Treat Depression … Naturally

George Washington's picture

If you’re depressed, you might consider asking your doctor to prescribe anti-depressants.

But as best-selling author Christiane Northrup, MD, notes:

In 2008, we learned that the benefits of antidepressants had been greatly overstated. Former FDA psychiatrist Erick H. Turner, M.D. uncovered some startling information about Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), including Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. In reviewing all the medical literature, he learned that 94 percent of the reports showing the therapeutic benefits of SSRIs were published compared to only 14 percent of the reports showing either no benefits or inconclusive results (of taking SSRIs were published). When he weighed all the literature, Dr. Turner determined that SSRIs were no more effective than a placebo for treating most depressive patients. Those with severe depression were helped, sometimes greatly, but those with mild to moderate depression, the majority of cases, received little relief. British researchers using the Freedom of Information Act uncovered identical findings.


In January 2010, another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) confirms these findings. The newest study also evaluated another class of antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants. Again, researchers determined that the typical patient, one with mild to moderate depression, gets the same amount of relief from a placebo as from an antidepressant.  The first author of the study, Jay C. Fournier, MA, told Medscape, “I think the most surprising part of the findings was how severe depression has to be in order to see this clinically meaningful difference emerge between medication and placebo, and that the majority of depressed patients presenting for treatment do not fall into that very severe category.”


The New York Times reported that the co-author of the study, Robert J. DeRubeis, shared this important insight: “The message for patients with mild to moderate depression is ‘Look, medications are always an option, but there’s little evidence that they add to other efforts to shake depression–whether it’s exercise, seeing the doctor, reading about the disorder or going for psychotherapy.’”

(In addition, modern SSRI anti-depressants have been shown to increase violent and suicidal behavior in a certain percent of the population.)

So what can those with depressive tendencies do?

Secret of Human Evolution

Getting enough Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet is also crucial in preventing depression. As Science Daily notes:

Researchers from Inserm and INRA and their collaborators in Spain collaboration, have studied mice fed on a diet low in omega-3 fatty acid. They discovered that reduced levels of omega-3 had deleterious consequences on synaptic functions and emotional behaviours.


Details of this work are available in the online version of the journal Nature Neuroscience.




The researchers studied mice fed a life-long diet imbalanced in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They found that omega-3 deficiency disturbed neuronal communication specifically ….This neuronal dysfunction was accompanied by depressive behaviours among the malnourished mice.




Consequently, the researchers discovered that among mice subjected to an omega-3 deficient dietary regime, synaptic plasticity … is disturbed in at least two structures involved with reward, motivation and emotional regulation: the prefrontal cortex and the nucleus accumbens.




“Our results can now corroborate clinical and epidemiological studies which have revealed associations between an omega-3/omega-6 imbalance and mood disorders,” explain Olivier Manzoni and Sophie Layé. “To determine if the omega-3 deficiency is responsible for these neuropsychiatric disorders additional studies are, of course, required.”


In conclusion, the authors estimate that their results provide the first biological components of an explanation for the observed correlation between omega-3 poor diets, which are very widespread in the industrialized world, and mood disorders such as depression.

Dr. Northrup writes:

One of the best ways to support health brain chemistry is by taking fish oil. Fish oil has been shown time an again to relieve mild to moderate depression. The omega-3 fatty acids are essential to brain health and, according to Capt. Joe Hibbeln, M.D., these important fats support the serotonin system, may help reduce stress and lower your risk of all kinds of mental illness. Dr. Hibbeln, Chief of Outpatient Services for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is one of the world’s leading researchers on omega-3 fats. His findings have been compelling and encouraging.




Also encouraging is the largest ever clinical trial presenting in 2009 showing that fish oil may benefit half of all people with moderate to severe depression.

How could something as obscure as Omega 3s be so critical in preventing depression?

We’ve previously explained that humans evolved to eat a lot of Omega 3s:

Wild game animals have much higher levels of essential Omega 3 fatty acids than domesticated animals. Indeed, leading nutritionists say that humans evolved to consume a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids in the wild game and fish which they ate (more), and that a low Omega 3 diet is a very new trend within the last 100 years or so.


