Listed are alternative treatments to help either BEFORE ever going on an antidepressant/atypical antipsychotic, DURING withdrawal of an antidepressant/atypical antipsychotic or AFTER being on antidepressants/atypical antipsychotic to help you get through withdrawal and to rebuild a healthy brain. I have spent several decades looking for various natural non-toxic answers to help patents rebuild their health after the damage caused by these drugs.
Although this list does not mention the standard suggestions such as chiropractic, yoga and acupuncture, all of which are mentioned in my CD on safe withdrawal & in my book, they have proven to be very beneficial in withdrawal and rebuilding and should also be utilized as well.
Keep in mind that the FDA has warned that any abrupt change in dose, whether increasing or decreasing (starting on or discontinuing the drug, skipping doses by forgetting, or when switching from one antidepressant to another where you are both abruptly decreasing one antidepressant AND abruptly increasing the new antidepressant), can cause suicide, hostility or psychosis – generally a manic psychosis which is often diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder or occasionally as Schizophrenia when it remains unrecognised as the result on the abrupt change in dose. Another problem can be if another antidepressant is added to one you are already taking thus producing a synergistic affect.
Withdrawal, especially abrupt withdrawal, from any of these medications can cause severe neuropsychiatric as well as physical symptoms, both of which can be life threatening. It is therefore, very important to withdraw extremely slowly from these drugs, often over a period of a year or more depending upon how long you have been on any antidepressant or mix of antidepressant, under the supervision of a qualified and experienced specialist, if available. We also recommend that you obtain a copy of the safe withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant! (http://store.drugawareness.org/) by our Executive Director, Ann Blake Tracy, which has the safest methods we have found for withdrawal over the past two decades along with helps on rebuilding to rid yourself of any unpleasant after effects.
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If you have read my book you know that I mention aromatherapy oils as a very effective treatment in rebuilding after using antidepressants. I explain my own initial reservations but go on to explain how my look at the scientific research on the oils helped me to see how they could be effective in rebuilding after the damage done by these antidepressants. There is not a faster way to the brain than through the nasal passage and the oils cross the blood brain barrier to reach where the healing is needed to take place. Listen to the NPR show below to understand more of the effects upon the brain.
I use ONLY therapeutic grade oils because others have been processed with chemicals – the last thing someone in trouble on these drugs would want to be exposed to is MORE chemicals! These are processed via a low temperature (to preserve the enzymes) steam distillation with no chemical extraction at all.
There are many of the oils I personally will not be without. I carry peppermint, lemon and frankincense with me wherever I go. I feel they are essential to the well being of my family and they have saved us thousands in medical bills. I have witnessed miraculous results with these oils over the years and what a wonderfully pleasant way to smell your way to wellness!
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More information can be found in my book or tape or CD on how to come off antidepressants. But because the FDA has recently come down with an order… an astoundingly invasive intrusion in our freedom of speech when it comes to sharing information on essential oils and their benefits.
According to the FDA, “Private citizens may not share written information on the Internet about how essential oils have improved their health, the health of their families, or the health of their clients.”
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NPR Radio Show with NPR’s Shelly Slender – Young Living’s Kathy Farmer with guest Ann Blake-Tracy where you will learn from Ann how the antidepressants work and cause serious issues and from Kathy how Young Living Oils work upon the brain and can cross the blood brain barrier. (Kathy used the oils to help her teenage daughter wead off the antidepressant Zoloft.)
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#2 Mega Divided Doses of Vitamin C:
It has been known for years that Heroin withdrawal can be almost or even completely avoided by using mega divided doses of Vitamin C. As heroin is another serotonergic drug it would seem that this approach should also be helpful in the withdrawal from these newer serotonergic drugs as well. The mega doses are in 50,000 units daily which can be most helpful in doses of 5,000 units each hour for 10 hours daily or with an extended release pill one could take 10,000 units every 2 hours over a 10 hour waking period. The idea is to keep the body saturated with the high dose Vitamin C which is water soluble and flushes rapidly from the body necessitating the frequent dosing.
In choosing the brand of Vitamin C try to find organic and preferably one with Rose Hips as far too many Vitamin C’s are now made from GMO corn. I have found it makes a HUGE difference in efficacy!
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AND HERE IS MARY-ANN’S story who never took these drugs but would have been diagnosed as having “real” Bipolar Disorder. But she learned where it all comes from as I discuss in my book, & my DVD on Bipolar & took care of it with diet so she did not have to go on the drugs she did not want to take:
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We are all about gourmet raw food that is simple and easy to create. Ronnie and Minh have wonderful recipe ideas to share and plain old down to earth good advice on eating more raw foods. You can find them located on the web at www.ubraw.com and learn more about why they are so dedicated to eating raw here:
Lou Corona is wonderfully informative and my favorite when it comes to diet and raw food living. He has many YouTube videos to teach you all you need to know about the amazing benefits and life giving potential of raw LIVING foods. You will find Lou’s information on his website at www.loucorona.com
He has also developed an excellent line of food based digestive enzymes and probiotics, both of which are extremely beneficial, bordering on essential, when working to recover from these drugs. Those products are available through his company Puradyme.
