Introduction to The Vagus Nerve
In people with fatigue, food sensitivities, anxiety and gut problems, brain fog and depersonalization, the vagus nerve is almost always at play. These people have lower vagal tone, which means a lower ability of the vagus nerve to activate.
The only question is what aspect of the vagus nerve is malfunctioning and how much the vagus nerve is a problem vs. other aspects of your biology.
The vagus nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, referred to as the rest and digest system. It’s not the only nerve ... ..more
Perhaps the best way to think of neurotransmitters is with an automobile example. Most automobiles in the United States are made to cruise at 60-70 miles per hour, perfect for interstate highways and that summer vacation. If we place that same automobile on a racetrack and drive day-after-day at 130 mph, two things would happen:
1). Parts would fail and
2). We would run the engine so hot that we’d likely evaporate or burnout the oil.
In fact, neurotransmitters such as serotonin act as the brain’s “oil”.
Comparable to a normal automobile on a race track, when we ... ..more
MAO-A (Monoamine oxidase A) is a critical enzyme involved in breaking down important neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. While a homozygous (+/+) mutation is very common, prolonged periods of stress, violence, or trauma can lead to epigenetic changes that further decrease enzyme activity. On the table above, males only have one allele since the gene is inherited through from their mother since it is located on the X chromosome.
Males are more likely to have this mutation, represented on the table as homozygous (+). Only females can be heterozygous (+/-) for this mutation.
When a (+/+) MAO-A mutation is combined with a ... ..more
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼What does this process look like when it’s broken? After reading the following, you will be able to envision the implications of defects or mutations. The following is an example of the health problems that might occur.
1. Poor nerve function leads to muscle twitching, numbness, and weakness yet misfires can cause seizures, fatigue, memory loss, word groping, clumsiness (with falls & injuries), and visual or hearing loss in those with MS, CFS/ME, or Autism Spectrum Disorders.
2. Depending on the neuro-talker, imbalances often lead to a variety of disorders including: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, mood swings, OCD ... ..more
A chemical made in the BH4 cycle, which is used to produce dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters strategic in regulating mood, sleep, attention and focus, reward seeking behavior, addiction, and sense of wellbeing. BH4 is also critical in the urea cycle (waste facility) for cleaning up ammonia and making nitric oxide. A shortage of this important chemical has widespread repercussions.
Tetrahydrobiopterin BH4 Cycle produces the BH4 used for making neuro-talkers (dopamine, epinephrine, nor-epi, serotonin, & melatonin). It cleans up toxic ammonia in The Waste Cycle & makes Nitric oxide to protect the heart & brain.
Though controversy exists regarding this cycle’s function, Dr. Yasko’s theory indicates that The Big Motherflipper (MTHFR A1298C) may drive this cycle in the reverse direction and several independent studies support this finding. This leads to a chemical exchange among BH2 to BH4, a multi-purpose product that is used in both the Waste Facility (urea cycle) and BH4 Industry. Within the Better Health 4 Life Industry, BH4 produces chemicals known as neurotransmitters, or neurotalkers (NTs), including dopamine, serotonin, melatonin, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. NTs are central for the communication between nerves and cells as well as stabilizing the crisis response, mood, and sleep cycles. Chronically low BH4 levels increase the risk for ADD/ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and many other quality of life issues. Think of this company as AT&T with a philanthropic twist since it donates BH4 to the Waste Facility for environmental clean up as well as supporting the community in health & wellbeing.
The Waste Facility uses BH4 to clean up toxic ammonia and generates nitric oxide, an element that keeps blood vessels open and free of plaque. Yet if BH4 is scarce, it cannot clean up waste or deliver vital nutrients to the Power Plant (fumarate) so that noxious chemicals back up into SAM’s Corporation. Given the fact that it takes 2 grains of BH4 to clean up 1 granule of ammonia, as well as 2 of BH4 to create just 1 bit of nitric oxide, its easy to see how problems might arise. This underscores the BH4 Industry’s role throughout the community since unlike an actual factory; it isn’t permitted to shut down for repairs or maintenance.
While there are many factors that may impact this cycle, several are listed below:
1. A ... ..more
#Histamine is most commonly known for it's role in #allergic reactions but it is also involved in other neurological functions and can affect your #emotions as well as behavior. Histamine helps control the #sleep -wake cycle and promotes the release of epinephrine and #norepinephrine . This may be the explanation for red ears and #flushed cheeks in susceptible children and adults with high histamine levels.
High levels have been linked to obsessive-compulsive ( #OCD ) tendencies, #depression , and #headaches . Low levels can contribute to #paranoia , low #libido , #fatigue , and multiple medication sensitivities.
it is important to consider that those with the #CBS ... ..more
Think “delightful dialogue” with #dopamine since this #neurotransmitter is crucial for happiness, a sense of wellbeing, and language. It’s also involved in #muscle control and function. Dopamine is responsible for #motivation , interest, #mood , #speech , and contentment. It is also associated with positive #stress states such as being in love, exercising, listening to music, and of course, #sex . When you don't have enough dopamine, you may have difficulty initiating or completing tasks. Deficiencies also lead to poor #concentration , little or no energy, and lack of motivation. This could be the culprit if you lack the initiative to study the ... ..more
Glutamate is the major excitatory #neurotransmitter and the most commonly found NT in the brain. It is required for #learning and #memory , however, an excess of #glutamate is actually toxic to brain cells and nerves. #LouGehrig’s is the most well known disease of glutamate excess but newer evidence reveals many other disorders may be related such as #Autism , #CFS, many #seizure disorders, #Migraines , #MS , and many more. Glutamate balances #GABA ’s calming effect.
High levels can cause nerve and brain cell death and injury through inflammation. High or imbalanced glutamate levels are clearly involved in many neurological diseases such ... ..more
MAO A Monamine Oxidase. This “Mops up Serotonin”
This enzyme defect allows you to spare serotonin, another “feel good hormone”. A partial defect can be useful in maintaining this important neuro-talker in the community, particularly when bacteria are present. Bacteria often gobble up tryptophan, the major precursor to serotonin so that anyone with bacterial issues (history of recurrent infections, gut issues, etc), tend to have low serotonin levels. Nevertheless, a full defect can lead to more serotonin sparing, though you are probably still somewhat low despite this full block.
Since this enzyme acts much like the COMT, only in filtering ... ..more
Understandably, human beings adapt much more readily to positive reinforcement, avoiding the negative experiences. While there are many approaches to #detox , experience has shown that it takes commitment on par with taking a seminar or, when really ill, getting through a longer flu or hospitalization. It takes an extensive amount of time, energy, and dedication, which is often extremely difficult for those who work full-time and/or have a difficult time slowing down. Regardless of the strategy, if you relegate the process to moments of “when I get time,” you cannot be successful. Many make the mistake of trying to ... ..more
1) Let's treat all this stuff now! By and large, #supplements are probably some of the safest treatments you will ever find, particularly when one considers the side effects associated with most prescription medicines. However, every single thing that you take has benefits and drawbacks. Simply stated, this means that supplements should be treated as medication. When you consider that many of the #methylation defects require any number of vitamins, enzymes, and co-factors to work more efficiently, these replacements have a crucial purpose. Since #methylation is instrumental in so many reactions, from proper #immune system function and making new ... ..more