Pyroluria prevalence and associated conditions

May 22, 2015

pyroluria-prevalence

Pyroluria is a genetic condition that is frequently associated with a type of anxiety characterized by social anxiety, avoidance of crowds, a feeling of inner tension, and bouts of depression. People with this problem experience varying degrees of anxiety or fear, often starting in childhood, but they usually manage to cover it up and push through. They tend to build their life around one person, become more of a loner over time, have difficulty handling stress or change, and have heightened anxiety symptoms when under more stress.

Addressing low levels of the mineral zinc and vitamin B6, together with some other nutrients and stress management, are key to addressing these symptoms.

You can read more about pyroluria, sometimes called high mauve or pyrrole disorder here

Pyroluria is far more common that we realize and is not considered a real condition in conventional medicine or mainstream mental health.

I’d like to share the prevalence of pyroluria and the many related conditions/syndromes (other than those we have listed on the current Pyroluria Questionnaire from The Antianxiety Food Solution

I discussed some of this in my interview on the Anxiety Summit season 3: Pyroluria, Amino Acids and Anxiety: Troubleshooting when you are not getting results and in my Closing call 60+ Nutritional & Biochemical Causes of Anxiety and Recommended Supplements so here it is all in one place.

This is an excerpt from my book The Antianxiety Food Solution:

Joan Mathews-Larson is someone who I consider an expert on the subject of pyroluria. In her book Depression-Free Naturally, she 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.

I thought it would be useful to summarize the above percentages for some clarity. I used some educated guesses to get some ranges we may expect to see. Keep in mind that the differing percentages are because of the different populations each practitioner works with:

  • the healthy population : 11% (Joan Mathews Larson)
  • adults with psychiatric/mood disorders like anxiety and depression: 40% (Joan Mathews Larson)
  • children with psychiatric/mood disorders like anxiety and depression: 25% (Joan Mathews Larson)
  • children with learning disorders and behavioral disorders: 25% (Abram Hoffer)
  • schizophrenics: 30% (Joan Mathews Larson)
  • alcoholics: 25% (Woody McGinnis and Abram Hoffer) to 40% (Joan Mathews Larson)
  • autism spectrum disorders: 46% (Woody McGinnis)
  • Down Syndrome: 71% (Woody McGinnis)
  • adult women with anxiety and/or depression: up to 80% (Trudy Scott)  

There are other related conditions where there have been reports of improvements in both conditions (when on the pyroluria protocol):

Other factors/conditions to consider:

  • Miscarriage – Carl Pfeiffer observed that pyroluria is more common in girls and that girls in the family often look alike. It seems that boy babies are more frequently miscarried
  • MTHFR defects – I have been hearing that many people with pyroluria also have one or both of the MTHFR polymorphisms. We know that methylation polymorphisms are a factor in miscarriages and it would be interesting to know if more boys are miscarried.  
  • Low histamine (histapenia) or high histamine (histadela) – many pyrolurics also have one or the other. I’m not sure of the prevalence but I’m sure Dr. William Walsh has some numbers which I plan to find.  
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/CFS – the common issues with CFS and pyroluria seem to be low zinc and low iron, plus inflammation. You can read more here: Pyroluria and chronic fatigue syndrome: is there a link?
  • Low oxytocin and social anxiety and autism – the common factors seem to be oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) defects, low serotonin and low zinc

Other conditions that have a social anxiety aspect, a possible neurotransmitter imbalance with a likely pyroluria connection. These came up as questions during season 3 of the Anxiety Summit and I’ll report back as I find out more:

  • Alice in Wonderland Syndrome. I don’t know if there is there a connection between pyroluria and Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (where the person sees large or small objects/people and often has migraines). I had never heard of this condition but my quick search had me wondering about the word “hallucinations.” The original work by Carl Pfeiffer was with schizophrenics who had pyroluria so it’s possible that there is a connection.
  • Selective mutism I also don’t know if there is a connection between pyroluria and selective mutism. We do know that selective mutism often goes hand in hand with anxiety and social anxiety.

Both young girls with the above conditions did score high on the pyroluria questionnaire and it will be wonderful to hear if the pyroluria protocol helps them. I really do hope so!

I will be doing more digging to find the connections between pyroluria and Lyme disease, leaky gut and oxalate issues. I also plan to take a deeper dive into the joint problems we see in pyrolurics so stay tuned for future blogs on these topics.

If you’re aware of any other conditions related to pyroluria or if have pyroluria and have seen other health conditions improve, please do share in the comments.

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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!”

