Depression - The Food Connection




Depression of spirits from loss of hope, confidence, or courage; dejection

Depression affects most people at one time or another and is now cited as the most common mental affliction with forty million people worldwide taking anti-depressant drugs. Serious depression can manifest as a deep, profound malaise with feelings of despair, total detachment with a sense of self loathing or even as a persistent belief of not belonging anywhere or with anyone. The sufferer cannot explain the reason for the morbidity and is often perceived by others as an pathetic, attention seeking malingerer wallowing in self-pity who adamantly refuses to be ‘uplifted’ by assurances and encouragement from friends and family. At its most extreme a person can even come to the conclusion that life is not worth living and consider the prospect of suicide. There is definitely something wrong with the physiology.

What is Missing?

In truth nobody needs material wealth to attain happiness and a joy in life beyond what keeps them safe, healthy and well fed. Celebrities, rich and famous, come and go, usually via re-hab clinics. Balding billionaires seem to need a young nubile beauty on their arm to massage a fragile ego and millionaire lottery winners frequently end up on the dole within a few years. None of us is perfect by any measurement but depressives seem to lack a vital spark – the spark of hope that brings us to the point where we can laugh at our ridiculous follies or vanities and lets us accept ourselves for what we are without undue self-condemnation, morbid introspection or irrational fears.

The body is intelligent and every cell ‘knows’ what it must do and what is needed to function optimally. In fact the body is so intelligent that stem cells, the master cells found in all organs including the skin, given the right conditions, can morph themselves into any kind of body tissue and repair damage to any part of the human body. Each of the billions of cells also retains every memory or thought we have ever had. This may seem far fetched but even doctors have had to acknowledge the reality that patients receiving organ transplants, hearts, kidneys, lungs, etc have transformed and taken on major characteristics of the donor, likes and dislikes, food preferences and in some cases the recipient of the organ inexplicably ‘knows’ the name of the donor even though such information is strictly confidential and never divulged to anyone involved in the transplant procedure.

We need to be kind to our body. Nature always does as much as possible to restore equilibrium, both mentally and physically. That’s why a depressed person may sometimes revert to being relatively happy before relapsing into the next bout of despair. In fact the body, mind and soul, (or Life Force if you prefer), are inextricably linked. Observed through an electronic microscope the physical body is nothing but a vortex of energy – as is everything that appears ‘solid’ in the physical world. Quantum physics has shown us that nothing is static and all things are connected on an energetic level, a kind of super information highway if you like, akin to a mega computer but infinitely more powerful and perfect than anything man-made. Our thoughts too, are energy and have been proven to change the dynamics of brain function in double blind studies when scientists, to their surprise, found that those imagining doing a task had the same altered brain chemistry as those who actually did the task. Of course top sports professionals and proponents of mind-power have known this for many years and used it very successfully to their advantage.

Mind Control with NLP

It is no surprise therefore to find that NLP, or Neuro Linguistic Programming is by far the most successful therapy when it comes to treating depression. NLP helps to change the way we think by teaching us that although we may not be able to alter circumstances, we can alter the way we choose to react to those circumstances; the critical point being that we accept that we cannot change what is beyond our control but it should be understood that only we, ourselves, have the power to decide how to react. Re-learning how to react and keep things in perspective can be a lengthy process lasting several months and good therapists don’t come cheap which is why so many people resort to pharmaceutical drugs which promise a quick fix and happy ever after.

Experiments with Drugs

Unfortunately pharmaceutical anti-depressants do not work for everybody and nobody understands why. Scientists readily admit to a very limited understanding of brain and neurotransmitter pathways but nevertheless feel bold enough to tinker with brain chemistry by offering drugs that sometimes produce disastrously tragic results, as too many people have already testified albeit in secret, out of court settlements for the sake of avoiding bad publicity for the pharmaceuticals. At the very least no one taking anti-depressants should stop abruptly. Withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and unpredictable with violent mood swings and uncontrollable behaviour. Always consult your doctor before making changes to a drug program.

When we feel good physically our thoughts responds accordingly, enabling feelings of optimism no matter what is going on around us. This sense of optimism helps us to cope better with setbacks or difficult situations and people, promotes a healthy pragmatism and allows us to put things into perspective, pick ourselves up from where we have fallen and carry on.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – Timothy 1:7

The Mind-Body Connection

However hard we might try we cannot achieve that ‘feelgood’ factor if there is something amiss in the mind/body energy sphere. It is our conscious mind that registers pain when we sustain an injury and sends a signal via nerve impulses to the site of the damage so that we might attend to it. Similarly, if we constantly suffer unexplained bouts of depression it is reasonable to suppose our mind is trying to tell us something - our cellular health, and that includes the cellular health of the brain, is not functioning as it should be and the miserable ‘nothing to live for’ feeling experienced may be a reflection of a persistent low key metabolic malfunction that knows no other way of crying out for attention.

The Poisons in our Food

While there is a clear disinformation campaign underway from doctors and the mainstream media to persuade us to abandon dietary supplements, no one in authority is in a hurry to tell us about the dangerous toxins lurking in our multi billion dollar food industry. You might be surprised how many every day foods contain poisonous artificial chemicals that can alter our metabolism and dramatically disrupt the body’s finely balanced neurotransmitters and hormones leading to altered moods, depression and if left untreated or suppressed can, in the long term, and sometimes short term, manifest as serious physical illness.

