Nutritional testing for figuring out the root cause/s of your anxiety

July 3, 2015

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This blog covers the nutritional or functional testing I use with my clients, and what tests I’d run (and/or have my client’s doctor run) if everyone had unlimited funds.

Often it can be challenging to figure out the root cause/s of your anxiety, but that’s where questionnaires, nutritional/ functional/ testing, and a good practitioner (or team of practitioners like nutritionist, functional medicine doctor, nurse practitioner, therapist etc.) comes in – so you can put all the puzzle pieces together.

The following are what I have most of my clients do:

  • The basic blood work that I like to see is a lipid panel, a CBC (complete blood count), a metabolic panel, an iron panel that includes ferritin, and a thyroid panel that includes TSH, free T3, free T4, thyroid antibodies (antithyroglobulin and antithyroperoxidase), vitamin D, and CRP (C-Reactive Protein). There is much we can determine by looking at functional values: digestive status, possible gut dysbiosis, adrenal function, malabsorption, inflammation, as well as low iron, low vitamin D etc. I’ll share more about the markers on this panel of tests in a later blog post.  
  • I also like to see an adrenal saliva test, which measures four times cortisol. So it’d be a saliva collection first thing in the morning, noontime, 5:00 PM, and 10:00 PM. It also shows DHEA; Secretory IgA; and an anti-gliadin antibody (a marker of gluten sensitivity)
  • I rely on the Pyroluria Questionnaire and response to the supplements. The pyroluria urine test is a possibility. But I seldom have clients do it, because we can often see a false negative.
  • For neurotransmitter imbalances – low serotonin, low GABA, low catecholamines and low endorphins – I rely on the Amino Acid Questionnaire and response to amino acids. Vitamin Diagnostics offer a platelet serotonin/dopamine/norepinephrine and epinephrine panel, which is the most accurate way to measure neurotransmitters, if you really wanted to measure them. I don’t ever recommend urinary neurotransmitter testing. It just doesn’t seem to correlate with symptoms.
  • B12 levels. To determine a B12 deficiency, you would want to measure B12, methylmalonic acid (or MMA), and homocysteine.
  • The 23andme genetic testing. This will measure MTHFR, COMT, MAOA, CBS, GAD and many more polymorphisms.

Here is other testing that may be helpful for certain individuals:

  • A sex hormone saliva test. This will measures progesterone, estriol, estrone, estradiol, and testosterone.   I have a wonderful nurse practitioner that I work with, and, if need be, will refer people out to the nurse practitioner if we need support when it comes to bioidentical hormones.
  • A food intolerance test that measures IgG antibodies to 60+ foods. This shows a delayed reaction to the foods.
  • A fatty acid test. This will measure omega-3s (EPA and DHA), omega-6s and omega-9s. And it’ll also measure trans fats. Doing this test is really helpful if you have pyroluria or think that you may have pyroluria.
  • A RBC (red blood cell) magnesium test. Dr. Carolyn Dean talked about the usefulness of this test season 2 of The Anxiety Summit: Take magnesium and melt your anxiety away
  • A stool test. Metametrix/Genova and Diagnostechs offers functional stool testing. It’ll show good bacteria, yeast, parasites, bad bacteria, and digestive markers.
  • A hydrogen breath test or SIBO test. Genova offers this or you can ask your conventional doctor to order this.
  • The H/pylori antigen test. Genova offers this or a conventional doctor can do this.
  • Intestinal permeability profile. Genova offers this.
  • A celiac panel. Genova offers this, or a conventional doctor can do this.
  • The Cyrex panels, which will show gluten and food cross-reactions, and various autoimmune markers.
  • The histamine whole blood is a useful test to see if you have high histamine/histadelia or low histamine/histapenia. This is offered by Vitamin Diagnostics and must be WHOLE blood.
  • Spectracell shows vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
  • A VAP test. If you have concerns about high cholesterol and heart disease, this is going to measure particle size, fibrinogen, Lp(a) and other cardio markers (since looking at only high total cholesterol is not particularly useful).
  • The OAT/Organic Acid Test. Great Plains offers this and it has markers of digestion, yeast overgrowth, infections, B vitamin status and neurotransmitter function.
  • A hair mineral analysis. This is a great way to look for toxic metals and mineral status. You want to look at ratios, not just levels. This is a good marker for copper toxicity as well. Analytical Research Lab offers this test.
  • If you think your copper is too high, or you’ve got low zinc, you can measure copper or ceruloplasmin. This is in serum.
  • Porphyrin testing. This is a measure of the effect of heavy metals such as lead and mecury. Kris Homme talked about this in Season 2 of the Anxiety Summit: Your hidden mercury burden – A likely root cause of the other root causes of anxiety – part 2
  • An amino acid profile, which is a plasma or blood spot test. It’s not something that I use very often, but I have seen people with this test.
  • You can also test candida antibodies in blood, which is not terribly accurate, but sometimes will show up.

