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Treatment for Depression

https://owners-guide.com/Depression & BipolarDepression and Bi-polar disorder at at epidemic levels today.  So many suffer from this debilitating condition but aren’t getting relief because the medical approach is flawed.  The list of dangerous depression medications is growing almost daily but they focus on the brain.  Over 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut.  This is called the enteric brain.  The majority of depression sufferers have leaky gut which is when large proteins are allowed to pass directly into the blood stream without being broken down properly first.  The result is a lack of absorption of critical nutrients and improper overall function.  The pharmaceutical industry focuses on drugs that are SSRIs or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibiters. They believe it is a brain chemistry problem but in actuality, it is a leaky gut problem.

FAQs

Isn’t depression just a chemical imbalance?

  • Absolutely not.  There is no chemical difference in the brain comparing a severe schizophrenic to a “normal” person.  Current medical protocols do not test the chemicals in the brain.  There is, however, a neurotransmitter problem but even that isn’t measured today.  Depression is a gut issue most of the time or a stress issue.  Since 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gut and a constant “fight or flight” state can lead to depression.

Are anti-depressants safe?

  • Absolutely not.  There is a black box warning on anti-depressants that says they have the effect of suicide or suicidal thoughts.  Anything that has that effect, particularly when we don’t know how they work in the body, is a bad idea.

How do anti-depressants work?

  • The mechanism of action of anti-depressants is UNKNOWN.  Nobody knows how they work! The advertisements say they BELIEVE they inhibit serotonin re-uptake, but they don’t really know for sure.

What are GMOs?

  • Genetically Modified Organisms. Those are are patentable products that have NEVER had human testing.  The animal studies show that they cause damage to the cholesterol synthesis and immune system. They are dangerous! Most countries are banning them now.  

Isn’t depression just ‘all in my head’?

  • No, depression is mainly in your gut.  It is actually called an enteric brain.  Focus on the nervous system and the gut. 

How can I get through my depression?

  • Find the stressors.  It will be a physical, chemical or emotional stressor.  
  • Get your nervous system checked for the physical stressors.  
  • Chemical stress-  eliminate toxins from your diet. Eat healthy organic whole foods.
  • Emotional stress- prayer and meditation.  You can also try the emotional freedom technique or EMDR (eye movement de-sensitization response).  Using those methods will help you recover from your depression. 

Comments

  1. Chris Tetirick says:

    Hello Dr Bergman, been watching your videos, on utube for a year now. Just joined your website. My girlfriend, has been taking klonipin for 14 yrs. She was only taking it as perscribed by a doctor. The medication makes her sick if she takes it and makes her sick, if she doesn’t take it. I think this is called tolerance. She now has numbness, from the neck up, can’t taste food, excessive salivation, to the point of choking at nite, her throte gets very tight when she tries to eat anything. She has been living on sweet potatoes and yogart only, for 9 months. Could this be caused by GABA, deregulation?

    • Hello Chris,

      Yes, this could most definitely be an issue with GABA because even though the mechanism of action of Klonopin is not known, it is believed to enhance GABA which inhibits neurotransmitters. Here are a couple links that explain the effects of Klonopin:
      http://www.rxlist.com/klonopin-drug/clinical-pharmacology.htm

      And as you can see in the following link, the side effects can be very serious with this drug:
      http://www.rxlist.com/klonopin-drug/patient-images-side-effects.htm

      So to help your girlfriend restore her health, she needs to focus on restoring her body’s ability to generate neurotransmitters. The first step will be ensuring that she’s getting all the necessary nutrients to create neurotransmitters and promote healthy brain function. Start by switching her to an organic, plant based diet with plenty of healthy fats like coconut oil. She needs to supplement appropriately with vitamin D3, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, omega 3 (fish oil), Lugol’s Solution (iodine), chlorella, spirulina and a mineral/amino acid supplement like Body Balance from Life Force.
      Here’s a video that explains several more dietary and lifestyle changes she can start making immediately to restore her health.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD5GyR2Q8J0

      One of the most important nutrients for brain function is Omega 3, preferably from wild caught sardines, mackerel, or anchovies which can be taken in supplement form, but make sure it’s a liquid supplement. The brand I use and recommend is Biopharma.

      I also suggest juicing vegetables and blending fruits on a daily basis. Juicing and blending are fantastic because the soluble fiber in veggie juice can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream and bind to toxins which may be affecting the health of the body. Juicing/blending also pre-digests the food so the nutrients/minerals are more easily absorbed by the body. There are also enzymes and natural probiotics in the veggie juice/blended fruit that will radically improve the digestive system.
      Here’s detailed video about juicing if you’d like to learn more:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INrXthOFQtU

      Obviously probiotics will be essential to restoring her microflora, but what would be even better than a probiotic supplement would be to consume properly fermented foods. One spoonful of fermented foods like sauerkraut contain more probiotics than an entire bottle of probiotic supplements. You can learn more about this in the video below:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiigsFnNDuQ

      And finally, the most important part of the healing process will be correcting any underlying issues with her spine and stimulating the nervous system to promote healing as well as normal function of the organ systems and body. To do this, you need to find a corrective chiropractor that can analyze her spine and nervous system, identify the specific problems, and correct them accordingly. Structural and bio-mechanical problems in the spine can cause nerve interference or nerve impingement which cause dysfunction of the organs and interrupt the communication between the brain and body. By restoring proper nerve flow and communication to the body you’ll see massive changes in her health. This is what I do every day in my office and I see incredible changes with every single patient. Make sure you find a chiropractor with the skills necessary to reshape the structure of the spine, restore normal biomechanics, and stimulate the nervous system to promote healing and normal function.

