Highlights from Jonathan Otto's interview with Dr. Daniel Nuzum, for the Depression & Anxiety Series. 

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: One of the most common things is today, people's digestion is just a mess. I'll give you an example. The sausage industry in the United States. Okay? Pig intestine would be what you would normally use for sausage, correct? Okay? Your pigs here in the United States, they can't use the intestinal materials from pigs in the United States to make sausage. Reason being is the GMO food, the GMO soy and GMO corn that they're feeding pigs in feed lots are causing such a thinning in their intestines. Their intestines are literally thinning so that the amount of cells deep are thick, that their intestines would normally be is reducing and reducing and reducing, and they can't pack anything into those intestines. They just burst open. Also, a large amount of pigs in feed lots being fed GMO corn, GMO soy have to be slaughtered before their intestines rupture and they bleed out. Okay?

Dr. Nuzum: So, I'm telling you this because if you're eating the standard American diet, you're eating GMO soy. You're getting GMO corn. It's in the foods, just in regular food. If it's doing that to pigs, guess what it's doing to you. Okay? That is damaging your digestive system, and causing the intestinal wall to thin. Now, as that happens, it's easier and easier to develop what we call leaky gut. Leaky gut is where the intestinal wall gets inflamed and it swells up and the tissues separate and they become more permeable. So, instead of being tightly knit like this, and only small things can get through, they swell up and bigger particles can flow through the gut. That's what we call leaky gut. Okay? Leaky gut leads to auto-immune disorders. It leads to immunodeficiency. It leads to food allergies. It leads to environmental allergies. It leads to chemical sensitivities. Anything inflammatory, okay? Leaky gut will lead to inflammation in your body. Period.

Dr. Nuzum: So, with the digestive tract being tore up and irritated the way it is, we've gotta remember that 85% of the serotonin and the dopamine that your body produces is produced in your gut. If the gut is not healthy, an impairment in the production of those two hormones occurs. Okay? So, those two hormones, their production gets messed up, and not only their production, but the consistency of the production of those hormones gets messed up, quote unquote, "messed up," a medical term here. But, when that happens, you may get a surge of dopamine without enough serotonin. Or, you may get a surge of serotonin without enough dopamine. Or, you don't get enough of either or you get too much of both happening because the disfunction in the gut.

Krauss: Thank you. I'm sure people will like that. What I wanted to ask you, you told me some causes of anxiety and depression. But can you tell me the toxic causes for anxiety and depression?

Dr. Nuzum: Oh, toxins. Okay. Toxins, heavy metals. Heavy metals are actually a very, very big culprit of a lot of dysfunction. If you read in mercury poisoning or cadmium poisoning or lead poisoning, depression is a symptom in all of them. You take cadmium and mercury, anxiety is also a symptom of cadmium or lead poisoning. You can look at up. That's just one of them. What happens when they're combined, if you get exposed to more than one at a time? That just makes the problem even bigger. We take nutritional deficiencies, okay? If you have multiple nutritional deficiencies, nutrients are what block toxins from absorbing into our system. So if you're deficient in nutrients, you're being exposed to toxins that float right into your system. Common things like propylene glycol will cause anxiety. Sodium lauryl sulfate can cause anxiety or depression or both. Let's see here. Fluoride, fluoride. Fluoride causes depression, okay? It disrupts your thyroid metabolism, which causes depression. It destroys the flora in your gut, which leads to an imbalance in your production of serotonin and dopamine, which sets the stage for anxiety and depression to happen.


Dr. Nuzum: When fluoride gets into your system, it can actually bond to other elements in your body, even healthy elements like iron or calcium or zinc or healthy nutrients like that and turn them into heavy metal salts, which takes us back to my first thing, heavy metals. Heavy metal poisoning will disrupt. Heavy metal poisoning is extremely poisonous to your nervous system itself. It's also poisonous to your glands, your hormone producing glands. Heavy metals attack both your nervous system and your hormone producing glands, which would lead to depression or anxiety.