The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind

ARE YOU ONE OF the 100 million, or one-in-three, Americans struggling through life with a “broken brain?” It doesn’t have to be that way. Today, I’m going to share with you the key to good mental and emotional health -- to an “UltraMind” … one that’s calm, confident, and happy. But first, ask yourself these questions:
  • Do you fear losing your job because you’re tired, unfocused, and inattentive, and your memory is failing, so you can’t properly perform your tasks at work?
  • Do you feel depressed, hopeless, disconnected, and disengaged from your life?
  • Do you see your relationships breaking down because you are mentally and emotionally absent or numb?
  • Do you forget to meet friends or go to appointments, and then can’t figure out how in the world you forgot?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you are not alone. Right now in America, there is a rising tide of “broken brains.” And conventional medicine cannot cure it. This epidemic includes conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, attention deficit disorder (ADD), autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as more subtle symptoms like mood swings, sleep problems, poor concentration, and brain fog. Consider this ... One in ten Americans today uses antidepressants, while more than eight million children are taking stimulants like Ritalin. Is something wrong with this picture? Is this part of the normal human condition? Are we defectively designed so that we cannot be happy, or concentrate, or remember things without pills? Is depression a Prozac deficiency? Is ADHD a Ritalin deficiency? Is Alzheimer’s an Aricept deficiency? I think not. But here’s the really big news: These “diseases” do not exist. At least not in the way we think they do. Let me explain. Let’s say you have chronic feelings of sadness and despair. Conventional doctors might say you have a disease called “depression.” But depression is not the cause of your sadness and despair. It’s just a name we use to group people together for the purpose of giving them all the same drug therapy. You feel sad and despairing? You have “depression” and need an “antidepressant!” But do we know the reason for these symptoms? Do we know the causes? Are they even the same from one person to another? Think about it.
By scouring the literature, consulting with other doctors and scientists, and experimenting with my own body and mind, I finally came to understand that it wasn’t just one thing that had caused my brain to break, but the accumulation of many things.
You and the person sitting next to you could both have chronic symptoms we call a “headache,” but maybe your pain is caused by drinking too much wine every night, while his pain is the result of being hit on the head with the empty bottle every night. As you can imagine, these two chronic headaches can’t be cured in the same way, because their root causes are different. But that approach is exactly the one the current medical community is taking! They give the same treatment for diseases with the same name, even though the cause of that disease may be radically different from person to person. Drugs like antidepressants don’t cure the disease, they just mask the symptoms. We don’t need to continue using these same drug treatments that don’t work, make things worse with side effects, or at best give partial relief. There is a proven, medical alternative and it is called The UltraMind Solution. It is based on Functional Medicine -- the greatest revolution medicine has seen in the last hundred years. It is the medical equivalent of Columbus saying the world is round not flat, or Galileo proving that the earth is NOT the center of the universe. And it offers the promise to heal all of our broken brains and all chronic illness. When it comes to broken brains, the key to this new paradigm is simply this: Your mood problems, your memory problems, your trouble focusing, your ADD and depression are ... NOT ALL IN YOUR HEAD! THEY ARE IN YOUR BODY. By FIXING YOUR BODY, YOU WILL automatically FIX YOUR BROKEN BRAIN -- and experience an ULTRAMIND. Your energy, memory, focus, and your joy will all increase. Your depression, anxiety, dementia, and ADD will fade away like a bad dream. I know -- because I was cured myself using this simple but powerful method. You see, my own brain broke one day in 1996. In fact, I felt like I had developed ADD, depression, and dementia all at once! The worse my body felt, the worse my brain functioned. My eyes would get red and swollen, I couldn’t focus, I had rashes and diarrhea, I couldn’t remember what I had just said, I couldn’t feel joy, and I was constantly exhausted, yet had trouble sleeping. I saw doctors. I saw psychiatrists. No one could find the cause for my symptoms or agree on a diagnosis. Some said I had depression, others suggested chronic fatigue. So I decided to find the answers for myself. By scouring the literature, consulting with other doctors and scientists, and experimenting with my own body and mind, I finally came to understand that it wasn’t just one thing that had caused my brain to break, but the accumulation of many things. And the cure wasn’t found in one magic pill, but by balancing the 7 core systems in my body, or what I came to call The 7 Keys to UltraWellness. They are:
  1. Optimize nutrition.
  2. Balance your hormones.
  3. Cool off inflammation.
  4. Fix your digestion.
  5. Enhance detoxification.
  6. Boost energy metabolism.
  7. Calm your mind.
Imbalances in these keys are the underlying causes of all illness. You see, not only are your joint pains, skin rashes, gastrointestinal distress, and depression all connected, but the only way to find your way out of this mess of chronic disease (including the epidemic of broken brains) is by using a new map -- one that allows us to see how everything is connected. This new map is the basis of Functional Medicine. It is a rich new method, a fundamental change in our thinking, a whole different paradigm. It changes our approach to the very way we think about illness and the human body and brain. The truth is that you can’t treat mental illness effectively by using ONLY drugs or psychotherapy. You need to treat the body, because the body and brain are one interconnected system. What you do to your body, you do to your brain. Treat your body and you treat your brain. ONLY when you fix your body will you fix your broken brain. That is the method I use in my medical practice. Every day, I witness miracles.
  • How would you like to boost your child’s IQ and increase his or her focus and attention?
  • How would you like to reverse ADD or ADHD or even autism in your child?
  • If you’re an adult suffering from mood swings or depression, would you like to know the 7 drug-free ways you can reduce your symptoms -- naturally?
  • How would you like to learn how to avoid becoming another Alzheimer’s statistic -- and even reverse early dementia?
  • Or would you like to learn to recapture the mental energy, memory, focus, and clarity of your youth?
These are all possibilities right now. But the methods to achieve them are the best-kept secret in medicine today. Unlike our current medical system, you don’t need expensive therapies or medications in order to join this revolution. You just need a fork, a pair of sneakers, and an understanding of your body’s 7 key systems! This is the goal of my book, The UltraMind Solution. In The UltraMind Solution I teach you how to achieve optimum mental health and brain health without drugs or psychotherapy. I explain more about how balancing the 7 key systems of your body leads to an UltraMind. And I give you step-by-step instruction for achieving that goal. I believe everyone deserves to live a life full of energy, vitality, pleasure, and happiness. The UltraMind Solution will show you how to relieve your suffering so that you can live your life as you were meant to live it. But I don’t want you to take my word for it. I want you to discover it for yourself. That is why, in the UltraMind Solution blog series, I outline this new program for healing your broken brain. In the UltraMind Solution: Key #1 I will teach you about the first key to an UltraMind: Optimize Nutrition. And I will show you how eating a few brain boosting foods and taking the right supplements can make your mind into an UltraMind and boost your focus, attention, mood memory, and confidence. Now I’d like to hear from you: Do you suffer from symptoms of a broken brain? How has conventional medicine tried to treat this problem? What remedies have you tried that have helped you heal? Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below—but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health! To your good health, Mark Hyman, MD P.S. Since I know many of you have friends, family or co-workers who may suffer from a broken brain, please pass this message along to them as it may provide them the hope that they’ve been looking for.
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