Doctor's Note

You may have noticed I’ve started doing more mental health videos. Please let me know if that’s something of continued interest. The last few I did were:

What’s the difference between folate and folic acid? I have a really old video on the subject (Can Folic Acid Be Harmful?). I’ll add it to my list of topics to revisit.

Here are some older mood ones as well, with more to come:

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  • Joevegan

    Could it be: Frequency of Sexual Intercourse.

    • HemoDynamic, MD – NF Volunteer

      No way! That would make too much sense. :-)

    • http://twitter.com/MacSmiley MacSmiley

      Isn’t it customary for studies to specify the definitions of acronyms within them?

  • tbatts666

    Be nice to see interventional trials.

    I am convinced nutrition has a lot to do with depression. It would be great if we could see how that compares to the meaninglessness of our large human systems. Our cities aren’t scaled to human beings, rather to automobiles. Children don’t drive. I am convinced that the dependent state of childhood and teenage years is entirely demeaning and leads to depression over time.

    I guess it’s hard to answer the questions of what causes depression. It is a complex problem caused by complex problems. I have lost too many friends and family to suicide.

    The causes of depression are complex, but I don’t believe our society is making Rational responses to combat it at all.

    • Kim

      Personally, I’m not convinced that “depression” is a real illness, and I say that as someone who’s suffered from it immensely. I believe that what we call depression is actually a normal human response to many, many factors, including poor nutrition and other self-care habits, isolation and loneliness, not having meaningful work, and living in a world rife with chaos and cruelty, to name a few factors. Abuse and trauma play no small role, as well. I believe that there’s much individuals can do to feel better, to improve their lives, but I think it’s folly to ignore the broader societal factors that play a major role, and it’s also immensely unhelpful and I think completely dishonest to promote a view that individuals themselves are somehow flawed and “broken”. Make no mistake about it, the brains of depressed people are functioning differently, but there’s zero evidence, to my knowledge, to back up the view that this is what causes depression, rather than the different brain state being a result of the depression instead. The view that we can eradicate depression though pharmacological manipulation of the brain is, in my opinion, reflective of the arrogance and reductionism of our times. What likely started as a genuine attempt to help people is now simply big business, and it continues on despite its inefficacy and despite our knowledge that things are more complicated than we previously thought because it makes money.

      • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

        Your thoughts on the subject are very interesting – thanks!

      • http://jenishares.blogspot.com Jennie McCluskey

        Absolutely! That is what I always thought as well. The natural human response to all of this modern societal life is to feel overwhelmed, depressed, and confused. It is a constant struggle for everyone i have ever known to find joy, happiness, meaning or purpose in their life. I mean look at the self-help section of a book store… It is now normal to be depressed. It is in my opinion that the positive emotional needs of humanity are being completely ignored. I think that it is our current society that creates this depression but because we have not yet reached the summit of all that we can bear, it will continue on.

      • http://www.ACIMessentials.com Patricia Robinett

        Kim, you are so right. Depression goes way beyond physiology – and yet it expresses itself through the body. You can see the power of our thoughts by looking at the posture of the body and the muscles in the face when we think sad thoughts – compared to the look and feel of the body and face when we think happy thoughts. Think of something you love and notice your posture and the smile in your face – including the twinkle in your eyes – then think of something you fear – the difference is dramatic.

        How I see the condition of depression is as an accumulation of sorrows. The good news is, those sorrows can be released. “All healing is essentially the release from fear.”

        This is what I do: I spend a little time in deep quiet, and ask to know the source of my “problem” (whatever it is at the time). A memory of the source of my sorrows surface so I can see them clearly and let go of them. How I let go of them is to notice the tensions/ pain/ discomfort in my body where I “feel” them, and then breathe deeply into those places until the tension relaxes. The body is the subconscious. It holds past trauma as tensions. We hold the breath when we are in trauma… we breathe fully and freely and deeply when we are relaxed. Our goal is to let the breath massage the tensions away. Some say “Spirit is the healer” and it’s true! The word Spirit means breath.

