If you’re a television watcher, you know that you are going to see at least a half dozen commercials every night, selling drugs to deal with depression. In one two-hour segment last week, I counted seven spots for depression, five for ED and two for arthritis. In most cases, there’s a lot of blue sky being sold.
The ads all say, “Just take this pill and all your problems will go away.” Then they spend the other forty five seconds listing the side effects, which ought to be enough to scare anyone off. None of these ads suggest that there just might be some other factors in play.
Depression is a warning that your body is not functioning properly, that something is off kilter. For instance, many cardiac patients suffer from depression. It’s because their heart isn’t functioning exactly as it should. In countries where fish is a major part of the diet, depression is much lower than in this country (as is heart disease).
In 2009, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported that heart disease patients with depression have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The report indicated that raising the level of omega-3 fatty acids (with fish oil) helped to prevent depression and adverse cardiovascular events.
The Mayo Clinic reports that fish oil supplements, used alone, or with traditional medicine, may treat depression effectively. Right at this moment, the National Institute of Health reports that there are 14 ongoing clinical trials studying the use of fish oil to treat depression.
Studies are also underway on perinatal depression and fish oil, which affects about 15% of all women who give birth. Many doctors already believe that fish oil reduces anxiety during pregnancy.
But beyond this, many health professionals believe that the constant consumption of junk food has many adverse health effects and depression is just one of them.
Small changes can yield big health dividends. One reader dipped his toe in the water and gave up his beloved Mountain Dew. He lost thirty pounds over the next 90 days and his constipation dissappeared. He drank Mountain Dew for the buzz, or what he thought was energy, and now that he doesn’t drink it anymore, he has energy to burn. (And certainly the weight loss helps.)
Everyday, something new and beneficial, is discovered about fish oil. And with an ultra pure formulation, like mine, you’re in much better shape than the average bear.
Still, that doesn’t stop ill informed jackasses, like Senator John McCain, from trying to take what works away from you. McCain is busy sponsoring a bill that would put the government in charge of supplements and deciding what’s good and what’s not. I’ve always thought McCain was a snake oil salesman and this proves it. He’s up for re-election in November and if you have some extra money…I’d suggest you send it to his primary opponent, J.D. Hayworth, a real conservative, who understands the concept of limits on Federal authority.