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• Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Alcoholism is a progressive disease characterized by four primary attributes which include preoccupation (increase desire to drink), physical dependence, lack of self-restraint, and development of tolerance.
Over the years research has improved our general understanding of the devastating potential this disease presents for alcohol abusers. By analyzing current alcoholism statistics we see the effects of alcohol on behaviors and society.
• Alcohol dependence and abuse cost the U.S taxpayers approximately $276 billion in 2005.
• Alcoholism improves a drinker’s odds of developing cancer of the throat, larynx, liver, colon, kidneys, rectum and esophagus. It is believe to contribute to immune system disorders, brain damage, harming the unborn and cirrhosis of the liver.
• 43% of U.S. citizens are related to someone who is presently alcoholic.
• 13.8 million U.S. adults have personal issues with alcohol, while 8.1 million of that number, officially suffer alcoholism.
• It takes about 15 years for an adult to become a full-fledge alcoholic, but the process is sped up considerably in teens and young adults. In contrast with those who drink in moderation, people who abuse alcohol are estimated to spend from 1.5% to 18.7% of their total income on alcohol and alcohol related items. The large fluctuation is largely based on age and sex.
• One half million U.S. children aged nine to 12 are addicted to alcohol.
• Non-alcoholic members of alcoholic’s families use 10 times as much sick leave as families where alcohol is not a problem. 80% of these family members report their ability to perform work is significantly impaired as a result of living with an alcoholic abuser.
• Alcoholics spend 4 times the amount of time in the hospital as non-drinkers, mostly from drinking related injuries.
With the use of a good nutritional supplement, as those contained in the QuietMinds formula, augmented with other inexpensive vitamins, minerals and amino acids that can be purchased at the average vitamin outlet, people can stop alcohol cravings and restore themselves to good health.
Obviously, alcohol is a liquid sugar which is evident by looking at its chemical formula. Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD determined many years ago that biochemical individuality and sugar cravings contributed to alcoholism, especially if his patients had low blood sugar or problems metabolizing alcohol. As a biochemist, Hoffer reasoned that niacin (vitamin B3) could restore mental health, even after repeated episodes of drinking. He researched vitamin therapy for decades, found the practice safe and effective, subsequently helping thousands of patients recover and live well.
Realizing that most physicians don’t test for biochemical disorders, monitor nutrition and prescribe vitamins, Hoffer wrote a series of books for patients, families and caregivers in which he introduced biochemistry, summarized research and shared scientific and medical information about orthomolecular medicine. Prior to that Abram Hoffer had published his research in scientific and medical journals only to become disappointed and perplexed when the American Psychiatry Association refused to accept his research or conduct their own double-blind placebo-controlled study to confirm or disprove his findings.
Sometime around 1960 while doing his research, Abram Hoffer met and became friends with the co-founder of Alcoholic Anonymous, Bill W. Dr. Hoffer maintained his personal interest in alcoholism and had come to the attention of Bill W. who learned of Hoffer’s use of mega vitamin therapy for treating of alcoholics and “became very enthusiastic about it because niacin gave these unfortunate patients immense relief from their chronic depression and other physical and mental complaints.”
Hoffer described to Bill W. the positive results that he and his research partner, Dr. Humphrey Osmund, were experiencing with the treatment of schizophrenic patients, some of whom were also alcoholic. He recounts in his paper “Vitamin B-3: Niacin and its Amide” about which Bill W. was very curious concerning the vitamin and niacin research “and began to take niacin 3 g daily.” Within six months he was convinced that orthomolecular treatment for alcoholics was going to be helpful to alcoholics and gave niacin to 30 of his close friends in AA and persuaded them to try it. Twenty of them were free of anxiety, tension and depression within two months. He wanted to persuade members of AA, especially the doctors in AA, that orthomolecular supplementation would be a useful addition to treatment. “Bill became unpopular with the members of the board of AA International. The medical members who had been appointed by Bill, felt that he had no business messing about with treatment using vitamins.” They “knew” that vitamin therapy could not be therapeutic as Bill had found itl Hoffer concluded, “For this reason Bill provided information to the medical members of AA outside of the National Board, distributing three of his amazing pamphlets at his own expense. They are now not readily available.”
Hoffer findings followed the conclusions from scientific examinations of Nobel Prize winner Roger Williams, PhD, an American biochemist who named folic acid and discovered pantothenic acid. Williams was researching vitamins in the 1940s and observed that lab rats vary in their tolerance for alcohol. By experimenting with vitamins he recommended that vitamins could and should be used for treating alcoholism and developed the concept of biochemical individuality. Subsequently, in 1959 he released a stellar paper, Alcoholism – The Nutritional Approach. Since that time many other research documents have been released on the subject of treating alcoholism with orthomolecular nutrition, including other papers by Abram Hoffer, Humphrey Osmond and others. The most recent definitive work was released in 2009, The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism. This concise 134 page book is authored by Andrew Saul, PhD, and Abram Hoffer shortly before his death.
What should the alcoholic do to stop drinking and return his or her body to a normally functioning one?
1. Commence QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements starting at the recommended beginning levels and graduate up to the eight capsules, four times per day, for a total of 32 capsules daily.
2. Take vitamin C to saturation, (on the order of 10,000 to 20,000 mg per day). The high doses of vitamin C chemically neutralize the toxic breakdown products of alcohol metabolism. Vitamin C also increases the liver’s ability to reverse the fatty acid build-up that are common in alcoholics.
Note: To titrate to saturation, take 1,000 mg. of vitamin C every hour. When saturation is reached, there will be a single episode of diarrhea; then reduce the dosage to 1000 mg. every four hours.
3. Augment QuietMinds formula with an additional B50 complex tablet/capsule, which contains at least 50mg of each of the B-vitamins, 6 times per day.
4. Augment the QuietMinds formula with three tablespoons of Lecithin, daily.
Note: This provides additional inositol and choline. Their functions are related to the B- complex above. Also, lecithin mobilizes fats out of the liver.
5. Augment QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements with 3000 mg of L-Glutamine, daily.
Note: L-Glutamine is an amino acid that decreases physiological cravings for alcohol. It is one of two primary energy providers that burn glycogen to provide fuel to the brain, while stimulating many neuro-functions. L-Glutamine is naturally produced in the liver and the kidneys. Alcohol harms the kidney and the liver, so supplementation is vital. Concurrently L-Glutamine reduces alcohol and sugar cravings.

