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    Integrative Physician and Brain Expert Dr Rick Sponaugle Suspects Mold Toxicity and Lyme Disease A Factor In Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza

    Having personally treated over 7,000 patients with brain disorders, I have met many young men with personality profiles like that of Adam Lanza. These patients often admit they are trying to control a rage they don’t understand. They say, “Doctor Sponaugle, I feel like my brain is going to explode, like it’s plugged into an electrical outlet.”
    They feel like crushing something or killing someone for no good reason, they just feel a need to inflict pain on someone, anyone! Why?

    My clinical research has proven that most rage filled patients suffer from a brain that is severely over-electrified because it is full of toxins, usually Mold toxins and Lyme toxins. All Americans suffer some degree of brain saturation with fatty toxins, from pesticides, food toxins and industrial toxins. Because our brain is the fattiest organ in our body, 60 percent fat, fatty toxins after entering our body, migrate to and deposit in the brain. This phenomenon is called neurotoxicity.

    The more toxins the brain accumulates, the higher the brain’s electrical voltage. When the toxic load inside of the brain becomes exceedingly high, patients like Adam suffer from a phenomenon called excito-neurotoxicity, abnormally high levels of electrical current flowing through the brain. Excito-neurotoxicity causes anxiety, panic disorder and when severe, uncontrollable rage.

    What differentiates a mild level of neurotoxicity suffered by the average American as compared to a more severe level capable of causing rage, in my patients, has proven to be Mold Toxicity and Lyme disease.

    A subset of Americans, particularly red headed, fair skinned people like Adam Lanza, often have genetics that prevent them from effectively removing Mold toxins and Lyme toxins.

    I have personally treated over 2,000 patients, who because of rage issues, were previously misdiagnosed by Psychiatrists as having a genetic Bipolar disorder, when in fact, their rage issues were caused by a brain full of toxins. The majority of these patients suffered from a combination of severe Mold toxicity and Neuro-Lyme disease, in addition to a Bartonella co-infection.

    Kevin, one of many misdiagnosed patients I’ve treated, was misdiagnosed by the best, Psychiatrists at John’s Hopkins University. At age 15, Kevin’s mother, a pediatric nurse, took him to John’s Hopkins looking for answers as to why his sweet personality changed into a kid with anger and rage. Whether psychiatrists at John’s Hopkins, Duke, Stanford or psychiatrists down the street, they are quick to throw out a diagnosis of “bipolar” based on symptoms, but rarely do psychiatrists look for medical disorders that are causing the surge of psychiatric diseases in America.

    Fortunately, by age 20, Kevin became addicted to OxyContin while attempting to calm his anxious brain, because his medical parents sought more scientific addiction treatment, Kevin and his family finally got a proper diagnosis. After several weeks of treatment for Mold Toxicity, Lyme disease and Bartonella, Kevin once again became a tender and gentle spirited young man. I have often told Kevin I hope he uses his pain from 5 years of misdiagnosis to become a compassionate physician. Please view Kevin’s before and after pictures and his blood smears, before and after our treatment, on the Lyme page of Sponaugle Wellness Institute.

    When psychiatrists fail to diagnose neurotoxicity in their anxious patients, over time, those patients accumulate additional brain toxins and eventually, their symptoms progress from anxiety to panic disorder, and in severe cases, uncontrollable rage.

    I feel strongly Adam internalized these feelings as long as he could. Going back two years ago, Adam already suffered from severe anxiety. When called into the lime light to have his senior picture taken, he couldn’t do it, he was a no show.

    As his brain continued to become saturated with bio-toxins, Adam’s anxiety and detachment would have progressively worsened, he would have progressed into a state of panic and then, when he could no longer contain it, explode in an outward fashion, as he did, with uncontrollable rage.

    When severely neurotoxic patients develop a phenomenon called detachment, they feel disconnected from the world and the people in it, even family. Patients can actually become detached from their own emotions and feelings. According to a fellow student, going back several years earlier, teachers had asked other students not to hurt Adam on the soccer field because he could not feel pain from an injury.

    Psychiatrists, who are naïve regarding neurotoxicity, will be quick to suggest that patients develop this level of detachment, as a defense mechanism, when they have been physically, verbally or sexually abused. I agree, however, we have no indication Adam was abused and in fact, most friends of the family have assured us he had an extremely loving mother.

    As Adam suffered increasing neurotoxicity every year, he would have become more detached and less engaged with others spending more time at home in isolation, most likely in a home that had hidden mold or a musty basement, a home that may have played a role in his “brain pain.”

