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Awhile back JanCarol asked me what I was going to do if tapering lithium didn't work. It hasn't been disastrous, but I am really stuck. I am thinking about going to Mensah Medical in the Chicago area. Has anyone related to them? The two doctors there were part of the Pheiffer Institute which closed. Dr. Walsh was head of the Institute and now heads the Walsh Institute, which does research into the biochemical basis of mental illness (this whole post may need to be deleted) and educates physicians on nutrient therapies. The Mensah Medical docs are the clinical people. The website mensahmedical.com has a resources page, if you can get it to come up with lots of resources, they are really interesting. Sadly, I am not nearly smart enough to know if the theories are true.

 

My sister has been going to a very expensive integrative doc for about four years. I think he has been doing these concepts (she isn't quite as fascinated as me, lol). Anyway, he pronounced her ready to go off Prozac after seventeen years of therapy with a two-week taper...and so far she is fine. I'm not jealous at all :).

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

56 years old

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I haven't looked at any of the material closely, but it relies heavily on "biochemical imbalances" and "brain imbalances." The latter especially makes me suspicious.

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Well, having just been through a minor mania/depression cycle induced by L-theanine, I'm not sure they're wrong. My dopamine/norepinephrine system just doesn't work right....I am always so tired, for over a decade, unless something bumps my dopamine up...but then it is too far up. But I think that is rare. I am third-generation in my family with mental issues, and it is not from trauma.

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

56 years old

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I think that dr Walsh is onto something important. I've read his book, and I feel convinced. Also, I'm treating myself with Daily Essential Nutrients by Hardynutritionals (it's the same thing as former EmpowerPlus) and gluten-free-casein-free diet. I'm strongly improving, and I have been ill for 8 years. I have hope to become totally well!

in 2002- 0,5 tablet cipramil for half a year, ended it uneventfully. in 2006 - citalopram for half a year, ended in horrific state, ditched the drugs CT. 2007-2008 not feeling well but drug free. in 2008 prozac 20mg + quetiapine 25mg. 2009 tried to stop, ended up in hole after couple of months, started zoloft. 2009-2011 zoloft 50mg. went to 25mg in 2011 summer, it resulted in half a year horrible suffering. reinstated, changed drugs, nothing happened. by 2012 beginning suddenly felt great and CT meds. after 4 months came suddenly most horrible human suffering that's possible. was started on prozac and questiapine. started tapering slowly, GFCF diet and Hardy Nutritionals vitamins in 2013 summer. 

current medications: 1) fluoxetine and quetiapine since Aug 2012; 2) Daily Essential Nutrients by Hardy Nutritionals 7 capsules / since May 2013 + omega3; 3) Gluten-free-casein-free diet since june 2013

 

Started withdrawing slowly since april 2013. Mostly around 10% cuts. 

April'13 - March'14: fluoxetine 40mg -> 19,5mg; quetiapine 50mg -> 40mg
April'14-March'15: fluoxetine 19,5mg -> 14,4mg; quetiapine 40mg -> 22mg

April'15-March'16: fluoxetine 14,4mg -> 7,4mg; quetiapine 22mg -> 15mg

April'16-March'17: fluoxetine 7,4mg -> 5,0mg; quetiapine 15mg -> 7,25mg

April'17-March'18: fluoxetine 5,0mg -> 4,0mg; quetiapine 7,25mg -> 0 (as of 1st Feb 2018)!!!!

April´18-March´19: fluoxetine 4,0mg - > 2,3mg. Jumped off fluoxetine 1,4mg due to pregnancy in July 2019. Oct 2019 severe withdrawal syndrome started.

Took mistakenly a complex for hormonal support that included pregnenolone dec2019-april2020. Stopped it april 2020 and immediately severe akathisia started. Have had life threatening akathisia since, 100% disabled, suicidal, very hard to hold on. 

 

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Hey MeiMei - looks expensive!  Or as the Aussies would say, "Looks Posh!"

