Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Everyone knows the importance of a balanced diet for ensuring their health and well-being. But hardly anyone knows what nutrients a balanced diet should contain, or how much of them a person needs. And so, we are unable to take the nutrients our body needs to remain healthy. This is the main reason why people fall sick and suffer from mood disorders and behavioral problems – dysfunctional or corrupt behaviors.
Proteins are the building blocks of life. 50% of the organic substance in our body is made up of proteins. All proteins are made from the 20 amino acids found in nature. If any one of these amino acids is deficient in our body, the body proteins that require the amino acid cannot be produced and our health suffers. To avoid health problems it is extremely important to get the requisite amounts of the essential amino acids in our diets.
Malnutrition is a big stressor, especially in children. As such, it is extremely important that children get adequate amounts of amino acids in their diets. Doctors and healthcare institutions generally do not inform the public the exact amounts of the essential amino acids needed in a balanced diet. It is about time that educational institutions get the exact requirements of the amino acids from the concerned authorities, so as to ensure the health of at least our children.
The amino acid tyrosine is particularly important for our mental health. Adrenaline, norepinephrine and dopamine are a group of neurotransmitters called the catecholamines. The textbook Human Physiology: The Mechanism of Body Function by Vander et al (8th Edition, 2001, page 206) says, “The catecholamines are formed from the amino acid tyrosine” and that, “These neurotransmitters play essential roles in states of consciousness, mood, motivation, directed attention, movement, blood-pressure regulation, and hormone release.”
When the amino acid tyrosine gets depleted in the body, the catecholamines cannot be produced and we start developing problems in our moods, motivation, directed attention, movement/behavior – the symptoms of catecholamine deficiency. In times of chronic stress, our body releases excessive amounts of adrenaline. This results in the depletion of tyrosine and we start developing symptoms of mood and behavioral disorders, until the depleted amino acid tyrosine is restored by taking it in our diet or as a nutritional supplement.
When tyrosine gets depleted and we start exhibiting symptoms of catecholamine deficiency, which psychologists diagnose as mental disorders and send us to the psychiatrists. And the psychiatrists do not tell us about the tyrosine deficiency or ask us to get an amino acid diagnostic test done, but instead prescribe us their psychoactive drugs, which often have dangerous side-effects – for instance, the amphetamine that they prescribe for children suffering from attention deficits, ADD/ADHD, are one of the most highly addictive substances known to man. Also, the January 13, 2012 report of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that since 2003 more overdose deaths have involved opioid analgesics (prescription narcotic drugs) than heroin and cocaine combined.
High-achievers and knowledge-workers often suffer from excessive stress, and the resulting catecholamine deficiency. As medical professionals do not tell the common man what their physiology texts say about tyrosine, stressed people are not aware that taking a tyrosine capsule can often make them fit again. So they are forced to self-medicate themselves with street drugs like cocaine and ecstasy, which are safer than the psychiatric medications. Unfortunately the Law targets, not the dangerous pharmaceutical narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances prescribed by psychiatrists and doctors, but the stressed out people, who are taking street drugs because they have been lied to by the doctors.
It is quite unfortunate that doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists are not telling us the whole truth about Nutrition, and about stress, mental health and depression. The result of this suppression of information has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of children committing suicides and becoming addicted to alcohol and drugs, and also in dysfunctional and corrupt behavior. Don’t you think it’s about time the healthcare professionals are made accountable for the grave damage they are doing to society? Can you take up this matter with your MP, MLA, city counselor, and law enforcement agencies to correct the situation and save our children?
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