The MOTHERS Act Will Address These Needs- Proof That PPD Exists

Some critics of The MOTHERS Act like to claim that perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are ‘made up’ in order to convince women they need to use psychiatric medications.  Yes, this is ridiculous, but I thought I’d post this lab report of a woman who obviouly needed treatment.  The treatment that helped her happened to be targeted nutrient therapy- a non-pharmacological approach.

This information was compiled from  NBI Testing and Consulting Corporation was founded by Dr. Steve Pieczenik MD, PhD and Dr. John Neustadt, ND.  Thanks to Amber Koter-Puline for sharing this information!

Case: Post-Partum Depression in a Thirty-six Year Old Woman

A thirty-six year old woman suffered from severe post-partum depression after the birth of her first child. The pregnancy had been difficult, with multiple serious but non-fatal complications, such as nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), insomnia and pruritic urticarial papules of pregnancy (PUP). She also underwent an emergency cessarian section, and suffered from mastitis which caused excruciating pain each time she tried to breast feed and which landed her back in the hospital for forty-eight hours of intravenous antibiotics. The pain from the mastitis was so bad that she started to not even want to look at her newborn or feed him because she could only associate both with pain. This poor woman had been through a lot and was suffering from post-partum depression. As an emergency response, she was prescribed Prozac (fluoxetine), to try to lift her out of her depression. It worked, and along with discontinuing breastfeeding and curing the mastitis to eliminate the pain, she began to feel better. However, she also started to gain weight, a common side effect of Prozac.

She decided to try and discover the underlying causes of her depression and correct them so she could feel better naturally and discontinue her antidepressant. She took the MetaCT 400 test, which revealed:

What is difficult to see here is the ‘healthy range’ of each nutrient or amino acid.  When an amino is listed a number is given after the name, say ‘Arginine – 46- L – 50-160.  This means that for the amino acid Arginine, the accepted range should be between 50 and 160.  This mother had a level of 46, which is L for low.

Low CoQ10, required for energy production
Multiple low essential and non-essential amino acids, which can cause depression, poor blood sugar control and fatigue

Multiple, low intracellular minerals, required to produce mood-elevating hormones, energy and regulate blood sugar
Low vitamin D, which has been associated with depression, as well as increased risk for colorectal and cervical cancer and for infections
Low omega-3 fatty acid, associated with depression
Functionally low levels of vitamin B6 (xanthurenate), required to produce mood elevating hormones, and folic acid (formiminoglutamate), a cause of depression

Low-normal marker for serotonin (5-Hydroxyindoleacetate). Low serotonin is a cause of depression.

This case illustrates is how the conventional approach to treating depression misses the underlying causes of depression and massive underlying biochemical causes that can occur after pregnancy. Pregnancy is a tremendous stress on the body, and it is well documented that pregnancy increases a woman’s risk for nutritional deficiencies and subsequent depression. In some ways, this is therefore not abnormal, it is part of the spectrum of biochemical changes that can occur in pregnant women.

This patient was put on a three-month program of dietary modifications and targeted nutrient therapy to correct the nutritional deficiencies and resultant biochemical abnormalities. Two weeks after starting the program she was able to discontinue her Prozac and three years later she is still fine and not taking any medications.

2 Responses to “The MOTHERS Act Will Address These Needs- Proof That PPD Exists”
  1. Adriana C Azcarate_Ferbel ND says:

    This is great I want people to know more about this. I am a naturopathic Doctor and I am working with perinatal mood disorders because I suffered Postpartum depresion. Since then I have been doing research. I am writing a paper about the physiological changes a woman goes trough and the nutrients and tests recommended to target the cause of the mood disorder and thus heal.

  2. cheryljazzar says:

    Dear Adriana,

    How exciting that you are writing this paper. Please send me a copy if you would like me to consider posting about your work on WellPostpartum Weblog.

    How old is your baby? What type of issue did you face? (Feel free to reply to this post via private email).

    Here are some things you can do to stay connected:

    1. Click SUBSCRIBE To: on You will get a confirmation email from Feedburner.

    2. Join Postpartum Support International (

    3. Attend our annual conference, starting this summer in L.A. August 4-7th. PSI will feature presentations by Dr. Hyla Cass, an integrative psychiatrist who uses no psych meds in her practice, and Dr. Bonnie Kaplan who is currently studying maternal nutrition and mental health- her study, “APRON”, is located in Alberta, Canada.

    Please continue to ask questions and post comments on WellPostpartum Weblog. A panel of professionals is there to answer comments. You may decide to weigh in!

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