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  1. After speaking on the phone to the practice manager of the health centre of our town, she passed me her email (not available on website, by the way - it does not seem to encourage emails, surprise, surprise) and, apparently sympathetic and understanding, she agreed to circulate this link among our GPs. I have been using this health centre since 1978. Currently, and for the last couple of years, my GP is supporting my attempted tapering down of the beast that is Effexor. Our GPs are mostly very good to us, but, it is clear to me, that they are firefighting and do not have the resources available to get people like us, support from, say, nutritionists and other potentially useful therapists. Nor do they have the lived experience so many of us have acquired. Here's hoping actions like this can someday help other desperate, suffering folks. At almost 73 I am not at my peak, but if even I can do this, perhaps many others can, too - maybe we can help turn the tide? I have to confirm at this point that I am only doing this after gaining knowledge myself, through research, and that includes visiting the wonderful survivingantidepressants.org site, its admirable moderators, leader and fellow sufferers. http://cepuk.org/2018/03/01/royal-college-psychiatrists-challenged-burying-inconvenient-antidepressant-data/
  2. Hi fellow Candida sufferers, During my "travels" of the symptoms threads, I have never come across a dedicated anti-Candida thread so thought this could be a place we could discuss our healing from Candida Albicans. Last Thursday I went to see a Naturopath about it as the eczema (among other things) has really got me down. She did a report for me which stated that my Candida is "systemic". This means it's all over my body. I also realise that I have had Candida for several years now, but didn't put 2+2 together; didn't see it as a whole. Looking back, I can tell that stress has been the cause and latterly, WD has made it worse. For the last month I have not touched refined sugar, have been taking massive doses of probiotics, although my Naturopath tells me that these won't do much with my leaky gut :0( As for healing, I don't know how long it will take to eradicate the overgrowth and restore my gut health back to a healthy level. My immune system has been compromised because of the Candida. Tomorrow I am having bloodwork done: Total blood count, C-Reactive Protein, Thyroid. This I understand will determine level of inflammation. Currently, my diet is very restricted and today I receive my 2 week "detox" kit as well as Adrenal gland support supplements and some other bits and pieces. I had no idea how much damage Candida caused in the human body, and hope that further invasive investigation won't be needed. Anyway, I hope we can help each other and share information to get through this. I have had eczema for over a year now which points to sustained inflammation in the body. TC, JC
  3. Hi, I watched a documentary a few years ago called 'Food Matters' that talked about taking vitamins for nutrition (http://documentarylovers.com/film/food-matters/). Not only did it talk about Nutrition, but it talked about the work of Abram Hoffer (who I think might or might not have been a Nobel prize winner) and his work with Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3. In this documentary and other Google+ webinars Andrew Saul talks about using high doses of Niacin for dealing with depression and schizophrenia amongst many other conditions. The documentary also mentions that Abram Hoffer lived to his 90's and that he claimed it to be because of his 40years on Niacin. In another Webinar by Andrew Saul on Youtube called '6 Proven Ways to Improve Your Health', he says that high doses of Vitamin C (in the 10's of thousands of milligrams -[way beyond the dose recommended by the RDA]) was a good treatment for treating various different diseases like Polio, Pneumonia, Cardiovascular disease, Dyptheria, Cancer etc etc. Andrew Saul also has a website that he claims is peer reviewed called: http://www.doctoryourself.com/. On the sites page for depression it says that 'Depression is the most frequently searched-for topic at DoctorYourself.com' (http://www.doctoryourself.com/depression.html). So this got me thinking and wanting to ask the question here, has anyone on this website Surviving Antidepressants tried to use Andrew Sauls websites, books or videos to attempt to deal with depression/anxiety/schizophrenia or to cope with coming off their antidepressants? Also I was wondering, does anyone have any experience with taking high doses of Niacin/Vitamin C or any other vitamins (as recommended by Andrew Saul .Phd) in coping with depression or tapering anti-depressants?
  4. Not sure if this is the best place to post. I did a search with not much results. I am wondering if anyone has heard of Electrodermal Screening. It is a kind of acupuncture that tests organs and recommends naturopathic remedies based on your test results. Sounds hocus pocus to me but would like to know if anyone has had success with it with dealing with withdrawal symptoms? Thanks for your input. Please start a new topic for this if you feel it is inducated. Thank you!
  5. Awhile back JanCarol asked me what I was going to do if tapering lithium didn't work. It hasn't been disastrous, but I am really stuck. I am thinking about going to Mensah Medical in the Chicago area. Has anyone related to them? The two doctors there were part of the Pheiffer Institute which closed. Dr. Walsh was head of the Institute and now heads the Walsh Institute, which does research into the biochemical basis of mental illness (this whole post may need to be deleted) and educates physicians on nutrient therapies. The Mensah Medical docs are the clinical people. The website mensahmedical.com has a resources page, if you can get it to come up with lots of resources, they are really interesting. Sadly, I am not nearly smart enough to know if the theories are true. My sister has been going to a very expensive integrative doc for about four years. I think he has been doing these concepts (she isn't quite as fascinated as me, lol). Anyway, he pronounced her ready to go off Prozac after seventeen years of therapy with a two-week taper...and so far she is fine. I'm not jealous at all .
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