Merrill Osmond’s Amazing Alternative Health Transformation

merrillThe following is Merrill Osmond’s story from the 3/04 issue of UT Health Magazine about his long term use of medications and his journey back to health using Young Living Oils:

OVERVIEW:

Stress, depression, stokes and a host of health professionals pumping his body with a buffet of chemicals took its toll.

“They were telling me it was possible to completely get off the stuff I had been on since I was twenty one! Getting off the Lithium alone was a real no-no. My doctors would have killed me. It’s what was maintaining my moods and controlling my depression. The whole borderline diabetes Glucophage® thing was another huge issue.

“Here I was listening to these physicians who were telling of other breakthroughs and new ideas. They told me it was between me and my family and God, but emphasized that they really could help me go in a new direction. ‘We can help you, Merrill,’ they kept telling me.

“I said, ‘Okay. I’ll give it a shot.’

“I will swear to you on a stack of everything I know to be true, that I’m off of everything, and have been for over six months!” exclaims Osmond. “I’ve had all my tests updated, and I’m not a hundred percent yet, but I do feel one hundred percent better. I feel so great. And I’m much better off now, too. I’m drug free and I’m sleeping well,” boasts Osmond.

And the depression?

“Absolutely under control. I’m getting around better and functioning better than ever and handling more stress than ever.

Change is Good
Merrill Osmond’s Amazing Alternative Health Transformation

By John A. Anderson

In the best shape of his life, Merrill Osmond is breaking the mold and branching out. He’s trying new things and surprising even himself with the positive results.

If you’ve been doing something effectively since you were four, would you change it now? After 46 years entertaining audiences, that’s exactly what Merrill Osmond is doing.
“I’ve been performing this since I was four years old, and it’s my first solo tour!” quips Merrill.

Wearing his retro-black color, Merrill is off to England this month for a virtually sold-out ‘Back in Black’ solo tour. He is also releasing a new CD with Curb Records and writing four new songs for the project.

“Looks like we’re back in the record business in England,” Osmond says enthusiastically.

Why the hoopla in England, you might wonder?

“England is a second home to the Osmonds. They took a liking to ‘One Bad Apple’ in the early 70’s and the whole Jackson-Osmond thing took root. We’re a lot more popular in the U.K. than in America – in Japan too,” Osmond explains.

“England has always seemed to embrace the family. The critics and the press in England wanted more of the music and wanted to hear what we had to say. Asia really took a liking to the Donny & Marie Show, and that’s been a huge PR tool for our family ever since.”

Osmond Paraphenalia

The Osmonds were the original boy band, with Merrill’s gritty-smooth lead vocals setting the pace for their impressive track record. In cooperation with his brothers, Merrill has written the music and lyrics for five number one hit records and sang lead to the group’s 27 gold records – many of which he shared the production credits.

Merrill has received two “People’s Choice Awards,” four number #1 “Billboard Hits,” and two “Grammy Award” nominations. Not only that, but collectively the Osmonds have produced 47 platinum and gold records.

The Osmonds received their star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in August of 2003. And it was well deserved considering their decades of music industry success.

In fact, the Osmonds still hold a music industry world record – most gold records earned in one year by a recording artist.

Not even the Beatles were able to receive eleven gold award certificates in one year, but the Osmonds still hold that record today.

In fact, Paul McCartney even took sides with the Osmonds after Beatles drummer Ringo Starr volleyed negative blasts their way over this issue. Hey Ringo – what do you call a guy that hangs out with musicians? A drummer. “We were dumbfounded that Ringo would be so vocal about us since we had never even met him. But the next thing we knew, Paul McCartney comes out, front page, blasting Ringo for blasting us. We’ve had a great relationship with Paul ever since,” Merrill says with a smile.

Bitter-Sweet Success

But spotlights cast shadows as they illuminate. Glittering success is a two-edged sword and Merrill Osmond began paying the price early. Stress, depression, stokes and a host of health professionals pumping his body with a buffet of chemicals took its toll.

