How Your Mind Can Make Your Body Age Faster

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The cliché, “You’re only as old as you think you are,” may actually contain a kernel of truth, according to a group of researchers from the Netherlands who found that people with depression may age more rapidly than their non-depressed peers.

Scientists analyzed the DNA cell structures of over 2,400 women: some currently suffering from depression, some who’d never had depression and some who’d battled the disorder in the past. They found that people whose lives had been touched by depression had far more pronounced signs of cell aging—specifically in the form of shorter telomeres, special sequences of DNA that appear on the end of chromosomes.

Study authors say their findings provide “convincing evidence that depression is associated with several years of biological aging, especially among those with the most severe and chronic symptoms.”

What they don’t know is whether interventions such as talk-therapy and antidepressant medications could potentially reverse or halt this hyper-aging process in depressed individuals.

The wide-ranging health effects of depression

Full-blown depression doesn’t just affect the mind—its impact on a person’s physical health can be dramatic as well. Previous research has linked major depression with an increased risk of cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes and dementia. Some of this increased risk is due to the symptoms of depression: poor eating habits, lack of motivation to engage in activities (both social and physical), and disrupted sleep patterns. The mental condition has also been named as a contributor to immune system dysfunction, as well as a trigger for out-of-control inflammation.

How to find help

Depression is a prevalent problem in the developed world. Around 19 million Americans have some form of the disorder, according to the most current figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Many factors contribute to a person’s risk for developing depression. Genetics, life experiences, chemical imbalances in the brain and lifestyle habits are all thought to play a role, which is why there’s no scientifically-proven way to prevent the condition.

The best thing to do is try to identify and treat depression as soon as possible.

Signs of depression vary from person to person, but commonly include: social withdrawal, trouble concentrating, feeling helpless or worthless and—in extreme cases—thoughts of suicide. Anytime these indicators last for more than a few weeks, it may be time to seek outside help.

If you feel that you, or someone you love, is suffering from depression, the best thing to do is to seek professional medical attention. A licensed mental health practitioner can determine if the symptoms are truly being caused by depression or a different condition, and can recommend a treatment plan based on a person’s individual needs and preferences.

Source: www.care2.com

2013-11-27T11:30:45+00:00

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    Q: I hope all is well! I am writing this note to request a consultation with Djehuti . I can only imagine how busy you are, so I will be brief. But, feel free to let me know if you'd like more detailed information. I am contacting you regarding seeking treatment for severe clinical Depression. In addition I suffer from a severe lack of energy. I'd also like to treat several nutritional deficiencies. I am 35 years old. I have been suffering from Clinical Depression since I was about 16 years old. I began to address my Depression only about 3-4 years ago. Since that time I have struggled off and on with counseling with a Social Worker, psychotherapy with a Psychiatrist, group therapy with a Psychologist, several medications, outpatient hospitalization, CBT therapy, and natural and alternative treatments such as herbs, minerals, vitamins, yoga, exercise, meditation, fasting, and cleansing. But nothing has had any long term benefits. My Depression has become increasingly more severe. Over the past 1.5 years, my Depression has been at its worse. About a year ago, I lost my job due to the Depression. I then went into a major depressive episode that has lasted well over a year. I'd like to ask you for some direction in treating my Depression, lack of energy, etc. If you have some time, I'd love to do a consultation with you. Any help that you can offer will be greatly appreciated. I am interested in doing an intense 3-month fast and detox cleanse. I would really like to do a cleanse and detoxification to completely heal my body and get rid of the toxins, impurities, mucus, etc. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.

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    Have you schedule a consultation yet? Drugs won't help you. The root cause is emotional and spiritual. Dherbs.com can help you! I'll have an article up on depression by December 1, 2008. Stay tuned to Dherbs.com!

