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02 Depression: Lifestyle Keys for Beating the Blues

Vicki Griffin


Vicki Griffin

Author, Speaker, and Director of the Lifestyle Matters Health Intervention series



  • June 22, 2021
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In you are about to enjoy a presentation recorded at the 2021 michigan conference camp meeting held at cedar lake michigan. We pray that the Lord will bless you as you listen father in heaven. We just are here. We're so grateful to be able to be together as your people. Please come and be our teacher. The need is greater, the hour is late. Our sol are looking to you today to enrich us, inspire us, and educate us. For these things, we pray in jesus' name, amen. So we're going to take a look today at some more brain body connections in a very significant areas of mental health. I was reading an article today that 44 percent Of interviewed americans. So feel that this pandemic has caused them the most emotional stress they've ever experienced in their life. So we've seen an increase. The 10 demik has shown us an increase in strength, suicide, or nearly all age groups, including small children. And so clearly it's really important that we understand at a deeper level, some of these crises that people are experiencing and that we are experiencing. I've noticed that as I do programs for the public and programs for the church, there really aren't very many differences in the kinds of challenges that we face in god's people and in the public and. And God wants to make these problems are our opportunities, not only for personal growth, but for public ministry. And that's what we want to do, isn't it? But we need the personal strengths to be able to do it. We need to know how to put one foot in front of the other, and this is something that I love this statement. There are things that I just carry with me and my bibles are very precious to me. And so this is a comment found in patriarchs and prophet on the story of david when he fled king saul and went into the land of the philistines, to king a kish. And he realized that he was in the land of goliath and he feigned madness. In order to escape, when he was recognised as the, as the slayer of goliath, he feigned madness. So you can imagine he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing. He was frightened, he made wrong move, and here is the comment regarding that situation with David. It says he who had sought refuge with the photos of israel, found himself in great peril. Have you ever tried to fix your problem? And it just make, makes it worse because you chose the wrong thing. But feigning madness, he deceived his enemies and made an escape. Yet this experience was serving to teach david wisdom. How many of you just want to keep saying Yes to whatever god shows you. You may have gotten yourself into a mess. You don't know how you got there. You don't know how to get out. But jesus wants to use it as a learning experience for you and grow you out of even that that's what makes our savior so lovable, isn't it? That he left us when we're unlovable. It led him to realize his weakness and the necessity of constant dependence on god. Now listen to this. How precious is the sweet influence of the spirit of god as it comes to depressed or despairing souls encouraging the faint hearted, strengthening the feeble, imparting courage and help to the tried servants of god? Do I have a man in this room today? And that is the course that we have signed up for. Jesus said, come to me and learn. So we signed up to learn. And today we want to take a look at depression, not just as a mood, but as a condition. And there's a difference, isn't there? There's been a lot of misunderstanding about depression. And so I hope that we can just bring some clarity today in introducing some concepts that I think that will be helpful to you and it has certainly helped me. Depression is the leading cause isn't that surprising? The leading cause of disability worldwide, i had a heart disease any given cancer and aids. Is that a surprise to some of you today? It was a surprise to me. If you suffer from depression, you are not alone. Severe depression, disabling depression, at least 2 weeks of being absolutely disable. Don't even know which way to put the key in the door handle affect 20000000 americans. 3000000 teen and Miles are formed are everywhere. And in fact, the statistics are much higher. Now post demick, how many of you knew that abraham lincoln famously suffered from severe melancholy or depression? I am now, he said, the most miserable man living if what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on this earth. Have you ever felt that way? I will tell you that I have winston churchill famously battled the demon of depression for many years, almost whole filling his father's prediction of a shabby, unhappy and futile existence. Winston churchill was not a handsome little boy. He didn't have an amazing personality. His dad was embarrassed by him. He was put away in a school where he did not do well. Scholastically didn't have a lot of friends. His mother was a social like was too busy for him. And he was so used to rejection and feeling of abandonment. And being isolated and misunderstood, that when he became prime minister and had to make decisions against all of the european allies in world war 2. He was so used to standing alone that guess what happened? He saved, he said, europe. So as I said yesterday, god wants to take your worst memory, your worst weakness, your most awful experience, and weaponized that for his kingdom. Can you say man? So as a runaway, i started running away seriously when I was 11, but age 5, I was my 1st experience ran away for good when I was 17. Believe