Depression, Suicidal Tendencies

Also Post-Traumatic Stress Dis­or­der (PTSD), apa­thy, intro­ver­sion, etc.

-by Phillip Day

Pro­file

In her open­ing address, the World Health Organisation’s Direc­tor Gen­eral, Dr Gro Harlem stated:

“…ini­tial esti­mates sug­gest that about 450 mil­lion peo­ple alive today suf­fer from men­tal or neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders…. Major depres­sion is now the lead­ing cause of dis­abil­ity glob­ally.” 1

There is, of course, no ques­tion that depres­sion blights the lives of mil­lions around the globe. A mil­lion peo­ple com­mit sui­cide every year, with between 10 to 20 mil­lion sui­cides attempted annu­ally.2 Sui­cide in the US for males between the ages of 35–49 is the num­ber three cause of death, out­strip­ping even dia­betes, iatro­genic death (physician-induced) and motor vehi­cle accidents.

Canada has a par­tic­u­larly bad prob­lem with depres­sion and sui­cides, with a per­son killing them­selves every two hours. Hos­pi­tal records for 1998/1999 show that females were hos­pi­talised for attempted sui­cide at one and a half times the rate of males. Around 9% of those hos­pi­talised for a sui­cide attempt had pre­vi­ously been dis­charged more than once fol­low­ing an attempt on their own life in that same year.3 Physi­cians wrote out 3 mil­lion pre­scrip­tions for Paxil (parox­e­tine) alone, one of the most com­mon anti-depressant med­ica­tions. Sales for Paxil in 2000 exceeded those in 1999 by 19%.4

Depres­sion symptoms

Feel­ings of doom, the inabil­ity to take action, list­less­ness, and that thick lead blan­ket of despair wreck the lives, not only of the suf­ferer, but their fam­ily, friends and co-workers too.

Iden­ti­fy­ing the cause

It’s tempt­ing to leap right in and assign drugs and all sorts of cog­ni­tive ther­apy to the depres­sive, but first let’s ask the sim­ple ques­tion. Why is this per­son depressed?

For social rea­sons, such as a beast of a husband/wife, chil­dren run­ning amok, etc? This is not a med­ical prob­lem and needs to be sorted out non-medically

Are they depressed for finan­cial rea­sons, high lev­els of debt, fis­cal wor­ries, job inse­cu­ri­ties, etc? This too is not a med­ical prob­lem, yet in the era of the credit crunch, how many peo­ple are treat­ing their finan­cial prob­lems pharmaceutically?

Is the per­son depressed because of their beliefs or world­view – i.e. what they believe life is all about in the first place? Remem­ber the four big ques­tions? Who am I? Where did I come from? What am I doing here? And where am I going when this life is over? Loss of moti­va­tion and a ‘who cares’ atti­tude is a very com­mon cause of depres­sion for those who don’t have sat­is­fac­tory answers to these ques­tions. This too is not a med­ical issue, it’s a spir­i­tual prob­lem. My bookOri­gins deals with the sci­ence behind our true ori­gins and the con­clu­sions that may be drawn from the star­tling evidence

Is the per­son depressed because they are already on drugs which make them depressed? Many ‘recre­ational’ (illicit) drugs have this effect, as do a whole slew of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, most notably anti-depressants such as the select sero­tonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and ben­zo­di­azepines, which often cause the very prob­lems they were designed to treat in the first place

Is the per­son depressed and they have no idea why?

His­tadelia

In the last case, nutri­ent defi­cien­cies, dehy­dra­tion, glu­cose intol­er­ance, vit­a­min D defi­ciency and allergy are extremely com­mon in those suf­fer­ing from ‘atyp­i­cal’ depres­sion. One major cause is an excess of the neu­ro­trans­mit­ter hor­mone his­t­a­mine – a con­di­tion known as his­tadelia. This can also man­i­fest as the his­t­a­mine inflam­ma­tory sys­tem with a num­ber of obvi­ous symp­toms. Dr Carl Pfeif­fer asks:

