A Simple Solution to Depression? It Doesn’t Exist

Therese J. Borchard

P4150038T.S. Eliot wrote, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

I remembered those words yesterday, as I strolled around the Holistic Health Fair in Annapolis. Presented by the Maryland University of Integrative Health, it occupied three floors of the Loew’s Hotel devoted to massage therapists, acupuncture specialists, detox experts, yoga instructors, and professionals from all kinds of local healing and wellness centers.

Ironically, they were all the same professionals that I met ten years ago when, at the lowest point of my breakdown, I decided to drop modern science like a boyfriend with bad breath and go the holistic route. I was sure that someone had the one and only solution that would heal me of my inner demons, the magic urn of ancient cat pee, that with only…

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8 Reasons Why So Many Young People Are Depressed Today

Therese J. Borchard

Nervous-child autismA friend of mine approached me the other day in tears.

The nine year old of a close friend of hers tried to kill himself.

“He’s nine!!??!!” she said.

“How do you explain that?”

It’s true that we are all born with genes that predispose us to all sorts of things—in my case bipolar disorder and depression. And yes, our ancestors had these same genes. However, there is a new science called epigenetics (meaning “above” or “outside” of genetics), the study of cellular variations that are not caused by changes in the DNA sequence. Dr. Pam Peeke, bestselling author of The Hunger Fix, explained it to me once in an interview. “If you can change certain key choices – your diet, how you handle stress, your physical activity – it’s like writing notes in the margin of your genome, and you can flip the switch to support…

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