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Supplement Therapy for Bipolar Disorder
by Moss Bliss

This page is an accumulation of the personal story and research by Gerald L. "Moss" Bliss. Not all links may be working; I'm posting the page first, then will check the links. See the page "Supplements" (to be posted soon) for selections and sources of supplements.

I have been becoming more and more concerned that our doctors may not have our best interests in mind, especially regarding the "mentally ill" patient. There is a long and detailed history of doctors (as a class - not individuals) deciding that the mentally ill were beasts or less-than-human, with tortures ranging from shaving a person's head and dousing it with caustic agents to the still-practiced Electro Convulsive Therapy ("electroshock"). Nowadays it seems most common to give a patient drugs -- drugs which are dangerous, toxic, and sometimes fatal -- rather than actual therapy.

It has been shown repeatedly the past couple of centuries that these methods are NOT the only way to treat the mentally ill, nor are they effective. They are aimed at subduing the patient, not treating them. The World Health Organization did a study of schizophrenia in 10 nations (twice, because they didn't believe the results the first time), including 3 of the poorest nations, and found (both times) that the patients who did NOT continue taking medications had a high probability (60%) of a full recovery -- and those who continued taking the drugs did not recover at all, but continued to be "treated" with drugs. However, modern psychiatric theory continues to hold that schizophrenia is treatable only with drugs, and is not curable.

Several leading psychiatrists have broken with the American Psychiatric Association, and state that there is NO evidence that there is any chemical or organic component to any major mental illness ("brain disorders", in the NAMI parlance), and there have been many cases in the histories of these groundbreaking (and line-breaking) doctors' practices where complete and effective treatment has involved nothing more than socializing the patients within a safe patient community. Please review the histories of (the late) Loren R. Mosher, M.D. and Peter Breggin, M.D., for more information on these treatments and the reasons not to prescribe various psychiatric drugs.

The main part of this discourse relates to Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive), but also extends to Unipolar Disorder (Clinical Depression without Mania), and Schizophrenia, and other related disorders. The following is a letter I wrote to Mountain Xpress, a weekly newspaper in Asheville, NC, where I lived from 1998-2010. It got published in the March 24-30, 2004 issue.

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      March 14, 2004

      Mountain Xpress
      PO Box 144
      Asheville, NC 28802

      I have been treated at Blue Ridge (now New Vistas) for six years now, and for Bipolar Disorder overall for the last 22 years. When I have asked Blue Ridge about alternatives to the medications they have prescribed for me, I have been told that there are none. When I presented information to my doctor in September 2003 regarding one of these alternatives, she told me that she knew nothing about it and refused to discuss it further -- my patient chart, on the other hand, was annotated with "strongly cautioned patient against use."

      Now that I have been stable over four months but not using their drugs, my Physicians Assistant admitted that there was considerable evidence in favor of the use of fish oil in treating depression and bipolar disorder

      UPDATE: I now (July 2015) live in Eastern Tennessee near Knoxville. I have been able to hold down a regular job since September 2012, and currently work as a Direct Support Professional, a nursing-affiliated job helping intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. The pay is more than what you'd make at McDogfoods, and the work is very light but essential.