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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Public Service Announcement | Save Your Brain and Ditch Unnecessary Pharmaceuticals

I haven't thought about all this bipolar stuff (see my article on HealthyPlace.com) in a while. I never wanted that brand on my skin, but, looking back, I brought it on myself.

I was the one who took that online quiz that I thought was the answer to my problems. The answer to my problems was to take pills to numb the emotional pain that has always coursed through me since I was a small child.

I had a horrible childhood. I was abandoned by my mother. My parents had a bitter divorce that scarred me and my sister terribly. In the course of my lifetime I have had five stepmothers, none of which ever came close to filling my void.

So, yeah, my life wasn't perfect when I received my many mental health diagnoses, but I should NEVER have turned to "legal" drugs to numb my pain. I should've done more talk therapy. I tried therapy, but it didn't work for me because I was so fucking numb from all the pharmaceuticals that I couldn't even express or process my emotions properly. Emotions should be felt, truly felt so that you can process them emotionally, rationally and with your heart. When you're numb, you can't feel. If you can't feel, then you can't heal.

The human body is not designed to process synthetic drugs. There are not enough conclusive tests to warrant absolute trust in such a corrupt system. The US government doesn't have your back because they're busy being seduced by Big Pharma as further evidenced by the Supreme Court decision to prevent generic pharmaceutical manufacturers from being sued by the people. The amount of political corruption is unbelievable, but the deliberate poisoning of billions of people for continual profit is inexcusable. They're keeping us alive, yes, but, they continually poison us so we will continue to seek a pill to make it all better. In the mental pharmaceutical world that means BIG profits for them, not us.

So, I'm doing all I can to make my chemical consumption as little as possible. I do have to take Klonopin for my tardive dyskinesia and I have a horrible migraine health issue, but my goal is to eliminate as many chemicals as possible. I went a year and a half without any pharmaceutical drugs and my body has not yet cleansed all the chemicals out of my body. I've done a detox, made dietary changes, and I'm about to do another thorough heavy cleanse (details to follow).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Public Service Announcement | Antipsychotic Medications Gave Me Tardive Dyskinesia

Didn’t Realize or Recognize Signs of TD

Cristina Fender taking antipsychotic medications for bipolar disorder (left) and after stopping medications (right)
In 2009, I began having tardive dyskinesia symptoms, a serious side-effect of the antipsychotic medications I had been prescribed. My hand moved at night of it’s own accord. I thought it was stress and anxiety. I had no idea what it was. It hurt, but I ignored it.
After a year of blogging about living with bipolar (Bipolar Vida), I went to college full-time. I completely failed all my classes two semesters in a row. My doctor’s response was to put me on more bipolar medications. After failing the second semester, I declared war on all the medications that weren’t making a shred of difference to my mental health and I stopped taking them. That was in the spring of 2011.

Diagnosed with Tardive Dyskinesia

Late last year, I finally learned what was wrong with me. The hand, arm, neck, and leg movements resembled dystonia and Parkinson’s. I went to over ten doctors before one could finally point me in the right direction. Several doctors told me that I had a brain disorder, but none of them could pinpoint exactly what it was and how they could help me. I was told that it was “all in my head” by half of those doctors. I knew they just didn’t really know what it was, but just because they weren’t sure, did it mean it was okay to make me feel inadequate? I finally received a correct diagnosis of tardive dyskinesia.
Antipsychotics have caused tardive dyskinesia in over 200,000 patients in the United States. And that’s a conservative number because many patients won’t even notice it and since most only get 15 minutes during a visit to see the psychiatrist, it’s possible your doctor won’t notice it either.

I Never Thought It Would Happen To Me

Most patients suffer from tardive dyskinesia only a couple of years before it leaves their system. I’ve been suffering for four years and it’s progressing. There may come a time when I can no longer use my left hand and arm and when I will no longer be able to control and hide my TD symptoms from others.
After learning my diagnosis, I was so angry with myself. Why hadn’t I done more research on all of the side effects that were listed on those white leaflets that came with the medications? Oh, yeah, I know why. I never thought it would happen to me.
The drugs had made me so complacent that I never questioned my doctor.
Do you know what pharmaceuticals are derived from? Natural plants and toxic chemicals. Chemicals, in my opinion, that make you sicker than you ever were before you started taking them. For example, did you know that many antidepressants contain fluoride? Fluoride slowly, but surely poisons the brain and causes complacency. I was on antidepressants for most of my twenties and thirties. I can’t pinpoint that was the medication that sent me over the edge, but the possibility of being right is highly upsetting. It makes me wonder what other toxic chemicals are they putting in our mental health medications and it makes me sick to my stomach to think that most mental health patients have no idea what they’re ingesting.