 

My best friend in the US is a GP/PCP.  Actually, she's now only available to University Students, which is a shame, because she's one of the finest diagnosticians I know.  Intuitive, artful.  But she had to leave the corporate doctor business as it was driving her crazy.  She went to some seminars on "Integrative Medicine" and she talked about the types of tests she wanted to run based on what she learned.

 

So Patient A comes into her office complaining of short breath.  Traditional med says test heart and lung function, maybe write a script for a puffer or some pills.  Integrative medicine would want her to run series of tests on supporting function, like spleen or other things that I don't understand - but she does.  Except she's only got 12 minutes with the patient, and the research to look up which tests alone would have her running out of time, and the corporation would crack the whip and tell her to move on to the next patient.  And oh yeah.  Insurance won't pay for the tests...  So she would like to practice "Integrative" and is curious to see how it works, but doesn't have practical, hands on, feet on the ground knowledge of it.  To SEE it work.

 

It seems like the main way this place could harm you is in the wallet.  I suppose it is better to pay something for nothing (worst case scenario, right?) than it is to pay anything or nothing for harm and abuse (standard of care).  At the very worst, they are useless. 

 

But if they are useless, how did they procure those big fancy offices?  Which came first, the validity?  or the money?  

 

Sorry this isn't very helpful, but maybe it gives you some things to think of - some ways to think of it.  You said they train in Australia.  What does that mean?  We don't have Integrative here, do we?  Maybe one per capital city?

"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.


The tedious thread (my intro):  JanCarol ☼ Reboxetine first, then Lithium

The happy thread (my success story):  JanCarol - Undiagnosed  Off all bipolar drugs

My own blog:  https://shamanexplorations.com/shamans-blog/

 

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!

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Oooh, I err.  It wasn't "integrative medicine" that my friend took those classes on, it was "Functional medicine"  BIG DIFFERENCE.  Integrative could mean practically anything.  Integrating wellness practices like naturopaths, massage, acupuncture, supplements, chiropractic with a doc on board?  That's what my GP's practice is.  I remember my friend used "Integrative" in the 90's, as opposed to strict allopathic medicine.  

 

This Functional thing is new, and while we may have "integrative" practices here in Oz, I'm not sure what that means.  I definitely would be hard pressed to find a Functional Medicine MD practitioner here, though my GP claims to have heard about it.

 

Your around Chicago?  What about Orthomolecular?  You have any of that nearby?

"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.


The tedious thread (my intro):  JanCarol ☼ Reboxetine first, then Lithium

The happy thread (my success story):  JanCarol - Undiagnosed  Off all bipolar drugs

My own blog:  https://shamanexplorations.com/shamans-blog/

 

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!

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I think integrative and functional are synonyms. I think the doc you mentioned as plan B is on the list for the Walsh Institute. Yes, it is orthomolecular medicine...I did go to sort of an orthomolecular guy in 2008/09, but as my sleep apnea was missed (although we discussed the possibility) and he had me try to taper Zyprexa in 50% cuts it didn't go very well. My sister's doc was $1500 for the first visit (3 hours)...she obviously lives in a different financial world than I do. These people are $450 for the first visit, if I remember. We have had too many brain problems in our family...I think I read the Pheiffer institute was based on 50 years of research...anyway, I have seen references to them for years, but it seemed incredible that vitamins and such could cure such serious problems, so I didn't look into it.

 

We can't afford for me to go. My pdoc says I "have many obsessional tendencies." I said, "You're right, I'm very obsessive about this. Do you realize I've been exhausted for fifteen years?" She said I need to get off the Internet and take a break. I asked her if she would have known Niacin could help my crazy anxiety. She has had to add Klonopin to her Cymbalta and Provigil. Why, oh why do all my professionals feel like it will help if I know the struggles of their lives? But the scripts are being written... So now I need to be obsessed about saving money, like I wasn't already.

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

56 years old

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Do you have a good relationship with this pdoc?

