Mental health disorders are a category of health conditions characterized by behavioral, emotional, and/or cognitive problems. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 30 percent of all Americans suffer from some form of mental health disorder significant enough to require professional medical care. Conventional psychiatric care for people with mental health disorders has, since the 1950s, increasingly been co-opted by the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. As a result, today the primary form of treatment provided by conventional physicians and psychiatrists for mental health disorders is drug-based. Such drugs, however, carry a high risk of negative side effects, including suicide, homicide, and other acts of violence, as well as cognition problems, moodiness, and impotence, loss of libido, and other types of sexual dysfunction. Moreover, increasing evidence suggests that such drugs most often do not work. Similarly, the other traditional treatment for mental health disorders—“talk” therapy—has been shown to provide long-term results in only about five percent of patients, even after they spend decades speaking with their psychiatrists and psychologists as frequently as one to three times per week.
By contrast, practitioners of holistic medicine recognize that there are many factors commonly ignored by conventional practitioners that are at the heart of many cases of mental health disorders. Such factors include biochemical imbalances, toxins, allergies, food sensitivities, and other environmental causes. By addressing those factors they are often able to safely provide effective long-term solutions for their patients, without the need for dangerous drugs and fruitless, ongoing follow-up care.
Types of Mental Health Disorders
Although conventional medicine has defined numerous mental health disorders, they all fall primarily within three categories
- emotional disorders
- personality disorders
- thought disorders.
Emotional Disorders: Anxiety and depression are the two most common emotional disorders. Deep-seated fears, or phobias, and panic disorders are other mental health conditions that fall into this category.
Personality Disorders: Mental health disorders in this category are characterized by an inability to socially interact with others in a normal fashion. Personality disorders include chronic antisocial behavior, excessive insecurity, narcissism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, paranoia, and passive-aggressive disorders. Alcohol, drug, and/or gamblingaddictions are other forms of personality disorders.
Thought Disorders: Thought disorders are characterized by behavioral problems, learning disabilities, brain dysfunction, and/or delusional thinking. Conditions in this category include:
- attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- bi-polar disorder (manic depression)
- multiple personalities
Symptoms of mental health disorders can vary greatly, both according to category and degree. Emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression, are characterized by symptoms that range from feelings of chronic despair, fear, hopelessness, panic, pessimism, sadness, and worthlessness, to physical symptoms, such as racing heartbeathigh blood pressure, and gastrointestinal upset. In some cases, people afflicted with emotional disorders can become overwhelmed by feelings of grief and despair to the point of being suicidal.
Symptoms of personality disorders range from the self-destructive behavior that is common with addiction to a chronic inability to properly relate to others, leading to isolation and loneliness. People who suffer from paranoia are often unable to objectively view subjective and objective events in their lives without feeling persecuted and/or in some kind of danger; whereas people with an obsessive-compulsive disorder feel as if they are losing control over their lives if they don’t obsessively perform certain calming behaviors, such as washing their hands over and over again or repeatedly checking to see if they locked their doors before going out.
People who suffer from thought disorders often suffer from cognitive problems and/or are unable to think clearly about issues that concern them. In some instances, such as schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder, they can also exhibit completely different personalities at different times during the day, depending on how they react to external stimuli or their own thought processes. Similar changes in personality also characterize people who suffer from bi-polar disorder, ranging from euphoric mania to listless depression.
Caution: If you or your loved ones suffer from any of the above symptoms to a serious degree, seek the assistance of a trained mental health professional with a background in holistic medicine.
Although the causes of mental health disorders are often relegated by conventional mental health professionals to being solely psychological or genetic in nature, holistic health professionals recognize that many other factors can also be involved, and in many cases are far more significant. Moreover, they also recognize the fact that many times people are misdiagnosed with mental health disorders when in actuality they are suffering from significant biochemical problems caused primarily by poor diet and nutritional imbalances.
Other important factors to consider as causes of mental health disorders are food and environmental allergies, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), stress, chronic physical illness, hormone imbalances, lower than normal histamine levels, and viral infections of the brain. Social and cultural factors, as well as a person’s age and gender, can also contribute to or exacerbate mental health disorders. Ironically, so can the use of prescription drugs, including drugs specifically prescribed and recommended for treating mental health disorders.
