The following blog post, “The Cure For Mental Illness?”, is also a mini-book (not published yet!), undoubtedly one of the most important books I will ever write. On the off chance that somebody finds this blog post who wouldn’t have found the book on Amazon, I’m posting it here, in its entirety – including with the link to this very post at the end.
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All that said, on with the contents of the book.
Five Things You Need To Understand Right Out Of The Gate
Before you begin reading this book, I need you to understand five things.
Thing #1: This book is short and to the point.
I am a talented writer. However, this book is not going to win the accolades of many picky Amazon book reviewers out there. The reason is that the information I’m about to disclose is critical for your mental health and the mental health of your friends and loved ones.
So I want, number one, to get this book published as quickly as possible; and number two, for you to be able to get the information quickly and start applying it to your life ASAP.
Therefore, I’m not going to cushion the text with warm-fuzzy stories, clever metaphors, or “professional” writing techniques.
Remember, you did get this book for free.
Thing #2: Disclaimer…MUST READ!!!
The information in this book is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent anything. That’s because information cannot cure or prevent. It’s you taking action and giving the body the proper support it needs to work its innate healing powers which cures and prevents.
You take your life into your own hands when you apply the principles therein to your life. You accept total liability for any consequences that result from any changes you make to your life as a result of reading this book.
Also, if you are on any kind of medication to ease symptoms of psychosis, DO NOT STOP TAKING THEM unless and until two circumstances have occurred. First, you have been religiously following the diet and nutrition recommendations in the book for at least a couple of weeks and can tell that the changes have made a difference in your psyche.
Second, you have talked with your physician about weaning yourself off the anti-psychotic medication. Quitting such drugs cold turkey could lead to traumatic psychological consequences, so DON’T DO IT!!!
Thing #3: “There’s no evidence.”
Let me tell you something about scientific studies: they are all flawed and biased in some way. So number one, if you’re one of those people who insist on scientific evidence for “proof” that something works, you need to knock it off because your tunnel vision is keeping you from becoming all you can be because you’re letting people you don’t know who have only a glimmer of partial truth to dictate your life.
But if you are going to insist that you can’t try anything if there haven’t been at least a few studies done to “prove” that it works, please close this book now and delete it from your reading device.
If you happen to be on the fence, maybe these couple of facts will make you feel better. First, if you look hard enough online (or read enough books on nutrition and natural health), you will find a lot of people who have improved their mental health by changing (or even just tweaking) their diet. This includes schizophrenia. Second, you will find plenty of articles substantiating the fact that magnesium has helped many sufferers of anxiety, depression, and P.M.S. to eliminate their problems.
Here’s the worst that can happen if you try the program in this book: you still struggle with mental illness, BUT your risk of cancer, heart disease, neurological disease, autoimmune disease, and so on plummet as long as you continue to eat and supplement as recommended.
In other words, you will gain better health somewhere in your body, even if you don’t see a complete cure of your mental illness. And feeling better physically will help you feel better mentally, anyway. So it’s all good.
Thing #4: Trauma-caused depression/anxiety/anger
You may be thinking, “This book won’t help me. My depression/anger/anxiety came out of a traumatic event.”
Grief and anger are normal responses from life’s tragedies. However, a healthy body and brain can recover from that kind of stress in a relatively short period of time. If you have been experiencing depression over the loss of a loved one for more than a few months, or anger or anxiety months after a personal traumatic event (such as a physical assault or witnessing something like it), this is probably because your brain chemistry is imbalanced, and the recommendations in this book will help you.
Thing #5: Autism and ADHD
Autism is not a psychiatric disorder. Neither is ADHD. They are both labels slapped onto a minority of people who think in pictures and therefore perceive the world and learn differently than the majority, who think in words (and for whom, therefore, reading, writing, and speaking come easily).
On the other hand, people who receive these labels, along with that of “dyslexic”, are Highly Sensitive People. While being sensitive is a natural part of who they are, their physical and emotional sensitivities are exacerbated by wrong diet and nutritional deficiencies.
