Current U.S. statistics tell us that "1 in 4 women of reproductive age take medication for depression." You see, statistically, females are also more predisposed to depression than males, due to our unique hormonal make up and the changes we undergo during our entire reproductive life.
It is also true that depressive tendencies can "run" in our families. I have reasons to believe this to be true for my family. Which brings me to the true purpose of writing this particular blog post: there is a member of my family who needs to read it. To understand what is happening and why. To understand that it is NOT her fault and that there IS another way. And that diet can have a profound effect on the brain function. And, more importantly, that it is NEVER too late to change things for the better.
As Kelly Brogan writes in her book, "Mind of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives," "There is no such thing as an antidepressant. The chemical imbalance theory of depression is heavily promoted but remains unfounded."
Dr. Brogan also states that "depression is not a disease, it is a message and an opportunity to change. And the primary pillar of that change is nutrition." That is pretty powerful, my friends. And hopeful. Which is why it is totally worth sharing during Mother's Day weekend!
Back to the member of my family who needs help right now. She lives across the ocean from me, in a different hemisphere. Which is not giving away much as my entire family lives in Russia. That is pretty far from where I reside (Portland, Oregon)... This young relative of mine is not even a mama. Remember, how we started off saying depression can affect any female, at any age but especially whenever there is a hormonal change involved? This means young females are frequently hit the hardest. Especially when birth control medications are involved. Or when a woman is not getting enough healthy fats in her diet. Or both (the worst possible combo).
You might have heard that our brain is composed of 60% fat and needs plentiful dietary cholesterol to stay healthy? This is fact, not fiction. And is partially why use of statins is finally being linked to cognitive decline and memory loss.. But I digress.
This Mother's Day, please do me, yourself and any other mama you might know, a favor. Tell a mama about this new book by Kelly Brogan, MD, a Manhattan-based holistic women's health psychiatrist. Dr. Brogan actually started her medical practice prescribing antidepressants. Fast forward to now and she had not filled out a single antidepressant prescription for many years. Instead, she recommends dietary and lifestyle changes. Yes, even in tough cases where a patient is has been on antidepressants for a good part of her life. In her book, Dr. Brogan shares her protocols for combating and reversing depression drug-free. To reclaim your life and your health. So, please pass this on please. For all the mamas and women out there.
P.S. On a seemingly unrelated note, I have an announcement to make. You might have heard me hinting at launching a springtime "cleanse." I was hoping to share a thorough plant based liver cleanse with you soon. In the meantime, I was dutifully testing the cleanse recipes. What happened during the period of my testing liver cleanse recipes surprised me: I found out that my brain needed plentiful amounts of healthy fat considerably more than my liver needed cleansing. Which means two things:
- I will not be promoting a Spring Liver Cleanse of my own creation. I am more than happy to refer you to other fantastic nutritionists who are running successful whole food based cleanses. Of course, I will still be supporting you with great liver health tips and education, just not a cleanse per se.
- Testing out a low fat plant based diet protocol (however short term), once again, re-affirmed my desire to share Dr. Brogan's new book with you. Please consider giving yourself or someone you know the gift of "A Mind of Your Own." I do not review books often but this one is a "must." Truly.