“When I was 21 I had two ‘mini’ strokes that put me in the hospital. On top of that I had a heart condition. Soon thereafter I began to be very depressed, which was actually the worst of all. In fact, depression is kind of the Osmond thing – Donny’s had it, Marie’s had it. For me, depression was so severe that it almost got me to take my life. It was bad. It was especially difficult because very few were addressing it back then.

“Even though I held hope and had vision and tremendous blessings and promises, something wanted me to go away. I took the knife and did the whole ten yards. But something empowered me to continue on.

“During my late 20’s and early 30’s I was doing our shows and decided that I couldn’t handle it anymore. I felt depressed, and had begun to have a sugar imbalance issue. Doctors said I was a borderline Diabetic. I couldn’t sleep so I was taking Ambian, coupled with the other meds doctors were giving me. I was really suffering, and not surprisingly I was hospitalized all the time. The doctors kept me in the hospital scratching their heads about why I wasn’t responding to their treatments.

“Then came the most unbelievable experience of my life. I got this skin condition that caused such a problem that I couldn’t stand it. The treatment was a high form of Methotrexate. After I got done with that treatment, the skin condition came back twice as bad!

“So I was suffering with all that and trying to maintain the performances. The show must go on. I endured it with high doses of everything you can imagine. About fifteen years ago, in my early 40’s, we were doing our shows in Missouri and I passed out on stage. I thought that was the end of my professional road.

“I went back to Duke University – where our family goes whenever we have health problems. The doctors noted that my kidneys were failing, my heart continued to have issues, and then I had two more little strokes. The doctors said to call my family; that my body was going into serious ‘shut-down’ mode.

“Only by the grace of God was I able to make it through. Blessings, prayer, and meditation – everything I was able to muster – went into that process. I exercised all my faith and went into a very spiritual mode, which helped come out of it. And yes, the doctors were watching me like a hawk!

“Just when I felt a little balance, the financial problems hit. Everything compounded at that point, so my health began to sink again. And that brings us up to about a year ago,” Osmond tells me.

SEEKING ANSWERS IN ALTERNATIVES

“Think of this,” says Merrill. “I had been under a doctor’s care since I was 20 and had received everything from injections to you name it. Then my son Shane calls me and encouraged me to come down to the clinic where he worked Young Life Research Clinic in Springville, Utah. I was totally suspect because I had been working with some of the best doctors in the nation. In terms of alternative or natural medicine, I didn’t trust a thing.

“I go in there and sit down with their medical doctors. I have always felt there were a lot of ‘quacks’ in the natural medicine arena. While that’s still true, it became obvious that I didn’t understand natural medicine. Frankly, I was surprised that I was meeting with actual MDs. They sat with me and listened to my whole story. They took notes. They took me into these rooms for about four days. They did the cleansing, the diagnosing, the dry blood workups.”

“I literally found it hard to believe what they were telling me initially, but I told myself to put my faith and trust in this process and just see how things would go,” Merrill recalls.

What was so difficult to believe?

“They were telling me it was possible to completely get off the stuff I had been on since I was twenty one! Getting off the Lithium alone was a real no-no. My doctors would have killed me. It’s what was maintaining my moods and controlling my depression. The whole borderline diabetes Glucophage® thing was another huge issue.

“Here I was listening to these physicians who were telling of other breakthroughs and new ideas. They told me it was between me and my family and God, but emphasized that they really could help me go in a new direction. ‘We can help you, Merrill,’ they kept telling me.

“I said, ‘Okay. I’ll give it a shot.’

“I will swear to you on a stack of everything I know to be true, that I’m off of everything, and have been for over six months!” exclaims Osmond. “I’ve had all my tests updated, and I’m not a hundred percent yet, but I do feel one hundred percent better. I feel so great. And I’m much better off now, too. I’m drug free and I’m sleeping well,” boasts Osmond.

And the depression?

“Absolutely under control. I’m getting around better and functioning better than ever and handling more stress than ever. I’ve got this new solo tour to worry about, my new DVD project, and I just signed another three-year contract in Branson producing all our shows. Before I could have never held up without the medications.

“But here I am, medication free and starting a fresh new chapter of my life feeling better than ever,” says Osmond.