After arriving at the recommended QuietMinds loading dose, faithfully continue the 32 capsule regimen for at least 16 weeks, or until stability is established and any craving for alcohol has thoroughly been eliminated.

Contact QuietMinds at: 1-855-KASSIDI (855-527-7434) or (720)-234-7739, for a specialist to recommend telephone counselors and therapists who are qualified to direct your recovery.

• Friday, February 22nd, 2013

It will come as no surprise to anyone following issues in the treatment of mental illness

and central nervous system disorders that the medical psychiatric community and the

pharmaceutical industry seem to be rift with charges of conflicts of interest.

As an example, over the last year, numerous reliable North American news sources have

questioned why nearly 7 out of 10 of the committee members responsible for creating the

DSM-5, (the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness),

have acknowledged  financial ties to the powerful international pharmaceutical  community.

The DSM is essentially the Bible for researchers, clinicians, psychiatric drug regulation

agencies. health insurance companies, as well as policy makers and pharmaceutical


Obviously these facts seem to confirm, what has been long suspected by many, which is–

the medical psychiatric and the pharmaceutical industry are riddled with conflicts of interest

and financial relationships —at the expense of the patients themselves. As example, in the

new DSM-5, for which these people are responsible, the definition of depression has been

expanded to include bereavement-a change which, The Washington Post suggests, could

give drug companies a potential $10 billion dollar increase in antidepressant sales,

 Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post , December 26. 2012.

While no evidence has come to light showing that committee members broadened the diagnosis to aid the drug companies, the process of developing the handbook was fraught with financial links to the industry:

■ Eight of 11 members of the APA committee that spearheaded the change reported financial connections to pharmaceutical companies — either receiving speaking fees, consultant pay, research grants or holding stock, according to the disclosures filed with the association. Six of the 11 panelists reported financial ties during the time that the committee met, and two more reported financial ties in the five years leading up to the committee assignment, according to APA records.

