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Amino Acid Therapy for Depression and Weight Loss

I’ve republished this article in its entirety because of the revolutionary approach of Amino Acid Therapy to psychiatric disorders. It is a must read for anyone suffering from a psychiatric disorder or anyone with a child that has been labelled as having such a disorder.

Mary Beth Ackerley MD, MDH, ABIHM is a Harvard and Johns Hopkins trained board certified psychiatrist. Her focus is on Mind Body Spirit using natural therapies and emphasizes an integrative approach to wellness. In an interview with psychiatrist Dr. Ackerley, the topics of anti-depressants and the effectiveness of amino acid therapy are explored.

Question: Welcome Dr. Ackerley. As a psychiatrist what are your thoughts on the effectiveness of anti-depressants?

Dr. Ackerley: First it’s important to understand how anti-depressants work. They recirculate neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine that are required for mood regulation and hormonal function. The downside is that these drugs are only able to work with neurotransmitters that we currently have in our systems. If we are already depleted we may receive a mild amount of relief but with minimal long term benefit. Since prescription drugs fail to increase levels of neurotransmitters needed for vibrant health a person exists in a deficient state.

Question: Are you saying that anti-depressants fail to increase neurotransmitters?

Dr. Ackerley: Yes. Sadly these drugs actually exhaust and deplete neurotransmitters. Anti-depressants stimulate the circulation of available neurotransmitters which is why patients initially experience mood elevation. Eventually though, the small pool of neurotransmitters become worn out and no longer function. This is why patients often switch to a different drug to gain relief.

Question: There are a lot of people using anti-depressants. Are many of them just treading water and not really getting a whole lot better?

Dr. Ackerley: Unfortunately this is true. Anti-depressants act as a safety net that provide initial relief and management of symptoms. Patients are reluctant to stop using them because they are terrified of returning to prior states of hopelessness and despair. And with insurance coverage the incentive to seek alternative treatments is low.

Question: This outlook seems rather bleak. Is there a way to find relief from depression?

Dr. Ackerley: Yes there is. Thankfully there is a breakthrough in treatment that has emerged in the last few years. It is natural, safe, and it fits in with my mission to provide wholesome methods for achieving wellness.

Question: That’s exciting. Why hasn’t this come out sooner?

Dr. Ackerley: Doctors are discovering different concepts of brain chemistry. Our understanding of the role of neurotransmitters has dramatically changed. It is exciting because it means there is much more that can be accomplished in our treatment of depression. Instead of just recycling low levels of neurotransmitters to attain limited benefits through the use of drugs, we can build higher levels of neurotransmitters with amino acid precursors. This is a radical shift in the treatment of depression. I am pleased because doctors are able to safely provide beneficial brain nutrients to their patients without the use of harmful drugs.

Question: That is a big accomplishment. How does this actually work?

Dr. Ackerley: Neurotransmitters have many functions in the body. Low levels affect our moods. They also influence appetite signals, hormones, and weight regulation. There is a well known correlation between the use of anti-depressants and weight gain. Some people may gain as much as 15-20 pounds, most likely from neurotransmitter depletion stimulating the appetite. Women are particularly affected by this.

Question: That makes sense. Are you saying this new amino acid therapy helps with weight gain, depression, and hormonal issues all at the same time?

Dr. Ackerley: Exactly. The woman who has hormonal issues, has added unwanted weight, and is depressed from depleted neurotransmitters, has a lot to gain by increasing amino acids levels. In the past researchers have been aware of this requirement so this is not new but the breakthrough came from understanding the hierarchy in the bio-chemical chain that creates neurotransmitter production. By supplying the right balance of amino acid precursors and cofactors we can increase the available pool of neurotransmitters. Drugs that treat conditions like Parkinson’s disease have side effects because they end up tipping the ratios of neurotransmitters. It is important to maintain the right proportion.

Question: Are you saying that this new protocol is a way to supply the right precursors to make the essential neurotransmitters which operate our many biological systems?

Dr. Ackerley: That’s correct. The precursors are part of the equation. However, there are two things required to get everything working properly. First, neurotransmitters need vitamins, minerals and other precursors to come alive and do their job. Secondly, they need to be in the right ratios otherwise they can’t work properly. That’s the key to this protocol. Once balance is established hormones are regulated, we lose weight, mood is stabilized and other things like PMS disappear.

