34 Days without Wheat and Milk #bipolar #gluten #electro-sensitivity

Last month I shared’ “I am in agreement with others who study recovery from mood troubles that a first step is to have a long trial of no wheat and no cow’s milk/cow dairy” and, “Being half-hearted in eliminating wheat (usually barley and rye products too) and dairy rarely works.”

I was already avoiding all dairy produce. Within a few days of clearing my house of all wheat containing foods and choosing not to eat any of these anywhere, my gut discomfort mostly disappeared. I was no longer being woken by gut pains.

Was this the cure for my sleep and mood troubles? Not all, as soon as the gut pain went the mild tinnitus I had been experiencing became far worse. Waking in the early hours the whistling sounds in my ears was as bad as almost any gut pain. Along with the whistling a feeling I used to only get if standing near a microwave oven or laboratory magnetic resonance equipment was now troubling me in my own home. Different people have different responses to microwaves and powerful magnets. For me, this feeling has always been like my head being crushed sideways in a vice.

Moving my bed downstairs eased both the whistling and the crushing pain. A few nights later putting the mattress on the floor helped more. Then removing the mattress and sleeping on a thick blanket on the concrete kitchen floor helped even more. By now, every time I went upstairs the whistling and crushing pain returned.

Using my laptop I could tell that the whistling and pain was related to the number and strength of WiFi signals in different parts of my house. I spoke with some of my nearest neighbours who agreed to turn their WiFi and a WiFi enabled printer off overnight. This helped and the first night with that printer off was, for me, one of the longest and most refreshing sleeps this year.

This did not solve my troubles. Day-after-day I just seemed to be becoming more electro-sensitive. It was not just WiFi. I needed changes to the wiring and ways I was using electricity in my own home.

I am continuing to investigate local sources of the man-made radiation and how to reduce their effects on my wellbeing. I need to do this so that I can again use the upstairs of my house.

What about my dairy and wheat experiment?

Other than tea with milk on 3 occasions, I have been 100% free of dairy produce, which has helped enormously with my breathing.

I had zero wheat/oats/barley/rye for 34 days, then had a portion of chip-shop chips, which I normally avoid as I consider the types of fat and deep frying process to be detrimental to health. I think these chips were contaminated with gluten as many chip-shop chips are. That evening I had a tiny glass of beer. I slept well, but woke feeling dreadful. The next evening I finished the 500ml bottle of beer. I did not sleep well. I was awake from 12:30am and felt extremely unwell. I won’t go into detail here about my next 12 trips to the toilet over the next 24 hours, other than to say these were very much non-standard.

I had kidded myself that the German beer would be free of gluten. It was not. I now saw the allergy advice on the label was very clear. “Barley: contains gluten”.

Why do we keep on wanting dairy and wheat/barley/rye even when again and again we have proved, to ourselves, these are damaging our health?

I used to say that my desire was largely driven by habits and social pressures as most people around me continue to consume these many times every day.

There is also the calming/relaxing effect from morphine like compounds from partially digested dairy and wheat.

After what happened over the 35 days I am thinking about one more ‘advantage’ of consuming wheat: It was only when I stopped both dairy and wheat consumption that my electro-sensitivity became so bad as to almost totally disable me. As soon as I consumed the contaminated chips and clearly labelled beer the tinnitus and crushing pain lessened, with my new obsession with protection from man-made Electro-Magnetic-Fields (EMF) subsiding.

It is like with physical pain when our attention is always drawn only to the greatest or most acute pain. I am wondering if others have noticed what I have. Already being free of all prescribed medications/drugs and then avoiding the morphine-like-compounds associated with dairy and gluten, my brain increasingly noticed the man-made radiation ‘soup’.

This has left me with another question: How many bipolar diagnosis are linked in some way to exposure to EMF, WiFi and now perhaps ‘smart-meter’ radiation.

Thinking back to my own hospitalization in 1997, mobile (cell) phones were still a rarity in the UK. In the 5 days leading up my hospitalization I was away from home and had borrowed a mobile phone, which I used excessively, holding it pressed up against my ear. Prior to this I’d had very little contact with mobiles. I certainly am not claiming that mobile phones alone can cause severe mood disorders. I am suggesting mobiles and other sources of EMF may be contributors to many, if not all, modern psychiatric troubles.

What do you think?

I am going back to zero dairy and gluten. I am also admitting that the risks of gluten from beer are too high for me at this time.

