There’s been a war on our mind, and it’s been so slick that the majority of us haven’t even noticed it. It’s very unfortunate, as our ability to use our brain to its full capacity has been pinched off by things that are not that difficult to avoid, if you have the right information and motivation.

Regrettably, if you are into your adult years chances are very high that you are already suffering from some form of mental health concern, whether it be something as simply as chronic stress, or are extreme as depression or dementia. To improve any situation requires a two-fold approach – getting rid of the “incoming” major offenders to your mental health, and effectively remedying the damage that has currently been done.

This article will help you tackle both.


This is one of the most difficult to resolve because for most it has been embedded so deeply, that understanding the programming takes a complete paradigm shift.

It starts with the first 6 years of your life, where you are by far the most impressionable. The rate at which you gather and absorb information in these years is exponentially higher than your adult years, which will set into motion subconscious behaviours that will largely dictate how you view and react to the world. To understand this better, consider the following excerpt from Are You Programmed At Birth? by Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D:

“The predominant brain activity during the child’s first two years of life is delta, the lowest EEG frequency range.

Between two and six years of age, the child’s brain activity ramps up and operates primarily in the range of theta. While in the theta state, children spend much of their time mixing the imaginary world with the real world.

The predominant delta and theta activity expressed by children younger than six signifies that their brains are operating at levels below consciousness. Delta and theta brain frequencies define a brain state known as a hypnagogic trance—the same neural state that hypnotherapists use to directly download new behaviors into the subconscious minds of their clients.

In other words, the first six years of a child’s life are spent in a hypnotic trance!”

How can this be detrimental to our mental health, in our teenage and adult years? As Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D further explains:

“A child’s perceptions of the world are directly downloaded into the subconscious during this time, without discrimination and without filters of the analytical self-conscious mind which doesn’t fully exist. Consequently, our fundamental perceptions about life and our role in it are learned without our having the capacity to choose or reject those beliefs. We were simply programmed.”

So if as a child you were programmed in a way that created self-limiting or sabotaging beliefs, these misperceptions can become your truth, and will stay that way until you deprogram and reprogram your subconscious. This can take some serious work, as you need to unplug from the sources of information that only exacerbate those beliefs, which can come in many forms that you are exposed to on a daily basis.

The simplest action you can take is unplug from any media that doesn’t uplift you, envelop yourself in nature, quiet the mind (meditation), and start to question if what you have been told is entirely true. Get curious like a child, and start to do some of your own thinking. Are things really as they seem, or are they just that way because that is the way you were programmed to see them?

You won’t know until you’re introduced to new ways of looking at the world, and your place in it. This is where managing your mindset becomes high priority.

Fluoride poisoning

If you have ever drank from a treated municipal water supply, had your teeth cleaned by a dentist, or simply used a conventional toothpaste, chances are you have had to deal with some level of fluoride poisoning. How dangerous is excessive fluoride exposure? The Lancet has officially classified it as a neurotoxin, putting it into the same category as arsenic, lead, and mercury.

There are several ways this toxin can affect your body, but most seem to be tied to neurological impairments. According to The Lancet research team, fluoride raises the odds of ADHD, dyslexia, memory impairment, and even autism. In children, this could look like reduced attention span, delayed development, and poor school performance.

The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) reported a study that found fluoride toxicity was linked to lower IQ, even in the ranges of the U.S. water supply. 34 studies have been stated to now link fluoride with learning and memory impairment, fetal brain damage, and altered neurobehavioral function.

There’s little doubt in informed health circles that fluoride will create mental health issues, and it’s not difficult to avoid it in your life. Simply choose fluoride free toothpaste, teeth cleanings, and water systems. If you need help with choosing the right water, check out this handy guide.

For those with fluoride poisoning, there are ways to remove it to not just get your mental health back, but your gastrointestinal and organ function as well.

Heavy metal poisoning

Exposure to heavy metals is extremely common these days, and in fact, if you have low levels of heavy metals in your body, you’re either a healthy unicorn or you’ve been through a process or program like THRIVE that has helped remove them.

