The New Fat Flush Plan book, poor bile production and anxiety

December 2, 2016

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A new book by Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S., The New Fat Flush Plan, has just released and already it’s a New York Times bestseller. The first edition of this book was an all-time favorite with me and my clients when I first started working as a nutritionist. I’m really pleased to see she has a new edition and I am loving the updates.

I especially enjoy the new sections that address the Top 10 Hidden Weight Gain Factors (the notes in parentheses after each hidden factor are mine):

Hidden Factor #1: Your Tired, Toxic Liver (she has always been an expert on this topic)

Hidden Factor #2: False Fat (this one is intriguing, isn’t it?)

Hidden Factor #3: Fear of Eating Fat (I’m constantly amazed this fear still exists)

Hidden Factor #4: Insulin Resistance and Inflammation (a big factor in so many diseases)

Hidden Factor #5: Stress as a Fat Maker (we know all about this one, don’t we?)

Hidden Factor #6: Messy Microbiome (we’re seeing so much new research on this topic)

Hidden Factor #7: Poor Quality Bile (we don’t hear much about bile so I’m going to share more on this topic – I shared some of it from the Medicinal Supplements Summit here)

Hidden Factor #8: Tuckered Out Thyroid (more and more people are experiencing thyroid issues)

Hidden Factor #9: Hidden Hitchhikers – Parasites (you heard her share her expertise on this topic in our Parasite-Anxiety interview on the Anxiety Summit)

Hidden Factor #10: Missing Magnesium (this one is also a big factor for anxiety)

As you can see much of the above applies to both weight-gain and anxiety. I’d like to share some of the excellent information on poor quality bile because it’s not something we hear much about. Because it’s tied to fluctuating blood sugar levels, toxins and fat digestion, it has a direct impact on anxiety.

If you’ve been taking or are currently taking prescription anxiety or depression medications (SSRIs or benzodiazepines) or other medications then there is also the need for more liver and gallbladder support.

Let’s start with the function of bile:

Made from lecithin, cholesterol and bilirubin, your bile has two jobs. First it emulsifies and digests fat, breaking it down into small particles so that your intestines can absorb them. Second, it helps escort toxins that your liver has removed out of the body.

Ann Louise shares how bile deficiency affects your overall health, prevents weight-loss and encourages weight gain:

You know that erratic blood sugar levels, haywire hunger hormones, a tired toxic liver, and poor detoxification prime the body to accumulate excess fat.

What she shares next is very interesting:

Each of these factors are rooted to some degree in low quality bile as well as other causes. As a matter of fact, bile has such an important role in weight regulation that improving bile quality has been shown to increase metabolism by 50 percent. If you thin the bile you thin the body. Period.

I really enjoy the signs and symptoms she shares in the book. Here are some of the signs and symptoms of low quality bile:

  • Queasiness after a fatty meal (impaired bile flow)
  • Light-colored or floating stools (lack of bile output)
  • Nausea (not enough bile)
  • Dry skin and hair (lack of essential fatty acids)
  • Constipation (inadequate bile for lubrication)
  • Constant feeling of fullness
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Pain under the right rib cage (reflective pain from the gallbladder)
  • Hemorrhoids (congested liver)
  • Varicose veins (pressure from constipation due to thickened bile)
  • Pain between the shoulder blades (reflective pain from the gallbladder)
  • Bloating or gas
  • Headache over the eyes (gallbladder meridian passes over this region)
  • Bitter taste in the mouth after meals (sign of bile regurgitation)
  • History of prescription or recreational drug use (need for more liver and gallbladder support)
  • Sensitivities to chemicals
  • Easily intoxicated (need for more liver and gallbladder support)
  • Fibromyalgia (sign of liver and gallbladder overload)
  • Hypothyroidism (sign of deficient bile to stimulate active thyroid hormone in fat cells)

Here is a quick summary of the advice she offers to improve bile production:

  • Elimination of food allergies
  • Addressing low levels of hydrochloric acid or stomach acid
  • Controlling stress
  • Adding bitter greens to the diet
  • Hot lemon water in the morning (a favorite of the original Fat Flash Plan)
  • Adding non-GMO lecithin from soy and sunflowers to your morning smoothie
  • Using castor oil packs
  • Using a bile building formula that contains choline, taurine, beet root and pancreatic lipase

Here is the link to the New Fat Flush Plan on Amazon so you can check out the bile chapter in detail and read about all the other hidden factors and tools for weight-loss and overall health.