that drugs the whole thing, worthless, helpless, hopeless, god can turn those curses into a blessing. There are many causes for depression, but depression can actually become very quickly a physical condition. There is a pastor not of our faith who is very health binded, a jogger, very gifted speaker, he travelled, he had all kinds of church ministry stowing. Happy family, wonderful wife, busy busier as j gala more used to say than a B on a griddle. Happy, happy, busy, busy. One day he got up to go to a speaking engagement, some kind of prayer. Breakfast for men who sat in his chair had a complete breakdown he was clinically depressed, couldn't get out of bed for 3 months, actually suffered quite seriously. And this story reminds me of a seminar that I attended by a professional, a physician who specializes in the interaction of the nervous immune system in the stress system, called a psycho neural immunology. And he explained what happened to this pastor because this was not a self absorbed, selfish, self indulgence. Think about myself all the time person. He was not doing horrible things that are depressing. He was doing amazing things that are wonderful, but his body shut him down. And this psycho neural immunology, explained that each and every one of us have in our brain something called a governor, governor. Now when we, when we moved to Michigan from the hills of North Carolina, we had some acreage with juan, and my husband and son, the 1st thing they did is they went out and bought a riding lawnmower. And the 2nd thing they did with that riding lawnmower is they opened it up and they took out something called the governor. Now somebody tell me what the governor does for the law more. It lows it down. That's exactly what it does so that it can't become a hot rod, which is what our lawn mower became and it burned out. I have a friend of my sister how my sister has a friend who is a businessman, who travels a lot internationally and all over the place and he absolutely can't stand hotels, showers and hotels showerheads have governors. So he has a little tool kit that he carries with them. And the 1st thing he does before he does anything else when he enters his hotel room. If he takes the shower head off, takes the governor out, puts the shower head back on, enjoys lush showers. Then before he leaves, he puts it back and goes and nobody knows the difference. So what an interesting question that this physician asked in this seminar on depression was if you think about the flu and you take away the fever part of the flu. What are some of the symptom that a person would experience without fever? What are some of the other symptoms that a person would experience when they have the flu? A Just extreme lethargy, they call it lassitude. I remember being really sick with the flu and having my hand on a devotional is this by osmosis. Something would happen. But I did not have the strength or the mental inclination to even pick it up and look at it. So what are some other symptoms of flu, headaches, nausea, muscle, eggs, chills, low energy. No creativity, can't think mental fog. Does that sound like depression? Pardon? Yeah, the case, I mean no pleasure in anything. Nothing is tempting. You have to think ok, how many steps to the think to get a drink water? Do I even have the motivation to do that? No motivation and had donia just like you see an addiction. No pleasure. Listless. This is a description of what can happen with serious depression. And according to this researcher who deals with the body system very often, the brain's governor has sensed danger. When your body senses a virus, if shut you down, the governor shut you down. When you get to a certain point of exhaustion, it doesn't matter. If you put snow down your shirt, your brain will put you to sleep. And it's the same thing with mental stress trauma, depression. It can get to the point where your brain says, okay, we're shutting this person now. And there are some auto immune type of illnesses that also have involvement with the governor. Chronic fatigue, 50 my out shot. So we will, we will tell people, you know, we've had people say, you know, just get over it, put on your sweat. You don't have energy to walk to the front or just put on your sweat, put push through it, go for a run, you know, push to the wall. And when your governor is shutting you down, that's the worst thing you can do. So there was one woman where the origin of the syndromes can be multiple, can be a viral load. We don't know all the reasons. There's a certain mystery around some of these elements. But one woman learned to not cross the boundary of that governor. And so she could walk with, you know, a certain amount of energy to a certain point. And then she'd go back to bed and rest and then maybe the next day or the next week she could get to the mailbox the next. You see what I'm saying, instead of pushing through, she respected the boundary of that governor. It's like a toaster or no, it's like up a fire. It's a fire alarm that is hyper vigilant and just a width of smoke from the toaster sets it off and your brain has to re calibrate what normal looks like and what danger looks like. So as with anything else, healing is a process. So let's take a look. Fortunately, their depression did not when abraham lincoln, if you read his history, he lost elections. He wasn't liked, he was melancholy, his business fails. And yet somehow, these men illustrate the remarkable ability that god has built into our brain to learn good things out of bad situations to become strong out of weakness a man that's god's will for us. Now there's a wonderful book by meal nedley called depression the way out, and he again, a 521 different hits or factors involved in depression. Some of them