Five Spices & Herbs That Really Work For Treating Depression

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Source: NaturalNews.com
J.D. Heyes
June 22, 2016

In a hectic world dominated by Big Pharma, it is often tempting for patients and health care providers alike to treat stress and mental issues with medications that oftentimes will only make matters worse.

But the good news is there are alternatives – natural alternatives, of course – to dangerous mood-altering drugs – foods and spices that can boost your mood and reverse even chronic depression.

As noted by the MalayMail Online, a number of studies as well as many nutritional publications agree that certain foods have the ability to improve our moods. For instance, omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, nuts and seeds, are well-known mood boosters. But other foods can have different mental benefits.

Certain herbs and spices also tend to have naturally occurring antidepressant benefits, which will give mind and body a healthy boost with a variety of flavors. Below is a closer examination of five top ingredients right from your spice rack that will help improve your mood and keep you free from the clutches of Big Pharma:

Saffron: The aroma of saffron alone can take you away to a much better place. In traditional Eastern medicine it is considered to be the spice of happiness and for good reason: A 2015 Iranian study found that saffron may even have the very same effects as a prescription anti-depressant.

In particular saffron is believed to hone in on issues directly related to foul mood and depression, but also food-related behavioral problems like over-snacking between meals. Saffron is frequently used in Indian cuisine, but it is also a prime addition to Spanish paella, Italian risotto and bouillabaisse fish soup from the south of France. Note, though, that it should not be ingested by women who are pregnant and children under six.

Cinnamon: A heady aroma, cinnamon is definitely unique in its ability to generate good feelings. Whether you are using cinnamon sticks or ground spice, it is an ingredient that definitely stimulates the brain. But researchers say it can also heighten concentration, memory and attention. What’s more, cinnamon can be helpful in reducing cravings for unhealthy sugar.

In addition, combine cinnamon with banana and stir into a tea and you get a great sleep aid without the need of pharmaceutical intervention. Here is a great recipe.

Turmeric: This yellow spice not only brightens up any dish it also brightens our mood. While it is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric also stimulates release of serotonin, which is your body’s natural mood enhancer.

In fact, a 2013 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that turmeric may actually be more effective at reducing depression than common anti-depressant drugs.

Rosemary: It isn’t just a delicious addition to many Mediterranean dishes – rosemary has a great many medical benefits. For instance, if you’re suffering from mental fatigue, burn-out from a job or activity, or depression, rosemary can reliably reverse such conditions. Rosemary also helps reduce insomnia and can calm frayed nerves.

As noted by Medical News Today:

Hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties, we still have a lot to learn about the effects of rosemary. Now researchers writing in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE, have shown for the first time that blood levels of a rosemary oil component correlate with improved cognitive performance.

Thyme: Thyme is a wonderfully flavorful ingredient for many dishes but it is a staple of Provencal cuisine and is often paired with robust tomato dishes. And like rosemary, thyme is great when it comes to alleviating mental stress, insomnia and other depressive conditions. Besides containing lithium, a mineral that possesses anti-depressant qualities, thyme also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that is used to make serotonin, an essential element for sleep.

In addition, thyme stimulates your mind and calms your nerves.

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Book Review: Toxic Psychiatry – Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

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Zy Marquiez
June 12, 2016

World renown Harvard-trained psychiatrist, author, and researcher Dr. Peter R. Breggin, M.D. unleashes a tour de force in his book Toxic Psychiatry that blows an enormous hole into conventional mainstream medical thought.

Dr. Breggin completely eviscerates the mainstream ‘chemical imbalance’ garbage that has been spewed for decades, and he does so in a logical, caring, and unprecedented manner.

The book to me is highly reminiscent of Dr. Brogans recent landmark book A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About DepressionBoth authors – Breggin & Brogan – in each of their respective books seeks to do the same: destroy the fallacy of “chemical imbalance causes depression” with mountains of scientific evidence while also showcasing some common sense solutions the individual can seek.  For that, each individual should be taken seriously and supported as much as possible.

Moving on, as Dr. Breggins book outlines rather methodically, there is no biological basis for the chemical imbalance theory of depression carried out by the mainstream psychiatric establishment.  This is buttressed by endless data supplied by the author.

In addition, Dr. Breggin sifts through examples of drugs like Lithium, Haldol, Halcion, Prozac & Xanax breaking down study after study after study regarding these drugs and their side effects in a way that mainstream media will never do. After all, Big Pharma pays mainstream media’s bills; who else do you think pays for the tsunami of advertisement we see on TV?

Of course, many folks are on a hair trigger when it comes to solving maladies with pills, and there’s a big reason for this.  Big Pharma/Big Medica has played a megalithic role in how people view drugs, and how people have access to information regarding them.

While in other countries it is downright illegal for Big Pharma to advertise, in America, such is par for the course.  America is one of only two countries in the world that allow this unfortunately.

How does that last fact couple with Dr. Breggin’s book?

As other doctors and investigators have mentioned, it’s no coincidence that there’s been an enormous upswing in how many people take antipsychotic medications over the last few decades.  With over 30 Million Americans taking antipsychotic medications, Big Pharma & the media have been highly instrumental in getting those very individuals asking their doctors for medications.

After all, the Big Pharma advertising engine has created an unprecedented upswing in drug use where Americans now end up taking 1.4 Billion prescriptions yearly.

Disturbingly, as the Dr. Breggin attests, “People assume that FDA approval and the widespread distribution of a drug – with many patients taking it for months or years – means that long-term studies have found it safe in regard to side effects, drug interactions, dependency, addition, and withdrawal.  Thus FDA approval grossly misleads the public, lulling it into an unfounded security.

The PDR admits that Prozac’s effectiveness has not been tested in controlled trials of “more than 5 or 6 weeks” and that “long-term” usefulness has therefore not been demonstrated.”[1]

Statements such as those should make sensible individuals pause.

Of course, many of those prescriptions are still doled out by psychiatrists/psychologists in the tens of millions.

However, this book does not end up pushing a no-medication type of solution.   The author instead strives for a multi-solution approach, where he cites some examples of how other types of alternative care could help individuals if they so chose.

Ultimately, a great component of what the author recommends is fostering an atmosphere of utmost caring, which should have already taken place by now had the system not been so corrupt.

Listening, and doing so patiently would go a much longer way than prescribing most folks more prescription drugs.  Such a simple choice would solve so many inherent issues.

The system that Dr. Breggin expounds upon should be adopted, or at minimum elaborated upon.

After all, if the current Big Psych industry was doing its job, people would be getting cured, drug use would decline and not increase, and overall health would also get better.   However, we know the opposite is taking place.

Ironically, as some have stated, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.  To that effect, that’s exactly what the Psychiatric & Medical Establishment have been doing, and health in America has only gotten worse.

Its time for a change.  This book helps lay part of that much-needed foundation.
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Reference:

[1] Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Toxic Psychiatry,  P168-169
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P.S. For those curious about more avenues regarding health, besides Dr. Breggin, other great doctors that might be of interest to many of you would be as mentioned before Dr. Brogan, Dr. Mercola, Dr. Duzanne Humphries, Dr. Sircus, Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride, Dr. Russell Blaylock, Tetyana Obukhanych Ph.D and the work of Sarah Ballantyne PhD. These people all put out very high quality information regularly and are concerned with various aspects of health. But don’t take my word for it, do your own research so you can be better informed.