You are really pleased with how your daughter is turning out.
Is someone you love becoming someone you barely know?
Are you feeling less like yourself?
Have you been told medication is the only solution?
Relax…. There’s another way.
I am one of a very few MD Psychiatrists fully qualified in genetic analysis and Functional Medicine: the treatment of mental illness without drugs.
Many of us can heal anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and more with the right information, guidance and support.
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I know the changes you or your loved one needs to make, and I put them in my book.
What kind of nutrition does your food contain? Is it well-farmed organic food, fresh and full of vitamins and minerals? Or is it tasteless, colorless, industrially farmed, genetically-modified and highly processed?
Poor quality food sets the stage for degenerative diseases of every kind, not just psychiatric problems.
Here’s one story:
Rene (not her real name) was a kind, generous and well-liked teenager. She volunteered for local charities during high school. She had a great sense of humor and a strong sense of responsibility. You could count on her for help when you needed it.
She was a virtuoso pianist, organ and harp player. Her parents were very proud of her.
But she was different from her high school girlfriends. They were lighthearted, always talking about clothes and boys, or boys and clothes. Rene was more serious. Her thoughts focused on career and college without a concrete goal. Her parents thought she’d probably go into music, but she was good in science and took engineering courses instead.
According to her teachers she excelled at everything she attempted. They steered her toward the most exclusive, prestigious colleges. She was at the top of her class with good SAT scores.
After she left for college, Rene phoned home just about every day, sounding stressed. She couldn’t decide what classes to take. The campus was too big, there were too many kids. She felt lost and was making no friends. She missed the intimacy of her local high school.
This wasn’t like her. Her parents expected her to love university life and figured Rene was just going through another growth phase. Eventually the phone calls became less frequent.
But one night, out of the blue, came a call from the university hospital. Rene was in the psych ward, acting manic.
As it turned out Rene never registered or attended any classes; she never bought any books. She’d been awake for ten days. Her speech was rapid, illogical. Her roommates had brought her to the hospital thinking she might have been on drugs.
Her parents rushed to the hospital and found her barely recognizable: hair dirty, clothes disheveled, pacing. Her eyes darted desperately around her and her words raced to keep up with her disorganized thoughts. Rene was bouncing off the ceiling.
The ward was full of bizarre-looking people. Rene was clearly sick, but wanted out of “this smoke-filled hole.” Her medication hadn’t kicked in yet; she was really out of control.
Her parents fear began to turn into foreboding.
Rene’s doctors were unavailable; the only person who would speak to them was a discharge nurse. Rene’s diagnosis was manic psychosis: she was out of touch with reality.
There was no known cause or cure for this illness, but the nurse assured Rene’s parents that the right medication would reduce her symptoms. they were told she would need medication the rest of her life.
Where were the doctors? The rest of her life? That’s a long time.
And just where were the doctors, anyway?
And how did Rene go from being a promising young college student to being in a psych ward in just a few weeks? The discharge nurse shrugged and turned back to her computer. This was a nightmare. A wide-awake, terrifying nightmare.
Days and weeks went by. Rene was eventually discharged and moved back home, doing mostly nothing. She gained weight, lost interest in grooming herself. She had no motivation, no life.
Twice a month Rene went to her psychiatrist. She kept getting medication but the doctor still wouldn’t speak to her parents … confidentiality laws. Rene’s symptoms eased a bit, but she still wasn’t herself. She was clearly still not well.
Time passed and nothing changed. Slowly her parents came to the realization that this state of affairs was no solution and completely unacceptable.
So they began to research for themselves. They would never accept the future that was being handed to Rene; they were determined to win back the daughter they’d once had.
And that’s what eventually brought them to me.
So what was going on with Rene?
Certain foods, usually thought of as fine, healthy foods, may not be good for some individuals. These foods can cause cerebral allergies that disappear when they are no longer eaten.
One example: wheat contains gluten and dairy contains casein, two hard-to-digest proteins . These two substances alone are responsible for at least one in twenty-five cases of psychotic thought disorders, and perhaps more. When these sensitive individuals remove them from the diet, the improvement can be dramatic.
You need to have the right environment inside your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The gut needs fiber, good bacteria and other substances which help us absorb nutrients. Digestive issues can create many ‘psychological’ problems including anxiety, depression and psychotic thought disorder.
Problems with the gut can set us up for poor physical and mental health and fatigue. The inflammation poor gut health sets in motion can set the stage for just about every degenerative disease known to man.
Here’s what happened to another patient when she started to work with me:
“I’ve probably always been a bit depressed, but when I turned 25 it really got bad. It didn’t make any sense.
I had a good job and a great boyfriend. Everything was going my way. But the depression was getting worse and making it so hard to function that all I had achieved was threatened.
I was really frightened. I went to my doctor and got antidepressants. They worked but I didn’t feel like myself. I totally lost what little sex drive I had and my boyfriend was heading for the door. There had to be a better way.
When I found Dr. Mullan, things began to improve. It took some doing to change my diet and take my nutritional supplements regularly but when I did I felt better and even lost some weight. Now when I eat the wrong food again I can feel it immediately. I feel great! I would not trade the way I feel now for anything! Dr. Mullan’s help was indispensable.”
It is astonishing how little recognition there is of the simple, obvious fact that unhealthy guts create toxic substances that can impact the way brains and bodies function. Unfriendly bacteria, fungi and other organisms in the gastrointestinal tract send even more toxins into the bloodstream where they quickly find their way to the brain.
Vitamin deficiencies are common sources of psychiatric symptoms as are amino acid, essential fatty acid and mineral deficiencies.
And we’ve known for centuries that heavy metal toxicity is a major cause of psychiatric disorders.
This is a story from Ana’s mom:
Ana* was in her senior year of high school. She had mood swings and had been on antidepressants for several years. During her senior class trip she disappeared.
I was on the trip as a parent moderator so I knew right away and helped coordinate the effort to find her. Still, it was a nightmare. Ultimately she was found in the Greyhound Bus station about to board a bus back to our home state.
She was hospitalized several times and was tried on many medications. Abilify was ultimately the medicine that worked best for her but it made her like a zombie. She was just not the same person.
She started to have weird facial expressions and behavioral tics. I was depressed and desperate. I felt that my daughter was gone and there was nothing I could do about it. We took her to many doctors and none of them offered us any solution other than medication.
I am not the type of person to just go along when I am handed something I do not want. I searched the Internet exhaustively and found Dr. Mullan. She told me there were options and gave us hope.
Over the next six months we changed Ana’s diet, did a lot of testing and gave her nutritional supplements. Ultimately we were able to wean Ana off of Abilify. Even though we keep the medication on hand for emergencies, removing the drug was major. I recognized the daughter I had known coming back to me.
Treating psychotic thought disorder is not simple. There are multiple causes, and setbacks are to be expected. But Dr. Mullan has given us clarity, direction, and hope.
Beyond that, she is a wonderful person to work with: kind, down to earth, available, and really motivated to solve Ana’s problem. Dr. Mullan gave us options but we have to do significant work to be effective. In the end Dr. Mullan’s advice brought my daughter back. There is no substitute for having my daughter with us again.
* Ana’s real name has been changed.
Recovery requires more work for some than for others. We shouldn’t minimize or trivialize the difficulties involved with treating psychosis or other serious psychiatric disorders.
But effective options do exist. You don’t need to be limited to pharmaceuticals and stuck with partial solutions.
The big goals in life are not reached easily.
But you can make it if we try.
It takes determination, intelligent direction, work, sacrifice and the intent to succeed.
You can begin here.
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