During the week of her sixteenth birthday, Kassidi suffered a severe case of chicken pox. Within seven weeks she experienced dramatic mental and behavioral attitudinal declines. Over that time a smart and extraordinary girl become openly rebellious, often our of control, seldom sleeping and emotionally explosive. At other times she was despondent and suicidal. She attended school intermittently and when it struck her mood to do so. She began to live away from home, moving from the home of one friend to another until she had worn-out all of her welcomes. She started smoking, then drinking and finally she began using street drugs. She became sexually active and promiscuous. When she did attend school, she was constantly placed under discipline for tardiness, absenteeism and non-productivity. Upon the advice of a psychiatrist who was treating her, she was institutionalized through a family intervention.
Following confinement, Kassidi upon her return was unceremoniously expelled from public high school. Her psychiatrist explained to the school administration that Kassidi had been absent from her classes as a result of what he believed to bee deep clinical depression, The high school dean of students retorted, "I was depressed last Monday, but I still got up and went to school!"
Kassidi quickly lost interest in nearly all activities. She became irritable, reclusive and despondent. Uninterrupted she could sleep for hours. She complained that she was fatigued. Sustained concentration or focus was impossible. Within a matter of months she was engulfed in deep depression. She lost all desires. She felt guilty and ashamed of her "failure." On three occasions she attempted suicide.
She obtained a G.E.D. by testing-out. Over a period of nearly three years, Kassidi started, withdrew and quit seven semesters of junior college. Reluctantly she began to irregularly attend therapy sessions. During this time she had a variety of psychologists and psychiatrists. During her course of treatments she was prescribed thirteen different medications, with multiples of varying dosages, and in each case would ultimately quit taking them. Kassidi repeatedly refused to take lithium as she contended that taking lithium indicated that she was irreparably a "nut" or "crazy".
Eventually, she began to sense that she wanted to do something positive with her life. Unsuccessfully, she tried but continued to fail. Rebellious, angry with herself and confused, she continually sought help yet ignored it. Finally, Kassidi found a psychiatrist with whom she related. This discovery paralleled her growing desire to find a solution to her struggle. For without such a solution, a strong sense that she would die from her misdeeds. Reluctantly, and for the first time she accepted the diagnosis of Bipolar Affective Disorder (BAD) and finally agreed to lithium dosages. Slowly she began to stabilize. Meanwhile a Canadian family had been entangled in a struggle to find treatment other than prescribed medications for manic depression (Bipolar Affective Disorder). Their search was prompted by the suicide death of the mother of the family and a subsequent determination that at least two of the surviving children suffered the same disease.
At the time, Kassidi psychiatrist, who resided in Southern California where Kassidi attended school, repeatedly stated that his personal research and study evidenced that the lack of good nutrition played a strong role in the development of certain Central Nervous System Disorders (CNSD). He theorized that strict adherence to a severe diet could potentially cure Kassidi's Bipolar Disorder, "within a year." Further, he stated studies and research in Europe and Russia were beginning to bring such theories to the attention of the mainstream of the medical/psychiatric community. With information in hand, Kassidi's dad, W. E. "Ned" feverishly began to search the internet for any information regarding this research.
After several months of Ned's daily internet investigations, his computer search-engine discovered the Canadian study. With great excitement, Ned immediately wrote to the Canadian family, who by now has established a company for development of a nutritional supplement with which they were experimenting. Nearly four month later an email response from a research assistant for that company. He invited Kassidi to participate in a new trial series.
Kassidi decided to become a party to the trial supplement. However, not until after several days of debate was her decision made. Deliberation was between Kassidi, her mother and father, the above mentioned psychiatrist, and now, a second psychiatrist , a Colorado Springs psychiatrist who had joined her treatment team, when Kassidi moved back to Colorado. This second physician had concluded that minerals on chemistry's periodic table located above lithium, and in synergistically proportioned combinations, could basically have the same positive result as lithium for the treatment of BAD, without negative side effects. Both of the doctors concluded that the vitamin-mineral combination, if successful, might eliminate the horrendous side effects which Kassidi experienced from lithium, accompanied by with the prescribed companion-pharmaceutical medications, which impeded Kassidi in pursuit of athletics. By now, Kassidi was a young college-aged athlete who had unsuccessfully tried to compete in women's basketball while taking lithium. As a high level athlete, she simply failed to perform on lithium. The degree of proficiency necessary for Kassidi to athletically compete at a collegiate level was beyond her reach. The side effects of lithium and more than a dozen other drugs, which over time included Wellbutrin, Depakote, Zoloft, Tegratol and others, presented obstacles and side effects that could not be overcome on a competitive basketball court.
On a Wednesday, seventy-two hours after commencing the vitamin/mineral nutritional supplement combination, Kassidi became ill. Within hours she reported to her dad that she felt as if she was "going to die." Enraged, Ned Bishop, contacted the Canadian research assistant. He angrily complained that his daughter was far worse from taking the supplements. After conferring with others, the research assistant calmly explained that it was the collective research center personnel's opinion that Kassidi being a highly conditioned athlete, had processed and metabolized the vitamin-mineral combination far more rapidly than anyone that they had previously observed. Therefore, they concluded, Kassidi was having a serious toxic reaction to the lithium and medication in her system, not an adverse reaction to the supplements.
After deliberation among the researchers, Kassidi and her family and the family psychiatrists, it was agreed that Kassidi would immediately abandon her lithium and all other prescribed psychotropic medications. In lieu of the prescribed pharmaceutical medicines, it was decided that she would now rely solely upon the nutritional supplements! By Saturday of the same week, Kassidi reported a sense of wellness that she recalled only from her pre-Bipolar days.
