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Motor Point Acupuncture is Here!

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It’s time to beat stubborn pain!

We are excited here at Origins Medicine to announce that we are now offering Motor Point acupuncture.  You will sometimes hear this referred to as Dry Needling in the medical world, however it is far more sophisticated than the Dry Needling sometimes employed in physical therapy. . Motor Point acupuncture is a direct way to stimulate specific muscles to show the brain the contracted and relaxed end points of the muscle, reduce muscle inhibition, restore proper function, and reduce inflammation.  

 

Although the basic techniques are described in Chinese Medicine classics from over 1000 years ago, Motor Point acupuncture has had a resurgence in last few years with the addition of electrical stimulation.  It is now commonly used by professional athletes to keep them in the game, as well as by the general population who suffer from chronic or acute muscle pain.

 

So, if you are struggling with any type of chronic orthopedic pain issue, even if it hasn’t responded to acupuncture in the past, I’d encourage you to come into the clinic and try this exciting new technique!  I was personally trained by both Dr. Richard Hazel and Dr. Anthony Lombardi and I’ve included a few videos below to demonstrate Motor Point acupuncture is applied for some common issues.

Knee Pain:

Back Pain:

How to Slay Insomnia

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A good night’s sleep is absolutely essential for our health.  Cortisol, our main stress hormone and hormone of alertness, peaks at around 9am and then should drop to an absolutely low level at bedtime.  As the sun goes down and cortisol drops melatonin rises and our circadian rhythm is established. This basic rhythm is established by environmental and internal cues that have signaled our biology since the dawn of time.  Unfortunately, we had to come along with modern stress and technology and muck it all up! So what happens to our sleep if this rhythmic release of cortisol is distorted?

  • Feeling tired and wired when we lie down for sleep
  • Waking up alert between 1 – 3am like clockwork
  • Night Sweats so strong we need to change our t-shirt and invade our partner’s side of the bed!
  • Waking 1 – 2 hours before our alarm with no chance of falling back asleep.

 

Luckily, correction of the cortisol rhythm (HPA-Axis) is not rocket science.  But, it does require a simple salivary cortisol test to determine exactly what is happening with your hormones.  Once we know the unique nature of your cortisol dysruption it can be treated with a combination of lifestyle changes and supplements that gently signal the body to release hormones at the right time and in the proper amount.  

 

Our ancient physiology still wants to exist in harmony with our natural signals.  If we proper align the HPA-Axis we enjoy alertness during the day and calm restorative sleep at night.  If you are struggling with insomnia call us at Origins Medicine and let’s reset your stress hormones and give you back the biological right to a good night’s sleep!

For more information read the following summary from the Natural Medicine Journal.

 

Sleep tight!

Duncan Macdonald, L.Ac.

The Five Branches of Health

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The Five Branches of Health: The Reemergence of Ancient Health Wisdom in Modern Functional Medicine

 

Traditionally, the Five Branches of Chinese medicine referred to five unique strategies for restoring health.  When combined these five branches create a synergistic and complete therapeutic and lifestyle driven solution to both the root cause of disease and its symptomatic manifestations.  Because these strategies represent a comprehensive holistic approach to health they have existed in various forms in almost all traditional medical systems. Although still in its infancy, modern Functional medicine shares the strategy of traditional medical systems of treating the entire organism from a systems based approach.  As such, we are seeing these traditional five branches reemerging in Functional medicine. By honoring the spirit of each of these timeless strategies we can create a comprehensive treatment plan that is exponentially more effective than a more limited plan.

 

The Five Branches and their modern interpretation is as follows:

 

