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Mar 25, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Balance Brain Chemistry, Get Back Your Life

By Thad Jacobs, ND, LAc

Re-Establish Brain Balance Naturally

At our clinics, Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Cates help people suffering from the many possible mental and physical health challenges caused by neurotransmitter deficiency and imbalance, re-gain and achieve mental and physical vitality.  We accomplish this faster, cheaper and with fewer side effects compared to what is commonly recommended for treating anxiety, depression and other mental disorders; even if you have tried numerous pharmaceutical -or even natural- approaches or have exhausted what conventional medicine has to offer.

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Our overall health is greatly influenced by neurotransmitter balance.  Neurotransmitters are chemicals that regulate brain, muscle, nerve and organ function.  They communicate signals between the between the approximately 100 billion complexly interconnected neurons that make up the brain.  Our sense of well-being, pain perception, inflammation regulation, immune system function, and our ability to think clearly and maintain healthy attitude and behaviors are all dependent upon healthy neurotransmitter balance.  Neurotransmitter deficiency is extremely common, and is a caused by trauma (emotional or physical) and stressful lifestyle and environmental factors. 

Some common problems that may result from neurotransmitter deficiency and imbalance include:

Obesity

Anxiety

Panic Attacks

OCD

Insomnia                 


PMS

Menopause Symptoms

Depression

Fibromyalgia

Chronic Fatigue      


Migraines / Headaches

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Attention Deficit

Learning Disorders      

Burn-Out / Exhaustion



Conventionally used medications used for depression and other mental disorders are primarily aimed at normalizing chemical balance within the brain; however, improvement is temporary with this approach and prolonged use will very often deplete essential neurotransmitters.  Over time, the patients condition remains unresolved and often worsens  to the need for higher dosages or switching to other, more potent -and potentially more hazzardous- drugs.

Amino Acid Therapy

Neurotransmitter are primarily manufactured in the body from specific amino acids.  We get amino acids in our diet by eating protein-rich foods.  Using specific amino acid supplements is a natural way to help optimize neurotransmitter balance.  Supplementation may also complement or eliminate the need for anti-depressants and other psychiatric medications, and can help restore positive outlook and overall function.  Amino acid therapy taken with supportive nutrients can take effect immediately and bring about permanent change.  Patients with a history of either severe psychological trauma, brain injuries or drug abuse may experience more gradual changes over time as the nervous system literally heals from trauma and/or drug toxicity. 

Getting Back in Balance

Due to the complexity of the nervous system, many factors must be considered when prescribing neurotransmitter precursors and supportive nutrients.  Because there are many overlapping symptoms among different neurotransmitter deficiency states, it can be difficult for a novice to correctly determine which neurotransmitters to address.  It is therefore recommended that you work closely with either Dr. Jacobs or Dr. Cates so that you do not worsen existing neurotransmitter abnormalities -or create new ones!  The doctors will guide you through a program that normalizes neurotransmitter levels in the correct order of relevance and importance so that you can safely benefit from this life-changing therapy that can, literally, help you get your life back.

 

 


You may be a candidate for neurotransmitter balancing if the following applies to you:

 

Neurotransmitter Deficiency Symptoms and Signs   

afternoon and/or evening cravings for specific foods or substances; negativity, depression; worry, anxiety; low self-esteem; obsessive thoughts or behaviors; controlling behaviors; perfectionism; winter blues; irritability, rage; PMS; dislike hot weather; panic attacks or phobias; fibromyalgia; TMJ/jaw pain; other chronic pain; suicidal thoughts; night-owl, hard to get to sleep; insomnia, disturbed sleep; cravings for stimulation from sugar, chocolate, caffeine, cocaine, methamphetamines; depression, apathy; lack of energy; lack of drive; lack of focus, concentration; ADHD, hyperactivity; crave carbs, alcohol or drugs for relaxation; stressed and burned out; unable to relax/ loosen up; stiff or tense muscles; feel easily overwhelmed; crave comfort, reward, or numbing treats; “love” certain foods, behaviors, drugs, or alcohol; sensitive to emotional or physical pain; and cries or “tears up” easily.

