Break free from misconceptions about brain disorders
Before we all jump onto a psychiatric bandwagon and take ourselves too seriously let us look at how our food and our environment affect the brain. The chances are that you will be familiar with a lot of familiar symptoms of a conflict that really bugs you and it turns out that it is something quite simple and easy to correct. Here are the main causes of brain fog and brain damage that will give you some insight into the grey matter and why we don't all need tranquilizers and antidepressants. We live in a toxic world, eat toxic food and mess around with wi-fi radiation all the time. Drugs won't change all that but you can. You can break free and shatter your feared illusions about brain fog. Brain fog does not have to lead to dementia.
What are the most misunderstood causes of perpetual brain fog?
We all get fuzzy foggy phases when the brain refuses to focus, remember or concentrate. Transient problems may be caused by a hangover, low blood sugar or a surge of cortisol due to being over stressed. But to suffer continuously from what we call brain fog may be a symptom of a more serious brain disorder. Let us find out how this happens. The etiology of brain disorders is a real eye opener. This tour around the brain will help you get acquainted with the most common brain disruptors. Psychiatric drugs can make you feel better, but will they really help you to get better?
Firstly - here is a brief outline of causes we will be discussing in detail.
- Heavy metals
- Cellphones and radio waves
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Weak stomach acid
- Micronutrients that are neglected
- Iodine deficiency
- Probiotic imbalances
- Calcium, sodium, magnesium and potassium
- Wheat and gluten intolerance
- Pesticides and toxic cleaning chemicals
- Cortisol is harmful to the brain
Mycotoxins - the toxic waste from microbes in the bloodstream
According to some of the experts who study brain disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, poor cognition and dementia or memory loss there is one thing they all have in common: mycotoxins. We all have a resident population of parasites and microbes and some of them are beneficial, like what we call our gut flora. Bacteria outnumber our human cells by 10 to 1. But pathogenic strains of bacteria, viruses and protozoa plus the eggs of larger parasites course through our bloodstream and find their way into the brain. The brain is not the largest organ in the body but it has the largest amount of blood flowing through it.
Microbes excrete toxic and very acidic waste materials known as mycotoxins. They cause a drop in oxygen and clog up receptor sites and this interferes with the intricate signalling across the neural synapses. A synapse, or gap between the brain cells (neurons) is filled with a chemical neurotransmitter. Some neurotransmitters, especially dopamine cannot function in the acidic solution that is caused by mycotoxins - the toxic excreta of these parasites.They poo in your brain!
The blood brain barrier restricts the passage of large particles in the bloodstream to and from the brain. But tiny microbes and even parasites or their eggs and larval stages can penetrate blood cells. They gain entrance because only blood, glucose and oxygen are allowed to pass the barrier. A major viral or bacterial infection elsewhere in the body can cause a breach in this barrier and make the brain more vulnerable to microbes and thus mycotoxins. Particles of toxic metals such as mercury, lead, aluminium or copper can also stream in.
Brain diseases are specific to certain pathogens. Epileptic seizures have been caused by tapeworm cysts in the brain, for instance. For Parkinson's disease the influenza A virus and the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma Gondi (from cat litter) cause the most initial damage, especially to dopaminergic neurons. Anxiety, depression and schizophrenia are also affected and these pathogens spread around the brain by deactivation or overstimulation other neurotransmitters. Chlamydia pneumonia and Helicobacter pylori are major instigators of Alzheimer's disease. If genetically vulnerable, then the Herpes 1 simplex virus can also affect the brain.
Heavy metals like mercury, lead and aluminium
We know that our brain is protected from large and foreign particles by the dense membranes of the blood brain barrier. But some forms of mercury, especially methyl mercury glides straight through the blood brain barrier. We are exposed to mercury vapour and absorb organic and inorganic forms of mercury from contaminated fish and other food sources, from broken light bulbs or thermometers and even the environment.
The worst culprit is dental amalgam. When fillings get eroded over time by acidity in the mouth mercury is taken up by the bloodstream and deposited in the brain. Mercury used in vaccines is usually the earliest form of exposure, apart from prenatal sources that travel through the mother's placenta. Levels of mercury are a lot higher in patients who suffer from the major brain diseases. Mercury affects the supply of protein and energy to neurons and disrupts neurotransmission by disturbing the ion exchanges (acidity - alkalinity). It can also directly damage the structure of neurons.
