Depression and Anxiety Secrets – Episode 1

if you’re someone that struggle with
depression for a long time or perhaps you have issues with anxiety or panic
attacks you’ve likely wondered if you can ever get better have you started to
lose hope if you’re struggling with neurodegenerative health if you’ve heard
of your loved ones your family or friends suffering with Alzheimer’s or
dementia perhaps you’re feeling like these are
life sentences once they happen or if you have a genetic predisposition then
it’s a life sentence things can never get better
Al’s imus dementia Parkinson’s macular degeneration just to name a few are some
of the most debilitating neurological neurodegenerative brain conditions that
we face today but let me tell you if you’ve started to lose hope or you feel
like maybe this is just the way the life is and the change is not possible I want
to show you that there is another way in this series we want to bring you amazing
information about how you can build a better future we want to re-instill that
hope that you have lost that belief that things can get better too often we’re
told that this is simply a hormonal imbalance and that we just genetically
predisposed ition toward a particular mental health problem however science is
discovering that while genetics certainly play a role in all this we are
not doomed by our genetics the environment we live in and the choices
we make can alter our genetic expression this is called epigenetics so if you’ve
been told that you were born with an imbalance and you may have to be on
medication for the rest of your life because of your depression or anxiety do
not give up medications can have profound and life-altering side-effects
and yet many people are told that these are the only options for these
conditions you’ll see cases of Al’s imus dementia Parkinson’s macular
degeneration and other neurodegenerative health conditions be reversed
you’ll see the case studies the science and the real-life case studies of the
people so you can see the real-life proof you’ll see that the protocols and
approaches were taking to depression and anxiety and other mental illnesses is
the same as the approach that we’re taking for neurodegenerative diseases
such as Al’s Imus and dementia and Parkinson’s isn’t that fascinating
see for yourself so you can actually work out the best protocols the best
diet the best lifestyle practices these things will not only protect your mind
from depression and anxiety and other mental illnesses but they’ll also
protect your mind against neurodegenerative diseases we’re here to
protect your brain and help you put conditions into remission and prevent
these things from happening I look forward to seeing what you learn what
you apply through this amazing series at one point I had struggled with
alcohol abuse throughout my life and so I’d been sober for about six years and I
ended up going back to the bottle and I drank a bottle of tequila one night on
my own and I took a gun and I didn’t want to make a mess so I went outside of
my backyard and I pulled the trigger and the gun jammed there was no reason that the gun should
have not gone off it had a bullet in it the head
I think I’d loaded it with four yes and they the bullet was it was chambered
it was it was ready to to fire I had a friend checked the gun after I’d fired
it and he knows a lot about guns and he said there’s no reason that it should
have not gone off at that point I wasn’t thinking very clearly because of the
alcohol and so I made a phone call to my father and so he came and actually spent
the night with me at my house and then took me to his psych facility so I
didn’t have any other plans beyond that at that point I just knew since it
wasn’t effective that I was that I was needing help at that point well Christy
was a complex case she had come in on a lot of medications including one of the
most difficult medicines to get off of which is a benzodiazepine lorazepam and
then clonazepam on top of it she was on antidepressants she was on sleep
medicines she was on adderall to try to be able to get some focus which is what
we give for ADHD she was on gaba Penton and and she had been on SSRIs until
shortly before she came and on top of it she was had several
addictions she was major into tobacco caffeine she was an alcoholic as well
although she had quit drinking recently and that was just that side of things in
addition we found out that she had some genetic issues she had some premenstrual
dysphoric disorder that dysphoria that is actually was caused by a metal
metabolism issue that she did not know that she had and this apparently was
passed along through her mother who also has the same type of symptoms so her her
depression would get worse before her periods and that’s something that we can
correct with with the right doses of zinc in b6 to help her to be able to
handle her copper better in addition she had major sleep issues with a circadian
rhythm hit she had the developmental issues in addition her diet was not vest
as she wasn’t making enough serotonin or dopamine in regards to her diet
she had social issues with her recent divorce and she also had some frontal
lobe issues plus her lack of focus so you know with all those issues it’s not
all surprising that she had severe depression and and she was trying to
cope with it in the worst possible way by ending her life which she tried five
times to do before coming to this program fortunately although it took
longer because of her high amounts of benzos that she’d had been on she
responded well each one of those problems that I listed can actually
improve and and the causes of those can be eradicated and that means depression
and anxiety itself can be erratic and that’s exactly what happened to her
it’s a great to be able to get people meaningful information because knowledge
is empowering and if we have knowledge then we can change things we can change
the outcome so many years medical science
wanted us to think that everything was genetic and predetermined and if we were
going to change anything we had to have a drug now we know that most of it is
environmental it’s a situational it’s not genetic and if there are genes we
can work around those genes it’s called epigenetics we can do things to
influence and change them and so most for instance cancer way down in the
single digits the genetic causes of cancer so three or four percent which
