Sami's Take On The Big 5

Depression
Many people confuse depression as a diagnosis that carries a heavy, shameful label usually treated by medical doctors with antidepressant (SSRI) medications. The truth is that depression is actually a symptom of an underlying imbalance, not a diagnosis, which explains why antidepressants often do more harm than good. Biochemically, depression can have many causes such as too much copper that lowers neurotransmitter production, a methylation imbalance, and elevated pyrroles that deplete brain-loving zinc and vitamin B6.

Anxiety
We first need to understand that everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. This is called situational anxiety and is a normal part of being human. However, unlike situational anxiety, General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) often has its roots in underlying biochemical imbalances that create cognitive and physical symptoms such as racing thoughts, extreme fears, insomnia, and digestive issues. Like depression, anxiety can have many causes including zinc and vitamin B6 deficiencies, elevated copper levels, and over and undermethylation.

OCD
Obsessive compulsive disorders are highly misunderstood. There are actually two distinct types: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) a result of undermethylation, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) a result of overmethylation. Individuals with true OCD usually only obsess about one or two things (for me it was food and my body), and have a calm exterior with lots of inner tension. Individuals with OCPD have very noticable high anxiety, excessively fixate on minor details, and often come off as erratic to others. The main difference between the two is that those with OCPD do not see their behaviors as unhealthy, unreasonable, or intrusive to others, and have a “my way or the highway” mentality. Both types are highly perfectionistic, and struggle with depression and anxiety.

Eating Disorders
Many people think nutrient deficiencies are caused by the eating disorder, especially in the case of anorexia nervosa and bulimia, but that’s not a correct way of thinking. The truth is that there are very strong genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors that all play a role in the development of anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and other forms of disordered eating such as Binge Eating Disorder (BED), which took me 25 years to figure out for myself. For example, anorexia is caused by severe zinc deficiency and undermethylation. Keep in mind nutrient deficiencies may manifest as symptoms long before the eating disorder surfaces: a loss of appetite, intestinal pain, constipation, chest pain, anxiety, depression, and issues with sleeping. As the imbalanced diet continues, nutrient levels reach dangerous lows and the symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder surface.

ADHD and ADD
ADHD and ADD are epigenetic disorders, which means that genetic and environmental assaults influence an individual’s ability to effectively think, focus, and concentrate. Both are factors that contribute to biochemical imbalances and nutrient deficiencies in the brain which in turn affect an entire person’s functional capacity. The underlying causes of ADHD and ADD are elevated copper levels, under and overmethylation, and yeast toxicity.

Autism
Autism has distinct features from three main sources: biochemical imbalances that include undermethylation, copper overload, elevated toxic metals, and other nutrient deficiencies; epigenetics and environmental triggers that alter brain chemistry; gastrointestinal (GI) tract issues that include malabsorption, food sensitivities, and yeast overgrowth. All these factors create severe oxidative stress that produce the condition we know as autism, which can be healed with dietary and nutrient therapy.

Undermethylation

What is undermethylation?
Undermethylation (also called histadelia) is a genetically acquired condition that occurs when too few methyl molecules are available to add to enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters. Undermethylation is not the same condition as histamine intolerance or Mast Cell Activation Disorder. 

Why is it a problem?
Lack of methyl groups (a carbon group with three hydrogen atoms) to support neurotransmitter activity creates depressed levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Suboptimal levels of these important neurotransmitters causes depression, perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive and ritualistic behaviors, addictive tendencies, high-achievement and competition, and seasonal allergies. Undermethylators tend to respond well to serotonin-enhancing substances such as Prozac, Zoloft, St. John’s Wort, and SAMe. We are also more at risk to develop certain types of cancers.

Who can be undermethylated?
I often see high achieving, type A females with strong perfectionistic tendencies to be undermethylated. They are calm on the outside with lots of inner tension and often, severe depression. Undermethylation is also an underlying component of autism. However, anyone of any age can be undermethylated.

How can we fix it?
Undermethylators have a genetic tendency to be very low in calcium, magnesium, methionine, and vitamin B6, with excessive levels of folic acid. This condition can be safely corrected and balanced with dietary and nutrient therapy. First let’s be sure you are being impacted by this. Take the free, five minute life assessment to find out if you are being impacted by this.

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Overmethylation

What is overmethylation?
Overmethylation (also called histapenia) is a genetically acquired condition that occurs when too many methyl molecules are available to add to enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters. 

Why is it a problem?
Too many methyl groups (a carbon group with three hydrogen atoms) creates excessive levels of important neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which leads to hyperexcitability in the brain. This causes high anxiety, rumination, heavy body hair, musical and artistic abilities, an inability to sit still, food and chemical sensitivities, paranoia, and sleeping problems. Overmethylators do not respond well to serotonin-enhancing substances such as Prozac, Zoloft, St. John’s Wort, and SAMe, which can make them suicidal.

