Healing Mood Disorders with Food

“Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” Hippocrates

With the increase of people affected by depression and mood disorders rising to nearly 20 million just in the US alone, so have the number of prescriptions for antidepressant medications written.

However, we have also seen that these medications often produce undesirable and often devastating side effects. There have been countless reports of violence, suicide, insomnia, psychosis, anxiety and more. Furthermore, it’s been shown that these medications are often not even effective, and only work for about 30% of the people taking them.

Antidepressant medications work to increase the levels of serotonin, which is the “feel good” neurotransmitter needed in the brain to balance mood and behavior. Imbalances in serotonin can lead to anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, hyperactivity among others.

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Dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Success Begins in the Gut!

Find out what physicians are saying about IBS—balancing gut ecology is the key to your recovery!

IBS may be the result of a gut infection.

Since the 1970s, physicians have labeled IBS as a psychological disorder. This is because IBS symptoms are frequently made worse by stressful life events. And a physical exam shows no damage to the gut.

Over the last 20 years, research has revealed that the brain and our emotions share a strong relationship with the gut and the immune system.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of symptoms that often point to poor digestion, including:

Although IBS can be aggravated by stress, it is much more than a psychological disorder. Theories behind the cause of IBS include bacterial overgrowth, gut infection, serotonin imbalance, or even depression and anxiety. (more…)

How Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of Your Health

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Dr. David M. Marquis, DC, DACBN

Inflammation controls our lives. Have you or a loved one dealt with pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, or cancer?

If you answered yes to any of these disorders you are dealing with inflammation.

Sadly, most of us are suffering from one or more of these disorders but have no idea how to eliminate inflammation. Most doctors are utilizing pharmaceuticals in lieu of getting to the root cause.

It often seems extremely foreign to most people when they realize the majority of inflammatory diseases start in the gut with an autoimmune reaction which progresses into systemic inflammation. To truly be effective at managing or hopefully overcome a disease it needs to be addressed on all levels. Taking a look at where this process starts is the key.

Where Does Inflammation Begin? (more…)

Beat the ‘blahs’ with this simple vitamin

Life has its ups and downs — but for an easy way to make sure you’ve got more ups than downs, take your vitamins.

Ordinary multivitamins can help protect your mood, slash your stress levels, and help keep you happy overall, according to new research — and that’s on top of giving you the essentials needed for overall good physical health.

The new study looked at data from eight “gold standard” double-blind trials in which multivitamins went head-to-head against placebos — and the multis came out on top by nearly every mental measure. (more…)

Depression Related to Anemia and Levels of Vitamin B6 and Folate

Researchers have recently determined that anemia and levels of vitamin B6 and folate play a role in the development of depressive symptoms, according to a study published in September 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that one in 10 U.S. adults report depression.

Investigators evaluated 1,371 elderly adults for levels of hemoglobin; serum iron levels; plasma vitamins B6, vitamin B12 and folate levels; erythrocyte transketolase activity (reduced in thiamine deficiency) and glutathione reductase activity (measured for oxidative stress). The subjects completed questionnaires regarding depressive symptoms. (more…)

5 ways you trick yourself into prolonging emotional stress

Most people are surprised to learn that their favorite coping mechanism for stress actually causes more problems than it solves. Let’s look at five steps to effectively dealing with stress and five reactions to stress that trick you into prolonging it.

Imagine something simple that might cause emotional stress, such as coming home to find that your husband has ignored his promise to clean the house and is self-absorbed in his favorite hobby.

To deal with this situation effectively, you can 1) take notice of how you feel and 2) make sure your feelings are valid. Then, 3) express your feelings assertively, 4) clear up any misunderstandings, 5) create new expectations and a plan. Then, you can let the stress go, feeling like you have dealt with the situation. (more…)

Nature’s Prozac: Nutrition for Mental Health

In a pill-popping world, the idea of simply providing your brain and body with what it needs for mental health is nothing short of revolutionary.  1 in 5 Americans currently takes one or more psychiatric drugs on a daily basis.

“Psychiatric medications are among the most widely prescribed and biggest-selling class of drugs in the US. In 2010, Americans spent $16.1 billion on anti-psychotics to treat depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, $11.6 billion on antidepressants and $7.2 billion on treatment for ADHD, according to IMS Health, which tracks prescription drug sales.”  (Source)

Psychiatric drugs can cause many horrible side effects, some of which are worse than the original condition they were intended to treat.  In fact, there is a very clear link between psychiatric medications and the violent actions of the “mass shooters” over the past few years. In many cases, these drugs are harmful and unnecessary. (more…)

Antidepressants Can Cause Sudden Death

Most antidepressants cause a change in the electrical pulse of the heart, which changes the rhythm of the heart beat. It’s called an extended QT interval—and it can result in sudden death with no warning of any kind: BMJ study.

Eyes and Teardrops Graphic by Joana Roja

Eyes and Teardrops graphic by Joana Roja

by Heidi Stevenson

The antidepressant citalopram—brand names Celexa and Cipramil—has joined a growing list of drugs that can cause sudden death by stopping the heart. The study, published in the BMJ[1], found that the drug causes lengthening in the QT interval, a part of the heart beat cycle. (more…)

How to Treat Three Types of Depression

st johns wort(1) How to Treat Three Types of DepressionDepression sounds like just one simple thing, and most people think that it is. In fact, depression occurs when certain types of imbalances reach certain functions in the human body. These imbalances are many, and there are three common combinations that produce three distinctive types of depression.  Knowing these combinations will help facilitate healing for those struggling with this condition.
The first imbalance is the agitated depression. This person actually is very active, irritable and mobile, but has an underlying dimension of depression. This person has trouble calming down and depression is part of the exhaustion response to all the agitation. Irritants in thought, life and diet are the causes, and the treatment, in addition to removing the causes, is to give the person calming herbs that will take the edge off.
The traditional remedy for agitated depression is valerian root and St. John’s wort. These together will calm and improve the condition of the person. Sometimes, motherwort is used in the formula if the digestion is also irritated, and rosemary may be used if the person cannot switch their brain back to a happier state. (more…)