The kinds of suffering she was having-lack of sleep, anxiety, at times claustrophobia, an avalanche of negative thoughts, craving alcohol-got my wheels turning that she was likely experiencing a nutrient deficit, possibly doing that stockpiling of histamine dance that is undermethylation-a term I didn't even know when my father was alive. My very simplified version of undermethylation is that a step in the filtration process in the body isn't doing its job well. We get to a tipping or more likely a crashing point and all hell breaks loose. See Dr. Ben Lynch's website to get all the information on genetic variants such as MTHFR and what to do about them.
I described a couple of possibilities of how certain nutritional crashes produce mood disorders and symptoms-anxiety, depression, cravings and that most doctors do not look at this seriously or at all. Any client of mine that has any kind of personal body or mind suffering gets a referral to my hotshot top of the heap naturopath-STAT! Otherwise it is like trying to teach some dance steps to a person with a broken leg that hasn't been treated. Ok-ya they can take in the information, maybe, but can we at least get the dang leg xrayed?! " I am not a doctor, Jim, I'm a therapist!" But I know some amazing naturopaths and have learned a lot about an alternative understanding to what makes people feel like crud emotionally and it is not a lack of SSRI drugs. (Dr Peter Breggin, anyone? Google him and listen to this wise and gentle psychiatrist clarify things).
Just to be EXTRA CLEAR here I am not talking that psych drug company mumbo jumbo about diabetics take insulin for the rest of their lives, likewise a depressed person will need psych drugs for the rest of their lives (not). But if that's all you know, then that's all you know. See my blog post about Robert Whitaker and Anatomy of an Epidemic to get caught up on that big deception. Whitaker's updates are riveting and if you get a chance, listen closely to any of his talks posted on YouTube.
Where do you start?
Holistic mental health naturopaths have a few things they look at to see if your body is doing what it is supposed to so you can feel well. Anyone with any difficulties of mood would get checked for crashed or excessive amounts of necessary nutrients...like zinc. Or maybe a profile that shows you are stockpiling histamine and it is way too high in your bloodstream-this will cause mood swings, anxiety or in real severe amounts-manic, panic or OCD states. It runs in families and in children can manifest in many intense ways. Many of us moms have been told we got a typical mommy brain after childbirth but have no idea that our brain fog could be cleared up in hours to just a few days with nutritional boosting of the methylation cycle. I myself struggled painfully for almost 9 years postpartum thinking I lost most of my memory and tracking abilities within days of giving birth only to have most restored within 24 hours of histamine detox.
Let me cut to the chase and tell you that a few specific vitamins later, our aforementioned client gal lost her craving for alcohol, began sleeping well for the first time in many years, is shedding the anxiety and hopelessness that plagued her and as a result has the inner resources freed up to be a healthy partner and mother.
Bleak mood states and lack of sleep, intoxication and blackouts moved out make a lot of room for creative projects and growth.
Sometimes I wonder, "what would my Dad have done if freed from his suffering?"
And what about you?