Our bodies require optimal amounts of trace minerals such as magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium etc to function. Excesses or deficiencies of specific minerals can cause symptoms of depression. For instance, low levels of zinc are magnesium can lead to reduced production of serotonin, which is associated with depression, insomnia, increased sensitivity to pain and anxiety. The production of serotonin also requires optimal levels of iron, calcium, Vit B6, folic acid, and Vit C.
One of the big problems with toxins is that they can accumulate in your body when you least expect it. For example, mercury is found in amalgam, vaccines, high fructose corn syrup (which is in almost every processed food), and fish. Once it enters your body, it can be hidden in your brain and liver, not even detectable in blood, urinary and hair analysis. The build up of toxins slowly impair your detoxification capacity. It is not unusual for a person to experience a sudden onset of depression when a new carpet is installed or a building is renovated or freshly painted.
In order to detoxify chemical toxins, your body requires adequate amounts of a list of cofactors:
For example, trichloroethylene is one of the most common chemical found in carpets, home furnishings, copy machines, secretarial white-out, commercial floor cleaners, polishers, waxes, glues, adhesives and other common household and office surroundings.
When you are exposed to this chemical, either you inhaled it or absorbed it through your skin. Normally this chemical will be neutralized by your body’s detoxification system and eliminated. However, if your body’s ability to neutralize chemicals is impaired due to deficiency of one or more of the detoxification cofactors, the chemical will back up and will accumulate in the brain. When trichloroethylene is stored in the brain it is likely converted to choloral hydrate, leading to someone feeling spacey, dizzy, dopey, unable to concentrate, foggy and very depressed.
There are other environmental toxins linked to depression, such as BPA from plastics, lead, aluminium etc.
Take ten people suffering with depression and it is likely that the cause and treatment can be different for all ten. What may help one person may do absolutely no good for five others. With that in mind, it is wise to be certain what may be causing your health problem.. You may indeed be suffering with a zinc deficiency which would interfere with the body’s ability to effectively eliminate chemicals off-gassing from your new carpet.
It is imperative to have a physician who understands the potential causes of a disease.
Your physician MUST conduct a thorough and rather exhaustive interview/consultation with each patient and determine what direction to go in. For one patient, an evaluation of the thyroid and cortisol levels would be a good start. For another patient, maybe checking for chemical toxicities and nutrient deficiencies is more appropriate. No matter what, the prescription of an anti-depressant without thorough medical detective work is simply not acceptable.
If you think that the cause of your depression is linked to chemical toxicity and/or nutrient deficiencies, then I recommend that you ask your doctor to order the one or more of the following tests:
RBC mineral/toxic chemical assay
Urine Toxic Metals- DMSA Challenge
Hair Analysis – Essential Minerals and Heavy Metals
Depression is a disease which claims new victims everyday. The causes of this mental disease can range from thyroid, HPA axis imbalance, nutrient deficiencies, chemical toxicity exposure , to gut-brain axis imbalance (to be discussed in the final part 4).
‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’