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Heal Your Depression - and Celebrate Life!

 

Dr. Marcy Foley

 

With Contributions by

Kent Davidsson

 

 

Published by:

Kornax Enterprises

P.O. Box 783

Lyons, CO 80540

 

First Printing: September 2001

 

Freedom of Information: Under the freedom of information act, Dr. Foley shares the following information with the reader. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat any condition. If the reader wishes to use any of the information in this booklet, he or she must assume all responsibility for any changes which could ensue with the use of any herbs, vitamins, minerals, essential oils or other suggestions in this booklet. Dr. Foley recommends that if a person has an illness, it is important to seek professional guidance from a qualified health practitioner who also knows the principles of the natural care of the human body.

 

 

Remember:

 

All emotions are beautiful!

Give yourself the gift of discovering them

and finding ways

to express who you truly are!

 

God Bless you

in your self-discovery process!

Table of Contents

 

 

Symptoms and Causes of Depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2

Physical Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

How I Healed My Depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Amino Acids and Other Nutrients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Methionine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Phenylalanine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Tryptophan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Melatonin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Pregnenolone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

The Energy System in the Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Essential Oils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Homeopathy, Gemstone Elixirs and Flower Essences . . . . . . . . . . .14

Diet and Digestion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Detoxification and Rebuilding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Urine Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Exercise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

Spiritual Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Mental Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Making Your Unique Contribution to the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Emotional Expression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Relationships With Others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Putting All These Ideas into Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

Practical Steps In Healing Your Depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39

Bibliography and Recommended Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Supportive Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Wellness Programs by Dr. Marcy Foley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Health Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

Vibrational Remedy Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

Dr. Foley's Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45-46

Amino Acid Supplements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

Sanctuary: The AIM Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

Urine Therapy Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

Water Oz Ionic Minerals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

Young Living Essential Oils & Supplements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

 

Healing Depression

Depression is a much misunderstood topic. All of us feel out of sorts, or depressed, at certain times in our life. This is not the condition I am referring to in this booklet. Chronic depression, sometimes labeled as "clinical" depression, is a serious illness involving many aspects of one's life . . . physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

In clinical depression, a person may say they are depressed simply because there are just too many repressed emotions for that person to be able to define their true feelings. Depression can be a condition where one just shuts down due to overwhelm and confusion. Rather than defining depression as an emotion, I say depression is a "soup" of emotions that the person has, which can't be sorted out into specific areas of anger, fear, grief, terror, rage, etc.

Depression is when someone asks you how you feel and you can't point to a specific emotion. If you can say, "I feel angry. I feel sad. I feel afraid," then you are not depressed. But, if you just feel blah, "don't care," are unmotivated, apathetic and just "tired of it all," then you are most likely depressed.

What does it feel like to be depressed? In my case, I was unable to get off the couch or unable to get out of bed. I would mope around the house for 1-2 weeks without ever going outside. I was too afraid to walk to the end of my driveway to pick up my mail because "someone might see me!" And, this was when I lived in Illinois across from a corn field! I also felt very hopeless and helpless. I just didn't see the point of living any longer.

 

Symptoms of Depression

 

What Are the Causes of Depression?

 

 

Your Physical Level

 

America is suffering an all-time record at this time in the usage of medications for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bi-polar (manic-depressive) disorders. In 1999, physicians wrote over 130 million prescriptions for depression and mental health related symptoms at a cost of $8.58 billion. Physicians know that antidepressants are only part of the answer for mental health. They also know that these drugs only outperform the placebo effect by 18%, yet they continue to prescribe these drugs due to the marketing tactics by drug companies. Drug companies spend approximately $5 billion annually to send sales representatives to doctors' offices to ensure the physician's cooperation in these sales!

Most of these allopathic drugs work either by increasing the synaptic release or mimicking the effect of the neurotransmitters in the brain. However, they do not increase their production. Perhaps some people feel better, (or think they feel better) for a short period of time, but this doesn't last. Sooner or later when all the available base materials are used up in the brain, these drugs cease to work, even if the medication is increased.

Epinephrine and Norepinephrine are two compounds secreted by the adrenal glands when one is under stress, to produce the famous fight or flight response. We may not find ourselves very often in the jungle running from a tiger. But, we get caught in traffic jams or are the recipients of another person's road rage. We may have had a hectic day and walk into our home only to have our spouse and children make demands we are not prepared to meet. After a stress-filled day at work there are additional responsibilities to prepare meals, attend to home and yard maintenance as well as the many other seemingly endless multitudes of chores which require our attention. You may want to scream, "Where is there quiet, alone time just for me - to take a walk, to sit and enjoy quiet conversation with my partner, or read a book?"

