I am no stranger to these so-called ‘mental’ symptoms. One of my first childhood memories is trying to help my mom because she cried and was depressed so much. Other family members suffer with these symptoms and take medications with side-effects such as tremors and impaired mental function for them. Others have used excess alcohol, nicotine, coffee, and sugar to self-medicate and feel better temporarily.
I have a moderate predisposition to depression and have worked hard—especially during times of great stress—to stay balanced and happy. As a youth, I felt depressed and antisocial at family gatherings until I connected my massive sugar intake with the mood changes.
When my first love broke up with me at age 21, it felt as though I were falling into a deep, dark hole with no hope of escape. I briefly thought about running my car into a bridge embankment to escape the pain but, fortunately, didn’t act on that impulse.
Over the years, I’ve developed powerful self-care strategies that serve me well. These natural methods can also help you and your loved regain your health and life.
There’s a silver lining to every cloud. Seeing my family members suffer motivated me to search for sensible solutions to these common symptoms. As both a clinical psychologist and a holistically oriented chiropractic physician, I’ve worked with many patients who suffered with these. In my experience, almost all cases of ‘mental’ symptoms can be successfully treated with Safe, Affordable, Natural and Effective (SANE) methods IF patients follow a holistic program
Incidence of depression in the U.S. is approximately 10% with a 5% worldwide rate. Approximately 3000 people commit suicide each day because of depression. News reports regularly tell about a celebrity, athlete or famous person who “has it all” but still suffers
with ‘mental’ symptoms. According to Julian Whitaker M.D., of the school shooters whose medical records have been made available, all suffered with depression and other mental symptoms and were on psychiatric drugs. The financial and personal costs are
Eighteen-year-old John suffered with severe depression, anxiety and insomnia for several months. He had several plans to kill himself if his symptoms didn’t improve soon. Luckily, his family saw his struggles and sought health care guidance. Their medical doctor recommended an anti-depressant drug and sleeping pills. I recommended a nutrition-based method to detect what stressors and deficiencies were causing his symptoms. Fortunately, his family chose door #2.
John had been exposed to lots of chemicals as a child. He also had a chronically poor diet and mineral deficiency after losing eighty pounds in a short period of time. Both factors were affecting his brain function and his symptoms were red flags to communicate that something was wrong. I gave him whole food nutritional supplements to help remove the chemicals and provide key nutrients needed for normal brain function. He felt 50% within a few days, 75% better in a week and 95% better in two months. He resumed work, school and a normal life without taking potentially harmful drugs for the rest of his life.
I’ve been shocked to see how many young people suffer from ‘mental’ symptoms. It’s an epidemic that needs to be addressed by caring health care professionals who aren’t inordinately influenced by the disease care industry that requires high profits to please shareholders.
‘Mental’ symptoms affect all age groups.
While in theology school, I worked at a suicide prevention and counseling center. The toughest cases were elderly women who were severely depressed, anxious, and suicidal after decades of an empty or abusive relationship. They had no resources, no hope, and were in too deep of a hole to recover. I’m sure that some of them did kill
themselves or died from cancer or some disease in which the body attacks itself.
Years ago, I worked with Bonnie, a middle-aged woman who was very depressed and anxious. Her father died a year before and she had dealt with the grief. However, her church taught that those who didn’t believe a certain way would suffer in hell forever. Her father hadn’t been “saved” before he died and, she believed, would fry for eternity. Bonnie blamed herself for not getting through to him and felt partially responsible for what she thought would be his endless fiery torment.
In my experience, the most common causes of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms are:
- Nutritional deficiencies, especially after: one or more pregnancies, excess sugar and alcohol intake, severe stress, and a chronically poor diet. People of non-Caucasian ancestry seem to be especially vulnerable to the ravages of poor diet. I believe this is because – until very recently – those races enjoyed active lifestyles, adequate sunshine, and a real food diet.
Fifty years ago, most doctors didn’t understand that pregnancy creates nutritional deficiencies and, sadly, the situation hasn’t changed much since then. Most mothers are told to continue taking their pre-natal vitamins, as though those few synthetic nutrients will do the job.
Post-pregnancy nutritional deficiencies can cause depression shortly after birth or a few to many years later. While giving their history, many middle-aged women have told me, “My symptoms started shortly after my second child was born and I’ve never been the same since.” They often have a potpourri of chronic symptoms that few doctors can solve. So they are given “happy pills” or have
their reproductive organs cut out, but—in the long run—that just worsens the situation.
- Food allergies and offending foods: GMO, chemical-laced non- organic foods, processed junk food. Wheat, sugar, soy, corn, and dairy products from factory-raised cows are usually the worst offenders.
- Overgrowth/imbalance of microorganisms in the body (viruses, bacteria, yeast or parasites)
- Excess electromagnetic fields (EMF) from ‘dirty electricity’ sources
- Excess chemicals due to the 2000 chemicals we’re exposed to daily
- Toxic or heavy metals from body care products, home cleaners, and many other sources
- Skin trauma—scars from surgery, cuts, animal bites, body piercings, tattoos or IV sites—that interfere with normal sympathetic nerve transmissions
- Excess waste products and toxins in the body, especially eliminative organs—the liver, colon, skin, lymphatic system, lungs and kidneys
- Chronic insomnia and fatigue
- Misaligned spinal and cranial bones that put slight pressure on the spinal cord and brain.
- Boredom/creative discontent due to not following ones purpose/ missions.
- Side-effects of prescription. Antidepressant drugs, for example, can have major side-effects including increased suicidal or homicidal behavior. That’s why the FDA requires a ‘black box warning’ on anti-depressant drugs. Psychiatry, the least scientifically based branch of medicine, still uses primitive, hazardous therapies such as electro-convulsive shock therapy to treat depression so beware.
