What is Mental Illness

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Ask most psychiatrists or doctors what causes mental illness and they will tell you the same thing – “no one knows exactly”.  They may say there does appear to be a strong genetic factor. But other than that,  it’s anyone’s best guess. And worse,  ask them how you can cure it and they will say “You can’t. We can merely manage it with drugs.”

But is that the truth? Some Psychiatrists disagree.  More power to them I say!

Some intriguing possibilities are now coming to light.

Isn’t it STRANGE that mental illness (which is a brain disorder) is diagnosed without any medical proof, such as a blood, saliva or urine test?  It is completely speculative and based off of a patients self examination done through a series of questions. To date there are now 297 disorders listed in the Psychiatry bible called the DSM- IV manual. There are a handful of Dr’s that will admit, many of those so-called disorders are made up by experts with in the field of psychiatry.

However, medical Dr’s  can test for other medical conditions that give off side effects that we label as mental illness. These tests can show

  • too high/too low levels of neurotransmitters in the body,
  • nutritional deficiencies,
  • systemic inflammation  causing infections,
  • brain or intestinal parasitic infections,
  • hormonal imbalances  and
  • heavy metal toxicity.
  • Not to mention toxic stress  that has also been shown it can weaken the immune system and deplete the body of vital nutrients causing many other diseases besides mental illness.

These are all probabilities in the scenario of mental illness or more realistically,  just the symptoms they produce which we simply label as mental illness.

For now we will take at look at just one primary cause that has a negative impact on our health: Micro-nutrient Deficiency.

To understand what makes Daily Essential Nutrients so effective for symptoms of bipolar, depression, anxiety, add, autism and other mood disorders, it’s important to recognize the relationship between micro-nutrient deficiencies and the incidence of mental illness. For example, research on the role of zinc and vitamin D in depression showed that levels of these nutrients in the blood of depressed subjects was significantly lower than in controls.

Chemical imbalances in the brain

The most common explanation for mental disorders is a chemical imbalance in the brain. For instance, when levels of Serotonin and Dopamine dip too low, symptoms of depression and anxiety set in. When they are too high irritability and other negative behavior may surface appearing like bipolar or schizophrenia.

Since a complex set of nutrients, like  zinc, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, and Essential Fatty Acids are the building blocks that the brain needs to make the right amounts of important chemicals such as neurotransmitters, it makes sense that a lack of these nutrients could cause the chemical imbalances we label as  mental illness.

A genetic need for more nutrients

As early as the 1960s, Dr. Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes, speculated that some people have a genetically-based need for more vitamins and minerals than other people. He wondered if mental illness could be the result of failing to meet these extra requirements.

Research is now showing that Dr. Pauling was very much right. Dr. Bruce Ames, at the University of California, Berkley, has shown that genetic mutations often result in an increased need for nutrients. He also found that taking extra amounts of these nutrients could correct the deficiencies. If a person with a genetic need for more nutrients does not get them or cannot absorb them, it makes sense that this person would, over time, become deficient.

Lack of nutrients affect brain growth factors

Brain growth factors are necessary for keeping the neuron branches healthy and connected so that proper signals can be sent. Many nutrients have been shown to increase brain growth factor levels. A lack of these same nutrients leads to brain cell shrinkage and brain cell death. It’s not a stretch to imagine that this could play a significant role in so-called “mental illnesses”.

Nutrients that depend on each other

Numerous studies have been done on the relationship between single nutrients and mental health, but none have ever turned up a singular “miracle nutrient.” We believe that a broad spectrum of deficiencies results in the symptoms of mood disorders, not a deficiency of one single nutrient. And since a deficiency in one nutrient has been shown to interfere with the absorption and/or metabolism of other nutrients, a chain reaction can result in multiple deficiencies.

This is the foundation of the Daily Essential Nutrients formulation. It provides a broad spectrum, highly absorbable range of nutrients that are essential to brain function, and it delivers them in a balance that allows inter-dependent nutrients to work together.

Could micronutrient deficiencies be affecting your mental health?

Despite efforts to eat a balanced diet with healthier food choices, this graph from the USDA shows most Americans do not meet the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for many essential micronutrients. This may be one reason why the incidence of mental illness and mood disorders such as depression and bipolar continue to rise at an alarming rate.

Remember: The RDA is essentially the BARE minimum one should consume through food or supplements to avert serious diseases. The RDA was established in the 1950’s as a guideline for the food supplied to Nursing Homes and Schools.  Clearly, the food supply back then was a little more pure and a little less processed as it is today providing more basic nutrition.

Here is a chart that shows just how DEFICIENT most Americans are. Are you among them?

The good news? Current research suggests many symptoms of bipolar, depression, anxiety, and ADHD can be reduced or eliminated using the full-spectrum micronutrient formulation of Daily Essential Nutrients.

The role of serotonin and dopamine in mood stability

The “feel good” neurotransmitter serotonin plays a critical role in mood regulation. Most pharmaceutical treatments for depression are known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, and are supposed to keep the mood-balancing effects of serotonin working in the brain longer by recirculating it and blocking its re-absorption in the body. Unfortunately, this approach is flawed because it does nothing to boost already low levels. Not to mention the serious and often deadly side effects these Psychotropic drugs most often have.

A better way to look at the role of serotonin is to understand how the body creates this essential neurotransmitter.

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This diagram obviously details the chemical reactions the body must go through to produce serotonin and demonstrates that:

  • Every reaction requires micronutrients to function properly in the production process.
  • It is reasonable to assume that dietary deficiencies in micronutrients can slow or even halt the production of serotonin.
  • Addressing micronutrient deficiencies with the high-quality formula Q96 may give your body what it needs to adequately produce serotonin and other essential neurotransmitters.

The result? Your mood improves, your symptoms subside and you effortlessly feel better. Obviously, this can have a significant impact on the quality of life for someone suffering the side effects, otherwise known as mental illness.

AGAIN, The good news is our  Current research suggests many symptoms of bipolar, depression, anxiety, and ADHD can be reduced or eliminated using the full-spectrum micronutrient formulation of Daily Essential Nutrients.

To Your Great Health!

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