Stress___People_Walking.JPG “My mood improved enough to allow me to discontinue my prescription anti-depressant.”
— L. M., San Francisco

Depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems affect millions of Americans each year. Unfortunately, despite our advances in modern medicine the numbers of people affected by mood disorders are increasing rather than decreasing. While psychotropic drugs are helping many people affected by serious psychological disorders many of us experiencing mild to moderate problems do not find an adequate solution in this approach.

More and more studies find antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications not to be as efficient in dealing with emotional issues as thought to be. While a better understanding of mood disorders is necessary much evidence emerges that lifestyle, nutrition, and genetics have a significant impact on how we feel. The ongoing question about nature versus nurture is not a clear cut picture but shows that our genes are largely controlled by our environment. Some of us have a genetic predisposition and are more susceptible to depression or anxiety than others but with a proper understanding of their biochemistry and adjustment of lifestyle many can lead a perfectly happy and fulfilled life.

The problem of dis-ease is in the complex biochemistry of the cells, and is due to a deficiency of required natural substances. It is rather our lifestyle which makes most of us sick. Too much stress and lack of good nutrition can easily deplete vital nutrients, hormones, and neurochemicals and cause us to feel tired, depressed, and anxious.


Dr. Andreas Schwerte, O.M.D. specializes in the treatment of depression and anxiety. He believes in restoring wellbeing by balancing the body’s biochemistry naturally. He enjoys working in conjunction with other doctors, providers, and therapists and welcomes a communal approach.

Uninterested in relying on Western medication to ease my anxiety, I sought out an alternative, drug-free approach. Working with Dr. Schwerte, my anxiety has eased significantly and I no longer face the symptoms that plagued me just a year ago.
– J. D., San Francisco