- Depression Avoiding Triggers
Such As Music And Holidays
- Memory can be a wonderful thing
in helping us negotiate day-to-day activities, learn new skills and effectively perform in
our work. But there is something to be said for the aphorism, "the key to
happiness is a bad memory."
- Here is what I mean. I
enjoy good music in about any style. It has to be good though, well done and have an
actual tune I can follow. Some of the atonal stuff my kids are listening to now has
absolutely no recognizable tune or even a beat I can discern. Am I an old fogey, or
has "music" changed its definition to noise and chatter spiced with nasty
- Good bluegrass is particularly
enjoyable. I even learned (kind of) to play the five-string banjo. Little
sessions of doodling around are very relaxing.
- I recently bought a bluegrass
tape because of the way this music lifts the spirit. But several of the songs were of the
slow, melancholy type. For example, here are lyrics from one:
- The wind is blowing
around the cabin. I hate to hear that lonesome sound. Im all alone and
so downhearted since my true love has up and gone. I hate to see the sun a sinkin.
Another night to toss and turn. Another night to be without her, another
night for her and him. She had no cause to go and leave me, for I had never done her
wrong. She left our home and little children and with another man she is gone.
I hate to see... chorus again... The children they are sound asleeping, for
they dont know their mothers gone. What will I do when they awaken?
Can I tell them their mothers wrong?...etc." Gads, talk about
- As I listened to others on the
tape, almost all were recounting love tragedies. So many popular songs have similar
lyrics. It's kind of depressing stuff if you're a romantic.
- In some songs the melody can be
so engaging and rhythmic that it makes no difference what the lyrics are. The music
itself makes you feel good and lighthearted. That's the beauty of bluegrass.
On the other hand, some melodies can, in themselves, be very depressing and
- Over the past couple of months
I have had occasions to drive on trips that took an hour or two. I would listen to
this and other tapes that I had saved over the years for a diversion from the boredom of
driving. The more I listened the more I found them triggering powerful memories.
- The moods triggered would make
me go back into childhood to memories of home, my parents, experiences with friends and
relatives, to my time in college with friends, to my children when they were young, to my
early experiences, first homes, cars... you name it the whole thing. The
music made me miss it all. I reflected on all the good stuff as recalling
tends to do and was saddened it was gone and could not be recaptured.
- Then I found these feelings
carrying over into daily life. I was increasingly reflecting on the past and getting
a little moody. I thought maybe it was just the winter season or a stage I was going
through. Then I realized the music was the trigger. The first few notes of
some songs could create a depressing mood. The cure? I stopped listening.
- So many commercial things such
as holidays, birthdays, movies, television, and music take advantage of these emotions.
I have a real beef with some movies. Should I pay to go see a tear-jerking
tragedy that leaves me feeling miserable? Will not all of us face enough real
tragedy in our own lives without being "entertained" by that of others?
- Living the present and using
the past only as a lesson to better the future is a difficult task. It's easy to
slip into depressing modes reflecting on the loss of the past. Avoiding the triggers
that stimulate these feelings is the key.
- I'm not saying we shoud stick
our heads in the sand or pretend life is happy ever after. But on the other hand
why, if we've ever lost a true love, already know we're going to die, face aging everyday
in the mirror, watched our children grow up and move away, would we want to voluntarily
seek situations and leisure that would repeatedly remind us of this?
- For some the trigger may be
certain kinds of music. For others it may be holidays, visiting locations or contact
with old friends. A high school or college reunion can send some people into
incredibly deep depression for months. The power of these stimuli is evident by the high
school shootings. Kids immersed in violent images in movies, television, the
internet, and written materials can be shaped by it, so much so they can be brought to
murder and suicide. (This is not to dismiss the impact of the psychoactive prescription
drugs these two were on.)
- Sometimes we think we must
revisit the past in honor of it. But if that experience leaves us less refreshed and
optimistic, it is perhaps not a wise thing to do. The past cannot be relived, nor
can it be changed. The present is a time you can do something about, and the future
presents endless opportunity. My daughter recently e-mailed me this: "The past
is history, the future is unknown; but today is a gift - that's why it's called
- Focusing on what we can have
control over in the present and future is the key to happiness. If you find yourself
depressed and reflecting on the past, identify what is triggering the memories and moods,
and change things so that you are no longer exposed to them. Determine to move ahead
in a positive, creative way with the present and future and do what creates happiness.
