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a progressive approach to analyzing and treating brain chemical imbalances

 

What are neurotransmitters

Common health problems related to neurotransmitter disorders

Frequency of neurotransmitter depletion

Blood-brain barrier

What causes neurotransmitter disorders

 

Brochures Highlighting Common Neurotransmitter Imbalances

General Overview of Neurotransmitters

ADHD

Anxiety

Depression

Fatigue

Insomnia

 

Prevalence of brain chemical imbalances

Many of today's most common health concerns are directly related to brain chemical

(neurotransmitter) imbalances. Based upon the most recent data collected from testing

over 25,000 subjects, approximately 84% of the U.S. population suffers of neurotransmitter

imbalances.

 

Conditions

Depression, irritability, fatigue, anxiety, sleep disorders, cognitive impairment (brain-fog),

PMS, eating disorders, ADD-ADHD, OCD, appetite control, obesity are in most cases

directly impacted by an unfavorable balance of neuro-chemicals. We can now individually

tailor therapeutic programs using amino-acid supplements, to specifically address neuro-

transmitter imbalances based upon results derived from NeuroScience lab's state-of-the-

art neurotransmitter testing.

 

It begins with nutrition, digestion and liver function

Our brain chemistry is directly dependent upon the nutrients we consume, our digestive

tract's ability to assimilate nutrients, the concentration of toxins consumed as well as

as the toxic, metabolic byproducts of incomplete digestion. Our liver's ability to assemble

bio-chemical building-blocks required by the brain for its normal functionality is critical and

may easily become undermined by carrying too high a toxic load, a very common problem

in this day and age when exposure to so many environmental and food borne toxins has

become "normal".

 

As much as 90% of the serotonin, one of the primary neurotransmitters, is produced in the

gut and exerts considerable influence on normal intestinal functionality. Therefore when

focusing on neurotransmitter optimization, it behooves us to address issues of nutrition,

digestion, liver function and general detoxification.

 

Neurotransmitter Optimization Therapy

Once the relative concentrations and ratios of the major neurotransmitting substances is

known, a specific combination of amino acid based supplements is utilized to optimize the

tested individual's brain chemistry. The tailored supplement program will predictably increase

deficient and / or diminish excesses neurotransmitter levels (as the case may be), thereby

regaining optimal concentrations and ratios, essential to well-being and good health.

 

What is tested

A simple urine collection can be utilized to ascertain the levels of the major neurotransmitters

in the brain. The testing method is quite new and relies on state of the art lab instrumentation.

When testing for the underlying causes of sleep disturbance, saliva and urine samples are required.

Test results will disclose the relative ratios and concentrations of the following:

 

Epinephrine

Nor-Epinephrine

Dopamine

DOPAC

Serotonin

Glycine

Histamine

Taurine

Glutamate

Glycine

GABA

PEA

5-HIAA

Cortisol ................(Insomnia Profile only)

Melatonin.............(Insomnia Profile only)

 

 

Pharmaceutical Drug Interactions In Testing and Treatment

Individuals presently using anti-depressant pharmaceuticals can be tested without the need

to discontinue their medications.

 

The supplements used in the Neurotransmitter Optimization Therapy will not interfere with

SSRI or Tricyclic anti-depressants. In most cases, the supplements used in this program will

actually assist such medications in working more effectively. Individuals seeking Neurotransmitter

Optimization Therapy, will most likely want to employ a non-pharmaceutical approach to normalize

their brain chemistry.

 

Pharmaceutical anti-depressants unfortunately cannot increase the concentrations of lowered

levels of neurotransmitters. Instead they work by supporting the economy of already existing

neuro-chemicals. The utilization of the right types and concentrations of amino acid neuro-

transmitter precursors will on the other hand actually optimize neuro-chemical levels. MAOI's

(mono-amine-oxidase inhibitors) are not compatible with this approach and must be discontinued

before Neurotransmitter Optimization Therapy can be safely initiated. Testing can however be

undertaken while using MAOI's.

 

 

 

 

                                                  Three profiles are presently available

 

  1. Neuro Screen / Basic:

     General neurotransmitter assessment for depression, anxiety, mood disorders, mental focus.

