Have You Stopped Enjoying Life? Could Be Low Dopamine

Some people feel so bad they want to die, but don’t follow through because they actually lack motivation. There is no pleasure. That must sound doesn’t it, but it holds true for many.
Why bother with anything, nothing brings you pleasure… this kind of depression is related to dopamine imbalances.
Does it sound like you?

You’ve been trained to equate depression with serotonin deficiency, not dopamine, but in fact people with serotonin-related depression don’t usually wish to die. They feel blue, they have no motivation, sometimes poor self esteem, but they don’t want to really die. They are commonly put on drugs such as Prozac, a very good one if you’re aiming to raise serotonin temporarily. But

Prozac might backfire, I’ll tell you why in a minute. It has to do with fluoride and iodine. My point right now is depression is NOT a Prozac deficiency (or Celexa, or Cymbalta, or Lexapro, or any of them).  They may be helpful, and you may rely on them but the point here is depression results from something other than a medication deficiency. There’s an important distinction I want to make, one that could potentially save your life, or someone you love.

People with low dopamine are the ones to watch closely.

Dopamine deficiency will cause you to wake up sluggish in the morning, usually with brain fog, but you might feel happier and suddenly more enthusiastic with a “hit” of some sort, perhaps a cup of coffee.  Low dopamine (as opposed to low serotonin) causes a different kind of depression, one that is hallmarked by a lack of pleasure.

Serotonin deficiency makes life less optimistic, and it’s like the glass is always half empty. I’m talking about this more in an online summit and you can watch my interview for free. Sign up today because it starts on June 14th, the link for the Depression summit is below.

Mild states of depression related to dopamine deficiency force you to need a “hit” of something sugary, or caffeinated. It may manifest itself differently for each individual. Some women want to go shopping, men may want to gamble or have sex more frequently (until dopamine runs out then they lose interest altogether).

Dopamine deficiencies affect more than your mood. Most of us don’t think about the ability of getting up out of a chair, walking, and holding a glass of water or writing. We take it for granted, but difficulties here (like tremor or weakness) may point to damage in the substantia nigra, a part of your brain where dopamine is manufactured.

Tremors and balance problems, gait disturbances, trouble with planning, slower thinking processes are all issues that individuals with Parkinson’s disease struggle with.  Parkinson’s disease is due to abnormally low dopamine levels, or poor utilization of dopamine compounded with high levels of inflammation chemicals in the brain called “cytokines.”

You might think “inflammation” in the brain doesn’t apply to you but mild brain ‘swelling’ is pretty common, especially in people with chronic infections. Did you think those cytokines stay in your bloodstream without ever going into your head? Of course not, the inflammatory chemicals can get into your brain by crossing the blood-brain barrier causing dopamine imbalances galore!

Do you want to know about the connection between thyroid and depression? How about the relationship between all your neurotransmitters and mood (and how to naturally raise happy brain chemicals)? You may want to take a few minutes to read my other article: Depression, Anxiety, Thyroid, Migraines, Celiac and More… Your Questions Answered.

And You Thought Fluoride Was ONLY In Toothpaste

Some antidepressants have a backbone made of fluoride. It’s called a “fluorinated” drug because it has fluoride in it as a component. Shocking but true, fluorine can chemically displace iodine off a cell’s receptor. Your thyroid gland is a sponge for iodine. It’s like a bully and it punches the iodine out, and takes it’s place. When you become iodine deficient, you can’t make thyroid hormone. BAM!

Low thyroid hormone has to be one of the most common reasons for depression, and the prescription drugs do not increase thyroid hormone (remember, most of them lift serotonin), and that’s yet another reason that your mood fizzles out after a while when you stay on SSRI antidepressants too long! These drugs don’t correct imbalances of thyroid hormone. There are many drugs that are fluorinated which I’ve outlined for you below.

Redox Homeostasis

Researchers are currently studying a process called “Redox Homeostasis” and how to keep it in balance within the brain, critical for preventing neurodegeneration which leads to depression, Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders. Redox homeostasis refers to a constant recycling process in your cells that involves free radical production with subsequent reduction and clearance of free radicals.

To neutralize the free radicals (termed ROS for Reactive Oxygen Species), you need antioxidants. If you don’t have enough antioxidants your system gets overwhelmed with the oxidants! Makes sense right? This is why pushing more and more serotonin into your body doesn’t cure depression. In 2012, there was a scientific paper in Nutritional Neuroscience  exploring the brain benefits conferred by simple, affordable nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E and CoQ10 for Parkinson’s- the focus was more specifically on how these antioxidants reduced “neuronal cell death.”

