Bipolar Disorder has become such a common diagnosis that almost all of us know someone who has it. So, what is “Bipolar Disorder” anyway?
Bipolar describes someone who sometimes feels upbeat and happy, even manic, and at other times feels down or depressed. As is true of all psychiatric diagnoses in the United States, Bipolar is only a label, a description of the symptoms being passed off as a “diagnosis.” Well, if “Bipolar Disorder” is a diagnosis then so is “Walks Funny Disorder” a diagnosis for someone with a broken leg. This, too, is nothing but a description of the symptoms.
No one would ever accept such a ridiculous label for physical problems so why do we accept them for psychiatric problems? I believe the answer is because we’ve been hoodwinked. American mental health care was never designed to cure anyone, just palliate the symptoms. Patients are intentionally turned into lifelong, lucrative “customers” of psychiatric goods and services for a reason: billions of dollars in profits. What I’ve learned from many years of experience is that American mental health care is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
My family went the usual drug + talk therapy routine which, of course, was an epic fail. We (finally) dumped it and learned how to use an approach called “Orthomolecular Medicine” (for more information on this please see The Bellingham Muse March/April, 2014). “Orthomolecular” may be a long, technical-sounding term but it means something very simple: restoring a person’s biochemistry with substances normally present in the body. As one’s biochemistry is restored, the psychiatric symptoms disappear. Over the last 70 or 80 years, several biological problems have been identified and proven to cause psychiatric symptoms including a histamine imbalance, wheat allergy, an adrenal metabolism disorder known as “pyroluria,” pellagra (a vitamin B-3 deficiency) and others.
In my own family, one person was “diagnosed” with “ADHD” and “Slight, Atypical Bipolar Disorder.” In reality, he had pellagra and pyroluria. He recovered with B-3, 5-HTP and other nutritional medicine. Another relative was labeled “Uni-Polar Bipolar” when he was depressed, then “Bipolar with Psychosis” when he became psychotic. In reality, he had both pyroluria and histamines that were much too high. This “incurable” relative recovered 100% because he, too, was treated appropriately: he was given lab tests and the nutritional medicine he needed to restore his biochemistry as he was slowly weaned off three liver-destroying antipsychotic drugs.
What all Americans need to know is that America’s smoke and mirrors approach in mental health care is delivered exactly the same way in every little town and big city across the country. It has three parts: 1) the “diagnosis,” which is only a description of the symptoms; 2) talk therapy to talk about the symptoms; and 3) expensive, man-made drugs which were never designed to cure anyone, just suppress their symptoms. There is no attempt whatsoever to uncover the biological cause(s) of “Bipolar Disorder” or anything else—and if you don’t know the cause, how are you possibly going to cure your illness? The answer is, you can’t.
One caveat though: If you are a danger to yourself or others, you legally have no choice but to follow your psychiatrist’s orders. Everyone else does have a choice. (However, you can still use orthomolecular treatment in addition to any psychotropic drugs you are currently taking.)
When the diagnosis is provided by a lab test ordered by your family doc or naturopath, a psychiatrist isn’t needed to provide you with a label. When a biological problem is found, talk therapy isn’t needed because no amount of talking will ever restore one’s histamine level, vitamin B-3 deficiency, GABA deficiency, etc, to normal so, once again, the psychiatrist isn’t needed. Since biochemicals are used to restore someone’s biochemistry, (or in the case of Lyme Disease, antibiotics), drugs are no longer needed which means the psychiatrist is no longer needed to prescribe them. So you see, all three services provided by conventional psychiatrists are no longer needed. Their income plummets.
Just because the American Psychiatric Association and Big Pharma want you to take drugs to mask your symptoms doesn’t mean that’s what’s best for you—that’s merely what is best for their income. They have been fighting Orthomolecular Medicine since the 1950s.
If “Bipolar Disorder” is harming you or your loved one, or if you simply don’t like being a psychiatric patient, I hope you’ll look into Orthomolecular Medicine.” It has worked miracles for many thousands of people worldwide.
–Linda Van Zandt, M.Ed.
author of “The Secrets to Real Mental Health: How one family escaped America’s failed, profit-driven system and found care that works: Orthomolecular Medicine (correcting the biochemistry)