What is Neurotoxicity?
Neurotoxicity is toxicity in the nervous system from exposure to natural or artificial toxic substances. Neurotoxins alter normal activity of the nervous system and cause nerve damage by altering nerve transmissions and signals in the brain.
How can Neurotoxicity Cause Pain?
Neurotoxins disrupt the balance of nerve signaling causing cell death, inflammation and pain. Some of the conditions and symptoms associated with neurotoxicity are limb weakness, loss of memory, obsessive and compulsive disorders, headaches, cognitive decline, sexual dysfunction and fatigue.
Sources of Neurotoxicity
- Radiation Treatment
- Drug Therapies
- Drug Abuse
- Heavy Metals
- Food Additives
- Cleaning Solvents
Testing for Neurotoxicity
Because neurotoxins can be found in various places, your integrative pain specialist can use various testing to determine neurotoxicity levels.
Neurotransmitter Balance Testing: If your integrative specialist believes you have an imbalance of neurotransmitters such as GABA, Glutamate, Dopamine, Serotonin or Norepinephrine levels, they will recommend neurotransmitter testing.
Heavy Metal and Pesticide Testing: If your integrative specialists believes you could have heavy exposure to environmental neurotoxins, they will prescribe a heavy metal or pesticide testing to identify the toxic exposure within your body.
Pharmacogenomic Testing: If you are on multiple medications, your integrative specialist might prescribe a pharmacogenomics test to help identify which medications are not being metabolized correctly within your body
Treatments for Neurotoxicity
Dietary Plan: A detox dietary plan can be prescribed to help eliminate unwanted toxins from your body
Targeted Nutritional Therapy: Specific nutrients are clinically shown to eliminate toxic substances from your body and support the balancing of neurotransmitter levels.
Medication Therapy Management: In some cases, your specialist might recommend medications that your body can metabolize better.