The “Other” Vitamin E

Tocotrienols“Vitamin E” is actually a mixture of tocotrienols and tocopherols, two forms of the same vitamin. Like tocopherols (the “classic” vitamin E), tocotrienols are also potent antioxidants that protect against lipid peroxidation (the damaging of fats by free radicals).

Research has shown that although tocotrienols and tocopherols possess similar activity, they work slightly differently in the body. The very newest research shows that tocotrienols may be even more valuable to good health than the classic form of vitamin E, tocopherols.

Actions of tocotrienols:

  • cholesterol-lowering properties not seen with regular vitamin E (tocopherols).
  • Tocotrienols reduce AGEs (advanced glycosylated end-products),
  • encourage healthy blood pressure levels and arterial health
  • support normal blood sugar balance
  • prevent fat oxidation

Both gamma- and delta-tocotrienols are powerful antioxidants working at the cells’ surface. Evidence indicates that tocotrienols are absorbed better than tocopherols.

The typical recommendation is 140 to 360 mg per day. Most studies have used 200 mg daily.

Contains: Tocotrienols 100 mg ( 90% Delta- Tocotrienols and 10% Gamma- Tocotrienols)

Other ingredients: Rice bran oil, gelatin, glycerin, water.

Suggested Dose: 1 or 2 softgels, one or two times daily or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.


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Vitamins and Mineral Supplements

Your Concise Guide To Nutritional Supplements


Vitamins are organic compounds that are necessary for human life and health. Vitamins cannot be manufactured in the body (vitamin B12 is an exception) and so must be obtained from diet.

Minerals are inorganic ions (metals) that are also necessary for life and health. Minerals are not manufactured in the body and so must be obtained from diet.

Trace minerals are minerals necessary to the body in extremely small, or “trace,” amounts.

Accessory nutrients are substances that are not absolutely necessary for life and health (as vitamins and minerals are), but that participate with vitamins and minerals in numerous biochemical reactions.

Vitamins: What You Should be Taking, and Why

Taking vitamins is a wise health and prevention measure. Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals cause many diseases. Adding vitamins and minerals in supplemental form is an inexpensive “insurance policy” against some of the worst diseases of modern times.

A deficiency of vitamins and minerals are associated with these diseases:

A deficiency of antioxidant vitamins and minerals (especially beta carotene, vitamins C & E, and selenium) is associated with higher incidence of cancers of the colon, breast, prostate, mouth, lungs and skin. Some researchers believe that antioxidant vitamin and mineral deficiencies may be related to higher incidence of all cancers.

A mineral deficiency, especially magnesium and potassium but also calcium, is associated with high blood pressure.

Deficiencies of vitamins E, C, B6, B12, folic acid (a B vitamin), and bioflavonoids are associated with cardiovascular disease. The connection between vitamin E and heart health is so well established that conventional medical cardiologists are instructed to recommend vitamin E to their patients.

Healthy bones, and the prevention of osteoporosis, depend on sufficient levels of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, copper, B vitamins, and vitamin D.

In males, benign prostatic hypertrophy is associated with decreased levels of zinc. Zinc deficiency also correlates to decreased immune function. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and diabetes (high blood sugar) occur more frequently in people who are chromium deficient. After diabetes is present, low levels of vitamins A, C, E, plus zinc, selenium, choline, bioflavonoids and B complex vitamins are associated with more complications from the disease.

This list could go on for pages, but you get the idea. A deficiencyof key vitamins and mineralsare correlated with disease. Such vitamin deficiencies are also common in the modern American diet. Depleted soils result in lowered vitamin and mineral content in produce AND Americans eat less fresh produce than ever before. Much of our food is highly processed, removing not only vitamins and minerals but also fiber and enzymes.

The best health insurance may not be an expensive medical policy, but the addition of sufficient vitamins to fill in the gaps in our day-to-day nutritional status.

Some people take a wide array of individual and/or exotic supplements, but these should NOT replace a basic, healthful level of vitamin supplementation. I have listed the best and most complete formulas for basic multiple vitamin and mineral supplementation. I recommend this for all adults over age 18. If you have a special medical condition, consult an holistic physician for further recommendations. (See Telephone Consultations with Dr. Myatt)

Basic Vitamins and Minerals Supplement Program (For health maintenance in healthy individuals OR as the basis of a health program in those with known health problems). 1) Multi Vitamin / Mineral formula without iron (unless your doctor has specifically told you to take iron). There is no such thing as a good multiple vitamin supplement in a single pill. Optimal daily dosage levels of essential vitamins and minerals do not fit into one tablet or capsule. Expect to be taking 6 to 9 capsules or tablets to fulfill Optimal Daily Doses of key vitamins.

Modern Dietetics In A Nutshell

Nutritional Deficiencies

It has long been recognized that the human body will not function efficiently without vitamins and minerals. In fact, serious diseases and death result when nutrient levels become too low. Because vitamins and minerals are necessary for every chemical reaction in the body, an excess or deficiency can greatly alter physical function.

“RDA’s” (nutrient levels recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) are sufficient to prevent serious deficiency-caused illnesses. (Rickets due to vitamin D deficiency, for example). They are not sufficient for optimal health and well-being.

Many scientists today agree that higher levels of certain nutrients are necessary to protect us from disease. It is also an accepted fact that even small deficiencies of nutrients can result in a decline in physical health, often before modern medicine can name a “disease.” Such deficiencies are called “subclinical,” (meaning “before they are a diagnosable illness”) and are the precursors to more serious illness.

The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) is typically excessive in calories while being deficient in vitamins, minerals, and accessory nutrients. This is probably due to several factors: easy availability of refined-flour, high sugar foods; extensive processing of foods (which removes nutrients and fiber); and plant foods grown in mineral-deficient soils.

In addition, increased environmental exposure to toxic substances increases the body’s need for certain nutrients, especially antioxidants. (See Antioxidants.)

To ensure that you are obtaining optimal dietary nutrient levels, examine your current diet in view of the vitamin/mineral/accessory nutrient guide below. Keep a three-day diet diary to assist in calculating your baseline level of nutrient intake. Then, make dietary changes and take nutritional supplements as needed to ensure daily optimal nutrient intake.

Which Vitamin Formula is Right For You?

