Natural Therapies for Depression and Anxiety
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Natural Therapies for Depression and Anxiety

An in depth look at the causes of depression and anxiety as well as natural therapies for each.
4.7 (30 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
284 students enrolled
Created by Ross Pelton
Last updated 6/2015
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the the many options to treat depression and anxiety
  • Learn about some of the harmful side effects of traditionally prescribed anti depressants and anti anxiety medication
  • Discover natural and safe methods to fight depression and anxiety
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  • Nothing is needed in advance other than a desire to learn. This course covers all of the information needed to understand what the natural therapies are and why they work

Hello and thank you for your interest in this course.

My name is Ross Pelton and I'm known as The Natural Pharmacist. I've been a pharmacist, a nutritionist, an author and a health consultant for over 30 years. For years I have been alarmed at the widespread use of antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs and their serious side effects. Now, I'm very excited to offer this course on Natural Therapies For Depression And Anxiety. I think it is important for people to realize that effective natural therapies for depression and anxiety are available.

This is an in-depth look at the multiple causes of these conditions as well as the natural therapies that can be used for both prevention and treatment. This is a content-heavy class, suitable for healthcare professionals as well as individuals who are serious about finding natural ways to combat depression and anxiety.

This course, which is over 4 hours long, is divided into short (5-10 minute) videos. Each short video section addresses one or two specific topics. Don't let the length of the course or the depth of material deter you. I truly believe that this information can change lives and I am excited to be sharing it with you

I extend best wishes for better health and greater happiness.

Sincerely, Ross

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for people who want an in depth look at natural therapies for depression and anxiety. Educators, health care professionals and students serious about mental health will all benefit from this course.
  • This course is probably not for you if you're looking for a quick, content light class or are looking for a "one pill solution" for depression and/or anxiety
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
Introduction to Ross and the Course
1 Lecture 10:48
21 Lectures 02:17:40

Ross' philosophy of health and discussion of healthy diet food recommendations.

Diet and Nutrition

Dietary link to depression. Comparison of commercial vs healthy/humane methods of raising beef, fish and chicken.

Dietary Link to Depression

Drug-induced nutrient depletions and how antidepressant reuptake inhibitors affect and change membrane receptors.

Drug Induced Nutrient Depletions

History of psychopharmacology and serendipity in drug discovery.

History of Pharmacology

Controversies in psychiatry: the placebo effect, the magic bullet theory and the chemical imbalance theory.

Controversies in Psychiatry

Controversies in psychiatry: Dr. Carlat, Dr. Irving Kirsch and Robert Whitaker's book Anatomy Of An Epidemic.

Controversies in Psychiatry Part 2

Discussion of the nervous system; neurotransmitters and neurotransmitter receptors.

Where and How do Psychotropic Drugs Act

Classes of antidepressants; comparison of tricyclic antidepressants with SSRIs.

Classes of Anti Depressant Drugs Part 1

Side effects of SSRI antidepressants

Classes of Anti Depressant Drugs Part 2

Introduction to natural therapies for depression and nutrient decline in commercial agriculture.

Natural Therapies for Depression - Introduction

Natural antidepressants; 5-HTP, vitamin B-6 and tyrosine

Natural Therapies for Depression - Specific

Nutrients required for synthesis of neurotransmitters & prescription drugs that deplete these nutrients; discussion of SAMe.

Nutrient Precursors for Neurotransmitter Synthesis

Discussion of folic acid and active L-methylfolate.

Folic Acid and B12 part 1

Vitamin B-12 and drugs that deplete vitamin B-12.

Folic Acid and B 12 part 2

Omega-3 fish oils and krill oil; Introduction to the Life Extension Foundation.

Omega 3 and Fish Oils

Magnesium's effectiveness for treatment-resistant depression and discussion of magnesium L-threonate


Studies reporting vitamin D and vitamin C effectiveness for depression

Vitamins D and C

Herbal products for depression: St. John's Wort and Ginkgo Biloba.

Herbal Products

Lifestyle factors affecting depression: exercise, sweetened drinks and light therapy.


Theories of depression; neurotransmitter dysfunction and the bundle damage theory of depression.

Theories of Depression part 1

How to stop and then repair damage to nerve fibers; antidepressant withdrawal symptoms.

Theories of Depression part 2
15 Lectures 01:49:41

Causes of anxiety, overview of natural therapies for anxiety, and benzodiazepine drugs effects on GABA receptors.


L-theanine as a natural anti-anxiety agent and clinical studies supporting its beneficial effects.

Nutritional Therapies for Anxiety

Inositol for depression, panic attacks, OCD and agoraphobia.

Inosotol and Niacinimide part 1

Niacinamide for anxiety.

