Could Depression Be An Allergic Reaction?
The idea that idea that something you consume may have different effects on how your brain functions is not a new idea. However, thinking that a seemingly harmless everyday food you grew up eating could produce negative effects on brain function is.
Dr. Joan Mathew’s outlines her experience with a client and the connection that food and depression has on the human brain.
The connection between food allergies and depression was a revelation to me. I was treating a young woman who was both alcoholic and depressed. I expected to find some food or chemical sensitivities because she had a terrible withdrawal hangover when she stopped drinking, indicating an allergic/addicted response to alcohol. But I was not prepared for the Jekyll and Hyde changes that I witnessed. By the end of a week-long modified fast, Carol was feeling much better.
Her depression was gone and her energy had returned. Then she tested wheat. Within two hours she crashed. Crying over the telephone, she told me she was too depressed to continue the program. The next day she apologized. We were both grateful to find a major trigger to her depression.
After her severe reaction, I expected Carol to avoid wheat religiously. At the time, I didn't understand the addiction aspect of the allergic/addicted response. Carol had enormous cravings for breads and pasta, so her resolve lasted only a few days. Then she succumbed to temptation and ate pizza for lunch. An hour later, she arrived at her treatment group sobbing inconsolably while the others groped for emotional explanations for her behavior. After her wheat reaction wore off, her depression again lifted.
Food Addiction Keeps Us Coming Back For More
Wheat is not the only substance capable of triggering a maladaptive reaction within the brains and nervous systems of sensitive people. Alcohol, certain foods (particularly the grains from which alcohol is made), and many chemicals (particularly hydrocarbon-based products like gasoline and paints) can also cause reactions. Food addiction keeps us coming back for more of certain foods. We love the Initial mild highs they provide as they lift us out of our withdrawal state. We don't understand that the downside of this addiction is depression, anxiety, and mental confusion resulting from the inevitable withdrawal affecting the nervous system and the brain.
If you are an allergic/addicted alcoholic, consider the possibility that substances other than alcohol may be affecting your brain and causing depression. At Health Recovery Center we work to identify what might be the culprit behind your addiction. We run actual tests and find natural solutions to help you recover.
Stabilizing alcohol cravings by identifying and treating allergy addictions illustrates just one of the many distinctions that separates Health Recovery Center from other psycho/spiritual based, “12-step clones” in the treatment industry. The approach other programs use for treating depression co-occurring with addictions is talk therapy with antidepressant drugs. In other words talk and drugs, neither of which have any effect on correcting the underlying cause of the problem. The long-term result of treating effects rather than cause is relapse with an intensifying progression of mental health problems. Don’t sacrifice your sanity to the ridiculous and deadly symptom-based treatment approach being promoted for the benefit of Big Pharma profits.
Come to Health Recovery Center, The original orthomolecular-based treatment center for addictions.