Nutrition influences brain function in a variety of ways. The brain
disturbances of an alcoholic, unstable diabetic, pellagra victim, or elderly
patient with vitamin B12 and/or folic acid deficiency are all
recognized examples of nutritional mental illnesses. Vitamin deficiency is
always a concern with brain dysfunction, and the risk of deficiency increases as
mental disorder increases. B-vitamins play a critical role in brain function.
deficiency is a notable cause of numbness, tingling, incoordination, and
impaired cognitive function. Niacin deficiency presents as dementia, dermatitis,
and diarrhea. Thiamine deficiency causes cognitive dysfunction and is fully
expressed in malnourished alcoholics as Wernicke's psychosis. Vitamin-mineral
supplementation is always a desirable component of nutritional therapy, although
high doses of individual nutrients are only desirable in acute deficiency
Our emphasis is always on correct proportioning of nutrient intake - the
right molecules at the right place at the right time.
Sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium are the key mineral ions in the
brain and must be maintained in critical balance. Low calcium levels produce,
painful muscle contractions with dizziness, confusion, and even seizures.
Hyperventilation causes a sudden drop in blood calcium levels that produces
Magnesium can reduce brain irritation and block seizures during alcohol
withdrawal and toxemia during pregnancy. Extra calcium and magnesium tend to
have a calming effect and are safe to take in supplemental form. Potassium
intake is often deficient and increased potassium intake is desirable. Sugars
and sodium salts are used in moderation.
Protein intake is carefully considered because of the many possibilities for
ingested protein to cause nervous system disease through biochemical and immune
misadventures. Most food-input problems can be avoided by replacing food with an
elemental nutrient formula ( Alpha ENF). We can expect brain function to settle
into a more stable, more functional state within 10 days.
Alpha DMX can be added to the daily nutrient
intake to boost levels of key nutrients into the therapeutic range. If mental
aberrations are severe, many months of careful feeding with Alpha DMX
plus meticulously selected and prepared food may be required. With improved
mental clarity, better cognitive functioning, and more stable moods, cravings
and compulsive eating are less likely to upset nutritional balances.
The problems of adverse brain effects of nutrient deficiencies, the
toxic effect of molecules derived from food, and the immunogenic potential of
food proteins and peptides are under-recognized. There are a
host of clues that link the food supply to mysterious and threatening
neurological diseases. We suggest that a prudent person suffering early
brain-dysfunction symptoms would be wise to pursue vigorous, thorough diet
revision at the earliest opportunity. Because some brain dysfunction compromises
judgment learning, and motivation, family members, friends and
professional advisor often have to provide the right direction and support.
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