means the other yeah which means the other 95% are environmental which means
we can change them and so as we learn more about genetics and how little and
what the the truly small role it plays and that’s not completely true for
Alzheimer’s but we can change it it’s called epigenetics we can change the
outcome by modifying what we do in our environment so epigenetics is very very
important in Alzheimer’s degenerate Eve disease neurocognitive disorders all of
these situations very important thank you I’m really happy to hear that news
that’s something that I’ve believed in otherwise I wouldn’t bother doing this I
would just give me a pill doc depression is often caused by ruminating on past
events by living in the past we often feel that we don’t connect with those in
the present we feel different or distant from all those around us and even when
loved ones do express care for us it often just feels that they cannot
understand and so we hold back from sharing this deep struggle with them
this causes further isolation which amplifies the feeling that no one can
ever understand or really care about us it is a very vicious cycle
and the longer we say stuck in it the deeper we end up traveling into
depressive thoughts in a way it’s like being stuck in a whirlpool that is
sucking you down and you are able to get to the surface and get some air once in
a while but just enough to stay alive but then
you’re in a constant struggle to not be sucked down to the bottom anxiety on the
other hand is when we’re focusing on the future and trying to determine the
outcome because our minds have limited information we tend to fill in the gaps
if we’ve had failures or bad experiences in the past our mind will fill in the
gaps with what it knows if those gaps get filled in with ideas of failure then
it creates an overwhelming fight-or-flight reflex this is when we
feel the cortisol kick in and the feeling of anxiety rushes over us if
this fight-or-flight reaction escalates too much it can develop into a
full-blown panic attack and we feel that we’re going to die and there’s no way
out the reality is when there is a threat in real life like being chased by
a dog for example we have something physical to react to we can run away we
can fight but when it’s triggered by the thoughts in our minds where can we go
how can we find so we can feel stuck we can’t quite pinpoint where our fear is
coming from and it makes it very difficult to diffuse the situation if we
don’t understand what is happening in recent years there’s been an explosion
of mental illness in in our society and culture and we can see that mental
illness is really on the rise for example among young people back around
World War two you had studies that were done to assess
how many mental health problems people had well now here recently they did
follow-up studies and they found that there’s actually been a 500% increase
meaning five times more diagnosable mental health problems among young
people meaning in high school in college so that’s just one example that to give
you some more general statistics about a quarter of the United States adult
population deals with mental health problems every
year like a diagnosable mental health problem and about 20% give or take is on
some kind of psychiatric medication and by and large that’s antidepressant
medication but in recent years there’s also been a lot of antipsychotics and of
course those medications come with big risks associated and so mental health in
America is not getting any better so what is depression I mean what we have
here is we have 350 million people right now have been diagnosed with depression
1 million of which have been known and will commit suicide this year depression
is predicted to be the number one cause of disability through 2030 it is a
global epidemic it’s a public health crisis and so many people are on
antidepressants and they’re not getting better if we weren’t in at the epidemic
just take 350 million people that’s as many people as America just the whole
country of America is depressed on the globe and if that doesn’t raise a red
flag that what we’re doing is incorrect the diagnosis the treatment the whole
experience as a patient I don’t know what else can say because it’s only
getting worse you know it works for you means different that works for me so you
have to find the solution for you but here’s depression symptoms feelings of
guilt and just think about how common these things are feelings of guilt
sadness worthlessness desperation inability to experience pleasure changes
in appetite and sleep patterns like who doesn’t experience that lack of energy a
lot of us are chronically fatigued we sit down all day right we’re not
exercising poor concentration grain fog poor memory motor retardation fatigue
well you go to a psychologist you can be diagnosed with depression and here’s
something that is a key reoccurrence suicidal or death ideation
why is that a depression symptom why isn’t that something else
to me they’re lumping your desire to die it has been now linked to depression
versus a whole nother serious matter like suicide ideation I say that because
we’re lumping it’s a lump into catch-all it’s a catch-all disease and not to say
it doesn’t exist because I was quote clinically depressed I know what it’s
like to be despair I know what it’s like lacking energy and having brain fog and
what all the other things write changes in appetite I experienced all this stuff
but to label me as depressed then to get me on an antidepressant isn’t the
solution okay and I want people to realize that all these are just symptoms
that change and in 10 years it could be a whole new litany of symptoms the one
thing that really concerns me out of all this isn’t the desire to die and that to
me isn’t a sign of depression that’s a sign that you’re desiring to die that’s
a whole nother issue altogether that shouldn’t be taken lightly some people
really desires to die for two weeks they should be in care they need to be under
some sort of home care support where they’re not going to be alone for 24
hours at a time these people need to be loved on they need to be a system but to
say hey here’s an SSRI or here is a drug or here’s a here’s a supplement go for
it they’ll heal your depression that’s a disservice to humanity okay so this is
an interesting sort of answer as far as how medications impact mental health and
