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Medicine 101 – Dr. Tara Macart


Everybody gets the “blues” from time to time. We probably all have been depressed at some point in our life. Most of us climb out of that depressive state. Some of us, however, have a much harder time getting back to “normal”. For those who get stuck with a lingering depressive state, life seems bleak. The inability to find joy or the lack of motivation to do something— anything, reinforces a sadness that is felt at a very deep level. Sometimes, depression gets to the point of seriously affecting a person’s functioning, at work and at home. If this is the case, one should seek treatment.

For the clinically depressed, the question arises “What to do about it?” The popular method of treatment for depression usually involves the latest in designer antidepressant drugs. In the event of suicidal tendencies or severe depression, antidepressant medications can be and are very useful. This is especially true if it is considered a short term strategy while the underlying causes for the depression are being addressed. The world renowned Dr. A. Hoffer once said to me “No mental disease is ever the result of a deficiency of pharmaceuticals.”

Another method of treatment for depression, though old fashioned, is referred to as “talk therapy.” While psychiatrists tend to focus less and less on this modality, many different health professionals use various forms of one-on-one counselling. Larger group therapy, as in support groups, help people connect with others who have similar challenges. Sometimes, it is valuable just to know that you are not alone.

Depression has been studied extensively in the literature with the hope of finding the solution. In reviewing the studies, we must conclude that depression is a complex disease with many causes and can be remedied by many things. Therefore, here are some tips to help one deal with depression.

  • Get exercise. Circulation helps the body detoxify and improves oxygenation.
  • Eat well. Fresh fruits and vegetables with whole foods give your body and brain what it needs to function well.
  • Lack of oxygen drives the body to resort to acidifying metabolism and it encourages the proliferation of pathogenic organisms.
  • Balance blood sugars. Many emotional extremes are exacerbated by hypoglycaemic episodes. So, get a decent source of protein at each meal and avoid goodies.
  • Call a friend. Good friends are hard to come by, so when you have one, use it. It is okay to need a shoulder to cry on occasionally. Venting can alleviate a lot of emotional tension that needs to get out.
  • Eliminate regularly. Daily bowel movements get toxins out that could otherwise recirculate causing havoc. Constipation is not optimal for anyone.
  • Take your fundamental supplements. A good broad spectrum multivitamin and mineral supplement with some essential fatty acids are mandatory. A body and mind cannot function well on empty.
  • Do a cleanse. Cleansing Candida or the liver can have a great impact on mood, energy and overall wellbeing.