I want to look into the following testing:

What functional/nutritional testing have you had done and have found to be helpful? Which of the above tests would you like more detailed information about?

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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 Antianxiety Food Solution Amino Acid and Pyroluria Supplements

June 26, 2015

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Here are my amino acid and pyroluria supplement recommendations. These are the products I use with my one-one clients and those doing my online group programs.

Most links are from my online store Emerson Ecologics:

  • You can find details at the end on how to make your purchase
  • You will first need to set up an account

A few of them can be purchased in health stores or via other online stores.

 

Questionnaires and information

My publisher would not allow me to make specific product recommendations in my book so this list is a courtesy to those of you who have purchased the book.

If you do not have my book I highly recommend getting it and reading it before jumping in to taking supplements: The Antianxiety Food Solution – How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings

There is a complete chapter on the amino acids and one for pyroluria, plus information on real whole food, sugar and blood sugar, gluten, digestion and much more.

Once you have read it you can use these blogs as summaries (they do contain some information that is not in my book).

Here is the Amino Acids Mood Questionnaire from The Antianxiety Food Solution and additional information on Anxiety and targeted individual amino acid supplements: a summary

Please read and follow these Amino Acid Precautions
 

Here is the Pyroluria Questionnaire from The Antianxiety Food Solution and additional information on Pyroluria, social anxiety, introversion: a summary

 

Supplements for Low Blood Sugar (anxious, shaky between meals and intense sugar cravings)

Glutamine helps with low blood sugar, may help eliminate the strong desire for something sweet when opened on to the tongue, and is very healing for the digestive system

  • Pure Encapsulations Glutamine 500mg: L-glutamine (free-form) 500 mg, vitamin C (as ascorbyl palmitate) 5 mg. The capsules can be swallowed or the capsule can be opened on to the tongue

 

Supplements for low GABA (stiff and tense muscles, anxious, panic attacks, use sugar/wine to relax)

GABA helps to raise GABA levels.  I find GABA to be most effective when taken sublingually or opened on to the tongue. I find GABA to be more effective than pharmaGABA for most of my clients. I don’t ever use phenibut.  Here are some GABA products that I like.

  • Source Naturals GABA Calm. This is a pleasant-tasting sublingual product that you can buy at your local health-store and some online stores. Emerson does not carry it (yet!). This is my most popular and most effective form of GABA I use with my clients.
  • ProThera 500mg GABA: GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) 500 mg.  You will likely need to open this up and start with less than a full capsule during the day (a full capsule may be fine at night) 
  • Designs for health Stress Arrest: Niacin (niacinamide) 100 mg, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCL) 10 mg, Pantothenic acid (d-calcium pantothenate) 100 mg, GABA 300 mg, Glycine 200 mg

 

Supplements for low serotonin (worry, rumination, negativity, afternoon and evening cravings and insomnia)

Tryptophan and/or 5-HTP can help to raise low serotonin. I typically recommend starting with tryptophan and don’t recommend 5-HTP if you have high cortisol as it can raise cortisol. Some people do better on tryptophan and some do better on 5-HTP.

