Sunday, December 03, 2006

Treating bipolar disorder without medication -- naturally

It is not necessary to treat Bipolar Disorder with harmful psychiatric medication. In fact, these drugs cause horrific side effects (notice I took care not say "may cause" -- they do cause horrific side effects). It's not just the reality of tardive dyskinesia (still an issue with modern drugs) -- it's all the other side effects as well. Pretty ugly stuff.

One of the key tests that should be administered for anyone with so-called Bipolar Disorder is for pyroluria. This is a deficiency in zinc and vitamin B6 which causes identical symptoms to Bipolar Disorder. It is diagnosed with a simple urine test (imagine that! a real test, not a psychiatrist's opinion!).

Another option to look at is hypoglycemia or allergies.

From Alternative Mental Health:

I found it interesting that I have been trained in traditional psychiatry to
medicate manic-depressives. Personally, I find this dreadful, as I think we lose
a lot of great minds and creations when we do. Just think of all the historical
geniuses who would fit the bipolar mold, and if they were living today, they
would be medicated out of creating. (Not to offend anyone, but this would
probably also include Jesus Christ, as he would certainly fit the bill for a
Bipolar Psychotic, by today's standards, just think about it). And all the
actors, and others today who are strange and bizarre, well, some are getting
medicated and they aren't doing too much anymore. As I just treat kids, I have
found that many of them can be controlled with a sugar free diet. It takes a
long time (average is about 2 years) for the family to make this adjustment, but
it does work. So are they still Bipolar? (I have other opinions about this area
as well).
So if you've been diagnosed with Bipolar or think you may have this disease, realize that Mother Nature has the answers. Contact a nutritionist, a homeopath, or a doctor who has an understanding of natural medicines. It could literally be the difference between life and death.

(Note that this website is designed for educational purposes only and does not intend to offer medical advice.)

22 comments:

Middle Child said...

Good post. Interesting. Its funny my mother who died in 1993 was diagnosed as Bi Polar in the '70's. Not too long before she died (heart attack) I had her tested for zinc and other things and had she had the test for Kryptopyrroles (unsure of the exact name but the unrine test) we could have eased things dramatically for her... She died shortly after so there was no time.

One of our family members has been diagnosed but in the lower ranges and is receiving proper treatment, but her doc an orthomolecular and nutritionally eductated GP was going through a list of things trying to test for other things (she is slowly recovering from Thyroid problems and toher things which made her chrash -called CFS but a myriad of things all seem to cause a crisis in her body about 5 years back)... her doc asked her what her ancestry was...she said "almost 100% Irish/ Scots - a celt! The doc said...I thought so, lets do a test for Pyroluria... her experience is that there is a predominance of this condition amongst Celts...but our genetics are so mixed up these days its hard to know what we are.

My mum's hands had begun to shake (tardive Dyskinesia)...

Poor mum she tried so hard to get decent treatment and educate herself and us into the bargain. She spotted problems with her granddaughter when she was 14...commented she is a bit like I was. Very thoughtful bright and quite spiritual...she worried about her because of the hard times she thought she might have. Luckily our daughter now 30 was mainly just overwhelmed emotionally, but not overly depressed nor high...just too emotional for her own good...under treatment she said this has eased.

Mum seemed fine to us all our lives as kids...a wonderful mum, tolerant and decent...it was after our father was killed that she began having deep long depressions and high's...

For our family and anyone I can inform we know that there is another way, and that people can be treated before it becomes a serious condition...

If all of us were screened this way and given Zinc and B^...there would be almost no Psychiatrists and the drug companies would go bust...perhaps thats why they don't let anyone know of this safe, effective and cheap cure...and I mean cure. Thanks for your post

Anonymous said...

