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“Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food”

Posted by Monica Fink in Wellness 07 Nov 2015

I’m hoping that this quote from Hippocrates is familiar to most of you. Certainly, we are becoming more attuned to using natural remedies for common ailments. For instance, drinking tea made from ginger can soothe an upset stomach; a headache is often relieved by simply hydrating with water; and turmeric, a common spice, is useful for achy joints.

Today I’d like to talk about something that our culture has grown less comfortable discussing, and therefore, we are less likely to have any knowledge at all about natural and non-pharmaceutical approaches to its treatment. I’m talking about depression.

In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that 1 in 10 Americans reports symptoms of depression. Sadly, this was not a surprise to me. But here is something that was shocking to me: listed in the next column are the symptoms of a common depression prescription called Abilify.


– Increased incidence of stroke in elderly patients with dementia-related mental illness

– Increased risk of suicidality in children, adolescents, and young adults with major depressive disorder

– Increased incidence of metabolic changes that include hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), diabetes, changed in blood lipids, and body weight gain

– Use with caution in patients with known cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease

– Decline in white blood cell counts

– Use cautiously in patients with a history of seizures or with conditions that lower the seizure threshold

– Use caution when operating machinery as Abilify may impair motor function

– The possibility of a suicide attempt is inherent in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder


That’s enough to make anyone depressed! Hopefully it is also enough to make someone think twice about using such a potent drug.


If we look at the symptoms of depression as simply a symptom of an imbalance in the body, we can then begin to look for ways to re-balance the body with natural, non-toxic substances (i.e., real food). Often, a combination of removing harmful substances from the diet plus adding in essential nutrients can have a tremendous impact on the symptoms of depression…with no harmful side effects. What a relief it is to know that we can alleviate something as debilitating as depression without creating a whole host of other problems.

Given half a chance, the body will heal itself. If you or someone you love is struggling with a health-related issue, I can help. If you would like to schedule a comprehensive health history consultation to learn more about working with a Holistic Health Coach, please contact me at (480) 600-0848 or click the button below. I am eager to help you live your healthiest and happiest life!

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