    I sincerely believe there is high likelihood that Adam suffered from undiagnosed Lyme disease. I have diagnosed Lyme disease in 95 percent of my patients with Adam’s personality profile. The Lyme spirochete is a “brain bug.” It migrates to the brain within 12 hours of a tick or mosquito bite. I have a very large Lyme practice and have rarely seen panic disorder or Asperger’s patients who did not have undiagnosed Lyme infections.

    Adding probability that Adam had Lyme disease is the fact that he lived by the woods, in Connecticut, the first state in which Lyme was initially diagnosed, in 1975. Progressive physicians know that Connecticut is endemic with Lyme and Bartonella, yet, I seriously doubt Adam’s Psychiatrists considered Lyme or Bartonella as a possible etiology of Adam’s psychological problems.

    Sadly, American Psychiatrists, as a group, are ignorant as compared to European Psychiatrists, regarding the fact that Lyme disease is a frequent cause of psychological disorders. Multiple studies have proven that Lyme and Bartonella are responsible for causing Autistic Spectrum disorders.

    Another factor, TV “experts” failed to notice or mention is that Adam had the classic look of hyperthyroidism. Adam’s facial features, as seen in his latest pictures, are text book for the classic “bug eye” look of hyperthyroidism. Adam also has the extremely thin body build that is classic for a patient with undiagnosed hyperthyroidism. I suspect Adam could always eat twice as much as others, yet, never gain weight.

    A combination of untreated hyperthyroidism and Neurotoxicity would easily contribute to panic disorder and in many cases, uncontrollable rage!

    I generally diagnose 30 new patients a year with undiagnosed hyperthyroidism. They are normally younger kids, in their twenties like Adam. Most are using OxyContin and Xanax to calm their anxiety disorders. Younger adults don’t “doctor” like their older parents, they just use drugs obtained from their friends to calm their anxious brains.

    It is important to note that the typical Asperger’s patient does not exhibit outward rage, unless they are suffering from undiagnosed neurotoxicity or have sustained significant brain trauma in their temporal lobes. Without the neurotoxicity factor “ramping up” the brain’s “electrical voltage” an Asperger’s patient is more likely to exhibit signs of social anxiety, as Adam did in high school. Fellow students suggest he was quiet, shy and uncomfortable in social settings.

    I suspect before Adam developed a critical level of neurotoxicity, his personality was that of a typical Asperger’s patient, a quiet loner, introspective and hyper-focused on things he liked, to the point of appearing aloof. He may have been irritable and moody, but I seriously doubt he was the least bit aggressive.

    Based on my experience treating Asperger’s patients, I suspect Adam, as a younger child, was a sickly kid who received quite a few rounds of antibiotics from his pediatricians. My clinical research has matched the brain scans of Asperger’s patients with specific brain chemistry patterns that are derived from antibiotic-induced gut toxicity.

    Patients with antibiotic-induced, intestinal overgrowth of Candida, suffer from specific neurotransmitter deficiencies that cause excessive electrical activity in a brain region called the deep limbic system. The more overactive the deep limbic system, the more severe the patient’s social anxiety, a hallmark of Asperger’s.

    A Sponaugle-ism is that patients with an overactive deep limbic system look at the floor when talking to others. I’m sure Adam often avoided eye contact, this prevents “letting people in.” It is a defense mechanism to assure safety – remember, the eyes are the window to the soul!

    Buttoning his shirt all the way to the top, as Adam supposedly did, is another subconscious “security” trait often seen in Asperger’s patients. The typical Asperger’s patient works diligently to “avoid attracting attention.” Thus, the last thing a typical Asperger’s patient would do, is waltz into a school full of people, and in Schwarzenegger style, start unloading an assault rifle, UNLESS, their brain “was on fire” from a level of neurotoxicity I have only seen in patients with Neuro-Lyme and Mold Toxicity.

    In summary, there has been much focus on gun control since the Sandy Hook shootings. While putting a stop to the easy sale of assault rifles may be a warranted endeavor, I believe the more important focus should be on the consistent failure of America’s mental health system to properly diagnose and treat patients like Adam Lanza.

    America’s Psychiatrists have got to come out of the Freudian dark age , they can no longer remain ill-knowledgeable regarding the fact that environmental toxicity, which is ever increasing, and brain infections from emerging epidemics of Lyme disease and Bartonellosis, are becoming more prevalent in the causation of psychiatric disorders. Until the field of Psychiatry advances with modern neuroscience, misdiagnosed patients like Adam Lanza will go untreated and commit more mass murders every decade.

    Rick Sponaugle MD
    Medical Director
    Sponaugle Wellness Institute
    © Copyright (2012) Marvin Sponaugle, MD All Right Reserved

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