Inflammation May Cause Depression, Scientists Say

JANUARY 5, 2015 5:00 AM EST

Depression needs to be treated like a physical illness — not a mental disability. With “mental disability” comes a stigma of weakness. So it’s understandably something people have trouble admitting they have. But would people be less ashamed of their depression if it was regarded as a bodily condition? Because that’s exactly what it is, according to a growing number of scientists.

George Slavich, a clinical psychologist at the University of California in Los Angeles told the Guardian, “I don’t even talk about it as a psychiatric condition any more. It does involve psychology, but it also involves equal parts of biology and physical health.”

In other words, depression has just as much to do with the body as it does with the mind.

It seems kind of obvious once pointed out, but when people are sick, they show classic signs of depression: lethargy, apathy, and an inability to get one’s self off of the couch. So could there be a common cause for both depression and feeling physically ill? Recent research says yes. It’s inflammation.

Research has shown that healthy people can be temporarily put into a depressed, anxious state when given a vaccine that causes a spike in inflammation. A family of proteins called cytokines sets off inflammation in the body, and shifts the brain into sickness mode.

Both cytokines and inflammation have been shown to rocket during depressive episodes and to drop off in periods of remission in bipolar people.

Another researcher Turhan Canli of Stony Brook University in New York believes infections are the most probable culprit behind inflammation, going as far as to say that we should rebrand depression as an infectious — but not contagious — disease.

However, infection is not the only way to incite inflammation. A diet rich in trans fats and sugar has been shown to promote inflammation, and obesity is another risk factor because body fat, particularly around the belly, stores large quantities of cytokines.

It seems like depression is some sort of allergic reaction to our own lifestyles. Stress, especially the kind induced by social rejection or loneliness, also causes inflammation. We’re literally eating, drinking, and isolating ourselves into inflammatory — and therefore depressive — states.

There is hope, though. We can change our diets to reduce this inflammation (though we shouldn’t rid ourselves of it entirely because our immune system needs it to fight off infections). Plus, the clinical trials conducted so far have found that adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, it also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment, but more research needs to be done on this.

Carmine Pariante, a psychiatrist at Kings College London, said that in between five to 10 years there may be a blood test that can measure inflammation in people with depression so that they can be treated accordingly.

Maybe it would help, too, if people didn’t look down on those suffering from depression, if people could have a little more sympathy for others. Inflammation is a condition that rears its ugly head in every person at a given time. If depression could be thought of as something as common and inevitable as inflammation, maybe we’d all be more understanding.

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Are GMO Foods Safe?

The FDA has declared that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are safe for human consumption and the corporation producing GMO seeds, Monsanto, in its website declare that GMO foods are presumed safe, there is no need to test GMO modified crops, no reason to test its effects on humans.

What exactly are GMO foods? To give an example, it means taking a pear mixing with an apple and creating a new fruit, with a new DNA which does not exist in nature, a Frankenstein food. GMO foods are altered in laboratory by money driven scientists which work for the most evil corporation in the world: Monsanto.

What happen when we consume these foods and what happen within our body? We are just starting to discover the damage of GMO on human health. Cell Research just published a study which shows the mechanisms for which GMO foods may alter organ function. In the study, it is shown that micro RNA pass from the food, to digestion, blood and then attach to the organs. When we eat, we eat more than vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat… we are eating information for cells and organs. The study shows that GMO foods can alter the expression of organs, the LDL receptors in the liver and the communication between cells making it a perfect candidate for cancer. More studies have linked GMO foods to infertility, digestive disorders, auto immune disease, skin damage and cancer.

One of the effects of GMO foods is that it “naturally” produces a pesticide which kills insects due to neurological problems and their intestine explodes. So this is very profitable for the food industry but not for our health.

Our immune system controls everything that comes into our body and when we eat GMO foods with a DNA which does not exist the immune system recognize it as an invader and inflammation is triggered. If to an insect its intestine explodes, what do you think happen to the human gut consuming those “foods”? It is not a case that since the introduction of GMO foods digestive problems and neurological disorders have increased dramatically and it originates a new condition known as “leaky gut syndrome” where bacteria and undigested foods go where they do not belong, triggering auto immune disease, allergies and cancer. When we eat GMO foods and it ultimately it reaches our gut and our friendly bacteria, our gut becomes a pesticide factory.

The same GMO foods is the one used to feed the animals we eat, dairy, baked foods, to make corn syrup, the “healthy” cornflakes for children, tortillas and many more foods.
Now that you know the dangers of GMO foods, you have another reason to buy ONLY organic food to be sure to avoid these Frankenstein foods. Stay informed because more jaw dropping discoveries on the dangers of GMO foods are to come.

2013 | Shantih Coro