Is it possible for YOU to eat your way out of depression?!
This question arose during an interview on a RadioRescue segment on The Best People We Know Show prompted by a 'latest science' article which said that there's no evidence you can eat your way out of a depressive downturn.
LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT HERE
In contrast to the article, Dr Alex had clear reasons for thinking that attention to diet and appropriate nutritional supplementation may be of great value to people who are depressed. She went on to tackle the 'how to' of that in a separate show (but first, be sure to follow through to the e'Read More' below to get the key learnings for this one!)
Here she raised important points about New Medicine... and how to determine whether YOU are likely to be someone for whom the diet approach can help.
She said, ‘It’s really unhelpful if we are led to cast aside the positive opportunities we have to help ourselves, just because an article misplaces its focuses’.
One of Dr Alex’s bugbears is what she calls ‘shoddy science’, which, she says, goes hand-in-glove with poor or improper use of available information. She is keen to help our listeners interrogate research better, to get more out of science…. to dig deeper into what has been found, and to get to use science more appropriately for their own individual purposes.
So she’s especially keen to point out that an article that asks the ‘wrong’ question will inevitably produce the ‘wrong’ answer!
Read the full blog here to find out more!
During the RadioRescue segment, Dr Alex explained that there are three issues here:
Unpacking The Depression
‘Generally speaking, the way that I look at something like depression, is that I ‘unpack’ the problem and look at the individual’, says Dr Alex. ‘I need to know what is in the ‘soup’ of the depression that they have.’
‘There are three big categories to consider. So the first question to ask is: is there PREDOMINANTLY:
1. A psychological challenge, or
2. Is it biological? Or,
3. Is there a contextual challenge
(e.g. new or ‘impossible’ demands, or a trigger)?
All these are, of course, inter-connected, but what’s key is to focus on the challenge that has actually caused this depression to manifest in this person, when working out to what extent a changed diet or nutritional supplementation can help this depression to be resolved.
Which of these is likely to apply to YOU?! Keep reading...
‘For some people, psychological challenges will be the major dimension of their depression.
If your psyche is affected, so will your bio-chemicals be affected BUT if your depression is psychological in origin, it will definitely need tackling at a psychological level’, says Dr Alex.
‘Dietary review alone may not fix the problem in these instances’, she says, ‘but biochemical changes that accompany those positive psychological changes, will draw on the pot of chemicals that are there… and so ‘good’ diet can help support the resolution (and the speed of resolution) of the depression by providing key building blocks for making those ‘positive’ biochemical changes.’
‘So no, diet alone may not ‘beat’ a ‘psychological’ depression BUT lack of a good diet, or of supportive supplementation, can prevent the psychological improvements from manifesting in a positive way. So yes, of course I would be recommending to check out the diet.’
Dr Alex adds: ‘From a ‘biological’ (biochemical) angle, changes in neurotransmitters, excessive amounts of inflammatory mediators, or the wrong ‘proportions’ of different neurotransmitters and inflammatory molecules, can all contribute to your depression, or indeed cause depression.’
‘So can hormone abnormalities – your hormones can even be ‘medically’ within the normal range, and yet far enough to one end of that range or another to cause lowness or indeed depression.’
‘All biological dimensions of depression can be improved by a ‘good diet’, says Dr Alex.’ That is not the same as saying that a ‘good’ diet will definitely beat this depression. And it’s not the same as thinking that a ‘bad’ diet caused it. But dietary factors can affect the ‘soup’ of chemicals that are at play in an individual’s depression.’
‘It is also reasonable to assume that if your hormones are so out that they are medically out, treatment of those hormone problems medically is an absolute necessity and will need to happen before the depression will even start to resolve.’
Demands (Context) Tipping You Into A Depression
‘In some cases the ‘amount’ of these neurotransmitters, or inflammatory mediators, or hormone molecules, is perfectly okay… until the demands that are placed on you change, until things get too taxing.
Similarly you may feel psychologically quite robust, but then something tips the balance’, says Dr Alex.
‘In these cases we need to work out what has pushed you – as the individual you are – far enough, for long enough, for you to feel depressed, and indeed work out why you got depressed as opposed to ‘just’ feeling a bit down of a day.
And we also need to think about whether the knock-on effect, the secondary hit, was especially biochemical or psychological.
But regardless, for the reasons I mentioned earlier, an appropriate diet that helps provide the raw materials to see your ‘off psyche’ or ‘off-biochemicals’ resolve, is likely to support your return to wellness’.
Dr Alex on 'The Bigger Picture of Medical Research:
'We need clearer & cleverer thinking in Clinical Science'!
‘Shoddy science’, she says, ‘is not always about sloppy research. You can do good research but not really answer the question we’re all asking. And you can produce science that yields solid information but yet reaches shoddy conclusions’. ‘No wonder this question was asked!’, says Dr Alex. ‘Even I found the article confusing and contradictory’.
So where was the problem here? Well this is what we explored in this RadioRescue segment.
‘The author of the article was confused’, says Dr Alex. ‘They’ve jumped from asking whether diet – or, more accurately a ‘good’ diet’ – can help in depression, to asking whether bad diet causes depression. ‘These are really not the same thing’.
Key Take Homes from Dr Alex
‘We need to think more constructively, and stop treating all cases of one medical condition as if they are the same. We need to look at a given individual and work things out for them, as an individual.
Science can produce better results… if ‘what is known’ is applied systematically to a given individual. We also need to stop producing generalized conclusions about what a piece of science is saying!
'We should not expect that every piece of information will apply to everyone who has been batched-up under a given medical label.
Nor should we reject the value of a piece of science just because the researchers haven’t thought through the different circumstances in which that science could be useful, and the extent to which it may have value in a given individual at a given stage of their treatment!’
Dr Alex Concorde is the creator of ‘CruX® New Paradigm Medicine’ which heralds a whole new era of medicine, based on the above principles.
She also created ‘CruX® New Paradigm Psychology’ in order to deal with psychological challenges, and the ‘psyche end’ of complex medical conditions, in a more productive, high-impact and systematic way, so that an individual can be restored to health and wellness in the fastest possible time.
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