“Did you know that rates of depression, anxiety, and insomnia have TRIPLED since 1980? What the heck is going on with us in this country? Are we all just addictive personalities, is it a matter of overdiagnosing, or is there something else? Suzanne Somers explored those questions and more on this week’s episode of her CafeMom Studios YouTube show, Suzanne Somers Breaking Through.
Somers sat down with addiction specialist Dr. Rick Sponaugle to talk about why it seems like some people have “addictive brains.” As we all know, being addicted to gambling, drugs, shopping, or even “good” things like working hard can be linked to brain chemistry. But there’s something else going on here that you may not have guessed.
Dr. Sponaugle talks about how we’ve seen a major change in brain chemistry in the last 30 years due to antibiotic use in poultry and cows, as well as city water. Sucking out bacteria sounds like a good thing, but what happens when we ingest so many antibiotics that the good bacteria in our guts is eliminated? Gut toxicity. Which can lead to all of those awful mental health challenges that so many Americans are taking prescription meds for. Craaazy!
This isn’t to belittle real mental illness at all — which Suzanne and Dr. Sponaugle note can certainly be an inherited imbalance — but it does seem important for us as a population to realize that our food and our drugs could be seriously affecting our stomachs and our brains. And a few diet tweaks (eating organic meats, drinking highly filtered water, etc.) might make all the difference.
Mold Toxicity – Advanced Treatment for Mold Toxicity
Mold Toxicity Is Slowly Killing Millions of Americans
Dr Sponaugle has HLA-DRBQ genetics and personally suffered severe mold toxicity in 2006. His hospital office had a massive infestation of Black Mold “Stachy Botrus” hidden behind a water damaged wall. Because of his personal experience, Dr Sponaugle has designed an advanced intravenous mold toxicity treatment that more effectively removes mold toxins in just 4 weeks than 6 months of treatment with oral medications like Cholestyramine and Charcoal based herbal toxin removers.
Since 2006, Dr. Sponaugle has successfully treated over 2,000 patients who unknowingly were suffering from Mold Toxicity! Dr Dennis Hooper, the medical director of the Real Time Mold Toxin lab in Dallas, has informed Dr Sponaugle that he is now 30 to 1 the top mold doctor in North America utilizing their mold toxin testing.
Before coming to Florida Detox & Wellness Institute, many of these mold toxic patients had traveled to multiple states and various medical centers in their failed attempt to discover the underlying causation of their severe depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia syndromes. Many developed addiction issues because of their undiagnosed mold toxicity.
What are mold toxins?
Mold toxins are toxic gases produced by indoor molds. Mold Toxicity occurs when patients accumulate excessive levels of mold toxins in their brain and body. Supposedly, only 25 percent, one of four, Americans have inherited HLA DRBQ genetics and therefore, cannot make antibodies to mold toxins. Ironically, 90 percent of Dr Sponaugle’s addicted and wellness patients have HLA-DRBQ genetics. While the highest prevalence of HLA- DRBQ genetics is in fair-skinned people of Northern European descent, Dr Sponaugle has diagnosed the “mold genetics” in patients from Latin America and Asia.
Hidden mold is always present in water damaged buildings. Most patients are unaware, as was Dr Sponaugle, that they are suffering from gases produced by mold infestations hidden behind water damaged walls, shower tile and above wet ceilings. These harmful toxins go unnoticed when mold is hidden because we cannot see or smell them.
The three out of four Americans who naturally produce antibodies to mold toxins can live and work in water damaged buildings without suffering significant demise in their health. However, because patients with HLA DRBQ genetics have no antibodies to deactivate and remove mold toxins, they develop excessive accumulation of these harmful toxins. Mold toxins are lipophilic meaning their molecular structure consists of fatty acid molecules. For this reason, mold toxins migrate to and deposit in the brain – the brain is the “fattiest” organ, consisting 60 percent of fat.
Dr. Sponaugle has performed sophisticated and unprecedented research in mold toxic patients. He has correlated mold toxin levels in his patients to changes in their brain scans and brain chemistry patterns. As well, Dr Sponaugle has correlated mold toxin levels with global suppression of hormonal output. This research has proven that mold toxicity is causative for many psychological and neurological disorders including, but not limited to the following:
Addiction – Anxiety – Bipolar II – Chronic Fatigue – Depression – Fibromyalgia – Insomnia – Multiple Sclerosis – Neuropathy – OCD – Panic Disorder – Paranoia & Schizoid Syndrome!
Dr. Sponaugle learned how to heal the brains of Alzheimer’s patients through treating the brain damage caused by drug addiction and alcoholism in thousands of his addicted patients. In fact, the brain scan of patients addicted to opiate pain medication can look much worse than the brain scans of Alzheimer’s patients!
It has proven to be extremely effective in treating patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Doug as seen below with his wife, Dottie, is one example. We actually achieved complete reversal of Doug’s Alzheimer’s symptoms and the Alzheimer’s findings on his PET scan.
While not all Alzheimer’s patients are willing to share their story, Doug and Dottie have chosen to do so, watch their three video testimonies below. They explain in their video testimonies how Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Treatment reversed all of Doug’s Alzheimer’s symptoms and completely reversed the Alzheimer’s findings on Doug’s PET scan.