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She's very likeable, she believes in a patient's right to self-determination. I don't know who else I would go to. I did talk to an Atlanta dr. from this list who seemed kind and knowledgeable. He said it is not possible to get off this much medicine after this much time, the brain is too adapted, but he would assess me. He is almost right :). A newcomer to Nashville said the city has a reputation for being very pro-medication.

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

56 years old

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Well, you're doing the best you can. At least she's likeable. Maybe you can figure out a diplomatic way to tell her to mind her own dang business.

 

No doctor has the whole picture about going off these drugs. Since so few do gradual tapers with periodic holds, they may see preventable failures.

 

You've already reduced quite a lot!

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Note: This is in response to a member posting: "What Your Doctor Might Not Know About Depression:"



This is utter baloney. There are no neurotransmitter imbalances of any type in "depressed" people, and this guy can't test for that, either.
 
He conflates nutrient deficiencies with neurotransmitter imbalances. There are nutrient deficiencies that can be tested. Whether or not they are connected with what is known as "depression" has not been demonstrated by anyone.

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Alto is right, this is from Dr. Healy's withdrawal guide:

 

"Serotonin is normal in depression."

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I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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Here's the link to the guide:

 

 http://tinyurl.com/DavidHealyGuide

 

Having said that there are some known deficiencies or dietary supplements that might help what gets labeled as "depression".  True vit. D deficiencies do lead to fatigue.  Also, fish oil or increasing oily fish intake/intake of Omega 3 fatty acids has been reported to help some people.

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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William J. Walsh is very knowledgeable person who has done extensive research on biochemistry of depression and nutritional treatments. to call it baloney is not respectable. people are being greatly helped by nutritional treatments. only withdrawing from drugs is not enough in many cases. 

in 2002- 0,5 tablet cipramil for half a year, ended it uneventfully. in 2006 - citalopram for half a year, ended in horrific state, ditched the drugs CT. 2007-2008 not feeling well but drug free. in 2008 prozac 20mg + quetiapine 25mg. 2009 tried to stop, ended up in hole after couple of months, started zoloft. 2009-2011 zoloft 50mg. went to 25mg in 2011 summer, it resulted in half a year horrible suffering. reinstated, changed drugs, nothing happened. by 2012 beginning suddenly felt great and CT meds. after 4 months came suddenly most horrible human suffering that's possible. was started on prozac and questiapine. started tapering slowly, GFCF diet and Hardy Nutritionals vitamins in 2013 summer. 

current medications: 1) fluoxetine and quetiapine since Aug 2012; 2) Daily Essential Nutrients by Hardy Nutritionals 7 capsules / since May 2013 + omega3; 3) Gluten-free-casein-free diet since june 2013

 

Started withdrawing slowly since april 2013. Mostly around 10% cuts. 

April'13 - March'14: fluoxetine 40mg -> 19,5mg; quetiapine 50mg -> 40mg
April'14-March'15: fluoxetine 19,5mg -> 14,4mg; quetiapine 40mg -> 22mg

April'15-March'16: fluoxetine 14,4mg -> 7,4mg; quetiapine 22mg -> 15mg

April'16-March'17: fluoxetine 7,4mg -> 5,0mg; quetiapine 15mg -> 7,25mg

April'17-March'18: fluoxetine 5,0mg -> 4,0mg; quetiapine 7,25mg -> 0 (as of 1st Feb 2018)!!!!

April´18-March´19: fluoxetine 4,0mg - > 2,3mg. Jumped off fluoxetine 1,4mg due to pregnancy in July 2019. Oct 2019 severe withdrawal syndrome started.

Took mistakenly a complex for hormonal support that included pregnenolone dec2019-april2020. Stopped it april 2020 and immediately severe akathisia started. Have had life threatening akathisia since, 100% disabled, suicidal, very hard to hold on. 

 

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I watched it until he gets into talking about how there are five different types of depression caused by five different types of chemical neurotransmitter imbalances and he has developed different nutritional treatment regimens for each of those.

