Having worked with tens of thousands of patients over close to 40 years it’s become obvious that “STRESS” is directly related to the persistent symptoms of fatigue, energy, and adrenal overwhelm, which is classically associated with a compromised metabolism, as well as numerous associated issues involving immunity, G.I. compromises and hormonal imbalances, to name a few.
Perception of environmental threats suppresses a cell’s growth activities and causes it to modify its response by adopting a protection “posture. Suppressing growth mechanisms conserves valuable energy needed in exercising life-saving protection behaviors. In humans, a similar systemic switch functions to shut down our growth processes and prepares us for launching a protection response, commonly referred to as the fight, flight or freeze response.
This switching mechanism is mediated by the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis. The brain’s hypothalamus is instrumental in perceiving and assessing environmental signals. The perception of stress causes the hypothalamus to secrete corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF), which in turn, activates certain pituitary cells to release adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) into the blood.
ACTH stimulates the adrenal gland to secrete adrenal hormones. These hormones constitute a “master switch” that regulates the systems growth-protection activity and routes vascular flow in preparation for “fight, flight and freeze” reactions. Firstly, adrenal hormones shunt blood from the viscera and redirect it toward the body’s somatic tissues, which adopt a protective posture. Reduced blood flow to the viscera, by definition, implies a suppression of growth-related behaviors.
Secondly, adrenal hormones directly inhibit the action of the immune system, the internal “protection” mechanism.
The adrenal system’s function is to protect the body from threats it perceives in the external environment. Adrenal suppression of the high budget immune system makes more energy available to the somatic system. Consequently, the more stress one experiences, the more susceptible they will be to dis-ease.
Adrenal hormones also reroute brain blood flow by constricting forebrain blood vessels and dilating hindbrain vessels. Fight or flight situations are more successfully handled using hindbrain-mediated reflex behaviors, as they are automatic and built into this primitive mechanism. Constriction of forebrain blood flow suppresses “logic” or “executive reasoning,” since slower thinking responses ultimately jeopardize fight-flight reactions.
By example, you may have experienced a loss of intelligence in response to adrenal-mediated “work stress” Collectively, HPA stress suppresses visceral-mediated growth, inhibits the immune system and stunts intelligence. The degree of expression of these influences is directly related to the level of perceived stress. The more stress, the less growth.
The interference with growth due to chronic stress leads to dis-ease, since the body is unable to adequately maintain its metabolic vitality. In conclusion, conventional allopathic medicine is now beginning to realize that genetic expression, which influences the character of the body, is under the control of the environment.
However, the growth or protection posture of an individual’s tissues and organs is mediated by the nervous system’s perception of its environment. Perceptions are beliefs. Misperceptions can inappropriately increase or decrease physiologic mechanisms and produce dis-ease. The role of perception and mind is now becoming a point of focus in allopathic healthcare, as they try to unravel the mysteries of the placebo effect and the role of psychosomatic stress.
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We wanted to repost this wonderful review of the MAP from Charlie G:
“Whenever I find someone focusing on the root cause of a disease, I start to pay attention… and you should too!
In this article, I will take you through what The Matrix Assessment Profile is, and how it can help you finally put an end to your diabetes symptoms naturally.
Not long ago I attended a webinar that told me all about The Matrix Assessment Profile (MAP) treatment for diabetes. I got hooked up and stayed until the end of the webinar.
What I heard was very different to what we usually hear from doctors. The MAP is aiming at discovery of the root cause of your Type 2 Diabetes symptoms instead of just managing the symptoms of diabetes and its medications.
What is causing your diabetes?
According to Dr. D. your diabetes could be caused by a few factors that The MAP tests for such as improper digestion, improper elimination, inadequate hydration, poor energy production and nutrient deficiency. [Read more…]
I think people should understand that the chance of being exposed to a Super bug is very small. Even if they are exposed, the chance they’ll get sick from it is very small. And if they do get sick, most healthy people survive.
Having worked with environmental biology for close to 40 years within the context of a process called the Matrix Assessment Profile ( The M.A.P.) I have come to the conclusion and the opinion that these so called Super Bugs are not so super after all.
In fact they closely mimic the activity of genetic mutations in the sense that a mutated gene, just like these frightening Super Bugs, are rather harmless unless they are invited into an environment that will encourage and support their nasty tendencies.
In other words, the environment rules and one of the greatest strategies for preventing and allowing any of these potentially dangerous invaders from expressing their inherent traits is to insure the integrity of the biological environment.
In such an environment, everything that the body was designed to do works perfectly in maintaining the optimal function of all systems within the environment to insure that no function is compromised by an unwelcome invasion by either opportunistic mutations or organisms seeking to take advantage of compromises in the environment to gain a foothold and begin a sustained attack in an effort to establish a permanent residence.