I’ll close, as I did a month ago, by saying that the first step in recovery from almost anything would seem to be getting out of denial and accepting we may need to do something radically different. On Friday, I have called a group together to discuss the effects of EMF and what we can do to better understand its effects and how we may each need to respond to the increasing number of sources and the strength of these new sources, such as the role out ‘smart meters’.

 

#Glyphosate facts: It affects mood. It causes cancer.

Having just written about glyphosate – the debate as to whether this carcinogen (currently sprayed on wheat in the UK)  should be banned across the whole of Europe seems to be heating up.

If you agree we need to eliminate this mood altering carcinogenic chemical from our foods then please sign this petition:

https://actions.sumofus.org/a/netherlands-vote-to-keep-glyphosate-out-of-europe

Has glyphosate become the number one cause of mood disorders #glyphosate

Has glyphosate become the number one cause of mood disorders? Okay, so I do not have a huge amount of evidence to support such an idea, but as a chemist I do understand that glyphosate disrupts hormones that are essential for having a steady appropriate mood. It disrupts things like serotonin, dopamine, melatonin and more.

Personally, eating foods that have likely been sprayed with glyphosate, such as non-organic wheat and oats or any kind of bean imported from USA gives me pains in the gut and messes up my sleep. Glyphosate certainly cannot be good for moods and the more that is sprayed the more people are being diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Are the two connected? I cannot prove any such link but while you are on this page please read on, watch the parts of the video that I mention and please go on to do your own research. Glyphosate is making a lot of people sick.

Glyphosate could be one of the biggest threats to human and animal health the world faces today.

I could write a lot about this, but for the moment here is Dr. Joseph Mercola interviewing Dr. Anthony Samsel, about glyphosate and its adverse health effects.

You may wish to skip chunks and focus on these sections:

At 7 minutes when Dr Samsel explains how he discovered he was consuming a lot of toxic glyphoste in the snack foods he was eating.

At 16minutes Dr Samsel explains more about glyphosate killing ‘good’ gut bacteria but failing kill many of the ‘bad’ bacteria.

At 22 minutes Dr Mercola asks how glyphosate disrupts the production of serotonin and then Dr Samsel explains some of the troubles caused by this disruption.

At 28 minutes details are revealed of how long ago it was known that glyphosate is a carcinogen at the levels found in many common foods.

Glyphosate is sprayed on almost all wheat grown in the UK to kill it before harvesting so that it dries better. This only started a few years ago and is not something that has been explained to the public. We did not used to have so many sick people. As I say above, please do your own research. Would it help if I put more links here to toxins that disrupt moods and cause chronic illnesses?

(I am watching this film about glyphosate in Europe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDyI10Z8aH0 – The film is not at all pleasant, as it includes film of animals said to have been deformed due to ingestion of glyphosate.)

John Read summaries causes of psychosis

John Read starts by telling us of two events early in his career (the first includes some strong language) that perhaps helped him appreciate the need to better understand the causes of emotional distress. I remember that John has written about his experience in New York in “A Straight Talking Introduction to the Causes of Mental Health Problems” (Page 2).

John goes on to share, slide-by-slide, research that proves schizophrenia (and I believe therefore bipolar too) is caused by what happens to us and has nothing at all to do with genetics.

The first 7 minutes is just the introduction to the talk so it is best to start watching from 7 minutes into the video:

When we see the scans of damaged brains it is not surprising that recovery from trauma and from over-medication (anti-psychotics are known to destroy brain cells) takes time. Really though, when on a good diet, brains repair themselves. People who have been unwell for decades and largely written off by traditional health services can make remarkable recoveries when they are helped to get good nutrition.

As a food chemist, recovery through better nutrition now interests me more than anything else.

Mercury – contributing to health issues such as bipolar diagnosis?

Eating balanced meals and so minimizing snacks is not only good for mood and staying physically well, it is also better for our teeth.

As chemistry students in the 1970’s we were encouraged to dip a finger in a beaker of pure mercury to see what it felt like. It felt strange! This was a one-off for everyone in our class. Teachers knew mercury was toxic but felt it worth letting students come into direct contact with pure mercury just for a few seconds, for an experience that could be remembered for life.

Also in the 1970’s, consumption of snack-food, especially sugary sweets and potato crisps that would stick in the teeth, was on the increase. Dentistry then seemed to be almost entirely about filling teeth with mercury amalgam. I believe everyone in our class had at least one mercury amalgam tooth filling long before leaving school and a lot of children had many of these fillings.