■ A key adviser to the committee — he wrote the scientific justification for the change — was the lead author of the 2001 study on Wellbutrin, sponsored by GlaxoWellcome, showing that its antidepressant Wellbutrin could be used to treat bereavement.

■ In 2010, another APA panel developed guidelines on how to treat patients once they have been diagnosed with major depression, including advice on medication. Six of the seven panelists had received consultant pay, lecture fees or research support from pharmaceutical companies, according to their disclosures. The association also appointed an oversight panel that declared that the recommendations had been free of bias, but most of the members of the “independent review panel” had previous financial ties to the industry.

In an interview, APA chief executive James H. Scully Jr. noted that in preparing the new handbook the organization had taken steps to reduce conflicts of interest. Two years before the Institute of Medicine published its restrictions, the APA required that panel members regularly file disclosures and placed limits on their financial connections to drug companies.

Each work group member was allowed to receive as much as $10,000 a year in income from pharmaceutical companies and hold as much as $50,000 in stock. Members could also receive unlimited amounts of money from pharmaceutical companies to conduct research.                                                                       (Whoriskey, 2012) .

The DSM-5 has been developed by an American Psychological Association appointed task force and various panels consisting of experts in diverse fields of psychiatry. But many of these experts serve, or have served, as paid spokespeople or scientific advisors for drug companies, or conduct pharmaceutical industry-funded research. Some of the most conflicted panels are those for which drugs represent the first line of treatment, with two-thirds of the mood disorders panel, 83 percent of the psychotic disorders panel and 100 percent of the sleep disorders panel disclosing “ties to the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the medications used to treat these disorders or to companies that service the pharmaceutical industry,” according to the study.

“We’re not trying to say there’s some Machiavellian plot to bias the psychiatric taxonomy,” said Lisa Cosgrove, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, and who is also a research fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. “But transparency alone cannot mitigate unintentional bias and the appearance of bias, which impact scientific integrity and public trust.”

“We’re not opposed to the proper use of psychiatric drugs when there’s a real diagnosis and when a child or an adult needs pharmacological intervention,” said David Elkins, president of the American Psychological Association’s society for humanistic psychology and chairman of the committee behind the petition. “But we are concerned about the normal kids and elderly people who are going to be diagnosed with these disorders and treated with psychiatric drugs. We think that’s very, very dangerous.”

“Controversy continues to swell around the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, better known as DSM-5. A new study suggests the 900-page bible of mental health, scheduled for publication in May 2013, is ripe with financial conflicts of interest.” Katie  Moisse, ABC World News with Dianne Sawyer, March 2012.

QuietMinds makes no allegations.  We simply compiled information regarding the controversy and report it to you.  Like everything with QuietMinds we urge you to research the information and decide for yourself the facts.

• Friday, August 31st, 2012

Unfortunately, we live in a world where environmental factors have depleted our air, water, and soil, resulting in a food-supply that is often lacking in the nutrients necessary for optimum health. Subsequently, our nervous-system is often deprived of vital nutrients. I like to think of the contemporary brain as Johnny Apple Seed missing a few seeds. And I like to think of Quiet Minds as the mascot with the missing seeds. Without those seeds, Johnny can’t fulfill his mission in life, which means less apples for the rest of us. So, if you’d like your brain to be a better itinerant-farmer, then take a few minutes to consider this:

• Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

As with so many other conditions, alcoholism can be directly linked to malnutrition . . . specifically, to the insufficiency of certain vital nutrients in the brain.

Here’s a message from Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.:

“Ever since I met Bill W, the cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous and we became close friends, I have had a personal interest in the treatment of alcoholism. Bill taught that there were three components to the treatment of alcoholism: spiritual, mental and medical. AA provided a spiritual home for alcoholics that many could not find anywhere else and helped them sustain abstinence. But for many AA alone was not enough; not everyone in AA had achieved a comfortable sobriety. Bill recognized that the other two components were important. When he heard of our use of niacin for treating alcoholics, he became very enthusiastic about it because niacin gave these unfortunate patients immense relief from their chronic depression and other physical and mental complaints.

