The Depression Coverup

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depression Did you know that magnesium deficiency and yeast infection produce symptoms of anxiety or depression, including fatigue, insomnia, eye twitches, apprehension, nervous fits, light-headedness, hyperemotionality, palpitations, impaired breathing, confusion, anger, nervousness, rapid pulse, apathy, poor memory, etc? It has been documented that we could never get enough magnesium from diet alone, as the soil was depleted of that same mineral long ago. This makes magnesium deficiency quite an epidemic.

Yeast infection is also a modern worldwide epidemic. With so many highly-processed and junk foods feeding the candida – plus the fact that everybody takes a course of antibiotics at some point in their lives – our bodies are stripped of the good bacteria that can fight off yeast/candida.

When it comes to depression, serotonin is the brain chemical that makes us feel good. The problem is that serotonin production and function relies on the presence of enough magnesium in the body. Our bodies need magnesium to release and bind adequate amounts of serotonin in the brain. Also, our adrenal glands, which are overstressed by chronic stress, are also supported by the magnesium we so often lack. Worse yet, stress causes magnesium deficiency, and a lack of magnesium magnifies stress! If there is a deficiency in this key mineral, the muscles and arteries can’t relax, and thus the muscles cramp and blood pressure increase.

There are MILLIONS of people using psychiatric drugs and receiving psychological therapy for symptoms that can be explained by improper nutrition – that is, magnesium deficiency and an overgrowth of yeast in our bodies.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and depression go hand in hand with candida infection and magnesium deficiency. Candida releases over 90 toxins into the body, which then disrupt the balance of the natural cocktail of chemicals in the brain.

Why aren’t the people in the study below talking about this if it’s all scientifically documented?!

National positive thinking trial aims to prevent childhood depression

Vicky Just
University of Bath
09/18/08

More than 7,000 school pupils from across the UK will be taking part in the trial of a new positive thinking programme led by the University of Bath designed to prevent children developing problems with depression.

Around one in ten children have symptoms which place them at high risk of becoming seriously depressed. If left unmanaged, these symptoms could have a significant impact upon the child’s everyday life and increase the possibility of mental health problems in young adulthood.

The £1.25 million programme, funded by the NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme (HTA), will involve 13-16 year olds from schools in Bath, Bristol, Nottingham, Swindon and Wiltshire.

The programme uses a technique known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which has been shown to prevent young people from developing mental health problems by giving them skills which help promote positive thinking, coping and problem solving.

As part of their lessons in Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE), the pupils will be taught how to acknowledge their personal strengths, identify negative thought processes and develop problem solving skills.

This kind of positive health intervention could help make a significant reduction to the risk of developing mental health problems. The whole class approach will benefit all children by helping them develop a robust approach to the challenges of life.

“Depression is a serious problem amongst adolescents that can lead to mental health problems in later life,” said Professor Paul Stallard from the Mental Health Research & Development Unit at the University of Bath, who is leading the project.

“Studies have shown that if we give young people the tools that can help them build resilience, they can avoid these issues becoming a problem in later life.

“If this trial is successful, we hope to be able to roll-out this programme to schools throughout the country.”

The programme involves academics from the universities of Bath, Bristol and Nottingham and the Peninsular Medical School, and is linked to local clinical services in the areas the trial will be taking place.

Following an initial screening, the CBT programme will be delivered in 10 weekly classroom sessions. The researchers will compare the effects of the programme being delivered by teachers and by specially trained facilitators from outside the school with current PSHE lessons.

Further assessments will be carried out immediately after the CBT programme and at six months and one year after the trial.

These assessments will look at whether the programme is successful in reducing the rates of depressive symptoms amongst children and particularly those who were initially identified with severe symptoms.

A pilot programme will take place in January 2009 with the main study taking place between September 2009 and July 2010.

“We hope that the CBT programme will result in a significant reduction in the number of children at risk of becoming seriously depressed,” said Professor Stallard, who is also a chartered clinical psychologist with the Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Care Partnership Trust.

“Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works by improving the individual’s ability to deal with negative situations and to acknowledge and focus on more positive skills and outcomes.”

Professor Stallard’s book on CBT, Think Good, Feel Good, was highly commended by the British Medical Association and has been translated into 13 languages.

He has won five national awards for a school-based CBT programme (FRIENDS) to prevent children from developing mental health problems.

Professor Stallard will be presenting his latest findings at the School for Health’s Research Matters conference on Friday 19 September.

The power of positive thinking is something to be approached with caution. I’m hoping that by positive thinking, the researchers above are referring to something more productive than the standard “New Age” philosophy. Anything that reinforces the beliefs that we have control in this world and that the world is benign – coupled with the desire to always feel safe – makes us susceptible to actual reality and traumatic events. As the author of Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, And Other Sex Offenders, Anna C. Salter, writes, “Illusions are themselves susceptible to the impact of trauma, which sometimes shatters them, leaving a bleak world in its wake”.

Further reading:

The Yeast Connection by William G. Crook and Carolyn Dean
The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James L. Wilson

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