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Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 11:03 AM


Question: Do you have any suggestions to help a teenager with obsessive-compulsive disorder?


Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

There is evidence that in some cases OCD is triggered by an infection, usually a streptococcus organism — a common skin microbe. In some individuals, such infections trigger immunoexcitotoxic lesions in a particular part of the brain that leads to OCD. Recurrent infections can trigger a worsening of the symptoms. In fact, in many cases treating these infected individual with antibiotics can reduce or even stop the attacks.

There is also evidence that a buildup of the neurotransmitter glutamate within certain parts of the brain triggers the syndrome. Diets high in glutamate and aspartate additives would make symptoms worse, and it makes sense that avoiding glutamate, aspartate, and other excitotoxins should reduce symptoms. This means avoiding aspartame, MSG,
hydrolyzed proteins, caseinate, protein isolates, vegetable protein concentrates, soy foods, and other types of such food additives.

Since this also has an immune effect, one should avoid vaccinations, foods that increase inflammation (omega-6 oils, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and trans-fats) and foods that trigger food allergies or intolerances. Vitamin D3 in higher doses protects the brain and reduces immune overactivity. I suspect it would be very helpful. It will also reduce one’s risk of infections. Curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, and grape seed extract also reduce immune overactivity.



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