I’M STRESSED- GIVE ME A KRISPY KREME! by Cathy D. Slaght
Just kidding- plus, that may be more of a dopamine thing. We’re still talking about serotonin. So:
QUESTION: What prescription medicine has had the biggest impact on society?
When Prozac hit the market, it was labeled as a cure for depression. Many in-patient mental health facilities closed. (Schizophrenics were thrown out on the street.) With time, a wide variety of anti-depressant drugs were available. SSRI are the 3 top- prescribed in this category. (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors)
This depression- unhappiness-malaise that so many are experiencing seems to be related to transporting serotonin from the gut, where it’s hopefully being made, to the brain. Anti-depressants don’t seem to solve the problem, though, because 75%, according to experts, of those who take them experience little to no relief.
It doesn’t seem to matter how wealthy, handsome/beautiful, loved a person is- they just “aren’t happy” if serotonin isn’t getting to the brain. In America, where we are in the top 2% of the world as far as standard of living, depression is epidemic.
Maybe we need to bring in a little nutrition.
The primary building block of serotonin is an essential amino acid known as Tryptophan, found primarily in eggs and fish. (when something is categorized as “essential” it means you must EAT it- the body doesn’t make it on its own.)
Apparently, with the high level of gut stress in today’s world, producing adequate serotonin, and then transferring it to the brain, has become difficult. The chemical mimics- anti-depressants- don’t seem to be doing the job. Not only that- some extremely violent acts- like mass shootings- are committed by people on anti-depressants. Then there are the suicides.
Maybe REAL things- such as neurotransmitters- need REAL ingredients. Tryptophan is the rarest amino in our diet. Maybe health care professionals, up to now, have not promoted dietary changes, or taking Tryptophan pills, because these things are not patentable.
But, a growing number of mental health professionals are now re-examining this policy.
A good thing, because, according to Dr. Robert Lustig, in The Hacking of The American Mind, most of us are now functionally serotonin deficient. It’s well-past time to do something about this.
It could be the key to achieving happiness.
Today’s information and scan- etheric, not physical
Message from yesterday’s S-he-motion - “Live your life to help others. Give and live selflessly.”
In addition to continuing with the S-he-motion, we’re also going into the Pro Tools to send some stress management related to optimization of serotonin transmission.
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