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"Books about depression often start off with a disclaimer such as this: "If you are considering suicide, immediately seek help from a mental health professional." From my experience, it would be only with great sarcasm that suicidal people would respond: "Gee, what a valuable suggestion! Why didn't I think of that?" I suppose instructing suicidal people to seek professional help makes the author appear responsible to those people not considering suicide. However, if suicidal, you usually know what you are supposed to do but are overwhelmed by pain."
- Bruce E. Levine, Surviving America's depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (Get the book.)

"Compulsivity includes depression and substance abuse, but people also behave compulsively with others. When our hurt overwhelms our being, we say and do things to others that are damaging to our relationships. We withdraw and abandon or we attack and engulf. Hurt for the unhealed and unwhole feels like a threat to their entire being, and reactions routinely lack wisdom. Intimate relationships often fail because of expectations of painlessness. In initial contact, people focus on being seen as desirable."

- Bruce E. Levine, Surviving America's depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (Get the book.)

"Men are more likely to become withdrawn when wrestling with anxiety or depression. They are less likely than women to talk about their emotions and to seek professional help. • Women are more likely to seek professional help, such as psychological counseling. Men have a higher rate of suicide, partly because they internalize (rather than express) their feelings. • Men are less likely than women to be aware of their relationship-dependency needs."
- Jack Challem, The Food-Mood Solution: All-Natural Ways to Banish Anxiety, depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems--and Feel Good Again (Get the book.)

"Multivitamins Principal use: To reverse moodiness, irritability, impatience, anger, and depression. Multivitamins are a good all-round mood and mind enhancer. What else you should know. A high-potency multivitamin (described in the previous section) can have a powerful and positive effect on mood—even if you think you are already even-tempered and normal. This type of supplement will contain most or all of the B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins C and E and a few other nutrients. It's an ideal supplement for someone who does not want to, or need to, take a lot of capsules or tablets."

- Jack Challem, The Food-Mood Solution: All-Natural Ways to Banish Anxiety, depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems--and Feel Good Again (Get the book.)

"SAMe Principal use: To reduce depression and pain (especially osteoarthritis). What else you should know: SAMe, technically known as S-adenosyl-methionine, is the key product of what biochemists call the SAM cycle. SAMe is formed by chemical reactions involving folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12, and choline, and it feeds into one of the most remarkable and diverse molecule-building processes in the body. The end products include DNA, neurotransmitters, and phospholipids—the latter being specialized fats needed for normal brain function."

- Jack Challem, The Food-Mood Solution: All-Natural Ways to Banish Anxiety, depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems--and Feel Good Again (Get the book.)

"For example, Alyssa suffered from several symptoms of depression, including poor self-esteem. She was especially sensitive to innocent joking comments from friends. On one occasion, the husband of a friend commented that she had an "artist's car"—a vehicle that had seen better days. Alyssa said nothing but drove home feeling that she was a total failure because she couldn't afford a newer car. Eventually, in therapy, she was able to create a more positive self-perception. A second helpful therapy is called interpersonal therapy. This approach focuses on a patient's difficulties with others."

- Jack Challem, The Food-Mood Solution: All-Natural Ways to Banish Anxiety, depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems--and Feel Good Again (Get the book.)

"Why Is Water So Important for the Prevention and Cure of Obesity, depression, and Cancer? Here are the primary functions of water in the body: • Water is the vehicle of transport for circulating blood cells?the core of the immune system. • Water is a solvent for critical materials, including oxygen and the minerals that maintain the body cells in their plum-like state. • Water is the bulk material that fills empty spaces in the body. • Water is the adhesive that binds solid parts of the cell together by forming a membrane or protective barrier around the cell."
- Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, Obesity Cancer & Depression: Their Common Cause & Natural Cure (Get the book.)

"I believe that many people feel alienated in consumer culture, and it is my hope that this book will help energize them to find others who share their beliefs and then together create community. In the United States, mental health treatment is increasingly shaped by two powerful industries: giant pharmaceutical companies, often collectively referred to as Big Pharma (the industry's trade association is Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America or PhRMA), and insurance companies (and their managed-care bureaucracies)."
- Bruce E. Levine, Surviving America's depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (Get the book.)

"Those given psychiatric diagnoses are increasingly medicated. And pharmaceutical corporations' profits from psychiatric drugs are dramatically rising. Prior to the Prozac marketing blitz that began in the late 1980s, the total annual sales for all antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs in the United States were approximately $500 million. Two decades later, these two classes of psychiatric drugs were grossing over $20 billion annually."

- Bruce E. Levine, Surviving America's depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (Get the book.)

