SIBO Symposium 2015

April 24, 2015

SIBO Symposium-2015

2015 SIBO Symposium, June 6–7, 2015

Designed for the medical doctor, alternative medicine practitioner, and the public, the 2nd Annual SIBO Symposium features the nation’s leading experts on the topic to present an evidence-based educational program on managing small intestine bacterial overgrowth.

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a chronic bacterial colonization of the small intestine.  These bacteria normally live in the gastrointestinal tract, however, in SIBO they have overgrown in a location not meant for so many bacteria. The bacteria interfere with our normal digestion and absorption of food and are associated with damage to the lining or membrane of the small intestine. These mechanisms in turn lead to myriad other disorders—gastrointestinal, systemic, and neurological.

Presenters

Mark Pimentel, MD

Gerard Mullin, MD

Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, LAc

Leonard Weinstock, MD

Lisa Shaver, ND, MSOM, LAc

Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND

Melanie Keller, ND

Mona Morstein, ND

Ilana Gurevich, ND

I’m planning to attend and look forward to hearing from these experts.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Allison Siebecker on The Anxiety Summit and really look forward to learning more from her and meeting her in person.

You can register for the SIBO Symposium 2015 here

 

The Anxiety Summit Season 3: All the speakers and topics

April 24, 2015

The Anxiety Summit: May 6 – 20, 2015
Nutritional Solutions for Anxiety
Hosted by Trudy Scott,
Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution.

Here are all the speakers, their topics and blog posts with additional information, links to studies and more.

PLEASE NOTE: each speaker title below will link to a speaker blog. We’ll be adding these blogs and links as the summit progresses so save this blog url/link to your favorites and come back often.

Trudy Scott CN, “New 2015 Food/Nutrient Research on Anxiety and Speaker Highlights”

Dr. Daniel Amen MD, “The Brain Warriors Way to Attacking Anxiety, Depression and Aging”

Julia Rucklidge PhD, “What if… Nutrition could Treat Anxiety and Depression?”

Rebecca Katz MS, “Your Brain on Food: The Science and Alchemy of Yum for Alleviating Anxiety!”

Summer Bock, “Sauerkraut for Gut Healing and Reducing Anxiety”

Dr. Peter Osborne DC, “Grainflammation – How Grain Consumption Contributes to Anxiety and other Mood Disorders”

Lierre Keith, “Anxiety, Depression, and the Vegetarian Diet”

Kaayla T. Daniel PhD, “Real Food for Anxiety:  Butter, Broth and Beyond”

Dr. Allison Siebecker ND, “Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Anxiety”

Ann Louise Gittleman PhD, CNS, “The Parasite/Anxiety Connection”

Dr. Eva Selhub MD, “How to Heal Anxiety with Nature and the Body, not just with the Mind”

Dr. Jill Carnahan MD, “Is Toxic Mold the Hidden Cause of Your Anxiety?”

Joe Tatta DPT, “Nutritional Influences on Anxiety and Musculoskeletal Pain”

Magdalena Wszelaki, “Foods to balance your hormones and ease anxiety”

Dr. Benjamin Lynch ND, “How Methylfolate can make you Feel Worse and even Cause Anxiety, and What to do about it”

Mira Calton CN and Jayson Calton PhD, “Micronutrients for Eliminating Anxiety”

Yasmina Ykelenstam, “Histamine-containing Foods: their Role in Anxiety, Depression and Schizophrenia”

Dr. Peter Bongiorno ND, “Serotonin and Anxiety, Happiness, Digestion and our Hormones”

Karla A Maree CNC, “Pyroluria, Amino Acids and Anxiety: Real Cases, Real Solutions”

Trudy Scott CN, “Pyroluria, Amino Acids and Anxiety: Troubleshooting when you are not getting results”

Dr. Kim D’Eramo DO, “How to use MindBody Medicine to Reverse Anxiety in 3 Minutes or Less”

Lebby Salinas, The Fooducator®,  “How Gluten Elimination Healed Me and Eliminated my Anxiety”

Dan Stratford, My Anxiety Story and the Message of Hope We Offer

Trudy Scott CN, “Closing call: 60+ Nutritional & Biochemical Causes of Anxiety and Recommended Supplements”

Thank you for joining us on The Anxiety Summit Season 3! I hope you’ll join us again in fall for the season 4 of The Anxiety Summit!

