TIMEGLASS JOURNAL – Health Editorial Article by Jim Lantern – 1:30 p.m. CT Tuesday 12 August 2014
The recent death of actor Robin Williams, apparent suicide apparently caused by major severe depression, is causing the general public and news media to take increased or new interest in the subject of depression. Most likely, Robbin Williams suffered from Bipolar I, or Bipolar II (more depressive than manic). Many famous celebrities and creative people, including actress Carrie Fisher, suffer from Bipolar Disorder. Me, too.
It is my opinion that the best people to give advice for treating and stopping all kinds of depression are those people who have experienced depression and know from experience what helps to reduce or stop it. I do mean rather than doctors who have only studied depression and have never experienced it. Of course, if you can find a doctor who has experienced it, then you’ll be in good company. I believe medical doctors are better than psychologists. The difference between psychologists and psychiatrists is the psychologist has a doctoral-level degree in psychology, and a psychiatrist has a degree in medicine. A psychologist can function as a friendly guide, a source of information, for what steps you can take to treat yourself. Because each case is different – unique, a guide who is informed about all options and can tailor treatment to fit your kind of depression, can be very useful. Best of all, especially for depression that has one or more physical causes, a nutritionist can be very useful, because the right kind of input in beverages and food is needed for brain and body to function correctly.
There are two basic kinds of depression:
- Situational Depression
- Physical Depression
Most people experience Situational Depression. An event in your life impacts your emotions, making you feel emotionally depressed. There is no physical cause. Most people snap out of it. Those who don’t may be described as suffering from a temporary emotional illness, rather than a mental illness. Emotional illness is limited to the emotions. Mental illness has a physical cause and can reduce your ability to think clearly and make good decisions. Emotional illness can also effect a person’s ability to think clearly and make good decisions, but because it does not have a physical cause it must be treated differently.
It is logical to conclude, that because a negative event can cause Situational Depression as emotional depression (like en event that makes you feel sad or experience grief), an equal and opposite positive event can balance out your emotions so that you feel emotionally well. What works for one person might not work for another person. Each is unique. Here are a few suggestions…
- Listening to the right kind of music can be an activity to help most people snap out of Situational Depression.
- Engage in an activity that usually makes you feel emotionally better. If possible don’t be alone.
- Go to the kind of restaurant where you can take the time to enjoy a cup of coffee while sitting at the old style of bar with short bar stools, instead of sitting at a normal table with chairs or sitting in a booth. You’ll be in good company.
- Have your favorite meal at any restaurant, rather than getting it to go.
- See an emotionally positive movie at a movie theater. If you can’t afford that then buy or rent a movie to watch at home, and enjoy it with popcorn or your favorite snack. Include a stimulating soft drink, or tea, or your favorite juice.
- Buy a paperback novel to read. Not a hard cover novel. Not an ebook. I know, paperbacks are getting expensive at most stores, but I recently bought three for $3 each at a Dollar General store. Next best option is to visit the library and check out a book to read. If possible, if the weather is good, then find an outside location where you can comfortably read it. Otherwise, read it while relaxing on your easy chair at home.
- A cloudy day can make some people feel emotionally depressed. Compensate for that with good lighting in whatever room you are spending time in.
- Get a pet, even if it is just a fish in an aquarium. If not a pet, then buy real plants that can be maintained inside. The basic idea is to keep a living thing near you, which you can care for. I bought several hanging planets from Walmart, which do not require a lot of sunlight and water.
- Surround yourself with the color green, or have something green you can look at – such as a plant.
- Buy a shower head that can pulse the water for a water massage on the back of you neck, shoulders, and the muscles of your upper back.
Some people turn to religion for relief. I’ve not found it to be useful in my case.
Physical Depression has physical causes, physical triggers, and physical symptoms – as well as sometimes including emotional symptoms and mental symptoms.
There is a difference between causes, triggers, and symptoms. For example, wheezing and coughing are symptoms of bronchial asthma. Dust, pollen, and human-caused pollution in the air can be triggers of asthma attacks. The cause is a defect in RNA, carried by DNA. The defect in RNA is actually damage to cells and the genetic material in cells, which is the result of being attacked by oxidants – which may include some kinds of natural pollution and human-caused pollution. Therefore, some ongoing triggers can also be original causes.
Alcoholic beverages can contribute to Physical Depression, because for normal people alcohol is a depressant.
