How Dr. Amy Yasko Looks at Neurotransmitter Test Results

Last July, Dr. Amy took the month off from reviewing test results to write out all of her innovative ways of interpreting and responding to your test result data. This was done in an effort to make her work accessible to more people. The project took a leap forward in the past few weeks when I had some time free to edit it. 

Last September at her conference, Dr. Amy started to publicize her material and the fact that she has a book in process. It is likely to be completed at the end of January or sometime during February. At this point, I want to give you an excerpt to get you thinking, and to show you just one example of how novel and innovative Dr. Amy’s method is.

This material is meant to give you hope, and to whet your appetite for what is to come!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Here is Dr. Amy on interpreting neurotransmitter test results:

Neurotransmitters function in your brain and body in ways that define your personality and your physical abilities. Low serotonin has been implicated in OCD, perseverative behavior, depression, anxiety, and GI dysfunction. Dopamine is critical for executive function, attention, focus, goal motivated behavior, and mood. Higher norepinephrine relative to epinephrine appears to be a factor in ADD/ADHD. 

I use several tests to get a complete sense of neurotransmitter (NT) formation, balance, and breakdown.  The level of starting materials for serotonin and dopamine, ie, tryptophan, phenylalanine, and tyrosine, are found on a UAA. From these levels, I may be able to draw some conclusions about the availability of BH4 in your body, which is needed for the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, phenylalanine to tyrosine, and tyrosine to dopamine. Dopamine then goes on to become norepinephrine and epinephrine. 

Then, I look at the information given on neurotransmitter testing, ie, the level of the NT found in the sample.

Finally, I look at the level of breakdown product(s) from the NT, whether it is serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, or norepinephrine. The rate of NT breakdown is a major factor in the final level of NT present in your body. Breakdown information is on the MAP test. 

So, in order to assess NT status and performance in your body, first look at a UAA to see what the level of the starting material is for the particular NT. From the UAA, you may also be able to draw preliminary conclusions about your BH4 levels. Then, look at a NT test to see the reported NT level. And, finally, look at a MAP test to give you a measurement of NT breakdown product(s). You can draw your conclusions from the integration of these three pieces of data.

This method of evaluating neurotransmitter status gives you a more complete picture of the activity of neurotransmitters in your body, rather than looking at neurotransmitter levels alone. 

Every Tuesday night, I give you the chance to come to an Open Forum to find out more about how Dr. Amy thinks. I take your questions. I do not lecture, although I may start if I get asked a good question.    

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Nancy Mullan MD

Author, lecturer, clinician,
Dr. Nancy Mullan is best known for her natural treatment of chronic illness, 
including MTHFR+, Lyme Disease, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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About Nancy Mullan, MD

Some people call Dr. Nancy Mullan the MTHFR genetic medicine expert. Dr. Mullan works with people who are struggling with chronic disease or other significant illness, who are willing to use diet and genetics-based nutritional supplementation, and who want to increase wellbeing and energy, enhance immunity, lift mood, fine-tune genetic function, and get their lives back. Dr. Mullan has studied at a number of exceptional institutions: the University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. She excels at integrating the results of biochemical and genetic testing into sustained clinical improvement for you. She has succeeded with patients who confounded the specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Stanford, and many well-known integrative medical doctors. When recommending her, her patients say, “This is the woman you need to talk to. She really knows how to handle tough clinical problems.” Dr. Mullan's specialty areas are MTHFR+, methylation genetics, and genetics-based nutritional supplementation. Within this context, she most often works with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Psychiatric Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Women’s Health Issues, Thyroid Disorder, Gastrointestinal Disorder, and Heavy Metal Toxicity.
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