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How can I stimulate my vagus nerve

  2 years, 2 months ago

SOURCE: http://selfhacked.com/2015/...


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

1) Get a Standard Health Report. Go to https://livewello.com/snps and upload your raw data gene results file.

How does the Livewello App work with your Genetic Raw Data?
https://docs.google.com/a/l...

2) Get a Healthcare Practitioner who is qualified and understands Epigenetics.
Share your Report with your Healthcare Practitioner
Since a software application doesn't know your unique symptoms, your other functional lab levels and a host of your other important health variables, it would be unsafe for it to dispense a safe treatment plan without this information. What you'll need next is ... ..more

You probably have done your Gene Test for a variety of reasons that may not have included your health. Did you know that your Gene results contain information about mutations that research has associated with certain health issues? This information can include your potential risk for certain health conditions. Of course, we always advise that any information our software provides for you is discussed with your Doctor but it is important to maximize the information in your Gene results. Read: Methylation: Why It Matters For Your Immunity, Inflammation & More

6 Ways A DNA Test Can Help You Optimize Your Diet

Matching Genes and Vitamins. A Personalized Plan May Be in Your Future

Why would you need to run a Genetics test?
https://docs.google.com/doc...

LiveWello is unique because it gives you much more than just a Gene report: The Livewello Gene App will give you Gene reports for 600,000 SNPs and conveniently attaches 12 resources for learning to each Gene. The App also offers free updates that reflect your results when 23andMe adds more SNPs to your raw data. The reason for this feature, is that we believe that people should have information for all the Genes in their Raw Data not just some of them. That way, you and your Heallthcare Practitioner can have the benefit of all this information when creating your treatment plan. Basically, as long as a SNP is in your Raw Data with rsID and Minor Allele, the App will generate your Gene Report for it.
So, how does the Livewello App work ?
1) Download your Raw Data from 23andMe, Ancestry.com or FTDNA etc. Save it to your desktop.
2) Go to the home page at: https://livewello.com/genetics
On that page, you can learn more about our genetics tools. Then, click the "Get Started" button to upload your raw data and pay the 1-time fee of 19:95. The raw data file you upload into the App should not be altered in any way. i.e. Do not edit the file name, file format or contents.
3) Livewello currently gives you unlimited Health reports for about 600,000 SNPs in your Raw Data. Once you’re done with uploading your raw data, you can start generating your Health Reports with these free tools:
a) The Gene Library is searchable and has thousands of FREE Health Reports you will find helpful and can download: https://livewello.com/snps/...
It is designed to give your health reports on Genes that Research Studies have associated with your health issues and Diagnosis. Share your reports with your Doctor. These Gene Reports could be good indicators that your Doctor may need to order further lab/diagnostic testing. As a Livewello Gene App user, you can install as many Gene Reports as you'd like. There is no limit!

b) The GWAS Health Conditions Tool
If you don’t see Gene Reports about your health issues in the Gene Library, use this tool:
It will give you health reports on Genes that Research Studies have associated with your health issues and Diagnosis: https://livewello.com/gwas

DIRECTIONS FOR THE GWAS Health Conditions FEATURE
To use the GWAS Health Conditions Tool go to https://livewello.com/gwas
i. Simply enter the health condition's name to see if any Genome-wide studies have been done on that condition. If studies exist, as you type, results will come up. Click on the result that matches your search.
ii. Click on "copy to SNP sandbox" and
iii. Click "build template" and "view report" to generate a report for yourself.
c) The SNP Sandbox Tool Use it to create customized Gene Reports based on any Gene or SNP names you choose to have in it. How-To Video: http://vimeo.com/103512972
EXAMPLES: YASKO'S NUTRIGENOMIC SNPs: https://livewello.com/snps/...
MTHFR Gene SNPs ... ..more

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PCOS or a genetic defect called Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Late on set. Sufferers may need these tests:
- OH-Progesterone,
- OH - Pregnenolone,
-Androstenedione,
-11 Deoxycortisol ,
-Cortisol (plasma)  ( all of these are tested before 8 -8:30 AM).

