As a hormone specialist, I know that when body chemistry is out of balance, depression is common. But depression can also be related to poor diet, toxicity, digestive health, and other lifestyle factors. Deborah, another subject featured in Radiant Again & Forever, is a textbook example of the complexity of depression and its root causes. Her depression began after childbirth. During her pregnancy, Deborah’s thyroid hormone had become depleted, and after giving birth, her estrogen levels plummeted as well. Unfortunately, the antidepressants she took did not treat these fundamental causes of her depression. Instead, she became exhausted, gained weight, and lost her libido, which only compounded the situation. Her consumption of diet sodas was also a problem. And perhaps most importantly, she felt aimless and needed to find a new purpose for her life. One by one, we addressed these issues, helping Deborah "clean house" by rebalancing her hormones and removing toxicity from her diet. She also began therapy and enrolled in some mentoring programs.
Deborah’s story and the others in my book offer powerful evidence that working together, doctors and patients can pinpoint and address the real reasons for symptoms that should never be accepted as a fact of life. Aging is inevitable, but what it looks and feels like is up to us. I want your second half of life to be the best.
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