I am 30 and I have always been a very artistic and creative person...always been very popular and top in sports and anything I do really. SO COMPETITIVE that it actually hurt reltionships. Bad temper but everyone dealt with it and knew I had a good heart and would always make things right. Great family that loves and supports me, brother who is my best friend, but seems like I argue or fight alot with everyone at different points or all together. I am right alot of the time but I go about it in the wrong way. Last night I realized maybe I am bi polar and have had a couple people say I had tendencies. This made me sick to my stomach. I am a full time actor and I am actually decently known and am making my way up pretty fast.....I constantly am creating in my mind and coming up with ideas and everyone says wow do that....but I cant keep my attention on one thing long enough before I get another unreal idea....I am so confused here...I am all over the place with my emotions. The thought of anyone in my family dying or even my dog makes me cry. I DO NOT want to take medication. I am in very very good shape, I work out every day, but I also eat a ton of fruit (natural sugar) and I smoke weed cause it seems to calm me down. I drink but not as much as I used too. I am so overwhelmed and I need advice. Thanks.

Psychdata said...

Smoking weed will create mild neurosis. I've had personal experience with this and would strongly suggest that you drop the weed for at least 30 days and see how things go.

When you get off of weed, you need lots of vitamin B1, balanced with other vitamins; and you need calcium and magnesium, which will calm you down. I would look at Peter Gillham's calcium/magnesium formulation:

http://www.petergillham.com/product-line/peter-gillhams-natural-calm.php

But whatever you do, I would not advise taking medication for bi-polar. This stuff is really hard-core and is over prescribed on a constant basis.

If you tell me what city you're in, I can recommend a good holistic doctor that could really help.

winfidel said...

My name is Tom and I joined a program called Federation of Organizations located in Patchogue Long Island. This program helps people with mental problems, homeless persons and others in need of different types of available assistance. I have G A D. I have social anxiety disorder... co dependency issues... fear of abandonment... I consider this all normal considering my past it's an appropriate response and possibly a defensive strategy. After a ten minute conversation I was told I'm Bi Polar and I should take abilify at bedtime and divalproex twice a day. I immediately experienced dizziness, all most blacked out a few times and I suffered flu like symptoms. I was eventually taken by ambulance to the emergency room for a blood work up and X rays. I was told the medicine could be causing the flu like symptoms because the X rays and blood work show I am not sick. When I tried to discuss this with a worker and explained that I never smoked and never used drugs and I would rather find some other alternative to taking pills my worker became combative, defensive and argumentative. I was on the receiving end of pressure and bullying. It was suggested that the doctor is smarter than I am about my situation because of his training and that his ten minute talk shows him more about me than I could understand after a lifetime of my own observation and self study. I also found out that many of the other clients enrolled in this program with different conditions or diagnosis have been instructed to take abilify. I get the impression that if I refuse to take this medicine I will be fazed out of this completely voluntary self help program. It seems to me that this is in fact some kind of Ambilify test program or that there is some sort of cash remuneration taking place between the program and the drug makers or simply some sort of reward and incentive understanding between the psychiatrist and the drug maker.

Anonymous said...

My name is Sonja. Approximately 4 years ago I was diagnosed with Bi-polar. I am 40 yrs old and have been told not to have children. I also have CFS (chronic fatique syndrome) from when I was 19 and am told this is a permanent condition but I now experience little effects from this.

I am on 75mg of Effexor and recently tried to go off it and experienced paranoia, anxiety and the general giddiness of coming off the medication within 3 days. I believed this confirmed I should be on he medication.

My mother also has the condition. I am confused who should I talk to. I live just outside Brisbane Australia and would dearly love some help finding someone to determine if I really have bi-polar or if I have this deficiency problem mentioned by others. Please tell me its not too late and have a child is still a possibility for me.

Psychdata said...

Sonja, the best place to start is CCHR. They have offices in Australia.

Link:

http://www.cchr.org.au/

Seeking Wellness said...