Want these incredible interviews for your learning library? or did you miss the summit?

Purchase the MP3s or MP3s + transcripts and listen when it suits you.

Remember don’t tolerate how you feel. You deserve to feel your absolute best, and you can and should feel on top of the world always. You can completely eliminate your anxiety symptoms. Don’t give up hope, and just keep looking for answers until you have zero anxiety ~ Trudy

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Trudy Scott (CN), Certified Nutritionist is the founder of www.everywomanover29.com, a thriving nutrition practice with a focus on food, mood and women’s health. Trudy educates women about the amazing healing powers of food and nutrients and helps them find natural solutions for anxiety and other mood problems. Trudy’s goal for all her clients (and all women): “You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world emotionally!”

 

The Anxiety Summit: Dr. Daniel Amen on the gut and serotonin

April 24, 2015

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Dr. Daniel Amen MD, is well recognized as the brain doctor and this is the title of our interview on season 3 of The Anxiety Summit: “The Brain Warriors Way to Attacking Anxiety, Depression and Aging.”

He just has so much wisdom:

If you love your life and love the people in your life and love what you’re doing on this earth you need to get serious about your brain. This is The Brain Warrior concept!”

There is a path to keep your brain much healthier than most people every thought possible! Neurons don’t age, it’s blood vessels that age and if you understand that and can keep the blood flow to your brain healthy, it directly attacks ADD, anxiety, depression, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.

And a great sense of humor too! We had many laugh out loud moments which are always good for us but especially great when we’re feeling sad, anxious or overwhelmed.

We talk about how important the microbiome and gut health is when it comes to mental health.   He finds it funny that as the brain doctor, he now going to have to consider poop! He really does say that!

You may recall my great interview with Dr. Ted Dinan on season 2: Microbes in the gut and psychobiotics as a potential treatment for anxiety and depression

We also talk about how women make less serotonin so I just had to look up the research. Here are some snippets from this 1997 paper “Differences between males and females in rates of serotonin synthesis in human brain

The marked difference in the rates of serotonin synthesis between male and female subjects is, to our knowledge, a new finding.

Moreover, no differences have been found between the number of serotonin re-uptake sites in the brains of male and female subjects.

The rate of serotonin synthesis will depend on numerous factors including the free plasma tryptophan levels, the plasma levels of tryptophan relative to the other large neutral amino acids, the activity of the system that transports the large neutral amino acids into brain, the gene expression of tryptophan hydroxylase, degradation of tryptophan hydroxylase, compartmentalization of tryptophan and tryptophan hydroxylase in brain cells, as well as probably numerous other factors.

Averaging over the different brain areas, the rate of serotonin synthesis is 52% greater in male than in female subjects. This is one of the largest differences between the brains of males and females that is not related to hormone binding sites. The reason for this difference is not clear at this time.

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Here is an image of brain scans that were published in the above study. The color bar on the right in the same row gives an indication of synthesis i.e. blues, purples and pinks means low synthesis of serotonin. The research found low synthesis of serotonin in the women in the study.

We can tie this all back to the gut since we make so much serotonin in the gut!

As Dr. Amen says “you need to get serious about your brain” and here a few of his recommendations:

  • eat real whole food, quit sugar and sodas, get plenty of healthy fats in your diet and quit bread
  • use natural approaches to boost serotonin and GABA, and address low progesterone if necessary
  • fall in love with exercise and get rid of negative thoughts (he calls them ANTS: automatic negative thoughts)
  • and avoid medications like benzodiazapines and the BCP/birth control pill

Join us on season 3 of The Anxiety Summit (www.theanxietysummit) and hear Dr. Amen share more on “The Brain Warriors Way to Attacking Anxiety, Depression and Aging.”