- Take Off The Bras And Underwear
- Testicular cancer in men and
breast cancer in women strike hundreds of thousands every year. The diseases kill
tens of thousands, but for those who survive the staggering cost they pay in emotional
trauma, disfigurement, pain and economic loss can make death the more kind outcome.
- Cancer in any form is by and
large preventable. Simply following the recommendations in the Optimal Health
Program will do much to prevent cancer. I know it is not as fancy as going to the
doctor and having elaborate preventive tests performed and taking prescription
medications, nor as easy as taking an encapsulated nutrient just discovered to be
anti-cancer. But nothing good ever comes easily.
- Cancer means the body is out of
balance and has been forced into an unnatural environmental context, disorienting cellular
genetic material, resulting in runaway cellular proliferation. All tissues in the
body are held in check doing their intended job only so long as the proper signals are fed
to them from the environmental milieu that surrounds every cell. This milieu is
something you create by the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the
lifestyle you live and your psychological approach to living.
- Specifically with testicular
and breast cancer it would be easy to miss an obvious thing to do. The testicles
were designed to be outside the body. That is why the clever little scrotal pouch
exists. The testicles are extremely sensitive to heat and adjust in their suspension
from the body depending upon whether they need to be heated up (drawn up close to the
body) or cooled off (relaxed to hang down away from the body).
- But what do we do? We buy
tight-fitting underwear so that we can snug the testicles up to the body, forcing them to
remain at body temperature whether or not they think otherwise. Over months and
years of forcing the testicles into this unnatural environmental situation, should it
surprise us that they react by losing their normal cellular controls and regressing to a
- At the same time, women wear
tight-fitting bras causing pressure and constriction in the breast that was never intended
to be. In one study of some 5,000 women, those who wore a
bra 24 hours a day were 125 times more likely to get breast cancer than women who did not
wear bras at all. Women who wear bras over 12 hours a day, but not to bed, have a 21
fold greater chance of developing breast cancer than those who remove their bras before 12
- Wearing bras does not permit
breast tissue to breathe and change its temperature as it would naturally. Also, the
elastic materials in bras cause constriction points that interfere with blood and
lymphatic circulation. In their natural state, breasts are quite mobile. The
jiggling, swinging, and bouncing that occurs with normal or more vigorous activity
stimulates tissues within the breast in a dynamic way. Blood and nutrients are
encouraged to flow in and blood, lymph and waste products are encouraged to flow out.
There are essentially no muscles in the breast which, through exercise,
squeeze and relax to help this fluid movement. So when the breasts are held rigidly
in a static position, in effect, important nourishing nutrition is impeded and toxic end
products are retained unnaturally within the tissues.
- Not wearing bras can also cure
fibrocystic disease, often within as short a period of time as two months.
- The relationship between bra
wearing and breast cancer based on these studies shows a correlation that is up to 12
times more significant than that which exists between smoking and lung cancer.
- In contrast, if you go the
conventional route of mammograms, which in themselves can incite breast cancer, and the
use of pharmaceuticals such as Tamoxifen which can double the risk of uterine cancer,
triple the danger of fatal blood clots and also increase cataract risk, the benefit for
breast cancer is only believed to be a reduction of risk by 44%. In contrast,
removing bras for at least 12 hours per day can decrease the risk by some 2100%!
Dressed to Kill - The link between breast
cancer and bras, by Singer and Grismaiger
- Circumcision - Death, Catastrophe And
- A 3-week-old baby who was
circumcised (without his consent of course) developed complications. The
circumcision wound was not healing properly so the baby was anesthetized to attempt
surgical repair. During the procedure the heart stopped and in spite of all efforts,
Dustin died. On autopsy his heart was found to be healthy, but he had suffered
massive brain damage.
- In another case, electrocautery
was used to circumcise a young boy (also without his consent) at the age of two months.