are changeable and tunable, and some of them are not. But would you agree with me that the ones that are tunable and changeable, we would want to pay attention to. And we would, and even if, if, even if you're as happy as a clam and I don't understand where that phrase comes from, i've and I don't know how to tell if a clam is happy. But even if you are as happy as a clam, do you need to be putting some investment in your mental physical and emotional and social and spiritual bank so that when you're heck, you're ready, or you can help that person that is struggling. When I went through the devastating journey of my my husband's cancer journey, i will tell you what one thing that I learned, and that is this. What you learn in the like. When you have time to learn, it is what an energy to learn. It is what you're going to take into the darkness with you. You are not going to learn something brand new when you're in a pit. And it's the nature of a pit that there's no natural way out. So everything in a crisis is going to be automatic. Our eating habits were automatic, our schedule was automatic, our worship was automatic. Our feelings were all over the map. God was present with us, but there came a point where he held us. Our habits held us, we couldn't hold on anymore. It was too terrible. Some of you know what I'm talking about. Some of you may be going through something like that right now. And I will tell you that now is the time to start developing. Develop. Now is the time to start developing and maturing. The attitude, attitudinal disciplines, the spiritual disciplines, the lifestyle, discipline of this amazing woman spoke to me at pennsylvania can't meeting. I've just come directly from Pennsylvania camp meeting and she has a loved one that within rehab multiple times for drug addiction, i think it was her son. And this last time he came through, he's been free for a long time now. And of course this is one grateful mamma. And he came out with a motto, something he heard when he was in rehab. And this was what he heard. And I want you to think of this statement in the context of what I've just told you. Because I don't want it to sound hard, but in the context of where this young man was and what he was doing with his life, he came out with this motto. Winners do what they have to losers do what they want to. So a lot of life and we don't want to run around calling people names. OK, so that's why I'm telling you, please consider the context of what it took for this man to get hold of impulse control and be and flying by impulse and feelings. Instead of principles and truth and more and more, we're all going to learn some deep lessons in this. Ellen white says that our confidence in god will be severely tested and that faith grow strong in earnest conflict with doubt and fear. So people, we've got to begin to learn how to walk by what we know, and then our feelings catch up with us later. So chronic depression, risk factors include family history and genetics. Is it possible to be genetically prone to depression? Absolutely. What about medications or certain medical conditions? This is one reason why I'm so thankful for our natural remedies class in the morning because some of the very medications that treat lifestyle diseases are directly associated with increased risk for, for depression. And so what we can do naturally is going to dial down perhaps the onset of a problem, or maybe even getting it at all, or the duration or the intensity, praise god for that, a man, social and environmental factors, or do those play a part. There's a book by rom, brothman succeeding when you're supposed to fail. Very interesting book about children who have been abused. They, they've been marginalized, set aside, abandoned, that alcohol, a drug addicted parents. And he examined the personality traits of these children. And very surprisingly, although the incidence of adverse childhood experiences with directly correlated with increased risk for acting out behavior, addictions, and depression, he also learned that one 3rd of this group, one 3rd of these kids actually thrive, they didn't survive, they tried, they actually had resilient personality traits that maybe they inherited, maybe they learn, it's not expounded upon really well, but these traits are trainable, their learning will. Do you think those are traits that god wants all of us to learn? Absolutely, and I was thinking about that one day on a walk because my trajectory from an abusive background and, and 20 years of believe me, on drugs and running away and all of that. Obviously I didn't fall into the one 3rd of amazing kids category. And so I was thinking about this one day I was going on a walk and I said, lord, what about it? What about trauma? There's 2 major types of trauma. I think it's called type 2 and type one trauma type to trauma would be what has happened to you that that should not have happened. It's, it's the meanness, the abuse, the, the a saw when people maybe had authority over you as a child and you didn't have any choice in the matter. I mean, these things have profound effect on neuro immunological development. Hyper vigilant pain proneness depression for life. I promise to infection, etc, etc. Now, the interesting thing is, is that as we adopt new ways of thinking and living is there, healing that begins to take place. I love the verse and isaiah chapter 61 verse 7, where the Lord says he understands where we came from. You know, he may have been silent when that was happening to you, but he wasn't absent. That's good news. And he wants to weaponized that thing for his kingdom, a man he wants to heal you and galvanize you as a super weapon. And I said, chapter 61 for 7. It says whatever you have experienced this shame that you have