Talk about barking up the wrong tree!
The mainstream managed to stumble onto a major condition that can cause or worsen depression — but don’t give them a round of applause just yet.
Because while this cause has a simple, safe, and OBVIOUS solution (which I’ll get to in a moment), they didn’t come close to finding it.
They instead cooked up a complicated, difficult, and DANGEROUS answer that could leave depression patients in worse shape then ever.
This new study starts off promising enough, confirming what you’ve read here in the Daily Dose: Depression isn’t just a sad feeling.
It’s INFLAMMATION, especially in the brain.
This isn’t exactly breaking news. Only a hack quack who bills $45 an hour to yammer on and on about your mother still believes depression is all about emotional stuff from your childhood locked up inside your head.
Now the mainstream is finally ready to attack the inflammation — but instead of testing safe and reliable natural inflammation-fighters, they’re pushing POWERFUL and DANGEROUS drugs given to folks with autoimmune diseases.
This new study backs a class of meds called anti-cytokine drugs, which are typically used in patients battling conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease.
While we need certain amounts of inflammation to fight infection and other problems, those conditions are caused by an immune system gone haywire.
It can’t tell friend from foe, and so it starts attacking its own body.
The drugs “work” by turning down the immune system, making it slow and lazy — and sure, that stops the attacks, eases inflammation, and brings a little relief. And who knows? That might even ease depression too.
But at what price?
As the folks who’ve taken these drugs can tell you firsthand, life on an immune-suppressing drug is no picnic either.
Turning down the immune system can leave it offline when it’s needed, exposing you to the risk of horrible — in some cases potentially deadly — infections.
As a result, many folks with conditions like RA find they’d rather deal with the intense pain of the disease than the body-wrecking side effects of these and similar drugs.
Why mess around with this stuff when you don’t have to?
The researchers agree the key isn’t in shutting down the immune system. It’s in easing the inflammation — and when it comes to the inflammation in the brain that marks depression, you won’t find a better weapon than curcumin.
That’s a powerful brain-boosting inflammation-fighting compound found in the spice turmeric. It’s so good at fighting inflammation in the brain that a 2013 study found it’s as good as the drug Prozac in patients with depression.
Learn more — including other ways to beat depression without drugs — in this free report from my Daily Dose archives.