“Niacin is the most important single treatment for alcoholism, and it is one of the most reliable treatments. And it is safe, much safer than any of the modern psychiatric drugs. Niacin does not work as well when alcoholics are still drinking but in a few cases it has decreased the intake of alcohol until they were abstinent. This conclusion is based on the work my colleagues and I have done since 1953.

“I know of many alcoholics who did not want to stop drinking, but did agree to take niacin. Over the years, they gradually were able to reduce their intake until they brought it under control. Some alcoholics can even become social drinkers on a very small scale. I have not found many who could. But I think that if started on the program very early, many more could achieve normalcy. I suspect that treatment centers using those ideas will be made available one day, and will be much more successful than the standard treatment today. This all too often still consists of dumping them into hospitals and letting them dry out, with severe pain and suffering. When they are discharged, most go right back to the alcohol, the most dangerous and widely used street drug available without a prescription.

“Orthomolecular treatment is the treatment of choice. The following protocol for alcoholism outlines the importance of the nutritional factors that have been shown to be very successful on treating this condition. The treatment can be used alone but is best combined with dietary advice and additional nutrients.”

The late Dr. Roger Williams, a chemistry professor at the University of Texas and former president of the American Chemical Society, also wrote extensively on the alcoholism.[1] Dr. Williams recommended large doses of vitamins and an amino acid called L-glutamine.

What should the alcoholic do to help stop drinking and return his or her body to normal functioning? Supply the following nutrients to the body:

1. Vitamin C to saturation (on the order of 10,000 to 20,000 mg per day and more). High doses of vitamin C chemically neutralize the toxic breakdown products of alcohol metabolism. Vitamin C also increases the liver’s ability to reverse the fatty build-up so common in alcoholics.

To titrate to saturation, take 1000 mg of vitamin C every hour. When saturation is reached, there will be a single episode of diarrhea; then reduce the dosage to 1000 mg every four hours.

2. A B50-complex tablet (comprising 50 mg of each of the major B-vitamins, 6 times daily).

3. L-Glutamine (2000 or 3000 mg.). L-Glutamine is an amino acid that decreases physiological cravings for alcohol. It is one the two primary energy providers that burn glycogen to provide fuel to the brain and stimulates many neurofunctions. L-Glutamine is naturally produced in the liver and kidneys. Alcohol harms the kidneys and liver, thus supplementation is vital (concurrently reducing cravings for sugar and alcohol).

4. Lecithin (2 to 4 tablespoons daily). Provides inositol and choline, related to the B-complex. Lecithin also helps mobilize fats out of the liver.

5. Chromium (at least 200 to perhaps 400 mcg chromium polynicotinate daily). Chromium greatly reduces carbohydrate mis-metabolism, and greatly helps control blood sugar levels. Many, if not most, alcoholics are hypoglycemic.

6. A good high-potency multi-vitamin, multi-mineral supplement such as QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements, containing the antioxidants carotene and d-alpha tocopherol.

7. Magnesium (400 mg daily).

In summary, the alcoholic’s body needs the proper nutrients in adequate quantities to return to normal metabolic functioning. The above nutrients are safe, effective, inexpensive and available from discount stores or health food stores without prescription.

There is not even one death per year from vitamins. Pharmaceutical drugs, even when properly prescribed and taken as directed, kill over 100,000 Americans annually. Hospital errors kill still more.

Most illness is due fundamentally to malnutrition. This not only includes the chronic diseases, but also viral and bacterial acute illness, which are greatly aggravated by inadequate nutrition.

Supplements are not the problem; they are the solution. Malnutrition is the problem.

• Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The concept that supported the development of QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements is evidence that people who suffer many of the Central Nervous System Disorders (CNSD) are depleted of the brain chemicals necessary to make them feel “normal.”

These chemicals are many times stronger than strong street drugs like heroin. In fact, like street drug addiction, your body has to have them and you cannot function without them. Depression, tension, irritability, anxiety and cravings are all symptoms of a brain that is deficient of these essential calming, stimulating and mood enhancing chemicals.