I’m not normal. My metabolism does not work in a normal way like the metabolism of normal people. In my case, alcohol is a stimulant, not a depressant – up to a point – up to a certain amount consumed. For me, most alcoholic beverages were like a super fuel, giving me a significant amount of mental energy and physical energy. Clarity of thought and speed of thought increased with 1 to 6 cans of beer, or 1 to 3 single-shot mixed drinks. Likewise, physical energy and physical strength, as well as accuracy and speed of physical reflexes.
I drank alcoholic beverages from age 20 in 1976 to age 30 in 1986, a total of 10 years. I permanently quit drinking alcoholic beverages in August 1986 when I began to suffer from bleeding stomach ulcers.
I never smoked cigarettes (or anything else) because of a life-long history of bronchial asthma. I’ve always stopped asthma attacks, during my adult life, with Primatene Tablets (and Primatene Mist until it was banned a few years ago as a threat to the ozone). I’ve never consumed illegal drugs. I’ve found some nonprescription drugs to be more effective than prescription drugs for the same disorders, even thought the OTC drugs cost me more money out of my own pocket. I’ve tried some “old home remedies” for some disorders, and found a few to be effective.
Loss of blood, resulting in anemia, a low hemoglobin count, can result in Physical Depression. I’ve had a history of bleeding stomach ulcers, two emergency operations to repair my stomach, and three emergency blood transfusions. General Anxiety Disorder can contribute as a cause of bleeding stomach ulcers, while the causes of anxiety can include physical causes or a situational causes (emotional events). Therefore, anxiety can cause physical damage resulting in Physical Depression – including low mental energy and low physical energy. A low hemoglobin count will reduce brain function – ability to think clearly and make good decisions.
Likewise Iron deficiency anemia – the body not absorbing or taking in enough iron needed for hemoglobin, can result in a low hemoglobin count, which can result in Physical Depression. Iron is normally difficult for the human body to absorb from food. It can be worse for some people. I take one iron tablet 65 mg per day to compensate when I know my hemoglobin count is low because of iron deficiency anemia. Feeling unusually fatigued and tired are warning symptoms to watch for.
Blood Glucose Balance Disorder:
Hypoglycemia – low blood glucose (sugar) – is a significant cause of Physical Depression, including mental depression. Glucose is brain fuel. When the brain is not getting enough fuel, then it does not function correctly. The brain experiences depression, as does the body – the cells of the body needing energy. As a flashlight battery becomes lower in energy, the light is not as bright – becomes dimmer and dimmer. Same with the brain’s ability to think clearly and make good decisions. I was diagnosed with “fluctuating hypoglycemia” at age 9, but have had it since birth.
I believe Blood Glucose Balance Disorder is the physical cause of Bipolar Disorder, including Bipolar I and Bipolar II.
Hypoglycemia, low blood glucose, low blood sugar, causes low physical energy, which may be perceived as depression with a physical cause. The other kind of depression is what I refer to as emotional depression caused by events and situations, rather than any physical cause.
Hyperglycemia, high blood glucose, high blood sugar, causes high energy, both physical energy and mental energy. It can cause a person to feel too energetic and think too fast. It can cause a person to be perceived as being manic.
I believe the actual defect is in RNA, rather than in DNA, but is carried by DNA from generation to generation. My health history was nearly the same as my father’s health history. I believe the defect in RNA sets off a series of chain reactions, which is a kind of domino effect, mainly in metabolism. When the electro-chemical ON/OFF switch for glucose production and release gets stuck in the OFF position, then the result is low blood glucose, being hypoglycemia. When stuck in the ON position then the result is high blood glucose, being hyperglycemia. I am the author of the following. It is what I’ve learned from many years of research and direct personal experience…
FLOW OF CHAIN REACTIONS for CAUSE of BLOOD GLUCOSE BALANCE DISORDER. The “dominoes” fall in this order…
001: OXIDANTS ingested and/or inhaled and/or by skin contact.
002: OXIDANTS attack and damage fatty membrane that protects each cell.
003: CELLS of body, basic units of living matter with nucleus.
004: OXIDANTS attack and damage DNA and RNA genetic code material in cell nucleus.
005: DAMAGED CODE passed on to next and/or following generations.
006: OXIDANTS, if continued exposure, continues damage during life.