“Do you sneeze in bright sun­light? Cry, sali­vate and feel nau­seous eas­ily? Hear your pulse in your head on the pil­low at night? Have fre­quent back­aches, stom­ach and mus­cle cramps? Do you have reg­u­lar headaches and sea­sonal aller­gies? Have abnor­mal fears, com­pul­sions and rit­u­als? Do you burn up food rapidly and some­times enter­tain sui­ci­dal thoughts? …If a major­ity of these apply to you, you may ben­e­fit from a low-protein, high com­plex car­bo­hy­drate diet (fruits and veg­eta­bles), 500 mg of cal­cium, am and pm, 500 mg methio­n­ine am and pm and a basic sup­ple­ment pro­gram. Avoid sup­ple­ments con­tain­ing folic acid as these can raise his­t­a­mine lev­els.”5

Some of our most loved stars, such as Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and Judy Gar­land, were likely his­tadelics, a con­di­tion that has been linked to chronic dehy­dra­tion, result­ing in the his­t­a­mine inflam­ma­tory sys­tem.6 Draw­ing from over 30 years’ expe­ri­ence, Pfeif­fer esti­mates that at least 20% of schiz­o­phren­ics are his­tadelics and these are often the prob­lem patients in psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tals, since they do not respond to the usual drug treat­ments, elec­troshock or insulin coma ‘therapy’.

Blood his­t­a­mine lev­els can be analysed. Often, the com­pul­sive obses­sions, blank mind, easy cry­ing and con­fu­sion may high­light an under­ly­ing chem­i­cal addic­tion to cane sugar, alco­hol or drugs. His­tadelics expe­ri­ence heavy saliva dis­charge and rarely have cav­i­ties. Often they are seen wip­ing saliva from the cor­ners of their mouth. Excess his­t­a­mine presents rapid oxi­da­tion in their body, and their high meta­bolic rate and sub­se­quent attrac­tive body shape are some­times poten­tial indi­ca­tors for the under­ly­ing con­di­tion. Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe was often heard to remark to photographers:

“You always take pic­tures of my body, but my most per­fect fea­ture is my teeth – I have no cavities!”

A high sex drive char­ac­terises the his­tadelic, who achieves orgasm and sus­tains it eas­ily. Drug addicts and alco­holics also tend to be his­tadelic. Heroin and methadone, for instance, are both pow­er­ful histamine-releasing agents. A severe insom­nia also char­ac­terises the con­di­tion, and suf­fer­ers often use heavy doses of seda­tives in order to get to sleep. The seda­tives them­selves some­times become an addic­tion prob­lem, fur­ther com­pound­ing the plight suf­fered by those with depression.

Depres­sion – the nutri­tional link

Tra­di­tional psy­chi­atric treat­ments are mostly use­less for the his­tadelic depres­sive. Elec­troshock, exam­ined in detail in my book The Mind Game, is plain, old-fashioned tor­ture which trau­ma­tises the patient fur­ther. Lithium in lower doses of 600–900 mg is par­tially effec­tive, but does not have greater effi­cacy at higher dosages, and at best is a ‘Band-Aid’, not solv­ing the rea­son why the con­di­tion occurred in the first place. Anti-depressant drugs are sim­ply mood ame­lio­ra­tors and can be addic­tive. Nor do his­tadelics respond to B3 mega-doses usu­ally rec­om­mended for schiz­o­phren­ics who have the under­ly­ing B3 defi­ciency con­di­tion, pel­la­gra, whose symp­toms can include dizzi­ness, diar­rhoea, hal­lu­ci­na­tions and skin dis­or­ders. B9 (folic acid) def­i­nitely wors­ens the condition.

What has been shown to work are treat­ments which mod­ify how the body releases and detox­i­fies his­t­a­mine. Proper, con­sis­tent hydra­tion and salt­ing (unre­fined salts) will deac­ti­vate the his­t­a­mine inflam­ma­tory sys­tem over time.7 Other indi­ca­tors of dehy­dra­tion include aller­gies, hay fever, asthma, con­sti­pa­tion, high blood pres­sure, reflux and stom­ach ulcers, fungal/yeast prob­lems and lower back pain.8 Cal­cium sup­ple­men­ta­tion releases the body’s stores of his­t­a­mine and the amino acid methio­n­ine detox­i­fies his­t­a­mine through methy­la­tion, the body’s usual method of break­ing down the neu­ro­trans­mit­ter. Lab­o­ra­to­ries can test for his­t­a­mine lev­els in the blood and this is often one of the first best steps a prac­ti­tioner can take to deter­mine if his­t­a­mine is a player in their patient’s depression.

