Neurotransmitter Testing

Neurotransmitter Testing

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The Four Major Neurotransmitters

 Neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as mental performance, emotional states and pain response. Virtually all functions in life are controlled by neurotransmitters. They are the brain’s chemical messengers.  Interactions between neurotransmitters, hormones, and the brain chemicals have a profound influence on overall health and well-being. When our concentration and focus is good, we feel more directed, motivated, and vibrant. Unfortunately, if neurotransmitter levels are inadequate these energizing and motivating signals are absent and we feel more stressed, sluggish, and out-of-control.

Proteins, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, and fats are the essential nutrients that make up your body. Proteins are the essential components of muscle tissue, organs, blood, enzymes, antibodies, and neurotransmitters in the brain. Your brain needs the proper nutrients everyday in order to manufacture proper levels of the neurotransmitters that regulate your mood.

Neurotransmitter Effects:

  • Control the appetite center of the brain
  • Stimulates Corticotropin Releasing Factor, Adrenalcorticotropic Hormone, & Cortisol
  • Regulate male and female sex hormone
  • Regulates sleep
  • Modulate mood and thought processes
  • Controls ability to focus, concentrate, and remember things
  • The Mind Body Connection
  • The chemistry of our bodies can alter, and be altered by our every thought and feeling. Our bodies and our minds are truly interconnected; the health of one depends on the health of the other.

There are many biochemical neurotransmitter imbalances that result in mental health symptoms such as:

  • Adrenal dysfunction
  • Blood sugar imbalance
  • Food and Chemical allergy
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Nutritional Deficiency
  • Serotonin/Dopamine/Noradrenalin imbalance
  • Stimulant and drug intoxication
  • Under or overactive thyroid

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Disrupted communication between the brain and the body can have serious effects to ones health both physically and mentally. Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders are thought to be directly related to imbalances with neurotransmitters. The four major neurotransmitters that regulate mood are Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA and Norepinephrine.

The Inhibitory System is the brain’s braking system, it prevents the signal from continuing. The inhibitory system slows things down. Serotonin and GABA are examples of inhibitory neurotransmitters.

GABA (Gamma amino butyric acid) GABA is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It helps the neurons recover after transmission, reduces anxiety and stress. It regulates norepinephrine, adrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin, it is a significant mood modulator.

Serotonin imbalance is one of the most common contributors to mood problems. Some feel it is a virtual epidemic in the United States. Serotonin is key to our feelings of happiness and very important for our emotions because it helps defend against both anxiety and depression. You may have a shortage of serotonin if you have a sad depressed mood, anxiety, panic attacks, low energy, migraines, sleeping problems, obsession or compulsions, feel tense and irritable, crave sweets, and have a reduced interest in sex. Additionally, your hormones and Estrogen levels can affect serotonin levels and this may explain why some women have pre-menstrual and menopausal mood problems. Moreover, daily stress can greatly reduce your serotonin supplies.

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The Excitatory Neurotransmitter System can be related to your car’s accelerator. It allows the signal to go. When the excitatory neurotransmitter system is in drive your system gets all revved up for action. Without a functioning inhibitory system to put on the brakes, things (like your mood) can get out of control.

Epinephrine also known as adrenaline is a neurotransmitter and hormone essential to metabolism. It regulates attention, mental focus, arousal, and cognition. It also inhibits insulin excretion and raises the amounts of fatty acids in the blood. Epinephrine is made from norepinephrine and is released from the adrenal glands. Low levels have been can result in fatigue, lack of focus, and difficulty losing weight. High levels have been linked to sleep problems, anxiety and ADHD.

Dopamine is responsible for motivation, interest, and drive. It is associated with positive stress states such as being in love, exercising, listening to music, and sex. When we don’t have enough of it we don’t feel alive, we have difficulty initiating or completing tasks, poor concentration, no energy, and lack of motivation. Dopamine also is involved in muscle control and function. Low Dopamine levels can drive us to use drugs (self medicate), alcohol, smoke cigarettes, gamble, and/or overeat. High dopamine has been observed in patients with poor GI function, autism, mood swings, psychosis, and children with attention disorders.

Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. It is required for learning and memory. Low levels can lead to tiredness and poor brain activity. Increased levels of glutamate can cause death to the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain. Dysfunction in glutamate levels are involved in many neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Tourette’s. High levels also contribute to Depression, OCD, and Autism.

Histamine is most commonly known for it’s role in allergic reactions but it is also involved in neurotransmission and can affect your emotions and behavior as well. Histamine helps control the sleep-wake cycle and promotes the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine. High histamine levels have been linked to obsessive compulsive tendencies, depression, and headaches. Low histamine levels can contribute to paranoia, low libido, fatigue, and medication sensitivities.

