Tag Archives: Diet

Depression and Emotions

Emotional Health

The Natural Approach

Life – Vitality – Energy –Purpose for Living – all are signs of physical & mental health and wellness.  When one lacks these qualities some people call it “depression.”

Is depression really a disease? Or is it merely a symptom of other conditions, such as nutritional deficiency?
Mental depression very often accompanies physical “depression.”  Illness, injury, childbirth and other physical strains often trigger the onset of depressed feelings and symptoms of poor health and low energy.  Also, episodes of emotional upset and stress are often followed by physical symptoms such as digestive upset, immune deficiency, fatigue, insomnia and chronic pain.  The fact is, physical and mental-emotional well-being are inseparable.  That’s because the body functions as one organically integrated unit.

Body – Mind Health is One Health
What affects the body also affects the mind.  What affects the organs affects the structure and the mind.  When negative thoughts and emotions are held in one’s mind, the body chemistry and structure soon follow into a depressed, unwell state of being.  Those who are depressed are at higher risk for physical illness such as diabetes and heart attack. (1,2)

Depleted Body Stores Lead to Disease
Each and every strain and stress on the body calls upon nutritional body stores to bring about balance and health.  Stress, illness and injury all require additional nutrients to support the healing process that enables the body to recover.  When these body stores are running low on the nutritional essentials, the body becomes physically depressed and the mind often suffers with it.  For some people, the mind will suffer “depression” first, followed by body “depression” and illness.  Regardless of which comes first, the mind and the body are sick and well together and experience shows that except on rare occasions, when the mind is weak and emotionally unstable, the body is also suffering with some form of nutritional deficiency.

Treat the Cause – Naturally
It is vitally important to treat the cause of physical and mental disease.  If the cause of un-wellness is nutritional deficiency, then taking drugs is not indicated.  Prescribed drugs for depression do not always treat the cause and moreover, medicating the nervous system can negatively affect the innate healing powers of the body.  We support treating the cause of conditions as naturally as possible.  Regulation of the body functions are coordinated and controlled by the nervous system and hormones.  This natural regulation is absolutely essential to health and both of these vital body systems require healthful nutrients.

The messenger chemicals that regulate our moods and activities are all made up of nutritional essentials such as amino acids, vitamin complexes and organic minerals.  Nerves and cell membranes are made up of healthy fats.  Depleted body stores in an environment of increased need, such as during periods of high stress, injury or illness, leads to symptoms, syndromes and disease – including mental illness.  Finding the right nutrition is our specialty.

Wholesome nutrition IS essential for a healthy body, mind and emotions!  Medication is not the solution for a nutritional deficiency disorder.

A healthy lifestyle is the foundation of mental and physical health.  If you are feeling depressed or “down,” making adjustments to your lifestyle is certainly the first step you should take.  “Out with the bad and in with the good” – that is – avoid the “bad” diet and environment which depletes your body of healthy nutrients while adding “good” whole foods and whole food supplements.

Seriously consider putting this nine-step health-building program into your daily routine to build your physical and emotional health:

  1. Reduce or eliminate refined sugar and processed foods.  These so-called “foods” are notorious for draining the body of B-complex vitamins and organic minerals – both of which are essential to mental health.  Take the Sugar Challenge (See our article on sugar).  Purify your body of excess sugar while at the same time building up your body storehouse with healthful nutrients.
  2. Eat an adequate amount of protein.  Protein-rich foods digest more slowly and help a person avoid the “roller coaster” of fluctuating blood sugar levels so often associated with emotional and mental instability.
  3. Consume healthy fats to build cell membranes, nerves, and hormones.
  4. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day – fresh and uncooked whenever possible – to supply organic minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes and vitamin complexes.
  5. Take digestive enzymes to ensure that you receive all the benefits of your healthy food choices.
  6. Purify! – Consider going on a purification program once or twice per year.  Purifying your body of built-up toxins supports liver and kidney health and can do wonders to improve your overall wellness and mental health.
  7. Enjoy healthful activities daily such as brisk walks, yoga and recreational sports.
  8. Bump the Slumps with Service – When you are feeling down and emotionally weak, remember to do something helpful for someone else.  Bumping the emotional slumps with service to others will help you and others – it is truly a win – win.
  9. Take time to relax your mind.  Turn off the TV and radio.  Reflect on the good things you accomplish each day.  Make decisions that will make tomorrow a better day for you and all those around you.

