5 Step Program

The comprehensive three-week evidence-based intervention program for Sickness Syndrome depression utilizes five steps.  These five steps offer you a natural treatment for anxiety and a natural treatment for depression which will reduce stress and inflammation in your body, and treat the underlying cause of the symptoms, rather then simply mask the symptoms (e.g. taking Prozac® to alter neurotransmitter levels or taking aspirin for a headache-neither one treats the underlying cause of your symptoms).

Three Week Program for Sickness Syndrome Depression

STEP 1: REDUCE INFLAMMATION

Purification Program - following a 21-day whole-food based clinical purification program 1 similar to the one outlined in Clinical Purification: A Complete Treatment and Reference Manual 2 is a wise first step towards attaining a long term, successful natural treatment for depression associated with Sickness Syndrome.


The Anti-inflammatory Diet
  • Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids. These fats decrease inflammation in your body.
    • Two tablespoons of flax seed oil, or hemp seed oil per day
    • One handful of raw walnuts per day
  • Eliminate
    • Trans Fatty acids from your diet. These fats increase inflammation in your body.
    • Packaged cereal that has "Hydrogenated oil or partially hydrogenated oil" listed ANYWHERE on the label
    • Packaged crackers, chips or pastries that have "Hydrogenated oil or partially hydrogenated oil" listed ANYWHERE on the label
    • Fast food-French fries, burgers or fried chicken
    • Products that have a long shelf life (e.g. Twinkies - they have a 30 year shelf life!)
  • Avoid fried foods and a high intake of omega-6 fatty acids (found in most cooking oils). They increase inflammation in your body.
    • Canola oil, safflower oil, grapeseed oil, etc.
  • Calorie restriction
    • Cut calories by 30% while maintaining a nutrient dense diet.
  • Herbal Medicines for Sickness Syndrome- Take at least one of the following per day:
    • Holy Basil - Referred to as the "Queen of Herbs" and the "incomparable one" in Ayurvedic Medicine, Holy Basil is an excellent natural treatment for anxiety and a wonderful natural treatment for depression because it not only reduces inflammation, but also regulates stress and cortisol levels - which are tied to the root cause of Sickness Syndrome depression. 500 mg per day
    • Proteolytic Enzymes — Potent anti-inflammatory proteolytic enzymes increase antioxidant enzymes (SOD, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase) while reducing inflammatory cytokines. 200 mg per day
    • Turmeric — The popular cooking spice-is proven to be a potent anti-inflammatory medicine. 500 mg per day
    • Withania somnifera — Known as Ashwagandha in Ayurvedic literature, the extract derived from the root has potent anti-inflammatory properties. 500 mg per day
  • Nutrients for Sickness Syndrome - Take at least one of the following per day:
    • Sesame Seed oil — Both sesamin and sesamolin found in sesame seed oil inhibit inflammation. Dosage: 1 tablespoon per day
    • Coconut - Coconut oil has potent antibacterial and antiviral properties that reduce inflammation in the body caused by infection. Dosage: 1/2 coconut or 3 ½ tablespoons coconut oil per day= 20-25 grams lauric acid.

STEP 2: SUPPORT YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS

  • Nutrients for your adrenal stress glands
  • Get tested for DHEA and Cortisol. If you are low…Take DHEA- 5-25 mg per day or supplement with an adrenal gland extract.
  • Vitamin C (As sodium ascorbate and/or Camu Camu berry extract) - 60 mg per day
  • Herbal medicines for your adrenal stress glands - Take at least one of the following per day:
    • Withania somnifera - Known as Ashwagandha in Ayurvedic literature, the extract derived from the root has potent anti-inflammatory properties. 500 mg per day.*
    • Holy Basil-Referred to as the "Queen of Herbs" and the "incomparable one" in Ayurvedic Medicine, it is an excellent natural treatment for anxiety and a wonderful natural treatment for depression because it not only reduces inflammation, but also regulates stress and cortisol levels - which are tied to the root cause of Inflamed Brain. 500 mg per day*
    • Rhodiola Rosea - Clinical trials have demonstrated its efficacy in reducing mental fatigue, improving cognitive functioning, enhancing sense of well being and regulating cortisol levels. Rhodiola also has anti-inflammatory properties. 500 mg per day

*You will notice that this herb is also listed in Step 1. That is because it has both anti-inflammatory properties and properties that support your adrenal stress glands. So you only need to take 500 mg per day to accomplish both things at one time.