the first thing to understand is that medications never heal illness and that
doesn’t mean I never use medications I do believe they have their place but
ideally in the short-term use and the reason for that is is because what they
do is that they they help to suppress symptoms but then the brain actually
pushes back in other words if you give somebody a prescription for anxiety for
example like xanax or valium well it helps to decrease the amount of neuro
neuronal activity in the brain so that slows everything down it makes
feel calmer but then what the brain does is it it pushes back and essentially it
actually up regulates the amount of hype excitability in the brain to
counterbalance that so pretty soon if you’re not dealing with the underlying
issue you end up with actually just just as much anxiety but now you’re on a
medication that your tolerance and and dependent on and and so then over time
what happens is your symptoms actually get worse and worse but now you have the
medication plus you have the side effects of the medication so what
they’re seeing is that for example with anxiety medications that can create
long-term chronic anxiety with antidepressant medications that can
create long-term chronic refractory depression with antipsychotic
medications it actually makes the brain super sensitive to dopamine which means
that they’re going to tend to actually have more chronic episodes of psychosis
and not not only that it actually makes people both antipsychotics and
antidepressants it actually makes them apathetic so they
meaning they don’t really care about things anymore
and it makes them have problems with mental processing like memory and that
sort of thing it also starts impairing frontal lobe function which is important
for logic and self-control and that sort of thing and so what I deal with a lot
and I talk with patients when they’re on these medications long term first of all
it’s very difficult for them to get off and secondly they actually start missing
out on the joy of life and and they start saying things they say things like
you know I don’t even I’m not really even in touch with who I am anymore or
my feelings and and yes I’m not depressed but I’m also not happy and I’m
I’m not really fulfilled and so you can start to understand how these
medications even though they might help the symptoms short term in the long term
can actually cause more harm you know a challenge is that a lot of people when
they go the doctor with anxiety or depression they’re recommended an
antidepressant a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor which is design
help you retake serotonin to get more mileage out of it make it more efficient
the problem is it’s a you know then it’s analogous to using a gasoline additive
in an empty gasoline tank so in the South we say you know if you don’t have
any gasoline in the gasoline tank and you’re using the gasoline ateb it ain’t
gonna work it just doesn’t work it doesn’t you know there’s no there’s no
benefit from using gasoline additive in an empty gasoline tank and those were
the anxiety and depression that you know we see with fibromyalgia they’ve
depleted that that brain chemical serotonin over the years poor sleep the
stress that they’ve been under maybe taking prescription medications that
have created more problems poor diet sedentary lifestyle because you know
maybe they think they really can’t do a whole lot because of the pain but most
patients are going to be prescribed a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
like prozac or celexa zoloft and the the you know Jonathan the problem of those
is those antidepressants don’t make serotonin they’re only designed to help
you hang on to serotonin but again if you’re trying to use something to help
you hang on to serotonin there’s nothing there it’s probably not going to do
anything and this is the reason why we know that when you look at a
meta-analysis of studies 70% of time an antidepressant is no better than a sugar
pill no better than a placebo and so oftentimes what happens as patients will
go on these medications and it will work for a period of time but that eventually
quits working in a big part of that is this thing called down-regulation which
the brain receptor these receptor sites in the brain for these medications
eventually they start to shrivel up and disappear and you can lose up to 40 to
60 percent of these receptor sites so eventually the medications have nowhere
you know like a docking station to dock on to and they just quit working and
then patients will go from maybe taking paxil and in gaining 40 or 60 pounds
which happens on a medication to maybe taking lexapro
but again no one has an antidepressant deficiency when it comes to depression
and anxiety there are a few different types of medications that are often
prescribed by doctors the most common are selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors SSRIs which includes the well-known brand names Prozac lexapro
Zoloft and paxil another fairly common type of medication is selective
serotonin norepinephrine inhibitors SNRIs
which include brand names like cymbalta and effexor there are other types that
are less commonly used like na s si s and Mao is other anti-anxiety drugs
include benzodiazepines this includes annex valium and ativan people on these
medications often develop a drug tolerance and therefore have to increase
their dosages which creates a situation right for addiction in fact benzos
themselves can actually cause depression as a side effect so what are some of the
side effects of depression and anxiety medications common problems can range
from nausea and dizziness to insomnia and sexual problems considering insomnia
and lack of sleep is a causative factor in depression how can it not be seen as
inhibitive of recovery to take a drug that limits your ability to get good
quality sleep sexual problems often include reduced sexual desire and reduce
sensitivity some people especially children and young adults are more prone
to experience suicidal thoughts while taking SSRIs
isn’t this the very thing that we’re seeking to prevent we’re talking about
taking people who are struggling with painful or anxious mental states and
adding to that with these destabilizing side effects social norms media and the
medical industry communicate to us that taking a prescription medication is a
normal and everyday occurrence as if we had all been doing this for centuries