In other words, while omega 3s have just now been discovered by modern science, we evolved to get a lot of omega 3s … and if we just eat a modern, fast food diet without getting enough omega 3s, it can cause all sorts of health problems.


So something just discovered by science can be a central fuel which our bodies evolved to use.

Here’s further detail focusing on beef:

For all of human history – until the last couple of decades – people ate beef from cows (or buffalo or bison) which grazed on grass. The cows were usually strong and healthy. Their meat was lean, with very little saturated fat, as the critters ate well and got outdoor exercise. Their meat was high in good Omega 3 fats. See this and this, and humans evolved to consume a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids in the wild game and fish which they ate (more).


Today, on the other hand, beef is laden with saturated fat and almost entirely lacking healthy fats like Omega 3s, because the cows are force-fed food which makes them sick. Specifically, instead of their natural menu – grass – they are force-fed corn, which makes them sick. Because their diet makes them ill, they are given massive amounts of antibiotics.  Even with the antibiotics, the diet and living conditions would kill them pretty quickly if they aren’t slaughtered.

Science Daily explains:

In industrialized nations, diets have been impoverished in essential fatty acids since the beginning of the 20th century. The dietary ratio between omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid omega-3 increased continuously over the course of the 20th century. These fatty acids are “essential” lipids because the body cannot synthesize them from new. They must therefore be provided through food and their dietary balance is essential to maintain optimal brain functions.

So insufficient Omega 3s is a major source of depression in modern industrialized countries.

The flip side of getting enough healthy Omega 3s is to stay away from the kind of fats which cause depression: trans fats.

(Contrary to what you’ve heard, getting enough of the right kind of healthy cholesterol also decreases depression.)

Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants …

Antioxidants also help to prevent depression.  Specifically, oxidative stress has been correlated with depression (and see here).

On the other hand, antioxidants reduce depression. See this, this and thisHere are the tricks for finding the least expensive, most powerful antioxidants.

Moreover, a multivitamin might be smart.  Specifically, Hugh D. Riordan, M.D., argues:

It is possible to become depressed because of the lack of a sufficient amount of a single trace element.

And as we’ve previously noted, modern foods can be nutritionally depleted:

We evolved eating foods which were high in vitamins and minerals ….

But as the Journal Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology notes:

With soil depletion, overfarming and transportation of foods over hundreds of miles with loss of nutrients en route, together with the increased use of convenience and fast foods, women can be over-fed, but under-nourished in our modern society.

The Nutrition Journal points out:

In 1927 a study at King’s College, University of London, of the chemical composition of foods was initiated … to assist with diabetic dietary guidance. The study evolved and was then broadened to determine all the important organic and mineral constituents of foods, it was financed by the Medical Research Council and eventually published in 1940. Over the next 51 years subsequent editions reflected changing national dietary habits and food laws as well as advances in analytical procedures. The most recent (5th Edition) published in 1991 has comprehensively analysed 14 different categories of foods and beverages. In order to provide some insight into any variation in the quality of the foods available to us as a nation between 1940 and 1991 it was possible to compare and contrast the mineral content of 27 varieties of vegetable, 17 varieties of fruit, 10 cuts of meat and some milk and cheese products. The results demonstrate that there has been a significant loss of minerals and trace elements in these foods over that period of time.

Scripps Howard News Service noted in 2006:

The nutritional content of America’s vegetables and fruits has declined during the past 50 years — in some cases dramatically.


Donald Davis, a biochemist at the University of Texas, said that of 13 major nutrients in fruits and vegetables tracked by the Agriculture Department from 1950 to 1999, six showed noticeable declines — protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and vitamin C. The declines ranged from 6 percent for protein, 15 percent for iron, 20 percent for vitamin C, and 38 percent for riboflavin.


“It’s an amazing thing,” said Davis, adding that the decline in nutrient content has not been widely noticed.

Many other studies have reported ongoing soil depletion around the world.




And many people eat highly processed foods in which most antioxidants have been destroyed.


So – just as with the low levels of omega 3s – there might be less antioxidants like vitamin C in the modern diet than the levels we evolved to run on.