The Raw Food World (therawfoodworld.com)
Matt Monarch is a 100% raw food eater; his diet consists of only raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and seaweeds. He has been eating this way for eight years and enjoys extraordinary good health, bountiful energy, clarity of mind and a deepened connection to nature.
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#5 VITAMIN/MINERAL PRODUCTS: When SSRIs impair one’s ability to metabolize serotonin I find that they also generally deplete vitamin and minerals from the body by interfering with metabolism. Nurses have also voiced their concern to me about this aspect of the drugs – especially when they are being taken by pregnant women who so desperately need all the nutrition they can get.
I always recommend taking a good, easy to assimilate vitamin/mineral supplement after using mind altering medications.
BUT it is always best to get a food based vitamin/mineral supplement as it is the easiest to assimilate. Brands like Juice Plus, Usana, Garden of Life, etc. are good food based vitamins. Even better Dr. Christopher offers a vitamin product from herbal sources which is an excellent food based source.
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Pure Noni Juice Benefits, treasured since ancient Polynesian times. TAHITIAN NONI®Juice with bioactive iridoids provides wonderful benefits for your health. I have seen the benefits of Noni juice with mania, diabetes, cancer and in its pain killing properties.The company by the name of Morinda and based in Orem, UT brought Noni juice to the US several years ago. This is the only noni juice I have used with amazing success. I have seen someone in a full blown delusional manic withdrawal reaction lasting for six months become normal within two weeks of using half a cup of Noni per day mixed in 100% fruit juice and taken in small amounts throughout the day.I also witnessed another young woman who suffered a psychotic break when she unknowingly added cough and cold meds while in a withdrawal tapering from the use of Paxil. Within ten minutes of sipping 1/2 cup of Noni and having lavender rubbed on her feet she went from that cold blank stare so many report with SSRI antidepressants in a psychotic break to perfectly normal. She had no memory of the psychotic break but within ten minutes of getting the Noni and putting the lavender oil on her feet she had perfect memory of everything after that.From what I have seen with Noni I believe it is helping to normalize blood sugar and assisting the metabolism of serotonin. Even this young woman’s school administrator felt the girl acted as her other students do when going into insulin shock from a blood sugar drop and serotonin is critical in regularing blood sugar levels. The question remains to be answered as to if this is how many of the psychotic breaks with SSRIs are being triggered.
# 8 Dr. Paul Harch’s site on Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
DO NOT MISS THESE BRAIN SCANS SHOWING ABSOLUTELY AMAZING RESULTS IN RESTORING THE BRAIN!
I have been talking about hyperbaric for some time, but seeing these brain scans before and after is amazing! –Ann Blake-Tracy
Dr. Harch is the leading expert in the US on hyperbaric oxygen treatment. The following are case reports showing brain scans before and after treatment for various ailments. It is amazing to see and even more amazing to experience.
Earlier this year I sent Dr. Harch the most difficult patient I have seen in the past 15 years. It was a worst case senario – a patient on Paxil for six years at double the maximum dose (120mg) who came off “cold turkey”. I have never seen anyone alive in such bad shape. After he saw Dr. Harch the change was DRAMATIC to say the least!!
I have never found anything better for a patient in “cold turkey” withdrawal from an antidepressant than hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Certainly it is very important to follow the other guidelines in the “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” tape in order to rebuild, but for acute situations hyperbaric certainly seems to be the answer to help in those situations when not even all the helps mentioned here can address all the issues.
# 9 MAGNETIC THERAPY:Another company that has products to assist with pain caused by these drugs or the end result of the drugs (such as arthritis and fibromyalgia) is magnetic therapy by Nikken. As taking pain killers, or most any drug, after being on a serotonergic drug can cause so many serious reactions, I prefer using magnets to prevent those pains. In this way you will not have additional damage from additional mind altering chemicals. They have mattresses that work while you sleep, foot pads you can slip into your shoes, pads that can be applied to local areas of the body, etc. And there is research to demonstrate that magnetic therapy when applied to the head can rid one of depression.
Also what I have always used for pain is Young Living’s Peppermint oil. I LOVE it! It will prevent bruising in injuries and stop the pain immediately. I use it for all injuries – even open wounds, concussion, back pain, neck pain, stiff muscles, broken toe, etc.