Maes et al also found that serum lev­els of zinc in 48 unipo­lar depressed sub­jects (16 minor, 14 sim­ple major and 18 melan­cholic sub­jects) were sig­nif­i­cantly lower than those in the 32 con­trol vol­un­teers.9 Pro­fes­sor Mal­colm Mcleod of the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina has deter­mined that 25–42% of those suf­fer­ing depres­sion are ‘atyp­i­cal’ depres­sives with low chromium lev­els, an out­rider to chronic dehy­dra­tion.10

Sea­sonal Affec­tive Dis­or­der (SAD)

Another major link in depres­sion is lack of sun­light and vit­a­min D. Where you live can have a pro­found affect on morale and I don’t just mean Maid­stone or Hel­mand province. North­ern lat­i­tudes are noto­ri­ous for inad­e­quate solar wave­lengths between the equinoxes, pre­vent­ing the body from man­u­fac­tur­ing suf­fi­cient vit­a­min D. As a rule, if your shadow is longer than you are, you’re not mak­ing vit­a­min D, says Dr John Cannell:

“Depres­sion sever­ity has been shown to be sig­nif­i­cantly asso­ci­ated with decreased serum 25(OH)D lev­els. In one study, in those who had both major and minor depres­sion, vit­a­min D lev­els were 14% lower than in peo­ple who did not suf­fer from depres­sion.”11

Sea­sonal affec­tive dis­or­der depres­sion (SAD) is one such con­se­quence.12 Con­sider that the body requires 4,000 IU/day just to main­tain vit­a­min D lev­els. Gov­ern­ment RDA for D is usu­ally set between 200–400 IU/day, so the prob­lem is clear. Dark-skinned folk have prob­lems with health in north­ern climes over the long-haul if they do not take pre­cau­tions to opti­mise their vit­a­min D level to around 60 ng/ml. The 52nd Par­al­lel appears to be the break­point – that’s the line run­ning through Buck­ing­ham, Cork and the south­ern lat­i­tudes of Canada. Sui­cides are com­mon in Scan­di­navia, the Baltic states, Canada and Rus­sia, doubt­less in part due to SAD.

Help­ing those with sui­ci­dal tendencies

Today, fam­ily mem­bers often do not like to get involved with help­ing loved ones with depres­sion, so the patient is usu­ally referred to a doc­tor or psy­chi­a­trist, after which the inevitable anti-depressants are pre­scribed as a mat­ter of first resort. These chem­i­cals are pow­er­ful, extremely addic­tive and have dam­ag­ing phys­i­cal and emo­tional side-effects. Usu­ally no nutri­tional checks are done on the patient to reveal any under­ly­ing meta­bolic causes. Social, finan­cial, world­view or emo­tional issues are treated phar­ma­ceu­ti­cally to get the brain to ‘for­get about’ what was both­er­ing it to begin with. Other dis­tress­ing mea­sures, such as sec­tion and incar­cer­a­tion under men­tal health leg­is­la­tion, lead to fur­ther trou­ble. Attempts at sui­cide often fol­low, mak­ing mat­ters worse. Research group True­hope states:

“One of the par­tic­u­larly tragic out­comes of a mood dis­or­der is sui­cide. Over 90% of sui­cide vic­tims have a sig­nif­i­cant psy­chi­atric ill­ness at the time of their death. These are often undi­ag­nosed, untreated, or both. Mood dis­or­ders and sub­stance abuse are the two most com­mon. Around 15–20% of depressed patients end their lives by com­mit­ting sui­cide.” 13

In times gone by, car­ing fam­ily mem­bers gath­ered around and gave the depressed rel­a­tive the assur­ance and atten­tion to talk things through. Often drug addic­tion or sub­stance abuse were key fac­tors. Today, with the frac­tur­ing of the fam­ily unit, the den­i­gra­tion of reli­gion and the sep­a­ra­tion of fam­i­lies from each other with the hec­tic pace of 21st cen­tury life, wel­fare ser­vices have taken over the task of coun­selling, which used to be car­ried out by car­ing rel­a­tives or the neigh­bour­hood min­is­ter. In my view this has had a pro­foundly dele­te­ri­ous effect on our soci­ety. While the med­ica­tions pre­scribed appear to have a qui­et­ing effect, under­neath there is a roil­ing of emo­tions. Drugs never solve the under­ly­ing causes of depression.

