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• 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.
© 2008

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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• Thursday, April 08th, 2010

Living with bipolar disorder can be a nightmare at times. The feeling of complete loneliness and isolation often times can make the fight to get through those highs and lows of a central nervous disorder almost unbearable.

No one, it seems, understands your pain of manic depression. No one understands the darkness associated with depression. No one understands the racing thoughts that torment you within a manic episode.

Finally, after you have weathered the storm and you reach stabilization, you out of the darkness and able to bask in the sun once again. But then you come to another hurdle – the stigma of society. Mental illness, including bipolar disorder, while discussed more openly now than in past years, is still looked upon with hesitation and judgmental eyes.

This can be all the more painful because it often feels as if the focus is misplaced. Instead of celebrating the victory, and recognizing the stress which you have fought through to get to this point in your life, those of us with mental illness are often forced to defend ourselves for the actions and behavior during our worst bipolar extremes. No one wants to hear about your psychotic life and how you became stabilized, but they want to discuss and dissect those periods of emotional stress and darkness from which each of us worked so hard to move away.

Do not get discouraged.

Focus on where you’ve been, what you’ve survived, and the journey of positive mental health and the emotional normalcy you now enjoy.

Accept that no one will truly be able to understand the path you have walked. You have fought your demons. You have conquered a chemical imbalance in your brain. Give thanks to those who have stood by you through the battle, continue to have faith, and put all negative influences and people behind you.
The climb out that deep chasm of a mental disorder is often arduous and painful. But through QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements you can finally become “normal,” and find stablity on the other side of the mountain.

• Wednesday, April 07th, 2010

In 1995 Drs. David Benton, Rebecca Griffiths and Jurg Halier studied 125 young adult females for two months to determine if Thiamine (vitamin B1) had any correlation between the subjects and moods.

Benton et al provided each of the young women with a multi-vitamin containing 50 mg of thiamine or a placebo every day over the 60 day period. Before and after taking the tablets, mood, memory and reaction times were measured and monitored. They determined that there was a significant correlation between mood and thiamine status, as judged by transketolase activation.

What is particularly interesting is that all positive influences reported took place in subjects whose thiamine status, according to traditional criterion, was inadequate. An improvement in thiamine status was reported as being associated with being much more clearheaded, composed and energetic. It appeared, however, to have no effect on the improvement of memory. However, reaction times were reported to be much faster following the supplementation period.

This study is evidence that often first symptoms associated with a sub-clinical intake of micro-nutrients are psychological. It coalesces with a series of double-blind placebo controlled studies that report, in a least some of the population, that micronutrient supplementation is associated with improved mood, (Heseker et al 1990; Smidt et al 1991; and Benton et al 1995b).

The effect of supplements for increased scores on intelligence tests have been demonstrated by Botez et al 1984; Benton and Roberts 1988; Benton and Buts 1990; Benton and Cook 1991 and Schoenthaler et al 1991a,b. Nutritional supplementation has been shown to be effective for the improvement of memory by researchers Bonke and Nickel 1989 and Deijen et al 1992. While, Benton and Cook in 1991 established the importance of supplementing diet for attention deficits, Bonke and Nickel’s research in 1989 showed improvement in hand-eye coordination by reducing nutritional deficiencies through vitamin and mineral supplementation.

Certainly when considering vitamin deficiency, thiamine is one vitamin that must be acknowledged as extremely important for mood and cognitive function.

The human body stores only small amounts of vitamin B1. Therefore, there is great risk to mood stability and brain health if intake is reduced for only a few weeks . It is well documented that Korsakoff’s psychosis, a reflection of brain lesions caused by thiamine deficiency, is characterized by an inability to form new memories, apathy and emotional blandness. And, post-mortem brains tend to show that a deficiency of thiamine is sufficient to damage the brain similar to damage shown with Korsakoff’s psychosis in more instances than originally thought.

QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements addresses potential thiamine deficiencies by contributing 5mg of thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B1, in every eight capsule dosage.

• Tuesday, April 06th, 2010

You are quick to call this mental illness
a chemical imbalance or a brain disease,
but have you ever thought to check me for
an allergy or a vitamin deficiency?

You are anxious to point out my anxiety
and label me with PTSD, OCD or BAD,
When what I really need is to eat my vegetables
and exercise to increase my BAT*.

