depressionMany people with IBD and IBS are also on prescription antidepressants, either prior to their intestinal diagnosis, or, because of it! Sometimes it’s overwhelmingly difficult to deal with the restrictions these illnesses place on your life, your relationships, your desires, your body, your plans, etc,

However, this is not a good idea, because aside from numerous other damaging side effects, many antidepressants also create an alkaline pH in the digestive system. This causes ongoing damage to your gut since good bacteria need an acidic pH to survive and colonize properly. However, Candida albicans (yeast) and other pathogenic microorganisms love an alkaline pH.

Note: Having an overall alkaline body pH is a beneficial thing (usually measured by testing your saliva), but your gut pH needs to be acidic to support good bacteria and prevent Candida overgrowth.

Therefore, taking a prescription antidepressant can often exacerbate your IBS or IBD. Be sure and check the list of possible side effects too, as one medication I checked for a consultation client (Zoloft) listed Gastroenteritis as a side-effect and Colitis as a “rare” side-effect. She had developed Colitis after taking this medication (no gut problems previously) and every doctor she suggested the connection to scoffed at her – so don’t rely on your doctor to read or know the pharmaceutical printout for the drugs he/she prescribes.

ALSO, please note that this article is not intended for people suffering from long-term, or chronic depression. If that is your experience then I strongly advise you to purchase Dr. Kelly Brogan’s book, A Mind Of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and how Women can Heal their Bodies to Reclaim their Minds. At the very least, sign up for her newsletter and start reading through her online articles and videos about solutions for depression, even after decades on meds.

But if your depression is linked to your gut issues, then the good news is the following article outlines a very effective natural treatment protocol for depression. To tailor this supplement regimen for people with IBD and IBS, I recommend the following modifications:

1. The article lists Vitamin C, but make sure the Vit.C you take is in mineral ascorbate form only (not ascorbic acid) so that it doesn’t cause diarrhea. Calcium ascorbate is a good form of Vit.C. However, if you tend towards constipation, then go ahead and use ascorbic acid Vit. C.

2. I would increase the recommended magnesium dosage from 200 mg to 500 mg at least. If that causes you diarrhea, you need to use magnesium in transdermal form (applied to the skin) or angstrom-sized magnesium. See my blog post about the different types of magnesium or my LTYG Shoppe for the brands of magnesium I recommend.

3. The article suggests using soy protein, but I recommend you do not ingest soy protein as it depresses thyroid function and prevents the absorption of key minerals – see Ch.3 of Listen To Your Gut for all the details on why. Fermented soy, like soy sauce and miso are fine though. You can use whey, hemp, rice or pea protein instead of the soy.

4. Visit my LTYG Holistic Health Shoppe to see my recommendations for a multivitamin and B vitamins that do not contain any aggravating ingredients. Remember to check all of your supplements against the list given on pg. 54 of “Listen To Your Gut” to make sure they do not contain any aggravating ingredients. The most common problem ingredients for people with IBD or IBS are:

– MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)
– Vit. C in ASCORBIC ACID form (mineral ascorbate form is fine)
– too much magnesium or a non-absorbable form
– bacterial soil organisms (HSO’s, SBO’s, etc.)
– Betaine HCL

Daily Supplements to Heal & Detox Depression

So, if we take my advice above, and combine it with the supplement regimen from the article below, here’s what you need to take each day to help treat the underlying causes of depression and also assist you in detoxing from meds:

After the morning meal take:

A multivitamin tablet
1,000 mg of vitamin B-3 (as niacinamide or inositol hexanicotinate)
One B-complex tablet (total 300+ mg)
100 mg of vitamin B-6
1,200 mcg of vitamin B-9 (folate or folic acid)
2,000 IU of vitamin D3
1,000 mg of vitamin C (use Vit. C in mineral ascorbate form – NOT ascorbic acid – if you are prone to diarrhea)
500 mg of magnesium (use nano-sized magnesium if you are prone to diarrhea)
50 mg of zinc
200 micrograms (mcg) of selenium
30 grams of whey protein isolate, rice or hemp protein powder and one tablespoon of lecithin granules mixed into a small glass of juice or almond milk.
Omega-3 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)) supplement

After the midday meal:

1,000 mg of vitamin B-3
1,200 mg of vitamin folate
100 mg of vitamin B-6
One B-complex tablet (total 300+ mg)
1,000 mg of vitamin C (use Vit. C in mineral ascorbate form – NOT ascorbic acid – if you are prone to diarrhea)
500 mg of magnesium (use nano-sized magnesium if you are prone to diarrhea)

After the evening meal:

A multivitamin tablet
1,000 mg of vitamin B-3
1,000 mg of vitamin C (use Vit. C in mineral ascorbate form – NOT ascorbic acid – if you are prone to diarrhea)
One B-complex tablet (total 300+ mg)
100 mg of vitamin B-6

iStock_000005985546XSmallDon’t forget: The key to the effectiveness of this protocol is to take high enough amounts of these supplements! So either take this list to your compound pharmacist and have her mix up exactly what you need. Or read the labels carefully before you buy each individual supplement.

