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Brain & Body

 What are neurotransmitters and what do they do?

Neurotransmitters are the brain's chemical messengers. They help the brain function correctly, which then allows it to control the many different functions of the body – tissues, glands, organs, and muscles are all affected by neurotransmitters.

By Dr. Lani Simpson

Over the last several years, a number of studies have found a relationship between decreased bone mineral density and long-term use of SSRI antidepressants. The theory behind this association is that serotonin is part of the system that regulates signaling in bone cells and that medicines that affect the serotonin system could change bone metabolism.

boy_with_carrots.jpgDo you feel like your mind and body could be performing better?

Do you wish you could get more done or be happier and more at ease?  Do you want to feel less lethargic, depressed, stressed, or anxious?  If any of your answers are YES, then it's possible that based on your diet, you've been starving your brain, and its important neurotransmitters, of the proper nutrition.

Neurotransmitters are the brain's chemical messengers, assisting the brain in controlling the many tissues and functionsof the body through glands, organs, and muscles.

Functioning primarily in the Central Nervous System (CNS), neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as mental performance, emotional state, physical energy, and pain response. Numerous clinical studies have shown that inadequate neurotransmitter function has a profound influence on overall health and well-being. In fact, imbalances in certain neurotransmitters are associated with many of the prevalent symptoms and conditions seen in doctors offices today:


A comprehensive approach to addressing adrenal dysfunction will include assessment of the entire HPA axis. There are several key neurotransmitters regulated in the hypothalamus which are directly connected to adrenal dysfunction. Both because of the neurotransmitters relationship to cortisol, as well as their interrelationship with CRH and ACTH. It makes it an essential clinical assessment when analyzing adrenal status. 

Estrogen’s Dance Partner...

PMS and neurotransmitters
Fluctuating mood, irritability, pain, low energy, and poor sleep are symptoms commonly associated with PMS. It is important to look at hormone imbalances when addressing PMS, in particular, estrogen dominance. These PMS related symptoms may also be a result of a broader neuroendocrine dysfunction (HPAG axis). A beneficial complement to hormone balancing would be to address any neurotransmitter imbalances.

Depression: Affecting 10% of Population, is Largely Chemical In Nature
Virtually all clinical reports on mood disorders identify neurotransmitter imbalances as either the root cause or as a contributor to
symptoms of depression and anxiety. Clinical symptoms of mood disorders can be grouped into three basic categories with many indivudals experiencing symptoms in more than one category.

Have you ever walked into a room and don't know why? Or you get to the ATM and you blank on your password. If you are feeling spacey, confused, or forgetful, you may be suffering from brain fog. Brain fog, although not recognized as an actual disorder, is a form of cognitive dysfunction that affects millions of people.  Brain fog is described as feelings of mental confusion or lack of mental clarity.


The inner workings and complexities of the human brain are still largely a mystery, despite recent and ongoing advances in medical technology.  However, there are some things that we are beginning to understand, such as the five stages of brain development. The brain undergoes more changes than other parts of the body and develops at an uneven rate.

Traumatic brain injury or head trauma can cause pituitary hormone deficiency, resulting in a number of health problems.  Recent studies indicate “that one or more pituitary hormones may be affected by traumatic brain injury or subarachnoid hemorrhage,” according to Flora Hammond, M.D. and Rhona Shapiro, R.N., M.S.N.

skull.jpgWhat is the Pituitary?
The pituitary is a small gland located at the base of the brain.  Pituitary hormones regulate other hormones, which are chemical “messengers” that hone in on vital organs and functions.

The Balanced Body – A Mind Body Lifestyle

Do you have a Baby Boomer Body™?  I sure do!  We were the first generation to exercise just because it felt good. We were the jogger generation. Remember “no pain, no gain,” in the 80s, and thong leotards…with matching leg warmers?! Thank goodness we’ve reached our fabulous 50s! We are wiser now about working out.

-by James Dickson


Every year over 300,000 Americans incur an impact to their head—damaging vital tissues of the brain.  And unlike the quick recovery of a bruise or a cut to a leg or arm, our brains do not have the ability to recover as quickly—and certainly not as effectively.