Good Bugs

Live Science reports:

Researchers have increasingly begun to suspect the gut was somehow linked with the brain. For instance, bowel disorders seem linked with stress-related psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression in people.


To learn more, scientists experimented with mice by feeding them a broth containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus JB-1. This species naturally lives in our gut, and scientists are exploring whether strains of it can be used as “probiotics” to improve our health. They discovered these rodents displayed significantly less behavior linked with stress, anxiety and depression than mice fed plain broth. Bacteria-fed mice also had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone corticosterone in response to stressful situations such as mazes.


“By affecting gut bacteria, you can have very robust and quite broad-spectrum effects on brain chemistry and behavior,” researcher John Cryan, a neuroscientist at University College Cork in Ireland, told LiveScience.


“Without overstating things, this does open up the concept that we could develop therapies that can treat psychiatric disorders by targeting the gut,” Cryan added. “You could take a yogurt with a probiotic in it instead of an antidepressant.”




The investigators found that one GABA receptor component was present in higher levels in bacteria-fed mice in parts of the brain where it is normally lowered during depression. In addition, several GABA receptor components were reduced in parts of the brain where they are normally increased in stressed or anxious animals.

Next, the researchers severed the vagus nerve, which helps alert the central nervous system to changes in the gastrointestinal tract. They found the bacteria-induced effects on behavior and GABA receptors were diminished, suggesting this nerve is the pathway by which changes in the gut can influence the brain.

Vagal nerve stimulations have been used at times to treat depression resistant to other therapies, but “that’s a surgical technique,” Cryan said. “By targeting the gut with probiotics, we could indirectly target the vagus nerve without surgery.”

And see this.

As with Omega 3s, this sounds strange until you realize how humans evolved.

As NPR notes, our bodies are largely made up of – and supported by – bacteria:

Jeffrey Gordon, a professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, who studies the microbes that live on and in us, offers this factoid: “We think that there are 10 times more microbial cells on and in our bodies than there are human cells. That means that we’re 90 percent microbial and 10 percent human. There’s also an estimated 100 times more microbial genes than the genes in our human genome. So we’re really a compendium [and] an amalgamation of human and microbial parts.”




Gordon’s research shows that these microbes living in our bodies aren’t just there for the ride — they’re actively contributing to the normal physiology of the human body. He points to the trillions of microbes that live in our gut, doing everything from encoding enzymes to serving as pathways for vitamin production to digesting the parts of food we can’t digest on our own.

Many native cultures ate a lot of fermented foods containing healthy bacteria.  Think yogurt, miso and Inuit fermented seal blubber (gross, we know …)

In addition, antibiotics kill a lot of the healthy bacteria in our gut.  (The over-use of antibiotics has also been linked to obesity and other health problems. See this and this.  Indeed, the prestigious journal Nature suggests that antiobiotics may permanently kill off healthy gut bacteria.).

Given that the modern diet contains less fermented foods, and that antibiotics have killed off some of our intestinal flora, probiotics - sold in health food stores - are an important preventative measure against depression.

Sunshine …

The New York Times points out:

A new, carefully designed randomized controlled trial— of the kind considered the gold standard in medicine — suggests bright light therapy deserves a closer look.


The study was small, involving only 89 patients ages 60 and older, but the results were remarkable. Compared with a placebo, light therapy improved mood just as well as conventional antidepressant medications, said Dr. Ritsaert Lieverse, the paper’s lead author and a psychiatrist at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam.


The effect sizes we found in this study are comparable to those reported for antidepressants, so I think efficacy is of comparable magnitude,” Dr. Lieverse said in an e-mail.




Since depression is often accompanied by poor sleep and other symptoms suggestive of circadian rhythm disruption, the scientists also examined markers of circadian function. The theory is that bright light therapy may act to elevate mood by activating the brain’s so-called circadian pacemaker, a structure called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. As part of the study, researchers assessed sleep quality and measured patients’ melatonin, a hormone critical for sleep-wake cycles, and urinary cortisol and salivary cortisol levels, measures of stress.


Dr. Lieverse said bright light therapy may also work by targeting depression-associated neurotransmitter systems that regulate serotonin and dopamine.