Get a copy for yourself as a gift or get a copy for a friend or sister or other family member. And let us know what you think? And how you do with improving your bile production?

I’m going to work on improving my bile production and I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

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Why I recommend GABA for anxiety instead of phenibut

November 25, 2016

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I have concerns with phenibut and I don’t feel anyone should be using it. It is widely used in Russia as a medication for anxiety and it’s only available by prescription in that country. It’s available over-the-counter in the USA, Australia and the UK and it’s very effective for anxiety and insomnia. It’s for this reason that many anxious individuals really love it and practitioners recommend it.

Here is some information about phenibut from this 2001 paper – Phenibut (beta-phenyl-GABA): a tranquilizer and nootropic drug:

Phenibut (beta-phenyl-gamma-aminobutyric acid HCl) is a neuropsychotropic drug that was discovered and introduced into clinical practice in Russia in the 1960s. It has anxiolytic and nootropic (cognition enhancing) effects. It acts as a GABA-mimetic, primarily at GABA(B) and, to some extent, at GABA(A) receptors. It also stimulates dopamine receptors and antagonizes beta-phenethylamine (PEA), a putative endogenous anxiogenic. The psychopharmacological activity of phenibut is similar to that of baclofen, a p-Cl-derivative of phenibut.

Phenibut is widely used in Russia to relieve tension, anxiety, and fear, to improve sleep in psychosomatic or neurotic patients; as well as a pre- or post-operative medication. It is also used in the therapy of disorders characterized by asthenia [abnormal physical weakness or lack of energy] and depression, as well as in post-traumatic stress, stuttering and vestibular disorders.

One of the reasons phenibut seems to work so well is because it is so similar to benzodiazepines. The above paper goes on to state:

Comparison of phenibut with piracetam and diazepam reveals similarities and differences in their pharmacological and clinical effects.

There is research showing that physical dependence can develop, including tolerance and withdrawal, and adverse symptoms can be similar to benzodiazepines: Phenibut Dependence

We present a case of a patient who used phenibut to self-medicate anxiety, insomnia and cravings for alcohol. While phenibut was helpful initially, the patient developed dependence including tolerance, significant withdrawal symptoms within 3-4 h of last use and failure to fulfil his roles at work and at home. He finally sought medical assistance in our addictions clinic. We have gradually, over the course of 9 weeks, substituted phenibut with baclofen, which has similar pharmacological properties, and then successfully tapered the patient off baclofen. This required approximately 10 mg of baclofen for each gram of phenibut.

I talk about my concerns about phenibut and cover the best forms of GABA in my Anxiety Summit season 4 presentation – GABA: Blood Brain Barrier Controversy Concerns, Best Forms and How to Do a Trial for Eliminating Anxiety, and share what other practitioners share:

…practitioners will say well they use it cautiously. They only use it if really needed. And some practitioners will say they pulse. So they’ll have a client or a patient take it for a certain number of days and then stop for a certain number of days.

I just think let’s err on the side of caution and let’s not even go there. Let’s use these other nutrients [like GABA].

Why mess with something when you’ve got something else that can be used. I’ve had practitioners say to me “Well, phenibut works so well. That’s why I use it. GABA doesn’t seem to work as well.” And maybe it’s because they are not doing it sublingually. So if you’ve been using phenibut or you’re a practitioner I’d love to hear from you if you switch your patients or your clients to GABA and have them open up the capsules. Let us know if you’re finding better results with that method rather than having them swallow the GABA capsules.