SO HOW DOES THE BIOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT BECOME COMPROMISED AND HOW CAN WE PREVENT IT?
There are actually two schools of thought on this issue.As the expression goes, if you put a frog onto a hot frying pan it’ll jump right back out. But if you put the frog on the pan with the heat on low and gradually increase it, the frog will stay put and meet its demise.
That gradual heating is what’s happening with antibiotic resistance, or the phenomenon that is occurring as the bacteria we’ve been tackling with powerful drugs grow increasingly resistant to them. So the conventional becomes, more powerful and specific anti-biotics.
As an alternative to stop antibiotic resistance by making more precise and effective antibiotics for multi-drug resistant bacteria we can actually do it by keeping our gut bacteria healthy in the first place.
Of course, in order to do this, we have to know, not only the status of the digestive system, but the entire environment in which this system functions. So, once again, one of the most effective tools for evaluating the status of the entire biological environment is going to be the Matrix Assessment Profile.
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Magnesium has been called the “The Forgotten Mineral” and the “5-Cent Miracle Tablet” by medical researchers. Numerous researchers have reported that the provision of this mineral in the population at large would greatly diminish the incidence of kidney stones (1 in 11 Americans), calcified mitral heart valve (1 in 12 Americans), premenstrual tension, constipation, miscarriages, stillbirths, strokes, diabetes, thyroid failure, asthma, chronic eyelid twitch (blepharospasm), brittle bones, chronic migraines, muscle spasms and anxiety reactions.
Unfortunately, there’s far more to the story, while magnesium is a macromineral which plays an indispensable role in a wide variety of metabolic functions in the human body. In fact, it is difficult to find a metabolic process which does not require magnesium. Of the approx. 25 grams of Mg found in the human body, ~60-65% is located in bone, ~27% is intramuscular, and ~7% is found in other cell types and bodily fluids.
It’s well known that when we get too low on oxygen, water or food, the consequences are serious. Yet, we often don`t realize the consequences of magnesium deficiency. The improper use of magnesium among health professionals and the population in general, is deeply responsible for many of the failures encountered daily in treating chronic health conditions nationwide. In addition to the ones listed above are:
High Blood Pressure
and the list goes on…. It is reported that 90-95% of us are deficient in magnesium, including many of those who already supplement it. Why? Due to the misleading information presented in common magnesium texts. As a result, magnesium remains largely misunderstood, largely misused and the problem goes on undetected.
One of the main reasons for the incomplete understanding of the role of magnesium in the overall health and function of magnesium is the frequently overlooked fact that magnesium alone does not operate in a vacuum. In other words, magnesium alone is incapable of restoring the integrity of a compromised biological environment and must be evaluated in contrast to the other essential nutrients and functions that activate and enhance the full potential of this critical nutrient.
Aside from the obvious role of magnesium in the overall biological environment, the question arises – does it matter if we are a little bit deficient? Well, magnesium plays an important role in biochemical reactions all over your body. It is involved in a lot of cell transport activities, in addition to helping cells make energy aerobically or anaerobically.
In fact, over 300 known & distinct different essential enzymatic reactions in the body require Mg. Energy production, including fat and carbohydrate metabolism as well ATP production are Mg dependent. RNA and DNA synthesis also require the presence of Mg. Structurally, Mg is crucial, as it is part of the bone’s crystal lattice. It is also found in concentration on the cortical surface of bones where it is believed to be stored until it is needed during times of deficiency.
As a constituent in cell membranes, Mg also plays a pivotal role in ion transport, regulating calcium and potassium across the cellular membrane, thus preventing the over excitation of nerves and thereby promoting the relaxation of muscle.
The cardiovascular system, nervous system, muscles, kidneys, liver, brain, hormone secreting glands, and gastrointestinal tract all rely on Mg for their metabolic function. Due to this pervasiveness, deficiency symptoms can widely vary. Some of the most common presentations associated with Mg deficiency include: hypomagnesemia, hypocalcemia, hypoglycemia, elevated serum fats and increased blood sugar.
Your bones are a major reservoir for magnesium, and magnesium is the counter-ion for calcium and potassium in muscle cells, including the heart. If your magnesium is too low, you can experience muscle cramps, arrythmias, and even sudden death . Ion regulation is everything with respect to how muscles contract and nerves send signals. In the brain, potassium and sodium balance each other. In the heart and other muscles, magnesium pulls some of the load.
Magnesium seems to act on many levels in the hormonal axis and regulation of the stress response. Magnesium can suppress the ability of the hippocampus to stimulate the ultimate release of stress hormone, it can reduce the release of ACTH (the hormone that tells your adrenal glands to get in gear and pump out that cortisol and adrenaline), and it can reduce the responsiveness of the adrenal glands to ACTH. In addition, magnesium can act at the blood brain barrier to prevent the entrance of stress hormones into the brain.