Norepinephrine also known as noradrenaline is an excitatory neurotransmitter that is produced by the adrenal medulla or made from dopamine. High levels of norepinephrine are linked to anxiety, stress, high blood pressure, and hyperactivity. Low levels are linked to lack of energy, focus, and motivation.

PEA (phenylethylamine) is an excitatory neurotransmitter made from phenylalanine. It is important in focus and concentration. High levels are observed in individuals experiencing “mind racing”, sleep problems, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Low PEA is associated with difficulty paying attention or thinking clearly, and in depression.


Neurotransmitter Levels

Neurotransmitter levels can now be determined by a simple and convenient urine test collected at home. Knowing your neurotransmitter levels can help you correct a problem today or prevent problems from occurring in the future.

For many years, it has been known in medicine that low levels of these neurotransmitters can cause many diseases and illnesses. A Neurotransmitter imbalance can cause:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit/ADHD
  • Panic Attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable bowel
  • PMS/ Hormone dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessions and Compulsions
  • Adrenal dysfunction
  • Psychosis
  • Early Death
  • Chronic Pain
  • Migraine Headaches

What causes a neurotransmitter imbalance?

Prolonged periods of stress can deplete neurotransmitters levels. Our fast paced, fast food society greatly contributes to these imbalances.

  • Poor Diet. Neurotransmitters are made in the body from proteins. Also required are certain vitamins and minerals called “cofactors”. If your nutrition is poor and you do not take in enough protein, vitamins, or minerals to build the neurotransmitters, a neurotransmitter imbalance develops.
  • Genetic factors, faulty metabolism, and digestive issues can impair absorption and breakdown of our food, which reduces, are ability to build neurotransmitters.
  • Toxic substances like heavy metals, pesticides, drug and alcohol use, and some prescription drugs can cause permanent damage to the nerve cells that make neurotransmitters.
  • Certain drugs and substances such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, NutraSweet, antidepressants, and some cholesterol lowering medications deplete neurotransmitter levels leading to neurotransmitter imbalances.
  • Hormone changes such as thyroid, adrenal, male and female sex hormones can cause neurotransmitter imbalances.
  • Medical conditions such as food and chemical allergy, blood sugar imbalance, inflammatory conditions, GI disorders, and head injury.

 

ReNue Health is located conveniently in Springboro, Ohio with easy access from Dayton International Airport, Cincinnati International Airport or the adjacent Wright Brothers Private Airport (MGY) for those travelling by private aviation. Click here for directions and contact information.

Only one visit is necessary to perform a comprehensive history, interview, and education. Follow up evaluations, adjustments and balancing of hormones are done by phone or written communications and a return visit to Dr. Rob is not necessary. Ongoing testing and adjustment is mandatory and performed through a laboratory convenient to your home.

In addition to the Ohio office, Dr. Rob sees new patients in Salt Lake City, Utah. Appointments for either location can be made by calling the main office number 937-350-5527 for information.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

INITIAL CONSULTATION

To schedule a consultation simply call 937.350.5527 and one of our team members will assist you. Please complete all Renue Health questionnaires, ordered laboratory and obtain any necessary old medical records before you arrive for your initial consultation. This will allow Dr. Rob and his staff time to compile your biomarkers effectively and efficiently. You will receive an email after you make a consultation appointment that contains a link to our online patient forms. You can then download all of the intake forms, Elite Lifestyle Questionnaire and Nutritional Questionnaire.  http://www.renuehealth.com/request-an-appointment/ Upon completion of your consultation, you will receive a copy of all your biomarkers, relevant data and recommendations on a flash drive. Should you need additional copies of your medical records, a $30 administrative fee will be charged for copies, handling, and postage.

FORMS OF PAYMENT

We require a credit card number at the time of scheduling your consultation. Our administrative team immediately begins creating your portfolio to gather your administrative data and biomarkers. We are already working behind the scene in preparation of your upcoming consultation. This credit card will be used to hold your appointment and will be kept on file and will be used to complete payment for services, unless otherwise specified by you at the time of check out. We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

INSURANCE COVERAGE

We do not accept insurance. We will provide you with an itemized bill that you can file with your insurance company. Patients who have out-of-network benefits may or may not be reimbursed. Our office cannot assist you with claim resolution. You may be able to use pre-tax dollars from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for your fees related to your services from this office. Renue Health nor Dr. Rob nor any of his employees or affiliates is responsible for payment differences or amounts set by your insurance company. Payment amounts vary per insurance provider depending on your agreement with them and this office is not responsible for dictating or making you aware of the terms and agreements between your insurance company and yourself. Please contact your insurance company with any questions or concerns regarding covered amounts and deductibles. All of our services must be paid for at the time the services are delivered.