If you are a: Multiple Formula Antioxidants Comments Man Maxi Multi OR Once Daily MyPacks Included in Maxi Multi and MyPacks A separate antioxidant is usually needed with other multiples, not with these. Woman of Childbearing Age Nutrizyme with iron (see comment) OR Once Daily MyPacks Included in Maxi Multi and MyPacks Take a multiple WITH iron if you have heavy menstrual flow. Post-Menopausal Woman Maxi Multi OR Once Daily MyPacks Included in Maxi Multi and MyPacks Take additional Cal-Mag Amino to total 1200-1500 mg calcium per day if you are at risk for Osteoporosis. Senior Maxi Multi OR Nutrizyme with iron (see comments) Included in Maxi Multi and MyPacks Take a formula with iron only if directed to do so by your doctor. Children Children’s Multi-Vitamin and Minerals Children’s Antioxidants Specially formulated for children ages 4-12.


vitamin major functions major deficiency associations optimal adult dose range best food sources cautions/
vitamin A bone formation
skin health vision night blindness, dry eyes,
skin diseases 5,000-10,000 IU fish liver oils Do not take more than 50,000 IU per day for 3 months without medical supervision.


converted to vitamin A in the body; antioxidant ulcerative colitis, skin diseases, smoking 10,000-50,000 IU green and yellow vegetables; carrots Use only natural beta-carotene; high doses may cause yellow skin (harmless).

vitamin D

increases calcium absorption;
decreases overall mortality rate osteoporosis, rheumatic pains, dental disease,
impaired immunity 800-5,000 IU or as
directed by a physician. SUNSHINE! fish liver oil egg yolk The current daily dose of 400IU may be be set too low for optimal health.

vitamin E (tocopherol)

cellular respiration; antioxidant heart disease neurological aging 200-800 IU wheat germ oil, nuts, whole grains, egg yolk Doses over
800 IU day may elevate triglycerides.

vitamin K

blood clotting factor; bone formation osteoporosis 20-100 mcg broccoli, spinach, green tea, green cabbage, tomato Do not supplement if you are on anti-epileptic medication.

vitamin C

collagen synthesis, anti-viral, wound healing, antioxidant joint pain/arthritis, atherosclerosis, bleeding gums, decreased immunity 300-3,000 mg broccoli, red pepper, citrus fruits, cabbage At high doses, vitamin C will loosen the bowels.

vitamin B1 (thiamine)

energy processes fatigue, mental confusion, neuropathy 5-100 mg eggs, berries, nuts, legumes, liver, yeast Nontoxic.

vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

energy processes, wound healing, activates other B vitamins infection, cataracts, blurred vision, eye surgery 5-100 mg green leafy vegetables, eggs, organ meats Nontoxic. Higher doses will make urine a harmless, bright yellow.

vitamin B3 (niacin)

energy processes depression, tension headaches, memory loss 20-100 mg milk, eggs, fish, whole meal wheat flour Doses greater than 50mg may cause a skin flush. Take high doses only with doctors supervision.

vitamin B5(pantothenic acid)

energy processes; adrenal gland function allergies, morning stiffness; fatigue; muscle cramps 10-1,000 mg eggs, yeast, liver No known toxicity.

vitamin B6(pyridoxine)

energy processes; antibody formation insomnia, irritability, atherosclerosis 5-200 mg wheat germ, yeast, whole grains Oral contraceptive use increases need for this vitamin.

Folic acid

red blood cell formation, RNA/DNA synthesis fatigue, depression, atherosclerosis 200-800 mcg beans, green leafy veggies, yeast Do not take with Phenobarbital or dilantin.

vitamin B12

red blood cell formation; energy processes atherosclerosis, memory loss, GI symptoms 10-1,200 mcg fermented soy products; root veggies Nontoxic.


energy processes; blood sugar regulation muscle pain, depression 300-600 mcg egg yolks, whole wheat No known toxicity.


Mineral: functions deficiency associations adult dose range food sources cautions


bone & tooth formation; heart & muscle function osteoporosis, bone spurs, muscle cramps, rheumatism 200-1500 mg barley, kale, unrefined grains; milk, green veggies Prolonged excess may cause a mineral imbalance.


energy processes, nerve function, enzyme activation stress, senility, osteoporosis, insomnia 150-600 mg avocados, almonds, whole grains, grapefruit Doses over 400 mg can cause diarrhea in some people.


pH balance, nerve function stress, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure 1800-5625* mg * a normal diet should contain sufficient potassium potato peel, bananas, beans, almonds, whole grains Do not take high supplemental doses (food Sources are O.K.) when taking heart medicine without physician guidance.


pH balance, nerve function Excess is more common and is assoc with high blood pressure limit daily intake to 1,500 mg okra, celery, black mission figs Very few people (athletes, diarrhea /vomiting) need to supplement.


energy production, bones/teeth, B Vit. activation tooth/gum disorders, impotence, equilibrium 300-600 mg barley, beans, fish, lentils, dark green veggies Prolonged, large doses can cause calcium deficiency or mineral imbalance.


Red Blood cell production dizziness, depression, anemia 10-30 mg blackberries, cherries, spinach Do NOT take iron unless told to do so by your doctor. Iron excess is associated with health problems.


co-factor in numerous metabolic processes prostate enlargement, immune deficiency; atherosclerosis 15-50 mg wheat germ, wheat bran, pumpkin seed, avocado, sea food Large doses (50mg, day) can cause a copper deficiency & other mineral imbalances.


Red blood cell production; skeletal, heart & muscle function osteoporosis, digestive function, nerve disorders 2-3 mg green leafy veggies, almonds, beans, sea food Higher doses can be toxic.


glandular function, bone & ligament health  diabetes, asthma, digestive disturbance 2-10 mg nuts, seeds, avocados, grapefruit, apricots High doses may create other mineral imbalances.


glucose metabolism; blood sugar regulation; heart function atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, high cholesterol, overweight 200-500 mcg whole grain cereals, molasses, meat, yeast Nontoxic at therapeutic levels.


antioxidant, synergistic with vitamin E cancer prevention; aging 100-200 mcg bran, whole grains, tuna, broccoli, onion Prolonged excess may be toxic. * indicates minerals most often deficient in the diet. Other minerals not marked with a * usually do not need to be supplemented. Other minerals and trace minerals include: molybdenum, flourine, chlorine, cobalt, silicon, boron, sulphur, vanadium


Bioflavonoids – compounds found in most plants in association with vitamin C. Bioflavonoids are potent antioxidants. Higher dietary levels are useful in heart disease and atherosclerosis, bleeding gums, weak immune system, inflammation, varicose veins, hayfever.

CoQ10 – (ubiquinone) A naturally-occurring compound in the human body that is a vital co-factor in energy production. Conditions benefited by increased CoQ10 levels include: cardiovascular disease, angina, congestive heart failure, mitral valve prolapse, immune deficiency, obesity, diabetes, periodontal disease, cancer, muscular dystrophy. Also use in longevity and rejuvenation programs.

Fiber – Plant cell walls present in whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. This part of the plant is usually lost in processing. Fiber deficiency is associated with numerous illnesses: obesity, atherosclerosis, diabetes, gallstones, varicose veins, constipation, diverticulosis, irritable bowel, colon cancer, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

FOS (fructooligosaccharides) Naturally- occurring sugar-like substances that act as food to friendly GI bacteria. In human body cells, this substance is not utilized as energy (or as a true sugar), but to probiotic gut bacteria, FOS is a banquet. The addition of FOS to probiotic formulas (as in Enterogenic concentrate, product # 218), helps good bacteria re-colonize the GI tract faster and more plentifully.

Friendly bacteria – (probiotics) The naturally-occurring bacteria of the colon help protect us from many conditions, including candidiasis, allergies, constipation, B12 vitamin deficiency. These good bacteria are damaged or destroyed by dietary imbalances, antibiotic and other drug use. Replacement of good bacteria results in improved colon function.

