Sunday, September 02, 2007

Staying cheerful without drugs; natural remedies


A Natural Cure for Depression : Potatoes for Breakfast, Then a Vigorous Very Early Morning Walk in the Sunshine - The McDougall Newsletter March 2004 - A Natural Cure for Depression

"A single night of total or partial sleep deprivation, called 'wake therapy,' induces rapid and dramatic improvement of mood in about 60% of all depressed patients, independent of the kind of depression the person suffers."

"Get more sunlight exposure by spending more daylight hours outside."

"High carbohydrate intakes have been found to improve the moods of people." (Not sugar - ingestion of sugar provides transient relief, followed by an exacerbation of symptoms several hours later - Natural Remedies for Depression)

"Exercise was found to be equally as effective as medications in reducing depression among those suffering from major depressive disorders."


"Supplementation with the amino acids L-tyrosine and D, L-phenylalanine can in many cases be used as an alternative to antidepressant drugs. Another particularly effective treatment is the amino acid L-tryptophan."
(Eating quality food is the most common way to get amino acids into the diet, especially high protein foods like lean meats and nonfat dairy products.)

"Studies indicate vitamin B6 supplementation is valuable for a subset of depressed patients... folic acid deficiency may be a contributing factor in some cases of depression... Vitamin B12 deficiency can also manifest as depression."

"Vitamin C may be valuable for patients with depression."

"Magnesium deficiency may be a factor in some cases of depression.

"St. John's wort ... is licensed in Germany and other European countries as a treatment for mild to moderate depression."

(The Medicines Control Agency issued a warning on March 1st 2000 that patients who are on a long list of drugs should stop taking St John's wort until they have consulted their GP or pharmacist. Medications for asthma, epilepsy, depression, migraine and heart problems are all implicated. St John's wort - a natural remedy for depression? )

"Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) extract... In addition to the significant improvement in symptoms of depression for the ginkgo group, there was also a noted improvement in overall cognitive function."

(Consult your doctor first if you are taking anti-coagulants e.g. aspirin and warfarin, monoamine oxidase inhibitors MAOI or are pregnant or breast-feeding. Ginkgo Biloba - Gingko Biloba Tablets)