been through. He says, i'll repay you double double for your trouble, like workers compensation i, it's very cool when you think about it. And so this type of trauma i was walking going for walk. I said, lord, what about it, what about this, what, what's the story here? And the scripture that came to me is that he came to heal the broken hearted, to set the captive free to reach the door site to the, to the blind. A man and vision, and so a bruise, read it, says a bruise. Read, he will not break and a smoking flax. He will not plant baby's breath and put it out. So do you see how gentle we need to be with people? We don't know their background, we don't know their story. We don't know what's going on with their genetic and environmental, all those layers of people. And we want people to respond quickly, sign up for studies quickly, get better, quickly. Have a good attitude quickly because it's annoying. We're busy people. So we want them to quick get better. But what god wants us to do is walk with people and then walk with them. And then I thought about the other kind of trauma, i think it might be called tripe, one trauma, where it's what should have happened that did not. It's that baby left in the crib in the orphanage that never got touched. This has an impact on memory and immune function and they don't even have memory yet. And it affects that baby. And so I'm talking to the Lord about this. Well, what about it? What about those people, lord and the scripture that came to my mind was my God will supply all your need according to his riches in glory in christ jesus. Now that's quite a remarkable promise, but guess who both both of those promises are fulfilled through their whole field through you therefore, filled through you, you are to have your antenna up. You are to ask those questions. I've been at the grocery store just asked the clerk, you know, are you looking forward to getting, getting off pretty soon? You know how the customers treat you to day and they'll just, oh, just. I took one friend shopping. She wanted to buy a pair of pants to address the door and I didn't have anything to do. I didn't want to be tempted because I have enough And so I'm standing around at the counter. And I asked the lady, I said, I asked the lady behind the counter. So how are the customers like, is it cool? They're coming in kind of pandemic. You know, what's the? And she said I could just die. She said, I want to lay on this floor and just di, or I want to run away or get drunk. She said, I am so fed up with, I mean she just the And the lady next year said well this lady you're talking to, she got kind of stuff in the car. She brings magazine because everywhere i go, you know, she knew the waiting next to her new I have stuff. So have your tidings ready, people, a man nutrition and lifestyle. Do you think that that could have an impact on risk for depression or even be a causative factor? What do you think? Wow, habits of thinking? Why, you know, we can be in a habit of thinking in a certain way. I mean, as I was growing up, I would walk out the door as I was leaving the door. I was told you never know, it's always something You know, you grow up in a certain mindset and then the world you, that people have, you have a world view of god that tortures people for all eternity. So what's up with that? So you see we have a 7 and a half 1000000000 people in this world that need to know about our god. 7 and a half 1000000000 people that need to know this message. And what the bible really teaches a man. And in blessing you will be, bless, addiction, so very real quick in 75 percent of the cases of addiction and depression. There is something else going on that needs to be checked out by a medical professional, co morbid, or co existing conditions are very, very real and we're reading about it in the paper when we're seeing all these pictures of these very tragic homeless populations. Everywhere we go. So spiritual need is that, is that a very important factor? Oh yes. You know The bible says that before we come to christ we're dead in trespasses. Instant men love the darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. And there is a way that seems right, but the end there of are the ways of what Yeah. Eternal death. So we always want you to work with your health Care provider when making medical or lifestyle changes, especially with severe depression or mood changes. Because the type of drugs that people are on right now, and the multiplicity of conditions and the weakness that people are experiencing, we actually had to change our quick nicotine program from Quick day to you. Choose your quick day. Because the 3 major side effects of quitting just nicotine, those vapor machines aren't 13 milligrams like up a regular cigarette of nicotine. They can be up to 40. And that changes the architecture. The brand are 34513 medications or drugs, and the side effects, or death, suicide, or psychotic breakdown. So we have to be so careful with people at the end of the genetic line. So we want to be as gentle as a situation demands a man. The good news is that even when people are prone to depression, there are many factors that are tunable and changeable. Doctor john rady, this he is the author of the user's guide to the brain. Also the book spark, which is a very interesting book. He's a psychiatrist from harvard. Very interesting book on exercise in the brain. Oh, you would love that rich, rich and rhonda because you're an exercise guy. Do you have that book spark by john ready? Well, anyway, it's an amazing book on the mental health benefits and brand changes that occur with exercise. So here's what dr. Rady says. Depression is an erosion of what connections in your life as well as between your brain cell. So as