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Why are anxiety and depression so common today?

Why, despite decades of research into the origins and mechanisms of these diseases, are we still struggling to cure them?

In nature, animal behavior is driven by signals received from the environment. How do animals know when to migrate? When to hibernate? When to eat? When to sleep? And when to wake up?

Healthy emotions depend upon a healthy mind, and a healthy mind depends upon healthy neurons that produce adequate amounts of the neurotransmitters and hormones that govern those emotions. Modern psychiatry tends to focus only on neurotransmitters, treating patients with drugs that block or increase levels of these chemicals. Yet there are many natural methods we can use to boost levels of neurotransmitters that modern, 'conventional' psychiatrists often overlook. Many people also find that until they address underlying hormonal imbalances, no amount of psychiatric medication can improve their mood.

Additionally, one of the hallmarks of aging is a decline of hormone and neurotransmitter levels within the brain and the body. This in turn correlates with the aging of cells in the brain that are responsible for hormone and neurotransmitter production. As cells age, their ability to generate energy declines as their mitochondria become less and less efficient. And as cellular energy levels drop, disease manifests, and one of the consequences of this is the decline in hormone and neurotransmitter levels we associate with aging.

So, what determines how quickly our cells age? What controls our circadian rhythms and the levels of our hormones and neurotransmitters?

Light, water, and magnetic forces control the production and release of hormones and neurotransmitters, and hormones and neurotransmitters in turn control cellular energy levels. In a world of fake light and fake food, it's small wonder that people struggle to be happy and at peace.

Join Dr. Leland Stillman to learn how light and food drive human behavior, and how fake light and fake food are creating modern epidemics of mental illness. Dr. Stillman will discuss links between light and food and psychiatric illnesses such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • ADHD
  • Schizophrenia

About Dr. Leland Stillman

Leland Stillman, MD, majored in Environmental Health and Biology, with a minor in chemistry, at Connecticut College. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and went on to complete post-graduate training in Internal Medicine. He is now in private practice at Andrs Wellness Consulting, in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

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