Mind-body healing is an important aspect of any disease process. What is it that allows us to heal? What is it that prevents us from healing? In today’s podcast, I explore how healing can be affected through spiritual practices. Why does yoga work? Why are breathing exercises helpful? Tune in to find out more on today’s Ask Dr. Gil.
What do migraines, anxiety, sleep troubles, and learning issues have in common? Well, they all could stem from copper overload. Copper is a micronutrient needed in the body. But sometimes there is too much in the system. What happens in this situation. Why does copper cause these problems?
In this week’s episode of AskDrGil, I go through the problems that arise in the body as a result of excess copper. I will also discuss how total copper may not be high but may be an imbalance somewhere else in the system.
Copper overload is one of the subtypes that Dr. Walsh lists as a cause of mental illness. I have discussed methylation issues, pyroluria, heavy metals, and zinc deficiency on the Ask Dr. Gil podcast but haven’t really covered copper overload as of yet. It is an important aspect of the Walsh Protocol.
Tune in to find out more.
Many people are told to take a multi-vitamin. It’s a reasonable assumption. Taking all of the good nutrients that we may not get enough in our diets should help us feel better. For many people this may be true. But for anyone with mental illness, there’s a good chance that it’s doing more harm than good. Why is that? Many nutrients in a multivitamin don’t absorb well together for one thing. They shouldn’t be in the same pill for anyone. But many people have imbalances that are affected by different nutrients in opposite directions. On other episodes of Ask Dr. Gil, I’ve discussed how Folate can be detrimental to an undermethylated person for example. But there are many other examples to be found in the multi-vitamin. On this episode of Ask Dr. Gil, I discuss how different nutrients can interact. For example,
- Learn about how Zinc and Calcium can interact with one another
- Hear more about folate and methyl B12 working against each other in some people
- Zinc and copper are often together in a multi-mineral but may be extremely detrimental to some patients.
Tune in to find out more.
Are we hardcoded? Does the fact that we have a specific genetic mutation mean that we are in trouble for the rest of our lives? Dr. Gil Winkelman discusses how epigenetics is so important in understanding our genetics. Epigenetics is the study of how DNA gets turned on and off based on a variety of factors. But what does this mean? Dr. Gil explores how we can use this information clinically and how effective it is for treating behavior, learning, and mental health issues.
The methylation cycle is a combination of the methionine and folate cycles in the body. Confused? Well don’t be. While there are many technical terms associated with the methylation cycle, understanding the details is important. Having the appropriate balance of methyl in the body is important. Methyl is used by the body as a messenger and catalyst. The body uses it to break down histamine, recycle homocysteine, and tagging DNA. Too much histamine (undermethylation) can cause many problems in the body from psychological problems to allergies. Too little histamine (overmethylation) can lead people to have an inability to experience emotions fully. It’s like they get stuck emotionally.
Homocysteine build up can be deadly. It can lead to inflammation, cancer, and heart disease. Balancing methyl in the body helps both of these issues.
Methyl is also used in the epigenetics of the body. It helps the body know what genes to leave off and which genes to turn on. Today on Ask Dr Gil the podcast, I will cover the Methylation Cycle in detail. This is important to understand so that you know how to treat. Knowing the genetics isn’t very helpful. Just because there is a genetic defect on one side of the methylation cycle doesn’t mean that is the side that the problem resides. We discuss why this may be and what we need to know on how to treat the problem.
What if you could use vitamins and minerals to cure mental illness? Autism, schizophrenia, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavior problems all gone or improved supplements. Too good to be true? In this case, no! The Walsh Protocol is a scientifically based formula to help alleviate the symptoms of mental illness. I have worked with hundreds of cases that have improved or completely disappeared by this simple approach. And there are fewer side effects and danger as compared to pharmaceuticals. So what is the approach. Listen to the podcast to find out more.
Pyro-what? What is this pyroluria? The word pyroluria is a combination of pyrrole and urine. It refers to a molecule that shows up in the urine in most people. Pyrroles are molecules that are created from incomplete breakdown of red blood cells. Many kids with Reactive Attachment Disorder or RAD Disorder have pyroluria. Behavior problems can disappear with simple natural treatments. Pyrrole Disorder symptoms are diverse. In this episode of Ask Dr. Gil, Dr. Gil discusses what pyroluria is and what causes it. Dr. Gil also announces he is working on a new book and is looking for feedback on ideas and input to exercises that may be helpful. You can email him at email@example.com
Pyroluria is more common than previously though. Pyro-what? What is this disease? The word pyroluria is a combination of pyrrole and urine. It refers to a molecule that shows up in the urine in most people. There are different things that can cause pyroluria. For many people, pyroluria treatment can be life changing. And many kids with Reactive Attachment Disorder or RAD Disorder have pyroluria. Behavior problems can disappear with simple natural treatments. Pyrrole Disorder symptoms are diverse. Let’s explore what pyrrole disorder is and what the symptoms look like.