I said in the area of addiction in the area of depression, what begins as a curiosity or a comfort in our lives soon becomes a crush. Then a condition, a condition almost. Gotcha. We would have a condition wouldn't the and then and we'd put them to the natural remedy class. Next. The and then a heavy chain around it and then heavy can you see the progression? We think of, and I think that the addicted brain is fighting hard, the depressed brains fighting hard, but we need to learn to fight smart. When we understand that it's a conditions, then it gives us courage. Doesn't it? We need to fight. Are you still there? We need to fight with every tool in the box. Are you with me? We need to fight with what every tool in the box doesn't that make you want to be a little kinder to yourself when you realize you're working with multiple body systems. When you're trying to overcome temptation and wrong thinking and habit new, the good news is that new nurse cells are born in substantial numbers every day in the brain, in regions affected by depression. And when I'm doing research, i'm always looking for pictures of god. And this is one of the most beautiful pictures of god. It gives me great hope today that 2 of the areas of the brain were these new nerve cells migrate. Are the hip, a capital area of the brain, which has to do with learning and memory. And the amid de La, which has to do with emotional memory and fear. So what does this tell us about god? It tells us that he is engineered, you and I, whatever our background, whatever the genetic deck is, that we have been dealt, whatever the choices are that we have made that he has engineered you and I hor, healing from emotional trauma and increased wisdom and knowledge over time, do you love this thought of art? A man? So positive, lifestyle choices, encourage that new nerve, cell growth. As I said, new nerve cell production is one thing, but their survival is another and we will be discussing more about chronic inflammation and the survival of these new nurse. So remember the battle is not for the boat, it's for the brain. It's not about weight control, it's about appetite control, a brain thing. How many of you want to healthy headquarters? We're going to get to the cortex of the matter. It's just a favorite saying, I'm sorry that it yesterday. I know I said it yesterday. I just want to say one more time. I really I have to have some fun in this thing too. Ok. So that was fun. Alright, increase connections between cells. Now, what would increase connections between cells suggest if you have more like a blueberry bush that has more branches? What would that suggest in terms of brain helps and communication interest, cellular communication? Pardon? Better, faster cognitive clarity, problems that more fruit. There you go. Problem, better problem solving, quicker off the Mark under stress. And so yeah, that's what it does. That's what exercise does to improve nurse cell survival when you exercise, when you dr. Ready puts it this way when you make yourself get out and move. Not pushing past your governor, but doing what you can. It actually showers the brain with a growth factor, brain derived dura trophic factor. And he says it's by putting miracle, grow on your brain. So the question is not, am I going to exercise today? But when and where that's, that's the question. Now my, my wonderful colleague, evelyn, who I love so dearly who is not with us this camp meeting because she's fighting a genetic challenge that has manifest the very serious amyloidosis. And I have tablets back there for you to write a love note to evelyn. But she says there's no bad clothes, just bad weather. I. I'm not fair. I'm not there. But if you love and no evelyn, and you want to leave her note, cherry is going to put out 3 notebooks and some tens so that you can send her a love note that you're praying for her in the new challenge that she is facing. She has lost 7 relative to this genetic disorder. All of her siblings have it. And it is called amyloidosis. So it's a genetic issue, but she strong, she's faithful, she's got her lifestyle has kept her stronger to fight this. So anyway, that's, that's her story. And we love, we love her so you can let her know you love. Now let's talk about brain inflammation for just a moment. Because your, your brain has its own immune system and we talked a little bit yesterday about systemic inflammation. And how systemic inflammation affects everything. It affects nutri and absorption. It affects how well your cells absorb the nutrients, how well they retain them and, and how well they utilize those nutrients and it can cause all kinds of challenges with regard to chronic disease, lifestyle, diseases, et cetera. And so your brain has its own immune system. We have glee oh, cells in the brain, there are more glee, oh cells and actual nerve cells in the brain. There is a subcategory of leal shell called microbial cells. Micro legal cells are the brain's on what resident immune cells. They're like, reserve soldiers, very involved in neuron repair and protection, and they actually are signal amplifiers. So under normal conditions, under normal conditions, these nerve cells are these delete microbial cells actually protect nerve cells. They keep them alive, they nourish them. They make sure that they're not toxic, but when there is a signal of, of inflammation, chronic stress, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity. These kinds of things. And remember I told you yesterday that there is a condition called normal obesity. The ratio of lean muscle is too low compared to body fat and that person is at risk for 30 different chronic conditions, including increased risk for depression as a result increased pain sensitivity. As all of these things