"Conquering depression through food choice For clinical depression, all you need to do is get outstanding nutrition by avoiding processed foods, get plenty of phytonutrients in your body, consume healthy oils on a regular basis and get lots of sunlight. It's not difficult to avoid depression and you certainly don't need antidepressant drugs in order to have stable moods and healthy brain function. What you need is stable nutrition."
- Mike Adams, The Seven Laws of Nutrition (Get the book.)

"Those suffering from obesity, depression, or cancer should make sure to drink two glasses. During that half hour, the water is absorbed into the system and is once again secreted into the stomach, preparing it to receive solid foods. When you drink water before food, you avoid many problems of the gastrointestinal tract, including bloating, heartburn, colitis, constipation, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, hiatal hernia, cancers of intestinal tract, and of course weight gain."
- Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, Obesity Cancer & Depression: Their Common Cause & Natural Cure (Get the book.)

"It also appears to correlate bioenergetically with the lifting of depression. If you remember back to the Energetic Integrator information, mental and emotional function, and even consciousness itself, may be dependent on the unobstructed movement of energy and information along the Integrator structures. Bioenergetically, depression may be viewed as stuck energy and/or information, and the Energetic Star 4 Infoceutical appears to aid in getting them moving again."
- Peter h. Fraser and Harry Massey, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine (Get the book.)

"Water prevents stress, anxiety, and depression. • Water restores normal sleep rhythms. • Water prevents fatigue—it gives the energy of youth. • Water makes the skin smooth and prevents aging. • Water gives luster and shine to the eyes. • Water prevents glaucoma. • Water normalizes the blood-manufacturing systems in the bone marrow—it helps prevent leukemia and lymphoma. • Water is absolutely vital for making the immune system more efficient in different regions to fight infections and cancer cells where they are formed."
- Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, Obesity Cancer & Depression: Their Common Cause & Natural Cure (Get the book.)

"Other health problems included fatigue, headaches, neck pain, mild anxiety, and depression. She had no swollen joints, but she was experiencing muscle and bone tenderness and very sensitive shins. Generally, she was in good health. Lab studies revealed a rheumatoid factor of 20 (normal is 10 or less). All other other studies were normal. Her initial MHAQ scores were 0.375-55-15-30-6 (function, pain, fatigue, health perception, sleep). Her vitamin D level was 22; her PTH and calcium levels were normal. We started Lola on vitamin D 30 IU per pound per day as well as some calcium and magnesium."
- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"As the Laurentide ice sheet melted, Lake Agassiz, a huge freshwater lake, formed in the depression left by the retreating ice cap. At first, the meltwater in the lake spilled over a natural rock sill into the Mississippi watershed and flowed into the Gulf of Mexico. Twelve thousand years ago, the shrinking ice front opened up a new channel to the east. Lake Agassiz dropped rapidly as floods cascaded across southern Canada and into what is now the Saint Lawrence Valley. An enormous surge of freshwater washed into the already much-diluted Labrador Sea."
- Brian Fagan, Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations (Get the book.)

"Over the course of the bull market since 1982, Boomers have gradually replaced as prime investors those who were teens or young adults during the depression and the war. Although there is no doubt at least some truth to these theories of the Baby Boom's effects on the stock market, it may be public perceptions of the Baby Boom and its presumed effects that are most responsible for the surge in the market."

- Brian Fagan, Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations (Get the book.)

"Cortisol balances in the body with insulin, so to recover from depression, you need to lower your stress level and balance your blood sugar. "If you tend to be a negative thinker, studies prove that even antidepressants won't help you. Five minutes of pure anger raises your Cortisol level for up to six hours. On the other hand, five minutes caring about other people, such as praying, raises your immune system for up to six hours."
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"A profound depression set in at the same time, despite the fact that she knew her bowel symptoms could now be controlled quite easily. The depression took two days to clear, but afterward Rosemary felt as well as before, both mentally and physically. Two years later she is still very healthy on a milk-free diet, and no longer suffers from depression. Less serious forms of mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, are commonly reported among those with food intolerance, usually accompanied by some physical symptoms."
- Jonathan Brostoff M.D., Linda Gamlin, Food Allergies and Food Intolerance: The Complete Guide to Their Identification and Treatment (Get the book.)

"One patient, a man being treated for psychotic depression, was noticeably more depressed than the others. Later, when Grad tried to sprout seeds using water of the patients, the water that had been held by the depressed man suppressed growth.i This may be one good explanation why some people have green fingers and others can get nothing living to grow."
- Lynne Mctaggart, The Field - The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Get the book.)

