Natural Mental Health-The Elephant in the Room

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Treatment for most mental health issues usually consists of #1 talk therapy and #2 drugs. Both have their place for people and families struggling with mental health issues. Rarely do they get to the cause of most mental health problems.
There is an elephant in the room that professionals, for the most part, ignore. It has been observed for centuries that people with significant mental health problems are not physically healthy. Almost without exception there are significant (seemingly unrelated) health problems in people who suffer from all sorts of mental health issues. Allergies, asthma, eczema, constipation, diarrhea, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, sinus problems, Candida yeast overgrowth, foul flatulence, chronic colds and flu are just some of the common findings.
Our society is in the midst of an epidemic of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, suicide, autism, autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder,(ADHA) dyslexia, learning disabilities, eating disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, bi-polar disorders…the list goes on and on and on. We keep describing symptoms and clustering them to put a label on them and then try to find a drug to keep the symptom under control.
Many people, who end up abusing prescription and street drugs, including alcohol, are vulnerable to such addictions because they do not feel well. They are in effect trying to medicate themselves to take away fatigue, mental fog, anxiety, depression, physical and emotional pain.
In our fragmented health care systems we have lost the connections and the realizations that the human body is an interconnected closed system where everything affects everything. Many years ago I attended a seminar presented by a pediatric allergist. She said that for years she would identify food allergies in her young patients and the parents would return several months later thanking her because their children’s behavior had so drastically improved. Their temper tantrums had ceased and they were sleeping better. The Doctor said that she brushed off those comments thinking that there was less stress in the family and therefore the behaviors had improved. It took her years to realize the food-allergy and behavior connection was a direct correlation in many of her patients.
Think about this: When someone is drunk from alcohol it affects all of the bodily systems; speech gets slurred, they lose their sense of balance, thinking becomes slow, mood becomes altered.
We know that the whole brain in under the influence of the alcohol. So how did the alcohol get there? Did the person rub it on their scalp? Of course not –they ingested it! It had to go through the gut to get to the brain.
Next time—The gut-brain connection.

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