During this same GABA presentation on the Anxiety Summit I share some of my other concerns about phenibut:

It’s used in high doses for performance enhancement and what really horrified me is that there are these dedicated forums with information on how to taper safely. So there are these forums that talk about phenibut like it’s a drug and tell people how they can safely go this high [on the phenibut] and if they get these [bad] effects, what they need to do and how they can taper. When I read all that I was just horrified.

Why mess with something like phenibut when we’ve got GABA that does work so well when used in the right way (sublingually appears to be most effective) and when trialed to find the ideal targeted dose for your particular needs.

If you’d like a refresher or want to learn more about the following topics, be sure to listen (or re-listen if you tuned in during the summit) to my season 4 Anxiety Summit presentation on GABA:

If you don’t yet have season 4, it’s time to get it! But do WAIT until Monday November 28th when the 3-day Thanksgiving sale for all 4 seasons of the Anxiety Summit starts.  

Please share your phenibut and GABA experiences so we can all learn.

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Betrayal – the thyroid, brain antibodies and gluten addiction

November 19, 2016

Just a quick reminder that “Betrayal – the Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You” Episode 6 and 7 are coming up. This docu-series is hosted by Dr. Tom O’Bryan, author of the bestselling new book The Autoimmune Fix.

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The wonderful Kelly Brogan on Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s amazing Betrayal docu-series on autoimmunity shares:

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s postpartum about nine months after my first pregnancy and had never had a health condition in my life. I’ve been living really, largely recklessly from a health perspective, literally eating McDonald’s, drinking Red Bull, and eating candy every day, and never exercised. As a resident, never sleeping. Not only never sleeping, but then I would go out clubbing several nights a week.

It was through simple changes going, gluten and dairy-free, taking a number of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, for example, and then beginning to recommit to exercise that I watched my numbers go from the high 2000s and turning the antibodies to the normal range in a period of months. I watched my TSH go from 20 to normal in that same time frame.

So powerful! wow! I so often see these kinds of results in my clients

Dr. Tom asks Dr. Steven Masley about elevated antibodies to the cerebellum:

We found in our practice that 26% of everyone that had elevated antibodies to wheat, any of the peptides of wheat, 26% of them had elevated antibodies to their cerebellum. 22% of them had elevated antibodies to Milo. That’s the mechanism of MS. When we got them off of the foods that they were sensitive to, wait six months or a year, go back and recheck, the elevated antibodies have come down to normal. You stop the deterioration of the brain and shrinking of the brain.

This is the response from Dr. Masley:

Neurodegeneration, yes. I see that too because when we do gluten testing, I’ll see that many people, especially if they have anxiety or depression or really bad cognitive dysfunction, they have the antibodies light up on the test that are specific for brain antibodies [that would be transglutaminase 6]

They both share how by applying lifestyle principles it takes just a couple of weeks to a month for people start seeing changes.

I’d like to add my contribution to the discussion because it’s a question I hear all the time and it wasn’t addressed in the docu-series:

How do you use endorphin-boosting DPA with gluten and casein withdrawals? And do you use anything else for the addictive component of these gluteomorphins and caseomorphins?

As always I would say do the amino questionnaire, and tell me how much you LOVE bread or cookies whatever it is, and how sad you’ll be to give it up (from 1-10, with 10 being the worst i.e. devastated).

Do a trial chewing a DPA / Endorphigen or opening it on to the tongue and decide how many notches it improved. If it’s working you should be able to say

I can take it or leave it and I no longer feel so emotionally attached to the need for bread

You would then take 1-3 of 500mg DPA between meals and as needed at other times when you feel the need for comfort or a reward or treat.  A free form amino with tryptophan helps boost endorphins too and makes the DPA more effective.