Even all those years ago, mercury toxicity was well-understood, as was its link with mental disturbances. The ‘mad-hatter’ in Alice in Wonderland was based on the hat makers who developed severe mental health problems through using mercury every day in their work.

I doubt if it will ever be proved how much mercury fillings have contributed to a range of disorders, and I am unlikely to pay to have any of my own fillings removed after all these years. What I am hoping is that parents can be better informed and that the next generation of children are able to take better care of their teeth. Then even if one or two fillings are needed these can be with the newer non-toxic materials, especially those that need far less drilling and damage to the teeth, as described in the film below this excellent info-graphic:

mercury dental filling

Discover more about mercury and how you can get this toxic, bio-accumulative substance from your dentist through our info-graphic “Mercury Dental Fillings: By the Numbers.” Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our info-graphic page for the high-res version.

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Discover more about mercury and how you can get this toxic, bioaccumulative substance from your dentist through our infographic “Mercury Dental Fillings: By the Numbers.” Visit our infographic page for the high-res version.

 

Film about mercury amalgam fillings:

 

Stressors #notjustbipolar – Article from 2011 updated in 2014

Stressors

reactions to anxiety

The story was: “You have had a faulty brain from birth and it took 40 years for it to show itself as a ‘bipolar brain’.”

I was struggling at work. A doctor without even meeting with me prescribed fluoxetine (Prozac). I continued to struggle and got a prescription for double the dose of fluoxetine. I became increasingly agitated and restless. Eventually I could not sleep and was taken off the fluoxetine, and within 24 hours had to be admitted to a psychiatric ward.

On the ward I was given olanzapine (Zyprexa).

Olanzapine is a powerful sedative. I was still just as anxious and restless but now had no energy to complain. The psychiatrist told me the agitation and restlessness were due to a manic episode and that  my lack of energy on the ward was due to depression. I had never been depressed and never experienced agitation and restlessness in that way before.

Everyone suddenly agreed I had always been bipolar – or at least bipolar for many years. Yet, no one had mentioned bipolar before the drugs. I was told I could not be discharged unless I agreed to take lithium tablets everyday for the rest of my life. I agree to do this as I wanted to get out of the hospital.

At the time the possibility that my problems had been made worse by the drugs or this disorder had been created by drugs was not discussed. I believed what I was told. It was all I could do, as it was made clear I would have been ‘sectioned’ and kept in hospital for 3 months had I not agreed with being called ‘a manic depressive’ and taken all the tablets while the nurses watched me.

I came to believe that my brain had always been faulty and it was because of my faulty brain that I had not coped well as my job became bigger and bigger and I had been required to work more and more hours.

The drugs did not just lower my energy levels. Any more than a tiny amount gave me a headache and made it impossible to drive safely. Once out of hospital I needed to cut the Olanzapine into smaller pieces. The headaches went and I was able to focus, get back to work and believe that I was ‘in-recovery’. My bosses were OK with me having a diagnosis and were reassured because I was taking the drugs.

I did not fight against the diagnosis for many years. I kept taking a little of the drugs to keep everyone happy. The trouble was that I was not getting any better. I was getting better at taking small pieces of tablet and better at explaining what bipolar was all about. But I was very much ‘in-recovery’ rather than ‘recovered’.

As well as my full-time job, I got involved with research work which led to meeting people who had been diagnosed as bipolar and were telling us researchers that they had recovered. There were just a few who said they no longer saw themselves as in-recovery, but as fully recovered. My first reaction was that they must be wrong as I had been taught that bipolar was incurable. One psychiatrist had even told me that without drugs it was a degenerative illness and so I was never to stop taking the drugs or even think about full recovery.

Coming off the drugs after 13 years was not a simple thing at all. I did a lot of reading. I talked to a lot of people who succeeded and to people who had tried to come off too quickly and became more ill than they had ever been before. I noted how many people I had met who were no longer with us – people who thought they could manage without drugs and then… died. Coming off psychiatric drugs is not to be taken lightly. Anyone who has been on psychiatric drugs needs to research withdrawal effects and get support. Most of us struggle, but being drug free is a great goal to have. It just needs a careful realistic approach to withdrawal.

My own situation is that I am now off the psychiatric drugs. I have returned to experiencing stress in the way I used to experience stress. It is not always fun! The drugs have left me with plenty of physical reminders of the need to look after myself. I am rarely without pain as even the low doses I took seem to have taken their toll on my body. Overall though, it feels better to feel alive and face the future in a more natural way.