 

60+ Nutritional & Biochemical Causes of Anxiety

May 19, 2015

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I shared these 60+ Nutritional & Biochemical Causes of Anxiety on my closing call  of the The Anxiety Summit season 3.   I hope they will help you put the puzzle pieces together to resolve your anxiety.

The Foundational Causes from The Antianxiety Food Solution :

  1. Food – real whole food, organic (pesticides may be problematic), quality protein (grass-fed, wild, pastured), healthy fats; avoid junk/processed food with additives/colors/trans fats/GMOs
  2. Sugar – depletes zinc and magnesium and fills us up. We should not feel the need for treats/fruit should satisfy our desire for sweet
  3. Low blood sugar – breakfast/protein/healthy snacks/no coffee
  4. Caffeine/Coffee – even decaf coffee may be an issue. Coffee has high-levels of pesticides, affects blood sugar and affects hormones
  5. Tobacco – depletes key nutrients like zinc, vitamin C      
  6. alcohol – depletes key nutrients like zinc, vitamin C
  7. Food sensitivities – gluten (plus glyphosates/roundup affect serotonin/zinc etc), dairy, GAPs, grains
  8. Digestive system – low HCl
  9. Digestive system – Low good bacteria/probiotics
  10. Digestive system – other enzymes are low
  11. Digestive system – candida
  12. Digestive system – parasites
  13. Digestive system – leaky gut
  14. Digestive system – liver/gallbladder issues
  15. Digestive system – SIBO
  16. Brain chemicals/neurotransmitters: low GABA
  17. Brain chemicals/neurotransmitters: low serotonin
  18. Brain chemicals/neurotransmitters: low endorphins
  19. Brain chemicals/neurotransmitters: low catecholamines (need for coffee/sugar) or high catecholamines. Gut health, what you eat, coffee, gluten all affect the brain chemicals
  20. Pyroluria/social anxiety – zinc, vitamin B6 and EPO (addressing this improves brain chemical imbalances and hormone imbalances)
  21. A need for zinc
  22. A need for vitamin B6
  23. A need for EPO
  24. Toxins/pesticides/plastics/BPA
  25. Medication side-effects/withdrawal (benzos are the worst)
  26. Sex hormones imbalances (especially low progesterone)
  27. Thyroid problems – hyperthyroid/Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  28. Adrenals issues: cortisol imbalance can affect how you handle stress, digestion, inflammation; high cortisol can have direct impact on anxiety levels
  29. Low total cholesterol (<150)
  30. Low levels of vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin C
  31. Low levels of vitamin B12
  32. Low levels of folate
  33. Low levels of low iron (test ferritin)
  34. Not getting exercise
  35. Not working on stress-reduction (tai chi, meditation, guided imagery, yoga)
  36. Not getting out in nature
  37. Not getting at least 8 hours of sleep

[the above are all covered in great detail in my book  The Antianxiety Food Solution ]

Other possible nutritional/biochemical/physical causes of anxiety/depression

  1. Drug-induced nutrient deficiencies (birth control pill depletes vitamin B6, folate, magnesium)
  2. MVP (mitral valve prolapse) – it feel like the “heart is skipping a beat” (magnesium may help)
  3. Infections – strep can cause OCD/PANDAS/PANS. Also consider: H/Pylori, Lyme disease, clostridia
  4. Heavy metals like mercury or lead.  We covered mercury in season 2 – Your hidden mercury burden: A likely root cause of the other root causes of anxiety
  5. Anything that increases inflammation in the body (high CRP is a good clue)
  6. Herbicide/Roundup use in the home/garden
  7. Genetic polymorphisms – MTHFR, COMT, MAOA, GAD – Dr. Ben Lynch is an excellent resource and has shared his expertise on season 2 – Anxiety: Biochemical and genetic predispositionsand season 3 – How Methylfolate can make you Feel Worse and even Cause Anxiety
  8. Apolipoprotein E ε4 (ApoE ε4) gene polymorphism
  9. Other possible hormone issues: high prolactin, low oxytocin
  10. Histamine reaction to certain foods. Yasmina covered this in her interview: Histamine-containing Foods: their Role in Anxiety, Depression and Schizophrenia
  11. Oxalates reaction (berries, leafy greens, nuts). A good resource is lowoxalateinfo
  12. SIBO and FODMAPs/fructose malabsorption (affects serotonin levels)
  13. Too much of some nutrients: fish oil, a B complex, tyrosine, folate
  14. Low lithium
  15. Copper toxicity i.e. high copper and low zinc
  16. EMFs, air pollution, noise pollution, cell phone use, smart meters
  17. Recreational drugs such as marijuana use
  18. Toxic mold exposure
  19. Fluoride exposure
  20. Poor mouth health
  21. Toxoplasma gondii
  22. Metals/chemicals/drugs in the tap water
  23. Low leptin (signals satiety/fullness) and high ghrelin
  24. Over-the counter drugs, inner ear issues/cochlear damage, light sensitivity (Sharon Heller shared Hidden Causes of Anxiety on season 2) 
  25. Physical pain
  26. Gas leaks
  27. Plastics/BPA
  28. Accutane, the acne drug can lead to psychiatric disorders in some people

Note: these causes do not include psychological or physical trauma or abuse (both past and current).