If you score high in other sections of the amino acid questionnaire you would do the same with each amino acid – maybe you also eat bread/cheese to destress (then it’s GABA) or to feel happy (then it’s tryptophan) or for blood sugar control (then it’s glutamine) or for energy (then it’s tyrosine).

The amino acids, when used in a targeted way like this, make it easy to quit so no willpower is required and you don’t feel deprived.

Coming up there are these final episodes:

Nov 19th: Episode 6- Autoimmune Diseases of the Brain: A New Approach to Neurology
Nov 20th: Episode 7- Case Studies: Bringing it All Together

Register here to watch.

And here is the link to purchase the Betrayal: 7-Part Documentary Series at the special pricing.

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How do I taper from my antidepressant with tryptophan and can I safely use the other amino acids?

November 18, 2016

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Today’s article is based on a question I am seeing more and more on the blog: How do I taper from my antidepressant with tryptophan and can I safely use the other amino acids?

I find my clients do better when tapering off an antidepressant (which is often prescribed for anxiety and panic attacks) when their nutritional status is solid. Incorporating diet changes and adding amino acids and other nutrients first can result in a more successful taper with less side-effects. This would mean starting with the basics – eating real whole food, incorporating quality animal protein, eating to balance blood sugar, and removing gluten, caffeine and sugar.

If needed and based on testing results, it’s important to address any other nutritional deficiencies such as low iron, low vitamin D, low stomach acid, low total cholesterol, low B12 (and whatever else is an issue), plus support the adrenals/sex hormones/thyroid if needed and addressing gut health like leaky gut and dysbiosis.

Adding a good copper free multivitamin and often the addition of zinc and vitamin B6, evening primrose oil and possibly fish oil – the latter based on each person’s unique needs.

With antidepressants such as selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), I have my clients work with their prescribing doctor and get the approval to add tryptophan (or 5-HTP) 6 hours apart from the SSRI. If they are taking the medication at night they get the approval from their doctor to switch it to the morning, and will take tryptophan (or 5-HTP) at least 6 hours later, mid-afternoon and evening.

If they decide to do both the medication and tryptophan (or 5-HTP), they get a protocol for the SSRI taper for the future. This is important. If you are in too big a rush to start right away, it often causes more issues. It’s also important to make sure you get a very slow taper protocol from your doctor. Some antidepressants are harder to taper (Paxil is notoriously difficult) and they all should be tapered really slowly.

The plan is to start to taper the SSRI once you have been using the tryptophan (or 5-HTP) for at least 4 to 8 weeks and are seeing real benefits by using it. This translates to much much less or none of the following symptoms: anxiety, depression, insomnia, rumination, worry, negative-self-talk, perfectionism, afternoon and evening carbohydrate cravings, PMS, rage or anger.

For some of my clients it’s 3 months before they feel they are ready to taper. This may be because of feedback they have provided based on prior taper attempts and how they are feeling this time. It may also be based on what else is going on in their lives like a stressful work situation. It may also be based on the time of the year: winter is generally not a good time to taper and definitely not if you suffer from increased depression or anxiety in winter.  

The tryptophan (or 5-HTP) is adjusted up as needed while continuing to taper the SSRI.  

The doctor is always kept informed and monitors for the possibility of serotonin syndrome. I learned about the potential concerns about serotonin syndrome when using tryptophan or 5-HTP with an SSRI from Julia Ross, author of The Mood Cure, and so I continue to caution my clients about this.

When I interviewed Dr. Peter Bongiorno in season 4 of the Anxiety Summit (Serotonin and anxiety: tryptophan, 5-HTP, serotonin syndrome and medication tapers), he shared that he is not concerned about serotonin syndrome being an issue with tryptophan or 5-HTP dosed with an SSRI, even if taken at the same time. He cited research that found the combination of tryptophan and SSRI did not result in serotonin syndrome in any of the participants.      