Lead poisoning affects young children and especially if they are exposed to contaminated water or soil. Lead that is present in paint is particularly dangerous because some children may ingest pieces of paint accidentally. Lead affects their ability to concentrate, learn or read. They can become hyperactive and irritable and over time it can affect their hearing and eyesight. A prescription for Ritalin will not solve this problem! But lead damages the hippocampus of anybody's brain and interferes with the presence of calcium and protein that is critical for neural signalling.
Aluminium is classed as a heavy metal. We are exposed to many forms of aluminium, especially from aluminium foil used for food packaging. Various forms of aluminium salts are present in medications, baking powder and cosmetics. However, we readily excrete aluminium providing our kidneys are working well, we have regular bowel evacuation and we are not deficient in calcium and magnesium.
But the symptoms of the accumulation of aluminium in the brain are similar to all major brain disorders. They include forgetfulness, loss of memory and concentration and often full-blown dementia. Hypersensitivity is the chief characteristic of aluminium toxicity. Most typical are: anxiety, agitation and poor tolerance to noise, light, touch, odour and movement. Feelings of irritation, agitation and low self-worth overlap with many other mental conditions so by now even the concept of mycotoxins and heavy metals is enough to cause anxiety.
Radiation from cellphones, computers and televisions
Electronic devices that send and receive information using radio signals at frequencies that are not in sync with our brain or physiology are disruptive to our brain cells and the hormones that interact with them. Our exposure to computers online, televisions, ipads and cellphones makes us more vulnerable to electro magnetic frequencies (EMF). Rat studies have shown that repeated exposure can cause brain tumours and interfere with learning skills and memory. The transmission towers also emit hazardous forms of radiation, especially to people who live near them. They don't directly cause dementia or other brain-related diseases directly but they do destroy brain cells and interrupt our inner signalling within the brain.
A recent two-year study of the effect of cellphones on human brains has now shown that as much as 1 hour of use can shrink the size of the cells of blood capillaries in close proximity. This means that if you hold the device next to your ear the radiation is bombarding the blood brain barrier, leaving it open to the onslaught of toxins and pathogens every time you have a chat. Young children are more vulnerable because they have thinner skulls and they are exposed to more brain damage. So it is important to supplement with antioxidants and especially Vitamin D 3 and olive leaf tablets that are now proving to protect the blood brain barrier.
Blood sugar imbalances (too high or too low) harm the brain
Symptoms of low blood sugar are often confused with conditions that need tranquilizers, sedatives, antidepressants and psychiatric medications. When the brain experiences a drop in glucose it results in mental confusion, moodiness, shakiness, trembling hands, irritability, anxiety and depression. At a chronic level insomnia, personality disorders, feelings of panic or schizoid and suicidal tendencies are also evident. If low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is misdiagnosed and treated with mood altering medications a severe rebound from the chemical effects of inappropriate drugs may exacerbate the problem. The resultant anxiety can then seriously affect the dwindling supply of glucose to the brain and higher levels of stress hormones will begin to take their toll.
This has been the experience of a number of doctors who began to investigate the effects of glucose deprivation on the brain. They tested blood sugar levels of their psychiatric patients and found that they were too low in most cases. Over 70% of the patients who were being treated for chronic schizophrenia were found to be hypoglycemic. They were put on a diet that helped to control blood sugar and boost their nutritional requirements. These physical changes helped to improve their mental condition. We need to know the physical causes of mental disorders in addition to the emotional considerations. When it comes to low blood sugar, the emotional considerations may also be due to low blood sugar in the first place. The reverse is also true. Stabilise the blood sugar and see how soon some of the mental symptoms recede and will continue to abate with better nutrition, detoxification and more oxygen.
