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Trudy Scott

Anxiety, Pyroluria and Amino Acid Therapy

Trudy ScottCertified Nutritionist, Author of The Antianxiety Food Solution and the Founder of Every Woman Over 29

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  • Anxiety and diet: The connection between what we eat and how we feel
  • Targeted individual amino acids for eliminating anxiety and emotional eating
  • Zinc and vitamin B6 for eliminating pyroluria/social anxiety

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  1. Leej725 says:

    Thanks Trudi for the message of hope! I have reversed several conditions, am off 8 medicines and lost 70lbs SIMPLY BY CLEAN FOOD. No wheat, no sweet, no gluten, no soy- no excuses. It saved my life…NOW, I have bipolar son off meds and drinking who, even tho he saw my transformation, is still not interested. He IS the source of my stress and my inability to sleep well. Do you have any advice for my sleep issues and/ or how I can lead my son to FOOD/NUTRIENTS solutions? Always love hearing your talks and plan to buy your book. Bless you for the hope message.

  2. Francine says:

    Hello, I am a 75 year old female diagnised with celiac disease at the age of 35. I have tried to be gluten free since then but somehow I get traces of it no matter how careful I am. I am dairy free, except for ghee, grain free, gluten free, soy free, and corn free. Still I feel anxious, worry about my brain whenever I forget any little thing. I will see a neurologist in November. I take supplements. I bought GABA supplements and took one before reading that one should not take GABA if one takes blood pressure medication which I do. Whar are alternatives to feeling like I will jump out of my skin, feeling unfocused (which is normally not me), sad, anxious , fearful,hesitant, tentative. I exercise daily, read, have friends. I am being supervised by a nutritionist who has asked me to eliminate everything out of my diet that I mentioned above, even gluten free prepared foods. Help!
    How can I help myself? My physicians cannot seem to help me and I don’t want meds. Is this how I must live? I hope not.

  3. Pam Riggins says:

    Thanks Trudy for the information. This is quite helpful. I will pass it on to my family and others. Thanks for all that you do to improve people’s lives!

  4. Jeanette says:

    As soon as I heard that familiar “home” accent I warmed to what you had to say. My husband and I have been under enormous stress in recent years caring for family members which I pretty well took in my stride because I am by nature a capable outgoing person. I am also very health conscious, exercise regularly and long ago gave up both gluten, carbs in general and sugar in particular. But suddenly in the last few months the accumulated stress has hit me. And nothing so far has had a really significant effect. Thiamine did initially ( I note that you did not mention that amino acid) but it seems not to have an effect any longer. So I am eager to try GABA, and to read your book Trudy. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration!

  5. jud sh says:

    Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you Trudy!!!!
    I feel that you gave me a Huge-Gift
    a Treasure!
    I always believed and like those solutions without Knowing Enough….You pulled me
    out of the “Dark”, and show me those “Recipes” of simple Magic. Bless you!!!!!! Judy

  6. Ann says:

    Trudy, I have been on Cloud 9 since I listened to your presentation and have referred at least 10 people to it! My mom, 2 sisters, brother, 2 nephews and my own daughter suffer from anxiety to some degree. Debilitating anxiety by some. And so many people I know. You have finally given us real hope!!! This is going to change the lives of so many!
    My immediate question is this: my 10 year daughter is suffering right now with anxiety–she has so many worries that they are keeping her from sleeping and I am having to spend most of my days at school with her so she knows I’m safe.
    Can I give her some amino acids??? Do you know of anyone who is helping children in this way?
    Thank you so much for what you do! You are a life changer!