# 10 OMEGA 3 OILS: Omega 3 Oils are effective as antidepressants and are non-toxic: In September 1998 the National Institute of Health conducted a seminar I attended with doctors from around the world reporting on their amazing successes in the effectiveness of Omega 3 oils in combating manic depression, schizophrenia, depression, hyperactivity, PMS, Autism, etc. Now a new study supports those reports. Although the study looked only at fish oil, it was made clear to us at the NIH seminar that flax seed oil works just as well but the fish industry is the one that can afford to do such studies on the Omega 3 oils where those farmers growing flax seed as Omega 3 cannot. No matter the source of Omega 3 the results are the same. Plant sources are recommended as it does not pose aa much of a potential toxicity as fish due to polluted waters in which fish live. See info on the best and cheapest source of all below.
STUDY: May 6, 1999 Fish Oil May Aid Against Manic Depression,
BY MARC KAUFMAN, THE WASHINGTON POST:
“Scientists believe they have found a surprising new ally in their efforts to understand and treat the sharp mood swings of manic depression — the Omega 3 fatty acids. Jerry Cott, chief of the psychopharmacology research program at the National Institute of Mental Health said, “This is the first time we would be testing a nutritional supplement that appears to be having efficacy about to the degree of a synthetic medication.” The body’s highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids are in the eyes and the brain, where neurobiologists believe they are essential to the proper functioning of cell membranes.
“If levels of omega-3 fatty acids are too low, they have theorized, then that essential chemical pathways become overwhelmed and mental disorders can occur. Researchers believe omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in both bipolar and unipolar depression.” (One of the finest books on the Omega 3 oils is “Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill” by Udo Erasmus. Find more info on his book and the oils he recommends by Googling Udo Erasmus.)
AMAZING EFFECTIVENESS OF OMEGA 3 OILS IN HEAD INJURY
Dr. Sanjay Gupta with CNN did this amazing report on a young man with a head injury so serious that all doctors were recommending the parents plug the plug on this boy. Watch his almost instantaneous and complete recovery due to massive doses of Omega 3 oils!
PURSLANE THE MOST POTENT & MOST AFFORDABLE OMEGA 3!
The very best source for Omega 3, and the very cheapest source of all, is what many look at unfortunately as a weed! It is called Purslane and is the very highest source available for Omega 3 oils. It can be added to salads or eaten alone. I LOVE the taste! In fact my grandchildren just love picking it and eating it. That is how good it tastes! I am growing it as a ground cover all around my home because it is beautiful as well! So just grow your own for a very inexpensive and nutritious food and for a happy, healthy brain!
“Electrosleep treatment” – an older name for CES – came into the USA from Japan in the late 1960s. This therapy had been originally pioneered in Russia and other East Block countries. Since the current was directed across head, the FDA renamed it “Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)” in 1978, and now allows its marketing in the USA for the treatment of anxiety, depression and insomnia (CES regulatory status). A major use of CES has been in the treatment of symptoms of the drug abstinence syndrome, including severe anxiety, depression and insomnia. The medical use of CES is now becoming more widely indicated in the USA.
RECENT FACEBOOK TESTIMONY ON CES HELP IN ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL:
Naomi Lee I started CES therapy in March last year , and it stopped me having w/d symptoms whilst tapering. These types of] therapy [CES| are worth checking out.
# 12 REIKI TREATMENTS
Many patients have reported this to be of great benefit to them when suffering Akathisia or Serotonin Syndrome or for just overall withdrawal symptoms
Is any of this beginning to sound like what we so often label as “depression, anxiety, panic attack, etc.”
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.
Here are some other articles which may help you:
4/16/01 • Nourishing Your Brain
It’s no secret that the fats in fish and walnuts are good for your heart. New research suggests they may also ward off depression and mental maladies.
4/5/01 • Aerobic Exercise Lifts Depression in Treatment-Resistant Patients
WESTPORT, CT (Reuters Health) – A simple program of regular aerobic exercise can substantially improve depression scores in patients with moderate to severe major depression, despite prior failures with pharmacologic therapy.
01/15/01 • Aerobic exercises may help fight depression in the long run
Aerobic exercise may be just as effective as medication at relieving depression and prove easier to stick with, suggests a new study. The findings add to growing evidence that exercise can significantly improve mental health at modest or no cost.
09/01/98 • Omega 3 Oils as Effective as Antidepressants and Are Non-Toxic
In September 1998 the National Institute of Health conducted a seminar on the effectiveness of Omega 3 oils in combating manic depression, schizophrenia, depression, hyperactivity, PMS, etc. Now a new study supports those reports.
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Eat “brain healthy” super foods such as blueberries, Raw Nuts, and beans
Meditate or give yourself quite time each day
Write and share stories of your experiences
Exercise at least 30 min a day
Get over 8 hours of sleep [Follow the sun patters sleep when the sun goes down and awake when the sun rises]
Watch less Television
Unplug from Computers, Phones & Tables and Get out in nature
Play Strategy and problem solving games
Read something new