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Urine Tests & Neurotransmitters

The urine tests can only test neurotransmitters in the body and not the brain. The brain is so compact and complex that it would be very difficult to completely test everything in the brain.

QUESTION:

1. Please provide a chart of some kind stating the correct balance of neurotransmitters? There wouldn't be a way to exactly check a human to that chart but if there was some sort of idea out there that like that, it sounds like there has to be some mistakes in this area before there are treatments and a complete knowledge on these neurotransmitters. Is there any other type of testing out there besides the urine test?

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Response:

Urine testing is a fairly new testing procedure and, to date is the only measure of neurotransmitters.

Prior to this, the symptoms of a disorder were diagnosed and then an antidepressant or other drug was prescribed, and if they worked, the diagnosis was accurate. For example, for depressive symptoms, a SSRI was prescribed, and if it worked to relieve the symptoms, it was assumed that the person had low serotonin levels which were corrected by the SSRI. If that drug did not work, another drug would be tried, until something worked to relieve the symptoms. It was really a trial and error procedure, until the right drug was identified that helped to relieve the symptom. There is no easy chart of base line rates for neurotransmitters, and most likely, each person has a different base rate, which is controlled through doses of medication or amino acid neurotransmitter therapy (TAAT), (or in combination), as described below.

So, it is a breakthrough, albeit indirect measure of neurotransmitters in the brain since, in the 2000's, NeuroScience has developed a urine test to ...

Solution Summary

The urine tests can only test neurotransmitters in the body and not the brain. The brain is so compact and complex that it would be very difficult to completely test everything in the brain. This solution discusses how to chart neurotransmitters in the brain and if there is other ways besides the urine test.

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