At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, we diagnose the underlying cause of anxiety disorders. We have successfully treated thousands of patients who were suffering from some type of anxiety disorder. Our clinical brain research has proven there are several key environmental factors 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 are suffering from some type of anxiety disorder.
The symptom of anxiety is actually caused by excessive electrical activity in the brain. Our clinical brain research has compared changes in brain chemistry patterns to changes on the brain scans of anxiety-ridden patients. Anxiety can be caused by female hormone deficiencies, deficiencies of calming brain chemicals and excessive toxin build up in the brain, a phenomenon excito-neurotoxicity.
At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, we use our Brain and Body Wellness program to treat this type of anxiety disorder.
Normally, the anterior cingulate gyrus helps us forgive, forget and move on. However, when it becomes overactive as seen on the brain scan, we develop this type of anxiety disorder. We become hyper-focused on the negative in our life and we become more stubborn and argumentative. We also worry excessively about our future expecting nothing good to happen.
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.
The symptoms of an overactive deep limbic system include:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
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 in their muscles, particularly in the shoulders and neck. Their anxiety and fibromyalgia is caused by the excessive electrical activity flowing throughout the brain and body. GAD is a waste basket 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.
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 with 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 blood stream. When these foreign bodies are attacked by our antibodies, the mast cells release surges of histamine into the blood stream.
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 certain people or considering future events, such as work. Panic disorder is essentially derived from a much higher level of electrical current flowing through the brain than patients with insomnia and generalized anxiety disorder.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety that develops after a negative event or chronic negative scenarios in which serious physical harm has occurred or was threatened. Dramatic events such as violence, disasters, accidents or belligerent work colleagues can trigger PTSD. Patients with PTSD demonstrate overactive basal ganglia (dopamine factories) on SPECT and PET brain scans. Excessive dopamine production production from overactive dopamine factories causes excessive electrical current throughout the brain. Current theory is that the traumatic event or sequence of traumatic events thrusts the patient into a continuous state of what is known as “fight or flight.” This high-voltage state makes these patients appear edgy and jumpy. They frequently have a pronounced startle reflex. The human brain is essentially fully developed by age 13, except for the frontal lobes, which don’t fully mature until the age of 25. For this reason, children are more vulnerable to developing excessive basal ganglia activity from traumatic experiences than adults.