You are not alone

If you suffer from depression or a bipolar disorder, know that you are not alone. It was recently reported that actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, wife of famed actor Michael Douglas, was recently diagnosed and treated for manic depression, or what is now specifically called a bipolar II disorder.

The Los Angeles Times reported on April 13, 2011, that the beautiful, famous actress was treated at an inpatient mental health facility in Connecticut.

This type of mental health condition is typically known to be a long-term or even life long disorder. Most people who suffer from it experience periods of mania or “highs” followed by periods of depression. A level II disorder means it is moderately severe.

Tragically, her husband Michael Douglas was found to have throat cancer last year. This certainly added to her stress levels, which we now know can impact the severity of bipolar disorder. It is certainly a difficult time for them both, and we give them our prayers.

What is most unfortunate is that Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as her husband Michael Douglass, are probably undergoing treatment with various pharmaceutical medications, even though we now know that there are natural alternatives which can be equally – if not more – effective in treating these diseases. To take it a step further, using pharmaceutical medications to treat just about any disease will only make it worse in the long run.

Study, and use, the exploding knowledge of alternative, healthy, natural medicinal supplements that can cure just about any disorder when properly applied.

There has been shown to be a link between bipolar disorder and highly creative individuals. This is probably due to the periods of mania during which the brain is hyperactive, producing periods of creative intensity, followed by periods of depression where the insights can be processed.

If I were advising anyone suffering from bipolar disorder, I would first put them on a strict regime of dietary supplements which include omega-3 fatty acids, Sam-E, 5-HTP, as well as green superfoods and raw vegetables which contain a vast array of vitamins, enzymes and trace minerals. Some of these supplements have been scientifically shown to produce healing effects similar to the best pharmaceutical medications without the side effects, particularly SAM-e and 5-HTP for depression.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids have just been shown to extend lifespan by slowing the rate at which telomeres shorten, which programs our cells to die.

It is also important to keep hormones in balance, such as DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, pregnenolone, progesterone, serotonin, dopamine, melatonin, acetycholine, GABA, Glutamine, etc.

The three major categories of substances that act as neurotransmitters are (1) amino acids (primarily glutamic acid, GABA, aspartic acid & glycine), (2) peptides (vasopressin, somatostatin, neurotensin, etc.) and (3) monoamines (norepinephrine, dopamine & serotonin) plus acetylcholine. The major “workhorse” neurotransmitters of the brain are glutamic acid (=glutamate) and GABA. The monoamines & acetylcholine perform specialized modulating functions, often confined to specific structures. The peptides perform specialized functions in the hypothalamus or act as co-factors elsewhere in the brain.”

Fortunately, these neurotransmitters can be balanced by natural, over-the-counter supplements and a very reasonable price. Even a few pharmaceutical drugs like deprenyl have been shown to increase lifespan by helping to maintain healthy levels of dopamine in the brain. Carnosine has a similar effect.

Unfortunately, I doubt this will be the case with this couple. The mainstream medical community has too much money to make off these wealthy celebrities to care for their real health and well-being. As for Michael, there are many alternative health medications that can help cure cancer far better than traditional medications such as chemotherapy and radiation. More of that in another article.

We must take responsibility for our own healing and stop being the guinea pigs of the pharmaceutical mafia.


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