  • Lidtke l-Tryptophan 500mg: L-Tryptophan 500 mg (120 count).  I only recommend the Lidtke brand for tryptophan as quality is a big consideration when it comes to tryptophan. This can be opened and/or chewed but doesn’t taste good. It can be mixed with inositol powder to make it more pleasant (see below) or with mashed banana. NOTE: This is not the same as the Lidtke Tryptophan Complete which has ingredients other than tryptophan making it more difficult to titrate up.
  • Lidtke l-Tryptophan Chewable: 2 tablets have L-Tryptophan 200mg. This chewable form is both good and bad. It’s good because it’s a nice 100mg of tryptophan per tablet, is chewable, tastes good and would be suitable for kids and pixie dust people. The bad aspect is that it does contain sugar and is quite sweet. Because you are continually consuming something sweet you may end up over-consuming them if sugar addiction is your issue.
  • Pure Encapsulations 5-HTP 50mg: 50mg 5-HTP. Some of my clients do better on 5-HTP and some find taking this during the day and tryptophan at night works well for them.
  • Designs for Health Inositol is fabulous for obsessive thoughts/behaviors that the tryptophan isn’t quite enough for. It’s also been shown to be very helpful for OCD itself. The powder has a slightly sweet taste and I recommend taking it in the powdered form. You can take up to 18g a day but I suggest starting with 2g a day and building up as needed. I think it  makes a great addition for mixing into the nasty tasting tryptophan – I suggest starting with 2g inositol per 500mg tryptophan.
  • Douglas Labs 1mg melatonin sublingual – If the tryptophan isn’t enough for sleep issues, adding this often helps if you can’t fall asleep (and if it’s a low serotonin/low melatonin issue). Start with one and increase to 3 as needed
  • Douglas Labs 3mg melatonin prolonged release If the tryptophan isn’t enough for sleep, adding this often helps if you wake in the night and if it’s a low serotonin/low melatonin issue. Start with one and increase to 2 as needed.

 

Supplement for low endorphins (comfort and reward eating, weepy, pain issues)

DPA or D-Phenylalanine is the amino acid that helps to raise endorphins and eliminates the comfort/reward eating

  • Lidtke Endorphigen 500mg: Riboflavin 5mg, Pyridoxal 5-phosphate 5mg (enzymatic form of vitamin B6), D-Phenylalanine 500mg. This is one of my top products that I recommend. This comes in a gelatin capsule and tastes quite pleasant when chewed – some people think it has a dark chocolate-like taste. A few people don’t like the taste at all

 

Supplement for low catecholamines (tired, coffee-drinking, blahs, poor focus, low motivation)

Tyrosine is the amino acid that helps to raise low catecholamines and can often help you quit coffee.

 

Vitamin C for negating the effects of any amino acid

Vitamin C 1000mg is used to negate the effects of any amino acid. I used to use EmergenC but this still contains folic acid, so here are some good alternate vitamin C recommendations:

  • Designs for Health C + Biofizz: Vitamin C 2569 mg (as Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Ascorbate, Magnesium Ascorbate) Quercetin 20 mg Hesperidin 20 mg Rutin 10 mg. This one mixes nicely in water and can also be added to a smoothie but tastes quite sweet for many people. I personally prefer less of a sweet taste.
  • Designs for Health Buffered Vitamin C: Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 2000 mg, Calcium (as calcium ascorbate) 80 mg, Magnesium (as magnesium ascorbate) 160 mg, Potassium (as potassium bicarbonate) 200 mg. This one doesn’t mix very well in water and can also be added to a smoothie. The taste is not very pleasant.

