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Podcast #335:
The Serotonin Myth?

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Guest: Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD

I’m waaaaaaaay behind…

I posted this episode maybe six weeks ago, before I took some time off. In this Instant Classic, licensed psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan states a compelling case for why Depression is NOT a Serotonin Deficiency.

Discover what she calls the “flawed logic” in our current understanding of how antidepressants work. And, learn what the science really says about these drugs.

Here are my notes:

3:03 – How the monoamine hypothesis of depression got started and why its logic is flawed.

7:23 – What is a normal brain anyway? How serotonin levels may or may not be a factor in depression.

10:39 – Antidepressant adaptation: what happens to your brain and your body when you take (or stop taking!) an antidepressant.

15:29 – What the studies REALLY say about antidepressant medications and the profound power of placebo.

22:45 – Does time heal all? How treatment could be turning some problems into big ones, when “doing nothing” might be the best treatment of all, and why Dr. Brogan does not prescribe medications to her patients.

30:32 – How one major study showed antidepressant medications might not work the way we think they do and why nobody is talking about it.

35:37 – Could the effects of antidepressants really just be anti-inflammatory? All about the cytokine theory of depression and sickness syndrome.

39:42 – Specific inflammation markers you can test for (with optimal ranges!)

42:44 – Dr. Brogan’s best tips for reducing inflammation with food and lifestyle changes. Plus, real life patient stories of how they work.

50:38 What the cytokine model of depression means for Big Pharma … and for the people taking their medications.

Dig it!


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Podcast #334:
Insomnia, Brain Fog, and The Depression Connection.

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Guest: Dr. Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSc

I’ve been waiting three months to post this.

Whenever I have the privilege of sitting down to interview Dr. Datis Kharrazian, he never fails to leave me with that “mind-blown” kind of feeling.

I mean, really, how smart can one person be?

So to kick off this week’s “Early Bird” Depression Sessions festivities, here’s Dr. Kharrazian’s full-length interview on How to Figure Out What’s Causing Your Depression.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

* Why there’s more to correcting mood disorders than just boosting neurotransmitter levels with amino acid supplements. A lot more!

* Why traumatic brain injuries often show up as depression … years down the road.

* How chronic gut inflammation can cause brain inflammation, leading to depression.

* What the “other symptoms” presenting with depression — anxiety, insomnia, blood sugar problems, and brain fog — can reveal about its cause.

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Podcast #333:
The Depression Sessions Preview Show!

Depression Sessions Preview Show

Guests: The Depression Sessions Experts

I’m all kinds of giddy. Are you?

Our Depression Sessions pre-launch festivities officially kick off next Monday morning.

That’s when I start posting early bird, full-length sessions along with those fancy buttons for downloading the videos, audio files, and transcripts (for FREE!).

I’m still undecided on which early bird sessions I’ll be posting, but voting is well underway on the Facebook page.

On today’s episode of the podcast, my special guest is none other than … me!

I share and comment on 14 of my favorite clips from your Depression Sessions presenters, including:

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Can Social Anxiety Be Reversed with Nutrition?

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It was the most surreal (and frightening) experience of my life.

There I was, sitting on the weight room floor. Hyperventilating. Watching the floor swing from side to side. Lights suddenly blindingly bright. Scared.

I was having a panic attack.

It all began the previous afternoon. Feeling like my social anxiety had gotten out of hand, I showed up for my appointment at the campus clinic looking for help.

I rattled off my symptoms to the doctor — the sweats, tremors, racing heart, negative thoughts, all occurring in social encounters.

I had diagnosed myself with Social Anxiety Disorder. My doctor agreed.

He pulled a pad out of his pocket and wrote a prescription for Prozac.

“Prozac, really?”

For some reason, Prozac sounded a little extreme. I had done my research on its side effects and it was the last thing I thought the doc would recommend. I just wanted something to calm me down in social settings and to push me out of what had been a fairly prolonged episode of depression.

In fact, one of my favorite football players openly used another drug, Paxil, for his social anxiety. It seemed to be working for him. That’s what I wanted.

But the doctor insisted. Prozac it was.

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Gut Bacteria is GOOD For You! (DVD Giveaway!)

by Sean Croxton

Oh, yeah! We’re giving away FREE schwag today!

I spent the couple days pouring over Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book Gut and Psychology Syndrome as well as watching the fascinating lecture she gave at The Weston A. Price Foundation’s Wise Traditions Conference 2011 in London on DVD.

In a nutshell, gut flora is king! If your flora is out of balance, you’ve got problems.

The problem is that we tend to not take our gut flora as seriously as we should. Why? Well, it’s most likely due to lack of education. No one is really talking about these health-giving microbes in schools or in the media — well, besides those ridiculous high-sugar yogurt commercials.

So, today’s video is my rendition of Dr. Campbell-McBride’s wonderful lecture. Actually, it’s the first 10 minutes of her 90-minute talk. There’s enough material in that lecture to cover two weeks of videos! Stay tuned for more.

Click the video below and be sure to leave a comment to enter our Wise Traditions London 2011 DVD giveaway contest. We’re giving away this 4-DVD set to three lucky commenters.

In addition to Dr. Campbell-McBride, the DVD includes presentations by:

* Zoe Harcombe, MA
* Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, MD
* Barry Groves, PhD
* Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN
* Jerry Brunetti
* Graham Harvey

For more info, click HERE.

I’ll announce the winners by video Friday morning.

Have a gut flora-friendly day!

Sean Croxton
Author, The Dark Side of Fat Loss