Addiction/Substance Abuse: Holistically oriented mental health professionals recognize that a similar mechanism, known as specific adaptation, is often at work in cases of both addiction and mental health disorders. According to mental health doctor Karl E. Humiston, M.D., of Albany, Oregon, in cases of addiction, specific adaptation means that the addict’s body has adapted, both chemically and energetically, to substances to which it is allergic or which are toxic in order to derive temporary feelings of pleasure. Similarly, specific adaptation also forms many various types of mental health disorders, such as anxiety, compulsive behavior, depression, and, in some cases, psychosis, all of which can be triggered by allergy-causing foods and toxic chemicals. Because of the way the body adapts to, and then starts to crave such substances, their lack can trigger heightened negative emotional episodes, making it far more difficult to accurately determine the causes of mental health disorders and, therefore, to effectively treat them. This aspect of the relationship between addiction and mental health is often ignored by conventional health professionals.
Allergies: Allergies, especially those caused by foods and food additives, can contribute to a number of mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. The late Benjamin Feingold, MD, found that allergic reactions to certain foods and food additives are a primary cause of many types of behavioral problems, such as ADD and ADHD.
Aspartame, a common artificial sweetener, is an especially toxic food additive in this regard because of how it can cause imbalances in brain chemistry once the body digests and assimilates it. Artificial food colorings, flavorings, and preservatives act similarly on the brain, significantly increasing the risk of developing many types of mental health disorders. Foods such as chocolate, corn, dairy products, eggs, milk, refined carbohydrates, sugar and sugar substitutes, tomatoes, and wheat are common allergens, and if allergic, these foods can negatively impact an individual’s mental and emotional well-being.
Amino Acid Imbalance: Amino Acid imbalances can significantly affect mental and emotional states and be at the root of variety of mental problems. Urine testing can be effective in determining amino acid levels. Find an alternative Dr. who is familiar with neuro testing. Amino Acid Therapy can be a turning point in many cases as balancing one’s brain chemistry is very important and is often overlooked when treating most mental disorders.
Chronic Physical Illness: The experience of being chronically ill can often result in mental health problems, especially when a person is beset by serious forms of illness that can potentially be life-threatening. Over time, as people fail to experience relief from their physical symptoms, they can grow increasingly anxious or depressed. In cases of severe chronic pain, they can even become suicidal. Compounding this problem is the fact that many pharmaceutical drugs that are commonly prescribed to treat physical illnesses can adversely affect brain chemistry and disrupt immunity, opening the door for biochemical imbalances and immune dysfunctions to occur, which can have a profound negative impact on a person’s mental and emotional health. Candidiasis is another chronic health problem that can cause or worsen mental health disorders, due to the way that systemic yeast overgrowth can create nutritional deficiencies. Research conducted by allergy specialist Doris Rapp, M.D., has proven that just a few drops of allergenic food substances can trigger anger, confusion, and hyperactivity, especially in children. A long term Candida diet can be used specifically for the purpose of lifting the emotional pain and simultaneously clear Candidiasis.
Diet: Poor diet is a serious cause of mental health disorders because of the nutritional deficiencies and imbalances it results in. In addition, certain foods, as mentioned above, can trigger allergies that can cause or worsen mental health problems. This is especially the case with diets devoid of fresh, organic fruits, vegetables and other organic whole foods. To make matters worse, diets neglecting whole foods are often high in commercially packaged and processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and sugars. Such a diet not only lacks the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients essential for good health, but it is also high in unhealthy food additives, preservatives, and other chemicals that can seriously impair mental health.
Environmental Toxins and Other Environmental Factors: Heavy metal poisoning, as well as exposure to toxic chemicals contained in exhaust fumes, paints, solvents, and other substances, have all been shown by research to be capable of causing a variety of mental health problems, such as depression, thinking disorders, and even violent behavior. This is especially true when such exposure leads to elevated levels of cadmium, copper, lead, manganese, mercury and/or tin.
Living near or otherwise being regularly exposed to high voltage lines can also pose serious mental health problems, including chronic depression and suicide. The link between close proximity to power lines and depression, for example, has been clearly established by scientific research.
