2015 Study shows Chiropractic care can help with depression
A study conducted by the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation showed that over 70% of participants showed a “marked improvement” with treatment of the upper cervical spine. A total of fifteen participants, was chosen for the study (all with a history of depression). Each participant was diagnosed with an upper cervical misalignment using postural analysis and precise x-rays. All participants were provided with a questionnaire prior to receiving a chiropractic adjustment and were asked to fill out a second questionnaire two weeks after. An astounding 73% of participants scored a marked improvement with their questionnaire score, with 13% showing only slight improvement. – Source: Genthner GC, Friedman HL and Studley CF. Improvement in depression following reduction of upper cervical vertebral subluxation using Orthospinology Technique. JVSR. Nov. 7, 2005;1-4. – Link
The use of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium, is on the rise, and the number of overdose deaths related to them soared in recent years, new research says.
Another study suggesting the widely antidepressants prescribed Prozac, Paxil, and Effexor work no better than placebo for most patients
The findings are published in the February issue of the journal PLoS Medicine.
“There seems little reason to prescribe antidepressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients, unless alternative treatments have failed to provide a benefit,” says study researcher Irving Kirsch, PhD, of England’s University of Hull.
It is in my professional opinion that depression and anxiety are more than just a label or a disease that stems from our genetic makeup. Depression and anxiety are expressions of our lifestyle and how we handle stress. They are imbalances of the central nervous system that causes aphysiological stress response which is then expressed in the form of depression (dwelling on the past) and anxiety (fear of the future). It all begins with more STRESS than we can handle which activates and overloads the HPA axis(hypothalamus / pituitary/ adrenal) and in turn locks on the sympathetic fight/flight response and leads to a condition called Subluxation. – Asheville Chiropractor Dr. Derek Kasten
Taking antidepressants may also raise the risk of heart disease in men. They can thicken artery walls through an as yet unknown mechanism.
The drugs seem to accelerate atherosclerosis by increasing the thickness of the “intima media”, the inner and middle layers of the arteries. They particularly affect the carotid arteries that feed blood to your brain.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
“… [T]he intima-media thickness of men taking antidepressants was 37 microns (about 5 percent) thicker than that of men not taking the drugs. When the team looked at 59 twin pairs in which one twin was taking the drugs and the second was not, the artery was 41 microns thicker in the twin taking the drugs.” –source
Here is how anxiety, depression and chiropractic care go together. When your fist, second or third vertebrae become misaligned they put pressure on your brainstem causing neurological and CHEMICAL INTERFERENCE. When the brainstem gets pressure from the vertebrae its normal production of brain chemicals (serotonin and dopamine) are affected. As a result, the person’s production of serotonin is low causing changes in their mood and their behaviour.Unfortunately, selling drugs is BIG BUSINESS for pharmaceutical companies…a multi billion dollar industry…literally they make HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS PER YEAR! Do you think they want you off the drugs? NO…they want you to be a lifetime customer. –Dr. Brad Deakin