increased stress, chronic stress, lack of sleep, you know, the, you know, the routine. You know, that you know that speech poor diet increases systemic inflammation and insulin resistance so that your cells are not getting the glucose. And you fill a sergeant and tired and stressed and fatigued, you go to bed tired, you wake up tired. The brain respond to this and begin. It says here when exposed to systemic inflammation, which is a chronic condition that americans, i think 2 thirds of americans have chronic lifestyle issues that put them in this category. Systemic inflammation, micro glee or cell start generating what? inflammation where in the brain which has been linked to cognitive decline and depression. So we know that with certain conditions with depression, lifestyle ailments, chronic stress, you see a change in the hippa cappel area of the brain. Remember I just told you a few minutes ago. That's one of the areas where new nurse cells migrate. Is that wonderful to begin to repair and restore. But it also degenerates after fees under these conditions and the micro global cells are the immune response to inflammation. Because this one type of microbial cell is there to take care of pathogens and inflammation, and virus and bacteria, their, their job is to destroy cells that are sick. But if the whole brain is responding to the signal of inflammation, then what starts to happen. It's inflammation gone. Crazy. So volume loss in the hipaa capital area of the brain is seen in major depressive disorder. The micro we'll cells have a role in this. So understanding these connections between inflammation, mood and cognitive decline makes it all the more important to lower systemic inflammation in our body. Very, very important. The most universally relevant methods of reaching this goal include avoidance of what standard american diet i call the chips chops and lollipops kind of lifestyle. Ok. And tomorrow we're going to see a little bit more about that. I want to show I want to, we're going to talk about the skinny on fat a little bit tomorrow, and talk about how f A T is not spelled B A D, it's some pretty awesome stuff. And we want to show how it can actually have a pain lower in collateral lowering effect when the right moderate levels of exercise and adequate sleep and stress reduction all play a role in lowering systemic inflammation which lowers brain inflammation which protects your brain so that the new brain cells that are accumulating in your wisdom, part of the brain are going to be able to just be created and generated, but they will what they'll survive. That's exactly right. How many of you want your brain cells to survive? Very, very good Little choices. Make a what, when people come to an obesity seminars that I do or weight management or metabolic syndrome or depression or addiction and the person that comes up to me and she has. All right, that's it. You know, from now on, I'm going to do ninja weight lifting and I'm going to, you know, and I'm going to only 6 frozen grapes, her dessert mil it, that's it. You know, how long do you think that is going to last until they until they get to krispy kreme. That's how long it's going to last. So what we need to remember, and we're going to talk about this on Thursday. The, the secret of long term habit formation is so it's, it's a mindset, it's a way of looking at change, and it's so very, very helpful. This is again dr. John grady statement here. Critics sometimes claim that a focus on ordinary measures like exercise and diet, are too simplistic to effect on ordinary behavior. Not so brilliantly, simple evidence shows how powerful such universal factors can be in affecting what the brain body system. And that's so important. And he says that exercise forces your brain out of hibernation because when a person is depressed, they go into winter, it's winter of the soul. And it's a very painful place to be physical exercise, mental exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate sleep will help anyone gain cognitive clarity and emotional stability. Here's a quote. What we ingest is fundamental to how we think and feel. And sherry reminded me that my secretary reminded me that we have a lovely table over at the a, B, C with the tactic materials available to you. Our book, food for thought nutrition, link with mood, memory learning and behavior. Living free finding freedom from habits that heard the 300 page really handy, helpful book on the addicted and Learning brain how to, how to create a healthy lifestyle. And then simple solutions is what you're eating, eating you. It's a book on stress, depression, and immune function. Other programs are there. So visit us at the abc, poor diet is common, and people who suffer from depression and other mental disorders. So mental disorders and depression can drive poor eating habits that can poor eating habits, generate depression and other problems works both ways, doesn't it? A potent lifestyle weapon in the fight against depression can be found right in your protein department. But before we go there, I want to do just a little demo. And I don't know how many of you will be able to see this. I'm going to, can you come up and help me? Yes, you are scared. I just scared or come on over here. It's not hard on us. What is your name again? Debbie? Debbie is going to help you. Thank you, debbie kerry. Let's make sure debbie gets sheree. Are you here? Jerry? Debbie gets us a book, a free book. Ok for helping us feel better now. She feels better and you can pick the book you want. All right, debbie, a couple of questions. I'm going to have you hold this glass and I'm going to have you hold it high because everybody needs to see it. You could have been a little taller. I'm sorry, I don't. You know, it's like I deal with it. I wish i'm tired of being able to stay on top of people's refrigerators to tell you the truth. Ok. All right, so gabby just yet so many instructions. Do you recognize this bottle? What is it You know, spouse's love to tell on their, on their mate. Hey, we didn't hear that. Ok. So this is a mountain. Do people have you ever seen one? Okay. My husband used to call it mount, dumped. Now what is this? It's a bigger mountain do. Which way do you think are drinking habits are going? We're going bigger, but we're going to use this one today. So debbie, how many sugars do we see how many gram right there on my her know, how many was ok, so we're going to round it to 32 for easy math. In one case, bone for grants is one teaspoon of sugar. How many grams? One teaspoon of sugar. 