Anxiety and Depression: the Hidden Epidemic – and How You Will See the Light Again

More and more people of all age groups, children, teenagers and adults alike, are suffering from anxiety or depression, or both combined, and, worldwide, billions are spent on pharmaceuticals to ‘treat’ them.

With all their ‘craziness’ and ‘abnormal’ thoughts, they simply don’t fit into our society.

But first and foremost, we must differentiate between ‘pathological’ and ‘superhuman’ craziness. Because… were Sylvia Plath alive today, she would be on anti-depressants. Salvador Dali would be on anti-psychotics. Tesla, Beethoven, Newton, all of them… and don’t even get me started on Jesus Christ.

So do some just see more than others? Feel more? Sense more? Know more? Our society simply can’t deal with that. We have no room for the genius, we have no room for the sacred. We’re taking people with a completely different perceptual experience and calling it “wrong”. We’re potentially drugging our geniuses and killing off our prophets, our messiahs. Are you possibly one of them?

Ok, but you may just be really sad. Or really anxious. And desperate to feel good again.

Sadly, pharmaceuticals given to artificially restore the level of Serotonin and other mood-boosting chemicals in the brain never really cure. They only mask symptoms, with often grave consequences. And in most cases, they are also a life sentence. Don’t do that to yourself!

What if I told you that, like all chronic diseases, even a chronic neurotransmitter imbalance in the brain is just a sign of a latent infection and chronic inflammation in the brain and the body, and the resulting anxiety and depression just symptoms of the immune system trying to fight it? Think of it similar to the low mood people often experience when they are fighting a virus, like a flu; it just doesn’t go away.

The proof is in the pudding.

I have been treating my patients with all kinds of mood disorders according to this hypothesis, all-naturally, for years now – with great results – and, finally, science is catching up. Numerous recent papers, and unexpected results from clinical trials also concluded that treating inflammation seems to alleviate depression.

Professor Ed Bullmore, Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, believes a new field of ‘immuno-neurology’ is on the horizon. “It’s pretty clear that inflammation can cause depression,” he announced in London this year.

He further said: “In relation to mood, beyond reasonable doubt, there is a very robust association between inflammation and depressive symptoms. We give people a vaccination, and they will become depressed. Vaccine clinics could always predict it, but they could never explain it.”

What is the link between infection, inflammation and mood disorders?

The billions of bacteria, viruses, mould, worms and other parasites, which inhabit our bodies, may, over time, become multi-resistant superbugs and take control of our body more and more – stealing our nutrients, dumping their toxins, even pooing inside us, manipulating our immune system, body temperature, food choices, our thoughts, mood, sexual behaviour and more.

Furthermore, as the immune system senses that the body is under threat, it triggers an inflammatory response, which then sparks wide-ranging changes in our biochemistry, including that of our brain.

Scientists believe that associated depression may have brought an evolutionary benefit to our ancestors. If an ill or wounded tribal member became depressed and withdrawn, it would prevent a disease being passed on. Amazing thought, right? It really does make sense!

One of the reasons why the link between infection, inflammation and depression hasn’t been recognised by the establishment yet is that, until recently, scientists believed that the brain was entirely cut off from the body and the immune system, trapped behind the blood brain barrier, kind of like the ‘Berlin Wall’, separating two parts of one.

But various recent studies have shown that nerve cells in the brain are absolutely linked to immune function, and one can have an impact on the other, and vice versa.

Scientists have now started to work on new anti-inflammatory drugs to treat depression, but firstly, who wants chemicals, and secondly, why wait?!

Should you be suffering from anxiety or depression (or actually anything else), here are my top basic tips to help your body start fighting it:

1. Eat a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Eat clean, whole, natural foods that fuel and satisfy your body, and nourish your cells with an abundance of macro- and micronutrients in perfect synergy, all without adding to your acidity and toxicity levels. Eliminate processed foods, as well as animal foods, which increase your pathogenic load, acidity and the inflammation in your body. My book Nourished by Nature explains why, and K.I.S.S in the Kitchen contains over 100 easy, delicious recipes.