Substances You Use or Have Used

sugar; sweets; chocolate; caffeine; sodas; juices; starch; aspartame; alcohol; tobacco; marijuana; ecstasy/MDMA; cocaine; amphetamines; diet pills; Prozac; Zoloft; Paxil; Effexor; Celexa; Wellbutrin; Ritalin; Adderall; Valium; Ativan; Neurontin; Klonopin; Vicodin; heroin; and/or other opiate drugs.

 

Posted in Integrative Medicine.

Dec 21, 2012 Arrow1 Down Reply
George Gordon

What should I do? I have ADHA and no insurance. What can I do to get my brain in balance Naturally?

Jan 08, 2013 Arrow1 Down Reply
Marlene Dugger

I wish I had read this months ago. I believe 80% of what ails me is based on my lack of ability to concentrate and focus! This adds stress in my personal and work life. I have also noticed a more negative attitude and basically "Grouchy" demeanor over the past 12 months. My basic outlook has become "gloom and doom". This is not my typical approach.

Last year I accompolished phenomial results at work and received a top award. This year I have quickly fallen into a devil may care attitude and I hate it. I usually am a leader and role model for my peers. this year i could only direct them and say "do as I say not as I do"

If I could get this part of my health back on track.....the rest would follow I know it! I am excited about the possibility!

Do you think I am a candidate? When can we start? How often would I need to get to the office?
Regards,
Marlene Dugger

Mar 04, 2013 Arrow1 Down Reply
Natalie

@George Gordon: It might be helpful to read the book The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. Another site to check out is http://www.truehope.com/. Like it says in the article, it can be hard to find what works on your own but these may help.

Apr 05, 2013 Arrow1 Down Reply
Russell Mosher

Hello Drs. Jacobs and Cates: I am hoping to hear your medical experience to restore normal brain chemistry. My wife Patricia developed a problem with plueral effusion. Her kidney function was considered the cause of this.. At the present time her Bun is 37mg the Cr is 1.1 and the GFR is 48.. I did medical lab work all my work life. During her hospital confinement she had a thoracetsis done 2 times and the Dr. elected to do a plueradesis to hopfully obliterate the pathway for the plueral fluid to enter the chest cavity. I am not sure what the powder composition was that was istilled ito her chest cavity for the plueradesis procedure... I think it may have been Magnesium sulfate but not sure. I know it was quite painful for her and she received Ativan and Morphine and Xanex and Compazine for nausea from the CKD. We were referred to a Neurologist for her depression and she put her on Effexor 75mg and Ambien 20mg for sleep. But now she is taking Tranzadone 50 mg for sleep. Her personlity is totally unlike she used to be.. Has no interest in anything wants to sleep a lot and appetite is not good.. She is on medications for hypertension and Lasix 40mg for kidney function Klorcon for K+ supplementation. (10 meq) The Dr had put her on Xenazine 12.5mg (Tetrabenazine) for the Tardive Dyskensia she has now..Dr. said this can be th result of certain types of medications. This drug is used for Huntington Chorea she said but may help Patricia. She is not taking this medication now as it caused more muscle spasams. I can send her medication profile to you if you would like that information.. I would be very interested to know what you think about this and what ever would help her I would be most grateful. Please let me know what you would advise me. Thank you so much , Russell Mosher 1-815-633-5844 email starman1@comcast.net

Apr 12, 2013 Arrow1 Down Reply
Marisha

Hi Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Cates,

Do you work with kids with autism? My son is very high-functioning, but his anxiety and OCD perseverations have gotten worse. He also has leaky gut, and the food intolerances and IGG levels have increased. Wish other family members would restrict food, too. Could give you more info.

Thank you for any help/advice,
Marisha H.

Nov 06, 2013 Arrow1 Down Reply
sabu

i feel i have affected nerotransmitter problems due to masturbation.
Pls tell effective home remeady.

Jan 14, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
Theresa

Hello Doctor, I am 36 yrs old, I have epilspsy and recently starting having anxiety/panic attacks. Would incorporating more amino acids in my diet affect my epilepsy? i have not have a seizure in over 2 years and i would like to extend this streak.

Thank you!

