Chiropractic, Nutrition, and Depression, the not so depressing good news.

When I first saw the headline that 1 in 6 Americans are now on psychiatric medication, my first reaction was shouldn’t there be more?  With magazines giving young girls in elementary school tests that ask if they get nervous when kissing a new boy and if they do then the answer was that they should see their doctor about getting some kind of anti anxiety medication, I thought for sure the fix was in.  They wanted every American to be on these drugs.  I guess they must feel like a failure and are reaching for the Prozac right about now.

Then I thought, hey is my Uber driver overdosing right now on these meds.  I knew I should have called Lyft.  The next time I did and he seemed to also be not quite right?  He smiled, said hello, and was courteous.  I’m sure they must have a mediation to treat that.

My wife is a psychologist and is probably going to smack me for making fun, but if I didn’t, I’d get depressed.  Then I would be force fed these pills.  From a review of recent stats, I’d say that you can’t put good mental health in a bottle.

Medicine is built on models and where is the model for mental disorders?  You can take a temperature and realize you might need antibiotics.  How do we know the brain is not feeling well today?  That it has a mental illness?   Well there is a lot of money to be made here, so we’ll just skip the foundation of medicine, and go directly to the bank.

So why is a chiropractor talking about mental illness anyway?   Because it was in the news.  It may not be my field of expertise, but I think my advice is going to be a lot saner than what the public is receiving.

Studies have proven that good nutrition is vital to good mental health.  Way back in the 50’s the only place you could learn about nutrition was in a chiropractor’s office.  But now, with PET scans and Spec Graphs we know that the brain is altered greatly and for the better with a chiropractic adjustment.  90% of input into the brain comes from nerves surrounding joints or in muscles.  One reason why even the pill pushers will tell you exercise is good for depression.

Take it from me, where mental illness has a proud tradition of running in my genes, which I discovered looking through old death certificates of my grandparents, we all can get depressed and if it is not genetic, certainly life can cause it, and the professionals call that situational depression.  Considering that our collective mental health is declining and the sales of pills are inclining, I’d say that in many cases, there could be a better way.

Right now the placebo effect accounts for 82 percent of the drug response.  Remember, a study that uses a placebo is basically saying that the pill being marketed can be as effective as a placebo and that means, it is as good as nothing at all.  So I do feel a little sure that I can’t be steering you too wrong when I say in all honesty, that you might want to consider the Chiropractic lifestyle.  We don’t treat mental illness, in fact we don’t treat any condition, they just all seem to respond well to chiropractic.  Unlike a placebo, I can assure you it is not nothing.

Usually at this point I have to make a disclaimer, but antidepressants raise your risk of suicide, which is the reason the government would make you take them, so I’m not sure why I need a disclaimer?

There is research demonstrating the most effective treatments for depression is exercise, and playing a video game is not that healthy lifestyle that you need.  This could be a big reason for our declining mental health.

There is no one size fits all, but if there was, I’d recommend vitamin D as well as  omega-3 oils since deficiencies  have also been shown to play very important roles in proper brain function.

Dietary treatments for mood disorders should be part of the future of psychiatry.

Overcoming depression without drugs is achievable.  Research has revealed there are a number of safe and effective ways to address depression that do not involve drugs.  If you suffer from anxiety- or depression-related disorders, you might be better off considering some general good health advice.

Sugar and cheap carbohydrates lead to excessive insulin release, which can result in a drop in blood sugar levels. This results in your brain secreting glutamate in levels that can cause agitation, depression, anger, anxiety and panic attacks.

Vitamin B12 deficiency can contribute to depression and affects 1 in 4 people.  However, B complex is important as well for proper nerve function as well as minerals.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression.  I used to get it every year in New York around March because by then having no sun or the vitamin D it makes finally got to me.  That means you want your Vitamin D3 level to be around 40 to 60 ng/mL (100 to 150 nmol/L) throughout the year.

There are lots of things you can do to help yourself and I can’t list them all here.  Many chiropractors don’t like to get involved in these types of issues, but I feel that even though having low back pain can be depressing, depression is becoming an out of control public health issue and I believe there is a better way than what we have right now.  It’s called chiropractic.  Half my colleagues do not practice nutrition for philosophical reasons.  Personally, I feel my philosophy shouldn’t prevent you from obtaining maximum wellness and while a chiropractic adjustment has been proven to greatly effect brain function in a good way, the brain is composed of 75% fat and that fat requires certain other nutrients to function properly.  Even more complicated, it turns out those nutrients require other nutrients.  For example vitamin D3 supplements require vitamin K2.

The point of all this is, you might want to consider a chiropractor that utilizes nutritional therapies as an adjunct to your psychiatrist.


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