Question: That’s remarkable since it helps a number of different conditions. So then why isn’t this better known?

Dr. Ackerley: Up until recently little attention has been paid to naturally replenishing neurotransmitters because the mechanisms were not well understood. So we are just catching up to this now. With Parkinson’s disease we know that dopamine helps to regulate and calm down hand tremors. Giving the patient dopamine helps with the tremor but the side effect is depression because the serotonin levels are thrown out of whack. When serotonin and dopamine levels are supplied in the right ratios with amino acid therapy, depression is no longer an issue, and hand tremors disappear. This is saner than treating isolated symptoms with drugs, creating another side effect, and then treating the imbalance with more drugs. I believe medicine will make more headway when it focuses on the cause of illness instead of various stray symptoms.

Question: It seems this could have broader benefits. What other conditions can be helped by amino acid therapy?

Dr. Ackerley: There are many applications. We know that obesity is quickly on the rise in our population. Obesity has many interrelated deleterious effects. It affects the heart, leads to diabetes, stresses our joints, and reduces productivity and enjoyment of life. The use of amino acid therapy has been shown to reverse diabetes.

Question: Wait a minute. This is a revolutionary statement. Is there any evidence of this?

Dr. Ackerley: There are over 1.4 million patient hours recorded on a database at the University of Minnesota. This is the single largest data base they have ever seen. It clearly shows that amino acid therapy leads to safe and effective weight loss. Weight is a well known requirement that diabetics need to stabilize and reduce in order to halt insulin dependence.

Question: What other conditions are affected by amino acid therapy?

Dr. Ackerley: I recently spoke with a practitioner in Dallas who treated a seven year old child with ADHD. She administered the amino acid therapy and the child was completely clear of ADHD within two days. Many months later the child is still symptom free.

Question: Did they do anything else in addition to the amino acids?

Dr. Ackerley: No. They were happy to have these results of course. But often this sort of thing happens with little publicity. Humanity is moving forward all the time. It is evolving, changing and growing. We learn new information each day. Eventually it filters out to the greater population and then it receives more attention. Right now I am pleased to know there is more room for advancement in the realm of healing and that this new method holds so much promise.

Question: Thank you. This has been very informative. How might you be reached?

Dr. Ackerley: My website is www.MyPassion4Health.com. It is dedicated to natural health and wellness. The site is evolving and designed to be an educational forum. Also I can be reached at my clinic in Tucson. The number there is (520) 299-5694. If you want to read more about the neurotransmitter research studies on depression and ADHD mentioned here, please go to www.neuroassist.com.

 

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Binge Eating Signs and Symptoms

Fatties 2I’m going to take a different approach to health over the holiday season. I can’t seem to encourage certain people to start transforming to a healthy lifestyle in the face of intended binge-eating. I’ve even been told not to talk about the subject of health until after New Years. I really don’t understand this as bing-eating is a serious compulsion in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food. Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, overeating crosses the line to binge-eating and it becomes a regular occurrence, usually done in secret.

I remember as a kid, my aunt hosting the New Years day family get together. Aunt Lizzy was a fantastic cook and really went all out to serve those foods everyone loved. Unfortunately, after the meal, most of the men passed out in the living room watching football leaving the women to clean up. In those days the women served the meal while the family ate and then they ate afterwards. This is what saved them from being as obese as the men.

Please understand that this was the custom and the number of passed out people was the sign of a well cooked meal topped off with cigars and whiskey.

heartattackgrillmenuWhen you’re a binge-eater, you swear you won’t do it again. But again comes quickly as you are required to take leftovers home. You may be deeply embarrassed about gorging and vow to stop. But you feel such a compulsion that you can’t resist the urges and continue binge-eating. There is no treatment for bing-eating without first having a strong intention to stop. Usually a heart attack or diabetes prompts a change in eating habits and you go unwillingly to the hospital or doctor. But here is a fact you have to totally understand; in 60% of heart conditions the first symptom is sudden death. You don’t get another chance.

There’s one symptom that can foretell your future; weight or fat gain.

