Welcome to the Winter 2010-2011 IMMH Newsletter!

IMMH is celebrating the new year with the first edition of the IMMH Newsletter. We strive to offer the most up-to-date information on integrative medicine, practical clinical solutions, and access to other professionals with similar interests and goals. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who might find it useful.

The Link Between Vitamin
Deficiencies and Violent Behavior

Research has found that inmates given nutritional supplements experienced a dramatic drop in antisocial and violent behaviors. The implications of these findings could potentially lead to huge savings within the corrections system, reduced recidivism, and great advances within the juvenile justice system.

“Over those nine months, researchers saw instances of antisocial behavior plummet in the group receiving vitamins, while the placebo group's behavior remained virtually the same. Minor offenses fell by 33% among the vitamin group, and serious offenses, including violence, fell 37%.”

Toxic Chemical Found in Restaurant Hand Soap Linked to Psychiatric Illness
Fast Food Restaurants Use Toxic Hand Soap in Restrooms

Dr. William Shaw, Director of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., has found that popular fast-food chains have been found to use antibacterial soaps containing a toxic chemical that may be a major cause of psychiatric illness.

Toxic antibacterial hand soaps containing a chlorinated phenolic compound called parachlorometaxylenol (PCMX), prevalent in fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King, have been shown in animal studies to cause depression, depressed righting, reflex depressions, and central nervous system toxicity, and even death. Gross autopsies on exposed dead rats showed congested lungs, gastrointestinal irritation, dark livers, congested adrenals, and hemorrhagic kidneys.

Common antibacterial cleansers including PCMX, hexachlorophene, and triclosan are closely chemically related and have been associated with toxic effects in animals and/or humans. The highly toxic hexachlorophene was present in the antibacterial products Phisohex and Phisoderm and was associated with the deaths of human infants in France in 1972. Hexachlorophene has been banned in most countries, including the US, but is still available by prescription. Triclosan is still used in antibacterial soap, body wash, and toothpaste.

These findings were presented in the article entitled “The Unique Vulnerability of the Human Brain to Toxic Chemical Exposure and the Importance of Toxic Chemical Evaluation and Treatment in Orthomolecular Psychiatry”, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Volume 25, Number 3, 2010.

View the full article (PDF)

Physician Stories

A physician shares the life altering affects of biomedical testing on a patient who suffered with depression for more than 20 years.

After completing the Mental Health Panel with The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., the patient reviewed her results and the relief just dripped from her face as she declared, "I can't tell you what it means to have some physical source of the problem, something I can work at to improve my symptoms."

There was a physical shift in her appearance. It is wonderful for me to be able to offer some options for clients who have suffered a long time with anxiety and depression and finally have something that might help alleviate their symptoms.

Another physician shares the usefulness of the Basic Mental Health Panel and Metals Hair Test from The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. (GPL).

The patient, a 60-year-old woman, suffered from extreme anxiety, restlessness, confusion, disorientation, fatigue, severe insomnia, and constant urinary urgency. Her symptoms became so severe that she reduced her work hours to part-time, and was unable to drive. She described feeling like she was crawling out of her skin. 

The test results came back with a number of significant findings. Most importantly was an elevation in her hair manganese which can be associated with a very labile mood similar to that seen in bipolar disorder. She also had moderate elevations in cadmium, thallium, and nickel. She was low in zinc, and demonstrated food allergies to dairy and wheat.

The Organic Acids and Amino Acids Tests showed a low level of tryptophan and abnormal ratios, which together indicate a low serotonin level. Along with all of this, she tested positive for Lyme disease which may have contributed to the low serotonin level.

Her treatment has included metal detoxification, antibiotics for the Lyme, a dairy-free and wheat-free diet, zinc supplementation, and using the serotonin precursor, 5HTP to boost serotonin levels. After several weeks of treatment she started to turn the corner and is finally seeing a dramatic reduction in anxiety and restlessness, and resolution of the insomnia and urinary urgency.

The patient and I are very appreciative of the information provided by GPL testing, and feel it has helped us treat the underlying issues instead of only addressing symptoms.



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Neuropeptides and Psychiatric Disorders Webinar
Recent clinical evidence suggests that neuroactive peptides may exacerbate symptoms in patients suffering with OCD and eating disorders.

Additionally, neuroactive peptides have been associated with ADHD, depression, and psychosis. Specifically, the peptides casomorphin and gliadorphin from incompletely digested dairy and wheat proteins, casein and gluten, respectively, have been shown to be elevated in patients with OCD and eating disorders.

A multifaceted approach, including integrative nutritional support that addresses the nutritional deficiencies and the presence of neuroactive peptides is required for the appropriate treatment of OCD and eating disorders.

View this previously recorded webinar

What are Peptides?
When protein molecules from wheat and dairy are improperly digested, due to the lack of a specific enzyme Dipeptidyl Peptidase IV (DPP IV), they travel through the bloodstream and attach to receptor sites in the brain. This process can often be mitigated by supplementing missing enzymes. Multiple versions of DPP IV enzyme supplements are available at New Beginnings Nutritionals.

Neuropeptides can easily be measured in the simple, inexpensive Gluten/Casein Peptides Test available at The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.

Another important consideration which will be featured in a future webinar is the IgG (delayed reaction) food allergy. These tests can be ordered individually or in one of the Mental Health Panels.

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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