두뇌영양 요법의 영문 강의록
Dietary guideline for greater concentration suggests high protein and low simple carbohydrate. Eating simple carbohydrates in the morning makes you drowsy around 10. The reason you need to consume high protein is because protein contains amino acids for dopamine production. Increase omega-3 intake. Reduce, as much as possible, consumption of artificial colors, caffeine, and nicotine.
If you are taking sugar but the sugar level in your brain decreases, that’s because a sudden consumption of sugar raises insulin level, which transports sugar from the brain to muscles and the liver. Actual sugar level in the brain falls, so you become tired and easily distracted.
Brain’s information transfer process. Dopamine transports neural information, and it is also closely related to learning and concentration. Dopamine controls concentrations, suppresses urges, regulates moods, etc. When students work more and think more, their dopamine levels increase. Stress reduces dopamine levels, which leads to procrastination. He can’t even sleep because he’s so worried. Wasting two or three hours just sitting around makes him even more stressed. His mom’s serotonin levels drop because she’s mad, so she suddenly yells and can’t control herself. Even cries. Noradrenalin is an alarm for sudden stress. If you have test anxiety, noradrenalin kicks in. Using beta blockers when you have test anxiety makes you feel a lot better. Serotonin controls emotions. Well-being sensor is controlled by serotonin.
Dopamine and learning. In actual researches, lower dopamine levels in the prefrontal cortex leads to learning disabilities. Rats without dopamine repeat their mistakes in passive avoidance tests.
Neural transfer and stress. Dopamine is found mostly in the left hemisphere. Left brain maintains focus, right brain selectively reacts to surrounding stimuli. Reacting to all stimuli means distraction That’s a right brain problem. A left brain problem is not being able to maintain concentration.
Looking at students and their dopamine levels, too much stress persistently stimulates the dopamine neural circuit, which reduces dopamine levels. This, in turn, causes distractions, irritation, and overall lower productivity. Treating these kids with meds helps them calm down.
I isolated 1 rat out of 30, and that rat suffered from dopamine deficiency, so it tried to compensate for its condition by biting itself and throwing itself around the cage. Aggressive, compulsive, hyperactive, hypersexual; dopamine deficient patients all display these behaviors to relieve their brains from stress. Disorganized, easily distracted, emotional overreactions, learning deficiency, easily frustrated, addictive, unproductive. These are all ADHD symptoms.
Serotonin is a well-being sensor. A mom’s well-being sensor breaks when her kid don’t listen to her. Usually, she is very irritable and becomes angry even at the sight of her kid. She can’t control herself. Serotonin supplement helps. Impatient, unmotivated, irritable, emotional, sudden tears, drinking.
Noradrenalin is related with stress and test anxiety. Caused by startle. Right brain.
Phobia, easily startled, and has test anxiety.
Lack of dopamine causes frontal lobe lesion. Dopamine formation begins with phenylalanine, from foods, to tyrosine to dopamine. Tyrosine formation from phenylalanine requires magnesium, iron, vitamin C, etc., and dopa to dopamine requires vitamin B6, iron, etc. When tyrosine transforms into dopa, tyrosine hydroxyl intervenes and regulates the speed of dopamine generation, so not all building blocks of dopamine are used. Serotonin may not be regulated under certain conditions; that’s why serotonin syndrome occurs.
Brain nutrition. This is a dopamine accelerator, made with amino acids, minerals, and vitamins.
Amino acid consists mainly of tyrosine, phenylalanine, and glutamine. Vitamins C and E are in there too, as well as minerals. Tyrosine content needs to be higher, but I couldn’t put more in because of the law. For amino acid supplements, essential amino acid content needs to be greater than that of non-essential.
Research was conducted with 30 ADHD patients, with around 70 IQ. All of them were surveyed, and computer-tested before the research. We ran a pre-test and followed up with a post-test 4 weeks later. In conclusion, inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity all decreased after treatment.
IQ went up around 4 points. In these instances, motor IQ improved rather than language IQ. Reactivity itself rather than reaction to a learned stimulus improved. The results were significant. There was a similar study conducted in the US, where 150 children were given vitamins and minerals for 12 weeks. IQ increased by 3.0 points on average. ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia respond well to LCP, and especially to omega-3.