If the idea of 60+ causes feels too overwhelming and scary for you here is the Amino Acids Mood Questionnaire from The Antianxiety Food Solution. Serotonin support in the form of tryptophan or 5-HTP may help

If you are not already registered for the Anxiety Summit you can get live access to the speakers of the day here: www.theAnxietySummit.com

Missed this interview or can’t listen live? Or want this and the other great interviews for your learning library? Purchase the MP3s or MP3s + transcripts and listen when it suits you.

You can find your purchasing options here: Anxiety Summit Season 1, Anxiety Summit Season 2, and Anxiety Summit Season 3.

The Anxiety Summit – 60+ Nutritional & Biochemical Causes of Anxiety and Recommended Supplements

May 19, 2015

 

Trudy Scott, host of The Anxiety Summit, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution presents:

Closing call: 60+ Nutritional & Biochemical Causes of Anxiety and Recommended Supplements

  • 60+ Nutritional/biochemical causes of anxiety and associated solutions
  • 4 degrees/levels of anxiety I see and response to the 60+ causes
  • The unique ability of the body to heal
  • Testing I use with my clients and what tests I’d run if everyone had unlimited funds
  • My recommendations:  supplements
  • My message of hope

I mentioned the speaker blog posts.  You can access them all here: The Anxiety Summit Season 3: All the speakers and topics

I also referred back to speakers and topics from season 1 and 2 so here are those links:

The Anxiety Summit Season 2: All the speakers and topics

The Anxiety Summit: All the speakers and topics (this is summit 1)

If the idea of 60+ causes feels too overwhelming and scary for you here is the Amino Acids Mood Questionnaire from The Antianxiety Food Solution. Serotonin support in the form of tryptophan or 5-HTP may help

As Dr. Peter Bongiorno said in his interview: Serotonin and Anxiety, Happiness, Digestion and our Hormones

There can be multiple factors involved as to why someone has anxiety. How you’re going to work through these factors successfully is going to be very different for each person.

Here is the list of the 60+ Nutritional/biochemical causes of anxiety.  (Just click on this link to see all of them)

[I will be adding the testing I like to see and the list of recommended supplements – please stay tuned]

If you are not already registered for the Anxiety Summit you can get live access to the speakers of the day here: www.theAnxietySummit.com

Missed this interview or can’t listen live? Or want this and the other great interviews for your learning library? Purchase the MP3s or MP3s + transcripts and listen when it suits you.

You can find your purchasing options here: Anxiety Summit Season 1, Anxiety Summit Season 2, and Anxiety Summit Season 3.

The Anxiety Summit – My Anxiety Story and the Message of Hope We Offer

May 18, 2015

 

Dan Stradford, Safe Harbor President, is interviewed by host of the Anxiety Summit, Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution.

My Anxiety Story and the Message of Hope We Offer

  • Safe Harbor /Alternative Mental Health: a message of hope and practitioner resources
  • His low zinc, histadelia and anxiety
  • Margot Kidder’s story with amino acids and bipolar disorder
  • Success with social anxiety/pyroluria
  • His greatest piece of wisdom from an elderly African priest

Safe Harbor is the world’s largest site on non-drug approaches for mental health.

Thousands of people around the world have recovered from mental disorders and now enjoy the simple pleasures of a drug-free life. Most were told this was impossible. Yet we hear from these individuals regularly. Many others have been able to significantly reduce their dependency on psychiatric medication. Commonly these people find that underlying their “mental” disorders are medical problems, allergies, toxic conditions, nutritional imbalances, poor diets, lack of exercise, or other treatable physical conditions.

Safe Harbor is a nonprofit corporation, founded in 1998 and based in Los Angeles, California.

In 1958, when Safe Harbor founder Dan Stradford was four years old, his father, William Stradford, vanished into a mental hospital with a “nervous breakdown.” After receiving a series of shock treatments and potent drugs, William Stradford returned home a broken man. His memory was gone, his personality had deteriorated, and he could scarcely hold a job.