 

Nobody has been able to show that depression is caused by neurotransmitter imbalances; in fact, nobody has been able to show that any psychiatric disorder is caused by neurotransmitter or chemical imbalances. It's speculation, a hypothesis, put forward originally by psychiatry. It has become the dominant paradigm in medicine (especially psychiatry) because it justifies the use of psych drugs, which is a highly profitable system for both psychiatrists (15-minute hours) and Big Pharma.

 

But it has become the dominant paradigm without any actual evidence. It's just made up out of whole cloth. The pharmaceutical companies will admit it if you pin them down. All attempts to find proof have failed.

 

This guy isn't questioning the "chemical imbalance" paradigm, he's just tweaking it.  The paradigm itself is extremely problematic (because of what it has led to) and is not supported by evidence.  I agree, we don't need to be reinforcing it here.

Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

May 2021            7                       0.01                  0.0037                   1

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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Probably a dumb question, but has anyone proved that neurotransmitters aren't involved?

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

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Of course neurotransmitters are involved, they are the chemical messengers of all activity in the body and brain, as are all the other hormones. No one hormone does any one thing.

 

The concept of "imbalance" is the problem.

 

People who have demonstrated nutritional deficiencies may or may not have what's called "depression." People who have what's called "depression" -- which can be almost anything -- may or may not have nutritional deficiencies. The relationship Walsh draws in this video is correlation, not causation, but he calls it causation.

 

That is not to say that correcting nutritional deficiencies cannot make you feel better in all ways. It can, including relieving feelings of malaise you (or your doctor) calls "depression." But were you feeling "depressed" or were you feeling down because you were ill?

 

As Rhi points out, Walsh is using the language and model of "neurotransmitter imbalance" to sell his own agenda. His treatments on their own may be entirely valid to improve health, but his riding on a bandwagon of "neurotransmitter imbalance" sounds to me either deliberately misleading or uninformed.

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well, it's a matter of semantics then. not the question if he is right about the nutrition and mental illness connection. 

in 2002- 0,5 tablet cipramil for half a year, ended it uneventfully. in 2006 - citalopram for half a year, ended in horrific state, ditched the drugs CT. 2007-2008 not feeling well but drug free. in 2008 prozac 20mg + quetiapine 25mg. 2009 tried to stop, ended up in hole after couple of months, started zoloft. 2009-2011 zoloft 50mg. went to 25mg in 2011 summer, it resulted in half a year horrible suffering. reinstated, changed drugs, nothing happened. by 2012 beginning suddenly felt great and CT meds. after 4 months came suddenly most horrible human suffering that's possible. was started on prozac and questiapine. started tapering slowly, GFCF diet and Hardy Nutritionals vitamins in 2013 summer. 

current medications: 1) fluoxetine and quetiapine since Aug 2012; 2) Daily Essential Nutrients by Hardy Nutritionals 7 capsules / since May 2013 + omega3; 3) Gluten-free-casein-free diet since june 2013

 

Started withdrawing slowly since april 2013. Mostly around 10% cuts. 

April'13 - March'14: fluoxetine 40mg -> 19,5mg; quetiapine 50mg -> 40mg
April'14-March'15: fluoxetine 19,5mg -> 14,4mg; quetiapine 40mg -> 22mg

April'15-March'16: fluoxetine 14,4mg -> 7,4mg; quetiapine 22mg -> 15mg

April'16-March'17: fluoxetine 7,4mg -> 5,0mg; quetiapine 15mg -> 7,25mg

April'17-March'18: fluoxetine 5,0mg -> 4,0mg; quetiapine 7,25mg -> 0 (as of 1st Feb 2018)!!!!

April´18-March´19: fluoxetine 4,0mg - > 2,3mg. Jumped off fluoxetine 1,4mg due to pregnancy in July 2019. Oct 2019 severe withdrawal syndrome started.