      You can use these 7 questions to find the best possible chiropractor in your area. . If they answer at least 5 with a YES, then you can be sure you’ve found a decent chiropractor.

      1. Do you take x-rays? (essential to find the subluxations)
      2. Do you get listings off of x-rays? (shows where to adjust)
      3. Do you take post x-rays to document structural changes made?
      4. Are your treatment goals to reshape and restore the natural curves?
      5. Are you familiar with correcting disc injuries?
      6. Do you work on post surgical patients?
      7. Can you reverse arthritis?

      Once she’s made all those dietary and lifestyle changes along with chiropractic care, she can set up a plan with her doctor to safely wean off her medication.

      Let me know if you or your girlfriend have any questions. I’ll help in any way I can.

      Dr. B

  2. Susan Harant says:

    I was diagnosed with Pernicious Anemia a year ago; In the past I was offered Prozac, going thru a divorce; HBP meds, instead I opted to walk more; and overall believe in your approach, meds = chemicals and our bodies can heal themselves, so refused all. However, with the anemia, read that I was unable to absorb B12 naturally and therefore required B12 shots and if not this could be fatal; they wanted to also give me Cholesterol & an anti acid meds – I never had any symptoms & my #’s always excellent so I refused these; I went on the B12 shots for about 8 months; however I really question them to be safe, do I have any options? I believe my gut was jeopardized because of a very stressful period of time (divorce, relocated back to Chgo from MT; had to sell my home, give up my dog, relocated then lost my job & freaked); I’ve improved diet, mediate and the stress is gone. So … do I believe a blood test stating I may still need these shots? I stopped them all together 3 mos. ago; have Dr’s appt coming up??? I am also on Armour thyroid, and currently the only other med I will allow. I follow you and believe you genius; when in CA will come see you; any referrals to a good Chiropractor in Chicago area? Can you advise on my Pernicious anemia dilemma? smharant@gmail.com Thanks, I so appreciate you!

    • For pernicious anemia that is a defect of cells in the stomach so digestion is affected, So first you have to get to a corrective Chiropractor as soon as possible to get your nervous system checked , for the natural approach you have to restore the nerve supply to the gut and for a great B vitamin source try nutritional yeast, red meat liver and beets. B12 shots may be the best alternative. low vitamin B12 level can damage the nervous system. Check out the Chiro One doctors in Chicago they are awesome. Use our 7 questions to find a good one because getting your nervous system working correctly is vital.

      1. Do you take x-rays? (essential to find the subluxations)
      2. Do you get listings off of x-rays? (shows where to adjust)
      3. Do you take post x-rays to document structural changes made?
      4. Are your treatment goals to reshape and restore the natural curves?
      5. Are you familiar with correcting disc injuries?
      6. Do you work on post surgical patients?
      7. Can you reverse arthritis?
      Let me know what happens

      Dr. B

  3. bellahoney17@yahoo.com says:

    Hi Dr. Bergman,

    I have been watching your videos for about five months now. I stumbled across them on YouTube on my search to find if there was a connection between nutrition and anxiety/depression/stress. Your videos have opened my eyes to all of the poor lifestyle changes I have made over the years.

    I am in my mid-twenties and have been suffering with severe anxiety/depression for the past four years. I fine myself not being able to cope with everyday activities such as taking public transportation to work and of lately, I have been afraid to leave my house. I have given myself phobias and it is taking over the quality of my relationships/ life and has leaded me to a deep depression.

    Going outside triggers “fight or flight” and I immediately want to run back in my house. When I leave my house I get this sense of dizziness and it feels like the ground is falling beneath me. I learned to control it before by avoiding places that trigger panic attacks but its gotten to point where everything triggers them even being in my home. I find myself obsessing about my phobias and this has literally made me feel like I will spend the rest of my life in “Panic Mode”. Everyday is a struggle and sometimes I can leave the house, going only a couple blocks away, and sometimes the though of leaving is so petrifying I won’t.

    I’ve been to numerous doctors and have had numerous tests all coming back as “normal”. Every doctor I have seen wants to put me on anti-depressants, which is not what I want. My mother is a nurse and thinks allergies and unbalanced hormones are the culprits. I finally went to an Acupuncturist that specializes in Chinese Medicine and she believes my problem is hormonal and liver related. She put my on a combination of herbs in a supplement called XIAO YAO PIAN. Which I have been taking for a week.

    I wanted to know your thoughts on these Chinese herbs and if you think there is any supplement that I can take that would help? Or if you have any other suggestions. I am desperate and willing to do whatever it takes to feel normal again.

    Thanks so much!

    • You have to get to a corrective Chiropractor as soon as possible, that will identify part of your physical stress and that is the key to fixing your emotional stress also check out our video on depression and mechanical problem and use those techniques to rewire your brain. And we have a niacin protocol that is great… you are in charge of your health you will get better
      Let me know how your doing
      Dr B

  4. Aiko Thompson says:

    First they said high blood pressure and cholesterol. now, They say afib. Still trying to get off labetalol. I went from 900mg to 400mg. When they said aspirin and Coumadin ,I walked out! we are checking out the nervous system, Chiro feels great. blending feels great. any specific afib ideas?

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