You are happy to prescribe me an antidepressant,
so I take my chill pill every day as you requested.
Just remember this next time you write out that slip:
I am a child of God not a subject to be tested.

My parents tell me to “listen to the doctor”,
but which one might that be?
The one who profits off of drugs or the
doctor who teaches vitamin therapy?

“Take your medication” they all chime in —
my parents, my siblings, my friends,
but what they all neglect to realize is the
the drugs are a means to an “end”.

My parents tell me to “listen to the doctor”,
but which one might that be?
The one who sentences me to ill health,
or the doc who inspires me to be free?

You know labels do more harm than good,
yet you stick me with this “brain disease”
and now that I am tagged I will have to
spend the rest of my life being teased.

I am not alone you say, there are many others
“like me”; the list goes on and on you see.
There’s Vivien Leigh, Patty Duke, Kay Jamison,
and more, the latest being Jane Pauley.

Sadly, many people are woefully misdiagnosed,
such as Frances Deitrick, who had a brain tumor.
Physical problems masquerade as mental problems,
and others are tragically diagnosed according to rumor.

I see the likes of me portrayed on television,
in the media, and on the silver screen,
yet Hollywood can’t get past those old reflections
of the “Golden Era” that are just plain mean.

I’m no genius and I’m no freak, but
I may have some creative tendencies.
Those gifts originate from God alone,
not generated by some brain disease.

(*BAT = Brown Adipose Tissue)

Copyright 2006 by Denise Fletcher
(Reprinted with permission of the author.)

• Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Discipline of QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements

Following a particular protocol seems like any easy thing to do if the protocol is simply presented and understandable. But the dirty truth that no one tells you is, when you suffer the effects of a central nervous system disorder such as a bipolar disorder, discipline is the thing furthest from you mind. So…no secret, it takes discipline to follow the protocol for QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements, with their key anti-oxidants and other ingredients.

A central nervous system disorder sufferer trying intently to follow a single thought for more than five minutes can be a monumental chore. For someone with a bipolar disorder, ADD or ADHD, Clinical Depression and Anxiety to attend classes or to punctually appear on the job and stay “inside oneself” when others around are emotionally at their limits, takes a special perseverance.

Ned Bishop, founder of QuietMinds, LLC, has repeatedly been quoted that QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements are the final option for hundreds of people who felt they had run out of chances as they suffered central nervous system disorders, until they found QuietMinds Supplements. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me you tired and huddled masses” seems to always apply to the QuietMinds participants.

For this reason the discipline needed to follow the QuietMinds protocol becomes easier when one is confident that taking these nutritional supplements may end, or at least minimize, the suffering of ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Clinical Depression, Ausberger, Bipolar Affective Disorder and many mental disorders. Meanwhile, hundreds have told us that just the relief from the horrendous side effects resulting from prescribed medications was reason enough to try a alternative treatment for mental illness through nutritional supplements.

The QuietMinds protocol is simple:

  • Ingest QuietMinds Supplements 4 times per day, as recommended. Meals and bedtime are good dividers of the day to help one remember to take their supplements.
  • Discontinue all street drugs and alcohol.
  • Try to avoid tobacco for 180 days
  • Eat sensibly. Eat protein earlier in the day, carbohydrates later in that day . Lot of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables are recommended, (avoid tubulars) and will serve you best.
  • For 180 days, remove, or dramatically reduce gluten, from you diet.
  • Substantially eliminate processed sugar from your diet. Remember, soft drinks contain sugar. A can of soda pop contains XX Tbs of sugar, so avoid soft drinks.

    As QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements get into your body and commence to marginally balance your system, work to establish normalized sleep routines. Call. QuietMinds, LLC. We’ll help.

Remember…You didn’t acquire your disorder overnight. It took months and years to develop. Be patient. Give QuietMinds Supplements an opportunity to reverse your condition. People from around the world believe QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements, given the opportunity, can help with Behavioral Disorders or Mental Disease. But, give it time.

• Saturday, February 27th, 2010

QuietMinds, LLC continues to hear from happy customers who are learning about the positive effects they regularly receive from occasional augmentation to the QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements.

