[Paleopsych] Lipids, depression and suicide
christian.rauh at uconn.edu
Wed Apr 20 17:28:09 UTC 2005
Could it be that a less predictable future have more to do than the
belief in God? Maybe things are changing too fast for us to cope.
Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D. wrote:
> Diet: This is a good point, and one I have considered. However, the
> history of a rise in depression pre-dates the low fat fad. In the 1960s
> the trend was already appearing, with people of my generation being at
> higher risk of depression than my own grandparents. Therefore, Seligman
> argues more in favor of changing values. I think you are correct that
> diet may also play a role, but it is not the whole picture.
> I put in the Horatius at the gate segments because the notion is that if
> nothing is worth dying for, then nothing is worth living for. One's
> willingness to give one's life in service of a higher value is a source
> of great strength and happiness. This appears to be an empirical
> finding, and illustrates the role of values and social norms in reducing
> "and how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of
> his fathers and the temples of his gods . . ." The man / woman who
> deeply believes this has something great to live for, knows his/her
> position in life, and feels a deep connection with forebearers /
> posterity ('child upon her breast'). This seems to immunize against
> Steve Hovland wrote:
>> Lipids, depression and suicide
>> Colin A, Reggers J, Castronovo V, Ansseau M.
>> Assistante Clinique, Universite de Liege,
>> CUP La Clairiere, Bertrix.
>> Encephale 2003 Feb;29(Pt 1):49-58
>> Polyunsatured fatty acids are made out of a hydrocarbonated chain of
>> variable length with several double bonds. The position of the first
>> double bond (w; omega) differentiates polyunsatured w3 fatty acids
>> (for example: alpha-linolenic acid or a-LNA) and polyunsatured w6
>> fatty acids (for example: linoleic acid or LA). These two classes of
>> fatty acids are said to be essential because they cannot be
>> synthetised by the organism and have to be taken from alimentation.
>> The w3 are present in linseed oil, nuts, soya beans, wheat and cold
>> water fish whereas w6 are present in maize, sunflower and sesame oil.
>> Fatty acids are part of phospholipids and, consequently, of all
>> biological membranes. The membrane fluidity, of crucial importance for
>> its functionning, depends on its lipidic components. Phospholipids
>> composed of chains of polyunsatured fatty acids
>> The rest of the story: http://www.biopsychiatry.com/lipidsmood.htm
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