THE GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION TO DEPRESSION

THE GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION TO DEPRESSION

Safe Healthy Solutions to Depression

The Gut-Brain connection

Have you ever heard it said that the root of disease starts in the stomach? It is true that the gut is the key or in many cases the cause behind the onset of many disease processes. The digestive system and the ecology of those organs can determine the health or ill health of our bodies. The gut has been called the “second brain” and can create a number of unwanted physical and emotional effects in our lives. I have been reading this week on the connection of our finely balanced digestive systems and our brains.

If you are depressed or sad and lacking motivation you may be having gut issues. Did you know that the essential nutrients needed to manufacture the correct neurotransmitters that can help us sleep and feel happiness have to be absorbed from the gut? If your gut cannot absorb nutrients, you may not sleep well or feel well.

I worked with a patient recently who is depressed and exhausted daily. When we tested her we found that she had very little enzyme or probiotic activity in her body. Without a healthy gut ecology many illnesses can begin. Do you LOVE sugar and breads? Eating these things have been shown to not only contribute to overgrowth of harmful bacteria and other microbes but it can contribute to wide blood sugar swings that can affect our moods.

The woman we tested recently felt so tired and bad the only things she was consuming on a daily basis were candy and sugar drinks which made her “feel good” for a few minutes after which she would CRASH! This cycle would go on everyday and she is gaining weight and feeling horrible increasingly. But what to do with the cravings?? During her visit we desensitized her to sugar! This helps the body deal with the overuse of sugar that many of us have had in our lives and helps the body to react less strongly to the substance.

This is a painless, powerful acupressure technique that helps the body balance and deal with sensitivities. We have found that clinically it helps tremendously with cravings. In addition to this we got her on a simple diet of small protein meals with balanced vegetable and fruit and a couple of delicious smoothies to keep that blood sugar balanced throughout the day.

We used a fabulous product called Gymnema that helps to balance blood sugars. This wonderful lady was feeling so much better after just 2 days! She had the energy to go shopping for healthy food and to prepare it. And even better, SHE WAS NOT DEPRESSED! One of the body’s ways of communicating with us is to be sad. When we are exhausted physically it is very hard for our bodies to want to jump up and run around shopping or working in the yard or exercising. One of the signs of body being exhausted is depression. Sometimes when the thyroid or adrenals are fatigued the body just directs itself to shut down. We can often experience this as depression.

We have some “happy” supplements that we use to engage the body in it’s own healing process and in many cases, putting back in nutrients and essential minerals into a depleted body can make a body and you HAPPY again!

So natural solutions to depression:

  1. Eat regular protein meals in relationship to your body weight and caloric needs
  2. Avoid sugar
  3. Get evaluated for specific deficiencies both vitamin and mineral
  4. Get tested for adrenal and thyroid stress or fatigue
  5. Get tested for enzymes and probiotics to help your gut be healthy
  6. Listen to your body—If you are tired or depressed, find the CAUSE and fix it

You probably do not have a deficiency of Prozac or other anti-depressant drug. Your body is trying to tell you something.  Look for the CAUSES of health issues. There may also be more and deeper health issues surrounding your depression.  Find a caring alternative health care provider to help you.  If you have a medical problem make sure you seek competent medical help. You may need in depth testing and a more complete program to get you to your goals.  I have spent the better part of my life studying and learning how to help the body using safe drug-free alternatives. You can get your health back. You can be happy and healthy. If I can help you please let me know. 


Find Out How to Get Help with your Health:

Would you please take five minutes to fill out a health assessment survey and send it to me? I’ll call you for a phone consult and discuss what could be done about your health. It’s complimentary, no strings attached. Either I can help you or point you in the right direction to get help. Don’t give up! You can recover your health if you persist.

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Participatory Medicine

Stubborn mule

What would you do if you discovered that your best friend or a member of your family had a serious health problem, but were unwilling to do anything about it?

Unfortunately, I know a lot of people reading this are trying to answer this question right now. And others may BE the person who is unwilling to get treatment for their condition. This is a very common problem.

There are rational, logical reasons a person might refuse care:

  1. They believe the “cure” is worse than the disease (for example, lifetime drugs for blood pressure or cancer treatment).
  2. They believe the “cure” won’t really work, and that no effective treatment exists (in many cases, this can be true).
  3. They believe that though there may be a solution to their problem, this solution will be so difficult, lengthy and expensive that it is impossible.

Sometimes there’s false or missing information that needs to be cleared up to get the person the help they need. Often however, they may be right about why they are refusing treatment!

If you want to help this person, there is one approach that may work… to help them agree to get help as well as to successfully resolve their problem: Participatory Medicine.

Participatory Medicine takes the approach that a patient is ultimately responsible for their own heath, and that in most cases of chronic health problems (not emergencies) the patient has a much greater power to assist their own healing than to rely entirely on traditional medical treatment to “fix” their condition.

Let me rephrase this more clearly: Done correctly and with the right technology, a person can successfully recover from many conditions that might otherwise be very unlikely. People who refuse medical treatment may be able to happily recover their health— by doing much of the therapy themselves.

