There are a number of rarely recognized causes and treatments for some psychological problems.
Psychiatric illnesses can be caused by “poisoning” from too much acetaldehyde (AH) in the body from Candida, Yeasts, and Molds. Nutrients can help remove AH and clear up the brain difficulties from this. See Appendix 2
ADHD: Can be caused by hard-to-detect food sensitivities. Food sensitivity panels provide valuable practical information. Adherence to an allergen-free diet can, in some cases , dramatically decrease or resolve these behaviors. There are many other considerations to help these individuals, including removing food additives, sulfites and adding fish oil and other restorative products for brain functioning. Because of the close connection between brain and gut function, it is important to evaluate this connection as well.
Chronic brain low-grade inflammation from “bugs” can convert too much tryptophan (from serotonin antidepressants) into a brain toxins (quinolones) and cause an atypical “serotonin syndrome.” Learn how to overcome this problem.
Schizoid and Schizophrenia: These individuals can have excessive methyl-dopamines and other toxic breakdown products of catecholamines. Learn how to use nutrients to protect the brain from these toxic products–And help improve their function.
Many psychiatric illnesses can be caused by Kryptopyrroles. See Appendix 1 Once this diagnosis is documented, a specific vitamin and mineral protocol rapidly resolves this condition.
Biotoxins from chronic microbes can cause memory loss, “brain fog,” diminished “multi-tasking,” headaches and other brain deficits. Learn how to overcome this problem.
MHPG: A natural breakdown product of norepinephrine, whose levels are low in autism and related disorders involving the brain. Naturals and/or medicinals can help. See Appendix 3
Early memory loss: There are intense nutritional interventions that can show dramatic improvements. See page on Early Memory Loss
Kryptopyrroles, Pyrrole Disorder and Pyroluria
If you have this condition, you will have a dramatic improvement with nutrients.
The symptoms vary but may include:
The Pyroluria Test will tell you if you have elevated pyrroles which are inhibiting vitamin B6, zinc and biotin from doing the many roles required of them for your body. A referral for testing of this condition and restoration of key vitamins that are deficient can resolve this problem.
Appendix 2 Acetaldehyde (AH) and the effects on the brain and body systems
- A partial summary of AHs damaging effects on brain function includes the following:
- Impaired memory
- Brain fog (decreased concentration)
- Lethargy and apathy
- Increase in anxiety and panic reactions
Appendix 3 :
MHPG (3 methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol) is a natural breakdown product of a
class of neurotransmitters called catecholamines. One of the catecholamine
neurotransmitters that is broken down to MHPG is norepinephrine (NE). Since
the 1970s, the urine of autistic children has been known to contain abnormally
low amounts of MHPG (Young, J.G. et al., Decreased 24-Hour Urinary MHPG
in Childhood Autism. Am J.Psychiatry 136, August 1979, pp. 1055-7).
In order for the body to get rid of MHPG, it has to convert it, in a process called
“conjugation”, either to MHPG sulfate or MHPG glucuronide—the two pathways
By measuring the amount of MHPG sulfate, MHPG glucuronide, and total
MHPG (the sum of the sulfate and the glucuronide) excreted in the urine in
24 hours, we can find out two things:
1. The turnover rate of the catecholamine neurotransmitters, especially NE,
in the body. It is the use (i.e., the release) of NE that leads to the breakdown of
NE to MHPG. Low total urinary excretion of MHPG suggests that smaller than
normal amounts of NE are being released into the synapses of the brain.
(Young, J.G., et al. Cerebrospinal Fluid, Plasma, and Urinary MHPG in
Children, Life Sciences, Vol. 28, 1981, pp. 2837-45) and Peyrin, L, Urinary
MHPG Sulfate as a Marker of Central Norepinephrine Metabolism: A
Commentary, J. Neural Trans [Gen.Sect], Vol. 80, 2990, pp.51-65) C.
Barthelemy and Associates found this was accompanied with higher than normal
levels of NE in the urine—J Autism Dev Disord, 1988 Dec, 18:4, 583-91. These
findings suggest that autistic behaviors might be related to an abnormal functional
imbalance among monoamines either at a molecular level or at a system level.
2. The relative efficiency of the two main conjugation pathways for MHPG
(and by extension, for other phenolic compounds, such as salicylates and artificial
food colors): sulfoconjugation and glucuronidation.
If needed, you can strengthen the effect of the glucuronidation by supplying
calcium-d-glucarate. The calcium-d-glucarate prevents the bacteria in the intestine
from removing the glucuronides that were conjugated with (attached to) the toxins.
When the bacteria remove the glucuronides, the now unconjugated toxins can be
reabsorbed from the gut back into the body. Wilner’s Chemists carries
calcium-d-glucarate. High doses of vitamin C may increase
the glucuronidation pathway activity.