More about Anxiety and Depression
Why does a happy doctor write about anxiety and depression? Because I was not always happy. With my chronic illness my brain chemistry became more and more imbalanced. Inflammation does this to your brain.
I don’t always know what to make of different belief systems about the eternal nature of the human being. One thing I do know for sure is that how we show up in the world is a direct reflection of our brain chemistry.
Who we are is who are brain tells us we are. If the brain chemicals that calm you are low you are going to be an anxious person, or an irritable person, or in extreme circumstances a violent person.
If the brain chemistry that make you feel happy and confident is low then you are going to be an unhappy person that does not attract good relationships or an inspiring profession. It is as straight forward as that. If you don’t have the chemistry to support a good life then you wont have one. If your brain chemistry does not support a healthy relationship then you won’t have one or you won’t keep the one you have.
I’m sure when I was a young buck just starting practice this is what was changing the careers of clients that I was working with. Several times in a row I would work with a person and they would have a breakthrough in their profession. As I look back I see that what we were doing was adjusting brain chemistry, just without knowing it.
What I like about the people that come in to work on these issues is that really have to push through a layer of uncomfortableness to admit and start solving these issues. Anyone that can do that has my greatest respect. It took me years to even realize that I had severe anxiety and depression. Now I realize that it is impossible to go though any episode of inflammation without experiencing a change in brain chemistry.
Even short term traumas, like a broken bone, can cause life long changes to brain chemistry that persist if not corrected. You can imagine how extended inflammation, like any auto-immune disease, can completely alter brain chemistry. Making people miserable, depressed and insecure.
I work with a few very select labs for my testing. I am lucky in that get to choose whomever is doing the best work. If I client asks me why I select a particular lab the answer is that they are the best at what they do. We are so lucky now that we can test a persons brain chemistry through a pee sample.
The doctor that directs one of the labs that I work with was talking to me the other day about the importance of testing. After doing 40 years of research he still is a passionate as ever in his belief that the right test can give you the information you need for a breakthrough in a chronic case. These are the people that are working for you to get you better. For him, like many of us, his life’s work has been about what makes people sick and how to get them better. I understand where he is coming from with this perspective. Once you have helped someone recover their health there is something so rewarding about the experience. Ok well enough of that, how do you become someone that gets better.
The first thing you must know about yourself is what I call the IgG allergens. IgG allergens are allergens that last for a month in the system once you are exposed to the food. In fact we do a simple finger stick test in my practice in Arizona that tests for 96 of the most common foods that I have seen cause health problems over the last years.
When you eat a food that is an IgG allergen it is like a tornado going though your system. The results create such a release of immune system chemicals that there is no way for your brain chemistry to stabilize. So that is the first step that must be in place for any case to get better from mental and emotional illness.
Then of course I think a person should get their brain chemistry tested. It is very important to know the levels of the the different brain chemicals, otherwise how you are going to know how to nutritionally support the case? Serotonin and the metabolites of serotonin, Gaba, taurine, glycine, histamine, PEA, Dopamine and the metabolites of dopamine, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine. All of these can give you very important clues.
Additionally it is important to test the cortisol levels because cortisol blocks some of the other hormone levels. I like a saliva hormone panel because it tests for the free fraction of the hormone or the part that actually attaches to a cell to activate the cell. When we can get four samples during the day we know exactly when it is high and it is low. This is a start.