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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Treating Mental Health Issues Naturally - Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar,Schizophrenia

I am sharing a small portion of the natural treatment guide that I have created for clinicians, psychologists, and psychiatrists to use in the treatment of mental health deficits.

 If you are interested in learning more or want a personalized plan like the ones that I use for my clients, please email me directly.


Methylation + Mental Health ( A Natural Approach)

A person with an improper methylation status may be depressed, have anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and have autoimmune disorders. By targeting methylation through nutrient therapy and environmental changes we are able to give clients a better chance at living their life at their fullest potential.

Why is methylation important? DNA methylation is an epigenetic mechanism used by cells to control gene expression. It is a biological process in which methyl groups are added to the DNA molecule.

What does this mean? A person's methylation status can either help or hinder their physical and mental health. If a person's methylation status is impaired and causing mental and physical health problems there are ways to improve functioning.
Proper methylation for mental health can be obtained, and, possible, epigenetic
reprogramming can be achieved through dietary, nutrient, and environmental changes.

These changes do not happen instantaneously but can be attained with continued work.

Finding the right provider to treat these issues is imperative. Most healthcare providers do not think about methylation being the culprit when trying to treat a person's mental health issues so, often, this is overlooked or unknown by the provider.

Let's talk about Methylation- What is it?
DNA methylation is an epigenetic mechanism that occurs by adding a methyl (CH3) group to DNA, This can then modify the function of the genes and will affect how the genes are expressed. DNA methylation is important for many processes in the body. Processes include nervous, cardiovascular, and immune system activity.

Additionally, it helps with energy production, heavy metal detoxification, and hormone balance.
The methylation cycle helps us both mentally and physically.
It is also extremely important in the production of neurotransmitters; this includes serotonin.

“It has long been assumed that serotonin has an indirect role in relation to epigenetic regulation. The binding of serotonin to its receptor(s) causes a downstream cascade of signaling events which resultantly, can lead to the remodeling of chromatin (epigenetics)” (Cain).

As we know, neurotransmitters play a huge role in the way our brains function. Thus, many mental health disorders have been linked to improper balance of serotonin.

Such disorders that are correlated with serotonin are depression and bipolar disorder.

*DNA methylation changes are associated with, not only, mental health issues but autoimmune diseases, cancer, and neurological disorders.*

How Does this Happen? - Epigenetics

Epigenetics refers to the study of how environment and behavior can alter the way a
person’s body reads its DNA sequencing. These changes are reversible but can change
how genes work. Although these genetic “insults” may be reversible, according to
some, they may leave some lasting effects.

For example, changes in methylation status due to toxic stress can wreak havoc on a person’s body in form of diseases and mental
illness. These lasting effects include mental and physical health problems.

  1. Toxic stress contributes to epigenetic changes in a person’s DNA. These changes not only cause effects on physical health but mental health, as well. Epigenetic insults contribute to the functioning of our brains, the way hormones work in our body, which genes are turned on and off, and 1000’s of other functions in the body.
Example above.

Proper DNA methylation in the body is imperative for proper mental functioning.

Changes to the brain and methylation status

Mental health disorders are very prevalent in adult survivors of ACEs. Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are a large contributor to epigenetic changes. These changes can contribute to an improper (over or under) methylation status. Which in turn can leave people with many mental and physical health problems.

Mental health issues include anxiety, depression, personality disorders (borderline personality

disorder), PTSD, OCD, Schizophrenia, suicide, and Bipolar are among some of the illnesses correlated with childhood trauma and environmental insults.

Many times, these mental health disorders also cause physical health

problems, too.

These disorders can also be caused by (a) sudden insults. These insults have a higher likelihood to affect people who have a tendency for higher oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can be thought of as an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body that cause cell and tissue damage.

Higher oxidative stress can also be an outcome of those children survivors of ACEs (adverse childhood experiences).

If you are not familiar with ACEs: These experiences have immediate and future consequences.

   Adverse Childhood Experiences are grouped into three categories. 

Abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction are the three main categories that make up ACEs.

Toxic stress plays a part in the body’s ability to fight off infections, even changing DNA
to a detriment. This type of stress can cause epigenetic insults to a person’s DNA.

Toxic stress can have a lasting impact on the body. This type of stress is frequent and keeps a person’s body in a state of high stress. This can come from exposure to continual trauma or

adverse childhood experiences.

Continual exposure to toxic stress leaves the body in a very fragile state. This can
cause the body to be on constant alert, can change hormones, and even brain
development (ex: development of personality disorders). If a child has a supportive environment this will lessen the impact of those stressors, even toxic stress.

If a child does not have a supportive environment and is genetically more predisposed to health problems and mental health problems, this can have detrimental side effects.

Additionally, we realize that adverse childhood experiences can contribute to poor self-esteem, and poor self-esteem can lead to more issues later in life, physically and mentally. A child who has had an illness, poor academic performance with high expectations from caregivers, victims of stress and trauma, and personality also play a crucial role in the development of healthy self-esteem or poor self-esteem.

How do we achieve proper methylation status for mental and physical health?

Correcting methylation through epigenetic means is possible. Changing an affected person's diet, environment and behaviors are all imperative to methylation correction.


1.) Effective treatment will include a combination of methylation support, diet (advanced nutrient therapies) and

environmental changes to correct mental health issues.

2.) Changing the diet to support methylation status (under/over) can affect

neurotransmission and the way our moods are affected.

3.) Changing our environment to support methylation can affect inflammation,

physical health, and the way we are able to accomplish things throughout

the day.

4.) Proper DNA methylation can help advance long and productive lives.

5.) Client will have fewer mental health deficits after completion of the treatment.

I have personally seen these protocols work. Creating an advanced nutrient therapy protocol, specific to the person and their methylation status, along with environmental changes has shown, in my practice, to lower the severity of symptoms for those with anxiety, depression, low energy, bipolar, Cluster B and Cluster C personality disorders, PTSD, autoimmune disorders, and many more.

If you are looking for an individualized treatment plan and/or therapy please send me a message to inquire.

Tracy Dawn



Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Adverse Childhood Experiences refer to traumatic or potentially traumatic experiences that can happen to a child before the age of eighteen. These traumatic experiences can include abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional), maltreatment, witnessing abuse, or having a parent(s) who has a mental illness.
Methylation: DNA methylation is an epigenetic mechanism used by cells to control gene expression. It is a biological process in which methyl groups are added to the DNA molecule.
DNA methylation changes are associated with mental health issues, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and neurological disorders.
Epigenetics: DNA modifications that do not change the DNA sequence can affect gene activity (MedlinePlus). These changes can happen to a person during childhood. When children experience extreme stress (toxic stress), poor living conditions, environmental pollutants, and other extreme situations, they are more likely to have subsequent epigenetic changes occur. These changes include mental health issues, autoimmune disorders, and other disorders.

Self-Esteem: Self-esteem can be described as a person’s opinion of themself. Many survivors of adverse childhood experiences have low self-esteem. By working on self-esteem issues, through this program, young adults can have a better chance to complete goals and stop generational trauma.

Trauma Cycle: We inherit genes, wisdom, knowledge and so much from our families. We also inherit behavior patterns from our family, including bad ones. We also learn poor coping strategies of our parents or grandparents. This includes traumas that they have not even processed. Many times the adults in a child’s life are acting out their own trauma and children learn to mirror those behaviors

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