Evaluating Anxiety With Brain Chemistry, Gut Health, & Gut Toxicity
We have successfully treated thousands of patients suffering from some type of anxiety disorder. Our clinical brain research has proven several key environmental factors are playing a primary role in the increased anxiety of Americans. Anxiety disorders are now the number one mental health condition in American women. In American men, anxiety disorders are second only to alcohol and drug abuse.
The number of Americans suffering from an anxiety disorder has tripled since 1980. This drastic increase in the prevalence of anxiety disorders must be related to changes in our environment because the gene pool does not change that much in just 30 years. Reading the following information will assist you in understanding why so many of your friends and neighbors suffer from some type of anxiety disorder.
The symptom of anxiety is caused by excessive electrical activity in the brain. Our clinical brain research has compared changes in brain chemistry patterns to changes in the brain scans of anxiety-ridden patients. Female hormone deficiencies can cause anxiety, deficiencies of calming brain chemicals, and excessive toxin build-up in the brain, a phenomenon of excito-neurotoxicity.
Anxiety Is Excess Electrical Currently Flowing Through the Brain
“Anxiety is essentially excess electrical current flowing through the brain. The human brain is both a chemical and an electrical organ. It consists of billions of electrical cells called neurons. Because various types of anxiety are derived from different brain regions, the symptoms of anxiety will vary.”
“Since 1980, anxiety and panic disorders have tripled in the U.S. At the same time, addiction has more than tripled. There is an obvious correlation.”
“The American Psychiatric Association has arbitrarily classified five main types of anxiety disorders based on patient symptoms, not causation.”
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Obessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Posy Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
What Causes It?
“Serotonin Deficiency Serotonin is a calming brain chemical. Serotonin deficiency is the most common cause of anxiety in Americans. Two chemical reactions are required for the production of serotonin. First, the amino acid tryptophan found in food is converted into 5-hydroxy tryptophan (5-HTP) in the small intestine. The second step occurs in the brain where 5-HTP is converted to serotonin.”
“Obviously, the treatment for anxiety disorders should be chosen based on causation. In the past, psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health counselors automatically assumed that most anxiety disorders were derived from the patient’s inability to cope with life’s stressors, or were sequence of sequelae negative emotional events.”
“We have determined that there are myriad neurobiological causes of anxiety that can be effectively treated in patients who have coexisting anxiety derived from emotional pain. In fact, when we optimize the patient’s brain function by correcting the neurobiological and biochemical causes of brain dysfunction, patients receive much more benefit then from counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy.”
Physical exercise should be a first line treatment for all anxiety disorders. Exercise releases multiple anti-anxiety chemicals including endorphins. Exercise pumps more blood into our brain, which increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients needed to heal damaged brain cells. The increased cerebral blood flow derived from exercise also helps flush out or remove the many man-made brain toxins.
“Gastrointestinal dysbiosis with intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome, is the most common undiagnosed causes of anxiety disorders in Americans. Unfortunately, undisclosed antibiotic levels in our city water and food supply destroy the normal flora (good bacteria) in unsuspecting Americans. Therefore, accurate diagnosis and treatment of toxic gut syndrome will greatly ameliorate or completely eliminate anxiety in a majority of patients.”
“Fixing a toxic gut will correct serotonin deficiency, taurine deficiency, magnesium deficiency, potassium deficiency, histamine excess and sometimes the more rare GABA deficiency coupled with glutamate excess.”
“The problem with the serotonergic medications (SSRIs) is that they do not assist the patient in making more serotonin. Their utility in the treatment of a serotonin deficient brain treats only the symptoms of serotonin deficiency. This is temporarily effective until the serotonin storage units are emptied.”
“Lyme disease and mold toxicity are the two most common causes of excessive brain toxicity in my patients. We have diagnosed more than 60 cases of Lyme disease out of 600 addicted patients we treated last year*. These patients had become addicted to OxyContin and Xanax attempting to treat the anxiety caused by the Lyme spirochete (bacterium).”
“Mold toxicity is endemic in the Southeastern United States and is under-diagnosed throughout America. Most American physicians are unaware that the toxins created by various indoor molds result in a tremendous elevation of the excitatory brain chemicals glutamate, phenylethylamine and histamine. Excessive activity of these stimulating brain chemicals causes severe anxiety, insomnia and even bipolar symptoms. Mold toxicity is a common cause of addiction as patients utilize Xanax-like drugs, OxyContin-like drugs or alcohol to quiet excessive electrical activity in their brains.”