Took mistakenly a complex for hormonal support that included pregnenolone dec2019-april2020. Stopped it april 2020 and immediately severe akathisia started. Have had life threatening akathisia since, 100% disabled, suicidal, very hard to hold on. 

 

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Would you call feeling bad because you were sick a "mental illness"?

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Would you call feeling bad because you were sick a "mental illness"?

My sentiments exactly!   

**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.

 

 

Different drugs occasionally (mostly benzos) 1976 - 1981 (no problem)

1993 - 2002 in and out of hospital. every type of drug + ECT. Staring with seroxat

2002  effexor. 

Tapered  March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.

Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

Tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014

 

Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg  

 July 2017 30mg.  May 15 2018 25mg

Taking fish oil, magnesium, B12, folic acid, bilberry eyebright for eye pressure. 

 

My story http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/4199-hello-mammap-checking-in/page-33

 

Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible

 

 

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Depends what I was sick with :).

 

I actually am flying to Chicago on Thursday to see the doctors who work with Dr. Walsh (he is a chemical engineer by training). It may be a big waste of money we don't have, but I have studied and thought for a long time about what I would do if my lithium taper wasn't working, and it is time to implement that plan.

 

So you need to decide if it is ok for me to post about that visit, given the chemical imbalance rule.

 

I will say that if someone attributes depression to vitamin B12 deficiency, for example, that is an attribution to a problem with neurotransmitters. The MTHFR gene/enzyme is the important, rate-limiting portion of the methylation cycle, but the whole cycle is much more complex than that. Dr. Ben Lynch posted his understanding of the whole cycle yesterday on his FB page. Www.nancymullan.md has a simplified version. One section of that cycle makes some neurotransmitters, another gene degrades them (I think). And not all neurotransmitters come through methylation, if I remember right. So if you have some gene inefficiency due to small genetic issues, I can easily imagine how someone could end up with a neurotransmitter imbalance.

 

This blew my mind: each gene does one thing: codes for a protein, and proteins that catalyze chemical changes are called enzymes. It would be very unusual for a person to have a defect that obliterates or changes a whole gene. Most changes are in little portions called snp's (snips). If something is working inefficiently, providing a high dose of a nutrient that is a co-factor to the chemical reaction can push that reaction more towards normal. Is this all true? I have no idea.

 

The thing I find hardest to buy into is that they believe these five phenotypes are often found in all forms of mental illness. Given the different symptoms, it doesn't make sense. They said, "That's just what we have observed over the years." Given Dr. Walsh's background, I can sort of understand the very biochemical focus. I don't think they have the answer to mental illness, just some puzzle pieces at best. And I, with lots of mental illness in my generally stable family, am going to see this from a different perspective than someone who has had depression secondary to trauma or a general misdiagnosis.

 

At least in the long lecture on phenotypes the doctor said, "We fix these problems, and then we VERRRY slowly reduce their meds."

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

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meimei, "neurotransmitter" is a term cooked up in the "chemical imbalance" era to explain the action of psychiatric drugs. There is no distinction between a neurotransmitter, a neurohormone, or a regular hormone.
 
All of the hormones working in concert contribute to general health and well-being. They also work with all the organs in the body, feedback mechanisms, nutrients, etc. All metabolic activity produces hormones, converts nutrients, excretes waste, etc. in an endless complex cycle. And that goes for the methylation cycle, too. (From my reading, Ben Lynch is way out in the weeds in treating methylation problems -- his definitions get broader and broader and treatments more and more trial-and-error.)
 
Nothing in the body takes place without hormones. If you're saying neurohormones are involved in the methylation cycle, all you're saying is metabolism is involved.
 
As far as "mental illness" is concerned, "neurotransmitter imbalance" or deficiency of any particular neurohormone does not exist. This is true in conventional medicine, alternative medicine, orthomolecular medicine, functional medicine, faith healing, etc.
 
If Walsh's nutrient therapies make people feel better, it's because they fill a nutrient need, not because they balance "neurohormones." There's also a strong placebo effect.

