Antidepressant prescriptions have risen nearly 400% since 1988, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That means we now have more than 1 in 10 Americans over the age 12 taking an antidepressant.
What the heck is going on? Are we a depressed society?
If we are going to improve the health of our country, we need to stop medicated symptoms and start addressing what is causing them.
So, what would cause so many people to suffer from depression?
In my experience, there are three main causes of depression, anxiety, and insomnia:
1. Damaged gut
The gut produces neurotransmitters that make your brain function normally. If you have more bad bacteria than good bacteria, you will not produce the right amount of neurotransmitters. I have seen this scenario quite often with patients when we perform a biomarker test. Issues like low serotonin and dopamine uptake will show up on this test, along with large amounts of bad bacteria and yeast.
Without the proper neurotransmitter balance, you can have waves of depression and anxiety that hit you for no particular reason. I hear this from many of my patients. They tell me there is no logical reason that they are feeling depressed and anxious, which means it’s a physiological problem, not a mental one.
2. Toxic overload
There are certain toxins that enter your bloodstream and attach to receptor sites in your brain. The main toxins that do this are heavy metals like mercury and lead. Where would you get heavy metals from? Amalgam fillings, flu shots, our even your drinking water.
Research is also showing that heavy metals can get passed down to you from your mother and grandmother. It is said that lead will pass through four generations!
There are simple tests you can do to know if you have heavy metals in your system that may be causing your depression and anxiety. There is also an easy protocol you can follow to remove those metals. You can contact us for more information on that protocol.
3. Imbalanced nervous system
You have two nervous systems. One of them speeds you up and one of them slows you down. Many people with anxiety have an overdeveloped nervous system that speeds them up. And they can’t seem to get that system to relax.
The quickest way to balance these systems is through a chiropractic adjustment. Many of you have experienced relief after just one adjustment. There is a sense of calm, feeling lighter, and more peaceful. That’s the rebalancing of your nervous system.
If you are feeling depressed or anxious, reach out. We are here to help!