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    Q: I am writing in hopes of some spiritual guidance, and direction for a very close friend. My friend has been clinically diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. He also battles with, suicidal thoughts, and evil spirits. He lives a pretty normal life to outsiders, but internally he is extremely unstable. He has a psychologist, and he is caught up in the medicine of the western world. He is aware of the causes of his mental illnesses, but he is unsatisfied with his current condition, He is longing for healing, and he believes that it can be done. He feels that he is alone because nobody understands what he is going through. He is a very spiritual person, but there are many demons attached to his spirit, and he is trying hard to fight them off. Unfortunately he is coping in all the wrong ways. He is trying to manage, and maintain with these diseases, which is only causing him to sink into a greater depression. What do you recommend?

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    By all means visit our Articles section, and read articles concerning, many of the things your friend is experiencing. Have the person read my "Suicide" article as well as my "Bi-Polar" article. I also recommend the "Mental Science Manual." There's much information for this person at Dherbs.com!

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    Q: Do you have a formula to help treat depression. The only thing in the past that has helped me is St. John's Wort. I have tried the prescription meds and they did not help. I really am interested in the natural (herbal) route.

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    We'd highly recommend Dherbs' Nerves Formula, Brain Booster, and Circulation Aid to help treat your depression. 

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    Q: Hi, I have been dealing with what I believe to be depression for years. I once was prescribed Zoloft and I took the meds for 1 month. I did not want to take drugs so I discontinued use. I have gone up and down in my career and love life. Now I just feel tired and feel I am steadily spiraling down. I know I have to do something, I just don't know what. I have gone to therapy several times and nothing last. I desire to have a full life and believe GOD wants us to live abundantly. I just seem to keep struggling, I will do well for a few weeks then out of nowhere I will start sabotaging things. Can you tell me what products I can use to gain my life back?

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    You can get your life back, Ma'am! First, DETOX (FULL BODY DETOX). Read our free articles while Detoxing and make sure you order and read our MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL too which is very important in healing as it shows you how to work the mind to your benefit.

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    Q: I have suffered from depression and antidepressants were not helpful. However, I have tried your Nerve Formula and it is Wonderful! Are there any other capsule formula that you offer for depression? Is it OK if I take the herbal formula on a regular basis? I have heard of Chakra's and I was wondering which do you think would be appropriate? I am going through a divorce in which I did not see coming. My husband has totally abandoned me and has served me with papers. At this point, my self-esteem is on the floor. I have been hyperventilating and quite down. Any suggestions for repairing myself?

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    Yes, you can take the Nerve formula regularly. It is all-natural and completely safe. For further healing, you can try  6th Chakra and 7th Chakra to help build your self-esteem.

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    Q: I've been dealing with anxiety, and depression since I was a child. Now I am 31, and been medicated with antidepressants for 10 years. I want to get off of the antidepressants because, I am having bad side effects. Do you recommend any herbs I can take to make it easer for me to come off these meds?

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    I recommend the Substance Abuse Cleanse, and the Full Body Detox. Also, read our article entitled "Sea Salt Soak."

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    Q: I have been taking Depression meds for 15 years and want to get off them. Every time I try I seem to get worse. And know my eyes have turned red. I want to get off them but need to know if there is a natural herb I can take and be cured

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    We can help you get you off the anti-depressant meds. First detox (FULL BODY DETOX) and then perform a daily regimen of NERVES FORMULA (3 capsules 2 or 3 times a day) and drink a cup of NERVES TEA 1-2 times daily. Also, take Chakra Elixirs SIXTH CHAKRA and SEVENTH CHAKRA (anytime of the day).

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    Q: Hello, I am having some serious issues here. I have a history of depression/anxiety and female problems. About a month ago I had my second miscarriage and after that it seems like my health just went downhill. I was having severe dizziness and headaches and then I started having breathing trouble. The doctors have said it's just bronchitis and my anxiety and that I need to take my meds so I have started back on my antidepressants/anxiety meds. My health doesn't seem to be getting any better. I'm having terrible stomach problems, no appetite, and my nerves are killing me. I'm also having muscle aches in my arms and legs and I'm having back and chest pains, please help me with some kind of advice. I've read through some of your articles but I'm still confused about what to do?