But, you might also say, "I can't relax now, there is too much to do!" Thus, we keep going, depleting many nutrients and getting deeper and deeper into spiritual, mental and emotional fatigue. Pretty soon tension and body pain, irritability, depression and anxiety are things we spend a great amount of time trying to either put up with or ignore. Then there comes the day when we can't get out of bed, or can't get off the couch. We feel so desperate, we are often happy when the physician prescribes an anti-depressant.

 

How I Healed My Depression

I had experienced moderate depression and toyed with suicidal tendencies since my early childhood. I said to myself once, "I wish my depression was bad enough that someone would prescribe medication for it. Then, I'd get some relief." Well, watch what you wish for, because it will probably come true! It did in my case.

I was prescribed Prozac and Xanax after a nervous breakdown and serious suicide attempt. At that point, I really wasn't in much of a state to object. Two out of the other three members of my family were on medication for so-called "mental problems." Even though I was a Chiropractic Physician at the time and didn't believe in taking allopathic drugs, I said to myself, "OK, maybe there is something biochemically out of balance with me, and maybe in this instance I need medication." I couldn't have been more wrong! It was just at that time, I didn't have the knowledge I do now, so I was unable to help myself.

I was prescribed Prozac for depression and Xanax to counteract the side effects of Prozac. This sounded crazy, but I didn't know what else to do, so I complied! However, I soon learned that when you take Prozac, you trade depression for irritability and anxiety. I questioned my physician as to whether these were addictive drugs and he reassured me by saying, "No, these drugs aren't addictive." I don't know why medical physicians try to deceive us. By all means, these are both very addictive drugs!

When one Prozac a day didn't help, my psychiatrist prescribed two a day . . . then three . . . then four. At that point, I was on the highest dose the FDA (at that time) allowed. If I would miss a dose of my drugs, I would start uncontrollable crying spells. I would sometimes forget who I was or what I was doing. Once I was driving in the car on the way to the grocery store and I had forgotten my third dose of Prozac. I had a momentary dizzy spell - nearly a blackout - and pulled off to the side of the road. I said to myself, "I don't know what day it is, what my name is or where I am going." In that moment, I panicked. I felt like a lost little child, very afraid and lonely. So I said a prayer to God to please help me pull myself together.

I was also an alcoholic and my psychiatrist knew this, but he didn't tell me that Prozac causes one to crave refined carbohydrates. Alcohol is the most refined carbohydrate there is! It can by-pass the stomach and go straight into the blood, which is why some people can get drunk very quickly on an empty stomach. In my case, I was more interested in alcohol than pastries, cookies and cake. Those substances didn't numb out my emotional pain the way alcohol did. Later, when I was in recovery for my alcoholism I talked to my psychiatrist and asked him why he didn't tell me about the relationship to taking an anti-depressant and a tranquilizer while also drinking alcohol. He said, "I knew you wouldn't quit drinking, so why bother to tell you!" I said, "You should have at least given me the information and let me decide!!!" He just chuckled, as he looked down towards the floor.

When I began losing my memory I went back to my psychiatrist and told him this. Again, he laughed at me and said, "Well, any anti-depressant will do that! (With the tone in his voice which sounded like, you stupid idiot!) I said, "Well, I can't afford to lose my memory. I have too much to remember with my work as a doctor. I have to get off these drugs! He said, "You can go to any treatment facility in America, and they will help you get off alcohol, marijuana, heroine or cocaine, but no treatment center can help you get off prescribed drugs." I said, "I'll find a way to get off these blankety-blank drugs. You watch me!"

During this time, I was attending Dr. Christopher's School of Natural Healing. As my nerves were frazzled, I began to research nervine herbs. I started taking extra B-vitamins, Dr. Christopher's B & B Tincture, Relax-Eze Tincture and Ex-Stress formula which contain the herbs of hops, valerian, wood betony, scullcap, lobelia, blue vervain, black cohosh, blue cohosh, capsicum, mistletoe, and others. David Christopher also suggested I take foods which are soothing to nerve tissue such as sesame seeds & sesame butter (tahini), sunflower seeds, tofu and other foods. I got on a vegetarian mucusless diet, among other health practices.

I took these formulas for about 6 months before I decided to decrease my dosages of Prozac and Xanax. It was suggested by someone I highly respected to just open a capsule of Prozac and pour a tiny bit out. Well, that was not fast enough for me, so I went from four pills to three pills one day. What a shock to my system! I was in the middle of classes, and this made me so sensitive to sound that I had to sit in the next room to listen to the lectures because it sounded like the teacher was using a megaphone in my ear if I sat any closer. The next week, I went from three pills to two pills and the following week I went from two pills to one pill a day.

