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Feb 25 2013

THIS IS AN ADVERTISING LIE, “DEPRESSION IS CAUSED BY A CHEMICAL IMBALANCE,” THEN WHAT IS THE TRUTH?

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Many People Never Needed a Dangerous Drug For Depression That Had No More Value Then a Sugar Pill.

By Dr. Paul Blake, N.D.

Is Depression a Chemical Imbalance in Your Brain?

This was a meaningless sales gimmick of pharmaceutical advertising to saturate the public and doctors with this lie. Why, so everyone including doctors would think that this lie was the answer to depression. What is the problem with this statement, “Depression is a Chemical Imbalance,” it has never been scientifically proven to be true!

-“If a psychiatrist says you have a shortage of a chemical, ask for a blood test and watch the psychiatrist’s reaction.” Jonathan Leo, associate professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences

-“Patients [have] been diagnosed with ‘chemical imbalances’ despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim, and…there is no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like.” Psychiatrist David Kaiser

-”With the U.S. prescribing antipsychotics to children and adolescents and 30 million Americans having taken antidepressants for a “chemical imbalance” that psychiatrists admit is a pharmaceutical marketing campaign, not scientific fact.”

–The Corrupt Alliance of the Psychiatric-Pharmaceutical Industry, 2012 Citizens Commission on Human Rights International.
-The idea that depression is caused by a ‘chemical imbalance’ in the brain is patent nonsense. Even the FDA spokesman can not bring himself to present this ‘metaphor’ when communicating with patients. *The ‘chemical imbalance theory of depression’ is purely a marketing tool for SSRI drugs and emerged at the same time as these became available.

–Television adverts for antidepressants cause anxiety, New Scientist 2005 Nov 12

A Realistic Answer

The truth is that the chemicals in your brain were created naturally by your body from the nutrition it receives. And if there is an imbalance then it would be connected to one or more of what are called essential nutrients that these chemicals are made of. That’s right; it is very possible that depression and other psychological and physical problems could basically be answered by a simple inexpensive essential nutrient. And yes it has been proven scientifically that a deficiency of numerous essential nutrients can cause mental and physical diseases like depression.

“Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.” Exodus 5, versus 18

This Bible quote from Exodus fits the subject very well because many diseases today, especially psychological are connected to vital, essential ingredients that are missing from our bodies.

You Must Have All Your Essential Ingredients

How can you make bricks or anything else without all the essential ingredients? The answer is you can’t, you can’t make window glass without silica sand, a cake without yeast, or a human being without all the essential ingredients. We all know that humans cannot live without air for even a few minutes but what about these three ingredients, vitamins B1, B3 and C? Humans cannot live without these three essential nutrients; without vitamin B1 you will die of the disease Beriberi, without B3 you will die of the disease Pellagra and without C you will die of the disease Scurvy. You can visit Trophy Skin for all the details, but just a marginal deficiency in any of these three vitamins and many others can cause severe mental and physical problems such as Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Irregular Heartbeat and many more.
-Lecture 5: DISCOVERING NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY DISEASES

(Stories in the History of Medicine), Adam Blatner, M.D., Lecture given February, 2009; Re-posted on website August 4, 2010,

Not checking these three basic essentials and others is what can and has happened during hundreds of thousands of medical diagnostic exams? Skipping the basics here would be like an Airline pilot not pre-flight checking to see if the plane has enough fuel to reach its destination? Yes, too many general practitioners and psychiatrists have omitted the basic essential needs of their patients during diagnosis. Instead of establishing their patient’s primary needs they go straight to prescribing dangerous drugs for mental and physical problems sometimes based on advertising, not science.

Warning: Before You Go Any Further, Please Read This Important Note!

To minimize the risk of antidepressant withdrawal symptoms or the withdrawal from any prescribed drug, talk with your doctor first.  
-Note: Quitting an antidepressant suddenly may cause symptoms such as: Irritability, Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression symptoms and Thoughts of Suicide, etc.