Sunshine has many if not all of these properties.  So getting some sun will help with depression.

Exercise and Sex

Many studies show that exercise reduces depression.   For example, see these reports by the Mayo Clinic, New York Times and WebMD.

Sex also helps to prevent depression.


And naturally boosting your testosterone level also wards off depression.

Mindfulness Meditation

Last – but not least – meditation can prevent depression.  Psychology Today reports:

Imagine if you could cure depression with a therapy that was more effective and long-lasting than expensive drugs, and which did not have any side effects. These are the claims being made for a form of Mindfulness meditation.

Psychologists from the University of Exeter recently published a study into “mindfulness-based cognitive therapy” (MBCT), finding it to be better than drugs or counseling for depression. Four months after starting, three quarters of the patients felt well enough to stop taking antidepressants.




MBCT was developed in the mid-Nineties by psychologists at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Toronto to help stabilize patients’ moods during and after use of antidepressants. About half of patients relapse into depression – even if they continue taking the medication. One common reason for a relapse is when a normal period of sadness turns into obsessive brooding.




The MBCT technique is simple, and revolves around “mindfulness meditation”. In this, you sit with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing. (See box for details). Concentrating on the rhythm of the breath helps produce a feeling of detachment. The idea is that you come to realize that thoughts come and go of their own accord, and that your conscious self is distinct from your thoughts. This realization is encouraged by gentle question-and-answer sessions modeled on those in cognitive therapy.


In the University of Exeter study, funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council, 47 per cent of patients with long-term depression suffered a relapse; the figure was 60 per cent among those taking medication alone. Other studies, including two published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, had comparable outcomes. As a result, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended MBCT since 2004. Availability is still patchy though, with many sufferers seeking courses at Buddhist centers.


“One of the key features of depression is that it hijacks your attention,” says Professor Williams. “We all tend to bring to the forefront of our minds the thoughts and feelings that reflect our current mood. If you are sad, depressed or anxious, then you tend to remember the bad things that have happened to you and not the good. This drives you into a downward spiral that leads from sadness into a deeper depression. MBCT prevents and breaks that spiral.”

Psychology Today provides an example of a typical MBCT meditation:

1. Sit upright in a straight-backed chair, with your spine about an inch from the back of the chair, and your feet flat on the floor.

2. Close your eyes. Use your mind to watch your breath as it flows in and out. Observe your sensations without judgment. Do not try to alter your breathing.

3. After a while your mind will wander. Gently bring your attention back to your breath. The act of realizing that your mind has wandered – and bringing your attention back – is the key thing.

4. Your mind will eventually become calm.

5. Repeat every day for 20-30 minutes.

Postscript:  If you are severely depressed and suicidal, contact a mental health professional. 

We are not health professionals, and this does not constitute mental health or medical advice.

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Ctrl_P's picture

Thanks GW great post.

It's funny how nature works and when we think we are clever - we screw it up. I understand that Prionic acid that is used as a preservaive causes autistic symptoms and prolonged use of AB's changes gut flora to give us resistant bacteria that produces a constant supply of Prionic acid among other toxins that cause conditions such as Leaky Gut Syndrome. Get som pre- and probiotics into you to stabilise function.

So get with the horseman and eat plenty of fish and grass fed beef, along with seeds, nuts, dairy etc. All organic of course with minimal processing, herbicide and pesticide free. Just like geat granddaddy used to make.


@ Dolly With the right enzyme and in the presence of zinc, the chemical process breaks one bond and L-tryptophan and omega-3 combin to make serotonin. So a ban on a supplement allows a Big Pharma to provide a "cure" backed by the full faith and credit of the medical industry.