4. Okay. So for in to $32.00 is 8. Let's count together. You want to count english or Spanish? suing li. No. Can't do german. Ok, let's count everybody. Why? 234-5678. Okay. What is the next question? That we need to ask model 20 ounces. How many serving some of you have seen this before? Don't answer yet on mine how many servings 2 and a half, 2 and a half. So they don't tell you you're supposed to share this with one and a half friends. OK, so another serving is how many and another half is, which is, okay, let's count together. 1234567891011. And so $12.00 and $8.00 is 20. So how many ounces in the bottle? 20. How many teaspoons in the glass? 20. But we're not done because people have a snack. So let's do a snack. Is the snickers? How many? He's really, he's going to need an intervention. Ok. So practice all those nice words, but don't let him out. Ok in here. And he was one of my volunteers. I think he's going to quit. Ok. How many sugars here? 2121. How many grams in a teaspoon? What we're going to take it down to 24 into 20 is. And what's the next question? Oh, I didn't know that money. That's what retail the public 3. Ok. So this is a serving. Do you see what this is? This is a serving people. So 3 servings. How many teaspoons? I mean, how many? Yeah, 15. Alright, let's count. 1234567891011121314 ok. You see why I don't use the big the big bottle, i'd have to carry a beer stein with me. OK, so you can let your husband hold this for a few minutes. No, we're not going to the all right, let's give debbie han and thank her. Now would you agree with me that this could have drug like effects in the brain and cause increased tension and fatigue and even addiction? When you look at the brain of sacrifice animals, they don't look very different than a cocaine addiction. And so these are what are called drug like, or psycho pharmacologic doses of a macro, nutrients. So what we want to do is we want to fright. We want to fight, carves with carved refine carbs, with unrefined carbohydrate. So here's how we do it, because this is very addicting. And when you wash down your food with these sweetened drinks, it turns on a peptide in the stomach neural peptide. Why that says I'm hungry and that's why people that use even diet drinks eat more calories because it's turning on hunger signaling. And then there's another hormone produced in fat, so called left and. And when you eat a high fat food, left left, it is what under normal circumstances tells you you've had enough, but too much high fat and the diet muscles, the left. And so you have the burger, the fries and the coke, and you were drinking a drink that tells you you're hungry and the left and has earmuffs. That tells you you had enough. Do you see how this become a condition over time? And it causes metabolic syndrome. So the potent weapons are in the produce department. That's why they call it the Department of defense. That's why they're called fido chemicals. So we want to color up with leafy green, colorful fruit, whole grain, yes. Including we being of a cato nuts and seeds, and plenty of water could juice those vessels and increase circulation. Now this is a really interesting piece of paper. And if I were to read everything on this paper, you would say vicky i will give you money to stop. And what it is, this is a list of micro nutrients that are involved in depression when these levels of micro nutrients are low. Depression risk is higher, and so I took it upon myself to start looking up the foods that we find these notes from micro nutrients in Mike the, the minerals and micro nutrients. And guess what? Yes. What you can either drive yourself crazy with this list, or you can go here. And let's remember that nutrition is a 3 legged stool, how many legs? It's a 3 legged stool. When you take your nutrients in the right ratios, you are increasing maximizing the absorption of those nutrients, the utilization of those nutrients and the retention of this nutrients. Do you remember the days when people were taking huge amounts of vitamin e supplementation for heart disease? And we were seeing that it actually was acting as a pro oxidant and increasing risk for certain cancers. Well that's because in nature, there are 7, there are 7 forms of vitamin e and they compete for receptor sites on cells. And so when you overload with one than the others, the others can have access to the cell and it acts as a pro oxidant. So copper and vic, if you look on the, on the periodic table, copper and think have almost identical molecular weights. They compete for receptor sites on cell. So yeah, is a good during flu season to have a little extra zinc, sure. But when you take huge amounts with it, you can come up with blood problems, junk food, diet increases. Copper reduces zinc. So it's not just about absolute nutrients, that's why you can't do the cheesecake vitamin diet. These. So, you know, in, in talks ecology, the key, no, the, the theme of toxicology is that the dose that makes