This is some information I got together for a couple of friends with mental health issues in their families and while I was doing so I realised that I know a number of people who might be interested in it, so here it is.
I offer this not as the final word or the complete solution to the problems discussed, but as a challenge to you to embark on your own journey to health and happiness, if you haven’t done so already. And if you have begun the journey to say “You are not alone, Charaiveti, charaiveti. Keep going.”
I remember someone wise saying that the best way to live to a healthy old age is to get a serious disease and use it as a teacher.
All of these following ideas and suggestions make good sense to me and I have tried most of them myself. None of them involve side-effects and all of them will make you healthier overall.
An increasing number of scientifically trained medical doctors have experienced severe health problems themselves and seeing the limitation of the “Here take this pill” approach to health have embraced a more holistic way of healing disease, of returning the bodymind to optimum health.
This approach relies on a willingness to make significant lifestyle and dietary changes if necessary and to take responsibility at a very fundamental level for our own health.
The truth is that the healthcare system in Australia is groaning under the weight of our demands for the quick fix, our inability to trust that we can return to optimal health and well being by giving our bodyminds what they need to function properly.
This approach, of course is not for everyone, to many people the ideas are utterly foreign to their way of seeing the world and the body. I hope you aren’t one of them. Vibrant health and mental clarity allow such joy to arise…
One of the reasons people may be reluctant to take this path is that it seems expensive. Supplements are not free on the NHS. I have no answer to this except to say that the fact that something is free doesn’t add anything to its real value. “Here take this poison – It’s free!”
The recognition that we have a mental illness can seem disempowering. “There’s something wrong with my brain.” or “I am crazy”, so while we go about the task of fixing the brain, we need to cultivate the freedom and strength that comes with the recognition of who we really are underneath the chaos.
I remember hearing Osho say something to the effect that solving problems is the never-ending obsession of the mind and that if we can only get a bit of distance from it, recognise that we are simply the still silent watcher of its games, then the solutions to many of our problems become obvious or they simply evaporate.
Wittgenstein, my most beloved philosopher, said something similar:
“The solution of the problem of life is seen in the vanishing of the problem. (Is not this the reason why those who have found after a long period of doubt that the meaning of life became clear to them have been unable to say what constituted that meaning?)” Tractatus Logico Philosophicus (1921)
Fighting with the mind and emotions, trying to control will always be a losing battle. Getting a distance from them allows us to see the choices we need to make to allow healing.
But meditation, the process whereby we attune ourselves to our inner stillness and silence can be a real challenge for anyone with mental dis-ease.
Osho designed his Dynamic Meditation to cater for those of us for whom sitting silently is not (yet) an option.
DYNAMIC MEDITATION TO CLEAR THE BODYMIND
The thing about meditation is that it helps you develop a centre of awareness that is unaffected by turbulent thoughts and emotions, where you can retreat, get a break from it all, and where you can watch what is going on in your bodymind system. This means that you become more able to monitor the effects of the various physical supplements and dietary changes you are making. Over time it will empower you to take full responsibility for your own journey to health and freedom.
A NATURAL APPROACH TO HELPING THE BRAIN REBALANCE ITSELF FROM BIPOLAR, ADHD AND DEPRESSION.
MORE ABOUT LITHIUM OROTATE SUPPLEMENTATION
There is some negative stuff about lithium orotate on the net. The Wikipedia entry on Hans Neiper, who did the original research on the this form of mineral salt claims: “His therapy has been discredited as ineffective and unsafe”. The references used to substantiate this claim are anecdotal and out of date and do not actually address his research findings in a scientific way.
Orotic acid is a substance found in large quantities in breast milk and facilitates the uptake of minerals by the suckling infant.
Neiper found that orotic acid when combined with a mineral such as calcium , magnesium or lithium enhances uptake – bioavailability – by a factor of 20. The value of this is enormous when it is remembered that “the therapeutic dose of lithium when administered as lithium carbonate is close to the toxic level (i.e., there is a narrow therapeutic window), and for this reason blood levels and organ function need to be monitored continually.” 1
There’s more info about how to get hold of Lithium Orotate at the bottom of this post.
OTHER SUPPLEMENTS YOUR BRAIN MAY NEED
These following are links to a series of videos where John Gray gives detailed advice on other supplements for restoring healthy brain function. There’s nothing outrageously expensive on his list.
LIFESTYLE AND DIETARY CHANGES FOR A BETTER FUNCTONING BRAIN
Doctor Mark Hyman is another scientifically trained doctor whose first-hand experience of the limitations of the “Take this Pill” approach to healing led him to look at a more holistic approach.
TO ORDER LITHIUM OROTATE
The Advanced Research Brand is the one I have always taken. They claim to be using the method Hans Neiper advocated to manufacture the product, I don’t know what that means or if it is important but it is a product that has always worked for me. I am still trying to find the New Zealand supplier I got them from a couple of years ago, as the postage from the US is a bit steep. There is a Sydney supplier but their price is ridiculous. So here are a couple of US options. There are other cheaper brands on the net but some of them are only 5 mg per pill rather than 120mg.
From Lucky Vitamins on EBay $US8.98 per 100 pack, postage $US25.04
From BetterLife.com $US13.49 – I think this is where I got them from last time can’t remember the postage, and it’s not on the site, but I think it may have been a bit less than the Lucky Vitamins charge.
DOSAGE. One tablet a day is the usual dosage but you can take two a day for the first week to get the blood levels up, if you have stong symptoms of deficiency. Eventually you can simply take one whenever you begin to notice that you are feeling ‘off’ for no reason.