This is it. This is your life. There is no do-over. This is it.

Yup: This is it. Pay attention.

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everyone is getting younger and younger and I don’t feel like I’m aging. Only the body ages…awareness is ageless and timeless.

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Life force flows through my body bringing me to Healing so that I might come to perfect flow. Flow is thriving good health. The chronically ill body healing is a vehicle into the light.

see: Chronic Illness

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Capitalism relies on a population of addicts. Capitalism is a perfect reflection of our hearts desperately seeking love and attaching to all the wrong things.

The level of despair in our population is excruciatingly painful if we’re awake. Otherwise we just point the finger at everyone who we say is the problem. Feel into our culture and society. It is in feeling that despair and pain that we release it and heal ourselves and others.

In the United States, like it or not, we are all spawn of the patriarchy. None of us are free from that reality –male or female– we are children of the sick system. We change it by lovingly transmuting it within us and without us.

See: Mental illness, addiction & most chronic illness is linked to childhood loss & trauma

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if people only knew and embraced the power of plants we’d be living in completely different circumstances on this planet now…I frequently face disbelief when I share the transformative healing I’ve found with plants… after almost dying more than once by pharma induced toxicity it’s a wondrous and beautiful thing to discover the power of plants.

see: herbs

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Uncondition yourself.

See: The purpose of life and human conditioning

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empathy isn’t a special gift — it’s just an uncomfortable exercise in imagination. Most people choose to avoid the discomfort. – Paul Woodward

see: Empathy

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The idea that we have any control is an illusion of the ego– it’s certainly a comforting thought. Surrender is the only way to find oneself in alignment with life force and in surrender there is no control. — We may not be able to control our thoughts and feelings but we can simply watch them and not engage them that is a part of developing Consciousness and not particularly a choice that involves control.

see: Free will, free choice. Really?

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With chronic illness we learn to manage the multiple microorganisms in our bodies. We have a community living in our body. Just as we must learn to live with our diverse human family, we need to learn to manage and host our bodies diverse population of microorganisms. This is everybody’s task however it becomes critically important and one must become highly conscious about what is happening in the body when one becomes chronically Ill because the balance of the microorganisms gets extraordinarily skewed.

The bacteria in our microbiome is not some inconsequential collection. bacteria fungus and whatever else collects there is essentially, who we are, how we feel and what we believe. We are always a community when we are alone as well as when we are together as animals and beings.

see: Chronic Illness

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What a lot of people don’t understand is we truly never age. The body ages but that which animates the body is timeless and when one is awake it is the timelessness that one is aware of and in that we are Eternal children.

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a brief channeled message:

I love you so much human beings. Please do not hurt yourselves. – Your mamma

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What does your body need right now?

see: The somatic imperative

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Ideological attachment can be your enemy when you’re trying to learn to listen to your body. Your body doesn’t care what the keto people, vegans, paleo folks or anyone else is saying. It simply needs what it happens to need right now and that is kaleidoscopically variable.

See: All diets are bullshit

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move forward and into every feeling you ever were unable to feel due to oppressive circumstances. Feel them, let go and be free.

See: Feel to heal

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Like-minded means we share the same delusions.

see: What flavor is your delusion? 

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All diets are bullsh*t

The below post started as a response to this article posted by one of my friends on a social media platform: The Best Fat Loss Article on the Motherf*****’ Internet  – I don’t speak to fat or weight loss but healing diet because really eating food that doesn’t ultimately help us stay healthy is pretty much insane. We are an insane world and most of us eat food that is so highly processed our bodies no longer know what to do with it. As you can see, in the spirit of the article that inspired my comments, I too used profanity in the title for a little fun, but the phrase did come out organically in my response to someone as I thought about all of this on social media.  

This is what I’ve learned during my healing trip. What made me sustain a healing diet is getting the nutrients I actually needed. Different people are in need of different nutrients at different times…macro and micro. What you eat, for that reason matters greatly.

What a healing diet looks like is going to be radically different for each person and is going to change a lot for individuals over time .. if one is healing there is no such thing as homeostasis, so it follows that your needs are going to change. With my radically dysregulated nervous system my needs can change daily. So becoming acutely mindfully aware of those changing needs became critically imperative. See: Somatic Imperative

When one is grossly imbalanced or grossly deficient in various nutrients it gets more complex. Sometimes what we need most we can’t even tolerate because we’re so dysregulated. (See: Hypersensitivities) At those times we do the best we can in spite of what all the know-it-alls tell us about exactly what we should be doing even though they’ve never been in our bodies and have no idea what they’re talking about. There are no rules. We learn to be kind to ourselves on this journey. We must. In paying attention to my experience and learning to be kind to myself I’ve learned to be compassionate to both myself and others. This life is one heck of a challenging trip. For all of us.

As deficiencies etc are corrected our dietary needs change. What we eat matters…there is no way around that for sustaining good health…

As I’ve healed my body from the brink of death I’ve found that what I like/want is largely what I need now…intuitive eating got me here.