–From Article: Antidepressants for children: Explore the pros and cons, By Mayo Clinic staff, Mayo Clinic
–From Article: Antidepressant withdrawal: Is there such a thing?, by Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D., Mayo Clinic

Question, is a Low Essential Nutrient Causing Your Depression?

How could an essential nutrient fix a psychological problem that is in your head?  The key word here is, “essential,” it means something that is vital in order for you to function normally as a human being. As I said above, “without vitamins B1, B3 and C you will die because they are vitally essential physical ingredient(s) which are necessary for you to even live. And these three essential nutrients and all the others cannot be created by your body. The majority of them must enter as food. Yes, each essential nutrient must be brought into your body in the food you eat to live normally and avoid numerous symptoms like depression or anxiety and physical problems like convulsions, asthma and even death (vitamin D can be created by your body through sun light exposure).
–Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary, Definition of Essential, “being a substance that is not synthesized by the body in a quantity sufficient for normal health and growth and that must be obtained from the diet.”

Yes, just a low level of the essential nutrient vitamin C, can cause you to have a psychological problem. Example, sub-acute vitamin C (not even close to causing Scurvy) can cause symptoms like full blown depression. Look at this vitamin C study cited below.
-“There is a well-known relationship between vitamin C deficiency and psychologic state [6–8]. Subnormal vitamin C concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid adversely affect brain function, their replenishment could improve mood.“  
-“Patients are rarely given vitamin supplements. Most physicians are simply unaware of the problem. Sub-clinical deficiencies of vitamin C and D have each been linked to psychological abnormalities, so we examined that aspect in our clinical trial,” 
added Dr. Hoffer

–Treatment of hypovitaminosis C improves the mood state of acutely hospitalized patients, Authors: M. Zhang, L. Robitaille, S. Eintracht, L. J Hoffer

They Knew the Truth All Along

Now, what I have told you and what I am about to tell you below has been common knowledge for a very long time. Yes, this information has been scientifically studied and written up in numerous publications and books, including, “medical school textbooks for years!” So no one, especially a health professional has any excuse for not being aware of these scientifically proven facts about essential nutrients. They are fully aware that these essential nutrients can prevent and relieve many mental and physical symptoms and diseases such as depression and thereby eliminate the need for dangerous medical drugs.
 -“Did you know that every medical text book, at least up until a few years ago, indicated that one of the most common effects of inadequate vitamin C is depression?”
– Overcoming Depression, by Dr. Hugh D. Riordan, M.D., The Center For The Improvement Of Human Functioning International

Do You Have These Basic Symptoms?

Basic essential nutrient deficiency symptoms: Fatigue,  Brittle and/or Ridges and/or White Spots on Fingernails, Cracked Lips (at corners), Acne, Headaches, Allergies, Mood Swings, Mania (obsession), Learning Difficulties, Insomnia, Paranoia, Anemia, Weakness, Lack of Appetite, Abdominal Pain, Irregular Heartbeat, Poor Balance, Muscle Spasms, Leg Cramps, Bruising, Irritability, Nervousness, Frequent Minor Colds or Flu, Immune Impairment, Infertility, Poor Wound Healing, Premenstrual Syndrome, Inflamed Tongue, Mouth Lesions, Facial Oiliness, Dizziness, Joint Pains, Loose and/or Sensitive Teeth
- “A classical symptom of B complex deficiency, which has reached cronicity, is a constant feeling that something dreadful is about to happen. However, the first and most common complaint, especially among women, is depression and the tendency to cry without any particular reason.”
–Murray, Michael, N.D., Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements Prima Health, Rocklin, CA, 1996

Children’s Symptoms of Vitamin Deficiencies

Late Teething, Dry Skin, Hyperactivity, Poor Growth, Muscle Cramps, Tiredness, Irritability (see ADD, ADHD below) Hair Loss, Frequent Colds, Flu and Respiratory Infections, Vision Problems, Weakness, and Weight Loss, Dry Eyes, Scaling of the Skin, Abdominal Pain, Edema, Weakness, Insomnia, May lose their voice, Diarrhea, Anemia, Easy Bruising, Joint Pain, Poor Appetite, Frequent Nose Bleeds, Frequent Infections, and Illness.  Also ADD and ADHD behaviors, including Irritability, Inattention, Impulsiveness, Hyperactivity, Temper Tantrums, and other Inappropriate Behaviors.

