The Urge (and Durge*) of Dopamine

The Urge (and Durge*) of Dopamine

I got a giggle tonight when on the evening news I watched a segment on the “latest scientific” research suggesting a connection between Depression and Parkinson’s Disease.
Why I laughed is because to any holistic doctor it’s common knowlege the connection between Depression, Addictions, and Parkinson’s.
The connection is in the depletion of the neurotransmitter Dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that in normal amounts keeps us happy, motivated, in love, and our brain working correctly.
Depletion of dopamine will also be linked with restless leg syndrome, ADD and ADHD, tremors, lack of motivation, and fuzzy thinking.
Enough Dopamine is linked to exercise, success in life, being in love, and a fulfilling sexual experience.

The great news is that there is actually a simple saliva test to check your Dopamine levels, and if confirmed low, there is a simple and safe supplement you can take to raise it to normal levels.
If you know someone of any age suffering with Depression, any type of Addiction, Parkinson’s, ADD, ADHD, or who has trouble concentrating, send them over to me. We’ll run the test and get them set up on the right program to make them into a “happy camper.” ………And all natually, without the toxic side-effects of drugs!
*Durge: slang for a jerk, or “what were you thinking?” In other words, the behavior

of someone who doesn’t have enough Dopamine.

Do I Need Medical Testing?

Dear Friends,

I’d like to thank all of you who came out to my lecture this weekend at the Conscious Life Expo!  I enjoyed seeing you and hope you had a great time at the expo.  It was another jam-packed weekend of holistic events.  I love how popular all this stuff is getting.  The LAX Hilton parking lot was full when I got there with attendees…. pretty amazing.  I think it says a lot that in the midst of much of the chaos and stress in our nation, and internationally, and in our individual lives, that so many people find it a priority to attend an event like this… See you next time…
Now, on to a more clinical note:  I’m asked a lot, and it was a major topic of discussion at my lecture this weekend….. When is it good to be tested and what type of testing is needed?  So I’ve written this short article to give you a primer on medical TESTING…
Do I Need To Be Tested?
This is a question I am often asked by my patients.  The question comes up in a few different contexts:
The first is when I ask a patient to get a blood test who has not had any testing in more than a year.  They sometimes object, saying: “This is alternative medicine; why do I need a blood test?”
I explain that testing can often lead to a better, more specific and thorough diagnosis, as compared to Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis alone.
The second is when the current tests are not comprehensive enough.  Often, and especially with HMO insurance, the type of testing done is not adequate and complete enough to form the type picture needed to diagnose accurately from the Chinese medical perspective.
In What Circumstances Will Testing Really Help Me?
The answer to this question is based on a number of variables.  It largely depends on you and your health goals and situation.  But frankly, and to be practical, it also depends to a large degree on your health budget and financial situation.
In my mind, and for me working with you as your doctor, it’s always preferable to see the results of scientific tests.  The more black and white information I have, the easier it is for me to diagnose you accurately and treat you effectively.
But if you’re on a tight budget, then I sometimes won’t require you to be tested.  The exception to this is that at a minimum, I like all my patients to get basic blood tests.
Testing gives us both a more scientific way of knowing where you stand and gives us the tools we need to treat you more effectively.
Because of my 30 years of medical experience, I can  sometimes predict some of your test results and spare you the extra fee.  Not with blood tests, but sometimes with neurotransmitter testing, or adrenal stress testing.
But this is not always the case.  And I can discuss your options with you.  In general, I prefer the tests, if at all possible.
Which Tests Might We Want To Perform?
The following is a list of some of the more common tests that I routinely perform on my patients:
Blood Testing – general CBC, cholesterol, Chem Panel, Hormones, kidney and liver functions, Vitamin D Blood Tests
Urinalysis – blood sugar, infections
Hormones – Blood and Saliva
Brain Neurotransmitter Testing – Saliva
Adrenals – Blood and Saliva
Stool Tests for parasites, yeast, bacterial overgrowth, leaky gut, and digestive function
Anemia Testing – blood
Blood – Food Allergy Testing
Blood – Digestive Function and Leaky Gut Syndrome Testing
The following is a partial list of symptoms and problems which you may have that benefit from testing to get a more accurate diagnosis and create a more effective treatment plan:
Low Sex Drive
Low Motility and Male Sperm Count
Excessive Sex Drive
Addictions, Compulsions, Panic
Compulsive Eating
Bulemia and Anorexia
Alchohol or Sugar cravings
Drug Usage
Chronic Fatigue
Low Energy
Epstein Barr Virus
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Low or High Thyroid
Hashimoto’s Disease
Chronic Insomnia
Chronic Pain Syndrome
Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity
Memory Loss
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chronic Digestive Problems
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Gas and Bloating
Will My Health Insurance Cover the Cost of Testing?
In some cases, yes.  You will have to call and ask your insurance company about the specific tests.  Each insurance company has different rules.
How Do We Know Which Tests I Will Need?
This is what we will discuss during your consultation.  If you are already a patient, please schedule an appointment for a consultation to evaluate if you need testing and if so, which tests will help you to achieve your health goals.
Together ~ Let’s Make 2013 a Healthier Year
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath



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Hair Analysis and ADD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia

Using Hair Analysis and Blood Testing
Hair Analysis Very Helpful in Identifying Autism, ADD and ADHD
This study sampled the hair in 116 children with and without Attention Deficit Disorder and/or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder and found that a magnesium deficiency occurred in 95% of the children who had one or both of these two disease patterns.  Hair magnesium was more accurate in identifying deficiency then was blood testing.
In another study, it was found that hair analysis was quite accurate in diagnosing autism or autistic-like conditions in children.
Other studies have shown the effectiveness of both magnesium and vitamin B6 therapy in children suffering from autism.
Source of this Research:    Martineau, J., Long-Term Effects of Combined Vitamin B6 – Magnesium administration in an Autistic Child.  Biol. Psyc. 21, 1986 and Kosielec, Magnesium Res. 10,2, 1997.
Dr. Martin’s Comment:  I have been very successful in the treatment of various autism spectrum issues, anxiety, depression, phobias, insomnia, and ADD/ADHD.  My treatment approach is to use homeopathy, neurotransmitter testing, blood tests, and hair analysis.   I also look closely at diet and nutrition and eliminate all artificial ingredients, sugar, white flour, gluten and dairy.   The program has seen tremendous success.
In adults, I also add acupuncture to balance the energy pathways, called meridians,  to re-align the chakra energy centers in the body, and help to create clear thinking,  strengthen digestion, and boost immunity.

Essential Vitamins and Supplements for your Ongoing Health

Your Essential Supplements
Essential Supplements — These are some of my favorite supplements:
I’m asked every day what are the supplements that I like the most.  So here they are.
You can use the following links to see each product, and then either order directly through me by emailing me the codes, or open your own account with Emerson and receive a discount.
The access codes you will need to set up your own account through Emerson are:

I hope you have fun exploring the following links and ingredients in each product, and decide which are the best for you.

