We provide clinically relevant diagnostic tests that can help to identify root causes and target biochemical imbalances, moving medicine beyond mere symptom relief.
Neurotransmitter Imbalances can cause and contribute to:
- Immune Disorders
- Hormone Issues
- Chronic Fatigue
- Food Sensitivities
- Intestinal Permeability
- Metal Sensitivities
- Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactive Disorders (ADD/ADHD)
- Adrenal Fatigue
We provide Targeted Amino Acid Therapy
It is now understood that chronic inflammation is commonly found in many people. Chronic inflammation affects mood by altering brain chemicals and hormones. Root causes of inflammation (infections, allergies, or hypersensitivities) should be investigated as part of your initial medical evaluation at our office.
Correcting already developed depression is much more complicated than improving your diet. At that stage your body requires supplementation much more precise and at higher levels than can be obtained from the foods you eat. You needs to increase the levels of specific neurotransmitters he/she is deficient in. We offer carefully selected pharmaceutical grade nutrients that cross the blood brain barrier into the brain where they will be synthesized into specific neurotransmitters. It will raise neurotransmitter molecules such as serotonin, dopamin, GABA, etc. needed by your brain to function properly. Generally we prescribe these nutrients according to the results of laboratory testing, therefore provoding you with anindividualized treatment plan.
What is Amino Acid Therapy
Amino acid therapy designed to help balance brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) and other areas of the organs and functions in your body. For this type of treatment to be most effective, it generally includes a specialized urinalysis test which provides a reliable means of measuring excretory values for neurotransmitters. From those findings an individualized protocol of amino acid supplementation is designed to improve the quantity and ratios of neurotransmitters in the brain.
Medical science has discovered that neurotransmitters are at the foundation of many psychiatric and neurological disorders. Imbalances in neurotransmission, due to excessive or deficient neurotransmitter levels at the synaptic cleft, are associated with depression, insomnia, anxiety, behavioral disorders, memory disorders, and a spectrum of other brain-relationed functions. Because neurotransmitters play an integral role in these disease states, they are prime targets for treating disorders of the nervous system and mental health concerns.
External interventions can alter nervous system function. These may include pharmaceutical medications or nutritional supplements.
Pharmaceutical medications influence neurotransmission while nutritional neuromodulators utilize dietary constituents and naturally-derived substances to influence neurotransmission. Nutritional neuromodulators include various amino acids, standardized herbal extracts, vitamins and minerals, and phospholipid derivatives. Pharmaceutical and nutritional neuromodulators can be classified based on their function in the nervous system.
The Truth about Antidepressants
Psychiatric medications such as antidepressants can be lifesaving for those suffering depression, but they only help treat the symptoms not cure the problem. When the medications are stopped symptoms can return. There is also the issue of side-effects and more recently the FDA warning that SSRI antidepressants could cause suicidal thoughts in some children, teens and adults. Taking a natural supplement for depression is another form of treatment to consider.
Some psychiatric drugs such as those used to treat anxiety only cover up or mask the symptoms on a temporary basis. You can develop tolerance, dependency or have uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop it. Some people unnecessarily become lifelong users of psychiatric drugs rather than using a natural treatment for depression.
Prescription drugs such as antidepressants do not increase the overall number of neurotransmitter molecules in your brain, they merely move them around or stop their breakdown. If your levels are too low to start with, medication may work initially, then “poop out” or not work from the beginning. There are specialized nutrient formulas which can help antidepressant medication to work more effectively. Under the supervision of a trained practitioner these natural treatments may be used in addition to the persons existing medication to boost their effectiveness or to target another neurotransmitter that is also causing symptoms. Most antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications just target one neurotransmitter but many mental health disorders involve multiple neurotransmitters.