I'm 20 years old, physically healthy and active, have many friends, socially active, a college student, and active in school and my community. About eight months ago, I was diagnosed with mild bipolar disorder, and then mild anxiety about four months ago. I was prescribed Lamictal (lamotrigine) and, later, Lexapro. The Lamictal made a huge difference at the beginning (or so I thought) but then I started coming to the conclusion that it was simply psychological. It had some horrible side effects: it would leave me feeling like i had a 5-gallon-wine-hangover every morning and it would take me hours to wake up and 'feel normal' to get my day going. i would have to wake up 3-4 hours before class started to even function. Side effects were heinous. I even experienced enlarged prostate, and it bothered me so much that I went to an oncologist to see if I had prostate cancer.
The Lexapro was then added about four months afterwards; I became somewhat of a zombie personality-wise with the Lamictal. Lexapro definitely helped, but it started making me feel apathetic towards everything. Being a college student, that was definitely not good. Classes were skipped, grades started dropping, whatever i wanted to do, I did (school wasn't one of these).
Recently my insurance changed (gotta love it) and I went to refill the Lexapro and I was sent away with a form to get it mail-in from then on; I have been without the Lexapro for about two weeks, and I have found that I have been more productive and study-driven again. A few days ago (after still not getting the refill in the mail) I called and cancelled it. In the last week I've also weened myself off of the Lamictal (following guidelines listed on .org websites and the Rx fact sheet given with every refill). I'm hoping to find some effective herbal supplements to take. Any help, opinions, or direction would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to read about me.
Wishing you all wellness and happiness.

Seeking Wellness said...

I'm 20 years old, physically healthy and active, have many friends, socially active, a college student, and active in school and my community. About eight months ago, I was diagnosed with mild bipolar disorder, and then mild anxiety about four months ago. I was prescribed Lamictal (lamotrigine) and, later, Lexapro. The Lamictal made a huge difference at the beginning (or so I thought) but then I started coming to the conclusion that it was simply psychological. It had some horrible side effects: it would leave me feeling like i had a 5-gallon-wine-hangover every morning and it would take me hours to wake up and 'feel normal' to get my day going. i would have to wake up 3-4 hours before class started to even function. Side effects were heinous. I even experienced enlarged prostate, and it bothered me so much that I went to an oncologist to see if I had prostate cancer.
The Lexapro was then added about four months afterwards; I became somewhat of a zombie personality-wise with the Lamictal. Lexapro definitely helped, but it started making me feel apathetic towards everything. Being a college student, that was definitely not good. Classes were skipped, grades started dropping, whatever i wanted to do, I did (school wasn't one of these).
Recently my insurance changed (gotta love it) and I went to refill the Lexapro and I was sent away with a form to get it mail-in from then on; I have been without the Lexapro for about two weeks, and I have found that I have been more productive and study-driven again. A few days ago (after still not getting the refill in the mail) I called and cancelled it. In the last week I've also weened myself off of the Lamictal (following guidelines listed on .org websites and the Rx fact sheet given with every refill). I'm hoping to find some effective herbal supplements to take. Any help, opinions, or direction would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to read about me.
Wishing you all wellness and happiness.

Anonymous said...

I have many diagnoses, bipolar 1 with mixed episodes is the most prevelant. I have been hospitalized 12 times in 2 years. Have been fired by psychiatrists 3 times because I was too severe. Last year I went off medications because I couldn't afford them and I never felt better but in January of this year I had a miscarriage and it made my emotions go all out of whack so I got back on medications but reading your website, I have hope again. Last night I prayed and prayed that I wouldn't wake up this morning. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Anonymous said...

Not only is bipolar disorder fraud, you need to be aware all psychiatry is fraud.

google Dr. Thomas Szasa, a psychiatrist who confirmed it is just a means to make money off off people and for them to be human test rats. How else can they control people? You don't have an opinion someone likes, instantly, you are mentally ill and set up for a lifetime of covet use of human experimentation.

This site will open your eyes to just how far these money makers go to fraud the entire world to control and destroy anyone they want and use them for human experiments.

http://www.democraticfundamentalism.org

Click on the words hi-tech, medical, military, entertainment.