Glucosamine sulfate – A naturally occurring substance that has been found to be highly effective in treating osteoarthritis. It acts both to reduce pain and to stimulate joint repair.

5-HTP is the intermediate metabolite of the amino acid L-tryptophan. This amino acid intermediate participates in the body’s production of serotonin. It also stimulates increased endorphin, melatonin, norepinephrine and dopamine production. These brain chemicals (neuro-transmitters) help increase energy, improve mood and sleep, and decrease appetite. Useful for insomnia, mood disorder (anxiety/depression) and weight loss programs.

L-Carnitine – an amino acid that is crucial to normal energy production and fat metabolism. Carnitine has been shown to benefit atherosclerotic heart disease and high cholesterol and triglycerides. Improves fat metabolism throughout the body.

L-Glutathione – A tri peptide (3 amino acids) that acts as a potent antioxidant in the body. Supplementation is useful in allergies, cancer prevention, liver detoxification, cataracts, heavy metal toxicity, longevity and rejuvenation.

Omega-3 Oils are derived from fatty fish and flax seeds. These fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and have a positive effect on cardiovascular disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, allergic and inflammatory conditions (including psoriasis and eczema), autoimmune diseases, cancer, neurological disease, menopause, general health enhancement.

Omega-6 Oils found in evening primrose, black currant, borage and a number of vegetable oils. Although supplementation is popular, these oils increase arachadonic acid levels (an inflammatory substance). Only diabetics need to supplement very small doses of this oil. (less than 500mg/day).

SAMe (S-Adenosyl-Methionine)

Anti-Depressant and Liver Protector

SAMeSAMe is a “methyl donor” manufactured in the brain from the amino acid methionine. SAMe is involved in the production of serotonin and dopamine. Levels of SAMe are found to be impaired in depressed patients, and oral doses are effective in improving these neurotransmitter levels. SAMe has also been found beneficial for osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee.

SAMe supplementation is useful for:

  • depression
  • low serotonin and/or dopamine levels
  • liver cell regeneration
  • fatty liver
  • cirrhosis
  • high cholesterol
  • osteoarthritis


Depression — Four hundred milligrams, three to four times daily. Start at a dosage of 200 milligrams twice daily for the first day. Increase to 400 milligrams twice daily on day three, 400 milligrams three times daily on day ten, and finally to the full dosage of 400 milligrams four times daily after 20 days, if required.

Osteoarthritis — Follow the guidelines for depression. After 21 days at a dosage of 1,200 milligrams daily, reduce dosage to a maintenance dosage (minimum dosage required to alleviate symptoms), usually 200 milligrams a day.

Fibromyalgia — Two hundred milligrams to four hundred milligrams, two times daily.

Liver Disorders — Two hundred milligrams to four hundred milligrams, two to three times daily.

Migraine Headaches –Two hundred milligrams to four hundred milligrams, two times daily (Requires long term use for maximum effectiveness).


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Do You Suffer “The Heartbreak Of Psoriasis”?

Once thought to be little more than an annoying and unsightly skin condition, research now shows psoriasis to be a symptom of much more serious problems.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease with abnormally fast production of skin cells (up to 1,000 times normal) accompanied by inflammation.

Rapidly-multiplying skin cells pile up, creating a silvery scale. Skin underneath this scale is typically inflamed, itchy and painful. The condition is not contagious.

Psoriasis, once considered a “skin disease,”  is now recognized as a systemic (body-wide) autoimmune condition highly associated with:

  • Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stroke (1-14)
  • Diabetes and metabolic syndrome (7-15)

Other conditions associated with psoriasis include depression, insomnia/sleep difficulties, COPD, GERD and arthritis.

What Causes Psoriasis?

The precise cause of psoriasis is not known but a number of factors and have been identified:

  • Genetic.  About one-third of people with psoriasis have a family member who also has the disease, suggesting a genetic component in some sufferers.
  • High cGMP to cAMP ratios
  • Excess inflammation
  • High inflammatory cytokines (immune-regulating communication molecules)
  • Auto-immune

In holistic medicine we also consider:

  • Incomplete digestion (especially protein digestion).
  • Bbowel dysbiosis
  • Impaired liver function
  • Food allergies
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Stress appears to worsen the condition, and stress-reducing practices have shown to be helpful in these cases.

Each individual case of psoriasis should be considered as some combination  of these factors.

Conventional medical treatment:

Topical treatments such as steroid cream can greatly help or even “cure” psoriasis. Unfortunately, steroid cream can cause skin atrophy, stretch marks, spider veins and easy bruising when used long-term. The effects can also become systemic and disrupt hormone levels, contributing to osteoporosis and even psychosis.

Steroid creams don’t work for everyone, and there is often a decreasing effect of treatment with continual use. There can also be serious rebound effects with sudden discontinuance.

Immune-suppressive drugs such as cyclosporin and methotrexate are used, but liver, kidney and blood values must be monitored regularly because of the toxicity of these drugs.

Dr. Myatt’s Holistic Self-Help Recommendations

Diet and Lifestyle

Primary Support

  • Maxi Multi: 3 caps, 3 times per day with meals. Maxi Multi contains optimal (not minimal) doses of all essential vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals, including those often deficient in psoriasis.  The most important deficiencies in psoriasis are:
    vitamin A, vitamin E, chromium, selenium, zinc, and vitamin D.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids: especially EPA and DHA as found in fish oil. Target dose is 1.8grams EPA and 1.2 grams DHA. This can be obtained from:
    Max EPA
    : 10 caps per day with meals
    Maxi Marine O-3: 4 caps per day with meals
  • Maxi-Flavone: 1-2 caps per day with meals. This ultra-potent formula contains herbs which decrease inflammatory cytokines.
  • Vitamin D: additional vitamin D as needed to obtain optimal blood levels. Learn about vitamin D testing here. Optimal vitamin D levels are very important for psoriasis success.

Additional Support

  • Forskolin: 1 cap, 2 times per day. This herb help normalize
    the cAMP /cGMP ratio which is imbalanced in psoriasis.
  • Treat GI Dysbiosis if present (highly likely), best done with the results of a Comprehensive GI Health Profile. Treatment may include goldenseal (hydrastis), milk thistle, probiotics, and other gut treatments.

Lifestyle / Topical Treatments

  • Sunlight. UVB exposure has long been known to aid psoriasis  This could be due to increased vitamin D production.
    Newer prescription creams for psoriasis include synthetic vitamin D, further showing the importance of vitamin D for psoriasis.
  • Topicals (how to wash and protect psoriatic skin).
    Wash – Use mild, chemical-free soaps and cosmetics. Harsh alkaline soaps can cause further irritation.
    Moisturize – Chemical-free, gentle moisturizers should be applied after every shower or bath.
    Bathe – baths with baking soda, oatmeal or bentonite clay can be very soothing and detoxifying. Soak for 15-20 minutes in warm water. Do NOT use a bath for cleansing, only for soaking. Be sure that you are using pure, uncontaminated water! Be sure that you are using pure, uncontaminated water! If you are unsure about your water quality you may need to consider adding a water filter to your home.
    – for actual skin cleansing, take a shower. Use chemical-free oatmeal soap, other mild soap or Dove brand bar soap. But please remember, when you’re hot (and your skin’s pores are wide-open), you can absorb toxins from the water. Shower-head filters are inexpensive and reliable.
  • DON’T pick or scratch skin! Psoriatic lesions tend to grow at the site of skin injury. If itching is uncontrollable, use a skin brush to gently exfoliate without causing dermal injury.
  • Drink pure water – A Good Water Filter is a Cheap Investment in Your Health. A reliable, highly-effective under-sink water filter is an excellent health investment, especially when you consider how important water is to health. The human body is about 60% water. That means we can have 60% of our total body weight contaminated with a variety of toxins if we drink lousy water.