Mental and Emotional health are complex issues requiring the healthful support of the foods one eats, the environment in which one lives and the purpose one has for living and whole food supplements.  Each of these steps are under your control and striving to improve your life in these ways can do wonders for your mental health – naturally.†

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. They are to support your health.

Patients Speak
I have suffered bouts of severe depression for as long as I can remember.  I’d spend days at a time in bed, sleeping and crying.  I felt as if I were in a black hole that was trying to swallow me up.  I didn’t seek help because I thought they would tell me I was crazy.  As the years went by the bouts went from once a year, to twice a year, to every month.  I had no doubt that this was a physical imbalance of some sort and finally sought help from the medical profession.  Their solution for my physical problem was drugs.  Since I have been taking the whole food supplements for about 6 months, I feel Great! I have more energy, and as a bonus, I have also lost weight.  The best part is having it all taken care of without drugs!  I would highly recommend (a natural approach) to anyone who is suffering!  R.M.

  1. Engum, A. The role of depression and anxiety in onset of diabetes in a large population-based study. J Psychosom Res. 2007 Jan; 62(1):31-8.
  2. Brown BT et al. The Biopsychosocial model and hypothyroidism. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2005, 13:5 (12 April 2005)
  3. Middleton P., Pollard H. Are Chronic Low Back Pain Outcomes improved with Co-Management of Con-current depression? Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2005; 13: 8.

Vomero Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center
Dr. Joseph Vomero, DC

7324 E. 6th Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Contact Us

Gall Bladder Health

Eating Right to Keep Your Gall Bladder Healthy

Gall Bladder Syndrome

Gall Bladder Syndrome is one of the most expensive, easily preventable conditions affecting Americans, causing a reported 3,000 deaths and over 800,000 hospitalizations annually.  Over 500,000 people undergo surgery for gall bladder disease each year!  Amazingly we bring this on ourselves, and with a few key lifestyle changes this condition could be virtually eliminated.

American Diet is the Cause
The American lifestyle of unnatural foods, refined sugar, white flour and unnatural fats contributes to gall bladder disease.  Follow that lifestyle and someday you too may be one of the unfortunate people who suffer a truly avoidable disease syndrome.

What are the warning signs?

  • Belching
  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
  • Pain in the abdomen (on right) under ribs and next to the belly button
  • Bloating shortly after meals
  • Intolerance of fatty foods
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation

What is the Gall Bladder?
The gall bladder contains bile which is produced by the liver and aids in the breakdown and assimilation of fats.  The gall bladder holds and concentrates bile until a meal comes along for which the bile is necessary.  Up to 95% of the secreted bile is reabsorbed – virtually all of the organic compounds in bile are taken back to the liver for later use.  In addition to these organic compounds, the bile contains toxins and other waste products of metabolism which are released by the body through the bowel.

What does Bile Do?

  • Bile emulsifies fats, beginning their digestive process.
  • Bile improves the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamin complexes: A, D, E, K and essential fatty acids.
  • Bile helps bowel tone and stimulates healthy bowel movement.
  • Bile carries certain toxins away from the liver and out of the body through the bowels.

Bile Duct
Bile is carried from the gall bladder to the intestines through a tube called the bile duct.  Gall Bladder Syndromes nearly all involve some type of restriction of the flow of bile through this tube.  For example, pancreas health is very much involved with bile duct health.  When the pancreas has been working overtime helping with refined sugars, carbohydrates and proteins, the pancreas can swell.  Pancreatic swelling can restrict bile flow which affects proper digestion and causes symptoms.  Additionally, toxins concentrating in the gall bladder are known to scar the bile duct and further reduce the healthy flow of bile.