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Hope is wonderful and thanks for sharing! I’m sorry to hear about your family members but there is always a solution. With children I focus on diet first – removing gluten, sugar and caffeine, balancing blood sugar (protein at breakfast is key), removing additives/colors, making sure their iron levels are good etc. I do use tryptophan with children (Lidtke 100mg chewable is excellent) – the worry, anxiety and sleep are clues that she may have low serotonin so I’d have your daughter do the amino acid questionnaire to help figure where there may be possible neurotransmitter deficiencies

      • Louisa says:

        I just want to say that my 11 year old daughter was suffering from depression but had plenty of anxious thoughts, worried about going to school, feeling sad and not being able to escape that feeling etc. Just to give you a background as well, myself and other family members experience anxiety/depression etc and have been tested positive for pyroluria.
        Anyhow one night after she wrote a letter to ask god why he had made her so sad I gave her 100mg 5htp (we are also seeing a medical doctor who treats this condition with nutrition etc but hadn’t seen success with it at that stage). She has not had a case of this sadness since that night about 1.5-2 months ago and this was something she had been experiencing every day since the beginning of this year. It literally went away over night. Her anxieties have also reduced considerably with the major one still being wanting me in with her until she goes to sleep at night, but that is all.
        Nutrition is still something we’re working on but the amino acid has been a life saver/enhancer by 100 fold. I cannot recommend it enough.
        I have done quite a bit of my own research on it and my daughter had also been tested as an under-methylator so I felt the 5htp was the right direction to go in. I hope this provides hope for others.

  7. Diane Irwin says:

    I brake lorazepam for insomnia. I I had purchased the pyrolyria formula, the. Heard another speaker say benzos and evening primrose oil could cause seizures. What is your take on this ? How should I proceed? The benzo isn’t helping much.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      I am not a fan of benzos due to their addictive nature, side-effects, tolerance issues and bad withdrawal effects. If you do decide to stop them, be aware that a very slow taper is recommended (with your doctor’s approval of course). I prefer targeted indiv aminos such as GABA and/or tryptophan.

      Regarding evening primrose oil and seizures: Per this paper: “The concern that evening primrose oil might cause epilepsy or seizures, or reduce the threshold for seizures, originated from two papers published in the early 1980s. These original reports are re-examined, and the association of evening primrose oil with seizures is shown to be spurious.” http://www.plefa.com/article/S0952-3278%2807%2900090-7/abstract

      If you still have concerns, you could do fatty acid testing.

  8. Julie says:

    Fabulous information Trudy. Refreshingly simple but so important.
    Would love to know how you address adrenals and Candida.

  9. Cathie says:

    Really enjoyed the talk and so glad you are doing this work. I was wondering about the side effects of B6. I tried taking Optizinc and experienced excessive sleepiness and severe dizziness. The dizziness is the same side effect I had with methylfolate and methylcobalamin except I also had palpitations. My genetics indicate I am a good metabolizer and I do have risk alleles with the MTHFR, CBS, MAO, MTR and COMT genes.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Cathie – I wonder if you could be a “pixie dust” person and may need very small amounts of the nutrients? or it may be that you have problems withe the fillers? or maybe even don’t need these nutrients?

  10. DebS says:

    Thanks Trudy for the wonderful presentation & the wealth of information! It was so interesting & thought provoking. I will be sharing the information with others & have also bought your book. Your web sites are also great resources for valuable insights & information. Thank you!

  11. Charu says:

    I am a 46 year old Pharmacist who is more interested in natural health and other healing modalities.For the last 10 years I have had anxiety at night, with palpitations. Of course my then male doctor wanted to put me on zoloft.My salivary cortisol at night was high and my adrenals stressed. Right now I take armor Thyroid and ashwagandha. I was eating eggs,milk and vegetables. I also take Relora(Magnolia) for cortisol. But the main change has happened when I stared eating small amount of chicken and red meat(beef and buffalo) though I didn’t want to,it has helped me sleep better with less awakening. I have learnt a lot in this summit. . I do not even do ezekiel bread at night which with almond butter was my staple at night. I do my bean soup and have a small amount of meat and salad.
    Currently I am not practicing but would like to pursue functional medicine

  12. Mike says:

    How can GABA work ? When GABA is taken orally, GABA levels in the brain do not increase, presumably because the substance itself cannot pass the blood-brain barrier and enter the central nervous system.

