Molecular Health and Healing

by CEGant on September 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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Depression and the Tragic Case of Robin Williams

by CEGant on September 9, 2014

The tragic suicide of beloved comic actor, Robin Williams, left most of us with sadness and shock. It is time to ask the difficult questions: how and why do tragedies like this happen, and what can be done about it?

The solution to this epidemic begins by asking — how many people, including professionals, are aware that depression can have many biochemical causes which are reversible and that the symptoms labeled as depression are the natural responses of the body to biochemical imbalances?

As an example, researchers are now finding that a significant proportion of chronic psychiatric problems like depression and schizophrenia are caused by chronic Lyme, candida and other co-infections.

9 Causes for Depression:

Here is a partial list of causes for depression:

1- Chronic infections

2- Allergies, like gluten allergy or celiac

3- Toxins like mercury or lead poisoning (neurotoxicity poisoning from heavy metals)

4- Poly-pharmacy toxicity – the taking of many medications at the same time

5- Regular psychotropic drug use – illicit (e.g., cocaine), recreational (e.g., alcohol) or prescriptive (e.g., codeine or sedatives)

6- Metabolic disturbances like hypoglycemia

7- Endocrine imbalances like testosterone deficiency

8- Nutritional deficiencies (neurotransmitter imbalances from amino acid precursor deficiencies; nutritional deficiencies for specific vitamins and minerals; brain neuroplasticitydistortions from essential fatty acid imbalances and oxidative stress; gastrointestinal imbalances from mal-digestion)

9- Genetic quirks called SNPs or single nucleotide polymorphismsthat seriously predispose people to addiction and depression

Once one understands that there are many biochemical causes, the next question is, why would the body respond to these causes of depression by exhibiting the symptoms of depression?

To answer this, a more fundamental question must be asked: why do symptoms happen at all? The answer is simple. Symptoms are the attempts of the body to heal itself and bring itself back into balance, called homeostasis.

Cough and diarrhea are attempts of the body to rid itself of toxins. Fever is an attempt of the body to preventor inhibit microorganism replication by turning up the heat. These symptoms should not be thwarted out of the mistaken impression that they are harmful, unless they are so extreme that they might pose a threat. Severe diarrhea can cause dehydration. Interminable cough can prevent normal sleep and rest. Very high fevers can cause convulsions. Otherwise, symptoms should be redefined as beneficial attempts of the body to heal itself.

How does depression fit into this line of reasoning? A clue concerns the effects of what is called cytokines on the pituitary, the master gland. Cytokines, acting like hormones, are cell-to-cell communication molecules in the immune system. The master gland, the pituitary, when exposed to high cytokine levels starts cutting back on the pre-hormones which govern much of the endocrine system.

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) lowers and the thyroid consequently decreases production of thyroid hormone. Anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) levels drop, which causes us to urinate more often, get thirstier and drink water more often, a detoxification strategy. Pre-hormones that control sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen all fall, making us relatively less interested in sex and less capable of reproduction. Growth hormone (GH) drops, decreasing anabolism, metabolism and hunger.

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) lowers and cortisol levels fall, so the protective value of cortisol on stress is minimized and we become easily exhausted, burned out and inclined to rest more.

In an attempt to deal with immune stress, the effects of cytokines on the pituitary essentially causes more downtime, lowering of energy levels, causing more sleep, driving disinterest in daily activities, creating vegetative symptoms.

Do these symptoms sound familiar? Yes, they are the symptoms of depression. Depression is a protective response to immune stress.

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Ritalin and ADHD

by CEGant on August 31, 2014

It is ‘back to school time’ and that means giving children stimulant drugs such as Ritalin for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Faced with the choice of poor academic performance without drug treatment versus the risks of side effects, brain injury and addiction from drugs that work identically to cocaine and speed, parents can find themselves between a “rock and a hard place.” Physicians are well aware of these problems and many struggle with the clinical choice of putting their young patients at risk.

Psychotherapy has been found to be ineffective in modifying AD/HD symptoms. Drug treatment like Ritalin can possibly eliminate such symptoms as inattentiveness, impulsivity and motor restlessness, (short term) which shows there is strong evidence that a biophysical imbalance is present in the brains of those with AD/HD.

In the 1990s, while treating thousands of children with AD/HD, I compiled much of the research available on nutritional deficiencies, toxicities and hormonal dysregulation as it related to AD/HD, I discovered that approximately 100 peer-reviewed studies could be clustered into eight causative ‘risk factor’ categories: food allergies, thyroid disorders, amino acid deficiencies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, mineral deficiencies, heavy metal toxicities, B vitamin deficiencies and a high carbohydrate/low protein diet.

With functional medicine testing, we often find that children diagnosed with AD/HD, and probably adults too, have underlying issues and may suffer from various metabolic abnormalities (such as thyroid disorders), chronic infections (like Lyme), and genetic vulnerabilities (such as methylation defects), that conspire in different patterns from individual to individual to cause AD/HD symptoms.

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The Mystery of Lyme Disease

by admin on July 31, 2014

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Lyme disease is a potentially serious and potentially life-threatening infection.

Lyme is difficult to treat for several reasons. It damages the same immune and causes it to generate too much inflammation which weakens the body and can cause autoimmune diseases. It can masquerade into many forms (spiral, cystic, granular), to evade detection.  It can go into hiding and become dormant for long periods of time, but nevertheless continues to produce toxins.

No wonder Lyme has become endemic in many parts of the world.

Diagnostic tests are helpful, but not reliable, and clinicians and the public should maintain a high level of suspicion for these slow-growing and potentially devastating infections.

Basically, the cause of any new medical or psychiatric problem that develops without an explanation, that is persistent and often does not fit any known pattern of a conventional disorder is likely to be caused by Lyme or a related co-infection.

A related article by Dr Gant appears here: www.naturalawakeningsdc.com/Natural-Awakenings-DC/July-2014/Lyme-Disease-and-the-Co-Infections



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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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