Mental & Emotional Symptoms Can Arise from Physical Causes
A conscientious physician must always investigate WHY someone is experiencing sadness or anxiety or insomnia because these causes always exist. Symptoms are the body’s way of communicating to us, telling us that something is not right, that something is out of balance. Taking a psychiatric prescription without first doing a comprehensive investigation of these causes will never be a cure and will very likely end in negative effects including addiction. Think twice before starting this type of medication unless you have fully investigated all the biochemical, hormonal and dietary causes.
There is seldom a single cause for any mental or emotional imbalance but rather several.
So rather than searching for this single cause a physician must keep a broader perspective to take into consideration the interplay between different values found in lab results.
All lab results have what is called a ‘Reference Range’ and most physicians feel that if a person’s result falls within this range then it is normal.
This is true, that it is considered normal but we don’t want to just be normal like the rest of our ill population. We want optimal physical and mental health.
Take thyroid hormones as an example.
A person can have less than optional thyroid hormone levels, sometimes called subclinical hypothyroidism, and be experiencing a wide range of symptoms as a result but because their thyroid hormone values fall within the lab’s reference range the doctor will proclaim that their thyroid hormones are just fine.
This same attitude is often applied to other lab test results and from a holistic or alternative medical perspective this is an outdated, lazy approach on behalf of the physician.
Below is a list of labs which need to be performed in order to detect the underlying biochemical and hormonal causes of mental and emotional symptoms.
- Vitamin D
- Blood Glucose
- Glycocylated Hemoglobulin (HA1c) to understand how a person is regulating their blood sugar over a 3 month period.
- Thyroid Hormones including TSH, T4, Free T4 and Free T3
- Thyroid Antibodies (TPO & TGA) to check for Hashimoto’s
- Heavy Metals (Urine) to check for lead, mercury and others
- Female & Male Hormones (Saliva)
- Iron levels including Ferritin
- CBC or Complete Blood Count to assess red and white blood cells
- Chronic, silent infections (Blood & Microscope)
- Lipids including cholesterol which is an essential nutrient required to make ALL the steroid hormones
- Liver enzymes
- Adrenal function to assess cortisol levels (saliva)
This is only a partial list but it gives you an idea about how important a comprehensive workup is in order to assess underlying issues.
There are many other causes which are not testable though we know they have negative impacts upon our health.
Here is a partial list which must be considered by a conscientious physician.
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Mold Sensitivities
- EMFs or Electromagnetic Frequency Disturbances
- Environmental Toxins found primarily in our homes and work/school places
- Dental Issues including amalgams and root canals
- Halogens like fluoride in our water supply
- Gut Ecology issues from the overuse of antibiotics and lack of beneficial bacterial flora
Hippocrates said there are two primary causes of chronic illness.
The first is nutritional deficiencies and the second is environmental toxins. If he would have known about the germ theory I think he would have included pathogens as a third.
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