William Stradford – a once-vibrant, personable man – never recovered. The family, with 4 children, plummeted into poverty and fell apart. All the children except for Dan ended up in children’s homes.               

From a very early age, Dan Stradford felt there had to be safer, more effective alternatives for treating the mentally disturbed. In 1998 he formed the groundwork for the Safe Harbor Project to help others avoid the tragedy he witnessed growing up.

Finding many like-minded people inside and outside the medical community, Dan requested their help as board members and advisors and the Safe Harbor Project was born.

Safe Harbor has a very active Integrative Psychiatry email listserv for professionals who wish to share information on alternative mental health treatments. You can find out more about this and sign up here

This is the ebook for health professionals: Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry

There is a practitioner directory  but I’m not sure how accurate it is right now. They just moved to a new website format and I don’t see my listing there. We’ll keep you posted as it gets fixed.

Here is a link to Margot Kidder’s story: The Role of Amino Acids in Bipolar Disorder and Mental Health

The big takeaways from this interview:

  • The human mind and body is very complex and many overlapping factors can contribute to your anxiety
  • The physical aspect is the most unknown cause of mental health and most practitioners don’t know about this aspect

If you are not already registered for the Anxiety Summit you can get live access to the speakers of the day here: www.theAnxietySummit.com

Missed this interview or can’t listen live? Or want this and the other great interviews for your learning library? Purchase the MP3s or MP3s + transcripts and listen when it suits you.

You can find your purchasing options here: Anxiety Summit Season 1, Anxiety Summit Season 2, and Anxiety Summit Season 3.

12 Ways Coffee Impacts Your Hormones

May 17, 2015

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12 Ways Coffee Impacts Your Hormones

Guest post by Magdalena Wszelaki, founder of Hormones Balance

(with the 12th one on anxiety added by me!)

Black magic. Black medicine. Morning elixir.

If you had to give up either coffee or the internet for 2 weeks, which one would you choose? How about either coffee or sex for 2 weeks? If you’d rather relinquish anything to keep your coffee, you’d be on par with the majority of the people around you.

Taking steps to remove gluten, dairy or sugar from your diet can feel like a breeze compared to giving up coffee. However, as with anything that makes us feel that good, there is another side to your java fixation, and you need to know about it.

Benefits of coffee

Many reliable studies are often cited in confirming that coffee is full of antioxidants and polyphenols. However, these same antioxidants and polyphenols can also be found abundantly in many fruits and vegetables.

In addition, there are also a variety studies showing coffee’s role in the prevention of cancer, diabetes, depression, cirrhosis of the liver, gallstones, etc.

Beyond science, there is also the undeniable feeling of comfort in a morning routine, a stop at a favorite coffee shop, the smell, the buzz, and the energetic boost and mental clarity that come with a good cup of joe.

Everyone reacts differently

Is coffee bad for everybody? Not really. Each of us can have a different reaction to coffee. Some people get jittery, anxious and nervous, while others feel uplifted for hours. Many coffee drinkers report feeling good for the first two hours (mainly due to a dopamine spike), but eventually their energy and mental alertness will start dropping rapidly.

Coffee is metabolized in Phase I of the liver detoxification pathway, and some people have a harder time breaking it down – we call them “slow metabolizers.” This can either manifest immediately, presenting shaky and jittery feelings, or in a delayed fashion, such as poor sleep and digestive issues.

What is so worrisome about coffee?

If you are suffering from thyroid issues, Hashimoto’s, adrenal fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, hot flashes or hormone-related conditions, it’s important to be fully aware of the “other side of coffee” and make an educated decision whether it is good for you.

Here are some of the lesser-known facts about coffee:

  1. Increases blood sugar levels

According to this study, caffeine increases blood sugar levels. This is especially dangerous for people with hypoglycemia (or low sugar levels) who feel jittery, shaky, moody and unfocused when hungry. Blood sugar fluctuations cause cortisol spikes, which not only exhaust the adrenals, but also deregulate the immune system. This is highly undesirable for those of us with adrenal fatigue, Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease. Such cortisol spikes are also highly inflammatory (read more below).

  1. Creates sugar and carbohydrate cravings

As the result of the above (increase in sugar levels), when our blood sugar levels come down, we need an emergency fix to bring them back up. This is why people who drink coffee at breakfast or indulge in sugary and processed breakfasts crave carbs and sugar by 11am or later in the day.

  1. Contributes to acid reflux and damages gut lining

Coffee stimulates the release of gastrin, the main gastric hormone, which speeds up intestinal transit time. Coffee can also stimulate the release of bile (which is why some people run to the bathroom soon after drinking coffee) and digestive enzymes.