    The highest-rated water filters cost about the same as the cheap junk. Aquasana Water Purifiers  makes some of the highest-rated filters at the best prices


Dr. Myatt’s Comments

  • Diet and balanced digestion / gut function are primary
  • Correcting nutrient deficiencies with supplementation and ensuring optimal vitamin D levels are also very important

ALL psoriasis patients, whether symptomatic or not, should pay special attention to cardiovascular and metabolic risks. I recommend looking at cardio risk factors including the “other” risk factors at a regular interval.

Psoriasis can be challenging, but starting with the basics (good gut, adequate nutrients) often corrects or at least greatly improves symptoms. When natural, corrective treatment is used, improvement in skin lesions can be expected to include improvement associated risks such as heart disease and diabetes.

Topical treatments alone, even when they decrease skin lesions, do not correct systemic risks. Psoriasis should therefore be treated as a systemic disease, not a skin disease.


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Neuro Restore


Natural Solutions for Neurotransmitter Disorders

Neurotransmitter Restoration:
Key to Depression, Anxiety and
Other Neurotransmitter-Related Disorders

A deficiency of neurotransmitters (also called “NT’s or “brain hormones”) causes or contributes to a wide variety
of diseases including depression, anxiety, and
overweight / obesity.

Low Levels of Neurotransmitters in the Body Can
Cause or Contribute to the Following Disorders:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD)
  • Adrenal Fatigue / Burnout
  • Addictions / addiction withdrawal
  • Aggression (inappropriate)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anger (inappropriate)
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bulimia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cognitive Impairment / Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hormone Dysfunction
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity
  • Insomnia / Sleep Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Irritability
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Mood Disorder (anger, anxiety, depression)
  • Nocturnal Myoclonus
  • Obesity / Overweight / Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Pain (chronic)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Psychosis / Psychotic Disorder
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Tension Headaches
  • Tempero-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)

What Causes Low Neurotransmitters?

I.) Decreased production of neurotransmitters due to:

  • A deficiency of NT precursors (not enough “raw materials” in the body to correctly manufacture NT’s)
  • Inborn errors of metabolism (an individual may have a genetic need for more of the “raw materials” used to build neurotransmitters)
  • Toxic damage to portions of the brain or peripheral nervous system that produce NT’s

II.) Increased need for neurotransmitters due to:

  • Toxic damage to or destruction of the nerve cells the respond to NT input

  • Excess degradation of existing NeuroTransmitters due to reuptake inhibiting drugs or recreational drugs

Diseases Related to Neurotransmitter (NT) Deficiencies

What Causes Low Neurotransmitters?

There is a safe

 There is a safe, easy, natural way to cure mood disorders and reclaim a life of health and happiness without spending a fortune or relying on dangerous (and often ineffective) drugs.

If You or Someone You Love
 Suffers From Depression, Anxiety,
Insomnia, Attention Deficit or Any “Mood Disorder,”
This May Be The Most Important Letter
You’ll Ever Read

From: Dr. Dana Myatt
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Myatt’s Wellness Club
People Suffering from Mood Disorders


                        Dear Friend:

                        There is a “dirty little secret” known in many medical and scientific circles about “mood disorders” (depression, anxiety, etc.) …
                         a secret you will probably never hear from your doctor …and the Big Drug Companies want it that way.

                        This “dirty little secret” is the reason that 72% of people diagnosed with a mood disorder don’t feel better
                        regardless of what “head med” (drug) they take, and why even those who do feel somewhat better
                        with drugs often find that the “improvement” stops working after a while or still doesn’t make them feel
                        really good. If you knew the “dirty little secret” that is known to medicine’s “inner circle,” you would find yourself able to:

                                    * not just feel “better,” but truly goodagain …

                                    * end fatigue, lethargy, anxiety and hopelessness in a few days, sometimes overnight …

                                    * skyrocket your energy levels without stimulants …

                                    * sleep like a baby all night long and wake rested and refreshed….

                                    * say “goodbye” to depression and anxiety without drugs….

                                    * reclaim your happy, energetic self in record time with NO dangerous drug side-effects


                        The best part is, you won’t need to take costly “head meds” or stimulants indefinitely
                        (which don’t work well anyway), pay thousands of dollars for often-ineffective counseling,
                        and still spend the rest of your life feeling only “half alive” because of a mood disorder. All you need to
                        know is the “dirty little secret” that has been kept behind closed doors… until now.

3 Lies Your Doctor Probably Told You About Mood Disorders
and he doesn’t even know they’re lies…)

Lie # 1: Mood disorders are caused by a serotonin deficiency. In some cases, this is true. (Note: did your doctor ever actually TEST your serotonin levels to verify this? Answer: Almost certainly “NO”). Even if serotonin deficiency is your problem, as it is for some people with mood disorders, conventional drugs like Prozac and Zoloft only block the re-uptake of this neurotransmitter, giving your body the false impression that more serotonin is available. Treating “serotonin deficiency” without a test is not only a “shot-in-the-dark,” but the treatment itself is a “patch-job,” instead of a “fix.” Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) do not increase serotonin levels, and the artificial blocking of re-uptake eventually depletes serotonin levels even more.

Lie # 2:  Drugs are the best treatment for mood disorders. Come on. Do you really think depression is caused by a Prozac deficiency? Or that anxiety is caused by a Trazadone deficiency? Changes in brain chemicals (called Neuro-Transmitters) cause the symptoms we collectively call “mood disorders.” These changes in brain chemistry can be identified and corrected by natural means, restoring them to normal levels.
Lie # 3:  There is no way to test Neurotransmitter levels. Actually, NeuroTransmitter Testing has been around for years. Your doctor could test and know exactly what “head hormones” (neurotransmitters) you are low or high in and make specific corrections. But keep reading and you’ll find out why he/she probably doesn’t even know about this test, and if they do, why they can’t (won’t) order it for you…..


The Real Cause of Mood Disorders That
Big Drug Companies Hope You Never Find Out


                        Doctors know that brain chemicals — called Neuro-Transmitters, or “NT’s” for short—- control everything from mood and sleep to food cravings. Most people have heard of at least one of these Neurotransmitters,  serotonin, but there are other major NT’s including epinephrine (adrenaline),norepinephrine, dopamine,                                     GABA, PEA and histamine. Together, these major Neuro-Transmitters control mood, libido, food cravings, sleep patterns and energy levels to name only a few. When any one of these NT’s are out of balance (as they are in an estimated 85% of the population with mood disorders), the implications can be enormous:


                                           Too little can cause depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, uncontrolled appetite, migraine headaches, obsessive/compulsive disorders and PMS complaints.