That’s what acute mindfulness 24/7 with a brain/nervous system injury has brought me. In any case, flexibility is also very important…

Believing we can control anything is a problem…do your best at whatever makes sense to you and pay attention. then you learn what works for you…it doesn’t matter what anyone else insists must be the case. What is it that works for you?

I’ve done just about every permutation of healing diet now…(from vegan variations to paleo/ketogenic etc variations) I learned from all of them…none of them are the ultimate truth in any shape or form. We all have different needs at different times. I’ve often wished I could be vegan all the time. I’ve gone months doing just that…but, man, my body, sure as hell tells me when that is no longer sustainable. There is no denying my body. My body knows. I listen. See: Diet and nutrition dogmatic ideologies are everywhere

I now know what I need and when I need it and the more I learn the more I simply eat whatever I want/need and now that’s pretty much always right. It took time to gain confidence but it comes. Our bodies know what we need…and we can learn to hear what they’re telling us…that’s what doing all sorts of extreme diets taught me…it was never about being on the *right* diet…it was always about learning about food and how it acts in the body.

All diets are bullsh*t…but they helped me a lot because it was otherwise overwhelming to figure out what was what… elimination makes it easier..all diets are in some regard elimination diets – that makes it easier to pay attention to whatever it is you’re still eating.

Someone said to me:

“I like this idea. Is it possible to learn to separate the “emotional ” impulses around food from the intuitive/nutritional? Must be.”

My response:

Yes, in fact, that’s been a huge part of healing for me…it’s an ongoing task however…perhaps never-ending.

The thing is, the “emotional” involvement with food is long-standing and therefore, quite often literally embodied and physical…illness is correlated with emotions in that way and I’ve seen from that – that there is literally no separation between emotional and physical. We are the whole ball of wax and everything matters.

Healing and coming to clarity is the untangling of all of that…again, most likely a never-ending process…and then the body dies in any case.

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Gut bugs and healing diets: prescription for profound healing

The bugs in our gut, good and bad, have consciousness. Good ones keep us happy and healthy. The bad ones mess with us in a multitude of ways.

Many bad microbes colonize in ways that underscore and support neural pathways of trauma. As we heal our gut we heal both our minds and bodies. This is a synergistic relationship so one can work on emotional and psychological issues and heal the gut and one can also work on healing the gut and find that emotional and psychological issues also reveal themselves that way. Either way we must tend to both our emotional/spiritual selves and our physical body when dealing with profound healing and transformation. This may happen more or less consciously depending on levels of awareness. The more aware we become the deeper the transformation becomes. Simple mindfulness and paying attention to the body (meditation) allows such awareness to develop. (Meditation collection here and more here and here)

A lot of chronic illness is embodied trauma…sometimes we are not at all aware of how fear and pain has turned physical. We do not remember.

So we suffer real physical illness without understanding its etiology. For me embracing all aspects of my being has been necessary to heal.  We are kaleidoscopic beings — endlessly variant. Social, political, psychological, ecological, cultural, biological all having impact. When we don’t engage our kaleidoscopic reality in a very active way – thinking we understand anything at all is ridiculous. Everything Matters — it’s the meme I use as a title for my work because it encapsulates our essence..

Much of the healing process is simple trial and error…following inner impulses and then paying attention. So the only way to learn what we need is to try what we feel drawn to (the body knows a whole lot) and go from there. “Follow your bliss.”  (Expertly guided by the genius of my DNA)

This healing process been a massive deconditioning practice (that has ramifications in general awareness) because you see all the conditioning in the advice given from all the different healing camps which are, in general, deeply ideologically based.

I’ve done dozens of healing diets at this point and now simply know what I need and when (largely) — though the trial and error continues too it becomes more nuanced and precise. Every healing method I followed taught me to listen and learn. We can do that without attaching to the method. We don’t need to become annoying converts. Different things are appropriate for different people at different times. Different things are appropriate for us at different times.

One of the most important things I’ve learned is NO ONE knows what is right for us…and when it comes to diet everything out there is DOGMA.  (Diet and nutrition dogmatic ideologies are everywhere) And how little of it is actually anything real or concrete…

I have a lot of addict energy…I cling to anything that ever felt right and good… (Mental illness, addiction & most chronic illness is linked to childhood loss & trauma (Gabor MatĂ©)

Yes, this addict energy is in most all of humanity — which is why the dogma and BS in every nutritional approach is hard to sort through. I want a nice convenient dogma to attach to…we all do…it makes things far easier if we don’t have to learn to listen to our bodies. We can just follow the rules of the dogma and be done with it. Except that doesn’t work for profound healing.

Clearly most people want that sort of easy dogmatic route to follow…which is why nutritional approaches are essentially religious…and all of them believe they are the only right way to go.

Be ready to let go of all the rules. Again and again. Even the ones we discover for ourselves…for our bodies. As we heal change is the only constant. What was perfect today and yesterday may need to be let go of tomorrow….I get attached to that which works now…and then overuse stuff…this is something to remain alert to.

