Of all the health
issues in existence, perhaps none is more
challenging to the health community than depression.
What makes that
statement even more worrisome is that, like so many other
disorders, the numbers have been increasing over the last
Here are some
sobering statistics about depression from the National Institute
of Mental Health:
10% (1 out of 10) adults aged 18 and over in the US suffer from
depression, and nearly half of those cases are classified as
Depressive disorders are now appearing earlier in life. 50 years
ago the average age of onset was 29--now it's 14!
Antidepressant use in the US jumped nearly 400 percent in the
20-year period between 1988 and 2008!
Now, the begging
questions here are:
What's going on?
What can we do about it?
Let's first take a
done so far--the rise of antidepressants
Since the early
1990's, antidepressants have increasingly become the treatment
of choice and convenience for depression.
were attractive -- just taking a little pill to feel happier is
a very enticing proposition to someone who's depressed. And the
fact that you didn't even need to see a psychiatrist made them
easy to get -- your family doctor could write your script and
send you on your way to the land of the merry.
And while some
people have reported improvement in their symptoms from
antidepressants, many have paid a very dear price.
For example, some
of the common effects of SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake
Inhibitors) like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, and Celexa are:
- Nervousness (so instead of being depressed you're nervous)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Stomach upset
- Weight gain
Plus, the elevated
levels of serotonin caused by SSRIs in some cases can cause
changes in your cell neurons that can be classified as brain
antidepressants are required by the FDA to carry a warning about
the risk of suicidal thoughts, hostility, and agitation.
If that doesn't
scare you, I don't know what will.
But the bright ray
of hope in the dark world of depression is this:
Drugs are NOT your
Because there are
other safer answers...and even the psychiatric community is
getting on board!
Here's an example:
A study reported
in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry showed that when
people suffering with depression who were not getting adequate
results from antidepressants (and most don't) added
regular exercise into their daily routine, they improved
To the tune of 30%
achieving FULL remission of their depression!
I commend those
professionals for looking at other approaches besides the
prescription pad for their patients.
Now, exercise is a
FANTASTIC way to help combat depression, but it's not the only
Treatment with a
skilled therapist is another. Note that just because someone has
MSW, PhD or MD after their name does not make them "skilled."
Just as in ANY
profession, there are good and not-so-good therapists. If you
are working with a therapist and it isn't helping or all they
want to do is push drugs at you, find another one.
In addition, there
are three other approaches you can take to help beat depression
safely, naturally, and with no frightening side effects.
depression remedy #1: Food
There is a
definite connection between food and mood.
Many people who
suffer from depressive disorders are deficient in certain
vitamins and minerals, especially B-complex vitamins and
The typical diet
most people have (lots of processed foods, fast food and refined
carbohydrates) is inherently deficient in those and other
nutrients. Plus a diet like this creates lots of acid wastes,
which makes it harder for your body to absorb whatever nutrients
you are taking in.
As a result of the
"age of convenience," our reliance on packaged and fast foods
has increased dramatically over the last 50 years...and so has
reported cases of depression.
That's not a
And it's also a
major reason why we're seeing depression at younger and younger
ages--our kids' diets are as bad as or worse than adults'.
The great news is
that increasing numbers of people are seeing a DRAMATIC
improvement in their depressive symptoms once they start eating
more real foods (and decreasing the acid wastes in their body).
When you make food
your drug, help your pH be more alkaline and nourish your body
in the way it needs to be, your body and mind can function SO
You can accomplish
these important goals simply by following my advice in the Great Taste
No Pain health system.
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Pain is not a diet--it's an eating lifestyle that helps you
attain a good acid/alkaline balance and efficient digestion.
There are just a
few simple principles to remember, and I explain it all in
everyday language simple enough for the average 10 year old to
depression remedy #2: Vitamin B12
show that as many as 25% of people may have or are seriously
close to developing a vitamin B12 deficiency.
When B12 levels
run low, that can cause a wide range of vague symptoms from head
to toe including:
- Lack of
- Memory problems
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Vision problems
- Weakened immune system
- Mental fog or confusion
A Vitamin B12 deficiency can trigger depression and mood swings.
The good news is a
B12 deficiency is extremely easy to tackle. All you need is a
high quality supplement that stands a good chance of being
And Hydroxaden 2.5 delivers on both.
Hydroxaden 2.5 is a convenient Vitamin B12 spray that gives
you a daily dose of the most powerful form of vitamin B12 (hydroxocobalamin).
Just five little
sprays under your tongue each day give you a full 2.5 mg. of B12
(that quickly gets into your blood stream) to boost your energy,
help sharpen your mind, enhance your immune system and fight
In addition to a
crucial dose of Vitamin B12, Hydroxaden 2.5 also gives you niacin (Vitamin B3), Vitamin
B6 and riboflavin (Vitamin B2)--which can help address the
nutrient-deficient depression I mentioned above.
depression remedy #3: Omega-3 EFAs
Studies have shown
that people who have a diet inherently high in Omega-3 essential
fatty acids (such as the Japanese, who eat lots of fish) have a
much lower rate of depression.
As a matter of
fact, the traditional Japanese diet contains about 15 times more
Omega-3 fatty acids than the American diet, and Japanese people
have one-tenth the rate of depression of Americans.
research is showing a lower incidence of depression in people
who have a high intake of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
alleviating or preventing depression is yet another great reason
to be sure your Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acid balance is where
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If you or someone
you love suffers from depression, don't think that SSRIs are the
Try the safe,
natural approach and see how much better you can feel, both
physically AND mentally.
To your health,
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