In a person with a healthy digestion, this is not a big deal. However, for people with autoimmune conditions, compromised digestion (such as IBS, or “leaky gut”), this can cause further digestive damage to the intestinal lining (source).

  1. Exhausts the adrenals

Coffee stimulates the adrenals to release more cortisol, our stress hormone; this is partly why we experience a wonderful but temporary and unsustainable burst of energy.

What many of us don’t realize is that our tired adrenals are often the cause of unexplained weight gain, sleeping problems, feeling emotionally fragile, depression and fatigue. Drinking coffee while experiencing adrenal fatigue is only adding fuel to the fire.

  1. Worsens PMS and lumpy breasts

It’s well-established that coffee contributes to estrogen dominance (source), which can mean one of two things: we either have too much estrogen in relation to progesterone, or we have an imbalance in the estrogen metabolites (some are protective and some are dangerous).

PMS, lumpy breasts, heavy periods, cellulite and even breast cancer (which is an estrogenic cancer) can be symptoms of estrogen dominance.

  1. Gluten-cross reactive food

50% of people with gluten sensitivities also experience cross reactivity with other foods, including casein in milk products, corn, coffee, and almost all grains, because their protein structures are similar. Cyrex Labs provides a test for gluten cross-reactive foods.

 Many people report having a similar reaction to coffee as they do to gluten.

  1. Impacts the conversion of T4 to T3 hormones

Coffee impacts the absorption of levothyroxine (the synthetic thyroid hormone); this is why thyroid patients need to take their hormone replacement pill at least an hour before drinking coffee.

The indirect but important point is that coffee contributes to estrogen dominance, cited above, and estrogen dominance inhibits T4 to T3 conversion.

  1. Can cause miscarriages

This study showed that women who drink coffee during their pregnancy are at a higher risk of miscarriage.

  1. Is highly inflammatory

Any functional or integrative doctor would say the majority of modern diseases are caused by inflammation – a smoldering and invisible fire found on a cellular level.

This study found that caffeine is a significant contributor to oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Chronic body pains and aches, fatigue, skin problems, diabetes and autoimmune conditions are just some of the conditions related to inflammation.

  1. Can contribute to and even cause osteoporosis

It is well-known that coffee changes our body pH to a lower, and thus more acidic, level. A low pH (which means a more acidic body) can contribute to osteoporosis.

This study has confirmed that habitual coffee drinking among postmenopausal women was the leading cause of osteoporosis.

  1. Can cause insomnia and poor sleep

This study showed that 400mg of “caffeine taken 6 hours before bedtime has important disruptive [sleep] effects.”

This, again, is dependent on the individual and his or her ability to metabolize caffeine. Some people experience deep and restful sleep whether or not they drink coffee, while others do not, even if they stop drinking anything caffeinated at noon.

How sensitive are you and how does coffee impact your sleep? You will only find out when you give up caffeinated drinks for 5 days – then your body will tell you!

       12.  Can cause anxiety and depression (Trudy: I added this one!)

Many people find that caffeine consumption can worsen anxiety. For example, chronic, heavy use of caffeine can cause or heighten anxiety and may lead to increased use of antianxiety medications as shown in this study. This study showed that people with panic disorder and social anxiety may be more sensitive to the anxiety-causing effects of caffeine. Somewhat paradoxically, caffeine withdrawal can also mimic anxiety

What about decaf?

It’s a disputed area, but many health practitioners don’t suggest it for two reasons. For one, many manufacturers use a chemical process to remove caffeine from the coffee beans. The result is less caffeine, but more chemicals. Secondly, it is the caffeine in the coffee that has the health benefits we discussed above. Without it, you are left with little benefit.

The change we resist the most is often the change we need the most

Many people who have made extensive dietary changes will admit that coffee was the last and hardest thing to eliminate from their diets. Coffee is our ritual; it’s our best friend.

But is it really? It is often said that the change we resist the most is the change our body needs the most. Let your intuition be your guide.

Bottom line

You will only know how you really feel without coffee when you get off it for 3 to 5 days (and please don’t say it does not impact you until you try this experiment). The first 2 days will be tough, but that tells you something important about this addictive substance, does it not?

Many women who have given up coffee and caffeine report better sleep within days, fewer hot flashes, less depression and anxiety, and many more other benefits over time.

What are some substitute options?

If you feel like you still need a slight kick, go for less-caffeinated options, such as green tea.

Once you are ready to completely rid yourself of caffeine, herbal teas are a wonderful replacement.

