Depression

Depression

Condition Description

A mental state characterized by low mood, loss of interest and enjoyment in everyday activities, causing varying levels of social and occupational dysfunction. It can be classified into minor depression and major depressive disorder.

Common Symptoms

  • Depressed mood, hopelessness, feeling of worthlessness, diminished interest or pleasure, suicidal thoughts
  • Insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain without a physical cause

Underlying Causes

  • Psychological factors like stress, interpersonal losses, and significant losses in childhood may predispose a person to depression.
  • Physical/environmental factors can in some cases cause depression and in other cases can increase the severity of depression that stems from psychological factors
  • Environmental factors may include yeast overgrowth, hypothyroidism, food and mold allergies, chemical sensitivities and vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid deficiency

Traditional Approach

  • Psychotherapy (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy). Antidepressants may be combined for better and faster response
  • SSRI antidepressants like Fluoxetine (Prozac), Paroxetine (Paxil), Sertaline (Zoloft), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Citalopram (Celexa), and Escitalopram (Lexapro),
  • Selective serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) like Venlafaxine (Effexor) and duloxetine (Cymbalta),
  • St. John’s wort
  • Atypical antidepressants like Bupropion (Wellbutrin), Nefazodone (Serzone), Mirtazapine (Remeron), and Trazadone (Desyrel)

EHC Approach

  • Test for and treat yeast overgrowth, hypothyroidism, food and mold allergies, chemical sensitivity, and nutritional deficiencies
  • Serious cases should be supplemented with Traditional Approach:es (counseling and/or medication) until environmental factors can be addressed

Success Stories

 

Condition Treated:

Candida, Thyroid, Vitamins, Magnesium, and Dust and Mold Allergies

Initials:

V. S.

Date:

03/30/91

Story:

I started seeing Dr. Sultan following a severe allergic reaction which put me in the hospital. I had severe hives and my head swelled almost double in size. Upon examining my health history, we could see many health problems. I had chronic cervical strain (neck and shoulder pain), carpal tunnel syndrome (pinching and pain in the wrists), headaches, fatigue, depression, lack of concentration, and lack of sexual response. After testing and several months of treatment, I feel like a new person. I'm energetic, have very few aches and pains, headaches are about gone and I just feel better all over. I can concentrate more clearly and am more interested in sex. After years of feeling generally bad all over, I feel I can now enjoy my daily life!

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

She had severe allergic reaction called anaphylactic reaction. The patient can die within minutes if appropriate help is not available. The key factor in preventing such life-threatening reactions is to figure out all the underlying causes which may not necessarily be all allergies alone. Usually with allergies is combined nutritional and endocrine problem. Like in this patient besides yeast overgrowth and dust and mold allergy she had low thyroid and magnesium deficiency. There is something interesting to learn from her reduced sex drive. Remember, when you are sick sex drive is first to go and when you get well is the last one to come back. When your sex drive is back it means that you are doing really well. When you are sick, nature wants to conserve everything and considers sex as the least important activity to spend energies on (though some people may disagree and consider sex drive as the most important thing even during sick

 

Condition Treated:

Dust and Mold, Candida, Thyroid, Magnesium and Other Minerals

Initials:

J. S.

Date:

03/30/91

Story:

I no longer am having to go to a psychiatrist for depression. I no longer have the hives. I was taken off Synthroid and put on (desiccated) thyroid. The thyroid medicine was increased from 1 grain to 2 grains. After starting the allergy shots, my blood pressure became normal. I have not had any wheezing in the bronchial tubes so the asthma has improved. With the corrected dosage of thyroid and the mineral deficiencies corrected I have more energy and feel better in general. Even though I do have diabetes, my blood sugar is generally under control.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

We all know that low thyroid is an important cause for depression. Even though patient has low thyroid, still depression gets treated by the psychiatrist. In our experience synthetic thyroid like Synthroid may not give the optimum relief and instead switching to Armour Thyroid which has two hormones T4 and T3 vs. Synthroid is only one hormone-T4 patient do much better and this was a turning point in improving her depression. In your normal frame of mind you will never think about going to an allergist for hypertension but the truth of the matter is that environmental, nutritional and hormonal factor affects the body as a whole and after immune and nervous system the next most important organ in system involved is the cardiovascular system. Taking care of underlying causes like low thyroid and magnesium deficiency can improve hypertension and again reducing the need for blood pressure medications. So in hypertension who you may call? environmental allergist and he may be able to optimize blood pressure for you.

 

Condition Treated:

Candida, Dust and Mold Allergy

Initials:

D. S.

Date:

04/09/91

Story:

I no longer am having to go to a psychiatrist for depression. I no longer have the hives. I was taken off Synthroid and put on (desiccated) thyroid. The thyroid medicine was increased from 1 grain to 2 grains. After starting the allergy shots, my blood pressure became normal. I have not had any wheezing in the bronchial tubes so the asthma has improved. With the corrected dosage of thyroid and the mineral deficiencies corrected I have more energy and feel better in general. Even though I do have diabetes, my blood sugar is generally under control.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

Candida overgrowth is an important cause for overall not feeling well because this yeast produces various toxins which when absorbed through the gut can affect any organ and cause fatigue and tiredness and make you feel unwell.