LCP stands for longer chain poly-unsaturated fatty acid. The end of a polymer chain is called omega. Omega-3 means LCP starts at third ring from the end, and omega-6 at sixth ring. LCP is an essential element in forming a flexible cell membrane, which transfers cell information better. LCP can be mono-unsaturated too. Olive oil is mono-unsaturated fatty acid. Oil with not much LCP hardens quickly when you put it in the fridge, meaning inflexibility causes problems in transferring information. Taking too much omega-6 can cause inflammatory reactions. Same as arachidonic acid.
Omega-3, and especially DHA, is essential for constructing the infrastructure of brain cell membrane, namely myelin. Antioxidants and vitamin E increases efficiency of this process. Do you know the movie, “Lorenzo’s Oil”? Myelin is like a highway of information channel between brain cells. Taysachs disease is caused by deficiency of myelin. In such cases, Lorenzo’s oil helps reform those lost myelin.
LCP deficit causes dry skin, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and getting up, irritability, etc. Taking 480mg of DHA for at least 3 to 4 months, and then cutting the dose in half and adding vitamin E improves conditions like dyslexia. Liver oil is rich in vitamin A and D, so you have to be careful. For pregnant women, taking 200mg of DHA everyday is recommended.
Magnesium. 90 % of ADHD cases show magnesium and zinc deficiency. Magnesium helps with sleeping, muscular spasms, concentration, and constipation. It’s the same with zinc. ADHD patients have lower zinc in their blood than controls. If you child experiences loss of appetite, delayed growth, or white spots on fingernails, than think zinc deficiency. Selenium. A child who’s sensitive to chemicals needs selenium.
Vitain C is a co-factor, an essential building-block of the nervous system. It’s also important for detoxification of the brain from metals. Vitamin B6 is also an important co-factor in making tyrosine hydroxylase and glutamate GABA.
So far, I’ve mentioned vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and Korean ginseng as effective in improving attention. Can’t use DMA in Korea. Co-enzyme Q10 is now legalized. This is a Chinese herb; can’t use it here. Serine, globa E, and ibuprofen all help with enhancing perception and strengthening memory.
For controlling mood energy. 5-hydroxyl triptofan is better than triptofan, although we can’t use it here. Triptofan is good because it’s an information transmitter for serotonin. But it competes with other amino acids when entering serotonin, so 5 HTP is much better.
Kava. People in the South Pacific region are addicted to alcohol made from it because it has a calming effect. Passion flower, balm, lemon balm; all of these are banned. Grape seed extracts are good for fatigue control.
Melatonin and DHEA help delay aging.
ADHD and yeast overgrowth. Stressed children often have infections, because the immune system becomes weaker. So they are treated with antibiotics, but that causes yeast overgrowth. Yeast mainly uses sugar, but it secretes toxins in the process, so that’s bad.
Food sensitivity to milk and corn. 6 to 8% of children of age 3 or younger have allergies. Allergy causes infections. 94 to 97% of children who suffer from chronic ear infection also suffer from learning disorder.
Toxins secreted from yeast reduce availability of omega-3 and -6. Symptoms for yeast overgrowth are listed in both my website and my book. There was patient who got better after undergoing appendectomy. I think that’s because he started using a different antibiotic. You have to reduce food allergies, which are, unfortunately, often caused by common foods, such as milk and eggs.
Heavy metal poisoning. Lead, aluminum. Continued exposure affects the nervous system and endocrine function, and lead takes the place of magnesium, calcium, etc. The body has an internal cleansing system, and vitamins and minerals act as important agents in the cleansing processes. However, environmental pollution causes mineral and vitamin deficiency, so the best way to detoxify a patient is to prescribe greater amounts of minerals and vitamins than normal.
We can’t say that heavy metals and aluminum cause ADHD, but according to the test results, we can say with 89% certainty that people with high levels lead and aluminum also suffer from ADHD.
Summing up what I’ve talked about so far, the first thing is to improve the diet, and then you need to reduce allergies, prescribe appropriate amounts of dietary supplements, solve the yeast problem, reduce chemical sensitivity, and flush out lead and aluminum.