Anxiety Summit opening: benzos, electroshock, blueberries, sauerkraut and the vagus nerve
- My vagus nerve story and how GABA helped
- Why we need an integrative approach: Electroshock, LSD, BPA, zinc deficiencies, medication side-effects
- An update on benzodiazepines and what we can learn from the Swiss and Blue Zones
- Anxiety: new research on blueberries, gluten, sauerkraut, low vitamin B6 and iron, foods rich in polyphenols
- An overview of the speakers and topics on this summit
My vagus nerve story – the videos document the journey with GABA and vagus nerve exercises 3-6-6 breathing and happy birthday humming.
This article published just last month is just so distressing to even contemplate: American Psychiatric Association Lobbies FDA to Electroshock Children
While the APA looks to seizure-inducing, brain-disabling, electricity as a form of ‘treatment,’ lobbying the FDA to make ECT available for children, no one in medicine, let alone psychiatry, has a clue how ECT machines ‘work’ or how passing large amounts of electricity into a child’s brain ‘treats’ the subjective mental disorder.
Also published last month is an article in the New York Times called: LSD Like Drugs Are Out of the Haze and Back in the Labs.
modern scientists are picking up where their forerunners of the ’50s and ’60s left off. They are studying hallucinogens’ potential to help smokers kick the habit, to undo addictions to drugs and alcohol, to cope with cluster headaches and depression, and to deal with obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders.
Earlier this year a bill was put forward in Massachusetts proposing informed consent for benzodiazepine use. They will be submitting it again in a future session.
Here is the blog post and research on blueberries and serotonin: Blueberries boost serotonin and may help with PTSD and anxiety
Rats that were fed blueberries saw an increase in serotonin levels and the study authors suggest that the neuroprotection offered by the blueberries may offer support for those with PTSD. Presumably this could help those with anxiety and depression too, since low serotonin can also be an underlying factor.
Here is the blog post and research on gluten and OCD: Integrative Medicine Approach to Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety
The 7-year-old boy was put on a gluten-free diet and they saw a huge reduction in his OCD symptoms and anxiety and an improvement in social behavior and school work.
A paper published in August 2015: Fermented foods, neuroticism, and social anxiety suggests that:
consumption of fermented foods that contain probiotics may serve as a low-risk intervention for reducing social anxiety
Here are some of the other papers I mentioned:
- Low serum concentrations of vitamin B6 and iron are related to panic attack and hyperventilation attack
Zinc-deficient ASD mice study: Gender Dependent Evaluation of Autism like Behavior in Mice Exposed to Prenatal Zinc Deficiency
- Polyphenols / what foods can help fight the risk of chronic inflammation?
Here is the master blog with all the speakers, their topics and their individual blog posts with additional information, links to studies, books and other resources – The Anxiety Summit Season 4: All the speakers and topics (keep in mind that the speaker blog links will be live/active from the day of the speaker interview)
If you already have my book The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings, I recommend that you skim through it again and review the chapters on the food basics, gluten, amino acids, pyroluria and digestion. If you don’t yet have a copy, I highly recommend getting a copy so you can be educated as well as empowered.
Here is my gift to you, a song called Top of the World (grab the mp3 at this link)
A new beginning, a brand new day
All of my fears are gone away
I feel so calm, so free, so whole
Right now, I’m feeling on top of the world
On top the world
Right now, I’m feeling on top of the world
And here is another special gift: transcript of this entire talk!
Download the transcript here (right-click on the link and select “Save link as” or “Save target as” to download the file to your computer)
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
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