By James Roach, MD, ABIHM
Improved working memory, executive function and higher IQ can rest in the mutation of a common gene, COMT. But as it controls estrogen, neurotransmitter, and toxin elimination, anxiety and mood swings are prevalent. Specifically, stimulating dopamine, adrenalin, and norepinephrine levels can be four-fold higher.
‘Warriors’, as The New York Times Magazine recently referred to non-mutaters, only focus when stimulated, as in battle. The mutated, it states, are ‘Worriers’, with continuous focus but subject to meltdown under high stress. Worriers get better grades but Warriors do better on tests. Interestingly, when students were told that anxiety during tests...