You should all know that Bush Sr. years ago, went so far as to push law that we all change our tvs. Do you honestly, believe it was to ensure that we all had the best viewing enjoyment? No, it's invasion of privacy: two way. There are so many sick covet means of making we the people, nothing but human experiment guinea pigs for them to make money off of.

Are you paranoid? Don't let anyone stop you. The paranoid not only know more than you do, they survive...you can tell by the countless dead victims. Let the dead rise and speak volumes. Did you know that America has the most cases of bipolar? There would be good reason, we have the most investments in science for university, medical, military, private investors, get educated and get your freedoms back by education. Try researching the roosevelt era when the federal reserve was stolen from we the people. We the people became the enemy of banks a long assed time ago people and they made you into guinea pigs for profit, against your will. Count on it. Follow the dollar, there is where your problems lie.

mthomasm3083 said...

I lost 8 years of my life to this so-called Bi-polar disorder. I was misdiagnosed, and over medicated. Bi-polar disorder is just psychiatrys way of saying one doesn't know how to regulate one's emotions. New research shows that an MRI will show a difference in a "normal" brain and a "Bi-polar" brain. And, research also shows diet, exercise and meditation is juat as, if not more effective, than the poisons being prescribed today for this said psudo disorder. Those drugs are killing people. I have lost two good friends. I have been off their drugs for over a year. I am an honor student, and a pending member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. What can I do with an Associates degree in Human Service to stop this.

dj $iva said...

Hi, I am experimenting with a way to control my bipolar disorder by doing intermittent fasting, eating once (huge huge dinner) every 48 hours. So far it is working very well and giving me mental strength. When we feast, we naturally boost our mood and feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. When we fast, we sink into an induced depression which turns into a subtle peace which can only be experienced on an empty stomach. Anyways, google "schizophrenia and fasting" and you will be surprised that they have cured 7,000 patients in Russia through fasting.

Anonymous said...

I think I have been over medicated with bipolar drugs (depakote 1000 mg). I want to Be off medication, but do not know how to stay well without it?

I used to have a lot of energy. Now, I am tired all the time. When I am sick such as a regular cold, it takes longer for me to get healed.

Anonymous said...

I just recently stopped taking bunch of medications. It has only been about 2 weeks and already I am feeling weird in my head. I cannot sleep. I don't feel numb anymore but, I feel out of control. I was on 6 different medications for bi-polar disorder.I had no emotions. I had the side effects. What can I do? I feel abnormal with or without them ?confused.

Alyssa said...

My husband was diagnosed with bipolar as a young teen. They put him on meds. He had awful side effects. Since he came off he has not been on meds. He is 23 now. Does anyone know of someone to talk to about natural remedies in NC close to Wilmington? He smokes and is wanting to quit but it apparently has been working as a mood stabilizer. When he comes off he gets depressed and VERY moody. It upsets me but we have a 2 year old little boy who it upsets as well. Please help.

georjia said...

My son, a pro skayeboarder had developed severe mania and was hospitalized and released a week later on depakote and zyprexa and then some others in the next six months. He could not function physically but mentally the meds did help BUT he had pyroluria test which came back positive, tissue and blood showed low zinc and tissue high aluminum as well as candida over-growth. High hisamine to from the neurotransmitter test and also tested hormones with high DHEA.

We first addressed the candida and detox aluminum as well as a certain type of zinc, c, b6, multi, green drink, omega 3 and 6.

After six months we slowly started to wean off meds in which we took about 2 months with that. This started late 2009 and was off all meds by July 2010 and no meds as of today July 2012 and he is doing better than ever!!!

Get the tests done pyroluria...only about a $75 test out of pocket and so worth it and get hair mineral and metal testing as well as blood. Remember when something upstairs goes wrong start from the bottom up and know that chemicals and nutrients can make all the difference good and bad.
Georjia Motta

Anonymous said...

