Interesting? To say the least. In this new article (http://www.feelguide.com/2015/01/06/new-research-discovers-tha-depression-is-an-allergic-reaction-to-inflammation/)the cause for some depression is linked to allergy to inflammation. Check out this opening paragraph:
New research is revealing that many cases of depression are caused by an allergic reaction to inflammation. Tim de Chant of NOVA writes: “Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. When triggered, the body pumps various cells and proteins to the site through the blood stream, including cytokines, a class of proteins that facilitate intercellular communication. It also happens that people suffering from depression are loaded with cytokines.” Inflammation is caused by obesity, high sugar diets, high quantities of trans fats, unhealthy diets in general, and other causes.
I find this extremely interesting. The correlation between increased levels of cytokines in those suffering from depression is real, and the release of cytokines is very real, but I have always assumed that the simple presence of the same compound does not mean connection. For example, all things found in a patient suffering from a disease, are not causes of the disease. They are simply present together.
I, of course, am not a fan of the traditional treatments for depression. Not only do most of these class of drugs carry increased risks of depression and suicidal tendencies. In many of these drugs, there is evidence that long term use will shrink the brain (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC60045/ ; http://www.medicaldaily.com/zoloft-and-other-antidepressants-may-alter-brains-depressed-and-non-depressed-people-351530).
I find the idea of treating depression through diet to be right up my ally, something I have even given myself to in the treatment of others… an all out war so to speak, over dietary changes causing life changes in all areas of health. Especially BRAIN health.
By treating the inflammatory symptoms of depression — rather than the neurological ones — researchers and doctors are opening up an exciting new dimension in the fight against what has become a global epidemic. Caroline Williams of The Guardian writes: “The good news is that the few clinical trials done so far have found that adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, it also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment, although more trials will be needed to confirm this. There is also some evidence that omega 3 and curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, might have similar effects. Both are available over the counter and might be worth a try, although as an add-on to any prescribed treatment – there’s definitely not enough evidence to use them as a replacement.”
The idea is the same, use diet instead of drugs, but treat inflammation by changing. The great news is that the steps to reducing inflammation naturally, are highly known. In my 60 Day Turnaround, I teach a class specifically on inflammation. I love that this is in our control, and evidence now exists that perhaps, the signs of inflammation are not just randomly assigned to people with depression, but they are actually a cause in certain people.
Diet matters. Nervous system function matters. Kill the cause of depression in your kids by forcing them to live a life of health early on.
Be well and Be blessed! Dr. E