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Why Your Body Makes Your Brain Feel Cuckoo Part II


Why Your Body Makes Your Brain Feel Cuckoo Part II

by Jen Springer


Now we’re getting to the good stuff!

William Walsh, Ph.D starts getting into neurotransmitters, pyrroles, and nutrients.

I apologize, the geek in me gets so jazzed to share this with you.

It was information like this written by Joan Matthews Larson, PhD. and Carl Pfeiffer that kept me hanging in there when I was really knocked down the anxiety and panic 24/7.  I knew what was going on in my body, but fixing it was the challenge. That took time and patience (as I outline in my ebook Let’s Get Physical).

Next post, methylation. That’s when we’ll really dork out together! Take your Omega 3’s and Brain Power oil to be ready for that one!


The Critical Role of Nutrients in Severe Mental Symptoms by William Walsh, Ph.D. continued from Part I


Nutrients and Mental Health

As we enter the new millennium, the medical and scientific communities agree on the tremendous influence of neurotransmitters4 on behavior disorders, “ADHD” (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), depression, and “schizophrenia.” People can have a predisposition for these problems due to genetically aberrant levels of specific neurotransmitters. Our mental health is dependent upon having the proper amount of these critical brain chemicals.

Some psychiatrists express their scorn for nutrient therapies, claiming that they are too puny to have any real clinical potency. They often say, “You really need a drug to get the job done for a serious condition like depression.”

My favorite response begins by asking the question, “Where do Viagra our neurotransmitters come from?”

The brain is a chemical factory that produces serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine5, and other brain chemicals 24 hours a day. The only raw materials for their syntheses are nutrients, namely, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. If the brain receives improper amounts of these nutrient building blocks, we can expect serious problems with our neurotransmitters.

For example, some depression patients have a genetic pyrrole disorder which renders them grossly depleted in vitamin B-6. A pyrrole is a basic chemical structure that is used in the formation of heme, which makes blood red. Pyrroles bind with B6 and then with zinc, thus depleting these nutrients. These individuals cannot efficiently create serotonin (a neurotransmitter) since B-6 is an important factor in the last step of its synthesis.

Many of these persons appear to benefit from Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, or other serotonin-enhancing medications. However, as with all mind-altering drugs, side effects occur and the true cause of the mental difficulties remains uncorrected. Similar – and more healthful – benefits can be achieved by simply giving these patients sufficient amounts of B-6 along with supporting nutrients.

Most neurotransmitter problems appear to be genetic in nature and involve abnormal absorption, metabolism, or storage of key nutrients. As neuroscience advances, biochemical treatments to correct brain chemistry become better defined. Nutrient therapy can be very potent and does not involve side effects, since no molecules foreign to the body are needed. This therapeutic approach may eventually eliminate the need for most psychiatric medications.


to be continued …



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2 Responses to “Why Your Body Makes Your Brain Feel Cuckoo Part II”

  1. Dana Carpenter says:

    WOW! This information is insane (in the most fantastic of ways)!!! My question is, as you mentioned in your first blog, there cannot be one recomended theory on what the body needs for nutrients because each body is different. I am assuming the same holds true for the brain. How do you know what your brain may be depleted of and how do you figure out what it takes to get “in sync”. I just went off anti-depressents. They were not helping. I’ve never thought anti-depressents were the answer to a very complex problem. Please hurry with the To Be Continued!!

  2. admin says:

    Find a doc who does targeted amino acid therapy. They can tell exactly what’s off in the brain through testing. If you don’t know of anyone local, http://neurorelief.com can find docs nearby also.
    Keep on moving forward 🙂

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