Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fat for your Mind

Dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids and depression: when cholesterol does not satisfy
"Recent studies have both offered and contested the proposition that lowering plasma cholesterol by diet and medications increases suicide, homicide, and depression. Significant confounding factors include the quantity and distribution of dietary n-6 and n-3 polyunsaturated essential fatty acids that influence serum lipids and alter the biophysical and biochemical properties of cell membranes. Epidemiological studies in various countries and in the United States in the last century suggest that decreased n-3 fatty acid consumption correlates with increasing rates of depression. This is consistent with a well-established positive correlation between depression and coronary artery disease. Long-chain n-3 polyunsaturate deficiency may also contribute to depressive symptoms in alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, and post-partum depression. We postulate that adequate long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid, may reduce the development of depression just as n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may reduce coronary artery disease."-JR Hibbeln and N Salem Jr.

About two years ago I was unwell and hospitalized in a state hospital for two month.  This was a mental hospital.  The dietary department did not fully comprehend the need for fat that the human brain has.  The meals served were extremely low fat and artificial sweeteners were also used.  I have also read that artificial sweeteners are not good for ones mood.  Apparently, when hospitalized for your brain issues the Nutrition department is more interested in your cholesterol level and about weight gain.  Right now, a year later, I am tackling the overweight bear, but last summer I needed fat for my brain.
I love sardines, I bet if I had a can every other day for lunch, my mind would heal very fast.  I best take my own advice, maybe I would write better blog entries if my mind were oilier!

This was written in 2013.  I do want to comment.  Perhaps the goal of the medical profession is not maximum, heightened function of the patient's mind.  Dulling down of the mind is what they really want to happen.  They want the status quo and if a person is rebelling, that is not good.  Dumb the patient to accept and not see the true reality.

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