Sometimes it sneaks up on your slowly. Other times, it seems to happen overnight. Something just isn’t right. You’re angrier than usual; moodier, anxious, and depressed. Your concern for your health and your inability to enjoy life the way you used to prompts you to confide in your doctor. He immediately prescribes an anti-anxiety drug, anti-depressant, or, in more serious cases, an anti-psychotic.
It may shock you to hear mental illness could possibly be some kind of scam. That’s ridiculous, right? Most psychiatrists say that psychosis and mental illness is just a matter of correcting chemical imbalance. What they don’t tell you is what causes the psychosis in the first place.
Shocking Causes of Psychosis and Mental Illness
The conventional approach to diagnosing and treating mental illness is flawed. Period. All you have to do is have one panic attack or one mood swing and you are immediately diagnosed with a mental disorder and put on some type of drug. The drugs just stop the symptoms. Few conventional physicians think to look at what is causing those symptoms in the first place.
Here’s the shocking information Health Scams Exposed uncovered:
- The “Standard American Diet”
One of the most overlooked causes of the symptoms of mental illness is the food you eat every single day. If you’re like most people, you go to the grocery store and stock up on pretty much the same food items every week. The grocery store sells food. Or does it? The definition of “food” has changed quite a lot in the past 100 years. Now, we eat food-like products giving little thought to what’s in it and what it’s doing to our bodies.
Unless you’re watching your weight or have a food allergy, you probably never read food labels. If you want to stay healthy both mentally and physically, now is the time to start. You’d be amazed at the dangerous chemicals, additives, and synthetic sweeteners in your food and even more surprised at what they’re doing to your mind.
Here are just a few:
Aspartame can drive you crazy; literally. Aspartame is a synthetic sweetener found primarily in diet soda, candy, cereal, and even some yogurts. Studies have shown that this synthetic additive is highly toxic to your neurological system. It has been known to cause seizures, tremors, mood swings, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Aspartame appears to interfere with L-tryptophan absorption; a naturally-occurring chemical responsible for relaxed mood and deep sleep.
- Food dyes
Food dyes such as Red #40 and Yellow #5 can be found in dozens of processed foods including candy, soda, and cereal. Recently, a blogging Mom in North Carolina blew the whistle on the yellow food dye in a popular macaroni and cheese product. More and more people are beginning to make the connection between synthetic food dyes and behavioral problem in children. Red #40 has also been shown to cause aggression and mood swings in both children and adults.
- High fructose corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup is another synthetic sweetener you need to stay away from if you want to improve your mental health. Not only have studies proven that HFCS causes diabetes and obesity, it can also lead to neurological problems. This is because this artificial sweetener contains mercury, a potent neurotoxin. High fructose corn syrup seems to affect memory, learning, and cognition most. If your thinking is muddled and cloudy, it may not be age; it may be the soda you keep drinking.
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
You may associate MSG with Asian take-out food but this dangerous additive can be found in dozens of processed foods. MSG is what’s known as an excitotoxin, meaning it over-stimulates the brain cells to early death.
Symptoms of MSG toxicity include depression, panic attacks, irritability, brain fog, and a frightening condition called ADSP, where you are experiencing sleep paralysis but you’re awake during it. It can be very difficult to spot because it goes by 40 different unrecognizable names. Yes, 40! Yeast extract, textured protein, soy, protein, and gelatin to name only a few.
- Vitamin Deficiencies
Vitamin deficiencies are another very common and overlooked cause of psychotic and irrational behavior.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic proportions and it has been linked to depression, anxiety, and seasonal affective disorder. The best way to check if this vitamin deficiency is causing your mental illness symptoms is to get a blood test to check your levels. Naturopathic and osteopathic physicians suggest taking 2,000-5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day to raise critically-low levels.
It is estimated that 8 out of 10 people are deficient in this essential mineral, which may account for the epidemic of panic disorders. Optimum magnesium levels are essential to good neurological health as it responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. Adding a chelated magnesium supplement to your diet can help relieve anxiety and treat insomnia.