        I wish for you a complete recovery from “depression”. :)

      • tbatts666

        I am afraid to shit on anti-depressants because they do help a lot of people.

        I don’t have depression, so I am not an authority on the subject.

        If what We suspect is true…that depression is a complex problem caused by complex problems that go way beyond our ability to understand, investigate, and reduce to a single culprit…

        Then that means that the only way to reduce depression is to do so through a dramatic restructuring of society. We would have to replace human value, community, and empathy as the purpose of our big human systems. That might be the only way we can leverage enough change so that our future generations won’t be as f-Ed up as we are.

        • Jocelyn

          Oh man I am in total agreement. A refocus of the human system is vital for our survival on all fronts, in my opinion.

      • Nadege

        You are so right Kim. Your post reminded me of an article I read not long ago and it makes so much sense to me. It took me a while to find the article but I think you will like it Kim.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html

      • rumicat

        I agree with everything you wrote, and I think some people’s temperaments are better adapted to living in the world we live in than others. Maybe the answer for some people is just to completely reject the lifestyle advocated by the dominant culture. Less isolation, less competitiveness, more generosity of spirit, more exercise, less TV, and more plants:)

      • John S

        I agree with what you are all saying. In our cultural American tradition, we try to find the one silver bullet that will stop depression. Who are the happiest and healthiest people in the world? People in the book Blue zones, or the book Healthy at 100. What do they do? Work outside in their gardens, with others in their small communities. Tell jokes, play music, help those who are less fortunate. Take care of their families. They’re almost universally poor but happy. No jails, mental hospitals, and almost no politics in their societies because people take care of others before it becomes really dangerous. Something to think about. Even Mediterraneans are more like that than we are.
        John S
        PDX OR

      • Charzie

        Kim, I agree with you on a lot of what you said, we have so many complications, drama, pressures and sorrows in our busy crowded lives that it’s no wonder we bomb out! The kind of issues we evolved to cope with no longer apply, and yet all our reflexes are in high gear all the time. Add to that our SAD diets and all the contaminants everywhere and we shouldn’t be surprised at the illnesses that are overwhelming us, mentally and physically! It may sound simplistic, but I really think the best medicine is to get back to a simpler, less hectic life, and remember where we came from, as we do with our diets. I have uncluttered and simplified my life, and it helps me so much to be grounded in nature on a daily basis! That may not be easy for some, and may not, apply to everyone, but I almost can’t see how it couldn’t, since we are of the earth as elemental beings, not of pavement and high rises!
        But there has always been mental illness…asylums have been around for ages. Though all of the above may contribute to our current issues and negatively affects us, I believe there is also a biological depression that does rear it’s ugly head, and may also be helped by some intervention. I suffered from black bouts of depression all of my adult years, starting right after the most joyous event in my entire life…the birth of my son. I hit like a brick and I was devastated…I had been so looking forward to being a mother as long as I could remember, and instead I could barely function. It lasted months and I fought it every day, and it eventually passed, but it would continue to rear it’s ugly head at intervals unrelated to my life situation. I had always had anxiety, as a child even, and for no apparent reason felt like an outsider in a very close family. I had a lot of issues I struggled with, and though I couldn’t take my own life because of those connections and the repercussions it would cause, not waking up would have been a blessing in my worst times. I would have periods of normalcy too, or relatively anyway, that kept me going, but it would never last long. In my late 40’s I felt like I really couldn’t go on, and finally saw a psychiatrist. I had avoided it because I knew what the “solution” was, and I resisted the drugs because of a very negative experience with one of the earlier tricyclic antidepressants, and even with those I steered clear for the longest time because I felt it was MY mind and I should be able to fix my own issues. I tried everything, trust me. Anyway, after talking to the Dr. for weeks first, he convinced me to just give the newer SSRI’s a 2 month trial and if at any time I felt shaky about it, I could just stop. Desperate, I gave in. About two weeks later, I woke up one morning and felt as if I emerged from a cave into the sunshine. I can’t even begin to explain the elation at having the huge weight lifted from my chest! I was blown away. I was very lucky too that it continued to work for me, I never had any problems with it. Since changing my diet and going WFPB, I weaned down to the lowest dose I can maintain on, and would absolutely LOVE to get off of the junk! I pray that some scientists not on pharmaceutical boards can afford to do nutritional research and pinpoint the biology of this horrible illness! NOBODY has a Celexa deficiency…but something is missing! I can’t really improve my diet, I exercise, tend to my spiritual side, and I have improved my health dramatically, but if I stop the stupid drug, my peaceful existence becomes a tortured hell again. It sucks.