  1. Nutrition: long dismissed by conventional medicine, proper nutrition has always been viewed as absolutely critical in the treatment of disease by Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.  Nutrition has traditionally been a targeted therapy, with different diets being employed for different health imbalances. Functional medicine has embraced this “food as medicine” approach, with different dietary strategies targeted to the individual based on lab results.
  2. Herbal Medicine: This branch refers to the careful administration of targeted herbal ingredients that address both the underlying physiological imbalance (root), but also the symptoms (branches) of disease presentation.  This same strategy is at the heart of Functional medicine. Traditional systems based diagnostics have been replaced with cutting edge modern lab testing. However, at the core of Functional medicine is the prescribing of therapeutic supplements that address the underlying physiological imbalances.  This emphasis on the root cause of disease is reflected in the Functional medicine saying of “test don’t guess.”
  3. Exercise: Chinese medicine has always understood the profound benefits of exercise and how exercise needs to be targeted for the specific patient.  Therapeutic exercise traditionally ranged from gentle forms, such as yoga (Tao Yin), to strength training and high intensity forms reflected in the martial arts.  In modern Functional medicine exercise is prescribed based on measurable biomarkers, such as stress hormone status and mitochondrial function.
  4. Meditation: Traditional medical systems, such as Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, have always put a high emphasis on meditation for health.  Chinese medicine even has a meditation system called medical Qi Gong, which treats specific disease processes through the combination of meditation, breathing exercises, and gentle movement. Functional medicine has been quick to adopt meditation as an important lifestyle intervention,as the scientific evidence is strong across the board.  Specifically, the emphasis on restoring proper HPA-axis function requires retraining the sympathetic/parasympathetic balance through targeted relaxation.
  5. Acupuncture: Most traditional medical systems have some modality to treat pain and inflammation.  Traditional Chinese medicine has acupuncture, which is a neurological modality used to modulate inflammatory signals and restore homeostasis.  The larger point with this strategy is that it is vital to treat pain. If pain and inflammation are left untreated they hormonally dysregulate the stress response and drive oxidative damage.  Functional labs allow us to gain insight into the imbalances that can drive inflammation and pain and, thus, target treatment. However, it is always important to treat pain.

 

Here at Origins Medicine we are always considering all of these therapeutic branches when putting together a treatment plan for our patients.  Proper treatment always addresses the symptoms AND the root cause. When proper lifestyle education is combined with therapeutic treatments the result is exponentially more powerful.

 

In Health,

 

Duncan Macdoanld. L.Ac.

Potatoes for gut health and weight loss: The Potato Hack

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The Potato Hack Intervention is a short term tool to check the reactivity of the gut to Resistant Starch (RS), reset the hedonic system, create metabolic flexibility, resolve inflammatory conditions, and provide the patient with an empowerment tool to increase the fat loss of their other dietary plan. It is not meant as a stand alone diet, but rather a dietary tool to decrease hunger, break negative eating habits, and nourish the gut biome, which is sometimes starved on long term low carbohydrate eating. The Potato Hack is a tool popularized by Tim Steele and based on a diet plan from 1849 that was designed to treat “dyspepsia” and excess weight from the consumption of rich foods.

Explanation: The poor potato has been much maligned in recent years. It is often looked at as being a sugar bomb because it is high on the glycemic index. However, potatoes are actually extremely nutrient dense and a 1995 University of Sydney Australia demonstrated that potatoes score the highest of any food on the Satiety Index. This means that they dampen hunger signals better than almost any other food.

Here is an explanation by Functional Medicine practitioner Chris Kresser on the Joe Rogan show. Here.

The true magic of this plan and what I think leads to its clinical efficacy is in the amount of Resistant Starch. Resistant Starch is a type of starch that is indigestible to us, but feeds our microbiome. When a potato is heated and then cooled a significant amount of its starch is retrograded into resistant starch. This means the effect on blood sugar is greatly dampened. The potato can even be reheated and it will still retain its resistant starch content. The nourishment to our gut biome and the subsequent metabolic benefits cannot be overstated. I have seen this be crucial in some patients who have stalled on a low carb or keto eating plan, but still have significant body fat left to lose. Historically, resistant starch would have been present in most roots, tubers, unripe bananas, plantains, etc, but is often devoid in our current diets.

Who Can Benefit:

Honestly, I think it is a good tool to employ from time to time for all of us to break food cravings and patterns of overeating. It is virtually impossible to overeat unseasoned boiled potato. You will eat only until your hunger is satiated and much of the food eaten has been converted to resistant starch and is fueling your biome. But, to be more specific:

1. Anyone with chronic digestive issues

2. Those suffering from inflammatory problems

3. People who have been following a low carb or keto diet for an extended time

4. Anyone who has plateaued on their weightloss goal while eating a sensible and nutritious diet.

Instructions:

1. Plan on eating just potatoes for 3-5 days.

2. Eat 2-5 pounds of potatoes each day.

3. No other foods allowed (this includes butter, sour cream, cheese, and bacon bits).

4. Salt is allowed, but not encouraged.

5. Drink when thirsty: coffee, tea, and water only.

6. Heavy exercise is discouraged; light exercise and walking are encouraged.

7. Take your normal medications

Expected results: Most people see a loss of .5 – 1 lbs of weight loss per day. Much of this weight loss is retained after completing the potato hack, as it’s not just water weight shed from the depletion of glycogen. Indigestion and inflammatory symptoms often greatly reduce.

