• Folate Therapy

    Folate Therapy For Depression & Schizophrenia

    Folate such as methylfolate can be an effective stand-alone treatment or adjunctive treatment for depression and schizophrenia. Many practitioners including psychiatric clinics are able to do an MTHFR test for you and a folate test at the cellular level. If done correctly, and you find you have either of these going on with you, folate may be of benefit. This nutrient can be the cause of many neurological symptoms, and a deficiency in it can really impact one’s health. It can cause a host of problems such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia, and akathisia or a feeling of restlessness within the patient. A side note that is relevant, it is…

  • COMT

    COMT For Optimizing Mental Health

    The COMT gene polymorphism may be an issue for you or your loved one suffering from mental health issues. This is apparent to those who have tried the MTHFR approach and have gotten better than immediately worse on methyl folate supplementation. Many people who start methyl folate feel better at first and get relief, then suddenly feel worse. They can get filled with aggression, torment panic attacks, and crying spells. Now back to COMT – mutations have been associated with ADHD, depression, and autism. Now there are those with a fast COMT, and those with a slow COMT. Those who have a fast COMT have lower dopamine available and may…

  • Methyl Folate And Its Many Mistakes For The Mind

    This post is about methyl folate and how it can drive some people crazy. It can literally strip you of crucial DNA. It is possible that it strips DNA at the cellular level while also donating it, according to research done on the Walsh approach. On the other hand, following a functional medicine approach, methyl folate is thought to spur the production of neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters include serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. I personally was prescribed methyl folate by most practitioners I visited as I did my research on the MTHFR genetic mutation and how it can play a role in mental health conditions. I also did my research on the…

  • MTHFR

    An MTHFR Protocol Is The #1 Methylation Support

    MTHFR The MTHFR gene mutation has different variants such as being homozygous and heterozygous. MTHFR can have significant reductions in methylation and people could benefit from supplementing with activated forms of folate, such as methyl folate, methylcobalamin B12, B6 as P-5-P, and other methylated nutrients such as TMG or SAMe. If you have the homozygous MTHFR gene mutation you may benefit from methylation support for your mental health condition. CAUTIONMay Come with Side Effects It is important to get accurate testing done before you decide to supplement with these nutrients. Methylated nutrients are very powerful and may produce unwanted effects such as irritability, anger outbursts, and deterioration instead of improvement.…

  • Autism

    Do You Fear It’s Autism?

    Autism Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a mental health condition that has symptoms that include problems with: communication social skills repetitive actions or body movements speechnon-verbal communicationlearning This greatly impairs and affects the way one is able to communicate with others and maintain relationships. Autistic people are usually very gifted and talented. For example, they may be very good at art, music, or math. Autism usually appears while a child is quite young. Around the age of 3. Some other symptoms include: a lack of eye contactan interest in certain topics over others high sensitivity to their senses (touch, smell, hearing etc.) Autism is more likely to occur…

  • Schizoaffective

    All About Schizoaffective Disorder

    Schizoaffective Schizoaffective is a disorder with psychotic features just like schizophrenia. The difference here it is accompanies a mood disorder like depression or bipolar. A Schizoaffective disorder diagnoses is a mental illness that is even less common than schizophrenia. At approximately 0.5% of the world population suffering. Schizoaffective is more difficult to treat with psychiatric medications. They combine different medications to alleviate symptoms. Let’s take a look at the medications used for schizoaffective disorder. Antipsychotics forSchizoaffective Disorder Antipsychotic medications are prescribed for psychotic disorders including schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. They are also used for people with autism. They work on chemicals in the brain that can affect psychosis, such as…

  • Schizophrenia: The Best Conventional Practices

    Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is characterized as a psychotic disorder. Psychotic disorders are those that deal with delusional thinking and or hallucinations as core symptoms. Some other psychotic disorders include schizoaffective disorder and psychotic depression. Schizophrenia can be debilitating and is thought of as one of the most severe mental health conditions. It is not the most common mental illness, which makes it extremely difficult for others to understand. Approximately 1% of the worldwide population suffers from schizophrenia. This equals about 20 million sufferers. Approximately 3.2 million are Americans. If you or a loved go to visit a physician for your condition you are likely to be directed to a psychiatrist. From…

  • Depression

    Is Depression Bringing You Down?

    About Depression Depression is a mood disorder that affects many people. Its symptoms can range from lack of motivation, low moods, lack of concentration, apathy, social withdrawal to despair. Antidepressants are medications that are helpful in some people with depression. SSRI’s Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants. The work on the brain inhibits the reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin. This is thought to increase levels of serotonin in the brain. This neurotransmitter is involved with happiness and mood. SSRIs include: fluoxetine / Prozacsertraline / Zoloftcitalopram / Celexaescitalopram / Lexaproparoxetine / Paxilfluvoxamine / Luvox CAUTIONMay Come with Side Effects Common side effects of SSRIs…

  • Methylation

    The Targeted Approach: Methylation Therapy

    Methylation Therapy Methylation therapy for mental health, like found in the Epigenetics theory of healing, has determined that nutrient therapy can be beneficial to mental health. One form of nutrient therapy is Methylation therapy. This is the use of certain nutrients, in optimal dosages, for the specific individual symptoms and traits. There are one of two outcomes for methylation therapy. These are: 1.) uncoiling DNA from histones to enhance and increase gene expression. 2.) A tighter compact of DNA and histones to actually reduce expression. For every drug that benefits a patient, there are natural substances that can produce the same effect. – Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD, PhD Epigentics has…

  • Epigenetics

    How To Be Your Best With Epigenetics

    Epigenetics Epigenetics is any process that alters gene activity and expression without changing the DNA sequence. There are different types of epigenetic processes. Some of the major ones include methylation, acetylation, phosphorylation, ubiquitylation, and sumolyation. It is likely that other processes will be revealed as research and studies proceed. Epigenetic processes are natural and essential to many organism functions. The thing is if they are occuring improper, there can be adverse health and behavioral effects. Many of these health concerns relate to mental health. With research, we know that the chemical reactions and environment that starts in the womb can determine which genes get expressed and which get silenced in…