YOU’RE WELCOME TO INCLUDE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEBSITE AS LONG AS YOU INCLUDE THIS COMPLETE BLURB WITH IT:
Trudy Scott (CN), Certified Nutritionist is the founder of www.everywomanover29.com, a thriving nutrition practice with a focus on food, mood and women’s health. Trudy educates women about the amazing healing powers of food and nutrients and helps them find natural solutions for anxiety and other mood problems. Trudy’s goal for all her clients (and all women): “You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world emotionally!”

 

The Anxiety Summit Season 3 speakers and topics

April 17, 2015

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20+ of the World’s Experts and Opinion Leaders Share Powerful Nutritional Solutions for Your Anxiety, So You Can Feel Calm, Joyful and On Top Of The World Again!
Join Food Mood Expert and Certified Nutritionist Trudy Scott as She Interviews Researchers, Doctors, Psychiatrists, Nutritionists, Consumer Advocates, Psychologists.
Discover the Very Powerful Connection Between Food and Mood!
Hear the Science and Learn Practical Tools You Can Start to Use NOW!
Be Empowered, Take Charge and Feel Hopeful!
Practitioners… Get Solutions to Help Your Clients and Patients.

There will be a speaker blog for each speaker with links to studies, snippets from the interview, related articles and blogs, videos if they are available and a speaker gift. This will be a place for you to comment and ask your questions during the summit.

Here is the complete speaker line-up and some snippets from a few speakers.

Wednesday, May 6th
Trudy Scott CN, “New 2015 Food/Nutrient Research on Anxiety and Speaker Highlights”
Dr. Daniel Amen MD, “The Brain Warriors Way to Attacking Anxiety, Depression and Aging”

Here are a few snippets from my wonderful interview with Dr. Daniel Amen, THE brain doctor!

  • women’s brains are more active and we make less serotonin
  • testosterone boosts GABA and sugar consumption can drop your testosterone by 20%
  • benzodiazapines reduce blood flow to the brain (and we know that they can cause pseudo-dementia
  • Amen proposed that the BCP (birth control pill) is likely the reason that 23% of women 28-60 are taking anti-depressants
  • eat real food, plenty of organic produce, healthy fats and grass-fed red meat

Thursday, May 7th
Julia Rucklidge PhD, “What if… Nutrition could Treat Anxiety and Depression?”
Rebecca Katz MS, “Your Brain on Food: The Science and Alchemy of Yum for Alleviating Anxiety!”

Here are a few snippets from my interview with Rebecca Katz, the queen of yum!

  • Pumpkin seeds are “nature’s smallest antidepressant next to a snowflake”
  • Pumpkin seeds are a source of iron which has been shown to boost cognitive performance, especially in women of childbearing years. Iron is also a co-factor for making our neurotransmitters
  • Parlsey and mint are so accessible and eating them “is like eating oxygen” (I recently shared the delicious pomegranate olive mint salsa recipe from Rebecca’s new Healthy Mind Cookbook

Friday, May 8th
Summer Bock, “Sauerkraut for Gut Healing and Reducing Anxiety”
Dr. Peter Osborne DC, “Grainflammation – How Grain Consumption Contributes to Anxiety and other Mood Disorders”

Saturday, May 9th
Lierre Keith, “Anxiety, Depression, and the Vegetarian Diet”
Kaayla T. Daniel PhD, “Real Food for Anxiety: Butter, Broth and Beyond”

Sunday, May 10th
Dr. Allison Siebecker ND, “Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Anxiety”
Ann Louise Gittleman PhD, CNS, “The Parasite/Anxiety Connection”

Here are a few snippets from my interview with the legendary Ann Louise Gittleman PhD, CNS, grande dame of nutrition!