As an example, anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric disorders in the United States today. They present as agitation, irritability, fearfulness, nervousness, shyness and feelings of “impending doom.” Such feelings are dramatically debilitating. Anxiety disorders can disrupt one’s ability to engage in a full or functional life.

It is quite common for the QuietMinds staff to hear that QuietMinds Supplements, have efficiently addressed bipolar disorders, ADD, ADHD or depression, but those also suffering from anxiety disorder are less likely, or more slowly, to respond to QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements.
With these reports ringing in our ears the QuietMinds investigators began to search for orthomolecular answers. QuietMinds constantly reminds it’s customers that QuietMinds Supplements is not an end- all, or cure all for any mental disorder. However, the claim that QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements have substantially stabilized bipolar disorders and the other mental disorders is unbelievably high. But, customer claims that QuietMinds alone, are as effective for customers with anxiety disorders are not as high. Why?

Soon, QuietMinds researchers found an interesting study by the chief medical officer and associate professor of clinical nutrition at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Jonathon E. Prousky. He suggested that, “It appears that niacinamide has similar anxiolytic properties to that of benzodiazepines”. He goes on to present evidence offered by Mohler H, et al, who concurred in a 1979 article written for Nature, that “niacin is pharmacologically similar to benzodiazepines due to its presynaptic inhibition. ”

After reviewing twenty-three other articles and studies which indicated the same primary conclusions, QuietMinds customers were informed of the findings. Many subsequently began to augment QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements with dosages of niacin (Vitamin B3). Their responses have been generally been very positive, with many expressing their feeling that for the first in years the anxiety disorder is manageable and the other disorders much more stable. Obviously, there are many customers who proclaim that the combination of QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements in conjunction with additional Vitamin B3 has insured their reason to proclaim themselves stabilized. QuietMinds, LLC makes no claim, but simply reports the responses.

• Saturday, February 27th, 2010

The advertising people who work for the big pharmaceuticals and who are universally supported by the media, want us to think that vitamins have no ability to treat anything. We at QuietMinds disagree. But, if you buy into all of the media hype, you might even come to the conclusion that nutritional supplements are, in fact, dangerous.

Dr. Andrew Saul a prominent nutritional consultant ( has pointed out that it would easier to find a fin or scale from the Lock Ness monster than to find a confirmed, vitamin-caused death. In light of the Federal Food and Drug’s pressing call to the world to report to its offices the slightest possibility of any problem with a vitamin or mineral supplement, the occasions should teem. Yet there are no such reports.

Constantly, Dr. Saul issues the defying question, “Where are the bodies? My own personal search of the medical literature has failed to find one death proven to be caused by the public’s use of vitamin supplementation”. “If you find one,” he challenges, “please send it on to me. Remember please that I am looking specifically for proven instances, not hearsay, I don’t want to hear such-and-such person, doctor, reporter, website or organization who makes a claim. Show me the coroner’s hard evidence.”

Meanwhile, with little effort QuietMinds editors found on the web that it is estimated that 44,000 to 98,000 deaths occur every year resulting from medical errors. (Institute of Medicine, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System”, 2000). “However, there are at least 100,000 deaths from pharmaceutical drugs each year in the USA, even when taken as prescribed.” (Lucian Leape, Error in Medicine, American Medical Association, 1994, 272:23, p1851.

Misprescribed medication is the cause of death in one out of every 131 outpatient deaths and 1 in 854 of all inpatient deaths a hospital report shows. And we at the offices of QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements found a Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Australian study that suggests that between 2.4 and 3.6 percent of hospital deaths are due to a mismanaged medication event. It is estimated that as much as 69% of these were preventable. Glass houses?

In fact statisticians with the Orthomolecular movement report to QuietMinds, LLC that the American Associations of Poison Control Centers, which maintains the United States’ national data base from 61 poison control centers from across the country, indicates that even including intentional and accidental misuse, the number of vitamin fatalities is less than one death per year.

QuietMinds makes no claim of it’s efficacy or to the ability of the unique combination of vitamins and minerals and amino acids within QuietMinds to cure or treat any diseases or mental illness. Instead, we report the successes of Elaine and Kassidi Bishop and others. They remain convinced of the ability of the QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements too stabilize their bipolar disorders, as do hundreds of other people from around the world with central nervous system disorder, such as depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, bipolar and many other mental disorders.

