Archive for November, 2012


Written By: Kevin Cann MS CN

If you drive by any Dunkin Donuts you can see that the majority of us have a heavy reliance upon caffeine to get us through the day, or to get going in the morning. On top of poor energy levels a lot of us suffer from poor memory and focus. More and more of our children are being placed on ADD/ADHD medications then ever before. Why the sudden increase in these symptoms in our society?

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in our brain that is responsable for attention, memory, focus, and energy. It is our “hunt and reward” neurotransmitter. It also plays a major role in our mood. Low levels of dopamine are associated with depression and high levels of dopamine are associated with mania ( Deficient dopamine has also been linked to ADHD ( This makes sense considering the symptoms of ADHD are similar to those mentioned above for dopamine deficiency.

If you experience any of these symptoms a simple dietary approach may be critical to fixing an underlying deficiency. Lifestyle factors such as stress, alcohol, nutrition, and obesity have all been linked to dopamine deficiency. Dr. Keneth Blum in his reward Deficiency Syndrome explains how dopamine deficiencies also cause sugar cravings (

With proper diet and supplementation deficiencies in all the neurotransmitters can be corrected. The amino acid L-tyrosine is the precursor for dopamine. Amino acids are found primarily in animal products. Consuming the meat products with plenty of fresh vegetables can give our body the nutrients to help turn that L-tyrosine into our natural energy booster, dopamine. Determining whether you have a neurotransmitter deficiency is very easy and noninvasive. It is derived from a simple questionnaire that can be filled out in a matter of minutes. For more information email Kevin at also, for more related articles regarding neurotransmitters see below.

Below is a link to my newly published article on Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution blog. In it I discuss how cholesterol can affect our mental well being. (copy and paste in URL box)