Monday, May 11th
Dr. Eva Selhub MD, “How to Heal Anxiety with Nature and the Body, not just with the Mind”
Dr. Jill Carnahan MD, “Is Toxic Mold the Hidden Cause of Your Anxiety?”

Tuesday, May 12th
Joe Tatta DPT, “Nutritional Influences on Anxiety and Musculoskeletal Pain”
Magdalena Wszelaki, “Foods to balance your hormones and ease anxiety – part 1”

Wednesday, May 13th
Dr. Benjamin Lynch ND, “How Methylfolate can make you Feel Worse and even Cause Anxiety, and What to do about it”
Magdalena Wszelaki, “Foods to balance your hormones and ease anxiety – part 2”

Thursday, May 14th
Mira Calton CN and Jayson Calton PhD, “Micronutrients for Eliminating Anxiety”
Yasmina Ykelenstam, “Histamine-containing Foods: their Role in Anxiety, Depression and Schizophrenia – part 1”

Friday, May 15th
Dr. Peter Bongiorno ND, “Serotonin and Anxiety, Happiness, Digestion and our Hormones”
Yasmina Ykelenstam, “Histamine-containing Foods: their Role in Anxiety, Depression and Schizophrenia – part 1”

Saturday, May 16th
Karla A Maree CNC, “Pyroluria, Amino Acids and Anxiety: Real Cases, Real Solutions”
Trudy Scott CN, “Pyroluria, Amino Acids and Anxiety: Troubleshooting when you are not getting results”

Sunday, May 17th
Dr. Kim D’Eramo DO, “How to use MindBody Medicine to Reverse Anxiety in 3 Minutes or Less”
Lebby Salinas, The Fooducator®, “How Gluten Elimination Healed Me and Eliminated my Anxiety”

Monday, May 18th – you’ll vote for your favorites to be replayed

Tuesday, May 19th
Dan Stratford, “My Anxiety-Zinc Story and the Message of Hope We Offer”
Trudy Scott CN, “Closing call: 30+ Nutritional & Biochemical Causes/Solutions and Recommended Supplements”

Wednesday, May 20th  you’ll vote for your favorites to be replayed

I have not yet interviewed Dr. Ben Lynch ND, on “How too much methyfolate may actually make you more anxious”. [4/24/15 interview has now been done]

Nor have I interviewed Dr. Peter Bongiorno ND, on “Serotonin and Anxiety, Happiness, Digestion and our Hormones” [4/24/15 interview has now been done]

Let me know if you have questions you’d like me to ask these doctors.

I hope you can join us! And do let us know which speakers and topics are of particular interest in the comment section below.

The Anxiety Summit site has officially launched! Yay! You can now see all the incredible speakers and topics at www.theanxietysummit.com

I am just so excited to kick this off Wednesday May 6 at 9am PST. It will run thru May 20 with 2 speakers per day available for viewing at no charge.

You will, of course, have the option to upgrade and purchase digital audios or digital audios/transcripts. And now for the first time we’re offering physical CDs with audios/transcripts.

This will be over 25 hours of top-notch anxiety nutritional solutions from people I have hand-picked! Plus 3 talks I will be doing on new research, amino acid and pyroluria troubleshooting, 60+ nutritional causes of anxiety and the supplements I recommend.

If you signed up for either season 1 or season 2, or pre-registered for season 3 there is no need to sign up again – you will get the season 3 daily emails announcing speakers, gifts, fun drawings and special offers.  If you’re not sure if you are signed up, you can sign up again no problem. If you use the same email address you won’t get duplicate emails.

Register here www.theanxietysummit.com 

 

Oxytocin, social anxiety, pyroluria and autism

April 10, 2015

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I recently blogged about the possible connection between oxytocin, social anxiety, pyroluria and depression and would like to share that there is also a connection between autism, low oxytocin and social anxiety, and possibly pyroluria too.