Ok Ive been on effexor and it made me sick which at the time had no idea what was making me sick. After six months of taking effexor i ended up seeing a physcitrist who had me switch to cymbalta. I kept having episodes of illness to the point i thought i was dying. I than started to notice when i didnt take the medication is when i got sick. So i decided to get off the cymbalta cause even while taking it i would still get sick. Being clueless i stoped cold turkey bad bad idea the withdrawls were so sever i had to go to the hospital. So i figured being on it was better than not being on the meds. Shortly after going back on i gained 30 lbs and evedentualy had to take medication for high colesterol. I was a mess needless to say it took me a year to finally get off of the drug cymbalta. I had to slowly wean my self to the lowest dose and from there i had to count out granuals. I also had to go to a herbologist to help with the weaning process. Im still having serious issues with depression which has lead me to believe ive been misdiagnosed. I do not want to be on meds any more so im going back to what worked for me when i was getting off those toxic medications and that is natural supplements. Its extremly important to do as much research as possiable to educate your self and i also recomend a highly rated hedbologist. Good luck to all. Sorry for typos.

Anonymous said...

Is there any way back for a 50 yr old woman after a lot of ECT starting 10 yrs ago, stopped 8 yrs ago & various combinations of heavy medications since then that have mainly been stopped because of side effects. Lithium, Olanzapine, Risperodol, Citalopram, Trazadone others I've forgot - all stopped. Now prescribed Lamotrogine, Duloxotine, Mirtazapine, Amytriptaline, Nitrazopam, Lorazepam, Ketoprofen & Co-codomol. Diagnosed bi-polar, also post viral chronic pain fatigue (kept getting shingles), early menopause on HRT now due to have hysterectomy. Also has a sleep disorder - can go days without being able to sleep even with meds, usually 2 days but sometimes 4 or 5, thoughts going faster & faster until I take maybe 3 sleeping tablets that I have saved from the nights I have learnt not to bother taking them because they aren't going to work anyway. I do believe I am bi-polar to an extent but I also know the meds don't work. I have always instinctively thought that most of my problems were hormonal as looking back I can now recognise the bi-polar signs even as a child & I always coped with it, in fact I wish I had known of it sooner & learnt coping mechanisms. I know when to stay away from people, I know the lows will go & enjoy it when they do instead of waiting worrying for the next one to happen. I'm sort of learning not to give everything away & I'm aware that if I'm even in the shops that I must be high so I stick to a list. I do have allergies & strange reactions to pain killers - things that say cause drowsiness send me high as a kite. I halucinate & vomit on anything like morphine, Pethadine or Naproxen.

I can only handle maybe 1 co-codomol a day - prescribed 8. I'm not addicted to the benzo's as the lorazepam 1mg are to be taken PRN & I haven't had one for months & I can go days for a time with a normal sleep pattern without the nitrazopam 10mg. The amytriptaline are for the shingle pain so I never take them because the pain is preferable to the feeling.

Sorry big long drawn out question for which I can probably guess the answer is - NO - sorry - you're beyond help.

Anonymous said...

Is there any way back for a 50 yr old woman after a lot of ECT starting 10 yrs ago, stopped 8 yrs ago & various combinations of heavy medications since then that have mainly been stopped because of side effects. Lithium, Olanzapine, Risperodol, Citalopram, Trazadone others I've forgot - all stopped. Now prescribed Lamotrogine, Duloxotine, Mirtazapine, Amytriptaline, Nitrazopam, Lorazepam, Ketoprofen & Co-codomol. Diagnosed bi-polar, also post viral chronic pain fatigue (kept getting shingles), early menopause on HRT now due to have hysterectomy. Also has a sleep disorder - can go days without being able to sleep even with meds, usually 2 days but sometimes 4 or 5, thoughts going faster & faster until I take maybe 3 sleeping tablets that I have saved from the nights I have learnt not to bother taking them because they aren't going to work anyway. I do believe I am bi-polar to an extent but I also know the meds don't work. I have always instinctively thought that most of my problems were hormonal as looking back I can now recognise the bi-polar signs even as a child & I always coped with it, in fact I wish I had known of it sooner & learnt coping mechanisms. I know when to stay away from people, I know the lows will go & enjoy it when they do instead of waiting worrying for the next one to happen. I'm sort of learning not to give everything away & I'm aware that if I'm even in the shops that I must be high so I stick to a list. I do have allergies & strange reactions to pain killers - things that say cause drowsiness send me high as a kite. I halucinate & vomit on anything like morphine, Pethadine or Naproxen.

