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Chiropractic Care | Lewiston, ID | Joan P. Burrow DC NMD

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Is your antidepressant worth taking?

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!

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Treat the cause or the effect?

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
Alzheimer’s disease
Asperger’s Syndrome
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Serotonin driven coronary artery disease
Chronic pain
Chronic stress
Cognitive deterioration
Cortisol Dysfunction
Crohn’s disease
Depersonalization disorder
GABA dysfunction
Hormonal dysfunction
Inappropriate Aggression
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Migraine Headaches
Nocturnal Myoclonus (Restless Leg Syndrome)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Organ system dysfunction
Panic Attacks
Parkinson’s disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Psychotic illness
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Social anxiety disorder
Tension Headaches
Tourette’s syndrome
Traumatic brain injury
Ulcerated Colitis

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.