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Depression: It’s a Lifestyle-Body Mismatch

Wow! The REAL Causes (and Solution) to Depression

I read this fantastic article by my fellow colleague Dr. Kelly Brogan, and I just had to share it with you:

When people ask me about why we’re suffering from what appears to be an epidemic of depression despite the number of people taking antidepressants, I don’t think about brain chemistry. I turn to the impact of our sedentary lifestyles, processed food diets, and unrelenting stress. I turn to the medical literature that says a typical Western diet—high in refined carbs, unnatural fats, and foods that create chaos in our blood sugar balance—contribute to higher levels of inflammation. Contrary to what you might assume, one of the most influential risk factors for depression is unstable sugar. Most people view diabetes and depression as two distinct disorders, but new scientific findings are rewriting the textbooks. One game-changing study published in 2010 that followed more than 65,000 women over a decade showed that women with diabetes were nearly 30 percent more likely to develop depression. This heightened risk remained even after the researchers excluded other risk factors such as lack of physical exercise and weight.

Personalized lifestyle medicine that accounts for the role of the environment in triggering inflammation and the manipulation of the immune and endocrine systems is the most sensible way to approach those individuals who would otherwise be candidates for multiple medications. It turns out that it may not all be in your head—but rather in the interconnectedness among the gut, immune, and endocrine systems.

Don't anti-depressants work well for some people? 

Antidepressants have the potential to irreversibly disable the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Antidepressants have repeatedly been shown in long-term scientific studies to worsen the course of mental illness—to say nothing of the risks of liver damage, bleeding, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and reduced cognitive function they entail. The dirtiest little secret of all is the fact that antidepressants are among the most difficult drugs to taper from, more so than alcohol and opiates. While you might call it “going through withdrawal,” we medical professionals have been instructed to call it “discontinuation syndrome,” which can be characterized by fiercely debilitating physical and psychological reactions.

Let's look at depression differently. Depression is an opportunity. It is a sign for us to stop and figure out what’s causing our imbalance rather than just masking, suppressing, or rerouting the symptoms. It’s a chance to choose a new story, to engage in radical transformation, to say yes to a different life experience.

 

The good news is that you are not alone. The extremely talented Dr. Kelly Brogan, author of the best-selling book on Depression “A Mind of Your Own” has taken the very same knowledge and tools she uses with her patients, and combined it with an online support program for those suffering from depression called Vital Mind Reset. With this life-changing, step-by-step program, you can take the steps to a better life from your own home, and for a fraction of the cost her patients pay.

Vital Mind Reset is a 44-day program that will hold your hand and introduce you to a community of people just like you – all working to transform their lives and revive their power and joy.

This is the first time Dr. Brogan has opened up enrollment for Vital Mind Reset to my followers. So, for a limited time you can join the program at a steep discount. Just visit the Vital Mind Reset Page HERE to learn more.

  

Oh, and Dr. Brogan is offering some other cool incentives for those who act quickly including:

  • free eBook: “Change Your Food, Heal Your Mood”

  • free first chapter of “A Mind of Your Own”

  • Q&A webinar with Dr. Kelly Brogan: 9/16 at 8pm EST

  • $100 off course price (expires next week!)

Dr. Kelly Brogan is a real inspiration and I really resonate with her work. So I do sincerely hope if you or someone you love is suffering from depression, anxiety and constant stress that you check out her course. She is so confident that it will work, she is even offering a money back guarantee. You can’t beat that! HERE is the page to learn more.

 

Karen Kan
drkaren@karenkan.com
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