Death of Robin Williams Brings Depression Front and Center By Robert Rowen MD

Death of Robin Williams Brings Depression Front and Center By Robert Rowen MD

Babyboomers Heroes also constantly deal with bouts of crushing depression as they age and consider suicide, just like Robin Williams. As Babyboomers’ health and mental faculties begin to fail, frightening diseases manifest. Family members place them in nursing and assisted care homes. Loneliness and loss of the love of their family members is devastating. As the value of the dollar continues to slide, many are overwhelmed by financial pressures. Conventional drugs and psychological counseling are not the only answer. Better, safer and less costly solutions should be considered. In this article, Dr. Robert Rowen MD provides proof that omega-3-fatty acids may assist Babyboomers escape the personal destruction caused by debilitating depression.



The sad death of Robin Williams has brought attention to a condition that people don’t have to suffer through. Much of the reporting about Williams’ suicide has focused on his ongoing bouts with depression. Unfortunately, many in mainstream medicine have relied on drugs to treat depression. When they dare to try nutrients, they tend to use fish oil. This is a big mistake.

A recent report from Harvard researchers found that omega-3 fatty acids can prevent depression. However, this report emphasized the benefit comes from ALA, the parent omega-3 and NOT fish oil.

I’ve previously reported that marine oils have been found to alleviate depression in some studies. I’ve also told you that I now believe that most, if not all benefits attributed to marine oils, largely occur in people who are simply globally deficient in the omega-3 series (meaning a deficiency of parent omega-3 or ALA). Stuffing people suffering from depression with fish oil will get them some of the derivatives (EPA and DHA) their bodies would be making on their own were they getting sufficient parent oils. This Harvard report, as others, rubberstamps my position. Here, the long chain marine oils intake did NOT reduce depression!

Wow, this presented a nice head to head PEO vs. marine oil study on thousands of people. The article also suggests the ratio of ALA to LA (parent omega-6) is related to depression risk. Less LA intake boosted the protective effect of more ALA. This study was prospective and followed 54,632 women between 50 and 77 who were free of depressive symptoms at baseline. Each 0.5 gms of ALA intake reduced risk of depressive symptoms by 18% over 10 years.

I don’t know if Robin Williams was taking fish oil or not. And I don’t know for sure that plant omega-3 would have cured him. Depression has many causes. But it’s possible it could have helped. And I do know that there’s no need to take more expensive marine oils, with the potential for toxins, rancid oils, and overdosing on the long chain derivatives, when parent oils do the job. That’s what the research is telling us.

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Babyboomer Heroes Need To Take Vitamin D Because It Is Vital If You Want To Avoid Diabetes

Babyboomer Heroes Need To Take Vitamin D Because It Is Vital If You Want To Avoid Diabetes

Babyboomer Heroes can benefit from the medical wisdom of Dr. Robert Rowen, MD.

Vitamin D is very important for Babyboomers to be healthy. Dr. Rowen MD advised me to get 15 of sun in the middle of the day at least three times a week to make sure I keep my Vitamin D levels at optimal levels. Even though it is 100 degrees here in Dallas during the summer months, I take 10 pound dumbbells and do heavy hands around the apartment complex for 15 minutes every other day.

It is easier to  do heavy hands during the spring and fall but going out in the heat consistently makes the heat’s impact marginal. It actually feels good to go outside and bask in the sun without sunscreeen.

The three most valuable Health Secretes from Dr. Rowen are: keep your Vitamin D at optimum levels (going outside in the sun is free), get at least 5 minutes of intense exercise every day (check with your doctor first) and keep your body hydrated by drinking enough water, ideally 4 ounces every hour.

Article on Vitamin D by Dr. Rowen, MD

Vitamin D is no longer an overlooked vitamin. And yet I continue to see patients low in this hormone/vitamin, even in summer, even in those who read my newsletter. This is bad news, as vitamin D deficiency contributes to many major illnesses. Now researchers have linked vitamin D to another health challenge — insulin resistance. That’s important for anyone with metabolic syndrome.

In this new study, researchers looked at 741 pregnant women. They found that 0.6% of them were deficient in vitamin D (<25 nmol/L). For women who had gestational diabetes, the risk of severe deficiency (<12.5 nmol/L) was higher. The authors concluded that vitamin D deficiency is linked to insulin resistance.

This is an important finding. Obesity is epidemic. Insulin resistance is a huge part of the problem. As you put on weight, your insulin works less effectively. Your body responds by making more. High insulin as well as high blood sugar is correlated with a host of degenerative diseases from coronary disease to cancer.

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Don’t be fooled by the fact that the researchers conducted this study on pregnant women. The fact that severe deficiency was more prevalent if the pregnant women had gestational diabetes tells us there’s an intimate association between the two hormones. (Vitamin D is actually more of a hormone than a vitamin.)

There are two morals to this story. God designed humans to be outdoors. Don’t think otherwise. And, please get your vitamin D (25 hydroxy vitamin D) level checked. If you are not in the higher range in the summer, that’s not a good sign. And the best time to check is in March or April, the end of winter. Even my vitamin D level was low! You’ll need to take 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily to get your levels above 75 nmol/L.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,

Robert J. Rowen, MD

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Dr. Robert Rowen, MD is one of the Health Heroes recognized in the In Search Of Heroes TM Program. I have known Dr. Rowen for over 30 years. He understands both conventional and integrative medicine. He teaches other doctors when to use specific therapies to get optimal results with minimal harmful side-effects. His wisdom helps you and your family stay healthy and disease free.  Ralph Zuranski, Creator of the In Search Of HeroesTM Program

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