Mar 13, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
Ubong

Hello,
my problem has become deteriorated,am having a serious mental problem that affects my lifesytle and makes me inactive.it is has a phobia related.i can't be in a place where group or influx of people are,less concentration,feeling amorous,i can't stay or live without masturbating atleast 3 times a week,i always think of having sex partner to ease me when i am thinking of having sex,it is so pensive-i prognosticate,if i continue with this it will not give me a better future.it's affect my studies,i can't understand or remember what i read.i am secondary leaver,am intending to study in university.i finished my secondary education 2009 till now,i can't pass into university due to the condition.am so restive and listless due to the condition.please Dr. What can i do, i am 22yrs.thank you.

Mar 15, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
Alfred

Dear Dr.Thad Jacob, my name is Alfred, I'm 35 years old man, im facing some problem with my health which i know with your help and advice i can be in order again, The problem is this, i started masturbating since last 15 years, because i leave in different country why my wife leave in different country as well we are away from each other due to our work program, i dint like to involve with other woman due to this i engage in this act for the past years, so right now i understand that im not healthy the was i was before, i feel so tired and weak, even sight is becoming little weak, sometimes i feel very hot in head, according to my readings i head that i can control it and regain my brain balance again, i will like you to advice me on what food i should eat to gain back my lost spam and gain my self back again, presently im writing from India.

Mar 30, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
Amy Murillo

The whole section where you described the neurotransmitter issues describe me to a T. I have done all of these and have been suffering from each of those symptoms. I really want to be balanced out for my kids and my family. Im tired of being this way. Im addicted to Buenos and bi-polar drugs. I've been on most if not all of those drugs and sugars you have listed. I really need help and want to be balanced out. What can I do? Please help me.

Jul 01, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
Nathan

I've been in a living hell since I tried drugs last year. I only did them once as I was curious. It's not something I have done before or since. But since then I collapsed at work and went to hospital 3 times. I've seen a doctor for multiple blood tests, I even had a collanoscopy done because of IBS related symptoms. I went through a three month stage of not having enough energy to get off the couch. When I finally forced myself out of bed for uni this semester I started feeling better but I still have this massive block in my head. It's like something is physically sitting inside the front of my brain. There are a lot of contributing factors such as over exercise and lack of sleep but I really think it was the drugs that tipped me into this state I am in. Depression, anxiety, IBS, out of body feelings etc are all part of my symptoms. I try to keep a positive outlook everyday and exercise and eat healthily everyday. But it's been nearly a year and I'm not getting better. Recently even suicidal thoughts. The amount of emotional support I receive is endless but even so I'm at my wits end. I'm only 21 I can't live the rest of my life like this. I had none of these problems before. Please help?

Aug 14, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
linda naidoo

Hi plz hepl with 14 year old daughter wid tourettes syndrome very suicidal and ocd also severely depressed swears and crys all day can't handle need help asap plz tnx

Aug 14, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
linda naidoo

Hi plz hepl with 14 year old daughter wid tourettes syndrome very suicidal and ocd also severely depressed swears and crys all day can't handle need help asap plz tnx

Aug 21, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
mike

Hi Docter's

Lost a loved one,battling severe depression with insomnia,restless leg syndrome and bruxism.Taking oxpola for the restless legs and azor for the insomnia,what to stop this stuff and get my brain balanced naturally,I drink 6 beer's a night,take nothing for the depression.The depression I think is causing all these symptoms.Want to be healthy and normal again.Thanks.

Sep 01, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
Melissa

I'm 49yrs old never done any Recreational drugs and no Alcohol until I turned 40 and tried some,but still don't drink on a regular basis wine every now and then,I take Multivitamins and Ascorbic acid sometimes, my diet is Relatively healthy I use to Exercise every other day up until I was around 43 then I became way less active as my husband became ill,but my point in posting this is I started having Horrible an severe panic attacks out of Nowhere in the most Healthiest time of my life I've had them on an off for about 15yrs I have been evaluated by a psychiatrist Who could not identify anything Pertaining to mental illness,have been Shown breathing techniques and positive thinking techniques all of which are fine but don't really stop those Attacks from coming out of nowhere,I was Prescribed Xanax which works wonders for my sudden onset Attacks,I've also taken Paxil which helped some at first but started to make me feel Depressed something I had never experienced before taking that particular drug, This is a situation that has been on and off as far as the attacks and taking the medication,the attacks have Recently started again and they seem to happen when I'm at my Happiest times in life,I was wondering if there is anything Natural that can help my Particular situation.

