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Depression and inflammation: Is there a link? Yes, says this study!

The research is in… and it’s saying that many cases of depression are actually caused by an allergic reaction to inflammation.


In NOVA mag,  Tim de Chant wrote:

“Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response (my underlining) to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. When triggered, the body pumps various cells and proteins to the site through the blood stream, including cytokines, a class of proteins that facilitate intercellular communication.  It also happens that people suffering from depression are loaded with cytokines.”

 Inflammation is caused by (among other things like walking into a glass door) obesity, high sugar diets, high quantities of trans fats, and unhealthy diets in general.

Researchers and doctors are opening up an exciting new dimension in the fight against what has become a global epidemic. By treating the inflammatory symptoms of depression — instead of the neurological ones.

 The Guardian writes:
“The good news is that the few clinical trials done so far have found that adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, but also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment. There is also some evidence that omega 3 and curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, might have similar effects. Both are available over the counter and might be worth a try, although as an add-on to any prescribed treatment – there’s definitely not enough evidence to use them as a replacement.”

Eleanor Morgan of VICE adds: “Cytokines skyrocket during depressive episodes and, in those with bipolar disorder, halt in remission. The fact that ‘normal,’ healthy people can become temporarily anxious or depressed after receiving an inflammatory vaccine — like typhoid — lends further credence to the theory. There are even those who think we should re-brand depression altogether as an infectious disease … Carmine Pariante, a Kings College psychiatrist who is quoted in The Guardian report, says that we’re between five and ten years away from a blood test that can measure levels of inflammation in depressed people.  If both Pariante’s estimate and the inflammation-depression theory are correct, we could potentially be just five years from an adequate ‘cure’ for depression.”


 

Ian: Well, well, again and again we are hearing about the anti inflammation power of curcurmin. And we know why. Cucurmin generates H2 in the body. Are we dosing up on curcurmin? No. We are talking H2 tablets in water. Easier, faster, better.

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