Addressing the Root Causes of Biochemical Depression

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Depression, like high blood pressure, high blood sugar and your oil light being on, is a symptom of an imbalance. Unfortunately, it is still often viewed as a character flaw or a condition that can be remedied with means other than addressing the imbalance. This leads to people not seeking help. There are many ways to make the oil light go out in your car. However, only one option makes sense-add oil.

There are two basic types of depression–endogenous and exogenous. Exogenous depression is a natural response to a perception of profound loss. The death of a loved one, loss of income, divorce, loss of health, and natural disasters are common sources of exogenous depression. This type depression is transient and is easily addressed with talk therapy that directs a person to shift the focus of their thoughts. It works similar to changing the channel from a sad movie to a comedy. What you continually think about determines whether you produce happy or sad chemicals in your brain. Many people start their day with negative “programming” (CNN/Fox/MSNBC) that causes negative emotions caused by focusing on issues you have no control over. Rational emotive therapy is a very effective form of talk therapy.

Endogenous depression stems from a biochemical imbalance. As high blood pressure can be caused by deficiencies in magnesium/potassium or too much salt, depression can be caused by biochemical deficiencies or brain inflammation. Below are cheap, effective methods that address the root causes of depression.

  1. BALi Eating Plan – Brain inflammation is a very common cause of depression. Depending on the person, the same biochemical imbalances can cause sadness or rage. Stereotypically, women experience more sadness and are more prone to suicide attempts. Men are more prone to rage that manifests in spousal abuse, homicide and successful suicide attempts. The high grain/high sugar diet, that has saturated the population globally, fuels critter overgrowth and brain inflammation. This is manifest by a nation of children on drugs for mood disorders and ADD/ADHD. Inflammation causes more production of chemicals that have a negative effect on mood. If you have issues with a “short fuse” or suffer from insomnia, it’s likely your symptoms will improve by following the BALi Eating Plan with a particular focus on what are termed “essential fats”. You can Google the term to find foods high in them.
  2. Hypothyroidism – Thyroid hormone is a critical factor in your energy equation. Thyroid hormone combines with oxygen and glucose from the food you eat to create energy. This energy is required to manufacture many things in your body/brain, neurotransmitters being one. Neurotransmitters are your “happy chemicals”. If neurotransmitter levels get low, depression can be a symptom. Have your TSH checked. If it’s above 1.0 and you have symptoms of depression, you need further evaluation for hypothyroidism. The book “The Thyroid Solution” by Baylor Medical School professor of endocrinology Ridha Arem, MD goes into detail about the thyroid/depression connection. Children are often born not producing adequate thyroid hormone.
  3. Hypochlorhydria – This is inadequate production of hydrochloric acid. Humans normally produce hydrochloric acid each meal. In addition to helping keep critter levels under control, hydrochloric acid facilitates the absorption of nutrients such as lithium, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins and amino acids. A deficiency of any one of these can cause depression. Have your MCV (mean corpuscular volume) checked to detect deficient production of hydrochloric acid. MCV tells us how big red blood cells are. To do their job of transporting oxygen and iron to every cell, their size has to be just right. If they are too small (microcytic) or too large (macrocytic), they become inefficient. Red blood cells start to increase in size if B 12 levels get low. B 12 levels decline as production of hydrochloric acid declines. If your MCV is above 85, this suggests you may benefit from supplementing each meal with a high-quality supplement containing hydrochloric acid, methylated B vitamins and digestive enzymes.
  4. Vitamin D deficiency – Cholecalciferol is misnomered as a vitamin but it’s actually a hormone. Vitamins are like building materials. Hormones are the carpenters that put building material together. Normally, our bodies take in U. V. light from the Sun and produce vitamin D. This is why it’s a mistake to use sunblocks. Vitamin D has many critical roles in the body. One, is preventing cancer. You’ll note that cancer rates continue to increase with less exposure to sunlight🙄. Use oral vitamin C to prevent sunburn. Don’t use Sublocks. Have your blood tested for vitamin D. Your level should be 70-100. If significantly lower, start supplementing with vitamin D3.
  5. Progesterone Deficiency – Progesterone is the steroidal hormone (uses cholesterol as a base) that balances estrogens. Estrogens increase sensory awareness. If you have “estrogen dominance” you can more easily stay stuck focused on things (like cats😛) that cause negative biochemical production and depressed moods. If episodes of depression/rage accompany your menstrual cycle, progesterone deficiency/estrogen dominance should be investigated by someone trained in biochemical hormone replacement therapy, like Amy Dunn.

The best books that guide you to addressing the root causes of biochemical depression are Dr. Arem’s book cited above and “The Mood Cure” by Julia Ross. If depression is accompanied by substance abuse, get the book “Seven Weeks to Sobriety” by Joan Larson Ph. D. 

Depression is the No. 1 cause of illness and disability worldwide: WHO report

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:35 PM

The World Health Organization has two words for anyone who’s “Sad!”: “Let’s talk.”

Depression is the no. 1 cause of illness and disability worldwide, the UN’s public health arm said Thursday. An 18% spike from 2005 to 2015 puts the most recent estimate at more than 300 million people.

The WHO’s “Depression: Let’s Talk” campaign, the focus of April 7’s World Health Day, urges sufferers to both seek and get help for depression — especially given the stigma and discrimination associated with it. Typical treatment can include talk therapy and/or medication.

“The current state is that depression is neither being identified nor treated adequately anywhere in the world,” Dr. Shekhar Saxena, the Geneva-based director of the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, told the Daily News.

Read the entire article here.


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