-Free and total Testosterone,
-Aldosterone/Renin ratio, .
- A saliva cortisol test ( NeuroScience)

Get thyroid tests:
FREE t3,
FREE T4 ,
Reverse T3,
TSH and all antibodies
Perhaps about half of PCOS women carry a CAH gene defect that no one tests for that can be fixed.
Visit Caresfoundation.org to get info. ..more

5 “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t
January 15, 2014 by Erin Ter Beest

In a world of competing health claims, it’s hard to know what foods are really nourishing and health-promoting. Sometimes it’s even hard to tell whether or not something is really food or just a “food-like substance!” While the occasional #junk food isn’t going to kill you (and stressing out about completely avoiding it might actually do more damage than the occasional junk food itself), there are many “health” foods that have made their way into our diets regularly that are doing serious damage to ... ..more

#Parasympathetic Nervous System “Rest, repair, & digest” or “Type B’s” There are 3 basic #PNS Dominant subtypes: Basic, Extreme, & Inefficient PNS Dominant types.
The following is a summary of the average PNS Dominant type. 
 The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) works to nourish, heal and regenerate the body. It is anabolic, which means it is concerned with rebuilding the body and storing nutrients. Its’ nerves stimulate the immune system, digestion, and urinary function. These organs include the liver, pancreas, stomach, intestines, kidneys, and bladder.

The parasympathetic nervous system, when activated by rest, relaxation and positive thinking, is essential for the elimination of wastes, emotional wellbeing and healing. When you feel absolutely stuffed and lethargic after a big Thanksgiving dinner, it is your PNS that is most active. 
 
In situations in which we have excessive parasympathetic nervous system dominance, we often find #disorganization , #depression , #apathy , and #lethargy . There may also be a decrease in clarity of thought such as “spaciness” or poor concentration. The #adrenal and #thyroid glands tend to be underactive and sex #hormones such as #estrogen , #progesterone , and #testosterone are abnormally low. There are frequently issues with multiple #allergies and sensitivities #MCS , dry skin, weight gain or a tendency toward #obesity . These are generally the people who go on the same exact “Healthy” diet as their friends or partner yet struggle to lose a few pounds. Meanwhile, everyone one else has lost 10-20 lbs and is back to their regular routine. 



Other signs and symptoms include: frequent hunger, dry/irritated eyes, unexplained sneezing or coughing, #asthma , dizziness (particularly with standing), irregular heart beats or “skipped heart beats”, low blood pressure, and #hypoglycemia as well as increased production of all digestive enzymes and bowel activity, leading to more “stomach rumbling”. #PNS Dominants rarely struggle with #constipation and may have periods of loose or frequent stools. They are also more likely to experience the feeling of being “Tired yet wired,” particularly after eating a simple carbohydrate or sugary snack.

While #SNS Dominants may also struggle with this tired yet wired sensation, it is usually more prominent in PNS Dominance. Incidentally, those who cannot tolerate higher altitudes or the more rapid drops in barometric pressure (weather changes) are more likely the PNS Dominant or “Inefficient Balanced” types as a stronger SNS is required in adjusting to higher altitudes and changing weather patterns. These are the folks who know the weather is going to change before anyone else and often suffer with allergies or headaches. They are also prone to upper #respiratory infections, which may evolve to #bronchitis or #pneumonia . Despite this, they do not tolerate hot weather as well as the other types and prefer colder climates. They are also prone to flushing and may have pinker or darker ears and a “ruddy” complexion.

Nevertheless, when these individuals are well, they can be highly creative and productive and are often slow to anger. They tend to have less interest in “left brain” academics (math or science) and often prefer “right brain” academics (art, music, & lit).