–Signs of Vitamin Deficiency in Children, Tue, Apr 10, 2012, Content by Sylvie Branch. Apr 10, 2012

-Pediatrician OnCall – Nutrition in Children

– Boys diagnosed with ADHD had lower levels of the omega-3 essential fatty acid DHA (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition), Purdue University 1994

The Scientific Truth About Essential Nutrient Deficiencies 

As you will see below, everything from headaches to depression has been scientifically linked to low levels of these common vitamins and minerals and other nutrients. Some of these essential nutrients are B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, and C, D, Iron, Magnesium, OMEGA 3, Zinc and Protein Deficiencies. Have a look below at some of these essential nutrients whose critical balance must be maintained to avoid the diseases like depression that they can cause.

-LISTED BELOW ARE JUST A FEW ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS AND THE SYMPTOMS THAT CAN ARISE IF YOU ARE DEFICIENT-

Protein

Amino acid deficiencies such as phenylalanine, glutamine, tryptophan and tyrosine that make up protein can cause depression and must be obtained from your diet. Amino acids produce the important neuro-transmitters in the body that are connected with Motivation, Happiness and Ability to Deal with Stress. Symptoms of a protein deficiency: Impairment of Cognition, Depression, Anxiety, Edema (swelling), Thinning Brittle Hair and/or Hair Loss, Ridges in finger and toe nails, Skin Rashes; Dry Skin, Weak and Tired, Muscle Soreness and Cramps, Slow Healing, Skin Ulcers, Insomnia, Headache, Nausea, Fainting, Depression/Anxiety

Read the full article on back pain relied – do’s and don’ts here.

-“Protein Deficiency: the Hidden Signs, By Dr. John Douillard DC, July 21, 2011, Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science Newsletter”
-Note: The majority of Americans get plenty of protein in their diets; the problem is stress and poor digestion that can deplete the absorption of these essential amino acids.
–”Depression – The Aminos (protein), by Ross Bishop, Article, Blue Lotus Press, 05/2003”

Vitamin B6

A Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal Phosphate) Deficiency Can Cause Depression and Must Be Obtained From Your Diet.
A Deficiency of Vitamin B6 can cause Depression, Anxiety, Antagonism, Irritability, Mood Abnormalities, Convulsions and Seizures, Nausea, Dizziness, Migraine Headaches, Weakness, Anemia, Eczema, Cracks or Sores on Lips, Mouth, Inflammation of Mucous Membranes, Arm/Leg Cramps, Numbness of Hands and Feet, Increased Susceptibility to Infections and Asthma.  71% of male and 90% of female diets are deficient in Vitamin B6 in the USA.

–”Vitamin B6, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institute of Health”
–“Understanding nutrition, depression and mental illnesses, T. S. Sathyanarayana Rao, M. R. Asha,1 B. N. Ramesh,2 and K. S. Jagannatha Rao2, Indian J Psychiatry. 2008 Apr-Jun; 50(2): 77–82., doi:  10.4103/0019-5545.42391, PMCID: PMC2738337”
Vitamin B12

A Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) Deficiency Can Cause Depression and Must Be Obtained From Your Diet.

A Deficiency of Vitamin B12 can cause , Dementia, Irreversible Damage to the Brain and Nervous System, Headache, Fatigue, Syncope (fainting), Shortness of Breath, Heart Palpitations, Depression, Confusion, Irritability, Disorientation/Hallucinations, and Pernicious Anemia Disease (an acute B12 deficiency disease).
”Vitamin B-12, Serum levels were found to be low in 25% of hospital patients.”