The article points out what we know, that basically “oxidative stress plays a role in the etiology and progression of PD [Parkinson’s Disease].” But again, natural endogenous levels of antioxidants that you have in your body helps offset the damage done in the CNS [Central Nervous System].

I’m not saying to stop your antidepressants, Lord knows that many of you truly depend on them. But at the same time, I do think you (actually all of us here!) could spend more time on the critical ways to protect the brain (rather than upping all the hormones, and tilting the neurotransmitters out of balance). That’s kind of what you do when you take serotonin-lifting drugs you know. You lift serotonin so high  that this metabolically ‘pushes down’ all your other brain hormones — the ones that you need for a good sex life, and a happy mood… the players I’m referring to are GABA, dopamine and acetylcholine, and others. Withdrawal symptoms can be horrible, these drugs are supposed to be weaned slowly under physician supervision if discontinue them.

Your brain needs to do more important things such as the following:

1) Quell the free radicals (reduce ROS ‘Reactive Oxygen Species’ and other cytokines) with antioxidants

2) Consider and discuss the use of dopamine-lifting supplements or drugs but be careful. This has to be done very slowly or you could increase suicide risk. We see this with SSRI drugs, the risk of suicide goes up in some people, possibly because they are so dopamine deficient to begin with.

3) Check thyroid hormone levels properly, follow the instructions for testing as well as my recommended lab values listed in my book, Thyroid Healthy. Make sure okay, because low thyroxin or poor peripheral T4 to T3 conversion has the same clinical presentation as low dopamine depression.

4) Opt for a healthier diet, not the SAD diet (Standard American Diet). It is kind of “SAD” if you think about it. This dietary lifestyle leads to higher ROS and disrupts Redox Homeostasis. Worse than that, your microglial cells (immune cells in the brain) fight an uphill battle of widespread cellular inflammation that can’t be seen on CTs or MRIs. The floodgates of cytokines open up and dump chemicals out that dampen mood, make you feel anxious, or affect your coping mechanisms. When your NF Kappa B pathway gets activated and STAYS activated, it can cause mild brain inflammation.

At first it may be subtle, but over time, the cerebral edema erodes your health. Conventional medicine’s answer to this is a pretty pill, at about $200 per month. You can’t ever really get off them, at least not easily because they re-program your neurotransmitter ‘wires’ in your brain, making you depending on higher and higher doses. Some of you may feel terrible off the drugs, yet still numb to the world when ON the drugs. Can’t win for losin’ as they say.

Since I write about depression quite a bit, some of you have emailed me to ask if I have depression, or if I’ve ever had it and “How do I know so much about it?”
The answer is no, that is not something I’ve really suffered with.

My joke around the house is that I have two speeds, “Happy” and “Weeee!” My husband is also a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. He’s real chill. For as long as I’ve known him, he’s never been depressed except for a short period of time (4 or 5 weeks) when he took the prescription medication called Mepron (atovaquone), a drug used to treat what they thought was Babesia (but it wasn’t that), anyway, this drug can honestly drive people to such a “dark” place with profound abnormal mood changes that I personally don’t think it should be allowed on the market (at least not with current dosage guidelines). That’s my opinion.

Well, anyway, we discontinued that medicine in a flash, the minute I realized how he was morphing, and it was easy to tell because he’s an otherwise happy, funny guy. If you want more on the common infection called Babesia (or Lyme disease) please CLICK HERE

Depression does not run in my family. It does follow genetic lines though. If you have a BH4 or COMT gene SNP you might be more prone to depression.

I can help you too. Just like you I have endured painful losses and my share of grief, but I have overcome those situations emotionally. I’m rather stable, very little rattles me. So I want to assure you that you can get out of the place you’re in. I assure you, it’s one thing to be situationally sad or grief-stricken, it’s another to live in that mode for more than a few weeks. Some of you have resonated there for years. It is YOU I want to reach, and help … and show you that you can enjoy life once again and “find a happy place” like Peach, the starfish said in Finding Nemo.

He’s Got a Big Head

Have you ever said that about a guy? What if it were true and someone you loved had a swollen head, and at this point, I mean it literally of course. I’m referring to brain swelling, the very mild kind that is probably not picked up on scans and imaging. It causes extreme morning brain fog, and trouble with speech, word finding and recall. It can make you feel drunk (when you haven’t drank), and it is often associated with hypoxia. It’s technically termed “cerebral edema.”