On the awful night when I decided I had taken my last Prozac, my husband was out of town so I was in the house alone. I got into bed and pulled the covers over my head. I was terrified! I was shaking and sweating like a drug addict (because indeed I was!) Soon my nightgown, the bed sheets and my pillows were all wet from my perspiration. I didn't dare move out of bed. I had the worst anxiety attack of my life that night, and took enough Xanax to pass out so I could forget what was happening to my body during the Prozac withdrawal!

NOTE: I do not recommend that anyone get off a drug like Prozac the way I did it. It could be very dangerous, especially if you live alone.

I am not allowed by law to assist anyone in getting off any medication an M.D. has prescribed. If you are interested in getting off your anti-depressant, tranquilizer or sleeping pill medication, you will have to find a way that works for you. My only precaution is to take it slow and be easy with yourself! Perhaps your physician will work with you. Mine wasn't in the least bit interested in doing this, so I did it myself. I was desperate to get off that nasty stuff! Dr. Billie J. Sahley has a book entitled, Breaking Your Prescribed Addiction that may assist you. I stock this book if you are interested in obtaining a copy.

I never took another Prozac again but it took me another 1 years to get off Xanax. If I didn't take Xanax, I had anxiety attacks and couldn't sleep. No matter what natural remedies I took to calm me and help me sleep, they didn't work.

Then one day I was introduced to therapeutic quality essential oils in the company called Young Living. I got a starter kit which contained a blend called Peace & Calming. Out of the 7 oils in that kit, this was the one that I craved. I soon carried a bottle of Peace & Calming in my purse, and had one by my bed. I couldn't go anywhere without my Peace & Calming. I used it 3-4 times a day, just dropping it on my wrists. Within 6 months, I gradually decreased my dosage of Xanax until I didn't need it any longer. I have now been off all prescribed drugs since 1995.

 

Emotional Expression

It is unfortunately common that many people are looking to find a way to control their emotions. This is suppression rather than expression. To break the word apart, E-motions, are Energy in Motion. They are meant to move. When we are depressed, our emotional body is not moving

It is extremely unloving to suppress the emotional body. To do so means that we miss out on the richness and passion our emotions give to us. Our emotional body is beautiful and is what gives us a full and satisfying life. There are also many insights that our emotions are here to give us, which could be defined as a state of mastery within our emotional body.

We gain mastery of our emotional body by first recognizing what is there - using discernment - and then working with that information in combination with the intelligence of our mental body. Thus, we combine two polarity partners into an application of wisdom, whereby we gain access to our wholeness! In this way we live in balance. Notice that this principle of wholeness is very pervasive in any kind of healing - whether it is wholeness in our food choices, or using the wholeness of our complete being. We heal ourselves by bringing together the various polarities within us into our center point.

What emotion are you experiencing? What is the purpose of this emotion? How do you feel about your emotion? Do you have acceptance or judgment for your emotion? Are you acting or reacting, in this situation? When we have mastery over our emotional body, we are acting. When we are ungrounded, not living in balance in the present moment, what happens is that the old, stored emotions will cause us to Re-Act (to act again). Get it? You are acting again on the same information, in a new situation. Is this your highest possibility for this window of opportunity? When we are clear of emotional residues, we will enjoy the spontaneous expression of emotions which truly apply to the current situation, and we can then make the best use of the windows of opportunity which our Creator brings to us.

Depression represents suppressed energies on some level. Find out what is true for you to express in this moment, and then do it. This can be tricky to do because when you are in a negative frame of mind (input from the mental body), or you have many formerly repressed emotions (congestion in the emotional body), you can easily say or do things that can be harsh or hurtful, particularly to those closest to you.

If this is the case, you may wish to apply certain high frequency essential oils. The application of the right choice of oils will help to ground you, and also help to integrate your mental and emotional bodies. These oils will also help you get in touch with what you need to express as your emotions come more to the surface. Then discern if you need to express what you are thinking or feeling to others, or if it is more appropriate to work with yourself. You may not always have the opportunity to express yourself in person to others. In this case, use your journal, or go outside in a forest and do your ranting and raving. Lie in bed and beat the pillows, or cry. Watch a melodramatic movie and allow your tears to flow freely.

Remember: Essential oils will not control or get rid of emotions. They will help bring your suppressed emotions to the surface so we may take emotional ownership of them.

There are many ways to express what is happening in your emotional body. Anger and rage are very energetic emotions to express. You can scream, yell, walk very quickly or run, hit a tennis ball, take a baseball bat and beat the bed, floor or wall. These emotions require a lot of activity to move. Fear and terror, are more quiet, and you can lie in bed and groan into a pillow. Grief may want to be expressed by consciously sighing. People with a lot of stored grief will naturally sigh a lot, which they usually don't notice. Sighing and yawning can also be signs of stored fear and terror.

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