From that day forward, Kassidi Bishop has reported ongoing wellness and stability. As is the case with everyone, Kassidi experiences normal stressful days. But, she demonstrates an intense, yet warm and radiant personality. Her disposition does not reflect someone, who prior to the vitamin mineral supplement, experienced years of alternating mania and suicidal depression. In fact, Kassidi again became successful, productive young woman. She earned a degree in political science from the University of Louisville, where she obtained a scholarship playing NCAA Division I collegiate basketball. After more than ten years Kassidi had not experienced dramatic wide mood swings or any of the other previous indications for BAD.
Kassidi's mother, Elaine is an attractive woman, currently in her mid-sixties. She had never realized that she suffered CNSD, until her daughter was diagnosed with BAD. Recalling that she had had episodes of deep depression with sometimes uncontrollable Manic experiences in her life, Elaine began to ask questions of herself. Since a majority of persons suffering CNSD can trace those persons suffering from a CNSD can trace those problems to family history of such disorders, Elaine became curious about her own family history. Subsequently, a psychiatrist completely independent of Kassidi's experiences diagnosed Elaine with Bipolar Affective disorder.
She was immediately placed on 1200 mg per day of lithium. Within a short period of time she began to experience relief. Approximately seven months following Kassidi's successful transfer to a nutritional supplement for her treatment of Bipolar Disorder, Elaine gained her psychiatrist'S blessing to also try the supplements, as she was experiencing excessive weight gain and dramatic tremors. Elaine's response and subsequent stabilization, although much less dramatic, took a longer time than Kassidi's stability. She and her psychiatrist theorize that this results from the difference in age and physical condition. Since Elaine metabolizes at a much slower rate, her body also absorbs QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements more slowly. Even so, within 4 months Elaine began to experience the same positive responses that had been realized by Kassidi. Now, years later, Elaine declares that she could not negotiate her busy schedule without her daily intake of QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements.
Kassidi now lives in the Rocky Mountains at beautiful Winter Park, Colorado, site of one of the original western ski resorts. Kassidi and husband Andrew have always enjoyed the outdoors together, sharing time hiking and biking or traveling back-mountain blacktop with roller blades. Kassidi enjoys her dog Faeden and her Kentucky thoroughbred horse Patriot. When the weather permits and the snow fades she looks forward to working patiently with her elegant high spirited pal as she gently converts him from English to Western style saddle and tack.
During the winter months she skis regularly. Andrew is a very accomplished down-hill Alpine skier, but Kassidi, always the competitive athlete has been known to slip away to practice her skills, attempting to match his. Both Andrew and Kassidi are successful in business in Grand county, where he is a developer and successful builder. She is working in behalf of QuietMinds and it'scustomers.
April 20, 2009 Kassidi delivered a beautiful, dark-haired little girl, Kennidi. At seven pounds five ounces Kennidi has since grown dramatically, suggesting the influence of her daddy's six foot seven inch frame, or even Kassidi at five feet ten and one-half inches. But her grandparents know that she was already large enough to fill everyone's hearts to the seams.
After family, Kassidi's great affection remains her commitment to her QuietMinds activities. Kassidi will continue to occasionally accept invitations for speaking engagements. She relates the battles that she and her mother each fought for a stable existence. She remains a spokesperson and advocate for people with mental illness and presents her condition as something which can be managed. She understands that she will always need to take her nutritional supplements, noting her awareness of undesirable change if she has a "QuietMinds lapse".
Often she is asked questions regarding her perception of her current condition. "I feel great. I have my college degree, I work, I earn an income, I pay taxes. I love and I'm loved. I experience healthy emotions, without extremes. Everyday, I negotiate my daily activities, just like the vast majority of all Americans."
"But," she continues, "I now know that my diet is absolutely essential for my optimal health. I believe that nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants cure disease. What amazes me is that orthodox medicine practitioners act as if they have no evidence. Yet, there are volumes and volumes of research and information if one is willing see it with an open mind. Hippocrates regarded food as a primary form of medicine more than 2,500 years ago."
"Every year I read of astonishing numbers of people who die from overdosage of prescribed medications. God only knows, my mother and I are living proof of the brutal side effects of psychotic and psychotropic drugs. Yet, there remain the same tiresome nay-sayers, the willful detractors who are busy decrying the good that so many, like myself, have experienced as a result of broad spectrum nutritional supplements."
"Recently I read a paper written by Dr. Andrew Saul. Among other things he says, 'There are those, especially in the pharmaceutical-advertising supported media, who would like for you to think that vitamins have no therapeutic value. In fact, they'd like you to think that nutritional supplements are downright dangerous' He goes on to say that he visited the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE index for "vitamin". It produced more than 174,000 papers discussing vitamins. "Vitamin therapy" generated 54,000 responses and "vitamin therapeutics", 16,600. 'Vitamin contraindications' offers only 172 responses. And he says, 'vitamin death' will present you reports on how vitamins prevent death'. Dr. Saul states that his search has failed to find one death proven to be caused by the public's use of vitamin supplementation. 'Show me the coroner's evidence' he said. But, the negative detractors continue."
Kassidi reminds everyone, "QuietMinds may not be your answer. "We have lots and lots of people from around the world for whom it has worked, but we make no claims. If you and your doctor think you should give it a try, do so. The tragedy is that millions of people have a central nervous system disorder with a quality of life so reduced from drugs and anti psychotics that they will never know true stability. I just pray that others will have the same stabilizing result that Mom and I have experienced for over ten years."