I had an interesting question this week from one of my readers who had downloaded a free copy of my depression report.
She had received an email from me which explained a little bit of my story, and how I had come to be interested in natural medicine and eventually to write my book on depression.
A Little of My Story
In this email I explained how my father had struggled with food intolerances all of his life. Although he didn’t suffer from depression, he did struggle with behavioural problems as a child. I think he probably would have been labelled ADHD (Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) if he was a child today.
As an adult, my father suffered from bad headaches and muscle pain because of reactions to certain foods. The reason I discussed my father’s struggles, is that it taught me first hand that each of us are biochemically unique and that one person’s medicine can be another person’s poison. For my dad (and me) berries rich in antioxidants like blueberries, boysenberries and strawberries (which are other people’s medicine) were our poison – it gave us headaches and muscle pain.
What’s my Point?
But let’s get back to the point of this blog- to discuss a question I got this week from a reader. What was her question?
Q: Is there any alcoholism in my family?
The simple answer to this question is no. My father and his family were tee totallers because they were brought up in the Salvation Army Church who don’t drink alcohol.
Although my family hasn’t suffered from alcoholism, it was a good question from my reader. The reason I say this is that some of the same biochemical/physical causes for depression can also contribute to alcoholism.
Alcoholism & Depression
Many alcoholics are actually self medicating (and some people that only have 1 glass a night actually are too). You see there are physical imbalances that mean some people have the tendency to be anxious, or worry, or be sad for no real reason (or for only small reasons). This underlying anxiety or sadness may be the reason people turn to alcohol, which may be the only thing that they know can help ease their inner tension.
It’s a real shame that more people don’t find out this information, because when the physical cause (or causes) of depression and/or alcoholism is uncovered, there are supplements, dietary changes and hormones that can help them recover. The feelings of anxiety, worry, and sadness can be eased.
Is Alcoholism & Depression in Your Family?
If you are suffering from depression, and someone else in your family suffers from alcoholism (or there is a history of it in your family)- it’s very likely that they have the same root cause. I suggest that you get a copy of my free depression report which discusses the physical/biochemical causes of depression. When you read it take special note of the following physical/biochemical causes of depression (and alcoholism):
- Sugar imbalances (reactive hypoglycemia)
- The Mauve Factor (formerly known as kryptopyrroles)
- Adrenal imbalances
- Histamine imbalances.
Talk to you next time. I hope and pray that this information leads to freedom, peace and joy in your life, or the life of your loved one.
Dr Janelle Sinclair
BSc, MSc, PhD (Biochemistry), NZNMA