“Treatment of anxiety derived from mold toxins includes oral and intravenous medications to remove mold toxins from the patient’s brain and body. Until all toxins can be removed, the excessive glutamate, PEA and histamine levels must be counteracted to decrease the brain’s electrical current to more normal levels. We utilize intravenous theanine and oral theanine to block glutamate activity at the NMDA receptor and N-acetylcysteine to facilitate increased production of glutathione, which accelerates toxin remove and glutamate metabalism.”
At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, we use our Brain and Body Wellness program to treat this anxiety disorder.
Normally, the anterior cingulate gyrus helps us forgive, forget and move on. However, as seen on the brain scan, we develop this type of anxiety disorder when it becomes overactive.
We become hyper-focused on the negative in our lives and become more stubborn and argumentative. We also worry excessively about our future expecting nothing good to happen.
Social Anxiety & Excessive Activity In The Limbic System
Social anxiety derived from an overactive deep limbic system, the emotional center of the brain, can be readily treated at Sponaugle Wellness Institute. Our brain chemistry research, over 8,000 analyses, has proven that these patients suffer from specific brain chemical deficiencies that can be readily corrected with our Brain and Body Wellness Program.
Social anxiety is derived from excessive activity in the limbic system as seen on the brain scan comparison above. Patients with social anxiety describe excessive fear, heightened anxiety and self-consciousness in social situations. Patients with social phobia suffer from a chronic fear of being watched or judged by others. They usually attempt to avoid social situations. We have successfully treated several Asperger’s patients who had failed multiple treatment regimens elsewhere. They demonstrate the most severe form of social anxiety, so severe in fact they cannot give others eye contact. They engage in conversation while looking down at their feet.
The deep limbic system is approximately the size of a walnut and resides within the mid-brain. Interestingly, women structurally have a larger emotional center than men. This makes women more sensitive to emotional issues, thus, women are naturally better at nurturing children than men. When men develop a severely overactive limbic system, they become more sensitive to emotional pain, much like females.
At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, we have diagnosed many panic disorder patients with neurotoxicity, the excessive accumulation of fatty toxins in their brain. Our brain chemistry research has proven that neurotoxic patients develop excessive production of the excitatory brain chemicals—PEA (phenylethylamine) and glutamate.
Glutamate is the most powerful electrifying chemical made by the brain. Patients who suffer excessive glutamate levels can experience such excessive electrical current in their brain that they literally “electrify” brain cells. Brain scientists throughout the world are in agreement that excessive glutamate activity in the brain is the primary cause of premature dementia and early Alzheimer’s disease. Patients suffering from excessive glutamate activity feel like their brain is “going to explode.”
Histamine is a brain chemical that mimics Dopamine and hence activates Brain Dopamine receptors. Depending on the level of excess histamine vying for Dopamine receptors, patients usually suffer from insomnia first, the progress to anxiety, and when worse, panic disorder. Panic disorder involves feelings of terror that can occur suddenly and often unexpectedly.
One of our patients, Kimberly, developed insomnia, and Panic Disorder from severe Leaky Gut Syndrome. When the intestinal lining is destroyed from Candida mycotoxins, it “leaks” larger than normal food particles into the bloodstream. When these foreign bodies are attacked by our antibodies, the mast cells release surges of histamine into the bloodstream.
Panic disorder patients have feelings that are accompanied by intense physical symptoms such as tachycardia (racing heart rate), nausea, and sweating. Panic disorder patients often develop a surge of panic when thinking about specific people or considering future events, such as work. Panic disorder is mainly derived from a much higher level of electrical current flowing through the brain than patients with insomnia and generalized anxiety disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Brain chemistry research at Sponaugle Wellness Institute has proven that GAD patients suffer from an imbalance of neurotransmitters, the messenger chemicals that travel between brain and body nerves.
Their imbalance in brain chemistry is caused by various disorders that contribute to brain toxicity ranging from gut toxicity and Leaky Gut Syndrome to environmental toxicity and sometimes all the above with an additional brain infection with Lyme and Bartonella. Even though they have no emotional or social situation causing their anxiety disorder, these patients describe feeling overwhelmed with everyday duties and events. They find that relaxation is almost impossible.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) patients harbor tension in their brain and their muscles, particularly in the shoulders and neck. Their anxiety and fibromyalgia are caused by excessive electrical activity flowing throughout the brain and body.
GAD is a wastebasket term used by psychiatrists when the brain is over-electrified in multiple brain regions as seen above in the Benzene toxic NASCAR driver. A leak in his fuel line almost cost him his racing career.