It’s Autism Awareness Month so I’d like to share a video from Dr. Kurt Woeller D.O., an integrative medicine physician and biomedical autism specialist. He is also a lecturer, educator, and experienced practicing clinician offering specialized diagnostic testing and treatment for individuals with complex medical conditions like autism, mental health disorders, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic health conditions.

Dr. Woeller shares how helpful oxytocin is social anxiety, facial recognition and voice recognition in individuals with autism and Asperger’s syndrome

An interesting therapy for certain individuals on the autism spectrum is something called oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone that is produced in our bodies and it has a wide range of effects. When a woman is in labor, oxytocin helps with uterine contractions so it is useful for the delivery of the baby. When a mother is breastfeeding her newborn, oxytocin can be released and it is felt that oxytocin helps with mother to child bonding that occurs with breastfeeding.

This is important for human to human interaction. Oxytocin is also released during physical contact between two people, and we know it is released in large amounts particularly during sexual intercourse.

As a therapy, oxytocin has been very helpful particularly for social anxiety. There are a couple of other effects that are interesting with oxytocin. Oxytocin seems to help with facial cue recognition. That enables us to tell the difference between a happy face, sad face, inquisitive face, etc. It also helps with voice cue recognition as well.

They did a study with adults on the autism spectrum and who had Asperger’s as well and they gave them an IV infusion of oxytocin and then measured their response over a two week period of time. What they found was that the individuals that received the oxytocin did much better at looking at pictures of different facial expressions and picking out the differences as well as listening to recordings of different voice emotional cues: an angry voice, a happy voice, etc.

Oxytocin is a useful remedy to consider particularly if the child, teenager or adult that you know has social anxiety issues or lacks the recognition of facial and/or voice cues.

Oxytocin comes as a nasal spray and does need to be prepared by a compounding pharmacy.

Usually you dose oxytocin once a day, maybe twice a day or even as needed situationally. You can give oxytocin before going into a situation where your child has a problem with social anxiety.

Dr Woeller uses the Meridian Valley Lab 24-hr urinary oxytocin test which, according to them “is the best method to capture the pulsatile peaks and valleys of oxytocin production.” You can order the test (and interpretation) via his testing site Lab Tests Plus

There are a number of studies that support the use of oxytocin for improving eye-contact, facial recognition and social anxiety:

Here is a snippet from my book The Antianxiety Food Solution on the estimates of the prevalence of pyroluria (be aware that can vary depending on the type of clients/patients a practitioner works with):

Joan Mathews-Larson, considered an expert on the subject, reports the prevalence as follows: 11 percent of the healthy population, 40 percent of adults with psychiatric disorders, 25 percent of children with psychiatric disorders, 30 percent of people with schizophrenia, and 40 percent of alcoholics.

Abram Hoffer worked primarily with schizophrenic patients, but he found pyroluria was also present in 25 percent of his nonschizophrenic patients, including adults with anxiety, depression, and alcoholism, and children with learning disorders and behavioral disorders.

According to McGinnis, pyroluria is also present in about 46 percent of people with autism spectrum disorders and 71 percent of those with Down syndrome.

I work primarily with adult women who are anxious, depressed, or both and have found that at least 80 percent of my clients with moderate to severe anxiety have a large number of pyroluria symptoms.

Based on this and the research we’re seeing on autism, social anxiety and oxytocin, I would expect that if you have pyroluria you may also have low levels of oxytocin and may need to address this, especially if you not getting complete resolution with the zinc, vitamin B6 and evening primrose oil.

YOU’RE WELCOME TO INCLUDE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEBSITE AS LONG AS YOU INCLUDE THIS COMPLETE BLURB WITH IT:

Trudy Scott (CN), Certified Nutritionist is the founder of www.everywomanover29.com, a thriving nutrition practice with a focus on food, mood and women’s health. Trudy educates women about the amazing healing powers of food and nutrients and helps them find natural solutions for anxiety and other mood problems. Trudy’s goal for all her clients (and all women): “You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world emotionally!”