DISABILTY FORMS

Dr. Rob does not fill out medical disability forms for patients, and does not submit medical records to support disability claims.

CANCELLATION OR RESCHEDULING OF CONSULTATION

Your consultation must be cancelled or rescheduled at least 72 hours (3 business days) prior to your consultation time, or you will be charged $100.00 US for the visit. You may cancel your appointment by calling the office at 937-350-5527 or by email at support@renuehealth.com We currently have a waiting list for consultations and many of our clients are travelling from considerable distances. We ask that if you know that you need to cancel or reschedule, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may offer your consultation time to someone on the current waiting list.

EMERGENCIES AND URGENT CARE

In case of a serious medical emergency, call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room. Dr. Rob serves as a medical consultant. Unless we have accepted you as a primary care concierge patient by application and contractual arrangement, we require you have a primary care physician for your urgent care and problems that arise when Dr. Rob is not available. Our staff is available to take your message about your health Monday through Friday 10am-4pm. We are not available outside of these hours. Please allow up to 72 business hours for a return call. In many instances, we may be able to get back to you sooner than that. Another way to contact the Renue Health Team is by emailing us at support@renuehealth.com If you are a concierge patient then you have Dr. Rob's private cell phone number and Team numbers and can feel free to contact him or any of the team members directly.

LABS

We have access to laboratories nationwide to accommodate your needs, whether you live locally or out of state. Some of the specialty labs that we recommend involve blood, stool, urine, or saliva samples and can be done by you in your home. You will be given all lab kits and step-by-step instructions for at-home tests at the time of your consult. Once all of the final lab results are received, we will review them with you at your visit. When we request laboratory tests, it is essential that they be performed promptly. Many tests can take up to 4 weeks to perform and for the results to be returned to us. Please do not delay in completing your tests. Some of the specialized tests may not be considered medically necessary by your insurance carrier, and therefore might not be covered. It is your responsibility to make a follow-up appointment to review your lab results with Dr. Rob. If you are unable to return to our office to review your labs, we are available by Skype, Face time, or telephone.

RETURNS

We do not accept returns of supplements or specialty labs. Specialty lab kits must be used within 3 months.

NUTRITIONAL THERAPY AND SUPPLEMENTS

Nutritional therapy and laboratory/diagnostic testing are integral components of your treatment plan. Test results are used to design your personal health care program as well as uncover the root causes of your medical condition. Nutritional supplements are often recommended and we will help you select and find the highest quality products. The supplements that we recommend at Renue Health are available for purchase from our office. It is possible to have your supplements automatically shipped to your home or office for your convenience.

REFILL POLICY

Refills are granted at the time of your consultation or follow up appointments. When you are running low on your medication, it is a REMINDER that you are probably due for your follow up appointment. I generally prescribe enough medication to last until your next follow up appointment. Supplements are immediately available to you by calling the office, visiting the office, or by ordering directly from the websites.

WEBSITE

Information about Dr. Rob, Renue Health and the focus areas of our practice is available on our website at http://www.renuehealth.com and you can learn more about Dr. Rob at http://www.renuehealth.com/about-renue-health/

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

These hotels are conveniently located nearby Renue Health. Hilton Garden Inn
12000 Innovation Way
Miamisburg, OH 45342
(937) 247-5850
Hampton Inn & Suites
25 Greenwood Ln
Springboro, OH 45066
(937) 743-2121
Comfort Inn
15 Sharts Rd
Springboro, OH 45066
(937) 746-0151

WHAT WE TREAT

While the focus of our practice is on the optimization of male performance and health we also do optimize the performance and health of women. Medical conditions we treat and testing we perform:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Athletic Performance
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • BioIdentical Hormone Replacement
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Carotid Ultrasound with CIMT
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Comprehensive Intracellular Nutrient Testing
  • Comprehensive Laboratory Testing
  • Detoxification Programs
  • DEXA Scan
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Issues
  • Dysautonomia
  • Fitness Evaluations
  • Flexibility Testing
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Gastric Inflammation
  • Gluten Sensitivities
  • Healthy Aging
  • Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention
  • Hormone Optimization for Men & Women
  • Leaky Gut
  • Low Testosterone (Low T)
  • Medical Body Composition Analysis (mBCA)
  • Men's Health
  • Mental Focus & Clarity
  • MTHFR gene mutations
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Neurocognitive Testing for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and ADD
  • Nutrition Counseling & Optimization
  • Natural Weight Loss
  • Parasympathetic Overtraining Syndrome
  • POTS Syndrome
  • Strength Testing
  • Sympathetic Overtraining Syndrome
  • Underactive Thyroid
  • VENDYS Vascular Endothelium Testing
  • VO2 Max Testing
  • Women's Health