One of my personal favorites is a Roasted Chicory Latte – it tastes like coffee, but it contains no caffeine. Making it into a smooth and creamy (yet dairy-free) latte makes the transition so much easier.

magdalena roasted chicory latte 

RECIPE: ROASTED CHICORY ROOT LATTE

Time to prepare: 15 minutes; Time to steep: 10minutes.

Serves: 1

Equipment: blender

Ingredients

1 tbsp roasted chicory root

2 cups water

1 tbsp ghee, coconut butter or butter (if tolerated)

1 pitted date

fresh nutmeg (nut or powder)

How to make:

  1. Bring water to a boil, add chicory root and steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain and transfer to a blender.
  3. Add the ghee (or any fat you decide to use) and the date. Blend for 1 minute at high speed.
  4. Top with freshly grated nutmeg and enjoy.

 

Medical references:

If you are not already registered for the Anxiety Summit you can get live access to the speakers of the day here: www.theAnxietySummit.com

Check out the speaker blog from Magdalena’s two wonderful interviews on the Anxiety Summit Season 3: Foods to balance your hormones and ease anxiety.

Her 2 interviews will be replayed on Monday May 18th (we have encore replay days on Monday May 18th and Wednesday May 20th).

Grab Magdalena’s gift: How to Rebalance Your Hormones with Food and Recipes

Missed these interviews or can’t listen live? Or want this and the other great interviews for your learning library? Purchase the MP3s or MP3s + transcripts and listen when it suits you.

You can find your purchasing options here: Anxiety Summit Season 1, Anxiety Summit Season 2, and Anxiety Summit Season 3.

The Anxiety Summit – How to use MindBody Medicine to Reverse Anxiety in 3 Minutes or Less

May 16, 2015

 

Dr. Kim D’Eramo, DO, author of The MindBody Tool Kit, is interviewed by host of the Anxiety Summit, Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution.

How to use MindBody Medicine to Reverse Anxiety in 3 Minutes or Less

  • Why anxiety leads to us developing diseases like heart disease
  • What is MindBody medicine
  • How do we use MindBody medicine to reverse anxiety, depression, pain or other symptoms instantly
  • MindBody tools like the instant elevation technique
  • The broccoli yoga pose

Dr. Kim shared how at osteopathic school you learn how the body and mind are related and how that has a direct impact on health and the body’s ability to heal itself.

Here is the medical student mindfulness study I mentioned: An Adapted, Four-Week Mind-Body Skills Group for Medical Students: Reducing Stress, Increasing Mindfulness, and Enhancing Self-Care.

these findings suggest that a brief, voluntary mind-body skills workshop specifically adapted for medical students is feasible, acceptable, and effective for reducing stress, increasing mindfulness, and enhancing student self-care

Dr. Kim shared about women she has worked with whose kids have struggled with anxiety or behavior problems and how having the mom do the mindbody techniques led to the kids no longer having night-terrors and anxiety. I found this section so fascinating.

Dr Kim shared this:

Most of us live in the sympathetic state of fight or flight and that means your stress hormones are high all the time. You can’t metabolize nutrients, you gain weight, you develop allergies and you no longer have the big picture ability to make little changes to make your life easier, You’re in survival mode and not relaxation mode. This leads to heart disease, inflammation, anxiety and it affects your thyroid and overall hormonal balance.

Here is the Brazilian civil servant heart disease mood study I mentioned: The association between mood and anxiety disorders, and coronary heart disease in Brazil

The association with CHD [coronary heart disease] is greatest in those with psychiatric comorbidity, while associations were also observed in MDD [major depressive disorder] and generalized anxiety disorder without comorbidity

 

Dr Kim says this about the broccoli pose (don’t you just love that name?):

According to my friend, Matt Sanford (he trains yogis all over the world) this simple yoga pose is like “Broccoli for your emotional body.” You literally cannot feel depressed after being in this pose.

I recommend it daily for 5 minutes. Life-changing!

It decreases stress hormones, and inflammation that causes disease, AND it’s shown to increase “healthy hormones” like endorphins and oxytocin, that make you feel a sense of confidence and self-worth

What mindbody tool have you used today?  I just did the broccoli pose and loved it!

If you are not already registered for the Anxiety Summit you can get live access to the speakers of the day here: www.theAnxietySummit.com

Missed this interview or can’t listen live? Or want this and the other great interviews for your learning library? Purchase the MP3s or MP3s + transcripts and listen when it suits you.

You can find your purchasing options here: Anxiety Summit Season 1, Anxiety Summit Season 2, and Anxiety Summit Season 3.