Finally, magnesium is sequestered and wasted via the urine in times of stress along with a host of other minerals, inappropriately excreted through the kidney into the urine. However, it may not be overall magnesium deficiency causing depression and exaggerated stress response – it may just be all that chronic stress, and magnesium deficiency being a biomarker for chronic stress, thus making the results of a Matrix Assessment Profile an even more specific and valuable tool for assessing the mineral status of every system with the biological environment.
The overall levels of magnesium in the body are hard to measure. Most of our body’s magnesium is stored in the bones, the rest in the cells, and a very small amount is roaming free in the blood. One would speculate that various mechanisms would allow us to recover some needed magnesium from the intracellular space or the bones if we had plenty on hand, which most of us probably don’t.
Magnesium is an old home remedy for all that ails you, including “anxiety, apathy, depression, headaches, insecurity, irritability, restlessness, talkativeness, and sulkiness.”but that doesn’t mean that magnesium is unimportant in the brain since it is also widely known and accepted that magnesium deficiency could cause depression, behavioral disturbances, headaches, muscle cramps, seizures, ataxia, psychosis, and irritability and numerous other common disorders – all reversible with magnesium repletion but not with just magnesium alone.
And then there is the stress model of magnesium depletion which is the generally accepted theory that chronic stress leads to excess cortisol, which eventually damages the hippocampus of the brain, leading to impaired negative feedback and thus ongoing stress and depression and neurotoxicity.
So, as an added and well-established adjunct to mere magnesium deficiency, stress is the bad guy here, in addition to our woeful magnesium deficient diets. As is the case with other minerals such as zinc, stress causes us to waste our magnesium like crazy.
Yet, until recently, there has been a woeful lack of a well-designed and constructed evaluation process for identifying a a cause for the compromise in available magnesium while simultaneously incorporating an exploration for the deficiency in the numerous other minerals critical to the effective utilization of magnesium. That is, until the recent arrival of an evaluation process called the M.A.P. ( Matrix Assessment Profile).
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
The biological environment provides an objective biochemical baseline for identifying the strengths, weaknesses, and imbalances in the fluids comprising the internal environment of your body that reflect the integrity of lymph, urine, and saliva formation, all directly linked to the availability of magnesium and successful utilization of magnesium in the human biological matrix.
Therefore, the chemical state of the Biological Matrix will be reflected in the results of the M.A.P. and provide a means of identifying the degree to which an overall mineral deficiency is present, including, but not limited to magnesium alone, thus providing the foundation for constructing and monitoring your response to specific therapeutic intervention.
If the above links aren’t enough to pique your interest, depression is associated with systemic inflammation and a cell-mediated immune response. Turns out, so is magnesium deficiency. In addition, animal models show that sufficient magnesium seems to protect the brain from depression and anxiety after traumatic brain injury and that the antidepressants desipramine and St. John’s Wort (hypericum perforatum) seem to protect the mice from the toxic effects of magnesium deficiency and its relationship to anxious and depressed behaviors.
Serum levels may be nearly useless in telling us about our full-body magnesium availability, and studies of levels and depression, schizophrenia, PMS, and anxiety have been all over the place. There is some observational evidence that the Mg to Ca ratio may be a better clue, thus making the M.A.P. one of the best, if not the best for determining an overall mineral deficiency.
But, that being said, it doesn’t hurt to replete one’s magnesium to face the modern world, particularly in light of the role it plays considering the known relationship of symptom related mineral deficiences, including that of magnesium.
If we could alleviate some of that burden with enough mineral water… we should know whether that is a reasonable proposition. Whew. Well, just a few more things to keep in mind before you jump in. Quite simply, not unlike any of the other miracle cures on the market, magnesium is neither a single pill for problem solution, nor a cure-all for what ails you.
So everyone get out there and take some magnesium already, but by all means, seriously consider including the untold benefits of the results obtained by having a Matrix Assessment Profile performed in the privacy of your own home as a far more comprehensive analysis of your magnesium and mineral status.
Beyond the specific isolation of explicit substances that contribute to the function of the entire organism, subsequent interpretation leads us to suspect that the tissues, organs, and glands of the body are actually joined together in a sophisticated network of communication. Moreover, the evidence suggests that this interaction is bi-directional, supporting the assertion that the biochemistry is a transformational two-way thoroughfare of interaction. The same holds true for a host of other peptides and neuropeptides discovered in various systems of the body and the brain. The evidence continues to mount for a host of objective substances that exist locally and generally for the purposes of mediating specific function and maintaining wide-range communication throughout the body.