The quality and quantity of light can also influence mental health. This scientific fact was first established by John Nash Ott, Sc.D., a photobiologist who discovered that fluorescent and incandescent lighting impairs the body’s ability to properly absorb and assimilate nutrients and can trigger a variety of mental health problems, including alcoholism, depression, drug abuse, hostility, hyperactivity, and irritability, as well as contributing to lowered immune function, a shortened life span, and chronic degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. People who spend the majority of their time indoors in buildings with artificial light are particularly susceptible to these types of health risks.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is caused by a lack of sunlight, especially during the winter months, can also cause or worsen mental health disorders, as can exposure to mold and pollen.
Histamine Imbalance: Lower or higher than normal histamine levels can also be a factor in mental health disorders, especially schizophrenia. This was first shown in the 1950s by the late Carl Pfeiffer, Ph.D., M.D., a pioneering orthomolecular physician who found that nearly 50 percent of the schizophrenic patients he examined had lower than normal histamine levels, while approximately a third of them had elevated histamine levels. Dr. Pfeiffer also found histamine imbalances to be a factor in many cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder, severe depression, paranoia, suicidal tendencies, and thinking disorders. Typically, such patients also showed abnormal levels of basophils, a type of white blood cell that stores histamine in the body. They also usually suffered from nutritional imbalances, especially of folic acid and zinc.
Hormonal Imbalances: Hormonal imbalances can also contribute to mental health problems, especially in women who rely on birth control pills and/or who take synthetic progesterone, both of which can cause overall hormone levels to become imbalanced. In addition, birth control pills and synthetic progesterone can also result in systemic yeast overgrowth (candidiasis), further exacerbating mental health issues.
Hypoglycemia: Many patients who suffer from mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, unexplained or irrational fear, hyperactivity, and irritability also suffer fromhypoglycemia (low blood sugar). In certain instances, hypoglycemia may even be the sole cause of such conditions. For such patients, stabilizing blood sugar levels is essential for proper treatment.
Nutritional Deficiencies and Imbalances: Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances represent two of the most important causes of mental health disorders, and are nearly as significant as the genetic factors that can predispose people to suffer from mental and emotional problems. Since the 1950s, leaders in the field of orthomolecular medicine, such as Linus Pauling, Carl Pfeiffer, and Abram Hoffer, have shown that deficiencies in any nutrient can cause mental health problems, ranging from anxiety, attention deficit disorders, depression, and hyperactivity to impaired mental function, schizophrenia, thinking disorders, and habitual violent behavior. Among the nutrients most commonly found to be deficient or imbalanced in people with mental health disorders are B complex vitamins—especially vitamins B1, B3 (niacin), B6, and B12—vitamin C, calcium, copper, iron, lithium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Low levels of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid, or HCl) are also commonly found among patients with mental health problems. A lack of HCl can significantly interfere with the body’s ability to digest and assimilate nutrients contained in food. Scientific samplings of thousands of people in prison conducted by William Walsh, Ph.D., a former research scientist at the Argonne National Laboratories, revealed that 95 percent of them suffered from pronounced nutritional and biochemical imbalances, and often also had elevated levels of potential toxic minerals such as lead. This was particularly true of prisoners who exhibited severe antisocial behaviors, as well as those who were convicted of homicide, rape, and other violent crimes, as well as those most prone to suicidal tendencies.
Psychiatric Drugs: In the last few decades, the field of mental health has been increasingly co-opted by the pharmaceutical industry. As a result, so-called psychiatric drugs are now the primary treatment approach used by practitioners of conventional medicine for mental health disorders. This trend has been exacerbated by the fact that emphasis is now placed more on cost-saving measures when it comes to health care, than on treatment methods that actually work, particularly on the part of HMOs, PPOs, and other managed care health organizations.
Further compounding this problem is the fact that pharmaceutical drugs are increasingly being recommended and prescribed for children despite the fact that their young brains are not fully developed and are therefore less capable of resisting the drugs’ serious side effects. Moreover, no data has ever been compiled that shows such drugs are safe or effective for younger age groups (and in fact little convincing data exists showing that they are safe and effective for adults). So influential has the pharmaceutical industry become in this regard that all across the United States, parents now risk having their children taken from them to be placed into foster homes if they refuse to use drugs such as Ritalin, which can cause very serious side effects, to treat their children. Thus far, an estimated 100,000 children across America have been taken from their parents for this reason, with the full support of both state and federal judicial courts. This, despite the fact that psychiatric drugs are known to carry serious health risks, including suicidal and homicidal tendencies, as well as other psychotic behaviors.Psychiatric drugs primary fall into four categories: stimulants, antidepressants, anti-psychotic medications, and sleep aids. What follows are various health risks associated with each class of drug.