Natural Approach to Gall Bladder Health
Hundreds of thousands of people have their gall bladder removed every year, yet 25-43% of postsurgical patients continue to have similar pains and digestive complaints after the surgery.  That means gall bladder removal may not be the answer to gall bladder pain.  In fact, for those people surgery is only a short-lived attempt to resolve a lifetime of symptoms of indigestion.

Gall Bladder Syndrome is associated with other serious health challenges, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  All of these conditions are associated with overeating sugar and unnatural fats, and with lack of exercise.  Gall bladder surgery does not protect the patient from cancer, nor from heart disease, diabetes and obesity!  For instance, research shows higher rates of colon cancer in patients who have gallstones, whether or not they have had gall bladder removal.  Unless the cause of the Gall Bladder Syndrome is reduced or eliminated – regardless of whether one has a surgical removal of their gall bladder – the problem remains.

Try these steps before you have your gall bladder removed and perhaps you never will:
Reduce or eliminate refined sugars.  Take the Sugar Challenge (See our article on Sugar) a 21-day elimination of all forms of refined sugars, along with some helpful whole food concentrates to improve your sugar metabolism.  For many people this is the end of their gall bladder problems.  By merely reducing or eliminating sugars, people digest fats better and gall bladder symptoms are eliminated.

  • Eliminate all Hydrogenated and Trans-fats.

These unnatural fats cause undue stress on the body, and block normal, healthy fat metabolism, leading to discomfort and disease.

  • Exercise regularly.

Brisk walking for 45 minutes five times weekly has been shown to improve gallbladder function.

  • Consume natural foods.

Salads, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts.

  • Drink water.

Not soft drinks, no, not even diet drinks.  Drink fluids before the meal, not during or after the meal, as this will dilute the digestive “juices” and negatively influence your digestive process.

If Gall Bladder Symptoms Remain?
If you are able to make these lifestyle changes and still have symptoms of gall bladder problems there is very good news.  By adding specific whole food concentrates to your natural daily food consumption, gall bladder function and bile flow will likely improve.  Gall bladder syndrome could be a thing of the past!

What If I have had my Gall Bladder Removed Already?
The same rules apply to you – it is critical that you change your lifestyle.  Do not become complacent, thinking that the surgery solved the entire problem!  Research has shown gall bladder removal can increase your likelihood for colon disease.  Therefore you must make the change!  Eat simple natural foods and take digestive enzymes and specific supplements for the remainder of your lifetime to build the health of your body.

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  They are to support your health.

Patients Speak
“Over a period of 6 months I went to seven different specialists – and got seven different diagnoses and seven treatment opinions (all with no response) for my severe pains in my rib cage just under my right breast (gall bladder region).  Every test imaginable; ultrasound, upper GIs, etc. No answer.  But once I was put on some whole food supplement treatment my pain was completely gone.  I am feeling good . . . for me it took AF Betafood, and Choline.  Thank you.”  M.D.

  1. Gastroenterology. 2005 Jul;129(1):105-12. Glycemic load, glycemic index, and carbohydrate intake in relation to risk of cholecystectomy in women.
  2. Harvard Medical School’s Consumer Heath Information – www.intelihealth.com
  3. Am Surg. 2004 Oct;70(10):863-6. Symptoms before and after laparoscopic cholecystectomy for gallstones.
  4. Am J Gastroenterol. 2005 Aug;100(8):1813-20. Cholecystectomy and the risk of colorectal cancer.
  5. Arch Intern Med. 2005 May 9;165(9):1011-5. Long-term intake of trans-fatty acids and risk of gallstone disease in men.
  6. J Clin Ultrasound. 2005 Jun;33(5):218-22. Effects of exercise on gallbladder volume and motility in obese women.
  7. Cancer. 2005 Apr 15;103(8): 1606-14 Bile acids induce MUC2 overexpression in human colon carcinoma cells.

To get more information on our Chiropractic Care in Downtown Scottsdale, Acupuncture or Holistic Health services, click one of the links or give us a call.

Stay Healthy my Friends!

Vomero Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center
Dr. Joseph Vomero, DC
7324 E. 6th Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Contact US