The NTAF is a convenient and cost-effective screening of some of the bodies most fundamental Neurotransmitters and where potential patterns of imbalance exist:
This screening can help identify where additional testing may be needed in order to understand where your health problems are rooted or where nutritional support may be of benefit.
- Symptoms associated with Serotonin imbalances, Dopamine Imbalances, GABA Imbalances and ACH imbalances as well as the impact problems related to blood sugar and stress may be impacting the health of your brain.
- The Neurotransmitter Assessment Form or NTAF is a questionnaire where the patient circles the severity of a symptom (1-3) or the frequency at which that symptom occurs.
- There are a several questions associated with each category of Neurotransmitter imbalance.
- Depending on your goals, Dr Hagmeyer or one of his certified nutritionists can review this with you and suggest certain blood tests or supplements to help with these symptoms.
This NTAF Assessment Screening And Consult Is Perfect If You Are:
- Suffering with Anxiety, Depression, Irritability, Chronic Pain, Insomnia or other problem affecting mental and brain health.
- Desire a natural approach to restoring health and interested in identifying where some of your potential metabolic weaknesses are.
- Discuss how Functional Medicine would approach these health concerns and metabolic weaknesses.
- Unable to financially commit to a more in depth case review or other services offered by Dr Hagmeyer.
What Does The Screening Consult Include?
- Dr Hagmeyer or one of his trained nutritionists, will review the Neurotransmitter Assessment Form identifying any patterns of metabolic and Neurotransmitter dysfunction.
- 10-20 minute consult to discuss the results of the screening and discussion of “what to do next”
Sounds Great! How Do I get Started?
- Complete Dr Hagmeyer’s Neurotrasnmitter Assessment form which can be downloaded Here or if you prefer to fill it out on line you can click Here
- Be sure to Save the form to your Desktop.
- email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the Subject line enter “Neurotransmitter Assessment Screening”
Once we receive it, Dr Hagmeyer or one of his trained nutritionists will review it and within a day or two (sometimes same day) schedule a short 10-20 minute consult to discuss the metabolic patterns and imbalances identified. Please note that this Neurotransmitter Health Assessment does not include the review of any test results.
SECTION A – GENERAL BRAIN FUNCTION
Categorizes symptoms associated with general loss of neurotransmitter and brain function. The symptoms are not specific to any neurotransmitter in general, but rather reflect symptoms found in common with a decline in response of any of the neurotransmitters. Prevalence of these symptoms may also indicate early signs of brain aging and degeneration.
Symptoms alone cannot determine the degree of neuronal death versus the amount of deficit associated with loss of neurological integration, secondary to loss of neurotransmitter responses and other physiological factors that hinder brain performance.
The subsequent sections will help determine potential areas of deficit leading to general loss of central nervous system outcome. Prevalence of these symptoms should alert both the patient and clinician about the potential for progressive loss of brain health. Immediate attention should be placed on improving further degeneration and improving existing neuronal potentials. It is important to understand that brain function is not solely limited to cognitive attributes, but to autonomic, endocrine/metabolic and immune function as well.
A loss of central nervous system integrity has global impacts on health and may contribute to hypertension, erectile dysfunction, digestive disorders, constipation, insomnia, etc.
SECTION B – STRESS
Section B categorizes symptoms associated with an active stress response. Stress is the most aggressive challenge to the neuroendocrine-immune system and is a major cause for loss of neurotransmitter-endocrine and immune integrity.
Prevalence of section B symptoms signifies person pushing themselves or being pushed past a normal degree of health. Despite the ability to make lifestyle and career choices, attempts to modulate stress physiology should always be considered.
SECTION 1 – SEROTONIN
Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter and also called 5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT.
Serotonin is found in the central nervous system and in the peripheral nervous system. Serotonin produced in the central nervous system is associated with functions such as anger regulation, body temperature, mood, sleep, vomiting, and appetite.
Serotonin in the peripheral nervous system has been associated with gastrointestinal tract motility, pain modulation, vasoconstriction and as a promoter of cell division (mitogenic activity).
Serotonin synthesis is linked to pineal gland production of melatonin. Imbalances in these pathways may lead to insomnia, altered sleeping cycles, behavioral changes in response to the cycles of the seasons, sexual activity, and thermogenesis.
SECTION 2 – DOPAMINE
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is found both in the central nervous system and in peripheral glands such as the adrenal medulla and the kidneys. Dopamine has numerous functions in the brain related to motor coordination, motivation and reward, cognition, regulation of prolactin, mood, attention, and learning.
Dopamine is associated with the “pleasure system” of the brain and promotes feelings of enjoyment and reinforcement to motivate performance. Dopamine is usually thought of as a transmitter of arousal of physical and psychological activity.
SECTION 3- GABA
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter of the nervous system. The great majority of GABA is found in the central nervous system, although there are trace amounts of GABA in the pancreatic islet cell and in the kidneys.
The trace amounts of GABA produced outside of the central nervous system cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. GABAergic responses are linked with relaxation, anti-anxiety, and anti-convulsive effects. GABA has also demonstrated some properties in modulating the release of human growth hormone.
SECTION 4 – ACETYLCHOLINE
Acetylcholine is produced both in the central nervous system and in the peripheral nervous system. In the central nervous system, acetylcholine is used to promote excitatory actions for cognition, memory, and arousal. In the peripheral nervous system, acetylcholine is a major neurotransmitter for the autonomic nervous system released at all pre- and post-ganglionic parasympathetic neurons and all preganglionic sympathetic neurons, which promote the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine from the adrenal medulla.
Acetylcholine is also used to activate muscles by promoting opening of ligand sodium channels in the cell membrane of muscles that lead to muscle contraction.
Acetylcholine induces contraction of skeletal muscles, however, diminishes contractions of cardiac muscles as well. This difference is promoted due to the differences of receptors found in these different muscle tissues.