Nutrition and Mind-Body Integration for Effective Treatment of Depression
A whole-person approach to the effective treatment of depression
I know that you will see depression for what it is - a symptom of imbalance - physical imbalance, biochemical imbalance, energetic imbalance, electrical imbalance, emotional imbalance, nutritional imbalance.
A good physicist would confirm to us that on some level, all these imbalances are the same thing.
What I would like to suggest, with all humility, is a protocol for restoring the depressed persons to a state of mental wellness.
According to research by the American Medical Association, people who come to seek out alternative practitioners are at least partly motivated by the desire to take responsibility for their own health. My favorite writer, Dr. David Hawkins, author of Power Vs. Force, says that the real turning point for most individuals is a state of courage, where individuals empower themselves to face and cope with solutions. Below this, people are enslaved by shame, grief, fear, or pride, or a whole host of other low-consciousness mindsets.
If you look at the research on antidepressants and placebos, antidepressants only work about 67 percent of the time - compared to 15 to 50 percent for placebo, and that also means that 33 percent are getting no relief at all. The scientific research on counseling is far less generous, with some studies actually suggesting that traditional counseling makes patients more neurotic, not less.
But my role here is not to insult anyone's professional success - I merely want to talk about what works. One key aspect that works is to become an active participant with scientific curiosity, and figure out what makes you stronger and what makes you weak.
I myself have studied kinesiology, and practice Brain Gym and Touch for Health. Dr. Hawkins says that wisdom can be condensed to simply this: avoid that which makes us weak, and embrace that which makes us strong. True solutions are not always complicated. Form partnerships with your healer. You and your doctors must be equal partners in healing. You need to take an active role in your healing process by keeping food, mood and weather diaries to discover when and how you get switched on and off.
Research out of Harvard suggests that if you are deficient in L-tyrosine, L-glutamine, or L-tryptophan, you will be depressed even if you take antidepressants.
Examine your diets to make sure that you are adequately consuming, digesting and absorbing proteins and essential fatty acids.
Noni juice may be helpful for two reasons. One, the xeronine is supposed to simulate the action of serotonin, and second, it is supposed to support protein assimilation.
As you progress in your own healing, you will learn to recognize when different aminos may be helpful.
To give patients psychiatric drugs without making sure they have the raw materials they need to make the neurotransmitters could be likened to giving a rose bush fertilizer, and then forgetting to water it, or putting it in the dark. Megastudies show that antidepressants don't work 33 percent of the time and this may be why.
One of the main symptoms of carbohydrate intolerance is depression.
Stress may exacerbate carbohydrate intoerance.
Everyone is biochemically unique, so some will do better as vegetarians, while others will need meat. However, a 2-to-1 ratio of carbohydrates to proteins may be very helpful, while others will feel much better on an even lower carbohydrate ratio.
On the other hand, carbohydrates boost serotonin production. You may be subconsiously self-medicating every time you lurch for a piece of chocolate cake. I like Dr. Judith Wurtman's book, The Serotonin Solution, with its different recommendations for boosting serotonin production by separating small protein meals followed by small carbohydrate meals.
Fiber is important to keep the digestive system working, and because there is such a high correlation between digestive and mental disturbances, anything you can do to clear, then assimilate and eliminate more easily will also help you mentally.
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