                                           Too much serotonin is rare and is caused by excess drugs or other serotonin-increasing treatments. Serotonin overdose can be life-threatening.


                             Epinephrine (adrenaline): too much can causes sleep disturbances, anxiety and ADHD. Too little causes fatigue,  depression, lack of focus and difficulty losing weight.       

                             Norepinephrine (NE): Too much causes anxiousness, stress, hyperactivity and high blood pressure. Too little causes fatigue, lack of focus and difficulty losing weight.

                             Dopamine: responsible for feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. Low levels play a role in Parkinson’s  disease and also in addictions and food cravings.  High dopamine is seen in people with autism,  attention disorders and GI disturbances. 



                             glutamate is the major excitatory neuro Transmitter in the brain. Excess glutamate is associated with neurological diseases such as Huntington’s disease, parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, ALS, Tourette’s syndrome and Korsakoff syndrome. While excess glutamate alone probably does not cause these diseases, it is felt that high levels of glutamate may be toxic to nerve cells and indicate toxicity elsewhere in the body.                                                  


                        Doctors use various “head meds” (like Prozac or Zoloft) to increase serotonin’s effects. (Notice I said effects; these drugs do not increase actual serotonin levels). Sometimes these drugs help depression, but often not. That is because the other major Neurotransmitters’s — epi, NE, dopamine, GABA and glutamate — are also intimately involved in mood and “feel good” control. “Tinkering” with only one neurotransmitter — serotonin — may not help much if any of the other five major neurotransmitters are out of balance. In many people with anxiety, depression or other mood disorder, serotonin levels are not the only problem or not even the problem at all. Many cases of mood disorder havenothing to do with serotonin but instead involve one or more of the other major neurotransmitters.

So why doesn’t “Big Medicine” and “Big Pharma” want you to know that other neurotransmitter imbalances may be the cause of your depression? Because NT imbalances can be corrected with a few simple diet changes and some inexpensive over-the-counter supplements. Drug companies don’t have drugs to effectively correct other neurotransmitter except serotonin and norepinephrine. Depression medications like prozac, zoloft, XXX and XXXX are BIG BUSINESS, raking in $XXXXX of dollars for major drug companies each year. If even a small percentage of the 19 million depressed Americans discovered how to correct their depression without drugs, Big Pharma income from these drugs could drop precipitously. Or imagine if XXXX million children and adults no longer needed Ritalin and other stimulants! Believe me, the Big Drug Companies will do everything they can to make sure this doesn’t happen — including convincing your doctor and you that your only hope for treating a mood disorder is dangerous drugs. Even more appalling is that these drugs effects only ONE, or at most TWO major neurotransmitters — even if you have never had your neurotransmitters levels tested!


Your Secret Weapon for Conquering Mood Disorders

                        Balancing the body’s six major neurotransmitters —  serotonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, GABA and glutamate — is the secret to feeling good and getting out from under the dark cloud of depression, anxiety, insomnia, attention deficit or any other mood disorder you may suffer from. Other “side-effects” of balanced NT’s (as if being free from depression or anxiety weren’t enough!) include sound sleep, improved libido and energy, normal appetite and better fat-burning. If you are over or under weight, body weight tends to normalize because mood disorders are a common cause of over and under-eating.

                        As you’ll learn, there are simple, natural ways to increase or decrease neurotransmitters. For example, two amino acids (both readily available in any health food) provide the raw materials that the body uses to produce epinephrine and norepinephrine. By supplementing these amino acids, a person who is low in epinephrine (adrenaline) or norepinephrine can improve their neurotransmitters levels without drugs, just by taking these amino acids between meals. By using “precursors” (raw materials that the body uses to make NT’s), the resulting increased NT levels are a true “fix,” not just a “band aid.”

                        Normal neurotransmitter levels are the key to a happy, energetic, symptom-free life. The correction for imbalanced neurotransmitters involves a few simple diet changes and some inexpensive, easily obtainable nutritional supplements. So what is holding you back? Obviously, you need to know which neurotransmitters are out of balance before you can begin an NT-improvement program. As you can see from the list of NT’s above, excesses cause just as many problems as deficiencies. The secret to normal neurotransmitter balance begins with knowing your neurotransmitter levels.
The Medical Test
That Can Save Your Life



Perhaps You’re Wondering,
“Why Didn’t My Doctor Order This Test…?”

Your doctor did not order a NeuroTransmitter test fortwo important reasons:

First, because he or she doesn’t know about it!Big Drug Companies aren’t “pushing” these tests yet because they don’t have drugs to address every neurotransmitter imbalance. Would you want to continue taking a serotonin-effecting drug, for example, if you found out you were low in epinephrine instead? And what about your doctor? The pharmaceutical industry is responsible for most of a doctor’s training, including the medical school curriculums. American medical schools are still marching to the Big Pharma tune. And Big Pharma isn’t ready for you or your doctor to know about simple ways to correct Neurotransmitter imbalances, especially when “head meds” are such Big Business.

Second (and this one may shock you), a doctor can besued by either your insurance company OR the federal government for ordering a “non standard” medical test. You read that right. The Big Drug Companies have such a stronghold on doctors and the government that a doctor can only order those tests that the drug companies “approve of.” Big Pharma isn’t going to let the cat out of the bag about Neurotransmitter Testing until they have drugs to sell you to “correct” any NT imbalance that testing discovers. And while norepinephrine drugs have just recently been introduced (which means we are the “guinea pigs for testing their safety), there are no other “head meds” on the horizon. That means that you’ll be waiting for years— perhaps even a decade or more—before your doctor will know about this test and  order it for you.

As I showed you in the first half of this report, your doctor is telling you some potentially deadly lies-and he doesn’t even know it.

But it isn’t his fault. He simply never learned in medical school or in mainstream journals about the safe, natural miracle-cures that are all around us, but known only to an unorthodox, yet dedicated few. It’s a shame, but the modern medical establishment is so dominated by the pill and scalpel that these un-patentable (read: inexpensive and difficult to regulate) cures get swept under the rug by our Big Pharma-friendly government…



Ignorance Isn’t Bliss, It’s Blistered

As we discussed earlier in this report, your doctor is telling you some potentially deadly lies-and he doesn’t even know it.

But it isn’t his fault. He simply never learned in medical school or in mainstream journals about the safe, natural miracle-cures that are all around us, but known only to an unorthodox, yet dedicated few. It’s a shame, but the modern medical establishment is so dominated by the pill and scalpel that these un-patentable (read: inexpensive and difficult to regulate) cures get swept under the rug by our Big Pharma-friendly government…



3 Reasons Why I Know You’ll Find Your
Neurotransmitter Improvement Program So Valuable

1.) Knowledge is Power. Whether you choose conventional drugs, natural (corrective) remedies or a combination of both, at least you will know exactly what neurotransmitters need to be normalized, instead of just going along with the conventional medical “guess” and treating only serotonin levels.