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More articles on GUT HEALING

More on healing with whole food

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*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care.  Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

It’s become clear to me that whenever it’s possible that it’s helpful for folks who’ve not begun withdrawal and have the time to consider a carefully thought out plan to attempt to bring greater well-being to your body before starting the withdrawal. That means learning how to profoundly nourish your body/mind and spirit prior to beginning a withdrawal. For suggestions on how to go about doing that check the drop-down menus on this blog for ideas. Anything that helps you learn how to live well can be part of your plan. That plan will look different for everyone as we learn to follow our hearts and find our own unique paths in the world. Things to begin considering are diet, exercise and movement, meditation/contemplation etc. Paying attention to all these things as you do them helps too. The body will start letting us know what it needs as we learn to pay attention. 

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Thank god for Dr. Google & Gut bacteria tell the brain what animals should eat

For people like me it is illness that calls us to wellness and waking up.

Thank god for Dr. Google. Seriously. And to hell with those who glance side-ways at those of us who’ve learned to doctor ourselves.

We commit *science* via observations of our own bodies everyday. We learn by coming up with hypothesis and then utilizing trial and error fueled by ever-growing body-felt sense intuition. Our discernment of what we need in order to heal grows in this fashion.

Since it was pharmaceuticals that gravely injured me it’s easy for me to make the choice for non-pharma solutions whenever possible. Indeed, I actually no longer tolerate virtually all pharmaceuticals. My body gets sick — in its wisdom of what it needs it rejects that which poisoned it now. It’s far bigger than “me.” It’s my DNA being allowed to express itself (or something like that anyway…I tread lightly around belief and know I know nothing really).

In any case, the more I learn about chronic illness in general (in the population at large as well as in my own body), the more I see how much of it correlates with choices we make as a society and a collective. So even when symptoms of illness seem to appear radically diverse there are actually often many root similarities.

I don’t wish this journey on others so I now speak out that people might be aware of their choices before they might otherwise become ill or more ill.

This doesn’t mean there are not times when pharma is appropriate … it means that becoming conscious of options allows for better outcomes in the long run. In this world of kaleidoscopic reality what might be right for me may be poison for you and vice versa…we need only learn to trust our own experience…and then trust that of others too. Live and let live. Let life unfold. Let the mystery reveal itself.

Yes, the body will reveal all sorts of things when we learn to listen. It’s got millions of years of stored knowledge in it’s DNA. Allow the mystery and we learn so much more than we can by only reading and studying by conventional means. I find that doing both…listening mindfully to the body AND conventional study make a much more effective pairing. When we allow intuition to guide our more conventional study there is no stopping us.

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On another somewhat related note I am sharing an article from Phys.org — Gut bacteria tell the brain what animals should eat

A friend shared the above article with me. I responded with this:

Yes, we are animals too. I feel my microbiome. Both the good and bad bacteria. I’ve learned to listen and discern what my gut is saying to me in order to continue healing my entire being…nervous system and brain too. I have some weirdly acute interoceptive capacities. I’ve not yet met anyone else who can keep up with that I’m experiencing though I’m sure I’m not the only one. I’ve written to academics who’ve written papers on interoception but I get the feeling even they don’t know what I’m talking about. I imagine I’ll meet others who do at some point. I meet more and more people everywhere that help me figure all that is happening on this healing journey when the time is right, it seems.  (articles on gut and gut healing here)

More on related topics:

An earlier collection too: Information and inspiration for the chronically ill 

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*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care.  Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

It’s become clear to me that whenever it’s possible that it’s helpful for folks who’ve not begun withdrawal and have the time to consider a carefully thought out plan to attempt to bring greater well-being to your body before starting the withdrawal. That means learning how to profoundly nourish your body/mind and spirit prior to beginning a withdrawal. For suggestions on how to go about doing that check the drop-down menus on this blog for ideas. Anything that helps you learn how to live well can be part of your plan. That plan will look different for everyone as we learn to follow our hearts and find our own unique paths in the world. Things to begin considering are diet, exercise and movement, meditation/contemplation etc. Paying attention to all these things as you do them helps too. The body will start letting us know what it needs as we learn to pay attention. 

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Remineralization…a good thing to do in preparation for drug withdrawal (as well as for general well-being)

Below are various emails strung together that I’ve written for friends who are either already in withdrawal or planning to come off. I recently did a post about PREPARING TO COME OFF DRUGS.

Minerals are essential for all of our bodily functions. They are needed for bone and teeth health for our blood, skin, hair, nerve function, muscle and for all our metabolic processes. They are foundational to everything we are as physical beings. All minerals are generally in a state of depletion in modern western people because our soils suck and our food supply is so compromised in a multitude of ways.

Before withdrawing from psych meds it’s important to have some foundational well-being if at all possible so that one might mitigate severe withdrawal issues. I didn’t know what I know now (no one did) so I suffered more than I might have had to, though it’s also true that some of us are injured to a point that some difficulty in withdrawal is likely unavoidable. Still I think we can mitigate issues for everyone with some care.