During the procedure the skin of the penile shaft was burned to such an extent that
infection and necrosis set in and the penis eventually almost entirely sloughed off.
At 7 months of age the baby was referred to John Hopkins Hospital and the remainder
of the penis and testes were removed, since the decision was made to convert the baby to a
female rather than leave him hopelessly disfigured as a male. At 11 years of age
he/she was started on feminizing hormones. At the age of 12 he/she had to be told
about the penile ablation (complete removal) because the small stump remaining of the
penis would become erect during showering or swimming. At 16 he/she was
admitted to the hospital for vaginoplasty (the conversion of the genitals to a vagina).
At 26 years of age he/she returned to the hospital for
additional vaginoplasty. After this surgery the patient developed a rectovaginal
fistula ( an opening passing between the rectum and the vagina). He/she has had
several relationships with men and several with women, but finds women to be more
- Circumcision is an entirely
unnecessary surgical procedure. All of the supposed reasons for doing it such
as hygiene, urinary tract infections, cancer transmission, and foreskin adhesions
are myths. The procedure is as unnecessary as removing a finger on an infant because
fingers can get burned, develop calluses and blisters, have ingrown fingernails, become
dirty and get infected.
- Ignorance abounds and is
spearheaded by the medical community itself. As many as 13% of pediatricians do not
know the function of the foreskin; 22% do not know the proper care of a young childs
foreskin; 84% do not know that 99% of foreskins are fully retractable by the age of 17;
25% do not know that the U.S. is the only country in which most babies are circumcised for
nonreligious reasons; 16% do not know that most penile problems and infections can be
treated nonsurgically; 27% felt their responsibility was to do the wish of the parent
rather than consider the needs of the child; 35% were not aware of the long-term
consequences of infant circumcision.
- (Refer to Health Letters Vol. 7 No. 9, Vol. 8 No. 4, Vol. 9
No. 8, Vol. 10 No. 3 and Vol. 10 No. 7 for further information on why circumcision should
not be performed and methods that can be used to reverse it.)
Associated Press, 10-21-98
Annual Report, Spring 1999
Annual Report, Spring 1999
- A Cause Of Lactose Intolerancet
- Breast milk is the best food
humans or animals ever consume. Assuming the mother's diet is nutritionally
adequate, breast milk is perfectly balanced providing all the nutrients necessary to build
the entire organism. It is also fresh, raw and whole totally unmanipulated by
humans. These food characteristics fresh, raw, whole are the features
we should pursue in the diet throughout life, though achieving this ideal goal is becoming
- Lactose (milk sugar)
intolerance is normally an adult problem. However, it can occur in the young in both
humans and animals and dramatically compromise early nutrition and health.
- Although there may be a genetic
predisposition in some cases, all lactose intolerance should not be relegated to this
hopeless etiology. If there is dysbiosis (a disturbance in normal microbial
intestinal populations), the pathogenic organism Clostridium
difficile may proliferate. In apparently healthy humans and animals this
organism may be present. The percentage harboring the organism greatly increases
once there is medical intervention. Nosocomial (hospital) exposure and antibiotic
usage can disturb probiotic organisms that keep C.
difficile in check, resulting in it gaining a serious foothold.
C. difficile can affect both the large and small intestines.
It is a gram-positive or gram-variable organism that is strictly anaerobic.
Its name, difficile, comes from the
initial difficulty encountered during attempts to culture it. It can cause a
pseudomembranous colitis resulting from the production of Toxin A and Toxin B. This
results in clinical signs that range from mild diarrhea to severe hemorrhagic necrotizing
enteritis as a result of the toxins damaging the tips of villi. Sloughing of the
entire villus epithelium has also been reported. Although the organism is a strict
anaerobe, the spore form can exist in an aerobic environment for greater than five months.
- Lactose is digested by the
enzyme lactase which is produced at the border of enterocytes in the small intestine.
The attack of C. difficile on this
lactase-secreting tissue can be responsible for diminished ability of infected humans and
animals to digest the lactose in milk.