        • fred

          Do some research on various supplements?

          • http://twitter.com/MacSmiley MacSmiley

            ??? Trade drugs for supplements? That’s not the right answer.

        • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

          I hope that you dont feel bad because you have to take “real medication”. SSRI`s given to the right patient can be very effective and in some cases lifesaving. Now you eat healthy, exercise and have lowered the dose. There is not much more you can do. Enjoy life and dont give it a thought that you have to take a small dose of this medication. Best wishes PSdoc.

        • http://www.DonForresterMD.com/ Don Forrester MD -NF Volunteer

          You might be interested in reading “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker and for information on dealing with the difficult process of getting off psychiatric drugs… Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal by Dr. Peter Breggin. Dr. Breggin’s website might be of interest as well. Good luck.

          • Kim

            I just started this book!

        • fred

          http://www.secondopinionnewsletter.com/Health-Alert-Archive/View-Archive/13435/Why-you-shouldnt-take-antidepressants-for-more-than-3-months.htm

          Fact one: Anti-depressive drugs have never been cleared by the FDA as being safe to use for more than three months. Even though doctors routinely give them to patients for life, they have never been deemed safe to use that way. And the longer the patient is on them, the more unbalanced his brain chemistry gets. For some people, this imbalance can be devastating.

          Fact two: Every antidepressant medication out there lists increased suicidal tendencies as one of its side effects. To date, 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal thoughts, and dozens of high profile shootings/killings are tied to psychiatric drug use. Despite that there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence.

          Fact three: At least 35 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by people taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.

          Fact four: Between 2004 and 2012, there have been 14,773 reports to the FDA’s MedWatch system on psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects. These include 1,531 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 3,287 cases of mania, and 8,219 cases of aggression. Note: The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring is most certainly higher.

          Fact five: Other than the short-term use in patients who are going through an acute depressive episode, these drugs are completely unnecessary. There are many natural therapies that work much better — and they have absolutely no risk.

      • Kim

        Thank you, everyone, for all your comments! I came back on here hesitantly, expecting at least some of you to knock down my views. It’s nice to see I’m not alone in my thinking!

        • Jocelyn

          I read your post and thought the same thing (though I was in agreement). I was delighted to see many people are seeing and feeling the same things – that there is something inherently wrong with what we are doing as a society. That acceptance as a culture will be the first step of a shift toward a happier people.

      • Jocelyn

        Kim, thanks for this post. I have actually felt the same thing as you for a long time now (and I use the word “felt” intentionally). As with many “diseases” we have in society, they are more a condition OF society/lifestyle, and not BECAUSE we are broken. Our bodies and minds are actually fantastic when we give them what they want. Personally, along with diet, I think living in a society where value is put on “things” rather than living beings, and where what you have means more than the meaningful relationships you have (with people, other animals, and planet), is a serious cause of the depression that is rife so many individuals’ lives.

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/983758374975262/ Dustin Collett

    I vote to continue, it is of interest to me. Thanks.

  • Vicki

    Please continue with mental health videos!

  • Konakci

    Videos concerning depression & food I am very interested in. Medications (SSRI) can have devastating side effects. Finding a good therapist is hard. An going on therapy is time consuming. But everybody have to eat. It is the easiest way to benefit from the right plants. Thanks in advace for your work.

  • Neil

    I’m immediately struck by the fact that a WFPB diet would also be rich in MAO inhibitors, tryptophan and serotonin.

  • Wegan

    Yes, more mental health, thank you.