In most cases patients will not have eaten for many hours by the time they see a doctor so their blood sugar will be low. Being premenstrual also interferes with blood sugar and causes moodiness, anxiety and depression. Try to eat a good hearty breakfast. Take a bag of nuts, some apples, cheese or a banana with you. Carry them in your briefcase or handbag for brain food. With hypoglycemia you need to top up with food every two hours and stay away from sugar. Ironically sugar is the worst enemy of low blood sugar because it sets off a rush of insulin that then causes a further drop in your blood sugar. This is known as reactive hypoglycemia and can lead to carbohydrate addiction, obesity and insulin resistance. Rather eat nutritious food every two hours and avoid eating sugar or downing soft drinks and sugar-laden fruit juices as a meal replacement.
High blood sugar is also damaging to the brain. If you are diabetic or insulin resistant the brain is flooded with more glucose than it can cope with. This will not boost your brain or make you more intelligent. To the contrary, the excessive glucose breaks down and forms plaque deposits on nerve endings at receptor sites designated for picking up signals from brain stimuli. Over time Alzheimer’s disease may be the result of a build-up of these amylase deposits combined with heavy metals that get trapped in them.
Low stomach acid and how it effects micronutrients
People who claim to have heartburn and too much acidity actually suffer from stomach acid that is too weak. If stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is not extremely acidic (pH 2) then it is unable to chelate calcium and this will result in a calcium deficiency and thus affect an efficient supply of it to the brain. We worry about osteoporosis and our skeletal reserves of calcium but seldom consider the importance of good digestion that ensures a steady supply of calcium from dietary sources for our brains as well as our bones.
Calcium supplementation will not correct a stomach acid imbalance. In fact, taking anything alkaline on an empty stomach will make matters worse. We need a potent tank of stomach acid to digest the food we eat and to control pathogenic microbes that can enter the bloodstream and reach the brain. This is the case with helicobacter pylori, a form of bacteria that has been found to associate with Alzheimer’s disease. This microbe sabotages stomach acid and is a major cause of gastric ulcers when stomach acid is too diluted and cannot control parasites. Heartburn, indigestion, constant food poisoning, weak or splitting fingernails, excessive or rapid hair loss and a deficiency of amino acids are all caused by weakened stomach acid. To that list we can add brain disorders.
To intensify stomach acid we need supplements of hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes. They are best taken before lunch and supper. A few hundred milligrams of Vitamin B 5 (calcium – D pantethonate) also boosts stomach acid intensity and improves the digestion of starches, fats and sugar present in the meal. This supplement also helps to control stress and cortisol levels, gout and keep up blood sugar levels. What is good for the body is good for the brain. Ailments based on poor nutrition are often linked to the same biochemical imbalances that are present in the brain. Low stomach acid is no exception and protein that is not properly digested will deprive us of neurotransmitters that depend on amino acids like glutamine and tryptophan.
It is a sad fact that many capsules and pills people swallow pass straight through the body and end up in the toilet. A company that serviced chemical toilets discovered this and some of the writing was still visible on them! This is a poor reflection on the efficiency of the digestive system and is a good indicator that the stomach acid intensity has been compromised. Food may be the best medicine after all and many supplements can be added to food, chewed or sucked so that blood vessels under the tongue can absorb their active components. There are exceptions and these include vitamin C that is corrosive to tooth enamel and hydrochloric acid supplements for the same reason.
Lack of amino acids and other nutrients for the brain
Micronutrients we fail to supply either from food or supplementation are said to be a leading cause of ill-health according to many health practitioners and this also applies to brain disorders. Fresh organic food provides plenty of enzymes, amino acids, choline, essential fatty acids, trace elements, vitamins and minerals to keep the brain healthy. With a simple and nutritious diet we can easily accumulate and have amino acids available for producing monoamine neurotransmitters . Even lettuce and watermelon contain amino acids. Quinoa is a grain that contains all the essential amino acids.
Red meat and other animal products as well as legumes and pulses are more complex forms of protein. Digestion breaks them down into simple amino acids but they can cause acidity and take a long time to process if the digestive system is not healthy. Supplementation with Spirulina and blue-green algae like chlorella are more accessible sources of amino acids. For specific deficiencies amino acid supplements are available in tablet, liquid or capsule form. Choline for the supply of acetylcholine is found in grains, legumes and egg yolks and especially in lecithin.