Inosotol and Niacinimide part 2

Magnesium and omega-3 fish oils as natural therapies for anxiety

Magnesium and Omega 3

The Gut: Your Second Brain and introduction to the human gastrointestinal tract and probiotics.

The Gut

The human genome project and powerful genome sequencing technology.

Human Genome Project

The human microbiome project and gut-brain communication

Human Microbiome Project

Relationship between obesity and anxiety and depression; how gut bacteria can make you fat.

Obesity Anxiety and Depression

Revolutionary Psychaitry

Revolutionary Psychiatry Part 2

Probiotics are strain specific; unique features of Dr. Ohhira's probiotics.


Who needs probiotics? Health issues associated with dysbiosis and dietary fiber to feed your probiotics.

Probiotic Fingerprint

Breathing exercises to suppress panic attacks; capnometry-assisted respiratory therapy (CART).


Benzodiazepine withdrawal; nutritional support for benzodiazepine withdrawal and summary of natural therapies for anxiety

Wrapping Up
2 Lectures 04:57

Ross' most valued health resources for continuing education.

Ross' Favorite Resources

Final thoughts and contacting Ross for private consultations.

Final Thoughts
About the Instructor
Ross Pelton
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The Natural Pharmacist

Ross Pelton is currently the Scientific Director for Essential Formulas, Inc, the distributor of Dr. Ohhira's probiotics in north America. As a pharmacist, he is an expert on pharmaceutical drugs and their life-altering side effects. As a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN), he counsels clients on diet, nutrition and natural therapies for a wide range of health issues. As a health care professional, Ross helps clients utilize and integrate the best of both worlds to achieve a healthier, longer life.

With over 30 years of research and scientific experience, Ross Pelton has turned his passion for educating people on their health into a legacy for thousands of clients around the world. Whether its tackling tough subjects like Safe Natural Therapies for Menopause, Preventing the Side Effects of Oral Contraception, Natural Therapies for Acne or Depression, Ross covers a myriad of subjects and speaks frankly about what you need to do naturally to take charge of your life.

Ross Pelton began his career in the health sciences by graduating from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in 1966. Ross worked as a pharmacist for a number of years before joining the Peace Corps in 1972. He taught high school chemistry for 2 years in Malaysia, and also closely observed the village shamans and native healing arts in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

Cancer Research

In 1982 Ross began doing cancer research at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) under the world renown scientist Dr. Gerhard Schrauzer. Ross conducted studies with Dr. Schrauzer on the relationship between the trace mineral selenium and breast cancer. They added trace amounts of selenium to the drinking water of mice. 85% of the control mice developed mammary tumors while less than 15% of the mice that received trace amounts of selenium developed tumors. This was a powerful experience for Ross the pharmacist who was starting to change careers and become Ross the scientist/researcher. Ever since this initial cancer research, which revealed that the simple, inexpensive mineral selenium could result in a over a 70% reduction in breast cancer, Ross has been passionately pursuing and evaluating the science that explains and supports natural medicine. Althouth this initial research was with laboratory animals, Ross now has impressive studies which report that selinium is a powerful anti-cancer agent in humans.

Alternative Cancer Therapy Hospital Administrator

In 1987 Ross worked for a year as a consultant for The Gerson Institute researching and documenting long-term survivors of people who used the Gerson Therapy as a sole cancer treatment. Then, in 1988 Ross and his wife Taffy moved to Baja, Mexico where Ross became hospital administrator of one of the world's largest hospitals that specialized in alternative, non-toxic cancer therapies. From 1988 to 1994 Ross managed the in-patient and out-patient alternative cancer therapies for thousands of cancer patients. After returning to San Diego in 1994, Ross wrote about these important alternative cancer therapies in his second book, which is titled Alternatives In Cancer Therapy (Simon & Schuster, 1994).


In 1994 Ross became a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN) through the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN). He teaches two weekend seminars for health professionals who aspire to pass the exam and become certified clinical nutritionists.


Ross is the author of six books on a variety of health topics: The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, (Lexi-Comp, 2001) The Nutritional Cost of Drugs, 2nd Edition (Morton Publishing Co., 2004) The Natural Therapeutics Pocket Guide (Lexi-Comp., 2000) How To Prevent Breast Cancer (Simon & Schuster, 1995) Alternatives In Cancer Therapy (Simon & Schuster, 1994) Mind Food and Smart Pills (Doubleday, 1989)

Health Educator

A significant part of Ross' career over the past 20 years has been devoted to speaking, writing, and conducting seminars on a variety of health-related topics. He also teaches continuing education programs for physicians, pharmacists, chiropractors, nurses, dieticians, etc. He loves the opportunity to teach other health care professionals how to utilize and integrate natural medicine into their practices.