"Could these illnesses be causing your depression?"
Your body may be holding you back!
Dr. Gregg Jantz, Director of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc. in Washington, USA shares insight into what many of his patients have found to be causing their depression.
Perhaps this could be you too! If so, there is hope!
“Few people realize the impact their physical state has on their ability to overcome depression. Depression is not a mental condition but a debilitating whole body condition that must be addressed physically as well as mentally.” – Dr. Gregg Jantz (pictured).
Take the following list when you speak with your doctor. You may also want to seek professional expertise from a nutritionist.
Dr. Jantz shares about one of his patients named ‘Jessica’ who came to The Center suffering from anxiety and depression. She suffered from mood swings and they scared her. She initially sought counseling but Dr. Jantz set her up with a nutritionist as well. Together they learned that she suffered from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). She had grown up with a high sugar diet and as a result, as an adult - caffeine and sugar were her choice foods. As a result, her body was way out of whack causing her depression!
Did you know that not drinking enough water can cause depression?
Most people don’t drink enough water and you could be one of them! When you are dehydrated, your body cannot detoxify itself properly and you can get a toxic build up. As a result, you feel fatigue, weakness, dizziness, mental dullness and this leads to depression!
Dr. Gregg Jantz goes on to share about other common causes of depression such as heart disease, anemia, sleep apnea, diabetes, seasonal affective disorder, heredity, and endocrine disorders in Chapter 7 of ”Moving Beyond Depression”.
Your hormones can cause depression.
Hormonal fluctuations such as puberty, just having a baby, PMS, menopause, and low testosterone can cause depression.
Did you know that your allergies could be causing your depression?
In one study, 70% of patients with a diagnosis of depression reported having a history of allergies (I. R. Bell et al., “Depression and Allergies: Survey of a Nonclinical Population,” Psychother Psychosom 55, no.1(1991):24-31).
You may be allergic to food or mold and mildew in your home or office. These allergies depress their immune system causing an imbalance.
Do you suffer from bladder or vaginal yeast infections?
Yeast overgrowth can cause you to feel run down and you never feel rested even after you sleep. Your immune system is then under constant assault and vital nutrients aren’t available to restore your health. As a result, you feel run down and depression can easily take hold.
Dr. Jantz writes about ‘Kelli’ who, whenever she left her house, she got headaches. He discovered that she was allergic to chemicals in perfumes, deodorants, cleaning products, etc. With nutritional support, her weakened immune system was rejuvenated.
Got too much lead around your head?
Lead is a heavy metal which is toxic to our bodies when is in large amounts. Lead poisoning can lead to depression as well. Be aware of food in cans, tableware, older plumbing fixtures, paint prior to the 1950s, and Asian medications which have all been known to contain toxic levels of lead.
Aluminum can cause depression.
Beware of aluminum in antacids, dialysis, aluminum cookware, tap water, salts, antiperspirants, deodorants, old appliances.
Mercury poisoning can cause depression and can be found in dental fillings, over the counter drugs like antiseptics, ointments, cosmetics, laxatives, eye drops, contraceptive gels and douches.
Copper found in cigarettes can cause depression.
Alcohol, tobacco, birth control pills, antihistamines, caffeine, antibiotics, blood pressure medications, diet pills, arthritis medication, and tranquilizers have been found to cause depression.
Help! What do I do now?
Okay, you may want to give up now and forget trying to figure out if any of these things are causing your depression. But, stop! There is hope! Here’s what to do…
Be a detective!
Dr. Jantz recommends being alert to where you live, your daily surroundings, what you eat, drink, smoke, etc. Write down what you consume for 3 days and take note of how you feel afterwards.
Be alert to your personal care products and cleaning supplies. Now… can you pinpoint anything that seems to give you a headache or some kind of physical reaction? If anything made your stomache turn or made you queasy – that’s a good sign!
When you come home, go to each room and sniff! Are there any odours? Do this at your work too. Do you have any reactions?
At The Center, Dr. Maurice Stephens is a medical doctor with a passion for nutrition and is trained to identify and treat subtle nutritional deficiencies. He has brought relief to many; helping them defeat depression. You may also want to seek a professional such as him.
For more detail and excellent help, read Chapter 7 of ”Moving Beyond Depression”. It’s been an insightful book so far!
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