The Anxiety Summit – How Gluten Elimination Healed Me and Eliminated my Anxiety

May 16, 2015

 

Lebby Salinas, The Fooducator®, certified health & wellness coach, is interviewed  by host of the Anxiety Summit, Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution.

How Gluten Elimination Healed Me and Eliminated my Anxiety

  • Lebby’s gluten story and how she nearly died
  • The gluten testing she did and what she learned
  • The C.R.A.P diet
  • Community work and the Fooducation® Movie Series
  • Buying local produce

Lebby Salinas suffered from many food allergies and illnesses that conventional medicine couldn’t diagnose or cure; at one point, becoming very ill and needing to be hospitalized. After many years and many thousands of dollars, she took her health into her own hands.

Lebby took Hippocrates at his word and began to “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” She discovered that it was more about what was wrong with the foods she was eating, not what was wrong with her body.

She shared how her healing journey is a continual journey shared this:

When you have anxiety you are told to just think positive and just change your thoughts and I like to say just change your food!

Most of her life she had been eating what is referred to as the S.A.D. diet (Standard American Diet) consisting of a lot of what she calls C.R.A.P. 

C= carbonated and sugared drinks

R= refined sugar

A= artificial flavors and dyes and

P = processed foods

The first time someone suggested a connection between food and mood and anxiety she found the idea so foreign.   It was only later that she figured out how bad gluten was for her health and how it made her so sick and caused anxiety and panic attacks.

Dr. Charles Parker, holistic psychiatrist, was the first doctor who recommended that she eliminate gluten and dairy, rather than prescribe her antidepressants. This was based on IgG food sensitivity testing.

Later the doctors at another hospital said she didn’t have celiac disease, could eat gluten, looked at her like she was “a bit crazy” and prescribed Xanax to calm her down. She was sent home and her husband was told to get her things in order.

Lebby shared how she was then referred to Dr. Tom O’Bryan, he did the Cyrex test and said she needed to do the elimination diet and heal her gut or she would likely die.

She shared that doing the Cyrex testing and working with Dr. Tom “literally saved my life!” And that he is going to write up a paper on her illness and great results.

You may recall my great interview with Dr. Tom on season 2 of the Anxiety Summit: Gluten’s impact on the inflamed brain: reducing anxiety and depression

Here is one of the great statements Dr. Tom made during our interview:

No human on the planet can digest gluten! Whether or not it causes symptoms like anxiety or depression or arthritis why eat anything that would cause inflammation!

Dr. Tom also talked about his new product during our interview: 

Glutenza™ is a gluten pulverizing formula uniquely designed with powerful enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics to break down gluten proteins by targeting both internal and external peptide bonds. Glutenza™ goes beyond the traditional DPPIV enzyme, offering superior degradation of gluten proteins by breaking down unhydrolyzed gluten peptides.

Dr. Tom is host of the well-known summit called ‘The Gluten Summit – A Grain of Truth’  (the interviews are excellent and are highly recommended if you want to learn more about gluten issues).

The training that Lebby did once she had recovered was through Dr. Tom’s office and is called the Certified Gluten-free Practitioner training.

I love that Lebby has taken what she learned and now helps others in their healing journeys, as The Fooducator®,  and a certified health & wellness coach. The more she studied health, food, and nutrition, the more passionate she became about sharing with others the power of holistic health and the power that “real food” has in nourishing and healing our bodies, minds and spirits.

One thing she has started is community effort to help improve the health and wellness of communities via the Fooducation® Movie Series that works towards “Changing lives one movie at a time.”™ 

Here are some of her “Fooducator approved movies you absolutely have to watch”: Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, The Future of Food and Ingredients.   You can watch some trailers on her site GetFooducated

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Pyroluria/social anxiety protocol: why aren’t I getting results? (trouble-shooting checklist)

May 16, 2015

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How do you trouble-shoot when you score high on the Pyroluria Questionnaire from The Antianxiety Food Solution  or even have a positive pyroluria urine test but you don’t seem to be getting the results you expect?

You still have social anxiety, that inner tension that you push through and deal with, and likely still feel uncomfortable when in large groups. You force yourself to put on the confident brave face. You may wish you could be more like your extrovert friends and actual enjoy socializing and speaking in public/on stage – without the fear and anxiety. You may still not be a big breakfast eater and have morning nausea. You may not yet be having pleasant dreams that you always remember.

(If pyroluria is new to you here is the Pyroluria Questionnaire from The Antianxiety Food Solution and here is a nice summary – Pyroluria, social anxiety, introversion: a summary )

This checklist is a starting point to try and figure out what may be the issue. These are the questions I’d work through with someone who is working with me one-on-one.

