TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Change) For Depression

by Chiropractors Brighton on July 20, 2010

Today’s Guardian talks about Depression – the causes (lifestyle) and remedy (lifestyle).   Steve Ilardi – a respected Clinical Psychologist and university professor from the University of Kansas has been testing his system – known as TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Change) in clinical trials and the preliminary results show that everyone who put the full programme into practice got better!  Throughout our series of blog posts we have regularly spoken about Lifestyle as being the solution to most of the health problems experienced in this modern age.

Depression is the nervous system under extreme stress.  All negative thoughts, physical traumas and chemical toxins have an impact on our nervous system.

Up to 20% of the UK population will have clinical depression at some point, says Ilardi – twice as many as thirty years ago.   Where does this depression epidemic come from?  The answer Ilardi suggests, comes from our lifestyle.  “Our standard of living is better now than ever before, but technological progress comes with a dark underbelly.  Human beings were not designed for this poorly nourished, sedentary, indoor, sleep deprived, socially isolated, frenzied pace of life.”  (We have regularly written on this blog about these issues attacking our health).

Our environment may have evolved rapidly but our physical evolution hasn’t kept up.  Thousands of years ago our ancestors were hunter-gatherers.  “Biologically we still have Stone Age Bodies and when Stone Age body meets modern environment, the health consequences can be disastrous”.    Apparently there is zero depression in places where there are still primitive lifestyles. Ilardi says “they are too busy to sit around brooding.  They get lots of physical activity and sunlight.  Their diet is rich in omega-3, their level of social connection is extraordinary, and they regularly have as much as ten hours of sleep.  The current average for the western world is 6.7 – not enough!!  We have also regularly written about sleep deprivation.

Steve Ilardi’s Recommendations:

  • Take 1,500mg of omega-3 daily with multi vitamin and 500mg of Vit C
  • Don’t dwell on negative thoughts – instead of ruminating start an activity; even conversation counts
  • Exercise for 90 minutes a week
  • Get 15 – 30 minutes of sunlight each morning in the summer.  In winter, consider using a light box
  • Be sociable
  • Get eight hours of sleep

We believe in a healthy Natural Approach too, and understand that the nervous system controls and co-ordinates virtually every other cell, tissue, muscle, gland and organ in the entire body.  Thoughts, traumas and toxins (results of unhealthy lifestyle) can cause interferences in the nervous system, housed in the moving bones of the spinal column.  Chiropractors remove nervous system interference.

Take Advantage of our Complimentary  Consultation Today to have your Nervous System checked for interference.

Visit our clinic for a personal consultation with one of the Doctors of Chiropractic  to find out how your nervous system may be the key to helping to get you well!  Chiropractic Life is passionately committed to your success and provides specialized care for many health problems not commonly associated with the spine.

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Dr. Steve - Chiropractor July 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Interesting take on mental health. I totally agree with your suggested protocol. I might also recommend supplementing vitamin D into the diet as most of the world is also lacking proper Vit D levels.

Chiropractors Brighton July 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Yes, Vitamin D has been getting a lot of good press, however personally I still prefer good old sunshine created by nature!

Jeremy July 25, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Awesome, though the article didnt work when I clicked on it. The link is wrong, but here is the correct one http://www.psych.ku.edu/tlc/Therapeutic%20Lifestyle%20Change%20article.pdf

Also, I have read a great book about sleep. Lights Out – Sleep, Sugar & Survival. Now it is a matter of putting my knowledge into action

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