Provider: The Cole Center for Healing
Written By: Dr. Theodore Cole
Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that control nerve and brain function. In order for the body to work properly, these chemicals must be in proper balance. If they are not, symptoms begin. The following information is based on peer reviewed medical articles and the findings described in those articles.
Standard medicine uses drugs that move neurotransmitters from one place to another, but they do not actually increase the levels of these agents. Research shows that in the long run, these drugs deplete the body of neurotransmitters and cause greater imbalance, ultimately resulting in a complete shutdown of the system. Such drugs as Paxil, Prozac, and other SSRI anti-depressants are notorious for this effect. Among others, the tricyclic agents (Amitriptyline (Elavil), Sinequan, etc.), weight loss drugs (Meridia, Adipex, etc.), stimulants (amphetamine, Ritalin, caffeine, etc.), nicotine, alcohol, anti-psychotic agents (Remeron, etc.), and migraine drugs (Imitrex, Maxalt, etc.) and others all produce the same type of effects.
The basic underlying problem in all of these situations is a relative nutritional deficiency. What this means is that diet alone cannot provide adequate amounts of these amino acids, and they must be supplied through supplementation. Our approach encourages addressing these problems by using specific amino acids to support the body’s production of new neurotransmitters. These amino acids increase the levels of neurotransmitters to optimal levels, and in a balanced manner. If used improperly, amino acids can also cause imbalances. For this reason, we use only specific combinations of these supplements, and we check neurotransmitter levels via a urine test if needed. As we are working with the basic control processes of the body, the list of conditions that respond to this approach is large, and growing on a regular basis. This approach does not treat diseases, but rather reverses the relative nutritional deficiency that exists.
There are two programs using Neurotransmitter therapy. One of these is a formal weight loss program. This is a complete, effective program that addresses the underlying metabolic problems that produce weight gain. It can be used to lose any amount of weight. It has been well documented that weight loss alone leads to many health improvements.
All of these results are obtained with no side effects or toxicity. And, in most cases, results are obtained rapidly. Due to the broad nature of supportive effects that neurotransmitters provide, I consider it to be one of the basic approaches to be used for the majority of people.