STEP 3: STAY IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

(This means staying in a place of calm and focus irrespective of what is going on around you.)
  • Meditate — There are large selections of meditation techniques available. Here is a simple one for you to try:

    Get in water for at least 5 minutes first thing in the morning when you wake up AND right before you go to bed. Ideally you will be in a bathtub, but you can also just stand under a shower. During this time take a deep breath, relax, and ask for any guidance, for the best and highest good that you may receive regarding how to grow and to better yourself. Envision a rainbow when your eyes are closed. Initially, you may not receive any information, or you may feel frustrated or confused. But, with patience and acceptance you will soon "tune in" to your higher self and be guided to a place of calm and relaxation. You will find that as you follow the other steps in this program, your ability to meditate daily will improve and your desire to do so will increase.

  • Practice Yoga Daily - There are many yoga techniques available. Find one that you are comfortable with and that you are willing to dedicate at least 15 minutes to per day.
  • Take Suntheanine — Research has shown that L-Theanine increases alpha brain wave activity, improves learning performance, heightens mental acuity, and promotes concentration while diminishing social anxiety. An excellent natural treatment for anxiety. 200 mg per day

STEP 4: REST AND RELAXATION

  • Avoid caffeine and white sugar (including those listed in ingredient labels). These ingredients make relaxing very difficult to do.
  • Sleep well! Make sure you get enough sleep per night. Ideally you are winding down to go to bed by 10 PM and waking up around 6 AM. Since sleep needs can vary, an indication that you are getting enough sleep is to take note of how you feel when you wake up in the morning. If you have had enough sleep, you will awake refreshed and ready to experience the day. But if you have insufficient or poor quality sleep, you will feel groggy and in need of a cup of coffee to get going. If you have trouble sleeping, you will find that practicing the other steps in this program will help you to sleep better. Follow the program diligently and the rest will come.
  • Enjoy LEISURE time activities for at least 30 minutes per day, at least 3 times per week. Leisure time activities are physical activities that you REALLY ENJOY doing, such as playing soccer with friends or family, running along the beach, taking a long walk with someone you love, or enjoying a refreshing swim. Leisure time physical activities not only get your blood flowing, but they also increase activity in a part of your brain associated with “feel good” emotions. This is not only a natural treatment for depression and a natural treatment for anxiety, but also a great preventive step you can take to ensure lifelong mental health and well-being. This natural treatment for depression and anxiety helps you to tolerate stress in a healthy way and to reduce inflammation in your brain.

STEP 5: POSITIVE PERCEPTION

The best researched ways to improve your perception of the world around you and of yourself is to practice the following (pick at least TWO of these daily practices):

  • Engage in daily meditation and yoga
  • Develop a positive attitude
  • Practice forgiveness
  • Learn what your skills, abilities and gifts are, and then use them to make a difference in the lives of others
  • Laugh often!
1 Standard Process offers a Purification Program that is based on the recommendations outlined in Clinical Purification: A Complete treatment and Reference Manual. Dr. Nick does not receive royalties or other remuneration for sale of the products included in the program. The program is only available through licensed healthcare professionals. For more information visit www.standardprocess.com.(back)
2 Nick, G. Clinical Purification: A Complete Treatment and Reference Manual. LTP Publishing, 2001.(back)

*Nothing on this site should be viewed as a substitute for competent medical care. You should not undertake any changes based on information contained on this web site without first consulting your healthcare practitioner.