Trameel Cream – use topically on any injury, ache or pain, including fibromyalgia
Arnica 30c – use this homeopathic for any trauma, after dental work, whiplash, sprain, broken bone
Resveratrol Ultra High Potency  – use as an important anti-oxidant
CoQ10 – for cardio vascular health, strengthen the heart, and as a high potency antioxident
Vitamin D3 – most people are deficient in Vitamin D.   I suggest a blood test to determine exactly how low, or if you have enough
Iflora – This is the highest potency probiotic I’ve found that is also dairy free and does not require refrigeration
Panplex 2-Phase – these digestive enzymes are one of the best I’ve found.  Just take one at each meal.  They have both the upper and lower GI enzymes, so they cover everything.
Krill Plex – this is the best fish oil, and is a great anti-inflammatory, and also used to balance hormones, for energy, and for emotional stability;  also very easy to digest
Omega Man Essential Oils for Men – this oil based formula provides the basic nutrients in specifics oils for men’s health
Essential Woman Oils for Women – great product to assure woman are getting the oils needed for vital hormonal and emotional and mental balance.
5-HTP – an easy to break down and assimilatable form of the essential amino acid, tryptophan, which convert to serotonin, and is essential for anxiety, and nervousness, or insomnia
Vitamin E – essential for wound healing, cardio-vascular health, and one of the most important antioxidants
Emergen-C – my favorite form of Vitamin C – take 1 – 3 packets per day.  This one also has extra minerals in it and is easy to take on the run
Reduced Glutathione – one of the most important antioxidants, especially for cellular detoxification, production of co-enzymes and keeping Vitamins A and E active
Detoxication Factors – this is my favorite Liver Detoxifier formula – it works yet doesn’t cause side effects
Clinical Nutrients for Women – the best multi vitamin mineral formula for women
Clinical Nutrients for Men – the best multi vitamin mineral formula for men
Clinical Nutrients for 45-Plus Women – the best multi vitamin mineral formula for 45+ women
Clinical Nutrients for 50-Plus Men – the mest multi vitamin mineral formula for 50+ men
 Clinical Nutrients for Female Teens – if she takes only one pill per day, this should be it!
Clinical Nutrients for Male Teens – if they take one thing only, then this should be it!
Astaxanthin – an important antioxidant for immunity and the eyes
Chlorella – An important nutrient for micro minerals and to support the thyroid gland
In addition to these, I recommend everyone get a diagnosis from a Doctor of Chinese medicine using tongue and pulse diagnosis, and then take a Chinese herbal formula for whatever their particular imbalance is.   This will prevent problems in the future.
Also I recommend everyone get a blood test similar to the Comprehensive Wellness Panel on the following link, and take whatever supplements the blood test shows are lacking.
I also recommend a healthy diet for everyone.  In general this means to eliminate foods high in fats, sugar, white flour products, reduce gluten and cow’s dairy, and to eat a diet high in fiber, whole grains, low fat protein, and vegetables.   I create a unique diet plan for each of my patients, since each person has unique dietary needs obviously.

Tired of Being Tired???

Tired of being tired?



You could be suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiency.


Link to Blood Lab to Check your Vitamin and Mineral Levels Inexpensively on Your Own

Do you wonder why you feel tired, or don’t recover well from illness? It could be that you lack the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly.  As complex and amazing that our bodies are, they cannot produce these necessary nutrients on it’s own. Vitamins and minerals are found in foods and nourish our bodies to help keep us healthy. Keep in mind that it’s best to consume a variety of foods, instead of just taking a multivitamin, to make sure that your body is able to absorb the micronutrients properly. 

Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development and help cells and organs do their jobs.  Knowing exactly what vitamins and minerals your body is lacking or exceeding in allows you to give it exactly what it needs. Having the correct amount is important for the body to function properly.

Vitamins have many functions and influence the health of nearly every organ in the body. It is impossible to sustain life without all the essential vitamins. Minerals play a vital role in regulating many body functions. They act as catalysts in nerve response, muscle contraction and the metabolism of nutrients in food. They regulate electrolyte balance and hormonal production, and they strengthen skeletal structures.  

Below is a list of interesting facts about the vitamins and minerals we need to stay healthy and keep our bodies functioning properly.



Vitamin A

Vitamin A keeps the immune system healthy. It prevents blindness and promotes healthy skin and hair. It is crucial for bone growth and tooth develpoment. Good sources are milk, liver, fish, orange vegetables and fruit. 

Deficiency: Night blindness, dry skin, poor bone growth and weak tooth enamel. Major sources are milk, eggs, spinach, carrots and almonds.

Excess intake: Liver damage, headache, abnormal vision and bone pain


Vitamin B

Vitamin B is a large family of vitamins which include B1, B2, B6, B9 (Folic Acid), Niacin, Biotin and Pantothenic Acid. They are vital nutrients for cell repair, digestion and metabolic activity. Vitamins B6 and B12 are found in most foods such as whole grains, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy products and leafy green vegetables. 


