Having difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions? What about feeling fatigued or decreased energy? Do you have a loss for appetite or other activities or hobbies that were once pleasurable? Are you having thoughts of suicide or death?
If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, there is a good chance that you are having symptoms of depression.
According to statistics, 1 in every 20 Americans are depressed accounting for over 230 million antidepressants prescribed every year. This epidemic has catapulted the psychiatry field and pharmaceutical industry into a $80 billion per year industry.
Despite all the medical advancement and development of these drugs, more individuals are suffering from depression symptoms than any time in history. In fact, more and more children are being put on antidepressants every year leading to an epidemic of bi-polar disorders.
Studies published in prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of American College of Cardiology, have indicated that there are serious risks with these drugs.
Statistics show that there are over 700,000 adverse reactions and 42,000 deaths per year as a result of antidepressant use!
This is extremely concerning because most doctors give antidepressants out like they are candy.
And the most disturbing fact about the overuse of these drugs is- they DON’T TREAT THE REAL CAUSE!
The majority of Depression is “believed” to be a result of a Serotonin imbalance that occurs in your brain. Two main mechanisms are typically to blame. The first issue revolves around the receptors grabbing the serotonin too quickly or not releasing it back in a timely manner. The other mechanism is a decrease in the total amount of serotonin available in the body.
In both scenarios, antidepressants are used to “trick” the body into believing that the body has more serotonin than it actually does. They work by blocking the receptors of serotonin allowing the serotonin to stay “available” for longer periods of time.
The truth is, however, the real problem isn’t in your head, it’s in your stomach!
The majority of the serotonin in your body is actually made by cells located in your stomach. Enterochromaffin cells are located throughout your intestinal lining and produce 90% of the serotonin for your body. Once created, the serotonin travels up to the brain where it is stored for use.
The REAL cause of the depression that a majority of people feel is a result of low serotonin production by these cells. A GI problem is causing a neurological symptom!
Think about it. This occurs all the time. Can you remember the last time you were sick? How did you feel? Tired. Drowsy. Brain Fog. Achy. All of these symptoms are neurological, yet the cause of these symptoms are immune. You mostly likely had a viral or bacterial infection (immune problem) yet all of your symptoms were neurological.
You can take all the anti-depressants you want but you will NEVER address the true cause of your symptoms. Instead you need to have your GI system evaluated and see if there is an underlying issue disrupting your serotonin production.
Case in point: A friend of mine recently shared a story about his mother. He shared that his mother was feeling depressed and that she was having a very difficult time. In fact, it got so serious that he went over to her house late one evening to console her.
Thankfully, this friend is an excellent doctor, so he ordered a GI test that evaluated her system. The test results indicated that she had a Parasite. This parasite was creating an adverse affect on her GI system and was reducing her serotonin levels. This, of coarse, made her feel depressed. My friend treated her with the proper parasitic protocol and his mom returned to normal.
Could you imagine if she would have gone to most conventional doctors? She would be on at least one, maybe two, anti-depressant right now and no closer to fixing the true cause of her problem.
In addition to parasites, we often find that one of a myriad of digestive problems are typically the cause of the feeling of depression in our clients. Improper bacteria, yeast, fungi, and food intolerance are often chief culprits that create depression symptoms. When we address these causes the depression disappears and the need for anti-depressants are eliminated.
Too often, individuals with depression symptoms are simply dismissed and given an antidepressant. If this is you, or if you know someone who is battling depression, please encourage them to seek a health care provider who will be willing to take a comprehensive approach to their health. Depression is very real, but with the proper approach and treatment it can be eliminated.
About the Author: Dr. Tunis Hunt Jr is a healthcare professional serving the Charlotte, NC area. His Bio-Nutrition program is an new and unique approach to health that searches for the “true” underlying causes of disease and symptoms. Utilizing the latest diagnostic labs and protocols, Dr. Hunt helps patients with a variety of symptoms and concerns. In addition, Dr. Hunt lectures throughout the community of a variety of health topics. To reach Dr. Hunt or to learn more about his Bio-Nutrition Program visit his website at: www.HuntForWellness.com.