Cerebral edema, I must tell you this is much harder to overcome if you live at higher altitudes too, so if you live a mile high (think Denver or Salt Lake city), your astrocytes swell and this increases intracranial pressure. The medical term for it is “High Altitude Sickness” and they use Acetazolamide to drain the brain (brand name is Diamox).

Among other major health problems, mild cerebral edema means your mood takes a dive. Without being able to put your finger on it, you might just feel better at lower altitudes or at sea level. Some of you get a clue because you know you feel better in your head when you swim underwater. Weird but true. Pycnogenol may be helpful for you.

Don’t squirt any lighter fluid your hot outdoor grill.

By that I mean, your brain is on fire, you may already have a diagnosis of depression or Parkinson’s, or an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s, Lupus or MS… or you have Lyme disease or Babesia. Maybe you are post-TIA or stroke… and then you do things (or eat foods) that ignite your mildly inflamed brain. Foods such as processed or refined junk foods, soda pop, candy bars or sugary treats will act like lighter fluid and overwhelms Redox Homeostasis. I’m not getting to deep into this but I want you to know that eating pro-inflammatory foods (refined, processed, or foods you are sensitive to) will also cause you to create more quinolinate, peroxynitrite and glutamate. Those are all nervous system excitotoxins that hurt your brain and damage mood.

Understanding this process is fundamental to improving mood and stopping neurological degeneration. Make targeted choices and discuss the use of nutritional supplements that we know put the fire out. It’s a step. You will still need to work towards balancing your hormones.

The brain supplements such as natural vitamin E (especially tocotrienols), resveratrol, Japanese knotweed, NAC or glutathione, curcumin, PQQ, ubiquinol or CoQ10 protect microglial cells and in turn, these help prevent the loss of dopamine and cell membranes. Ask your doctor if they’re right for you.

A study published in the May 2015 Neurobiology of Disease found that vitamin E, minocycline (a prescription drug) and resveratrol could each help balance the Redox Homeostasis process and quell oxidation due to dopamine imbalances and high levels of free radicals. For pennies a day, these items could boost mood and help reduce suicidal ideation.

We can’t stop the clock, and we can’t take a happy pill, but we can sure make better choices that over time improve mood. Increase your intake of  colorful antioxidant-rich berries and foods. Other considerations to discuss with your doctor include ways to manage blood sugar, iron status, methylation SNPs, chelating or at least reducing chemical toxins.



  1. Angela June 13, 2015 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Hi Suzy,

    I am enjoying your articles. Any idea when the Babesia sequel will be published?



    • Maureen June 16, 2015 at 3:31 am - Reply

      I don’t know how to send an email to Suzy. But what I’d like to know is; I’m on the generic Lexapro only 10 mg for quite a few years I do not want to be on it anymore can I wean myself off? I have low thyroid and that’s probably more of the reason that I feel low.

      • Suzy Cohen June 16, 2015 at 4:13 am - Reply

        I would do so under doctor supervision, they can often give you recommendations for other medications or herbs to help with the withdrawal which can be very challenging if you’ve been on it for “quite a few years.” I wouldn’t do it by yourself.

      • Lynn July 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

        I was in lexapro for 5 years ~ weaned myself off it and cannot believe how clear my mind is!

      • Aaron August 21, 2015 at 5:35 am - Reply

        Hi Maureen. I was able to get off the same drug/dosage as you. I discovered that I have something called Pyroluria, which thousands if not millions of others have without realizing it. If you look it up, you’ll see that the description may fit you. I transitioned gradually off of lexapro by treating pyroluria with zinc, b6 and p5p supplements and very very gradually weaning off of lexapro over a month or so and then taking 2.5mg as needed until I was done with it. Life changing.

  2. Alvin June 13, 2015 at 2:57 am - Reply

    I’m always disappointed when words are missing or to displaces too in a discussion, especially if it is coming from someone I respect. Your advice is awesome but loses something when the seeming rush to put it out overrides the attention to detail that it deserves. Thanks for all you do!

    • Jen June 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      I’m with Alvin — this piece is great, but it needs an editor. Maybe it’s because that’s what I do for a living, but typos always jump right out at me and are very distracting. In any case, I appreciate all the valuable info presented here and in fact I intend to talk to my doctor about it. I’ve been on Prozac and Elavil for about 25 years to treat both depression and fibromyalgia, and I’m still depressed! I’m not suicidal; I just have little interest in doing anything. I also have a serious sugar addiction, but the paleo diet is helping me kick that. So, the idea that for me it might be a dopamine deficiency is very intriguing! Thank you, Suzy, and I’m looking forward to hearing your interview next week.