    • Shelly says:

      You might want to read a book called “Why isn’t my brain working?” By: Datis Kharrazian . You can find some of his videos on YouTube. He has a very good explanation of GABA. Basically he says if you take GABA and it “works” as in makes you tired, then that is a sure sign of a leaky brain. He also said if this is the case, do not keep taking GABA. Anyway it’s good to do your own research.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      I see GABA helping so many of my clients and believe much of GABA’s relaxing effect may be due to peripheral effects rather than the effect on/in the brain. We have GABA receptors throughout the body. I discussed all this during one of my Anxiety Summit interviews – you can see some of the research here http://www.everywomanover29.com/blog/anxiety-summit-targeted-individual-amino-acids-eliminating-anxiety-practical-applications/

  13. Romy says:

    Thank you Trudy. Always appreciate all your info. Could not listen til the end
    no next day reply 🙁
    Thanks again. God bless you

  14. michelle says:

    Trudy, are any of your treatments covered by health insurance? My anxiety and depression make it difficult to work full-time and I cannot afford to pay for treatment.

    If not, can you recommend any holistic treatment offered at the Cleveland Clinic? They now offer integrated medicine.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Unfortunately my nutrition consulting is not covered by insurance. I hope all nutrition consulting will be covered some day soon. The Cleveland Clinic does now have services that focus on integrative and lifestyle medicine. For mental health I see they offer biofeedback, guided imagery and yoga. I don’t see nutrition/nutrients for mental health on the site but Dr Mark Hyman has teamed up with them to create functional medicine program so it’s worth investigating and watching to see what is offered in the near future.

  15. Candy says:

    I would like to know the difference between pyroluria and krytopyloria.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Pyroluria has been referred to by many names and krytopyroluria is one of them. Others include krytopyrroluria, krytopyroleuria and the mauve factor.

  16. Gita says:

    Wonderfull information. You have given so much information in short amount of time without any gimmicks! Love it. I m always looking forward to your talks. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  17. Helen says:

    Thank you so much for his talk. Your knowledge, professionalism and authenticity shone through which was really encouraging. Can you briefly say if amino acid therapy is safe fro people on anti depressants? My brother is experiencing very serious depression/alcoholism issues and really needs help. I’ma Nutritional therapist and have been a bit cautious of using the with him in case of interaction. He is reluctant to go to see a therapist but I’m trying to encourage him. Thanks high elm, Helen

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Thanks for your kind words! You are wise to be cautious with your brother. SSRIs and tryptophan/5-HTP cannot be taken at the same time (please read the precautions). I have my clients talk to their doctor to get an SSRI taper protocol and the approval to take the SSRI in the morning and tryptophan or 5-HTP midafternoon/evening (at least 6 hours from SSRI). We boost serotonin first and then they start the SSRI taper (with the doctor’s monitoring and my guidance).

      Or another option is to get the doctor’s approval to taper the SSRI and once they have stopped then add in the amino acid.
      Just so you know, the amino acids are very effective for any type of addiction/alcoholism. Dr Hyla Cass covered this. Also, I’ve found that it doesn’t work to try and help family members – it’s best to refer them to another nutritionist 🙂

      • Helen says:

        All very wise words – huge thanks and I totally agree about not treating family members, but sadly he is refusing help from anyone at the moment. A great, but exceptionally hard lesson in letting go…

  18. Sharon says:

    Great lecture! Yes, food indeed does affect the mind. I know this from personal experience. Once, I cleaned up my diet, my depression went away, as did GERDS. I will be visiting your website for more information.

  19. Cristina says:

    So glad there are people out there who are understanding root causes and the mind-body whole person approach! Does anyone know of an expert like this in Cape Town, South Africa?

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      I suggest checking out the South African Journal of Natural Medicine for practitioners in Cape Town

    • Jeanette says:

      Cristina, you are privileged to have Sally Ann Creed living in Capetown who is a world renowned nutritionist and has written a seminal book on the subject called Let Food be Your Medicine. All the best!