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    When you feel like this it's a sign that you need to reboot your system (body) and you do this by Detoxing your body and eating a healthy diet in addition to positive thinking. Start with our FULL BODY DETOX followed by our TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. Drink our ENERGY TEA while doing your cleanses. You'll bounce back, Beloved.

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    Q: Is there a regime for dementia/Altzheimers like symptoms? My husband was diagnosed hiv+ 6 years ago. He stopped taking medication 3 years ago when I shared all info I could on hiv/aids myth/hoax. Unfortunately my husband is not sure what is true and I am afraid that the stress of this diagnosis has planted the seeds for his current physical and mental decline. He suffers from chronic bronchitis, body aches/pains, extreme weight loss, depression and now has memory loss and is often disorientated in his own home. For the past six months I have been able to get him to eat a predominately raw fruit and vegetable diet. Two weeks ago he was admitted to the hospital because he passed out while taking a hot bath. Several tests were done. We refused to have the hiv test done. Needless to say this got back to his VA doctors who now believe that all of this is due to him being non compliant to taking his hiv meds. In a follow up meeting they now declare that my husband has full blown AIDS and will die in six months if he does not take medication. Can your detox regime help now and what about the dementia-like symptoms? Is there a product/herb that can help this? I can make sure that the diet is raw.

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    AIDS and HIV is a full blown hoax used on the ignorant, fearful, government-dependent, irresponsible, immature, and unconscious American people (95% of them, at least) to control them and make money off of them in the process. I would suggest your husband start reading as many of our free health articles as possible to help change his mindset which is the only thing that can kill him, of course with corresponding physical actions. Your husband can save his life by performing the FULL BODY DETOX kit, followed by the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN, followed by the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. After these kits, if he takes 5 capsules of ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD 5-6 times a day and drink 1-2 cups of RAINFOREST TONIC TEA and BRAIN TUNER TEA, he will be amazed at how he feels. Dementia: take 3 capsules of BRAIN TUNER daily! There's so much your husband can do to reclaim his health and life. But it all starts in the mind. We are here to assist if he so desires the assistance.

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    Q: I am 66 yrs old and have multiple health problems-HBP, Diabetes and depression. I weigh 240 lbs. and want to get down to at least 190 or lower. My skin at this time on my arms and stomach looks awful. When I lose the weight which I intend to do with your help. Is there anything you can do to help tighten your skin as you lose weight. Remember my age.

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    Thanks for the question! That is a very good question at that. 

     To avoid loose skin from weight loss the best thing you can do is lose weight slowly and efficiently. Healthy weight loss is around 1lb to 2lbs per week. Your body always seeks balance and does not respond well to rapid weight gain or loss. Hence the stretching of your skin. It takes around two years for your stretched skin to return to "normal" so be patient. Losing weight fast is a goal most people have and you hear stories of people losing 10 lbs a week and believe that is the way to go. Considering your age it's best to take things slow. Besides not losing weight too rapidly, here are three other tips for keeping skin tight.

    1. Switch to a high raw food diet. Raw food diets are often referred to as "Facelift Diets". People who eat a majority of their food raw (60% plus) look younger than most because of the high antioxidant and phytochemical count in raw plant foods. I have seen hundreds of raw foodists lose weight and cellulite at the same time. Raw food helps the body stay hydrated, refreshed, and repairing rapidly. Fruits are my favorite skin food. Avocados, coconut, bananas, peaches, tropical fruit, grapefruit, berries, etc are all potent skin renewing and correcting foods.
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    3. Take care of your skin now by exfoliating daily, doing salt scrubs, using non toxic and natural beauty products. A rule of thumb is "if you wouldn't put it in your mouth don't put it on your skin". Your skin has a direct pathway to your blood stream so be careful what you put on it. I use coconut oil on my skin daily as a moisturizer and that is it. My skin has never been better.