      • Vicky June 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

        To say that a person lacks motivation to carry out suicide is outrageous. I suffer from major depression and fighting to stay alive takes MOTIVATION. It would be much easier to end it all. Your statement is dangerous. You need some time in the shoes of depression and then tell me what it takes. I could not believe the words I was seeing your statements are dangerous. You have no idea what you are talking about. Depression is a battle in the deepest darkness you could ever imagine, it takes every once of strength a person has to keep going. I hope you take some time to really look into depression and learn what it is. Further more I hope your words don’t drive someone to end the life because because of your POOR choice of words.

        • Suzy Cohen June 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

          Hi Vicky
          You have a lot of inner strength and courage, I didn’t mean it the way you ‘heard’ it.
          Deficient deficiency-related depression is characterised by a low energy, demotivated state, as opposed to the intensely painful character of serotonin deficient depression. A severely dopamine deficient depressed person may wish they were dead, but may not have the motivation or energy to carry through, there is extreme apathy and indifference. Contrast that with the restless more ‘tortured’ serotonin deficient depressed individual who has a higher risk of suicide. Treatment of depression has to go slooooowly, and under constant supervision because if a doctor (or you) suddenly increases energy and motivation in a dopamine deficient person (by boosting dopamine with supplements or drugs or amino acids) can temporarily increase suicide risk. This is also a well-documented and common side effect with certain antidepressant drugs.

    • Dee June 14, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      Dont let the little insignificant things in life cause you to blow a gasket there Alvin when there is so much more going on in the world.

    • Valerie Engh June 14, 2015 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      I agree, the phrasing and misplaced words made the article very difficult to understand at times. I would like to share this article with a friend, but I won’t because I think too many paragraphs are too confusing to understand, especially for someone who is struggling with severe depression, brain fog, etc. I appreciate the info, but even I had to read over some parts several times to try to figure out the intended meaning.

  3. Rita June 13, 2015 at 5:54 am - Reply


    I look forward to your emails! Thank you for making it so simple for us to understand.

    I will be moving to the Denver area soon and wondered if you could recommend a Holistic, Intregrative or similar Dr. I would be willing to drive to Boulder area, too.

    I have MS, Fibromyalgia, Papillary Thyroid Cancer Survivor and have had major Toxic Mold Exposure.

    Have a Great Weekend!


    • Suzy Cohen June 13, 2015 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      I love Dr. Jill Carnahan! She’s my friend and she’s brilliant, plus expertise in mold!
      Have fun in Denver/Boulder, it is gorgeous!!!

      • Carol June 14, 2015 at 8:43 am - Reply

        Hi Suzy, you were so nice to suggest an integrative practitioner in Denver/Boulder. Would you know of someone in Chicago that would help me with AI and depression, and figure out if mold is my problem? Thank you.

        • Suzy Cohen June 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

          There are some in Chicago but none I know personally. Try looking with your zip code here:

  4. Nancy June 13, 2015 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I love your articles and all the great information. But I am not a scientist, doctor, or pharmacist. Your articles are just to involved and way to lengthy. I am unable to grasp anything because it is information overload. Possibly it would help to summarize your suggestions in a few bullet points. I would like to start putting into action some of your suggestions because I think you are right on target! Thanks for the great information.

    • Sandy Sober June 15, 2015 at 3:07 am - Reply

      I have to agree. It’s bitter irony that brain fog keeps me from taking in these very long written pieces and a bullet -pointed recap would be a big help!

  5. Manuel A. Cardenas June 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    I am so glad to read amd hear about you and you lnowledge, it is puer wisdome
    I have type II diabetes and i started to take Berberine that I heard from you it will help to reverse it, I have not very good results, I have seen some iprovements but not a complete result I was expecting, maybe I am not getting the correct and pure Berberine from Dr. Whitaker is that a good one and pure?
    What can I do to get the Dopamine you are talking about? What can I do to ger the correct instructions and the correct and pure suplements you know will work?
    Plaese, help me, I need you
    I thank God for you
    I feel hope when I read your articles and wisdome
    Please, please help me, I know you are very busy, but I would appreciate if there is a way I can talk to you and contact you at your earliest convenience
    Thank you very much

    • Suzy Cohen June 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you Manuel, your kind words make me happy.
      Dopamine isn’t something you buy, it’s something your brain makes. You can put that word in my search box on the right and it will pull up articles where I teach you more about it, more on how to naturally produce it, and more about the other natural neurotransmitters needed to balance it. (Remember, it’s not all about one hormone, they all have to be in balance).