Trust me, I know. If my son had gone to school, he would have been slapped with “ADHD” and any number of other labels. Giving him therapeutic doses of magnesium as well as a proper diet has made life easier, both for him and for his parents.
In other words, if you or someone you know has been labeled as autistic, ADD, ADHD, or dyslexic, the information in this book will probably help. It will likely also help children labled as ODD or EBD.
My Qualifications To Write This Book
As of the autumn of 2018, I am getting close to fifty years old and have read close to four dozen books on diet and nutrition since the age of twenty-four. That makes me a much greater expert on diet and nutrition than 80% of medical doctors in the United States.
I cured myself of depression and P.M.D.D. (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder), which is basically psychotic P.M.S., around a year ago from when I’m beginning to write this book. Because of my healthy diet, I didn’t experience many of the possible perimenopause symptoms until I was in my mid-40’s, whereas both my younger sisters began experiencing them in their mid- to late-30’s.
And then, when I cured my depression, all the annoying and sometimes downright debilitating symptoms either disappeared completely or grew much milder. I’m talking no more day-long, debilitating headaches or hypersensitivity to light; sore breasts; or wanting to kill myself.
P.M.S., depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, O.C.D. (obsessive-compulsive disorder), and most other mental illnesses are by and large caused by brain chemistry imbalances, which are caused mostly by nutritional deficiencies (sometimes toxicity, as well).
What worked for me, will work for anyone whose mental illness is caused by a brain chemistry imbalance (as opposed to a genetically-imposed malfunction such as is the case with psychopaths).
So what worked for me? Right diet, high doses of magnesium, and enough of the B vitamins.
And not only for me. In forum threads and in the comment section of a few YouTube videos, I have read other people’s testimony of how they healed themselves of depression or anxiety by changing their diet and/or taking magnesium and B-vitamin supplements.
There are other lifestyle choices to consider as well, such as regular exercise, getting at least seven hours of sleep per night, reducing exposure to toxins (such as in household cleaners), and getting out in the sun as much as possible. Since I already had all three going for me but was still struggling with my mental health, I’m not going to focus on such aspects. However, understand that every little thing you choose to do right can make a bigger impact than you realize.
Eating For Good Mental Health
This is going to sound harsh, but I mean it: if you’re not willing to trade your bad diet for a good one, stop reading this book right now. Because you’re not really serious about getting healed, and you’re just going to waste your time reading this book, however short it is.
That said, here are the basic principles of eating for good mental health.
##1: Eat at least 90% whole foods.
The ten percent of no-no foods include flour-based products, junk food and pre-packaged meals – and any food that comes in any kind of container. They should be very occasional treats. I’m talking one cookie OR a handful of potato chips OR a frozen dinner OR a small glass of soda per day.
Wean yourself off of processed sugar, as it causes magnesium deficiency, which is one of the leading causes of mental illness.
##2: Make those whole foods as nutrient dense as possible.
Build up to at least nine – yes, I said NINE – servings of fruits and vegetables per day, including at least a cup of steamed dark, leafy greens (kale, spinach, broccoli, etc.) per day.
Seeds are nutritional powerhouses, and when you soak them for at least twelve hours a good portion of the omega-6 fatty acids convert to omega-3 fatty acids, and the overall fat content of the seeds is reduced 20-30%. Soaking also neutralizes the phytic acid which can inhibit the absorption of the minerals that give the seeds their nutritional bang. Soaking nuts and seeds makes them more digestible, and the happier your digestive system is, the better your mood will be.
Add soaked sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds to a smoothie, top a salad with soaked sunflower seeds.
Sprouted lentils and sprouted mung beans, either gently steamed or consumed raw, are the most nutritious choices as far as beans go. All other beans need to be thoroughly cooked in order to reduce the gassiness they cause, and the thorough cooking significantly reduces the amount of certain vitamins, as well as making the protein more difficult to absorb.
##3: Get gluten out of your diet.