An EvecticsSM therapy program uses this approach. A patient is educated to do as much as possible to relieve stress on the areas causing their problems, while at the same time I utilize a powerful program of natural therapy developed individually from testing and labs.  For over 20 years I’ve seen this system routinely help people who had all but given up on solving their health problems.

What’s the first thing to do?

If you’d like to help a friend or family member with a health problem, the first step would be to test them and find out what is causing their body to malfunction.

To get started, they can:

  1. Call us at 770-612-1100 to make an appointment. Tell them to mention your name to receive a large discount on their initial visits.
  2. Request an appointment on our website: AlternativeHealthAtlanta.com
  3. Take an online test, submit it and receive a free phone consultation with a doctor on their test results. After this, they can schedule an appointment to get tested.
  4. Come with you to an appointment! Just bring them in with you to meet us, get some information and decide how to proceed. Just give us a head’s up so we make sure to have a little extra time to talk with your friend.

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What the BLEEP Should I Do?

More or Less DifficultWhat the BLEEP Should I Do?

“I have health issues, and I need to improve how my body works. Nothing I have tried has really solved this. What the BLEEP should I do?”

You may have severe and long-term health problems,

OR

several problems that annoy you occasionally,

OR

one single health issue that you just keep tripping over.

Whatever the situation, if you are very interested in how you could get your body to recover from a health problem you have, here are some facts that you very much should know:

  1. Bodies are well-designed and extremely tough. If you have managed to break yours, it took a lot of stress to do this and usually over a long period of time.
    Symptoms are the final stage of your body’s system of dealing with stress or damage. Your body is designed to keep you alive. Back in prehistoric times, having a distracting symptom from a health problem would get you eaten by something hungry. Thus, your body was designed to HIDE symptoms as long as it possibly can. You can rock along happy and sassy, certain that you have no health problems (“and my doctor said my bloodwork is totally fine!”). This continues right up to the day your body runs out of ability to compensate for the stress. You wake up with your brand-new symptom and think it all started that morning (you might think, “What did I eat last night that made this happen?”). Not so. This symptom may have been developing for the last decade.
  2. Recovering from your health problem (the one that “just started” but has actually been invisibly getting worse for the past five or ten years) requires a lot more accuracy of testing and organization of treatment than you may realize.
    Because our current health care system aims mainly at symptom suppression, we have become accustomed to rapid relief. But the job of helping your body handle the cause of its problem and fully heal from long-term damage takes much more time, as well as accuracy of testing and understanding of solutions.
  3. Modern medicine, sanitation and food availability have made it much easier to survive on Earth over the past century.
    Over the same period, environmental toxicity, drugs, the de-nutritionization of food and an insanely stressful lifestyle have destroyed the quality of this longer lifespan. Yes, we may live longer, but most of us are pretty messed up physically.
  4. Getting really, stably healthy and staying that way does not happen without a very organized and well-executed long-term plan.
    There are too many factors dragging your health down daily to expect to stay healthy without a plan, much less to recover if your health is already damaged.
    If I sound too pessimistic, please look around you. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone without some type of chronic health problem. We have just become so used to this that we don’t find it remarkable or upsetting.

What to Do About It

EvecticsEvecticsSM is a systematic approach to solving health problems using exact combinations of natural therapies.

The goal of an EvecticsSM therapy program is to enable you to take control of your health and to be healthy in toxic and stressful world.

  • EvecticsSMcan help you to recover your health to a good condition if you have problems.
  • Once recovered, you will learn how to keep your body healthy. This is different for everyone as it depends on your genetics, history and existing damage.
  • Once you have learned the specific dietary and lifestyle habits you need to stay healthy, an EvecticsSMWellness Therapy Program will help you to avoid future problems:
    • Occasional testing to find developing health problems before a symptom develops and taking action to help your body recover.
    • Rapid response to any illness or injury to prevent any long-term problems.

How to Get Started!

I have developed a very efficient way to test a patient and develop an individualized health improvement program. It’s called an EvecticsSM Evaluation.

Call 770.612.1100 to make an appointment for your Evaluation. This consists of two hour-long visits which can be scheduled on two consecutive days in many cases.

OR

Visit our website, AlternativeHealthAtlanta.com and click the “New Patients” menu button.

If you have questions or need information, please call Catherine, our New Patient Consultant at 770.612.1100. She has 10 years of experience with EvecticsSM therapy programs and can answer your questions.

The sooner you start taking effective action to improve your health, the sooner you can get your life back!

I look forward to helping you,

Dr. Melodie Billiot

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It’s None of your Business. Except that it really has to be!

It is not your business 

 

 

 

 

 

You almost certainly have an acquaintance that is suffering to some degree every single day because they have bought into a lie.

  • Your coworker suffers from depression that they are sure is from a brain chemical imbalance (the drugs they tried were worse than the depression, so they are “just living with it”).
  • Your best friend has fibroids and is starting to think seriously about a hysterectomy (their doctor says there is no other solution).
  • Your sister is barely making it because she’s so tired and wiped out all the time (at her last physical her doctor told her she was completely healthy).