2.) You’ll know your Options.  Your follow-up report will detail which drugs, supplements, diet and lifestyle changes are available to correct your particular neurotransmitter imbalances.

3.) You’ll discover proven ways to live a healthier, happier life.  When you balance your brain chemistry through corrective measures, you’ll not only feel happier, you’ll be genuinely healthier.


Lift DEPRESSION Overnight
By Pressing Your “Happy Buttons”


What Patients Have To Say
About the Neurotransmitter Improvement Program….
(testimonials here)

“You Have Make A Huge Difference…”
“I feel like I have my life back. I really didn’t realize how depressed I was. Things seemed  better after I started taking Zoloft, but it was only after we discovered that I was low in epinephrine and norepinephrine, and made some changes, that I could tell the difference beween ‘just getting by’ and really living. It’s hard for me to find the words to express how greatful I am for this test and your recommendations.” John Abrams, Phoenix, Arizona

“I Have Already Experienced Great Changes In Myself Because Of The Principle #1 Exercise…”
” I started taking the recommended supplements just two days ago and I can already feel a difference. I slept better last night than I have in years. I really do believe with such fast improvement in my sleep that help is on the way…” Katherine K., Poduk MI

“Your NT Program Recommendations Are Easy To Follow…”
“I learned through NT testing that I had three neurotransmitter imbalances (none of which was serotonin, which explains why Prozac wasn’t helping me). But I was afraid that “natural treatments” would involve some strict diet and exercise plan and eating foods I don’t like, like tofu. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Dr. Myatt’s recommendations were simple and easy to follow. Even better, I have experienced dramatic results in only two weeks. THANK YOU SO MUCH DR. MYATT!”

“TheNIP Program Has Empowered Me To Take Control Of My Life…”

“NIP Has Truly Changed My Life…”

” TheNT Test and Program Have Accomplished in Three Weeks what Drugs and Counselling Failed to Produce in Three Years…”


Your Personal Neurotransmitter Improvement Plan (NIP) will be:

Simple — That’s because simple is the thing that works the best.

Fast Results — When you invest in this course, or in anything, you are doing so because you want results sooner rather than later.owever, you have to be open to fast results. This sounds crazy, but if you believe in the saying “anything worth having is worth waiting for” than you are going to live a life waiting. Let’s start getting results right now – fast, immediate – with these 11 Principles.

Real Life
— Principles from the real world always work better (or else they would not be principles) than the “should be’s” some people try to get you to believe.

Realistic, A Game Plan — Do you agree that information without a plan that shows you how to use it is worthless information. That means even poor information, if it at least comes with a game plan, will benefit you.

So imagine what superior information, with a specific, easy to follow game plan like the 11 Principles course is worth to you… Not only do you learn each of the 11 Principles, you also see how other people like yourself have used them. And most importantly, you are given an easy to follow game plan to quickly and simply put each Principle into use for yourself.






Don’t just swallow a pill (and the marketing hype that goes with it) and carry on with business as usual. True neurotransmitter-balancing treatment is worth its weight in gold -and far outweighs the use of tranquilizers, anti-depressants, sleeping pills and other synthetic mood-altering drugs. So stop the drain on your health and feel like yourself again.


                        Drug-free treatments work like Prozac without dangerous side effects. Prozac and other antidepressants work by boosting your levels of the mood-enhancing chemical serotonin. Yet researchers have now discovered a technique that does the very same thing — without drugs!

Believe me, this isnot “pop medicine.” Just the opposite. These unpublicized techniques were revealed to our editors by a team of over 250 leading physicians and scientists, then carefully double-checked against the latest research. You won’t find them in the popular press — and unlike the fluff printed there, these things work.


We are supposed to have freedom of speech in this country, but even many courageous alternative medical doctors don’t dare dare discussnew medicines or testsuntil they are “approved” by conventional medicine.Funny thing is, many of these leading-edge discoveries will in fact become “accepted”—- just as soon as Big Pharma figures out how to make a profit from them.


Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring chemicals within the brain that relay signals between the nerve cells and are required for proper brain and body function. A proper balance of neurotransmitter levels helps achieve optimal health.


Prescribing drugs based on opinions, theories and guesswork is like driving blindfolded. Without actual testing, you won’t discover your real Neurotransmitter imbalances except by accident.

Even “medicalexperts” find it hard to predict how patients will respond to a Neurotransmitter-effecting drug like Prozac or Zoloft. What’s more…

Testing often proves “expert opinions” dead wrong — and can skyrocket response and profits through the roof!

Simple diet, lifestyle and supplement changes can dramatically improve your neurotransmitter balance and hence, your mood and happiness level. But unless and until you test, you’ll never know what those needed changes are.




Lift depression, Balance Your NT’s and see:

Better Results In Your BUSINESS

Better Results In Your HEALTH

Better Results In Your JOB

Better Results In Your Relationships


How Much Is The Neurotransmitter Improvement Program?

The total value of the Neurotransmitter Test plus your personalized follow-up report —what I call the Neurotransmitter Improvement Program — is $794. And that would still be an incredible bargain based on the results it can bring you. But because I want to make this program available to as many people as possible before the “window of opportunity” closes, I’m going to make you an incredible offer.

Can you even put a price tag on a healthy, happy life?

How much would you give to wake up tomorrow morning living that dream life you gaze at every day in your head?

However, I want to get this life-changing information into everybody’s hand at a very reasonable price. And since this test is not yet “recognized” by conventional medical insurance (and won’t be until Big Pharma figures out how to get into the act), you’ll be paying out-of-pocket. Instead of the usual $794cost of theNeurotransmitter Test plus a New Patient Consult and follow-up report from me, I have chosen to make the entire program available for the cost of the NT test alone, $297.

Cost of NIP Program including NT test and Personalized Report: $297
Cost of feeling healthy, happy and energetic again: priceless


Money-Back Guarantee

Perhaps you are concerned about the test results. What if your test results say that all of your neurotransmittrs are completely normal? Personally, I’ve never seen completely normal test results in a person suffering from depression, but I suppose it could happen. Now, a test result is a test result. The lab isn’t going to give us our money back if we don’t like the test results, any more than you’d get your money back for any other medical test result that you didn’t like. (Did you get your money back when you didn’t like hearing that you had high cholesterol? Or high blood sugar?) But I am SO CONFIDENT that if you suffer from depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD or other any other mood disorder that  neurotransmitter imbalances will be discovered which will lead you to a better life, that I will personally make this guarantee:

If your NeuroTransmitter Profile results come back completely normal, I will personally return your money— you won’t even have to ask for it back. Not only that, but you can keep your bonuses. Even in the presence of normal test results (again, I’d be quite surprised), your personal report will contain suggestions for increasing your health and happiness levels.


