Could This Be Behind Hard To Treat Depression?

February 4, 2015

BrainFeeling sad, anxious, grumpy, or bland, with no desire to eat or sleep? That might be depression. It’s surprisingly common: 1 in 10 adults suffers from it… but more than half don’t respond to standard treatments.

It might be that some would benefit from talk therapy, which recent studies have found highly effective. (And I think it definitely addresses what I think is a common cause of depression—being surrounded by problems, in other words, it may not be you, it may just be your life or the people in it).

But for a lot of people, and I can see this affecting Americans especially (diet), there may be another hidden cause:

Brain Inflammation.

Inflammation is a not-quite-infection. It shows up as pain, redness, and swelling—a warning that your body is trying to fight off an infection, or maybe is fighting off a very mild infection. How does it get in your brain? There may be a lot of causes—poor diet, genetic flaw that allowed it, or an illness (untreated Lyme Disease spreads inflammation to organs, which is probably one form of chronic Lyme Disease).

The good news is that not only can you treat brain inflammation, people with difficult depression may suddenly have found an answer!

There aren’t any obvious symptoms of brain inflammation—in the study linking it to depression, the volunteers were all otherwise healthy, it’s just that those diagnosed with depression often also had brain inflammation show up on their scans (and of course, not to put the cart before the horse, we never know with these studies what caused what—maybe the depression/imbalance caused the inflammation).

In any case, you can help your body to beat inflammation by supporting your immune system. Try a daily immune supporting supplement, like colloidal silver.

And don’t forget dietary changes: cut waaaay back on processed sugar, and eat more fruits and veggies.

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