The Citric Acid Cycle AKA “The Power Company” is essential for processing and converting all dietary nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fats, amino acids) into useable forms of energy just as any power industry processes coal, gas, or oil for energy production. If you visualize this cycle as a clock, each hour represents an area in which one nutrient converts into a more compatible form of energy. Depending on digestive function, diet, rate of absorption, and the presence of any genetic quirks, a problem might occur at any point within this clock. This may lead to significant metabolic (chemical processing) imbalances within ... ..more
The Major Tasks of Methylation
In order to provide a brief overview, the following methylation tasks have been vastly streamlined. In reality, there is an endless array of both direct and indirect Methylation activities within the human body. Even so, this summary should provide greater understanding of this highly complex pathway, as well as the complications that can arise from various defects or toxic exposures.
Methylation is responsible for the following:
1. Nervous system function (brain, spinal cord, & nerve cells). It’s critical for the insulation around nerves (myelin), which allows signals to properly transmit via this sheath, or outer ... ..more
These are the ultimate “bad guys” that roam from place to place stealing every cell’s positive energy and leaving them for dead. How are these criminals produced? Though there are many contributing factors, the Urea Cycle
( waste facility ) is by far, the largest free radical and oxidant producer in the community. Remember the waste facility aka #urea cycle is responsible for cleaning up most of the toxic waste generated within the community. Think of this cycle as your local garbage dump replete with trucks transporting recyclables and trash via the liver’s main highway ( #CBS ). In the Waste Facility ... ..more
#Excitotoxins excite the nerve or brain cell to death.
MSG/Glutamates Please do not attempt to eliminate every last version of #MSG from your diet or you’ll be absolutely insane by the end of the month, it is much too difficult. Just be mindful that there are a lot of hidden ingredients everywhere If a restaurant says they have no MSG in their food, they are almost always referring to the fact that they don’t add MSG to their food but it comes in vats that way already. Also, there are loopholes so that food manufacturers may label ... ..more
#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
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼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
These days we don’t live in cabins on the remote Alaskan tundra so you can only do the best you can with the time and resources you have available. Take it one step at a time, and remember that this isn’t just about chronic neurological and autoimmune illness; it affects everyone. Work toward gradual changes and look for suitable alternatives, as even mild improvements can make a significant difference in health.
Remember that this is not an all or nothing lifestyle change. Gradually remove & replace what you reasonably can. If you can eliminate 40-50% of these toxins, you have made substantial progress toward lifelong neurological health.
There is no need to memorize all of the names for MSG. A good rule of thumb is if it takes you more than 1-2 minutes to read the ingredient list, it has too many #excitotoxins .
Make an #MSG limit & stick with it. Most GF/CF crackers or cookies have at least 3 to 5 hidden chemicals while the majority has 5 to 10, this is what makes them taste good.
A box of Hamburger Helper, RiceaRoni or a can of Campbell’s soup has at least 10 to 20 toxic ingredients. Try to limit each product to 5 or less and avoid having more than a few of these foodstuffs mixed in with homemade meals per day.
Remember, there is almost always a reasonable substitute for favorites. It is also important to realize that your taste buds will adapt once accustomed to less MSG.
Compromise to reduce your overall level.
For example, roasted peanut butter is more convenient & flavorful yet higher in glutamates than raw nut butter. Consider mixing 1⁄2 roasted nut butter with 1⁄2 raw nut butter to cut down on content and retain flavor.
Make up enormous batches of meatballs & patties, seasoned taco meat, stuffed meatloaf, chicken soup, chili, whole grain rice, sandwiches, stirfry, sausages, GF/CF pancakes & waffles, etc., and freeze them in meal size batches for busy nights & mornings. It’s much easier to reheat food in a toaster oven than to cook an entire meal three times a day.
If you occasionally eat fast food, limit the burger to “*protein style” with some plain fries. *This is without the bun.
Don’t forget that anything that is so delicious you just can’t stop eating it or often crave it is undoubtedly chock full of excitotoxins, which are triggering the addiction pathway.
Whenever possible, avoid any processed dipping sauces, soy sauce, soups, gravy, Worcester sauce, and many (not all) salad dressings as well as powder packs in foods such as Top Ramen, mac & cheese, bouillon, Accent, taco & other seasoning packs, etc.
Remember, life is short so it’s a compromise; when you really enjoy something and can’t make or find a good substitute ... ..more
The following are the most important issues to address as soon as you can:
Dietary changes: Reducing neurological irritation and achieving Glutamate #GABA balance is critical!
1). Excitotoxins: The more excitotoxins you have coming into your body will only serve to undo many of the helpful measures you’ve already implemented as well as those below. Therefore, I highly recommend a gluten (wheat, rye, barley), casein (*dairy), & soy free diet. See the attached sheets/PDF regarding dietary guidance. In the end, you can only do the best that you can so if finances do not permit this, simply avoid these ... ..more