  20. Amy says:

    I suffered silently from anxiety and panic attacks most of my life. Finally at age 40 I got on zoloft, which completely cured my anxiety. Yea! At 45 I was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepititus (with no symptoms) and recently Hoshimotos. I am learning now all about food sensitivities and just learned I am gluten sensitive from a test. But have no negative digestive symptoms.

    It’s just now occurring to me these problems could be associated with what I am eating. How do I begin to start trying to see if the amino therapies could work for me if I have been on zoloft for 15 years.

    I have cut out gluten, dairy, lowered my sugar intake, and cut out anything on my food sensitivity test.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Good for you for cutting out those foods, all of which are very likely factors in the autoimmune conditions you have (even with no digestive issues). Gluten can also affect your mood and now that you’ve quit you may find you no longer need the medication. I have everyone do the amino acid questionnaire to see which aminos to trial. If needed you could safely try GABA, DPA, tyrosine, glutamine. Since you take Zoloft, to try tryptophan/5-HTP you’ll have to work with your doctor or someone who is familiar with the aminos.

      • Doug says:

        I have also been on Zoloft 15 years. I have been on only 25mg for the last 2. I tapered down 3 1/2 years ago and was off for a month and it was horrible. Gave up and figured I was stuck on it for life. The next 2 months were equally horrible until I got back to feeling “ok”. Zoloft just doesn’t work like it used to and I refuse to up my dose. I have really cleaned up my diet and have had some success with gaba. Is it really possible for us long-term user to get off? Any examples or links to success stories would be great! Your summit talk was great and I immediately bought you’re awesome book. I am also on synthroid- which has never seemed to help anything.


  21. Adriana says:

    Thank you so much for the information. I found very interesting what you mentioned about the relation between pyroluria and introversion and selective mutism. Concerning the aminoacids I have a question: is it possible to get the aminoacids through food?

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Yes we need to be eating real whole food and get amino acids from animal protein but often need higher amounts of certain ones and these need to be taken as supplements (short-term).

      I’d love to know why you’re interested in the relationship between pyroluria and introversion and selective mutism?

      • Adriana says:

        Thank you for your response Trudy. I am interested in the relation between pyroluria and introversion, because I am an introvert, and although I like people I tend to feel uncomfortable around people.

  22. Terri says:

    As a 48 year old woman, I know I need to try the amino acids for myself and for my 8 year old son who has been Dx with Sensory Integration Disorder, ADD to ADHD and mild Autism.
    You gave some baseline levels, but are they different or are there any concerns with children? Do you consider weight/height/age?
    He definitely has social anxiety, craves carbs and never sleeps. He was Rx Focalin about two years ago. He had the most beautiful eyelashes, however he started pulling them out last spring as well as marking on himself with magic markers. He has no eyelashes now and has started on his eyebrows. He looks like a cancer patient that has lost all their hair.
    I didn’t know if it was a sensory issue or anxiety but the doctor Rx Celexa in July. It hasn’t helped. My husband thinks our sons problems are primarily my fault because I have modeled poor coping skills thru my own challenges with stress/anxiety/depression.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated for proper doses to try for children. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. God Bless, Terri

    • Kelly McGinn says:

      I am 56 and have dealt with the eyelash pulling and eyebrows. This is called trichitilimania (not sure of spelling) it is a form of OCD. I have high anxiety and have ” sessions” of pulling. I have to glue in eyelashes daily! I am so sorry that he is dealing with this. I have yet to find an answer but have dealt with this for forty years. I hope you will get a response for him and hope it will help me too. God bless!

      • Terri says:

        Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with me. I have been DX with OC tendencies, so it makes sense that Andrew might be experiencing that as well. I do know that God works all things together for our good. Your willingness to share your challenges with me is a blessing of encouragement. I too hope to receive a reply that will help you and Andrew. God Bless!

      • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

        I’d look at possible low serotonin and tryptophan/inositol (which helps with OCD). I always look at PANDAs with OCD too. Don’t stop looking – there is a cause and it’s likely biochemical. Go back and listen to the other speakers too.

