The Autonomic Nervous System, Hormones, and Stress

Chronic illnesses result in upregulation of the sympathetic nervous system. This can cause symptoms such as hyperactivity, anxiety, attention, and focus difficulties. A chronic fight-or-flight response to stress can also lead to medical issues such as impaired gastrointestinal motility, immune dysregulation, glucose dysregulation, and hormonal imbalances. These issues can be identified and addressed with proper testing, good nutrition, targeted nutraceuticals, and adaptogenic herbs.

Anju Usman, MD

Dr. Usman has been treating the underlying metabolic issues in patients diagnosed with ASD, ADD, OCD, developmental delays, apraxia, and chronic infections for the past 14 years. She is board certified in Family Practice.