      No, berberine is probably not enough, or maybe it’s not right for you. I don’t know what is exactly right for everyone. We are all individuals that’s why I wrote an entire book with all my “wisdom” on diabetes.
      So do not give up hope. Please try the other supplements I have listed in my Diabetes Without Drugs book. Do you have that? It’s changing and saving lives. Here’s a testimonial:
      I loved this book!! Being a diabetic for 20 years I can see I have been treating with drugs and it’s all wrong!! I was in a downward spiral with the prescription drugs!! I am now improved over the last month and I am going to now add the next step!! Wonderful knowledge in this book and it’s working on myself and my son!! I just came from a visit with my endrocolinoligst and she was very pleased with my progress already!!! Great news at 63 yrs old.

      Read what others say here by clicking here.

  6. Manuel A. Cardenas June 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Where or how I can get the Dopamine?

    • Susie June 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Manuel, at the top of this page there is a “Search” box on the right. Type in the word Dopamine, per Suzy’s instructions. This will give you information on how to help your brain produce it. It’s a hormone you produce yourself and it is NOT a supplement. Her articles will appear once you enter the word Dopamine into the Search box and you can find out how it works with the other hormones and neurotransmitters your body produces so that you can hopefully feel better soon.

  7. Karen June 13, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Hi Suzy,
    I can’t believe that you reiterated almost the exact words I verbalized to myself when I finally forced myself out of bed this morning. It feels like I live a “flat line” — nothing is really wrong, nothing is really good. I can honestly say that I don’t ever feel joy or even just happy.

    When I try to explain to my husband and best friend (both happy people), they think I just don’t appreciate my life enough and am whining. I literally just don’t care about anything, including my beautiful cats who I love immensely. The motivation issue and brain fog seems worse lately. I will gladly sign up for the conference to learn more about the low dopamine issue. It would be great to experience happiness. Thanks for you valuable insights and contributions.

  8. Pam June 13, 2015 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I have tried most antidepressants and did the 23 and Me test – shows DR2 snips, also did the Genomind test and it showed dopamine problems not serotonin. Bottom line is Dr. wants me to try Adderall as I am sluggish, lack motivation or interest in most everything. What is your opinion? I’ve also had the NAD infusions as I believe I fall into that 15% of the population that inherited mitochondrial dysfunction from mDNA. They help briefly then I am back in the same mindset. Thank you.

    • Suzy Cohen June 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      My husband Sam crashed after 4 NAD infusions, they are not right for everyone.
      Have you tried PQQ or SOD supplements? They are over the counter, sold online and some health food stores… used for mito support. I can’t answer the Adderall question because I don’t know. Certainly if it was something I was try on Sam, it would be the lowest possible dose just to gauge reaction, I never give him a full dose of anything anymore, not even supplements. For that reason, I would never start him on a sustained (or Long-Acting) form of anything because it can’t be broken to try the little “nibble” he needs. But that is just me/him. When his dopamine was low, I used small doses of B6 and N-acetyl tyrosine as well as a little taurine and by the next day he was much better, within a week he was his cute, happy self 😉

      • Aaron August 21, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

        Might even want to consider TMG- trimethylglycine, but b6 (p5p) and zinc can be huge for people with depression. Look up pyroluria.

        I do take d-amphetamine (generic adderall) and it does help, but it’s effect don’t last long. Prefer the nutritional supplement route.

  9. Lori June 13, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Suzy,

    Wow, I just cannot believe people can be critical about supplying too much information. Please, please don’t be discouraged and ‘cut back’ because there are a lot of us that really appreciate and benefit from your knowledge and research! I follow several health educators like yourself, but you seem to consistently provide information that no one else does.

    I’m particularly interested in everything you write which often has a connection to Lyme disease and it’s co-infections. Though I’ve not been diagnosed (too expensive to treat for me with an LLMD unfortunately) I am trying Samento and Banderol as you suggested one time.

    Please continue to do what you do and I will pray you are blessed in your work, because many of us are surely blessed by it.

    • Suzy Cohen June 13, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply


    • Sandy Sober June 15, 2015 at 3:13 am - Reply

      Truly, it’s not too much information . . . just like with supplements and meds, the information is not in a format that I can easily “digest”.

      It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it seems like more that I can take in. I do know others particularly enjoy the banter and anecdotes and I would never want to take that away from them.