Most people now, come to me when they’re in withdrawal and things are rather nightmarish. It’s generally too late to implement a lot of this stuff because hypersensitivity has set it and then it’s much harder to get to a point to implement it all, though it will still benefit us to do so as we are able so that we can continue to heal. I needed this stuff…it simply took some time to be able to add it all because of my hypersensitivities.  I hope that some folks will learn how to support their bodies ahead of a withdrawal so that they might not hurt so badly.

I discovered too late in my process how demineralized I was…it’s clear to me now that it’s part of why people get so sick…it’s common to all of us…everyone (those not on drugs too)…some folks are more sensitive to the issue. Minerals allow everything to happen in our bodies…one of the basic building blocks and thus, a very foundational place to start. It’s easy to start making the necessary changes in diet to get remineralized and taking in high mineral food and herbs should not contraindicate with most people’s drug regimens. I encourage you to follow up with research of your own. Everything in this email is what I’ve learned and what works for me. It’s not medical advice since we’re all different and we all have different needs. Nothing is always appropriate for everyone.

Just like with everything I do to support myself in my healing process I rarely take ANYTHING daily and listen to my body as to when I need what I need. I rotate herbs and go on and off stuff as my body tolerates and/or needs them. I encourage learning to listen to your body and not hesitating to do as it needs. I couldn’t tolerate minerals when I became harmed from psych meds and the tragedy was that I needed them. This is why I suggest people get remineralized before coming off drugs.

The first mineral I’m discussing will shock some of you I’m sure. People actually get a lot of help from this essential mineral AND it’s cheap and totally safe to take with most pharmaceuticals. It should not be taken on top of Lithium Carbonate, the highly toxic pharmaceutical.

It’s Lithium Orotate (right, NOT the toxic pharmaceutical) See also: Lithium Carbonate (the pharmaceutical) is a dangerous drug

lithiumIn small doses Lithium is truly an essential mineral…that’s gone largely unrecognized until relatively recently. Now alternative medicine sorts  are using it for all sorts of nervous system issues as well as simply for longevity and well-being for everyone. This is because, as I’ve said, it’s an essential mineral and we need it in trace amounts as human beings. For some of us when we have impaired nervous system (and psych drugs do, indeed, impair nervous systems) we can stand to take higher (but still very small doses compared to how they use it in pharma and psychiatry) … usually higher doses are needed only temporarily and then we can go back to a trace amount. Some people might find they benefit from a bit more on a regular basis if there are neurological issues or nervous system damage. All of the dosing of Lithium Orotate is minute compared to the toxic pharmaceutical.

I’ve had friends who have taken lithium orotate for many years who swear by it. One friend had been taking the pharmaceutical and made the switch and has never looked back. Again, one takes minute doses as compared to the highly toxic pharmaceutical.

I didn’t tolerate it some years ago the first time I tried it, but my intuition which bats about 100 these days suggested I try it again recently, so I did.

It’s transforming everything. I can feel neurons growing and adapting and strengthening my brain etc. It mutes and cushions otherwise painful processes that are clearly needed to continue healing (healing a brain injury actually hurts quite badly sometimes)…it’s making everything easier but it’s also clearly ratcheting up the healing process in ways that are pretty phenomenal so it’s kind of intense too. (Lithium often comes in 5 mgs of elemental Lithium…I’ve taken up to 6 a day and as little as 1 or 2…I simply adjust to my body’s needs) … I imagine when things settle I’ll take less than 5 mg a day…right now it’s helping things heal via neurogenesis. (it may very well help withdrawal too and in fact I’ve read accounts of it doing that) The neurogenic quality could ease a whole lot in the process.

**UPDATE March 2017: having fiddled around with lithium now for a bit I would recommend getting lab work if you’re taking more than 5 mg a day for more than a few days. It’s potent stuff and can affect general mineral balance. It’s worth being careful.

Recently Lithium helped my detox get a whole lot easier …

Lithium orotate is NOT toxic when taken in the dose amounts suggested on the bottle and instead seems to support neurogenesis… (brain growth) I can literally feel my brain growing…it’s sometimes uncomfortable, but WOW…it’s cool too. Hypersensitivity allows me to feel all sorts of stuff. It helps guide my intuitive healing process and it’s pretty amazing really.

(UPDATE: lithium proved very helpful for a time and then ceased to be helpful…this is common with lots of things…the body uses what it needs and then tells me “ENOUGH” … sometimes there are periods of time that cycle…on and off supplements and/or super foods)

Here is a link to a large collection of info on Lithium Orotate (link has been corrected)

A food for lots of trace minerals in abundance: Seaweeds

Kelp
Kelp

One of the easiest moves toward a fix is daily seaweeds. Atlantic ocean sourced, or norwegian, icelandic waters are safest. Eat seaweed (get a variety and play with them) and/or take kelp supplements daily. I do both and my body craves them all still. I buy most of my sea veggies from Maine Coast, a brand that can be found in most health food stores. It’s also possible to buy bulk quantities for cooking etc. Some people with particular thyroid issues need to be careful about how much iodine they might get from seaweeds. If you know you have a thyroid issue please find out whether or not you should eat seaweed.