Final Thoughts: We are in the infancy of understanding the gut biome, but I have clinically seen huge improvements in people’s health when they consume resistant starch. It may seem crazy to eat just potatoes, but keep in mind that many cultures in history owe their survival to this incredible food. And, remember, this is not a diet! This is a tool to use in conjunction with a nourishing diet to break through pesky plateaus and help heal your gut.
Although a book is not necessary to use this hack, Tim Steele wrote an excellent book that details the science. Also, I recommend reading some of the hundreds of consumer reviews of the book, as it will give you an idea of how successful others have found this plan. You can find it here.

The link between gut infections and autoimmunity.

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For thousands of years Chinese medicine has identified the gut as being one of the primary players in autoimmune disease.  Finally, modern science is catching up!  A recent study out of Yale examined how one particular infection can trigger autoimmunity.

“Bacteria found in the small intestines of mice and humans can travel to other organs and trigger an autoimmune response, read more here.”

Our standard testing protocol at Origins Medicine goes far beyond testing for just this bacteria identified in the study.  The medical scientific community has now identified multiple infections related to autoimmunity, as well as ratios of healthy bacteria that when disrupted to trigger our own immune systems to attack us.

In order to reverse and heal autoimmune disease the pathogenic infections need to be identified, cleared without disturbing normal flora, and a healthy biome supported.  To learn more about our protocol please read on here.

If you would like to take action on your autoimmune condition please feel free to contact us to discuss your unique situation.

In Health,

Duncan Macdonald, L.Ac.

How high triglycerides are messing with your brain!

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Let’s face it… cholesterol is confusing.  The lab spits out a number that is a combination of our HDL, LDL, and triglycerides and somehow we are supposed to make healthcare decisions based on it.  There are so many problems with this measurement (how it’s calculated, lack of particle size measurement, the fact that HDL and LDL aren’t actually cholesterol but transporting proteins, etc.) that whenever I discover something new and tangible I like to share it. This new study published in the International Journal of Obesity is fascinating because it shows that high triglycerides may actually be undermining your body composition in a way we never knew before.   You can read the study here.  They actually cross the blood brain barrier and interfere with leptin and insulin receptors!  You may not be as excited s me, yet, so let’s break down a little about what that means.

What exactly are triglycerides, you may ask?  Triglycerides are fats in your blood.  The body can use them for energy, but if they are not used up they are stored as fat.  The liver takes unused sugar that it can’t burn and turn them into triglycerides for storage.  Remember glucose is extremely toxic to the body and has to be kept in a very narrow range.  If there is excess glucose the body converts it to triglycerides to protect itself and store the extra energy.  So, if your triglycerides are high that is a good indicator that your body is dealing with more sugar than it has the capacity to handle.  That is a classic indicator of metabolic damage and insulin resistance.

We always thought this was a one way process, meaning you eat extra sugar and the liver turns it into triglycerides.  But what this fascinating new study shows us is that triglycerides actually have a signaling function in the brain.  And not in a good way!

Triglycerides actually cross the blood brain barrier and enter the brain and central nervous system.  Once inside the rain they influence the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates energy expenditure and the “set point” of your weight and metabolism.  This happens by interfering with the receptors for the hormone Leptin (which controls hunger) and Insulin (which controls blood sugar and determines whether your body burns fat or glucose for fuel).

So, not only are high triglycerides a sign that the metabolism is damaged and the body is storing fat, but they actually enter the brain and make us hungrier and more likely to store fat.  Talk about a bummer of a catch-22!  However, whenever we learn something new about the mechanism of hunger and obesity it clarifies our path forward.  If high triglycerides cause leptin and insulin resistance then low triglycerides can hopefully help us heal these issues.

This is precisely what we observe clinically.  There are two ways to effectively lower triglycerides.  One is to dramatically lower carbohydrate in the diet.  Less starch and sugar in the body means less need to turn that toxic sugar into its fat storage form.  The other way is bump up exercise, so that the skeletal muscle is burning the glucose before it needs to stored.  It has also been observed that one of the side effects of a low carb diet is a dramatic decrease in hunger.  We always assumed that this was due to less fluctuations in blood sugar and ketone production (like the ketogenic diet).  But, now we see that perhaps the lower triglycerides mean that fat isn’t actually entering our brain and crossing the wires on our hunger and fat storage!