 

The supplements for pyroluria

Zinc, vitamin B6, evening primrose oil and a good copper-free multivitamin are what I use for my clients with pyroluria or for those who score above 15 on the questionnaire:

  • Solaray OptiZinc 30mg. Zinc (as Zinc Monomethionine [OptiZinc®] 30 mg, Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 20 mg. The zinc in this form seems to be well absorbed by many of my clients and is available over the counter. This also does not contain copper. Be careful as there are other OptiZinc products on the market that do contain copper (Source Naturals is one example)
  • Douglas Labs Opti-Zinc: Zinc (from 150 mg Zinc Monomethionine) 30 mg. The zinc in this form seems to be well absorbed by many of my clients. This also does not contain copper.
  • Designs for Health Zinc Challenge: Zinc sulphate monohydrate in a base of distilled water. Each 2 tsp provides Zinc sulfate monohydrate 8 mg. Use this for testing your zinc status as described here: Zinc deficiency is common: using liquid zinc status test as an assessment tool
  • Here are a selection of 100 mg Vitamin B6/pyridoxine. Use dream recall as a way to monitor if it’s working, plus social anxiety and mood improvements. If this doesn’t work you may need to use the activated form in conjunction with or instead of this one (see below)
  • Pure Encapsulations P5P 50 (activated B-6): pyridoxal 5 phosphate (activated B6) 50 mg, vitamin C (as ascorbyl palmitate) 3 mg. This activated form of B6 may be needed if the 100-500 mg B6/pyridoxine doesn’t work or may be needed in addition to vitamin B6/pyridoxine. Use dream recall as a way to monitor if it’s working, plus social anxiety and mood improvements.
  • Now Foods Super Primrose 1300mg: Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera blennis) (Seed) 1.3 g (1300 mg) – 120 count. GLA is often low in pyroluria and EPO helps with zinc absorption and PMS symptoms.
  • Designs for Health Twice Daily Multi:This is a good copper-free multi. It also contains Folates (NatureFolate™ blend) 400 mcg instead of folic acid (no DFH products contain folic acid).

 

Emerson Ecologics – my online store

Most of the above links are from Emerson Ecologics, my online supplement distributor of quality professional grade supplements.

  • You will need to set up a customer account under my practitioner account. The access code is calm23 and my zip code 96511.
  • I have researched the products I recommend – quality is key when it comes to supplements just as it is key when it comes to food
  • They carry everything except 2 products I recommend – Source Naturals GABA Calm (which you can purchase at your local health store) and Interplexus Seriphos (which you can purchase from Interplexus) – so it’s one-stop shopping.
  • They do ship most products internationally

The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Check with your doctor before starting a new supplement program.

The Depression Sessions, Online event, June 14th to 27th

June 19, 2015

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It’s a wonderful FREE online event hosted by my friend Sean Croxton. Click here to register:
https://at105.isrefer.com/go/depreg/trudyscott/

This started earlier this week but looks what is ahead…

These Thursday/Friday interviews air until 8am tomorrow:

  • Damage Control for Anxiety and Panic Attacks – Dr. Corey Schuler, DC
  • PMS, PCOS and Postpartum: A Woman’s Guide to Depression – Alisa Vitti, HHC
  • How to Rewire Your Brain and Beat Depression with Neurofeedback – Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT (I hear this one is very popular!)

Coming up on Saturday/Sunday:

  • Reframing Depression: A Functional Nutrition Approach – Andrea Nakayama, CNE (I love her functional medicine approach!)
  • The Microbiome-Mood Connection – Dr. Jillian Teta, ND (gut health is such a hot topic!)
  • How to Boost Your Mood with Foods and Fats – Dr. Ann Childers, MD (yes!)

Coming up on Monday/Tuesday:

  • Natural Antidepressant Alternatives – Sayer Ji (I love how he’s on top of the research!)
  • Depression is NOT a Serotonin Deficiency – Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD (you’ve heard me say why I don’t agree with everything Dr. Brogan says about serotonin and the amino acids)
  • How to Safely Transition Off of Psychiatric Meds – Dr. Hyla Cass, MD (her information is always great! She is always a favorite on the Anxiety Summits!)

And on Monday I’m doing a live Google hangout Q and A with Sean – once you’ve signed up you’ll just watch for emails from Sean with the details.

