Predicting Teenage Depression Risk

Posted under Depression, Mental Health On By Due Daniels

Predicting Teenage Depression Risk
Detect Depression and Treat it Holistically

A tool for predicting the risk of clinical depression in teenage boys has been developed by researchers.

Looking for high levels of the stress hormone cortisol and reports of feeling miserable, lonely or unloved could find those at greatest risk.

The reason I took interest in this story is because I was watching a documentary yesterday called Food Matters, and there was a clip in the documentary about a suicidal woman who was seeing a psychiatrist because she would sit in a corner of a room and stare at a wall.

A holistic doctor learned of this lady and asked if her caretakers would employ giving her high levels of the vitamin niacin (basically a B3 vitamin) to see what it would do. They began giving her niacin and she began to sit at the table with everyone. I believe a week into using niacin, she was having conversations with people.

“the dog that barks is the dog the brick hit!”

The family took her to her psychiatrist to show her results. They told what he’d been doing and his reply was, I think it is dangerous to give such levels of niacin.


He needs his butt whooped! But it goes to show that when we use natural healing, natural nutrients, we will get far better results than those who don’t or who use traditional MD services. This is not to “poo-poo” on all MDs, but I have to give it straight… “the dog that barks is the dog the brick hit!”

Food Matters exposed just about as much of the dark side of the medical industry as our favorite doctor, Mr. Dead Doctors Don’t Lie, Dr. Joel Wallach has and it is good to see people taking back control of their own health! As was a nice quote in the film; good health makes sense (cents), but it doesn’t make dollars.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge want to develop a way of screening for depression in the same way as heart problems can be predicted. However, their method was far less useful in girls, only boys.

If one wants to really predict and prevent depression, they simply need to watch for food allergies (watching for foods that change moods negatively), and get on a supplement program. This comes out of Dead Doctors Don’t Lie and Let’s Play Doctor by Dr. Wallach. Specific ratios of vitamins and nutrients are written there, and if you’d like to know them give us an email or call (or just purchase the book).

The study showed that having both high cortisol levels and depressive mood symptoms posed a higher risk of depression than either factor alone and presented a risk of clinical depression 14 times that of those with low cortisol and no depressive symptoms.

Around one in six boys was in the high-risk category and half of them were diagnosed with clinical depression during the three years of study.

“Through our research, we now have a very real way of identifying those teenage boys most likely to develop clinical depression. This will help us strategically target preventions and interventions at these individuals and hopefully help reduce their risk of serious episodes of depression, and their consequences, in adult life.”

I sure hope this tool is used to help them naturally and not medicinally because the record shows that most meds only pacify the problem and never fixes it at all! Although women are twice as likely to develop depression than men in their lifetime, the test wasn’t much help to the ladies!

One theory is that women naturally have higher cortisol levels, which affects their risk. Most nutrients don’t care if you’re male or female; the right nutrients will heal the body!

Stay healthy my friend, stay healthy

Due Daniels

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