Masters of Health Magazine June 2019 - Page 128

Allowing pharmaceuticals to be advertised was a big mistake because of the conflicts of interest that occur. And, this is in spite of the fact that depression does not result from a Prozac or medication deficiency; the pharmaceutical industries are the most heavily sued and fined for fraud and harm; and the four largest drug companies are convicted felons. In addition, there is the revolving door culture, where industry implants rotate back and forth between top regulatory government positions and top corporate positions. Even the FDA receives large amounts of money from big pharma. In the process, corruption, major conflicts of interest, approval of unsafe drugs and chemicals, and damage to patients and our environment are rampant. Worse, the pharmaceutical industry was released from all liability for vaccination injury because of their influence in Congress. Hence, the true figures for death and damage are being ignored or covered up. As if that wasn’t bad enough, antidepressant drugs that target neurotransmitters have an overall failure rate of about 60%, plus numerous adverse health effects.

Antidepressant and antipsychotic medication are a multi billion dollar business. Wth 70% of Americans taking at least one prescription drug and more than 50% taking two or more, they bring in over $250 billion per year. It is no wonder this issue is being swept under the carpet. Undoubtedly, people are being over prescribed and dying by the tens of thousands. Currently, 1,000 people a week are dying from opioids in America alone. On top of all this are the increasingly high cost to the Budget and the detrimental effects on future generations.

When it comes to antidepressant prescriptions, OECD ranked Australia as the second highest in the world. This amount has doubled from 10 years ago. Iceland, which lacks sunlight for most of the year, ranked first. What is Australia’s excuse?

There are numerous complex causes of PTSD, which requires professional help of a different nature and on an individual level. They are often caused from trauma of one kind or another such as violence, loss of loved ones, loss of home and/or security, domestic violence, war, natural disasters. When psychological therapy is combined with good nutrition the outcome is always much better, and the use of medication is often not needed.

POTENTIAL CAUSES OF DEPRESSION

GUT MICROBIOME & DIET

The gut microbiome plays a big role in mental health and depression. Thus, gut ecology is a major factor in inflammation, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial dysfunction. The gut is known as the body’s second brain, because of its prolific amount of neurons and how they communicate with the brain. Communication is done via the vagus nerve. The gut also produces the same neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). In fact, the greatest concentration of serotonin is found in the gut. The signals the gut bacteria send to the brain significantly influence one’s moods, thoughts, and behaviour.

Also, more than 70% of the body’s immune system resides in the gut walls. Children are seeded with their mother’s microbiome as they travel down the birth canal, unless they are born by cesarian delivery. When the mother’s flora is out of balance, the baby receive an inferior microbiome, which affects its gut and brain throughout its lifetime. Poor dietary choices, toxic chemical exposures, antibiotics, and other factors (e.g. EMFs) can further compromise gut health. According to renowned psychologist Dr. Kelly Brogan, over 300 million people around the world suffer from depression.