After studying 30,000 patients in 30 years, a new treatment modality for depression that could make all the difference was discovered—but it’s not a new antidepressant drug!
You’re feeling really down… In fact, you’ve been feeling this way on and off for a while. Sometimes you’re sad and teary; sometimes you’re down; and sometimes you just feel really flat. You can’t work out what’s going on and you don’t know what to do about it…
Perhaps, like many Australians, you’re suffering from a common result of today’s stress and lifestyle – a mood disorder…
However, you’re not alone…
In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Mood Disorders affect one million Aussies, which is sad because, after all, we live in the Lucky Country and should be the happiest people on earth!
And while such mood disorders can lead to serious mental illness and even suicide, the vast majority of us who suffer from feelings of being down, sad, flat and disconnected from life do so silently. For us who feel this way, we’re not really ‘living’ life, we’re just surviving. Moreover, many people I’ve treated who struggle with mood disorders do their best to keep going – and all they want is a little help. They’re often not sure what’s happening to them, or what to do about it. Fortunately, my group of dedicated and experienced practitioners and I successfully help people all the time.
In fact, there’s one thing you need to know about treating your depression that could really make all the difference…
That one thing is… Nutrient Therapy…
However, before we address how to use nutrient therapy to help with your mood disorder, let’s get our facts straight about depression and other mood disorders.
What makes depression different from typical sadness?
“I’m depressed” is a common expression these days when you are feeling sad. However, depression is not the typical sadness that goes away after few minutes, hours or a couple of days. It’s a sadness accompanied by several symptoms that lasts for two weeks or longer. It’s a severe sadness that affects your daily living.
When you are depressed, you either lose your appetite and become skinny, or you may have the tendency to overeat and gain weight. You may also find it difficult to sleep, while some depressed people oversleep. You may experience bouts of anger too, and you could easily get irritated at little things. In fact, you literally become short-tempered.
Another thing that makes depression different from typical sadness is that it may make you feel extremely tired (fatigued) and low in energy even when you haven’t done any physical activities. This tiredness can make you refuse to perform activities of daily living. Actually, depression can make you stop caring for yourself, as you feel exhausted all the time. Everything becomes just too much for someone suffering from depression. Typical sadness doesn’t go as far as that.
Moreover, when you are depressed, you may have the tendency to lose interest in things you previously enjoyed, such as your hobbies and social activities. You may refuse to see your friends or even family members. You often just don’t want to socialize. You just want to be left alone. Have you ever felt this way?
What’s dangerous about this longing to be alone is that some individuals suffering from depression may have suicidal thoughts. They often feel helpless, hopeless, guilty and worthless, which may lead them to consider options that are tragic. This is why it’s never a good idea to leave a depressed person alone in their struggles. Moreover, because people suffering from depression struggle with motivation, it’s no good telling them to just ‘buck-up’. This only serves to make them feel even worse about themselves and can contribute to further symptoms.
It is also important to understand that the signs and symptoms of depression vary from every person. It is often even difficult to determine if a person has depression by merely talking to them or observing them from a distance. For example, you can’t easily spot a person with depression in the grocery store or on the street.
However, if you’re experiencing the above-mentioned signs and symptoms for two weeks or more, consult your health practitioner immediately for necessary health evaluation and interventions. Also among the many treatment modalities, I suggest that you put nutrient therapy on your priority list.
Why should you consider nutrient therapy for depression?
Nutrient therapy is an alternative and natural method of correcting the imbalances of brain chemical activities that lead to mental illness like depression– using vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The therapy is based on the specific needs of a patient, after determining the patient’s biochemistry.
In addition, this modality requires supervision of a licensed health practitioner who has the experience and training in the therapeutic use of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and essential oils.
According to William J. Walsh, Ph.D., FACN, nutrient therapy is used to normalize the concentration of certain nutrients required for the synthesis of brain chemicals that influence the brain activities and human behavior. It also regulates activities of the brain chemicals per se. Likewise, nutrient therapy can reduce free-radical oxidative stress. What’s amazing about it is there are no serious side effects. It can be used as adjunct therapy to psychiatric medications depending on the type of depression that you have.
Dr. Walsh spent 30 years of his life studying the brain biochemistry or how the brain chemicals and nervous system can go out of balance and lead to emotional and mental problems like depression. He worked with 30, 000 patients and was able to identify five distinct biotypes of depression associated with specific nutrient imbalances.
Based on the studies that Dr. Walsh conducted, he pointed out that 95% of the people he studied have a biochemical tendency for depression, which seems correctable. In addition, the biochemical or nutrient imbalance that is associated with depression can be determined through inexpensive blood and urine testing.
Here are five ways how nutrient therapy can help with your depression:
First, nutrient therapy can aid in normalizing the copper levels in the body.
