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Richart Chiropractic and Functional Medicine

Depression

The three body system approach to depression

Determining the root cause of anxiety and depression is not simple. Foods, chemical toxicity and even pathogens in the gut can contribute to depression. Many of the psychosocial situations resulting in depression can also cause problems in the adrenals and brain neurotransmitters. 

Depression is one of the Big 5 issues commonly seen in our practice. In a 2016 study performed by the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Kalish, patients with the Big 5 symptoms of fatigue, depression, weight gain, digestive issues and female hormone issues were treated using the Kalish Method with positive results.

Hormonal

Significant sudden or moderate ongoing stress can be behind the symptoms of depression including, sleep issues, weight gain or loss, loss of interest in activities, difficulty concentrating , brain fog, persistent feelings of sadness, impending doom, despair, poor memory and difficulty concentrating. Depression can be related to adrenal or sex hormone imbalances. Commonly treated with SSRI antidepressants, depression that does not respond well to such treatment may actually be caused by adrenal fatigue. Hormone testing using saliva along with other tests can help determine if the patient is also suffering from adrenal fatigue.

Digestive

Food intolerances and food allergies can contribute to depression symptoms. Chronic digestive system infections and bacterial overgrowth may contribute to neurotransmitter problems. Many of the key brain chemicals require amino acids. When the body is not efficiently processing proteins this can lead to a lesser supply of amino acids. 

Detoxification

The relief of depression is one of the most frequently stated benefits of a well built detoxification program. Removal of toxins such as chemicals and heavy metals  removes toxins from tissues.  Mercury and petroleum based chemicals penetrate our central nervous system, brain and spinal cord and may contribute to depression. Measuring neurotransmitters, toxins and body processes by testing organic acids can aid Dr. Richart in determining imbalances that can cause or contribute to depression.