        • Patrice says:


          Wonderful talk, cannot wait to check out your website. In regards to OCD, what are your thoughts on using NAC?

          Do you find tryptophan and inositol to be more effective for treating OCD in teens particularly?

          • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

            Patrice – I have not used NAC with any of my clients but it seems promising and is something I plan to look into. An April 2015 systematic review looked at “NAC in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or obsessive compulsive related disorders” and said this: “Encouraging results have been demonstrated from the few pilot studies that have been conducted.”

            I’ve had good results with tryptophan and inositol for all ages

      • Shane says:

        A lot of people with this condition have benefited from taking NAC.

    • leigh says:

      Terri I wish you every success in finding answers for your son. There have been some wonderful speakers during this summit and I hope you are able to assist your son to a healthier more balanced future. All the best

      • Terri says:

        Thank you for taking the time to offer your encouragement and support for my son, Andrew. I certainly have heard some amazing speakers and gained an enormous amount of valuable information. I will be praying that God directs my path on which avenue to pursue first. Again, God Bless you for your kind words.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your son. Pyroluria and neurotransmitter deficiencies are common in autism/ADD/ADHD. With kids I focus on real whole food, protein at breakfast, no sugar, no caffeine, no additives/colors, low iron etc first. With the eyelash pulling I’d then look at possible low serotonin and tryptophan/inositol (which helps with OCD-type behaviors). With kids I start with the 100mg chewable Lidtke tryptophan and go up from there. This can’t be taken while on Celexa. I suggest working with someone and learning about the amino acids for yourself before having your son try them.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Terri – I forgot to mention strep/PANDAs

    • Becky says:

      The pulling of eyelashes and eyebrows (and scalp hair, like I do), is called trichotillomania. You can find out more information on the disorder at trich.org. They are doing an 8-year research study to find the answer to this disorder. There are already treatments, but no cure at this time. I believe it’s also genetic. At least one person each of four generations in my family.

    • Patrice says:


      I understand what you are dealing with. I have a 16 year old Aspie with moderate to severe OCD. I have a mild version of OCD myself and at stressful times, reallly have to battle it back. You are not at fault because you yourself struggle with anxiety. I can tell you are doing the best you can while constantly seeking as much info as possible. I commend you for never giving up. I am still fighting for answers for my son and your story helps me stay the course so thank you!!! I often feel guilt for sometimes letting my own anxiety get the better of me but you reminded me to be a little kinder to myself.
      Take care and all the best on this journey.

    • elizabeth says:

      My grandsons physician has prescribed 1/4 of low dose Tenex which is a blood pressure medication and it is giving him a significant amount of relief..slowing down..focus and sleeping better…they have to check his bp regularly..he is four and has been dx with same disorders as your son…it is a temporary solution to give parent and child a break and i hope to offer them relief through what trudy and others have taught us….but also there are also great results with certain essential oils if you choose to bypass the bp medication…see the oil experiment.com and research on pub med.gov…God Bless

  23. Ildiko says:

    Amazing all the information you provided.
    Can’t thank you enough.
    I know you focus on woman’s health , I participate in this summit in hope, I will find solution for my 16 years old son’s anxiety disorder.
    When I hear all of you talking about the importance of nutrition, the levels of vitamins and all, I get so red hot angry at doctors, who look right into your face and say its all genetic, and he has to take anti depressants. I know my son problem comes from food.
    I just try to dig the truth out myself. Thank you !!!!!!!!!!

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Good for you for looking for answers for your son! and yes food and nutrient changes work for men/boys too. I’ve had great success with a young boy of 13 who had OCD. Diet was a big factor – protein at breakfast and no gluten. Tryptophan and inositol were very effective. I also always look into past strep infections/PANDAs

      • KIm says:

        You mentioned Strep for childhood indicator. I had Strep/Scarlet Fever/Rheumatic fever at 7. What have you found is connection to nutrition without cardiac involvement?

        • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

          PANDAS is in part caused by an autoimmune response to a strep infection. Symptoms mimic those of OCD, ADHD, and include motor and verbal tics. It’s not well recognized in conventional medicine

  24. Frances says:

    I have been taking clonazepam (5mg/day) for 23 years to manage GAD and panic attacks. It works fine but I am now over 60 and would love to get off this and all medication. Will your approach work for me or have I been too long on benzodiazapam??

  25. Rebecca says:

    Love the information and your approach to helping people find balance.

  26. Rev. Elizabeth Coleman says:

    Trudy, this information is very, very helpful! Thank you so much for your straightforward and generous presentation, including how we can address the issues that you covered. You have given us a tangible way forward that is both simple and effective. I appreciate all that you are doing to help others! I will share this information with several people that come to mind, for whom this information will be life-changing.

  27. yuki says:

    Thank you for sharing the great informative presentation Trudy!

  28. Jammy says:


    I am scoring with low Catecholamines but also suffer from migraine headaches. Is there another protocol that is recommended as it appears I will be unable to try the Tyrosine? I am also scoring very high for Pyroluria and plan to begin the recommended supplements soon.

    I purchased the kindle edition of your book today and am looking forward to learning more. Thank you for the wonderful and practical information!

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Sorry about the migraines – it can be challenging to find the root cause. I’m sure you’ve looked into diet (tyramines, high histamine foods etc) and hormones?

      I have my clients try tyrosine anyway and we watch to see if migraines get worse and stop if they do. Other factors to consider are low omega-3s and adrenal health.

      Enjoy the book!

  29. Kyle says:

    You are a great source of information Trudy! We are honored that you mention our tryptophan. Providing the absolute best quality tryptophan and other aminos is our goal. We wish everyone here well.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Kyle – I’m guessing you’re from Lidtke? and yes Lidtke tryptophan is the only one I recommend. Thanks for creating such a great product!

  30. Joanne Taylor says:

    Many Thanks Trudy and as well to all the summit contributors.
    Having been in health care for greater than 30years I can say that for the first time I have had my interest peeked. This information has been the most “empowering offering” and made the most common sense. To eat “Real Food” as your 1st take of importance said more than is imaginable for mind, body and soul.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      How wonderful to hear this! thank you! I love being part of getting this message out in a big way!

  31. jen says:

    …regards clarity of these speakers..I find it much better to use earphones.

  32. Karen says:

    Great presentation, Trudy! I am almost off-the-scale on your pyroluria questionnaire and am following your treatment protocol. Ironically, I’m having no problems with the zinc, but significant problems with the B6 or PHP (I’ve tried both). Whilst it helps my nightmares and clears up peeling skin almost overnight, it also makes me depressed, worsens my social anxiety and gives me migraine-type headache. I have had similar problems with B9 and B12 (I’m heterozygous MTHFR 677). Can you offer any suggestions? Thank you for all the work you are doing.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for you – my first thought was possibly too much B6 or P5P leading to a reverse effect. But similar results with B9 and B12? Could it be fillers in these supps?

  33. Carol says:

    Many years ago just before being diagnosed with celiac disease I had developed leg tremors and MS was the next area to explore. Not sure just why, but my Dr. suggested amino acids and that sped up my recovery.
    Over the years, when hiking or involved in physical challenges of tennis, I discovered that an amino acid beverage allowed me to regain energy and not become dehydrated as opposed to water. I am now in my later 70’s and will experiment a bit more with the aminos and learn more about pyroluria – might be a good answer. Will let you know.

  34. rose casanova says:

    Thanks Trudy for a great presentation. I have experienced amino acid supplementation to be very tricky when coming off of long term use of psychotropic drugs. It’s something I have had to take really slow and what works or doesn’t work today isn’t true for tomorrow. I wonder if that’s because the brain chemistry is going through so many changes when one discontinues use of the pharmaceuticals? I’ll read your book.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Yes, drug withdrawals can be challenging for many people, especially the benzodiazepines (see the link in the comment for Frances for more on this topic)

  35. Lynne says:

    Thank you for the informative interview. I would be so grateful for some clarification on a few topics. First is about decaf coffee. If it is organic, Swiss water processed is there still too unhealthy many chemicals?
    I have heard that too much B6 can cause numbness and tingling or non diabetic neuropathy that can be difficult to reverse. Is this anything you have heard about as a side effect?
    Gaba and the “leaky brain” barrier do you think this is a problem that is real or should be considered?
    Thanks again for your time and expertise.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      This kind of decaf is better than regular coffee but I’d look for a beverage that provides nourishment like rooibos or dandelion tea. Also even decaf contains some caffeine.