Gluten-free is not a fad, it’s a life extender and life saver. Gluten, the primary protein found in wheat, is destructive to the gut. Period. When you have leaky gut (“intestinal permeability”, as the medical community likes to call it), you are more likely to experience mental illness because the nerves in the gut connect to the nerve cells in the brain.
If you want to eat something with wheat as an occasional treat, eat a sprouted grain tortilla (read the label and make sure it has no added flour!). Sprouting reduces the gluten a tiny bit, and overall sprouted wheat is easier on the digestive system than non-sprouted wheat.
The Food For Life® brand of Ezekiel 4:9 tortillas are acceptable. Avoid Ezekiel 4:9 bread, however, as it contains added gluten.
##4: Keep whole grains down to a minimum.
The external parts of a grain that make it “whole” instead of “processed” are actually nearly impossible to digest, and therefore hard on the digestive system. Consequently, eating them can cause an inflammatory reaction in your body. Because the gut is connected to your brain, this inflammatory reaction can cause mood problems.
If you need a cheap source of carbs, eat white rice. Otherwise, eat two or fewer cups of whole grain per day.
##5: Minimize meat consumption.
If you’re going to eat meat, keep it down to three to four ounces once per day, or two to three eggs per day. Why? Magnesium is needed to break down the amino acids locked up inside any kind of animal product, so eating more than a condiment-sized serving of animal product per day can eventually lead to a magnesium deficiency. I’ve already hinted that magnesium deficiency is one of the top causes of mental illness.
What about milk, cheese, and other dairy products? The vast majority of the world’s population cannot digest dairy products well (yes, even raw, even fermented), which means they cause an inflammatory response.
Which can lead to mental illness.
Also, too much calcium can interfere with the function of magnesium in the body.
##6: Eat some fat, but not too much.
Your diet should be no more than 35% fat by calories. If you get rid of junk foods, dial back your meat consumption, avoid vegetable and seed oils in cooking, and use olive and coconut oils sparingly for cooking or dressing salads, you will automatically cut out the bad fats and will likely not consume more fat than is good for you.
Fat does help with brain function, so some people who go super-low fat (like only five or ten percent of the diet) may increase their risk of developing mental illness. Include a tablespoon of chia seeds or twelve-hour soaked flaxseeds in your daily diet to make sure you get omega-3 fatty acids, which also help with brain function.
##7: Back off on the coffee.
If you’re dealing with mental illness, the last thing you need is to systematically and regularly stimulate your brain artificially. If you’re a coffee drinker, try to cut down to one cup a day in the morning. Even better, replace it with tea. After you are eating a clean diet as described above, you may find that you don’t need a morning cup of caffeine from any source for an energy boost.
Which leads us to the next principle of eating for good mental health…
##8: Drink water. And only water.
The only exception is if you buy a juicer and start making your own vegetable juice.
I almost didn’t put this section in, because I do state in principle #1 not to consume anything from any kind of container. Besides sodas, alcoholic beverages, fruit juices, and plant-based milks also come under that category. Alcohol is a depressant. Fruit juice causes your blood sugar to spike, which can lead to an eventual crash, leading to mood swings. Plant-based milks are okay when used in moderation (such as using plain almond milk to bake a sugar-free pumpkin pie), but most are sweetened to the extent that they could cause a blood sugar crash, as well.
Buy reverse osmosis water from your local large supermarket. Even better, buy a Berkey water purifying system (go to https://directive21.com to buy it because of their great customer service) and purify the tap water coming out of your kitchen sink. In the long run, it’s a lot cheaper than buying water and it also tastes a lot better than reverse osmosis-purified water.
##9: Don’t take illicit drugs or smoke marijuana.
I don’t give a BLANK what pot-heads say about smoking marijuana, IT’S NOT GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN. Psychotropic drugs make you feel good because they are messing up your brain chemistry. They provide a temporary bandage effect that will only make your mental health worse in the long run.
The only drugs you should be taking are what your doctor has prescribed, and you should be working to get off of those as soon as possible.