According to Dr. Gonzalez, many Nobel Prize winners in art and literature are PNS Dominants (Hemmingway, Faulkner, & Lewis). PNS Dominants typically avoid confrontational professions and enjoy those, which allow their heightened creative abilities to flourish. And, depending upon where they reside within the PNS axis, many are “foodies” who live to eat rather than simply eating to live, as SNS types tend to do. These folks typically enjoy discussing good restaurants or engaging in discussions about great meals and recipes. They typically gravitate toward meat & potatoes with some veggies usually the root (potatoes, squash, yams) or cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, cabbage). In general, PNS Dominants are more sociable than SNS types. Likewise, they may prefer to remain busy yet tend to avoid exercise. Still, #genetic factors also considerably influence many of these traits.


Finally, PNS Dominants are most likely to develop immune related cancers such as malignant #melanoma , #lymphoma , #sarcoma , and #leukemia . 
 
Food priorities: It is generally helpful to evaluate the foods you crave and how you tolerate each newly introduced food. For instance, after eating meat do you feel better and more clearheaded or are you more anxious, jittery, or depressed? If you’re having a lot of digestive issues, you may want to begin with mostly cooked foods, at least to some degree, in order to reduce the strain on your digestive system. Therefore, it is important to consider whether or not you tolerate raw vs. cooked foods. Those with PNS Dominance favor butter, cream, meat, and potatoes as well as sour flavors. Yet they avoid sweets, although a heavier pastry with butter or cream is acceptable. 
 


Regrettably, many PNS Dominants have been heavily influenced by medical and nutrition experts and eat well outside their nutritional requirements. They may favor heavier, “meat & potato” meals yet eat leaner meats, whole grain carbs, fruits, and vegetables despite not feeling satisfied. While many desire bacon and egg breakfasts, they opt for the lighter fruit, toast, and yogurt fare of the SNS Dominant, thinking this is a “healthier” choice. And, even while they gag at the thought of oatmeal or cream of wheat, they do their best to find a “healthy” compromise. They frequently have a spurt of energy for 30 minutes or so, only to feel tired and lackluster within the space of an hour. Yet, if allowed to eat a thick slice of ham with potatoes, they’ll have the energy they need to work throughout the entire morning.

In fact, many “vegetarian” PNS Dominants feel much more alert and energetic when they start eating animal proteins While they sought out the heavier “allowed” proteins (cheese, eggs, hummus), most never felt satiated. 
 
For the PNS Dominant, eating meat is not “morally inferior”; it is essential for their health and survival Ultimately, each person should consume the most healthful foods for their metabolic make up. Though SNS Dominants require mostly vegetarian, raw foods, for greatest health, those who are PNS Dominant require fattier, red meats. They are hardwired to function well on the wholesome, omega 3 fats & #glutamate found in grass fed meats. Besides, most will develop a multitude of health problems if they adopt the SNS Dominant’s diet. 
 
For those with concerns regarding #sulfur , while foods such as #broccoli & #cauliflower contain a fair amount of sulfur ... ..more

From: http://www.stopthethyroidma...
"As explained well in the revised STTM book, which you should have on hand and bookmarked at the doctors office. The book is in English, Spanish, German and Swedish.

TSH: for diagnosis of hypopituitary, NOT to diagnose or dose your hypothyroidism (unless it’s high). If you allow a doctor to diagnose or dose you by this lab test and range i.e. to say you are normal simply because it’s in range or below 10…you’ll could still be hypothyroid.
Free #T4 and Free #T3 (note the word “free”–important since it measures ... ..more

Annonymous

How does Methylation influence mood ?

  3 years, 9 months ago


It is important to understand the basics of methylation, and although a more detailed study of #methylation chemistry may be interesting, for our needs, it is not really necessary to study it here as it will only serve to confuse matters, so only the most important aspects will be considered.

