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By Dr James M. Greenblatt M.D - Psychology Today 2011

Low Cholesterol is Linked to Depression, Suicide, and Violence

Mark, a 43 year-old executive, saw his doctor for his annual physical. Reviewing his laboratory tests, the doctor noted that Mark's total cholesterol level was for the first time over 200mg/dL.

As a preventative measure the doctor prescribed a statin, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs. His cholesterol levels declined, but so did his mood. Mark was now struggling with anxiety and depression.

Over the years I've seen many patients like Mark, being treated by physicians with the mantra of "the lower the better" when it comes to cholesterol levels.…

By Therese Borchard – Founder of Project Beyond Blue

I’m not sure why more psychiatrists don’t first test for nutritional deficiencies before dispensing Zoloft or Prozac, and especially antipsychotics like Seroquel and Zyprexa. The good ones will send you to get lab work done before upping your meds or adjusting anything. Sometimes we do need antidepressants. But other times we need spinach — think of Popeye.

In addition to seeing a psychiatrist, I now work with an integrative health physician who tests my nutrition levels every year.…

By Elson M. Haas MD – A Pioneer In Integrative Medicine

The former Soviet Union has been the most enthusiastic about pangamic acid, feeling that it is a very important nutrient with physiological actions that can treat a multitude of symptoms and diseases. Soviet scientists had shown that pangamic acid supplementation can reduce the buildup of lactic acid in athletes and thereby lessen muscle fatigue and increase endurance. It had been used regularly and commonly in the Soviet Union for many problems, including alcoholism and drug addiction; mental problems such as those of aging and senility, minimal brain damage in children, autism, and schizophrenia; heart disease and high blood pressure; diabetes; skin diseases; liver disease; and chemical poisonings.…