  • Paulo Caprini

    More mental health please :)

  • Mark G

    I’d like to see much more about how Advanced Glycation End-products affect the aging process, especially our risk for dementias.

    • Stacey Stokes

      ditto that.

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Hi Mark. I think we can say these AGEs and effect the aging process. And this video talks about AGEs and dementia. See if these help?

      • Mark G

        Hi Dr Gonzales. Thanks for those links. I’ll check them out.

      • Mark G

        Dr G, the second link does not go where you intended. Could you please recheck it.

        Thanks
        Mark

        • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

          Sorry! Fixed :-)

  • Stacey Stokes

    Yes, please continue. I think there’s obviously a psychological-physical connection. Just like we’re motivated to eat sweet things because we’re physically designed to want all the calories we can get even though we don’t realize that’s happening — we just think we like cake and want it — it seems perfectly logical that a body (and brain) that feels good because of high nutrient intake would have less depression necessarily. I think our brains know what’s going on in our bodies even though we aren’t aware of it. For instance, you might think less positively when you’re tired without perceiving a connection or maybe without even knowing you’re tired. I’m thinking that the pleasure principle applies not only to pleasure.

    • http://www.ACIMessentials.com Patricia Robinett

      Stacey, hi. As I understand it, the urge behind the desire for sweets is actually for fresh, raw, organic fruit. Cake and other sugary foods may taste “sweet” but they are no substitute for fruit. Long ago, an expert on colon cleansing – Robert Gray – told me that foods act like drugs and that fruits that come from trees are literally “uppers”, uplifting. I have found this to be true. Of course, that includes olives and avocados. He advised starting your day with fruit from trees and to end the day with root veggies which are “sleepy” foods. I use these principles still, on a daily basis.

  • cara

    FSI: Could that actually be an abbreviation for Frequency of Sexual Intercourse?

  • Kim

    Yes to more mental health videos! Loved the one on whether or not antidepressants really work; it’s mind boggling how few people know (or want to know, seemingly) about this. Astounding how powerful the placebo effect is, and makes me remember to account for nocebo and placebo effects present in some of the population when they adopt and/or abandon a plant-based diet: some people are so convinced that they need animal protein that they “feel off” without it, and feel better upon reintroducing it. Of course, we can’t prove that’s what’s really going on, but I believe it to be the case for at least the overwhelming majority of – if not all – people that report this.

  • https://twitter.com/rivkafreeman Rivka Freeman

    How to calculate adequate #Ascorbate intake to facilitate apoptosis; control suicidal thoughts; + make you want frequent #FSI sex! http://www.perque.com/lifestyle/self-tests/ascorbate-cleanse/

  • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

    Curcumin found in turmeric is an interesting molecule. Data suggests that curcumin possesses MAO inhibiting properties, data suggests that curcumin has anti inflammatory properties, data suggests that curcumin can stimulate hippocampal neurogenesis, maybe modulation of serotonin and norepinephrine. Curcumin has shown antidepressant properties in animal models of depression. There has also been demonstrated efficacy in a human trial. Depression can be a very serious condition – and sometimes “real drugs” are necessary and lifesaving (sorry my plant strong friends! :-) ). I would always recommend that you talk to your doctor if you are depressed – and preferably one with an open mind. And no doubt that “real” antidepressants can have serious side effects – so maybe the solution is to eat healthy (mainly plant based) and then avoid depression in the first place.

  • Pauline

    From a personal standpoint I experienced an almost immediate & DRAMATIC change in mood swings when I started with a whole food concentrate. Two years later while I do still experience depression upon occasion, I would argue it is not on a clinical level. And I attribute that to the fact that the [phyto] chemicals in my brain have been substantially more balanced as a result of the change in my dietary intake….you are what you eat.

  • Johanna

    Yes, more on mental health. I am not in the medical field and am very interested in this: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0447.1966.tb01920.x/abstract. Is there something to this?

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      There could be something to it. According to this study this has been researched since the 50’s about a possible link between celiac disease and schizophrenia. There may be a higher prevalence of autoimmune diseases in in-patients with schizophrenia. Dr. Greger appears to have some videos on this as well, here.

