Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Depression, Excessive Anger and Behavior Problems: Orthomolecular Medicine Thrapy Is The Real Answer Not Drugs .

To begin with I want to state I studied Orthomolecular medicine for several years.  The subject was in a degree program I was taking years ago. I then became absorbed in the study. I studied mental health illnesses at the time and the use of Orthomolecular medicine to correct those problems. I have seen it work on  a personal level.  Even though herbal medicine is the first rung of my education, Orthomolecular Medicine became a passion.  I knew 25 years ago that putting someone on a drug is not the real answer. The real answer lies in the brain and how it is malfunctioning.   That is where the real therapy is needed.

Mental Health Problems may have more than one cause. 

Genetics is one aspect. Families with members who are mentally ill, need to look at genetic links. Depression can have genetic links. Personality disorders are often genetic. Mental health problems may occur in several family members or may occur during fetal growth that only occurs in one family member.

Abuse is another factor.  Abuse and environment then either can cause mental problems or make them worse. Part of those environmental factors in being loved, respected, and nurtured. Not all parents are capable of nurturing.  Not all parents are able to express love fully in either words or actions

Love and Environment Make the Difference: It is a well know fact that children born with limited abilities excel in families that offer love, stimulation and the right environment. An example of that is a pair of conjoined twins who are well balanced mentally, are popular in school, and live life to its fullest. In the old days, they would have been placed in a circus side show. These girls show what a loving family can do. They are an amazing example of love and environment. These girls have their own TV program. 

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/conjoined-twins--abby---brittany--get-their-own-reality-show--video-.html

Drugs are a big factor today. Both prescription drugs and street drugs affect brain chemistry. The effects may be temporary or permanent.  How a drug effects each person is different. The individual may experience no side effects, several, or the whole list. Doctors cannot tell how a drug will affect you as an individual. If you taking more than one drug, it is impossible for them to predict the outcome of side effects. That is the reality.

Brain Malfunction and Deficiencies:  One of the areas of brain function is the Limbic system.  This system deep inside the brain is the control center for rage, fear, reasoning, and impulse control. Here is where anxiety, panic, and fear develop.  Excessive production of sex hormones causes the Limbic system to become unstable. 

During the pre-teen and teen years, brain chemistry often becomes imbalanced.  This is why you see teens suddenly acting crazy.

What are neurotransmitters in the brain? brain chemicals that influence thousands of functions in the body including heart beat, lung function, stomach digestion, mood, sleep patterns, and behavior. It is estimated that 86% of the population has deficient neurotransmitter levels. The alarming rate of depression in this country is just one indicator.  

Neurotransmitters are created from amino acids found in the protein foods we eat.

Neurotransmitter balance is extremely sensitive to stress, diet, genetic problems, drugs, alcohol, and caffeine. These factors above all affect  their proper balance. Teens especially have problems since they are one group where these factors above are often excessive. 

There are two kinds of these neurotransmitters: some neurotransmitters stimulate your brain and others calm down responses.  The amounts of these two kinds of neurotransmitters in the brain must be balanced or problems occur such as depression or excessive anger. In children and teens, this imbalance can happen quickly.

When teens and children were tested by researchers, they found most of them suffered from neurotransmitter deficiencies .   This causes problems such as aggression, anger, A.D.D, A.D.H.D., behavior problems, concentration problems, depression, and other health problems.

One neurotransmitter that often is insufficient in children and teens is Serotonin.  It quiets the brain activity and helps you sleep. It also has an effect on food cravings and pain control. It is important for a healthy immune function.   

Gaba is also important to keep your brain calm.  Gaba is sent out by the brain when the brain is too excited and over stimulated.

Neurotransmitters that stimulate the brain include Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and Epinephrine.  

These various neurotransmitters are balanced in normal brain function.  Inhibitory neurotransmitters balance mood and behavior.  These extremely sensitive neurotransmitters are easily depleted when the stimulating neurotransmitters are overactive.  

"Parents who put their children on Prozac, Zoloft, Serzone, or any other prescription drug to elevate the serotonin level are only using available neurotransmitters. Drugs do not create new needed neurotransmitters. Drugs only mask symptoms and repress anger that should be resolved. There are neurotransmitter formulas available that can be given to children and teens safely without the possibility of addiction or long-term side effects. "   


The key is to correct neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain and control aggression by adjusting brain levels of serotonin. Available serotonin declines in situations when chronic stress/anxiety is in control of a person's life. Impulsive and angry behaviors become a way of life setting the stage for possible violent behavior. The teen's brain never slows down, and must be provided with proper nourishment in the form of balanced neurotransmitters on a daily basis. A complete neurotransmitter formula should contain the amino acids, glutamine, GABA. L-taurine, phenylalanine, glycine, L-arginine, L-methionine, L-valine, L-lysine, L-leucine, L-alanine, L-isoleucine, L-histadine, plus B6.

An amino acid blood test can be done to establish exact amounts of amino acid deficiencies. The blood that flows through the brain is a virtual map to its activities. "  
Quoted from the article located at the link below:

http://www.teenlinkusa.com/anger.html 

Orthomolecular Medicine works by restoring balance to the brain chemistry. They decrease or increase the individual neurotransmitters until balance is achieved. This is done through diet, stress reduction, and supplementation of amino acids. 

I implore you to investigate Orthomolecular Medicine before you put your child on drugs. There is a better way than drug therapy that does not correct the real cause of the problem. 
 

Here are some links below to investigate this subject further: 


http://www.neurogistics.com/TheScience/WhatareNeurotransmi09CE.asp

http://www.teenlinkusa.com/anger.html

http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/proteins.html

http://www.orthomed.org/jom/jom.html

http://library.thinkquest.org/24206/orthomolecular-medicine.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2695174/


All for now.  Blessings.
Kate, The Herbladyisin


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