    Lastly, with your health goals I recommend you have a free online consultation with me. I run a six month health coaching program over skype that teaches a system of health that empowers people to take control of their own health by teaching them all the tools to get their. Some of the lessons in the course are alkalinity, 60-90 percent raw, detoxing and cleansing, juice fasting, plant based beauty, intro to stress relief and meditation, etc. My clients get the results they desire and get healthy for life. To get a free consultation with me fill out the health history form found here: Health forms . I look forward to hearing from you. Let me know if you have any more questions.

     

    -Gary Gibson HHC CPT

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    Q: I was prescribed Celexa for depression. I am very skeptical about taking it and would like to try a more natural approach. What would you recommend?

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    It is good you are skeptical about drugs because they don't heal you, only harm you. I would recommend that you consider detoxifying your body (FULL BODY DETOX), and if not, then I would suggest you take NERVES FORMULA and NERVES TEA and use the ELATION INSPIRANT.

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    Q: I TAKE MEDS FOR DEPRESSION, A WATER PILL, AND BLOOD PRESSURE. WILL THE FULL BODY DETOX HAVE ANY HARMFUL AFFECTS WITH MY MEDS?

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    The FULL BODY DETOX won't have any harmful effects with the meds but the Detox will be counterproductive to the meds as the meds are poison and herbs work against poison. It is your meds that are harming you right now. God made no part of the human body out of medication or pharmaceuticals (petroleum) so you can never heal a health problem with drugs.

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    Q: I know your very busy, but I would be very appreciative if you could help me in any way that you can. I'm 22 with a 7 month old baby, with no support from my family. Over the last 3 months the father decided that he doesn't love me anymore, and has done an obscene about of things to disrespect me. Which leaves me hurt, and stressed out! I'm mentally, spiritually, and physically drained. I have no peace of mind, and I tend to fall in and out of depression. I feel like I'm going to breakdown, and the tears just won't stop falling. I'm trying to keep it together for my baby. Internally, I've been hurt so bad, I just feel like giving up. How can you love someone one minute, and the next not care for them at all? How do I deal with her father? I'm so tired of being the bigger person, and trying to work through things. He just doesn't care at all, and he makes no effort to even try. He then turns around and says, "He cares about his daughter". I try to explain to him that our relationship affects her, but he always has an answer for everything. I don't mean to dampen you with my problems, but I would appreciate it if you could not only hear me, but feel me and what I'm going through. Every little bit helps

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    Greetings, Beloved! You are upset because you expect something and expectation is your problem. You are expecting something beyond your control, expecting something coming from another person you can't control. Just do you and let karma take care of this dude. You just can't up and not love someone anymore. He's either saying that so as to bounce from the scene (leave) and his responsibilities or he never loved you in the first place and perhaps used you for his own purposes of sexual gratification and you ended up getting pregnant. At either rate, just do you and focus on you - what you desire for you and your child. Think positive! Let go of the situation involving this dude. Start on it TODAY! The dude is selfish and creating karma! Release him! You can't make a person do something that is not in them to do.

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    Q: I had a cervical fusion approx. 7 yrs ago, leaving me with Peripheral Neuropathy, and symptoms that mimic MS. No brain lesions to confirm MS. I take heavy narcotics for pain w/little relief. I want to get off, and gain relief of pain, depression, and weight loss. Please help me I feel and look like a RX junkie.

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    Okay, first perform FULL BODY DETOX (and drink our HEADACHES TEA during the Full Body Detox - as many cups as it takes). After the Full Body Detox, perform the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. Please consider scheduling a consultation with our herbalist to diagnose the energetic (emotions) origins of these conditions.

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    Q: I was just released from the hospital from having chest pains (stress related this time, next time I might not be so lucky. I am currently 280 pounds and on a rack of prescription drug for diseases ranging from diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, anemia, depression and the list goes on. I am thinking about doing the Full Body Detox Kit but I am afraid. How will this interact with the prescription medication I am currently on and is it possible to find out what the instructions will be before I actually purchase the product?

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    Your main aim should be to release weight. Obesity is your major problem.