 

Walsh's use of pop psychiatry terminology makes me very suspicious about the theoretical foundation of his work. Here's how he describes what he does http://www.walshinstitute.org/advanced-nutrient-therapy.html

Advanced Nutrient Therapy
By William J. Walsh, PhD

For the past several decades, treatment of mental illness has focused on imbalanced brain chemistry and the use of drugs to alter the activity of serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters. Back in 1970, drugs were the only method known to have a powerful impact on molecular processes in the brain. This approach proved to be highly successful and has benefited millions of persons diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, and other mental disorders. However, science has made great advances in the understanding of complex brain processes, and we are approaching an era in which psychiatric medications may no longer be necessary. An underappreciated fact is that the primary raw materials for the synthesis of many neurotransmitters are nutrients-amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and other natural biochemicals that we obtain from food. Advanced nutrient therapy (vitamins, minerals and amino acids) offers an alternative treatment approach, which represents a natural method of correcting imbalances in neurotransmitter activity. The clinical challenge is to determine biochemistry of each patient and to develop an individualized treatment plan aimed at normalizing brain chemistry.....


"Normalizing brain chemistry" with nutrients:  Well, metabolism will change those nutrients. Once they get to the brain, the brain has its own defenses -- homeostasis -- to maintain brain chemistry. Those nutrients do not change brain chemistry.

Poor health can cause symptoms that, if you go to Dr. A, might be called "depression." But if you go to Dr. B, she might call it "low vitamin B12."
 
If Dr. B gives you a B12 shot and you feel better, did she treat "depression" or did she treat low B12? Did Dr. B adjust your neurohormones? Or was "depression" a misdiagnosis from Dr. A?
 
I cannot agree with your statement
 

I will say that if someone attributes depression to vitamin B12 deficiency, for example, that is an attribution to a problem with neurotransmitters.

 
unless by neurotransmitters you mean "nerve cell damage" -- which renders the term "neurotransmitters" meaningless.

 

As you know, I would appreciate your avoiding framing posts in terms of neurotransmitter deficiencies, which has no meaning outside of psychiatry's bogus "chemical imbalance" theory.

It may be you have a metabolic issue that, with tinkering, Mensah Medical can repair. I hope they help you. If they do, I would not conclude they've corrected your neurotransmitters, I would conclude they've hit on something that helps correct your metabolism. It could even be different water in Warrenville containing different bacteria. I doubt Mensah Medical knows anything about getting people off lithium. Please let us know if they do.

(By the way, Mensah Medical says they work on "biochemical imbalances," not neurotransmitter or neurohormonal imbalances. They probably took out references to neurotransmitters because that's out of fashion now and completely irrelevant anyway.)
 
Please do let us know what you find out from Mensah Medical in this existing topic http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6181-mensah-medical-and-walsh-institute-succeeds-pheiffer-institute/
 

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Ok. Who do you recommend re: methylation?

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

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I don't believe the surface has been scratched on methylation. I think that what's showing up is that people are not getting enough B vitamins from the modern diet, and the folic acid supplements added to processed food aren't helping.

 

From what I can tell, correction is entirely trial-and-error, which means going through all the supplements and combinations one by one and seeing what happens.

 

What did Mensah Medical tell you they would do? Their product shelf is not particularly exotic http://www.mensahmedicalstore.com/ (Their folate is not methylated...hmmm....)

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Test my blood and do a phone consult when the results are in :). I am not at all sure that I can even tolerate their combo supplements. What I really want is just a shred of data to take me to the next clue.

 

I'm working off of two clues right now...the high-dose niacin really helps me (I was very nauseated and anxious just trying to wean in prep for this trip). I'll have to have the lab work done here because I could never fly like that. And my sister was greatly helped by a doctor who apparently followed Walsh ideas...he never said that, but the testing and supplements are like theirs. I am almost offended that she followed his advice and went off Prozac with a two week taper despite seeing how sick I've been. I don't know how she'll do, especially since within a month she had to have a total hysterectomy and a major steroid injection.