If you know you want these videos/transcripts/mp3s, simply go here to order them:
https://at105.isrefer.com/go/deporder/trudyscott/
Prices will increase after the summit.

Got questions? Please ask them in the comment section below.

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 Future of Healing, online event – starts June 22nd

June 16, 2015

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Here is another great opportunity for you to hear more great speakers and become more empowered!

I’m excited to announce that I’m a featured expert in a great upcoming event: The Future of Healing Online Conference – sponsored by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

This breakthrough virtual event goes live on June 22nd and you can register for FREE here: https://ipe.isrefer.com/go/fhconf/trudyscott/

The Future of Healing Conference showcases the voices of 70+ top professionals and thought-leaders. They’ll explore cutting edge thinking in:

  • Nutrition
  • The Psychology of Eating
  • Functional Medicine
  • Cultural Transformation
  • Spiritual Awakening
  • Sexuality, Supplements Herbs & Medicinals
  • Planetary Health
  • Our Global Future
  • And much more…

We’ll be expanding the definition of healing like never before. This will be the largest online conference of its kind, with interviews that are honest, in depth, edgy, information rich, and designed to give you some new inspirations and “aha” moments.

Here is a great “willpower stress anxiety mindfulness” snippet from Dr. Aviva Romm, a Yale trained, board certified family physician, midwife, herbalist, and award winning author, an internationally respected authority on botanical and functional medicine for women and children. She’s the author of seven books on natural medicine, including Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health.

There’s some interesting science about what happens when we try something with willpower and it doesn’t work. Let’s say you’re trying to quit smoking or you’re trying to eat sugar or trying to cut a coffee habit because you feel like you’re drinking too much coffee. Let’s say you fail. In your own mind, you’ve failed or fallen off the wagon. Guess what? The very stress that led us to have that habit in the first place, as soon as we kind of feel we’ve failed, we’re back in that same stress mode. Those same stress hormones are pumping out. Guess what the first thing we do is? We reach for exactly what it was that we were trying not to do.

The first part of that is creating mindfulness. The first step in that mindfulness is to actually become aware of what those physical sensations are. If we can start to identify what those stress response symptoms are, that’s the key, because once you know it, then you can start to go, “Oh, okay. It’s not just that I’m an anxious person. It’s not just that I’m this weak willed person. This is actually my survival mechanism kicking in and what can I do to feed whatever that survival mechanism is in a healthy way, not in a self-sabotaging way?”

The symptoms are pretty much the same that we recognize with anxiety. We might feel our heart racing a little bit faster, our breathing may become faster. We feel a certain amount of kind of chemical anxiety, right?

The first thing I do is say, “Okay, let’s get really keyed in to what those symptoms are, just start to recognize and pay attention.” If you’re feeling those agitated, amped up feelings, then the next step comes into place that I call “permission to pause.”

Then the next question is, “How do I really want to feel?” I think that’s such an important question that most of us don’t really ever ask ourselves.

My good friends and colleagues Marc David & Emily Rosen, founder and director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating will be hosting this one-of-a-kind online event. You’ll be impressed by their engaging style and the fascinating collection of passionate people they’ve brought together. It’s time for an approach to healing that honors all of who we are – body, mind, heart, planet and soul. If you’re ready to step into the Future of Healing, then please join me for FREE here: https://ipe.isrefer.com/go/fhconf/trudyscott/

 

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!”

 

Holistic Solutions for Anxiety and Depression: review and book giveaway

June 12, 2015

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Although it is written for therapists I feel that Holistic Solutions for Anxiety and Depression: Combining Natural Remedies with Conventional Care, written by Dr. Peter Bongiorno, ND, is a great resource for anyone working with individuals with anxiety or depression, and this includes nutritionists.

As a nutritionist who works primarily with women with anxiety, I was so pleased to receive a physical review copy of this wonderful book. I did purchase the kindle but a real book is just so much nicer!

