Archive for November, 2009

Urinary Neurotranmitter Testing, How reliable is it?

Urinary neurotransmitter testing: can brain function be reliably measured in the urine?

The brain has been labeled “the final frontier in medicine”. Rightly so, a complex structure that controls aspects of existence that have yet to be understood, the organ is shrouded in mystery. While some of its functions may never be completely elucidated, many of its fundamental processes are clearly mapped out in science. For example, we know that the basic unit of brain anatomy is a cellular structure called a “neuron”. 100 billion of these little workhorses talk to each other using chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters, to perform every function of our existence…mood, sleep, breathing, attention, memory, you get the picture. Every time a neuron “speaks”, it releases neurotransmitters. The blood circulating through the brain will pick up some of these molecules and transport them to the kidney, where they are excreted into the urine.

For over 50 years, scientists have been measuring neurotransmitters in the urine. As a result of this work, 1000′s of studies have been published that show neurotransmitters measured in the urine relate to various functions (or dysfunction) in the brain. It is important to note, however, that urine measurements are not direct measures of brain chemistry. Rather, urine levels seem to correlate with specific disease states. This is an important distinction. Direct measures of brain chemistry would require opening up the brain. Obviously, medical science has not yet found a way to do this procedure without inflicting serious harm. Some have proposed blood or brain fluid (CSF) measures are more reliable. These methods have their limitations too. The actual procedure of inserting a needle to collect the fluid causes a change in certain neurotransmitters. This could really skew the results! For the time being, urinary neurotransmitter tests appear to be the most clinically relevant and non-invasive way to assess brain chemistry. Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that urine measures are related to various diseases. Identifying these imbalances allows your health care practitioner make more informed decisions about what medicine is best for you. And since there is no risk or harm in performing the test, what do you have to lose?

There was a time where the entire population believed the Earth was center of the Universe. Those who thought otherwise were chastised. Likewise, there are those who believe urine neurotransmitter levels are invalid. New and exciting scientific discoveries are often minimized and downplayed for lack of evidence. However, as history shows us, the most important scientific discoveries have to start somewhere. And those that see the logical, rational value in them, will be the first to benefit.

Joe Ailts
Director of Medical Education
NeuroScience Inc.

Neurotransmitter Test Kit

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Tired Of Not Sleeping?

Ideally you spend about 8 hours per day, 56 hours per week, 240 hours per month, and 2,920 hours per year (one third of our lives) sleeping. At least some of us do.

Studies show that 70 million people in the United States alone suffer from the effects of insufficient sleep.  What does that break down to in dollars? Sleep studies show a conservative estimate of $100 million dollars a year are spent on medical bills, lost work and accidents due to sleep deprivation.

Many people turn to sleep medications because they reach the end of their rope. They are desperate to sleep, even if it is induced by medical intervention.

What can cause sleeplessness?  There are many things that can contribute to insomnia;  stress, poor diet, poor sleep habits, hormone issues, neurotransmitter imbalance to name a few.

The sooner you address a sleep issue the better chance you have that it will respond to natural treatment. One of the things we recommend right away is to do an Adrenal and Neurotransmitter lab test. This helps to determine cortisol levels which effect sleep greatly as well as neurotransmitter balance. For example, serotonin helps manufacture melatonin. If the body does not have enough serotonin it makes it very difficult to produce sufficient melatonin, a key factor to sleep.

If for some reason you cannot test immediately there are some natural remedies that work quite well and are worth a try.

Two products by Neuroscience, Travacor and Kavinace are on my lists of favorites. Travacor contains 5HTP, L-Theanine, Taurine and other important co-factors.  Its main purpose is to support serotonin levels.

Kavinace also contains taurine and phenyl-gamma-aminobutyric acid which supports GABA. Kavinace is designed to address the symptoms that accompany stress.

Another product I like is from Lifewave,  a non-transdermal patch called Silent Nights. The patch is placed  on an acupuncture meridian before bed each night. It works by stimulating this meridian,  there by promoting sleep.

Apex Energetics also has a product called AdenaCalm. It has a high level of PS (phosphatidylserine) which has a remarkable ability to lower cortisol levels. High cortisol levels at night can interrupt or prohibit the ability to fall asleep.

Natural remedies with life style changes are always the first and best way to approach insomnia. I have found in my own life that if I spend 30 minutes before bed reading a good book, meditating or relaxing in my hot tub, sleep comes more naturally. I have also found that if I am stressed about the day and get on the computer before bed or watch the news, my good night’s sleep is doomed before it starts.

Please contact us at 877-465-0844 if you would like to know more about having your lab test done. Or go to Ovitaminpro.com and click on our resource guide. You can also email me at mary@ovitaminpro.com.

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