The depletion of the biochemicals result from one or a combination of reasons. And in turn there are many common problems that can result from being depleted.

You may have inherited your lack of brain chemicals. Every day science learns more about the genes that determine moods and traits of personality. We know that some genes program the brain to produce certain quantities of mood-enhancing chemicals. However, many people have inherited genes that undersupply some of these vital mood substances. Obviously, this is why some people are not as balanced emotionally as others. The family members of these people often seem to possess the same emotional traits, so parents who are low in the naturally stimulating and sedating brain chemicals often produce children who are depressed or anxious.

Prolonged stress can cause the body to deplete huge amounts of natural sedatives, stimulants and pain relievers. This is amplified if the body has inherited only marginal amounts of mood enhancing chemicals to begin with. The reserves of precious brain chemicals can be used up if the body continually needs to use them to calm itself down. Eventually the brain cannot keep up with the demand and it has become deficient of the nutrients needed to be stabile.

The regular use of refined sugar and flours, regular use of alcohol or drugs, including some prescribed medications, have all been proven to inhibit the production of natural brain chemicals that cause pleasure. Any one of these substances can engage your brain and fill the deficient spaces . . . called receptors . . . that normally natural brain chemicals . . . the neurotransmitters . . . should occupy. So the brain senses that the receptors have been filled and consequently further reduces the amounts of neurotransmitters that it produces. As it does this, the amounts of brain chemicals decline.

In order to compensate, more and more alcohol, drugs and drug-like foods that stimulate or sedate are craved to fill the “empty spaces” in the receptors. This game of nutritional musical chairs continues until the artificial brain chemicals can no longer meet the requirements of the receptors. Now the brain’s natural mood resources, which were inadequate as a result of inherited deficiencies or prolonged stress, are now depleted more than ever. And the body continues to crave mood enhancing drugs, whether it is sugar, alcohol, cocaine or certain prescription drugs.

As Ned Bishop, QuietMinds founder, studied the drugged reactions to bipolar affective disorder medications by his wife Elaine and daughter Kassidi, it became apparent that chemical deficiencies and excesses affected their moods and temperaments. What resulted was the creation of a formula that supplements most of the elements missing in the diet of most CNSD suffers, most of the time. Containing vitamins, minerals and amino acids in mega dose amounts, QuietMinds has received hundreds of reports of amazing and spectacular results.
Whatever mood-enhancing brain chemicals you have in short supply, those excited reports adamantly insist they can be replenished quickly, easily and safely with QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements.

• Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

You are initiating a journey whose path many of us have trod for more than a decade. Orthomolecular medical researchers say the future of psychiatry is in nutrition because nutrition has such a long, safe and effective history of correcting many mental problems.

First, we always suggest consulting your physician. If they fail to cooperate, find another physician! And we always recommend a simple but abundant daily nutrition program that has proven to be effective in making many of the symptoms of what is called “mental illness” disappear without a trace, and without benefit of medication. Sometimes these symptoms need to be addressed with nutritional supplementation. That is why we created QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements.

Doctors report that mental health problems including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, anti-social disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders have a common cause: Insufficient nutrients in the brain. The reason one nutrient, or in this case one synergistic combination of ingredients, can cure or stabilize so many different illnesses (disorders) is because a deficiency of a single nutrient can cause many different illnesses.

Chemistry professor and vitamin researcher Roger J. Williams, PhD, a Nobel Prize winner, stated that each individual has different nutritional needs and responds differently to nutrients. Because we cannot assess the needs of every potential customer, QuietMinds, LLC provides a combination of ingredients that have been proven to help the all of disorders mentioned above, and many more, for most of the individuals, most of the time. Additionally, it has been specifically determined that with the additions of certain amino acids the QuietMinds formula may be helpful for other disorders such as eating disorders, autism, alcoholism and addictions. With more than a decade of experience we have learned that, in some cases, augmentation of certain vitamins or amino acids above and beyond the amounts contained in QuietMinds is necessary to greater success. If you are in that relatively small group of QuietMinds users, our support staff is available to assist you and your doctor to determine the appropriate level of augmentation. Just contact us, toll-free, at (877) 601-7363.

