I'm lurking- I was just trying to put some of this stuff together myself and am here studying. I'm finding out how much I've forgotten about different things I thought I had learned.
Such as the benefits of TMG and SAMe for addictions and depression..however, as Newport will point out..what breaks the methylation to begin with? mercury, for one. Toxic copper interferes with many neurotransmitters. Tin, aluminum..
SAMe is an excellent supplement for depression. This amino-acid derivative is comparable to prescription antidepressants in their action, but without the side effects.
SAMe has been studied for decades internationally and is approved as a prescription drug in Spain, Italy, Russia and Germany. More than 1 million Europeans have used it, primarily for depression and arthritis. It is often touted as a depression remedy that is nontoxic, without side effects, and better and faster than traditional medications.
SAMe is produced in the body from methionine, a sulfur- containing amino acid, and the energy- producing compound adenosine triphosphate (ATP). SAM-e ranks with ATP as a pivotal molecule in living cells. It is distributed throughout the body; but it is most concentrated in the brain and liver.
SAM is involved in the methylation of monoamines, neurotransmitters, and phospholipids such as phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylserine. Normally, the brain manufactures all the SAM it needs from the amino acid methionine. However, SAM synthesis is impaired in depressed patients.
Our diet yields insufficient quantities of SAM-e either for wellness or treatment of illness. Moreover, the form of SAMe found in food is not stable. It oxidizes too rapidly to absorb well. Our bodies can only generate a small amount of SAMe. Therefore, SAMe levels are to be increased through dietary supplementation, if that is necessary.
Supplementing the diet with SAMe in depressed patients results in increased levels of serotonin and dopamine and improved binding of neurotransmitters to receptor sites. This causes increased serotonin and dopamine activity and improved brain cell membrane fluidity, resulting in significant clinical improvement.
The results of a number of clinical studies suggest that SAMe is one of the most effective natural antidepressants. SAMe is also better tolerated and has a quicker onset of antidepressant action than tricyclic antidepressants.
"Accumulated evidence indicates that SAM-e in higher doses is perhaps as effective for major depression as TCAS. SAM-e starts to work in approximately half the time needed for tricyclics. Studies show very few side effects, and SAM-e does not cause the sexua| dysfunction or weight gain associated with other medications."
Richard P. Brown, M.D, author of "Stop Depression Now: SAM-E, the Breakthrough Supplement"
Read the entire thing, especially about the copper connection, but this is part of it:
Drugs and Alcohol Attract Many Histadelics
For years I wondered why these obsessive, driven people wanted to pump in cocaine, crack, amphetamines and tons of caffeine and Sugar to further stimulate them. I finally realized many are attempting to lift a chronic black depression that does not respond well to antidepressants. The trick is to lower the histamine and often depression fades too.
More creative histadelics have discovered that opiates (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine) are strong histamine releasers. Alcohol also has some histamine-reducing action. Unfortunately, each of the above drugs has their own dark side. By the time such histadelics arrive at Health Recovery Center, their drug use has driven them right to the edge.
I've been looking into the complications of addictions with metals, mineral imbalances, pathogens, neurotransmitters etc because the young family man that has a problem with addictions is ready to find core causes of why he has felt like manure for such a long time. He wants to have the biofeedback testing done through the Alternative Dr this week, and I'm looking for what specific things the Alternative Dr needs to check for. It's so freakin complicated :(
9 times out of 10, a person with an addiction, may stop one addictive substance, but will replace it with another addictive thing. It doesn't even have to be a substance, it can become an addiction to food, spending, relationships, sex, pharmaceutical drugs...anything to try to make themselves feel better. I just started reading a book last night about men and depression in particular. Depression is almost always a problem with addictions..but my question and what we want to find out with this young man is what exactly does he have going on to cause the depression to begin with?
He told us that 25 years ago, Dr's diagnosed him as having EBV. EBV is a major cause of chronic fatigue, and carried by a parasite. What Dr would ever look for a parasite to go with EBV? And always, Dr's will tell people found to have viruses, that there's not a thing they can do for viruses..just rest when they feel like crap. EBV was one things found in Dr's blood tests for one of the causes of my sick liver.
It's very depressing to be a young person that physically is not able to do things you would like to participate in. He was telling us about trying to wrestle, and how he might feel good for a while, and then the fatigue would hit him like a hammer.
The other thing that is important with him, is that his mother is bipolar..what all did she have going on with toxins, pathogens, imbalances when she was pregnant with him?
Coming from a long line of alcoholics, I can testify that there is no such thing as a "recovered" alcoholic..even if they haven't had anything to drink for years. They will always be a "recovering" alcoholic, even if they are "dry".
The other major problem is the false idea that "if the alcoholic would just quit drinking" that no one else in the family has issues except the alcoholic. Where there is an addict, there will always be enablers, rescuers, and codependents with their own sets of problems too.