It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution to lower carbohydrate and get exercising.  Your brain will thank you!

 

In Health,

Duncan Macdonald, L.Ac.

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For those of you who follow our Facebook posts or blog you know we have been highlighting the safety concerns of ibuprofen and other OTC pain medications. Ibuprofen poses a significant risk to your liver and stomach and now your… testicles! New European research shows that ibuprofen doses typically taken by athletes is a significant hormone disrupter and can negatively effect testicles, fertility, and testosterone production.

“(CNN)Ibuprofen has a negative impact on the testicles of young men,” read more here.

The take home message is that chronic inflammation should not be ignored.  There are many natural and safe ways to treat nagging pain while the root cause is investigated.  But, it must be investigated!  Pain is a signal that all is not well in the body.  The inflammation that drives pain may be coming from the gut, liver, hormonal imbalances, food intolerances, immune disruption, etc.  The root cause in your case will reveal itself with a proper medical history and functional lab testing.

Instead of increasing your risk of heart attach, stroke, liver damage, bleeding ulcers, and now testicular problems we recommend trying acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, Chinese herbs, curcumin, heat therapies, etc.  So, please, if you have nagging pain recognize that your body is begging you to pay attention.  Don’t mask the symptoms and put your health at risk.  Call or email us and let’s start the process of a pain free 2018.

You can read more about the dangers of ibuprofen here.

 

In Health,

Duncan Macdonald, L.Ac.

Canola oil: bad for the body, bad for the brain.

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Here at Origins Medicine one of the first lifestyle recommendations we make for all of our patients is to cut out industrialized seed oils.  These oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which can lead directly to inflammation and unstable cell membranes.  It’s depressing to think that for 50 years we’ve been told to back off the healthy butter and increase “healthy” canola laden margarin.  Well, as reported on in the Medical News Today a new study shows that our brain also suffers.

“Canola oil is regularly promoted as a healthful cooking fat. A new study, however, suggests that it could be more harmful than helpful — particularly for the brain.  read more.”

So, swap out that canola oil for stable, anti-inflammatory, and delicious fats such as butter, ghee, coconut oil, avocado oil, oilive oil, etc.  It may be one of the most important changes you make for your heart and your brain!

For more tips on how to overhaul your diet for the new year check out my blog on eating well here.

 

In Health,

Duncan Macdonald, L.Ac.

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Sleep: the elixir of life! We all want more and better quality, but how do we go about it? Insomnia is a multifaceted problem. Sleep is a biological imperative and insomnia is always a symptom of an underlying physiological imbalance. This study shows us how one simple supplement may help you get the sleep you need.

About two-thirds of american adults are deficient in Vitamin D..  Because we think of vitamin D as a “vitamin” its far reaching influences on our health is often underrated.  Vitamin D is a hormone and plays key roles in neurotransmitter regulation, mood, immune health, and much more.  Our bodies produce its own Vitamin D with ample sunshine and cholesterol (not a bad word!)

It seems like every week I hear of another potential health issue related to D deficiency.  But, one I had not directly seen was sleep!  As you can see by this study posted in Nutritional Neuroscience inadequate Vitamin D led to problems in almost all aspects of  sleep.  I make Vitamin D part of my daily supplementation in the Designs for Health Twice Daily Essential Packs and I also try to get a half hour minimum sun exposure to my arms, legs, and face.

Remember that insomnia is a symptom of an underlying health imbalance.  Pharmaceuticals are proven to be poor at creating restorative sleep and are potentially addictive.  Proper lab testing and history is the path to uncovering the root cause.  Then a proper prescription of supplements, Chinese herbs, and lifestyle change can restore your basic biological right: to sleep!

 

In Health,

Duncan Macdonald, L.Ac.

How to clear Brain Fog with Functional Medicine

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For many of us our mental acuity defines our personal and professional lives.  We strive to connect deeply in our relationships and push ourselves to new levels of professional creativity.  That is why it is so scary when we find ourselves fumbling for words, forgetting our train of thought, and unable to break through that next creative barrier.  Where once we were admired as the sharpest member of a professional team we now stumble to remember where we parked the car in the grocery store lot or fail to recall the name of an important business acquaintance at social function.  Our thinking feels mired in a thick soup of brain fog.  Many of us fear that this is perhaps the first sign of cognitive decline we have observed in our aging parents.  But, the truth is much more complicated.  The brain is an integrated part of our body and affected by all biological systems.  When brain fog can be caused by anything how do we begin to know what to do?  The answer is simple: test don’t guess!  This is where Functional Medicine steps in and shines!