#1 It normalizes levels of copper
High copper levels in the body actually results in dopamine deficiency. Dopamine is the brain chemical that was identified to be significantly decreased in people with depression. So basically, the goal is to increase the level of dopamine and reduce the amount of copper in the body.
Now, one of the biotypes of depression determined by Dr. Walsh is High Copper Depression. It is manifested by a high anxiety level, estrogen intolerance, tinnitus, sensitive skin, intolerance to cheap metals and the tendency to panic. Extremely elevated levels of copper in the blood and brain cause this type of depression. It is common to mothers who just gave birth because some mothers cannot eliminate excess copper efficiently resulting in postpartum depression.
In the study conducted by Dr. Walsh, most of the patients with high copper depression reported a satisfactory relief from a nutrient therapy directed in normalizing the copper levels than with the use of the antidepressant medication known as SRRIs.
Another way that nutrient therapy can help you is that it restores the normal levels of folate in your body.
#2 It restores normal folate levels
Why should you be concerned about the nutrient folate? It’s because low folate levels can cause the biotype called Low-Folate Depression. In fact, 20% of the patients in Dr. Walsh’s study had this biotype of depression.
The symptoms and traits common to people under this category of depression are sleep disorders, low libido, constantly talking, high tendency for anxiety and panic, non-competitive in sports and games, food and chemical sensitivities, underachievement, tend to be “people persons,” high musical or artistic ability, and absence of inhalant allergies.
It is not a good idea to give the antidepressants classified as SSRIs to patients with low folate depression as it triggers suicidal or homicide ideation. The best way to deal with this type of depression is a nutrient therapy using vitamin B12 supplements and folic acid, which were also used in Walsh’s study.
Another advantage of using nutrient therapy is it increases your B6 and zinc intake.
#3 It’s the best way to increase your B6 and zinc intake
One of the biotypes of depression identified by Dr. Walsh in his study is Pyroluric depression. Patients with Pyroluric depression often have severe mood swings, poor short-term memory and reading disorders, sensitivity to light and noise, extreme anxiety and fear, little to no dream recall and abnormal fat distribution.
Zinc and vitamin B6 are significantly decreased in patients with Pyroluric depression due to the production of pyrroles. Pyrroles increase when you are stressed out resulting in high level of oxidative stress. When this happens, the production of serotonin becomes impaired. Take note that low serotonin level is believed to be one the causes of depression.
However, zinc and B6 are essential nutrients for the production of serotonin (happy hormone) and other brain chemicals like GABA (relaxation hormone), melatonin (sleep hormone) and acetylcholine. If you look at the equation, serotonin imbalance causes depression but low levels of zinc and vitamin B6 causes serotonin imbalance. Clearly, the nutrient deficiency is the primary cause. That is why Dr. Walsh used a nutrient therapy that normalizes zinc and vitamin B6 levels, additional antioxidants, Biotin and primrose oil for his patients with Pyroluric Depression.
Now, you may also want to consider nutrient therapy if your body system has trouble retaining serotonin.
#4 It helps retain serotonin
In many cases of depression, serotonin deficiency is commonly pointed out as the main culprit. However, it could also be that there’s adequate serotonin supply but the problem is the body cannot retain it in the system long enough to execute its function.
In fact, 38 % of the patients that Dr. Walsh studied had this serotonin issue and he called this biotype Undermethylated Depression. The characteristics common to individuals with this type of depression are competitive and perfectionistic, strong willed, high libido, tendency toward obsessive-compulsive disorder, 75% exhibit seasonal allergies, addictive tendencies and calm exterior with high inner tension.
When using nutrient therapy for Undermethylated Depression, folate must be avoided. Instead, use SAMe, methionine. Other essential nutrient supplements needed for Undermethylated Depression are vitamins A, B6, C, D & E, calcium-magnesium, serine, inositol and zinc.
Lastly, nutrient therapy is also effective for depression related to heavy metal toxicity.
#5 It aids in eliminating toxic metals
The last biotype of depression that benefits from nutrient therapy is Toxic Metal Depression. This biotype is characterized by unrelenting depression, irritability and/anger, abdominal distress, bad breath, food sensitivities, and metallic taste in the mouth. Mostly, an individual manifests depressive signs and symptoms despite the absence of trauma or emotional triggers. Toxic-metal overload, particularly lead poisoning primarily causes toxic metal depression. You can read more about heavy metal toxicity or toxic metal overload in this article. Click HERE
Since, the primary cause is toxic metal overload; then a nutrient therapy that promotes detoxification is the best option and that includes calcium, glutathione, selenium, zinc and other antioxidants. However, severe cases of toxic metal overload may require chelation and hospitalization.
In general, depression is quite an extensive health problem. It’s signs and symptoms vary from every individual. Its causes and risk factors are different from one person to the other. One treatment modality may be effective for some people with depression but a different health approach might be needed for others. There’s no “one size fits all” health care intervention.
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