Beat the blues or you could DOUBLE your Parkinson's risk
Folks seem to believe Parkinson's disease is like a tornado: You get little warning, there's nothing you can do to stop it and you face utter devastation when it strikes.
But that's just not the case at all.
Many of the risk factors are entirely within your control -- and in some cases, you have years... even DECADES... to take action to protect yourself. And one way you can take yourself out of the path of this devastating tornado is by making sure you don't let depression take control of your life.
Depression will double your risk of Parkinson's, according to the latest research.
The deeper your funk, the higher your risk -- and if you're so overwhelmed by depression that you need hospital care, you're 350 percent more likely to get Parkinson's disease than those who get outpatient treatment.
Of course the state of mental healthcare is such a train wreck in this country that many folks bounce in and out of the hospital, especially veterans. These aren't crazy psychos either, but ordinary upstanding folks who never got the care they needed in the first place.
For them, care -- or, more accurately, LACK of care -- makes the depression even worse, and that means their Parkinson's risk is even higher: Five or more trips to the hospital for depression will boost your Parkinson's odds by another 40 percent on top of that 350.
It's a crying shame.
Depression is part of life, and we all face it sooner or later. If you're locked in your own battle with the blues, don't panic.
Get help instead.
You don't need mind-altering meds to beat the depression either. In most cases, you just need some brain-boosting nutrients that tend to be in short supply, especially as we get older: B vitamins (especially B12) and omega-3 fatty acids.
If you need a little extra help getting over the hump, try some St. John's wort. And if you've "been there, done that" and STILL can't shake it, the problem may be hormonal.
In that case seek the advice of a naturopathic medical doctor who is experienced in hormone testing and treatment. I recommend a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine. Try their handy Physician+Link tool to find an integrative medicine doc near you.
Chasing away your blues,
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.