    If you are afraid of performing the Full Body Detox, how can I help you? Fear shuts the body down, so why even bother taking something natural that will help you. People are afraid of the wrong things. You should be afraid of taking all of those drugs which can kill you. Read my article "Iatrogenics." Drugs can't help you because your body is organic and not made up of drugs, so in reality, you're only poisoning yourself. If you are thinking about performing the Full Body Detox and still taking drugs while doing so, don't bother! Don't waste your money! It defeats the whole purpose to take drugs and herbs simultaneously. Herbs heal and cleanse, drugs pollute.

    Fear results from ignorance. Educate yourself about herbs. Read our free articles.

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    Q: I've had Crohn's since 1989. Months later, I developed a vaginal fistula. Since then, I've had a partial colectomy of the left colon, hemicolectomy of the right colon, and I had a partial hysterectomy. During the same time they did an ileostomy. I wore it for 3 months. When they took it down, it did not repair the fistula. Some months later, I developed a vaginal cyst, and I began taking Lupron injections to reduce it. It reduced the cyst, but threw my body into menopause. Now I'm having problems with my sight, memory, and other menopausal symptons. Also since 1992, my breath began to smell, and when I use the bathroom, it smells awful. I want to be healed from Crohn's, but my main problem right now is, how I smell. I can't keep existing like this. I'm battling diarrhea, pain, anemia, fatigue, depression, gas, and bloating. I've asked my GI about detoxing, because I believe that's one thing that would make me feel better, but he says no. He doesn't know what to do about my breath, and neither do I anymore. What do you suggest?

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    You should listen to how you feel and DETOX! Detoxing will help you, and your situation. The drugs have made you toxic! Here's what you need to do first and foremost, perform the Full Body Detox, followed by the 10-Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse, followed by the 10-Day Supreme Colon Cleanse. While performing these cleanses, drink 1 cup of Female Health Tea daily, and read the "Mental Science Manual" and apply the principles.

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    Q: I am currently taking the FULL BODY DETOX and I have to say I feel amazing. More energy, clearer head, just overall enjoying waking up every morning. Now, I also suffer from depression, anemia, and acne. I started order all the herbs according to what I needed help with and I was scared to take 7 different bottles if that was not necessary. Is there any harm in this?

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    Just take one regimen/kit at a time! After your cleanse, take NERVES FORMULA for Depression; IODINE PHOSPHATE for anemia, and BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA for the acne and apply OZ OIL to your face.

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    Q: I know you said the FULL BODY DETOX would be best for my mother to use...But considering that she lost lot of weight is it still ok to do that Detox.... she is very small due to Depression-fibroid tumors...Thyroid Problem.... Is the detox going to cause her to lose more weight???

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    IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS, PERFORM THE CHILDREN’S DETOX BECAUSE IT IS LIQUID AND NOT AS POTENT AS THE CAPSULE VERSION.

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    Q: Years, ago I had allergy tests due to hay fever, and I was allergic to cornsilk. Nine years ago I took Don Juan for depression, and I was photo sensitive, Can I still do this Detox?

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    Give it a try as it's the only way to find out. Think positive, and take a risk, an intelligent risk!

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    Q: Hi. My name is Tracey and I just finished the Full Body Detox on Thursday Oct 25, 2007. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis(MS) about 15 years ago. For the past two years I have been taking several different medications. During the detox I stopped all medications without anything bad happening. My question is should I return to the meds or do you have any other advice for me. And what is the best eating plan for someone with Multiple Sclerosis(MS)? List of medications: Rebif (Interon), Ditropan, Baclofen, and Lexapro (for depression)

    A:

    Emphatically NO!!!! Drugs are toxic and dangerous! Read our article "Herbs vs. Drugs." For a natural alternative to these drugs, I recommend: Brain Tuner formula (capsules and tea), CNS Formula, Nerves Formula (capsules and tea), 6th and 7th Chakra Elixir, and Oxy-Drops (20 drops in each glass of water). These are better and safer for you -- guaranteed!