Depression

Using oils to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind, for Living Healthy Series,

by Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

100 million, or one-in-three, Americans struggling through life with a “broken brain?” Right now in America, there is a rising tide of “broken brains.” And traditional medicine cannot cure it.

This epidemic includes conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, attention deficitdisorder (ADD), autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as more subtle

symptoms like mood swings, sleep problems, poor concentration, and brain fog.

One in ten Americans today uses antidepressants, while more than eight million children are taking stimulants like Ritalin.

Is something wrong with this picture?

Are we defectively designed so that we cannot be happy, or concentrate, or remember things without pills? I think not, but each one of us may answer this question differently. But are ADHD, Alzheimer’s really a medication deficiency?  A medication that we have to be on for the rest of our lives? If it really was “curing” us, what happens when we come off these drugs? Usually we get worse as drugs like antidepressants don’t cure the disease, they just mask the symptoms.

These “diseases” in reality do not exist. At least not in the way we think they do. Let me explain. Let’s say you have chronic feelings of sadness and despair. Conventional doctors might say you have a disease called “depression.” But depression is not the cause of your sadness and despair. It’s just a name we use to group people together for the purpose of giving them all the same drug therapy. You feel sad and despairing? You have “depression” and need an “antidepressant!”

Think of arthritis, again it is just a named disease, telling us we have inflammation of a joint, BUT not what is causing that inflammation. So we take an anti-inflammatory that takes away the pain but not the problem.

You and the person sitting next to you could both have chronic symptoms we call a “headache,” but maybe your pain is caused by drinking too much wine every night, while his pain is the result of being hit on the head with the empty bottle every night. As you can imagine, these two chronic headaches can’t be cured in the same way, because their root causes are different. But that approach is exactly the one the current medical community is taking!  They give the same treatment for diseases with the same name, even though the cause of that disease may be radically different from person to person.

We don’t need to continue using these same drug treatments that don’t work, make things worse with side effects, or at best give partial relief. There is a proven, medical alternative and it is called Functional Medicine and it offers the promise to heal all of our broken brains and all chronic illness.

What this branch of medicine basically states is that we are not looking to treat the disease by evaluating someone’s symptoms. They help to give us warnings that something is going on systemically, and only a thorough evaluation of the whole body can we hope to fix something going on in the brain, as they are not separate but integrated, and what goes on in our bodies will affect the brain and vice versa.

So the questions we ask, and the ones you need to ask yourself are:

But do we know the reason for these symptoms?

Do we know the causes? Are they even the same from one person to another?

Do you have other things going on in the body that might be related to your depression?

I ask these questions of you in every evaluation, as without a thorough history how can we evaluate

your causes: ”you are here today based on where you have been.”

Your mood problems, your memory problems, your trouble focusing, your ADD and depression are …

NOT ALL IN YOUR HEAD!

THEY ARE IN YOUR BODY.

By FIXING YOUR BODY, YOU WILL automatically FIX YOUR BROKEN BRAIN

What you will find is that it is rarely just one thing that caused your brain to break, but the accumulation of many things. Evaluate these core systems in the body to understand the real causes of disease:

1. Balance your hormones: for longer lasting and greater effects.

2. Cool off inflammation: inflammation is systemic

3. Fix your digestion: Toxic gut is a toxic brain.

4. Enhance detoxification: we cause toxins and accrue toxins daily, got to get rid of them effectively.

5. Boost Immunity: Autoimmunity is the fastest growing epidemic at the moment, our health and

disease state is based upon how well we can fight off illness.

6. Calm your mind: our negative thoughts are our greatest source of inflammation!

Imbalances in these keys are the underlying causes of all illness.

You see, not only are your joint pains, skin rashes, gastrointestinal distress, and depression all connected, but the only way to find your way out of this mess of chronic disease (including the epidemic of broken brains) is by using a new map — one that allows us to see how everything is connected.

This new map is the basis of Functional Medicine. It is a rich new method, a fundamental change in our thinking, a whole different paradigm. It changes our approach to the very way we think about illness and the human body and brain.

The truth is that you can’t treat mental illness effectively by using ONLY drugs or psychotherapy. You need an integrative approach that can include these therapies if needed. You need to treat the body, because the body and brain are one interconnected system. What you do to your body, you do to your brain. Treat your body and you treat your brain. ONLY when you fix your body will you fix your broken brain.

“Where you go tomorrow is dependent on what you do now”

My Favorite oils for depression:

Joy blend 3-4 drops on solar plexus,

St John’s Wort , MZ Maceration: 4-5 drops to penetrate on 3rd chakra

Anxiety Out blend: St John’s Wort, Rosewood, Clary Sage- 3-4 drops on solar plexus  You can add a drop of Roman Chamomile  to quiet down.

Divine Feminine or Creative Power, because of their high content in Bergamot, 2 drops on 3rd chakra

Lavender, as it will quiet your mind 3-5 drops on solar plexus, or temples

Balsam Fir that brings so much joy at Christmas time: 3-4 drops wherever

Ylang Ylang, it feels so good, it will bring a smile on your face : 2-3 drops on solar plexus

But also  Moondrops, a concentrated Quantum Humic Acid with Super-Safe trademarked PQE Zeolite

*So if you would like to know more please email me at drstewartg@gmail.com, visit my website at  fabinforty.com