What is Functional Medicine and how will it help you recover your sharp thinking and memory?  Functional medicine uses advanced lab testing to test the hormonal status, digestive tract, nutritional status, detox function, neurotransmitters,  chronic inflammation, and metabolic health of the entire body.  By measuring the health and performance of these critical systems we see exactly how they are affecting the brain and cognition.  Paired with a thorough health history this creates a personalized roadmap of how to restore health to the brain and body.  

This information is gathered through three main simple lab tests that are performed in the privacy and convenience of your own home.  Let’s take a brief look at each of these tests and how they provide the critical information needed to lift the brain fog.  

For the next three sections of this blog we will look at a case study… me (Duncan Macdonald)!  A few years after having my son I was not feeling right.  I had a wonderful happy toddler, but I felt so overwhelmed by brain fog I worried that the parenting experience was passing me by.  My sleep was poor, my mood depressed, and I felt as though I couldn’t even string words together.  Practicing medicine is dependent on logical and complex problem solving.  I was worried I’d need to find a new career!  Luckily for me I had the access to my mentor Dr. Dan Kalish and he ran the same three tests we use on every new patient.  Each test assesses a different aspect of physiology which, when combined, can give a clear diagnosis of the root cause of brain fog.  

Let’s see how my poor brain and body were faring after the wear and tear of new parenting.

 

BioHealth 201: How the stress hormones affect the brain, Lab cost $150

 

The first step in assessing any case of brain fog or cognitive problems is to examine the stress hormones.  Cortisol is a “Goldilocks” hormone, meaning it shouldn’t be too high or too low.  In proper amounts cortisol governs our alertness, mood, concentration, inflammation and sleep.  When cortisol is too high we feel intensely stressed and if that stress is not resolved the high cortisol dysregulates into a chronically low pattern.  This leaves us depressed and foggy headed and , yet, without the ability to properly rest.  Patients often describe this as “tired and wired.”  

Now, let’s take a look at a real life adrenal stress profile from BioHealth labs and see how my cortisol was looking after 3 years of parenting!

This test measures four separate saliva samples taken at intervals during the day.  The levels are measured of cortisol, our main stress hormone, and DHEA, our main anabolic hormone and the precursors of our sex hormones, such as testosterone.  We feel our best when we are at the high end of the references ranges for our samples.  We get a surge of cortisol in the morning, which wakes us up, then we should have a predictable drop until we go to sleep.  As you can see I was at the top end of the range when I woke up, which corresponded with the fact that I was waking at 4:30am everyday and unable to fall back to sleep.  Yet, my cortisol on all three afternoon and evening measurements were flat and on the low end of the spectrum.  This corresponds with the flat, foggy, and unengaged experience that were my days.  My poor little boy had to deal with a dad who was almost asleep the whole day!  Talk about brain fog!  My DHEA was also on the low end of the spectrum.  This is an excellent indicator of long term and grinding stress.  These levels would be robbing my body of testosterone, leaving me unmotivated and depressed.  Not a pretty picture, so what can we do with this information?  How did I get my hormones back in line?

Based on the labs we are able to create individualized therapeutic supplement programs to reset the body’s stress response.  These supplements include hormone precursors, adaptogenic herbs, and substances that can either lower or raise cortisol thereby correcting rhythm disruptions.  We are not looking to take control of the body’s hormones, but rather encourage the body to resume natural production by mimicking normal output.  This process can take 6 months or longer to stabilize, but patients usually notice an uptick in mood, mental clarity, and memory even within the first few weeks.  

For me it felt like someone turned the lights back on in my brain.  I felt as though I could think critically again and I didn’t stumble for words in conversation.  However, the story doesn’t end there.  In Functional Medicine we are always concerned with finding and correcting the root cause of the health issue.  Why were my stress hormones so out of whack?  For that we run our next test.

 

BioHealth 401H or Diagnostic Solutions GI MAP, Lab cost $350

When we think of stress we usually think of emotional stress, such as a fight with our spouse, work trouble, etc.  But, one of the biggest hidden stressors our bodies face are low grade infections of our gastrointestinal tract.  They cause a constant immune and inflammatory process.  This inflammation leads directly to brain and cognitive issues.  One of the hottest areas of medical research right now is around the gut biome and what is known as the Gut-Brain axis.  It is a fascinating topic that will get its own blog post in the future, but other common infections, such as H. Pylori are directly linked to anxiety and depression.  The brain fog you are experiencing may be due to a long standing and undiagnosed bacterial or parasitic infection.  In my case I was lucky enough to be hosting a significant H. Pylori infection.  