and it’s just a part of life however it’s not the intent side-effects of some
medications are incredibly harmful and sometimes irreversible so are
medications the only solutions when dealing with depression and anxiety is
talk therapy the only solution is they’re more a person can do for their
mental well-being one of the big problems with any
psychiatric medication is that they all have the possibility of causing a
hundred different possible side effects and in the case of benzodiazepines like
xanax and and volume one of the most dangerous things in my mind is that they
can make people often very impulsive and so sometimes they can make people make
decisions that they normally wouldn’t make and because and the reason for that
is because they affect the frontal lobe of the brain so they might make people
make poor driving decisions for example and get in a car accident or they might
make people make a very poor relationship decisions things like
medications like Prozac and other antidepressants one of the big warnings
that they have there is that it can actually increase suicidal thoughts and
sometimes actions there have been people that when they start these medications
actually do things to harm themselves or other people too so these medications
are not benign and we have to be very careful in understanding that they can
be there they’re they’re potent drugs and if they’re not used correctly they
can do more harm than good there have been cases where people actually have
done things that are completely out of character for them because their brain
was altered with with medication you know where where because they lose that
fear of consequences that they might do something very violent to somebody or
even to them to themselves and so it’s it’s something that we have to be aware
of when the phone gets called to emergency to police or you know and
there’s been a violent act in this household or I’ve done something violent
the first question that gets asked is are you on any medications or are they
on any medication yeah yeah and which type of medications are they talking
about which ones like well I’m as I would guess that most of the time
they’re they’re concerned about benzodiazepine
because you know in in in in my experience that those ones have the
biggest effect on the frontal lobe especially if those are combined with
alcohol it’s a very lethal combination in a lot of ways one of the scary things
is – I mean nowadays you have the opioid epidemic and people dying from opiates
and and the combination of opiates with benzodiazepines like xanax and Valium I
mean that’s what can often be very lethal even paying people to sleep at
night you know they’ll just fall asleep in there and never wake up I do my very
best in order to share this information with thousands of people but thousands
of people which I have reached is only a drop in the bucket it’s not a million
people that I reached when I would do it a national TV show on relationships and
sell millions of books you cannot say these things on national TV these things
do not go into the media because the media gets its money from the drug
companies eighty ninety four a seventy eighty percent of the money comes from
advertising money comes from the pharmaceutical industry and the natural
foods industry the natural supplement interesting industry is their is their
competitor and they don’t want to be put out of business and so what happens is
that the the kind of insights that you’re sharing with people the doctors
you’re interviewing the researchers you interview this information doesn’t go
mainstream because mainstream doesn’t get paid by this industry they’re paid
by the pharmaceutical industry so without the work you’re doing people
cannot hear this and I’ve watched some of your other documentaries and I
watched them I bought the product I didn’t even watch
the products he at once I got it I took my notes but I bought it just to support
you and the work that you’re doing because this is the most important work
we have a health crisis and the crisis is not gee we don’t have money for drugs
and medical treatments are so expensive and we need everybody have more
insurance to cover the drugs and the things that are making them sick er and
sicker and sicker the medical crisis has nothing to do with the cost of drugs and
hospitals and insurance the medical crisis is the
of knowledge of how people can be healthy doctors are not taught to teach
people to be healthy they’re not authorities on health the opposite their
authorities on sickness and disease and how to take away symptoms in emergency
situations which will have down the stream side effects well you know what
happened was back in the 1950s clinically people stumbled upon the fact
that some of these drugs they were they were using for example for nausea that
they would also have an effective decreasing psychotic symptoms and some
of the patients and so they said oh okay well these drugs actually help to block
dopamine so maybe that’s why people get psychotic and so then they started
coming up with these dopamine blocking drugs and and then that’s when Thorazine
came on the market and you had this tidal wave of Thorazine being being
prescribed and then shortly around around that time you also started having
different medications like elavil and some of these other antidepressants come
on the market with the idea that okay norepinephrine and dopamine if we just
get the right balance balance of these then people’s depression anxiety is
gonna get better and then after a while they figured well it’s not getting as
good as we’d like but then serotonin maybe serotonin is what actually is is
doing so then that’s when prozac came on the scene and and then you had the
prozac revolution so all of these drugs were part of what we call the mono amine
hypothesis meaning mono em amines are actually those chemical messengers in
the brain that nerve cells sent to each other to communicate and they and what
researchers were were thinking is that okay if we just get the right balance of
those in the brain that’s actually what is going to help improve people’s mood
State or decrease their psychotic symptoms or whatever but the truth of
the matter is that the story is much more complex than
and it’s not just how much serotonin is available in the brain how much
norepinephrine dopamine but it’s also the love the levels that are available