I also eat one or two brazil nuts daily for selenium. Many people are deficient in selenium and it’s very important for nervous system function and detox both.

Three herbs for bone health and nervous system support due to their high mineral content:

nettles, oatstraw and horsetail

All these herbs are very gentle and they’re bone building as well as highly supportive of the nervous system so they can also help with sleep and be somewhat anti-anxiety. (really all minerals work that way…they are necessary for the smooth operation of the nervous system)

Don’t take traditional calcium supplements…you get what you need from the seaweed and these herbs. Calcium supplements cause calcification which is like scar tissue all over your body…not good. I’ve had to take tons of systemic enzymes to detox and clear that stuff out. It’s healed my psoriatic arthritis and many other conditions that are due to calcification.

Make infusions like the below description with the nettle and the oatstraw: (directions from Susun Weed below…finding a bulk herb source is good. You can get bulk herbs online as well and often that’s easier. I get a lot of my herbs from Frontier.

Horsetail should instead be boiled for 20 minutes…and you don’t need as much herb…just like a tablespoon for 4 cups is fine.

From Susun (for nettles and oatstraw only! remember to boil the horsetail):

herbsAn infusion is a large amount of herb brewed for a long time. Typically, one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of dried herb is placed in a quart jar which is then filled to the top with boiling water, tightly lidded and allowed to steep for 4-10 hours. After straining, a cup or more is consumed, and the remainder chilled to slow spoilage. Drinking 2-4 cups a day is usual. Since the minerals and other phytochemicals in nourishing herbs are made more accessible by drying, dried herbs are considered best for infusions.

I make my infusions at night before I go to bed and they are ready in the morning. I put my herb in my jar and my water in the pot, and the pot on the fire, then brush my teeth (or sweep the floor) until the kettle whistles. I pour the boiling water up to the rim of the jar, screw on a tight lid, turn off the stove and the light, and go to bed.

In the morning, I strain the plant material out, squeezing it well, and drink the liquid.  — read more here

refrigerate what you don’t drink and drink cold or hot as the weather might have you do…

I supplement with magnesium because when healing from nervous system issues and detoxing both we need a lot more. I use Mag Threonate because it crosses the blood/brain barrier and really helps soothe as well as topical magnesium oil and I take lots of epsom salt baths. See also: Healing bath: a longstanding coping and gently medicinal therapy.

I also supplement with molybdenum (essential to supplement when heavily detoxing but not in general) and zinc. I’ve used boron as well and it’s been part of my detoxification as it chelates heavy metals and flouride. I take my magnesium when I take the boron as it helps absorb.

Lastly I also eat Shilajit: Shilajit is an ancient herbal substance containing over 85 minerals and trace elements the human body needs to function optimally and fulvic acid which helps the body absorb these minerals at a cellular level. (definition from Authentic Shilajit)  I currently use this brand of shilajit.

Also, table salt is not healthy but good quality natural occurring salts actually help with remineralization as they contain many trace minerals. Try sea salts — Celtic or otherwise, himalayan salt or real salt as alternatives that nourish the body (used moderately).

Please do whatever you need to do to identify your individual and special needs when developing any sort of supplement regime. What I share here is what has helped me personally.

While minerals are important for everyone you may have different specific needs. Unless you have a thyroid problem it’s a good thing to add sea weed (as a generalization). Those with thyroid probems may be able to add seaweed safely but you really need to do some additional research first.

Most people will do well with the three herbs, nettles, oatstraw and horsetail. Listen to your body however…when I was extremely ill I didn’t tolerate ANYTHING on this page. That’s why I suggest starting to add the whole foods prior to a withdrawal and prior to developing any sort of hypersensitivity issues.

See also:

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*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care.  Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

It’s become clear to me that whenever it’s possible that it’s helpful for folks who’ve not begun withdrawal and have the time to consider a carefully thought out plan to attempt to bring greater well-being to your body before starting the withdrawal. That means learning how to profoundly nourish your body/mind and spirit prior to beginning a withdrawal. For suggestions on how to go about doing that check the drop-down menus on this blog for ideas. Anything that helps you learn how to live well can be part of your plan. That plan will look different for everyone as we learn to follow our hearts and find our own unique paths in the world. Things to begin considering are diet, exercise and movement, meditation/contemplation etc. Paying attention to all these things as you do them helps too. The body will start letting us know what it needs as we learn to pay attention. 

For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page. 

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Detoxification (which is really about balancing the internal ecosystem): healthy living for body/mind/spirit

We are, in large part, and among many other things, an expression of the ecosystem of our bodies which include bacteria, virus, fungi and other parasites. Successful “detoxification” is really largely about bringing these microorganisms and the rest of our being into balance since most of them cannot be gotten rid of entirely in any case. In many instances we don’t want to get rid of them as in the right amount they serve a good function. We are all made up of these things in different ratios by design, really.