-”Pernicious Anemia, decrease in red blood cells, intestines cannot properly absorb
vitamin B12, symptom Depression, Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of
Medicine”
–“Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia”

Magnesium

A Magnesium Deficiency (responsible for 300 plus functions in the body), can cause depression and Must Be Obtained From Your Diet.
A Magnesium Deficiency can cause Anxiety, Insomnia, Irritability, Confusion, ADHD and ADD and Sensitivity to Light and/or Sound, Nervousness, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia. Other Magnesium deficiency symptoms: Twitching, Trembling, Muscle Cramping, Muscle Weakness, Heart Palpitations and Allergies, etc. 
-“Magnesium, 75 to 85% of diets deficient: average diet contains 50 to 60% of RDA”
- “A Magnesium deficiency can cause depression, behavior and personality changes,
apathy, irritability and anxiety. (Wacker WE. 1968 & Freyre AV. 1970 &
Rasmussen HH. 1989)”

–“Kozielec T, Starobrat-Hermelin B. Assessment of magnesium levels in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Magnes Res 10(2):143-8, 1997.
Starobrat-Hermelin B, Kozielec T.”

–“The effects of magnesium physiological supplementation on hyperactivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Positive response to magnesium oral loading test. Magnes Res 10(2):149-56, 1997.”

Causes of Nutrient Deficiencies:

One of the biggest causes of nutrition deficiencies in the USA can be seen as you walk through the food section of any supermarket. It all looks very nutritious, clean, efficient and cost effective but is it really nutritious or is it causing disease? Were our health needs and safety left out of Big Food Corporations plans to get rich? Yes, they just went around our safety nets, the USDA and the FDA, with their money, political influence and power. Then they chemically farmed, GMO’ed, refined out, or plugged in anything they wanted. We all know this and I don’t have to show you the list of dangerous ingredients, just look on any food label yourself, it’s appalling.
-Senate Document 264 of the 74th Congress, 99% of American people are deficient in minerals, and a marked deficiency in most important minerals actually results in disease.”

–Corporate foodopoly is heading us toward farmageddon, by: PF Louis, NaturalNews, October 24, 2011

Lifestyle Causes of Nutrient Deficiencies?

Poor lifestyle habits that contribute to essential nutrient deficiencies: Consumption of white sugar and flour, fast and processed foods, petrol-chemically grown produce, dairy and meat (these foods lack many vital nutrients especially in their homogenized and processed state plus they have contaminants such as GMO’s, steroids and pesticides). Tobacco and especially alcohol use, stress, environmental pollution, inadequate digestion, undernourished, illness and operations, pharmaceutical medications (see below) and any poorly planned weight loss diet all contribute.

A person who seldom eats raw fruits and vegetables every day has a very high risk of developing a nutrient deficiency. The Center for Disease Control recommends that we eat a minimum of five to ten or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily to help avoid these deficiencies. And women who are pregnant or nursing may need extra vitamins because they are passing their vitamins and minerals on to their baby.
–“Vitamin B Deficiencies, by Karen Railey, I Want My Vitamins Website”
–Foods, Fortificants, and Supplements: Where Do Americans Get Their Nutrients?,

Victor L. Fulgoni, Debra R. Keast, Regan L. Bailey, Johanna Dwyer, American Society for Nutrition, The Journal of Nutrition, October, 2011
Pharmaceutical Drugs That Destroy Essential Nutrients

Acid Blockers (B12, C, D)
Antibiotics (B6, B12, C, friendly bacteria)
Antidepressants (CoQ10)
Beta Blockers (CoQ10)
Birth Control Pills (B6, C, magnesium)
Hormone Replacement Therapy (B6)
Pain-Killers (C and iron)
Steroids (B6, C, D, K)
”The loss of some of these essential nutrients brings on the very diseases you are taking the drug for.”
-Nutrients Depleted by Common Pharmaceutical Drugs, by Michelle Schoffro Cook, Care2 Healthy Living, October 31, 2009 

How to Correct Essential Nutrient Deficiencies?

