Dr. Kurt Woeller, DO, integrative medicine physician, was interviewed on the Anxiety Summit by host of the Anxiety Summit, Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution.
Anxiety: The Link Between Low Cholesterol and Low Oxytocin
- The functions of cholesterol and some of the many health consequences of low cholesterol
- Fat malabsorption, and other causes of low cholesterol
- Oxytocin: bonding, trust and social anxiety and why it can be low
- The relationship between oxytocin and cholesterol and anxiety/depression
- How to naturally raise low cholesterol and low oxytocin
Here are some gems from our interview:
As I mentioned in my practice, most of the kids that I test are anywhere between 110 to 120. Now to give you a reference point, the National Institutes of Health states that levels less than 160, with regards to cholesterol, increases the rate of cancer, increases the rate of mental health disorders and even early death in some studies. So that target zone we’re typically using is to try to get those total cholesterol levels at least above 160. I usually shoot for around 170/175 if possible. So in some of the kids the cholesterol levels come up with the Sonic Cholesterol, but not all. What was interesting when I first started using the Sonic Cholesterol in practice sometimes within a week to two weeks I would get reports back by parents of autistic kids that their kids were calmer; they were more focused; they were happier; and what was most interesting to me was that they actually had improved eye contact and many of them were just appearing to be more social. Now as you know in autism the social component is a big problem.
The Pitocin/synthetic oxytocin discussion was fascinating:
And there’s a theory Trudy, I don’t know if you’ve heard this that the Pitocin, which is synthetic oxytocin, which is given to women who are not naturally going into labor, it’s meant to action speed labor up. Pitocin being synthetic oxytocin may short circuit in some susceptible kids the natural production of oxytocin, therefore slowing down or turning off those areas in the brain that are normally being developed at that time, with regards to socialization. So essentially those nerve cells don’t reach their full potential in those areas of the brain. That’s at least a theory, but it seems to hold true if you look at the biochemistry. So one of the other effects then of oxytocin in all of us is what they call the love hormone or the bonding hormone is that it increases feelings of trust and harmony and pleasure in that it’s in involved in our ability to make connections with people on a one-on-one basis, not only through touch but facial expression recognition, voice emotional recognition.
Here is one of the studies: A link between oxytocin and serotonin in humans: supporting evidence from peripheral markers
Given the several activities mediated by both OT [oxytocin] and 5-HT [serotonin] , such a relationship might provide new perspectives and insights into psychiatric disorders and/or social relationship disturbances, as well as novel treatment strategies overcoming and/or integrating the serotonergic paradigm.
Here is information on the Sonic Cholesterol product, dosing and other relevant information.
Here are some of my blog posts on oxytocin, pyroluria, anxiety and depression:
- Oxytocin and variations in the OXTR gene: postpartum depression and anxiety
- Oxytocin, social anxiety, pyroluria and autism
- Oxytocin and social anxiety, pyroluria and depression?
I mentioned that we’ll both be presenting at IMMH/ Integrative Medicine for Mental Health in Washington DC in September – here are the details
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