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Why We Test Neurotransmitters

Date Posted June 8th, 2014
Why We Test Neurotransmitters

 

Here at Health Remedies we practice a unique brand of healthcare known as functional medicine (/blog/functional-medicine-also-called-integrative-medicine-and-curative-medicine/). Central to this approach is our emphasis on the need to address you not simply as a set of signs and symptoms or as a diseased organ but, rather, as a whole person with unique genetic, environmental, and life-related determinants of your health and happiness.

Our approach considers your individual symptoms and their associated biological (hormonal, adrenal, neurotransmitter, and immune) imbalances when developing a specific treatment plan for you incorporating lifestyle, nutritional supplements, and adrenal support.

The study of these biological imbalances is called Psycho-Neuro-Immunology (PNI) and is based on the hypothesis that recurrent stress causes progressive imbalances among multiple physiological systems. These psycho-neuro-immunological perturbations (PNIPs) caused by life stressors have coincided with the steep rise in common Diseases of Civilization (DOCs).

The complex degenerative health conditions collectively known as Diseases of Civilization (DOCs) are often masked by symptoms so common those symptoms lose their diagnostic value. For example, patients with a single condition may be suffering from multiple imbalances (PNIPs: psycho-neuro-immunological perturbations) among their hormones, neurotransmitters, immune cells, and adrenal function. Likewise, vastly disparate conditions may present as a similar set of symptoms.

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The good news is that even the most complicated Diseases of Civilization reveal themselves in the form of characteristic biological correlates. Testing a patient's biomarkers, especially neurotransmitter levels (dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, GABA, histamine, glutamate, and so forth), can improve diagnostic accuracy and increase care effectiveness.

Many common symptoms are related to neurotransmitter imbalances

Neurotransmitter imbalances are associated with many of contemporary society’s most common and recurring health conditions. Because neurotransmitters influence the function of the endocrine system (including the adrenal glands) and the immune system, neurotransmitter imbalances can cause far reaching health problems. The following symptoms may indicate imbalances among neurotransmitters:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiousness
  • Low/depressed mood
  • Irritability
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Changes in appetite and sudden weight loss/gain
  • Adrenal depletion
  • Addictions
  • “Brain fog” (poor mental performance, including issues with memory, attention, and concentration)
  • Inability to enjoy favorite activities

5 Reasons You Should Consider Neurotransmitter Testing

1.gifNeurotransmitters control communication throughout your body.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that facilitate communication between neurons, which in turn affects every cell, tissue and system in your body.

 

2.gifSymptoms (and even diagnoses) don’t tell the whole story.

Although you can articulate a long list of symptoms, you can't identify the underlying imbalances causing those symptoms. Neurotransmitter testing gives me more information than your symptoms alone can.

 

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You are unique, your symptoms are not.

Many symptoms, such as fatigue, weight gain, anxiousness, and sleep disturbances can have strikingly different underlying causes. While your poor sleep may be due to low serotonin, someone else’s may be related to high glutamate. Neurotransmitter testing can identify your specific biochemical imbalances.

 

4.gifComplex health conditions require an integrated approach.

Today’s Diseases of Civilization demand a unified approach that conceptualizes nervous, endocrine and immune functions as an integrated system. Neurotransmitter testing helps us as clinicians uncover adrenal and immune issues that affect proper neural balance.

 

5.gifTesting biomarkers helps us customize your care.

Most importantly, Once we have the personalized, integrated information from your unique lab results, we can better address underlying imbalances. The promise of such an approach is improved outcomes and less cost.

 

For more information about our various Neurotransmitter Test Kits please click here:

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