throughout neural networks and so it’s it’s a lot more related to the way that
the nerve cells interact with each other through the whole brain not just the
levels of these neurotransmitters and and so you know what started happening
in the 50s and 60s is that you started to go from this psychosocial approach in
mental health care to a more medical or medication approach and this was a
wonderful opportunity for the pharmaceutical industry to say AHA now
we finally have drugs to actually treat mental illness this was where the
National Institute of Mental Health started funneling all of their resources
instead of trying to explore more holistic approaches to actually treating
mental health to finding drugs to cure mental health disorders and that was
driven I think largely by trying to make profit on treating people’s mental
illness and of course that did two things number one it really didn’t solve
the underlying issue with mental disorders but it also number two it kept
us from continuing to find things that would actually be effective so I think
what happened is that it’s really made us at least 40 years behind right now
where we should be in mental health care because we have lost a lot of wonderful
time that we could have spent really looking for things to address the
underlying causes of mental illness instead of just masking symptoms which
is all that medications really did well you know in my career my goal is to
really help people to discover what the underlying issues are that are
triggering their months illness so that if they if they can
figure those out and address those then they can actually get well instead of
just masking symptoms through medication management and to me that’s really
rewarding because then people become free instead of feeling like they’re
ball-and-chain to medication for the rest of their life and look I’m not
against medication I mean I use it every day but it is a tool and we should be
using it I think as a bridge to helping people move address those underlying
issues and then get well instead of just saying well this is the rest of your
life on medication so what I found over the years and my personal experience as
well this is how the whole thing started is nutritional deficiencies those are
really for me the cornerstone you’ve got to get that right and if you don’t
you’re really going to be challenged to ever overcome any kind of mood disorder
we really are what we eat more importantly we are what we digest
we know that no one has a prozac deficiency yeah and but you might have a
an amino acid deficiency amino acids are the building blocks combined with B
vitamins magnesium vitamin C that’s what makes these neurotransmitters these
brain chemicals these hormones that allow us to be happy to help us control
our moods to help us digest our food regulate our pain cycle regulate our
sleep/wake cycles super super part of this whole thing
awesome so why do you think people are deficient because a lot of people like
and especially a lot of people with depression anxiety they’re eating
healthy according to what they know it’s not like they’re trying to eat bad a lot
of them are trying to eat really well yeah how could it be so simple that it’s
a deficiency yeah well I don’t think it’s simple and I think there’s
different causes different triggers for different people and that really creates
the big challenge for most doctors because where do you start and with five
growing particularly when they present themselves with 30 symptoms sometimes
doctors will look at them and dismiss them as being a hypochondriac which you
know not you know nobody wants to fake this right so nothing can be further
from the truth but with anxiety and depression
there’s different things can come along that can cause depletion in these
certain chemicals low thyroid leaky gut food allergies there’s a big long list
of things that can cause deficiencies no matter how well you’re trying to eat if
you’re not careful you know it can sabotage you are all depleted when you eat sugar so
once again we come up against high blood sugar our blood sugar spikes anything
that makes us feel really good anything that makes us feel that big dopamine
rush that big excitement you just lost minerals okay that’s why women when they
get married it’s like this big huge thing and they get depressed afterwards
it’s like what I married this guy what happened you know it’s it’s the men when
they don’t know if I get depressed they just get passive they don’t have the
same juice that they had before it’s they just ran out of minerals this big
positive thing happens people crash what is the crash it’s mineral deficiency and
I like to use this analogy that we’re all born with a stress coping savings
account and and in that stress coping savings account we have certain
chemicals that allow us to deal with stress we have serotonin and dopamine
and cortisol and DHEA we have vitamins and minerals we have pantothenic acid
and these chemicals allow us then to be able to handle stress and the more
stress that we get under the more likely we are to use these chemicals and if
we’re not careful we can bankrupt them those are fibromyalgia and even those
with anxiety and oppression somewhere over this period of time of these
stressors and it could be chronic stress a challenging job it could be
challenging you know marriage it could be a surgery an illness you know there’s
different things that come along again the straw that breaks the camel’s back
but when that happens they bankrupt these chemicals and then stress becomes
so magnified that then they’re kind of like the canary in the mind you know
anything can set them off if you’ve got someone that only prescribed drugs they
aren’t going to be thinking about minerals or parasites or gut biome and
those are critical because we are a whole the brain does not exist in
isolation and we’re learning more and more of this and we will we will see
mainstream medicine adapt these to some degree more or less sooner or later
because it’s just undeniable at this point in time but but the head and the
send approach is hard to get over and hard
change as they’ve been taught to believe that a drug will fix whatever and that’s
that that’s the only solution they’ve been taught to disrespect herbs and
Nutritionals and all of these other paradigms so you got to first of all do
it yourself a lot of study a lot of homework or go to a practitioner who is