Stimulants: Stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderal, which are routinely prescribed for ADD and ADHD, has been shown by research to act on the brain in much the same way that cocaine and amphetamine drugs do. Common side effects caused by Ritalin, Adderal, and other stimulant drugs include, but are not limited to, brain damage, unhealthy behavioral changes, dizziness, headache, stomach problems, stunted growth, suicide, and violent and homicidal tendencies. Stimulant drugs also have a strong tendency to leave those who use them feeling listless and “zombie-like,” to the point where their inherent personality seems completely suppressed. Despite these grave health risks, current statistics indicate that approximately 20 percent of all school children in kindergarten through the 12th grade take Ritalin and similar medications, usually because they have been diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD, two so-called health conditions which many scientists and physicians in the fields of both conventional and holistic medicine dispute are even real. Moreover, half of all children in this country who are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD are placed on Ritalin and similar drugs without ever receiving proper psychological or educational testing. In addition, though no child has ever died as a result of either ADD or ADHD, a number of deaths have been attributed to children with these so-called conditions as a direct result of Ritalin and similar stimulant drug use.
Antidepressants: Antidepressant medications, such as Paxil, Prozac, and Zolot, are another class of drugs that can cause serious side effects. Such side effects include anxiety, dizziness, nausea, sexual dysfunction (including impotence and loss of libido), uncontrollable facial and body tics, visual hallucinations, unhealthy weight gain andobesity, withdrawal symptoms, and sexual dysfunction. Other side effects include electric shock sensations in the brain, as well as severe and permanent neurological damage. In addition, some users of antidepressant medications can exhibit suicidal and homicidal tendencies, as well as other forms of violent behavior, and the use of tricyclic medications, such as Norpramin, has even been implicated in the sudden deaths of children for whom it was prescribed.
Anti-Psychotic Medications: Anti-psychotic drug use can result in movement disorders, such as tardive dyskinesia, as well as neurological damage that can lead to such conditions as Alzheimer`s disease.
Sleeping Aids: Side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs used to treat sleep disorders include overdose, unhealthy lowering of the heart rate (hypotension), depressed respiration, unhealthy changes in mood, diminished cognitive function, and impaired consciousness. In addition to the above side effects, psychiatric drugs, as well as pharmaceutical drugs in general, can trigger and/or exacerbate a variety of mental health disorders.
Stress: Chronic, unresolved stress can also trigger and exacerbate mental health disorders, as well as negatively impacting the health of your body’s endocrine, immune, and nervous systems. Stress has been implicated by researchers such as Dr. Bruce Lipton of Stanford University as the primary cause of 95 percent of all health conditions, including those which fall under the category of mental health. By weakening your body’s endocrine system, stress can result in hormonal imbalances that are associated with mental health disorders. By weakening immunity, stress opens the door to various disease-causing agents, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi such as Candida albicans(which, unchecked, causes candidiasis), all of which can negatively effect the health of the brain and lead to ongoing feelings of anxiety, depression, and fear, as well as impairing cognitive and mental function. And by affecting the nervous system, stress makes it much more difficult for people to feel relaxed, think clearly, and properly express themselves. Conversely, mental health disorders, and the life situations that can cause or contribute to them, such as job loss, divorce, or the death of a loved one, can significantly increase a person’s stress levels, setting in motion a vicious cycle that further aggravates and perpetuates mental health problems.
Viral Infections of the Brain: Pioneering holistic physician William H. Philpott, MD, of Choctaw, Oklahoma, has found that all mental health disorders related to organic brain dysfunction are initiated by viral infection of the brain. According to Dr. Philpott, it is the herpes class of viruses that causes the brain to become infected. Viruses in this class include cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr virus, human herpes virus 6 (HHV6), and infectious mononucleosis. He has found that people who are born with a predisposition for mental health disorders typically have such viruses passed onto them by their mothers while they are gestating in the womb. Or viruses will often invade the brains of young children early on in life. Once the viruses take hold in the brain, they begin to infect the brain’s neurons and create brain swelling. This, in turn, results in abnormalities in a person’s ability to concentrate, as well as in their judgment and perception, often to a seriously damaging degree.