 

I agree with you 100% about diet. In the beginning of all this, diet so affected me, but my husband just couldn't get it that my health was at stake, and I didn't have the energy to fight or to cook separately. He has gotten the memo now, and as he says, "paid his pound of flesh." But I think I am past a good diet being enough. My sister was told she doesn't excrete toxins or metals normally...I will definitely need lab work to get my husband to go for that.

 

This is another clue, or maybe motivation. My dad, the source of any mental health genetic issues I have, recently died of cancer. His mother had severe post-partum episodes twice, the second lasting maybe a decade and demonstrated some OCD behavior around the time of her wedding. She was one of seven...we can't remember how the oldest died, but he was old and may have had mental problems, one died of suicide as a young father, and all the rest died of cancer. They were raised on or lived their lives on a farm and their births were scattered around the turn of the century....the modern diet was not their problem.

 

Maybe I'm being OCD to feel the need to run this all down. I saw my gp today, he said, "you think too much." I said, "Well, someone is going to have to do a lot of thinking if I'm ever going to get well."

 

Thanks so much for your input, Alto.

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

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What is the test they require?

 

You might look at the 2 books on their site -- available for slightly less $$ on Amazon.

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They decide what tests to do at your visit, based on the interview and their assessment. And you can decide yourself what testing you want and have it done, with or without consultation with them. But we decided I needed to assess them face-to- face. I have read and watched a lot, but they never release the full protocol for dosing the supplements....it is really just marketing in a way.

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

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I am not a sheep willing to be blindly lead by a leader with a personal agenda that causes physical and psychological harm.

 

 

I took issue with what you wrote in your post about low serotonin but not with you personally, and I don't see where anyone insulted you. Obviously if you post a theory of "mental illness" on this board it is going to be contested.

 

So I'll thank you kindly not to insult me.

 

Also you are not the only person here with a relevant background.  There are many problems with that video and what you wrote in your post, and people here have every right to challenge them. 

 

Among the problems, he mentioned copper overload and makes it sound like that is depression.  But a thorough medical work-up which should (but often doesn't) take place before someone is diagnosed with mental illness would include looking for Wilson's Disease--which is presumably what he is talking about.  This makes the diagnosis of depression superfluous.  It would be like saying nausea from pancreatitis was a separate disease.

 

And anyway, Wilson's Disease is also rare, at least according to the Wilson's Disease site:

 

Wilson disease is a genetic disorder that is fatal unless detected and treated before serious illness from copper poisoning develops. Wilson disease affects approximately one in 30,000 people worldwide.

 

This then does not account for "depression".  People don't die outright of depression. What he is talking about are a small subset of people who were misdiagnosed.  Does it not say in the DSM that symptoms can't be accounted for by another illness???

 

But there are other problems as well.

 

Rather obviously, every emotion and behavior has a biological correlate.  But it does not automatically follow that they are diseases. 

 

Nutritional supplements will help true nutritional problems but they aren't going to solve situational issues.  They won't solve trauma, abuse, rape, job losses, relationship issues, grief and any number of other problems which are all too commonly said to be due to the "mental illness" depression. Framing these problems as diseases can lead to all kinds of problems, like loss of human rights, discrimination, dangerous and irrelevant treatment, etc...He makes it sound like everyone can be helped with the right nutrients and that all problems reside solely inside the sufferer, that they are all somehow defective.   That is not true.

 

Also re neurotransmitter imbalances one of the DSM Taskforce Members as much as admitted they were unproven recently when he said that they didn't know what the biomarkers for "mental illness" were.

 

Based on that video what it sounds like this guy is doing is he is treating people with identifiable and known physical diseases which other doctors overlooked and misdiagnosed. 

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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Yes, there is a comment on the doctor's homepage "this is an axis III clinic." That refers to the four axis (axes?) of psychiatric assessment; axis III is the assessment of physical factors causing or contributing to the situation. To me, it says they know they are only part of the solution.