I do have a question tho, when you have supplemented and nutritionned up the body, ready to learn, how do you get a functionning brain? And then, after you have your flexible and responsive brain with its amazing ability, what are you going to do with it? Probably moot in this forum as everyone already knows what the answer is.

goldsansstandard's picture

Albert Ellis is the founder of cognitive emotive therapy and he's a good libertarian and terrifically entertaining there some could you tubes if you just put his name in the search box Please excuse if this post is a little scratchy but I am blind and Siri is a little bit lazy tonight If you like Ellis you may want to go a little deeper and there is a fantastic health educator who is summarized Alice's work in 13 quick PowerPoint presentations that can be found on YouTube by searching the words mental and emotional fitness i am blind have been the Rakocy heart disease went broke shorting the market every time Bernanke he sent it skyward and I read too much zero hedge so trust me if he can make me happy he can do it and most folks The biggest lesson is to except yourself and others and that you have no right to demand that others think anyway and what they wish to think today I made myself very happy because I was with my family and just decided for today to take the red pill in And swim with the glorious tirade of loving our Comrade Obama and all that he stands for in the presence of my wonderful family it actually was quite fun to step back into the matrix for the day Please let me know if this post is in comprehensible and I work a little harder with Siri but for some reason I just can't type as my iPhone's VoiceOver program is bugging ou

joego1's picture

A peyote enema is a good pick me up if your in the dumps.

HomerToeclipper's picture

Depression treatment:

1) Account with $50M cash

2) $50M Physical Gold

3) $50M Physical Silver

4) 18 year old brunette spinner that can be put on a shelf until needed,

5) Lawyer on retainer to get me out of any jam (or diplomatic immunity)

6) Paid for condo in gated community by ocean, excused from future property taxes.

7) Living in Carmel

8) Lamp that when rubbed, produced a genie to grant unlimited wishes.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

my cure would be a few of the elite put in jail [corzine or mezillo or timm.....] or their violent death, that could cure a lot of depression , mental and economic.

acmebrainsurgery's picture


Thank you for the thoughtfully written article GW.

I first contemplated suicide when I was 6 years old, (extreme abuse, et.), and suffered horribly with Major Depression with relentless suicidal thoughts for the next 22 years. I finally tried an antidepressant at the age of 28 which I was on for only 6 months when I ran out of insurance. 

The antidepressant, Pamelor, helped me out of the black hole I was in well enough to enable me to take the next steps on my own. I studied the subject of Psychology and researched various alternative remedies and found several that were helpful; Inositol, Gabba and high quality B vitamins were some. There were many others I tried as well that were helpful; what would help another individual would depend on what was going on with them, naturally. The point made about "Good Bugs" is an excellent one. Related to that is the fact that many, if not most, of us are harboring parasites of one type or another which can affect you in many ways, one of them being your mood. 

I currently take a high quality Omega 3, B vitamins, among other things, (when I think of it), and also a few nootropics one of them being Phosphatidylserine. 

The suppliments were a great help, but the most important improvement came when I stumbled upon "Cognitive Therapy", this happen when I woke up one day and discovered that I was in a fantastic, (and unfamiliar), mood~! It wasn't long before I returned to my usual, depressed state and later in the day realized that I had been made uncomfortable by the unfamiliar, happy state I had woken up in and had, without realizing it naturally, gone through my emotional Rolodex and latched onto one of my "worst case scenarios" and then worked myself back into a comfortably FAMILIAR, depressed state. 

It took quite a while to unlearn the habit of thinking depressed thoughts and rarely suffer with depressed thoughts these days, I don't allow it. That said, I have been grieving the suicide of Aaron Swartz for several days now, appropriately I feel, but now must find a way to channel my grief into action. 

I didn't get a chance to read the entire article but wondered if it had been inspired in part by the suicide of Arron Swartz.

Best wishes to all.


NidStyles's picture

Fix your diet, you need a greater quantity of a variety of Amino Acids than the food pyramid suggests. Oh that's right, the food pyramid doesn't even mention Amino Acids. Neither do most doctors. Mental health is related to diet directly.

acmebrainsurgery's picture

Quite so.

Excellent point NidStyles, thanks.

I was a "raw foodie" once and felt super human!

I should go back to it again, but NO more pastry~! :-(

tony bonn's picture

except for the evolutionary claptrap this was a fabulous article....the rockefeller axis of evil owns the medical profession and will see to it that the solution to every problem is drugs and that the government pays for these will destroying pharmaceuticals until everyone is a zombie android worshipping the almighty plutocrat.....

