Holistic Health Tips

Non-Drug Answers to Depression

By Tom Martin

*The following post is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to advise, diagnose, or treat any medical condition. This information is not meant to replace any medical advice or relationship with a licensed medical professional.*

If you are suffering from depression, you are not alone. The numbers are staggering. Sadly, the first thing your doctor wants to do is prescribe is an anti-depressant. These drugs have shown limited effectiveness and that effectiveness usually lasts less than six weeks.

So, pharmaceutical drugs are not the answer to the depression problem.

The cheapest, most effective solution to depression is to simply spend more time in the sun. Take 30 minutes a day, wear minimal clothing and lay out in the sunlight. A study in Sweden of 30,000 women proved that daily exposure to sunlight, allowing your body to manufacture its own vitamin D, improves health at all levels, not just easing depression. So, this is far and away the best (and cheapest) option. Do not slather yourself with sunscreen, directly expose your skin to the sunlight.

If daily sunlight exposure is not possible, the following steps should be implemented:

1. Take 5,000 to 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily

2. Take 2,000 micrograms of Vitamin K2 daily

3. Take Magnesium in the form of magnesium chloride (often called magnesium oil). Apply this "oil" to your skin. It usually comes in a spray bottle. Spritz 10 to 15 shots onto your skin and rub it in. I recommend a brand called Ancient Minerals (available on the internet).

4. Eat fermented vegetables daily. It is cheapest to make your own (you can refer to my video on OnePercentHealth.com on how to ferment vegetables) or you can purchase sauerkraut that is fermented. My favorite brand is Bubbies. You can also purchase and eat raw kim chi, usually available in the refrigerated section of such stores as Sprouts or Whole Foods.

5. For really deep depression, I suggest taking Vitamin B3 (also known as niacin). Start by taking 50 mgs per day. Each week increase the amount you take until you are taking around 5,000 mgs per day.

If after 30 days, you do not see any improvement, add the following to the above regimen:

1. Take 50 mgs of zinc per day.

2. Take a high-quality B-Complex capsule (do not buy this at a pharmacy or box store. I suggest Sprouts, Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe.)

Depression is a serious ailment and big business for the pharma companies.

Eat a nutrient-dense diet of minimally processed foods and grass-fed beef. My primary source for a truly healthful diet, one which will lead to less chronic illness is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It is loaded with outstanding health information as well as recipes. My own book Just Do This One Thing: A Guide to Chronic Good Health also outlines steps necessary for a healthier diet and life.

Tom Martins bio

Thomas Martin

After working over 25 years in software engineering with a degree in Business, I was suddenly struck down with heart failure. I was told I would need a heart transplant. I was not told, however, what had caused the heart failure. Since I had never had any chronic illness, the medical teams had no answers. I could not imagine agreeing to have my heart cut out of my body without knowing why this all was happening to me.

I began a search for answers in the holistic community, reading studies and reports by medical doctors (MDs), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs), Research scientists and naturopaths. I sought the help of an integrative doctor in Newport Beach, California and after being given odds of only one percent that my heart could heal, it did, in fact, heal.

Taking what I learned over a seven year period, I began writing books, posting blogs, speaking to groups and counseling people with chronic illness as to alternative health options. I have currently written 11 books on a variety of health issues.

Tom's Books:
One Percent: My Journey Overcoming Heart Disease
Just Do This One Thing: A Guide to Chronic Good Health
The Balance Diet: A Fourteen-week Healthy Weight-loss Program

The 10 Step Integrative Health Series:
Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
Colitis, GERD, IBS, Anal Fissures and Crohn's Disease
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Autism, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Depression, Anxiety and Psychoses

All of these and more can be found a Tom's website here.