I discussed 21 of these in my interview on season 3 of the Anxiety Summit: Pyroluria, Amino Acids and Anxiety: Troubleshooting when you are not getting results

As you heard during the interview, I added MTHFR and I’ve even added a few more since then. I expect this list to grow.

  1. What form of zinc are you taking and is it free from copper? My favorite is Optizinc (zinc monomethionine)
  2. Have you made sure that there is no copper in your multivitamin or other supplements?
  3. Have you been taking evening primrose oil and if yes, how much?
  4. Did you test your fatty acid levels? What are the results? Did it show a need for GLA (I like evening primrose oil rather than borage oil)
  5. What is your alkaline phosphatase (blood test) – less than 70 may indicate a need for zinc
  6. Have you done the zinc tally/challenge with zinc sulfate and does it taste like water or does it taste really bad? If you zinc levels are good it should taste really bad
  7. Did you test copper and ceruloplasmin, and if yes, what were the results?
  8. Did you do the pyroluria urine test? What are the results?
  9. What’s your score on the pyroluria questionnaire ? And which symptoms do you have?
  10. What is your score on the introversion questionnaire?
  11. What were your dreams like before starting the protocol and now? How high did you go on the vitamin B6?
  12. On a scale of 1-10, what was your social anxiety before and now (10 is worst)
  13. What is your stomach acid like? And have you trialed Hcl supplements? Tested total protein (in blood)
  14. Do you eat grass-fed red meat (a good source of zinc, iron and omega-3s?
  15. Do you eat sugar? Refined sugar and processed foods? Or even “healthy” sweeteners such as honey in large quantities? (sugar depletes zinc)
  16. Do you eat large quantities of nuts or bake with nut flours? (the copper in the nuts may be affecting your zinc)
  17. Do you have a copper IUD, copper pipes, copper pots?
  18. Have you done a hair analysis and found high copper or high hidden copper?
  19. How much and how often do you exercise? What about bikram/hot yoga? Sweating depletes us of zinc
  20. Have you used any of the amino acids? And seen good results?
  21. Do you eat gluten and have a gluten sensitivity? If yes, have you healed your gut? If not, you may have malabsorption
  22. Are you completely grain-free? This may be impacting your vitamin B6 levels)
  23. Do you have amalgams/silver fillings? Did you have them removed and did a mercury detox? Were you tested for heavy metals? Zinc absorption can be blocked by heavy metals (we talked about this in season 2)
  24. Do you have the MTHFR polymorphism? It’s common with pyroluria and this may mean you need higher amounts of the supplements
  25. Do you have high histamine/hisadelia or low histamine/histapenia? Pyrolurics often have one or the other
  26. Are you taking benzodiazapines or have recently quit benzodiazapines? Your unresolved anxiety may be due to this fact (we talked about this in season 1)
  27. Do you have parasites, candida, dysbiosis, SIBO or other digestive issues? These can be considered stresses and pyroluria symptoms are worse under stress
  28. Do you have Lyme disease or another infection? These can be considered stresses and pyroluria symptoms are worse under stress
  29. Do you have food sensitivities?  This may contribute to malabsorption.  This can also be considered a stress and pyroluria symptoms are worse under stress
  30. Do you have problems with histamine-containing foods? This can be considered a stress and pyroluria symptoms are worse under stress.  Also, vitamin B6 is a co-factor needed for the DAO enzyme, which is responsible for the degradation of histamine.
  31. Do you have issues with oxalates? This can be considered a stress and pyroluria symptoms are worse under stress. Oxalates can also bind to minerals and lower the levels
  32. Have you been/are you exposed to mold and other toxins? These can be considered stresses and pyroluria symptoms are worse under stress
  33. Do you have low oxytocin levels?  Do you have a genetic variation in the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR). Oxytocin has been implicated in anxiety, depression and related stress phenotypes
  34. Is your life super-stressful? Stress makes pyroluria worse
  35. Do you have adrenal issues? We need good adrenal function for optimal digestion, being able to handle stress and being able to fight off infections/avoid getting parasites and dysbiosis
  36. Do you have hormonal issues – PMS, perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms?  The pyroluria protocol helps and this could be a clue that something is off

This list is NOT in my book The Antianxiety Food Solution but the pyroluria questionnaire, protocol and testing information is (my book has a whole chapter on pyroluria).

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Missed this interview or can’t listen live? Or want this and the other great interviews for your learning library? Purchase the MP3s or MP3s + transcripts and listen when it suits you.

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Please share your results and ask questions in the comments.