Who can be overmethylated?
I often see females and children with high empathy for others, food and chemical sensitivities, and an adverse reaction to antidepressant medications to be overmethylated. Verbosity is also a hallmark of this condition. However, anyone of any age can be overmethylated.

How can we fix it?
Overmethylators have a genetic tendency to be very low in folic acid and vitamin B6, in addition to other important nutrients. This condition can be safely corrected and balanced with dietary and nutrient therapy. Take the free, five minute life assessment to find out if you are being impacted by this.

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Pyrrole Disorder

What is pyrrole disorder?
Pyrrole disorder (also called pyroluria) is a mood and stress disorder. It is often genetically inherited in the Irish, English, Welsh and Scandinavian people groups. Pyrroles have little or no function in the body and are constantly excreted in urine. However, for a pyroluric individual, nutrient deficiencies occur because these molecules have an affinity for zinc and vitamin B6, and latch onto and excrete them in urine before the body is able to absorb them. Another feature of pyroluria is a deficiency of arachidonic acid (AA) (a polyunsaturated omega 6 essential fatty acid), which is a critical component of brain function, as well as normal growth and development.

Why is it a problem?
Pyroluric individuals are severely depressed in zinc and vitamin B6. Zinc and vitamin B6 are critical for a healthy immune system, neurotransmitter balance, as well as maintaining intellectual function, mood, and memory to name a few. Suboptimal levels of these important nutrients result in high irritability and temper, poor stress control, memory and concentration problems, severe mood swings, explosive anger and rage, anxiety, and depression.

Who can have pyrrole disorder?
I often see females and children with severe mood swings, high sensitivity, hyperactivity, an inability to tolerate stress, morning nausea, and night owl tendencies to have Pyrrole disorder. However, anyone of any age can have this condition. It is often hereditary, but can also be brought on by chronic stress or a traumatic event.

How can we fix it?
This condition can be safely corrected and balanced with dietary and nutrient therapy. Take the free, five minute life assessment to find out if you are being impacted by this.

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Copper Overload

What is copper overload?
Copper overload (also called toxicity), often hereditary, is an inability to effectively eliminate excess copper. It is not the same as Wilson’s Disease, a rare genetic disorder.

Why is it a problem?
Copper toxicity profoundly affects every system in the body especially the reproductive, nervous, and glandular systems, and has a devastating effect on mental health because it lowers dopamine (a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s pleasure and reward centers) and increases norepinephrine (another neurotransmitter that also functions as a stress hormone) in the brain. Imbalances in these important neurotransmitters are related to anxiety and panic disorders, depression (especially postpartum), bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, violent behavior, and paranoid schizophrenia.

Who can have copper overload?
I often see females with high anxiety, chronic fatigue, severe PMS, and depression to be overloaded in copper due to the relationship between copper and estrogen. However, anyone of any age can have this condition and it is an intrinsic part of autism. Copper rises with estrogen and is an essential component of blood vessel formation during pregnancy. Women who have had more than one child are at greater risk.

How can we fix it?
Copper can be safely eliminated and balanced within the body through dietary and nutrient therapy. Take the free, five minute life assessment to find out if you are being impacted by this.

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Zinc Deficiency

What is zinc and why is it so important?
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that helps stimulate the activity of over 300 different enzymes. It enhances resistance to stress, maintains intellectual function, memory, and mood levels. Zinc plays a key role in cell development and gene expression and when deficient, the result is a wide variety of mental and physical health challenges.

Why is zinc deficiency a problem?
Zinc deficiency is by far the most frequently observed chemical imbalance in mental health because zinc is needed to make neurotransmitters. A neurotransmitter imbalance can cause a variety of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, paranoia, and anorexia. The proper balance of serotonin, norepinephrine, GABA, and dopamine is essential to a happy, healthy life. Zinc is also a critical factor in pre and postnatal development because zinc deficiency can be passed from parent to child. This significantly affects not only growth, development, and immune function, but your child’s ability to think, feel, and act, which can lead to behavioral disorders, ADHD, autism, and schizophrenia.

Zinc deficiency in parents before conception can cause miscarriage, fetal growth restrictions, learning disabilities, mental health challenges, and can even influence gender. This is because it takes more zinc to create a male than a female. While there is no way to determine gender, I almost always see zinc deficiency in couples that miscarry males and only produce girls.

Who can have zinc deficiency?
I often see zinc deficiency in women and adolescent girls with strong sensitivities, frequent infections, anorexia, poor memory and concentration, depression, anxiety, poor immune function, suicidal tendencies, and pale skin, however, anyone of any age can have this condition. It is often hereditary.

How can we fix it?
Zinc deficiency can safely be corrected and balanced with dietary and nutrient therapy. Take the free, five minute life assessment to find out if you are being impacted by this.

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