Mental problems are a global epidemic around the world with a huge number of prescription drugs often masking the root cause of the problem. Alzheimer's, ASD, anxiety-related disorders, depression, and the enormous amount of prescription drugs mask the underlying root cause of the problem.
Numerous conditions can affect the mood and brain and at some point in everyone’s life, most people experience at least one which can often male them feel frustration and isolation with their situation. A typical adult has over 100 billion brain cells, each with an average of 1000 synaptic connections. Every thought, action, and emotion you feel involves complex interactions involving neurotransmitters. Most mental disorders have an imbalance in some form at these communication points involving these brain chemicals.
In addition to neurotransmitters, understanding the inter-connectedness of our bodies can bring us to investigate other systems in our bodies that wouldn't seem obvious. By closely examining every aspect of an individual’s situation, we see how the systems and organs are working together—or not. This comprehensive, personal approach allows us to detect and fix imbalances in the can have an enormous effect on the “big picture” of the brain, body, and nervous system. Chronic infections, leaky gut chronic stress, hormone imbalances, toxin exposure, and nutrient depletion can produce symptoms that affect the delicate balance of brain chemistry.
1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year. Mental illness is the second-largest source of burden of disease in England.
The total cost of mental ill health in England is estimated at £105 billion per year (
17.9 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2019/20
Signs of neurological conditions can vary widely because the nervous system is involved in many body functions and systems. Some common symptoms include the following:
Anxiety and depression
Partial or complete paralysis
Problems with positional awareness
Loss of balance and coordination
Neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s disease involve the gradual loss of the function of neurons. These nerve cells form the basic building blocks of the nervous system, which in turn connects the brain with the rest of the body. Although there can be a genetic link, we also look at other causes which include viruses and bacteria, environmental agents, including toxins, heavy metals and chemicals. For example, Neuropathy, or nerve pain, can result from a number of factors including nutrient deficiencies, infections, toxins, hypothyroidism and diabetes.
Because the microbiome plays such a critical role in immune system function and inflammation, one of the first things we look for is the health of microbiome by testing for bacterial, fungal and parasite overgrowth and various markers of inflammation which can affect mental health.
At the Integrative nutrition clinic, we look at the body’s systems and how they interact, as well as in medical tests, for potential imbalances. Although some people are genetically predisposed to developing an imbalance, and although aren't able to change your genetics, we can alter the epigenetic effects by changing the environment which can, in turn, change the expression of their genes.
By using a functional medicine approach and finding and addressing the root cause will often correct the condition often without other interventions. Optimising diet and nutrient levels, addressing the source or sources of imbalance, and modifying some key lifestyle factors are the key to mental wellness. By combining the best evidence-based and science-based approaches from all over the world, we are able to achieve results for patients, even at advanced stages.