Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Is your "cold" heart causing depression?
In Chinese medicine, heart problems are associated with diminished "chi" (pronounced chee) or energy in the associated organ. In other words, heart problems can mean you have a "cold" heart.
I have personal experience with this as my eldest son was born with heart defects and developmental issues. I sought both western and eastern solutions to help his conditions. The Chinese medicine physician we consulted counseled that a "cold" heart goes hand in hand with diminished communication skills. In other words, heart disease tends to hamper communication. Without communicating well our relationships suffer - not just with others but also with our self. If we suffer in relationships, we are at increased risk for psychological, emotional, and social stress.
Now, not surprisingly, western medicine is affirming a long held truth from the ancient system of Chinese medicine. Depression rates are higher in heart patients.
However, there is a solution. The missing link is vitamin D levels. If you have low vitamin D levels and you have heart disease, then you may be more likely to suffer from depression or depressive symptoms.
Since heart disease is the number one killer in the United States (and winter is upon us, which makes it tougher to get the "sunshine vitamin" (vit. D), EVERY PERSON you know should read this article. Read the full article.
*Remember, the vitamin D you take must be D3, according to the latest research. Read my previous vitamin D blogs here:
Why Every Woman Needs Vitamin D
Are You Vitamin D Deficient?