Take Probiotics to Treat Bipolar Illness?

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Take probiotics to treat bipolar illness? Using natural supplements to treat mental illness is not a new concept. Yet it can, unfortunately, end with a bunch of cash being spent and the sufferer not feeling much better. I could pay for the awesome teen’s college tuition with all the cash I spent many years ago – for many years – on a multitude of natural ‘cures’ for my CFS/ME and Manic Depressive illness.

Take Probiotics to Treat Bipolar Illness?
Not Only Does This Yogurt Look Delicious – It May Be A Treatment for Depression.

Supplements did help in many ways, too many to mention here and they were bought and consumed for various reasons that of course changed over time as well. Stuff for depression when feeling very depressed… start to feel better, hold off on that… a manic switch may be on the way. Things to heal gut when was having constant vaginal yeast infections.

Inflammation is Now Thought to be an Underlying Cause of Depression. Click To Tweet

That got better, don’t need that expensive acidophilus product anymore. Got pregnant and so of course took prenatal vitamins. Felt well and did well (no complications with pregnancy or childbirth), so stayed on them for a year or so after my son was born. Then went back to a regular multivitamin. Should I buy the one with iron or without?

There are so many things you can purchase to try and self-medicate with – that usually do not have the awful side effects regular medications often do. But is it worth the cost and do they work? Will probiotics help your bipolar illness states?

Thankfully there are many physicians (regular docs, not just naturopaths) and medical researchers who are continuing to try and find the answers for all of us out there who want better treatment options for our mental illness than brain damaging, addictive and harmful psychotropic medications.

Why Take Probiotics to Treat Bipolar Illness?

What have they come up with that may indicate probiotics will help your bipolar illness? Check this out:

U.C.L.A.’s Mayer is doing work on how the trillions of bacteria in the gut “communicate” with enteric nervous system cells (which they greatly outnumber). His work with the gut’s nervous system has led him to think that in coming years psychiatry will need to expand to treat the second brain in addition to the one atop the shoulders.

Source: Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being

The depressive phases of Bipolar 1 Disorder/Manic Depression can be severe. The medications needed to treat the depression without flipping you into mania can be worse than or as bad as the actual mental state they are trying to treat. Depressing, no?

That is why we need more proven natural-based treatments that have less side effects and less of a potential stimulant effect. How about yogurt with a capsule of high-quality probiotic sprinkled on top?

If that would help, it would be an amazing improvement in treatment modalities and in current ways of thinking by shrinky dinks, yes? Hells bells yes!

According to Ted Dinan, a professor of psychiatry at University College Cork, in Ireland, and one of the world’s leading researchers on the subject, there are three basic mechanisms underlying the astonishing connection between these lowly microorganisms and our very personalities:

(1) Bacteria that live in the gut (or travel through it aboard some yogurt) are necessary building blocks in the production of neurochemicals there, like serotonin and dopamine.

(2) That impact on neurochemicals in turn has an effect on the secretion of stress hormones like cortisol.

(3) Gut bugs also play a vital role in regulating the immune system and the inflammatory response it can launch when things go haywire. Inflammation is now widely considered to be one underlying cause of depression.

To learn more about this exciting discovery, read this article: Your New Antidepressant Goes Remarkably Well With Blueberries.

Image is a free use from Wikimedia Commons by Schwäbin

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2 Comments

  1. many of the same things Dr. Cabot does. Tomorrow, I’ll call him to see if I can get an appointment soon. Unfortunately, I’ll have to pay out-of-pocket. As you found out when you were here, the U.S. health care system isn’t very good. Insurance companies don’t allow doctors to practice holistic medicine, so I have to go off the “insurance grid” for the care I need. It’s going to be expensive.Does your health care system in England pay for holistic medicine?

    February 7, 2017
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    • Molly said:

      I’m American – not English. 🙂 And I know how hard it is to receive ‘alternative treatments’ i.e. anything not a prescription medication. But, that said, there are many things you can do and there are doctors who support holistic health, are familiar with environental illness (some psychiatrists too), etc.

      And there are many ‘regular’ illnesses that can be contributing to someone’s mood – thyroid, blood sugar, etc. These can be tested and treated and are covered by insurance.

      Other things that you can do on your own (after making sure you do not have a treatable medical condition) are infinite. Work on diet, eliminate sugar, exercise, learn relaxation techniques, spend time with quality people or spend time alone, end an abusive relationship, etc. etc.

      The list goes on. The only bottom line issue for me? There is NO SUCH THING AS AN IDENTIFIABLE CHEMICAL IMBALANCE in a person’s brain that is causing mental illness symptoms.

      YES – your brain and body and neurotransmitters and a bunch of other stuff (gut bacteria) may be screwed up… but psychotropic medications will NOT cure you – they are only helpful in crisis stabilization.

      Long term will make someone worse. And better to not start in the first place if can be avoided. Not everyone can, but many can and many do – like me. There’s hope, and we need better insurance coverage for holistic health practices (testing, treatments, supplements instead of psych drugs).

      I have no idea what your personal struggles are but hope you find things that help. best, Molly

      February 9, 2017
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