According to Dr. Philpott, the activity of such viruses in the brain is both chronic and fluctuating, and can make people who are afflicted by brain viruses more susceptible to other factors that can cause or worsen mental health disorders, such as environmental toxins, food allergies, and nutritional deficiencies.
Mental health disorders that can be associated with viral brain infections include bi-polar disorders, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, psychosis, and schizophrenia.
A healthy diet is a vital component of any overall program for addressing mental health disorders. If you suffer from mental health problems, be sure to get tested for food allergies.
It is essential to eat a steady and diverse daily diet of health enhancing fruits such as apples, berries, stone fruits, and vegetables, especially dark greens, salads, small daily quantities of high quality protein sources, such as wild fish, organic poultry, bison, lamb, eggs, beans, legumes, tempeh and tofu, essential fatty acids, whole grains, such as quinoa and brown rice, nuts and seeds (preferably soaked), and wholesome, rather than refined treats.
Be sure to vary the foods you eat at each meal to ensure a plentiful supply of nutrients and enzymes and to avoid the risk of developing food sensitivities, and be careful not to overeat during meals.
Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.
If you suffer from hypoglycemia, avoid high glycemic carbohydrate foods. Eat meals that are high in a variety of vegetables, small and consistent portions of quality proteins and low in carbohydrates. In addition, eat healthy snacks such as all vegetable juices or raw vegetables with a handful of soaked nuts or seeds, or a hard boiled egg, a slice of protein such as turkey wrapped in lettuce leaves, or a fresh fruit smoothie mixed with essential fats and a quality protein powder, such as Hemp or raw organic whey protein powder. Eat something every two to three hours between meals to keep your blood sugar levels stabilized.
To avoid adding toxic waste to your system also adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Avoid foods that contain additives, coloring, flavouring, pesiticides and preservatives as well as foods that are commericially processed and refined.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid, alcohol and caffeine.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Vitamin D has been shown to be a key factor in combating depression and alleviating mood swings. Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day http:/// for a period of up to four weeks.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take the mineral Lithium Orotate (ensure it doesn’t contain magnesium stearate.
- St John’s Wort www.sourcenaturals.com
- Coral Calcium http://ow.ly/eQMEN
- Magnesium taken in powder form – www.therawfoodworld.com
- Deer Antler Velvet www.royalvelvetforlife.com
- Able Heel
- 3-2-1 Supplements www.ncsupplements.com
- Omega 3s such as the following
Useful nutritional supplements for mental health disorders include B complex vitamins, especially vitamins B1, B3 (niacin), B6, and B12, as well as vitamin C, calcium, magnesium potassium, and zinc. Omega 3 oils and other essential fatty acids, such as evening primrose oil, are also recommend to ensure good brain health. Amino Acid formulas as well as specific Amino acid therapy can also provide relief of symptoms. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) supplements should also be used for people with low stomach acid in order to promote effective digestion and assimilation of other nutrients. There are a wide variety of specialized amino acids available from alternative Drs. that focus exclusively on mental health issues. Specific amino acid testing is recommended.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a local practitioner here
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dealing with emotional issues. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
Meditation – Numerous studies have shown meditation to have many health benefits as well as improving mood, anxiety and stress. Meditation can be a helpful addition to treating depression. Over time, meditation can help one feel more at peace and be able to step back and let go of thoughts, which is helpful since depressed individuals often experience repetitive negative thoughts. Meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly with eyes closed and concentrating on one’s breath. When you notice yourself no longer focusing on your breath, gently bring your focus back to your breathing.
Deep breathing can bring immediate positive results and is the fastest way for you to start feeling relief from your depressive symptoms, literally within 30 seconds. In fact after just several repetitions of a simple deep breathing exercise oxygen is already flowing throughout your body and will cause you to feel refreshed and relaxed. There’s nothing difficult to memorize – you just have to remember the count, how long to hold your breath, and how many repetitions you need to do. You don’t need a special place or time to do deep breathing exercises. Of course the most important time is when you feel a depressive episode coming on.
