A little like Charlie Brown, I think of depression as poor posture
inviting a "depressed
chest" and shallow breathing; a chest that has been temporarily or permanently compressed inward or held back from expanding. When someone feels "down"
or is experiencing a "downer" this is a metaphor for downward
compression of the chest inability for the rib cage to raise quickly and
easily. I believe it is largely the breathing
mechanics and nervous system enervation (not just
alone) that lightens
up the entire body and opens up the mind body spirit interaction to address
these negative states of being (depressions). Breath is life and when your
breathing is restricted your options in life become severely limited. There has never been a
depression I cannot improve or eliminate using enough deeper but still balanced breathing,
over time. One must also consider diet including conditions such as hypothyroidism,
hypoglycemia, diabetes. How quickly we
our food may be important. A good rule of thumb about depression
is that any negative emotion you can
breathe through in an optimal balanced way for a long enough time will
greatly lessen or completely lose its grip on you. Stay with it and
meanwhile attend to anything else that might be causing it or making it
worse. TOne approach it throwing your shoulders back and taking few long
deep breaths can have the amazing effect of overcoming what I would
consider to be extremely severe depression.
“Depression is a chronic, disabling lifelong illness that requires a
treatment that provides both acute symptom relief and
continued benefits,” stated Harold Sackeim, Ph.D., professor, department
of Psychiatry and Radiology, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute.
From Mike: Absolute baloney. It does not have to be life long. It can be
transformed into vitality and strength of purpose in an instant or
more. Intention, persistence,
balanced breathing and optional nutrition.
"Depression" is not a diagnosis! It
is a description of a symptom cluster having dozens if not hundreds of
complexly interactive proximal and distal etiological factors ranging
from gut dysbiosis to dry cleaning fluids to a spiritual "dark night of
the soul". Ron Feintech, PhD
If you think at all in holistic terms you
MUST include breathing as a huge component of depression.
Depression is energetic/mental/emotional challenge of global proportions, affecting
at least 340 million people worldwide and more than 18 million
American adults. Furthermore, major depression is a leading cause of
disability. This condition is characterized by sad moods seasonal or
otherwise, loss of interest or
pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-esteem, disturbed sleep and
appetite, low energy level and the decreased ability to concentrate. These
problems often become chronic or recurrent and prevent those affected
from performing everyday tasks and family and occupational
responsibilities. See also hypochondria.
From Mike: The heart often goes into spasm due to lack
of oxygen. Depression and shallow breathing are interdependent.
In the June 2001 Health magazine, Brenda
Penninx, a gerontologist at Wake Forest university, reported that she
"followed 2,900 patients, both with and without heart disease- for four years
to trace the effects of depression. Patients with depression were almost 4
times as likely to die of heart disease as were non depressed patients."
In 2015 and thanks to the world wide web overwhelm and what I call
reconfiguration hell it is worse. Read more about that in Steve
Sisgold's Whole Body
Pregnant women who exhibit depression in their last trimester (high cortisol, high norepinephrine, low dopamine levels) gave birth to infants
who also exhibit atypical norepinephrine and dopamine levels. The infants
born to depressed mothers also showed inferior performance on infant tests
for orientation, reflex and excitability. Lundy, et. al. Infant Behavior
& Development, 1999, vol 22(1), 119-129.
From Mike: I have observed abnormally
excessively high carbon dioxide levels in third trimester pregnancies due to size of
fetus inhibiting mother's breathing depth and ease. This may give way to
fetal health complications including compromised nutrients to the
|SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
This is by no means a complete list but
some symptoms include:
Hangdog, bent over posture.
Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood.
Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism.
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness.
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once
enjoyable, including sex.
Decreased energy, fatigue; feeling “slowed down.”
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
Trouble sleeping, early morning awakening, or oversleeping.
Changes in appetite and/or weight.
Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts.
Restlessness or irritability.
Persistent physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and
chronic pain that do not respond to routine treatment.
Note the picture to the right and how sitting at a computer desk
might add to the potential for depression.
Research shows that people who are
depressed tend to skip important checkups and health services. Encourage
your depressed friends or family members to get their healthcare back on
Estrogen can block the activity of B6, forcing it out
of the body.
Depression and Death after Bypass
Depression significantly increases a person’s risk of dying in the years
after undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), report researchers
publishing in The Lancet.