80% of our immune system is found in the intestines and this is where a lot of vitamins and enzymes are fed into the bloodstream. A chronic Vitamin B 12 deficiency is a leading cause of fatigue, lassitude, anaemia and depression. We rely on our beneficial gut flora to destroy pathogenic microbes and to keep yeasts like Candida albicans under control. If the strains of gut flora are out of balance or their numbers are diminished then an excess of yeast converts into forms of mould and fungi that travel to the brain and release mycotoxins that as previously discussed, are a leading cause of brain-related disorders.
Iodine is active in every hormone receptor and without it the signalling cannot take place. Often hormone levels are adequate but the receptors have no iodine. Iodine supplementation is also necessary to top up the breast tissue and thyroid reserves that release iodine into the bloodstream to kill off microbes, especially moulds, bacteria and fungi. A microbial overload may be due to an iodine deficiency and this may be the cause of your brain fog. A few doses of Lugol’s iodine will prove the point and help you in many other ways.
Eating traditionally fermented foods like sauerkraut, yoghurt, pickles and kimchi as well as fermented soy products every day will increase your gut flora population as well as ensure its diversity. There is a strong link between the brain and the gut due to their close relationship before birth in the human embryo and both depend on healthy gut flora to keep up immunity and supply key vitamins and other nutrients.
Probiotic supplements are recommended by doctors after taking antibiotics that destroy our beneficial bacteria. Eating a variety of fermented foods ensures a permanent and varied supply of probiotic strains. Liquid supplements can provide at least 15 strains of live probiotics. When added to food, water or fruit juice they immediately begin to multiply and the microbial population can double overnight. Counting the bacteria in a product is not as important as listing the most strains it provides.
Without a steady supply of calcium and alkaline minerals the brain malfunctions
Calcium is the key controller of synaptic activity. An electrical impulse carried along a nerve fibre (axon) depends on calcium ions that flow from the neuron’s internal cellular fluid to the extracellular fluid in the synapse. A 70 millivolt current is created by the difference in pH ratios between the two fluids. Calcium ions flow into a neuron, reduce this ratio and so generate electrochemical energy to stimulate the release of a neurotransmitter. (Batteries work with positive and negative ions in a similar way). Secretions of neurotransmitters, hormones and other messengers are released by this chemically active phase and are dependent on calcium for this reason.
If our calcium supply to the brain is restricted then no neural signalling can take place. Acidity within the capillaries around a synapse caused by mycotoxins, excessive glucose or cortisol and electromagnetic bombardment rapidly depletes calcium because it is also needed to control the acidity around the synapse. Brain activity is disrupted and can affect our hearing, speech, memory or movement. Regions of the brain that control these faculties are close to the ear and that is where we hold our cell phones or wear head phones. This explains a lot! At the same time blood sugar disturbances and excessive cortisol make matters worse. Signalling is disturbed until more calcium can be supplied by the bloodstream.
The onslaught of acidity in the absence of a blood buffering system supplied by calcium, magnesium, potassium or sodium also causes the tightly fitting cells that form the blood brain barrier to collapse and shrink. Gaps open up between these guard cells and this opens up the blood brain barrier. Then particles of harmful material as well as larger parasites can enter the delicate environment of the brain. A tumour or cyst may form around such an item to isolate it. Tapeworm cysts appear on brain scans, for instance and they can cause epileptic seizures. This may also explain how a brain tumour develops until it is large enough to be detected.
Calcium maintains the pH of our blood at 7.4 (slightly alkaline). We have backup reserves of it in our bones to maintain blood alkalinity to regulate the signalling and metabolic activity of every cell. Calcium promotes an efficient supply of oxygen and prevents the build-up of lactic acid. Rather top up on calcium and magnesium on a daily basis so as not to depend on stripping it away from the bones. Kidney stones are made out of skeletal calcium and are a symptom of systemic acidity and a chronic calcium, magnesium and Vitamin B 6 deficiency. Vitamin D 3 and natural sunshine improve the uptake of dietary calcium. Weak stomach acid causes acid reflux and heartburn and indicates that the pH is too high to produce calcium ions from food sources or supplements.