If your friend had great energy and a healthy, happy body:

What more could this person accomplish their life?

How much happier could they be?

How much more effective could your friend be in helping the people he or she loves?

Could your friend develop the energy, creativity and courage to make the changes to their life that they have only dreamed about?

If your friend has a health problem that is not resolving with medical treatment:

How much damage to their life potential and quality of life could result?

Are they likely to be put on one drug after another in an effort to control their symptoms?

Could some of these drugs have mental side effects such as anxiety, memory and concentration problems that could significantly affect their life?

How much wasted time, creativity and enjoyment of life will be lost to them as a direct result of this health problem?


 

THE END (or, “What you can do about it”)

Why is this your business?

Because you have the knowledge to help.

By telling your acquaintance about us and helping them to make the decision to get an EvecticsSM Evaluation, you may very well change the course of their lives for the better.

OUR PURPOSE:

To provide the appropriate application of EvecticsSM technology for anyone who is dissatisfied with or getting poor results from traditional medical treatment.

EvecticsSM is the technology of utilizing life energy and intelligence to restore health.

Very limited number of appointments are available, so please talk to your friends without delay.

Thank you for your help and support!

Dr. Melodie Billiot

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How Your Husband Sees You

Stone cold MedusaHe married a sweet, happy, creative woman. Now he’s dealing with a stone cold Medusa… or an enraged Lyssa*… he may feel he’s opened Pandora’s box and his life will never be the same.

*Lyssa is the Greek Goddess of mad rage and frenzy

It’s HORMONES. (Ok, ok, he’s not blameless in this, after all he’s a guy. But the HORMONES really can be a problem!)

For 20 years, I’ve had a lot of very frustrated patients who say to me that they would do almost anything to get their hormone problems under control, feel happy, not crazy and lose the hormone-caused weight.

The first thing these patients tell me is all the things they’ve tried that didn’t work. Many of these women have also discovered that most drugs and hormone supplements are a dead end. They work for a time, but you will ultimately be left in worse condition that when you began.

With hormone problems, what’s needed is an entirely new approach that actually works to restore health so you aren’t back in the same trouble in a few months.

It’s not just you. Look around you! Everywhere you see women with hormone problems, weight problems, immune problems, and depression and concentration problems. Nothing is working for these women, either.

In a majority of women’s hormone cases, I have found that a major cause of the problem is a class of environmental toxins that mimic hormones. I call these “Counterfeit Hormones.” The EPA calls them “Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.”

  • These chemicals are in foods (herbicides and insecticides sprayed on your vegetables, hormones given to animals), in plastics that you eat and drink from, in drugs and in the air you breathe. They are unavoidable.
  • Tremendous scientific study since the 1960’s shows the damage these toxins cause, but because of vested interest from huge chemical companies and food processors and because it’s known that YOU will never understand the danger, almost nothing has been done about this until this year, when finally the EPA began a major program to IDENTIFY these chemicals (still nothing to prevent them from poisoning you).
  • There is a LOT you can do, to limit your exposure and to help your body recover from damage done by these toxins.
  • In my experience, the single most effective action I can take with a patient who has hormone imbalances is to reduce the toxic load from these chemicals.

If you would love to get your hormone problems under control, here is what to do:

  1. Get educated. The main reason these toxins are so destructive to health is because almost no one actually understands what they are, how they damage the body and how to avoid them successfully.
  2. Come to a free Hormone Workshop presented in my office every week. You will learn all about how your hormone system works and what goes wrong. You’ll learn how to avoid these toxins and what can be done to help your body recover from any existing exposure and damage.

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The first step is to get informed about this problem.

Come to a free counterfeit hormone workshop

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If you have weight, immune, hormone or emotional problems you should come, but if you are also diagnosed with a thyroid problem of any kind, you must NOT miss this workshop.

My clinic has presented this workshop over 400 times since 2003 to thousands of women with these problems. I have so many success stories from women who ultimately recovered from their problems and write, “It all began at the hormone workshop…”

 

“My husband and I both went to the hormone workshop at Alternative Health Atlanta, and that seminar has changed my life in just three treatments. Yes, I said three treatments! I began to feel a little burst of energy after the first treatment and I slept 5 ½ hours which was very unusual for me. After the second treatment, I could not believe it, I was scared to tell anyone how much better I felt, I thought it might go away! I am almost free of pain and I have so much energy.

My husband says my attitude and sense of humor have returned. I am now ready for a new day each morning and feeling good again. OOPS, I can’t forget the 8 pounds I lost in this one week. I know the symptoms are going away which makes me feel good again. I felt this was possibly my last hope and now I know I can have hope of getting totally better. How much better can this get? I can truly say I KNOW IT WORKS! Thank you to all of the staff at Alternative Health Atlanta, you are all wonderful!” —G.P.

 

This is a truly amazing event. You will leave with an understanding of why you have had so much trouble with your health and exactly how to proceed to recover.

We serve healthy refreshments, so please confirm your attendance with us and let us know how many guests you are bringing.

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