Cosimo de Medici's picture

There's an enormous amount of anger, and plenty of hate, that permeates this site.  Most every comment is an attempt at out-jade-ing the rest of the flock.  Lots of apparent unhappiness.

It is thus with some sense of irony that I scroll through the comments on this article noting all the sure-fire home remedies.

Cathartes Aura's picture

you've obviously angered the threaded junk'rs, so I'll fling a plus as confirmation for your observations. . .

liver. anger. alcohol.

a search engine connects the dots, diagnosis ZH'r patterns, heh.

Cosimo de Medici's picture

This is my home remedy, though it might only work for me:

Get yourself stinkin' rich at a young age, then spend the rest of the time giving the loot away to folks who lost the Birth Lottery through no fault of their own, but with a helping hand can kick butt and take names with the best of 'em.  (By the way, YOU really didn't build that;  you just won the Birth Lottery.  Have some humility.)  If you have a particular skill and useful training (e.g., physician), use that, too.  The trick is put THEM first, not ME.  Everything melts away.

(Obviously this cannot work for those who suffer from a physically-based mental illness, and I do not mean to offend any of them with my admittedly simple solution.  Their problem is very real, not easily solved, and perhaps intractable.)

TulsaTime's picture

Thank you for a good article GW.  I have been in the mild to moderate category my whole life.  I may need to give the fish oil thingy another try after I read some more about the right mix.  A real liberal government would go a long way to helping the overall environment, but that ain't gonna happen.

Bob's picture

Postscript:  If you are severely depressed and suicidal, contact a mental health professional. 

We are not health professionals, and this does not constitute mental health or medical advice

I don't know why, Geo, but today that's funny!

Maybe the omega-3 is working for a change.

dolly madison's picture

The supplement tryptophan is helpful for depression too.  It is the precursor for serotonin.  The antidepressants increase serotonin levels in the brain by stopping the conversion of serotonin into other things.  Eating tryptophan increases serotonin levels by just ensuring that you have plenty of what you need to make it. 

Tryptophan suplements were banned 4 days before the release of prozac.  There had been a contaminated batch of Tryptophan that did make people very ill, but that bad batch was used to ban tryptophan altogether.

true brain's picture

Treat Depression...naturally....

Where is the money in that?

Dr. Sandi's picture

It's not Depression. It's a slow recovery.

Joe A's picture

Environmentalists consider this an ecosystem service and the money lies in the fact that a relative cheap potential natural cure can avoid costs in expensive hospitalization, mental health care, medicines, psychotherapy, etc. But then these people would be out of a job and big pharma would not make big profit.

Joe A's picture

Depressions can be caused by a lot of things I guess such as the death of a loved one but I think our competition and achievement driven societies can be blamed for a lot of mental illnesses. Believing that you must have certain things because neighbours/family/friends/television/peers etc. tells you so while deep down inside you know you don't need them can lead to neurosis. If you then can't get these things you made yourself believe you must have, can lead to depression, anxiety etc. It is more complicated than that of course but a lot of people are just not grounded and try to chase illusions. And illusions are delusions. I have given up on a lot of material things a long time ago. The only time I feel anxiety/rage/depression is when I enter a shopping mall and am surrounded by mindless shopping zombies. I avoid these 'churches of the poisoned mind' like the plague.

kaiserhoff's picture

Seeing a few traitors hang would improve my mood.

Shigure's picture

So those 25% horsemeat burgers might actually be more healthy than the beef ones?

Dr. Sandi's picture

It makes sense. Nobody force feeds horses GMO corn to make them fat.

Give me the 'Mr. Ed' with a hemp smoothie, please.

jomama's picture

sort of an ironic place to post this, GW

Never One Roach's picture

How 'bout a nice cup of tea?


As consumers of Teavana's (TEA) ("Teavana", or the "Company") high-priced loose leafed teas, we decided to investigate the Company's claims that its teas are pesticide free, so we sent some of Teavana's most popular teas to an accredited and independent lab for testing.

On November 20, 2012, we released our findings (available on our website here and on Seeking Alpha here) in which we opined that independent laboratory tests showed that Teavana's teas contain pesticides in amounts that exceed US and EU regulatory limits.