NATURAL MEDICINE’S APPROACH

So what’s the secret formula to Merrill’s amazing health success? Dr. David K. Hill, clinic administrator of the Young Life Research Clinic explains:

“The premise of natural medicine is that, regardless of the condition, you’ve got to seek for and find the underlying cause. The holistic approach is exactly that – a look at the whole of emotional, spiritual and physical makeup for each individual. Sometimes its dietary issues, sometimes it’s hormonal, or chemical, or environmental. Whatever the case may be, true medicine must find the source of the condition. That’s the norm in holistic medicine.

“Because of the environment we live in we are almost always going to find toxicity – in the bowels, the liver, etc. We find a lot of chemical toxicity associated with different organs of the body. So there must be a cleansing process that takes place.

“And there is uniqueness. While you and Merrill Osmond might come in with the same issues, the treatment approach is always unique. For instance, somebody with diabetes may require that we use geranium. For Merrill’s diabetes, coriander, dill, phenol and geranium is a pretty standard protocol. But Merrill also has the psoriasis and eczema, so we know he has high acid in the body, so we put him on dietary restrictions as well. We had Merrill stay away from dairy, many meat proteins, many sugars. We were pretty specific about what he should and shouldn’t eat.

“Then we looked at Merrill’s chemical structure in terms of his anti-oxidant levels. We were looking for free-radical damage, vitamin and mineral deficiency. We developed a supplementation protocol to create the necessary change.

“But again, all these things are for naught if we don’t discover why these issues are taking place. There’s the uniqueness that comes into it.

“We aren’t just looking for quick fixes, but rather, long-term solutions that require lifestyle changes and commitment. Unfortunately, we live in a society of quick fixes – a pill to take or the top 10 things I can do today to restore my health. Optimal health doesn’t work that way.

“Merrill has seen dramatic success, in part because we outlined what he needed to do, but more importantly because he was willing to do it and radically change his daily lifestyle. Merrill’s health turnaround is directly tied to his willingness to make the changes,” says Hill.

You can see Merrill online at (www.merrillosmond.com). You might also want to check out his autobiography – ‘Let The Reason Be Love.’

See Dr. Hill online at (www.younglifeclinic.com)

MERRILL OSMOND – THE REST OF THE STORY

As a member of the legendary Osmond family, Merrill Osmond sang lead vocals on some of the band’s biggest hits including ‘One Bad Apple’, ‘Down By The Lazy River’ and ‘Love Me For A Reason.’ Embarking on his first ever tour as a solo artist the show will feature some of The Osmonds’ greatest hit songs including ‘Crazy Horses,’ ‘Let Me In,’ ‘Going Home’ and ‘The Proud One.’

Fame isn’t free. It comes with a price, as Merrill Osmond well knows. “It begins with the stress of a four year old.”

“At four years of age I am singing with my brothers to raise money for our family and our future. The next thing you know we’re singing barbershop harmony because my dad liked it – we liked it. We got a job working at Disneyland. Walt Disney gave us our first big television show.

“We were having a ball, but we all wanted to do things right so we worked our tails off to come up with the right routines and the tight harmonies. It was during that time that Andy Williams’s father saw our program and invited us to audition for Andy.

“Talk about stress. Andy liked us and said he’d put us on one show to see how things would go. One show became another, and soon it was show after show. It was wonderful, but it took its toll. In this business, you’re only as good as your last show so we were constantly creating new things.

“The show producers would say, ‘Next week we are doing a big band theme – what instruments do you play? None? Well, you have a week to learn.’ We’d come back literally in a week playing those things. Another week it was ice skating with Peggy Flemming. ‘Do you ice skate? No? You have a week to learn.’ We’d come back in a week knowing how to do ice flips with firecrackers in our hands and blisters on our feet. We really put our heart and soul into our performances. The foundation of my life since age four was constant challenges like these.

“Of course we were told that we’d never make it in the rock-n-roll business because we were too clean cut. So we went out to prove we could do that. 100 million records later we demonstrated that you could still be in this world, but not of it, and still have some fun recording music.

