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December 15, 2019


(Music)
Speaker 1: (Music) I know that youíve been in the medicine thing. Youíre a doctor from
Canada. Where did you Ö you know, you came into this field as an MD and then you found
natural solutions in your life somehow. Tell me how that came about and why that suddenly
became a good idea for you. Speaker 2: Well, first of all natural solutions
are, in my opinion, the only way to go and my reason is the medications are not dealing
with the root cause of the issue. For any scientist, I mean this is totally scientific.
[inaudible 00:00:39] scientist, you want to go to root cause. You want to treat whatís
wrong; whatís out of balance rather than put a Band-Aid over it which I think is what
the medications do. Now, Iím not against medications per se. Itís not like a big political
thing, but itís more letís do what really works, and what we do know about the anti-depressants
is, the fact is they donít really work. Theyíre mostly placebo.
Speaker 1: So, whatís the difference between suppressing symptoms and actually dealing
with the root cause? Speaker 2: Well, when you give an anti-depressant,
for example, what youíre doing is fooling the brain into thinking thereís more of a
certain neurotransmitter or chemical messenger which affects mood. Rather than doing that,
the body is really smart. What it needs is the raw materials to make the neurotransmitter
and if thereís anything in the way of making thatís also going to cause problem. So what
I look for is, is there a deficiency in, say tryptophan which will make serotonin. Is there
a deficiency in tyrosine which makes dopamine which we need for attention and for mood?
So, we really look at what the deficiencies are; B vitamins extremely important and you
might be say, ìWell, how can a vitamin be as potent as a drug?î Itís not potent than
the drug because itís actually addressing the root cause.
Now Ö I mean the whole issue with the way modern medicine is being practiced, to me,
doesnít make any sense because I use an analogy of a car. You take your car to your mechanic
because you have an engine light on, on your dashboard. Now if you did that and they said,
ìOh, no problem lady, cover over the red light or pull out the wires.î I mean, youíd
say, ìHey this isnít such a good mechanic,î right? You want him or her to look under the
hood. Itís really a matter of figuring out whatís going on, and 2 minutes with the doctor
and writing a prescription isnít the answer. So, what I do is I take a history people fill
out; a full questionnaire in advance and then I review it with them and already I have a
whole lot of information. For example, if somebody has Ö theyíre complaining Ö somebodyís
complaining of depression and they also canít sleep and theyíre kind of wired, Iím going
to look for serotonin deficiency. Thatís going to give me the clue and I may not have
to do any lab testing. If on the other hand theyíre depressed, but theyíre unmotivated.
They canít even get started in the morning, their attention is poor, then theyíre likely
low in dopamine or they may have an adrenal deficiency, and all of those with more questioning
can be figured out and then treated appropriately with the right supplements.
I went to medical school at the University of Toronto and had great training. You know,
they really taught the art of medicine there. We learned how to take a good history; how
to relate to the patient, imagine that, relating to the patient, and then as I went into my
residency in psychiatry. It became clear to me that peopleís moods were affected by their
lifestyle and I had figured out for myself pretty well, but I also began to read very
wonderful mentors like Abram Hoffer, Carl Pfeiffer, and learned about nutrient deficiencies
and how they affect mental health and began to apply this with my patients. So right after
the residency, I was actually already experimenting with this and getting results, and I havenít
turned back. I have patients coming to me who have been
on anti-depressants or some sort of psychotropic medication for years and years, and in fact,
the drug wasnít even working anymore, and the person is tired of taking it. If they
go off it, by the way, if you go off a drug suddenly, you have withdrawal effects, so
thatís not safe and they know that because some of them have actually tried and then
theyíre told by their doctor, ìSee, I told you had to be on it for life.î What I do
is I help people very gradually get off of the medication while supporting their own
physiology and biochemistry with nutrients and what happens is the brain knows what to
do with the nutrients and itís actually giving them what they need to make the neurotransmitters,
to make the chemicals that will raise their mood and make them feel better, and by the
time theyíre off the medication and on the nutrients, theyíre feeling way better than
they did on the meds, and theyíre happy, and theyíre real. They have a real mood.
You know, one of the things that the anti-depressants do is they flatten the mood and people refer
to it as chemical brain. You know? They just donít have the joy Ö they may not have the
real deep depression, but they donít have the joy that they would like to have, and
they donít have Ö even the sadness that they want to have when itís appropriate.
You know, when thereís a death or a loss. They find that their moods are normal and
itís just so fun for me to see this, and I see this every day in my office. We have
to feed our body and feed our brain. Our brain is this 3-pound very hungry organ
that uses 20% of the nutrients, 20% of the glucose, 20% of the energy that we take in,
so we have to feed it properly and one of the real terrible things here is the SAD – Standard
American Diet, SAD; really bad; no providing the nutrients that we need. Why do you think
weíre seeing such an epidemic of ADD in children or depression in all ages? Because weíre
not getting the nutrients we need, and not only that, but the foods weíre eating are
actually interfering with the way our gut is supposed to work. We donít, for example,
have as many good, friendly bacteria as we should have. Weíre wiping them out with stress,
with birth control pills, with antibiotics which weíre giving to children at a very
early age, and thatís really serious because those friendly bacteria help to make our vitamins
and the vitamins are needed to make the neurotransmitters. So, you can see how you can actually get depressed
from being on antibiotics. You can see the connection.
So, my job is to make sure that my patients are eating appropriately, and Iím not going
to go into all the details, but fresh vegetables, organic fruit, protein, essential fatty acids,
and then definitely be taking a high quality, high potency multivitamin. The One-A-Day from
the drug store is not going to cut it because for the way our diets are and the way weíre
exposed to toxins that need detoxifying, we actually have to fortify our bodies. You know
what youíre doing here is investing in your future and if you want to have a future and
a good one, live healthfully. (Music)

4 Comments

  • Reply Philip Loiselle June 18, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Where is Dr. Cass located?

  • Reply Well.org June 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Dr. Cass is located in Pacific Palisades, CA.

  • Reply Well.org June 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for watching! We will work on more related stuff.

  • Reply Well.org June 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Kava tea is really nice to have. Thanks for watching!

  • Reply Well.org June 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    We couldn't agree more. ๐Ÿ™‚

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