Put simply, the methylation process makes #neurotransmitters (mood building blocks), and the issue of a person being an under or over methylator can be confusing, because there is contradiction between the various sources of information on the methylation process. For our purposes, we'll say that an over methylator is ... ..more

Annonymous

What is Sympathetic Dominance

  3 years, 9 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

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

Many enzymes are dependent upon Selenium as a helper.
Rec: Selenium #Supplement 200 mcg/day

MERCURY
Selenium gets depleted when mercury levels are high.
One selenium molecule can sequester [grab up] 5-10 molecules of mercury. If Selenium is all bound up with Mercury then it will not be available to assist enzymes for proper thyroid function.

Avoid eating the fatty parts of deep sea fish where the Mercury tends to locate. For example cut away the fatty strip of Sward Fish and do not eat that.

MOST of the conversion of #T4 into #T3 and reverse T3 [rT3] occurs in ... ..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

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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Annonymous

Any thoughts on MTHFR and Lithium ?

  3 years, 9 months ago

#MTHFR #Lithium
Lithium has been known for years to be useful for #bipolar disorder. Despite all that is known about lithium and its impact on biochemical pathways, no one has defined the mechanism by which lithium has its impact on bipolar disorder. It is likely to be an effect on multiple pathways. There are a number of enzymes in the body that are known to be impacted and inhibited by lithium.

Lithium comes together with methylation at #COMT, the enzyme catechol-o-methyl-transferase. COMT breaks down #dopamine and #norepinephrine. Dopamine is a critical #neurotransmitter for motivation, focus and attention, among other functions ... ..more

Annonymous

What is Homocysteine ?

  3 years, 9 months ago

#Homocysteine is a toxic waste by-product of protein and amino acid metabolism, and #methylation in the body is going on constantly, converting this damaging homocysteine into the #antioxidant #glutathione.
Methylation also converts homocysteine into an important biochemical called #SAMe , a vital methyl donor for the production of the all important neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin and their derivatives. This is how the body makes good use of this toxic element.

Keeping homocysteine at a healthy, low level is extremely important for keeping our risk of heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer's disease as low as possible. High levels of homocysteine, if left ... ..more

#Parasympathetic Nervous System “Rest, repair, & digest” or “Type B’s” There are 3 basic #PNS Dominant subtypes: Basic, Extreme, & Inefficient PNS Dominant types.
The following is a summary of the average PNS Dominant type. 
 The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) works to nourish, heal and regenerate the body. It is anabolic, which means it is concerned with rebuilding the body and storing nutrients. Its’ nerves stimulate the immune system, digestion, and urinary function. These organs include the liver, pancreas, stomach, intestines, kidneys, and bladder.

The parasympathetic nervous system, when activated by rest, relaxation and positive thinking, is essential for the elimination of wastes, emotional wellbeing and healing. When you feel absolutely stuffed and lethargic after a big Thanksgiving dinner, it is your PNS that is most active. 
 
In situations in which we have excessive parasympathetic nervous system dominance, we often find #disorganization , #depression , #apathy , and #lethargy . There may also be a decrease in clarity of thought such as “spaciness” or poor concentration. The #adrenal and #thyroid glands tend to be underactive and sex #hormones such as #estrogen , #progesterone , and #testosterone are abnormally low. There are frequently issues with multiple #allergies and sensitivities #MCS , dry skin, weight gain or a tendency toward #obesity . These are generally the people who go on the same exact “Healthy” diet as their friends or partner yet struggle to lose a few pounds. Meanwhile, everyone one else has lost 10-20 lbs and is back to their regular routine. 



Other signs and symptoms include: frequent hunger, dry/irritated eyes, unexplained sneezing or coughing, #asthma , dizziness (particularly with standing), irregular heart beats or “skipped heart beats”, low blood pressure, and #hypoglycemia as well as increased production of all digestive enzymes and bowel activity, leading to more “stomach rumbling”. #PNS Dominants rarely struggle with #constipation and may have periods of loose or frequent stools. They are also more likely to experience the feeling of being “Tired yet wired,” particularly after eating a simple carbohydrate or sugary snack.