- Normally lactose digested by
lactase is broken down into its components, glucose and galactose, which are then
absorbed. But if this does not occur, and lactose passes into the large intestine,
there is an increased osmotic load and resultant movement of fluid from the body into the
colon. Additionally, lactose is fermented into acetate, propionate, and butyrate
which further increases this colon osmotic pressure. This then results in bloating,
colic and diarrhea.
- Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile-induced lactose intolerance
can be made by culturing the organism in a cycloserine-cefoxitin fructose agar. The
characteristic colony identification by culture and the detection of
l-proline-aminopeptidase production are confirmatory for identification of the organism.
A positive microbiological and oral lactose tolerance test should create a high
degree of suspicion of a link between the two.
- Although bacitracin, zinc and
metronidazole are chemotherapeutic agents that can be used to specifically attack this
organism, such treatments may further disrupt the already disturbed enteric microbial
balances. If these agents are used, they should be used fast and hard
and then effort should be made to restore balances.
- Alternative steps
would include the use of probiotic organisms and prebiotic oligosaccharides which help
selectively feed the beneficial probiotic organisms (e.g. ProbiosynTM for humans and Pet
InoculantTM for pets). Additionally, the use of lactase enzyme supplements may help
infants or young animals tolerate mothers milk until these balances can be restored
and the enterocytes once again begin making lactase.
- As a preventive, antibiotics
should not be used except under extreme circumstances by nursing mothers, nor be given to
children since this may set the stage for the proliferation of C. difficile. Additionally, it would be wise
to practice good hygiene and stay away as much as it is possible to do so from sources of
contamination which include, preeminently, hospital and clinical-type environments.
As an ongoing preventive, supplementing probiotic cultures and prebiotic
oligosaccharides (fructooligosaccharide, mannanoligosaccharide) combined with converting
the diet as much as it is possible to organic, fresh, raw foods will help create and
maintain microbial balances that keep C. difficile,
as well as other potential pathogens, in check.
- J Clin
Microbial 1997;35:1258-1259, 3007
England Journal of Medicine, 1994;330:256-262
Vet J, 1997;29:279-284
Infect Dis, 1983;5:246-257
Microbial Rev, 1993;6:251-265
of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 1999:2:229-232
- Doulas To Prevent Cesarean Section
- A doula is a female companion
to assist during labor. In a study of 555 first-time mothers it was found that those
who had a doula for continuous support had a 20% C-section rate, whereas those who did not
have a doula had a 63% C-section rate. The doula not only
reduced surgical intervention, but also reduced pain medication, length of labor and the
need for the use of obstetrical forceps. Although almost all women were accompanied
by their spouse, it was the doula that made the difference in ease of birthing.
Tribune, June 18, 1998:16
- Milk May Not Build Strong Bones
- A prospective scientific study
spanning some 12 years has demonstrated that women who drink two or more glasses of milk
per day may have almost as much as 50% greater risk of bone fracture related to
osteoporosis than those who rarely or never drink milk.
- Although milk contains calcium,
it also can cause acidosis which tends to draw calcium out of bones. Additionally,
milk contains phosphorus which may interfere with calcium assimilation, and also is a
common allergen which may adversely affect the digestive tracts ability to absorb
- It is unfortunate that this
study was conducted on women drinking pasteurized, homogenized milk which is certainly not
the same thing as raw, natural milk. It would be interesting to see the results of
the study if the women were drinking the real thing.
- In any event, it would not be
wise for women to assume that osteoporosis is being prevented by drinking milk.
Supplements that may help prevent osteoporosis would include phytoestrogens and
naturally complexed calcium and other major minerals such as magnesium, which are found in
Estrolog and Orgamin.
American Journal of Public Health,
Osteoporosis Int., 1996;6:453-461
- Enzymes For Travellers Diarrhea
- Travelers diarrhea is
normally caused by exposure to pathogens in food and water. Most notable is the
bacterium E. coli.
- When traveling abroad it is
probably wisest to use purified water and be very selective with what is eaten. As
insurance, the use of probiotics and prebiotics as found in Probiosyn, as well as
enzymes such as found in Panzyme may help prevent this condition if exposed to
pathogens. The probiotics compete against the pathogens, the prebiotics help feed
the probiotics and enzymes such as bromelain may prevent the attachment of E. coli to intestinal cells or directly interfere
with toxins produced by pathogens.