007: PROTEIN SYNTHESIS PROCESS is damaged.
A. AMINO ACIDS start/stop signals for process are damaged.
B. ENZYMES that speed-up or slow down the process are damaged.
008: G-PROTEIN on/off switch for glucose release is damaged.
A. FIRST MESSENGER EPINEPHRINE [adrenaline] is a trigger.
B. PANCREAS produces GLYCOGEN and INSULIN to control glucose level in blood.
C. GLUCAGON from pancreas is a trigger.
D. GLUCAGON POLYPEPTIDE HORMONE increases blood glucose.
E. INSULIN PROTEIN HORMONE decreases blood glucose.
009: G-PROTEIN on/of switch ON too long = high glucose hyperglycemia = MANIC with 151mg/dL or higher glucose levels.
010: G-PROTEIN on/off switch OFF too long = low glucose hypoglycemia = DEPRESSION with 109mg/dL or lower glucose levels – even though some experts claim the condition of hypoglycemia does not exist until near or under 40mg/dL.
[No symptoms experienced when self-testing of glucose showed results of glucose levels from 110mg/dL to 150mg/dL.]
011: ADENOSINE TRIPHOSPHATE [ATP] energy molecule.
012: SECOND MESSENGER CYCLIC ADENOSINE MOMOPHOSPHATE [AMP] nucleotide.
013: ENZYMATIC CARCADE [cascade of reactions].
014: PHOSPHORYLASE ENZYME becomes activated to convert GLYCOGEN.
015: GLYCOGEN CARBOHYDRATE stored in liver and tissues.
016: GLYCOGEN converted into GLUCOSE is released into bloodstream.
017: GLUCOCORTICOIDS of CORTICOSTEROIDS from cortex of ADRENAL GLANDS.
018: HYPOGLYCEMIA low glucose = low or failed GLUCOCORTICOIDS production, needed to suppress HISTAMINE production.
019: Products of digestion include AMINO ACIDS, including HISTIDINE.
020: HISTIDINE stored in body tissues.
021: HISTIDINE + AMINE converted to HISTAMINE.
022: Failed suppression of HISTAMINE production [from failed GLUCOCORTICOIDS] and release from tissues.
023: ALLERGIC REACTIONS.
B. ALLERGIES, HAY FEVER, SINUSITIS.
C. ALLERGIC SKIN DISORDERS.
024: GASTRIC ACID REACTIONS.
A. Increased production of GASTRIC ACID triggered by HISTAMINE.
B. INDIGESTION from excessive GASTRIC ACID.
C. ACID REFLUX.
D. GASTRIC PEPTIC and BLEEDING ULCERS, and damage to esophagus.
025: BLEEDING ULCERS REACTIONS.
A. VITAMIN B-12 DEFICIENCY ANEMIA [and relating symptoms] from BLEEDING.
B. IRON ANEMIA [and relating symptoms] from BLEEDING, and IRON DEFICIENCY [failed iron absorption from food and beverages].
026: IRON ANEMIA, IRON to HEMOGLOBIN, oxygen transport system to BRAIN and CELLS is impaired.
027: BLOOD GLUCOSE is transported by oxygenated blood to BRAIN and CELLS, BLOOD GLUCOSE is “brain fuel” and BRAIN needs oxygenated blood.
028: BRAIN impaired by IRON ANEMIA causing low oxygenated blood, and impaired by LOW GLUCOSE fuel, resulting in various symptoms, including memory deficit and mental confusion.
There is no doubt that the actual original cause is exposure to and damage by oxidants – mainly air and water pollution, which damaged RNA then carried by DNA from generation to generation.
The ability to repair damaged RNA and damaged cells does not yet exist. I believe medical science will soon have the ability to repair RNA and cells, to cure Blood Glucose balance Disorder – to in turn cure Physical Depression, as well as Bipolar I and II. Problem is, our health care system is geared more for endless treatment, rather than cure and/or prevention. More money can be made from endless treatment, than from a cure. It’s an evil greedy vulture culture, which puts money first and health care last – if any actual health care at all.
