You Can Have Your Neurotransmitter Levels Tested
a progressive approach to analyzing and treating brain chemical imbalances
Brochures Highlighting Common Neurotransmitter Imbalances
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
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
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:
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.
An Overview of 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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