- Light, Vitamin D and Multiple
- It is probably more than
coincidence that people living closest to the equator and those consuming high levels of
vitamin D in the diet have the lowest incidence of multiple sclerosis. Sunlight
catalyzes the production of vitamin D3 in the skin and consumption of vitamin D3, abundant
fish oils such as in a diet with high levels of fish, or by consuming supplements such as
cod liver oil, may prevent this disease.
- All of the current science, the
thousands of researchers madly at work, the billions of dollars spent, the countless
animals maimed and killed in experimentation, will only eventually prove one thing that I
continue to tell you (real cheap and real simple): We are
meant to be outside in the fresh air, exposed to natural light, and eating fresh and whole
natural foods. To the degree that we do not do this, disease will be present.
Soc Exp Biol Med, 1997;216:21-27
- Phytoestrogens For Prostate Cancer
- The prostate gland is sensitive
to both female and male hormones. Both hormones are produced in females and males
and it is their relative abundance in each that separates the sexes.
- Evidence has demonstrated that
consuming high levels of phytoestrogens may cause the regression of prostate cancer.
This has been demonstrated clinically and is also evident ethnographically in
populations that have diets naturally rich in phytoestrogens, wherein they also have a
very low incidence of the disease.
- Thus, in addition to Prostase,
Estrolog, which contains high levels of phytoestrogens, may prove to be of benefit
to help prevent and assist in the treatment of prostatic hypertrophy and cancer.
- Med J
- Weird Headache Relievers
- Here are some headache remedies
reported from the Pain Research Institute.
- Place a banana peel on the
forehead and across the back of the neck, inside against the skin. It is theorized
that the peel somehow interrupts electrical signals that are related to the pain.
- Another suggestion is to place
a patch over one eye. This is done to synchronize the hemispheres of the
brain and is similar to certain patterning exercises in people with learning disabilities.
- Finally, crawling on your hands
and knees while holding the head down and keeping the eyes following the hands is another
form of exercise that may work in a similar way to disrupt hemispheric disharmony.
- For triple relief and a
one way ticket to the looney bin if someone sees you put the banana peels on, patch
the eye and crawl on all fours.
Foundation Pain Research Institute, Provo UT
- If Youre Nuts Look At The Diet
- Not only may mental and
psychological function be disturbed by nutritional deficiency and imbalances, but
food sensitivities can also have a dramatic impact.
- One 33-year-old woman with
schizophrenia was put on a gluten-free diet after reporting symptoms of diarrhea and
weight loss. After a period of one year and discontinuing psychiatric
pharmaceuticals she was on, she has remained symptom-free.
- Gluten proteins are found in
wheat, oats, barley and certain other grains and are a common allergen. It seems
that some proteins within foods can exert endorphin (neural hormone) activity and result
in psychological disturbances.
- Following the Optimal Health
Program will decrease the potential for sensitivity against grain products.
Additionally, using the Foundation Formulas will create excellent support for brain
and neural health as will the NSF formula, Neuridone.
Intern Med, 1997;242:421-423
- Smoking The Air
- Breathing the air in some urban
industrialized, densely populated areas may be as hazardous to health as smoking
cigarettes. One of the most toxic pollutants is ozone.
In levels less than even 1 part per million, airways can be damaged and irreparable
fibrotic lung disease can result.
- The body reacts to the free
radical generating oxidative stress of ozone and other pollutants by increasing production
of antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase.
Although these antioxidants can be generated internally, they do require
appropriate starting materials which can only come from the diet. For example,
glutathione peroxidase requires selenium which is a trace mineral deficient in crops from
many areas of the country. As oxidative stress increases, the resources within the
body to produce antioxidants are depleted, thus setting the stage for the attack of free
radicals on tissues and the initiation of disease.