- Prolonged and excessive stress that imbalances the adrenal glands, brain and immune system.
- Chronically poor relationships that are unfulfilling, negative or abusive.
- Negative influences from fear-based religious denominations
- Lack of exercise and all the negative results of being out of shape
- General poor health due to poor self-care such as smoking, excess alcohol, drugs, inadequate rest, too much time on the computer/ video games/TV, etc.
- Medical emergencies: tumors, severe diseases, and other conditions can cause ‘mental’ symptoms and may require orthodox medical care. Medical treatment is miraculous and indicated when emergency or crisis conditions are involved. However, for many common symptoms, the disease care approach can cause worse problems and doesn’t address the underlying causes.
- Emotional Crises: symptoms can occur after the death of a loved one, loss of job, disability, financial loss, chronic stress, empty nest syndrome, etc.—especially if a person is not balanced. These create short or long term stress, but natural healing approaches can usually help.
- Lack of Sunshine: in cold northern climes during the winter, lack of sunshine can lead to lower vitamin D levels and less activity
outdoors. In areas predominated by cloudy and gloomy skies, that may also contribute to more depression.
Keep in mind that a person can be affected by more than one cause at the same time. That’s why holistic health care considers all the underlying causes and treats the whole person. It also explains why
many health-care specialists—who primarily focus on one bodily system—often don’t understand the core causes and resort to treating the symptoms with drugs.
When seeing these different potential causes, some people feel overwhelmed at the prospect of making so many changes. That’s why you need a coach, a health care professional who can evaluate which ones are affecting you. You don’t need to change everything but you do need to address the major causes.
Here are a few real-life cases of patients who regained their health and their lives again when the root causes were addressed…
Larry experienced depression, anxiety, brain fog and severe headaches for many years. His history revealed several falls and auto accidents in which he had hit his head. I found significant misalignment of the upper neck vertebrae and skull bones. These were exerting slight, but impactful pressure on his spinal cord and brain. After a few weeks of specific and gentle adjustments, Larry started feeling better. After a few months, his symptoms were gone.
Kathy had been a chiropractic patient for many years and had just given birth to her second child. I could tell something wasn’t right
as soon as she walked into my treatment room. “I just wanted to say good-bye,” she said. “I’m going to drive my car in some direction until I run out of gas and then I’ll start walking through fields and woods until I die.” Fortunately, I knew how to help.
She didn’t need a spinal adjustment that day; she needed replacement of vital nutrients that had been lost during her second pregnancy. With a personalized program of whole-food supplements, she quickly regained her normal cheery disposition. Years later, we shake our heads at how close she came to making a poor decision from an imbalanced state of mind.
June had several causes that combined to cause symptoms of depression and anxiety. She smoked too much and her diet was poor. Her marriage wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t meeting her needs. She was bored and had too much time on her hands. We tuned her up with nutrition-based healing
and chiropractic care. She quit smoking and began exercising. With her renewed energy, she started working part-time and spent more time with family and friends. She communicated her needs for a better relationship with her husband and, to her surprise, he responded positively. After addressing these causes, her ‘mental illness’… well, I guess it just flew out the window, because she doesn’t have those symptoms anymore.
- Nutrition-based healing methods as discussed in Natural Care chapter. They can usually address the # 1 – 8 causes listed above. Suggested supplements are at the end of this appendix.
- Spinal and cranial adjustments (Natural Care chapter)
- Release stuck emotions. (Awareness chapter)
- Have happy, loving relationships. (Awareness chapter)
- Exercise (Activity chapter)
- Identify and follow your heart-felt missions (Awareness chapter)
- Get into the swing of life. Excess isolation can cause depression and anxiety so – even if you don’t feel like it – interact with others at community events, church, a safe neighborhood bar, yoga and meditation center, etc.
- Enjoy the Real Food Way of Eating. (Diet chapter)
- Avoid chemicals and heavy metals as much as possible. (Inner Cleanse chapter)
- Counseling from a licensed therapist and / or minister (Awareness chapter)
- Have an integrative medical doctor on your health team. (Natural Care chapter)
- Know and be yourself. (Awareness chapter)
- Centering practices (Awareness chapter)
- Adequate sunshine: See Appendix M: Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Visualize what you want. (Awareness chapter)
- Use Ying Yang Balance, an essential oil combination to assist calming and clarity created by Andy Lee, RN, LAc, CCA. For topical use only.
Lightly rub a 2 x 2 inch area onto each forearm 1 – 2 times per day.
- Develop a personal relationship with Creator. (Transcendence chapter)
Again, remember that there can be multiple causes of ‘mental’ symptoms so work with your health care team to identify all of the causes and design your healing program accordingly.
And, again, please don’t feel overwhelmed by all the causes and solutions. Enlist the help of supportive family and friends. Choose one cause and address it to increase your energy and clarity. Then use that boost as a springboard to tackle another cause. Your body and mind will thank you for just small improvements and reward you with more peace, joy and vitality.
You can do it. The world needs your fullest gifts and you deserve to feel happy, healthy and energetic.
Suggested Nutritional Supplements
Catalyn 6, Cod Liver Oil 3, Trace Minerals B12 (3), Cataplex B 3, Cataplex G 3, Mintran 6 (or more as needed for anxiety and insomnia), Tuna Omega Oil 3
Consult me or a nutrition-based practitioner if this general program and other recommendations haven’t helped within 90 days.
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Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, master’s clinical psychologist, holistic chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and workshop facilitator. He is director of The Soul Phone Foundation, co–founder of Greater Reality Living Groups,and board member of Helping Parents Heal. Dr. Pitstick can help you know and show– no matter what is going on around you – that your earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever. Visit About Dr. Mark Pitstickfor his full bio.
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