Power of Perspective

You mentioned the Jackson – Osmond rival of the 70’s. Now Michael Jackson claims that so many of his present woes are due to his stolen childhood. Do you feel the same?

“I love the Jackson’s (though I was appalled by what when on at this year’s Super Bowl!) I still talk to Jamaine all the time, so I am very familiar with their feelings. I feel bad for the Jackson’s because I care about them and love them. I really care about their mom right now. She has a real spiritual depth about her, and I can imagine that she is completely distraught by what happened at that halftime show.

“But there are huge differences between our families. Obviously, they experienced the same basic stress levels and experienced the same types of pressures. The key difference is our belief system. We came home and we knew why we were doing what we were doing. Strutting your stuff on TV and in front of crowds is one thing, but it had to be within a proper perspective,” Osmond explains.

It seems that to remain at the top of the pop music world, musicians have to keep pushing the envelope. It looks to me like the two famous Jackson’s are doing whatever they can to be discussed.

“Oh yes, that happens. It’s been interesting to hear the networks and the participants squirm out of the responsibility for this Super Bowl halftime show, but you and I both know it was all strategy. It comes from the very top, and you’re right, everybody is just looking for the next big thing, and it’s a manager’s job to make sure their star remains on top,” admits Osmond.

Have you guys ever felt that pressure to compromise? I remember reading that during Donny’s mid-80’s cooling career his buddy Michael Jackson told him to change his name and get a new image. Sure, Michael rode the wake of his Thriller success, but twenty years later, honestly, whose life would you rather have?

“Exactly. That is the moral to life in general. It’s difficult to be in the world but not of it. Yes, Michael suggested that Donny should change his name and start over, which is strange.

“The Osmonds have been in the world and beat up because of it. We have literally lived horror stories at times. It took everything we had and money we didn’t have to put together a machine that would cause the industry to take a look at us. In our own way we did what we had to do to be noticed, but we certainly feel we didn’t compromise anything.

“In the case of Donny, he went through his ‘80’s, and oh, I could tell you stories. He was tempted beyond reason to do certain things. For instance, executives wanted him to be arrested for doing drugs as a way to get him back on the charts. I mean, what does that have to do with talent and musical ability? But there’s the whole image thing that the world seems to assume a musician must have. Donny basically threw his hands up in the air and came home.

“Many, many times all of us wanted to quit. But, John, when you have a ‘lifetime calling’ you just plain do what you’ve got to do.”

I have always been impressed that the Osmonds have held true to their values over the years. Describe what you mean when you say ‘lifetime calling?’

“I’m sure you don’t want to get into too much spiritual stuff here, but when you’re 15 years old and called into the Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City, and there’s the prophet (President Harold B. Lee) and the twelve apostles basically calling you on a lifetime mission, you take a different perspective on fame and fortune. You get an understanding of ‘why’ we’re doing it.

“Obviously that’s probably not what you want to write about, but that’s really what kept the Osmonds moving forward – that’s what we held on to, and there were times that this calling from a prophet of God was all we had. We feel that it’s a calling from God, and to date we have not been released from it.

“Also, our patriarchal blessings matched what the prophet was asking us to do. So we had a fairly profound sense of purpose in what we were doing and why we were doing it. When the hard times and the pressures came, we had a different understanding of why they were happening. We didn’t let the world beat us up on it. After all, a prophet of the Lord had spoken to us and blessed us with our ‘callings.’

“Obviously, the Jackson’s were hit huge by the world. The Osmonds were also hit, but we were always able to regroup and discuss the eternal aspect of it all.

“The secret of our success over the years is perspective in a world that’s full of clouds and spiritual distractions, and all kinds of temptations.

From MerrillOsmond.com –

Quote: “This Life is fragile and needs to be nurtured with loving care. Each moment we live, think about the air you breathe, the heart that beats within you, and the relationships that are important to you. Don’t take anything or anyone for granted.

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Columbine: The Mark and Donna Taylor Tragedy

On the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, we had the opportunity to interview Mark Taylor and his mother, Donna. What we learned is shocking. In the last two years, Mark’s mental capacity has been totally eroded as the result of medications he received at two forced hospitalizations in 2007.