Full (and scary) story here:

uncle_vito's picture

What is this crap.   I have depression.   I just drink and am fine.

ian807's picture

Other useful antidepression herbs are:

  • Holy Basil (otherwise known as Tulsi)
  • Khanna (short term relief. Not for extended use)
  • Shankpushpi (an ayurvedic herb)
  • Bacopa (take before bedtime),
  • Banosteriopsis caapi extract along (Strong maoi inhibitor though. Be careful). 
  • Passionflower extract (before bedtime)
  • Hoodia. Effective antidepressant for some, but seems to lose effectiveness over time.
  • Ginger. Boil 4 thick slices 10 minutes. Add cream and sugar to taste.
  • Albizzia Julibrissen (a.k.a. He Huan Pi in Chinese medicine)
janus's picture

awwww, GW...what's a poor-boy to do?

let's ask mr. tom t hall:

and, naturally, i look in other places, too:

yes, we like beer; make us all jolly and mellow...but sometimes...sometimes other things are called upon to alleviate the stresses so common in our frenetic world:

pass it over to me...

let's mix em up and see what's needin seein:

just leave this long-haired country-boy alone...

and when they won't, time to reflect on God's Word...callin all Holy Rollers:

cummon baby, won't you give me some?

i want LOVE in the after-MATH(???)

speakin of which, sometimes only a girl with...well, you know what kinda eyes she got:


then there's rock & roll:

then there's mozart:

and rembrant:

children playing:


more muses:

Good-God, Janus...more muses still?  yup! my dismay.

sometimes it requires the creation of something Beautiful...they call it ART.  I just finished the 10th chapter of something that can appropriately be called such. 

i'm about to drink after a fortnight's forebearance -- but i was somewhere near the wagon the whole fuckin time.  i went through a week of the flu and another of serious writin. 

full-circle back to beer.

happy MLK day, bitches!


oh, and along those lines: congrats, mr. president...but i guess you know where i stand on your whole 'democracy' gambit? or don't you?

hey, hey, hey!





Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Five years ago I was vacillating between horrible angry outbursts and sudden depression to the point I could only lay in bed and pray it would pass. It cost me a job and nearly destroyed my family and marriage. I went to a dr and he proposed a antidepressant. I told him I wanted a cure not a frigging patch and left. The next dr also did the same and I told him the same. As I was leaving he said he would level with me. He knew what I was asking but said the cost would be impossible for me at my income level... 8 hrs of therapy a day for approx 1 yr so drugs were the only option. I told him to FOAD ( I had anger issues remember). I finally found a cognitive therapist who worked with me weekly in a group session. In six months I was definitely better and after a year it was dramatic. That group saved my life. If anyone is interested go to www. to learn more. Warning, it is very difficult ( much easier to pop a pill) but if you are willing to do the work, it'll change your life. At least one half hour of exercise as well as omega-3 are recommended as well. There are options out there. Best luck to all struggling with mental issues. People who don't experience them have no idea.


FinalCollapse's picture

Sex on the beach followed by period of deep breathing. Winner. /smile

Good article, George!

optimator's picture

C' mon,  dam'd sand gets into everything!

The Second Rule's picture

Sex on The Beach sounds a bit fruity (and gay) for my tastes. Chick drink. I prefer either a vodka martini (Sean Connery style or Roger Moore style) or a nice single malt scotch.

Breath meditation is useful, Focus on the breath and (it's no problem) either consciously inhale or exhale. That's something normally not mentioned in breath meditation. It's perfectly OK to conttrol your breathing.

FinalCollapse's picture

Sorry- I am as far from gay as possible. Sex on the beach is perfectly fine for both the man and woman. I like the James Bond style too. Bring me Miss Russia or Ukraine and we will treat depression quickly. 

As far as drink, I think the champaign is a weapon of choice.

The Second Rule's picture

"Sex on the beach is perfectly fine for both the man and woman."

It's a fucking drink, you douche. I was referring to the fucking drink. BaJaysus, has the entire internet gone fucking retarded?

FinalCollapse's picture

C'mon- I knew it. Don't you have a sense of humor or a little bit finesse?