Okay, now on to the article for the science behind WHY each of these supplements will help you…

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MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT THAT WORKS
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 7, 2005

(OMNS) Doctors report that mental health problems including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, anti-social and learning disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders often have a common cause: insufficient nutrients in the brain. Nutritionally-oriented physicians assert that the cure for these problems is to give the body the extra nutrients it needs, especially when under abnormal stress.

Orthomolecular medical researchers say the future of psychiatry is in nutrition because nutrition has such a long, safe and effective history of correcting many mental problems. Nutrients such as the B-vitamins are most successful when taken regularly, taken in relatively high doses, and taken in conjunction with vitamin C, the essential fatty acids (EFA’s), and the minerals magnesium and selenium.

A summary of what has worked for many people follows below. The safety of vitamins and minerals is extraordinary, and the expense of trying them is much less than the cost of hazardous pharmaceutical drugs. These nutrients can be purchased in a discount or heath store.

Taking 1,000 mg of vitamin B-3 three times a day often cures mild to moderate depression. Dramatic results are often achieved within one week of beginning this nutritional program, especially in alcoholics. (1)

Sometimes a simple deficiency of vitamin D causes depression. 3,000 I.U./day from all sources can alleviate the problem. (2) 3,000 mg/day or more of niacin (vitamin B-3), along with the same quantity of vitamin C, taken in divided doses throughout the day can successfully treat both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. (3)

Vitamins B-3, B-6, C and the minerals magnesium and zinc frequently produce a good response in ADHD and autistic children. (4)

Vitamins B-6, folate, and B-12 taken together lower elevated homocysteine levels in the elderly while improving mental function. (5)

As pointed out by chemistry professor and vitamin discoverer Roger J. Williams, PhD (6), each individual has different nutritional needs and responds differently to nutrients. Are you tired of being depressed, suffering from anxiety, paying huge prescription drug bills for unsafe prescriptions that don’t solve the problem or produce undesirable side effects? Are you tired of the piece-meal trial and error approach to finding a solution to your mental or emotional problems? If so, adults should consider the following nutritional protocol, which will bathe your brain and nerves in natural nutrients and may well produce dramatic results. The cost of trying the program below is less than the cost of a typical doctor’s office visit. It is safe and convenient. All of these nutrients can be purchased at large discount stores.

After the morning meal take:

A multivitamin tablet
1,000 mg of vitamin B-3 (as niacinamide or inositol hexanicotinate)
One B-complex tablet
100 mg of vitamin B-6
1,200 mcg of vitamin B-9 (folate or folic acid)
1,000-2,000 IU of vitamin D (the lower number if you get sunshine, the higher number if you don’t)
1,000 mg of vitamin C [Jini Says: use Vit. C in mineral ascorbate form – NOT ascorbic acid – if you are prone to diarrhea]
200 mg of magnesium [Jini Says: use nanoparticle magnesium if you are prone to diarrhea]
50 mg of zinc
200 micrograms (mcg) of selenium

30 grams of soy protein powder and one tablespoon of lecithin granules mixed into a small glass of juice or milk [Jini Says: Never use soy; it depresses thyroid function and inhibits mineral absorption. Use whey protein isolate or hemp protein instead. Also use only raw (unpasteurized) milk.]

A supplement of omega-3 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA))

After the midday meal:

1,000 mg of vitamin B-3
1,200 mg of vitamin folate
100 mg of vitamin B-6
One B-complex tablet
1,000 mg of vitamin C [Jini Says: use Vit. C in mineral ascorbate form – NOT ascorbic acid – if you are prone to diarrhea]
200 mg of magnesium [Jini Says: use nanoparticle magnesium if you are prone to diarrhea]

After the evening meal:

A multivitamin tablet
1,000 mg of vitamin B-3
1,000 mg of vitamin C [Jini Says: use Vit. C in mineral ascorbate form – NOT ascorbic acid – if you are prone to diarrhea]
One B-complex tablet
100 mg of vitamin B-6

All of the above supplements are safe in the recommended amounts, as well as inexpensive and convenient. There is not even one death per year from vitamins. Pharmaceutical drugs, properly prescribed and taken as directed, kill over 100,000 Americans annually. Hospital errors kill still more.

Restoring health must be done nutritionally, not pharmacologically. All cells in all persons are made exclusively from what we drink and eat. Not one cell is made out of drugs.

The most common mistake made by people who take vitamins is they fail to take enough vitamins.

The reason one nutrient can cure so many different illnesses is because a deficiency of one nutrient can cause many different illnesses.

What is Orthomolecular Medicine?