Sample meal plan using the above principles
The following sample meal plan would provide plenty of the vitamins and minerals you need every day. Add more starchy foods to lunch and dinner as needed for appetite satisfaction. You might also add fruit to the morning almond snack.
If you want a book with more and similar meal plans, I suggest Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat To Live (he is one of the 15-20% of medical doctors who uses mostly nutrition and diet to help his patients heal).
BREAKFAST: A smoothie consisting of two and a half medium bananas, one and a half cup strawberries, two cups raw spinach, one tablespoon chia seeds, and two tablespoons sesame seeds soaked for twelve hours
SNACK: one-fourth cup almonds, soaked for 24 hours
LUNCH: One cup white rice with one cup sprouted lentils, topped with sliced bell pepper and/or tomatoes if desired. Dress with a mixture of ketchup that does not contain high fructose corn syrup and mustard, or MSG-free soy sauce.
SNACK: two medium apples, and 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds soaked since previous evening
DINNER: salad with at least two cups romaine lettuce, one grated carrot, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds soaked since previous evening, 1 cup steamed red potato or sweet potato chunks (if you are very hungry at night), other veggies added as desired (may include steamed broccoli or kale). Dress with a mixture of 1/2 tablespoon each cold-pressed olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and apple cider vinegar with a dash of salt and pepper whipped in.
If you want to splurge on store-bought salad dressing, I recommend you purchase organic so that the canola oil is guaranteed to be GMO-free.
If you want some meat for dinner, have no more than four ounces of it with a large salad. Remove the sunflower seeds, and eat a half Brazil nut sometime during the day instead (to replace the selenium you’d lose by taking out the sunflower seeds).
Get creative. If you want hot cereal for breakfast, have a cup of cooked rolled oats (porridge) or quinoa with sliced banana and cinnamon, and eat the smoothie as a snack or for lunch.
Eat a large, mostly raw salad with steamed potatoes or sweet potatoes for lunch.
Try stir-fried veggies with white rice and sprouted legumes for lunch or dinner.
It takes a little time to get used to eating a whole-foods diet, but once you figure out the healthy combinations that are both tasty and filling for you, and you get in the routine of preparing ahead of time (like soaking seeds), eating this way becomes second nature.
As I said before, even though I eat very healthy – and have for years – I need to take a magnesium supplement. Before you’re tempted to keep on eating junk food and just add in a magnesium supplement, let me say this: there’s a good chance I would be dead by now if I had been eating a processed-food, high-sugar diet. I believe that my healthy diet has kept me from giving into the temptation to commit suicide.
That said, let’s talk about the importance of magnesium. I’ve read in several places that magnesium is needed in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. That’s why a deficiency in the mineral can cause so many diverse problems.
For our purposes, let’s just say that some of these reactions have to do with neurological function. In other words, if you don’t have enough magnesium in your system, your brain chemistry will become unbalanced. In addition, the neurotransmitters in your brain need sufficient magnesium to do their jobs, and a lack of magnesium can lead to mood disorders and other psychological problems.
Magnesium is essential for proper thyroid function as well, and when the thyroid is off it can lead to mood irregularities. In addition, the thyroid hormones interact with reproductive hormones. A magnesium deficiency will lead to insufficient thyroid hormone production, leading to imbalances with estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone (in both men and women), leading to mood problems.
Time to buy a supplement
People with only mild mood disorders may heal themselves simply by following the above principles of healthy eating. But those with moderate to severe symptoms – symptoms that are debilitating to some level at least some of the time – will need an extra dose of magnesium every single day in order to get their brain chemistry and hormones back in proper balance, and keep them there.
Try one of two different kinds of magnesium, or both, if you want to see which one you like better. The first is chelated (KEE-lated) magnesium, which comes in capsules. The second is angstrom magnesium, which is in a liquid form. The other kinds of magnesium on the market may be cheaper, but one kind can have a laxative effect and the other can cause constipation. So I recommend sticking with chelated or angstrom, if at all possible.