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Children and Anti Depressants

“…maybe if people speak up, they will stop with this medication.”

I recently wrote a true story regarding my daughter, it is a story of a child’s chilling struggle with “off label” medications. I would very much appreciate for you to post my link, it is a must read for all, maybe if people speak up, they will stop with this medication.

My Link:

http://www.geocities.com/rdjanis/index.html

R. Janis
rdempster@sprint.ca

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Losing a Sense of Being on Luvox

“I have felt ‘dead’ ‘doped’ and ‘stunned’ on the various medications I have been prescribed.”

 

I was prescribed Luvox in May this year (2002) as I suffer from O.C.D. (for 28 years), chronic insomnia and depression. I also cope with life to a great degree, by employing magical thinking.

I had the Luvox in my possession for a few weeks before I finally decided to take it one night, as I couldn’t cope with waking up again knowing I hadn’t done anything (medication wise) to improve my situation. (In principal, I am against medication as, since I was first diagnosed with O.C.D. and depression (about 13 years ago), I have felt ‘dead’ ‘doped’ and ‘stunned’ on the various medications I have been prescribed).

In short, the Luvox kept me awake all night, (and has continued to do so (it is now December).

My doctor prescribed co-medications (Mogadon and Alprazolam). Mogadon to knock me out to sleep, and Alprazolam to calm me down, as I was awake all night due to extremely fast palpitations, confused & abstract thinking, exceptional alertness, and a total inability to ‘switch off’. I also experienced occasional auditory hallucinations, which had only been previously present on two occasions in my life, when I was medicated.

In general, I am not prone to hallucinations. The Mogadon knocked me out so that I couldn’t get up to drive children to school. I have recently (a week and a half ago) gone off the Luvox. In the meantime I have become addicted to Temazepan, as my insomnia has continued.

My choice now has been to work with a dedicated professional, who is willing to work without medication via hypnosis and psychotherapy and to attempt to reduce the sleeping medication myself and eventually deal with the insomnia in any way possible whilst my children are on school holidays.

Although I most certainly recognize the need and value of medication, my experience has always been that the side effects are so complex, and in the end, the co-medications make the situation so much worse, and one totally loses any sense of ‘being’.

Australia

 

12/27/2002

This is Survivor Story number 3.
Total number of stories in current database is 48

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Doctor Tells Patient that Antidepressants Treat Pain

“I realize that these antidepressants messed up my brain chemistry.”

 

I have been diagnosed with Occipital Neuralgia (Nerve Pain in the Occipital Region of the head) by a number of different doctors. I have tried different medications to relieve the nerve pain, but none of them seemed to relieve the pain completely. One doctor suggested I try an antidepressant. I told him that I wasn’t depressed, just in pain. He told me th antidepressants help treat chronic pain. Thus, I decided to try this antidepressant called Paxil for my nerve pain.

I took it for six months, but wish I hadn’t! After six months, I felt like I couldn’t think straight (I was in a zombie like state), had memory loss, gained weight, experienced sexual dysfunction, etc. I came off Paxil cold turkey, but realized that was a mistake (I didn’t realize at the time that I was suppose to come off these type of medications very, very slowly). The doctor wanted me back on the medication, but didn’t provide an explanation. I told him why would I go back on a medication that has these side effects. I didn’t go back on the medication. I became severally depressed (even though I wasn’t depressed before taking the Paxil).

I almost lost my job because of my depressed mood. I honestly don’t know how I managed to keep it. After about 6 months of no medication I was given short doses (a weeks’ worth) of anti-inflammatory steroids for my nerve pain. That made my depression worse. I read later that steroids deplete serotonin. I started to develop nerve pain down the back of my legs. I think the Depression and nerve pain down the back of my legs was caused by my brain chemistry being altered by Paxil and then the introduction of another medication made the brain chemistry worse (I didn’t think about this at that time).

So by now I had Depression, Occipital Neuralgia and nerve pain down the back of my legs. Another doctor suggested that I try a different antidepressant. I told him of the unpleasant experience I had with Paxil. He recommended that I try Prozac. Told me it was different from Paxil. I tried it, but was very weary because of my experience with Paxil. The only reason I tried it was because I wanted rid of the Depression, Occipital Neuralgia and the nerve pain down the back of my legs.

