Welcome to the Spring 2011 IMMH Newsletter!


IMMH is about giving people treatment options. Currently, treatment for mental health issues revolves around drug therapy. Not everyone responds well to drug treatments and many prefer not to go this route.

IMMH is about sharing information with people suffering from these disorders and the physicians who treat them. We want to educate practitioners so they are able to provide more options for their patients. And most importantly, IMMH helps patients find doctors through the Clinician Registry so they have more options for treatment.


Clinician Registry eligibility is exclusive to practitioners who have attended an IMMH Conference. In some cases, entry is granted after viewing an IMMH Conference DVD and submitting the corresponding waiver.


Please feel free to share this information with anyone who might find it useful.


The Role of Cholesterol in Mental Health

By William Shaw, Ph.D.

Dr. William Shaw, Director of The Great Plains Laboratory, IncThe concept of “good” and “bad” cholesterol is a frequent topic of conversation these days.  While diet plays an important role in the formation of cholesterol, the genetic factors involved with the synthesis and transport of cholesterol are what typically predispose an individual to cholesterol-related health problems. Many people are unaware that much of our cholesterol is actually manufactured by our body’s own cells. Determining the significance of serum cholesterol values is not as simplistic as some might believe.


Discussions about cholesterol in the media are focused primarily on elevated levels in relation to cardiovascular risk; rarely taken into consideration are the risks associated with insufficient cholesterol values of 160 mg/dL or less. The truth is that low cholesterol can predispose people to violent behavior, suicide, depression, anxiety, delinquency, bipolar disease, Parkinson’s disease, manganese deficiency, celiac disease, hyperthyroidism, liver disease, malabsorption, and malnutrition. This is because cholesterol plays an important role in many physiological factors in the body. The formation of sterol hormones, cell membranes, and bile acids, would not be possible without cholesterol. 


Depression, IMMH, mental health


The brain is the most cholesterol rich organ in the body requiring a large amount to sustain the myelin sheath which coats nerve cells and helps conduct electrical impulses. Cholesterol plays a very important role in brain functioning. In one published study, participants with low, “desirable” cholesterol levels (less than 200 mg/dL) performed poorer on a range of cognitive functions than participants with borderline-high cholesterol levels (200–239 mg/dL) or high cholesterol levels (more than 240 mg/dL).


The authors concluded that lower cholesterol levels in adults are associated with poorer performance on cognitive measures, which place high demands on abstract reasoning, attention/concentration, word fluency, and executive functioning. Lower cholesterol values were also found in chronic fatigue syndrome and in children with dyslexia.


More recently, it has been discovered that cholesterol is needed to activate a protein called Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) which plays a central role in neural patterning, mood regulation, and cerebral development. This could be why individuals with cholesterol deficiency are more prone to aggressive behavior, lack of attention, increased number of infections, and motor difficulty. Cholesterol is essential for the proper functioning of serotonin receptors which are responsible for good mood and oxytocin receptors needed for good social interactions and interpersonal bonding.


Cholesterol screening is an extremely useful tool to determine if dietary changes and cholesterol supplementation are necessary. The Advanced Cholesterol Profile performed at The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. includes reference ranges which take into account the significance of low cholesterol and also measure important markers in cholesterol transport, Apolipoprotein A-1 (Apo A-1), Apolipoprotein B (Apo B), Apolipoprotein a (Apo a) and homocysteine. The test is inexpensive and should be ordered routinely by physicians for their patients.


Getting patients’ cholesterol levels up to optimal levels can sometimes present quite a challenge. Adding 2-4 eggs in the diet is usually the easiest and most effective approach, but some individuals may have an aversion or allergy to eggs or may need additional dietary sources to achieve the best results.


A pure, pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplement called “Sonic Cholesterol” has been shown to successfully increase cholesterol levels in individuals.  Doctors need to monitor the cholesterol levels of their patients taking this supplement so they can adjust dosages as needed. This supplement is available to doctors or to patients with physician authorization through New Beginnings Nutritionals for patients with total cholesterol values that are below 160 mg/dL.


If individuals have difficulty finding a doctor who will “prescribe” Sonic Cholesterol, they may utilize GetSonicCholesterol.com, a service provided by Dr. Kurt Woeller. 


*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Sonic Cholesterol, New Beginnings Nutritionals


What is Sonic Cholesterol?

New Beginnings Nutritionals would like to announce a new and unique product called Sonic Cholesterol - a pure and potent nutritional supplement designed to support healthy cholesterol levels. 


Recent scientific research has shown that 30-50 percent of individuals with autism have low cholesterol levels. Cholesterol deficiency is also associated with cancer, violent behavior, aggression, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, suicide, strokes, cataracts and increased susceptibility to gastrointestinal infections.


Sonic Cholesterol is an ideal supplement solution for children and adults who have both low to low normal cholesterol levels along with a strong dislike for, or allergy to eggs. 

  • Each capsule contains 250 mg of pure medical grade cholesterol
  • Each 250 mg dose provides the same amount of cholesterol as one egg
  • Extracted from raw sheep wool
  • Tested and shows undetectable levels of heavy metals and other toxic chemicals
  • Available only to those under the care of a physician


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Oxytocin, Cholesterol Deficiency, Respen-A, and Autism Webinar

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


This presentation will explore the link between cholesterol metabolism, methylation chemistry, serotonin imbalances and clinical updates on Respen-a, cholesterol and Oxytocin therapy in autism.

Please Note: This webinar is a one-time, live event and will not be recorded nor will presentation slides be available for distribution following the webinar.

The webinar begins promptly at 6pm PST,  9pm EST.


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What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a sterol essential to life and is found in every animal cell. Cholesterol is part of our cellular structure and protects our tissues. Many people fear and focus on high cholesterol levels, yet never focus on low cholesterol levels, which can have negative health effects. Like everything in nature, balance is the key.


The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. (GPL) offers the Advanced Cholesterol Profile to determine whether a cholesterol deficiency is present or if cholesterol is elevated. This profile also determines if the body is eliminating potentially toxic homocysteine and determines risk factors for vascular disease and/or neurological disease.


Please note that these tests require a physician signature to order. If you are a patient and would like to find a physician in your area please visit www.immh.org or call The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. at 913-341-8949.


What are zeebra formulations all about?
Zeebra formulations is a new product line being distributed exclusively by New Beginnings Nutritionals. This product line is designed to meet the unique needs of individuals who suffer from a variety of mental health related disorders including depression, anxiety, bi-polar, OCD, eating disorders, and others. 


These new products and formulations are made available under the careful direction of Dr. James Greenblatt, a child and adult psychiatrist who has been successfully treating patients with mental health disorders - for over 20 years - using an integrative medical approach.


Visit the Mental Health Support product category from New Beginnings Nutritionals for a comprehensive list of supporting products.


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