P.S. If you recognize the enormous value of this program, please order your Neuro Improvment Program today. I don’t know how long I can continue to offer The Neurotransmitter Test, which requires a “doctor’s order.” You see, I’ll have a lot of people “gunning” for me when they find out what I am offering, and I could be barred at any moment from making this life-changing test and report available. The drug companies won’t like it because hey don’t want you to find out that you may have a neurotransmitter imbalance that is correctable without one of their drugs. Other doctors who use this test won’t like it, because it may deprive them of a new patient visit and numerous follow-up visits. (Remember, the test can only be ordered by a doctor, so ordinarily you’d have to visit a physician who would order the test for you). Even the labs who perform the tests might get a little “testy” when they learn that I am offering this test to people that I haven’t seen in person. But until someone cuts me off, I’ll do my best to make this test available. I believe it’s that important. Because I have no idea how long I can offer it, please don’t delay. If you return to this page and it’s gone from the Internet, it will mean that this service is no longer available to anyone except a private practice patient of mine.

Three Free Bonuses: Yours to Keep no Matter What

1.) The Body/Mind Connection DVD.

2.) FREE report: 29 simple, natural strategies to lift depression and live a life of joy.

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Recommended Reading

Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations, and a World Gone Crazy (Paperback) by Bruce E. Levine, pHD. Continuum Press, 2006.










Neurological Disease

Treating Neurological Disease (M.S., Parkinson’s, ALS)

By Dr. Dana Myatt

Some things seem to go in “waves.” This week, I’ve had a lot of people asking about what to do for neurological conditions. Here’s my best “general” advice. (I can give more “specific” advice when I work with someone personally. Please read on).

You’ll NEVER hear any of this from your conventional medical doctor, for at least two reasons. First, there are no known cures for neurological diseases in conventional medicine. In fact, even our symptomatic treatments are fairly lame. Secondly, when a doctor does have information about a “non standard” (read that: “not conventional medicine”) approach, he or she could lose their medical license by telling you about it. So don’t be disappointed if your conventional medical doctor, no matter how good or well-respected, doesn’t have much hope to offer. That’s conventional medicine.

What I Would Immediately Do If I Were Diagnosed With a Neurological Disease

If I found out tomorrow that I had a neurological disease, here are the steps I would take right away:

  1. Have several un-conventional laboratory studies performed, including:
    1. Hair Mineral Analysis: to evaluate for heavy and toxic metal poisoning. This applies to ALL neuro conditions.
    2. Food allergy testing: to rule out immune responses to food allergies as a cause for symptoms. (This is especially important in MS).
    3. Neurotransmitter (NT) Testing: to look at neurotransmitter hormone levels. (This applies to all neuro conditions but is especially important in Parkinson’s, where a dopamine deficiency is often seen).
  2. Holistic dental evaluation, with removal of all dissimilar dental metals. NOTE: VERY FEW holistic dentist really understand this, and NO conventional dentists “get it.” If you have it done incorrectly (as most “holistic dentists are wont to do), it can cause more harm than good. Please don’t have any dental work done until you have talked to me first!). How important do I think this is? I have already had all metal removed from my mouth except for one full-gold crown. It is that important. If I hadn’t already had this done, I would get it done immediately, after I confirmed the skill and knowledge level of the attending dentist.
  3. Diet changes:
    1. Eliminate all food allergies (see above, laboratory testing).
    2. The Myatt Diet: low carbohydrate, high Omega-3 fatty acids. This is THE healthiest way to eat, proven by long-lived populations. This plus elimination of known food allergies relieves all dietary stress on the immune and nervous systems. Look for organic foods, too, since pesticide and herbicide toxicity is associated with neurological disease. Additional fish oil should be supplemented in those not regularly consuming wild Alaskan salmon and grass-fed beef. Ketogenic diets such as The Myatt Diet have proven useful for Parkinson’s, ALS and inoperable brain cancers. The diet switches the brain from using sugar for fuel to using ketones for fuel, and this “metabolic switch” is associated with fewer tremors and better movement.
    3. Discontinue ALL soy products, and milk (cow’s milk / dairy variety),
  4. Nutritional supplements: I’m make sure that I didn’t have a single nutrient deficiency known to cause or exacerbate a neurological disease. Here are the known connection.
    1. Parkinson’s: deficiencies of folic acid, B12, vitamins C, E and D are highly associated. Besides getting out in the sun, I’d be taking daily Maxi Multi’s to have achieve the recommended doses of these vitamins. CoQ10 has also shown to slow progression of the disease, but the dose needs to be higher, 1,200mg per day. Avoid iron, as iron overload can cause Parkinson’s and a number of other diseases. (You should be tested for iron overload with a serum ferritin test).
    2. M.S.: vitamin D deficiency is associated MS. Lower levels of calcium, magnesium, vitamin E and other antioxidant nutrients have been observed in MS patients and appear to slow progression of the disease. Vitamin B1 and niacin have proven to be useful. As with Parkinson’s, I’d get more sunshine and take Maxi Multis to have all of these nutrient bases covered.
    3. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Hi B12, gamma-E tocopherol, zinc, copper, selenium, CoQ10, Alpha-lipoic acid, Acetyl-L-carnitine, creatine, curcumin, DHEA, glutathion, green tea, N-acetylcysteine, grape seed extract (OPC’s), resveratrol (grape skin extract) and vinpocetin. These vitamins, minerals amino acids and trace minerals have all been shown to alter various aspects of the disease.
  5. Schedule a telephone consultation with ME, or someone just like me. A physician who is not limited by conventional medical techniques (but is still trained in them and can prescribe all conventional tests and drugs) will be your best bet for obtaining a full and complete evaluation of the causes of neurological disease. The sooner this is done, the better the chance for a more full and complete recovery.

I hope this provides help and comfort to the numerous health-seekers who contacted me this week about neurological concerns!


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Mood Disorder

(Depression / Anxiety / Stress)

Depression and anxiety are two terms used to describe a variety of mood disorders. Although these two moods seem like opposites, depression and anxiety often occur together. Symptoms of depression and anxiety can include any of the following: chronic fatigue, insomnia, irritability, loss of appetite or increased appetite, headaches, backaches, inability to concentrate, memory loss, constipation or diarrhea, disinterest in sex, inability to make decisions, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, feeling “blue,” suicidal thoughts. In fact, a mood disorder can cause symptoms in virtually any part of the body. (I recommend my Body/Mind Connection video for a full discussion on this).

Nearly everyone suffers from some of these difficulties some time. External events can cause a person to feel depressed or anxious. Loss of a loved one is an example of a “trigger” event that can cause these symptoms. In mood disorders, there may not be identifiable “triggers” for the anxiety or depression. Even where there is an identifiable “trigger” event, the feelings of anxiety or depression are often overwhelming and persistent.

There are as many causes of the disorder as there are symptoms. Nutritional deficiencies, blood sugar imbalances (hypoglycemia or diabetes), poor diet, hormone imbalances, physical inactivity, prescription or over-the-counter drugs, allergies, and serious illnesses can all trigger anxiety/depression. Mood disorder is also a symptom of age-related memory change. In addition, there may be mental patterns (habits and behaviors) that magnify the problem.