  • Daniel_Bridgeworth

    FSI: First Sexual Intercourse-according to Topicway: http://www.topicway.com/acronyms/first-sexual-intercourse.FSI.1666924.htm

  • Lis Walker

    I think it’s a great idea, as mental health is just as important as physical health, and it usually links together anyway

  • http://jenishares.blogspot.com Jennie McCluskey

    So please tell me that Amla Powder is still okay and will help my mood too??

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Here is the info we have on amla. Indian gooseberries (alma) may help with diabetes. Amla has been extensively studies and found protective for many disorders, perhaps due to it’s high antioxidant capacity? When I searched about cognitive decline only animal studies were available, which doesn’t tell us anything of value for how it works in humans. However, one review mentioned the phytochemicals in alma like quercetin, gallic acid, corilagin and ellagic acid, therefore some logic that this stuff could help reduce cognitive decline may be apparently, but of course we need a human trial to know for sure. I am not sure about amla and mood, however, it should be fine to take.

      • HaltheVegan

        The only form of Amla that I can find locally is the candied form. Do you know if this form has approximately the same nutritional value as other forms. I suppose that fresh or frozen would be best, but I can’t find those locally.

        • Kat

          Amla is available at health-food stores in capsule and tablet form. Amla powder can be bought online. Amma is one of the three ingredients in the Indian supplement known as triphala, which is said to be the world’s most commonly used herbal supplement for the last two millennia. Amla is also the major ingredient in the ayurvedic jam known as chyawanprash (It contains sugar and gee so may not be the best way to consume amla.)

          • HaltheVegan

            Thanks for the info Kat, I think I’ll look for a good source of Amla powder on-line.

        • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

          I am not sure I don’t eat it. Not that I try to avoid it, I just find my local produce does the trick. I would think the candied stuff is not as potent as the fruit or powder, but I have no clue how the candy is prepared. Any Alma experts out there? Just watching the better breakfast video again it makes me want to try it based on the high antioxidant levels. Hope you find a solution. Let us know what you decide or more about other ingredients found in the candy.

          • HaltheVegan

            Thanks for the feedback, Dr Gonzales. I’m assuming that the candied form of Amla is processed in a similar manner as candied ginger, but I’ll do some research and let you know if I find out anything.

      • http://jenishares.blogspot.com Jennie McCluskey

        Thank you! Appreciate this very much!

  • Rhonda Fabert

    Definitely interested in more videos about mental health, Thank you. I’d also like to know if raisins bring the same benefits as grapes.

  • Wyman Kingsley

    As a person who manages depression with the NEWSTART method, folic acid certainly works for the anxiety side of depression, I have tested this theory and when off of the folic acid I am vulnerable but when on them I have more peace. Visit http://www.drnedley.com
    All the best and God bless

  • eatplants4health

    This is of great interest, Dr. M. After 9/11 I feel into a major depression, and have been on Paxil ever since, but no one ever suggested that the huge amount of sugar I was ingesting could have contributed to and continued to contribute to my depression. Now that I am on a plant-based, whole-foods, no-oil added diet, and have gotten rid of sugar in my diet, I have also been able to wean off the Paxil to an insignificant dose, almost down to zero.

  • rumicat

    Scratching my head here…chemically, folic acid is the protonated form of folate. Folic acid dissociates above its pKa to its form its respective anion (folate) and cation (hydrogen or hydronium ion). This should happen in stomach acid. Not following the argument about them being so different chemically, what am I missing?

  • DStack

    Anyone know about the lycopene content of tomato paste? I’ve started eating it after hearing Dr. Greger mention its benefits, and I hate raw tomatoes. Still want to cash in on this lycopene benefit, but raw toms just taste like poison to me.

    • Charzie

      Just curious if you’ve ever tried vine ripened heirloom tomatoes? So many flavors, colors and textures! Commercial varieties suck, even the plants you often buy to plant in a garden. I live in Florida and they breed and grow for sturdiness, looks and shipping qualities, not flavor, and pick the tomatoes green to transport them, then gas them to color up before display. They may look pretty but they taste nasty!

