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Supplementary Neurosteroid May Reduce Pain

Novel, ‘Non-Habit Forming’ Medication May Reduce Low Back PainNancy A. Melville – Apr 2019  [It’s actually a supplement, not a “medication”.]

A novel, “non-habit-forming” neurosteroid appears to be effective and well tolerated in the treatment of chronic low back pain, new research suggests.

I’ve been exploring the benefits of supplementary neurosteroids for a while, but mainly as a remedy for my chronic anxiety. I’m thrilled to learn they could also ease pain a little.

In a double-blind, randomized controlled trial of almost 100 Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans, those treated with a pharmaceutical-grade tablet formulation of pregnenolone showed “significant and meaningful reductions” in low back pain intensity ratings at 6 weeks compared with their peers who received matching placebo, investigators report.   Continue reading

Non-Opioid Medication May Reduce Pain

Novel, ‘Non-Habit Forming’ Medication May Reduce Low Back PainNancy A. Melville – Apr 2019

A novel, “non-habit-forming” neurosteroidappears to be effective and well tolerated in the treatment of chronic low back pain, new research suggests.

In a double-blind, randomized controlled trial of almost 100 Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans, those treated with a pharmaceutical-grade tablet formulation of pregnenolone showed “significant and meaningful reductions” in low back pain intensity ratings at 6 weeks compared with their peers who received matching placebo, investigators report.

I’m excited about this because pregnenolone is an over-the-counter supplement available to us all.
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Neurosteroids: Endogenous Role in Human Brian

Neurosteroids: Endogenous Role in the Human Brian and Therapeutic Potentials – free full-text /PMC3139029/ – July 2011

This chapter provides an overview of neurosteroids, especially their impact on the brain, sex differences and therapeutic potentials.

Neurosteroids are synthesized within the brain and rapidly modulate neuronal excitability. Neurosteroids such as allopregnanolone are positive allosteric modulators of GABA-A receptors with powerful antiseizure activity in diverse animal models.

Neurosteroids increase both synaptic and tonic inhibition. They are endogenous regulators of seizure susceptibility, anxiety and stress.

This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for: a potential new treatment for the anxiety that has tormented me for decades.  Continue reading

Benefits of GABA Supplementation

3 Amazing Benefits of GABA | Psychology Today – Michael J Breus Ph.D. – Posted Jan 03, 2019

GABA is both a chemical produced within the body and a supplement that’s made for ingestion.

Many medications interact with GABA and GABA receptors in the brain, altering their function to achieve certain effects, typically

  • relaxation,
  • pain relief,
  • stress and anxiety reduction,
  • lower blood pressure, and
  • improved sleep.

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Effects of GABA food supplement on brain and behavior

Neurotransmitters as food supplements: the effects of GABA on brain and behavior – free full-text /PMC4594160/ – Front Psychol. Oct 2015

Finding this study in PubMed/PMC shows that such supplements are being taken seriously by scientists. To me, that sounds like an endorsement…

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human cortex. The food supplement version of GABA is widely available online.  …it is unclear whether these supplements confer benefits beyond a placebo effect.

There is some evidence in favor of a calming effect of GABA food supplements, but most of this evidence was reported by researchers with a potential conflict of interest.   Continue reading

How to Figure Out If Your Supplements Are Safe

How to Figure Out If Your Supplements Are Safe –  vitals.lifehacker.comby Beth Skwarecki – Dec 2015

By law, US companies can’t market supplements that are “adulturated or misbranded,” but no testing or approval is required.

A recent DNA analysis of several herbal supplements (sold at big name retailers like Target and Walgreen’s) showed that some of them didn’t contain any of their purported ingredients.   Continue reading

Chemicals on the dinner menu

Too many people believe that “chemicals” in our food are “bad” without realizing that all food consists of nasty-sounding chemicals, as shown in this dinner menu of the ACSH conference:

Almost every substance or radiation becomes poisonous in huge quantities (even water), but the same substance can be benign or even helpful in smaller and sometimes trace amounts. (See Beneficial Effects of Low-Dose Radiation)

Daily Coffee May Help When You Hurt

Why That Daily Coffee May Help When You Hurt – Sep-2018 – Written by: Matt Windsor

This artilcle makes it sound like caffeine is an instant solution to our pain:

“it blocks receptors for the neurotransmitter adenosine, which interferes with pain-signaling”

Coffee has been known to slightly diminish pain and slightly enhance the effects of opioids merely through its stimulating properties, but it’s far from being a “pain reliever”, so this simplistic explanation doesn’t tell the whole story.  Continue reading

Healthy gut, healthy heart?

Healthy gut, healthy heart? – Harvard Health – June 2018

If you ask most medical experts about the hottest trends in health research, chances are they’ll mention the microbiome. The term refers to the trillions of microbes living inside our bodies, known as the human microbiota.

The vast majority of these bacteria, viruses, and fungi dwell deep within our intestines.

These microbes

  • help with digestion,
  • make certain nutrients, and
  • release substances that have wide-ranging health effects.  Continue reading