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Anxiety and Depression

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In any given 12-month period, nearly 10 % of the U.S. population, or about 19,000,000 American adults, suffer from depression. Major depression is the leading cause of disability. Both the direct and indirect costs of mood disorder illnesses total over 43 billion dollars a year. Depression and other related mood disorders rank right behind high blood pressure as the most common reason that people visit their doctors. Anyone who has suffered with a mood disorder knows first hand just how painful these illnesses can be.

Depession & anxiety disorders affect every facet of a person's life. The pain, disappointment, hopelessness and fatigue that these individuals experience slowly consumes every fiber of their being. They may lose their job, marriage, friends, and family as they spiral into an ever deeper abyss. At it's worst the illness may cause some individuals to become so sick that death is a welcomed option. Over 30,000 Americans commit suicide each year.

Folks who consult their family doctor for anxiety and or depression usually receive a prescription medication. The most often prescribed antidepressants are in the form of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI) like Prozac, Effexor, Cymbalta, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, or Lexapro. Prescription antidepressants can provide welcomed relief from the symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. Millions of Americans have benefited from taking these medications. And in fact as many as 10% of the U.S. population has taken one of these medications. Prescription antidepressants sales reached a total of 37 billion in sales in 2003, which came out to $9,000,000 more than was spent on treatments for the heart, arteries and blood pressure.

Prozac was first cleared by the FDA in 1988. By 1994, it had become the fastest growing prescription drug in America with sales over $1,200,000,000. In one year, 1993, prescription anti-depressant drug sales grew by almost 20%. Prescription drugs have helped millions of people overcome their depression.....BUT prescription SSRI medications are NOT effective for everyone! They carry with them, potentially life-threatening side-effects! For example, Prozac has been associated with over 1,734 suicide deaths and over 28,000 adverse reactions.

Some common side-effects caused by these prescription anti-depressant meds include: depression (yes, that's right), addiction, suicidal tendencies, tardive dyskinesia (involuntary muscle spasms), sexual dysfunction, and Tardive dementia (senility). These side effects are due to a combination of poor liver function coupled with drug-induced nutritional deficiencies. Metabolizing these anti-depressants depletes essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids and may create nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies then lead the patient down a slippery slope to further symptoms including depression that could be even worse than before they started taking the SSRI!

The June 1990 Health Letter, published by the Public Citizen Health Research Group, estimates that muscle tremors (or akathisia) affect a whopping 15 to 25% of Prozac patients. Akathisia is a medical term for a condition characterized by inner tension or anxiety that drives or compels afflicted individuals to move their bodies.

Prescription anti-depressants attempt to increase the brains efficiency in using adequate amounts of neurotransmitters. Prozac is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Other SSRI's include Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Lexapro. These medications inhibit the destruction of serotonin. This allows more time for more serotonin to circulate in the brain. But no one has a Prozac or SSRI deficiency, but rather a serotonin deficiency! But is prescription medication always necessary? Using SSRI's is similar to pouring a gasoline additive into a nearly empty gasoline tank. Most people who suffer from mood disorders have been running on fumes (low serotonin or other neurotransmitters) for years. Simply adding gasoline additive isn't going to help! Some individuals do notice an improvement for a period of time but then their nutritional deficiencies begin to rob them of what little serotonin they have remaining. Once their meager levels of serotonin are used up, they are left to try yet another anti-depressant.

Is it any wonder these individuals are depressed? There is a better way. Why not just correct the nutritional deficiencies? Why not pour some more actual gasoline into the tank? Forget about just adding gasoline additives. Let's just fill the tank back up with serotonin.

Nutritional Deficiencies


Medical science has now determined that how we feel is largely controlled by the foods we eat and how well these building blocks are converted into brain transmitting chemicals called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that control our moods. You may know that chains of essential and non-essential amino acids make up proteins. Many of these amino acids are converted into neurotransmitters. The brain needs adequate amounts of protein and their amino acids for the production of neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters include serotonin, dopamine, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA), opioids, and norepinepherine.

Components of our 'Depression Jump Start Package'.

Components of our 'Anxiety Jump Start Package'.

Orthomolecular Medicine


A group of progressive-minded physicians helped pioneer a new way of treating mental disorders. In 1968, Nobel Prize-winner Linus Pauling, Ph.D., originated the term "orthomolecular" to describe an approach to medicine that uses naturally occurring substances normally present in the body. "Ortho" means correct or normal, and orthomolecular physicians recognize that, in many cases of physiological and psychological disorders, health can be reestablished by properly correcting, or normalizing, the balance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other similar substances within the body.