2. Live close to nature.

Ground as much as possible, go in the sun for at least 30 mins. daily (whenever possible, full body exposure), breathe deeply (fresh air outdoors or open windows). Stay away from toxins as much as possible.

3. Take all-natural antimicrobials.

Most people are low in iodine, the body’s own pathogen fighter, so that is what I would start with. I recommend Lugol’s, which you can use topically, just a few drops rubbed into your skin. You will find it here. For longstanding health challenges, however, you will also need to alternate a few other, possibly also more heavy-duty (but natural) antimicrobials for at least a few months, along with a few other things to achieve a proper clean-out, and I am happy to guide you personally through your protocol.

4. Take all-natural anti-inflammatories and mood-boosting herbs.

Turmeric, the Indian spice, has outstanding anti-inflammatory properties. Make sure it’s organic, and take ½ – 1 teaspoon daily. I also use B and D vitamins, Magnesium and other minerals, as well as various Rainforest and other herbs in my protocols.

5. Move your body.

Walking 10,000 steps a day, yoga, dancing, jumping on the trampoline all activate your lymphatic system to help eliminate wastes from your body, besides many other benefits.

6. Practice mindfulness.

Meditation and gratitude work both stimulate the expression of genes that are powerfully anti-inflammatory. Just ten minutes a day will help, but increase the time for up to 2 hours daily, if you can and need.

Feel the pain, express it and release it. Just let go… and do what’s best for your own self love. Trust you are getting exactly what you need to fully surrender and love yourself. It may take you down a different path only for you to end up up on the same path… just a slight detour. Don’t compromise your integrity, self love, self worth and self respect. Love yourself.

What would you say to your child? Do that. Chill more and do more of things you enjoy doing. Always try to reach for better feeling thoughts, and if there is nothing else in your life to appreciate, at least appreciate the comfort of your pillow, the softness of your bed or the fact that the sun comes up every day, without you having to do anything about it. Learn to love yourself, soothe yourself when you’re sad, look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself ‘I love you’. You are a child of the Universe and worthy just by being here. You don’t have to prove it – to anything or anybody. I know this isn’t easy at times, especially when you feel so much love and others don’t get it. But know you aren’t crazy… to ‘feel’ is real. All the rest is an illusion. Surrender and trust the Universe. It knows what it’s doing. So try not to worry about things, rather take contrast in your life as a chance to learn and transform.

These basic rules will all not only help your brain to become more balanced and you to feel more joyful and happy, but also bring out your inner genius.

The same basic rules, obviously, also apply if you are suffering from any other health challenges, and especially if you have various different health issues at the same time.

Figures actually show that mood disorders mostly come along with other health issues. Around 30% of people suffering from inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are depressed – more than four times higher than the normal population. Even more for any digestive issues. Notably, people who are depressed after a heart attack are much more likely to suffer a second one, while the lifespan for people with cancer is also hugely reduced with co-existing mental illness. Research has also shown that people who have suffered severe emotional trauma in their past have inflammatory markers in their body, suggesting their immune system is constantly firing, as if always on guard against abuse.

“You can’t separate the mind from the body,” said Prof Sir Robert Lechler, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He went on: “The immune system does produce behaviour. You’re not just a little bit miserable if you’ve got a long term condition, there is a real mechanistic connection between the mind, the nervous system and the immune system.”

So, clearly, our model of healthcare, with mental healthcare being delivered by psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners is outdated. This separation is simply wrong.

We need to treat our health holistically. Always.

And we need more doctors and healthcare professionals who can straddle this divide and integrate all pieces of the puzzle.

Because the evidence is there. People just need to realise.

Stop suffering! Life is supposed to be fun! And I’m here to help.

Much Love, Light & Healing,
with Gratitude,

Dr. Isabella


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