• Depression Linked To What We’re Drinking?

    DEPRESSIONI can’t count the number of times I’ve turned to one of my close friends and laughed, “Do y0u have any idea what a nice person you’d be if you were just a coffee drinker?” Well, according to the source listed at the bottom of this article, there just might be something to what I’ve always intended as a joke!

     My continuing interest in this subject was sparked by remarks made by Dr. Fred Pescatore, M.D. whom I follow. Then, when I saw the studies on depression and sugar and aspartame, (Read my own personal story with aspartame)  I had to know more. Before you continue, you might want to see Dr. Russell Blaylock’s report on aspartame.

    According to Dr. Honglei Chen, M.D. and PhD, from the National Institutes of Health test results show that people who drink four or more cans of sweetened soda have a 30% greater risk of falling into depression than do those who do not drink soda. Those who drink sweetened fruit punch are at even greater risk.

    Now, here’s the biggie! People who drink four or more cans of diet soda are in even more trouble!

    Dr. Blaylock’s article (mentioned above) explains about neuro-excitotoxins and artificial sweeteners, which probably play a large role in this study on depression. Of course, we already know the roller coaster that sugar can create on our systems so it is pretty easy to understand the problems that sugared beverages can have on us…besides on our waistlines!

    Now, the part of the report that makes me smile as I take another sip of coffee before resuming my typing is that according to Dr. Chen People who drink four cups of coffee a day are about 10% less likely to become depressed than those who do not drink black coffee.

    Obviously, I am not a doctor and do not hand out medical advice here on Texans United. I do hope that you will follow the beginning links provided here and then do some heavy duty research on this subject as well as on artificial sweeteners in general. My story (linked above) made me an even bigger believer in the need to avoid artificial sweeteners than I already was!

    (While you are studying you might do some searching for research that shows that diet drinks might increase the possibility of your having some type of vascular problem by over 60%!

    American Academy of Neurology’s 65th Annual Meeting. Abstract 2257. Released January 8, 2013.

    Dr. Chen presented his research at the 65th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology this month.

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    2 Responses to Depression Linked To What We’re Drinking?

    1. lynette355 says:

      From what I have seen this is untrue. http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp

      • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

        Lynette, I can’t say that you are not correct; however, Snopes are only as good as what that couple is fed. A personal example comes from me. In the 90s, I was stricken with fibromyalgia to the point I could not stand even a breeze blowing across my skin. I was also diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, both of which were considered psychosomatic.

        Doctors told me I needed a shrink, that I needed antidepressants, etc. etc. One even wanted me in an asylum. Today, I am a success story, but people are now collecting disability on both of those conditions and both are today “real” conditions.

        From my own experiences, I know that the medical world and its conclusions have to be taken with a big dose of common sense. Thanks so much for your comment!

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