open to these possibilities I’m here with duck de Lena being away but and we
are here in some patient records and we’re discovering what it what it’s all
about what is it the people are deficient and it makes them unhappy what
is it that people need in order to to send off those happy signals to create a
great mood and to have someone to be experienced the dynamics of life as well
we don’t want to try to make people perpetually happy we’re trying to make
things operate normally so they’re happy when they ought to be happy and rather
than you know if some of these levels are off they could win the lottery or
have the most beautiful day with their family and feel like empty right and
that’s what’s the problem with these numbers being off absolutely we’re not
we’re not trying to force a change we are working on optimizing the body’s
systemic engines so that the body can function normally if the body’s engines
are functioning optimally then your brain chemistry is gonna function
optimally and then you can experience everything the life has to offer you’re
right I mean we all have good days we all have bad days but we need to be able
to process things in a normal healthy way absolutely I love that I love that
our brains are designed and our bodies and we’re designed to be resilient so
like we can get a hit off our horse with some really bad news but that’s also not
designed to like lead us to want to jump off a building you know it’s it’s it’s
all about being able to respond to that you know challenge of life in a way that
is constructive and moving in the right direction and and a lot of people are
just shooting it live I mean like like like like this guy or
or gal that their levels are just too low so you know you give somebody like
that a challenge a really big life challenge they really don’t have the
tools it’s like going into an army with you know at war with you know my
slingshot right it’s just like you’re not gonna win it’s so true what happens
is that is that when the brain chemistry is off because of whatever the
underlying cause is when the brain chemistry is off the perception of the
world around them is skewed to the point where when they have something bad that
happens it completely derails them or maybe something that wouldn’t be bad or
derail anybody else suddenly derails the person and it’s because the brain
chemistry is off because the person has systemic engines that are not working
properly beautiful and that’s a really really empathetic piece for those of you
that are strong people quote-unquote people that are are always on top of
things and maybe you have been for a lot of your life and now you can’t work out
why things are just falling apart and why things you know it normally used to
be able to deal with you’re just not coping with them right now and you know
don’t beat yourself up don’t feel like you just need to muscle it up ask for
help get help find the answers let’s get some answers here today yeah let’s take
a look at this so I’m looking here at these like let’s
give this guy name because we’re being you know thoughtful to this person let’s
call him Jeff Jeff okay so Jeff here is Amy but this is a real person that has
been deducted be in your waiver and he has come in and this is his first test
is that right yes this is his first test so this is we’re calling him Jeff and
he’s 46 years old and he came in let’s take a look at this he came in in
October of last year yeah and he was really really struggling with a lot of
anxiety he was having sleep issues he was having gut issues and and he was he
was definitely having some depression he had developed also some increased food
sensitivities and such and very very well-educated works in the corporate
world the got it together or at least everyone
thinks he’s got it together that’s like but on the yeah we totally know what
that’s like but on the inside the guy is feeling horrible so he comes to us and
and we ordered we ordered labs on him so that we could start looking for what’s
out of balance and what’s not working and the tests that I wanted to share
with you today not I didn’t bring I didn’t bring every lab that we did on
him but I brought the brain chemistry one because so many people don’t know
that that there is even such a thing as brain chemistry testing so I think this
is really valuable for people to get to see this I love that thank you so so
let’s go through each one of these social serotonin is in the low here and
and by the way he had been on SSRIs so he had been on prescription medication
to help increase his serotonin levels but as we could see here his serotonin
levels were still very low so that attempt to artificially prop up
serotonin for him didn’t work and it may have for a time like it’s possible it’s
very possible that this could have been in the normal range for the first you
know six months a year two years but how I’m going to being on that medication
any any remembers he had been on and off medications I think for about 15 years
yeah but that makes sense it over time they bring things that like not work
anymore but this is so this is what he told me
even with the medications he never really got relief and we can look here
at the test and we can see why even if the medication had brought up his
serotonin levels almost all of his other neurotransmitters with the exception of
this one in this one they were all way too low he didn’t have enough of his
other neurotransmitters that also helped him to not feel anxious and depressed
and tired so you know as you can see here he had he had you know for example
he had low dopamine we can see that all of these are low but we’ll just touch on
the load I mean here was low dopamine he’s also
going to have anxiety and he’s gonna have depression and he’s gonna have
anxiety to the point of having impulsivity even which is which is like
he may feel so anxious sometimes that he just wants to put a backpack on and run
you know because he’s not feeling well everyone will exhibit everyone will
exhibit impulsivity differently yeah so you know there are some patients who get
angry like I had a teenage boy whose neurotransmitters were off he was having
this this excessive impulsivity that was combined with a fight-or-flight response
because of the combination of his neurotransmitters so he was in
fight-or-flight all the time and when he was on the football team and the kids