Brain attack and psychiatric problems caused by gluten and wheat intolerance
It is common to seek medical advice and take drugs to alleviate psychiatric disorders, migraines, autism, depression, epilepsy and ADHD. But are any of these patients ever asked if they are intolerant to wheat, gluten or other grains? Blood and saliva antigen tests are usually positive in most cases and after studies undertaken by Dr Rodney Ford it was found that all these complaints are linked to a grain intolerance of some kind. His book: “Full of it! The Shocking Truth about Gluten” also explains how neurological disorders such as ataxia that are due to nerve damage in the cerebellum that is linked to gluten or grain intolerance. This part of the brain controls movement, balance, co-ordination and speech.
Obviously Dr Ford treated his patients by getting to the exact cause, confirming their intolerance to gluten and insisting they eliminate all forms of it from the diet. The abatement of all their symptoms of brain disorders after a few weeks was proof enough that gluten can severely affect the brain in the majority of cases. We are familiar with digestive and respiratory problems, anaemia, infertility and other ailments linked to gluten but seem to overlook brain fog and psychiatric problems. For so-called ADHD students who take Ritalin with their toast and sandwiches this is a major eye opener and an easy way to de-fog the brain.
Environmental toxins, GM, chemicals, pesticides and fluoride
Exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides and herbicides cause serious harm to brain tissue. Many of the toxins target the nervous system of the pest to kill it. These chemicals stay on the food we eat and they also seep into our water supply. Pesticide sprayers are used to eliminate pests in the environment on a large-scale and we also inhale these air-borne toxins. the unborn child is at risk if the mother's levels are high and toxic neurochemicals affect the development of the brain.
Some of the more harmful pesticides like rotenone and paraquat invade the fatty tissue of the brain. Over time and by continuously eating fruit and vegetables that are treated with them the toxins attack cells in the brain that produce dopamine. This is a serious link to brain conditions like Parkinson's disease.
The use of drugs called dopamine agonists to treat the shaking and jerking we see in people who suffer from a lack of dopamine are even more shocking. One of the side effects listed on a package insert indicates that the drug may cause twitching, twisting, and other unusual body movements. It also can cause weakness, dizziness, light-headedness, drowsiness and insomnia. As we know, Parkinson's disease is nicknamed the "shaking palsy" but you can get it even without having Parkinson's disease. Many drugs have contradictory side effects. Anti-anxiety drugs and especially antidepressants like Prozac can cause hand tremors and shakiness.
Try to avoid foods that have been treated with pesticides and GM foods that are saturated with Roundup - the toxic chemical that Monsanto has foisted into our food chain. Buy organic foods and try to grow whatever you can at home. There are natural ways to treat garden pests - even ants with herbs and spices. This prevents ant poison and fly sprays from settling on the surfaces of your home that come in contact with food of are touched by small children who crawl on the floor. Use safer, greener alternatives to clean your house. There are many products on the market that can kill bugs without killing your brain.
What can we do to improve brain communication?
There is no point in blindly taking medications for a mental condition and hoping for the best. Something has gone wrong and we need to get inside the brain and understand how it works. This will help to see if the drugs we use are effectively treating the cause of the damage or merely helping us to cope with a mental condition. We have discussed some of the major causes of brain disorders. They need to be addressed if you want to get rid of the cause of the problem. Talking about your problems may improve the way your mind is able to cope with the situation. Prayer, meditation and a positive mindset will also be beneficial.
These modalities are like trying to grow vegetables on a farm that has no connection to an irrigation system and the sun is drying out the soil. An umbrella and a watering can may help to produce a few vegetables and one can pray for rain and try to cope with the drought. But who broke the irrigation system and let the seedlings die? We need to get to the cause of neural damage, understand how neurotransmission works and do some urgent repair work to solve the problem as opposed to "putting up with it".
The dosage and timing of drugs to manage a condition like Parkinson's disease is critical. Over a period of time this requires adjustment and review. There are a lot of unpleasant side effects.
How do neurotransmitters work?
Neurotransmitters function in the synaptic gap between the fibrous endings of nerve cells. Nerve cells are like long thin electric cables but they are not permanently connected to each other. Messages cannot be relayed to and from the brain unless there is continuity. Signals have to be carried or “sparked” across the synaptic gaps between each of the nerve cells by neurotransmitters. These chemicals are made out of amino acids. They latch onto receptor sites on either side of the nerve cell to relay the message. There are dozens of specific neurotransmitters but the ones we generally worry about affect the way we feel, sleep, move, think and remember.