    • Tom Goff

      There is much more lycopene available from tomato paste than from fresh raw tomatoes. The cooking process makes lycopene more bioavailable.

      http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/66/1/116.abstract

    • http://twitter.com/MacSmiley MacSmiley

      Good news! There is more lycopeme in cooked tomatoes than in raw!! You’re A-OK with the paste.

  • Chuck.Steak

    …soooo is ascorbic acid safe to take in large amounts?….jw = just wondering (acronyms)…

    • fencepost

      Do a search on ascorbic acid bowel tolerance and you will get an idea of why some people take huge amounts of it in some situations.

  • fred

    And….

    http://www.ergo-log.com/maleorgasm.html

    “The researchers were interested to know if there was a relation between sexual activity and health, so they asked the men how many orgasms they had. The number mentioned is a good predictor of male sexual activity, previous research has shown.

    The researchers distinguished three levels: less than one orgasm a month was ‘low’, two orgasms a week or more was ‘high’, with a ‘medium’ category in between.

    On the basis of their results, the British scientists were able to calculate that an increase of 100 orgasms per year reduced the men’s chance of dying by 36 percent.”

    So take some vit C…buy a blowup doll…live forever? LOL.

  • Nancy Nowak

    I realize this is off topic, but what is the plant based consensus on using olive oil? I just read the book called Blue Zones Solution which is about areas of the world where people are the healthiest and live the longest. They do eat plant based, but in all zones, people use olive oil, and usually quite a bit of it, maybe up to a quarter cup a day. The claim was that it was a great health food and necessary to good health. What is your opinion of using olive oil? Is it as great as shown in this book? I am totally confused when it comes to olive oil, seeds and nuts. The book claims that olive oil can help to PREVENT heart disease. Thanks! Nancy

    • Veganrunner

      Dr Greger thinks it is better to eat the whole olive. With oil you throw the good stuff down the drain.

  • Jeff and Karen Hay

    My wife and I have eaten a whole foods plant based diet for more than twenty years. We buy the majority of our fruits and vegetables at our local farmers market every week. The food we buy at the farmers market is not only exceptionally fresh (and organically grown) we have come to be friends with the farmers that we buy from. We have in other words become part of a community and we feel a strong connection with the farmers and the farms we even feel more connected to the climate which of course affects our farmers growing cycles. This connection is quite uplifting we find. Additionally, eating all the beautiful and colorful plants is uplifting in a way that eating a pill would not be. So many people think in terms of deprivation and what they might be giving up to switch to a plant based diet. We have found the opposite to be true – our lives have become far more enriched and fun. Hell, after writing this we’re going to indulge in FSI. We love your videos too!

    • Veganrunner

      So true! I feel the same uplift shopping at farmers markets. Farmers are the best!

  • Veganrunner

    Aren’t we having fun today!

    • HemoDynamic, MD – NF Volunteer

      Healthy people always (all-ways) have more fun!!!

  • Dr. P

    This is way off topic… I have two children, one two years and the other four months. I want to raise them on a plant based diet. I’m looking for help on finding the most reliable resources for doing that. There seems to be some inaccurate information out there when doing a search on Google. Thanks for any help!

  • http://thelibertarianvegan.tumblr.com/ The Libertarian Vegan

    that was due to a vitamin c pill? the way I view pills is as hit or miss.

  • Charles Peden

    FSI FTW!

  • Occams_Razor

    In a lecture, in a very popular local adult toy store, the acronym used was PIV.
    But now, seeing the very sensible (and printable, professional and publishable) guess about FSI below, I like “FSI” much better.

  • BobsBurgers

    It’s not surprising that folic acid would NOT do much for people, and it can even harm those with a certain mutation that prevents efficient folate conversion (est. to be around 40% of the population) by competitively blocking the more biologically active folate found in greens and food vs the synthetic oxidized form.
    Why did you ignore your own source citing vitamin C improveing mood for the headline….”Neither antioxidant or folic acid supplements seem to help with mood”. Hey guess what?- it’s an antioxidant.