Gimp's picture

More sex - yes please.

Jab Cross Hook's picture

Music, mary jane, massage, martial arts ... mmmmmmmmm.

H E D G E H O G's picture

thanks George, so what i got from this is i need to eat more mice,wash it down with orange juice, then have sex with the ole lady in the sunshine, while she is practicing her yoga, and i'm reading Darwins Theory of Evolution? shit, i'm smilin already, thanks a million.

Sutton's picture

Should read-"If you are severely depressed and suicidal, DO NOT contact a mental health professional."

MrBoompi's picture

Cattle are not fed diets that "make them sick".  Making statements like this makes people skeptical of the other statements in the article, regardless of their accuracy.



Inbetween is pain's picture

We should definately go back to those halcycon days 100 years ago of antibiotic-free, grass-fed animals when life expectancy was about 45 years.  The other problem is that without corn, the price of beef would probably rise to about $50 a pound and milk to $10 a gallon, causing riots.  At least those people who could afford it would be healthy, in theory.  Actually, the mass of the population who would become vegans by necessity would be the healthiest as was discovered during WWII, when Europeans who were deprived of animal products had a marked decrease in all diseases.  Milk, meat, and eggs are severely bad for us--factory processing them makes them worse, but only marginally.

lasvegaspersona's picture

tread carefully here folks. SSRIs have prevented suicides in the severely depressed in combination with good psychiatric help.

Blanket condemnation is not appropriate. As for alternatives be very careful with testimonial 'evidence' it is weak at best.

This really is an area for experts in spite of the tarnished record of psychiatry in some instances.


The Second Rule's picture

"SSRIs have prevented suicides"

Yeah. And they've also been implicated in most of the mass murders in US history. Something the big pharma plants will junk this post for.

BTW, Big Pharma guys. Do you believe in an afterlife? Just curious. What do you think God will do to you when you are standing face to face with him?

Jena's picture

lasvegaspersona, I'd agree and would point out that the Northrup quote at the top of George's article did say that SSRIs are effective in treating severe depression.  It's the mild to moderate depression that they're likely no more effective than a placebo -- the effect of which may still be helpful for some. It's reasonable to consider that most people would rather take a pill and believe that it's going to help rather than do the conscious work of changing their lifestyle to incorporate healthy habits that include a better diet, more exercise, healthy relationships that include satisfying sex and monogamy, meditation and all the rest.  When you're seriously depressed -- or maybe even when you believe you are, none of that seems possible.

If I remember correctly, you're a doc, yeah? 

(I didn't junk you, btw.)

The Second Rule's picture

"(I didn't junk you, btw.)"

I believe you. But I just don't think you know shit about what you're talking about. Most if not all the people who junked me are little kiddies living in their parent's basement, or 4 bed subdivision, probably never went a day in their life without a crust of bread, have no idea what it's like to be hungry or come home from school and stare at an empty refrigerator. They stuff their mouths with a twinkie then go off an play video games for the next 6 hours. These are the kind of mindless twats that junk me. Wasn't confusing that with you...

Hey man... It's cool...Small change got rained on, by his own 38:

The Second Rule's picture

Man. when I read one of these "diet and exercise" posts, I know, with a capital KNOW, that the person speaking does not suffer from any major illness, and does not know the first fucking thing about how to go about treating it. The advice prescribed is every bit as ludicrous as the commonly dispensed "Hey Mr. Schizophrenic, why don't you just will yourself to be better!"

Word. It's a fucking illness dickweed, Might just as well ask a cancer patient to cure themself. You know nothing (clearly) about mental illness, so you have no right to counsel. k?. k.

Just go watch some Dr. Phil videos, or Oprah, or whatever the fuck it is you do with your day, but just STFU and go do it. k? k.

Gromit's picture

If you acknowledge that mental illness is a real disease and cannot be solved by simple will power, then you or your family might be at risk.

Jena's picture

Check your assumptions.  You don't have a clue who's behind the entries or what lives each of us live.  Some might actually know what we're talking about through experience.

The Second Rule's picture

Yeah. Well. Don't sound like it.

(How them bootstraps working out for ya?)