Amino Acid Therapy (orthomolecular medicine) is a great way to treat anxiety or depression without all of the crazy side-effects. The premise of orthomolecular medicine extends back to the 1920s when vitamins and minerals were first used to treat illnesses unrelated to nutrient deficiency. During that time, it was discovered that vitamin A could prevent childhood deaths from infectious diseases, and that heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) could be stopped by adding dosages of magnesium. Like their more conventional colleagues, orthomolecular physicians acknowledge that mental disorders originate from faulty brain chemistry. However, unlike their more conventional medical colleagues, orthomolecular physicians rely less on prescription medications. Instead, orthomolecular doctors recognize the important role nutrients, including amino acids, play in creating and regulating neurotransmitters. They then seek to uncover any nutritional deficiencies that may be causing mental disorders. Once these deficient nutrients are discovered, they are replaced to provide optimal levels needed to correct the neurotransmitter deficiencies.

Amino Acids and Orthomolecular Medicine


Most individuals who consult their medical doctor for mood disorders are placed on prescription medications. Many of these anti-depressants are in the form of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI). These drugs (Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, and Zoloft) are supposed to help the brain be more efficient at using the serotonin it produces. And, as previosly mentioned, it is analogous to a gasoline additive to help your car get more mileage out of the scanty amount of gasoline left in your tank. Unfortunately, many of these individuals don't have any serotonin in their tanks and are already running on fumes. Since their brains aren't producing serotonin, an additive isn't going to solve the problem!

Where do the neurotransmitters come from?


Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that help relay electrical messages from one nerve cell to another. Neurotransmitters are produced from the amino acids in the foods we eat. Amino acids join together in different patterns to form a protein. Eating a protein-rich food allows us to replenish our ongoing demand for the essential amino acids. Roughly half of the amino acids are essential. This means our bodies can't manufacture them and we must get them from the foods we eat (protein). Certain amino acids, along with vitamins (B2, B3, B6, C) and minerals (magnesium), produce the neurotransmitters. The amino acid Tryptophan turns into serotonin. The amino acid phenylalanine turns into epinephrine. Amino acids are the raw nutrients needed to manufacture the neurotransmitters which regulate our moods.

With the proper neurotransmitters, you can experience the joy of life once again.

What do neurotransmitters do?


Neurotransmitters help regulate pain, reduce anxiety, promote happiness, initiate deep sleep and boost both energy and mental clarity. The neurotransmitters that cause excitatory reactions are known as catecholamines. Catecholamines, epinephrine and norepinepherine (also known as adrenaline) are derived from the amino acid phenylalanine. Inhibitory or relaxing neurotransmitters include serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).The neurotransmitter serotonin is produced from the amino acid tryptophan. GABA is produced from the amino aid glutamine.

Correcting the cause of mood disorders.


No one is born with a Prozac deficiency. However, people can and often do develop a serotonin deficiency. Using a SSRI doesn't correct the cause. If someone is out of gas (serotonin), why would you use only a gasoline additive (SSRI)? Why not fill the tank (brain) up with real gas (serotonin) instead? I've been using amino acid replacement therapy for several months now and have found this approach to be far superior to using prescription medicines (in the majority of cases) for treating mild to moderate mood disorders. I've treated dozens of patients with mood disorders so far. I've yet to find any problems with mixing amino acid therapy with prescription anti-depressants. However, you may wish to work with a health-care professional familiar with orthomolecular medicine or amino acid therapy.

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More helpful information:

BRAIN FUNCTION QUESTIONNAIRE - unabridged version

BRAIN FUNCTION QUESTIONNAIRE - abridged version

Please fill out a copy of our BRAIN FUNCTION QUESTIONNAIRE, which was developed by Dr. Rodger Murphree. It is just as accurate an indicator of neurotransmitter function as somewhat expensive lab analysis. The 'BFQ' allows both you and I to determine if you’re low in certain neurotransmitters (serotoninin, dopamine, norepinephrine, etc) and therefore gives an indication about which amino acids you'll need to take to solve your problems.

Austin Family Chiropractic is also a proud retailer of an excellent book by Dr. Rodger Murphree which explains this whole process in much greater detail. The book entitled "TREATING & BEATING ANXIETY & DEPRESSION with Orthomolecular Medicine" sells for $15.88 (which includes sales tax).

This book is an awesome resource for any individual who wants to take charge of her mood disorders 
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If you'd like to know more about our office or our protocols for 'Treating Depression & Anxiety Naturally', please feel free to give us a call (M/W/F, 8 AM-12PM & 2-6 PM CST & SAT AM by appointment) at (217)965-3100.

Anxiety Testimonial:

"After I had my daughter, I was talking to Dr. Austin about my increased anxiety and fatigue. He suggested that my hormone levels could be deficient and recommended supplements to correct the problem. He couldn't have been more right! Within a month, I was feeling better than I had in a long time."

"The supplements are affordable, easy to swallow, and conveniently available at Austin Family Chiropractic in Virden, IL. I encourage both men and women to do something positive and proactive for their health. You won't be sorry!"

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No more ANXIETY or FATIGUE in 30 days!!!  Happy mother & happy baby.



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