About Mind/Body Consultant Services & Protocols
Protocols: Complementary Healthcare Options for Depression
A variety of specialized psychotherapies and complementary healthcare options are available through Mind/Body Consultant Services. Research studies using these procedures have produced positive results in relieving depression depending on the individual and situation.
- DIETARY MODIFICATION AND SUPPLEMENTATION
- DIET AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS
- Multivitamin Complex (including 500 mcg of Folic acid)
- Vitamin B Complex [5-100 mg daily total when combined with Multivitamin above]
- Vitamin C [500 mg daily]
- Calcium Citrate [750 to 1,000 mg at bedtime]
- Chelated Magnesium (always taken with Calcium) [750-1,000 mg at bedtime]
- Phenylalanine as DLPA [1,000 mg] -OR- Tyrosine [1,000 mg]
- Note: Do not take Phenylalanine or Tyrosine if you or a blood relative has a history of high blood pressure. Take these supplements in the AM on an empty stomach.
- Omega 3 fatty acids as fish oil [aprox. 300 mg EPA; 240 mg DHA]
- Taurine [500 mg daily]
- Prognenolone [5 mg daily]
- Lipoic acid [10-30 mg]
- Coenzyme Q10 [10-30 mg]
Antianxiety/Antidepressant foods high in serotonin: Bananas, tomatoes, plums, avocados, pineapples, eggplant, walnuts, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, chocolate, wine, broadbenas, chicken livers, pickled herring, active yeast, soy sauce.
Antianxiety/Antidepressant foods high in tryptophane: Spirulina seaweed, soy nuts, cottage cheese, chicken liver, pumpkin seeds, turkey, chicken, tofu, watermelon seeds, almonds, peanuts, brewer's yeast, malted milk, milk, yogurt.
Antidepressant foods high in melatonin: Oats, sweet corn, rice, ginger, tomatoes, bananas, barley
General Diet: 20% protein, 25% fat 55% carbohydrates. Drink 8 oz. of water with each meal and once in between meals and 1 hour prior to bedtime. Include in diet barley, starches (white and sweet potatoes), low glycemic carbohydrates (broccoli, peaches, grapefruit, soy beans, apples, kidney beans, lentils, peas)
Avoid: Processed sugar and caffeine, all fats except monounsaturated, coffee, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, beta-blockers, over-the-counter and prescription sleep medication, calcium antagonists or calcium channel blockers, steroids, antihistamines, alcohol and tobacco.
- ENERGY THERAPY
- EXERCISE TRAINING
- GUIDED IMAGERY
- INFRATONIC QGM
- LIGHT AND CIRCADIAN RHYTUM THERAPY
- SLEEP HYGEINE
- STRESS MANAGEMENT TRAINING
- TAI CHI AND QIGONG
- PSYCHOACTIVE PHYTOMEDICINALS (Ranked in order of decreasing quality of assurance for efficacy and safety)
- St. John's Wort
- S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAMe)
- Ginko biloba
- Coenzyme Q10
- 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan (5-HTP)
- Our office provides individual educational protocols for each of the above
- The amino acid tyrosine can be converted into dopamine and norepinephrine, thus increasing energy and alertness. Start with a low dose of 100 mg in the morning.
- Coenzyme Q10 can be used at a dose of 10 to 30 mg early in the day to increase energy.
- Kava is an excellent herb to take if your depression is associated with anxiety. The dosage would be between 70 and 100 mg of the kavalactones. Kava can be taken any time of day, but late afternoon or early evening are good options. Some people will feel too alert if a high dose is taken at night.
- Ginkgo bilboa, at 40 mg a day in capsule form, can be helpful when taken before noon. It is also available as a tea.
- If you're over the age of forty-five, you can temporarily use either DHEA or pregnenolone at a dosage of from 2 to 5 mg in the morning. Only use these hormones five days a week, and take one week off a month. Alternately, you can take theses hormones every other day. I prefer hormones to not be used continuously without breaks. Preg and DHEA can enhance sexual drive an enjoyment, and can provide a sense of well-being. Preg can enhance visual and auditory perception. High dosages can, in some people, cause acne, headaches, irritability, heart palpitations, and accelerated hair loss.
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