     Test & 30 minute phone consultation $298.00

 

 2. Neuro Screen / Expanded:

     ADD, ADHD, Autism plus general neurotransmitter assessment for depression, anxiety, mood

     disorders, mental focus.

     Test & 30 minute phone consultation $413.00

 

 3. Neuro Sleep:

     Insomnia, sleep disorders plus general neurotransmitter assessment for depression, anxiety,

     mood disorders, mental focus.

     Test & 30 minute phone consultation $379.00

 

                            All telephone consultations are conducted by  David Schlesinger, L.Ac.

 

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An Overview of Neurotransmitters

 

What are neurotransmitters

Common health problems related to neurotransmitter disorders

Frequency of neurotransmitter depletion

Blood-brain barrier

What causes neurotransmitter disorders

 

Article: Myths and Misconceptions Regarding Urinary Neurotransmitter Testing

 

What are neurotransmitters?

Neurotransmitters are various chemicals that are required by the nervous system to relay signals

between neurons (nerve cells) allowing for optimal communication between the multitude of cells

within the brain itself and the entire nervous system as a whole. This is an extremely complex

process requiring an adequate supply of these specialized chemicals (neurotransmitters) and

their respective bio-chemical building blocks (precursors) to function properly.

 

Neurotransmitters are constructed in the body from amino acids (the building blocks of proteins),

vitamins and mineral co-factors. When sufficient supplies of these amino acids and nutritional

co-factors are lacking, neurotransmitter depletion, leading to insufficient or unbalanced

communication between neurons (neurotransmission) with adverse systemic results can be

expected.

 

Common health problems related to neurotransmitter disorders

The most frequently encountered neurotransmitter related symptoms are depression, appetite

control, compulsive behaviors, fibromyalgia, pain, lowered ability to focus, sleep problems,

anxiety, and neuro-endocrine problems.

 

Frequency of neurotransmitter depletion

Evaluation of neurotransmitter levels by scientific methodology has revealed that approximately

84% of the U.S. population has some degree of neurotransmitter deficiency or imbalance. Consider

the high incidence of neurotransmitter-related disease in the U.S.

 

Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, Obesity/Appetite

Control, PMS. Many apparently dissimilar diseases have common components of an underlying

neurotransmitter deficiency and are addressed with similar therapies.

 

The blood-brain barrier

The specialized capillaries supplying the brain with its blood derived nutrients, selectively prevent

certain substances, available to other tissues in the body, from gaining access to brain cells.

Referred to as the blood-brain barrier, this very special part of the circulatory system ensures the

stability of the blood chemistry within the brain and is the brain's primary chemical security system.

Neurotransmitters being fat-soluble molecules do not cross this blood-brain barrier. When administered

orally or intravenously, they will do nothing to increase neurotransmitters in the brain.

 

Neurotransmitters are produced on-site in the neurons of the brain from their amino acid building

blocks some of which can readily cross the blood-brain barrier. Sufficient amino acids plus vitamin and

mineral cofactors must be present to produce adequate neurotransmitter levels.

 

What causes neurotransmitter disorders?

Low neurotransmitter levels are incapable of engaging enough post-synaptic receptor sites

causing the post-synaptic nerve to fire ineffectively or not at all. This can be the result of prolonged

stress, genetic predisposition, and diets low in amino acids from which amine neurotransmitters

are made. A number of antidepressant drugs, while temporarily increasing synaptic neuro-

transmitter levels, can cause an overall depletion of the vesicle pool available for secretion.


Lowered numbers of post-synaptic receptors. The post-synaptic neurons fire when sufficient

numbers of its receptors are engaged by neurotransmitters. If the number of receptors is low,

higher concentrations of neurotransmitters are required to cause the neuron to fire and relay a

signal. Neurotoxic substances like heavy metals, pesticides, illicit amphetamines, and some

prescription drugs can cause permanent damage to the nervous system by reducing the number

of healthy, active receptors.


High levels of excitory (catecholomine) neurotransmitters will cause an excessive firing of

the post synaptic neurons. There are many disorders now connected to excess production and

excretion of neurotransmitters including hyperactivity and anxiety syndromes such as Attention

Deficit Disorder ADD,  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive

Disorder OCD and others.

 

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