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Weston A. Price Foundation

The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism and supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. There are many chapters of the WAPF in the Bay Area as well as all over the country. Think about joining up and becoming part of this growing food movement, bringing back food to the way it was meant to be.

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This is a study by the British Journal of Psychiatry examining the positive relationship between Vitamin D deficiency and depression in adults. They have concluded that low vitamin D concentration is associated with depression and there is a need for randomized controlled trials of vitamin D for the prevention and treatment of depression to determine whether this association is causal.

"Depression is associated with significant disability, mortality and healthcare costs. It is the third leading cause of disability in high-income countries,1 and affects approximately 840 million people worldwide.2 Although biological, psychological and environmental theories have been advanced,3 the underlying pathophysiology of depression remains unknown and it is probable that several different mechanisms are involved. Vitamin D is a unique neurosteroid hormone that may have an important role in the development of depression. Receptors for vitamin D are present on neurons and glia in many areas of the brain including the cingulate cortex and hippocampus, which have been implicated in the pathophysiology of depression.4 Vitamin D is involved in numerous brain processes including neuroimmunomodulation, regulation of neurotrophic factors, neuroprotection, neuroplasticity and brain development,5 making it biologically plausible that this vitamin might be associated with depression and that its supplementation might play an important part in the treatment of depression. Over two-thirds of the populations of the USA and Canada have suboptimal levels of vitamin D.6,7"

Anglin R, Samaan Z, Walter S et al. Vitamin D deficiency and depression in adults: systematic review and meta analysis. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2013.

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