Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitor Drugs (SSRI's)
What are SSRIs? - SSRIs are a class of drugs that work by preventing SEROTONIN from being reabsorbed by nerve endings, thus keeping its circulating levels high and available to stimulate SEROTONIN receptors, however, they also have many undesirable side effects.
Re-uptake of neurotransmitters - for nerve cells to communicate, neurotransmitters are secreted by one neuron and picked up by receptor proteins on the surface of another neuron. Once the message has been delivered, a neurotransmitter is either destroyed or reabsorbed into the cell that made it and its activity is over. This process is known as re-uptake.
SEROTONIN's action in the synapses is normally terminated by reuptake of this neurotransmitter by the secreting (pre-synaptic) cell. SSRIs (a class of drugs) block the reuptake of SEROTONIN that does not bind to the target cell, leading to increased serotonergic action because there is more SEROTONIN left in the synapse to act as a neurotransmitter.
SSRIs include: Prozac™, Zoloft™, Paxil™, Luvox™, Fluvoxamine™, Lexapro™and Effexor™, all of which prevent the 'presynaptic' nerve from reabsorbing previously secreted SEROTONIN.
5-HTP - The Better SSRI Choice
Today, SSRI's, such as Prozac, have been made the gold standard of managing the SEROTONIN-deficiency syndrome. However, the Poeldinger study showed 5-HTP to be superior.
W. Poeldinger, et al. A Functional-Dimensional Approach to Depression: SEROTONIN Deficiency as a Target Syndrome in a Comparison of 5 -Hydroxytryptophan and Fluvoxamine. Psychopathology. 1991; 24: 53-810
A study reported by Risch and Nemeroff demonstrates, that even those successfully treated with SSRIs (ignoring their frequent and sometimes serious side effects), are still dependent upon their brains' producing adequate SEROTONIN from either tryptophan or 5-HTP.
Risch S, Nemeroff C, Neurochemical Alterations of Serotonergic Neuronal Systems in Depression. J Clin Psychiatry. 1992; 53: 3-7
Chronic low-level inflammation (CLII) involved in almost all health problems
"The medical kit of the future"
General electrotherapy health benefits. Used systemically and/or locally at specific problem areas of the body, its effective application has many benefits:
|Detoxification||Wellness / Healthy aging||Pain relief|
|Relief from insomnia||Immune system restoral||Anti-Inflammatory|
|Maximizes cellular energy production||Accelerated tissue /bone
|Muscle relaxation / rehabilitation||Increased blood oxygen
There are several reasonably affordable electrotherapy devices available for personal use. The following electrotherapies are those that have received a significant amount of positive feedback:
|Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy|
|Near Infrared (NIR) class 4 laser therapy|
Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) applies specific frequency patterns to the head area, with the following benefits:
|Balances neurotransmitters||Relieves pain||Treats depression|
|Substance abuse withdrawal||Relieves insomnia||Relieve stress / anxiety|