Knowledge is Power when it comes to Food

If you’re one of those people that never check the ingredients list on the food you buy in the supermarket, next time you’re shopping take the time to read what’s on the packet you’re about to put in your basket. You will find things like emulsifiers, preservatives, stabilizers, flavour enhancers, acidity regulators, thickeners, antioxidants, flour treatment agents, artificial colourings, artificial sweeteners, raising agents, modified starches, hydrolized proteins, …and you may begin to wonder if there is actually any FOOD in the product. Of course not all additives are bad. Some such as calcium ascorbate is simply vitamin C and is often used as an acidity regulator or preservative. But others can be very nasty such as aspartame used in a wide variety of foods, 6000 or so at the last count, as a sugar replacement. A daily intake of diet drinks can set you up for serious depression, neurological problems such as anxiety and panic attacks and constant carbohydrate cravings. Aspartame is a genetically modified substance cultured on a bacterial base of e-coli, a bacteria found in sewage.

Virtually all commercial bread products now contain one or more of a vast array of flour enhancers or improvers, which do not need to be specified so we cannot know if we are eating potassium bromate, a proven carcinogen. Artificial colourings, also described as ‘aluminium lake’ colours because they are created on a substrate of hydrated aluminium, are frequently used for appearance to make food visually attractive. The entire substrate, aluminium included, is then incorporated into products with a low water content such as cakes, biscuits, candies and many cosmetics.

If you spot ‘emulsifier’, ‘lethicin’, or ‘hydrolized protein’ on the ingredients list you could be eating thermally oxidised soya beans because vast quantities of soy isolate is incorporated throughout the food chain despite evidence of hormonal changes and an ever increasing epidemic of thyroid dysfunction in adults, young children and the developing fetus.

What are they putting in our water?

Our tap water too, is hardly safe any longer. Many people live in an area where fluoride in the form of hydrofluorosilic acid is added. Fluoride is toxic with no safe level established and well known since WWII for its mind altering and fertility lowering qualities. It is one of the main ingredients in the SSRI generation of psychotrophic drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil. A whole raft of fluoride based drugs such as Baycol (cholesterol lowering) and Fen Phen (weight loss) have had to be withdrawn due to several deaths and many serious side effects. Fluoride is a mutagen known to cause genetic damage to human cells.

None of these chemicals are included for the benefit of our health and with the exception of tap water and commercial table salt you will not find them in the average kitchen. They are in the food we consume only for reasons of convenience and profit for the manufacturer, to enhance the appearance, texture and taste of highly de-natured foods that would otherwise be a dead, tasteless and colourless heap of sludge, and to extend shelf life.

Salt too, has been misrepresented by the medical profession. Everybody needs salt - not the kind of highly refined, nutrient deficient stuff found in off-the-shelf meals and take-aways but sun dried sea salt with the full complement of minerals. Our farmland soil is sadly lacking so we cannot rely any longer on dark green leafy vegetables for our sodium or magnesium intake even if we were to eat unnaturally large amounts every day. Sodium and other minerals, particularly zinc, potassium, magnesium and calcium, are essential to cell life together with several glasses of pure water every day – the body will find its own balance and dispose of the rest. Low salt diets are a medical myth and have been sold to the public on the basis that excessive salt intake causes high blood pressure and heart disease. On the contrary, lack of salt can cause high blood pressure and a host of other problems. Plenty of people have dropped dead from sudden heart attacks for lack of salt and adequate water.

If you suffer persistent depression with no clear cause it’s a good starting point to take a critical look at what you’re putting in your mouth. Very few of us can always afford the time to be total purists – we all indulge in takeaways and supermarket ready-made meals at some point and there is no need to feel guilty about that - our body will cope with the occasional lapse if in the main we eat healthy, live food prepared with natural, unadulterated ingredients. But we will assuredly pay the due price of creeping ill health and premature aging if we carelessly dump junk into our body, day in day out without reprieve.

SALT - The Stuff of Life

Salt, or Sodium Chloride (NaCl) is an ionic compound of the metal sodium and the gas, chlorine

Salt is the undeniably the stuff of life and without it we would die. What is the first thing that happens if we are seriously injured and carried off to hospital? Well, they stick an intravenous saline drip into a vein to feed an aqueous crystalloid solution of mineral salts into the body that closely resembles the concentrations in our blood.

Salt is the most common condiment used daily but there is one vital thing the vast majority of people, including many doctors, remain blissfully misinformed about. Refined table salt, the pure white stuff that pours easily and is found in most kitchens and all processed and convenience foods...read more


FLUORIDE or Hydrofluosilic acid (H 2 SiF6)

Some interesting facts about fluoride

"The first occurrence of fluoridated drinking water on Earth was found in Germany's Nazi prison camps. The Gestapo had little concern about fluoride's supposed effect on children's teeth; their alleged reason for mass-medicating water with sodium fluoride was to sterilize humans and force...read more


SOY - The Gender-Bender
Soy protein isolate (SPI) or textured vegetable protein (TVP), often used as a meat substitute by vegetarians, is found in a huge range of foods and it is extremely difficult to even know how much we are consuming. Nowdays we can find soy in supermarket bread, cakes, biscuits, yoghurt, ice cream, mayonnaise, sauces, soups and in a wide range of ready made and takeaway meals. It will not always be listed as...read more


ASPARTAME - A Neurotoxin

Artificial sweetener, neurotoxin and excitotoxin

Aspartame is an artificially made substance consisting of two bacteria cultured amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine combined with free form methanol. The resulting chemical compound, 50 percent phenylalanine, 40 percent aspartic acid, and 10 percent methanol is two hundred times sweeter than natural sugar. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are never found in isolation in the food we eat except when broken down chemically and re-introduced as an additive...read more



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This article is written for educational and information purposes only and is not intended to replace medical or dietary advice from your health professional.



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