Effects Of Nutrition on PPS & Mood & Thought Disorders
Henry Holland, M.D.

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Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 00:07:14 EST
From: Henry Holland <Henry4FDR at AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: [PPM] Nutrition, Depression, etc.

<< Henry Holland - have you ever studied the effects of good nutrition in the treatment of various mental disorders, including depression? I have found that a good therapist and improved nutrition through my supplements have helped tremendously with the reduction of bouts of depression. >>

Yes, at various times, I have investigated the effects of nutrition on mood and thought disorders. Many folks who suffer from depression have poor dietary habits and many economically disadvantaged folks have poor dietary habits. Improving the dietary habits of the depressed can be an additional therapeutic aid. A balanced diet is obviously good for everyone. PPSers have been advised to increase the amount of protein in our diets. On the negative side, sometimes dietary fads have been popularized or recommended for various disorders. In the 70's, there was a considerable amount in the psychiatric literature about megavitamin therapy for schizophrenia. This therapy did not prove to be a more effective treatment. If one has some degree of mood problems and a regimen of a good balanced diet along with some supplements helps one to feel better; then that is fine and I would encourage maintaining such a regimen. However, In my experience, the biologically driven mood and thought disorders are not resolved or significantly improved by such remedies.

There are many factors involved with mood and thought disorders as with any medical condition. There are some folks who keep their cholesterol down, don't smoke, have no weight problem and no hypertension, and yet, they still have heart disease. The usual reason for this result is genetics. We all know examples of folks who fit this profile and have had heart attacks. But we all know that if we are overweight, eat high fat diets, smoke and have hypertension; then we are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. It is a wise person who respects his/her medical family history, practices good preventive medicine, and employs good health habits on a daily basis. These same principles apply to mental health, but genetics and life situations (stresses, for example like PPS) can still be devastating.

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