Deficiency: Short breath, dizziness, pale skin and irregular heart beats

Excess intake: Liver problems. numbness in feet and hand


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to reduce cholesterol levels and helps to regulate blood pressure. It resists infection in your body and is important in immune system function. The main sources for vitamin C are found in fish, oranges, tomatoes, lemon, spinach, onions and broccoli.

Deficiency: Nosebleeds, swollen gums and weakness

Excess intake: Upset stomach and kidney stones


Vitamin D

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced naturally by the body when exposed to sunshine, therefore we do not need to obtain it from our diets. Our bodies need vitamin D because it absorbs calcium which is essential for the development of strong bones and teeth. Direct sunlight, spinach and vegetables are all sources of vitamin D.

Deficiency: Osteoporosis

Excess intake: Irreversal damage to kidneys and heart, muscle weakness and high blood pressure   


Vitamin E

Vitamin E promotes formation of red blood cells and prevents appearance of wrinkles. Preventions external damage to the lungs by air pollutants, prostate cancer and heart disease. Helps maintain the tissues in your eyes, skin and liver. Foods rich in Vitamin E are whole grains, leafy green vegetables, sardines, egg yolks, nuts and seeds.

Deficiency: Loss of balance and anemia

Excess intake: Blood-clotting problems


Vitamin K

Vitamin K is important for the function of blood clotting in the body. It is also linked to preventing Alzheimers disease in the elderly. It regulates blood calcium levels and activates at least 3 proteins involved in bone health. Vitamin K is found in dairy products, leafy green vegetables and soybean oil. 

Deficiency: Bruise and bleed easily, prolonged blood clotting. However, these symptoms are limited to people that have liver problems and are very rare.

Excess intake: Some forms of vitamin K can cause anemia. Again this is extremely rare.





Calcium is important for making our bones and teeth strong and for maintaining healthy gums. It is also essential for the nervous system. Milk, fish, seafood, almonds and green leafy vegetables are good sources for calcium. 


Deficiency: Osteoporosis 


Excess intake: Tiredness, loss of appetite, upset stomach



Iron is the most important component of blood. It is used in the production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout the body. Without iron, the tissues, muscles, and other systems do not receive adequate oxygen, and thus cannot function properly. Good sources of iron are spinach, beans, eggs, dried fruits and whole breads. 


Dificiency: Fatigue, difficulty in breathing and anemia


Excess intake: Hemochromatosis 



Magnesium is required for proper relaxation and contraction of muscles and for proper functioning of certain enzymes. Food sources include dark green vegetables, apples, bananas, milk products and meat


Deficiency: Fatigue, irritability, insomnia and poor memory


Excess intake: Nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure and slow heart rate 



Phosphorus helps filter out waste in the kidneys and plays an essential role in how  the body stores and uses energy. It is also an important nutrient in building strong teeth and bones. Some health conditions such as diabetes, starvation, and alcoholism can cause levels of phosphorus in the body to fall. Good sources include milk, fish, eggs, apples and carrots


Deficiency: Painful bones and fatigue


Excess intake: Kidney damage and Osteoporosis 



Potassium is necessary for building a healthy nervous system. It regulates nerve impulses, heartbeat and blood pressure. Fish, meat, whole grain cereals, fruits and vegetables are good sources of potassium. 


Deficiency: Muscle weakness, irregular heartbeat and fatigue


Excess intake: Weakness and irregular heartbeat



Zinc is useful for the body in many ways and carries out various functions, such as cell growth and division, and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and energy. It also helps in curing skin problems such as acne, boils, and also sore throat. If the proportion of zinc in the body is low, it can become a major cause for genetic disorders such as dwarfism. Other indications of low zinc are skin problems such as acne, weight loss, diarrhea, emotional instability, joint pain and hair loss. Food sources include oysters, lean beef, seafood, lima beans, nuts, poultry and dairy products. 


Deficiency: Genetic disorders, skin problems, weight loss, diarrhea, emotional instability, joint pain and hair loss


Excess intake: Nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, lethargy and fatigue