After about four months on Prozac, I encountered similar side effects to the Paxil. The only difference instead of weight gain, I experienced weight loss. I came off this medication, but this time very, very slowly. I learned my lesson from my Paxil days. While on the Prozac it didn’t really help my depression or nerve pain down the back of my legs. I was still depressed, had the Occipital Neuralgia and the nerve pain down the back of my legs. I didn’t know what to do. I tried some exercise, but just didn’t feel right.

I know that Paxil and Prozac had something to do with the way I was feeling. The Depression and nerve pain down the back of my legs became to much, that I went on another antidepressant called Celexa. I told my doctor about the experiences I had on Paxil and Prozac. He told me this is a newer antidepressant and has fewer side effects than Paxil and Prozac. I took that for about 1 and 1/2 years. It took care of my Depression, but didn’t really take care of the nerve pain down the back of my legs. I eventually came off the because of the side effects. The side effects of Celexa were similar to Paxil, but not as harsh.

I am still stuck with Depression, Occipital Neuralgia and nerve pain down the back of my legs. I realize that these antidepressants messed up my brain chemistry. I have ordered PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA? By Ann Blake Tracy, PhD. I hope this book can provide some answers and solutions. I am also considering taking the herb St John’s Wort, but will read the book first to see if I can get any answers/solutions to my problems.

Is there any action I can take against the makers of these drugs and the doctors that prescribed them to me? All of this has happened over a four year period. I have had the Occipital Neuralgia a lot longer than that.

 

6/11/2002

This is Survivor Story number 21.
Total number of stories in current database is 48

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No Longer the Same after Six Months on Psychotropics

“Where will it all end? He had never even had a headache before all of this!”

 

Hello, I am Joey Depew. My husband Bob is 53, a computer artist, self employed for the last 28 years and is no longer the same.

He wanted to stop smoking and was given samples of Wellbutrin (Zyban). He had a bad cold and the GP told him it was most likely lung cancer. Anxiety erupted, followed by a trip to the ER for a possible heart attack. NO CANCER – NO HEART ATTACK, but he was put on a sample two-level dose packet of Paxil for an anxiety disorder. After 4 days of euphoria, then 4 days of hell, he went cold turkey off this killer drug.

Then Lorazapam for sleep, Tarazadon for anxiety and finally a week in a psychiatric hospital. And now he’s taking Serzone. All this in 6 months. And the result, he has been changed–crying, head pains like a grabbing in the back inside of his head, zombie-like some of the time and sensitive to light-sound-movement.

Where will it all end?

He had never even had a headache before all of this!

Joey

12/28/2000

This is Survivor Story number 1.
Total number of stories in current database is 96

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Bad Effects from Macrobid

“To me, it is poison.”

 

My experience with Macrobid: Within about a 15-month period, I was put on Macrobid about 6 times for recurring urinary tract infections. By the 5th and 6th time, I was experiencing extreme fatigue; extreme muscle pain in my neck, shoulder and upper back; very irritable; and I felt like I was having a nervous breakdown. I could barely function. At about the 3rd day on this drug (when I took it the last time) I could not get up and go to work, I felt so exhausted. I also experienced headaches.

I felt like I had the worst flu with the aches, pains, and fatigue, and my mood took a turn for the worst. I called Poison Control here in Miami and they told me that “yes, you are experiencing all these side effects from the Macrobid. Stop taking the drug and the effects are slowly reversible.” I also called my doctor and he basically said the same thing. The bad effects from this drug lasted for about three months. I felt horrible and could barely take care of myself and my animals and go to work. I felt like I needed to get on disability and to take a leave of absence from work. I had to go to the chiropractor about 3 times a week to relieve the pain. The pain would not go away. And then I started going to a pain center for deep neuromuscular massage and finally ended up with a Rheumatologist about 4 weeks ago who has taken extensive blood tests, of which I have not gotten the results yet, and he put me on 2 anti-depressants (Celexa and Deseryl) and arthritic medication (Celebrex). I have slowly started to recover, regain my energy, and mentally feeling better.

