SD Protocol

What is SD Protocol?

Do you suffer from any of the following?

  • Tight shoulders and neck muscles? 

  • Regular headaches that worsen as the day progresses? 

  • Do you feel cold? 

  • Do you feel tired? 

  • Do you have dry skin, brittle nails and does your hair fall out? 

  • Are you experiencing digestive issues and/or hormonal issues? 

  • Are you sensitive to light or sound? 

    If you answered yes to a few of these symptoms then the SD Protocol may be just what you need. Listen from Dr. Wayne Todd in the video below to learn more.


    Sympathetic Dominance

    Due to a series of built-in triggers, the brain knows when it needs to activate the fight or flight survival mechanism. It’s called the Sympathetic Nervous System and we’ve known for a long time that it exists. When it activates, it suppresses your digestive system, reproductive system, immune system and the repair functions of the body.

    Sympathetic Dominance Diagram

    Under normal circumstances, the Sympathetic Nervous System activates in response to extreme physical, cognitive or emotional stress. This is useful as it allows our body to adapt to situations and ensures we have enough fuel for the crisis. Medical science has led to a relatively clear understanding of the reactions in the body in these situations.

    What we haven’t explored in depth is what happens when this survival mechanism stays switched on or fired up for extended periods of time. This is when our body’s hardwired stress responses cross out of ‘normal circumstance’ where they are helpful, to a scenario in which prolonged physiological change can actually cause harm.

    Modern life doesn’t improve this scenario. We leave demanding jobs and arrive home with financial stress sitting like heavy weights on our shoulders. We wake up with a to-do list as long as our arm. We go to bed knowing the same will wait for us the next day. Some of us have businesses, noisy or demanding family lives. Others have illnesses or sick loved ones that we worry over.

    We lie awake at night worrying about mortgages, exams, interviews, relationships, and the list goes on. Typically, we don’t think of these things when we think of fight or flight. But they represent only a handful of issues that can activate the survival mechanism and keep it activated.

    The rest of the list may surprise you. It includes the constant barrage of light and noise we deal with, the poor posture we often engage in when we spend hours looking down at our laptops and handheld devices, and the simple fact that many of us are living life in a‘wound up’ state.

    Can we live life in complete silence with the lights turned off? No. Can we avoid the use of technology? Absolutely not! Can we avoid stress and the demands of modern life completely, never facing a financial, relational or health stressor ever again? The answer to that is a resounding no!

    We can think about whether or not to flex a muscle or go for a walk, but we don’t think about whether or not to go into fight or flight mode. It’s automatic.

    So what’s the point of writing a book like this? 

    The point is that staying in fight or flight mode for too long negatively impacts health in many ways, and there are some things we can do about it. Best of all, they’re remarkably simple.

    Empowering people with knowledge and helping put them back in control of their health is something that isn’t just a job for me but a joy and a passion. Over the last ten years, I have undertaken advanced training in functional neurology. It has coincided with a developing fascination with an issue that impacts so many lives. However, it has been poorly understood until now.

    It’s called Sympathetic Dominance. It comes from a part of your brain that is so deep that it’s primal and automatic.

    I’m here to tell you that you can fool your brain into switching gears – from the survival mode that is ironically wearing us down, to something so much better.

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    Want more details on a particular symptom that's causing you grief? Download our free eBooks below.  


    Anxiety and Depression

    4 Things you need to know about Anxiety and Depression.

    Look at depression and anxiety through a slightly different lens. Years of clinical practice and advanced training in functional neurology has revealed some startling links to me, not the least of which is that your brain doesn’t suffer alone. 



    3 things you don't know about headaches

    Of the many ailments I have treated in three decades of clinical practice, there are a few common problems that pop up often. Among these repeat offenders is the humble headache. For some, it’s a very occasional thing that really only occurs after a night of over-indulgence or an afternoon soaking up too much sun. For others, it is a repetitive, long running or debilitating condition that can have very real impacts on quality of life.



    5 reasons why you might be struggling with inflammation.

    If you’ve spent time trawling the internet for answers on inflammation and arrived at this eBook, then I can guess that you’ve reached that frustrating point where the body is not mopping up inflammation fast enough. It can feel like an unwinnable war. You may be tired, irritated, itchy, sore or foggy headed, with an upset stomach, bloating, aching joints or more. If this has gone on for a long time, then you probably also feel like you are constantly chasing random symptoms.



    A few things to know about Insomnia and where it starts.

    One in three adults will experience insomnia at some point in their lives. We lie awake worrying over financial or relationship issues, studying the roof of our bedrooms, and getting frustrated our the inability to just drift off. We swear off caffeine, only to need that extra cup of coffee in the afternoon to keep us going, but then we can’t sleep at night. It can be a short term problem or stick around for a little longer, resulting in a self-perpetuating cycle of fatigue and sleeplessness.


    Light Sensitivity

    How light sensitivity manifests and how to minimise the effects.

    Every day our body deals with stressors that are chemical, physical or emotional. Our bodies respond to the environment around us as well as our internal workings. How our body responds under different circumstances is complex and fascinating. Often aches and pains can be telling us something needs adjusting, but it can be hard to understand what our body is trying to tell us.

    One thing that is often overlooked is the seemingly innocuous issue of light-sensitivity. It’s not an illness, per se. It may not even impinge on your quality of life that obviously. So why would it be a problem?



    5 things you didn't know about your thyroid.

    The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland at the base of the throat. It’s about two inches big in a healthy adult, but this little gland has a big impact on the metabolic and chemical processes within the body.

    When we think of thyroid conditions, our minds often go straight to autoimmune disorders such as Graves Disease (an over-producing thyroid)or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (an underactive thyroid). But the truth is that it’s possible to experience issues with thyroid function long before an autoimmune disorder kicks in. After all, autoimmune disorders don’t just appear overnight. It takes time to build up to that point.


    Uterine Fibroids

    Possible beginnings, symptoms and what you can do about Uterine Fybroids.

    While the exact cause that triggers fibroid growth is yet unknown, we do know that the hormones oestrogen and progesterone have a bearing on the issue. These two hormones must exist in balance with each-other or problems arise. In the case of uterine fibroids, the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone is thrown out of balance, which can then lead to annovulatory cycles (when ovulation does not occur) and thus the thickening of the endometrial lining. This is where the fibroid can begin.