  • Timar

    I wonder whether that vitamin C study gave standard deviations for FSI. It may have been confounded by a severe sex-addict in the intervention group…

    And how the heck did they know that FSI was actually PVI and not POI, VOI, PAI, OAI, VVI, PPI or whatever?

  • Scott Dyson

    The FSI stuff at the end of this video is pretty sketchy. The abstract of that study says they had only 42 healthy young adults in the experiment group. Because the comparison noted was a subdivision of the experimental group (cohabiting vs non-cohabiting), they then had to have sub-divided the groups into cohabiting and non-cohabiting. If the sample was perfectly split, that’s only about 21 per group (less for the placebo). I’d be very interested to see how they justified their conclusions with such a small sample.

    Even if they had good power, that finding is pretty out there. I bet they just encountered a random error. (Their non-cohabitors who just happened to be eating the vitamins just happened to be highly sexually active.)

  • Matthew Smith

    Almost all anti-depressants are linked to a lack or complete lack of libidito and can cause impotence in both men and women. This study reports sexual activity as a sign of health and happiness, specifically the number of orgasisms per week. On some level, doesn’t that mean anti-depressants make you sad and unwell? Almost all antidepressants can make you gain weight, even without eating more. Almost all antidepressants can cause suicide. I encourage you to visit this website: http://www.doctoryourself.com/hoffer_niacin.html Antidepressants are not real medicine anymore than they are blunt force pills to convince you that there is something that can cross the blood–brain boundary via the stomach which was a real challenge in pharmacy. Not even sugar can do that and serotonin and dopamine are highly mirrored molecules (they appear to have a line of symmatry) If there was a molecule that could cross the blood brain boundary, it probably would rot the brain at many doses. Dr. Hoffer said the mentally ill had great genes. They are very smart, contributive, strong willed, pious people who are proud of all the right things and humble about what matters. One third of America has a mental illness and one quarter of it has one chronically. Dr. Greger produced a video on how stripping the B vitamins from Asian rice caused a disease epidemic there unheard of. There is a chance this disease epidemic is still going on. There is a chance Americans are not getting enough B12 or maybe even phosphorous, it is the sugar molecule of ATP, the whole way the body conveys energy. Niacin was Dr. Hoffer’s answer to Mental Illness, and he is a much beloved man despite his recent passing. Dr. Hoffer did a report that people with high cholesterol are at risk for mental illness including sczhiophrenia. Doesn’t it say something that people who eat plants more are healthier people? Doesn’t it say that anti-depressants might have once failed the FDA’s test that they are more effective than placebo? Because a sugar pill would give someone more of a feeling of well being than something that robes a human of their sexual function.

  • Katherine

    Love the mental health videos! Please keep them coming! I would be really interested in seeing you look at trauma outcomes (both physical and mental health) and nutrition.

  • Darcelle Rancourt

    Yes, please continue to do videos on depression.

  • Jennifer

    I live with “generalized anxiety” and have since at least puberty. I have been taking an SSRI for over a decade. While I do have mild side-effects, the SSRI works very well to control my anxiety. Before going on medications, I tried many remedies including therapy, yoga & certain foods. I do believe, that for a variety of reasons, both nature and nurture, I have physiological difference in my brain. I have only recently switched to a plant based diet, but I am hoping that after a few months I can discuss the reduction of my dosage with my doctor.

    Meant to post that I am VERY interested in the links between diet and mental health.

  • Sarah

    Yes please continue with the mental health videos. My mental health is the reason I ventured forth on a plant based diet (& a better relationship with hubby ;) )

  • tcascade

    Last month, at a wilderness medicine conference, I heard a fascinating presentation by Dr. Perry F. Renshaw, psychiatrist and biophysicist. This article is a pretty good summary of his talk.

    http://www.catalystmagazine.net/last-month/item/2617-your-brain-on-altitude

    Given that vegetarians and vegans have lower levels of creatine, I’m curious to know if there are any high-quality studies that have looked at creatine supplementation, as a treatment for depression in vegetarians and vegans?