The Tryptophan Steal – The Hidden Reason Stress Makes You Depressed

Depression has to be one of the most misunderstood and poorly treated health conditions in our modern age.  Yet depression isn’t the monster it appears to be.  Depression like all health problems has a root cause; and once the root cause is addressed amazing things happen.  I know this…

Programmed for Depression – Why We Get Depressed and the 5 Steps to Fix it Naturally

Depression has to be one of the most misunderstood health problems in our society. Tens of millions of people live each day in a fog of depression, negativity and lack of enthusiasm for life. We all know someone who has struggled with depression and seen its negative impact on…

2-Hour Gut-Methylation Seminar

Listen to this video where I present my latest information to a sold out crowd in Portland, OR. Learn about the genetics involved with anger, anxiety, pain, and insomnia and how the gut microbes influence our genes and our behaviors. This presentation is the result of years of work…

Treating COMT and MAO: the Hormonal Cause of Stress and Anxiety

Introduction Optimizing methylation pathways means going further than just deciding how much B12 or folate a person needs. Seeking to optimize methylation pathways means you must go far beyond just looking at MTHFR and see all the genes and biochemicals that are impacting our health. And we cannot optimize…

Treating COMT and MAO: How COMT Influences the Brain

Everyone has felt the negative effects of stress in their lives, yet not everyone responds to stress in the same way.  While our life experience has a great deal of influence on our perception of stress, certain genes make us more or less sensitive to stress.  One big reason…

How Blood Sugar Influences Dopamine/Adrenalin Levels – COMT and MAO

I meet patients every day who have a good diet, but they are not getting better.  Despite their healthy diet and avoidance of many foods, they are unable to sleep better, lose weight, increase their energy and simply feel good.  This often happens because their digestive system and their…

A Genetic Cause of Pain and Anxiety – COMT, MAO and MTHFR

Do you find yourself worrying excessively about the future,  about money or about fearful things in general?  Does a small amount of stress cause you to feel very stressed out?  Do you feel good while you exercise, but afterwards feel drained and worn out?  Are you easily agitated, nervous…

MTHFR and the Stress-Gut Connection – Part II

Stress in our lives creates stress in our guts.  That is a known and predictable fact of science. What is less clear, and what is the focus of this investigation, is to uncover just how those effects of stress show up in other parts of our bodies.  I would…

MTHFR and the Stress-Gut Connection – Part 1

This is a video series dedicated to answering two very important questions.  The first question is “How does our gut health influence the health of the rest of the body?“.  The second question is “Why do supplements, esp. methylation nutrients, make my symptoms WORSE?”  These are questions which come…

Adrenal Fatigue – How to Beat and Treat the Effects of Stress

This 2014 Memorial Day post is not exactly a methylation-based presentation, but still worth your thoughtful consideration.  Adrenal fatigue is a plague that impacts everyone whether we are genetically imbalanced or not.  We cannot live without stress, yet our world seems to be running wild with stressful situations.  It…

How to Balance COMT and MAO in the Brain

In our last video Dr. Rostenberg laid out the fundamentals of how COMT and MAO polymorphisms affect our brain.  This video expands on these ideas and explains why and how methylation nutrients can heal the imbalanced brain.  The peer-reviewed research is clear that proper methylation is needed for normal…

COMT and MAO in the Brain

Have you ever noticed that people with methylation issues are usually very smart? It has a lot to do with having difficulty breaking down neurotransmitters. Having SNPs is not always a curse; it can bless you with attributes as well. COMT is a definitely contender for such a double-edged…