The Serotonin Connection

Published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, this article by Senior Fellow Dr. Robert A. Nash, MD, investigates the connections between serotonin and health.

Serotonin metabolism is disordered in a variety of clinical states. These include addictions, attention deficit disorder, chronic pain, depression, dysthymia, eating disorders, headache, obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic, poor impulse control, post-traumatic stress disorders, premenstrual syndrome, sleep disorders, stress disorders, sudden cardiac death and violence. A decreased serotonin state has also been implicated in sleep disorders which may then progress into dysthymia and depression. Serotonin can be altered by a variety of means, including acupuncture, body work, cranial electrical stimulation, diet, electromagnetic fields, exercise, light, sound, and the highly effective Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI).

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C Calibration Protocol

Contributed by Senior Fellow Dr. Russell M. Jaffe, MD, Ph.D., CCN, this paper provides instruction on how to conduct an Ascorbate (Vitamin C) Calibration Protocol (“C Cleanse”) to determine individual, functional need for ascorbate in order to enhance sustainable health.

The recommended form of “ascorbate” is a 100-percent l-ascorbate, fully reduced, buffered mineral ascorbate form of vitamin C that contains a proper balance of the major essential buffering minerals: 1) potassium, 2) magnesium, 3) calcium, and 4) zinc. As healing occurs and health becomes more balanced, the amounts of ascorbate needed will change accordingly. This paper explains the determining factors for the proper application and use of the protocol.

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Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for Liver and Gastrointestinal Disease: The Alkaline Way in Digestive Health

Excerpted from the recent book contribution by Senior Fellow Dr. Russell M. Jaffe, MD, Ph.D., CCN investigating the use of bioactive food as a therapy in treating liver and gastrointestinal diseases, this chapter focuses on the Alkaline Way as related to digestive health.

The biochemical consequences of diet are the greatest influence on overall metabolism for most patients. Food choices clearly affect the course of common pathophysiological errors such as insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and their sequella. However, these dynamics can also be considered a leverage point – an opportunity to reverse immune reactivity through practical interventions that patients can implement in their daily lives.

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Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for Liver and Gastrointestinal Disease: Functional Assessment of Gastrointestinal Health

Excerpted from the recent book contribution by Senior Fellow Dr. Russell M. Jaffe, MD, Ph.D., CCN investigating the use of bioactive food as a therapy in treating liver and gastrointestinal diseases, this chapter focuses on functional assessments.

Digestion is a series of sophisticated metabolic processes that convert plant carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and other nutrients into building blocks that the body can utilize for nourishment, growth, and repair when toxin load and stress hormones permit. Healthy digestion produces molecular building blocks that support immune system tolerance and enable proactive repair. Multiple mechanisms exclude trap and neutralize larger molecules that can be bioactive and sometimes immunogenic.

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