Linus Pauling defined orthomolecular medicine as the treatment of disease by the provision of the optimum molecular environment,
especially the optimum concentrations of substances normally present in the human body. Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information:
http://www.orthomolecular.org

References for further reading:

1. Hoffer A. Vitamin B-3: Niacin and its amide. http://www.doctoryourself.com/hoffer_niacin.html Also: Cheraskin E, Ringsdorf WM and Brecher A. Psychodietetics. Bantam Books, 1974.

2. Vieth R, Kimball S, Hu A, Walfish PG. Randomized comparison of the effects of the vitamin D3 adequate intake versus 100 mcg (4000 IU) per day on biochemical responses and the wellbeing of patients. Nutr J. 2004 Jul 19;3:8.

3. Hoffer A. Healing schizophrenia: Complementary vitamin & drug treatments. Toronto: CCNM Press, 2004. Also: Hawkins D and Pauling L. Orthomolecular psychiatry, San Francisco: Freeman, 1973. Also: Hoffer A. Niacin therapy in psychiatry, Charles C. Thomas, 1962.

4. Hoffer A. Healing children’s attention and behavior disorders: Complementary nutritional & psychological treatments. Toronto: CCNM Press, 2004. Also: Hoffer A. Dr. Hoffer’s ABC of natural nutrition for children. Kingston, Ontario: Quarry Press, 1999.

5. Selhub J, Jacques PF, Wilson PWF, Rush D, Rosenberg IH. Vitamin status and intake as primary determinants of homocysteinemia in an elderly population. JAMA 1993. 270:2693-2698. Also: Verhoef P, Meleady R, Daly LE, Graham IM, Robinson K, Boers GHJ, et al. Homocysteine, vitamin status and risk of vascular disease. European Heart Journal 1999. 20:1234-1244.

6. http://neon.cm.utexas.edu/williams/
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Again, to find out which brand and formulation of vitamins and minerals I recommend for people with IBD & IBS and why, see my LTYG Holistic Health Shoppe. You don’t need to buy them from here – you can just use it as a resource to copy down the product names and then get your local health store to order them in for you.

Natural Treatment for Depression
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  • Are the recommended doses of the vitamins 3 times a day the same for children, or do they require a reduced dose?
    Also, are the doseages standard for all of the ailments listed in the article? (depression, adhd, autism, bipolar, etc.)

  • Frances – no, the dosages are for adults only and you would need to reduce for children – about half.

    The dosages will help with all the disorders you mentioned, but especially depression.

  • It seems a bit ‘off’ to me for one to begin to take so many vitamins, etc.? One thing, multivitamins many times already have most of the separate ones listed, already in their formulas. It’s not easy doing that math to try and be sure you get the right dosages of the separate ones, considering the amounts already in the multis? Also, I really like your site Jini, but for those of us who have been on antidepressants, anti-anxiety, etc. medications for years, it’s really not as easy as you say.Because folks with serious issues, cannot even function in the world without meds. I understand the concept, and yes, having to take meds is awful, but again, when one has serious psych issues, and has been on the meds for so long..I just don’t think you should go advising that they are all bad, and to just try this or that instead. I feel you don’t show an understanding of us folks (I’m 70 been on meds 23 years). There are Many Reasons people use meds, and many of them are valid, for them. Because folks like me, will be like, Oh I ‘should’ be able to do this natural. I’ll bet you’ve lost some other folks because of the way you approach this. You have No Idea what people go through, if you don’t show more understanding and compassion for folks such as me. I love your site, and there’s tons of good info, so I honor all of that and I’m sure you have helped many folks. I wish I could afford some of your products. I had second bout of diverticulitis a month ago, took the antibiotics, was Desperate and in the ER. Awful to have to take. So now I’m tyring to replenish my flora, etc. and trying fluid diet, after having not done that, and still getting cramping, bowel issues, etc. The doctors tell you Nothing, nothing even about how to eat during and after an attack. It’s awful. I’m all for holistic. But I do feel stuck on these meds now, but I am going to slowly try some of your protocols and also some of the suggestions under the orthomolecular piece, and see what happens. I hope I get to report back!, that I’ve been able to lessen some of my meds and that my gut feels better!. Thank you!!

  • Oh Olivia, please please head over to Dr. Kelly Brogan’s site. Her book is fantastic:

    http://amzn.to/2ngrIM3

    but just get on her free newsletter and I promise you, you will find your tribe! MANY of her patients had been on meds for decades – even institutionalized – and her program works:

    http://kellybroganmd.com/start-here/
    and
    http://kellybroganmd.com/alis-story-healing-bipolar-disorder-and-suicidality/

    Also, this article is more for people who are on anti-depressants due to their gut illness – it does not speak to, nor is geared to, chronic depression. So I will definitely edit it and thank you so much for pointing that out to me. Hugs xo

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