would tackle him during practice he would have a very impulsive
fight-or-flight response and he would go off on these other kids and just start
tackling the hell out of them he was hurting the other kids and then he would
feel so bad about his response that he would run off to the sidelines and he
would start vomiting because he was he was just feeling horrible but he
couldn’t help himself so he was beating up on these other kids when he would get
tackled because it was an impulsive response because the brain chemistry was
off and this is a really good kid like we’ve worked with him so this particular
kid that I’m talking about he no longer has this issue he’s back on the football
team he’s not hurting the other kids and he’s
not vomiting out on the sidelines anymore but this is an example
experience the whole experience was but this guy he’s 46 so he’s able to control
his impulsive you know the impulsivity that he has
he’s able to control that better and this other kid so he could finish the
story and the kid because I’m really interested you say all these levels are
off to death I mean what was it and and then he resolved it through some of the
things we’re about to share is that absolutely absolutely the same processes
it’s the same process you know no matter what’s going on we’re looking for the
root causes so so with this with this 46 year old that we’re calling Jeff he was
he was feeling a lot of anxiety he was feeling depressed he was having issues
sleeping he was having increased food sensitivities and and
is what we saw we went forth and we addressed all of the imbalances that we
found in his body we worked on anti-parasitic protocols we worked on
putting him on an anti-inflammatory vegan based diet and we did gut repair
with him so we addressed it all from a very foundational nutritional level to
remove the interferences that were not allowing his own body to make his own
brain chemistry and this is a process that this particular patient this
particular client has been with me for for many many months and he was one who
actually took it with it was a little slower process with him because he had
developed so many food and chemical sensitivities that when we went to put
him on a protocol to add supplements we could only add one at a time one month
at a time yes so it took him all much longer time to see the results but why
did it take so long to put this supplements in why do I have one at a
time he had developed so much chemical sensitivity and had so many toxins in
his body that any time that we would put any kind of nutrition in his body he
would have a response to the natural supplements natural supplements like
vitamin b12 folate vitamin D just natural things that are going to allow
his body to heal but he was a case that it took longer than average but look at
his results now and he’s feeling amazing and he’s able to do a full protocol he
has been able to reintroduce foods back into his diet now that we have done his
gut repair you know foods that he previously couldn’t eat now he can eat
them and he doesn’t have a problem anymore so it’s it’s really really
amazing and if we look here right so let’s have a look at that so so here I
see a big difference and so you know here’s at my layman’s look at this so
clearly they’ve got the red is when it’s either too low or too high so just
remember when you’re looking at some here you’re not looking for everything
to be out it’s not like you’re looking at a scorecard when you’re
you know grade school and you’re looking for everything to be up in the high
range you don’t you don’t actually want that you want what you want to do is you
want to have everything in the normal range and if it goes in the normal range
and this particularly graph they’ve just Illustrated that by this blue outlining
in the gray that’s what it was straight something being normal so he’s gavel was
actually right it was on the lower end of norm it was on the low end of normal
yeah but it was you know within a range that wouldn’t necessarily in my layman’s
perspective be the most symptomatic thing these these are where is gonna be
feeling symptoms and even in these high ones because as you described to me
doctor Atlanta that these like these two that are high he’s still gonna be
feeling the effects of these because they’re in excess and and they need to
be regulated oh absolutely like like this this just
makes it really easy for you here you know if the if this brain chemical is
too high or too low it also contributes to anxiousness it’s not always just a
serotonin issue if you’re epinephrine levels go up you go into fight or flight
yeah and again you’re gonna have anxious and anxiousness as well and sleep
difficulties he had many neurotransmitters here all contributing
they were all like piling up on each other just contributing to the way that
he was feeling got it no thank you and so it’s like you know I think Goldilocks
right it was just just the right amount this sheet it was too hot too cold chair
was too big or too small whatever it was but like it needed to be just right and
there’s that there’s that number and our body is the design so thankfully you
don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand all of this your body
wouldn’t actually put everything in its the right category and correct
everything if it doesn’t have things are impeding that or deficiencies know
exactly everything in the body needs to be in balance whether it’s your blood
pressure or your blood sugar or the levels of oxygen in your body or your
brain chemistry everything needs to be inside of a certain balance even
hormones right you don’t want them too high and you don’t want them too low and
brain chemistry is no exception you don’t want them too high but you don’t
want them too low either amazing and so how would he describe describe his
symptoms now like you you briefly mentioned but like
I was on the phone with him the other day and he told me that he said I
haven’t felt this good in a long long time and when I do have a little bit of
anxiety it’s a fraction of what it was like I’m handling it like a normal
person would handle it he’s feeling much much much better yeah he is feeling
amazing he’s he he really was very very committed to the process and he saw the
end result with again removing the interferences and changing his lifestyle
and his foods and understanding how to use food as medicine and and what