 

Condition Treated:

PMS, Marked Fatigue, Severe Headaches

Initials:

M. G.

Date:

08/27/92

Story:

I came to Dr. Sultan because I was always feeling so bad. I thought there had to be more to life. I had severe PMS (fatigue, depression, sore breasts). I always had what I thought was a yeast infection, but the doctors told me I didn't have one. I took every sinus pill on the market. I was miserable. My husband was miserable. I have been treated for Candida vitamins (I had low thyroid already), and I also needed progesterone supplements. It took some time and a lot of "needles", but it was well worth it. I feel so much happier and just better. My outlook on life has completely changed from the first time I came in this office.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

See how a sickness in one person affects the family as a whole. Because of severe fatigue she was suspected of hypothyroidism and was found to have low thyroid and because of her depression and headaches she was suspected of Candida and treating both things brought great relief and then for PMS taking care of progesterone deficiency brought additional relief.

 

Condition Treated:

Nasal Congestion, Tiredness, Depression

Initials:

R. P.

Date:

06/26/93

Story:

When I first came to the clinic I was having trouble breathing, depression, short memory and fatigue. The clinic first diagnosed my problems and then set up a three stage treatment plan.  Phase I treated me for common allergies.  Phase II treated me for Candida yeast.  Phase III was really not required. I feel that their treatment assisted my body in overcoming most of my symptoms very quickly.  I had been to numerous doctors prior to ATC and most of them said that I had no problems and would not treat me. I feel that the ATC helped me overcome my symptoms and enabled me to continue my life.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

When people will come in with significant illness, it is usually that there are multiple causes instead of single cause. We lay out the treatment plan in the form of a roadmap. What Ronald is referring is that he went through phase 1 and phase 2 of testing and that had improved him so much that we not need to look for additional causes.

       

 

Condition Treated:

Inhalants, Headaches, Mood Swings

Initials:

S. W.

Date:

06/24/93

Story:

Scott was three years old before he slept through the night. I have four children and never experienced no sleeping at night except with Scott. He had his tonsils out and tubes in the ears at three, which improved his sleeping. Scott still had mood swings and depression, circles under the eyes and hyperactive. I took him to different doctors not being able to find help. I was just told "that is how children are". I wouldn't accept this answer since my other three children were not like this. Well, I finally found Dr. Sultan (a 2-hour drive). I found out Scott was overdosed with antibiotics his first years of life. With the help of Dr. Sultan, Scott's depression is gone. If mood swings, he can understand why he feels the way he does. He is a junior in high school and received a perfect attendance award.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

N/A

 

Condition Treated:

Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Depression, Candida

Initials:

H. M.

Date:

07/15/96

Story:

Since I have been consulting with Dr. Sultan, all the above symptoms have improved dramatically. With the testosterone therapy, I am able to function as a husband. My overall outlook on life has improved 100%.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

N/A

 

Condition Treated:

Extreme Fatigue, Depression, Insomnia, Headaches

Initials:

J. P.

Date:

08/08/96

Story:

Upon first coming to Dr. Sultan, I had the above symptoms as well as too many to list. Now just 6 months later, all symptoms have improved and in most cases disappeared. I believe if I had not found help, the depression would have taken my life. I am grateful and always thankful.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

N/A

 

Condition Treated:

Tiredness, Headaches, Feelings of Passing Out, PM Depression, PM Irritability, PM Headaches, PM Bloating, Depression, Mental Confusion, Poor Memory, Poor Concentration, Morning Fatigue, Getting Tired by End of Day, Cold Feet, Dry Skin, Neck Pain, Hip Pain, Hip Pain, Pain in Left Arm, Acne, Intolerance to Alcohol

Initials:

L.G.

Date:

06/10/95

Story:

The difference I feel 90% of the time in all areas, instead of 40% is unbelievable. I always knew as a child that I didn't feel as well as other children. As an adult from about 25 on, my health was starting to get worse. Doctor after doctor said not too much wrong with you, just nerves. I knew I had problems but couldn't find one to take me serious until now that is.
Dr. Sultan has always taken me serious and finds the root of the problems. Thanks to a diet and properly suited medicine, I am hopeful for a new healthy me.
Thank you, Dr. Sultan.
Also I would like to add his (great) staff makes all those tests easier to take!!

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

N/A

 

Condition Treated:

Feeling Cold, Fatigued, Depression, and Low Back Pain

Initials:

D.

