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Get power over anxiety, mood, voices, learning and memory issues, addiction, OCD, paranoia, etc. We look at root causes and triggers, biotypes, nutrients and herbs, allergies and sensitivities, metals and toxins, environment and epigenetics. We're talking nutritional psychiatry, integrative psychiatry, and functional medicine. Come join us for knowledge, stories, laughter, and serious talk about the brain: how it works, how it is nourished and cared for, and how mental health evolves. And if you want more, you can always look to my books here.
Note: What we say in this podcast is educational only. It is not medical diagnosis or treatment advice for the individual. If you suspect illness, see a knowledgeable physician.

Introduction

Nutrient-based approaches for anxiety, hyperactivity, depression, mania, voices, insomnia, autism, etc, from a functional perspective. We focus mainly on orthomolecular and integrative psychiatry, and nutrients like zinc, magnesium, niacin, other B vitamins, omega 3, antioxidants, etc, Also: methylation imbalances, pyrrole disorder, and various health factors, such as thyroid, allergies, malabsorption, Candida, metal metabolism toxins, blood sugar, and other health conditions.

Who we are. Eva Edelman, author/researcher, and Simone Jeanette, notorious bipolar. Listen for more.

Why nutrients?

The brain is made from, and runs on, nutrients. Enzymes, proteins, neurotransmitters, hormones, and all brain cells are made of nutrients. Nutrients protect the brain from oxidative stress and toxicity. Nutrients (and environment) determine genetic expression, regulating stimulating and inhibitory brain activity and other brain processes. All of which underlies the effectiveness of nutrients in schizophrenia, as per the outcomes of Dr Carl Pfeiffer and Dr Abram Hoffer; and in bipolar, autism, learning disorders, violence, and other mental health conditions, as per the extensive database of Dr William Walsh.

See also: https://www.walshinstitute.org/uploads/1/7/9/9/17997321/293801829-pyrrole-and-methyl.pdf

History

The foundations of orthomolecular psychiatry: nutrient treatment of the anxiety, depression and psychosis in scurvy and pellagra. Dr Abram Hoffer’s niacin and vitamin C Megavitamin Therapy for schizophrenia. Dr Carl Pfeiffer’s histamine axis biotypes. The research on pyrrole disorder. Dr William Walsh’s methylation imbalances and applications to bipolar, autism, violence, etc. Nutritional psychiatry continues to evolve through the work of many noted researchers.

See also: http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1974/pdf/1974-v03n04-p223.pdf

Biochemical Individuality

Biochemical individuality. In 1957, Dr Roger Williams, with his book, Biochemical Individuality, brought attention to the concept that each person is biochemically unique. Some people are born with 3 kidneys or a heart on the “wrong” side of the body. Some have thyroid glands that can get so overactive under stress, as to trigger mania. Or overproducing adrenals that foster mania or psychosis. Or poor function of certain enzymes, like NAD, a key to brain metabolism, underactivity of which may lead to voices, dementia or depression. This uniqueness is one reason why nothing we say here should be interpreted as a prescription: treatment must be tailored to individual requirements. What we are doing here is teaching, so a person can work with their physician to determine what nutrients are best for them at any given time.

Book : Biochemical Individuality by Roger Williams

Nerve Cell Communication Basics

A short segment on neural communication. A nerve cell is like a tree with a filament-like trunk, and branches on either end. Messages go to receptors on dendrites (the initial branches). Second messengers transfer information through to the nerve cell body, which computes whether to send it on through the neural axon. Sequential interchange of sodium and potassium ions creates an electrical potential down the axon to the terminal branches. Here calcium smashes vesicles filled with neurotransmitter against the terminal branch membrane, spilling neurotransmitter into the synapse. Neurotransmitter stimulates receptors on one or many other nerve cells. Reuptake transporters take neurotransmitter back up into the sending neuron and so mediate the time in which the neurotransmitter is available to send messages.

Videos on neurotransmission: here

Influence of Light on Mood and Sleep: Mania, Depression, SAD, Bipolar

Changes in exposure to sun and light can moderate mood. Retreating to a quiet darkened room is often helpful in calming mania. Increased sun, especially in the morning, benefits depression. Vitamin D is remarkably antidepressant. In seasonal affective disorder, reduced hours of light in early winter cause depression, with people feeling better toward summer. Some researchers have suggested bipolar etiology is closely tied to such effects, but with more extreme and pervasive moods.

Morning light supports creation of serotonin which supports happiness and contentment. In the evening serotonin is converted into melatonin, which governs sleep.

Light comes in through the eyes to the pineal gland and the SCN, part of the hypothalamus. The SCN regulates hormone secretion and timing. Examples: (1) Adrenal cortisol should be highest in the morning, bringing fuel to the cells to wake us up. Levels vary with stress over the day, but should decrease by evening to support sleep. This rhythm is often reversed in bipolars, with people constantly fighting insomnia, or giving in, and staying up most of the night, sleeping most of the day. (2) Similarly, thyroid hormone should increase to provide us with energy in the morning, slacking off at night to foster sleep. Again, often dysregulated in bipolars.

See also: European and American bipolar studies suggest a predominance of depressions. This study suggests mania is more common in Southern Israel.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10882671_Predominant_Polarity_of_Bipolar_Patients_in_Israel
Predominant mania course in Indian patients with bipolar I disorder. Unipolar mania in many.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1876201816301757
Vitamin D history
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1876201816301757

A Major Stress Disorder, Pyroluria. In: Anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, etc.

We talk here about a major stress disorder, pyroluria, that occurs across the gamut of mental health conditions: schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, panic, PTSD, learning and behavior disorders, etc. People with pyrrole disorder react intensely to stress. The good news is it’s very responsive to nutrient treatment, particularly to zinc and B6 (or P5P), which are constantly depleted by pyrroles. (But similarly, people can go downhill fast if nutrients are discontinued.) This podcast looks at signs, symptoms, and nutrients.

A couple of good articles on pyroluria
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18383989/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18517107/