CANCER SIDE EFFECTS: DEPRESSION
NATURAL ONLINE DOCTOR’S SUNDAY BLOG
If you suffer depression as a consequence of oncologic cancer treatment, see how to relieve this side effect with natural medicine. While all of the following recommendations are scientifically validated in the Anglo-American sphere as a general rule, they cannot replace a strictly personalized advice based on your individual metabolism.
Depression is strongly related to cancer in around half of cases (with lung cancer patients on top of the list) because of the life-threatening psychological implications of this diagnosis. Still, almost 3 quarters of depressed cancer patients do not receive depression treatment. As scientifically validated by the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) – the largest scientific institution of this kind worldwide – in Rockville, MD.
This is especially problematic, as depression in many cases hinders the affected patients to get cancer treatment at all. And, as scientifically validated by the Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, NH, supported by research at the University of British Columbia in Canada, there is an increased risk of death when both conditions correlate and depression left untreated. (A vicious cycle!)
Unfortunately, it is a tremendous myth to believe that commercial anti-depressant drugs – 3rd most prescribed drugs after painkillers and cholesterol statins – can handle this problem.
Rather, there are more than 70 (!) dangerous – and in many cases long-term – adverse effects known for anti-depressants. Inter alia, thickening of arteries with the risk of heart attacks and stroke, according to, inter alia, Emory University School of Medicine, and the University of Queensland in Australia. And bleedings in the brain, according to research at Western University of London, Ontario in Canada. Etc.
The only way to get off this ‘hamster wheel’ is with natural modalities.
As an example, since most cases of depression found in cancer patients are stress-related,
- Physical Exercise
is strongly recommended. It helps you to feel better ‘from the inside out’, according to research at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C.
However, as research at, inter alia, the Boston University School of Medicine found out, just walking may not suffice, as this kind of movement does not produce enough brain chemicals to improve your mood and let you be less anxious.
Same research base – Boston University School of Medicine – also recommends to practice
for mood enhancing by stimulating parts of the brain and increasing the brain chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) as a neurotransmitter which, to be sure, you can also add separately as a dietary supplement.
One of the multiple factors which may support the development of depression also in cancer patients is a deficiency of
- Vitamin D
according to research at, inter alia, Oregon State University, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, validated by Mayo Clinic, and the University College London in the UK.
Therefore have your blood count checked with special reference to Vitamin D.
To overcome a deficiency of this essential nutrient which also supports immune function (and which is existential especially when cancer has been diagnosed), moderate exposure to sunlight is the best way, as our skin (regardless which part of our body) produces vitamin D at sun exposure. As a second choice, vitamin D is also in some specific nutrition like milk and oily fish.
Similar the risk of deficiency of
- Vitamin B-9 (Folate) & Vitamin B-12
which can lead to depression, according to research at the Department of Psychiatry of the Hospital District of Southern Savo in Finland. And therefore, your levels of folate and vitamin B-12 should be checked as well by a comprehensive blood count.
In the herbal family,
- Roseroot/Golden Root (Botanical name: Rhodiola rosea)
has great reputation to ward off depression, according to research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Another natural – and essential – nutrient to relieve depression is
In form of polyunsaturated fatty acids to be consumed preferably as fish oil. With a positive effect on the brain function.
According to joint Anglo-Iranian research at Teheran University of Medical Sciences.
As an excellent example how closely related body and mind are, consider
to fight depression (and other stress-related disorders) with – and that’s probiotics all about – live bacteria in your digestive system. Supported by fermented food such as yogurt, etc.
According to research at the University College in Cork, Ireland.
You may miss in this context so far
- John’s Wort (Botanical name: Hypericum perforatum)
Especially as it is the leading herb for depression in the U.S. The reason for our cautiousness despite of its reputation is based on research at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, according to which possible drug interactions may occur.
E.g., it could cause heart disease because of impaired efficacy of hypertension (high blood pressure) medications, or lead to an unwanted pregnancy due to failure of contraception.
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