      Peripheral neuropathy from B6 reverses when you stop it/reduce it and not everyone experiences it.

      If you’re asking if GABA only works if you have a leaky blood brain barrier my answer is that I don’t believe this to be the case. We know GABA works outside the brain too – we have GABA receptors all over the body.

    • Donna says:

      About 8 years ago I had peripheral neuropathy from too much B6. I had been taking a cheap complex B vitamin with high levels after starting physical therapy for a herniated disc and I didn’t correlate the vitamin being the issue until months later when my doctor ordered a B6 test (thinking it would be low), and I measured 162.5 ng/mL when the range was 2.1-21.7. There was hardly any info on the web about high B6 levels causing neuropathy at the time either. I was ordered to avoid all B6, and I was very diligent, finding that it was added to drinks, cereals, etc (all of which I don’t consume now anyway) and after a little less than a year my B6 level dropped from 162.5 to to 24 (only slightly high) and my neuropathy had almost completely vanished, and within the year (I don’t remember exactly) it was all gone. After that I was very careful with taking any vitamin, and only used natural food based vitamins if they had any B6.

  36. DM says:

    I am really impressed with Trudy Scott’s interview and even more so with her responses here in the comments section. Truly deeply appreciated.

    Harinama, I hear what you’re saying about red meat. I was vegetarian for many years and then Vegan. Went back to being a vegetarian but still couldn’t get better. Meanwhile, I have friends and acquaintances who are successful as both. I envy them and if I didn’t have people who depended on me, I would rather die a Vegan. In fact, I wanted to, but family stepped in. I refuse to have it everyday and it causes me mental distress and guilt, but right now, it’s the best I can do. It’s really a great dilemma for me. I know it may sound silly, but I think of the movie “Avatar” where the characters thanked the animal after the hunt. I know that’s just a movie, but it’s how I deal with my sadness at sometimes needing animal in my diet. I guess everyone’s system is unique. I don’t know.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      I know from experience that quality animal protein helps with mood and there is research supporting this (please see my comment and link for Harinama)

      But if this way of eating is causing you mental distress on a daily basis then it may not be the best for you right now. If I was working with you I’d look at eggs, cheese, yogurt, whey etc as protein sources and possibly working on boosting neurotransmitter levels with a free form amino acid blend and targeted individual amino acids based on your own needs

      • DM says:

        Hello, Trudy, and thanks so much for your reply. You are very kind.

        I am going to get your book today.

        I’m on the East Coast. Do you do video chat sessions?

        By-the-way, I don’t see the link you mention in your reply to Harinama.


        • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

          I’ve posted a few comments with links and these have to be manually approved by the summit hosts so they should show up shortly
          And yes, I do phone consults (see the services link on my site)and I’d be happy to see if I can help you

  37. Patricia says:

    Thank you so much for coming on this summit with all your expertise and good tips.

  38. Harinama says:

    First let me thank you for your comprehensive, caring well organized and informative summit. This was very well done and the interviewers asked relevant questions giving the maximum time for responses with minimal commentary.

    One concern is in relation to a vegetarian diet. As we are all part of this ecosystem, seeing red meat as simply a source of good zinc and iron levels and not taking into consideration the great suffering world wide of these millions of poor animals and the impact on the environment and karmic imprinting which may be responsible for some of our own increased sufferings as humans seems a limited perspective.

