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Moods in your Food - Dietary Depression

Depression, anxiety attacks, panic attacks can all be a result of poor diet

Over recent years there has been a marked increase in mood swings and chemically-induced emotional instability. So much so that we now have a condition called "Bipolar" which is becoming widespread, as well as depression, anxiety attacks, panic attacks and a general inability to cope with life.

In this chemical age our foods are being “improved” with colouring agents, flavouring agents, processing agents, preservatives, additives and emulsifiers. No-one knows what consequences and side-effects are being caused by the genetic modification of our plant life and animal life which provide the bulk of our “natural” food supply.

What causes Mood Swings
How to avoid Mood Swings

Some foods can ruin your day!

What causes Mood Swings

What causes Mood Swings Just as an example - here are a list of ingredients found in a commercial strawberry milkshake: milkfat and nonfat milk, sugar, sweet whey, high-fructose corn syrup, guar gum, monoglycerides and diglycerides, cellulose gum, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, citric acid, E129 (a carcinogenic food colouring) and artificial strawberry flavour.

Now lets have a look at what the "artificial strawberry flavour" itself contains [1] :

  • amyl acetate
  • amyl butyrate
  • amyl valerate
  • anethol
  • anisyl formate
  • benzyl acetate
  • benzyl isobutyrate
  • butyric acid
  • cinnamyl isobutyrate
  • cinnamyl valerate
  • cognac essential oil
  • diacetyl
  • dipropyl ketone
  • ethyl butyrate
  • ethyl cinnamate
  • ethyl heptanoate
  • ethyl heptylate
  • ethyl lactate
  • ethyl methylphenylglycidate
  • ethyl nitrate
  • ethyl propionate
  • ethyl valerate
  • heliotropin
  • hydroxyphrenyl-2-butanone
  • ionone
  • isobutyl anthranilate
  • isobutyl butyrate
  • lemon essential oil
  • maltol
  • 4-methylacetophenone
  • methyl anthranilate
  • methyl benzoate
  • methyl cinnamate
  • methyl heptine carbonate
  • methyl naphthyl ketone
  • methyl salicylate
  • mint essential oil
  • neroli essential oil
  • nerolin
  • neryl isobutyrate
  • orris butter
  • phenethyl alcohol
  • rose
  • rum ether
  • undecalactone
  • vanillin
  • solvent

Why do food processers put additives in your food?

how moods get put in your food
- are you sacrificing your happiness
on the alter of corporate profits?

  • They can make food look “better”. We all have certain ideas about how our food should look. You expect oranges to be orange. When oranges are picked green and unripe, manufacturers simply add some dyes to make them look the colour we expect to see so that we will buy them.
  • They make food taste “better”. Artificial flavours exist for the sole purpose of adding something extra to the taste of food. If you eat a lot of artificial flavours you can get used to them. You may even end up actually preferring them over natural flavours.
  • They make food feel “better”. Thanks to chemicals, you can now make instant mashed potatoes that are even more light and fluffy than anything you could ever make at home.
  • They make food last longer. Because of food additives, food does not go bad, mouldy or stale as quickly as it used to.This means that food can travel much longer and further than it ever has. It also means that foods can sit around for a very long time.
  • They make more profit. All of these things mean more product is sold - especially to people who are ignorant of the effects of the additives.

Most of these chemicals have not been tested for short term or long term effects, so we believe it is inevitable that some, if not most, will have some tangible “side-effect” on your system.

These effects will take many different forms, however, you know, from times in your life when you were feeling “off-colour”, that when your system is being invaded by a foreign substance (such as a microbe, a bacteria, a virus) your emotional state or mood is often the first indicator that all is not well.

And so it is with these synthetic substances, because they are unnatural, your body has no way to recognise it or to deal with it effectively. Before you eliminate it you will no doubt experience a loss of vitality as your energy is diverted to dealing with what your immune system sees as a “foreign invader”.

The result: a mood swing, often sudden, sometimes confusing but always depressing.