Date:

12/17/05

Story:

I've experienced overall improvement in all symptoms. The best part is depression is gone.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

there is no competition when you treat the cause

 

Condition Treated:

Hypertension and Nutrition Deficiency

Initials:

C. Y.

Date:

10/14/11

Story:

Hello. My name is Cleveland Young; I'm nearly 71 years old and I am feeling great. As a matter of fact, I'm feeling better than I have ever felt in my life. I am feeling that way because starting about mid January of 1998, I have been receiving treatments and medical advice from Dr. Tipu Sultan, especially, and the staff at the Environmental Health and Allergy Clinic here in St. Louis. With that being said, I'd like to share with you some key aspects of how my journey toward achieving optimum health and well-being came about. It all started in October 1973, at age 33, when it was recommended that I undergo a one week, in-patient, comprehensive physical examination and wellness assessment. The results of those examinations revealed that I was clinically obese, that I was critically pre-diabetic, and that I had a condition of essential hypertension, which is a high blood pressure condition which, reportedly, has no physiological causes associated with it. So, over the next 24 years, (mid October 1973 to the end of 1997), my treatments and medical advice from five different doctors consisted mainly of exercise programs, diabetic diet plans, and a host of prescriptions for the prominent and popular blood pressure medications of the day. While the diet and exercise advice were somewhat effective, the prescription medications only minimally lowered my high blood pressure and, over time, brought about a series of ongoing side effects and symptoms. They included: bouts with psoriasis, tightness in the head, occasional dizziness, irregular headaches, irritability, low energy, muscle aches, joint pains, and mild feelings of depression. From mid to late December 1997, I searched the internet for doctors practicing alternate approaches to standard medical treatments that could prove beneficial. These searches ultimately led me to Dr. Tipu Sultan who was the only doctor listed under environmental medicine within my geographical location at that time. In early January of 1998, I called and scheduled an appointment to discuss my medical history and symptoms with Dr. Sultan who immediately suspected, accurately, serious deficiencies in my bodily nutritional and biochemical foundation. Dr. Sultan's follow-up tests and analyses revealed that my magnesium levels were nearly completely depleted and ordered intravenous magnesium treatments over several weeks.  Within approximately one week and a half (10 days), nearly all of the previously mentioned symptoms and side effects were gotten under control and I started feeling 100% better all around. From this point in my health improvement plan, Dr. Sultan analyzed and corrected deficits in my hormone levels, my heavy metal levels in my system, my insulin metabolism, the yeast infection level in my body, and finally, my mineral and vitamin levels. After completing all of that within a very reasonable length of time, I had reached an unprecedented level of health and wellness compared to the previous 24 years, before Dr. Sultan started treating me. So this brings me back full circle to my beginning statements that I'm feeling Great and that I have never felt better in my entire life. I credit Dr. Tipu Sultan and staff of the Environmental Health Center with making all of that possible, continually.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

It says it all. How can anything other than treating the cause be a winner?

 

Condition Treated:

Inhalants, Pollens, Candida, Thyroid, Iron, Digestive

Initials:

L. E.

Date:

05/13/91

Story:

In June of 1988, I came into Dr. Sultan's office as a last resort. I felt terrible and I thought I was going to die. My state of mind was depression, which wasn't like me. After much testing and a lot of patience, I am beginning to feel great. Before, my cough was so bad, I thought I would have to quit work and my social life was at a near stop.
I know it costs a lot, but health is so important. I don't even argue anymore about money on treatment. The results are remarkable. I'm beginning to have a different outlook on life now. Thanks to the treatment, I can have peace of mind knowing I'm okay.
I am grateful for the knowledge Dr. Sultan has on allergies. I had a dry cough and wheezing, post nasal drip, such fatigue, joint aches and pains, swelling, my eyes watered that I couldn't wear makeup. I had 30 lbs weight gain and I knew I had to do something. I have everything under control now except my weight. Now I can exercise because I have the energy and I feel good.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

We don’t people to come here as a last resort. This represents a typical case of neuroimmune disorders where the dominant symptoms are in the neuro area in the form of fatigue and depression and in the immune area in the form of respiratory allergies coughing, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, runny nose and stuffy nose. These can make you deathly ill but by treating the cause it is a breeze to get back to your normal level or health or even better.

 

Condition Treated:

Dizziness, Arthritis, Depression

Initials:

V. L.

Date:

04/05/92

Story:

When I came to the Allergy Treatment Center, I could hardly function as a career person, mother, or wife.
I had been to 5 doctors last year and I'd feel better for a while then right back to the same thing. When I would return to the doctor, they would look puzzled. This was very frightening. I read a story in a magazine of a woman with the same story and I called the editor and got a phone number for the American Treatment Society in Colorado Springs and they referred me to Dr. Sultan.
After 2 months I feel alive and myself again and the people I work with and my family have all noticed. Thanks for a quality life again.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

Unfortunately we see lots of patients at the end of the road and seeking our help as the last resort. Through these stories I want to educate that you do not have to be deathly ill to seek the help that is needed. It means be aware and treat the underlying causes before they become debilitating. That is why I educate my patients that you should look in your family, friends and people you care about the most and see who are sick and who are taking medications. Teach them that medications cannot fix the problem and introduce them to the concept of treating the cause and treat it early. This is the roadmap for your recovery and decades of good health without medications.

 

Condition Treated:

Allergy, Candida, Dust and Mold Allergy

Initials:

L. W.

Date:

03/27/91

Story:

I started treatment in December 1989 with recurrent vaginal yeast infections for 5 years, depression, bronchial asthma. I have made vast improvements feeling better and happier than I have been in years. My itching and discharge has come close to non-existence.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

It is interesting to turn around this patient all was needed was dust and mold allergy injections and treatment for overgrowth

 

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