Mistaken and unnecessary diagnosis of bipolar disorder has become a massive worldwide problem.

The way we react when we get stressed tends to decide what we get diagnosed with. Yet, saying it is about ‘stress’, hardly moves us forward at all. As Cary Cooper says, “Everyone knows what stress is, yet no one knows what stress is”. If you have suffered badly from stress, anxiety, a diagnosis of bipolar or anything like this you may need to spend a lot of time figuring out bit by bit what stresses us, what causes us to be unwell and what helps us to stay well.

Eliminating bipolar? – start here

The smoking of psychiatry

The debate about whether psychological problems are caused by trauma/abuse OR by our chemistry OR by our genes has been going on for as long as I can remember.

Here Simon Hatcher reminds us that childhood abuse is a major reason in causing psychiatric problems. He likens this abuse to smoking that beyond doubt causes disease.

http://www.thementalelf.net/populations-and-settings/child-and-adolescent/childhood-trauma-and-abuse-is-the-smoking-of-psychiatry/

In a very different article Ken McLaughlin says “This social preoccupation with abuse, and the way people are encouraged to interpret their current problems through the prism of past sufferings, should be of greater concern than anything DSM-5 might come up with.” – This is from a longish article which left me feeling that Ken has not met as many people as I have who have never doubted that abuse in childhood was the main reason leading to psychiatric difficulties. If you have time his article is here…

http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/13621/

Or read what Judith Haire has to say in response to Ken McLaughlin’s “Our brains aren’t moulded by abuse”

http://dawnwillis.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/judithhaire-comments-on-ken-mclaughlin-our-brains-arent-moulded-by-abuse-mentalhealth-ukmh/

Different groups have different things to gain from convincing us that their preferred explanations are the most valid.

My own experience and what I have learned by listening to hundreds of people and reading widely is:

Genetics pretty much have nothing to do with causing us to come in front of psychiatrists. No one is immune and the trend is towards every family being affected by poor mental health. As discussed before at Rethinking Bipolar the claims of links between genes and emotional distress have never been backed up by any other group doing similar research anywhere in the world. There is however no single cause of mental distress and often there are multiple triggers.

Trauma/abuse sets millions of people up for struggling with their emotional health for decades after the event(s). Sometimes it is recognized as Post Traumatic Stress but usually it is not so clear-cut.

Our biochemistry is a huge factor in determining our mental health. Our mental health also affects our biochemistry. DSM-5 is essentially the drug company’s brochure and main marketing tool. The problems we have with our body’s chemistry rarely need the high-tech, complex solutions the drug companies would have us believe. Next time you are sitting with someone who is keen to talk about their emotional difficulties take a look at them. Chances are they will not be looking particularly physically fit. Trauma and abuse makes us more susceptible to less healthy life-styles and then life-style drives both our physical and emotional health – in the wrong direction.

I think all our authors and just about everyone involved with sorting out emotional health problems know that both trauma/abuse and chemistry are involved. The debate as to which is more significant will continue. What I am hoping can be accepted is that both are always involved in some way. Even in the cases cited by Ken McLaughlin where people say they were abused but will not or cannot talk about what happened, I feel sure things did happen that influence them towards the troubles they end up in.  The fact that some or even a great many people suffer extreme trauma/abuse and have never had to see a psychiatrist is perhaps a testament to healthy life-style, good relationships  etc being protective factors.

What I have consistently noticed is that those who feel they were traumatized/abused who then went on to make poor lifestyle choices and without the right support things got worse for them.

Poor lifestyle choices? I read an article this morning about some mental health issues causing sufferers to die 25 years earlier and the likelihood that this is largely as a result of psychiatric drugs and not just a direct result from poor mental health and poor lifestyle choices.

Summary: Trauma/abuse with insufficient support > poor lifestyle choices > poor chemistry > stress > diagnosis > a need to discuss earlier problems which may be to do with past events OR maybe what I help people with, which is in addressing current lifestyle to correct biochemistry without the need for DSM-5.

*Biochemistry:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biochemistry

Governments creating mood disorder? #bipolar

The UK government’s bedroom tax does not directly affect me. Indirectly it does, as many of the people I support are struggling financially and this tax on people who receive housing benefit is already hurting them and some are becoming suicidal.