Getting healthy is getting them into manageable healthy ratios…or also about cutting off supply to those we’d rather not have. The first step is simply a healthy diet that cuts out processed foods and concentrates on whole naturally grown foods. Just cutting out the junk has a cleansing and healing effect over time. Most people never have to become terribly conscious about this stuff but when we’ve been gravely ill for many years becoming conscious of these internal workings becomes critically important to healing for a lot of folks. Still, we’re all different and healing comes about in many different ways for different people. My story is only my own. Shared only for the purposes of comparing and contrasting since no one else on the planet will have the same constellation of needs and outcomes that I’ve had.

The concept of detoxifying the body is a highly controversial one and that’s just the way it is in the west. We will meet the incredulity of some when we go this route and have to get used to it. I think it’s more accurate to understand the process as balancing the internal ecosystem because that is more literally what we are doing. In any case once we start healing this way and paying attention to what is happening with the body it becomes clear we’re doing something that profoundly impacts the health and well-being of our body/minds and spirit. It’s also pretty clear to me that we don’t generally really know what is going on in our bodies and that’s what western medicine and those beholden to that system have a hard time with when we start to go down this path of profoundly holistic healing.

Our bodies and how they function will always be a mystery on some level. I don’t have to know exactly what is going on intellectually to know that my body is communicating with me and when I respond appropriately my healing continues to progress. I also know that the systems of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine understand much that we do not and that learning about those systems help me better understand how my body is talking to me and what it is saying. Again, much of ancient knowledge, too, is based on paying attention to the body, being deeply mindful of our place in the world, etc … something westerners largely no longer know how to do and so again, they simply largely dismiss the experience of those of us who are once again learning how to do that.

I’m learning all of this first hand now by healing my own body in profound ways. The most important thing for me has been realizing that because of the iatrogenic brain injury and the hypersensitivity is that standard protocols and diets don’t work for me (even those prescribed by Chinese and/or Ayurvedic practitioners). I have of course learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work for me by studying and then trying lots of them and “failing.” And that is exactly how I’ve learned what I need. I’ve discovered I’ve had to follow the beat of my own drum and find my own way. I think that’s the way it is for a lot of us with this sort of drug damage.

The further I move down this path the more I realize that no one can tell me how to heal or what to do…and so finding the perfect practitioner seems simply to be a dream of the seeking ego and therefore, something I’ve had to let go of. I’ve played with this idea a lot and while it’s never been and still is not a black and white thing —  I do learn from everyone and everything — I mostly simply don’t expect answers from anyone “out there” anymore.  Nor do I seek professionals who just might have the right expertise. I’ve not yet found one and so I simply learn from the people who populate my life with ease and sometimes professionals are helpful for a while but I don’t expect them to understand or really deeply engage my process anymore because so far it’s simply not happened.  See also: To see a professional or not

Now, instead, I find that when I surrender to this process (and pay attention through profound mindfulness practiced 24/7) that my highly sensitive body tells me what I need and the people, foods, and things that I need start to appear in various ways…including the information I need. I no longer utilize any medical system the way they were intended as systems…but I get information and data from everywhere…including from those systems. Chinese and Ayurvedic are my favorite right now…western medicine continues to diminish in importance. It’s there for catastrophic accidents if we need it, otherwise, good riddance.

It’s a wild ride this…the more I surrender the easier it gets and that doesn’t mean it’s all fun and games. Life will always be a challenge and whether we perceive it as good or bad, it’s always an adventure.

*important note: for several years following the psychiatric drug withdrawal I could not tolerate many of the foods and herbs that have ultimately become a very important part of my healing. Please always be very cautious when adding foods and herbs you’re not used to eating if you are in any way affected by the hypersensitivity that is often characteristic of psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes. I continue to listen attentively to my body and only eat and/or take supplements and herbs that my body needs right NOW. This is why protocols don’t work. I am in the moment, responding to my body, right now. It knows far better than I or anyone else does. 

UPDATE 2017: The below info got me started, I’ve had to get far more sophisticated this year. I’ve also gotten much more well-being as a result of my efforts.

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bookThis is the book that’s been most helpful in fine-tuning all I had been learning about healing with food — I’ve also done endless amounts of research via google and other books as well.

 

I’m currently doing a variation of the parasite purge in the above book and while I truly don’t really know what is going on in my body it’s clear my body is needing and wanting these herbs that help heal in profound ways. My body does let me know when it needs to do these sorts of things. I’m agnostic about what is actually happening in my body for a lot of this stuff. My body simply knows what it needs and I follow it’s direction…sometimes in fits and starts and also often with what appears to be mistakes…but I always learn by paying close attention and get healthier all the time. I have found, again and again, I cannot follow protocols, but I learn from the protocols of others and then find my own way. I generally compare and contrast the uses of any herb or protocol of others and then listen to my body and find some method that works for me. I find parameters to keep me safe — for example, what is a maximum dose and/or length of time that is safe for any given herb. I find data to help me understand the experience my body is having but I do not expect to fit into anyone else’s expectations of what it should do anymore because it never does.

