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Mental Health: Suicide And Suicidal Thoughts - No One Is Immune

Mental health issues are a serious problem in Canada, the United States and other western nations. In the 20th century and even in the early part of the 21st century there seems to be a stigma attached to individuals who say "I go through periods of depression. There are times when I can't even get out of bed to face the day." or "I was so stressed that I would cry and cry before I got to the office. I would have to sit in my car for 15 minutes before I got the courage to walk to the elevator." If you talk to health professionals these stories are not uncommon. And they are stories that are told not by some stranger but in confidence by your spouse, siblings, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. People who realize that something in their life is just not right and that they need to reach out and ask for help - help to put their life back into balance before it's too late!

For some, they are able to get the necessary treatment and escape the pain to once again enjoy the fruits of a full and rewarding life. For others the path is different. They continue on a very slow downward spiral where noticeable changes in behavior are acknowledged by those closest to them, i.e. withdrawal, isolationism and deterioration in hygiene, etc. For this group and for others - those who are able to mask the pain and suffering - the ending of their life by suicide nevertheless becomes a shock to those closest to them; their family, friends and coworkers. 

In our society no group is immune from these deadly phenomena. From preteens to the elderly, from low income earners to high income earners, from blue collar workers to white collars workers, we are all susceptible. 

It is unfortunate, but as a society with a fixation on "quickness", i.e. drive through windows, fast food restaurants, and even communication; when have you last received a text or email from someone under 20 with complete words? The king’s language now seems to be destined to that of the uneducated or common folk. And it seems that the medical solution for this problem lies in the "quick fix,” masking of the problem as opposed to dealing with the core or the real issues. For many the solution to their problem lies in an increase in alcohol consumption, the use of illegal substances, the abuse of prescription painkillers - substances that are all very addictive and which can only add to the problem as opposed to providing the solution they are seeking.

Addictions are increasing at an alarming rate, more females are drinking and a 7% increase in smoking than before. Overall cigarette smoking is reported to be lower but that is not the truth. According to new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the UW, the number of cigarette smokers worldwide has increased due to population growth. It is my belief that the cigarette smokers are still smoking just as they were before and perhaps in a different method, an increase of electronic cigarettes which still carry the nicotine is on the increase.

We have a crisis on our hands in all sectors of society.

The underlying issue still remains; the people are not happy and are looking at external means in order to compensate for something missing deep within. Drugs will never satisfy the emptiness, they only work to temporarily forget the despair.

Lives today are out of line and need order; realignment is needed through proper nutrition, natural medicine, and a caring hand with lots of love, and without judgment. The cure can’t be prescribed or found on the street, it runs so much deeper than that. As the rates continue to increase and as the media coverage shows the despair, it would seem that society is just as lost or unwilling to provide a collective remedy. If it ever were to really be tackled it would mean a complete overhaul to what we are now doing, and I don’t think they are willing to write that sort of a prescription.  

Yet there are several natural health products that can help depression and reverse Suicidal thoughts :

DMAE: DMAE has the ability to enhance brain functions at the higher level and can compensate for various neuropsychological deficits ranging from cognitive processes to aging itself. DMAE greatly reduces the lipofusion from brain and nerve cells and is able to cross the blood brain barrier. It has proven to be a safe alternative for such learning and behavior problems as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Hyperkinesias. Other conditions for which DMAE is useful are chronic fatigue, mild depression and confusion.

GABA: GABA is found throughout the central nervous system (CNS), assuming an ever-enlarging role as a significant influence for pain, stress, anxiety, depression as well as stress-induced illness. Before January 1995, there were over 2000 documents and texts on GABA, describing how it affects anxiety/stress in the brain and CNS.

Kava: Kava Kava is best-known as a ceremonial South Pacific beverage. The earliest European knowledge of Kava Kava dates back to the late 1700s, with the journeys of Captain Cook. Today, usage of Kava Kava beverages in tropical climates is similar to the use of alcoholic beverages in the West. However, the plant from which the beverage is made was found to have useful properties to aid anxiety, hyperactivity, stress, and restlessness. 

Neurotransmitter Support: Neurotransmitter Support is a feast for brains in need of restoration, providing the optimum combination to facilitate the transport of vital nutrients into brain cells, and assist in re-establishment of neuronal function. And it’s a healthy snack for an aging brain, as well, giving it all the essentials necessary to support our mood, memory, and cognitive abilities, which tend to slow down as the years pass by.

SAMe: SAMe is necessary in the manufacture of important brain compounds such as neurotransmitters and phospholipids like phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylserine. Supplementing the diet with SAMe in depressed patients results in increased levels of serotonin, dopamine, and phosphatidylserine. Life Choiceâ„¢ SAMe is a stabilized liquid form which bypasses the need for absorption, and the standard of effectiveness is the same, if not better than, injectable SAMe. A recent study compared SAMe to the tricyclic desipramine. At the end of the 4-week trial, 62 percent of the patients treated with SAMe and 50 percent of the patients treated with desipramine had significantly improved. These results suggest that one of the ways tricyclic drugs exert antidepressive effects is by raising SAMe levels.

L-Tyrosine: Tyrosine is a precursor (a preceding part of a biological process) of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, which regulate moods, among other things.  Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid, meaning that the body normally produces it.  It acts as a mood elevator: conversely, a lack of adequate amounts of tyrosine leads to a deficiency of norepinephrine in the brain, which in turn can result in depression.  Extra amounts of tyrosine in the diet may elevate brain levels of norepinephrine, improving neurotransmissions and doing away with depression. 

Dr. Eldon Dahl, ND is the Founder and CEO of Life Choice Nutraceutical Product Line.

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