Dr. Bongiorno also uses the same approach to address the basics:

the most important thing is that we really establish all the basics and that they’re in the healthiest place possible.  Because if those aren’t there, if a patient just gets off the medication and we haven’t really done anything to change the underlying reasons why they got to the place where they had the mood issue, in most cases they’re going to go back there again.

Some people need amino acid support in more than just the low serotonin area so we review the amino acid questionnaire and consider trials of GABA and other amino acids too. All this only applies for SSRIs and tryptophan or 5-HTP. The other amino acids can safely be used with SSRIs, and it’s not uncommon to also have low GABA, low endorphins, low catecholamines and low blood sugar and need them all, but it’s still best to discuss them with the prescribing doctor.

We also review all the amino acid precautions.

Some people choose to work with their doctor to taper the SSRI and then add the tryptophan (or 5-HTP) once they have quit the medication. I have found that this makes it much harder to do and more side-effects are seen. With the amino acids you start to get some relief right away and have hope on the first day! They also make it so much easier to quit the sugar, gluten and caffeine without having to use will-power.

In summary, these are my recommendations for doing an SSRI taper with amino acids:

  • doctor’s approval to taper the SSRI and use amino acids
  • address diet and nutritional deficiencies first – before starting to taper
  • work with someone knowledgeable in amino acid use
  • OR educate yourself by

                   (please don’t simply read one or two blogs and jump in to this)

  • use the amino acids from day one to start addressing low levels of all the brain chemicals
  • use the tryptophan or 5-HTP at least 6 hours away from the SSRI

I would like to add that Dr. Brogan shares that coffee enemas help her patients who are doing medication tapers and this is something I plan to start implementing going forward.

Have you used a similar SSRI taper protocol? And how did it work for you? What would you have done differently? And what advice would you give someone contemplating an SSRI taper?

Have you found that coffee enemas have helped?

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“Betrayal” Episode 1 – teenagers with time on their hands! Now Live for 24 Hours

November 15, 2016

Just a quick reminder that “Betrayal – the Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You” Episode 1 is Now Live (for 24 Hours Only).  It’s hosted by Dr. Tom O’Bryan, author of the bestselling new book The Autoimmune Fix.


Overview of Episode 1

  • What really is auto-immune disease? 
  • The true impact of auto-immune disease in US and other countries. What is functional medicine and how is it different from conventional medicine? 
  • The facts behind why medication is not the core solution. Inspirational personal case studies of patients being healed by the functional medicine protocols. 
  • Who is Dr. Tom O’Bryan and what’s his purpose with the ‘Betrayal’ documentary series?

At the turn of the 20th century, autoimmune diseases were found in about 1 in 10,000 individuals. And now as many as 1 in 4 are on the autoimmune spectrum!

That’s an unbelievable change in a remarkably short period of time. It’s not because our genes have changed much over that short period of time. That’s why it is a modern epidemic. And it’s mostly accrued in the last 30 years.

In this first episode, you’ll actually learn how your body is trying to protect you, and modern therapies and medications are designed to block your immune system, instead of work with it.

Here is a snippet from the brilliant Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, CHN about autoimmunity:

In my eyes it’s a misfire between what our immune wants to be doing and what it should be doing. When we lived in a more pristine, more traditional culture, here we lived close to the earth and where we had parasites, where we ate food that was fresh and we didn’t have refrigerators and foods spoiled, the immune system had a lot of really good things to do. And now our immune system in this modern age seems a lot to me like a group of teenagers with time on their hands, and so they get into mischief because they don’t have their old jobs to do.

We’re exposed to toxins, we eat foods that are unusual, we’re stressed out, we have molds, we have all kinds of unusual situations that are different from even 150 years ago, and the immune system just sort of overreacts. They say it’s like it’s your birthday and everyone is singing happy birthday and you have the cake and the candles are lit and everyone is just expecting you to blow out the candles and you rip out your fire extinguisher. That’s an autoimmune disease – it’s an overreaction of the immune system to a normal event

In my last email about this event I mentioned that there are 159 diseases that are on the autoimmune spectrum? I had no idea!