Understand the Mental Health Medications You’re Taking

Before you pop another pill in your mouth, ask yourself the question, “Do I really need this?”
I do not give this advice lightly. I spent over five years on antidepressants, several different antipsychotics, lithium, Ambien, and Xanax. I was a zombie. I was a shell of the person I was before I ever was on those medications. They numbed me, yes, but they also filled me with chemicals that caused the my brain disorder.
I no longer follow a doctor’s prescription. My treatment plans have been devised from my own meticulous research. I choose how I’m to heal my body. I’m not following along blindly like a good little complacent patient anymore. The only guinea pig I want to be is my own.
(ED. NOTE: This is the author’s account of her personal experience and not medical advice. You should not stop taking medications on your own. Always consult your doctor about any medical or mental health concerns that you have.)
This blog was written by:
Cristina Fender started blogging in 2006. Her personal blog, “Raw Writing for the Real World of Bipolar Disorder”, and her blog on HealthyPlace.com, “Bipolar Vida“, won many awards, including being named “Top Patient Expert” and “Top Health Blog” by Organized Wisdom. Today, Cristina blogs at Guinea Pig about tardive dyskinesia and advocates for a more holistic approach to mental health. You can also connect with Cristina on Twitter and Facebook.
This post was originally posted on HealthyPlace.com

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Treatment Plan | Turmeric

 I've been buying a different size of canning jars every month so we can get rid of the PLASTIC.
People complain that everything costs so much before they go GMO Free, but it can be cost effective if you change your eating habits like making sure you only make what you're going to eat. One way to offset the costs of organic food is to make your own holistic teas. I prefer them to pharmaceutical pills!

Every month I add another holistic med to my repertoire. This month I added the spice turmeric. I've been doing a lot research about Turmeric. Turmeric is nature's very best medicinal spice. The stuff is potent and I LOVE it.

Here's what I've found out about Turmeric...it's a godsend when you're ill with a cold, stomach problems, pain and mental health!

Turmeric Sore Throat Remedy+Take 1/4 tsp of organic Turmeric (no fillers) and swallow. Do not eat or drink for 20 min, repeat up to 3 x day until eased. Should only need to do it once or twice.

Turmeric Runny Nose Remedy+Take 1/2 tsp in a glass of warm water 1/2 hour before meals 2x day for 2 days. It will dry the nose. As a general tonic use as a condiment in cooking.

Turmeric Immunity Tea*This tea makes 24 oz. of tea. Drink a demi-size tea cup and save the rest to drink for the next couple of days. 
Ingredients1 tsp. Organic turmeric powder or 1/2 tsp fresh grated turmeric root+1 TB Honey
1 tsp. Organic ginger powder or 1/2 tsp. Organic fresh grated ginger
1/2 tsp. Organic cinnamon
1 tsp. Organic Echinachea
10 drops of GSE
3 drops of Sovereign Silver Colloidal Silver
24 oz. Water
Splash of Almond Milk
InstructionsPut the echinachea in a steel tea ball in a cup. Add the turmeric, honey, GSE and cinnamon. Boil water then add it to a big glass canning jar. 

Turmeric Wellness Tea*Drink this tea when you're ill with a cold. 
Ingredients 1/2 tsp Organic turmeric powder or 1/4 tsp fresh grated turmeric root+1/2 tsp Organic ginger powder or 1/4 tsp fresh grated ginger1/2 tsp Organic cinnamon1/2 Organic lemonPinch of fresh grated black peppercorns1 TB Manuka Honey1 tsp. Sovereign Silver Colloidal SilverSplash of Almond Milk
Combine all ingredients and add a cup of water to a teacup.
*Remember that if you're giving these teas to children under the age of 10 that you give them half the amount than an adult would drink.

Turmeric Diarrhea Tonic
Ingredients1 tsp. Organic Turmeric Powder or 1/2 tsp. fresh grated Organic Turmeric Root+5 oz. Warm water (warm not HOT)
Mix well and drink fast. Repeat in one hour if needed.

+For all Turmeric remedies I suggest using fresh grated turmeric if at all possible OR juice it. I buy my turmeric at Natural Grocer, a natural food store in town. I cannot find fresh turmeric root anywhere else. It works quicker than the powder.