COVID And Mental Health - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

COVID And Mental Health

November 30, 2020

Allopathic medicine has consistently failed to acknowledge the role that nutrients play in supporting the immune system. There are no nutrition or nutrients courses in medical school – and there probably never will be. I’ve been waiting for them since the mid 70s and instead of embracing the nutrient-building-blocks of the body, medicine demonizes nutrient therapy.

This failure is of glaring concern in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. In spite of studies that show vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium do support the immune system, medicine will not even engage in a conversation about alternatives to expensive drugs and vaccines that are fraught with side effects.

While medicine does acknowledge the existence of comorbidities and their role in weakening the immune system, it turns a blind eye to the role that medications for these comorbidities also play. This is consistent with medicine’s ongoing denial of nutrients and unwavering acceptance of drugs.

Nutrients for COVID Depression

We’ve all been exposed to the uncertainty and loneliness engendered by the pandemic and the quarantine. Even without being infected, people are suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome, situational depression, and anxiety that are likely to worsen this winter.In addition, the Lancet is reporting that one in five (20%) COVID-19 survivors are at greater risk for developing mental health disorders within 3 months of their diagnosis.

The conditions reported are post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and dementia. However, they seem to ignore the fact that we’ve always known that people are at higher risk for anxiety and depression after being hospitalized for infection. So, this is not new information to the medical community but new to the public. There are no “drugs” for this condition. The way to deal with post-influenza symptoms is with nutrients – specifically magnesium, B Complex, and vitamin C.


Magnesium will be lost due to stress – physical or emotional. Even the heavy sweats that people experience during COVID-19 will drain the body of magnesium that will affect body, mind and spirit.

Here is some text from The Magnesium Miracle (2017) that helps place magnesium firmly on the side of balancing mental health.

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

When the adrenals are no longer protected by sufficient magnesium, the fight-or-flight hormones, adrenaline and noradrenaline, become more easily triggered. When they surge erratically, they cause a rapid pulse, high blood pressure, and heart palpitations. The more magnesium deficient you are, the more exaggerated the adrenaline response. Magnesium calms the nervous system, relaxes muscle tension, and lowers the pulse rate, helping to reduce anxiety and panic attacks.


Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that elevates mood and depends on magnesium for its production and function whether it’s made in the brain or in the intestines. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers utilizes magnesium in several steps in its biochemical pathway. A magnesium-deficient brain is also more susceptible to allergens and foreign substances, which in some instances can cause symptoms similar to mental illness. Yeast toxins can invade a susceptible brain.


Magnesium relieves the muscle tension that can prevent restful sleep. Also, sleep-regulating melatonin pathway production is disturbed without sufficient magnesium. Magnesium is so effective as a sleep aid that if someone is taking magnesium and their sleep is not improved, I say, “Take more magnesium.” You may have to take ReMag to get the therapeutic effect without the laxative effect.

Vitamin D

In early June 2020, the Orthomolecular News Service (OMNS) reported in a press release “The Role of Vitamin D in Reducing Risk of Covid-19: A Brief Survey of the Literature.” that:

The evidence that higher vitamin D status is causally linked to lower risk of COVID-19 incidence, severity, and death continues to increase. This brief report outlines what has been learned through early June 2020 and provides links to some of the key references.

More evidence has come forth since then, some of which confirms that Vitamin D requires magnesium in order to be activated.

Vitamin C

Another OMNS press release reports that the world’s first randomized placebo controlled trial designed to test high dose intravenous vitamin C for COVID-19 treatment has reduced mortality in the most critically ill patients by two thirds. 

The study, headed by Professor Zhiyong Peng at Wuhan’s Zhongnan University Hospital, started in February and gave every other critically ill COVID-19 patient on ventilators either 12,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C twice daily or sterile water in their drip. Neither the patient nor the doctors knew who was getting vitamin C or placebo so the trial was “double blind.” This is the ‘gold standard’ of research design.


In my Naturopathic training I learned about the benefits of zinc for the immune system and mental health. I’ve successfully recommended zinc for post-partum depression for decades. However, when I learned about the treatment of COVID-19 with zinc and hydroxychloroquine, I was intrigued. It seems that the function of hydroxychloroquine (a treatment for malaria) is as an ionophore to open the cells to allow zinc to enter. Then zinc does the killing. I realized that a well absorbed ion of zinc could do the whole job itself.

Vitamin B

I won’t go into details about the eight B vitamins here, but you can read about them in my eBook ReAline: The Building Blocks to Detox. Just know that the ability of the B vitamins to help reduce anxiety, depression, and PMS is enhanced with the use of magnesium. This makes the B Complex and important addition to any post influenza sequelae.

Yeast Overgrowth and Depression

Another unrecognized cause of depression after COVID-19 is yeast overgrowth. Yeast is a normal inhabitant of the gut but will grow out of control with the use of antibiotics, steroids, a poor hospital diet, and the stress hormone, cortisol; all of which people endured during their COVID-19 infection. Antibiotics kill off good and bad bacteria leaving yeast free reign in your large and small intestine – actually in any orifice! Steroids directly feed yeast, as do sugars and cortisol.

As yeast go through their life cycle, they excrete about 178 different yeast toxins. When they overgrow into the small intestine, they poke holes in the tight junctions of the small intestine lining and create a leaky gut allowing yeast toxins to migrate into the blood stream and cause symptoms from head to foot. 

Yeast toxins can cause anxiety, depression, and brain fog. Yeast toxins roiling about in the intestines can interfere with a restful sleep causing day-time fatigue and inability to cope.

Here are the first 7 questions from Dr. Crook’s Yeast Questionnaire that you can find in my book ReSet The Yeast Connection. They mimic the post-influenza symptoms that doctors often see but fail to attribute to yeast overgrowth and nutrient deficiencies.

1. Fatigue or lethargy 
2. Feeling of being ‘‘drained’’
3. Depression or manic depression
4. Numbness, burning or tingling
5. Headache
6. Muscle aches
7. Muscle weakness or paralysis

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