How to avoid Mood Swings

If this continues to happen, and present you the symptoms to your general practitioner (GP) doctor (who will frequently only spend a few minutes [2][3]consulting with you) it is very likely you will receive a diagnosis of “bipolar”, “depression”, “anxiety” “anger”, if you are a child whose systems are developing rather than matured the diagnosis is more likely to be “hyperactivity”, “ADD”, “ADHD”.

The conventional treatment is likely to be a life-long course of yet more synthetic chemicals for your already-overloaded systems to cope with, such as:

for adults [4] :
  • Adapin
  • Anafranil
  • Asendin
  • Aventyl
  • Desyrel
  • Effexor
  • Elavil
  • Ludiomil
  • Luvox (SSRI)
  • Marplan (MAOI)
  • Nardil (MAOI)
  • Norpramin
  • Pamelor
    for adults [4] :
  • Parnate (MAOI)
  • Paxil (SSRI)
  • Pertofrane
  • Prozac (SSRI)
  • Remeron
  • Serzone
  • Sinequan
  • Surmontin
  • Tofranil
  • Vivactil
  • Wellbutrin
  • Zoloft (SSRI)
    for children [5] :
  • Adderall, Adderall XR
  • Detxroamphetamine
  • Focalin XR
  • Methylphenidate
  • Methylin
  • Metadate CD
  • Ritalin
  • Ritalin LA
  • Ritalin SR
  • Strattera
  • Vyvanse

  • The overall result of this increased bombardment of your body will typically produce even more side-effects [6]such as [7]:

    • Mind racing and unable to control thoughts and processes of the mind.
    • Panic attacks worsening.
    • Hot surges running through body.
    • Horrible nightmares.
    • Obsessive thoughts. (Going to lose it and kill somebody)
    • Just can't seem to feel any more.
    • Feeling like a zombie. Absolutely emotionless.
    • Physically numb. Could not even feel the water hit my body in the shower.
    • Lost all taste of food.
    • Severe dizziness. Felt like going to pass out or lose control.
    • Sleeping with light on because of the fear.
    • Feel disconnected. Really drugged out most of the time.
    • Heart palpitations and tightness in the head.
    • Flashes of memories and images from the past. (Uncontrollable)
    • Drugs have taken personal identity away, made feel unable to function like a normal human being.
    • Completely lost grip and hate to go out and be around people. Don't even feel comfortable with family.
    • Feeling like it will never end.
    • Feeling foggy and drugged out.
    • Urge to jump out of a fast moving car.
    • Feeling like I need to take life to end all of this.
    • Extreme head pain.
    • More depressed than before starting SSRI's.
    • Not sure will ever be your old self again.
    • A feeling of unreality.
    • Convinced of having some rare and fatal disease.
    • Hormones go completely wild during menstruation. (Never happened before SSRI usage)
    • fatigue and problem in hands
    • tremors
    • pain and slight stiffness spreading up (left) arm and into shoulder.
    • Head and body seem to feel detached from each other.
    • Feeling like "in Hell." Can't go to see doctor or to the hospital because I am afraid they will prescribe more medication or put me in the mental ward.
    • Bleeding from the nose, heavily.
    • Nausea
    • Feeling like electrical current is running up and down spine
    • Memory loss with apathy
    • In a fog, can't concentrate
    • Nipple discharge
    • Loss of sex drive
    • Manic/depressive episodes
    • Weight gain of over 40 pounds
    • (List of side effects from one individual since starting SSRI's) Mind racing, nightmares, obsessive thoughts, can't "feel" anymore, zombie, disconnected, memory flashes, hate to be around people, feeling like it will never end, foggy, urge to jump out of fast moving car, more depressed, not sure will ever be old self again, feeling of unreality, numbness in pinky and ring finger on left hand and sever chills.
    • Head jerking and muscle spasms
    • Numbness in genitals
    • Memory loss
    • Loss of sexual drive
    • Swelled penis
    • Sudden and excessive weight gain
    • Hating people, do not want to be around people anymore
    • Tremors, sudden jerky movements of muscles, extreme sensitivity to sound
    • Out of control, divorced husband that was loved and now can't even explain why. Hopeless
    • Suicidal
    • Inner restlessness
    • Can't focus, hard to read words
    • Worsening of acne
    • Falling asleep at random times and not even remembering it (people telling the person this is happening)
    • Can hardly stand to look at anything anymore
    • Severe hot flashes while asleep
    • Difficult having an orgasm
    • Very aggressive dreams, dream of having battles with people from past
    • Severe mood changes, tremors in hands more hyperactive
    • Heavy sweating and electrical shocks that seem to come from within the side of the head
    • Milky discharge from nipples and very hot flashes and sweating while asleep
    • Can't seeeee comptur skrenn clearrlyyyy
    • Breast are getting larger, nipples harder and sticking out about 1" and swelling
    • Awake several nights of the week all night and have gained 30 pounds in less than one year
    • Urge to drink excessively, never had this problem before. Feel like in pure hell, manic one moment, deeply depressed the next, severe headaches, sweating, nightmares, panic and fear
    • Feet stay cold and can't seem to get them warm
    • Have not had sex for over one year since starting Prozac
    • Need for increased dose for same symptom, depression and severe cleaning compulsion are back and already at 100 mg daily of Prozac
    • I quit, doing crazy things. On the way to work stopped and got a tattoo. Hate tattoos!
    • Sleepy all of the time
    • Dramatic weight loss
    • Manic depression, numbness of body, tremors, racing thoughts, hot flashes, hallucinations, voices and echoes
    • Excessive or "fake" happiness-not able to feel "normal" sadness or cry at all
    • Feeling like an incomplete person without sexual feelings
    • Feel like going to stop breathing
    • Cold for hours after jogging
    • Extremely paranoid, feeling like someone is standing outside of the shower with a knife-ready to kill me, constantly looking over my shoulder all of the time and jumping at every noise
    • Muscle and joint pains
    • Strange and vivid dreams with erratic sleep patterns
    • Nightmares, flashbacks, severe night sweats and feel sense of unrest
    • No emotion and brain twitches
    • Felt like on a come down from acid for the whole time taking SSRI, saw tracers (shadows when things were moving) could not sleep, felt suicidal and more depressed than before
    • Itchy, rashes on inside of legs, knees, under arms and back, hot sweats and flushes, very depressed, being very rude and short tempered
    • Severe mood swings, angry most of the time and violent
    • Lost everything
    • Lost job
    • dizziness and low blood sugar
    • Just don't care anymore
    • Flash anger, verbal aggression and uncontrolled bouts of swearing
    • Pain in the lower left hand side of the stomach
    • Sleeping A LOT (13 hours a night)
    • Self mutilation
    • Cutting self
    • Tongue pain at night
    • Ears ring all the time since I've been on Paxil
    • Total inability to have an orgasm (I am female). This never happened to me before I took Prozac
    • Breathing Difficulty
    • Uncontrollable bouts of anger during which I can't even talk to anyone- totally overreacting to different situations.
    • Delayed sleep pattern, 1 hour later each day, turning the clock around during one year
    • Craving for sugar or protein or vitamin c
    • Changing my mind every minute, completely paranoid
    • Completely paralyzed by not knowing what to do or where I was going or what I can do when I feel like this
    • Delayed ejaculation and subtle loss of genital sensitivity--still persists 3 years after finishing medication
    • Annoying dizzy spells that have intensified the longer I have been off of Paxil
    • Alzheimer's Condition dramatically accelerated in my 82 year old mother immediately following Paxil
    • Hot flashes and profuse sweating
    • Lethargic
    • After two days, woke up with left hand and arm numb, feel disconnected, headachy and anxious
    • Heard noises that weren't real: electronic humming/buzzing, doorbells, and voices. Would look for source, but find nothing. Sometimes, just moving my head would make the noises change or go away.
    • Severe constipation even Metamucil is not working feeling real bloated and starting to get depressed

