·         Arousal

·         The Brain

·         Exercise

·         Indoor Air Pollution

·         Muscle Tension

·         Nutrition

·         Posture

·         Sensory Processing

·         Sleep

·         Other Suggestions


Research Topics


My Theories

Former Theories



The Cause of Internet and TV Addiction?


Depression/Low Arousal


·        Aerobic Exercise

·        Allergies

·        Blood Sugar Levels

·        Brainwave Therapy

·      Dehydration: Tryptophan, Serotonin, Melatonin, Histamine

·        Endorphins and Depression

·        Low Arousal

·        Negative Ions

·        Omega-3 Deficiency

·        Pseudodepression

·        Psychological Causes

·        Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

·         Sleep Deprivation

·        Vitamins


Aerobic Exercise

·           Exercise: Aerobic Exercise: Effects: Psychological Benefits



·           Arousal: Allergies


Blood Sugar Levels


·           Arousal: Hypoglycemia


Hormones which Affect Blood Sugar Levels

"Blood sugar levels are carefully controlled to stay within a very narrow range to meet the needs of cells throughout the body. Hormones—primarily insulin and glucagon—control the amount of glucose in the blood. Insulin and glucagon are produced in the pancreas, a large gland in the upper abdomen. Other hormones involved in the control of blood sugar levels include cortisol, epinephrine, and growth hormone, which are produced by other glands in the endocrine system such as the adrenal glands. These hormones also help control other body functions."

Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)


Sugar withdrawal

"Get to know more about the sugar/depression/energy connection. Read Food and Healing, Sugar Blues, or Potatoes Not Prozac…"


Brainwave Therapy

For information on brainwave therapy for depression please visit the Brainwaves page.


Dehydration: Tryptophan, Serotonin, Melatonin, Histamine

"Depression may be another complication of chronic dehydration.

·          The amino acid tryptophan is required by the brain to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin,

·          which [serotonin] subsequently is needed to make melatonin.

·          An adequate amount of water is required for tryptophan to be transported into the brain. Dehydration may limit the amount of tryptophan available to the brain and

·          To complicate matters, the histamine levels may actually stimulate tryptophan's breakdown in the liver."

Nutrition Info: Dangers of Chronic Dehydration by Albert Grazia, M.S., N.D.


"Pathology [an atypical reaction] that is seen to be associated with

·          'social stresses'--

  • Fear,
  • Anxiety,
  • Insecurity,
  • Persistent emotional and matrimonial problems--and

·          the establishment of depression

are the results of water deficiency to the point that the water requirement of the brain tissue is affected. The brain uses electrical energy that is generated by the water drive of the energy-generating pumps. With dehydration, the level of energy generation in the brain is decreased. Many functions of the brain that depend on this type of energy become inefficient. We recognize this inadequacy of function and call it depression. This 'depressive state' caused by dehydration can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome. This condition is a label put on a series of advanced physiological problems that are seen to be associated with stress. (Page 56)"

Book: F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., Your Body's Many Cries for Water, 2nd ed. Global Health Solutions, 1995. 


 "If we understand the events that take place in stress, we will also understand chronic fatigue syndrome.

·          In any case, after a period of time of correcting for dehydration and its metabolic complications, chronic fatigue syndrome will improve beyond recognition.

·          The following pages define the physiological events and the possible metabolic overrides that can lead to depletion of certain body reserves that may be the basic problem of chronic fatigue syndrome. (Pages 56-57)"

Book: F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., Your Body's Many Cries for Water, 2nd ed. Global Health Solutions, 1995. 


"When the body becomes dehydrated, the physiological processes that will establish are the same ones that occur when coping with stress. Dehydration equals stress, and once stress establishes, there is an associated mobilization of primary materials from body stores. This process will 'mop up' some of the water reserves of the body. Consequently, dehydration causes stress, and stress will cause further dehydration."

Book: F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., Your Body's Many Cries for Water, 2nd ed. Global Health Solutions, 1995. 


"In stress, several hormonal overrides become operative. The body assumes a crisis situation and will begin to mobilize for a 'fight or flight' response. (Page 57)"

Book: F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., Your Body's Many Cries for Water, 2nd ed. Global Health Solutions, 1995. 


"Several strong hormones become secreted and will remain 'triggered' until the body gets out of its stressful circumstances. These hormones are mainly

·          Endorphins,

·          Cortisone release factor,

·          Prolactin,

·          Vasopressin, and

·          Rennin-angiotensin. (Page 57)"

Book: F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., Your Body's Many Cries for Water, 2nd ed. Global Health Solutions, 1995. 


Endorphins and Depression

·           The Brain: Endorphins: An Excess of Endorphins


Low Arousal

"When we have a low arousal level, the nervous system has a decreased reaction to the sensory input coming in and therefore doesn’t react or respond as quickly, or at all, to the input. Individuals with low arousal level find it hard to remain alert and focused, tend to seek out a lot of input in order to better register and respond to it. They may be hard to motivate and get moving, or may be in perpetual motion [in an attempt to stay awake]."

Module III: Intervention of Sensory and Motor Issues in Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome


Negative Ions

·       Indoor Air Pollution: Negative Ions


Omega-3 Deficiency

·           Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)



·           The Brain: Frontal Lobes: Pseudodepression


Psychological Causes

Some cases of depression might be caused by cognitive dissonance and an asymmetry between the two hemispheres of the brain (hemispheric asymmetry), and might be treated using dual-brain psychology. For more information about cognitive dissonance and dual-brain psychology please visit the Research Topics page.


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

·           Research Topics: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


Sleep Deprivation

·        Research Topics: Sleep Deprivation: Antidepressant Effects



·           Nutrition: Vitamins and Minerals



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