Besides, occasional heartburn I had no idea this infection was causing constant inflammation, anxiety, and increased cancer risk to me!  A pathogen screening is a simple test to do at home.  It is done with a single stool sample which is shipped directly to the lab.  The kit is hygienic and keeps the “ick” factor to a minimum.  The test checks for common bacterial infections, parasites,  biome imbalances, and the health of the immune barrier of the gut.  There is nothing more frustrating than to work with a patient for months restoring the balance to their stress hormones only to discover that they have had an underlying infection the whole time undoing our best efforts.

Different infections require different interventions.  Occasionally, we need to prescribe antibiotics for particularly nasty infections, but the vast majority of infections can be cleared using natural medicine antimicrobial and anti parasitic protocols.  Typically, infection clearing protocols take about two months, as many of these infections have a cystic phase where they will be dormant in the gut lining.  A recent study done at the Mayo Clinic using these exact protocols showed an over 90% clear rate.  For me the protocol worked almost immediately.  

My heartburn completely resolved and even more remarkable the background anxiety that I had come to associate with my brain fog cleared.  This may seem like a remarkably low bar for medicine, but I feel it’s not too much to ask that our patients be free of chronic burdensome infections!

 

Genova Organix – Comprehensive, Lab cost $410

Once we have checked the body for nasty parasites or infections we run our last major test, the Genova Organix.  An Organic Acids Test (OAT) measures the acids in the urine formed as byproducts from physiologic activity.  My measuring these acids we get a profound deep dive into the health status of the patient.  We get a direct look into how the body is utilizing fat, carbohydrate, and protein as energy, nutritional deficiencies, gut biome information, oxidative stress, insulin resistance, liver detox, and most importantly, for my poor brain, neurotransmitter activity.  

There are really two ways of measuring the neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, etc.) in the brain.  One is to do a spinal tap (not recommended) and the other is to measure the byproducts of these neurotransmitters after they are broken down and recycled in the liver.  The cause of brain fog can often be found in the deficiency, imbalance, or inflammation of these brain chemicals.

In my case this test was done when I was a couple years into parenting and making the major transition of incorporating Functional Medicine into my practice.  My stress level was extremely high.  I felt as though I was coping, but still was plagued by brain fog and recall issues.  On top of that I had terrible insomnia, often awakening at 4am with an inability to get back to sleep.  My toddler was now sleeping fine through the night, but not Dad!  When I ran my Organix these were the brain related results.

Marker 22 and 23 (vanilmandelate and homovanilate) are breakdown products of dopamine.  Dopamine is the main excitatory and reward neurotransmitter.  The combination of high and low readings on these show a marked dopamine depletion in this brain.  This explains the low mood, lack of motivation, and fuzzy headedness I was experiencing.  Marker 24 (5-hydroxyindoleacetate) is a direct marker for serotonin.  Serotonin has many functions in relation to the brain, but it is commonly associated with mood.  This is the neurotransmitter that is targeted by most antidepressant drugs.  

Marker 28 (p-Hydroxyphenyllactate) indicates oxidative stress systemically affecting my body, including my brain.  We sometimes see this marker elevate in hardcore endurance athletes because of the oxygen turnover in their bodies.  That certainly wasn’t me at that time!  This elevation is likely due inflammation caused by the H. Pylori infection in my stomach at the time.

Treatment of neurotransmitter related brain issues is multifaceted, but straightforward.  It requires using specific amino acids that are the precursors for the neurotransmitters.  At the same time the body requires higher doses of B-vitamins and detox and methylation support.  These lab based protocols are quick to act, profound, and often we will see changes in mood, memory, and alertness in a few weeks.  

The information gathered by running these three labs and the subsequent lab based protocols I credit with giving me my life back.  Between the staging of the hormonal program, infection program, and neurotransmitter program I was on supplements for about 9 months.  During this time I felt like someone turned the lights back on in my brain!  My sleep returned, my thinking and memory sharpened, and my enthusiasm for life returned.  Many of us accept that being foggy headed, low energy and depressed is just a natural part of aging and parenting.  This is a sad lie we tell ourselves.  It’s not that we are getting older.  It’s that we’re getting more rundown.  With proper investigation and treatment we can do something about it!

In Health,
Duncan Macdonald, L.Ac.

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