    And here is the warning from MEDLINE about prozac: [8] , just one anti-depressant

    A small number of children, teenagers, and young adults (up to 24 years of age) who took antidepressants ('mood elevators') such as fluoxetine during clinical studies became suicidal (thinking about harming or killing oneself or planning or trying to do so). Children, teenagers, and young adults who take antidepressants to treat depression or other mental illnesses may be more likely to become suicidal than children, teenagers, and young adults who do not take antidepressants to treat these conditions. However, experts are not sure about how great this risk is and how much it should be considered in deciding whether a child or teenager should take an antidepressant.

    You should know that your mental health may change in unexpected ways when you take fluoxetine or other antidepressants even if you are an adult over 24 years of age. You may become suicidal, especially at the beginning of your treatment and any time that your dose is increased or decreased. You, your family, or your caregiver should call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: new or worsening depression; thinking about harming or killing yourself, or planning or trying to do so; extreme worry; agitation; panic attacks; difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; aggressive behavior; irritability; acting without thinking; severe restlessness; and frenzied abnormal excitement. Be sure that your family or caregiver knows which symptoms may be serious so they can call the doctor if you are unable to seek treatment on your own.

    Ritalin - the drug-of-choice for controlling exhuberant chidren - has been Linked to 500% Increased Risk of Sudden Death in Children [9]. I could go on and on but you must have got the point by now - synthetic chemicals destroy natural life force however they are taken.

    How to avoid Mood Swings

    Eliminate synthetic toxic chemical additives from your diet

    I understand some people think it isn't straightforward to do this, so let me share a common (to around 90% of people I treat) story from my clinic:

    A new client, Debbie, arrives and drags herself through the clinic doorway looking drab, unsmiling and generally quite run-down.

    In consultation we soon establish that she believes she is suffering from “chronic fatigue syndrome”š (CFS) and is resigned to spending many more years dragging herself around without any hope of regaining her vitality, libido and interest in life.

    Assessing Debbie's daily diet I identify two or more ingredients which are heavily-promoted in the mass-media as “healthy food”.

    Together we develop an easy dietary regime which eliminates those products, replacing them with easy-to-prepare, economical and natural foods which are commonly available. I give Debbie a printed, annotated copy of this regime for her to take with her.

    3 days later: I receive an email or a phone call from Debbie which goes something like this: "My energy has come back already, my husband is amazed, I feel alive, positive and vital again. I cannot believe such a simple little change fixed my depression and chronic fatigueš. Thank you so much"

    š   for CFS substitute any or all of these: depression, anxiety, lack of interest in sex, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticulitis, allergies, aches and pains, sinus problems, asthma, hay fever, diabetes, headaches, migraines, hormonal disorders and many other ailments

    You can read more of this feedback from my happy, revitalised clients on my testimonials page.

    There is little more I can tell you - if you are suffering from any energy-depleted condition, a single consultation with me could restore your vitality for the rest of your life.

    My fee for a Naturopathic consultation is available on the fees page - an appointment is essential and a typical session will last around one hour. You can make an enquiry here or an appointment here.

    Just one hour of your time could significantly improve the rest of your life

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     [#]SourceTitle and link to resource if available
    [1]  The GuardianThe 59 ingredients in a fast-food strawberry milkshake
    [2]  British Medical JournalConsultation length in general practice: cross sectional study in six European countries
    [3]  AIHWConsultation time and GP satisfaction
    [4]  Helpguide ADD & ADHD Medications
    [5]  Internet Drug News.comDrugs For ADHD
    [6]  Women to WomenList of antidepressants and their side effects
    [7]  Psych Drug TruthWhat are the true side effects of Prozac and Paxil?
    [8]  Medicine PlusFluoxetine
    [9]  naturalnews.comRitalin ADHD Drug Linked to 500 Percent Increased Risk of Sudden Death in Children
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