In my case, a high-protein low-carbohydrate diet usually helps to keep blood glucose balanced most of the time. However, mental and physical activities can drain the fuel faster than it can be replaced. It’s not just one kind of food that makes the difference, but rather the right kinds of food eaten at the same meal, so that what they provide can be combined to get better results. In my case, white meat chicken with rice in a sweet and sour sauce is good, and may include mashed potatoes with white gravy. Long John Silver’s Fish and Fries or Chicken Planks and Fries is also a good option when I can afford it. Arby’s beef with Arby’s curly fries and Arby’s sauce is good. From the grocery store, Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls are good – with potatoes, eggs, country gravy, sausage, and cheddar cheese. When you eat, and how much you eat, can make a huge difference throughout each day and night. I try to have one good balanced meal every 12 hours, such as 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. each day. However, I usually feel less hungry and more energetic every day if I skip breakfast – to instead have brunch – for an early lunch about 10:00 a.m. each day, then dinner no sooner than 5:00 p.m. and no later than 6:00 p.m. each evening. It’s acceptable to have a snack for breakfast with coffee and/or juice, as well as an early or mid-afternoon snack – such as crackers and cheese – with a soft drink.
In my case, a quick fix for Physical Depression – low mental and physical energy, is to drink a can of Dr. Pepper (or any generic versions). Other kinds of soft drinks are not as effective. It’s not just the caffeine and sugar. Dr. Pepper includes an ingredient – I’m not yet sure which one – which does reduce depression – improves mental and physical energy. I sometimes put Dr. Pepper in a glass of crushed ice with a shot of orange juice on top – not mixed in. Likewise, Dr. Pepper in glass of crushed ice with milk added to the top – not mixed in. Also, cold coffee sold in bottles is good. I’ve added cold coffee made from French Vanilla instant coffee – heated at first then let it turn cold, added to a glass of Dr. Pepper with crushed ice. Keep in mind, what works for me might not work for someone else or you.
Monoamines Depression – Chemical Imbalance:
A chemical imbalance in the brain has for a long time been believed to be the cause of major depression – Physical Depression. Monoamines – mood-related chemicals such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine – are low in the brain when major depression is experienced. This ties in with the above list of chain reactions – the domino effect – as noted for Blood Glucose Balance Disorder – the impact of damaged RNA on metabolism. Monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) – an enzyme that breaks down chemicals like serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine – is higher in people with untreated depression. The results of studies that in major depression MAO-A is significantly higher in every brain region investigated. On average, MAO-A is 34% higher. In major depression, higher levels of MAO-A is the primary process that lowers monoamine levels. Having more MAO-A leads to greater breakdown of key chemicals like serotonin.
Until medical science finds a way to repair RNA, control of metabolism is a necessary part of the process to maintain a good chemical balance in the brain, needed to prevent the condition and symptoms of major depression. Good input should result in good output.
Pain – Physical Injury:
Pain – including from physical injury – burns up mental and physical energy real fast, resulting in a person feeling exhausted, fatigued, as well as becoming mentally depressed.
Migraine headaches, for example, can contribute to Physical Depression.
In my case, Extra Strength Excedrin – containing acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine – stops most of my migraine headaches. Aspirin is used to improve the flow of blood so that the acetaminophen is more effective. Caffeine helps to restore the energy burned up by the pain. By the way, there is no difference in ingredients of the Excedrin Migraine formula and normal Excedrin – which has always been known to be useful for knocking down most migraine headaches. The makers of Excedrin got in some trouble with the FDA when selling Excedrin Migraine for a higher price than normal Excedrin, as if it has an extra special ingredient.
I’ve discovered eating American Cheese (any top-quality real cheese brand) can sometimes stop a migraine headache, or at least knock the sharp pain edge off of it, especially if the migraine has been triggered by glucose fluctuations. I can get a severe migraine headache if I go to long without a male or snack. However, be warned, snacks like “DORITOS Nacho Cheese Flavored Tortilla Chips” with the wrong kind of cheese, and especially monosodium glutamate (MSG), can trigger migraine headaches, as well as screwing up blood glucose. It used to be my favorite snack, until I realized the resulting headaches to no be a coincidence, but an actual trigger. Harmful to metabolism of people who have RNA damaged by oxidants.
People who suffer from chronic pain are likely to also suffer from Physical Depression. Therefore, stopping the pain can reduce the resulting Physical Depression. However, it will depend on the kind of pain reliever. Some kinds of pain relievers can make the depression worse. There is also Situational Depression with this, if there appears to be no relief from the pain, resulting in a feeling of despair and hopelessness. So we have emotional pain that can be triggered by physical pain.
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