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How can I stimulate my vagus nerve

  2 years, 11 months ago

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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

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What is Epinephrine

  4 years, 6 months ago

#Epinephrine is one of the “Fight or Flight” #Hormones This NT is derived from #norepinephrine & released by the #adrenals. Hence, it is also known as #adrenaline . Epinephrine is also essential in #metabolism and regulates attention and mental focus & clarity as well as arousal (alertness & waking up), and thinking. It also inhibits #insulin release and raises the amount of fatty acids in the blood; both of which you’ll require for fuel. This very neurotransmitter induced anxiety and heart racing the moment you heard the word “ #Methyltetrahydrofolate ” or “ #methylation .” Epinephrine also raises your #bloodpressure and speeds up your heart rate.
High levels have been linked to sleep problems, #anxiety and #ADD or #ADHD. Low levels can result in #fatigue , lack of focus, and difficulty losing weight. ..more


By Caledonia
1-21-2014

ME/CFS patients are notoriously very sensitive to medicines and supplements. It’s common to have adverse reactions, or to only be able to tolerate small doses.
Newbies are especially prone to taking too large of doses or going too fast. The following explains how to manage such sensitivity.

Start Low and Go Slow

Whenever you start a new medicine or supplement, it is suggested to practice Start Low and Go Slow.

This means starting with very small doses, much less than a normal dose, such as 1/8 of pill. That way, if you're going ... ..more

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What are Neurotransmitters

  4 years, 6 months ago

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

MTHFR C677T Mutation: Basic Protocol by Dr Lynch on February 24, 2012 in C677T MTHFR Mutations
Have one or two copies of the MTHFR C677T mutation? Don’t know what to do?

After working with 100′s of individuals with this defect, I’ve developed a protocol which may help a significant number of people.
I want to make it absolutely clear that while the MTHFR C677T mutation may be common across a number of individuals, the outcome of supplementing with various nutrients can vary tremendously due to other genetic defects, dietary and lifestyle choices and environmental exposures.

Some of ... ..more

Understanding #chronic #fatigue Syndrome #CFS

I left the Mayo Clinic in 2007 a little relieved, a little angry and very poor. Now, I know exactly why I was angry after watching the series of videos below (more about that later). Unfortunately, my anger at being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue prevented me from doing my own research – I was fed up and I just retreated to my cave for five years to try to heal with diet and lifestyle improvements. That was a big mistake because it appears that a number of researchers have figured out chronic fatigue. If you’ve ... ..more

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What is Sympathetic Dominance

  4 years, 6 months ago

#Sympathetic Nervous System “Fight or flight” or “Type A’s”
There are 3 basic #SNS Dominant subtypes: Basic, Extreme, & Inefficient SNS Dominant types. The following is a summary of the average SNS Dominant types.
Personality traits vary widely in this group depending on whether they are more analytical vs. emotional. For instance, more emotionally based SNS Dominants are likely to be more volatile and “nervous” whereas the more analytical type does not. 
 


The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activates the glands and organs that defend the body against attack, whether it is running from a saber toothed tiger or you are struggling with a dreadful job and difficult boss. It is called the fight or flight system and once activated, it directs more blood to the muscles, #adrenals and the brain yet away from the digestive organs and skin. The adrenals pump out #epinephrine while the sympathetic nerve endings throughout the body release #norepinephrine . This system is #catabolic , which simply means that energy is used to prepare for defense, rather than for nourishment, healing, or waste removal. #Sympathetic activity triggers the thyroid and adrenal glands to provide extra energy for fighting or running away. The heart rate and blood pressure also increase, just as the blood flow to the digestive system and kidneys decreases. This process is largely due to the intensified release of stimulating chemicals, known as #neurotransmitters #epinephrine and #norepinephrine . While this activity is critical for survival, those who have chronic activation of the SNS often develop #anxiety, #insomnia , heart racing or disease (heart failure), and adrenal #fatigue . They also have “goose bumps” more frequently than other types and tend to do best in warmer weather. 
 
A Sympathetic Dominant Nervous System often leads to significant gastro-intestinal issues due to the poor #digestion of meats and fats. These folks often feel as though food "sits like a rock in my gut". Due to the rising levels of Norepinephrine (the body’s flight or fight neurotransmitter), digestion shuts down to reserve precious resources for survival. Chronic activation can lead many to feel agitated, jittery, wired, & restless as well as prone to sleep disturbances and anxiety. They may also experience the vicious cycle of the “Wired but tired” sensation when eating an inappropriate diet or taking the wrong supplements, which in their case, is filled with sweets and other junk foods or heavy proteins. When a dysfunctional sympathetic nervous system reigns supreme, one may experience anxiety, stress, or feelings of panic, which should normally only occur in response to a perceived threat. Subsequently, they may overreact to even the mildest of daily troubles. 



These individuals often start out thin and active yet poor diets—usually filled with sweets and starchy carbs often lead to later weight gain. When busy or stressed, they frequently forget to eat regularly, if at all. They are often pale, do not tolerate cold weather and tend to have colder hands & feet. Such individuals are often impatient and easily frustrated or angered, yet it appears to quickly pass. They often make for volatile partners and bosses, in that they frequently explode; yet minutes later have already moved on. They are also frequently viewed as “intense,” “aloof,” or “bold,” and have a tendency of “sticking their foot in their mouths” by being too aggressive or forward. Nevertheless, #genetic & environmental factors influence this area considerably.


They are also very driven, ambitious, and motivated people who may excel in academics or in high energy vocations that require multi tasking and social interaction. Many also enjoy a stimulating debate or confrontation (attorneys, politicians, generals). When healthy ... ..more

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Can Autism be prevented or reversed ?

