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Managing the Toxic Effects of Acetaldehyde
Jul 8th, 2014 by Dennis McInerney

Acetaldehyde is a common and potent neurotoxin. Acetaldehyde is ubiquitous in the ambient environment. It is formed as a product of incomplete wood combustion in fireplaces and woodstoves, coffee roasting, burning of tobacco, vehicle exhaust fumes, and coal refining. Many individuals are exposed to acetaldehyde by simply breathing ambient air. Other environmental sources of acetaldehyde include room air deodorizers, cologne’s and perfumes1. Inhalation of air containing elevated levels of acetaldehyde can cause respiratory tract irritation, central nervous system depression and possibly pulmonary edema. Very high concentrations can cause dizziness, respiratory depression, convulsions or even death2.

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The Diet Connection to Anxiety, Depression and other Neurological Disorders
Oct 31st, 2012 by Dennis McInerney

Despite the number of neurotropic drugs introduce over the past three decades, there has been an astonishing increase in neurological disorders in the United States. An article in “Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry”, Volume 7, Number 1, Spring, 2005, written by Robert Whitaker, states that “The number of Americans disabled by mental illness has nearly doubled since 1987, when Prozac-the first in a second generation of wonder drugs for mental illness-was introduced.” Mr. Whitaker also documents that in placebo controlled studies involving anxiety, depression and other neurological disorders, relapse was significantly higher in the pharmacotherapy groups as compared to those taking a placebo.

Maybe it’s time for a paradigm shift in the way we address anxiety, depression and other neurological disorders. A number of published studies have looked at the connection between diet and mood, as well as, how the availability of neurotransmitter precursors and other metabolic co-factor impact the synthesis of neurotransmitters.

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