  10. Rich Keene June 13, 2015 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Suzy, In my youth I was OD on fluoride by Dentist’s. They actually made me drink it at one time. Since I can remember (I’m 78 YO now) I have had all kinds of weird pains coming and going and especially when I was up tight. I put up with it through alcohol, nicotine and physical labor.

    All the Doctor’s I went to could never find the cause. But now with the aid of my computer I am putting pieces together.
    clue #1 when winding up a dentist visit I was given a fluoride mouth wash and five minutes later I felt like throwing up. The second time the reaction was far more worse and I still couldn’t figure it out, (by this time my computer (brain) was working on slow foggy) but then I put 2 + 2 together and remembering way back then and also the reaction to certain fluoride based Rx’s. In the meantime I am battling cellulitis, CHF, SOB [shortness of breath] and a list too much to quote here. I am on 02 [oxygen] and getting my papers in order. I tried explaining to Dr.s and just get a weird look. It’s too late for me but I would hope that others would be educated on the dangers of FLUORIDE! Thanks for listening, Rich Keene, Fl.

    • Ron Eheman June 14, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Rich and Suzy

      Yep, Fluoride & the protected pollutant.
      Rich, your story is very similar to mine.
      I started the Fluoride Poisoning Support Group


      Re Ron’s Story –Short Version
      My name is Ron Everything you have ever known or heard about Fluoride is false. Fluoridated water is the biggest scam ever pulled on the WORLD and is killing
      rge072754 Nov 21, 2002 #3

      Re Dr. Preston’s Report
      A scanned version of the original report can be viewed in the photos file . Click on the Preston-1 and then click on full size to be able to read it. I also
      rge072754 Nov 21, 2002 #4

      Re Ron’s Story – Long
      This is a diary of the events of my life It is long so I will break it up and always link it by using the reply function.This log was started just after
      rge072754 Nov 21, 2002 #5

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      Re Ron’s Story – Long – Troubles Start
      My story starts in '97 severe dizziness etc. Feb 97 Woke up one morning Really dizzy. memory problems?- foggy – Went to GP – could be infection –
      rge072754 Nov 21, 2002 #6

      Re Ron’s Story Chiari
      Oct. 97 Psychiatric Evaluation (MMPI) – was not given any results. Prescribed Prozac I discontinued med and visits with the talking' doc about a month
      rge072754 Nov 21, 2002 #7

      Ron’s Story – Long -Backsliding
      April 18,00 Surgery ! April 19 discharged home directly out of ICU. Wow this guy has confidence in his knitting! Feel clear headed for first time in 3
      rge072754 Nov 21, 2002 #8

      Re Ron’s Story – Long -Heavy Metals
      3/15/01 Then I read about Mercury poisoning on the net and found out that holistic docs do this type of testing. It is called a "challenge" or
      rge072754 Nov 21, 2002 #9

      Ron’s Story – Long -Heavy Metals
      THEN – one night I got sick after dinner – and a couple of days later I thought back about what I did different that nite – I drank three glasses of
      rge072754 Nov 21, 2002 #10

    • Aaron August 21, 2015 at 5:41 am - Reply

      You should consider a naturopath to help you deal with excess fluoride as you probably have excess bromide built up in your system. If you start supplementing with iodine, that may help you to detox the fluoride. Just do it slowly and with proper guidance.

  11. Beth June 14, 2015 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Hi Suzy,
    First, thank you for all the valuable information. Can’t wait for the babesia follow-up! I had never heard of it before, but I suspect I have it as I have most of the symptoms. I probably never would have heard of it had it not been for your article. You do a great service! I am writing to ask if you could recommend a doctor in the Boca Raton/Fort Lauderdale/south FL area.

  12. Ron Eheman June 14, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

    My name is Ron

    Everything you have ever known or heard about Fluoride is false.
    Fluoridated water is the biggest scam ever pulled on the WORLD and is
    killing and sickining people everywhere..

