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Also read the article about Vitamin B 12 defeciency that can cause brain fog and depression.

WARNING: These items may cause mania episodes for those who have bipolar or manic depression.

  • Antidepressant drugs may cause manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder.
  • For this reason, herbs and supplements with antidepressant properties might also be risky.
  • SAMe,St. John's Wort and inositol can indeed trigger manic episodes.
  • Vanadium is thought to be a possible cause of bipolar disorder mood cycling and should be avoided as a supplement.
  • chromium picolinate might be harmful to people with bipolar disorder.2
  • L-glutamine, has reportedly triggered episodes of mania
  • ginseng product has also been associated with an episode of mania.
    Read item 3 below for the actual report and its reference

1. The information in this item are exerts from an article by Patric Darby, M.D. who states, "Furthermore, there is now a Bipolar IV Disorder. That is, a patient who has an adverse reaction to a medication, such as an antidepressant and exhibits signs of mania, therefore, is labeled Bipolar. If this person never had this medication, they would never had this experience, nor would they have the diagnosis."

  • Pfeiffer reported that those who have daily or day-to-day mood swings have food allergies or hypoglycemia. In addition, he said they are pyroluric and are easily treated with adequate doses of B6 and Zinc. (do you know about pyroluria?)

    Pfeiffer recommends

    1. Adequate B6 for dream recall (NTE 2gms qd)
    2. Zinc (as gluconate) 30mg am &pm
    3. Manganese (as gluconate) 10mg am &pm
    4. if B6 produces numbness in extremities. Shift to pyridoxal phosphate at 1/10th dose of normal B6

  • Phenylalanine (in dosages of up to 4,000 mg per day) alleviates many (approximately 75% of) cases of Manic Depression
  • Triiodothyronine (25 - 30 micrograms per day) alleviates Manic Depression Arem, R. The Thyroid Solution. Ballantine Books, New York, USA 1999:114-117...Manic Depression patients are generally found to have low endogenous production
  • Glutathione...Blood glutathione level in mental disease before and after treatment. Arch Psych. 71:69, 1955
  • L-cysteine  The underlying mechanism for the success of L-cysteine in some manic depression patients is believed to be via its role as a precursor for glutathione
  • Folic Acid is the most common deficiency found in Manic Depression patient
  • Inositol  Manic Depression patients have impaired metabolism of Inositol
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause Mania...
  • Vitamin C (3,000 mg per day) improves the condition of Manic Depression patients
  • Avoid vanadium may be an aetiological factor (causes of diseases) in manic depressive illness
  • Tryptophan alleviates Manic Depression and is beneficial when suicidal tendencies exist
  • Fish oil supplement reduces bipolar symptoms...Human double-blind trial has found that 6,200 mg EPA + 3,400 mg DHA (used in conjunction with normal manic depression medication) improved almost all symptoms of manic depression and reduced the relapse rate. Fish oil is high in both EPA and DHA and could therefore be expected to produce similar results."

source http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/articles/bipolartreatment.htm

2. "Choline supplement Choline, a nutrient that converts into phosphatidylcholine, has shown to be beneficial in bipolar disease, particularly those who are prescribed lithium. More studies are needed to confirm this initial finding. Oral choline decreases brain purine levels in lithium-treated subjects with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder: a double-blind trial using proton and lithium magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Lyoo IK. Brain Imaging Center, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA, USA. Bipolar Disord. 2003 Aug;5(4):300-6.http://www.raysahelian.com/bipolar.html

3. "*WARNING: Antidepressant drugs may cause manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder. For this reason, herbs and supplements with antidepressant properties might also be risky. Case reports suggest that SAMe,16,17,18 St. John's Wort,7,8 and inositol15 can indeed trigger manic episodes.
* WARNING: Vanadium is thought to be a possible cause of bipolar disorder mood cycling and should be avoided as a supplement. It has been suggested that the drug lithium works, in part, by reducing the body's level of vanadium.1 For this reason, it might be advisable for people with bipolar disorder to avoid using supplements that contain vanadium.
*WARNING: The supplement chromium is often sold in the form of chromium picolinate. Picolinate can alter levels of neurotransmitters.5 This has led to concern among some experts that chromium picolinate might be harmful to people with bipolar disorder.2
*WARNING: The supplement L-glutamine, while not normally considered to have antidepressant properties, has reportedly triggered episodes of mania in two people not previously known to have bipolar disorder.4
*WARNING: A ginseng product has also been associated with an episode of mania.6"
http://www.squidoo.com/natural-treatments-bipolar-disorder

 

 

 
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