After Bipolar – Repairing Your Liver – John Bergman Video

Repairing Your Liver

I love Dr John Bergman’s videos. I have not seen a bad one yet. This one has inspired me to write again on Rethinking Bipolar after a few months away.

John is saying things that I have been sharing with clients. He says it so much better, so much more clearly, in a more entertaining way and has some great slides too.

If you ever had bipolar and took any of those psychiatric drugs that tend to go with bipolar then you are going to want to be repairing your liver as part of getting back to being as fit as you can be.

The doctor explains what you need to do, so where might I come in? I can help you to grasp the root causes of your troubles and support you in quickly eliminating or reducing the most damaging of these causes, allowing you to have better physical and emotional well-being.

Rethinking Health consultations are £50/hour – not cheap at all, so please only contact me if you are serious about getting better.

It is great video – how about setting 30 minutes aside to watch it with friends:

And yes, there is life after bipolar – you mainly need to meet up with people who know this to be true.


Heal Your Brain from Bipolar/Depressive Disorders – Dr John Bergman Video

I found it difficult to accept that my gut health was such a huge factor in determining my moods. For years I did not believe anyone could eliminate mood disorder from their lives. I was wrong. Bipolar disorder is not a specific illness. It is more a set of symptoms, many of which are driven by or made worse through having damaged guts as Dr Bergman explains in the video below.

The USA is way ahead of the rest of the world with far more bipolar disorder and more use of psychiatric drugs to maintain the disorder. On the plus side there are more experts in the USA who understand healing processes and especially the part gut health plays in disorders and cures.

If you find full recovery difficult to believe that is understandable because it so different from the common message of life-long disorder. As I have said before, it is the people who believe recovery is possible who are able to recover. Please keep an open mind and believe things can be a lot better.

Eliminating bipolar disorder involves making lifestyle changes, which in my experience always includes improving our gut health by changing what we put in our mouths. There is of course more to eliminating mood disorders than Dr Bergman can cover in a 47 minute talk, but knowing more about how our guts affect our moods is a great place to start.

I work in the UK meeting people who have been told they have incurable disorders such as diabetes, hypothyroid, arthritis, chronic fatigue, depression and of course bipolar disorder. I can provide one-to-one help based on my own experiences. If you need to eliminate a health disorder and are prepared to make the necessary changes then ask me about one-to-one help or a training course. The group training I provide throughout the UK includes; Food and Mood, Natural Nutrition and Overcoming Mood Disorders. I can be contacted through:

Chemical Imbalance, Genetics and Biology of Bipolar Disorder

Sean Blackwell

…is sharing this excellent 7m 31s film. It is what I have said for a few years now, just that Sean says it better and more clearly.

(Originally added to this site 8th July 2013)

These are not such new ideas. What is happening is that people like me and Sean are rediscovering stuff that has been known for years.

A man called Meyer was writing and telling as many people as he could about the ineffectiveness of labeling people with specific mental illness quite a while back (in 1896!). It is a difficult message to get across.

I studied, taught and wrote about bipolar. I even took the psychiatric drugs for it for 12 years. Gradually I discovered that bipolar is no more than a label given to people when an underlying cause has not been found.

Discovering a disorder does not have to mean a permanent disability gives opportunities for change and having a whole new life.

bipolar waking up

My review of Sean Blackwell’s book:

Bipolar or Waking Up

How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child – Documentary Video #psychiatry

Psychiatric Drugs

Think carefully before agreeing to take any drug. Many drugs can be more powerful than we think they are going to be.

This is a longish documentary film. I found it interesting to simply listen to this while working on something else – the spoken words speak for themselves.

Warning: Lots of mention of suicide

Changes needed in psychiatry – A short video from Dr Dr. Joanna Moncrieff #psychiatrist

Dr. Joanna Moncrieff – psychiatrist and senior lecturer at University College London shares some of her views on how psychiatrists could do better work by learning more about the drugs they are prescribing:


Ups and Downs – Video – Alice Hicks and Roger Smith #bipolar

Alice and I made this film at Rethink’s London  HQ on the Thames just before the 2012 Olympics.

Ups and Downs video on Utube


People with hope recover after a bipolar diagnosis plus Suzanne Beachy – What’s Next For The Truth

This I found out a long time ago:

People with hope recover after a bipolar diagnosis.

People who keep on having their hope taken away do not recover.

In 2010, Suzanne Beachy got up on stage to say about being the mother of a young man who was told he would never recover. The doctors who told him that he would never recover were right. It is very difficult to recover when your doctors are the ones taking your hope away. The young man died and the mother investigated. In sharing the truth she ends with these words,

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

The facts she presents are about recovery from having psychotic episodes and after schizophrenia diagnosis.  This information is all widely known among those working to help people recover. What perhaps is less well-known is the same is true for the bipolar diagnosis. It is not something special about schizophrenia. All these emotional difficulties can be overcome when there is appropriate support from family and professionals. Firstly, family members need to take time to learn about emotional distress and realise that all the ‘symptoms’ are simply indications of the distress and are not coming from an illness.

Here is the video. Settle down as it worth watching the full 20 minutes and remembering that what happened to the woman’s son is happening all over the ‘developed world’ right now… over and over again.

Suzanne Beachy – What’s Next For The Truth

Andy Behrman’s one minute on Utube about #abilify

Following on from the words Electroboy (Andy Behrman) wrote about Abilify here is the video he made when he stopped being a spokes person in favour of this antipsychotic.