It’s also perfect for the anxious individual who taking charge of their own health and wants to become more empowered. It would also be a perfect book for the anxious person to share with their open-minded therapist or doctor.

Here are some of the reasons why I really enjoyed this book:

  • The extensive coverage of diet – Dr. Bongiorno favors a Mediterranean diet and cites research supporting this way of eating for mental health (I’d add more red meat and skip the grains, especially gluten)
  • The recommendation to eat crunchy vegetables based on the research about crunchy foods making us feel happier and calmer
  • The coverage of nutrients such as 5-HTP and tryptophan. Dr. Bongiorono will use 5-HTP first (he feels its “more effective at crossing the blood brain barrier) , whereas I tend to start with tryptophan. But he does say that “when dosed accordingly, tryptophan appears to be quite safe and effective.”    
  • The coverage of GABA: “GABA supplementation helps open chloride channels in neurons, which hyperpolarizes them, so that the positive charges remain on one side of the membrane, which inactivates the nerve cell. This slows firing and calms the brain.”
  • The coverage of vitamin B3: one way it helps mood is “its ability to inhibit the liver enzyme tryptophan pyrrolase. This enzyme breaks down tryptophan making it less available to produce serotonin. Vitamin B3 is also responsible for activating the enzyme that converts tryptophan to 5-hydroxytryptophan.”    
  • The coverage of lithium orotate: “It is suggested that lithium’s beneficial effects on mood may be due to its oxytocin-raising properties.” He suggests using it with an oxytocin-raising massage! Oxytocin also helps with social anxiety: Oxytocin and social anxiety, pyroluria and depression?
  • The fascinating discussion of the 5-HT1A receptor and oxytocin
  • The history of the discovery of serotonin (clams used it to keep their shells closed)
  • The coverage of light therapy, getting house-plants and a mind-body approach

As you can see, it includes plenty of geeky science, something I really love!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Bongiorno on The Anxiety Summit – our topic: Serotonin and Anxiety, Happiness, Digestion and our Hormones. Dr. Bongiorno’s speaking is as eloquent, factual and caring as his writing.

Dr. Bongiorno has been kind enough to offer a copy of his book as a giveaway. We’ll do a drawing and select one lucky reader and announce the winner next Friday. If you’d like to be entered in to the drawing simply comment below and share:

  • why you’d like to win the book
  • which section you’re most excited about reading and why (just go to the Amazon preview and check out the table of contents)
  • which holistic approaches you already use with patients/clients or you’ve used yourself

This drawing is open to practitioners and non-practitioners alike.

Peter Bongiorno, ND, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, is co-director of InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture in New York City. President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians, he is a contributor to numerous blogs and online magazines, including DrOz.com and Sharecare.com, and is regularly interviewed as a natural medicine expert on national television and radio.

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!”

 

How to figure out what’s causing your depression with Dr. Kharrazian

June 11, 2015

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The Depression Sessions officially starts on Sunday June 14th.

To give you a taste of what is to come, this week is a pre-summit kick-off with some great interviews airing RIGHT NOW!

TODAY (and the next few days), you can watch Sean Croxton’s excellent interview with Dr. Datis Kharrazian, author of Why Isn’t My Brain Working.

Dr. Kharrazian’s full-length session is available for EARLY BIRD viewing and downloading (video, mp3 and transcript).

Dr. Datis Kharrazian: How to Figure Out What’s Causing Your Depression

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  • Why there is more to correcting mood disorders than only boosting neurotransmitter levels. A lot more!
  • Why traumatic brain injuries often show up as depression … years down the road. 
  • How chronic gut inflammation can cause brain inflammation, leading to depression.
  • How the “other” symptoms presenting with depression — anxiety, insomnia, brain fog –can help determine its cause.

This free EARLY BIRD viewing will be available until Sunday morning June 14th at 8am PST/11am EST when the Depression Sessions online event officially kicks off.