Alzheimer’s is revealed on PET brain scans as hypo-metabolism, the medical term used to describe diminished brain activity. As seen below, Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s treatment produced a complete reversal of Doug’s moderate Alzheimer’s as noted in the Radiologist’s report.
Doug’s Story – Parkinson’s / Alzheimer’s
“Two neurologists, a PET scan and an extensive Neuropsychological examination all diagnosed my husband with moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. Doug had gotten to the point where his cognition and memory were seriously impaired, he was so depressed he wouldn’t get out of bed until noon. He no longer wanted to socialize, he suffered with mini seizures, he was shuffling his feet when he walked and his driving abilities had declined so much that he was no longer safe.
He was sleeping 16-18 hours a day because he was so depressed. For the past several years, all his doctors, doctors in New York and in Florida, had referred to him as having a “flat affect.” One of our eye doctors, Dr. Dupree, mentioned the work that Dr. Sponaugle was doing to correct problems with peoples brains. He said that he had personally seen before and after brain scans of Dr. Sponaugle’s patients and was sure that he could be helpful to us. Click to read more…
ED’S STORY: Stroke – Alzheimer’s – Cognitive Coma
Dr. Sponaugle recently treated a 94-year-old gentleman from Clearwater, Florida for Alzheimer’s and worse, a two year cognitive coma. Ed lost all his mental cognition lapsing into a cognitive coma following his second stroke at age 92. His family had heard about Dr. Sponaugle’s brain expertise from a family friend and asked if he could possibly help Ed regain his consciousness.
When Dr. Sponaugle met Ed, he could no longer speak. He had become confused, disoriented, angry and frustrated. He no longer recognized his immediate family, children or grandchildren. In his two year state of a cognitive coma, Ed had required three caretakers, each taking 8 hour shifts to cover a 24 hour day. He could not perform mundane tasks like dressing or going to the bathroom without the assistance of his caretakers.
After just 11 days of Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s treatment, Ed woke up from his cognitive coma of two years. This occurred in Dr. Sponaugle’s office in the presence of Ed’s wife and son. Ed immediately recognized his wife and his 58 year old son and then he began singing beautiful Italian songs. Ironically, his night caretaker of two years was shocked as she did not know that Ed spoke Italian.
Dr. Sponaugle’s Brain -Body Wellness protocol not only brought Ed out of a cognitive coma in just 11 days, it brought Ed out of a state of severe heart failure by increasing the pumping function of Ed’s heart by 50 percent. The heart failure was subsequently causing kidney failure. The 50 percent improvement in Ed’s cardiac output was documented by Ed’s cardiologist, Dr. Kalani, with ultrasound of the heart [Echo-cardiogram]. Ed’s “ejection fraction” had increased from 20 percent to 30 percent, a 50 percent improvement.
Before Dr. Sponaugle treated Ed, his urinary creatinine was elevated indicating renal failure, after 11 days of Dr. Sponaugle’s treatment, his creatinine went down from 2.0 to 1.1. Ed’s kidneys were now receiving much better delivery of oxygen via the increased blood flow derived from his stronger heart.
Ed’s neurologist and cardiologist had previously informed his family that Ed was only going to get worse and would eventually be totally bed ridden. After Dr. Sponaugle’s treatment, they were astonished with his transformation. Ed no longer had leg swelling, pedal edema and foot pain from all the swelling in his feet disappeared. Ed no longer slept sitting upright for fear of drowning.
Ed had three different physicians, an internist, a cardiologist and a neurologist, however, they failed to provide the comprehensive wellness treatment needed to strengthen Ed’s heart and ”wake up” his post stroke brain. Their medical training was similar to Dr. Sponaugle’s, American medicine does not teach optimization of brain and body bio-chemicals to improve function. Dr. Sponaugle has learned through research in his patients how to best integrate natural and western medicine with modern brain science, to reverse brain and body aging.
Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Research:
The brain regions that first suffer diminished activity in Alzheimer’s patients are those that function as our “four-second working memory” located in the lateral prefrontal cortex and our “four-day memory” located in the temporal lobes.
Dr. Sponaugle’s clinical research has proven that the Alzheimer’s brain, much like the brain of alcoholics and drug addicts, suffers from numerous deficiencies of brain chemicals and nutrients that are necessary for optimal brain function.
Alzheimer’s patients have typically sustained more decades of toxic exposure to pesticides, industrial chemicals, and environmental toxins from hidden molds in water damaged homes. In addition, older patients tend to suffer more suppression of the immune system and tend to harbor many undiagnosed bacterial infections that cross the blood brain barrier and cause excessive inflammation.
Through extensive testing on Alzheimer’s patients, Dr. Sponaugle has discovered that most Alzheimer’s patients suffer from undiagnosed genetics that yield an overactive COMT enzyme, the enzyme that metabolizes dopamine. Hence, they unknowingly suffered symptoms of dopamine deficiency their entire life – easily bored, easily distracted and slightly impulsive. Patients with an overactive COMT enzyme often chased dopamine through binging alcohol or using other dopamine-ergic drugs like cocaine and opiate pain medications.
The inherited dopamine deficiency becomes more pertinent regarding reduction of dopamine activity and subsequently, diminished cognitive function, after these patients have lived enough decades in American to sustain toxin induced damage to their intestinal lining – they then begin developing significant nutritional deficiencies, specifically, the amino acids, phenylalanine and tyrosine, both are precursors in the production pathway of dopamine.