medicine is a system of medicine practiced by medical MD’s throughout the
world. It is a system of medicine
that uses mainly herbs and vitamins/minerals.
It mainly uses natural substances that are non-toxic and are safe in a
wide range of dose.
Bob was a MD internal medicine, orthomolecular doctor, MD psychiatrist,
chiropractor, and healer 65 years. He
was a diabetic who lived to 108 years with only 1 side effect 2 years before he
Dr Bob advised the following
for anxiety and panic attacks:
Consider supplementing 30
minutes before meals using at least 8-12 ounces of distilled water.
Food allergies, poor digestion, stomach acid, and other factors can
destroy supplements if they are taken at the same time as meals.
Therefore taking supplements at mealtime may not be beneficial for people
with anxiety and panic disorders. They often have many of the symptoms mentioned
above. Using supplements 30 minutes
before meals allows time for the supplements to pass into the bloodstream before
the meal enters the stomach.
Consider supplementing the amino acid taurine.
It is used to treat anxiety, epilepsy, hyperactivity, poor brain
function, and seizures. Taurine is considered an inhibitor amino acid that may
inhibit neurotransmission. Start at
low dose amounts and build up to levels that relieve symptoms.
Consult with an orthomolecular doctor.
Orthomolecular doctors specialize in nutrient protocols.
Dr. Bob usually built up levels to ½ gram to 1 gram per day.
After 5 days Dr. Bob would have you stop supplementing taurine if no
symptoms were present. He would
have you restart in 5 days and then continue cycling it 5 days on taurine and 5
days off. Whenever you had symptoms he would have you start taurine
again. Taurine is an amino acid and
other amino acids can compete with it. Therefore
consider supplementing taurine 3 hours before you eat any protein and 3 hours
after eating protein. Taurine can
be laboratory measured. If it is
low then appropriate supplementation should be considered to increase levels to
2. Consider the supplement GABA. GABA is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Its function is to decrease neuron activity and inhibit nerve cells from over-firing - it helps to inhibit stress-related messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain by occupying their receptor sites. In anxiety and panic attacks, stress hormones can lead to the brain over-firing messages. GABA helps turn off the stress hormones such as adrenaline, which can help turn off anxiety and panic attacks. You should consider starting at low doses and building the dose up slowly, in helping to decrease anxiety or panic attacks. Dr Bob advised to start off at ¼ - ½ gram in the AM and PM. If there are no adverse effects, you can build the dose up slowly to ¾ gram. If the panic attacks continue then you can add a third dose each day, taking GABA three times a day in order to spread out the effects of supplementation. You can supplement too much GABA and get side effects. A primary side effect of GABA can be the effects similar to a niacin flush - an uncomfortable tingling, itchy flush. GABA may have low absorption qualities, so consider methods that enhance GABA (see A-E listed in this article). You may need to experiment with different doses. Consider using GABA and taurine at the same time.
Consider a B50 supplement. The
brain uses B vitamins to help produce energy, detox, and many other functions of
brain cells. The B vitamins can
help the brain more properly utilize taurine and GABA.
Consider using a B50 along with GABA and taurine.
Consider the hormone DHEA. DHEA
is a hormone that helps balance the adrenals.
Thus DHEA can help regulate the stress hormone adrenaline.
Regulating adrenaline can help control the over-firing of the brain that
can occur from anxiety and panic attacks. You
should always consult with a hormonal specialist when starting DHEA.
We recommend the anti-aging doctors called the A-4 doctors.
A-4 doctors are tested on the latest cutting edge hormonal science before
they can become A-4 doctors. Their
national number is 773-528-4333. Dr.
Bob advised 5-25 mg of DHEA daily in divided doses for women after the age of 35
years, and 25-50 mg of DHEA daily in divided doses for men after the age of 35
years. He recommended taking part
of your dose in the morning, preferably between 6:00 AM and 8:00 AM. He recommended you take DHEA in 2-3 divided doses to spread
out its effects, but supplement most of your DHEA before 4:00 PM.