When I used to take chelated magnesium (I take angstrom now), each capsule represented 50% of the recommended daily value of magnesium. If you choose a similar kind, take two capsules twice a day; so, two with breakfast and two with dinner. If you don’t experience any alleviation of symptoms after a week, add two more capsules with lunch.
For the angstrom magnesium, take 1/2 teaspoon twice a day as above, adding in an extra 1/2 teaspoon at lunch if necessary.
You may need more than that temporarily if you are very deficient and/or have severe symptoms. Taking extra magnesium will not harm you, so it won’t hurt to experiment.
If the magnesium is going to work, you should notice some relief within the first two weeks, and even greater relief after thirty days. If you’re taking 200% of the recommended daily value in supplements and your symptoms are diminished, but not completely gone, after thirty days, try bringing it up to 300%.
If that doesn’t work, you may additionally need either a vitamin B6 or B12 supplement, or both.
The “B Happy” Vitamins
The family of B vitamins are sometimes referred to as the “B happy” vitamins because B1, B5, B6, and B12 all play a part in the proper function of the nervous system. If your symptoms are severe you should consider starting out with a high dosage of magnesium and a vitamin B complex supplement (the Garden Of Life Vitamin Code brand is one of the highest quality options on the market).
The importance of vitamin B12
More and more health experts are saying that everybody, regardless of how much meat they consume, should take a B12 supplement because so many people have trouble absorbing the vitamin due to gut issues. It is so essential to proper neurological function that if you get deficient in it, you could end up having a stroke. And a massive stroke will either kill you or cripple you for life.
Depression is one of the primary symptoms of mild B12 deficiency.
The Garden of Life “Mykind organics” brand of B12 spray is not the cheapest B12 out there, but it tastes great (my very picky eater son loves it) and is the most easily absorbed type of B12.
P.S. – No, I don’t get any kickback from endorsing Garden of Life products. I simply believe in the quality of their product line.
Vitamin B6 – the sunshine replacement
If you are taking the magnesium as I recommend above, add in B12, yet still suffer with at least a mild depression with some regularity, try adding a B6 supplement (both B12 and B6 supplements are inexpensive, by the way). This particular vitamin helps in the production of serotonin, one of the “feel good” brain chemicals. If you are not outside in the sun very much, without vitamin B6 your serotonin levels can fall to the point of causing you to feel depressed. You may find that you need this particular supplement during the winter months only.
Remember, in addition to diet and nutrition, enough sleep, regular exercise, eliminating as much stress and toxic chemicals from your life as possible, and faith in and communication with God (preferably daily) will all help to improve your mental health.
You have nothing to lose by trying the diet and supplement recommendations in this book.
“But the diet is more expensive than the way I eat now!”
Maybe. But how much are those medications costing you? Ever looked into the cost of cancer treatment?
“My insurance pays for all that, but it won’t pay my grocery bill!”
Listen, you want to die slowly and in pain over the course of several years, and/or continue in a life of misery, go right ahead. That’s the true cost of ignoring your body’s diet and nutritional needs.
My deepest hope is that, by this point, you’re not throwing out such excuses. Instead, you’re seeing a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel and getting excited about it.
Do me a favor. Try the diet and supplement recommendations in this book for thirty days. NO CHEATING! When you inevitably have positive results, share this book with as many people as you can, as often as you can.
And be sure to give it a five-star review wherever you downloaded it from.
It might be the most important book I’ll ever write, and that anyone will ever read. I want it to change and save as many lives as possible. Your sharing it and giving it a five-star review will help me meet that goal.
This book will always remain free – unless I am one day forced to put a price on it – so cost will never be an excuse. If for some reason I ever have to put a price on the book, I’ve also posted its contents on my blog, so you can always simply share the following link with your friends, acquaintances and family: https://emilyjosephinewrites.com/the-cure-for-mental-illness.
Thank you for help in getting the word out.
Wishing you all the best,