An Alternative to Psychiatry – The Untold StoryApril 23, 2020 2020-05-18 16:23
An Alternative to Psychiatry – The Untold Story
Did you know that the world’s first antidepressant was formulated from a compound discovered in German bombs, left over from World War II? In 1955, French pharmaceutical company Hoffman La Roche developed Marsilid from two hydrazine substances, isoniazid and iproniazid. Initially, it was used in hospitals to fight the bacteria which caused tuberculosis. But, when Nathan Kline, a psychiatrist working at Rockland State Hospital in New York, observed his depressed patients showing ‘complete remission of all symptoms’ after 5 weeks of treatment with iproniazid, the first antidepressant was born.
However, it wasn’t until four years later, in 1959, that the term ‘antidepressant’ was coined by The New York Times, following the introduction of Imipramine, the second such psychiatric drug. Ever since then, psychiatric medication has remained the treatment of first choice in the battle against depression, as well as all other ‘diseases of the mind’. This is despite the fact that only 25% of the therapeutic response to antidepressants is derived from the chemicals themselves.
Having double the effect, 50%, is your brain’s expectation that you’ll get better simply by popping a pill. This placebo effect is proof of your brain’s extraordinary capability to heal you of your disease. It demonstrates that if you create the right internal and external conditions for healing, you have the absolute power to do so.
This understanding is the basis for how I help people to achieve exceptional mental health. When you fuel the brain with what it needs, including the right nutrition and regular training (such as attention training), it creates the necessary positive adaptations for optimum brain health. In fact, this isn’t just limited to achieving great mental health, but physical health too.
This should be of no surprise. After all, the brain and body are intrinsically connected via a physical network called the autonomic nervous system, which runs from the hypothalamus in your brain, to your genitals. It is involved in all of your body’s processes, including all metabolism and movement, your thoughts, digestion, reproduction, respiration, as well as your cardiovascular and immune function.
This approach to achieving great mental health isn’t talked about. Even though it’s been known for nearly 100 years, ever since Drs. Price, Pottenger, Funkenstein and Gellhorn showed it possible, this effective means of transforming mental health has been completely lost to history. But I’ve resurrected it and have since proven its effectiveness. There is lots of evidence and I’m shining a light on it, so that you can empower yourself and gain mastery over your own mental health.
Listen to me talk with Scott Ste Marie on the Depression to Expression podcast, where I go into detail about this forgotten story and how you can take back control.
I hope that you enjoy it.
Best wishes, Matt