Pyroluria is a condition that leads to an incomplete breakdown of red blood cells. This causes the formation of small molecules called kryptopyrroles that bind to zinc and B6 in the body. As a result, the body registers a deficiency of both those nutrients. There are many theories about what causes pyroluria but the reality is that we don’t know. It is definitely a sign of inflammation in the body. Some of the possible causes are as follows:
- Genetics. Pyroluria does seem to run in families. I have tested kids who are siblings where both have had it many times. But not all the time. If a relative suffered from depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcholism, or another mental health condition, get tested.
- Childhood Trauma. There may be an epigenetic component to the condition. Trauma may cause a rise in inflammation in the body and lead to this condition.
- Chronic infection. It is difficult to know if the problem exists because of the infection or if the lack of zinc leads to poor immunity.
- Alcoholism of the sufferer or parents.
- Environmental toxicity. Heavy metal poisoning in particular could play a factor in the cause of pyroluria.
- Processed foods. A standard American diet of processed foods and sugar can stress the body out and lead to absorption problems.
Stress may be a trigger to pyroluria or it could be a result of it. It is not clear at the moment.
What are Pyrrole Disorder Symptoms?
Pyroluria has some distinct symptoms. I have a questionnaire that helps people determine if they have the condition. Most of the symptoms that I see in my practice revolve around mental health problems. But many people experience problems with other areas of the body. Let’s start with the mental health symptoms first though.
Mentally, people feel stressed. There is a high amount of severe inner tension or anxiety. Tolerance to stress is low. For example, someone who easily stresses out with minimal traffic may have pyroluria. Social withdrawal is common as is sensitivity to crowds.
But more severe mental health symptoms exist too. There can be periods of mild to severe depression followed by hyperactivity. Episodic anger outbursts or other mood swings are common. Panica attacks or severe anxiety. They may enjoy an argument but be upset by criticism. In severe cases, pyrolurics may hallucinate or have delusion disorder.
Physical symptoms also exist though. Here’s a partial list:
- Fatigue easily likely due to nervous exhaustion.
- Poor dream recall
- Ringing in the ears.
- Digestive disturbances including irritable bowel, abdominal pain, and frequent gas and bloating. (They may have tried avoiding meat as a way to deal but this actually makes the problems worse as we’ll see.)
- Gluten intolerance
- Blood sugar control. There may be hypoglycemia with blood sugar drops.
- Allergies to food or the environment
- Frequent illnesses
- Morning nausea and poor appetite in the morning. They may skip breakfast.
There are some people who have few of these symptoms but may still have pyroluria. You may have done blood work for zinc for example and shown that it is normal but still have symptoms of zinc deficiency. This is typically caused by pyrrole disorder. So what can you do? My article about pyroluria gives suggestions but the short answer is get tested! I can do pyroluria testing and help develop a custom treatment plan via telemedicine services. Call today to learn more.
What is RAD Disorder? RAD stands for Reactive Attachment Disorder. It is becoming more commonplace over time. Many factors contribute to this increase. In this episode of Ask Dr. Gil, I discuss how RAD is becoming more common and who to recognize it. RAD is not very well understood. It is often confused with other disorders.
So what is RAD Disorder? How do we treat it? Give a listen to find out more.
I get many calls from people all over the world asking if I can help them. They or their loved ones have different problems. Anxiety, ADD, oppositional defiance, OCD, RAD, autism, and depression are some of those problems. They want to know if can I help them using a natural approach without their coming to see me in Portland, Oregon. Do I offer telemedicine services? The short answer is, sometimes, yes! Insurance may or may not cover it. And I have certain restrictions on how I can help, for sure. But telemedicine is the wave of the future, and may be a good approach for many people. What does this process look like?
Telemedicine services or telepsychiatry is like having an in-person appointment. We can have our appointment on the phone or via HIPAA-compliant video. For most of the diagnoses and/or symptoms I listed above, telemedicine works great. You schedule an appointment and fill out the paperwork. I review the paperwork before the appointment. I have you get labs based on the Walsh Protocol to find what the imbalance may be. Any imbalance found allows me to treat with supplements.
Telemedicine services are a great option for many patients. Most of my patients don’t live in places that have access to alternative providers. And my approach is truly unique. I have seen amazing progress with patients using “just” nutrient therapy. It’s not just taking a bunch of random supplements. It’s a targeted approach to balancing out the body. The combination of the intake paperwork and labs helps me determine the right supplements. In general, we do follow-up appointments every 4-6 weeks, depending upon the case, to make sure you are progressing well.
There are many things, though, that I cannot treat using telemedicine without another doctor’s help. In these cases, I can act as a health consultant. Any time a physical exam is required, you will need to visit your local physician. For example, many digestive ailments need a physical exam and/or imaging for proper diagnosis. While I can assist with naturopathic treatments using telemedicine services, I likely couldn’t diagnose. Some patients may also need neurofeedback or other services. These require a trip to my office or seeing a local provider. In some cases, I can give a referral depending upon where you live.
Also, sometimes other natural therapies are required to treat the problem. In this case, I have other approaches such as biotherapeutic drainage and botanical medicine to assist you.
Find out more about telehealth services for mental health and whether they are right for you or your family member. Call my office today.