If you are tired of being depressed, suffering from anxiety, paying mammoth bills for prescription drugs that may produce side effects more horrendous than the disease, or medications that don’t solve the problem, stop right now. We suggest that you consider QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements. We offer a nutritional protocol that can bathe your brain and your nervous system in natural nutrients. If given the chance, it may produce the results that have been reported to us by hundreds and hundreds of customers before you.

And, here is the pay-off: The cost of trying QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements is less that the cost of a typical doctor’s office visit. Experts repeatedly proclaim the safety of QuietMinds ingredients. And taking QuietMinds is convenient: A dose with each meal and another at bedtime.

There are no secrets in the vitamin world. Vitamins are not a patentable commodity. You can purchase the contents at any good health food store. We know . . . we tried. But insuring the exact consistency and the critical synergy of all of the ingredients, establishing appropriate dosages and dispensing them in an orderly and timely manner was nearly impossible. Considering waste, sanitation and correct nutrient balance, it is much less expensive and far more convenient to take QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements.
Good health demands proper nutrition. Whether restoring the health of the brain, the body or both, the ultimate solution must be nutritional . . . not pharmacological. After all, every cell in every person on the earth are made exclusively from what we drink and eat . . . not a single cell is made from drugs!

Rest assured that the high-quality ingredients contained in QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements are safe in the recommended dosages. And when you consider the alternatives, they are inexpensive and convenient.

• Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

A vitamin dependency occurs when there is a defect in the binding of the vitamins-related coenzymes to its apoenzyme. The resulting dependency is only correctable by increasing the intake of a particular vitamin to levels greater than could be achieved from the dietary sources alone. This is the basis for the original formula for QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements. We studied the research papers and scientific evidence which established that, for the majority of mental illness, there are certain vitamins, minerals and amino acids that appeared to be deficient or eliminated from an overwhelming majority of persons with such diseases.

Jonathan E. Prousky, in his Clinical Experiences with a Vitamin B3 Dependent Family, stated his belief that the most common vitamin dependency among patients with mental illnesses is Vitamin B3. In fact, recent postmortem biopsies of brain tissues showed defects in the ability of mental patients to generate adequate amounts of vitamin B3 coenzymes from tryptophan. Prousky goes on to explain that families share similar genetics and environmental factors and, thus, likely share in varying degrees an ability to synthesize adequate amounts of vitamin B3 coenzymes.

The medical profession believed for decades that biochemistry and emotions were separate. But today, growing numbers of medical practitioners are realizing that all of our human emotions also have a biochemical basis. Thus diet and nutritional supplements affect the population in a manner which can greatly improve mental health. The body (physical) and the mind (mental) are intimately related to each other.

Charles Darwin observed that mankind seemed to have an inborn genetic mechanism which governed emotions that he translated as a universal chemistry for emotions. Linus Pauling, the Nobel prize winner, stated in 1968 that, “mental disease is, for the most part, caused by abnormal reaction rates, as determined by genetic constitution and diet, and by abnormal molecular concentrations of essential substances.”

Pauling described how mega-vitamin therapy would be necessary for the optimal treatment of mental disease because the saturating capacity would be much greater for defective enzymes that have a diminished capacity for their respective substrates. Therefore, by increasing the concentration of its substrates, an enzyme-catalyzed reaction could be corrected through the use of ultra high dosages of vital micronutrients.

That is exactly what QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements attempts to provide, by meeting most of the nutritional needs of most the people suffering mental disorders, most of the time. Obviously we have also introduced many of the amino acids that research has found helpful and essential. Molecules of emotion originate as amino acids. Hence, it takes little more than casual observation to note the disadvantage we experience when we are denied amino acids.

Amino acids alone, or by their transformation into neurotransmitters and peptides, supply us with the chemicals needed to generate pleasure, alleviate pain, protect against radiation and combat the process of aging. These same amino acids perform healing miracles in treating depression, anxiety, memory loss and many more seemingly psychological disorders. If one traces the connection between amino acid deficiencies and changes in the brain’s equilibrium, one quickly recognizes the correlation. When the body is seriously depleted of essential amino acids, it likely is associated with mental disease. It is called mental illness, and within orthodox psychiatry will be labeled mental illness. And within that line of reasoning, mental illness requires DRUGS to relieve symptoms.