 

Healthy Mind Cookbook and pomegranate olive mint salsa recipe

April 3, 2015

healthy-mind-cookbookI’m excited to have had the opportunity of interviewing Rebecca Katz for season 3 of The Anxiety Summit. She has a new book The Healthy Mind Cookbook and I can’t wait to share our great interview.

Until then I’m sharing why I love this book and a wonderful recipe from her book, the pomegranate olive mint salsa.

Let me share why I love this recipe book:

  • It’s all about food for the brain and how to have a healthy mind and great mood!
  • I really appreciate the Culinary Pharmacy where the science behind the ingredients is shared. If you’ve been following me for awhile you know I love the science!
  • Rebecca’s focus is on yum! The recipes are delicious and the flavors just pop! I would have to say that one of my favorite sections is the Dollops chapter. Rebecca says “these dollops are snazzy surprises, acting as delicious high notes” and “many of the dollops contain healthy fats, which work to make brain-boosting vitamins and minerals more bioavailable” (the recipe below is from the Dollops chapter)
  • The food photos are positively mouth-watering (my only complaint is that there is not a photograph that goes with each recipe)
  • She has a section on Reducing Recipe Reading Anxiety, where she shares how to use these recipes as a blueprint and how not to get overwhelmed when there are ingredients you don’t recognize, can’t find or don’t really like. I’ll share below how I modified this salsa recipe to my liking and how it still turned out great.

Pomegranate Olive Mint Salsa

1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup finely chopped mint
½ cup Kalamata or green olives, chopped
½ cup finely chopped fennel
¼ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
2 scallions, minced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
A pinch of sea salt

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir gently to combine. For optimal flavor, cover and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving. For taste, you may want to add another squeeze of lemon or a pinch of salt.

Makes: 2 ½ cups.
Prep time: 15 minutes.
Storage: store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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The picture from the Healthy Mind Cook book

My comments and modifications to the recipe:

  • When I read the ingredients I was surprised about the quantity of parley and mint but used this amount anyway and the end result is incredibly yum!  
  • We didn’t have all the ingredients so we left out the pomegranates and used raisins instead, we replaced walnuts with almonds and I’m not crazy about raw scallions so just left them out – and it was still amazing! This all ties back to the section on Reducing Recipe Reading Anxiety.
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The first time we made it – served on salmon

 

  • We LOVE this recipe – it has become a standard in just a few short weeks. We have had it with both salmon and with lamb chops (it’s the best mint “sauce” for lamb)
  • The salmon above was also one of the recipes in the book: Roasted Ginger Salmon, and was delightful. In this one we left out the cayenne pepper and doubled up on the ginger – I love ginger!  I’ll share this recipe in a future blog post.
  • And now we need to make it with the pomegranates!

So get shopping and chopping and enjoy a delicious salsa for your brain and taste buds!  Let us know how yours turns out and what you serve it with.

YOU’RE WELCOME TO INCLUDE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEBSITE AS LONG AS YOU INCLUDE THIS COMPLETE BLURB WITH IT:

Trudy Scott (CN), Certified Nutritionist is the founder of www.everywomanover29.com, a thriving nutrition practice with a focus on food, mood and women’s health. Trudy educates women about the amazing healing powers of food and nutrients and helps them find natural solutions for anxiety and other mood problems. Trudy’s goal for all her clients (and all women): “You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world emotionally!”

 

Oxytocin and social anxiety, pyroluria and depression?

March 27, 2015

A 2014 paper published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research looked at how variations in the oxytocin receptor gene is associated with increased risk for anxiety, stress and depression in individuals with a history of exposure to early life stress. Here are some excerpts from this paper:

Oxytocin is a neuropeptide that is involved in the regulation of mood, anxiety and social biology.

Genetic variation in the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) has been implicated in anxiety, depression and related stress phenotypes.

