The Oxygen Model of Depression
Majid Ali, M.D.
Oxygen seldom comes up in deliberations of depression of mental health professional. This is a serious omission which exacts a heavy toll from people who suffer from depression. I have taken care of a large number of patients with varying degrees of depression, including those attempted to take their lives rather than continue to suffer from it. They have taught me that each individual with depression needs a strong integrative program with the following three major components.
Three Essentials of Living With Depression
1. Spiritual Healing With Healing Conversations
2. Nutrients With High Brain Equilibrium Value
First, those who generically denounce all antidepressant drugs are cruel and ignorant. It is that simple. Those who limit their work to use of drugs are delinquent. Those who do not recognize the core value of spiritual healing for depression have much to learn.
Nutrients For Daytime and Night Time Brain Health
I discuss this crucial subject in articles posted on http://www.AliHealing.Org
Oxygen Model of Depression
My Oxygen Model of Depression is an extension of my Oxygen Model of Health and Disease. It is a unifying model that explains all aspects of mental health and mental disorders—causes, clinical course, consequences, and control—on the basis of impaired oxygen signaling, diminished oxygen’s detergent functions, and interrupted oxygen’s cellular detox and repair functions. altered oxygen signaling. These abnormalities essentially begin during fetal life and continue through infancy, and childhood. This model is based on a biologist view of the brain development and neurotransmission. Autism is not a psychological or psychiatric disorder.
Models in science are proposed to: (1) explain such natural phenomena; (2) offer workable simplicity to reduce complexities of such phenomena; (3) predict natural phenomena hitherto unrecognized. These models are tested, validated, or refuted with ongoing scientific observation. In clinical medicine, I add a fourth criterion for a model’s validity: it must facilitate health and healing.
Clinical Significance of the Oxygen Model
In clinical medicine the Oxygen Model requires that all relevant “oxygen issues” in a case—whether or not related to what appears to be the target organ of the disease process under consideration—must be effectively addressed. To cite one example, in my experience clinical results with individuals with mental issues are far superior when all relevant nutritional and environmental issues are effectively addressed. Specifically, these issues include fermentation, increased gut permeability (leaky gut state), and glucose-insulin-roller coasters.
The crucial importance of the Unifying Oxygen Model of Mental Health and Disease is:
It explains the scientific basis of primary aging processes in the body;
It sheds light how health can be preserved by addressing all oxygen-related issues;
It elucidates how toxicities of foods, environments, and thoughts cause tissue injury and disease;
It reveals the mechanisms by which various detox therapies work (Oxygen is the primal detergent which removes cellular grease and allows cells to breathe freely).
It allows the formulation of rational and effective designs for reversing chronic diseases; and
It provides explanations of mechanisms by which time-honored natural remedies work.