As far as I can tell, the above mentioned program isn’t in the PDF file of Healing with Whole Foods available online. I know some of you have that PDF. I tried to take a page from that to share and I couldn’t find it. It is in my new edition of his book that I purchased here. I took a photo of the page so it’s not the best copy.

Here is his introduction to the parasite section from Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition:

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More on topic:

It’s become clear to me that whenever it’s possible that it’s helpful for folks who’ve not begun withdrawal and have the time to consider a carefully thought out plan to attempt to bring greater well-being to your body before starting the withdrawal. That means learning how to profoundly nourish your body/mind and spirit prior to beginning a withdrawal. For suggestions on how to go about doing that check the drop-down menus on this blog for ideas. Anything that helps you learn how to live well can be part of your plan. That plan will look different for everyone as we learn to follow our hearts and find our own unique paths in the world. Things to begin considering are diet, exercise and movement, meditation/contemplation etc. Paying attention to all these things as you do them helps too. The body will start letting us know what it needs as we learn to pay attention. 

For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page. 

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Healing isn’t a choice for me — it’s an imperative; my body is in charge

sharing some thoughts on topic that have been shared on social media in the last week…these are various musings posted in different places that have been strung together for this post: 

Discovering Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine (the theory, not necessarily as practiced by folks who don’t get it DEEPLY) has allowed me to realize I was trying to reinvent the wheel. It’s all there already…it just all goes by different names and perspectives. I am beyond happy. These systems know what healing is truly about and that extends to just about all conditions. Anyway, I know this won’t mean anything to anyone unless one is resonant, like right now, because it sure as hell didn’t mean anything to me for far too long.

Healing is not always curing. People need to understand that. In the end these bodies die. So don’t misunderstand when I say they know how to heal everything. Healing is not the same as curing.  What is nice about profound healing, however, is that transformation of body/mind and spirit is possible in ways that most western modern human beings aren’t even aware of.

Books for further understanding:

This is the one I’m working with that’s helping with pragmatic, in the moment help, with healing. It’s like an encyclopedia and I look particulars up and then am inspired to integrate the information into my process: Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition. Two posts in which I talk about my experience are here and here.

To be clear:  I’ve been harmed by these sorts of practitioners too. Those who didn’t understand the nature of the psychiatric drug iatrogenic injury…or, more significantly, didn’t understand what Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine both are pointing too profoundly enough. Understanding the foundational aspects of being this human animal is what they achieve at their best…not everyone knows how to translate that to all particular individuals. So this isn’t a blanket suggestion to go out and see any Chinese or Ayurvedic practitioner. And I, in fact, am learning this theory to apply to my own life. It’s a process and doesn’t happen overnight. For me it’s involved a decade of carefully observing my healing process. Mindfulness is of utmost importance in this process. I simply consider it paying attention or the process of learning to observe that which is going on around us and in us.

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From this perspective it doesn’t matter how our bodies are out of balance and thus became very ill, the general theories works in any case…both Chinese and Ayurveda are totally holistic and we (the iatrogenically drug injured) do fit into the whole picture. As much as it feels like we’re beyond the fringe (because in some ways we are). Anyway, that’s why I can work with the information that  both schools of thought supply…And Paul Pitchford the author of Healing With Whole Foods gets it because he can see that my body is simply grossly out of whack…from the drugs, yes…but that again, is secondary to it simply being grossly out of whack…and human bodies get out of whack on a foundational level in certain consistent ways (with lots of variables, of course, for the individual).

Balancing is balancing, healing is healing…you do what you can at any given moment during the healing process and move forward from there…

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everything is on a continuum and spectrum so believe it or not, our radical experience is too.

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one moment at a time…a day is far too long

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butterfly on the butterfly bush by Monica CassaniThe stuff I’ve been reading in Healing with Whole Foods ties together almost a decade of what I’ve been observing in my body…it gives me a brand new vocabulary as well which is wonderful and it offers suggestions for continued and deeper healing that I can actually benefit from…because I’m already deep in a similar process of understanding and healing. No one has been able to give me effective or safe suggestions since the beginning of this. So that’s new and really wonderful.

What I’m learning is how to utilize these theories to heal myself…I still don’t expect anyone else to do the job at this point, though it’s always nice when we can find folks who can understand and help us in deeply meaningful ways and at this point that happens far more often than it used to because the more I understand the easier it is to discern who can truly be helpful and avoid those who would be harmful.

By the way, I’ve stopped thinking in terms of mast cell dysregulation and histamine intolerance. The foundational issues go deeper. I actually mention that in the previous post I wrote about this book … it’s been liberating and led me to bigger healing to do that. Certainly it’s not a necessary departure but I found that hanging out with a diagnosis for which people don’t expect recovery is not helpful to me. That said, at one time the histamine framework was a critically important part of my undertstanding and healing journey. 

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When we are healing from long-term chronic serious illnesses, including protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes, some misery is to be expected. It has become clear to me that accepting this reality as much as possible rather than fighting it is the preferable way to move through what is undeniably and unavoidably a very difficult process much of the time. Hence practicing surrender also becomes very helpful.

