Brain Neurotransmitter Balance
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What Are Neurotransmitters?
Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that convey electrical signaling between nerves. They are essential for human life. Examples are: Serotonin, dopamine, glycine, GABA, norepinephrine, epinephrine.
Imbalanced Neurotransmitters Can Lead to Many Illnesses.
Many health problems occur due to the disruption of Neurotransmitter Balance. We are most popularly aware of how depression is helped by altering serotonin and Parkinson’s is helped by administration of L-dopa which raises dopamine in the substantia nigra portion of the brain. The standard medical approach is to give Serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac, Zoloff, and Paxil for depression but these then cause more problems and often become ineffective over time because they do nothing to replenish baseline stores of neurotransmitters. The same is done with the prescription drug L-dopa for Parkinson’s and Ritalin for Attention Deficit Disorder. Again, effectiveness decreases and side effects increase with time because full replenishment of the core neurotransmitters is not done. These are not neurotransmitter deficiency states but rather nerve bundle damage problems which then needs higher levels of BALANCED neurotransmitters so that the cellular transporter mechanisms are operating ideally.
Proper neurotransmitter balance also depends on adequate nutritional support of sulfur containing amino acids that are the backbone of our major detoxification pathways.
Neurotransmitter Related Health Problems:
Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Migraine and Tension Headaches, Insomnia, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder, Hyperactivity, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, PMS, Impulsivity, Inappropriate anger, Chronic Fatigue, Burnout, Traumatic Brain Injury, Phobias, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Adrenal Fatigue, Obesity, Parkinson's, Management of Chronic Stress
Causes of Neurotransmitter Imbalance:
Neurotoxins such as pesticides, alcohol, nicotine, amphetamines
Medications such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Sinequan, Meridia, Dexatrim, Ritalin, Imitrex, Amiltriptyline, Wellbutrin…
(Warning!!! If you are now taking any of the above medications or are exposed to the noted neurotoxins it is important to be, at the very least, taking a Level One dosage of neurotransmitter replenishment nutrients to minimize the depletion that is on-going and to help with the effectiveness of any medications. Contact our office to obtain the appropriate supplementation.)
Weakened nerves in the brain due to genetic predisposition or damaged nerves due to physical trauma, stress, poor diet, or chemical contamination from neurotoxins can cause an increased need for neurotransmitters so that the damaged or weakened nerves can function normally. This means there is an increased need for the nutritional precursors for the production of higher levels of neurotransmitters. This is termed a relative nutritional deficiency. Your body and brain need more nutrients than what can be gained in diet to sustain these higher levels of neurotransmitters so that the damaged nerves can function optimally. Often the nerve damage is permanent so that increased nutritional needs are also always going to be present.
Restoring Neurotransmitter Balance
The most scientifically sound way of restoring neurotransmitter balance and improving the conditions caused by distorted neurotransmitter levels in the brain is with targeted, specific nutritional supplementation guided by Monoamine Transporter Optimization. Providing the right ratio of nutrients that establish optimal brain neurotransmitters, given at specific times of the day is the key to restoring health for these problems. Databases on clinical effectiveness show 100% response in depression, 90% success rate with migraine headaches, and 99.5% improvement of fibromyalgia. If a person has any condition that is typical of neurotransmitter imbalance and is not properly replenishing the brain’s reserves of these neurotransmitters with the essential nutrients they will suffer eventually. Proper diet, Chiropractic care, and improved stress management can also be extremely helpful, depending on the individual case.
For more Information
Up-dated, scientific, news stories of recent advancements in treating neurological conditions by natural means can be found at BrainHealth Now .
Detailed explanations of the various aspects of Monoamine Transporter Optimization can be found in the right hand column on the Health Resources page of this website.
For scientific papers and detailed discussions about neurotransmitter balancing from the medical group that has the largest database on patients using nutritional supplementation to correct the imbalances go to Neuro Research.
Another site with information about specific diseases treated with nutrition can be found here.
Neurotransmitter Replenishment Protocols Available at Our Clinic
Here at Thomas M. Collins Chiropractic, Inc. we use the most advanced protocols for establishing proper brain neurotransmitter function with nutritional supplementation. We provide the testing kits if needed and consult with the expert physicians when necessary with difficult cases.