Some of the commonly recognized ones are Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac and Graves’ disease. Less well-recognized is the role of autoimmunity in CFS, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, lichen planus, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis and other conditions.

And of course, we can see anxiety and depression with any of the above conditions so this series is very relevant to us all!

Here are some of the positive feedback from viewers who have watched Episode 1:

  • Brought tears to my eyes to know that there are clinicians out there that REALLY care.
  • I cannot thank you enough Dr. Tom for this series. I have been in the exercise and nutrition industry for many years and have believed the true path to healing is with food, supplements, exercise, down-time, sleep, etc. I was told that the vitamins and diet I chose to follow would kill me at an early age. Well, that did not happen. I have felt lost in our diseased world and I am so excited to get all this information. It may be overload, but it is empowering me to move forward with this cause.
  • Dear Tom, At last I’ve found people who know what they are talking about – I’ve been searching for so long. I’ve felt abandoned by allopathic medience and have been searching for alternatives and have tried various different system. From listening to your overview I note that I have already started to do some of the things you suggset Tom and I am now looking forward to tomorrow’s session and to gaining a healthier furture. You have given me something very important – you have given me hope. THANK YOU, Mary
  • This information is fantastic. I have been following the Institute of Functional Medicine for the past couple of years. I am not a practitioner but I believe in this type of medicine and was moved by James’ testimonial at the end of EP1. I am at the same place in my life, “how do I want to spend my time from here on out”. Fullfilment and purpose in life can also improve health. There is such a connection between the mind, spirit and the body. Integrative psychiatry is also a part of functional medicine. Right now we need more functional medicine doctors and psychiatrists.

This exclusive online event starts on November 14th at 6:00pm PST and 9:00 pm EST, US Time.

Each episode will air for 24 hours, and then the episode will be taken down to make room for the next, so be sure mark your calendar each night so you don’t miss a single episode.

Here’s each of the breath-taking episodes you’ll have the opportunity to watch each evening:

Nov 14th: Episode 1- The Autoimmune Epidemic: Root Causes and Solutions
Nov 15th: Episode 2- Intestinal Permeability: The Gateway to Autoimmunity
Nov 16th: Episode 3- The Microbiome: Where Health and Disease Begin and End
Nov 17th: Episode 4- Autoimmune Diseases of the Gut: The Role of Food and Digestion
Nov 18th: Episode 5- Environmental Toxins: The Hidden Drivers of Disease
Nov 19th: Episode 6- Autoimmune Diseases of the Brain: A New Approach to Neurology
Nov 20th: Episode 7- Case Studies: Bringing it All Together

You can register here and watch episode 1 and the entire series.

I can’t recommend it highly enough and feel we should ALL watch this series!

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Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense (Relora®) lowers cortisol and reduces stress and anxiety

November 11, 2016

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I recently blogged about the Seriphos reformulation: Seriphos has been reformulated – what do I use to lower high cortisol? and promised to share additional products that could provide similar benefits. When someone in my community shared that she uses Relora® with success I started to look at the research and I am very encouraged.

This 2013 study: Effect of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense (Relora®) on cortisol and psychological mood state in moderately stressed subjects

assessed salivary cortisol exposure and psychological mood state in 56 subjects (35 men and 21 women) screened for moderate stress and supplemented with a standardized/patented MP [Magnolia bark extract and Phellodendron bark extract] combination (Relora®, Next Pharmaceuticals) or placebo for 4 weeks.

