If you have bi-polar disorder chances are you are a meat eater. A new study found that the uric acid, which is found in meat, causes inflammation, which is linked to depression and bi-polar disorder. Excessive uric acid in the blood accumulates in the joints and causes gout. Gout sufferers tend to have higher rates of bi-polar disorder, a nation-wide study showed. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates. It only makes sense to go vegetarian or vegan to manage bi-polar disorder.
It’s a fact that eating meat causes cancer, so why do people still eat it? Especially if you suffer from depression or bi-polar disorder. I’ve written before how dairy causes inflammation and depression and why I eat mostly vegan, as I can really feel the difference if I eat dairy or meat, I get sick and depressed, not to mention fat!
All the hormones and pesticides in dairy, not to mention the violence and labor exploitation at modern factory farms and destruction of the environment, can affect your health, physical and mental. To participate in that kind of consumption leaves one feeling alienated and depressed in itself! Empiricism and direct experience of these facts as well as understanding your own suffering help to make better choices.
Even eating undercooked meat can expose you to a parasite that hangs out there and is linked to rage and other mental disorders, a study with the University of Chicago said. “Our work suggests that latent infection with the toxoplasma gondii parasite may change brain chemistry in a fashion that increases the risk of aggressive behavior,” said senior study author Emil Coccaro, MD, Ellen. C. Manning Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago.
Important to know too about bi-polar disorder is that trauma can mimic bi-polar disorder and doctors can misdiagnose it. I discovered this after getting a bi-polar diagnoses after the birth of my second child in 2000 back in Colorado. I was prescribed lots of horrible medications that did everything from make my hair fall out to being tired and even more depressed or gain weight, not to mention destroy my liver. My poor little sister also had a bi-polar diagnosis, and the medications she was on made her horribly obese before she ended her life. It wasn’t after I lost my health insurance and turned to Ayurvedic medicine for my health issues. I think it can help others too.
The body has its own intelligence and way to heal and doesn’t do it by the intellect alone. Talk therapy and medication do not do the whole job and only mask the root of the problem in many people, which is trauma, loss and unresolved grief as well as toxic stress that has accumulated in the body.
Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D.’s breakthrough book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and the Healing of Trauma explains. “Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.”
Nita Desai, M.D. of East West Medicine in Boulder, Colorado where I went for more than 10 years for what ails me, referred me to Trauma Specialist and Body-Centered Psychotherapist Marsha Klump in Superior, Colorado, who told me how trauma mimics bipolar because it has to do with the nervous system and many people are misdiagnosed and put on medications needlessly when all they need is body-centered psychotherapy, yoga, meditation and better eating.
The sympathetic nervous system is frozen from trauma; the natural fight or flight instinct is still switched on, even though the trauma has passed. The parasympathetic nervous system, the downward flow of energy to restore the body back to balance, doesn’t kick in. Yoga, breathing, pranayama, meditation and ayurveda all naturally help balance the nervous system. For disturbed nervous system equals disturbed breath equals a disturbed mind. The United States is currently being run by one inflamed, deranged person named Donald Trump’s whose red-faced pitta-imbalance screams meat and alcohol! See how it affects the mind! Anger, bullying, war.
Changing the way you eat, going vegetarian or vegan, and eating wholesome foods and surrounding yourself by healthy people can help you naturally manage bi-polar disorder. I am living proof, as I take no pharmaceutical medications, and food and herbs and yoga are my medicine. I don’t have depression or mood swings any more. It’s easy to be vegan if you remind yourself that your peace of mind is worth it. When we have a participatory relationship with food we are in accord with nature and don’t feel like an alienated thing consuming something unconnected to us. When we are aligned with nature it is a natural antidepressant in itself!
It’s your life and health and by taking responsibility for it by being mindful of what you put in your mouth is a good starting point toward healing, health and happiness.