And for the viewers we're going to get into Neurotransmitters; those are the chemicals
in your body, especially in the brain which controls so many of the body functions.
Many of you are aware that it controls, mood, memory, but there's so much more to it than
Your metabolism, how your digestion functions and Dr. Shallenberger has done a lot of work
in this area and we're gonna get more of the specifics of how Neurotransmitter therapy
can help you.
So, Dr. Shallenberger, maybe you can give the viewers a little bit more of an overview
on how to skim the surface here on what are Neurotransmitters?
What are these chemicals, going to how they affect the many different areas of the body
and then how in Medicine we’re able to help people with this type of approach?
I think this topic, Mark, is probably the most important single topic we could even
have today because this cuts to the very core of the relationship between stress and health.
And as I'm sure you know and pretty much any doctors that have been around the block know,
stress plays one of the biggest roles on what makes us healthy, what makes us sick.
And the connection is that your nervous system runs your entire body; it controls your immune
system, it controls your digestive… everything that's in, is regulated by your nervous system
but what regulates the nervous system is Neurotransmitters.
And they're chemicals, you can call them brain chemicals if you wish, but they're chemicals
that are not only in the brain but they're all in what we call the “Periphery” but
through your nervous system throughout your entire body.
And these chemicals must maintain a balance and now they're going to get out of balance
all the time.
So, when we're stressed or when an accident happens, when we're fighting an illness or
whatever, the body's going to run out of Homeostasis and these brain chemicals are going to become
out of balance and what better happen is we better have systems to put them back into
balance because if we don't, that's going to be the occasion where you hear a patient
say, “you know, I was doing just fine until this happened”, you know, “I got a really
bad infection”, or “I had a very bad emotional trauma” or you know, “I had a bad injury
or accident” and then nothing came back, I didn't bounce back, I didn't come back from
this and this represents then an imbalance of these Neurotransmitters.
And the really interesting thing, the really powerful thing is, that you can bring them
back into a balance using natural therapies.
Well, let's contrast that with conventional medicine right now.
Conventional medicine obviously does acknowledge that Neurotransmitter imbalance exists; common
conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, there
are many many different types of drugs which are used which are called psychiatric drugs
and some people who certainly get symptom relief, obviously there's a whole host of
different serious side-effects you can get from these medications that range from suicidal
thoughts, to weight gain, to changes in your immune system but the beauty is, like you
said, we do have natural ways to balance up these neurotransmitters.
So, let's talk more about that.
Yes, basically although there is a multiplicity of chemicals in the nervous system that are
involved in this.
These chemicals can be modulated by four (4) Amino Acids.
All of these chemicals can be modulated or changed or corrected by only four (4) Amino
Acids and that would be Cysteine, Tyrosine, 5-HTP and L-dopa.
So, by finding the right mix of those for a given person, you can pull them out of well,
depression, bipolar situations, you can pull them out of mental cognitive disorders like
memory loss, you can pull them out of, you know, ADHD, hyperactivity, social syndromes,
you mentioned obsessive-compulsion.
But also, a host of other illnesses anywhere from Crohn's disease, to restless leg syndrome,
to seizure disorders, all of these things come under the purvey of Neurotransmitter
Yeah, absolutely, Insomnia.
Yeah, irritable bowel syndrome?
Think of anything that certainly is related to stress.
If it's related to stress, it's due to an imbalance of these neurotransmitters that
never bounce back.
And so the unique thing with the natural approach Dr. Shallenberger is talking about, we can
use these Amino Acids basically as precursors or nutrition, if you will; so, the brain,
the gut, the other areas of the body can make these neurotransmitters on its own and because
you're not forcing it on the body, you don't get the side-effects you do with the drugs.
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Hormone balancing, from Intravenous nutrient therapy to breakthrough-weight-loss programs,
from muscle and joint treatment to Cardiovascular support.
Our physicians also specialize in Chronic Fatigue therapy, Diabetes treatment, Integrative
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