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• 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 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 dmf4303@yahoo.com
(Reprinted with permission of the author.)

• 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 (drsaul@doctoryourself.com) 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.