Simple deep breathing: this starts out by exhaling rather than inhaling since you can’t inhale fully until you get rid of all the oxygen that is in your lungs. Also, make sure you breathe through your nose. Sit in a comfortable position and place your hands on your knees, making sure your shoulders are relaxed. Next, close your eyes. On your next exhalation breathe slowly through your nose while mentally counting to five. Tighten your abdominal muscles, drawing in your diaphragm to assist your lungs to deflate. At the end of your breath stop and count off two seconds, Then breathe in slowly by expanding your stomach and mentally counting to five. Again, at the end of your breath stop and count off two seconds. Repeat 5-10 times and make sure to focus on your counting so your mind does not wander.
Belly breathing: Sit in a comfortable position and place one hand on your belly right below the ribs and the other hand on your chest. Take a slow deep breath in through your nose and allow your belly to push your hand out. Do not move your chest. Next, pucker your lips and breathe out slowly through your mouth as if you were whistling. Feel your hand on your belly go in and use it to push out all the air. Repeat 3-10 times. There are many more deep breathing exercises that can be learned. Try and practise different deep breathing exercises and may them part of your daily activity.
Morning sunlight has been known to have a positive effect on depression . Sunlight increases the amount of serotin – which makes us feel happy – in the brain. Light and colour have been valued throughout history as sources of healing and today the therapeutic applications of light and colour are being investigatesd worldwide. Results indicate that full-spectrum, ultra-violet, coloured and laser light can have therapeutic value for a range of conditions, from chronic pain and depression to immune disorders and cancers.
Natural sunlight is particularly important for maintaining health and research reveals that if certain wavelengths aren’t present in light, the body can’t fully absorb some nutrients. Most artificial lighting, both incandescent and fluorescent, lacks the complete, balanced spectrum. Light therapy often involves using light boxes, specially designed devices consisting of full spectrum fluorescent lights simulating early morning sunlight.
Bright light therapy involves the use of bright white light ranging intensity from 2,000 lux to 5,000 lux. While this intensity isn’t anywhere near that of sunlight (50,000 lux) it is significantly higher than the average workspace lighting of 50-500 lux.
Alphabiotics Unification Process is a powerful and supportive, hands-on therapy designed to help all aspects of your mental and emotional self come into full alignment. It involves a fast movement of the head that quickly aligns the entire body. Alphabiotics supports brain hemisphere integration to enhance well-being and deepen spiritual awareness. alphabioticinfo.com/Home.aspx
Bring me sunshine – lifting the cloud of depression www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-02.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Can fish oil fight depression? www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/fish-oil-depression-zm0z10zrog.aspx
Depression: The Pathway Home www.all-natural.com/depress.html
Suicide and depression is gone. I’m singing again – faster EFT changed my life www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBX5B3Byx54
Topic: Energy, Depression & Our Youth- Dr. Julissa on Natural Health Matters TV : www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPiAJc4nbx4
The advantage of natural health remedies for depression: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfd7QlNqPMI
Light therapy on bipolar patients: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016503270000149X
Effects of sunlight on serotonin turnover in the brain: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673602117375
The effectiveness of St John’s Wort in treating depression (British Medical Journal): www.bmj.com/content/313/7052/253.full
Further Information (links and books)
Solving The Depression Puzzle, Rita Elkin M.H
Wired for joy by Laurell Mellin
Talking Back to Prozac: What Doctors Won’t Tell You About Today’s Most Controversial Drug, Peter R/ Breggin, MD with Ginger Rose Breggin; Energy Tapping, Fred P. Gallo PhD.
Conscious Breathing: Breathwork for Health, Stress Release and Personal Mastery by Gay Hendricks
The Journey: An Extraordinary Guide for Healing Your life and Setting Yourself Free by Brandon Bays
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Whole food supplement, Pure Synergy
www.thesynergycompany.com (800) 723-0277
E3 Live, Green Superfoods
Omega-3s, Cod Liver oil
www.drrons.com (877) 472-8701
St. John’s Wort
Sunlight Therapy, Solar Healing
EMF Chaos Elimination, Q-Link
www.toolsforwellness.com (800) 456-9887
Living Freedom, Emotional Release Work
www.totalintegrationinstitute.com (520) 615-9811
Callahan Technique, Thought Field Therapy
www.tftrx.com (760) 564-1008
Dianetics, Dianetics Technology
www.dianetics.com (800) 367-8788
Neuro Emotional Technique
www.netmindbody.com (800) 888-4638
Bowen, Find Practitioner
Rebounder, Evolution Health
www.evolutionhealth.com (888) 896-7790
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
judith hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Rebounder – mini trampoline