Dr. Bob advised to cycle DHEA 5 days on it and take 2 days off it each
week. He advised you stop taking it
1 week out of every 7 weeks.
Consider the hormone melatonin. Melatonin
is another controller of the adrenals. Consider
consulting with an A-4 doctor or hormonal specialist before starting melatonin
supplementation. Melatonin is the hormone secreted by the pineal gland that
helps to control sleep cycles. Melatonin
is also an extremely powerful antioxidant and helps prevent free-radical damage
from fatty acids, (which is a primary cause of brain aging).
Studies also indicate that melatonin boosts immune activity and that it
can help prevent a wide range of illnesses, including cancer.
According to Dr. Bob, the hormone melatonin may have wide and scattered
ranges throughout individuals when measured.
Because of these wide and scattered ranges, Dr. Bob did not feel
measuring melatonin was of great value. Dr.
Bob advised if you were past the age of 35 you should supplement melatonin.
He recommended you supplement 1-3 mg 1 hour before bedtime.
He said to cycle melatonin 6 days on it and 1 day off it.
Melatonin helps to control the sleep cycle and if you sleep consistently
well, Dr. Bob felt your melatonin level was likely in proper ranges.
If you did not sleep well, Dr. Bob felt this might be an indicator that
your melatonin levels may be low or imbalanced. Dr. Bob would have people start off with 1-3 mg of melatonin
each night. Dr. Bob would wait a
few weeks to see if melatonin supplementation improved sleep. If it did not improve sleep after a few weeks, then Dr. Bob
would increase the melatonin dose. Dr.
Bob said you could slowly increase the melatonin dose if good sleep was not
happening. He recommended not
increasing melatonin doses past 12 mg each day.
He advised if 12 mg was not working, likely you had problems with other
supporting hormones and cofactors in the body.
supplements Dr. Bob would sometimes use for anxiety and panic attacks are:
Consider the B vitamin niacinamide.
Niacinamide works like GABA and inositol--it helps prevent stress-related
messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain by occupying their
receptor sites. Consider consulting with an orthomolecular doctor who will be
familiar with starting at low doses and building up doses until symptoms begin
Consider the B vitamin inositol. It
is a mediator of adrenaline. The B vitamin inositol works similarly to
niacinamide in helping to calm down a person. If a person had any nerve tingling
or other nerve symptoms such as twitches, Dr. Bob would use inositol in place of
niacinamide. Inositol helps accelerate nerve impulses while also acting as
a calming nutrient, thus capable of double duty in some people who need calming
down and also have nerve conditions. Consider
starting at low doses and building levels up slowly, until symptoms start to
decrease. Dr Bob advised ½-1
teaspoon in the AM and PM. Consider consulting with an orthomolecular doctor who
will be familiar with starting at low doses and building up doses until symptoms
Research indicates that niacinamide and inositol enhance the effects of
Consider vitamin B12 – it has many benefits for brain and nerves.
Japanese doctors are using a form of vitamin B12 called methylcobalamin
to treat neurological disease caused by excess glutamate release (excitotoxicity).
Methylcobalamin is the neurological active form of vitamin B12.
The liver does not convert regular vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) into
adequate amounts of methylcobalamin to prevent or correct most neurological
defects. The solution is to take
methylcobalamin under the tongue when you supplement it.
Additionally, women who begin
to experience anxiety and panic about 10 days or less before menstruation might
consider seeing an A-4 doctor to find if they may need natural progesterone
supplementation. Progesterone has a
natural calming effect and in some cases can reduce anxiety in women.
For anxiety occurring close to menstruation, consider raising the
progesterone dose slowly to find the dose that can help control anxiety.
One symptom of low levels of progesterone in women is they feel like they
are in a fog (most cognitive symptoms in women usually indicate problems with
the estrogen hormones- but fog in the brain can be considered a symptom that can
involve progesterone instead of estrogens).
Consider measuring your progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone levels
and restore appropriate levels of each. Women
who are depressed near the time of menstruation, progesterone therapy may not be
proper. Progesterone can be calming
and a person who is depressed wants to increase energy not calm down.