The reason we have this interruption between the nerves is to ensure that no message remains active for too long. That would be like leaving your telephone off the hook after dialling a number. The body has its own unique shut down strategy. The signal will automatically switch off when the neurotransmitter withdraws from the receptor sites. Then the relay ends. This process goes on all the time and only takes a fraction of a second. The time span of the signal depends on how long the neurotransmitter is available for uptake on the receptor before it withdraws.
The way we interpret messages from the brain make us feel happy or sad, excited or relaxed. The effects of hormones that cause these sensations are the result of a complex relay from their glandular factories to designated receptors at the hairy ends of nerve cells we call dendrites. These tiny filaments are where neurotransmitters latch on to transfer messages across the synaptic gap between nerve cells. If these impulses fail to reach their target receptors then there is a breakdown in communication with further complications because of the imbalance between hormones and their associated neurotransmitters.
Parkinson’s disease is a conflict of dopamine and acetylcholine
Parkinson’s disease is an interesting example of this type of disruption. Damaged nerve endings will not respond to dopamine even if it is present at the receptor site. Adding more dopamine does not fix a damaged dopamine receptor. At the same time acetylcholine, the excitatory neurotransmitter that associates with dopamine will continue to flood the synapse between the nerve cells. This stimulates muscles and causes twitching and shaking. Dopamine is not taken up and this causes an overflow of acetylcholine. Neither substance is good or bad. They are out of balance because of malfunctioning dopaminergic neurons. They initially were killed off or damaged by the ravages of oxidation, environmental toxins, pathogens and heavy metal poisoning.
How Parkinson’s disease can be addressed
Parkinson’s disease manifests as a decline in dopamine dependent functions. Symptoms include tremors, slowed movement, poor balance, unsteady walk and rigidity. Cognitive impairment and depression are the result of other brain chemicals that are affected. The main cause of this degenerative neural condition is due to damaged nerve endings where the dopamine receptor sites are not responding to dopamine. The protective coating of the nerve cells, the myelin sheath is also damaged by oxidation and toxins. This means that the nerves are both poorly insulated and have damaged or congested receptor sites due to heavy metal poisoning, oxidation and deposits of plaque.
Giving the patient large doses of dopamine will not restore its uptake on a damaged receptor site. Restricting vitamin B 6 only makes matters worse because further neural damage can be caused by a lack of this vitamin. We need to find a way to restore connectivity because larger doses of levodopa will not solve the problem. Testing herbal remedies to help Parkinson’s patients who have become dopamine resistant is an exciting prospect. Although research is still in the early stages certain herbal remedies are making some valuable contributions because they act on damaged nerves. They work well in combination with a good anti-oxidant formulation and Omega 3 supplementation with of krill and fish oil.
Herbs such as Coleus Forskholii, Ginseng, Bacopa Monnieri, Olive Leaf and Centella contain phytochemicals that work in combination to help prevent the death of dopaminergic neurons. They can also help to protect the cells from oxidation and regenerate damaged ones. They improve the supply of blood and especially oxygen and glucose to the site of the neural synapses and this enhances the uptake of dopamine. The results are very promising. Many patients are well on their way to restoring mobility, reducing bouts of shakiness and feeling brighter, happier and more positive. As we know, the mind needs to feel it has a healthy body, brain and nervous system and a steady stream of dopamine. From there, it all just gets better!
Stress, cortisol and how we accelerate the death of our own brain cells
Forgetfulness is something most of us suffer from at certain times, especially if we are under a lot of pressure. We know this happens during exams! Stress reduces the brain’s normal blood supply. Although the brain only accounts for 2% of our body weight, it requires 20% of our blood circulation to provide enough oxygen and glucose. If we are flooded with cortisol and are responding to fight and flight impulses then most of this blood is diverted to the limbs and other areas. The hippocampus, between the two hemispheres of the brain is where the transfer of recent data from the short-term memory to the long-term memory takes place. The amino acid L-arginine is the precursor of nitric oxide that is needed for this process. Glutamate (monosodium glutamate /MSG) is an excitatory neurotransmitter that is made out of the amino acid glutamate. MSG plays a very important role in memory transfer.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG / glutamate) is a neurotransmitter
Excessive exposure to stress and hence cortisol in the bloodstream damages and even kills off specialised nerve cells that archive our information. Cortisol also blocks the glutamate receptors needed by these glia cells to activate the data transfer. So the glutamate remains in the synapse instead and over-stimulates the nerve endings and damages them. In the case of Parkinson’s disease the neurotransmitter acetylcholine does the same thing in the absence of dopamine. Acetylcholine is not a dangerous man-made poison and neither is glutamate (MSG). People forget that the body produces about 10 grams of MSG daily and some of it is used to activate memory recall.
