Natural Treatments for Depression & Anxiety: The Defining Disorders of Our Time

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Depression is predicted to be the second largest contributor to the global burden of disease by the year 2020. By 2030, depression will be the #1 contributor to the global burden of chronic disease in high-income countries.

There is a greater than 16% lifetime risk of major depressive disorder (MDD). Persons living below the poverty level are nearly 2½ times more likely to have depression. 43% of persons with severe depressive symptoms report serious difficulties in work, home, and social activities.

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Reducing “High-Priority” Toxic Exposures

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Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals on a daily basis is virtually unavoidable. The majority of the 85,000 chemicals registered for production under the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) were grandfathered in with little or no health and safety testing.1 Medical conditions linked to toxic chemicals include obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, cancers, and multisystem complaints such as fibromyalgia, sick building syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities.2

I have identified ten high-priority categories of toxic chemicals based on their prevalence, persistence, and known detrimental effects on human and environmental health:

  1. heavy metals: (Pb, Hg, As, Cd, Al)Toxic Bunch
  2. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  3. plastics (phthalates)
  4. phenols, particularly bisphenol A (BPA)
  5. organochloride pesticides (OCs)
  6. organophosphate pesticides (OPs)
  7. polychlorinated dibenzo-dioxins (dioxins)
  8. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  9. polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
  10. polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs)

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