Friday, April 15, 2016

The Zimmermann Depression Annihilator

I've used this method to bust depressions of the worst kind.  Often a helper is required to keep you on schedule and to complete the process.  But this process works and it sticks.  Depression does not return after this process.  I had tried hundreds perhaps thousands of solutions over the years but this is my secret weapon.  It works every time.
Antidepressant drugs can't hold a candle to this therapy.
Do this daily and say goodbye to depression.

The Zimmermann Depression Annihilator:
For Major Depression and Dysthymic Disorder

"No depressive episode can stand up to the unbridled power of the ice cold shower"
                                                           Bill Zimmermann             

Step 1. Prepare Gerson coffee cleanse solution. Get into a cold shower (or start briefly in a warm shower and move to cold as soon as possible.  Hold for at least one minute or stop when you are completely comfortable with the cold water flowing over your body.  For added intensity place a bucket of ice cubes in the bath water that accumulates from the shower. Soak in ice water in tub with added magnesium salts or Epsom salts 2 cups (magnesium) for 5 minutes until you're shaking with cold.  This breaks the back of any depression in minutes. 

Step 2. Shorts and sneakers on - go pulse running. 1/2 minute walking 1/2 minute running for three miles or a minimum of fifteen minutes. (Optional. If you exhausted from depression go to the next step, but don't beat yourself up if you won't take a cold shower or if you can not coax yourself to go running. Go running after other steps when you might feel like it. Never feel guilt for not accomplishing steps here.)
Step 3. (Optional) Upon your return from running: Take one 1/4mg tablet Xanax or one 2.5mg dose of Valium.  Begin 50mg Niacin every half hour for six hours, (between meals) during which time you do the following:
Step 4. Sun exposure for at least one full hour at noon. Tanning bed works too (15 min max).
Step 5. Then a 30 minute to 1 hour massage.  In house is best but a local massage studio is fine. 15 minutes of gentle Yoga positions can take the place of massage in a pinch.
Step 6. Upon return from massage/yoga: Two large glasses vegetable juice with beats carrots celery apple and romaine lettuce and one hour later a full vegetarian meal at a restaurant or at home after which you perform a Gerson coffee cleanse. Rest in warm epsom salts or magnesium salts bath for 30 minutes.
Step 7. Yoga routine (custom designed for this) and ETF (Emotional Freedom Technique) to reprogram thoughts and release emotions before bed.  See this easy to do Mathew Rosenberg morning Yoga on YouTube followed by this easy to do before-bed Yoga routine.
Step 8. Sleep 8-10 hours. Blackout mask and ear plugs (if well tolerated) required. Following day. Juice fast all day with full vegan dinner meal before seven p.m. No snacks after. Bedtime 10:30 p.m. Rise at exactly 6:30 a.m. for your day.

Note: Swimming in the cold ocean water is great for after-care.  All showers after should be cold.  Adjust to your tolerance preferences.  Always finish each shower with the coldest water possible for at least one minute. You'll squirm a bit but the relief you will feel will last.

Binaural beats (see below) can be added to this routine at the time you go to sleep.  Limit exposure to Binaural beats to 30 minutes.  

Labeling yourself with "I have depression" fixed diagnosis: We have to be really careful here as I know a lot of people will kick up a fuss about this comment. Let me be clear,depression is an illness. In the words of Will Ferrel, “…it has real doctors and everything!” But I sometimes wonder whether telling yourself “I have depression” really makes things better. From my own experience I can tell you that it actually made me feel a whole heap worse. Why? Because the diagnosis “you have depression” is very solid. It is very fixed. It seems unchangeable. But like I noted in the first point, depression is actually very transient. It is impermanent. It doesn’t last. But when you are told you have depression you run the risk of labeling yourself as a depressed person. And that is very solid.

Of course, diagnosing people with depression and depression related disorders is very important. It is vital to the health and recovery of that person. Without that diagnosis the person might not get the drugs or the counseling that they need. It is not the diagnosis, as such, that I have an issue with. My issue is with labeling yourself as a depressed person.

The title of this strategy is be careful with the label “I have depression” and that is all I want you to do. Be careful. Do not continually remind yourself of your diagnosis. You do not want to repeatedly tell yourself that you are depressed. In the same way that repeatedly telling yourself that you are fat leads to more problems, repeatedly telling yourself that you are depressed will make you even worse.

This is about avoiding extremes and using your mind to reinforce positive tendencies, not negative ones. It is not about pretending you don’t have an illness. You very well might have one. What I am asking is that you don’t let yourself get bogged down in your ideas and notions about that illness.

A friend told me about her experience with depression and how she fixed it. Here is what she said: "When I was going through a particularly bad rough patch after a tough break up one of my dearest friends came over to my house… every day. For almost the whole summer this friend rang me up in the morning to meet for breakfast, called me at lunch time asking where we were going to eat and in the evenings took me to the gym or martial arts center. For six weeks this friend of mine got me out of the house, off the couch and out with people.

And it was one of the best things that could have happened to me." " Sadly this does not happen for most people with depression. Most depressed people do not have friends "as dedicated" as she did.

What her friend did was truly amazing. I don’t have friends who would have gone to such consistent lengths to take care of me. But two things about her experience are outstanding:
Knowing people love you makes a difference
Being around other people helps

The two lessons here are about helping people with depression and helping yourself when you have depression. If you are depressed you need to get out and be around people. It doesn’t matter how you do it, science has shown that having human contact helps depression.

The second thing is that if you know someone who is feeling down you should go and help them. Get them out of the house, take them out for a walk and get them out with people. This will not only help their situation, it will also help your depression."

Brilliant!  Also visit the blog entry that discusses prevention of relapse here.

At bedtime binaural beats brain programming - headphones please:


Anonymous said...

depression is not always physical and need to be adressed at the level it is experienced. For example, if a person self talk every day is focused on self hatred, no amount of juicing or cold shower will change that self talk.

Bill Zimmermann said...

You would be surprised. Of course you need to change your self-talk. Just work with cognitive therapy principals, rubber band on the wrist - all that stuff. This does get me out of the worst of depressions and has saved my life on several occasions. The key is *Once I start I have to finish it. No matter how badly I feel I force myself to finish it. If I fail to finish which has happened I don't judge myself.