You may have no obvious physical signs or symptoms when you’re a binge-eater. You may be overweight or obese, or you may be at a normal weight. However, you likely have numerous behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Eating unusually large amounts of food

  • Eating even when you’re full or not hungry

  • Eating rapidly during binge episodes

  • Eating until you’re uncomfortably full

  • Frequently eating alone

  • Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control

  • Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating

  • Experiencing depression and anxiety

  • Feeling isolated and having difficulty talking about your feelings

  • Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss

  • Losing and gaining weight repeatedly, also called yo-yo dieting

After a binge, you may try to diet or eat normal meals. But restricting your eating may simply lead to more binge eating, creating a vicious cycle.

The first thing to decide is to get off this unmerry-go-round and transition to a healthy lifestyle that allows you to eat all the right foods you want and also gives you a variety.

I do know of a program that does exactly that but it would be a waste of time if you haven’t decided that you’ve had it on your present lifestyle and turn yourself in. I’ll help you with the rest.

Warning: If you’re having a heart attack or other threatening symptoms, please call 911.

Paul Turnbull 727-643-8376

Purpose Consultant

 

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Chiropractic Christmas

Inspiration RightT’was the day before Christmas,
but there was no cheer.
No jingle bells jingled, no sound of reindeer.
The word had got out that Santa was sick.
There’d be no friendly visit from jolly St. Nick. The people were sad; no gaiety sounded.For Christmas had come, but Santa was grounded.

He walked down the street,
and what should he see?
On a small sign was printed, Family Life Chiropractic

Now, Santa was not one to like a new tactic,
But all else had failed, so he’d try Chiropractic.
He entered the office and saw at a glance
In a place such as this illness hasn’t a chance.

For all were smiling; the music was snappy,
With all the patients contented and happy.
In a very short time, to judge by the clock,
He was in the adjusting room, talking to Doc.

“It must be the hurry, the tension and all.
I simply can’t seem to get on the ball.
Life used to be easy, just toys, guns and whistles.
Now I have to dodge fall-out,
space ships and missiles.”

And Doc, take a look at the size of this pack!
Have you any idea what it does to my back?
Poor Santa was miserable; just barely able
With the help of the doctor, to get to the table.

The doctor was gentle. Without fuss or tussle
He examined the vertebrae
and relaxed the muscles.
He spotted the trouble, and then with a click,
Started aligning the ailing St. Nick.

And Santa felt aches and pains slipping away.
In no time at all he began to feel gay.
The air was a tingle with a new fallen snow.
And a healthy Kris Kringle was rarin’ to go.

As he went out the door, he threw all a kiss.
Why, it has been centuries since
he’d felt as good as this!
Then once more he shouldered the bag full of toys.
His heart overflowing with true Christmas joys.

So, may we, your friends, echo this cheer?

Merry Christmas to you
and to all a good year!

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2013 in Chiropractic, Purpose

 

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Why does Weight Loss Matter to You?

high-triglyceridesSeveral years back, I began to notice a disturbing trend in my life and the lives of the people I cared about. In increasing numbers, the people I loved were complaining of low energy, poor digestion, weight gain, diabetes, arthritis, and dozens of other major and minor ailments.

My efforts to help make a difference in their lives and their health led me down a fascinating, fulfilling and challenging path. It’s not a laughing matter that a friend who was obviously heading for a health disaster would argue with me about a proven method of weight loss and overall health. To sit with someone at dinner and watch them eat bread rolls with lots of butter right after a heart attack or stroke is shocking.

I started out trying to work out a healthy diet for myself that showed fast results. I did find it, but others, having not done the research wouldn’t adopt it as their way of life.

Thus this educational series to help one and all transform to a healthy lifestyle full of fun and vigor. I learned about the benefits of a lifestyle that emphasizes raw, enzyme-rich food.

If all this lifestyle did was remove the worry of having a sudden heart attack or stroke then it is well worth investigating. This is your choice. Please comment for or against what I have to say. Contact me via FaceBook if you want to explore this any further.

Triglycerides are an important measure of heart health. Here’s why triglycerides matter — and what to do if your triglycerides are too high.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, there’s something else you might need to monitor: your triglycerides. Having a high level of triglycerides, a type of fat (lipid) in your blood, can increase your risk of heart disease. However, the same lifestyle choices that promote overall health can help lower your triglycerides, too.

