One aspect that must also be addressed is that of hormone imbalances. More and more we, as practitioners, are finding that men and boys are experiencing the disorders that previously were mostly a "woman's disorder".
Our hormones are marvelous when they allow us to create new life and function at the top of our game. However, they're maddening when they trigger unexpected physical and/or emotional symptoms because they are too high, too low, or suddenly get completely depleted because of undue stress in our lives.
Anxiety is often mistakenly blamed on strictly excessive stress. However, most do not connect out-of-balance hormones and/or depletion of essential minerals and electrolytes that directly affect our emotions and abilities to cope. When under excessive stress, our body literally sucks-up the reserves of minerals/electrolytes and causes deficiencies most often mis-diagnosed or mis-treated...Click to continue reading...
Most of the patients that consult with me for anxiety/panic symptoms have been to a multitude of physicians before contacting me. I would venture to guess that less than 1% have ever been tested for hormone imbalances, much less for deficiencies of minerals/electrolytes...it's just not what the physicians are trained to look for. Instead, their first course of action is to prescribe some legend of antidepressant medication to "cover" the symptoms, albeit causing a cascade of other symptoms and the impending symptoms of drug-withdrawal that are absolutely worse than the original symptoms the drugs were meant to treat.
The limbic system of the brain regulates emotional states like anxiety, panic, and depression - it is rich in hormone receptors. Abrupt changes in any of the hormones (estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, or thyroid hormones cause a release of our "flight or fight" chemical messengers - norepinephrine and dopamine - in these brain centers. These chemical messengers in turn fire-off other brain centers that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, and our emotional feeling of "alarm."
Testosterone, in particular, has a potent stimulating effect on brain pathways much like the stimulant amphetamine. This is one way testosterone improves a woman's sense of well-being and energy level.
If you lose optimal testosterone, you lose your sex drive and feel sluggish. Too much testosterone, however, and your symptoms include nervousness, agitation, anxiety/panic attacks, insomnia, and restlessness in the same way amphetamines do.
Restoring a Healthy Balance
You don't have to suffer silently, or risk side-effects from psychiatric medications. Get a full saliva hormone panel and blood spot test, consult with a nutritionally aware natural health practitioner once you find out your hormone levels, and begin supplementation with natural alternatives.
Uncovering Clues to Add LIFE to Your Years…NOT Merely Years to Your Life, Naturally
Dr. Gloria Gilbère (aka Dr. G), N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D., D.S.C.,
EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist
Dr. Gilbère is renowned worldwide for her work in identifying and finding natural solutions to chemically-induced and inflammatory disorders, multiple chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Gulf War Syndrome, and digestive disorders that defy conventional diagnosis and treatment. She consults worldwide via telephone and at her Institute in north
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