Concurrently, thousands report that they have been stabilized on a much safer approach such as QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements, believing that these supplements supply the right amounts of natural chemicals to the brain that usher back an endurance of mental health into their lives. This growing body of users have concluded that the QuietMinds Nutritional Supplement alternative is far more certain and secure than using foreign, synthetic and often toxic substances to try and duplicate nature.

• Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

When we first began marketing QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements, we considered using the Greek tragedy/comedy masks, traditional symbol of the acting profession, as our logo.

In ancient Greek theater, actors would exchange masks to mark a change in character. Unfortunately, for someone suffering from ever-changing emotions that are characteristic of bipolar disorder, these changes are a reality and not a temporary state.

What are common bipolar symptoms?

Bipolar symptoms can take a person through alternating states of depression and elevated mood or mania, that are experienced in a repeating cycle. These cycles may take place either slowly or rapidly. One mood often predominates while the other is experienced infrequently.

Typically, elevated moods manifest in increased confidence and well being. A desire for pleasurable activity, higher energy levels and a decreased need for sleep can progress to racing thoughts, excessive talking, flights of ideas, distractibility, impulsivity, impaired judgment, irritability, and risk-taking behaviors.

The depressed phase includes fatigue, sadness, and pessimism. A person may feel hopeless, with lowered self-esteem. Life loses its glow and loss of pleasure or lack of interest in activities formerly enjoyed makes struggling through symptoms of bipolar very challenging. Thoughts of “ending it all” are common.

It may be difficult to understand how someone can go from feeling so good to not caring if they get out of bed in the morning. The easiest way to understand bipolar symptoms is to realize that the emotions and moods experienced at the time are real to the sufferer.

What can be done to balance or correct symptoms of bipolar? Prescription drug treatments include lithium carbonate, valproic acid, carbamazepine, and lamotrigine. Additionally, anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medications may be necessary to counter other effects of the prescription meds.

Or you can consider QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements!

Research is shedding insight into brain disorders and as our understanding of mood disturbances and cognitive deficits grows, an increasing correlation is seen between deficiencies of nutrients and brain imbalances. In fact, it has been discovered that people with bipolar symptoms are more vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies.

Many people who have become loyal QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements consumers were seeking complementary therapies to treat both body and brain, recognizing that these two are inseparably linked. Nutrients are the building blocks for sound physical and mental health, and, indeed, the brain is the most nutritionally sensitive organ in the body, needing raw materials in the form of QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements for synthesis of chemical messengers. High-dose multivitamins such as those found in QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements may improve mood.

In a recent trial, patients were put on a nutritional supplement like QuietMinds in conjunction with their prescription medications. Symptoms of bipolar depression and mania were significantly reduced and most of the patients were able to decrease their medication dosages by 50%. This research is not unlike the hundreds of reports that pour into our offices at QuietMinds, LLC.

A nutritionally-oriented practitioner or a holistically trained doctor or nutritionist can provide valuable insights into appropriate uses for QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements. It is important to discuss any treatments with your doctor. Management of bipolar symptoms is important so that you can return to the person you were meant to be.

• Thursday, April 15th, 2010

What does Bipolar disorder cost a person?

Perhaps a clarification is in order. What does BP cost a person when it is unacknowledged and untreated? What does it cost when admitted to and effectively treated?

The costs of treating BP can range from paying a deductable or co-payment if a person has medical insurance for medication and doctor visits to wading through the side-effects of so-called “regular” or official medicines for this condition.

The cost of treating BP with a natural cure can cost a person less than $80 a bottle for QuietMinds Nutritional Supplement.

The costs generated by untreated BP are countless. The price paid in that scenario is too high.

I know this from personal experience.