Example:

A man I know who was ‘down on his luck’ (a victim of the mental illness system) ran out of places he could stay and applied to the local council for a one bedroom place. They did not have anywhere with just one bedroom. They had a two bedroom place he could afford through housing benefit. He settled in and got his moods under control. He could be described as in-recovery. Now things are taking a turn for the worse. The new tax, THE BEDROOM TAX, means that he will lose some of his housing benefit due to having an extra room. I suggested he brick up the room he does not use, or knock the two rooms into one. His tenancy does not allow him to do anything like. He is desperate as he will not be able to pay the rent and there are no one bedroom places for him or thousands of others in the same situation.

Bedroom Tax: It sounds like a joke. What has it got to do with Rethinking Bipolar? I just wanted to give this as an example of the stressors ordinary poor folk are under that the rich psychiatrists are not going to understand. They see disorder as a chemical thing. Yes, chemistry is important, but somewhere safe to live comes first.

Here is a link to the best article I have seen on bedroom tax if you are looking for a way of surviving it, or if you are wealthier (have good contacts) it gives idea for making money from the new tax. Yes, another tax that can benefit those who are already well off. Article: http://speye.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/bedroom-tax-and-lodgers-a-good-idea-yes-from-october/

 

Causes of mood disorder and advice that works – Avoiding: #bipolar #schizophrenia

When we start to understand the causes of our troubles we have a better chance of doing things that make these troubles less likely or not so damaging.

If we are going to get to grips with our mood we need to know what causes shifts in mood.

  • Unpleasant high energy states that can give rise to being labelled with schizophrenia seem to come from in trauma and abuse. Trauma and abuse comes in many forms and can happen in any period of our lives.
  • Pleasant high energy states (described as mania) often happen as we realize possibilities for positive change. The root of this can be an overwhelming desire to escape from a lifestyle we feel we have been forced into.
  • Exhaustion often follows on from high energy states and this is often labeled as depression.

The extent and duration of mood problems seems always to be linked to food, drink and drugs. In fact how the problems proceed is always affected by what we do with our mouths. Do we take tablets to try to make the troubles go away? Do we drink loads of coffee to stay awake to try to solve whatever is bugging us? Some options prolong the troubles and in themselves become the cause of further mood disorder.

One person’s thoughts on a way forward:

1. Good nutrition is the key to good health. This is true for mood management too. Eating good food usually helps when we are choosing the moods we want or need to have to stay well.

2. Examining our past can help with understanding. Dwelling too much on the past can be unhelpful. A quick look back every so often may help with avoiding future troubles.

3. During troubled moods we may think too much about the past and the future. The reality is whatever is happening in the ‘here and now’ will be having the greatest influence on your mood today.

4. Recognizing you are not in a mood that is good for you and quickly changing it is a skill. It takes time to learn what works for you. We each need a unique toolbox of ways to stay well. I have needed to keep learning these ways to wellness by watching and listening to those who have been through this recovery process before me. When I have been well enough I have read and learnt a lot that way.

5. There are times when whatever we do does not seem to get us out of the mood we are in. Even I still get ‘stuck in a rut’ from time to time. The thing to remember here is that what you do today is going to have a big influence on your mood tomorrow. For example: A home cooked meal from fresh ingredients today may just give you the nutrition you need to think more clearly tomorrow.

 

Gluten and dairy intolerance make mood difficulties worse

Gluten and dairy intolerance make mood difficulties worse

I have just read an article published by Mary Lochner in the Anchorage Press News

This article matches up with the sort of thing I find working with people diagnosed with mood problems.

Very often it is food related, but so often doctors fail to consider this possibility and simply label people as bipolar rather than investigating possible dietary solutions.

Increasingly one of the culprit foods is gluten. It is difficult to be sure as tests do not always find the problem. Also it often seems that after taking psychiatric drugs people become more dairy (cow) and gluten (usually from wheat and barley) intolerant.

These often go together in the general population, just it seems they go together even more for people who have been through a lot of stress.

Parathyroid, #Parathyroidism, #Hyperparathyroidism, #Lithium

Glands and Moods

I am continuing to research the links between glands and mood. We have a lot of glands in our bodies and each one has a role to play in helping us to have the right mood for each situation and life event. Any gland failing to work as it needs to may manifest as a mood disorder and these days this is likely to be labelled as bipolar disorder.

