We use amino acids and mineral analysis to pinpoint specific chemical imbalances that lead to anxiety, depression, and addictions.
We actually check the levels of neurotransmitters (epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, and GABA) before we initiate therapy.
The use of appropriate amino acid, vitamin, and mineral combinations, which have been carefully developed and tested, is the most effective method to enhance brain chemistry. In that light, we believe supplementation should be used on any patient suffering from anxiety, depression, or addiction. These supplements may be used with or without prescription antidepressants or tranquilizers.
Recent research indicates that addiction and depression have little to do with will power or moral character. We have known that abnormal brain chemistries occur as a result of genetic factors. We now realize that environmental stressors, dysfunctional family stressors, and unhealthy behaviors also result in neurochemical alterations and depletions. These chemical imbalances result in depression, anxiety, addictions, and behavior abnormalities.
The way we think, feel, and act are controlled by chemical reactions in our brains. These chemical reactions are dependent upon balanced levels of neurotransmitters working together with brain cells. For every thought, feeling, and behavior there exists a neurochemical equivalent in the brain. A person who uses prescription drugs or street drugs to gain desired thoughts, feelings, or behaviors becomes chemically dependent. In other words, for a person to become dependent on an a chemical, there must first exist a deficiency in the brain. Initially, withdrawing from these substances results in a drastic change in brain chemistry, and consequently, the person experiences impaired thinking, irrational feelings, and unacceptable behaviors. These altered states DO NOT automatically or quickly readjust or repair. They require neuronutrient intervention. The use of antidepressants, for instance, may be ineffective due to a lack of certain nutrients.
Neurochemical restoration is a necessary starting focus for recovery. This has been lacking in many treatment modalities until recently. In 1989, patients with chronic stage of alcoholism were given certain “health food” products in an attempt to relieve the anxiety and depression resulting from stopping the daily use of alcohol. Within 5 days, they were less anxious and less depressed.
So impressive was this demonstration that it was quickly expanded to many more patients. All reported similar results. Blum and Associates in a series of papers reported their findings involving utilization of neuronutrient combinations to enhance neurotransmitter availability (Blum, 1989). When neurotransmitters have been made available, the patient begins to sense the serene feelings, e.g., love, belonging without control, etc. When the brain becomes capable of rational thought and is helped to do so by therapy, the patient is then able to balance feelings with thinking and produce assertive behavior.
- Ferrell, B. Reduction of the effects of prolonged stress during a 13 week study using the dietary supplement beCALM’d. Research Report: NNN., 1991.
- Blum, I. A commentary on neurotransmitters restoration as a common model of treatment for alcohol, cocaine and opiate abuse. Integr. Psychiatry 6:199-204.
- Blurn, K. and Payne, J.E., Alcohol and the Addictive Brain. New York: Macmillan, 1991.