According to the Duke University investigators, moderate to severe
depression before surgery more than doubles the risk of dying within the
first years after surgery. Mild depression before surgery also increases the
risk, if the depression persists for at least six months following the
Many studies have linked bypass surgery to depression. But little
research exists on how depression may impact death rates in people who
undergo the operation. These researchers followed 817 patients who had
bypass surgery at Duke between 1989 and 2001. All the patients underwent
standard tests to measure depression before having their operations and then
again six months after the surgery. Follow up continued for up to 12 years.
After five years of follow up, researchers noted 122 deaths in the group.
Among these, about 40 percent had been diagnosed with depression. One third
of the patients had moderate to severe depression, while the rest had mild
The authors conclude, “Many patients who undergo CABG are at increased
risk of death because they are clinically depressed; this risk could be
reduced by treatment of depression after surgery.” They call for additional
studies to assess the effectiveness of depression treatments in reducing the
death rate in patients who undergo bypass surgery. SOURCE: The Lancet, 2003;362:604-609
To me, depression is mostly about a "depressed chest". Most breathers, regardless
of heart health, are already under-breathers or
Unbalanced Deep Breathers. A
significant answer to this type of depression is to develop their breathing.
The heart goes into spasm largely due to lack
of oxygen. The chest tightens or gets tighter due to poor posture,
trauma including heart surgery, and or stress. That restricts breathing and
compromises heart oxygenation. In order to alleviate depressed chests it is
necessary to release the tension in and around the entire front, back and
sides of the chest cavity and simultaneously rebalance breathing's influence
on the nervous system by restoring optimal accessory breathing muscle
balance, integration and full bodied posture.
"Subject: Dr. Candace B. Pert-October 20, 1997
"I am alarmed at the monster that Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon
Snyder and I created when we discovered the simple binding assay for drug
receptors 25 years ago. Prozac and other antidepressant
serotonin-receptor-active compounds may also cause cardiovascular problems
in some susceptible people after long-term use, which has become common
practice despite the lack of safety studies.
The public is being misinformed about the precision of these selective
serotonin-uptake inhibitors when the medical profession oversimplifies their
action in the brain and ignores the body as if it exists merely to carry the
head around! In short, these molecules of emotion regulate every aspect of
our physiology. A new paradigm has evolved, with implications that
life-style changes such as diet and exercise can offer profound, safe and
natural mood elevation."
Dr. Candace B. Pert. Letter to the Editor of TIME Magazine,
October 20, 1997, page 8.
Regarding Prozac, Zoloft (Lustral),
Paxil (Seroxat/Aropax) "On the face of it, the investigation of
possible hazards posed by SSRIs does not seem to have followed the
conventional dynamics of science, where anomalies in the data are supposed
to spur further investigation. In this case, debate has been closed down
rather than opened up. Journals that might have been thought to be
independent of pharmaceutical company influence have “managed” not to
publish articles and the appropriate scientific forums have “managed” not to
debate the issues.
Is this evidence of undue pharmaceutical company influence?
More about prozac
From Dr. Joe Mercola.
Almost 19 million Americans are thought to suffer from depressive disorders.
Not to mention only 23 percent of individuals with clinical depression seek
treatment, only 10 percent of which receive adequate care. However,
researchers may have discovered a new "drug" for depression most anyone can
take advantage of and utilize: Exercise.
In a study, which involved 80 adults aged 20
to 45 years who were diagnosed with mild to moderate depression, researchers
looked at exercise alone to treat the condition and found:
- Depressive symptoms were cut almost in half in
those individuals who participated in 30-minute aerobic exercise sessions,
three to five times a week after 12 weeks
- Those who exercised with low-intensity for three
and five days a week showed a 30 percent reduction in symptoms
- Participants who did stretching flexibility
exercises 15 to 20 minutes three days a week averaged a 29 percent decline
The results of this study are similar to that of
other studies, which involved patients with mild or moderate depression
being treated with antidepressants or cognitive therapy -- proving patients
need not rely on drugs to treat depression.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Depression and Artery Disease Depression and
Depression worsens health
To lift a depression using the way you
http://www.breathing.com/tips/sb.htm Practice this 25 repetitions every
30 minutes until the depression lifts. For a few it may take all day for
several days. For a
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