Some of the sodium is required to provide the correct pH for the suspension around neural dendrites to facilitate the uptake of dopamine. The rest of the sodium is used to buffer the blood to keep it at a constant pH and to neutralise salicylic acid to control histamine levels. Sensitivity to salicylic acid is caused by a lack of sodium, so the cure is not antihistamines and the avoidance of foods like strawberries. Sources of sodium – like salt or glutamate will correct a sodium shortfall that manifests as the salicylic acid sensitivity.
Saying that monosodium glutamate is a dangerous man-made excitatory chemical that should be avoided at all costs because it damages nerves is not true. It is up to us to find out the truth about the true function and origin of this valuable neurotransmitter. After all, it is required for memory recall. Don’t forget that next time you enjoy Chinese food. But do remember that being stressed out raises cortisol levels and keeps them too high for too long. For the brain, cortisol-induced nerve death, glucose deprivation and oxidative stress are its worst enemies. It is our misconception about stress and hence cortisol that is the disruptive factor, not MSG.
Look for the cause and not just address the symptoms of brain problems
Symptomatic relief will not solve the cause of any brain-related problem. Address the factors that damage and kill off nerve cells and interfere with receptor sites and neurotransmitters. They cause hormonal imbalances, oxidative stress and interfere with our acid-buffering mechanisms. Intricate cellular networks shut down due to the toxic load and shortage of key nutrients. We live in a toxic world and it reflects in the body and the brain.
If we try to alleviate the symptoms of hormones and neurotransmitters that are not able to function properly it will not solve the cause of the breakdown in communication between the nerve cells. Adding hormones and neurotransmitters to the equation will not restore damaged nerve endings or protect nerve cells from dying off at an accelerated rate. Do pharmaceutical drugs repair the damage? At best they may alleviate a few symptoms but they usually generate a lot of unpleasant if not deadly side effects.
This can lead to dependence on more prescription drugs to help one cope with more side effects such as insomnia, anxiety and depression . But again, these classes of drugs deliver yet more rounds of not so pleasant side effects. According to the American Medical Association there are at least 100 000 drug-related fatalities every year. And people are still full of mycotoxins, heavy metal and they suffer from cell phone radiation till the day they die.
Detoxification protocols help clear the fog
We need to take detoxification seriously. The body has several elimination channels whereby heavy metals can be eliminated. Parasites too, have to be treated with herbal remedies and may need electronic treatment with a Rife apparatus to eliminate microbes that are hard to reach. A liver and gallbladder flush will rid the liver of a huge toxic burden and enable it to work more effectively. The colon should be professionally cleansed a few times. Heavy metal detoxification may need professional chelation treatment. At home, a protocol using herbs and minerals can be helpful, especially if it is regularly done. More information about detoxification is readily available on the internet and is worth investigating.
The control of blood sugar is only one of many aspects to consider when treating symptoms of brain disorders and other forms mental illness. Glucose, oxygen, micronutrients and calcium are all major requirements for the brain and it should be protected from toxins, parasites and harmful electromagnetic frequencies. Brain supplementation is essential and omega 3 essential fatty acids are what it really needs. Consider using protocols that address the major causes of our mental disorders. Psychiatric drugs cannot remove these causes or even maintain a healthy well-nourished brain.
But for some, it is easier to accept a prescription for a harmful schedule 7 drug and to forget that they need to take any responsibility. I hope that this article will help to improve your understanding of how the brain works and why we need to take care of it. What is good for the body is also good for the brain – good food, fresh air and exercise.
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