    I have been sick since 97 My symptoms did not start all at once but
    became progressivly worse until the present.

    blurry vision – on and off not continously. got new glasses just
    before I went for last MRI reading. Also looked for ICP by looking at
    optic disc.

    leg pains – hip, shoulder joints – I can’t cross my legs – feels like
    my joints are coming apart

    muscle cramps and charley horses in calfs and arch of feet

    mental confusion -short term memory – seems I really have to work at
    remembering daily stuff

    Headaches ( frontal)_ worse as day goes on

    dizziness, like an airpane ride , disconnected , sometimes feels like
    I am 3 feet off the ground or I am sitting sideways up on the wall –
    no spinning vertigo

    Brain fog – I suspect this is what alhzimers must feel like

    otolaringologist says I have low frequency hearing loss

    irritability – lashing out at family for no apparent reason
    lack of concentration

    can’t sleep – up at 3-4 am and can’t get back to sleep

    Need to lie down in the afternoon – exhausted – feels like I am in a
    comotose state – at times I can hear what is happening around me but
    I can’t respond

    Getting fine tremmors in legs & eyelid

    Dysphagia – throat feels swollen , hard to swallow at times – THROAT
    GOES OPEN AND CLOSED -worse after exercise

    cold hands & feet at times – cold all over at times

    profuse sweating – sometimes I sweat like a pig for 15 min. after a

    No appitite – constant nausea – lots of bread & milk

    muscle weakness & myalgic pain moving all the time

    Lower back pain and neck pain comes and goes I don’t think itis
    linked to exercise

    hands and heels really hurt at times

    electric like shocks in left leg ( thigh, sometimes in feet and toes)
    worst ones happen while I am
    lying on couch watching TV – doubled over in pain

    Fatigue is increadible – last two hours and consider it a good day!

    Gums bleed , had periodontal disease

    bone loss in jaw,- according to periodontist and dentist


    drooling at times

    Soft stools all the time -almost diarrhea

    Getting pins and needles on chest and back after a hot shower and hot
    days and exercise – started after surgery i think

    Itching on arms and waist especially after a hot shower but other
    times too

    Seems like all this happens after I eat!!! things get worse and also
    after exercise

    chest pain in ribs on right side, then on left side

    Heels really hurt as do my “heels ” of my hands

    longitudal ridges on finger/toe nails

    History ( very brief- this is just the tip of the iceburg)

    self diagnosed Chiari Malformation – my brains are swelling into my
    spinal column – had decompression surgery in 2000 – symptoms
    continued and worsened

    self diagnosed Heavy metal poisoning – challenge test showed lead
    mercury etc. – this was according to a holistic doctor and allopathic
    doctors do not recognize these results. Chelated with DMSA – numbers
    came down- still sick – then 10 weeks of EDTA IV thearpy – still sick.

    Rhum. Doc diagnosis of Fibromyalgia – 6/02

    self diagnosed Fluoride Poisoning – may 2002- one night I got sick
    after dinner – and a couple of days later I thought back about what I
    did different that nite – I drank three glasses of city water at that
    meal instead of milk. Fluoride calcium seeks and makes it less toxic.

    I did my own blind tests – I can pick out F water EVERY time – my
    daughter can tell by my eyes if I have had 3 glasses of water!

    I have confronted docs with this – Some look at me like I’m from
    outer space, some belittle me, others just laugh.
    My neurologist looked at me wide eyed and ordered serum and urine
    fluoride tests. He never called me back. I went and got copies 3
    weeks later and both were ELEVATED – my blood levels are 10x normal –
    he has NOT dx me or schedualed another appmt.
    Romhatoligist dx me with fibromyalgia and then I told her about
    Fluoride – she doesn’t want to see me again!

    I found Dr. Myra Preston PHD – of SIBER IMAGING who has a patented
    method of dx CFIDS through QEEG. I did before and after tests
    dirnking my city water and I think I now have proof that F causes
    brain damage in humans and is one of the causes of these “mysterious
    syndromes” CFS,FM,GWS, MCS etc.
    I scanned the report and will send it to you in another private
    email if you wish, as it is 8 pages long.
    Please give feed back if you can. I am willing to take this document
    to court and start the fight against Fluorodation. I think this could
    be the straw that breaks the camels back.


    Mine are unusual as I did two tests because my fluoronated city water
    was making me sick. First test after staying away from as much F as
    possible for 2+ weeks – second test after drinking my city water for
    24 hours.


    tested positive for all four variables to be classified as CFIDS
    patient on both tests

    Impression: RGE’s QEEG prior to drinking water was abnormal. The
    abnormalities are primarly in the ratios to total brain activation.
    the prominence of slow wave activity is recorded in the delta and
    theta frequencies. The lack of beta activity alsorepresents an
    abnormal finding.

    Following the exposure to water, RGE’s delta activity increased,
    theta activity decreased… Performance on these tests declined
    sharply from the pre-to post water drinking… total brain function
    declined in the post-water drinking QEEG.

