How To Identify Correctable Causes of Mental and Emotional Imbalances Without Medication For people struggling with anxiety, depression, mental fog, addictions, PTSD, panic attacks, learning disabilities and sleep disorders, life can feel overwhelming with no solutions. There are two major problematic areas that need to be assessed that are overlooked and unaddressed by conventional care. Neurotransmitter imbalances and brain wave abnormalities are two areas that need to be analyzed to get to the root of these problems.
Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring chemicals that transmit messages between neurons and help regulate mood, cravings, addictions, energy, libido and sleep. There are 183 known neurotransmitters in the brain; the major ones are serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, glutamate, epinephrine and gamma-aminobutyric acid. There are more than 60 diseases and illnesses caused by or associated with neurotransmitter imbalances, including emotional problems. Reasons why neurotransmitters become imbalanced include:
• Neurotransmitter Depletion
Neurotransmitter depletion can be nutritionally based because neurotransmitters are made from amino acids, vitamins and minerals present in healthy foods. Many people do not eat healthy food and only consume processed, nutritionally devoid food-like products.
Some medications can cause depletion of neurotransmitters. Pharmaceuticals that increase the activity of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine only recirculate the already low levels; they do not increase production of neurotransmitters. Medications increase the breakdown of the already low levels of neurotransmitters and accelerate the depletion over time, creating resistance and even damage at the receptor sites. While medication often provides short term relief of symptoms, there are long term side effects of frequently prescribed medications for attention deficit disorder(ADD), anxiety and depression.
• Unhealthy Bacteria
Since the largest source of neurotransmitters is in the gastrointestinal tract, any overgrowth of bad bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeast or fungus caused by poor diet or antibiotic usage, leaky gut syndrome or inflammatory bowel disorder contributes to the depletion of neurotransmitter
production. All of these problems can be tested for and corrected.
Genetic variances that you are born with can alter receptor site function, production and breakdown of neurotransmitters. Through a simple saliva test I am able to examine 800,000 SNP’s (single nucleotide polymorphisms) to detect where the body is struggling to function properly and to support with appropriate supplementation regarding neurotransmitters. A healthy way to regain proper levels of neurotransmitters is through foods and supplements containing the correct amount and ratios of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. There is excellent testing available to measure your neurotransmitters and all of the amino acids required to make your neurotransmitters. Once you have this information there is a clear path as to which supplements are needed to correct these imbalances.
The second important area to be assessed is brainwave activity, as neurotransmitter activity is not the whole story of brain function and emotional well-being.
It is also advantageous to find a practitioner that offers neurofeedback with Brainwave PhotoStim. Research conducted at Johns Hopkins University has found that people that suffer neurological problems have abnormal brainwaves in certain areas of the brain. Publications such as Psychology Today have documented research detailing that quantitative electroencephalography “brain maps” have shown that people with ADD have elevated delta brainwaves, while those that suffer from depression have elevated alpha brainwaves. Those with anxiety may have elevated beta brainwaves, while those suffering from memory loss usually have decreased theta brainwaves. Training the brain with EEG auditory and visual feedback by simply watching a movie, guides the brain into producing new efficient brainwave patterns. At Health His Way, Inc., we often couple hyperbaric oxygen therapy with neurofeedback which greatly augments the effectiveness of neurofeedback because the brain requires oxygen for healing and optimal function. Neurofeedback is used successfully for anxiety, learning disorders, depression, sleep disorders, mental flexibility, dementia and stroke recovery.
Health His Way DR. KRISTIN KLOCKO, PharmD, RPh, PSc.D Wheaton 60189 • 630-254-0766 Health-His-Way.com
Kristin Klocko is a Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pastoral Sciences, certified in Reversing Cognitive Decline by The Institute for Functional Medicine, and Genetic Nutrition. She is also the owner of Health His Way, Inc. Her practice utilizes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Neurofeedback with PhotoStim, nutritional consulting and analysis of genetic (DNA) results to help people optimize their health.
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