 

Dr. Walsh's work in this started many years ago. He volunteered with an agency that assisted people in prison or transitioning out. He read an article about differences in zinc levels in the hair of prisoners vs, non-prisoners, and set to work. I think he is a good man, at the end of his career, and he would really like these ideas to progress beyond his own life and work. He has given talks recently at the International Bipolar Foundation and the APA. He may be framing his language to fit the ears of his hearers. That is my gut feeling about all this. BUT none of that has anything to do with the accuracy of his theories. And they are very up-front that not all patients receive benefit.

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

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Thank you Meimei :) , I didn't read his webpage, I was basing my response on the video.  I am glad to hear they are not claiming it will help everyone, and no doubt he would help some people. 

 

This is a very touchy subject for me though as I do have a nutritional deficiency which would have been better off called that and not a "mental illness", labeling it as depression has led me to nearly lose my life in the process.  But once framed like that as I am sure you know it becomes almost impossible to remove the label.

 

And I am sure you are probably right re him framing things to suit who he is speaking to.  The video set me off though because of some things going on here, they just announced the police have been distributing some peoples' mental health information to third parties, so it's made me more inclined to want them to label these things properly, as obviously people don't have their rights automatically revoked for having a vit. deficiency in the same way those labeled "mentally ill" do. 

 

Anyway peace to you and everyone here, it certainly was not my intention when I posted earlier in the thread to cause a big argument and my apologies if it was taken like that.

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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I have been following this thread and greatly appreciate the folks who demand that the alternative folks be just as upfront about their practices as the mainstream professionals.

 

Meimequest, I definitely understand your desperation.  I came very close to seeing a naturopath in spite of my reservations out of desperation.   But I decided to email him just to see what he would say about sleep apnea.   I wasn't expecting him to know everything but I still wanted to see how he responded.   I had a sense he was totally clueless and as a result, decided to not follow up with him.

 

I hope you find your answers but please be careful.   I have wasted so much money with alternative folks and just don't want to see you get hurt in the process.

 

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Could y'all come with me? :)

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

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Could y'all come with me? :)

I don't think you would want me with you.  I would get us both kicked out. :lol:

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Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

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Beginning in 2017 - Consumption increased to about two times per week

April 2017 - Increased to taking it full time for insomnia

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If they're that defensive, it would be very enlightening :)

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

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Distinguishing and treating real physical ailments instead of calling them "mental illness" and throwing psychiatric drugs at them is simply good medicine. No argument there.
 
As with many alternative practitioners, this one may or may not offer valid treatments. Many are well-meaning but just as much in the dark as conventional medical practitioners. In my opinion, the rhetoric used to promote this particular approach is not a good sign.
 
I will give everyone who wishes to stay in touch with RebelMaven a day to copy the contact information she has made public in http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6409-depression-and-serotonin-finally-a-doctor-who-understands/?p=88969 before deleting all her posts as she has requested.
 
I will move all posts in this topic that are not RebelMaven's into a related existing topic http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6181-mensah-medical-and-walsh-institute-succeeds-pheiffer-institute/ so this interesting discussion can continue.

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Today I read Walsh's book, Nutrient Power. I thought it was fascinating, I just don't have a way to assess its overall accuracy. And I surely couldn't follow all the science, readable as he tried to make it. Two conclusions: He is a decent man who has worked hard all through his career to try to make the world a better place and to move science forward. If someone from SA wants to read it, you will need a plan to protect your Kindle while you are screaming and breaking things (just metaphorically of course.). Biochemical science,..need I say more? It made me feel a bit more confident that of the options I was considering, this is probably the best for me. But my history is different from most here.

 

I will definitely be asking if they have any ideas for the people who have been hit with severe akathisia!

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

56 years old

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  • Altostrata changed the title to Dr. William Walsh, Mensah Medical, and Walsh Institute (succeeds Pheiffer Institute)

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