Not all of what I know about depression came from me. I have a number of persons to thank for knowing what I do about the topic of depression. Most of these persons are the authors of books that I have read (and in many cases reread a number of times). Two of these authors deserve special mention; Dr. Sherry Rogers and Dr. Priscilla Slagle.***List various helpful authors and books here with remarks.***
It has been almost ten years since I gained a world leading degree of understanding of how to properly treat, or self-treat, a state of depression. This knowledge applies to the vast majority of persons that are depressed.
I gained this world leading degree of understanding of how to treat depression properly by learning a number of things between September 1997 and April 2000. Some of what I learned about how to treat depression properly came from various alternative medical books that I had read. And some of what I learned about depression came from some original discoveries that I had made. Two of these discoveries were of critical importance. (I will go into these discoveries in later material.)
I wrote a landmark document in the year 2000 in regard to what I had learned in regard to how to treat state of depression. This document was lost (when I lost the hard drive it was on).
In early 2003, I did a rewrite of what I had learned by April 2000 in regard to how to properly treat a depressive state. This document, which can be easily found on the Internet by searching for it, is titled “Concepts And Ideas To Treat Depression Naturally” (2003) by Allen Darman. I have also written a number of significant documents in regard to how to treat depression since 2003. My knowledge did improve over time.
Despite the fact that my knowledge of how to correct depression has grown over time, I knew nearly ten years ago that what I had discovered about how to correct depression meant that I had “hit a home run for the world”. I immediately reported this “home run for the world” to a doctor that I thought would, and could, move the discoveries that I had made forward, such that they could help many persons, and not just a few. In April 2000 I emailed what I had learned about how to properly treat depression to the acknowledged leader of orthomolecular medicine at that time, a doctor named Dr. Abram Hoffer.
One thing that I meant when I said I had hit a “home run for the world” was that I had discovered that a state of depression, even if it was both longstanding and rather severe, could be profoundly corrected in some persons (to include myself) in as little as eight to twelve hours. (Some persons may take longer than this. It may require a few days to correct a state of severe depression in some persons. And it may admittedly require a longer period of time for some persons as well.)
Dr. Hoffer was unable to believe what I was telling him years ago about my being able to correct a severe state of depression in myself in as little as eight to twelve hours, despite the fact it was the truth. And he was unable to believe me when I said that what I had learned about correcting a state of depression in myself applied to tens of millions of other persons, if not the entire human race. Due to both his lack of knowledge, and his lack of experience, in using adequate therapeutic dosages of broad based amino acids, Dr. Abram Hoffer was unable to see the truth in regard to how depression should be properly treated. Sadly, not long ago he died still not knowing the truth in this regard. (An important note: Broad based free form amino acids do not work well at all if they are taken on their own. Broad based free form amino acids REQUIRE a wide range of nutrient co-factors to be taken at the same time in order for them to work properly in a therapeutic sense.)
Not only did I approach Dr. Hoffer with my discoveries years ago, I have approached many dozens of other persons and parties in the past ten years as well. As a layman, I was not in a position to move the discoveries I had made forward, such that they could help the rest of the human race. For years, I have repeatedly tried to hand off what I had discovered to other persons and parties that I felt could do more with what I had discovered than I could. (I did this via the use of email, and the use of egroups on the Internet.)
When a layperson develops a world leading degree of knowledge on a medical topic, such as how to treat depression properly, there is not any where for him or her to go, such that his or her discoveries can be validated. I have been in this sort of dilemma for nearly a decade now. (I am still in this dilemma.) As far as my own experience goes, it was far easier for me to discover the proper way to resolve depression naturally, than it has been for me to find support and collaboration such that these these discoveries help the entire human race (as they should).
I have never had any desire to copyright, commercialize, or sell what I have found to be true. (This material is not copyrighted. It will be freely disbursed to the Internet when it is complete.) My heart always was, and still is, in the right place. I only want to help other persons that still suffer from depression. I have no self seeking agenda whatsoever.
Hopefully, the material that follows will end the impasse of biochemical depression not being understood by many persons for what it really is. In the great majority of people, a state of biochemical depression is (1) “a state of broad essential nutrient deficiency, especially in regard to amino acids”, coupled with (2) “a dysfunctional and toxic gut”, more than anything else.
When a person feels depressed, and they do not know any better, they go to see a conventional medical doctor or psychiatrist to be treated for depression.
This standard medical treatment for depression involves only one single measure. This measure is the prescription of an antidepressant drug. The patient is then told to take this drug daily, until the relief of depression occurs.
Conventional medical doctors rarely mention any other measure than the regular use of an antidepressant drug in which to alleviate depression.
The truth is that you do not need the services of any doctor in order to correct a state of depression in yourself. All you need is some rather basic nutritional knowledge, some basic knowledge of the human body, and the ability and the willingness to implement this knowledge on yourself.
To gain useful knowledge of the human body such that a person can readily correct a state of depression in his or her self is not that difficult to do. (You most certainly do not have to attend medical school to do so.)
Useful knowledge of the human body such that a state of depression can be readily self-corrected at will can be taught to most persons, even those that cannot read. (This understanding can be verbally taught. I proved this with my teenage son Willy in his amazing recovery from an ADHD diagnosis, classic bipolar symptoms, and weak and sickly childhood health.)