Sep 19, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
norma

I was wondering how I would be able to get some help getting my life back I have tried all the anti deppression pills that never worked. I have a lot of the symptoms in your list. I don't have any insurance please can you help me

Oct 14, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
Adam

Hello dr my name is Adam I am 20 years of age & need your help!
They're I's this very heavy feeling inside my face.
It varies from being very heavy though. I must know how
To set this free cause it wants out already, cause its being
Very heavy. At times it can shift positions in the right eye left eye
Etc. & it's really weird... I can't wait till this is back to normal
It's constricting its aggravating its all these things and more
Is it me? Creating this?
I remember one night I was very relaxed and all of a sudden i just let go
& presto the left side of my brain felt very good very relaxed but the other tried to but just couldn't anyway anything would help please thank you.

Dec 11, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
dawa norbu sherpa

hello doctor its me dawa I m suffering from depression and panic attacks. sir I took zapiz.25 for six months.now Im taking sertima 25mg and increased to 50mg but 50mg is more fore if I took 50mg in the morning than my face swell and become heavy....sir any solution

Dec 29, 2014 Arrow1 Down Reply
Robin Kent

Hello, Do you think I am a candidate? I'm 53 and am having thyroid problems, I do take meds for them. I have suffered with ADD for most of my life and have issues with losing weight and craving sweets, chocolate ect. I do exercise riding my bicycle for over an hour and a half about 5 days a week, and although I love riding the bike in the park, and sweat a lot, I'm not losing any weight and I just get frustrated even more! I'm 5'7" and weigh over 170. Have problems staying asleep even though I take melatonin and Tryptofan. I don't want to take any meds for the ADD and I would prefer to stay away from medication as much as possible. So if anything can be done, I would be happy to find out! Thank you!

Jan 16, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
Mary J Rogers

I had an anxiety disorder for years irrational thoughts as a big problem with worry etc...I would like some information about the amino acid therapy

Feb 13, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
jermaine

Hey im been sick for 5 months not being able to sleep during the day and when i go to sleep at night i wake up in and out of my sleep ive been having alot of difficulties trying to cope with life with no sleep ive been on all types of meds thats just not working what should i do can u help with these symptoms email@ jermainesmith1096@yahoo.com

Mar 23, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
Farooq

Hi i have been severly sick from past 1 week i have been feeling soo uncomfortable and down the first time i went to ER was a panic attack felt like i am having heart attack i dont even thibk of that time any nore but still i dont feel comfortable at all. The doctor prescribed me with xanax .5 mg but it did not helped me at all instead i was not able to think at all nausea and dizziness. It also started to give me a bad headache. I would really approciate if you could help me with it

Mar 24, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
Alethia

I am a 28 year old women suffering from anxiety and depression.i want to receive help I just and a newborn when back to work and had a terrible one at work nothing like this ever happen to me before my life got turn upside down in just one day.I will love to be a candiate I have four littles I have to look after and I want my life back.Hope and pray you respond back! God Bless

May 15, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
James Mario Wilson

HELLO DOCTOR , HOPE YOUR WELL . MY NAME IS JAMES , I'M A CANCER SURVIVOR , U.S. MARINE COMBAT SURVIVOR(TWICE) . CURRENTLY I'M DEALING WITH RAYNAUD'S PHENOMENON (SECONDARY TYPE) ALSO I HAVE NEUROPATHY AS WELL AS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME SUPERIMPOSED OVER THE RAYNAUD'S . SO I HAVE A LOT OF FUN ON A DAILY BASIS (KEEPING LIGHT HEART'D) THIS ARTICLE WAS VERY INTERESTING , INFORMATIVE & MUCH MORE ! IN A SINCERELY , GENUINE WAY I THANK YOU . WHETHER OR NOT YOUR COMPANY REALIZE AND UNDERSTAND THE TRUE VALUE OF THIS INFORMATION I CAN ONLY ASSUME , THOUGH I'M 99.9% SURE THAT YOU DO ! PEOPLE THAT DO AS YOU AND ALL WHOM ASSIST ARE TRULY WONDERFUL & CARING HUMAN BEINGS ! BECAUSE IT COMES FROM A DEEP PLACE WITHIN ONESELF , WANTING TO HELP PEOPLE SO THEY CAN BETTER HELP THEMSELVES . PERSONALLY I TOO HAVE THE SAME DESIRES AND WAS STUDYING MENTAL HEALTH & OTHER SCIENCES OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR ! ANYWAY THANK YOU AND I LOOK FORWARD TO FOLLOWING YOU AND YOUR COMPANY IN HELPING ME LEARN & UNDERSTAND ALL I POSSIBLY CAN !