- The pollution essentially all
of us are now exposed to is another reason to seriously consider antioxidant
supplementation as well as increasing the amount of fresh brightly colored fruits and
vegetables in the daily diet. By eating a variety of foods, the chances of receiving
the full spectrum of nutrients are increased. If just a few foods from the same sources
are eaten, the risk of deficiency is increased if particular crops you are eating are
coming from nutrient-deficient soils.
- The Foundation Formula
antioxidants contain a variety of excellent antioxidant sources providing a full spectrum
at optimal dosages.
Nutr Interact, 1997;1:23-37
- Aging and Vitamin B12
- Up to 25% of the elderly have a
long-term vitamin B12 deficiency, resulting in neurological damage.
- Am J
Clin Nutr, 1998; 68:328-34
- Antibiotics at the Dentist
- 99.5% of the antibiotics used
in dental patients to prevent mitral valve prolapse are not needed.
Inter Med, 1998; 129:761-769
- Antioxidants and Meat
- Adding tart cherries to ground
meats retards spoilage and reduces the formation of potentially carcinogenic compounds
such as oxidized cholesterol.
Food Chem, December 1998
- Arthritis and High Heels
- Wearing high-heeled shoes
increases the risk of degenerative changes in the knee joints, often leading to
Lancet, 1998; 351:1399-1401
- Back Pain and Hypnosis
- Chronic lower back pain can be
relieved as much as 80% using hypnotic analgesia alone.
- Int J
Clin Exp Hypn, 1998; 46(1):92-132
- Bone Fractures and Vitamin D
- 700-800 IU per day of vitamin
D, taken with a calcium supplement, significantly reduces rates of fractures in the
elderly, whereas the Recommended Daily Allowance of 400 IU does not.
- Cancer and Estrogen Drugs
- Like the daughters of women who
took diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen used in women at risk for miscarriage in the
1950s and 1960s) during pregnancy, the granddaughters of these women are also
at increased risk for reproductive tract cancers.
Carcinogenesis, 1998; 19:1655-63
- Cancer and Meditation
- Practitioners of meditation
have lower cancer-inducing free-radical activity than the general population.
Psychosom Med, 1998; 60:38-41
- Cataracts and Vitamin C
- Patients supplementing their
diets with vitamin C for 10 or more years reduce the risk of developing cataracts up to
Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 1998; 39(9):1531-4
- Depression and St. Johns Wort
- The use of St. Johns Wort
has resulted in an estimated 60-70% response rate in those experiencing mild-to-moderate
Med Res Opin, 1998; 14(3):171-84
- Diabetes and Fats
- Olive oil and other
monounsaturated fats help lower VLDL and LDL levels, and increase HDL levels in diabetic
- Am J
Clin Nutr, 1998; 67(Suppl):577S-82S
- Fatigue and Allergy
- Chronic tiredness and
unexplained anemia may indicate wheat or gluten intolerance.
- Heart Disease and Nuts
- Women who consume 5 ounces or
more of tree-nuts each week are 65% less likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.
News, 1998; 154:328-30
- Heart Disease and Tamoxifen
- After six years of follow-up,
women who received Tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer not only developed this cancer at
the same rate as those who did not, but also experienced increased rates of heart disease.
Lancet, 1998: 352:80-1, 90-101
- Infection and Glutamine
- Glutamine supplementation to
very low birth weight infants reduced hospitalization costs due to infection by an average
Parenter Enteral Nutr, 1998; 22(6):352-6
- Kidneys and Vitamin E
- Vitamin E reduces loss of
kidney function from oxidative injury.
Report, 1997; 3(5/6):259-61
- Prostate and Saw Palmetto
- Saw palmetto, which may be the
first herbal supplement to win FDA-approval as a drug, has been found to be as effective
as finasteride in treating benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).
- Rosacea and Bacteria
- Treatments which reduce levels
of ulcer-causing bacteria in the stomach also help relieve the symptoms of rosacea, a
common skin problem characterized by redness over the nose and cheeks.
- J Am
Acad Derm, 1999; 40:433-435
- Viruses and Dish soap
- Generic dishwashing soap is up
to 100 times more effective than more expensive anti-bacterial soaps in killing harmful
Control Hosp Epidem, 1999; 20:57-8