Surviving Depression in a Depressing World-An Ecological Perspective


It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

  This book is an opportunity for long-term sufferers of depression to gain different perspectives on environmental factors influencing depression and to find insight into several different ways to treat and heal depression, with a more ecological and holistic approach. Based on research over the last twenty years, that acknowledges depression as a multifaceted umbrella term hosting an intrinsic number of problems associated with the environment. The contemporary lifestyle has been the cause of many health problems related to chronic inflammation and health issues connected to poor nutrition and poor diet. Immune system activation, autoimmune illnesses and synthetic electromagnetic interferences such as Geopathic stress, are becoming increasingly more prevalent as technology evolves, and these are affecting human well-being.

The main aim of this book is to offer some guidance on how to manage depression.  Therefore, the reader can learn about more holistic options to living and coping better with depression.  To have a grasp of what direction the depression sufferer may want to take without feeling hopelessly reliant on medication. To feel more empowered and hopeful about other therapies and options in addition to allopathic treatment so that rather than feeling hopeless, it becomes something to manage and overcome.  This book provides

some supportive suggestions, guidance and tools to manage the low periods. This book can help a depression sufferer make informed lifestyle changes related to diet and general emotional and mental health care. So that the sufferer of depression is no longer a victim of depression but more self-empowered to control rising bouts of depression. You can design your lifestyle management program and chosen forms of therapy.

 We also look at the bigger picture and possibilities of why we live in a time of global depression and why depression is so prevalent in Western cultures. We look at reasons that influence humanity from an in-depth ecological perspective and how environmental degradation influences and increases human depression. This is a unique viewpoint that is rarely considered in public discussions on depression nor is it addressed enough by the psychological experts.

Yet, it is vital to include ecological and environmental factors that contribute to depression, and the scientific research, statistics and peer-reviewed journals are mounting on this topic, of how our polluted environment is affecting our brains, health and consciousness.

If human consciousness is to change and transcend the current destructive paradigm, driven by globalization, this problem needs to be discussed and researched. More importantly, action needs to be taken by all, especially governments and lawmakers to improve the degradation of environmental protection laws and to protect people’s health by making every aspect of industry and society more ecologically sustainable. Sadly though, the opposite is more ubiquitous with politicians making decisions influenced by corporate lobbyists who pay them large sums of money to scrap environmental laws.

 The latest research has shown that air pollution is one influencing factor of depression.  Reducing pollution and industrial waste and switching from petroleum to greener alternatives such as water fuel cell cars and electric cars to cut air pollution will help reduce the problem. Depression is not just a result of mental or physical illness or personal issues and brain chemical imbalances, other root causes, such as a by-product of poor nutrition and a significant expansion of technological development causing environmental influences such as electromagnetic over-stimulation. These are causing geopathic stress from electromagnetic frequencies and radio wave frequencies such as the introduction of 5G and 6G microwaves used for our cell phones and internet, which hundreds of thousands of scientists have raised concerns about. Other matters that are controversial, but since the technology is being used, public awareness and a need for a public inquiry on this topic is vital. We need to have more open discussions on these technological advances of Artificial Intelligence, especially patents that are remotely monitoring and mapping the human brain, including testing on individuals without their knowledge or consent which could be detrimentally affecting human mental health. We also look at the Western lifestyle and cultural values, which would benefit from a more ecological and holistic shift in our values to improve our internal body ecology and mind- ecology and be more connected to nature.

Carlita Shaw

Surviving Depression in a Depressing World, an Ecological Perspective

”I found this book, despite its length, to be an easy, fast, enjoyable read. The book starts out with the author’s story of becoming an environmentalist, and her battle with depression throughout her life, especially when her husband committed suicide. She always found nature and animals soothing. Full of information about the causes and cures for depression, it includes many juicy factoids, such as using LSD to reboot the brain, just as you reboot a computer to get it working properly. The unique twist to this book is its link to the environment in causing depression: “…it could be that the global rise in depression is a subconscious reaction to the worldwide destruction of our environment,” which makes sense since we are creatures that are healed by nature. Yet we are bombarded with countless toxins on a regular basis. The author emphasizes going gluten free, because even wheat has become so hybrid that it’s toxic. We also find how nutritional and various talk therapies can help. The author includes a delightful and inspiring poem she wrote with each chapter. I highly recommend this book if you or any of your loved ones suffer this mental disorder which has grown rampant in our modern societies.”

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor and Beyond Broccoli does raw and low carb food classes and health coaching. Another book of hers you might enjoy is Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & The Madness. livefoodfactor@yahoo.com

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