This does not mean that this drug is any worse than any other. It just means everyone needs to be cautious about drugs and just because it is on prescription does not make it good for you or even necessarily ideal for anyone.

In favour of Abilify…
1) It slows down thinking so if fast thinking is causing you trouble then this will help to correct what can be seen as an anomaly. Doctors who monitor psychosis know that immediately after taking a tablet they are likely to see less psychosis for a while. Although the patient may find the fast thinking comes back if they suddenly stop taking it.
2) It will seem to help patients sleep. Probably any anti-psychotic will do this. It kind of goes with slowed down thinking. Many will say that the sleep quality when taking antipsychotic is not as good, but then if you have been getting into trouble by being awake while others are sleeping there could be an advantage. Maybe also look into visiting a sleep clinic or specialist for advice, as well, as there are a lot of things that help sleep without such powerful and often very unpleasant side-effects.

And the concerns about Abilify…
Elderly people with psychosis related to dementia (for example, an inability to perform daily activities as a result of increased memory loss), treated with antipsychotic medicines including ABILIFY, are at an increased risk of death compared to placebo. ABILIFY is not approved for the treatment of people with dementia-related psychosis (see Boxed WARNING).

Antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts or behaviors in some children, teenagers, and young adults, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Depression and other serious mental illnesses are themselves associated with an increase in the risk of suicide. Patients on antidepressants and their families or caregivers should watch for new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient’s healthcare professional right away, especially if they are severe or occur suddenly. ABILIFY is not approved for use in pediatric patients with depression (see Boxed WARNING).

Contraindication: Patients should not use ABILIFY if they are allergic to aripiprazole or any of the ingredients in ABILIFY. Allergic reactions have ranged from rash, hives and itching to anaphylaxis, which may include difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, and swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.
Serious side effects may include:
• An increased risk of stroke and ministroke have been reported in clinical studies of elderly people with dementia-related psychosis
• Very high fever, rigid muscles, shaking, confusion, sweating, or increased heart rate and blood pressure. These may be signs of a condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a rare but serious side effect which could be fatal
• Uncontrollable movements of face, tongue, or other parts of body, as these may be signs of a serious condition called tardive dyskinesia (TD). TD may become permanent and the risk of TD may increase with the length of treatment and the overall dose. While TD can develop after taking the medicine at low doses for short periods, this is much less common. There is no known treatment for TD, but it may go away partially or completely if the medicine is stopped
• If you have diabetes, or risk factors for diabetes (for example, obesity, family history of diabetes), or unexpected increases in thirst, urination, or hunger, your blood sugar should be monitored. Increases in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia), in some cases serious and associated with coma or death, have been reported in patients taking ABILIFY and medicines like it
Lightheadedness or faintness caused by a sudden change in heart rate and blood pressure when rising quickly from a sitting or lying position (orthostatic hypotension) has been reported with ABILIFY.
Decreases in white blood cells (infection fighting cells) have been reported in some patients taking antipsychotic agents, including ABILIFY. Patients with a history of a significant decrease in white blood cell (WBC) count or who have experienced a low WBC count due to drug therapy should have their blood tested and monitored during the first few months of therapy.
ABILIFY and medicines like it can affect your judgment, thinking, or motor skills. You should not drive or operate hazardous machinery until you know how ABILIFY affects you.
Medicines like ABILIFY can impact your body’s ability to reduce body temperature; you should avoid overheating and dehydration.
ABILIFY and medicines like it have been associated with swallowing problems (dysphagia). If you had or have swallowing problems, you should tell your healthcare professional.
Tell your healthcare professional if you have a history of or are at risk for seizures, or are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Also tell your healthcare professional about all prescription and non-prescription medicines you are taking or plan to take since there are some risks for drug interactions.

While taking ABILIFY, avoid:
• Drinking alcohol
• Breast-feeding an infant

Most common side effects (≥10%) from all clinical trials involving adults or pediatric patients include:
• ADULTS: Nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, an inner sense of restlessness or need to move (akathisia), anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness
• YOUNGER PEOPLE (6 to 17 years): Sleepiness, headache, vomiting, extrapyramidal disorder (for example, uncontrolled movement disorders or muscle disturbances such as restlessness, tremors and muscle stiffness), fatigue, increased appetite, insomnia, nausea, stuffy nose, and weight gain
It is important to contact your healthcare professional if you experience prolonged, abnormal muscle spasms or contractions, which may be signs of a condition called dystonia.
For patients who must limit their sugar intake, ABILIFY Oral Solution contains sugar.
For patients with phenylketonuria or PKU, ABILIFY DISCMELT® (aripiprazole) contains phenylalanine.
If you have any questions about your health or medicines, talk to your healthcare professional.

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If you have concerns, talk to family and especially to those mental health professional who better understand lists of side effects – certainly do not only rely on what you read on the internet.

Greg Montgomery – Nice film made by football star with bipolar diagnosis

I communicated with Greg Montgomery quite a few times while writing the bipolar for nurses handbook.

He was famous as a football player.

I like his film especially the way he shares about life after diagnosis.

Is there a risk that we could be glamorizing a diagnosis rather than working towards annihilating it? Take a look at the video and let us know if you think.

Greg Montgomery


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