  4 years, 6 months ago

Yes: A world-leading neurologist has found autism can be prevented if parents make a series of lifestyle changes.

Paediatric neurologist and Harvard University assistant professor Dr Martha Herbert has been studying the disorder for 16 years.

#Autism study gives hope for #cure : http://au.news.yahoo.com/th...

Autism 'patchwork' could begin during #pregnancy : http://au.news.yahoo.com/th...

She believes it all starts with the mother’s health before pregnancy.
“There are #genetic contributors, but it looks like environment is playing a big role,” she told 7News.

“Watch out for household products with #toxins … you’re just going ... ..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

#Neurotransmitter
Lab Tests indicating a need for #Glutamate #GABA balance:
Elevated glutamate, #glutamine #glutamic acid on urine AA test
Elevated #aspartate #aspartic acid on urine AA test
Low GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) on a urine AA test
Low GABA on a Neurotransmitter test
Elevated #quinolinic on #OAT #Metabolic Test
#Seizures
#Stims
Poor eye contact
#Aggressive behavior

#Supplements to balance Glutamate and GABA:
Nerve Calm Formula RNA
Comfort RNA
Be Calm Glutamate Spray/Gaba Spray
Melatonin Sleep Spray
#Progesterone cream- Pro-Gest Body Cream
GABA
Pycnogenol
Grape Seed Extract
Valerian Root
Jujube
#Lithium Orotate based on UEE levels
L-Theanine
Taurine (not for ... ..more

Elevated #glutamate , glutamine, glutamic acid on urine AA test
Elevated aspartate, aspartic acid on urine AA test
Low #GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) on a urine AA test
Low GABA on a Neurotransmitter test
Elevated quinolinic on OAT/Metabolic Test
#Seizures
#Stims
Poor eye contact
#Aggressive behavior

Supports to balance Glutamate and GABA:
Nerve Calm Formula RNA
Comfort RNA
Be Calm Glutamate Spray/Gaba Spray
Melatonin Sleep Spray
Progesterone cream- Pro-Gest Body Cream
GABA
#Pycnogenol
Grape Seed Extract
Valerian Root
Jujube
#Lithium Orotate based on UEE levels
L-Theanine
Taurine (not for CBS + or SUOX Mutation unless suggested on testing)

#supplements ..more

1). #MTHFR #A1298C + #Liver & #BH4 support
Start at a few crumbs per day and very gradually, go up over several weeks’ time (generally 4-6 weeks). The goal is 1⁄2 to 1 capsule daily ($54.95/60 caps & $29.95/30 caps). This is whether you have the MTHFR A1298C defect or not.

2). Black Bear Spray or Get B12 Spray
Start at 1-2 sprays per day and very gradually work up to 3-5 sprays once or twice daily. A tip for adults who develop headaches with wine, it is very likely that you are sensitive to sulfites and the ... ..more

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What is Histamine ?

  4 years, 6 months ago

#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

MTHFR C677T Mutation: Basic Protocol by Dr Lynch on February 24, 2012 in C677T MTHFR Mutations
Have one or two copies of the MTHFR C677T mutation? Don’t know what to do?

After working with 100′s of individuals with this defect, I’ve developed a protocol which may help a significant number of people.
I want to make it absolutely clear that while the MTHFR C677T mutation may be common across a number of individuals, the outcome of supplementing with various nutrients can vary tremendously due to other genetic defects, dietary and lifestyle choices and environmental exposures.

Some of ... ..more

Acetylcholine is known as the inhibitory #Neurotransmitter System
The first #neurotransmitter to be discovered in 1921. Its’ importance lies in the fact that it stimulates muscles to contract. This NT alters heart muscle contractions and impacts muscle function throughout the body. It’s also strategic in vocalizations/ #speech and #swallowing . Acetylcholine is critical for #attention , #alertness , and #memory . People with #Alzheimer’s , #Parkinson’s , #ALS , and #Myasthenia Gravis have substantial #dysfunction within acetylcholine activity or breakdown.

Low levels are associated with #depression , and a lack of #concentration & #emotion as well as poor #muscle tone, #forgetfulness , and poor #sleep “light sleepers ... ..more

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How does HISTAMINE affect you?

  4 years, 6 months ago

#HISTAMINE RECEPTORS
http://healthypixels.com/wp...

Most of us know histamines through #antihistamine drugs that relieve our suffering from #allergies to pollen, insect bites, and even foods.
Histamine is naturally produced in our body by #mastcells or white blood cells.
Histamine performs different functions by binding with histamine receptors. Depending upon their location, histamine receptors control very different body functions:

Histamine #H1 receptors:
Smooth muscle and endothelial cells affecting skin; blood vessels (Benadryl and Claritin block activity of these receptors)

Histamine #H2 receptors:
Cells in the intestines control acid secretion, abdominal pain, and nausea; heart rate
(Histamine H2 receptor antagonist ... ..more

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What is the impact of a CBS Mutation ?

  4 years, 6 months ago

SUOX Sulfite oxidase AKA Sulfites to Sulfate Priority # 4 Mutation
This is the enzyme that converts sulfites to a less toxic form as sulfate and is heavily impacted by mercury.
This is a very strategic defect that converts less toxic sulfites to sulfates through the CBS region, AKA, transsulfuration. However, having MTR/MTRR defects will affect this enzyme so that it can have what we call a “functional defect”. This means that it isn’t actually defective but because it isn’t getting what it needs, it becomes faulty and doesn’t process nearly as well. Anyone who reacts to ... ..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

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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