An overwhelming majority of customers responding to the positive effects QuietMinds’ formula, relate no side effects from vitamins, amino acids and minerals, except better physical and mental health. And, most report feeling, generally much safer without the debilitating side effects which they have experienced from psychotic and psychotropic medications.


• Saturday, February 27th, 2010

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Thomas Edison 1902 1902

Conventional physicians and psychiatrists treat chronic disease such as mental disorders with expensive pharmaceuticals that may temporarily relieve painful uncomfortable symptoms, often with agonizing side effects which can prompt additional serious problems. But, too, drugs do nothing to resolve the underlying cause.

Because nutrition affects the body’s immune system, organ function, hormonal balance and cellular metabolism, many of these chronic emotional disorders and mental conditions can be traced to nutritional insufficiencies. When the deficiency is not corrected, symptoms begin to appear and lead to the presentation of an emotional disorder or other mental illness.

QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements have been developed as a high quality supplement that can be used to deal with nutritional deficiencies. Orthomolecular psychiatry and its treatments for central nervous system disorders such as bipolar, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, eating disorders and other addicitions have been with us for generations. However it was Dr. Linus Pauling, a two time Nobel Prize recipient, who first coined the phrase Orthomolecular in 1968.

Pauling’s definition was, “Orthomolecular Psychiatry is the treatment of mental disease by the provision of the optimum molecular environment for the mind, especially the optimum concentrations of substances normally present in the body.” Orthomolecular Medicine was expanded to be defined as “the preservation of good health and the treatment of disease by varying the concentrations in the human body of substances that are normally present in the body”. He sometimes appended, “and are required for health”, to this definition, and later noted, “the adjective orthomolecular is used to express the idea of the right molecules in the right concentration”

Many pharmaceuticals can be effectively replaced with multivitamin supplements under the administration of a good physician. QuietMinds, LLC works in conjunction with, and under the direction of, doctors who wish to make use of a pre-compounded, broad spectrum nutritional supplement, designed to assist in the orthomolecular stabilization mental disorders.

There is a misconception by some that nutritional supplements such as QuietMinds Supplements are not regulated. Before 1994, dietary supplements fell under the same regulations as food. But today, with the passage of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA) in 1994, the Food and Drug Administration has been granted authority to ban products that are proven to be unsafe, and does.

• Saturday, February 20th, 2010

There is a concept out there among the majority of medical practitioners that vitamins are needed only in small dosage to prevent diseases of deficiency. Thankfully those numbers within that majority are steadily and rapidly decreasing.

The reason is that the reality of large dosages of vitamins are now recognized as effective, sometimes essential, in the treatment of disease other than those seen as vitamin deficiency diseases. Mental illness may fall into this category.

The first vitamins-as-preventative came as a result of the discovery that a vitamin (B3) in large dosages lowered cholesterol levels. This meant that mega dosing of a vitamin for a condition known NOT to be a vitamin deficiency disease was possible.

In a 2002 study, world renowned scientific researcher Bruce Ames with colleagues Elson-Schwab and Silver provided an explanation. Vitamins, it was reported, are converted into coenzymes, which combine with enzymes to carry on essential metabolic functions. If the ability of the enzyme to combine with the coenzyme is impaired, increasing the amount of vitamins will increase the amount of enzyme, thus overcoming the defect and increasing the reaction toward normal.

The basic concept of the vitamins-as-treatment paradigm are that optimum doses, which may large or small, may be therapeutic and extremely helpful or diseases that are not classical deficiency diseases. There are no toxic doses since vitamins do not kill, but the higher the dosage the more apt will be the development of side effects.

It is the awareness that conditions such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, certain addictions and other mental disorders are due to genetic errors which cause the suffering, or having been created by prolonged severe malnutrition or stress, that led to the development of QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements.

The response to vitamins by customers suffering a central nervous system disorder depends on the relative condition of the sufferer. QuietMinds’ researchers suspect that all people in the deficiency area probably respond quickly to QuietMinds Supplements. However, after QuietMinds customers move into the dependency area, their response will be slower and less dramatic. This is because through QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements they have met the needs of insufficiency and now find themselves maintaining stability by continuing to meet the needs of their vitamin dependency with QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements.