Conventional treatment for depression still revolves around either drug therapy or psychotherapy or both.
As an alternative, psychotherapists tend to assume that talk therapy can treat the negative thought processes in depression, when they believe these to be causes of depression, instead of symptoms. As a reflection of the general dissatisfaction of main stream medicine, including treatment of mental illness, one study alone has estimated that in Australia about 57 per cent of medical consumers have flocked to ‘complementary’ health practitioners ( Bensoussan 1999).
This article will attempt to explain how clinical nutrition can contribute to the treatment of mental illness.
Most people may experience feelings of sadness and despondency, but when these feelings become intense and protracted we may well be considering pathological depression. Depression is often a symptom of other disorders, as in schizophrenia or manic-depressive reactions.
The brain being extremely sensitive is usually the target organ of the body to suffer first in nutritional disorders. If a person is always frustrated in achieving his objectives and continually thwarted in his ambitions, it goes without saying that he may become depressed through sheer exhaustion. Some authors argue that the greater prevalence of women’s depression is due to the cultural limitations placed on women in society, and that this is more pronounced among those women who have experienced gender discrimination within their family. He may have communication problems either in sending messages to or receiving them from others.
A common feature in this psychopathology is a low self-esteem, which unwittingly puts a person on his defensive, provoking negative feedback from others.
If the depression is seen as being caused by psychological aspects or personality problem, a course in psychotherapy would be the most appropriate step (See Psychotherapy). When we speak of genes predisposing us to depression, we usually gain the impression of inevitability. In the Molecular Psychiatry, October 23, 2002, Norio Ozaki and colleagues found a mutation is the Serotonin Transporter Gene (hSERT) in a samples of families having various mental disorder such as anxiety, phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). However a research team led by Caspi A, Moffitt T, found that the expression of the faulty Serotonin Transporter Gene would only occur following a long period of stress. In other words even those people with the least protective copies of the genes (two copies of the 5-HTT) 57 per cent in this study did not develop depression despite a long period of stress. Because studies have found an association between insulin resistance and depression, a diabetic gene may also be involved. Although knowledge of genetic influences on mental illness is important, it may not provide us with practical means from a therapeutic point of view.
What is important is that experiences of stress may trigger depression in those with a genetic predisposition to depression. But biological stressors are just as important, but these cannot be treated by psychological means. The thyroid glands located at the base of the neck control the rate of metabolism and all chemical processes of the body slow down in hypothyroidism. One way of testing hypothyroidism is to take your temperature in the morning before coming out of bed.
Incidentally, it is claimed that hypothyroidism may also be the cause of high cholesterol, blood circulation problems and heart disease (Barnes et al., 1976).
The doctor usually confirms the condition by a blood test, but most nutritional doctors believe that the laboratory tests are not accurate enough to detect sub-clinical hypothyroidism and that low body temperature is a more reliable indicator, other causes of abnormal temperature being excluded. Hypothyroidism also occurs in Hashimoto’s disease, a rare disorder that is caused by an auto-immune destruction of the body’s thyroid by antibodies circulating in the blood. Sometimes hypothyroidism is caused by a deficiency of the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) produced by the pituitary gland. There is some doubt whether nutrition alone will help to overcome the problem of hypothyroidism. Thyroid deficiency may be treated naturally with supplementation of phenylalanine or tyrosine.
Neither phenylalanine nor tyrosine should be supplemented in individuals taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO inhibitors), Chaitow, 1985, 58). Monoamine oxidase (MAO) is an enzyme in the brain which degrades the monoamine neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine (NE) and serotonin.
Natural sources of phenylalanine: soybeans, cottage cheese, fish (especially trout), meat, liver, lamb poultry, almonds, Brazil nuts, pecans, pumpkins, sesame seeds, lima beans, chickpeas and lentils.
Much has been written and spoken of the much maligned and misunderstood hypoglycemic condition. Depression, as seen as a symptom of hypoglycemia, naturally suggests that a strict hypoglycemic diet is the main remedy against depression.
The hypoglycemic diet consists of three hourly, high protein snacks, the avoidance of sugar, coffee, sugary drinks, white rice, white bread and cakes, and should be supplemented with high potency B-complex vitamins and Vitamin C.
Depression can also be caused by the body’s inability to produce a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is normally synthesized in the body from other substances. To complicate matters a little further, tryptophan is also the forerunner of vitamin B3 (niacin), which is so important that the body considers its production to be more important than that of serotonin. It could explain why niacinamide supplementation (another form of niacin) to schizophrenics may sometime be helpful to liberate the production of serotonin from tryptophan. Although this information is somewhat complex, the practical aspects are that we can help ourselves to have a more restful sleep by 1) having three hourly high-protein snacks during the day, 2) have a snack before bedtime, 3) making sure that the body has sufficient vitamin C and B-complex vitamins, especially vitamin B1 and B6, 4) taking a table-spoon of glycerine before bedtime if insomnia persists, 5) taking commercially available tryptophan tablets and 6) taking vitamin B3 (Niacinamide or hexanicotinate) which may liberate the available tryptophan in the body for the production of serotonin.
However, tryptophan supplementation may have adverse reactions and should be administered under the supervision of a doctor. Natural sources of tryptophan: Soya protein, brown rice, cottage cheese, fish, beef, liver, lamb, peanuts, pumpkin, sesame seeds and lentils. Milk and cheese contain tryptophan and this is why a glass of warm milk before bedtime sends many people to sleep.
Looking at Figure 1 it is shown that serotonin is also the precursor of melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland. Minor tranquilisers known as benzodiazepines occupy special receptors in the synapses (junction between brain cells) of nerve cells. Nicotine, as an addictive substance, acts by occupying the GABA receptor sites on dopamine cells, drowning out GABA, thus causing increased dopamine production and addiction.
I am not aware of any studies that have used tyrosine or phenylalanine supplementation in drug withdrawal programmes. The conversion from dopa to dopamine is dependent on vitamin B6, again showing that a B6 deficiency can cause depression. It is interesting that inositol and vitamin B3 (niacinamide) are said to occupy the same receptors and this may explain why some people feel relaxed and sleepy when taking these nutrients (Pearson et al.1982, 282). It is important to realise that minor tranquilisers dispensed by doctors will ultimately aggravate the symptoms for which they were prescribed. Often this can be prevented in our polluted environment by increasing zinc intake to prevent heavy metals from occupying substrate molecules in enzymes. Foods may cause mental and behavioural symptoms by a variety of mechanisms including cerebral allergies, food addiction, caffeinism, hypersensitivity to chemical food additives and reactions to amines in food. Much has been written about the role of prostaglandins in the mechanism of the immune system and thus allergies.
Safflower oil contains 70 percent of linoleic acid and is therefore a rich source along with poppy seed, sunflower, soybean corn etc.
An enzyme, delta-6-desaturase converts cis linoleic acid (cLA) to gamma linolenic acid (GLA) requiring the following vitamins and minerals; pyridoxine (B6), zinc, magnesium, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C and E (as an anti-oxidant).
However, other authors (Rudin & Felix, 1987), have warned against bringing about an imbalance between omega 6 and omega 3 essential fatty acids, all precursors of prostaglandins, especially in relation to serious ‘psychological and psychiatric disorders’. They argue that because of the heart attack scare and the need to avoid fat, manufacturers have produced alternatives in the form of vegetable oils as in margarine production. Flaxseed (Linseed) oil contains 60 percent omega-3 and 20 percent omega-6 essential fatty acid and Rudin recommends the use of Flaxseed oil as the source of alpha linolenic acid, from which the body can produce its various prostaglandins. The following individual nutrient deficiencies have been reported to be associated with patients suffering from depression.
Conversely, abnormal levels of magnesium (hypo- and hyper-levels) and vanadium have also been associated with depression. Most people would be aware by now of the antidepressant effects of St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), which has similar action as the SSRI drugs.
Also fair-skinned people are advised to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, because of heightened sensitivity to the sun. Where cerebrovascular insufficiency is a contributing factor of depression, the use of Ginkgo biloba (Standardized to contain 24% gingkoflavoneglycosides) in animal studies have been shown to be effective to reduce anxiety and depression. If toxaemia (toxic overload) is seen as contributing to depression, perhaps Milk Thistle (Sylibum marianum) will help the liver to accelerate detoxification.
For a general reference to an index for Nutritional and Herbal remedies for mood disorders go to Research Index. See also “Nutritional Aspects of Schizophrenia” in our Hypo Newsletter June 2001 at page 7 in PDF format.
A more patient-friendly group of new drugs are the SSRI (Specific Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) that aim to bring about a more natural remedy. Clinical nutrition can be effective once it is understood that each person is a biochemical individual.
Please discuss this article with your health care worker, doctor or nutritional doctor or therapist.
Khan A, Khan S, Brown WA.Are placebo controls necessary to test new antidepressants and anxiolytics? MacFarlane,(1975) “Procaine HCl (Gerovital H3): A weak reversible fully competitive inhibitor of monoamine oxidase,” FED. Samra, George(2004), THE HYPOGLYCEMIC CONNECTION II, One Stop Allergies, Kogarha, Australia. Go to this website that explains very succinctly how to cure fibrocystic breast permanently by using lifestyle changes and a simple nutritional changes. However, when a women comes down with these symptoms especially when the doctor gives her estrogen, the doctors "don't know why" she retains water and has fat build up around the hips. The ranchers also give estrogen to cattle and farmers give estrogen to chicken with the full knowledge that the estrogen will cause the animal to grow and mature faster.
The European Union has banned Canadian and United States beef from being imported citing worries about increasing the rate of breast cancer in Europe. I believe that too much estrogen from xenoestrogens also cause cysts in the breast disease. I am happy to report a huge relief from fibrocystic breast disease & ovarian pain from cysts. The more your blood sugar goes up and down, the more you gain weight and the more you are at risk for the complications of diabetes.
In fact, it was first discovered in 1984 as an effective treatment for a fatal genetic disorder that causes unstable blood sugar, called glycogen storage disease. The much more common condition, in which blood sugar is poorly controlled, is type 2 diabetes.
Resistant starch works differently than other carbs because it’s mostly digested in the colon by intestinal flora. Some people would wonder what interstitial cystitis is, without even knowing that they already have this disease. According to National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. There are a number of interstitial cystitis symptoms that you should be aware of so that, you may be able to know if you have this condition or if you are prone to it.
According to Mayo Clinic, if you have interstitial cystitis, your symptoms may also vary over time, periodically flaring in response to common triggers, such as menstruation, sitting for a long time, stress, exercise and sexual activity. Pain in your pelvis (suprapubic) or between the vagina and anus in women or between the scrotum and anus in men (perineal). Some people affected by interstitial cystitis experience only pain, and some experience pressure or discomfort along with frequent, urgent urination.


Although signs and symptoms of interstitial cystitis may resemble those of a chronic urinary tract infection, urine cultures are usually free of bacteria. Now that you have an idea what an interstitial cystitis is, you might consider examining yourself if you have been exhibiting the symptoms related to this medical condition.
If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia is often associated with glucose metabolism problems such as diabetes, especially type-1 diabetes (when the production of insulin by pancreas drops significantly – even there may be no any insulin produced by pancreas.). Since the insulin production drops significantly, most patients with type-1 needs to take insulin replacement through injection or medicines to restore the balance of their insulin in the circulation for blood  sugar (glucose) control. In many cases, low blood glucose occurs  when we don’t eat for many hours (such as after fasting). If there are too many insulin in the circulation,  glucose in the blood can drop (lower than normal) even after eating. In some people, (due to certain reason) the release of their insulin into the bloodstream can be higher or lower than normal. The symptoms of hypoglycemia in non-diabetics vary, depending on how far glucose in the blood drops. Again as mentioned before, low blood glucose typically occurs due to the excess insulin in the bloodstream.
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If mental illness is primarily a biological disease, talk therapy cannot be expected to cure endogenous depression, just as it cannot cure schizophrenics from their hallucinations, or diabetics from their insulin resistance.
But if we extend this ‘mainstream’ narrow therapeutic model to include non-drug Clinical Nutrition, the outlook for treatment is radically more optimistic. This is especially so when no discernible external cause, such as bereavement or disappointment, can be related to the depression. Although exhaustion is the physical aspect, failure to reach one’s goals may be related to personality problems. He or she may fail to be assertive in a way without upsetting other people or getting angry. They need to be treated by medico-nutritional means, at the root of one’s biochemistry and preferably without drugs.. It has also been associated with such disorders as diabetes, hypoparathyroidism (underactivity of the parathyroid glands with decrease in serum calcium levels, producing tetany), pernicious anemia (results from the inability of the bone marrow to produce normal red blood cells). Thus an accurate diagnosis by a qualified doctor is needed when dealing with hypothyroidism. It is also a precursor of melanin – pigment found in hair, skin and the choroid of the eye (Wintrobe ,615). As this could also be the treatment for depression, we are killing two birds with one stone. This enzyme functions to maintain proper levels of these beneficial neurotransmitters contributing to our mental health. They can cause hypertensive crises (high blood pressure), interact with other depressant, or hypotensive drugs and they react with many foods and beverages such as cheese, protein extracts, soy sauce, pickled herrings, and red wine. Over 62% of people diagnosed as being hypoglycemic have been reported to suffer from depression and insomnia. This destabilizes the blood glucose levels and consequently affects the energy supplies to the brain. It requires 60 mg of tryptophan to produce 1 mg of niacin in case of dietary niacin deficiency.
Vitamin B3 deficiency can cause insomnia, mood swings, bedwetting in children, crying spells, anxiety, depression and affect the eye-sight.
Zinc absorption across the intestinal membrane requires its combination with picolinic acid produced in the pancreas from tryptophan. In 1990 it was reported that the pill L-tryptophan was associated with a rare blood disease, eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS).
This can affect the function of a natural neurotransmitter called GABA or gamma-amino-butyric acid.
It fits neatly into receptor molecules of other cells and thereby can act to inhibit and control the release of dopamine from dopamine cells. A new drug Campral (acamprosate) appears to have a similar action, that stops craving for alcohol in alcoholism.
Studies are needed to show whether supplementation of phenylalanine, tyrosine and B6 will benefit people withdrawing from addictive drugs, including nicotine. Glutamic acid cannot pass the lipid layer of the brain cell unless in the form of glutamine. Although drug therapy may have short term benefits in some instances, it is better to experiment with natural nutrients to achieve the same ends without the side effects. High levels of lead, mercury and cadmium interfere with the enzymes breaking down glucose into energy within the mitochondrion of cells that carry out aerobic respiration and where the Krebs cycle is located.
Toxic metals in the body are known to increase free radicals, which have been associated with cancer and against which anti-oxidants provide protection.
A high copper levels in relation to zinc (about 30:9) may affect those enzyme requiring zinc. Allergic people have low PGE1 and the reason is that they may be deficient in cis-linoleic acid in the diet from which it is manufactured. It is thought that some people have a deficient D6D enzyme and if this is so they are advised to take Evening Primrose oil as this contain about 10 percent of GLA.
This may produce irritable bowel symptoms, diarrhea, fatigue, depression, urticaria (rashes), arthralgia (pain in joints), uveitis (inflammation of the pigmented part of the eye) and generally malabsorption of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. It inhibits the reuptake of serotonin in the brain in the treatment of mild to moderate depression. Tricyclic anti-depressants are potent anti-histamines and this property may help to explain their effectiveness against psychiatric symptoms associated with allergic reactions. Often if the program does not work, a further investigation needs to be carried out and a new diagnosis generated. Snedeker, PhD of Cornell University has quite a nice website explaining how environmental estrogens cause breast cancer. People with this disease could never go more than 90 minutes between meals without life-threatening hypoglycemia—even at night. Yuan-Tsong Chen wrote a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, showing that resistant starch was so slowly digested, it gave the sufferers 7-9 hours of blood sugar and allowed them to sleep through the night for the first time in their lives.
One of the symptoms is having difficulty urinating or if you have a problem with the frequency of your urination. However, a worsening of symptoms may occur if a person with interstitial cystitis gets a urinary tract infection. It would be best for you to be prepared with the corresponding treatments for it to prevent the onset of complications. Although in general it is commonly found in diabetes, it also can occur in non-diabetics (in rare cases). Normally, the release of this hormone is equivalent with the amount of glucose in the circulation.
If hypoglycemia occurs when you sleep at night, your pajamas can be damp and you may wake up with dizziness.
It’s quite possible for hypoglycemia to cause tachycardia (very fast heart-beats), especially if it lasts longer or left untreated.
In diabetics, the improperly taking insulin replacement (too much insulin injected into the body) is often to blame. About five minutes later, I felt terrible – really mentally tired, shaky, and too shattered to talk or do anything.
A brain disease is expected to result in unique ‘psychological experiences’ that should not be mistaken for causes of the disease. The reason is that Clinical Nutrition targets directly the underlying biochemical disorders without recourse to drugs.
This kind of depression is often called endogenous depression (“grown from within”), characterized by persistent anguished (dysphoric) mood, anxiety, irritability, fear, worry, brooding, appetite and sleep disturbances, weight loss, lethargy, difficulty in concentrating and feelings of utter worthlessness. Thus if we want to treat depression, the first step is a visit to the doctor for a thorough medical check-up to exclude any possible medical condition that may contribute to depression.
Some studies have shown that stress interferes with the synthesis of serotonin – our ‘feel-good’ neuro chemical in the brain. Besides causing obesity other symptoms are; feeling cold when others feel warm, constipation, hoarseness, lethargy in the morning, depression, loss of hair, brittle nails, dry skin, sweaty palms and puffy eye-lids.
The dose needs to be carefully calibrated and here you can help the doctor by taking your temperatures in the morning. Vitiligo is the disorder of melanin distribution on the skin and could therefore be related to hypothyroidism. However, supplementation should be under the supervision of a doctor as excessive dosage may produce toxic effects.
Caution: hypertensive individuals should start from around 100mg daily and blood pressure should be checked. This enzyme increases in activity with age, lowering the levels of the neurotransmitters available to the brain. People with epilepsy, cardiovascular disease and those with hepatic (liver) and renal (kidney) insufficiency are especially at risk with MAO inhibitors. The nutritional doctor is not so much interested in the low level of blood glucose, but rather in the rate of descent of blood sugar in response to insulin production by the pancreas.
Sometimes some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia can be overcome by the taking of one table spoon of glycerine mixed in milk, fruit juice or even water with a dash of lemon juice.
Hence people suffering from depression are discouraged from taking these drugs, quite apart from a host of other ill effects. When there is a deficiency of vitamin B6, tryptophan may be transformed into excessive xanthurenic acid which may cause cancer (bladder), attack the pancreas and cause diabetes.
But when taking medications please discuss these supplements with your doctor as supplements can counteract the desired effects of drugs. However, in the New England Journal of Medicine 323 (6), 357-365 (1990) it was found that the manufacturing process of one manufacturer resulted in the ingestion of an unidentified chemical substance that was associated with the EMS. Warm milk combined with a tablespoon of glycerine is an ideal sleeping agent.Bananas and dates also provide tryptophan.
Studies have shown that students in classrooms with full-spectrum lights had less absenteeism, higher academic achievements, diminished hyperactivity, compared with classes using ordinary fluorescent lighting.(The Burton Group, 322). High zinc absorption can decrease copper absorption and vice versa, and both are essential minerals in nutrition and for general health. The consumption of essential fatty acids has shifted the balance towards warm climate oils (omega-6) such as safflower, sunflower, corn, almond oils and so on, and away from the cold climate oils (omega-3) such as linseed, salmon, walnut, wheat germ and soybean. Most doctors are now aware of the pervasive effects on health of candidiasis or thrush – the mould disease. But it is obvious that the patient is not ‘cured’, in fact he may be made to feel worse through the actions of side-effects, for which other drugs are usually prescribed.
However, a long-lasting increase in the availability of serotonin neurotransmitter at a synaptic receptor site results in a decrease in the number of receptors on the cell surface (so-called down regulation). This all depend on the scientific mind of the practitioner, his knowledge of medicine, biochemistry and nutrition and above all his creative ‘detective-like’ imagination leading to new hypotheses explaining the symptoms.
15% of these girls are going through early puberty and sprouting breast buds and pubic hair.
It takes food longer to reach the colon, which is why resistant starch has a gentler effect on blood sugar.


People may experience mild discomfort, pressure, tenderness, or intense pain in the bladder and pelvic area.
It is more likely to occur in people who have a personal history of gastric bypass surgery. It plays a key role in your glucose metabolism. It helps cells of the body to absorb glucose from the bloodstream for energy. While too much insulin in the bloodstream can lead to hypoglycemia, too low insulin can lead to hyperglycemia (when the amount of glucose in the blood is higher than normal).
Drug therapy has generally poor results, among those 40 percent of patients who do not appear to respond to medication. The causes of the disorder are multiple and complex and may involve biologic, psychologic, interpersonal and sociocultural factors. Those who had inherited two short versions of the gene were the most vulnerable to depression if exposed to a period of stress.
The incidence of this disorder increases after the age of thirty and is 5 to 10 times more frequent in females (Bhatia). It combines with tyrosine (an amino acid derived from phenylalanine – protein source) to form thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) which is stored by the gland. Deficiency of tyrosine may show up as having low body temperature, low blood pressure and ‘restless legs’. Some side effects are insomnia, agitation, dizziness, low blood pressure when in a lying position (sleep), constipation, dry mouth, blurred vision, difficulty in urination to mention a few. They reported that; “Phenylalanine was twice as effective as the current prescription ‘drug of choice’ for depression, imipramine, in clinical tests” (MacFarlane, 1975). When the brain is suddenly starved of glucose, the pituitary gland sends an urgent message to the adrenal glands to pour adrenaline into the blood stream. Glycerine is not recognized by the pancreas as a sugar, so does not stimulate the over-production of insulin.
If you want to avoid the harmless side effects of flushing when taking niacin, take aspirin. In Figure1 this is shown by the arrow pointing to picolinic acid resulting in zinc absorption.
Other good sources of tryptophan are chlorella or other green or blue algae tablets taken at bedtime to induce sleep (via serotonin production).Some people respond positively when they take vitamin B1 (thiamine) before bedtime. It has sedative qualities and help reduce anxiety, panic disorders and migraines as well as induce sleep.
It is claimed that taurine levels rises in the pineal and pituitary gland through exposure to full spectrum daylight. Neurotransmitters are hormone-like chemicals controlling messages between neurons in the brain. Thus GABA regulate the release of dopamine which influences other cells to experience pleasure (or satiety). The result are symptoms that are practically indistinguishable from those of hypoglycemia – fatigue, insomnia and depression, even in the presence of normal blood sugar levels.
If allergy is a factor in the treatment of depression, then avoidance of the source of allergy is the most important treatment technique. Prostaglandins may have antagonistic effects on blood circulation: thromboxane A2 causes blood clotting while prostacyclin causes blood vessels to dilate.
The difference is that cold climate oils are even more unsaturated and that the body need these to produce beneficial prostaglandins. This often follows a long period of medication with antibiotics, which tend to kill off ‘friendly flora’ inside the intestines. Hypericum has also been found to be useful in conditions associated with anxiety, stress, premenstrual syndrome, fibromyalgia or chronic pain. Often the more successful practitioner is a member of a health team who pool their resources in this complex world of ‘alternative medicine’. The Time magazine cover story, October 30, 2000, cites that some chemicals mimic estrogen (xenoestrogens) and blames these chemicals for the early growth spurt of girls and early puberty. This is my second month using the product and about mid-way through my cycle (ovulation?) I had breakthrough bleeding.
Since it is absorbed by healthy bacteria, these bacteria multiply and improve intestinal health by raising the amount of butyrate and other short-chain fats in the colon.[7] Higher levels of butyrate can reduce gas, bloating and many food intolerances. Symptoms may include an urgent need to urinate, a frequent need to urinate, or a combination of these symptoms. Traditional treatment includes the use of antidepressant drugs, rarely now-a-days electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), then followed by long-term psychotherapy. It may affect appetite and lead to anorexia (pathological loss of appetite) and decreased sex drive. He may have a perfectionist streak in him – never happy with the results of his own efforts, even less with those of others. This drug may be considered a replacement for the natural compound produced in the body and should not give any side effects. High levels of T3 and T4 will suppress the secretion of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) from the pituitary gland. Fructose has a similar biochemical pathway as glycerine, but excess fructose may result in high triglyceride levels.
Now it happens to be the case that B6 (pyridoxine) is also involved in ridding the body of toxins. Rader 1992 Or a safer alternative vitamin B3 is inositol hexaniacinate, also called hexanicotinate or inositol nicotinate, which does not give a flush. It is said that severely depressed people cannot experience pleasure and hence it is important to get some understanding from the relation between GABA and dopamine. The amino acid methionine plus vitamin B6 is perhaps the most effective and natural way of detoxifying the body of heavy metals (Chaitow, 1985, 55). There are several treatment approaches: avoidance, reduction of total load, rotary diet, desensitization, neutralization, nutritional supplements etc. Both thromboxane A2 and prostacyclin derive from series 2 prostaglandins (2PGE) from arachidonic acid, usually rich in animal food sources. It is hoped that supplementation with the omega-6 essential fatty acids will bring some order into the erratic behaviour of the immune system. Fish oils contain two additional types of omega-3 fatty acids, made from linolenic acid: DHA or docosahexaenoic acid, and EPA or eicosapentaenoic acid. Patients following a regiment of antibiotics should consume generous amounts of Lactobacillus Acidophilus present in yogurt or buttermilk including perhaps tablets of L.
The ranchers can get more money for their cattle because the meat weighs more and is more tender.
It was light red, more brown, not heavy amount and mostly in the morning for about three days. Yet some people with angina problems should be cautioned when taking thyroid medication and should be carefully monitored. The liver can’t convert carotene to vitamin A in the absence of thyroxine or in hypothyroidism. Studies have shown beneficial effects in the treatment of depression by administering L-tryptophan, 4-6 gms daily. These vitamins are involved in the production of many body metabolites, of which adrenaline is one. Thus if there is a deficiency of vitamin B6 there may be an excess of glutamic acid causing anxiety and restlessness: if there is an excess of vitamin B6, too much GABA is produced causing one to feel tired and depressed (Vayda, 63).
If you want to find your allergies as a home exercise by means of a daily food diary please read “Finding your Allergies”. The series 2 prostaglandins have been associated with many ‘degenerative’ diseases such as arthritis and allergies. They keep the blood thin, prevent platelet stickiness and are especially recommended to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
We can’t treat alcoholism, but we can treat a person suffering from alcoholism, including his or her psychological make-up.
The ranchers give estrogen to their cattle intentionally for the bloating fattening effect of estrogen, and faster growth.
Now I am on day 32 of my cycle and have not gotten my period (I assure you I am not pregnant). The progestelle has helped me be the person I really am (not jacked up on estrogen), I am relaxed and much more patient with everyone. Over the course of a lifetime, depression occurs in approximately 20 percent of women compared with 10 percent of men (Doris). Phenylalanine can aggravate a preexisting pigmented melanoma (a type of skin cancer) (Pearson et al.1982,136).
Thus the sudden presence of adrenaline in the blood stream wakes up the poor sleeper – usually in the early morning. Hence any drug taking, or the presence of toxins will use up all our vitamin B6, so that we have none left to convert tryptophan into serotonin.
A good indication of vitamin B6 deficiency is the inability to recall dreams upon waking in the morning. In cocaine addiction, the reabsorption of dopamine is blocked by dopamine cells, resulting in excess dopamine. Friendly intestinal bacteria produce most of the required vitamins and will make up for any deficiency in the diet. Here we will mainly concentrate on the possible connection between depression and nutrition.
Low levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach (hypochlorhydria) may block the digestive process of amino acids including phenylalanine. Some studies have suggested that schizophrenia may be due to an error in dopamine metabolism. Psychiatrists and other orthodox psycho-oriented practitioner often interpret this by claiming that ‘the patient is the worrying type’. An alternative is 5-HTP, an intermediate in serotonin production, that can be taken any time. However, at this point, some controversy about the use of glutamine has recently been reported, and it is best to only supplement with glutamine only under doctor’s supervision. Also pectin in apples and bananas tend to absorb unfavorable bacteria while promoting the growth of beneficial organisms.
Sodium of bicarbonate is needed to alkalinize the duodenum for digestion of foods leaving the stomach. As phenylalanine is a forerunner of tyrosine and then of dopamine, administration of L-Dopa (which passes the brain barrier, not dopamine) together with antioxidants may help some schizophrenics according to Pearson. Others find that simply taking vitamin B1 (thiamine) involved in glucose metabolism gives them a peaceful night’s sleep.
It seems that a disturbance in the diurnal melatonin production causes depression, rather than the amount of melatonin in the body at a certain time. Medical practitioners can confirm the diagnosis of hypoglycemia by taking a four hour Glucose Tolerance Test. But we should remember that taking nutritional supplements, considered as ‘drugs’, has the same pitfalls and short comings as other ‘silver bullets’ therapy. Foods that interfere with the uptake of iodine are: cabbage, kale, Brussels sprout, cauliflower, broccoli, Kohlrabi, turnips, rutabaga, rapeseed, brown (Indian), black, or white mustard, garden cress and radish, soybeans, skins of peanuts, almonds, and cashews. The following chemical substances inhibit iodine uptake; sulfa, anti diabetic drugs, prednisone, estrogen, smoking (thyocyanide inhibitor) and fluoride (thyro suppression).
And that little glass bottle of Progestelle is the most valuable thing in my house (besides my family!).



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