Here are a few gems from this interview:

  • Depression is decreased frequency of firing of areas the frontal cortex, pre-frontal, orbitofrontal, and the cingulate gyrus. At the end of the day, someone’s clinical depression is that part of their brain not firing. Then our goal as a clinical workup is why? What’s not making that area of the brain fire?
  • Every single case of depression is uniquely different
  • If you have depression and you notice it and you want to change it, that’s a really positive sign. If you have depression and you don’t even care anymore, you don’t even recognize it, that’s when things get really scary for us. That’s where all the neurodegenerative diseases have to be ruled out.

I’m so pleased to hear that Dr Kharrazian is not in favor of urinary neurotransmitter testing and do agree that depression (and anxiety) is often a lot more than only neurotransmitter deficiencies.

I see such incredible results with amino acids that I must say I do disagree with him on this one: “If you take an amino acid, like 5-HTP or tyrosine you do get a boost of brain function that doesn’t last.”

It may just be that he is working with people who have very complex issues like a history of brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. The whole discussion on head injuries is so interesting! And the wonderful thing is that there are certain nutrients that can help so much (fish oil, turmeric and others)!

The GABA blood-brain-barrier discussion comes up later (and I get a mention!) so be sure to listen out for that section. I’m still not convinced about the leaky brain GABA information but I am planning to have to look into the Cyrex blood-brain-barrier test Dr. Kharrazian mentions.  I’m also going to look into the Cyrex GAD autoimmunity test he talks about.

My interview on the amino acids (GABA and tryptophan) and pyroluria/social anxiety/introversion airs on Day 1 so be sure to tune in for this one too.  You can see a preview snippet on this blog called: Can Social Anxiety Be Reversed with Nutrition?

If you haven’t yet registered you can simply register here:
https://at105.isrefer.com/go/depreg/trudyscott/

I do hope you enjoy this one and all the others in the Depression Sessions!  

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!”

 

Genome Meets Microbiome by Dr. Robert Rountree at IFM

June 5, 2015

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I’m going to share some gems from one of my favorite talks at the annual IFM conference The Omics Revolution – Nature and Nurture. It was a talk by Dr. Robert Rountree and was called “Genome Meets Microbiome” and he opens with this great slide that paints an incredible picture:

Humans are like mobile warm-blooded coral reefs, home to vast numbers of microbial ecosystems that are rich in biodiversity

Dr. Rountree shared how humans have more than 100 trillion microbiota, outnumbering human cells by 10:1. And he shared this great quote from Dr. Martin J Blaser, MD’s 2014 paper:

It is reasonable to propose that the composition of the microbiome and its activities are involved in most, if not all, of the biological processes that constitute human health and disease  

Here are some other gems from the talk:

  • Disease-specific alterations in the enteric virome in inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) and how changes in the virome may contribute to intestinal inflammation and dysbiosis
  • Methanogens in human health and disease Evidence has linked overabundance of methanogens to constipation and IBS, influencing intestinal transit and pH. These methanogens ensure more complete fermentation of carbohydrates, leading to higher production and absorption of SCFAs (short chain fatty acids), which may lead to obesity
  • The emerging world of the fungal microbiome or the mycobiome “Early-stage studies show interactions between the mycobiome and other microbes, with host physiology, and in pathogenic and mutualistic phenotypes. Current research portends a vital role for the mycobiome in human health and disease.”

So we have the microbiome, the virome, methanogens and the mycobiome! (and so much more)

He closes with this:

Alteration of the microbiome by our modern lifestyle (diet, stress, excessive hygiene and antibiotics) may be responsible for many chronic diseases [my addition: including anxiety and depression]

When I arrived in Austin I headed to the local Whole Foods to stock up on travel food (like I always do) and found some probiotic-rich foods that are made right in Austin.  Now I can highly recommend this fabulous sauerkraut and fermented carrots from Hat Creek Pickles. I  munched on this yummy food (and sardines, boiled eggs, grass-fed beef jerky, pemmican and fruit) all weekend! I even brought what was left of the the sauerkraut home!

