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Neurotransmitters play a role in shaping who we are and how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. They influence our moods, memory and learning, self-esteem, anxiety levels, motivation, and more. I think this explains why some people who have been suffering for years with unresolved thyroid symptoms can become grouchy, angry, and pessimistic. That may reflect not who they really are, but instead their worsening brain health due to thyroid hormone deficiency.

There is no scientifically validated way to test neurotransmitter levels through lab testing. The best way is to assess your symptoms. Also, if you see symptoms in one area this does not necessarily mean your levels are low. It could be other areas of the neurotransmitter pathway are affected, such as neurotransmitter release, binding, or clearance.


Also, various factors can affect neurotransmitter levels, including blood sugar imbalances or hormonal imbalances. Rarely, if ever, does poor neurotransmitter activity indicate an antidepressant deficiency.

In “Why Isn’t My Brain Working?”, you suggest to take neurotransmitters, compounds for neuroinflammation and Brain oxidation until you see a difference. However, in each category, how much is too much? My teenage daughter has been chronically ill for 5 years – undiagnosed. We have been able to rid her body of many symptoms. However, she is left (basically) with extreme fatigue and brain fog, along with symptoms of low neurotransmitters (all). We know she is low in iron and Vitamin D. She is supplementing for it. She is probably low in estrogen and progesterone (waiting for labs to return). We have taken up to a couple thousand 2x daily for neuroinflammation, acetelcholine, and brain oxidation with minor improvement. She has been taking 100 mg 5HTP 3x daily, with very minor improvement in seratonin symptoms and dopa support with minor improvement. When does it become too much? I’m sure there has to be some limit to supplement doses. Please help. I don’t know how much longer she can hold out. She has been so fatigued and foggy headed, we’ve had to drop her out of school, and finally out of her online schooling, and it’s her senior year! She can’t follow through with simple directions and walks away in the middle of conversations, thinking it’s finished. THX

Thank you, Elaine, for the reply. Over the last 5 years, my daughter has been seen by some of the best neurologists. Barrows Clinic decided her brain fog and fatigue are not caused by a neurological issue. She has been cleared of Fibromyalgia. She has been seen by any medical specialist that could even possibly help her. Her hormones are fine, according to her gynecologist. She has been with a functional medicine doctor who understands neurotransmitters and has been helping her with them. And the list of medical labs, exams, scans, medical doctors and natureopaths goes on and on. But, the brain for and fatigue persist in a very debilitating way. She is currently under the care of a functional medicine chiropractric neurologist, who has had some training/guidance from Kharazian, but there has been no improvement in 6 weeks and she has been on the strict diet for 10 weeks now. However, after reading the Brain book, it is obvious that this current neurologist does not follow the supplements to the extent that Kharazian suggests – not even close.

I have had 11 surgical procedures in the last 6 years, the last one was a total knee replacement. I walk a couple miles a day, but can not walk in a straight line, I walk like I am drunk, my legs are very stiff all the time. I get leg, feet and ankle cramps all night with a need to stretch all night long as well as when I set for too long during the day. I also can sound drunk at times, but do not drink. I have a raspy voice that no one can help me with. Yes, I have a bit of brain fog, too. Energy levels at rock bottom as well and I now have developed small lesions on my legs, like plaque psoriasis. My TSH is .59 and my family doctor says she will recheck in a year, down from 1.3 the year before, will not allow any further testing at all. I have gone off gluten, soy, most dairy, eggs.

I have been to several doctors, none can help, they all think I am a hypochondriac and there are no Functional doctors in my area or on my insurance plan. Not sure where to start. I have both books, and find that taking the protocol for low dopamine seems to help the most, along with taking minerals, calcium, magnesium and potassium. I tend to run low in Potassium and Magnesium.