After 4 weeks of supplementation (500 mg /day, with 250 mg at breakfast and 250mg at dinner) these were the results seen in the Relora® group (compared to the placebo group):

  • salivary cortisol exposure was significantly lower (18%)
  • lower overall stress (11%)
  • lower tension (13%)
  • less depression (20%)
  • less anger (42%)
  • less fatigue (31%),
  • less confusion (27%)
  • and significantly better mood state parameters (11%) and vigor (18%)

relora-effect-chart (table from Effect of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense (Relora®) on cortisol and psychological mood state in moderately stressed subjects)

Each of the components in Relora® have been shown to be beneficial for controlling stress and anxiety, with the combination proving to be even more effective:

Extracts of Magnolia officinalis bark and its active constituent, honokiol, have been studied in animal models with comparable anxiolytic activity to diazepam (a benzodiazepine anxiolytic used to treat anxiety), but without associated side effects such as sedation.

Berberine, a constituent of the Phellodendron extract, has also demonstrated a significant anxiolytic effect in rodent stress studies.

The combination of magnolia plus phellodendron appears to be even more effective in controlling stress/anxiety compared to either herb used separately.

The study concluded that:

daily supplementation with a combination of Magnolia bark extract and Phellodendron bark extract (Relora®) reduces cortisol exposure and perceived daily stress, while improving a variety of mood state parameters, including lower fatigue and higher vigor.

These results suggest an effective natural approach to modulating the detrimental health effects of chronic stress in moderately stressed adults.

An added bonus is that there were no adverse events or side effects reported.

I’d like to note that the study does report that it was funded by the manufacturer of Relora® (Next Pharmaceuticals) and conducted by SupplementWatch.

A related study, also funded by the manufacturer: Effect of a proprietary Magnolia and Phellodendron extract on stress levels in healthy women: a pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial indicated that

Relora may offer some relief for premenopausal women experiencing mild transitory anxiety.

In this study, the participants used 250mg Relora® 3 times daily for 6 weeks and although mild anxiety was reduced, no changes were observed in cortisol levels. Clearly more research is needed and as with any nutrient, there will be the fact that you may benefit from it and someone else may not.

I’m encouraged enough by the research to begin recommending this product for high cortisol and the anxiety caused by the high cortisol. This will of course be done in conjunction with all the other approaches I use: real whole food, quality animal protein, eat to control blood sugar, no gluten/sugar/caffeine, addressing gut health, using GABA/tryptophan and the other amino acids as needed and addressing low levels of zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin D, iron if necessary. Additional adrenal support would include extra vitamin C and pantothenic acid, a B complex and possibly rhodiola.

Have you used Relora® with success either personally or with clients/patients? Has it lowered salivary cortisol levels? Has it helped with stress and anxiety?

If you had been using Seriphos to help lower high cortisol and reduce stress and anxiety, and decide to use Relora® please let us know how effective it is for you.


Update November 18, 2017: I emailed Interplexus asking if they will be bringing back the original Seriphos formula and received this message from them:

Yes, the information is correct we will be returning the previous formula of Seriphos and are expecting to have it late November, unfortunately we do not have a completion date as of yet so the estimated time frame is not a guarantee. It will be the same formula as before and we will also manufacture a Phosphatidylserine standalone product in the future. If you have further questions or concerns feel free to contact, and you’re also welcome to check on the status of Seriphos periodically.

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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!”

Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s documentary “Betrayal: the autoimmune disease solution they’re not telling you”

November 10, 2016

This is a quick heads up that this documentary starts next week. You can sign up now and watch the trailer. And be sure to set aside time next week to watch the entire series – you won’t be sorry!

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In just a few days, my colleague and good friend, Dr. Tom O’Bryan, invites you to begin a deeply personal journey with his powerful 7-part documentary series “Betrayal: the autoimmune disease solution they’re not telling you.”

This project leaves Dr. Tom’s hands after 30 years of clinical research, patient care and relationships and it goes out to the world at large to change the face of autoimmunity.   

If you’ve heard my interviews with Dr. Tom on the Anxiety Summit (or any of the other online summits) you know this online documentary series is NOT to be missed!