Sigmund Freud demonstrated how repressed experiences and emotions can emerge later in the form of mental and physical ailments. He established the influence of repressed emotional events on physical well-being. Emotions are generally not studied as they are thought to exist in the spiritual realm.
The Fields of Emotion
Pert has taken this a step further and performed research with emotions at a cellular level.
She demonstrated how neuropeptides, once thought to be only in the brain, are actually located in every cell in the body. She labeled these substances the molecules of emotion: “Our body is our subconscious mind and our mind is in our body, not just in our head, as is generally thought in our western paradigm. The body is a field. Emotions are everywhere in the field and are triggered everywhere, therefore occurring in the head and the body at the same time. These molecules of emotion trigger different reactions and put the entire body in an altered state of consciousness doing what needs to be done in the moment, sometimes sleeping, emoting, excreting, etc.” She describes how consciousness creates reality, and emotions are our link between the physical and spiritual. Her innovative research has produced volumes of similarly insightful revelations extolling the virtues of the biological matrix.
She writes: “Emotions are central to who we are as a person. They contribute to our interpersonal relationships, as well as the way we relate to ourselves. But we are living in a culture where emotions are suppressed. Just imagine the compensation that occurs as these unexpressed intentions accumulate. It is important to let our dynamic range be, and not restrict it so as to be stuck in any one pattern. It is this very process of inhibition that configures part of the foundation for habitual behavior.” Not unlike Freud, Pert concludes that emotions are stored in the body and need to be dealt with in the body. We have better naturally occurring sources of neuropeptides than any drug or substance we can take from the outside. This potential predisposes us to be in a perpetually blissful state.
Hair loss is frustrating for everyone, but it is particularly disconcerting for women, because so much emphasis is placed on body image and appearance in society. Unfortunately, when women experience hair loss the emotional stresses that are triggered can make the symptom even worse! If you are experiencing significant hair loss, it’s important that you discover the cause and address it directly, instead of just treating the symptoms. Take control of your health and get the answers you deserve by scheduling a 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. D by filling out the form below. Then read on to learn more about the causes of premature hair loss!
And it’s a complicated situation, which makes it hard to identify exactly what’s causing the hair loss. As a general rule, hair loss includes a wide variety of pre-disposing clinical factors and indicators which include: [Read more…]
Before long, all of the “all in your head” experiences will be formally associated with their biochemical counterparts. The next leap will take us into the virtual realm, where participation in the conscious creation of reality is possible. This mechanism is alive and well, however its delicate intricacies go unnoticed. As the body mirrors its mental activities, numerous changes are produced in response to the thoughts one chooses. The conscious creation of personal reality through the diligent exercise of the virtual realm is now more than just wishful thinking.
Well-known is the fact that the body and the mind are not separate. In fact, numerous research projects suggest evidence to support this proposition. Since the same chemical substances and receptors exist throughout the entire colony of cells, every aspect of physical being is capable of independent thought. Everything in the human experience is connected through the ingredients of the biological matrix. Not only is this matrix a conduit for transforming and communicating, it is a living organism capable of producing original thoughts and responses to intentions and desires.
The Molecules of Emotion
The following examples illustrate the principle presented above. In her brilliant book, Molecules of Emotion, Candace Pert recounts the following story: Having read a groundbreaking paper on brain peptides in the immune system, she and a colleague, named Michael Ruff, set off to discover neuropeptide receptors in this system. A neuropeptide is a peptide that sometimes functions as a neurotransmitter. A peptide is any compound consisting of two or more amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. The union formed is called a “peptide bond.” Peptides are combined to make proteins.
What they found was that every neuropeptide receptor they could find in the brain was also on the surface of a specialized form of white blood cell called the human monocyte. It identifies and digests foreign bodies. It is also responsible for wound healing and tissue-repair activity. They also found that the monocyte has receptors for peptide opiates, such as PCP. These substances, which affect emotions, also appear to control the routing and migration of the monocyte, which are central to the overall health of the organism. They also discovered that immune cells make the same chemicals that are associated with controlling mood in the brain. So, not only do immune cells govern the overall well-being of the tissues, they also manufacture chemicals that can regulate mood and/or emotion. This symbolizes the two-way communication between the brain and the body, which is a characteristic of the fundamental nature of the biochemical realm and the biological matrix.
Paul was a skeptic about Dr. D and the Matrix Assessment Profile. After struggling for years to finally have relief from acid reflux, he turned to Dr. D and the protocol suggested after getting his MAP results. This is his story.
If you are suffering from a chronic disorder, you don’t have to mask the symptoms. Dr. D. and the MAP can help you turn symptoms into solutions and finally enjoy a healthier body and feel well. Here’s Paul’s story: