Molecular Health and Healing

by CEGant on July 1, 2014

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I specialize in molecular health and healing, especially as it supports psychospiritual growth and mental health recovery from problems such as AD/HD, autism, mood problems, addictions, food and carbohydrate compulsions and nicotine dependence.

I routinely order functional medicine testing to diagnose precisely what is deficient in each and every patient, and then replenish those missing, essential items.

See my article on: First Priority in Providing Health Care

Various postings on this web site and within the membership area will provide in-depth knowledge for optimal health. I encourage you to join me in the journey of “discovery” that can make a difference in your life.

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Yours to good health,

C.E. Gant, MD, PhD



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Is Autism Treatable?

by CEGant on June 29, 2014

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For over a decade I have been worrying, lecturing and writing about the escalating incidence of autism and I was not surprised by the recent CDC report that estimated the incidence of autism has jumped another 30% and shows that 1 in 68 children now have been identified and it is more prevalent in boys than girls! www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0327-autism-spectrum-disorder.html

I hope that by sounding the clarion call, many concerned people like me will ask a question that rarely gets asked (believe it or not); How do we treat autism effectively and shut down the ticking time bomb? The official “conventional” answer is: The cause is unknown, so no effective treatment exists. The disorder can only be “managed.”

I believe that the problem originates in a supposedly, science-based, modern healthcare system which has not yet embraced an effective paradigm for applying the knowledge which we already have that can potentially reverse autism in most individuals with the disorder. The required paradigm shift begins with an understanding of the two very different definitions of the term diagnosis.

A diagnosis can be defined as the appearance of something or as a cause. For instance, for thousands of years, pneumonia was diagnosed by it appearance; fever, chills, cough, sweats and shortness of breath. With the advent of the germ theory paradigm, the second definition of the term diagnosis came into vogue and the cause (germs) was diagnosed. Discovery of a cause of any disease leads to targeted treatments, like antibiotics, which have saved countless lives. But until a germ theory paradigm was adopted, a curative treatment could not be found.

Lab Testing To Help Reverse Autism

Autism, like most chronic medical and psychiatric disorders, is far more complicated. No single cause (like a germ) exists. There are many causal risk factors. For instance, overgrowth of clostridial organisms (tetanus germs) in the intestines causes an over exposure to a toxin which is notorious for paralyzing the nervous system (e.g., “lockjaw”), and many autistic individuals have “locked up” brains which are incapable of processing complex, rapidly shifting information, like speech, language and non-verbal communication. Consequently, an autistic individual must socially withdraw, one of cardinal symptoms of the disorder.

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methylation reactionMillions of methylation processes are taking place in our body every day and it is critical to life. “Under Methylation” may negatively affect your health.

Examples are the synthesizing of melatonin to help with sleep, making special lipids (called phospholipids) that cell membranes are primarily composed of and causing the main fight/flight neurotransmitter (noradrenalin) to go away so we can relax.

Generally, those who are genetically less capable of this reaction or adding a carbon group on to a molecule to turn it into another molecule, are diagnosed as having “methylation defects,” as if such people are genetic misfits. In fact, one can make the opposite case. These “defective” people are often more productive, robust workers, emotionally sensitive and creative, because they are less capable of metabolizing away the primary, fight/flight neurotransmitter, noradrenalin, from their brains.

Under-Methylator

The down side to being an “under-methylator”, as I am, is a tendency to be more compulsive, perfectionistic, anxious, addiction-prone and moody. In our younger years, when we are more physiologically able to withstand extra fight/flight, sympathetic stress, we can become over-achievers. We are driven by our genes to work harder and make more money. We can appear to be extroverted movers and shakers, and be attractive as mates, which is why these genes are so common. We pass them on during our reproductive years to produce under-methylating children. Later, after midlife and the child-bearing years, the extra sympathetic stress caused by this condition tends to take its toll in the form of higher cancer and heart disease rates.

A little more genetic get up and go can be helpful, but too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. The same is true of the “under-methylators.” We all get 2 sets of genes from each parent, and those of us who get one abnormal gene and one normal gene (called heterozygous) can get the benefits of more productivity and success, even though they can pay somewhat of a downside price by experiencing some extra stress. Those, like me, who get 2 abnormal genes, one from each parent (called homozygous), can be so sympathetically stressed to succeed, that even in our younger, more viable years, emotional stress can be overwhelming.

I often wondered why I was so driven and compelled to be the best at everything I did, whether it was academics, sports or music. It was a good thing I had sports to burn off that extra stress, and I am blessed with discovering mindfulness meditation in my 20’s, or else I could have become an emotional basket case.

Methylation Works Like Relay Runners in a Race

The process of how methylation happens is like runners handing off the baton in a race. Methyl groups come from various sources or donor molecules, which wind up on a type of folic acid called 5-MTHR or 5-methyl-tetra-hydro-folate. That then hands off the methyl groups to B12, which hands them off like a runner in a race to homocysteine which then becomes methionine, which turns into SAMe or s-adenosylmethionine which then hands off the groups to dozens of different molecules, including noradrenalin, the anxiety, perfectionism, compulsivity-causing, fight/flight neurotransmitter to make it go away, and importantly also to a serotonin metabolite to synthesize melatonin so we can sleep more restfully.

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Dr Gant’s Practice Philosophy 2

by admin on January 1, 2014

This posting is a continuation of the first part of the Interview regarding Dr Gant’s practice philosophy.
The first part is here: dr-gants-practice-philosophy-1

Q: Why does the medical community seem disinterested in such an in-depth risk factor analysis, and how can obviously dedicated, compassionate healthcare practitioners not want to determine these fundamental risk factors which cause their patient’s to suffer and die?

A: Even a better way to ask this question is, exactly which risk factor that is causing one’s patient to be sick would a practitioner not want to know about? The answer for me is none; I want to do a thorough risk factor analysis and determine as many causal risk factors as possible, and I typically order 300-500 distinct laboratory tests on each patient in a deep search for the underlying answers. I am not content to label any patient with a prescientific diagnoses which merely describes the appearance of a condition, illness, syndrome, disease or disorder. I must know the risk factors causing other risk factor or causing the symptoms. For instance, I may diagnose a patient as having bipolar disorder, but I also know that an in-depth risk factor analysis will reveal one or more of the 40 to 50 causalities of bipolar disorder.

Q: What happens when a risk factor is found on diagnostic testing which has not been correlated through any competent scientific studies to be related to your patient’s symptoms or superficial diagnostic label?

A: The famous saying that “the absence of evidence is not necessarily evidence of absence” comes into play here. In other words, just because a certain nutritional, toxicological, metabolic, hormonal or genetic abnormality revealed through diagnostic testing has not been correlated in scientific studies to a patient’s symptoms or to their older, pre-scientific, diagnostic designations, that does not necessarily mean that science will not march on and find that such abnormalities possess a causative link.

Q: So you assume that any abnormality might have such a correlation and be a causative risk factor of your patient’s problems?

A: Should I wait for the science to someday reveal that correlation which would then somehow justify the assumption that a certain risk factor should be addressed? No, because my patients are suffering today, and if an in-depth risk factor analysis reveals certain nutritional, toxicological, metabolic, hormonal or genetic abnormalities, I must assume that it is relevant regardless of the scientific evidence at hand as to its importance.

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Dr Gant’s Practice Philosophy 1

by admin on December 31, 2013

In an interview format, Dr. Gant outlines his practice philosophy in Integrative and Functional Medicine.