    I honor and appreciate the good work being done and humbly request this point be taken into consideration.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      I really appreciate your comment and hear your concerns. I was once a vegetarian so I really get this. However, clinically we see mood improvements in women who include grass-fed read meat in their diets. So many of my anxious/depressed clients feel so much better when they add back animal protein.

      And there is research supporting this. I interviewed Dr. Felice Jacka on season 1 of the Anxiety Summit and this is what she said “In our study, out of every single dietary food grouping that I looked at including vegetables, fruits, salads, beans, etc the strongest correlate of mental health was red meat intake,” grass-fed red meat of course. “Consistently, women who have less than the recommended intake of red meat seem to be in an increased risk for common mental disorders” (like anxiety and depression) “and bipolar disorder.

      This blog post has more info and links to the research http://www.everywomanover29.com/blog/anxiety-summit-the-research-food-to-prevent-and-treat-anxiety-and-depression/

    • mary says:

      Thank you so much for saying this.

  39. Nan says:

    Excellent and down-to-earth information. Many are trying to get to the root of their problems w/o finances for testing. Thank you for giving us hope we can find some solutions for relief ourselves <3

  40. Alice says:

    Could you please give the name of the tea you were spelling it out but I couldn’t hear the audio well.
    Thank you

  41. Connie Norfleet says:

    Please give starting doses/brands for:
    Thank you!!

    • mary says:

      is gaba the same as glutamine? can you recommend anyone in ireland with your insight? Thank you for all the great information.

      • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

        GABA is not the same as glutamine. Both are amino acids and GABA is known for it’s calming benefits. Glutamine can help with anxiety too as it helps stabilize blood sugar and some may convert to GABA

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Here are my amino acid and pyroluria supplement recommendations

      If you do not have my book I highly recommend getting it and reading it before jumping in to taking these supplements: The Antianxiety Food Solution. Or work with a knowledgeable practitioner. Be sure to do the precautions and the amino acid and pyroluria questionnaires too

    • Jena Garcia says:

      what was the brand name for best tryptophan?

      • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

        jena – I have found Lidtke to be the best – they have a 500mg and 100mg chewbable (details in the link above)

  42. Belinda says:

    Very good info for trying amino acids.
    Fascinating suggestion to note introversion traits after supplementation.

  43. Jill says:

    Trudy’s book s/b recommended reading for any one who cares about their overall health. Powerful, impactful stuff!

    I strongly believe as awareness rises, addressing nutritional issues will become the gold standard of care for optimum mental health.

    • Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says:

      Jill – thanks – so glad you found my book impactful!

      And yes as awareness rises, addressing nutritional issues will become the gold standard of care for optimum mental health! Summits like this are doing just this – increasing awareness in a big way! I’ve loved reading the comments on all the other speaker pages and seeing the light bulbs going off and the hope!

  44. David says:

    Thank you Trudy, I love how your talk is complementary to Peter’s, Julie’s and Chris’s. Top notch work !

  45. Bonnie says:

    The sound quality is very poor. I can hardly understand it. I missed a lot of what she said.

    • April says:

      I agree. I was really disappointed as I need this info. I’ll go to her website (and others) and see what I can find!

  46. Alicia says:

    Thank you for this information. This is something I have felt has been the cause of many health problems. It is a most natural alternative to use of many drugs with multiple side effects that only mask the symptoms but do not heal.

  47. melanie says:

    Thank you Trudy!
    I have been struggling with some form of anxiety my whole life. I have gone to many doctors, natural and medical ones and been put on so many different medications. I tried changing my diet and took 5HTP as well. But I have never heard of pyroluria until today. That is me! Thank you Thank you for opening my eyes to what is really going on!

    Blessings to you!

  48. Sue Vogan, PNM says:

    Take GABA deficiency — if someone is lacking in this area, will the body self-correct after treatment?
    Is her intake form available for clinicians? Is so, where might we find it?
    This interview was so helpful. Most patients seek help for pain, anxiety — because they are uncomfortable. Treating with amino acids is so simple and nourishing. I can imagine this was more simple than Trudy going from computer programmer to therapist 🙂
    Thank you for this interview!

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