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How To Heal Depression

The number of anti-depressants being prescribed continues to rise exponentially. These drugs are often given as a secondary effort to help with symptoms of pain, anxiety, addictions, hormone imbalances, mal-nutrition, pathogenic dysbios, anemia, adrenal fatigue, hypoglycemia and a general dissatisfaction with work and life. In some people the effect of shifting the chemical balance in the brain and body to higher serotonin levels is just enough to create a sense of relief from an unpleasant reality with life. But if the cause of the problem is not addressed, the effect of the drug falls short, leaving the person in worse condition than before.

Dr. Joseph Glenmullen - Harvard Medical School - says not enough people know the long-term hazards of anti-depressants. He claims side effects include neurological disorders, such as disfiguring facial and whole body tics, sexual dysfunction in as many as 60 percent of patients, and severe withdrawal symptoms like visual hallucinations, electric shock-like sensations in the brain, dizziness, nausea, anxiety, and crying spells. When the medication enhances serotonin levels in the brain, it can rebel, prompting Parkinson's, agitation, muscle spasms and tics.

So what are some safe alternatives? First of all, if the mood disorder is coming from a hormone imbalance, anemia, adrenal fatigue, hypoglycemia, pain, nutritional deficiency, or dissatisfaction with life's circumstances, these issues should be addressed through other means by a trained health professional. My approach is to evaluate the cause of the health discomfort. Most disorders can be remedied through orthomolecular therapies. Blood, saliva and/or urine analysis can tell a great deal about a person's physiological health, including chemical, hormonal, immune, brain transmitters and allergy sensitivities. It is important to get the whole picture on an individual before recommending corrective measures. In my experience depression symptoms often arise from undetected imbalances in the system like a hormone imbalance, a B12 deficiency, a yeast, parasite or viral infection, or an adrenal gland imbalance. Amino acids in protein are essential for brain transmission and mood. Often the problem is too much junk food and not enough protein and complex carbohydrates.

If you have a problem with the blues often accompanied with fatigue, seek out a health professional that understands body analysis and that can help you pinpoint the true cause of your imbalance. Prescription drugs can be a short-term help for some but most likely will not hold up for a long-term solution. I do work with clients long distance, so please feel free to contact me if you want to have a discussion on how to approach any health concerns you may have.

Dr. Di

Dr. Diane Spindler has 20 years of experience in Microbiology and Biochemical research. Her continued education in related fields combined with a passion for healing inspired her to open her practice ?Mountain Holistic Health, Inc.? in Indian Hills, Colorado in 1996. Dr. Di is a Licensed and Certified Traditional Naturopath with a PhD in Nutrition. Her services are availible locally and long distance. To contact her call 303-697-1736 or diane@mountainholistic.com.

The statements in all articles have not been evaluated by the FDA. The nutritional information, suggestions, and research provided are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease and should not be used as a substitute for sound medical advice. Please see your health care professional in all matters pertaining to your physical health.

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