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ADHD Insights: Brain Trace Elements

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Notes on Trace Elements and Brain found in this pdf from Trace Elements:

> Excerpts from the conference of Research Strategies for Assessing the Behavioral Effects of Food and Nutrients appeared in Science in 1982. The paper stated, ‘The effects are subtle, but a number of scientists are finding that people do react to what they eat.’

> In 1983 Wurtman wrote in Lancet,

“Most drugs that modify normal or abnormal behaviors do so by changing the amounts of particular neurotransmitters present within the brain synapses or by influencing the interactions between transmitter molecules and their postsynaptic receptors. If a food constituent can be shown to cause similar changes in the release or the actions of one of these neurotransmitters, there is every reason to expect that the nutrient will also be able to influence behavior.1

> To further quote Dr. Wurtman,

“There is no longer any real controversy over whether nutrients can affect behavior.”

> Dr. Wurtman and colleagues began studying the effects of food on brain biochemistry at M.I.T. over ten years ago. Their work appears to be focused on the investigations of amino acids and their role as precursors of neurotransmitters. However, vitamins and especially minerals are also known to affect brain function.

1. Wurtman RJ: Behavioral effects of nutrients. Lancet, May, 1983.


Trace elements measurement provides an additional, useful, molecular view of brain activity. At CorePsych we’ve seen some dramatic improvements when refractory responses occur following our initial neurotransmitter measurements with specific corrections from those findings. Now in those already refractory clinical presentations at CorePsych we add the low-cost Trace Mineral Assessments [TMA] on top of Immunity/IgG and Urinary Neurotransmitters.

Details matter, molecular details matter more.

Trace Element Articles here.

To see the connection between brain science and common sense: evidence matters.


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  1. Doc,

    Read the PDF from TMA, good stuff that I all expected from the outcome of mineral imbalances. Good to see the mention of Dr. Walsh. Do know that I am dying to see my results, hopefully I will receive them in the mail tomorrow.

    I see my doc down here on the 25th, and I am torn whether or not to stick with the Focalin, or switch to something else that will be more of a sure thing.

    Focalin is by far the most therapeutic med for me, but the catch is only when it actually does work.

    Ever since that fateful day in March, it has not worked for one second, and I have been dosing consistently almost every day since then. I’m sure nutrient therapy will rectify Focalin’s ability to work in a therapeutic manner again, but would take some time i’d imagine.

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