Coming from a deeply religious background, it was hard for me to accept the diagnosis of BP. The fields of psychology and psychiatry have been looked at with deep misgivings in some parts of the Christian world. This was certainly true when I was in college at a prominent Christian liberal arts university in Southern California in the 1980’s.

Bipolar disorder has cost me countless relationships and opportunities. Of course, I can’t blame all of my heartaches on this disease, but BP makes every little personal character flaw and struggle in a person’s life that much worse and that much harder to deal with.

There are three areas or bases to cover when something is persistently going wrong in a person’s life. There’s the counseling base, the spiritual warfare base, and the physical health base.

A person really needs to cover all these bases in an organized fashion to correctly diagnose and address deep and persistent personal struggles. Call this a type of “three-legged stool” approach to healing.

BP has cost me severely. And it’s time to quit paying the exorbitant “fees” generated by untreated BP.

This is why I use QuietMinds. The cost for not doing so is too high for me to continue to pay.

• Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Some time ago I ran across this article which I found to be very insightful and sound. I’ve saved it and now offer it for your information.

Your Brooding Teen: Just Moody or Mentally Ill?
First signs of mental illness often occur during a time of typical teen turmoil.

By: Roni Caryn Rabin

One reason parents may not recognize depression in their teenagers is because depression expresses itself so differently in teens, experts say. Changes in sleeping and eating habits are a red flag, as with adults. But while depressed adults are sad and melancholy, depressed teens are angry and irritable. Adults may say they don’t enjoy things anymore; teens may still enjoy activities but not look forward to them. They often say they’re bored, and can be indecisive, giving a lot of “I don’t know” answers.

Sharon Fawcett, a mother of two teenagers in New Brunswick, Canada, had struggled with depression herself for almost a decade, so she was always on the lookout for signs of the illness in her daughters. But, she said, she completely missed the disease in her younger daughter.

“Jenna started telling me she was depressed when she was 14, but to me, she was just laying around and being lazy, and using this as an excuse,” Fawcett said. “I thought: she’s not depressed, she’s angry and she’s moody. I just thought it was the stereotypical adolescent moodiness and negativity.

“The thing that confused me about my kids — and I’ve heard other parents say this — is how they can be so happy when they’re out with their friends, and as soon as they come home they’re depressed and angry and not speaking with us. I’ve learned since then that kids reserve their anger for the people they know they’re safe with.”

For a while, Fawcett attributed her daughter’s dressing in black, listening to heavy metal music and hiding her face behind long bangs and a hooded sweatshirt to teen fashion and old-fashioned rebelliousness. But by the time Jenna was 16, she had developed acute social anxiety, had difficulty concentrating and was refusing to go to school. She missed 100 days of school one year and failed most of her courses.

The dramatic change in performance for the girl who had been an honor student finally convinced Fawcett her daughter needed help. She consulted the family pediatrician, who referred her to a psychiatrist for a combination of talk therapy and medications, which have been very effective.

“The school failure was the most obvious identifying symptom,” Fawcett said.

A clear red flag

Experts agree that irritability and moodiness that keep a teenager from functioning normally for more than two weeks should be clear red flags. Ditto for withdrawal from activities and social isolation from friends. Other warning signs parents should look for are substance abuse, which is often a form of self-medication, and cutting, or self-injury, which can be a precursor to suicide.

“Parents will often let this go at least two weeks or more because they’re convinced it’s just a phase, even though if their child had a rash, they wouldn’t ignore it,” said Koplewicz.

The good news, he said, is that teenagers respond to targeted treatment, such as psychotherapy either with or without medication.

“The nice part is that we see dramatic turnarounds with kids, often in four to eight weeks. We believe wholeheartedly that we can change the trajectory for these kids if we nip it early.”

Roni Caryn Rabin is a health writer who lives in New York City. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday and Real Simple magazine, among other publications, and is author of the book, “Six Parts Love: A Family’s Battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” She teaches journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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Now, except for the use of psychotropic medications, we obviously agree with what Ms. Rabin presents. We feel, however, that an orthomolecular trial of proper formulation of vitamins, minerals and amino acids should really be worth a try, before subjecting any teen to the possibilities of psych-meds that may produce gut wrenching side effects that may last for weeks, months or even years.

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