It is also becoming more common for doctors to recommend estrogens in the
first half of a woman’s cycle and progesterone in the second half of a
woman’s cycle. This may be more in rhythm with a woman’s cycle.
However, this may depend on many factors such as pre-menopause,
menopause, pregnancy and so on. In
some cases it may be proper to overlap estrogen and progesterone.
Also hyperventilation can
sometimes be observed during increased anxiety and panic.
If you observe shallow and rapid breathing during stress, and other
abnormal breathing patterns, consider learning about breathing techniques.
Some symptoms of
hyperventilation can be:
Fatigued all the time
Fear of death
Pain radiating to left arm
Neuroactive steroids – steroids that accumulate in the brain and
regulate neuronal function. The study of neuroactive steroids is a developing
science. Neuroactive steroids in
physiological concentrations regulate neuronal function through their concurrent
influence on transmitter-gated ion channels and gene expression. (2) They help
modulate and balance the central nervous system and are involved with modulation
of GABA. Progesterone, pregnenolone, DHEA and metabolites made from
them are vital neuroactive steroids of the central nervous system that
accumulate in the brain after local synthesis or after metabolism of adrenal
steroids. You can check with a
hormonal specialist to laboratory test your progesterone, pregnenolone, and DHEA
levels. If the levels are improper
consider hormone replacement therapy to restore levels to optimal low youthful
levels. Many hormonal specialists
consider normal ranges adequate for laboratory measurements of hormones.
Consider hormonal specialists who restore hormone levels back to optimal
low youthful levels, since this may result in optimal benefits.
A group of doctors called the A-4 anti-aging doctors are tested on the
cutting edge ideas of the hormonal sciences before they can become A-4 doctors. We recommend them. Their
national phone number is 773-528-4333.
The mounting evidence is neuroactive steroids help modulate the effects
of the neural inhibitory neurotransmitter (chemical messengers of the brain)
GABA. GABA helps control neural
excitability, as may be the case in anxiety and panic attack.
The hormone pregnenolone contains the highest amounts of hormones in the
brain. The infinite wisdom of
creation suggests pregnenolone is important in the brain, as the hormone present
in the greatest quantities. Pregnenolone-derived
neurosteroids positively modulate the GABA (A) receptor complex. Pregnenolone can be considered to enhance and modulate GABA
(3) (4). Check with a hormonal
specialist on pregnenolone supplementation.
We recommend the American Academy of Antiaging doctors, called A-4
doctors. Their national number is
The hormone progesterone is involved with neuroactive steroids that
modulate and enhance GABA (4). Consult
with a hormonal specialist such as an A-4 doctor.
Men may also need progesterone.
In conclusion, using GABA and
other natural substances to enhance GABA may help decrease symptoms of anxiety
and panic attacks.
Note – Glutamine is a
precursor of GABA. Glutamine is
first synthesized to glutamate, then glutamate is synthesized to GABA.
However, glutamine in the conversion process to glutamate, can result in
neurotoxicity. If you already have
poor brain health, glutamine supplementation may not be proper.
In healthy subject’s 2 grams of glutamine is often what is recommended.
For an ill person, the likely dose would be less than 2 grams.
Consult with your doctor before supplementing glutamine; ill health can
stress the glutamine to glutamate conversion process leading to neurotoxicity.
Modern Medicine Does Not Use Natural Cures:
The reason the modern medical
establishment does not use many natural substances may be that there is not much
money available for research for natural substances.
Natural substances are not compounds that can be patented.
Pharmaceutical companies work on making a profit so they need to discover
drugs that can be patented and become profitable.
The doctors are busy with patients and depend a great deal on their
pharmaceutical salespeople to keep them updated on the latest information on new
treatments. Therefore the lack of
research on natural substances is a flaw of the system and not a reflection on
natural compounds. The lack of
research on natural compounds is an issue of money.
Orthomolecular doctors are familiar with the effects of natural compounds
and can guide you in the use of natural methods for healing.
Most natural compounds are safe at the proper doses.
Orthomolecular doctors can start you off at safe low doses and build up
your levels slowly until symptoms start to decrease.
WARNING: DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS.
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