What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn’t need to use right away into triglycerides. The triglycerides are stored in your fat cells. Later, hormones release triglycerides for energy between meals. If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, particularly “easy” calories like carbohydrates and fats, you may have high triglycerides.

What’s considered normal?

A simple blood test can reveal whether your triglycerides fall into a healthy range.

  • Normal — Less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)
  • Borderline high — 150 to 199 mg/dL
  • High — 200 to 499 mg/dL
  • Very high — 500 mg/dL

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that a triglyceride level of 100 mg/dL or lower is considered “optimal.” The AHA says this optimal level would improve your heart health. However, the AHA doesn’t recommend drug treatment to reach this level. Instead, for those trying to lower their triglycerides to this level, lifestyle changes such as diet, weight loss and physical activity are encouraged. That’s because triglycerides usually respond well to dietary and lifestyle changes.

Your doctor will usually check for high triglycerides as part of a cholesterol test (sometimes called a lipid panel or lipid profile). You’ll have to fast for nine to 12 hours before blood can be drawn for an accurate triglyceride measurement.

What’s the difference between triglycerides and cholesterol?

Triglycerides and cholesterol are separate types of lipids that circulate in your blood. Triglycerides store unused calories and provide your body with energy, and cholesterol is used to build cells and certain hormones. Because triglycerides and cholesterol can’t dissolve in blood, they circulate throughout your body with the help of proteins that transport the lipids (lipoproteins).

Why do high triglycerides matter?

Although it’s unclear how, high triglycerides may contribute to hardening of the arteries or thickening of the artery walls (atherosclerosis) — which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.

High triglycerides are often a sign of other conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as well, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Sometimes high triglycerides are a sign of poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism), liver or kidney disease, or rare genetic conditions that affect how your body converts fat to energy. High triglycerides could also be a side effect of taking medications such as beta blockers, birth control pills, diuretics, steroids or the breast cancer drug tamoxifen.

What’s the best way to lower triglycerides?

Healthy lifestyle choices are key.

  • Lose weight If you’re overweight, losing 5 to 10 pounds can help lower your triglycerides. Motivate yourself by focusing on the benefits of losing weight, such as more energy and improved health.
  • Cut back on calories. Remember that extra calories are converted to triglycerides and stored as fat. Reducing your calories will reduce triglycerides.
  • Avoid sugary and refined foods. Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar and foods made with white flour, can increase triglycerides.
  • Limit the cholesterol in your diet. Aim for no more than 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol a day — or less than 200 mg if you have heart disease. Avoid the most concentrated sources of cholesterol, including meats high in saturated fat, egg yolks and whole milk products.
  • Choose healthier fats. Trade saturated fat found in meats for healthier monounsaturated fat found in plants, such as olive, peanut and canola oils. Substitute fish high in omega-3 fatty acids — such as mackerel and salmon — for red meat.
  • Eliminate trans fat. Trans fat can be found in some fried foods and commercial baked products, such as cookies, crackers and snack cakes. But don’t rely on packages that label their foods as free of trans fat. In the United States, if a food contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat a serving, it can be labeled trans fat-free. Even though those amounts seem small, they can add up quickly if you eat a lot of foods containing small amounts of trans fat. Instead, read the ingredients list. You can tell that a food has trans fat in it if it contains partially hydrogenated oil.
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink. Alcohol is high in calories and sugar and has a particularly potent effect on triglycerides. Even small amounts of alcohol can raise triglyceride levels.
  • Exercise regularly. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most or all days of the week. Regular exercise can boost “good” cholesterol while lowering “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides. Take a brisk daily walk, swim laps or join an exercise group. If you don’t have time to exercise for 30 minutes, try squeezing it in 10 minutes at a time. Take a short walk, climb the stairs at work, or try some situps or pushups as you watch television.

It’s also important to control diabetes and high blood pressure if you have high triglycerides and one of these conditions.

Niacin. Niacin, sometimes called nicotinic acid, can lower your triglycerides and your “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol).

 

Paul Turnbull, Purpose Consultant

 

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