I can only handle maybe 1 co-codomol a day - prescribed 8. I'm not addicted to the benzo's as the lorazepam 1mg are to be taken PRN & I haven't had one for months & I can go days for a time with a normal sleep pattern without the nitrazopam 10mg. The amytriptaline are for the shingle pain so I never take them because the pain is preferable to the feeling.

Sorry big long drawn out question for which I can probably guess the answer is - NO - sorry - you're beyond help.

Anonymous said...

Is there any way back for a 50 yr old woman after a lot of ECT starting 10 yrs ago, stopped 8 yrs ago & various combinations of heavy medications since then that have mainly been stopped because of side effects. Lithium, Olanzapine, Risperodol, Citalopram, Trazadone others I've forgot - all stopped. Now prescribed Lamotrogine, Duloxotine, Mirtazapine, Amytriptaline, Nitrazopam, Lorazepam, Ketoprofen & Co-codomol. Diagnosed bi-polar, also post viral chronic pain fatigue (kept getting shingles), early menopause on HRT now due to have hysterectomy. Also has a sleep disorder - can go days without being able to sleep even with meds, usually 2 days but sometimes 4 or 5, thoughts going faster & faster until I take maybe 3 sleeping tablets that I have saved from the nights I have learnt not to bother taking them because they aren't going to work anyway. I do believe I am bi-polar to an extent but I also know the meds don't work. I have always instinctively thought that most of my problems were hormonal as looking back I can now recognise the bi-polar signs even as a child & I always coped with it, in fact I wish I had known of it sooner & learnt coping mechanisms. I know when to stay away from people, I know the lows will go & enjoy it when they do instead of waiting worrying for the next one to happen. I'm sort of learning not to give everything away & I'm aware that if I'm even in the shops that I must be high so I stick to a list. I do have allergies & strange reactions to pain killers - things that say cause drowsiness send me high as a kite. I halucinate & vomit on anything like morphine, Pethadine or Naproxen.

I can only handle maybe 1 co-codomol a day - prescribed 8. I'm not addicted to the benzo's as the lorazepam 1mg are to be taken PRN & I haven't had one for months & I can go days for a time with a normal sleep pattern without the nitrazopam 10mg. The amytriptaline are for the shingle pain so I never take them because the pain is preferable to the feeling.

Sorry big long drawn out question for which I can probably guess the answer is - NO - sorry - you're beyond help.

Psychdata said...

If you need help or advice, my best bet is to contact the folks over at CCHR. cchr.org.

marlowg said...

How I Cured My Bipolar Disorder
I read that omega-3 was being used for psychiatric disorders and gave it a try for myself. It didn’t work, but I noticed that after 13 years my urine had no calcium sediments in it anymore. Before omega-3 supplements any extra calcium I ate showed up as extra urine sediment. I then read that calcium was important for proper neuron function and added calcium supplements to my diet thinking that I might not be getting enough. I increased the amount until I started seeing calcium sediments in my urine again. My mental symptoms stopped then. I believe the mechanism for the success of omega-3 is through its ability to allow the body to maintain a higher blood level of calcium. Higher calcium levels are known to reduce the level of excitability of neurons. Perhaps omega-3 allows the kidneys to reabsorb calcium to a level that satisfies all the body’s requirements. Incidentally, lithium also lowers urine calcium (increases blood calcium) and omega-3 is also being used to treat kidney stones (indicates high urine calcium).