When you consider that heavy metals can be found in vaccinations, dental amalgams, seafood, personal care products, cookware, and the atmosphere, well, you’d realize you would be extremely fortunate to avoid them altogether. Furthermore, when you realize that many heavy metals are lipophilic (they concentrate in fatty tissue, especially the brain) you can come to a reasonable conclusion that excessive heavy metal exposure can cause brain fog, memory impairment, dizziness, mood swings, headaches and migraines, nervous system issues, and more.

Your fist step is to limit the exposure points as outlined above. Secondly, you need to begin the process of cleansing the body of these obnoxious contaminants, which is not a particularly easy or risk free task. The worst case scenario is that you mobilize these toxins, such as mercury, and redeposit them somewhere else due to liver and overall body weakness that makes full removal very difficult. The best case scenario is you take a more holistic approach and change your diet and lifestyle to reinvigorate all the body’s systems, organs, and glands, so removal becomes much easier. There’s no better place to do that than inside the THRIVE Online Health Program.

Poor gut health

By now, you may be familiar with the connection between the gut and the brain via the vagus nerve. This connection has been the subject of many studies, on the importance of gut health for healthy psychomotor function. One such study was conducted by John Cryan of University College Cork in Ireland on mice, and the results were eye-opening:

John Cryan of University College Cork in Ireland conducted an experiment with mice where he divided them into two groups. One group of mice was the control group, and the other group was fed lactobacillus ramnosis, a bacterium often used in yogurt.

After a few weeks, he put these mice into bowls of water to see how they would react to water stress. Mice are naturally good swimmers, but don’t have a particular affinity to water, so it tends to stress them out.

The control group swam around for approximately four minutes until they became exhausted and gave up in a fit of ‘behavioral despair’. However, the bacteria fed mice were far less frantic, and swam around the bowl up to the six-minute mark, at which they were finally removed from the water.

What Cryan found was the stress hormones of the control group were 100-fold higher. The lactobacillus-fed mice, however, had half as much of this stress hormone coursing through their veins, and showed a marked change in the pattern of their GABA receptors, which now closely resembled the structure of calm animals.

A follow up experiment was conducted on the lactobacillus-fed mice to determine how the bacteria in the gut were having a direct effect on the brain. So, in this experiment, the vagus nerve, which connects the gut to the brain, was severed.

This time, the mice acted exactly the same as the control group – frantic paddling and no calming influence. They gave up at approximately four minutes.”

This experiment, along with empirical evidence of people alleviating brain fog, anxiety, and other mental concerns when optimizing the digestive system, gives significant credence to poor gut health being a cause of certain cases of poor mental health. Fortunately, this can be cleaned up easily and effectively through a specific diet and supplemental regime.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Sometimes, mental health issues like anxiety and depression can’t be solved through a psychologist or a warm shoulder. This is because sometimes, brain dysfunction is a result of nutritional deficiencies that won’t be addressed be either of those methods (even though both can have value in the right situations).

Your brain and the areas that support it require certain nutrients to operate effectively. If the right nutrients are not present, then the brain can atrophy with respect to its capabilities, and leave you in a state that is unexplainable by conventional introspect.

For example, you brain is mostly made of fat and water. Therefore, it makes sense that healthy fats and pure water are two important components to creating and maintaining a healthy brain. In fact, it’s been shown that as we age with a deficiency in EPA and DHA, we become more susceptible to depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and suicidal tendencies.

A lack of healthy fats are not the only nutrient deficiency that can cause poor mental health. If you are short on magnesium, B-vitamins, vitamin D, and probiotics, you could also suffer with poor mental health. These are also common deficiencies that people are dealing with, so with that and all the other factors mentioned, it’s no wonder that people’s mental health is deteriorating.

Getting a handle on your mental health is arguably the most important thing you can do in order to live a healthy and happy life. Yet, we commonly reach for the very things that only exacerbate it long term, such as medications, alcohol, and other hard drugs. That’s an effective way to make things a lot worse now, and later.

Put a stop to the mental health decline, and build it back up naturally with the THRIVE Academy. You will get educated without being medicated, and the nutritional plan and support will make sure you’ll get what you need to make mental illness a distant memory.

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Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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