Video: 6 yrs psych drug free: How I made it through the darkest times of protracted withdrawal syndrome

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Food and diet for profound healing

All dogma is fear. One might even say all belief is fear. Belief and dogma are different shades of the same color. – travel lightly through the beliefs of others…all that written on this site too….feel free to discard whatever you pick up as soon as it is no longer helpful. 

Food and diet and the direction I’m headed in.

I didn’t choose it in any conscious manner…the path chose me by necessity. Healing this particular heinously injured body required this particular sort of consciousness…I love Paul Pitchford’s work…he articulates everything my body/mind has been learning over the years and supplies answers to numerous outstanding questions. This is a little excerpt from his brilliant, seminal, encyclopedic book.

This is where mindfulness with food leads to eventually…with consciousness and practice.

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From Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition

I love that implicit in what he says is that it’s ONE path…a path as good as any other to achieve wholeness and wellbeing. That means there is no reason to insist it’s everyone’s path. I’m clear that there are as many paths as there are people. This is my path. And many other “vehicles” also inform my path.

As my subtitle now states, everything matters. Food too. And it’s a window into the whole if we want it to be.  see: Nature vs nurture, biological vs. psychological: how about both/and rather than either/or

See more on this book from my post: Heal with whole foods: transform body/mind/spirit. Heal drug damage too

Eating wholesome whole real food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here:  Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet

And you can find more Foodie posts and recipes here. 

More: Diet and nutrition here

For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page. 

 

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Heal with whole foods: transform body/mind/spirit. Heal drug damage too

All dogma is fear. One might even say all belief is fear. Belief and dogma are different shades of the same color. – travel lightly through the beliefs of others…all that written on this site too….feel free to discard whatever you pick up as soon as it is no longer helpful. 

I continue to heal by diet. Diet heals the gut and soothes and heals the nervous system and all the organs slowly over time. In my mind herbs and some few supplements from time to time as needed are included in dietary approaches. Most of my “supplements” however, at this point are whole foods or natural occurring substances like seaweeds, shilajit and other “super foods” (densely nutritious foods). I pretty much avoid that which is created in the laboratory in any way. That means next to no synthesized vitamins, amino acids etc. There have been some occasions where exceptions to this has been appropriate for some time but the more I learn the less I need to partake of such substances. I do continue to love herbs which I buy whole, dried, in bulk and make tea, tea, tea. I don’t do well with tinctures and encapsulated herbs are often of very poor quality. Again, on occasion I may use those methods of ingesting herbs, but not as a habit. I do what is right for me at any given time and that is going to vary.

I’m sharing a book today. Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition. The reason I was drawn to this work is because Paul Pitchford understands my experience with food as psychedelic and about food “reactions” having correlates in the psyche. Reactions that remain biological and physiological realities that can even be deadly at times. They act like true allergies. Healing requires engaging body/mind and spirit all. I love that this is intrinsic to his work.

The fact is, again, we are profoundly holistic and everything matters. The chapter on emotional healing through food is what convinced me the author could be helpful. He calls the process of healing “harmonization.” I LOVE that. I’ve spoken to Paul on the phone twice and it was a joy to find someone who could instantaneously enter into my process and not even have a whole lot of direct experience with folks who’ve been injured by psych drugs. It was unnecessary because he understood something more foundational about how such injuries occur. He understands my body/mind/spirit.

Below is the excerpt that convinced me Paul Pitchford understood my process before I even spoke to him. I was not disappointed. As I often do, I am sharing what has worked for me. Indeed what is working for me right now. I do not ever make any assumptions about what will help others. We’re all different and different modalities speak to us. Different modalities may also be appropriate at different times for different people.

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Pitchford has a background in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. I found him to be not in the least bit impressed with the histamine intolerance framework and he’s helping me more than any professional has been able to. Personally, I think that’s because that frame remains entrenched in a largely allopathic system of care. So while the histamine intolerance window into my issues was very helpful and even critical when I found it, it’s ceased to be the most important thing now. The big picture is bigger than histamine and food sensitivities and mast cells and it’s really nice to work with someone who can hold those issues in a much bigger context and actually help me. Diagnosis such as histamine intolerance, in my mind, are raising symptoms up to the level of diagnosis (not unlike psychiatric diagnosis, really) which can really make folks feel stuck. Anyway, he’s the first professional from whom I can actually benefit from his direct suggestions and not instead get hurt. He really gets inside my process and hears me and understands like no one I’ve encountered. It’s FUN to talk to him. Below is a bit more from the beginning of his book: Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition
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Eating wholesome whole real food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here:  Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet

And you can find more Foodie posts and recipes here. 

More: Diet and nutrition here

New posts about Healing with Whole Foods: More on food sensitivities and healing with whole food and Food and diet for profound healing

For a multitude of ideas about how to create safe and healthy alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page. 

Support Beyond Meds. Enter Amazon via a link from this blog and do the shopping you’d be doing anyway. No need to purchase the book the link takes you to or make a donation with PayPal. Thank you!

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