Feeds the Brain and Makes You Smarter

Exercise Feeds the Brain and Makes You Smarter

Scientists at the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Neuroscience at the University of Tsukuba in Japan published interesting research in the August, 2011 edition of The Journal of Physiology.  They found that by using exercising and non-exercising rats that after bouts of exercise, glycogen energy stores in the astrocyte cells of the brain are significantly depleted.  But exercise then replenishes those energy stores by as much as 60% more than their baseline starting levels.  And these levels remain that way for 24 hours.  This effect is even more profound when rats are regularly exercised over a 4 week period of moderate intensity.  The new “super-compensated” replenished energy reserves become the new baseline…giving brains more reserved energy for many of its functions.

In humans this may explain the higher level of sustained cognitive function found in those who regularly exercise.  The study also found that consuming some carbohydrates soon after an exercise bout can enhance the energy replenishment process.  This supports the usual nutritional recommendations for post exercise training regimens in athletes…consume some carbohydrates and some protein within 20-60 minutes after exercise for best recovery and healthy outcomes.

The study is available here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21521757

 

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders

100% Symptom Resolution with Targeted Nutritional Approach

 

Cognitive and behavior disorders under the headings of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders can be dramatically resolved with a scientifically designed targeted nutritional supplementation program.

Before this research discovery treatment of ADD and ADHD was with medications that have many adverse effects which can be serious and potentially life threatening.  The treatment results with these medications are limited. Now treatment can be undertaken without the need for potentially harmful drugs.

The most frequent and likely cause of these disorders is neurotoxic insult…chemicals and pollutants in our environment that damage brain cells.  Physicians, pediatricians, educators, psychologists, social workers have been noticing a steady increase in the number of children suffering from Attention Deficits and Hyperactivity Disorders over the last two decades.   Increases in neurotoxic chemical contamination during this time span may be may be the cause of this alarming increase.  Ubiquitous chemicals in our food and environment are damaging to sensitive growing brain structures.

These injured brain cells then need more nutrients to function normally. That is why the specific, scientifically designed nutritional supplementation protocols using amino acid precursors that help the brain to produce effective levels of its own neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine works so well.  Proper nutritional support works better than drug manipulation of the brain.

Each person’s need for extra nutrient support is different and with the proper clinical protocols the most cost effective dosage can be reached pretty quickly for a rapid recovery time.  Seventy-seven percent of patients can have their symptoms resolved in a few weeks. In difficult cases it may be necessary to have urine tests so a more precise nutrient dosing can be best fit to each person’s unique needs.

These nutritional protocols are available in hundreds of progressive clinics throughout the world, mostly in the United States where they were developed.  They are not available at the garden variety family physician’s office who uses an old standard of care based on what a pharmaceutical representative has convinced the doctor is cost effective. To start a natural treatment for ADD or ADHD go to:  Nutritional Consultations for ADD

Nutritional Resolution of Anxiety

Nutritional Resolution of Anxiety

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is officially characterized by the following:

A. Excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more days than not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance).

B. The person finds it difficult to control the worry.

C. The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the following six symptoms (with at least some symptoms present for more days than not for the past 6 months). Note: Only one item is required in children.

(1) restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
(2) being easily fatigued
(3) difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
(4) irritability
(5) muscle tension
(6) sleep disturbance

D. The focus of the anxiety and worry is not confined to features of an Axis I disorder, and the anxiety and worry do not occur exclusively during Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

E. The anxiety, worry, or physical symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

F. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance or a general medical condition.

Generalized anxiety disorder is traditionally thought to be a function of the neurotransmitter,  GABA. It responds to GABA drugs such as minor tranquilizers and some patients report relief taking GABA precursors.  Patients treated with properly balanced and optimized amino acid nutrient precursors of the serotonin-dopamine system experience relief of symptoms. It would appear that there is a greater control of GABA through the serotonin-dopamine system, but as of yet there is no chemical pathway defined. Over 90% of patients with one serotonin-dopamine related disease have 3 or more diseases present. It is rare to see only anxiety with no other neurotransmitter related disease present. With or without other diseases present the recommendation is to start all individuals suffering from anxiety on the a Neurotransmitter Replenishment protocol.  For more information on the nutritional resolution of anxiety go to Anxiety Consults.

For scientific understanding of the nutritional resolution of anxiety go to: NeuroSupport.

 

Nutrition for Senile Dementia

Nutrition for Senile Dementia

No standard medical treatment is successful at giving relief of Alzheimer’s dementia symptoms.
Since 2006 NeuroResearch has  been using the amino acid protocols to treat Alzheimer’s dementia.  They have found cognitive deterioration associated with Alzheimer’s dementia is reversible in one third patients as long as they are taking the proper amino acid nutritional supplementation guided by Monoamine Transporter Optimization assays.  One third of patients only experience marginal benefits and one third experience no improvement.  This is probably because dementia appears to be a multi-factorial disease.  For more scientific discussions of nutrition and dementia go to NeuroSupport.
Most of the patients who respond to treatment do so on level 1 to level 3 NeuroReplete nutrients dosing without the need for lab tests.  At the very least, a therapeutic trial of the neurotransmitter replenishment protocol is indicated for all patients with dementia. In less then a month it can be determined if the patient will response to the course of treatment.
When profound improvement does occur in the dementia patient, if the patient quits or misses significant doses of pills all the previous dementia symptoms with all their severity will return in one to two days.
For help in starting a nutritional program as a therapeutic trial for the improvement of dementia go to Health Consults.