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Posted by Astra on December 12, 2000 at 12:50:22:

In Reply to: Re: depression and/or bi polar disorder linked with GWS posted by joe on November 09, 2000 at 19:50:49:

: : My husband - who layed on his death bed for 2 weeks after his first return from the GW for no found reason - has been suffering from major depression and other signs of bi-polar disorder. His last episode which started this past March and is still "in cycle" has almost destroyed our family. I would like to hear from others who may have or are experiencing major depression since returning and any information you have found helpful. Thanks!

You need to evaluate your diet since the symptoms you describe are typical of those related to salt deficiency.

Salt (sodium chloride) provides the positive and negative ions that make the body's electrolytes and metabolizes our food. Salt restriction causes malabsorption which inevitably leads to malnurtition. Just salt to taste and your body will begin to heal.

The essential faty acids of vegetable oils are also important because they lower blood cholesterol, metabolize fat, transmit brain and nerve signals and carry the fat soluble vitamins A,D,E and K. A deficiency may result in impaired absorption of calcium and magnesium which is associated with muscle cramps, carpopedal spasm, bone pain, fractures, osteoporosis and neurologic disorders.

Symptoms produced by these deficiencies mimic those of mental illness.

: Lisa, you sounded like my wife descibing the symptoms that I have. I have been suffering from depression for many years now and it has really gotten worse these past 8 or 9 months. I have been in and out of work and now we are in financial ruin. I honestly believe this is linked to my service in the gulf. E-mial me at [email protected], so that we can compare notes! Joe.

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