Why is Autoimmunity so hard to cure or even diagnose? The truth is this:  We cannot change what we do not understand and so little is known about autoimmune disease.

Please join us if you or someone in your life is suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, celiac disease, thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s, dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease.

I recently reviewed Dr. Tom’s bestselling new book: The Autoimmune Fix. In this book he shares 159 diseases that are on the autoimmune spectrum:

A more comprehensive list, created by the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, includes the following. I’m showing you this list in its entirety so you can see how many different diseases are actually on the autoimmune spectrum.

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And I’m just sharing the first 93 diseases he lists! I had no idea how far-reaching this is until I read his book and am learning from Dr. Tom alongside you!

We invite to you to watch the “Betrayal” docuseries. Register here for access to the series.

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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 Adrenal Reset Summit – Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

November 6, 2016

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Chris Kresser addresses the question of “Is Adrenal Fatigue Real” in his fascinating interview with Dr. Christianson on the The Adrenal Reset Summit which runs from November 7-12. He shares that it’s virtually impossible to recover from any chronic illness without addressing the HPA axis and that he prefers the term HPA axis dysregulation to the term adrenal fatigue because it’s more accurate:

The endocrine society has a factsheet and downloadable PDF about adrenal fatigue and in that factsheet they say adrenal fatigue is not a real medical condition and they go on to say there are no scientific facts to support the theory that long-term mental, emotional, or physical stress drains the adrenal glands. Patients are out there searching for this information. They’re checking this stuff out and you’ve got a pretty well-known organization that is focused on hormone health saying that adrenal fatigue is not a real condition. Then you go and you search for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in PubMed and just as you said, Alan, you get 18,320 results…

Here are some other snippets from his interview, where Chris covers root causes of low cortisol:

even when we do see true low cortisol where both total and free cortisol are low then the question becomes, in that situation, is it really an autoimmune issue like Addison’s where the adrenal glands are compromised and can’t produce cortisol or is it some other kind of regulatory mechanism in the body and it’s leading to this low cortisol output.

And then, more importantly, is that a maladaptive response, meaning something, perhaps, that happened a while ago – and that can even go all the way back to fetal development, when the patient was in the womb because we know that the HPA axis is programmed in the womb and, also, early life stressors can play a big role in programming the HPA axis – or is it something that’s another pathology like SIBO or a gut infection, or a chronic infection of some kind like Lyme disease or exposure to mold or heavy metals, or biotoxins that is affecting the body in such a way that it’s downregulating cortisol production as a result. In that case, the treatment is not to give cortisol or to give things that boost cortisol, it’s to address those things that are causing the body to downregulate cortisol production in the first place.

I really love Dr. Christianson’s advice for his patients, encouraging them to take better care of themselves, to sleep more, to do less and to stress-less:

imagine a scenario in which, heaven forbid, a loved one needs your care. They need your help in the hospital. They need you there for a few hours per day. So, let’s think about all the things you do that you would just drop from your schedule to be there for them because, of course, you’d be there for them. So, they’ll write some things out and I’ll say, okay, cool! So, now, that loved one is ‘you’.

I think it’s a message we could all apply in our busy lives!

Anxiety, feelings of constant overwhelm and fatigue, plus insomnia, sugar cravings, the inability to control blood sugar, lack of mental clarity… these symptoms can be due to adrenal issues and this condition is brutally disruptive. And yes, you can suffer from all of the above at once!

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Here are a few of the many other excellent speakers and their topics:

  • Steph Gadreau, CHNP – Perfectionism and Adrenals
  • Aviva Romm, MD – Adrenal Adaptogens
  • Ben Lynch, ND – Adrenals and Methylation
  • Wendy Myers, FDN, CHHC – Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • Dan Kalish, DC – Adrenal Neurotransmitter Connection
  • JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS – Preventing Adrenal Burnout
  • Julia Ross, MA – Neurotransmitters and the Food Mood Connection

You can register here.

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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!”