As complicated as the material below may sound to a depressed person that is reading it, such that they may feel overwhelmed by it, the correction of the symptoms of depression is amazingly easy in most cases. Often profound relief from serious depressive symptoms can be achieved within a matter of a handful of hours. What follows is a concrete example of this:
Most persons that are seriously depressed, even if they have been depressed for quite some time, can feel profound relief from their depressive state from
(1) using a fiber purge to clear their gut out, followed a few hours later by
(2) taking a wide range of nutritional supplements, along with
(3) a large glass of room temperature spring or distilled water. Doing such can, and does, significantly increase the level of every neurotransmitter, hormone, and enzyme in the body. (You do not need to know the name of a single one of these neurotransmitters, hormones, or enzymes that has been increased! All that you need to do is become familiar with how to use the nutrients that these neurotransmitters, hormones, and enzymes are made out of!)
This shortcut to resolve a state of depression assumes
(1) you have a gut that is not so plugged up with undigested food residue, fecal matter, etc. that a fiber purge is not enough to adequately clear it out,
(2) that the fiber purge you take is adequate in size for you,
(3) that your gut is not in such poor shape that it is hardly absorbing at all, (4) that the supplements taken are combined correctly, and
(5) that the supplements taken are of a proper dosage. (This shortcut to resolve a depressive state will be discussed more thoroughly in another chapter.)
The standard medical treatment for depression does not address the fact that there may be one or more biochemical causes that a person is depressed. Almost invariably, there are at least a half a dozen or more causes underlying a state of depression. Despite their number, these common causes of depression are not that difficult for anyone to learn how to identify and overcome them in his or her self. (The common causes of depression can be identified and overcome at home, without requiring the services of any doctor whatsoever.)
The standard medical treatment for depression does not address the fact that the patient that suffers from depression may be chronically ingesting common foods that they are allergic to. Hidden food allergies to common foods such as the gluten grains of wheat, oats, barley, rye, dairy, corn, eggs, peanuts, chocolate, soy, citrus, the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers), etc. have been found to be a causative or contributory factor of depression in the majority of persons that chronically suffer from such. A simple linking search I did today using Google and the words “food allergy” and “depression” at the same time returned 950,000 hits.
The standard medical treatment for depression does not address the fact that the patient may have serious intestinal dysbiosis issues, which are chronically poisoning him or her. Intestinal dysbiosis means “disordered biology” in the GI tract, to include the presence of yeasts such as candida, molds, fungi, various “bad bacteria”, and/or parasites. Intestinal dysbiosis issues, such as candida, have been found to be a causative or contributory factor of depression in the great majority of persons that suffer from such. A simple linking search I did today using Google and the words “candida” and “depression” at the same time returned 780,000 hits.
The standard medical treatment for depression does not address the fact the patient may have a significant malabsorptive problem, even if the person in question is seriously overweight. A simple linking search I did today using Google and the words “malabsorption” and “depression” at the same time returned 1,630,000 hits.
The standard medical treatment for depression does not address that fact that some hormone producing organs (the thyroid, the adrenal glands, the pancreas), when they are not functioning properly, can be a causative or contributory factor to depression all on their own. Often the fact that these hormone producing organs are not producing properly is simply due to the fact that they lack the nutrient raw material in which to build an adequate supply of whatever hormone(s) or enzyme(s) that they should produce. A simple linking search I did today using Google and the words “thyroid” and “depression” at the same time returned 3,540,000 hits. (Note: If you have a thyroid problem I strongly suggest that you DO NOT go see a conventional doctor to get treated for this. Conventional medicine does not properly treat thyroid issues well, just as they do not treat depression well. See http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/thyroid-depression-mental-health/ for more information on this.)
The standard medical treatment for depression does not address that fact that you may suffer from some bacteria or viral issue that is a causative or contributory factor to your depression. (If you do suffer from such, it is often wiser for you to investigate these issues on your own, rather than to see a conventional doctor. It may be worthy to note here that bacterial cells and viral particles do not make you feel sick simply by their presence in your body. They make you feel sick by the toxins that they produce. If you have a bacterial or viral issue that is serious, your toxic load is greatly increased.)
The Fundamental Principle Of Correcting Depression
There is a fundamental principle to correct depression. This fundamental principle applies to a myriad of illnesses, both physical and mental in nature.
Before I go into the fundamental principle to correct depression, I need to talk about a cell in the human body a little bit.
If you understand the basics in regard to the chemistry of a single human cell, you understand the basics in regard to the chemistry of the entire human body.
There are only three classes of chemicals involved in the health, or lack thereof, of the cells in a human being. The three classes of chemical influence that create, or harm, the health of the cells of your brain and your body are (1) nutrients, (2) allergens, and (3) toxins.
The fundamental principle to correcting depression involves only three parts.
These three parts are relatively simple. They can be taught to nearly anyone, such that depression can be readily self-cured. The three parts of the fundamental principle to correcting depression are:
(1) you need to maximize your functional nutrient status,
(2) you need to reduce your allergic load (especially food allergens, but environmental allergens as well), and
(3) you need to reduce your toxic load (especially toxins generated in the gut, but other toxins as well).
Doing so will improve the health and performance of every single cell in your body and your brain. And if you increase the health of even one of your cells in this manner, you effectively are increasing the health of them all.
Incidentally, the standard medical treatment for depression ignores all three classes of chemical influence on a human cell. It is as if the levels of nutrients, allergens, or toxins did not matter at all in regard to correcting a state of depression in a person that may suffer from such. Nothing could be further from the truth.