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A Little Dirt For Depression

The world is facing a crisis that indirectly affects each and every one of us at some level. We are like a giant mobile, and when one small component moves, it moves every other piece. Depression has rocked our world recently. Suicides and mass shootings are in our headlines more than ever before, and if you are a parent, you should be very concerned because the children of today have a 1 in 4 chance of having depression when they are between the age of 18 – 29 years old, but there is something you can do to prevent this.

We now know that there are multiple components that contribute to all ailments, including depression. The human body is made up of 5 core components….the physical body, the mind, the spirit, the emotions and the energetic component. All five must be addressed, but it is essential that the physical body be focused on first. There is no question that environmental toxins along with toxic residues from a poor diet, and a lack of exercise are major contributors. It is crucial that the physical body be handled firstas internal irritants can have a profound effect on the other components including ones emotions and mental stability.

“Every single one of us must include the following in their daily diet: raw fat, a complete protein source, and bacteria”.

The brain is made up of 60% fat and cholesterol, and the Myelin sheath, which covers and protects each individual nerve cell, is made up of 70% fat. Why would there be so much fat in our brains you ask? Because fat protects the body from any foreign bodies that are not supposed to be there. Fat operates like a little pac-man. When toxins enter our body, the fat that is there absorbs as much as it can to protect vital organs. Since the brain is one of the most vitals organs in our body, it is crucial that this high concentration of fat and cholesterol be there to protect it. Nerve cells transmit electrochemical impulses throughout the brain and the high fat level in the myelin sheath protects these nerve cells so they may function properly. Studies have proven that the thicker the myelin, the more nerve cells can travel. Thin or damaged myelin is associated with a myriad of neurological disorders such as OCD, anorexia, Tourette’s syndrome, dysmorphia, self-injury, bi-polarity, MS, anxiety, dementia, and depression, just to name a few.

Complete protein sources are also crucial for a healthy brain. A complete protein source has all of the essential amino acids to allow your body to function properly. Animal proteins such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy are the only sources that are considered a complete protein. Why is this so important? Proteins are the building blocks of the entire body and all of its functions. The brain, heart, bones, blood, hormones and every other body part needs protein to survive. This is how it works…when you eat protein, the body breaks the protein down into amino acids. Animal proteins have all of the essential amino acids so when your brain needs a specific combination of amino acids for support to rebuild new healthy cells, it combines the amino acids necessary to build the new brain cell. When animal protein is cooked, the heating process destroys some of these amino acids so when the body tries to put the predetermined set of amino acids together for the brain it is missing some of them and thus your brain does not get the new brain cells needed.

Animal protein has received a bad rap in recent years. The fear of cholesterol and carcinogenic properties such as Heterocyclic amines, that are produced when animal protein is cooked, has lead some down a path of vegetarianism. Now, I am the biggest animal lover there is, and I am not against vegetarianism or veganism, but unfortunately, many who are trying to live on a vegetarian diet are actually doing more damage than good. It turns out that only 18% of Americans have the genetic mutation called a vegetarian allele, to allow them to live well without animal protein. These are people whose heritage originates from traditionally vegetarian cultures such as India, Africa and East Asia. The other 82% of us need animal protein to survive. But, if animal protein is essential for survival, and it produces cancer-causing chemicals, what is the answer? Actually, the answer is raw meat. There are no cancer causing agents in raw meat what so ever and since there is no heat applied, all of its amino acids are intact. Raw eggs, meat, fish and diary products help rebuild healthy cells in the brain without adding additional toxins. Think sushi, carpaccio, ceviche, and steak tartar. Say it isn’t so! What about the bacteria you say? Wont I die of salmonella poisoning? Actually, bacteria are another one of the essential components needed for brain health.

We are one giant human microbiome with 100 trillion bacteria of several hundred different species and 3 million non-human genes and yet we are terrified of bacteria. We live in such a bacteria phobic culture and the fear that has created these anti-bacterial products we put in and on our body is literally killing us. 14,000 people die each year from Clostridium difficile, a gastrointestinal infection that occurs after taking antibiotics.

We were put on this planet to work synergistically with our environment including bacteria. It was designed by nature to break down bodily toxins so the body can remove these toxins efficiently. This has been proven in study after study at reputable universities all over the world. Other studies show that children growing up on farms and exposed to bacteria on a continual basis are far healthier than children who are not because they are in constant contact with and ingest bacteria frequently by having their hands in the dirt or petting animals and then putting their hands in their mouth. These small amounts of bacteria provide small detoxifications on a continual basis. Children living in families who are terrified of bacteria, keeping them from this exposure go through more intense detoxifications once exposed. A more intense detoxification may look something like “the flu”.

Not getting enough bacteria in our systems allowing us to detoxify regularly causes these poisons to store somewhere in the body and the brain is one of the locations where they are stored, interfering with neural connections thus causing neurological issues and mental disorders. You can pay a pharmaceutical company hundreds of dollars for a bacteria pill, or a fecal transplant, or you can eat dirt….and raw meat and raw eggs, and raw unpasteurized diary products daily like I do. Here’s to your health!

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