Did you know that intestinal infections, food allergies, and deficiencies in minerals like zinc can make your brain sick, leaving you feeling anxious or depressed?
I attended an amazing conference last week in New Mexico expanding on the brain health work we are already doing at the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine. The latest scientific studies on the connection between our bodies and our brains were reviewed, and treatment recommendations were provided based on this important information. I can’t wait to implement these new strategies, because I know that we will be able to help even more people at the Sklar Center.
Unfortunately, conventional medicine doesn’t recognize the connection between your body and your brain. Mental health disorders are treated with “psychotropic” medications which are presumed to work only on the brain. Doctors are generally surprised when antidepressants have an unexpected side effect like increased risk of breast cancer in women. In a large review of the medical literature on the relationship between breast and ovarian cancer and antidepressant use (Antidepressants and breast and ovarian cancer risk: a review of the literature and researchers’ financial associations with industry., PLOS One, 2011 Apr 6;6(4):e18210), 1/3 of the studies found more breast and ovarian cancer in antidepressant users. 2/3 of the studies showed no association, meaning that antidepressant users don’t have more breast and ovarian cancer. The most impressive part of this review is that the scientists, whose funding comes from pharmaceutical companies that make antidepressants, were much more likely to report that antidepressants don’t cause breast or ovarian cancer. Seems like funding gets in the way of honest reporting of medical risks that could affect you or someone you care about.
Which gets me back to the original point of this week’s thought: why use medication when there may be an underlying problem that can be corrected? And, why use medication that has potential risks like breast or ovarian cancer? We have so many effective and healthy alternatives.