    Conclusions: Extremely abnormal QEEG due to the diffuse delta and
    theta activity and the lack of brain activation in the beta range in
    the frontal and temporal regions. This pattern correlates with the
    patients report of severe cognitive loss. Abnormalities such as these
    correlate with the limbic system and immune dysfunction, the fatigue,
    the cognitive problems. It is important to note that the pre-water
    evaluationwas quite abnormal, confirming the chronicity of the
    patients illiness. The post-water drinking decline correlates with
    the patients history of fluoride poisoning. Exposure to this toxin
    exacerbated the neurophysiological disruption. …

    … RGE clearly exhibits diffuse brain dysfunction, which typically
    results from a widespread condition such as a metabolic disease
    including heavy metal poisoning. This indicates a neurotoxic
    poisoning. Fluoride is a neurotoxin that acts on postsynaptic
    receptors. This neurotoxic condition correlates with the disrupted
    brain physiology and the secondary development od Chronic Fatigue
    Immune Dysfinction and Fibromyalgia Syndrome.

    • Valerie Engh June 14, 2015 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Ron, In my humble opinion, your symptoms scream out an underlying condition of severe magnesium deficiency! Have you ever had a magnesium red blood cell test? (It is far more accurate than a serum magnesium test.) The range is 5.0-7.0 mg/dL. The target to aim for is 6.5 mg/dL.
      I have experienced almost all of the same symptoms which you listed; however, I was very fortunate to find the following books: ‘The Magnesium Miracle, ‘ by Carolyn Dean, M.D. and ‘The Magnesium Factor’ by Mildred S. Seelig, M.D.. Also, there is a wonderful Facebook group called ‘The Magnesium Advocacy Group.’

  13. Dale June 15, 2015 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Hi Suzy,
    I am becoming concerned about my husband. He is taking Mirapax for restless leg syndrome. Is that related to dopamine? He is also on Wellbutrin. He seems unmotivated, tired, depressed.

  14. Anne June 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Messing with your dopamine is scary! I had a “drug muggers” incident affecting dopamine about 13 years ago. I was given Reglan for GERD to help move food through my esophagus faster (increase peristalsis). After about 1 1/2 months on the drug, I started to get twitches, I couldn’t think straight, couldn’t plan anything (making out a grocery list was torture), and even had suicidal thoughts pop into my head (the only depression, though, was over the awful symptoms I was having).

    Strangely, too, it bothered me to read or watch TV. And, songs would literally play over and over in my head. After an extended Internet search, I discovered that I had what I believe to be Reglan-induced Parkinson’s.

    I called my doctor immediately and stopped the drug. It took me two weeks before I even started feeling half-way normal. I do appear to have recovered, though even now, I will occasionally get a twitch in my fingers or lips, especially when I am tired. So I know what it is like to have your dopamine off-balance and it is awful. One thing I have wondered about is whether the Reglan reduced the production of dopamine, or whether it affected the dopamine sensors. After my experience, I was mortified to find out that they give some nursing mother Reglan to increase their milk supply! As if post-partum doesn’t mess with your mind enough, and I hope it is not passed through the breast milk to the baby!

    • Suzy Cohen June 16, 2015 at 4:12 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing these comments for others to benefit! Very kind of you Anne.

  15. e June 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    many many thanks for your incredibly informative articles–
    the wealth of information you share is awesome

  16. Em June 24, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I have Lyme disease and other co- infections like Babesia. I often get what I would describe as a ‘feverish’ feeling mainly in evening and mainly in my head. I take my temp and don’t have one and I have found that ibuprofen, which I know to take moderately helps. So it must be some inflammation or herx? What could this possibly be?

  17. Nan July 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply


    Thank for posting this info. I appreciate the work you do and the help you offer. Anne’s experience with Reglan was similar to mine, but I took it for 8 years many years ago, before the FDA admitted the damage Reglan causes. It took decades for doctors to figure out my problem, but I finally learned it’s due to Reglan poisoning (Parkinson’s like disease). Last week, I tried a Dopamine challenge with high dose supplements and that didn’t work too well because it strained my kidneys. Do you have any advice?

  18. Eva July 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    First, thank you so much for all your wonderful and informative work!

    I’m hoping someone could recommend an oxytocin supplement? I would like to try oxytocin however haven’t been able to find any (apart from a couple on Amazon but they look at bit “dodgy”).

    Thanks, Eva

    • Jane August 12, 2015 at 1:10 am - Reply

      Hi Eva, have you tried hugging a baby or dog? It works wonders.

  19. Aaron August 21, 2015 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Great article Suzy!

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