Interviewer: Dr. C.E. Gant received his BS in Chemistry from Hampden-Sydney College in 1971 and his MD from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1975 taking additional doctorate courses in biomedical engineering and computer modeling. During his subsequent post-graduate, residency trainings in family practice and psychiatry, Dr. Gant became increasingly concerned with the threat of prescription, psychotropic drug use, abuse and irresponsible prescribing practices, which along with alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs, propels psychotropic chemical abuse to the leading cause of death, disability, violence and social disintegration in the world, with tobacco alone killing nearly 500,000 Americans and over 5 million human beings worldwide per year. The threat of chemical abuse worsened by prescription drug abuse has since accelerated to astonishing current levels and Dr. Gant believes it now threatens the sustainability of modern civilization.

Dr. Gant engaged in various modalities of psychotherapy and meditation to find his own personal solutions to life’s challenges and he went on to become an expert in reconstructive and mindfulness-based psychotherapies which has been applied extensively in his medical practice for almost 4 decades. As a psychiatric consultant in the early 1980s, he achieved a 50% reduction in antidepressant, antipsychotic and sedative medications while treating a large, chronic, mentally ill, outpatient population and he published these results in 1984 in his PhD thesis in psychology entitled A Neurophysiological Model of the Transformational Psychologies. This thesis proposes a physiological (physical) model by which the brain changes as an individual psychologically moves away from mental distress towards self-realization or self-actualization and how that could be proven with physiological brain scanning technologies.

A Neurophysiological Model of the Transformational Psychologies took a look at the physiological research into brain function available 30 years ago which could be used to unify the seemingly divergent psychotherapies and spiritual paths, such as RET (rational emotive therapy), gestalt therapy, meditation, prayer, transpersonal psychology, family therapy and others. Dr. Gant predicted over 3 decades ago that all of these mindfulness-based methodologies must obviously be radically altering brain physiology especially in the frontal lobes of the brain, and that brain imagery technologies should at some time in the future be capable of proving these changes. Dr. Gant is delighted to have lived to see his predictions come true and witness the astonishing findings in PET or positron emission tomography as well as the FMRI or functional magnetic resonance imagery studies of mindfulness meditators.

Dr. Gant has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine, and Reconstructive and Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy for over 36 years, and in the last decade has added Genomics. While in private practice and while serving in medical directorships and consultancies to many clinics and hospitals in the Central New York area over the years, Dr. Gant instituted and perfected various integrative treatment regimens. These included nutritional therapies, detoxification and neurotransmitter repair. Also, infections such as candida, Lyme disease, hormonal and metabolic rebalancing and mindfulness-based, reconstructive psychotherapies. All of this was to support the recoveries of his patients from all kinds of common, chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Gant has developed innovative treatments for many kinds of common medical disorders such as cancer and cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases, but a significant portion of his work has focused on natural, drug-free treatments for brain disorders, such as AD/HD, depression and other mood disorders, autism, and addiction to prescription drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and illicit substances. His work spanning most of four decades is summarized in various studies, years of national continuing-education-approved lecture tours and publications such as his books: 1) “ADD and ADHD: Complementary/Alternative Medicine Solutions,” 2) “End Your Addiction Now”, 3) “End Nicotine Addiction Now,” 4) “Attentional Disintegration of Hurt and Distress Therapies,” and 5) “Basic Concepts in Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

Dr. Gant is the Chief Medical Officer and teaches at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics. He is also an instructor in functional medicine and genomics at Huntington College of Health Sciences, which is the first distance-learning, nutrition college accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Gant currently practices functional medicine, predictive genomics, mindfulness-based psychotherapy and neurofeedback in Washington, DC at the National Integrative Health Associates.

Also, the culmination of his life’s work is being published in a multi-DVD series entitled “The Grand Unified Theory of Mind Body Function”.

Q: Dr. Gant, what is your Practice Philosophy?

A: My practice philosophy is holistic and based on optimizing the seamless continuum of the biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of my patient’s lives and health. I combine the clinical tools of Functional Medicine and Genomics with Neurofeedback and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies to help my patients reverse or modify their unique impediments to optimal mental, physical and spiritual function. I assist them in making rational, effective, cost-conscious and sustainable interventions.

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