About 10% of the population seeks medical help for depression. They are also more likely to be put on prescription medicarion, which can cause severe problems. Dr. Prather offers an alternative approach. In this episode, find out:
--How depression can be kicked off by pharmaceuticals (including drugs for ADD/ADHD and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories).
--If you have 5 of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, you should seek help for depression.
--Why Structure/Function health care should be a part of your care for depression in order to get to the underlying cause.
--How hormones, structural issues, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, and imbalances in minerals are important considerations as a cause of depression.
--How 70% of depressed patients in one study had thyroid issues, and how antidepressants can often be eliminated after the thyroid is working properly.
--How low iron is a common cause of depression in teenage girls, and the inspiring story of the Mom who now has her daughter back.
--The tear-jerking story of an 84-year-old woman who avoided being put on antidepressants and being admitted to a nursing home because Dr. Prather discovered too low cholesterol and low fat levels as the source of her problem.
--Why Dr. Prather says acupuncture "almost consistently" helps bring people out of a depressive state and gives patients relief from anxiety and insomnia.
--The natural, non-pharmaceutical treatments Dr. Prather uses in his office to help those with depression.
--The story of a man who tried to commit suicide 5 times and whose life was transformed by getting his copper/zinc ratio balanced out.