I fur­ther believe that a neigh­bour­hood pastor/minister has a piv­otal role to play in main­tain­ing the men­tal sta­bil­ity of their parish­ioners and offer them com­fort, famil­iar bound­aries and nor­mal­ity. It sim­ply has not worked the psy­chi­atric way, with psy­chi­a­trists them­selves, as I cover in The Mind Game, often com­mit­ting sui­cide more often than the pub­lic they are sup­posed to be treating.

Com­bin­ing nutri­tional good sense with counselling

In these times, more than ever, it is essen­tial for the depressed to have an under­stand­ing friend or rel­a­tive with them con­stantly. Ide­ally this should be some­one the depressed per­son looks up to, and from whom they can take guid­ance. Mea­sures should be taken to remove influ­ences that can have a depress­ing effect on the patient. These include news­pa­pers, TV news, video and com­puter games, heavy metal, rap, pop and other ‘cul­ture’ music preach­ing neg­a­tive con­di­tion­ing mes­sages. Instead, pos­i­tive lov­ing influ­ences, serene sur­round­ings such as coun­try­side out­ings, and an active, out­doors lifestyle with plenty of exer­cise, far removed espe­cially from those set­tings which have sur­rounded the patient dur­ing their bouts of depres­sion, are ideal for set­ting the scene for recovery

And then we have the con­stant onslaught of bad news. Dur­ing my lec­tures, I some­times invite the audi­ence to go home after­wards and comb through a daily national news­pa­per with marker pens and put a big red ‘X’ next to every arti­cle that is bad news. Then do the same for the TV list­ings. Then go back through the news­pa­per and put a big blue ‘X’ next to every sin­gle arti­cle that is absolutelyNONE OF THEIR BUSINESS. This gives a stark indi­ca­tion of how much noce­bic junk we take into our brains for absolutely no achiev­able gain.

What we focus on becomes our real­ity. Ecuador does not fea­ture in most people’s lives in the West because we don’t gen­er­ally go there so we don’t focus on it. Yet our street, work­place, fam­ily, friends, our cars – these are our focus and so describe our phys­i­cal con­text. When we realise that we become what we focus on, we have a press­ing rea­son to change the focus! It isn’t hard to see how some­one fix­ated on porn, splat­ter films, zom­bies, were­wolves, ISIS and vam­pires (inten­tional jux­ta­po­si­tion) is going to have a neg­a­tive focus, with all the con­comi­tant effects this stirs up.

Take action

On the phys­i­cal side, the fol­low­ing may be of ben­e­fit to the depressive:

DO NOT COME OFF ANY PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION UNLESSSUPERVISED

DIET: Fol­low the FOOD FOR THOUGHT LIFESTYLE REGIMEN. Com­mence chang­ing your food intake to include 80% organic plant-based mate­r­ial con­sumed raw. This will include fruits, veg­eta­bles, pulses, legumes, hari­cots, seeds, nuts and grasses.

DIET: Avoid all grains, espe­cially mod­ern, semi-dwarf wheat in all its forms and manifestations

HYDRATION: Com­mence drink­ing half your own body­weight in ounces of water per day (i.e. a 160 lb male can drink 80 oz of water a day, which is approx­i­mately 10 glasses). A good guide for adults is 2 – 2.5 litres a day. Do NOTdrink dis­tilled or fluoridated/chlorinated water. Do not drink water out of warm plas­tic bot­tles due to leach­ing of estro­genic chem­i­cals. Do not drink exces­sive amounts of water (four litres plus) unless you are salt­ing — hypona­tremia (sodium washout) can be fatal

RESTORE NUTRIENT BALANCE: COMMENCE THE BASIC SUPPLEMENTPROGRAM, ensur­ing:

Opti­mise vit­a­min D serum level to 150 nmol/L (See A Guide to Nutri­tional Sup­ple­ments before tak­ing)

High Potency vit­a­min B Complex

Zinc (glu­conate), 25 mg, am and pm

Raw vir­gin coconut oil, 2–4 table­spoons a day

Vit­a­min B-3 (niacin) (taken sep­a­rately from B Com­plex): Com­mence 200 mg/day, increas­ing under advice from a physi­cian. Niacin pro­duces a skin flush, usu­ally between 200 – 500 mg, so the patient needs to work through this and get to the higher intakes (see A Guide to Nutri­tional Sup­ple­ments: Vit­a­min B-3before tak­ing)

