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Transcript of Depression
What it ISNT:
Feeling sad for a few days
Grief or mourning
What it IS
Intense sadness and severe mental pain, lasting for 2 weeks or more
Substantially impairs your ability to function at work or school or cope with daily life
Causes pain for you and those around you
Who struggles with depression, anyway?
Famous leaders, authors, artists, athletes, musicians, actors...
Doctors, lawyers, construction workers, teachers, soldiers, firefighters...
Grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children...
The person sitting right next to you
What should I know?
This includes feeling helpless, hopeless, and/or worthless
It is a common, but serious illness
It is REAL
1 in 10 US adults report having depression
About 121 million people around the world currently suffer from some form of depression
$22,960 = healthcare costs per year for one person diagnosed with depression
It's not just in your head...
...so it is connected to your overall health too
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
Mind-Body Connection Techniques
Nutritional Supplements and Herbs
How is depression treated?
What causes depression?
1. Neurotransmitter Imbalances
2. Hormone Imbalances
3. Age-Related Issues
4. Lifestyle and Dietary Factors
* Triggers: Life Events, Social Factors
Ludwig van Beethoven
Amino Acids: Glutamate, GABA
Amines: Epinephrine, Serotonin, Dopamine
Others: Acetylcholine, Nitric Oxide
Lack of this major neurotransmitter is directly related to depression
POSSIBLE CAUSE: Not getting enough protein or properly digesting the protein AND getting certain nutrients:
Manganese, Niacinimide, Riboflavin, Thiamine
Cataplex B and Cataplex G
Things to check:
Fat Intake (Fish Oil)
OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS:
So, what if I think I or a loved one might have depression?
As you consider all of your options, including therapy & medications...
REMEMBER 3 THINGS
1. The most important factor impacting your health could very well be what you are (and aren't) putting in your body
2. There is no ONE magic bullet
3. There are answers out there if you ask the right questions, find the right people, and keep looking for the best solutions for you
80-90% of the body's total serotonin
production is found in the
enterochromaffin cells lining the gut
So, Gut Health is essential to neurotransmitter balance
Seratonin is produced from Tryptophan:
Chicken Breast Turkey
Yellowfin Tuna Lamb
Shrimp Beef Tenderloin
***Dark Chocolate ;)
Don't eat meat?
Made from Tyrosine which is produced from Phenylalanine
Food sources: Almonds, Avocados, Bananas, Brown Rice, Eggs, Fish, Lima Beans, Peanuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame Seeds
Don't eat these?
CORTISOL: High levels can lead to depression
1. POWER POSING
2. Adrenal health
Serotonin is one of our most well understood feel-good neurotransmitters and
the focus of the vast majority of antidepressants. Magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) has taught us that oxytocin works at the 5-HT1A serotonin
receptor site. Serotonin is found in great density in the amygdala, the seat
of all of our negative memories, fears and anxieties. Increased oxytocin in
the amygdala triggers serotonin. Serotonin decreases blood pressure, heart
rate, mitigates aggression and promotes calm behavior.
What Stimulates the release of oxytocin?
-It appears that most, or all of oxytocin release happens from sensory input via sensory nerves.
-Feelings of security, satiation, and pleasure
-Childbirth (uterine contractions)
-Nursing and sucking actions (such as sucking the thumb)
-Touch is one of the most powerful stimulants; especially pleasant touch, stroking touch, rhythmic touch
-Interaction with animals
-Certain types of music, dance, art, literature
-Deep Sleep (delta sleep)
-Deep rhythmic breathing
Oxytocin causes an increase in oxytocin receptors and oxytocin production.
If we can send ourselves into an anger or anxiety attack at the drop of a hat, how can we put ourselves in the calm, connected, and coordination system just as quickly?
1. Nevaton (herbal valium)
3. Valerian Complex
4. Adrenal Complex (long term)
-Orchex (Strongest: for the patient (man or woman) who is ready to "blow his stack"
-Niacinimide B6 (long term)
-Cataplex B and G
No Brainer Approach
Nevaton: 1Tablet 3x/day
Min-Chex: 3 Capsules 3x/day
Cataplex B: 3 Tablets Breakfast & Lunch
Cataplex G: 3 Before Bed
If Adrenal Exhaustion
-Drenamin: 5 AM and 4 in afternoon
-Withania Complex: 1 3x/day
-Rhodiola Ginseng: 2 in AM and 2 in Afternoon
-Adrenal Complex: 1 3x/day
-Desiccated Adrenal: 2 in AM
Selye's Stress Model; General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS)
Phase 1: Catabolic phase
Might want to start:
-Men: Rhodiola Ginseng
-Women: Withania Complex
Phase 2: Anabolic phase
-Men: Rhodiola Ginseng
-Women: Withania Complex
Phase 3: Exhaustion States
-Adrenal Complex (add potassium-banana or OBM)
Cemetary (Rql hates these)
Low Fat Diets and Depression
Low-fat diets are associated with increased rates of depression, psychological problems, fatigue, violence and suicide.
-Lancet 3/21/92 v339
Trans Fats & Depression
- "Consumption of trans-unsaturated fatty acids has been linked to a significantly increased risk for depression."
-"On the othere hand, olive oil, monounsaturated fatty acids appear to have a protective effect and lower depression risk, new research suggests."
-Medscape Medical News, Jan 28, 2011
List of Trans Fat sources:
LIst of Monounsaturated Fat sources:
Results of a study conducted by Dutch researchers provide additional evidence for a link between low cholesterol levels and an increased risk of depression in men.
-Investigators measured serum cholesterol levels in some
, as part of a large screening program.
-They compared the presence of depressive symptoms, anger, hostility, and impulsivity in these men, to men with cholesterol levels in the normal range. They found that men with chronically low cholesterol levels showed a consistently higher risk of having depressive symptoms.
-Choesterol may affect the metabolism of seratonin, a substance known to be involved in the regulation of mood as researchers have previously that seratonin levels are also reduced in men with low levels of cholesterol.
-Psychosomatic Medicine 2000;62