At this time I have a special interest in the parathyroid glands. We have four of these tiny glands in the back of our necks. It only needs one of the four to be producing too much parathyroid hormone to impact on our energy levels and impact on our moods. The parathyroid glands are just part of our endocrine system. It is unlikely to be the main factor in mood control for most people, but if you have one or more faulty parathyroid glands, will your doctor know about this? It is more likely at this time that you will labelled with a mood disorder, meaning that the physical causes are unknown. For most parts of the NHS this results in focus on mental health with almost no further consideration  of any diagnosis or treatment for physical health.

Some people have more than one faulty parathyroid gland. The cure is simple: remove the faulty glands which for a surgeon are easily recognized as these are the enlarged ones. Size is pretty well everything when it comes to the parathyroid glands.

At www.parathyroid.com there are many photographs of faulty parathyroid glands that have been removed. In this example all four glands have been removed from one patient. The smaller/least-faulty gland was returned to allow the patient to recover from many of their physical and emotional troubles.

parathyroid glands From www.parathyroid.com

55-year-old female
Parathyroid Hyperplasia
Pre-op Calcium 11.3
Pre op PTH 116

Having three out of four parathyroids affected is rare, although the chances of more than one parathyroid gland being faulty increases if you have ever taken  lithium tablets.

We need to know about the causes, else the mood disorder returns.

If you have been labelled as bipolar, please do not do what I did and spend 14 years working on understanding and eliminating triggers, while ignoring the causes.

In this article I only mention one physical health issue that can lead to mood problems. There are hundreds of other possibilities and it is important to at least rule them out. If you quickly want to find out more about parathyroidism then I can say the site I found most useful in 2011 and in 2012 has been: http://www.parathyroid.com/diagnosis.htm

Causes – a change of emphasis – Dec 2012

A change of emphasis

Finding a person’s causes and triggers for mood disorder is something we have talked about for years and yet it seems it could be time to change the way we say this.

Recovery is most successful when we first tackle the triggers – essentially, what is causing the ‘episodes’/’relapses’ (as the medical people describe the blips we have). We have to tackle the triggers to gain the stability we need to move on.

Traditionally, moving on is about getting back to work, repairing damaged relationships (if it is not too late to do so) and learning to live with the bipolar disorder label for the rest of your life. However, the label stays no matter how well you become, even when you may feel fully recovered. The change we are suggesting here is that; after you have identified and dealt with some of your triggers, to regain that essential stability, it is not time to move on! It now seems this may need to be the time to look for the root causes and in particular identifying if there may be a physical cause of your troubles that has been overlooked.

If your mood disorder has been primarily caused by a physical health problem, then sorting this out is essential to stop your difficulties from returning.

Causes of Emotional Distress – Richard Bentall’s work on-line

The Social Origins of Psychosis

Many of the presentations from the Soteria Network Conference, Derby, UK are now available on-line.

I would like to draw your attention to these slide based on 763 research reports from around the world on the causes of psychosis: The Social Origins of Psychosis from Richard Bentall and his team at Liverpool University.

Click on the link and then click on Richard Bentall – Be aware that the slides can take a minute or so to load – it is well worth the wait.

http://www.soterianetwork.org.uk/articles/index.html

It appears that emotional distress and hence what is known as mental illness is due to what happens to us, and so far as anyone can tell there is no direct link to our genes.

This probably comes as no surprise if you have been bullied and abused.

Prof Bentall – rethinking the causes of emotional distress

At the Soteria Network conference – Derby 2011, Prof Richard Bentall was the last speaker. Unusually for a conference people were not sneaking out one by one to catch trains home. Prof Bentall was brilliant! He knows his stuff.

I have noticed this article of his is being circulated on the internet. Re-reading it, I can see why. Even if you have read this before it is worth sparing 5 minutes. It is just 1,000 words and yet says so much.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/31/psychiatry-psychosis-schizophrenia-drug-treatments

Emotional… correction of link http://wellnesswordworks.com/category/distress-vs-disease/

There was an incorrect link – I am reposting whole thing. Sorry if any readers went off to the wrong site.

Here is the page and video you may have watched just now…

http://wellnesswordworks.com/category/distress-vs-disease/

People who study causes of mental distress know it is events/things that cause it.

Businesses who thrive on telling us that it is genetic illness have had louder voices. Maybe Blogs and Twitter are now allowing us to get the word out there.

Blogs and Twitter may not be good for the big drug companies but are definitely good for anyone who reads this page at wellnesswordworks and then avoids being diagnosed and medicated. Mostly it’s not more medication that people need.

Quality listening helps a lot more than most people realise.