- B Vitamins
B vitamins are another common cause of psychotic episodes, depression, and anxiety. Thiamine deficiency (B-1) leads to irritability, anxiety, and depression. Riboflavin deficiency (B-2) has been linked to hypomania, hysterical, and psychotic behaviors. Niacin (B-3) deficiency has been linked to depression. Folic acid (folate) can contribute to depression, especially in women. Memory problems and cognition can be related to vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Men with low levels of zinc in their bodies often struggle with low testosterone as well. Low testosterone can lead to irritability, anxiety, depression, and mood swings.
- Chemical Toxins
Chemical toxins in your environment can contribute to depression, anxiety, and psychotic behaviors. You are literally swimming in a neurotoxic soup each time you use conventional shampoo, body wash, make-up, air freshener, and cleaning products. Neurotoxins are chemicals added to everyday household items that interfere with normal, healthy brain function.
These neurotoxins include but are in no way limited to:
- Chlorinated solvents
- Phenolic resins
Since these toxic chemicals hide under so many different substances, your best bet is to get rid of all chemical cleaners and cosmetics in your home and replace them with natural alternatives.
Castile soap can be used as a body wash, shampoo, laundry detergent, dish soap, and cleaner.
Coconut oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil are nourishing and better for your skin than chemical-laden commercial lotions. Mineral make-up covers as well as conventional products but without the danger of chemical contamination.
- Physical Disease
Oftentimes, a physical cause is overlooked as the precursor to mental illness and psychotic behavior.
These causes include:
- Gluten intolerance
You may have heard of the gastrointestinal affects of gluten intolerance but didn’t know it affected the brain. For the intolerant person, gluten acts as a neurotoxin, causing inflammation and premature cellular death in the brain. The continual damage being done to the brain can cause episode of anxiety, depression, mania, and psychosis.
- Chronic candida
Candida is a type of yeast that occurs naturally in the intestines and genital tract. In small amounts, candida has no negative effect on the body. However, poor diet, excessive use of antibiotics, chemical toxins in the environment, and hormone drugs can cause this yeast to overgrow and become systemic in the body. This candida overgrowth causes anxiety, depression, irritability, and psychotic symptoms.
- Intestinal parasites
Intestinal parasitic infection is one of the most commonly overlooked causes of psychosis. Even though it is estimated that over 50% of the population is infected with some type of parasite; few physicians even take this problem into consideration. Physical symptoms of intestinal parasites include gurgling intestines, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, flatulence, rectal itching, and unexplained skin rashes. Psychological symptoms include depression, poor memory, anxiety, mania, and psychosis.
- Sleep Deprivation/Media Overload
Sleep is underrated. Most of us need at least 7 hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep each night to function optimally. With the 24-hour world of media entertainment options from television, computers, cells phones, and the like, most of us don’t get the rest we should. Sleep deprivation leads to higher levels of a stress hormone called cortisol, which can cause anxiety and irritability.
A Note of Caution to Those Diagnosed with Mental Illness
If you or someone you’re close to is taking a prescription medication for mental illness, it is never a good idea to stop taking them cold turkey. Weaning off any type of mental health drug needs to be done gradually and under the care of a qualified medical practitioner. Sometimes a psychiatrist will strongly advise against weaning off of these drugs and will not assist you in this process. If so, find an open-minded allopathic physician, osteopath or naturopathic doctor who can advise and guide you.
When you suddenly feel a loss of control of your mind and emotions, it can be terrifying. Your first thought might be to get on a psychiatric drug to stop the symptoms. Just remember, treating the symptoms does nothing to address the underlying cause of your mental illness.
To treat any illness, whether mental or physical, start with your diet and environment first so you can get to the source of the problem and heal yourself from the inside out.
The panic and anxiety that come every day is exhausting. It can wear you out mentally and physically. You may be tired of being afraid and staying indoors. Perhaps you want to live your life and be happy like you used to be.
I don’t know about you, but who wants to wait one more day to start feeling better? Sure changing your diet and adding vitamins will work, but that stuff will take weeks to kick in. What if you can’t wait that long? You want to start enjoying your life again right now.
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