"They also have been shown to suffer from higher than average rates of depression or suicide. Agricultural toxins like pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, as well as synthetic chemical additives (including hormones and antibiotics) that change our foods at the source—on the farm in soils and animals—continue to be a major concern, so much so that organic foods are quickly becoming mainstream across America in most regular grocery stores now that we are demanding higher-quality products."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"The plants watered by the man with the psychotic depression grew the slowest, followed by the control plants, whose bottle had not been held by anyone. The fastest-growing plants had been watered by the green-thumbed healer, followed by those of the depressed woman, surprisingly. It seemed that her plants had grown faster because of her own enthusiasm about the experiment.21 Carroll Nash tried a similar experiment, asking a group of psychotics to hold individual sealed glass bottles of a solution of dextrose and sodium chloride for half an hour."
- Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (Get the book.)

"Her health problems included disc disease in her lower back and neck, polycystic ovarian disease, headaches, depression, and irritable bowel syndrome. For six years, the pain had been getting worse. She was having muscle twitching and cramps, swollen and stiff fingers, sleep disturbances, and generalized muscle and bone tenderness. Her shins and the tops of her feet hurt. Lab studies revealed very slight inflammation but normal general chemistries, blood counts, rheumatoid factor tests, and anti-nuclear antibody tests. Her MHAQ scores were 0."
- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"Two decades earlier, Georgia had reported depression; her doctor thought this problem was probably a spin-off of her divorce. Ten years later, with a new diagnosis of fibromyalgia, she sought help at a pain management center. Several medications and injections later, though, Georgia was still in pain, but as she put it, "I decided I'd just live with my problems. I don't like to take drugs because they cloud my thinking." But her poor health didn't let up. Fifteen years ago, a doctor discovered decreased thyroid function and put her on thyroid replacement."

- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"The main theories about the cause of schizophrenia have traditionally centered on increased levels of dopamine in cer- Help for depression? Researchers have noted that people who suffer from depression sometimes have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids. This is thought to be common in women who have recently given birth. Because pregnant women give up large amounts of omega-3s to the developing fetus, its possible that postpartum depression may be linked to low levels of So far, no completed studies have shown a definitive link between depression and treatment with EFAs."
- Jonathan Goodman ND, The Omega Solution: Unleash the Amazing, Scientifically Based Healing Power of Omega-3 & -6 Fatty Acids (Get the book.)

"Depriving yourself of natural sunlight has known health consequences, from chaotic circadian rhythms to depression. Circadian rhythms are the patterns of repeated activity associated with cycles of day and night. Our internal rhythms repeat roughly every twenty-four hours, and involve the sleep-wake cycle, the ebb and flow of hormones, the rise and fall of body temperature, and other subtle rhythms that mesh with the twenty-four-hour solar day."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"It's also well known in the medical community that excessively elevated serotonin levels (from Prozac or other SSRIs) can cause suicidal depression the same way too low of a level of serotonin can. Which begs the question: Could some of the suicides blamed on these antidepressants have been prevented with simple genetic testing for the gene that's responsible for the detox enzyme? I personally think so. Interestingly, on the other hand, some folks make too much of this enzyme (as well as other enzymes) and require higher doses of drugs for the therapeutic benefit."

- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"Because toxins generally impair the body's ability to function normally, they can be an underlying cause of fatigue, headaches, hormonal imbalances, mood swings, depression, muscle and joint pain, skin conditions, brain fog, problems thinking clearly, neurological dysfunction, low immunity, and much more. This, in turn, opens the door wide open to endless and sometimes life-threatening illness."

- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"People like centenarian Marge Jetton stay active, find sense of purpose, and stave off depression by focusing on helping others. Eat meat in moderation. Many Adventists follow a vegetarian diet. The AHS shows that consuming fruits and vegetables and whole grains seems to be protective against a wide variety of cancers. For those who prefer to eat some meat, Adventists recommend small portions served as a side dish rather than as the main meal. Eat an early, light dinner."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"One of her own early studies had shown that group therapy was as good as Prozac for treating depression in AIDS patients.1 She'd also read of the work of David Spiegel at Stanford Medical School, showing that group therapy dramatically increased life expectancy for women with breast cancer.2 In her sensible, pragmatic heart, Elisabeth suspected the effect was a combination of hope and wishful thinking, and perhaps a bit of confidence engendered by the support of the group. They may have been psychologically better, but their T-cell counts certainly weren't improving."
- Lynne Mctaggart, The Field - The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Get the book.)

"It was the trigger that brought all of the old memories of inadequacy from the Great depression right into the present. Unfortunately, the mind/body connection hadn't been part of the training received by the medical staff caring for him at the time. To them, his was purely a physical condition, albeit a rare one for a man of his age, and they treated it as such. Each day for the rest of his life, my grandfather took 14 different medications to offset the symptoms and unwanted side effects that appeared to be linked to his belief that he was helpless to aid those he loved."
- Gregg Braden, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits (Get the book.)

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