I still experience pain in my body, but it has improved. I believe I have Fibromyalgia and that the Macrobid aggravated every symptom in my body to the fullest degree possible.
To me, it is poison.

Eva Wilson EMW
EMW@co.miami-dade.fl.us

10/5/2000

This is Survivor Story number 11.
Total number of stories in current database is 96

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Sleepwalking on Profen II

“…no one in my family will ever take Profen II again!”

 

About a year ago we noticed that strange things were going on during the night. We figured that one of our children was walking in their sleep because they occasionally did that. One night all the pillows from my bedroom disappeared during the night. The next morning we found them stacked neatly in one of the living room chairs. Included was my pillow as well as about 8 others (I don’t know how I slept without it or didn’t notice it was missing).

It kind of gave me the creeps knowing that someone was in my room and several trips to the living room and neither my husband nor I heard or felt anything.

We kept finding things in odd places. TP in the fridge, etc. Then one night I

awoke sitting at the kitchen table. I was in the process of pouring a bowl of milk down the front of my nightgown. I had eaten cheerios and was trying to drink the milk out of the bowl. I never did this type of thing. I hardly ever ate cereal. I hardly ever drank milk. And I NEVER drank the milk out of the bowl! I went back to bed.

But I wasn’t through. Later that night I woke up standing next to the refrigerator and drinking a glass of —– can you guess —— yep, Dr. Bronner’s liquid peppermint soap!!! It was horrible, of course, and I have no idea why I picked that and how it got on the kitchen counter!!!!! I spent the next few hours trying to get the taste out of my mouth, calling poison control (I don’t know how much I drank before the taste woke me up), and being sick in the bathroom.

The case of the sleep walker was solved. But why? I never had been a sleep walker (that I know of) and why was I doing strange things. Poison control said that I should call my Doctor in the morning since the episodes seemed to be getting more bizarre and dangerous. Who knows, I might have gone outside and who knows what. Well, the case was solved when I read about all the medications I was on ——– the Doctor had recently put me on Profen II for a sinus infection and didn’t tell me not to take it after 5p.m.. I was taking it around 9 p.m. with the rest of my meds. I supposedly had a rare reaction to it. Needless to say I stopped taking it. And the strange things stopped too. No more pillows moved and strange things put in odd places and no more eating or drinking strange things.

Now for the rest of the story —- Two weeks ago my 9 year old daughter had a sinus infection and the Doctor put her on Profen II —- she is adopted and not biologically related to me and the Doctor said she should be fine on it. Again, they didn’t tell me not to give it after 5 p.m. —- I gave it to her at 7 p.m. and she went to bed. Around 9 p.m. we heard a loud noise and she came tumbling down the stairs, stood up wide eyed, looking wild. I gently asked her what she was doing and she said she was looking for her pillow (which had fallen off her bed). She was unhurt and so I sent her back to bed.

She didn’t remember any of this the next morning. I called the pharmacy & they gave me the phone number for the rep who sells Profen. She called me back the next day & I told her what happened to me & my daughter. She called back again later and told me that we should never take it after 5 p.m. and evidently after we went to sleep part of our brain stayed on hyperdrive and made us do weird things. Obviously, no one in my family will ever take Profen II again! Most people on Profen just get hyper and can’t sleep.

That is why I can’t stand the smell of peppermint soap anymore! Now you know more than you ever wanted to know about Dr. Bronner’s and Profen II.

Jean — in Georgia

9/14/2000

This is Survivor Story number 12.
Total number of stories in current database is 96

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5-Year Old’s Unusual Reaction to 5-htp

“I read about 5-htp and under the recommendation of a friend.”

I have read about your research and articles about the harmful effects of Prozac, etc., and wonder if you can help me figure out why my 5-yr old son had an unusual reaction to 5-htp –a supposedly safe natural supplement.

