The latest from the Alternative Family Medicine team.

Early physicians did not use drugs to work on depression, they actually used lifestyle changes and took a good long look at the diet. Much different than the paradigm our mental health community is using today.  It may seem strange that these mental health doctors used to look at the gut. You might be wondering why they would look at the gut for a brain issue.

One Piece of the Puzzle: Neurotransmitters

The truth is around 90% of neurotransmitters are made in the gut. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers for the brain. 

It has become common knowledge that antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs “cure” mental illness and today they are some of the most prescribed and sold drugs.  Lots of people believe it is their only treatment option. They are so commonly used that they have around 30 million users. Most of the users of antidepressants are women.  An astonishing 1 in 7 women are being medicated and 1 in every 4 women between the ages 40 and 50 are using antidepressants. This is an extraordinary number of women that don’t feel well and are struggling with major symptom of depression. read more