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May 26, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
rithi agarwal

Hiiii i am rithik agarwal from india studying in class 10.Before telling my problem it might sound egoistic and stupid but i am a very intelligent boy and highly interllectual.I used to always come first in my class and my parents and sisters are a lot a lot from me weather its a big university or college.But the last year and the half has not gone according to my expectations and i let my parents down in many ways.It all started in november 2013 that i first inherit the habit of masturbating which i probably got from my father.I used to watch a lot a lot of sex videos and masturbate on seeing them.It was at that time a very good experience and my stress about sexual partner decreased.Then my performances in class started to toil down continously and at the annual examinations i got my worst marks in my schooling career.But at that i was not knowing the ill effects of masturbartion at that time.Then also i watched sex videos for 2-3 hours daily and masturbate then slowly and slowly and slowly my time for watching sex reduced and it was reduced to probably 5-10 minutes daily probably after 1 year from time i started to watch sex videos.Then it is reduced to 2-3 minutes in 3 days and slowly again it reduced to 2-3 minutes in 7 days.On december 2014 i started to feel the ill effects of masturbation and i got into depression and generalised anxiety disorder commonly known as gad.It was a very painful experience as i was always sad and crying and i can't ill afford to concentrate on my studies during my examination.Then i shared my problem with my family and they agreed with my decision to go to phychatrist.I went to my phychatrist one day before my maths examination and i told him my experience but i didn't tell him about masturbation and watching sex videos as i was too embrassed to share with him.He prescribed me a medicine which my mother strictly refuses to take as she fears taking medicine will only make me addicted to medicine whole life.Then i performed poorly in my exams anf the boy who came first in examinations suddenly come in 13-14th position.My teacher were worried about my performances but i can't tell them the truth.Then i did more and more research on adverse effects of masturbation and i got my reason for performing so poorly in my examination.The reason is the neurotransmitter that released in brain during masturbation and one thing i also forget to say to you is that i also ejacuted during masturbation which releases dopamine and seretonin in brain that directly affects my decision making,goal directed behaviour,emotions and etc etc.Despite having this much knowledge about the topic i can't control my addiction of masturbating and after masturbating i always got sucidal thoughts and about my family and sisters.I really don't know what to do should i go phychatrist again to get medication to balance my hormones.Please help me help me help me it is really affecting my daily life,social life,decision making and goal directed bahaviour please help me help and sorry my age is 16

Jun 03, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
kamru

@Alethia: plz mail me at soyon25@gmail.com

Jun 03, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
kamrul

@linda naidoo: plz mail me at soyon25@gmail.com

Jul 19, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
Rachel C Rominger

Thankyou for your article..I have been diagnosed w neuropothy all over even face..I have also been diagnosed w endometriosis about 3 yrs ago..my neurologist recently found out by me doing an eeg home study that the neuropothy can be caused by a chemical imbalance and that I have small seizures.He has prescribed vimpat to see if that helps but I haven't seen any improvement from it..Am I a good candidate for the folic acid suppliments? I have had an emotional trauma over 10 years ago and have had trouble dealing w it

Jul 30, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
Chad

Most of the time I'm pretty good but I've noticed periods where my brain just gets stuck in bad places - For the most part I can counter it but there was one really bad episode where I was going back and forth between anxiety and depression, which simply seemed to fade over time.

I've been having a much more tolerable version of the same thing, it seems - Really mild but still a horrible bother and I figure it's just my chemicals doing weird stuff.

What would you reccomend for someone who has bouts of this but is relatively happy most of the time? Is it attributed to sudden changes in diet, are there certain ways to target it when it becomes an issue? Usually I'm getting regular exercise and eating pretty decently.

Aug 13, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
Mikaa Valdez

Please help - took an antibiotic that blocked my brain - anxiety - fear - cant function -

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