Chromium picol­i­nate, 200 mcg per day

A good pro­bi­otic, as directed

Mag­ne­sium cit­rate, 400 – 800 mg daily, depend­ing on bodyweight

Methio­n­ine, 500 mg, am and pm

TIP: His­tadelics should avoid sup­ple­ments con­tain­ing folic acid as these can raise his­t­a­mine levels

TIP: Avoid neg­a­tive con­di­tion­ing, includ­ing news­pa­pers, TV (espe­cially soap operas) and acquain­tances with a neg­a­tive attitude

EXERCISE: A reg­u­lar pro­gram should be set up with a per­sonal trainer to keep you in the traces. Exer­cis­ing, for the pur­poses of depres­sion, is some­thing more than walk­ing. It’s cycling, hill-climbing, stair-climbing, etc. with inten­sity to get the heart rate raised and low­ered repeat­edly for 20–30 mins a day plus. Stud­ies show that reg­u­lar exer­cise is at least as effec­tive as anti-depressant med­ica­tion,1and far more so if done accord­ing to the Peak Per­for­mance pro­file I describe inExer­cise

REST: The patient should get plenty of sleep and keep their body clock on time. Potent immune fac­tors are released dur­ing deep rest in pitch dark. Max­imise mela­tonin pro­duc­tion and boost immu­nity by review­ing sleep­ing and light­ing arrange­ments (see A Guide to Nutri­tional Sup­ple­ments: Mela­tonin)

EARTHING: The patient should spend fif­teen min­utes a day bare­foot on grass or a beach to allow a flow of antioxidant-acting free elec­trons into the body (see A Guide to Nutri­tional Sup­ple­ments: Earth­ing). A ground­ing bed-sheet or bed-mat is ideal for earth­ing pur­poses dur­ing sleep

WARNING: In view of the volatil­ity and tox­i­c­ity of many psy­chi­atric med­ica­tions, a patient should seek pro­fes­sional advice prior to dis­con­tin­u­ing, and then only under super­vi­sion. Under no cir­cum­stances should a per­son dis­con­tinue psy­chi­atric med­ica­tion on their own

TIP: Stress man­age­ment. Fam­ily should organ­ise reg­u­lar con­tact and out­ings with the depressed per­son to include them in all they do. A dif­fer­ent geo­graph­i­cal envi­ron­ment is ben­e­fi­cial if the patient will be hav­ing fun

Copy­right © Phillip Day

Fur­ther resources from www.credence.or

The ABC’s of Dis­ease by Phillip Day

The Lit­tle Book of Atti­tude by Phillip Day

The Essen­tial Guide to Exer­cise by Phillip Day

The Mind Game by Phillip Day

Sim­ple Changes by Phillip Day

Mak­ing a Killing DVD

 

1 WHO World Health Report 2001:

www.who.int/whr/2001/main/en/chapter2/002g.htm

2 Ibid.

3 Canada Health Reviews: www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/020124/d020124b.htm

4 National Post, 29th March 2001, Vol.9, No.129

5 Pfeif­fer, Carl & Patrick Hol­ford, op. cit. p.103

6 Bat­manghe­lidj, F and Phillip Day, The Essen­tial Guide to Water and Salt, Cre­dence 2008

7 Ibid.

8 Ibid.

9 Maes, M et al, “Hypoz­incemia in Depres­sion”, J. Affect. Dis­ord., 31, 1994, pp.135–140

10 www.chromiumconnection.com

11 www.vitamindcouncil.org

12 Nanri A, Mizoue T, Mat­sushita Y et al “Asso­ci­a­tion between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and depres­sive symp­toms in Japan­ese: analy­sis by sur­vey sea­son”, Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009 Dec;63(12):1444–7. Epub 2009 Aug 19

13 True­hope Ltd., Defin­ing a New Model for the Care of the Men­tally Ill, www.truehope.com; Robins, E, The Final Months: A Study of the Lives of 134 Per­sons, Oxford Uni­ver­sity Press, NY: 1981; Con­well, Y, et al, “Rela­tion­ships of Age and Axis 1 Diag­noses in Vic­tims of Com­pleted Sui­cide: A Psy­cho­log­i­cal Autopsy Study”, Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Psy­chi­a­try, 153, pp.1001–1008

14 www.mentalhealth.about.com; www.healthcentral.com, etc.


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