While #SNS Dominants may also struggle with this tired yet wired sensation, it is usually more prominent in PNS Dominance. Incidentally, those who cannot tolerate higher altitudes or the more rapid drops in barometric pressure (weather changes) are more likely the PNS Dominant or “Inefficient Balanced” types as a stronger SNS is required in adjusting to higher altitudes and changing weather patterns. These are the folks who know the weather is going to change before anyone else and often suffer with allergies or headaches. They are also prone to upper #respiratory infections, which may evolve to #bronchitis or #pneumonia . Despite this, they do not tolerate hot weather as well as the other types and prefer colder climates. They are also prone to flushing and may have pinker or darker ears and a “ruddy” complexion.

Nevertheless, when these individuals are well, they can be highly creative and productive and are often slow to anger. They tend to have less interest in “left brain” academics (math or science) and often prefer “right brain” academics (art, music, & lit).

According to Dr. Gonzalez, many Nobel Prize winners in art and literature are PNS Dominants (Hemmingway, Faulkner, & Lewis). PNS Dominants typically avoid confrontational professions and enjoy those, which allow their heightened creative abilities to flourish. And, depending upon where they reside within the PNS axis, many are “foodies” who live to eat rather than simply eating to live, as SNS types tend to do. These folks typically enjoy discussing good restaurants or engaging in discussions about great meals and recipes. They typically gravitate toward meat & potatoes with some veggies usually the root (potatoes, squash, yams) or cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, cabbage). In general, PNS Dominants are more sociable than SNS types. Likewise, they may prefer to remain busy yet tend to avoid exercise. Still, #genetic factors also considerably influence many of these traits.


Finally, PNS Dominants are most likely to develop immune related cancers such as malignant #melanoma , #lymphoma , #sarcoma , and #leukemia . 
 
Food priorities: It is generally helpful to evaluate the foods you crave and how you tolerate each newly introduced food. For instance, after eating meat do you feel better and more clearheaded or are you more anxious, jittery, or depressed? If you’re having a lot of digestive issues, you may want to begin with mostly cooked foods, at least to some degree, in order to reduce the strain on your digestive system. Therefore, it is important to consider whether or not you tolerate raw vs. cooked foods. Those with PNS Dominance favor butter, cream, meat, and potatoes as well as sour flavors. Yet they avoid sweets, although a heavier pastry with butter or cream is acceptable. 
 


Regrettably, many PNS Dominants have been heavily influenced by medical and nutrition experts and eat well outside their nutritional requirements. They may favor heavier, “meat & potato” meals yet eat leaner meats, whole grain carbs, fruits, and vegetables despite not feeling satisfied. While many desire bacon and egg breakfasts, they opt for the lighter fruit, toast, and yogurt fare of the SNS Dominant, thinking this is a “healthier” choice. And, even while they gag at the thought of oatmeal or cream of wheat, they do their best to find a “healthy” compromise. They frequently have a spurt of energy for 30 minutes or so, only to feel tired and lackluster within the space of an hour. Yet, if allowed to eat a thick slice of ham with potatoes, they’ll have the energy they need to work throughout the entire morning.

In fact, many “vegetarian” PNS Dominants feel much more alert and energetic when they start eating animal proteins While they sought out the heavier “allowed” proteins (cheese, eggs, hummus), most never felt satiated. 
 
For the PNS Dominant, eating meat is not “morally inferior”; it is essential for their health and survival Ultimately, each person should consume the most healthful foods for their metabolic make up. Though SNS Dominants require mostly vegetarian, raw foods, for greatest health, those who are PNS Dominant require fattier, red meats. They are hardwired to function well on the wholesome, omega 3 fats & #glutamate found in grass fed meats. Besides, most will develop a multitude of health problems if they adopt the SNS Dominant’s diet. 
 
For those with concerns regarding #sulfur , while foods such as #broccoli & #cauliflower contain a fair amount of sulfur ... ..more