the drug that makes the poison. And so supplements can become poisoned when we take huge amounts thinking it's going to counterbalance a lack of good balance and the ratios in the food i had to take whole courses on nutrient interactions. And, and so this is, so it's, it, god has packaged these things. How does that mean? We don't have nutrients of concern. Healthy individuals and michigan, we have nutrients of concern. The 12 is a new train of concern. Iodine is a nutrient of concern vitamin d, A nutrient concern, so I pay attention to the nutrients and I actually supplement with vitamin d and just a general multi but our clinical dietician. Evelyn kissinger's advice is just take the 100 percent r D A to get the basic iodine levels and the B 12 and you be and anything else you're starting to get into pharmacology, which is not a terrible thing, but you better be careful. I have one friend that she took so many supplements you, she had, they all fit in a construction boot box. And I said, we better go have some fun cuz you're dying of supplements. And she got off with them and she felt better. She couldn't get off the couch, her liver and kidneys had to process all of these supplements, and some of them have 3040 ingredients. So be careful. It's medicine, a man. What about rest of em? How many minutes do I have? 5, that is so wrong. Or Oh wow. Okay, well this is the day where I hit it folks, right on time, regular sleep routine, is it important? I'm going to show you a picture of fatigue selectively targets the highest order of cognitive mental functions. Critical thinking becomes what impossible, your brain will shut you down. You go to work on a project. You can't think you end up cleaning the bathroom instead answering emails, surfing the web, because you can't concentrate, then you pay a bunch of money for a time management class when all you really needed was a nap. So this is what arrested brain looks like. This is what a tired brain looks like, and according to blanky, who works with sleep, deprived military decision making fall to chance levels. Olaja had to have after mount carmel, he had to have 2 meals and 2 naps before god could even talk to him. So watch your sleep level. Remember those connections for help support, advice and guidance and what about our habits of thinking? To a large extent, we have the ability to choose how we're going to think about a situation. I remember one time my husband was upstairs working, we were having some kind of challenge. I don't know if it was ministry or finance or something. And I was downstairs, you know, doing the obligatory weren't worrying. I went upstairs to bring him some water and he was working. I said, what are you doing? He said, well, I'm working. I said, how can you work when there's so much to worry about the and he said vicky, i have only so much I can do this. I can't fix it. It's just out of my control. I've prayed about it, and now I'm getting work done. That is ridiculous. I never heard such a thing. And then he, I said, do I have to do all the worrying for the family? And then he said, well, you know how I tell how you tell people to go for a 10 minute walk to improve mood for an hour by Now whose brain cells were committing suicide. Who, whose brain cells who solve the problem. Yeah. Through. Yeah, that's right. So this is from charles spurgeon, i have to share this sad heart. Have a peculiar skill in discovering the most disadvantage point of view from which to gaze upon a trial. If there were only one bog in the desert, they would soon be up to their neck in it. If there were only one line in the forest, they would hear it roar about us all. There's a tinge of this wretched folly, and we are apt at times to cry. All these things are against me. Some of you can relate faith, the way of walking is to cast all care upon the Lord and then to anticipate what good results from the worst calamity when her flight of prosperity and she finds treasures hid in the sand. How many of you want that to develop that mindset only through the word of god through faith, through trust in him, through exercising those spiritual muscles? Can we get to this point? A man sadness is not a bad thing. It's not the same as depression. Shabbiness takes us off line so that we can regroup and reevaluate it may cause us enough pain. So that we're motivated to change like that. Dear attic that came out of change man. Remember what you magnify is going to get bigger. So let's just make up our mind, we're going to magnify trust, magnify solutions, magnify faith. We're going to magnify the law. Here's our last slide. He took me up out of a deep waist place, stuck. You don't know how you got there. You don't know how to get out out of the soften sticky earth. He put my feet on a rock and he made my steps. Certain you may have suffered from depression, you may know people that are suffering from depression, but there is a way out, a man. All right, let's stand for closing prayer, father and heaven. We just thank you so much that you have said that the path of the just is as a shining light. That shines more and more to the perfect day weeping may endure for a night. The joy come in the morning lord teaches to ponder our path order. Our steps, help us, lord, that our brains and bodies, our relationships in our walk with you will become healthier every day so that we can endure for the joy that is set before you. You endured, and you are teaching us to endure. Bless each and every one as they ponder these true. Thank you for the lifestyle to us that you've given us the mental health tools, the attitudinal disciplines, and all the support of heavenly angels. To bring us comfort in times of sorrow in jesus name, amen. 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