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Author: Mary Brocato and Robert Brocato

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good News

You can recover. There is hope. The percentages of those recovering from mood disorders when following the right path toward regaining their health is high. Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson was seeing a 74% recovery rate. Dr. Hoffer was seeing a 70% to 90% recovery rate. Others, like Dr. Carl Pfeiffer reported high percentages such as these as well. You can reclaim your brain and your mind with it. You just need to know how to do so.

The Bad News

You will not likely experience the recovery


Author: Robert Brocato


This article is Part III of a three part series.


The Spiritual Influence

In today’s increasing secularized world, it is thought that God and science don’t mix. The truth is, without the introduction of the scientific method and inductive reasoning brought to the world by forward thinking Christians, there would be no modern science in the sense we know it today. In the past, people without God tended to mystify things they could not explain. To be sure, there were many Christians who would continue this pagan practice for some time, but eventually Christians would become more consistent with a true


Author: Robert Brocato


This article is Part II of a three part series.


How the Body Influences the Chemicals in the Brain

Brain chemicals don’t exist in a vacuum in the head. The whole body takes part in producing the chemistry that ultimately affects our moods: healthy body, healthy mind! What we eat and other environmental factors that affect our bodies can also change the chemical balance in our brains.

  • Brain chemical imbalance usually has a root cause somewhere else in the body. Often getting to the root cause of the body’s imbalance is more effective than treating the imbalanced brain chemicals alone.  
  • What we eat has a profound impact on neurotransmitter production and balance through nutrition absorption, through immune system response, and through gut microbiota influence.
  • The gut microbiota of foreign microbes and their relative mix of populations can have a profound impact on our mood.
    95% of the human serotonin is produced in the gut for example. The vagus nerve connects the gut to the brain, and a two-way communication takes place. Part of this communication includes neurotransmitter information sent from gut to brain.
  • Outside chemical influence from our environment may alter brain chemicals. In addition to the food we eat, other environmental factors have an influence. Chemical toxins, overloads in otherwise beneficial substances such as copper, and interpersonal stressors are examples of outside environmental factors that may influence brain chemical balance.
  • Physical activity or the lack thereof can affect our minds and moods as well.


Author: Robert Brocato


This article is Part I of a three part series.


Intro

If you ask ten different people to define mental illness, you’ll likely get ten different answers. Try it. You may be surprised. It is not an easy question for most people. This document is going to give you some information about the truth of what mental illness is. Hopefully, you will be able to begin to answer this question with more clarity after reading this.

In addition to various definitions of mental illness, many people over time have held a wide variety of thoughts about the causes of it.

This article is Part III of a three part series.


This post continues the discussion on priorities in interventions. In this post, I'm going to look at priorities 8 - 14 from the list individually. Each priority item could receive several volumes of information about its relative importance. A lot could also be said just to introduce information about each intervention, so the explanations are by no means exhaustive or complete.
 

Priority 8: Your Need for Gut Microbiome Support

There are more microorganisms living in your gut than there are human cells in the body in terms of number. Some say that the number of microorganisms present in the body is roughly equal to human cells if one counts the red blood cells.[i] In either case, there are a lot of foreign, non-human cells in the human body.

These tiny plants, bacteria, and other such organisms can either help us or hurt us depending on their relative population densities. If you have a higher number of the “good guys” and a lower number of the “bad guys” you will generally have better health, and this includes brain health.

As has been stated above when considering exercise, the gut is the birthplace of many neurotransmitters in the human body, and this will affect the brain and our mental health.

Achieving optimal gut health will help many with mental health conditions.

Often supplementing with a good probiotic can help in this process. Other helpful things to consider may be healing the gut walls through L-Glutamine and other supplements. Additionally, digestive enzymes and fiber may help with this gut rebuilding process.

In addition to exercise and supplements, eating right will also allow the good bacteria and other tiny friends to grow, whereas sugar, wheat, and other poor choices tend to make the bad guys grow.

Rebuilding your gut can reap huge benefits for your mental health condition in many ways.