This week is Women’s Health Week and It’s a great time to take a moment and focus on helping improve the state of your body and mind. Doing something as small as adding a Vitamin D supplement to your diet or getting out into some beautiful sunshine for at least 20 minutes a day can do wonders for both your body and mind. Vitamin D helps your hair shine, keeps your teeth strong, and does amazing things towards treating depression. But did you know what can happen if you aren’t getting enough of this very important but commonly overlooked vitamin? Click the link to read about Vitamin D deficiency and find out if you could have it.
Are you sensitive to automobile exhaust, smoke, perfume, or for that matter any commercialized or synthetic odor?
Do you hold your breath to get past the display of candles and avoid the cleaning products aisle altogether?
Do you experience headaches when you drink red wine with sulfates or get
close to a chlorinated pool?
Are one of those people who are overly sensitive to carbohydrates?
Neurotoxicity due to the inability to break down acetaldehydes may be a factor.
A neurotoxin is a substance that is toxic to the brain. Acetaldehyde is a neurotoxin that comes from both our environment and from normal metabolism within our body. It can become a problem if it accumulates abnormally. Excessive exposure can cause poor memory, lethargy, depression, irritability, and headache.
Acetaldehyde is very common. You can be exposed simply by breathing air. Virtually anything with the scent is a source of acetaldehyde – room air deodorizers, candles, cleaners, perfumes and everything else that is scented. Acetaldehyde is also an important part of food flavorings and is often added to milk products, baked goods, fruit juices, candy, desserts and soft drinks.
Our body produces acetaldehyde while processing an alcoholic beverage. Intestinal Candida albicans is also a source of endogenous acetaldehyde. Candida albicans live by fermenting sugar to produce energy and the waste byproduct of this energy production is acetaldehyde.
In order to break down acetaldehyde, we need molybdenum, iron, niacinamide and riboflavin. Most people have enough iron. A molybdenum deficiency is often the reason many individuals suffer symptoms from even low level acetaldehyde exposure.
There is a fairly easy test to see if you would benefit from supplementing molybdenum. If the inability to break down acetaldeydes is a factor for you, molybdenum may be your silver bullet.
Dr. Marty Hinz and his team at NeuroResearch in Duluth, MN presents a webinar series on Wednesdays to help practitioners like me keep up with the latest research and do the best job we can for our patients.
This week he provided some facts about the antidepressant medications on the market at this time – all statistics I’ve read before (I don’t have the references at hand to link you to the actual research.) Here is what he said:
- In the treatment of depression 87% to 93% of patients achieve relief of symptoms no better than a sugar pill.
- In treatment of depression the placebo effect of reuptake inhibitors ranges up to 45% (the vast majority of depression responses observed with antidepressant administration is due to the placebo effect, not the drug.)
- The odds of experiencing a drug side effect from a reuptake inhibitor is much greater than achieving relief of symptoms from the drug (non-placebo improvement).
- Reuptake inhibitors deplete neurotransmitters leading to suicidal ideation, inability to stop the drug, relapse of symptoms, etc.
So, if what you are taking for depression isn’t helping or has stopped helping, or if you are experiencing those side effects, and want to try something else, let’s talk!
I use the work being done by Dr. Marty Hinz and his team at NeuroResearch in Duluth, MN to help my patients balance neurotransmitters with nutrition.
And, you say, what is a neurotransmitter?
A neurotransmitter is a chemical released at the end of a nerve fiber that causes the transfer of an impulse to another nerve or muscle fiber or organ – it’s what your body uses to ‘transmit’ the signal.
If you don’t have enough of the signaling chemicals, the message doesn’t get across – like not having enough bars on your cell phone to get a message through. If you have the wrong blend of signaling chemicals it’s like being in an area without a tower that talks to YOUR carrier.
There are many illnesses caused by an imbalance or deficiency in neurotransmitters, and correcting the underlying cause keeps us from having to chase each issue.
Here is a partial listing of diseases and disorders that are related to unbalanced or inadequate neurotransmitter levels:
Adrenal fatigue or burnout
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Serotonin driven coronary artery disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Nocturnal Myoclonus (Restless Leg Syndrome)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Organ system dysfunction
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Social anxiety disorder
Traumatic brain injury
If you have any of these (and, especially, if you suffer with several) and are not getting satisfactory results with the treatment you are currently receiving, please consider working on the cause, instead of the effects.