Because there are many physical imbalances that can cause or contribute to mood disorder, it is important to get a thorough medical evaluation. The physician who performs your physical exam may recommend evaluation by a psychiatrist who can give your disorder a diagnostic name and advise you of conventional medical and counseling options available. You may also want to consult an holistic medical practitioner who can help you explore the various causes of mood disorder and offer you options to conventional drug treatment.

Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Don’t smoke! Smoke contains carbon monoxide which is toxic to the brain.
  • Eat a nutritious diet. Nutrient deficiencies cause decreases in brain chemicals (neurohormones).
  • Be sure that you are evaluated for hypoglycemia and food allergy. Both are common causes of mood disorder. The Super Fast Diet, a low carbohydrate diet, corrects hypoglycemia quickly and reliably.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise stimulates the production of the body’s natural “feel good” hormones called endorphins. Exercise also helps normalize blood sugar levels.
  • Practice stress reduction techniques and emotional re-education. Negative thought habits can cause or aggravate anxiety and depression.
  • Do not use stimulants: caffeine, nicotine, alcohol or recreational drugs.

Primary Support

  • Maxi Multi: 3 caps, 3 times per day with meals. Optimal (not minimal) doses of vitamin B complex vitamins and the minerals calcium and magnesium are particularly important, but a deficiency of any nutrient can cause alterations in neurotransmitter (brain chemical) production and mood.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids:
    Flax seed meal, 2 teaspoons per day with food
    Flax seed capsules: 2-4 caps, 3 times per day (target dose range: 6-12 caps per day)
    Flax seed oil: 1 tablespoon per day
    Max EPA (Omega-3 rich fish oil): 1-2 caps, 3 times per day with meals (target dose: 3-6 caps per day).
  • Melatonin: this hormone decreases with age. It is a potent antioxidant and one of the only ones to cross the blood-brain barrier. It should be used in almost all cases of mood disorder and is an important part of longevity and anti-aging programs. Melatonin helps to regulate Circadian rhythms and is an “anti stress” hormone.
  • L-5-HTP (5-Hydroxy-Tryptophan) 100 mg: 1 cap, 3 times per day with meals. Dosage may be increased to 2 caps, 3 times per day after 2 weeks if response is inadequate. L-5-HTP is a neurotransmitter precursor and antidepressant.
  • Hypericum (St. John’s Wort): 1 cap (300mg), 2-3 times per day. (target dose 900mg per day)
    [NOTE: Do not take Hypericum or 5-HTP if you are on a prescription drug for mood disorder and DO NOT discontinue prescription antidepressants without the advice of a physician. Some antidepressants can cause serious side effects if suddenly discontinued].
  • L-5-HTP and St. John’s Wort can be taken together in more resistant depressions, but this should be done with the help of an holistic physician. I am available for telephone consultations.

Additional Support

For anxiety:

  • Magnesium: 1 tab, 3-5 times per day (target dose: 300-500 mg per day.) NOTE: Maxi Multi contains 500mg of magnesium. If taking Muaxi Multi as your multiple, additional magnesium supplementation is unnecessary.

For depression:

  • SAMe: 400mg, 4 times daily.

For depression in the elderly:

Butterbur (MigraMAXX)

Natural Support For Migraine Headache and Hay Fever

ButterburrButterbur (Petasites hybridus) contains petasin, a substance which relaxes blood vessels and certain smooth muscles and is anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown that butterbur is useful for:

  • hay fever
  • migraine headaches

Butterbur and Hay Fever

Butterbur has been shown in studies to be as effective as drugs at relieving hay fever symptoms but without adverse side effects

One study compared Butterbur to the drug cetirizine (Zyrtec) and found that both relieved symptoms equally well. However, the drug was associated with a higher rate of adverse side effects including drowsiness.

A second study compared butterbur extract with fexofenadine (Allegra). Butterbur was just as effective as fexofenadine at relieving symptoms.

Butterbur and Migraine Headache

Studies have shown that Butterbur reduces the frequency of migraine headaches. The amount of Butterbur needed to be effective was 75mg of a standardized 15% petasin extract taken at least twice per day. Smaller doses were not effective in reducing migraine frequency.

Butterbur may contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which can cause liver damage, use only extracts which have the pyrrolizidine alkaloids removed. This will be stated on the label.


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2.) Thomet OA, Schapowal A, Heinisch IV, et al. Anti-inflammatory activity of an extract of Petasites hybridus in allergic rhinitis. Int Immunopharmacol 2002;2:997–1006.
3.) Lipton RB, Gobel H, Einhaupl KM, et al. Petasites hybridus root (butterbur) is an effective preventive treatment for migraine. Neurology 2004;63:2240–4.
4.) Lee DK, Haggart K, Robb FM, Lipworth BJ. Butterbur, a herbal remedy, confers complementary anti-inflammatory activity in asthmatic patients receiving inhaled corticosteroids. Clin Exp Allergy 2004; 34:110–4.
5.) Ziolo G, Samochewiec L. Study on clinical properties and mechanism of action of petasites in bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive bronchitis. Pharm Acta Helv 1998;72:378–80.
6.) Schapowal A, Petasites Study Group. Randomised controlled trial of butterbur and cetirizine for treating seasonal allergic rhinitis. BMJ 2002;324:144–6.
7.) Lee DK, Gray RD, Robb FM, et al. A placebo-controlled evaluation of butterbur and fexofenadine on objective and subjective outcomes in perennial allergic rhinitis. Clin Exp Allergy 2004;34:646–9.
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13.) Pothmann R, Danesch U. Migraine prevention in children and adolescents: results of an open study with a special butterbur root extract. Headache 2005;45:196–203.
14.) Lipton RB, Gobel H, Einhaupl KM, et al. Petasites hybridus root (butterbur) is an effective preventive treatment for migraine. Neurology 2004;63:2240–4.


Mental Health

Balancing Mood With Natural Remedies

Depression, anxiety, attention deficit and other mood and thinking disorders are NOT caused by drug deficiencies! Do you really think depression is due to a lack of Prozac®? Or anxiety caused by a Valium® deficiency? Let’s think this through together.

Mood and clear thinking are largely related to the correct balance of our brain hormones (called “Neuro-Transmitters, or NT’s). When all of our NT’s are in good balance, we think clearly and feel happy.

These Neuro-Transmitters are made in the body out of amino acids (building blocks of proteins). Their manufacture also requires certain vitamins and minerals. The B complex vitamins, for example, are absolutely necessary for normal neurotransmitter production.

People suffering from a mood or thinking disorder almost always have an imbalance in their Neuro-Transmitters. A deficiency or excess of any one of the NT’s can cause serious mood changes.

Knowing which NT’s are imbalanced is the first step toward correction. This can be easily accomplished with a Neuro Transmitter Profile, although this test is not yet commonly used in conventional medicine. That’s too bad, because it means that doctors are only “guessing” as to which NT imbalances you may have.

After the nature of the NT imbalance is discovered, various amino acids, nutritional supplements and herbs can be used to correct NT levels instead of just “masking” them with a drug.

Top Mood-Balancing Recommendations and
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Neuro Transmitter Profile: the first step toward mood balance and correction

The Body/Mind ConnectionYour personal “thought rejuvenation program” with
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