Raw, local, organic, delish!!!! and oh so pretty too.

sauerkraut and fermented carrots

Sauerkraut and fermented carrots

Fermented carrots

Fermented carrots with a hint of ginger

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut with caraway seeds (a favorite of mine!)

Happy gut means happy Trudy!  How are you looking after your gut?

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!”

 

Can Social Anxiety Be Reversed with Nutrition?

May 29, 2015

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Sean Croxton host of Underground Wellness Radio shares how:

  • he was once prescribed Paxil for social anxiety (and depression)
  • he doesn’t like big crowds
  • he can speak on stage in front of 100s of people with no problem
  • as soon as people come to talk to him afterwards he wants to go!

Can you relate to any of this?

He thinks he has pyroluria, a social anxiety condition where you have a higher need for some key nutrients: zinc, vitamin B6 and evening primrose oil.

We are often surprised when we hear that someone who appears to be outgoing and extroverted (like Sean) actually has social anxiety.

It’s more common than you think and is made worse under stressful situations: life stresses, gluten sensitivities etc.

I share how my social anxiety got really bad in my late thirties (when my PMS was so bad) and how

  • many of us with pyroluria push through and deal with it
  • we just want to stay home
  • we don’t really want to see people

Not everyone needs omega-3 supplements!

We discuss omega-3s and omega-6s and how pyrolurics often don’t need to supplement with omega-3s like fish oils but can extract the omega-3s from the foods they eat: grass-fed red meat, wild fish like salmon, leafy greens and walnuts.

Pyrolurics often do need to supplement with the GLA form of omega-6 that we find in evening primrose oil as GLA is often low, plus the GLA enhances zinc absorption.

(by the way: I said alpha linolenic acid (ALA) but should have said gamma linolenic acid (GLA)

A good copper-free multi is part of the protocol because low zinc often means high copper and this can make you more anxious.

Looking at other sources of copper is a helpful for many pyrolurics: eating too many nuts, baking with nut flours, the copper IUD.

You don’t want to miss this part…Sean asks if you can cure introversion with this pyroluria protocol. If you are an introvert and force yourself in social settings, feel very uncomfortable and anxious being around big groups of people then you’re going to have to watch the end of the video for my answer!

You can watch the whole snippet here  

This is part of my interview on the Depression Sessions, a FREE online event hosted by my friend Sean. I’ll also be sharing information about the amazing amino acids – inexpensive, over-the-counter supplements that can lift your mood and end anxiety in minutes!

Sean traveled the country to interview the best of the best experts — medical doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists, and bestselling authors — on what really causes depression and anxiety and what to do about it. 

Some of us (like me) flew to San Diego to be interviewed in his home. It was such a thrill to be interviewed by the legendary Sean Croxton and is an honor to be part of this group of experts!

Here are just a few of the amazing experts you’ll hear from:

  • Suzy Cohen, also known as America’s Pharmacist, uncovers specific prescription drugs that rob your body and brain of mood-friendly nutrients.
  • Datis Kharrazian will show you what insomnia, anxiety, and the symptoms that tag along with depression can tell you about what’s causing it.
  • Hyla Cass, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist (who has been featured on two prior Anxiety Summits), shares her best tips for transitioning OFF of psychiatric meds while avoiding or minimizing common withdrawal symptoms.
  • Ben Lynch (another Anxiety Summit favorite) reveals the incredibly common genetic mutation known to drive depression (and anxiety) … and the critical nutrients that make such a big difference.

This is not your ordinary online health summit. You can expect high-quality interviews, HD production and picture quality, and a life-changing experience!

Click HERE to sign up and to watch the trailer (I hear it’s gone viral on Facebook!) and catch me sharing some scary facts on medications and very young kids, and some excellent gems from other speakers on the Depression Sessions.

Of course you’ll also get access to my whole interview, when it airs in June, plus all the other great interviews.   Just be sure to sign up here to get access to all of them:  https://at105.isrefer.com/go/depreg/trudyscott/

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!”