My son Alex has is mildly autistic and has sleep problems in that he takes a long time to fall asleep (1-2 hours) and ends up going to sleep around midnight every night. I read about 5-htp and under the recommendation of a friend decided to try it to see if it would help Alex to sleep and to calm down. (At that time, he seemed to have gotten a little immune to melatonin which we used to give him once in a while to help him sleep, which was why we were looking for other means.) On the first night we gave him 100mg at 6:30 p.m. and he resisted going to bed till 9:30p.m., then fell asleep at 10p.m. However, he woke up at 3a.m. that night and stayed awake all night and all of the next day, falling asleep at 10p.m.! We didn’t give him anything that night, but to convince ourselves that his reaction was not a coincidence (he does have the tendency to wake up in the middle of the night once in a while), We gave him another 100mg on the third night at around 8:30p.m. This time he fell asleep at 9:30p.m., but woke up at 11p.m., 2 hours later! He only managed to fall asleep at 5a.m. the next morning, then woke up at 8a.m. During the time that he was awake on the medication, he looked quite disoriented and tired, but didn’t have any aggressive or extreme behaviors just real out-of-sorts.

Do you think Alex has a problem metabolizing the serotonin? Have you come across any other incidences like his?

A Note from Dr. Tracy
As those of you who have read the research in my book (Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?) know, elevated levels of serotonin are found in those who are autistic. This indicates an inability to metabolize serotonin. Therefore, ANYTHING that increases serotonin – whether you are told it is natural or not – should be expected to produce adverse effects in someone who has autistic symptoms.

L. L.

6/20/2000

This is Survivor Story number 21.

Total number of stories in current database is 96

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Redux caused my Pulmonary Hypertension

“I had never been diagnosed with any of these things before taking Redux.”

 

Hi, My name is Bev and I took Redux for approximately 9 weeks ending with the drug recall 9/12/97. While on the drug I had a lot of symptoms of flushing especially in the face, dizziness when laying down where the room would spin around. I was told this was just getting use to the drug. I was more agitated than usual, but I did not notice any other physical problems until a few month off the drug when I had heart fluttering and what felt like skipping beats. I started having one flu like symptom one after another for about 9 months and was told I had bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma during this period. I never related any of this to the drug. During this time I had 3 echoes done two by the drug manufacturer since I was on a clinical trial and it showed that my valves had 3 valves with trivial insufficiency. I thought I got off pretty lucky.

However, by the close of the summer of 1998, (one year later) I was getting short of breath and having problems just driving to the store a few blocks away and stepping down on my feet, my ankles would hurt. There was some swelling but I believe I was hoping it was from arthritis. I also had trouble with tingling in my hands and feet almost like little needles poking you. I would toss and turn and have a difficult time falling asleep and when I did I would sometimes jump up feeling like I could get any air. I remember when we lit a fire in the fire place that winter that I went into a real allergy attack from the smoke. I was diagnose with dyspnea (shortness of breath) in 9/99. I had a scan done to see if I had an embolism and there was none. Blood work was completed and they check for arthritis and many other types of conditions and the only thing that was abnormal was my blood gases which said my oxygen was at 67 very low. I was suffering from confusion and forgetfulness. I had stopped menstruating for almost a year and then had terrible bleeding for 8 days straight. That has not finished with me yet. I am 53 years old and I know it should stop I hope soon. I was encouraged by friends to get another echo done but to have a stress echo done this time. I went to UC San Diego and had my echo performed and at that time it was discovered that my mitral valve was now mild and my tricuspid valve was moderate and that it appeared to be normal left ventricular systolic function but the right heart was now mildly enlarged and the baseline echocardiography suggests mild pulmonary hypertension with stress. The doctor wanted to perform a right heart Catherization soon and I went back there again for that procedure and to perform a sleep study. It was determined at that time that I did have pulmonary hypertension, but secondary to sleep apnea.

Now the problem is what caused it. I had never been diagnosed with any of these things before taking Redux so why would they all start to show up now. Anyway, now I must were a mask to bed every night that lets in enough air so I can breath. I believe that this is all related to taking that drug. I wonder how many others out there have had similar experiences.

Bev

5/5/2000

This is Survivor Story number 22.
Total number of stories in current database is 96

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