Now you might very well ask, “what about those expensive vitamins I take every day? Those vitamins say that they have thousands of times the minimum daily requirement (MDR) of essential nutrients. Sorry but 95% plus of those vitamins are synthetic, made from chemicals not food. Nature, God bless her, has a basic law when it comes to the nutrition of living things; “we can only get our nutrition from plants”. We cannot sidestep nature’s laws and eat dirt or man made chemicals, it will not work.

To be effective your vitamin should say, “100% Whole Food”, “Made From Whole Foods” or words to that effect, “Food Based” is an advertising trick. Plus having thousands of times the MDR is confusing to your body, a meaningless sales gimmick that will not fill an essential nutritional need either.

”-The truth is that most vitamins in supplements are made or processed with petroleum derivatives or hydrogenated sugars [1-5].” Dr. Robert Thiel
–The Truth About Vitamins in Nutritional Supplements, Robert Thiel, Ph.D., N.D., Doctors Research Inc.

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES

Anti-depressant Permanent Damage and Questionable Value

Those with depression have been led down an advertising garden path with drugs like Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor and Serzone. They were told by false advertisements that they had a chemical imbalance and to find happiness again they needed to take these drugs. The truth is these drugs can’t treat chemical imbalances that are nutritional deficiencies. And in fact they are barely more effective than placebos for treating depression in the first place (see below).

Permanent Brain Damage from Anti-depressants

-“Psychiatric drugs have directly contributed to an alarming new epidemic of drug-induced mental illness. Drugs prescribed by physicians to stabilize mental disorders are inducing pathological changes in brain chemistry and triggering other mental and physical problems, even death.”
–Psychiatric Drugs: Chemical Warfare on Humans – interview with Robert Whitaker, Saturday, August 27, 2005, by Terry Messman, Pub. Naturalnews

Anti-depressants Have No More Value Then a Sugar Pill

-Through a Freedom of Information Act request, two psychologists obtained 47 studies used by the FDA for approval of the six antidepressants prescribed most widely between 1987-99. University of Connecticut psychologist Irving Kirsch and co-author Thomas Moore released in “Prevention and Treatment,” an e-journal of the American Psychological Association. More than half of the 47 studies found that patients on antidepressants improved no more than those on placebos, Kirsch says. He says studies finding no benefit have been mentioned only on Celexa, others unlabeled are Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor and Serzone; yet 47 million Americans are taking these dangerous drugs every day.
–Article, Antidepressants Barely More Effective Than Placebos, By Healthy Place.com Staff Writer
Anti-depressant Suicide, Death and More

Note: At least 48 known school shooting have been connected to antidepressant use.
-Anti-depressants will produce migraines, hot flashes, pains around the heart, difficulty breathing, a worsening of bronchial complaints, tension and anxiety which appear from out of nowhere, depression, suicide – especially very violent suicide, hostility, violent crime, arson, substance abuse, psychosis, mania, organic brain disease, autism, anorexia, reckless driving, Alzheimer’s, impulsive behavior with no concern for punishment, and argumentative behavior.
–Suicide & Death Can Lurk In Each SSRI Pill, By Ann Blake Tracy, PhD, Drug Awareness.org, 07-06-07

To Summarize

How did we come to this, that pharmaceutical companies can use a lie as an advertisement campaign to sell a drug that has scarcely more value to the depressed then a placebo with the side effects of violence and suicide? And that dangerous, addictive drugs would be prescribed to us before even the basic causes are ruled out first, “that depression can be caused by scientifically proven essential nutrient deficiencies.” Today, to believe that we are protected by government agencies like the FDA turns out to be naïve and even dangerous in the extreme.

-I believe that more than ninety percent of Modern Medicine could disappear from the face of the earth – doctors, hospitals, drugs, and equipment – and the effect on our health would be immediate and beneficial . . .
–Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn
Chairman of the Medical Licensing Committee of the State of Illinois

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