In this study, we examined genotypes in 653 individuals and tested whether SNP variation in OXTR correlates with severity of features of self-reported experience on the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS), and whether this correlation is enhanced when early life trauma is taken into account.

The study found a significant effect of several oxytocin receptor genes (OXTR genotypes) on anxiety, stress and depression scores. They concluded that:

These results support the hypothesis that the oxytocin system plays a role in the pathophysiology of mood and anxiety disorders.

In this 2015 paper published in Neuropsychopharmacology, they looked at “Oxytocin modulation of amygdala functional connectivity to fearful faces in generalized social anxiety disorder” and found that oxytocin lessened anxiety by dampening amygdala reactivity to threat in individuals with generalized social anxiety disorder.

Results indicated that in individuals with generalized social anxiety disorder:

Oxytocin enhanced functional connectivity between the amygdala and the bilateral insula and middle cingulate/dorsal anterior cingulate gyrus during the processing of fearful faces

These findings suggest that [oxytocin] may have broad pro-social implications such as enhancing the integration and modulation of social responses.

We know that low serotonin can cause anxiety, worry and depression and research shows there are interactions between oxytocin and serotonin levels. So if you don’t respond to serotonin support (tryptophan or 5-HTP or light therapy), maybe adding oxytocin is a possible solution?  Or maybe supporting serotonin will boost oxytocin? 

What is also really interesting to me is that zinc is needed for binding oxytocin to its receptor so I wonder about the oxytocin connection to pyroluria, a social anxiety condition where higher amounts of zinc and vitamin B6 are needed. I wonder if adding oxytocin to the mix would help even more?  Or if optimizing zinc use and absorption would help promote oxytocin?

Have you had your oxytocin levels tested? Have you used oxytocin with good results and did it help your social anxiety/pyroluria and/or depression?

YOU’RE WELCOME TO INCLUDE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEBSITE AS LONG AS YOU INCLUDE THIS COMPLETE BLURB WITH IT:

Trudy Scott (CN), Certified Nutritionist is the founder of www.everywomanover29.com, a thriving nutrition practice with a focus on food, mood and women’s health. Trudy educates women about the amazing healing powers of food and nutrients and helps them find natural solutions for anxiety and other mood problems. Trudy’s goal for all her clients (and all women): “You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world emotionally!”

 

3rd Annual Scattergood Foundation Innovation Award

March 20, 2015

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I’m excited to share that I’m one of the nominees for the 3rd Annual Scattergood Foundation Innovation Award sponsored by the Scattergood Foundation (a non-profit Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health) and The Kennedy Forum (a non-profit founded by Patrick Kennedy to advance mental health treatment/prevention and reduce stigma).

Here is the link to my nomination http://scattergoodfoundation.org/innovideas/anxiety-summit

I have a favor to ask you. I’d really love your comments please!

The commenting and judging period ends 3/27/2015 and I’d so appreciate comments on the above link. If you attended either of the Anxiety Summits please share what you loved about them and how they helped you. Even if you didn’t hear any of my Anxiety Summit interviews, a comment about how food and nutrients have helped your anxiety/depression or your patient’s or client’s anxiety/depression would be wonderful!

The prize is $25,000 which I’ll use for future summit scholarships and to help a non-profit run a summit. For me, the real prize is the exposure and bigger impact I can have. I see this as a wonderful opportunity to get the powerful food-mood message out in an even bigger way so more people can be helped. Thanks so much!  

PS. And do check out other nominees – there are so many people doing great work in the field of mental health!

YOU’RE WELCOME TO INCLUDE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEBSITE AS LONG AS YOU INCLUDE THIS COMPLETE BLURB WITH IT:

Trudy Scott (CN), Certified Nutritionist is the founder of www.everywomanover29.com, a thriving nutrition practice with a focus on food, mood and women’s health. Trudy educates women about the amazing healing powers of food and nutrients and helps them find natural solutions for anxiety and other mood problems. Trudy’s goal for all her clients (and all women): “You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world emotionally!”