One contributing factor to our inability to resolve chronic health problems is the way we label things. Labeling can be very useful at first because it makes it clear to us that there is a problem that we need to do something about.
But after that initial label, we often get caught up in demonizing the symptoms of our experience, rather than seeing them as important feedback that helps us gain information. I believe that our current health care system is doing more harm than good in this way.
What is clear evidence that our health care system is treating symptoms, not causes?
Rather than seeing depression as a pattern of emotional feedback from our senses and subconscious schemas, we label it as “depression” and claim it is a “chemical imbalance” that we need to correct with medication.
But a closer look reveals that very few people are born with the specific chemical imbalance that causes depression. So it’s something that develops over time.
Where does that chemical imbalance come from? It comes from our minds. Since thoughts create emotions and emotions are made up of neurochemical reactions, our schematic thought and belief patterns are the real cause of that chemical imbalance.
For example, if I walk into a room full of people at a social event and have an underlying belief that people don’t like me, I walk into the room with a set of beliefs that trigger a stress response in my body. Do you see that it is the thoughts that trigger the neurochemical reaction?
Simply put, when we have negative thoughts, they trigger negative neurochemical reactions. When I have positive thoughts, it triggers positive neurochemicals; those are usually dopamine and serotonin . And which neurochemicals do you think antidepressants help make in our brain? Exactly, you guessed it.
By treating depression as a “chemical imbalance,” we are only treating the symptoms of depression, not the unconscious thought schemas and beliefs (ie, the causes). By treating only the symptoms, we are actually allowing the core problem to survive and perpetuate itself beneath the surface.
Does this mean that antidepressants are bad or don’t work? Certainly not. They can be extremely useful in the short term by providing the stability needed to address the root causes.
Specifically, when we tackle one side of the problem without looking at the other side, problems arise. Both are useful, but we must be aware of both.
And who is Garret John LoPorto then?
Garret John is an author, speaker, advocate, and founder of Wayseer.org. He pioneered new ideas and created a viral video series to inspire people to reconnect with their inner truth.
After conducting a fantastic interview with Garret, it was clear to me that he has a different approach to the core problems that the health system is currently diagnosing and “medicating”. Garret and his team are looking for patterns behind the core qualities of pioneering entrepreneurs and the so-called symptoms of disorders that the Western healthcare system currently mistakes for ADD, ADHD, addiction sensitivity and oppositional defiant disorder.
One of his examples was ADD and ADHD . He gave the qualities attributed to ADD names like ‘DaVinci Type’ or ‘Wayseer’ (‘Those who see a new way’).
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) / ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are the most prevalent diagnoses among young children in psychiatric clinics. ADD is characterized by ‘disruptive, attention-seeking behavior’ (Wallach and Kogan (1965) p.294-295), the inability to pay attention for extended periods of time, impulsiveness, and an inability to control impulses compared to the status quo .
What key features do the ‘DaVinci Type/Wayseer’ represent?
LoPorto discovered that ADD/ADHD is not a disorder, but a hereditary or genetic disorder found in people with the ‘DRD4 7R allele’ gene. This gene is found in about 10% of the world’s population and in as much as 25% of Americans. The gene is particularly prevalent among exceptionally creative or successful people. For example, people with this gene often have the following core characteristics:
- Increased levels of ‘openness’
- The ability to think outside the box
- Creativity (mainly problem solving)
- Need for novelty, stimulation and growth
- risk takers
- An extreme need for exploration
People with this gene have a different relationship with dopamine. Garret’s research shows that this temperament is often necessary for top athletes, inventors, entrepreneurs, rock stars and pioneers in various fields of science.
Garret also observed that these ‘Wayseers’ are often highly creative, expressive and emotionally intelligent individuals. They are often restless, can be rebellious and often learn kinesthetic.
Another enthusiastic researcher and proponent of this idea is Dr. John DeMartini . He has also done a lot of research in this area. His argument against labeling ADD and ADHD stems from the question, “How can a young person be diagnosed with ADD and do poorly in school, but then focus on a video game for hours at home?”
dr. Gabor Mate , another pioneer of health care change, has found some telltale links between ADD and trauma. His theories revolve around the idea that when a child can’t escape an emotional trauma that they can’t adequately process, the brain creates a coping mechanism that instantly ‘flights’ by cognitively distancing itself when stress occurs.
So how should we deal with this problem?
There is an enormous amount of conflicting research about ADD and ADHD. Is it possible that the by far most common ‘ diagnosis ‘ among young children actually has limited evidence to back it up?
Is it possible that we are drugging and altering the brain chemistry of children and young adults without really knowing what is going on?
I don’t have a clear answer to this, but the fact that the evidence is inconclusive tells me that we shouldn’t be eager to give our children pills. If we can’t find concrete evidence, why don’t we try to work with these traits instead of diagnosing and suppressing them?