supplements to take in what dose for what and for how long that we need to do
it and we were able to see huge changes for the people as you’re watching this
looking at tests that you can do is an excellent thing they’re they’re
available and we would recommending certain ones that are really cost
effective and they’re great another great way that can work in tandem or in
substituting there’s there’s a really cool fact if you want to know what
probably you may have and you don’t have any money to spend on testing this is
the solution for you and so dr. Murphy has developed a test that can help you
self diagnose and and you know use that word how you will we’re not really
making any claims here but what I’m saying here is that you can use this to
try to work out where the problem might lie in terms of with your
neurotransmitters this questionnaire is designed to help you to isolate what
particular neurotransmitters you’re deficient in and then just as
importantly what amino acids to take to be able to correct these
neurotransmitter or brain deficiencies so if you look at the first one here to
s and that stands for serotonin now serotonin is the happy hormone you know
the higher your serotonin level the higher your pain threshold the higher
serotonin and less anxious you are happy you are it allows you have mental
clarity you have more serotonin receptors in your intestinal tract need
in your brain so it helps with IBS but serotonin is super super important
and serotonin is as I mentioned the happy hormone and so if you if you check
three or more of these statements here that if they apply to you then it’s
probably a good sign that you’re low in serotonin and and
that you you’re going to benefit by by supplementing some of the supplements I
mentioned here in just a minute so if you’re low in serotonin it’s hard
to go sleep you may find it’s hard to say sleep you often find yourself
irritable your emotions lack irrationality you occasionally
experience unexpected tears just when you feel depressed a lot of time
norway’s often times is more problematic you know you’re more sensitive to it
than you’ve ever been before you have flare-ups you know you feel
irritable angry sometimes you just fly off the handle for no reason and
oftentimes you’ll see that you prefer to be left alone you kind of want to
hibernate and and those with low serotonin oftentimes find that their
pain is magnified so they’ve got a lower pain threshold pain and starting in
aches and pains here and there that’s so true in the fibromyalgia community they
have pain kind of all over but if that any of those apply to you three or more
apply to you then that’s a sign that you are low in
serotonin and serotonin doesn’t come from a selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitor antidepressant it comes from an amino acid called tryptophan
tryptophan is an amino acid that you should get in your diet in biting
protein and that tryptophan turns into an 5ad roxie tryptophan which is a
supplement that you can buy over the counter anywhere in the world this
natural supplement if you start taking 5-hydroxytryptophan you can then create
serotonin now these amino acids that I’m going to mention with here in this
moment they need to be taken with a good optimal daily allowance multivitamin
what’s optimal daily allowance mean that it’s got to be much stronger than then
the RDA the recommend disease allowance so with the optimal daily allowance it
means that you’re going to need to take a multivitamin that has sometimes a
hundred times to five hundred times more of the B vitamins and
the RDA but she wouldn’t take him be taking a good multivitamin the
multivitamin with all the B vitamins vitamin C and magnesium and the amino
acid is what creates these these brain chemicals in the case of serotonin
I recommend especially if you have sleep issues that you start with 5-htp 30
minutes before bed on an empty stomach and and you increase each night to get
to 300 milligrams and what you should see is that helps you get into a deeper
more restorative sleep now you’ll see here the next one is the O group and O’s
stands for opioids now a lot of people will try them to self medicate
themselves increase the opioid production by exercise opioids are
stimulating your natural pain chemicals in Kevin’s endorphins by exercise so I’m
a runner like to exercise and one of the jewelry’s I get from that is I get this
opioid boost without having to take you know opioids and you can do the same
thing if you find that any of these statements three or more of these
statements apply to you that I’m going to recommend you do some of the
supplementation here I’m gonna share with you in just a second but you’ll see
that in opioids you’ll find that often times that you know life seems
incomplete you feel shy with all but your closest friends if you have
feelings of insecurity you often feel unequal to others you have a low self
esteem when things go right you feel undeserving you occasionally feel that
life is kind of passed you by and you frequently feel kind of fearful just
kind of anxious just kind of stressed out you don’t know why oftentimes people
that are low in opioids will self-medicate if it’s not with exercise
maybe they’ll self-medicate with sedatives or alcohol or marijuana or
cocaine so you if that speaks to you then what you want to do to boost to
actually create opioids naturally is taken over-the-counter supplement an
amino acid called D L phenylalanine and typically you start with about 2,000
milligrams of DL phenylalanine you need to take it on an empty stomach I
recommend you take thirty minutes before you eat breakfast
but start with two thousand milligrams you could take two thousand in the
morning if you need to if you don’t notice that mental boost or that help
the help that you want in your your moods then you can add another two
thousand milligrams in the afternoon now I wouldn’t take it past three pm because
it is stimulating that’s one of the nice things about DL Phil Allen if you feel
like you don’t have a lot of energy it will help you mentally and physically
the other benefit from DL PA that I use it a lot for from my 500 patient is as a
natural pain blocker

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  2. What method do you use to measure neurotransmitter levels? What foods can be introduced to help heal levels and leaky gut? Thank you, excellent!

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