Schizophrenia & Chronic Depression
by Michelle Honda Ph.D.
April 12, 2011
SCHIZOPHRENIA and CHRONIC DEPRESSION
Male: weight 210
Age: mid 50’s
In April of 2011, a male patient came to me with many symptoms:
- chronic depression
- an inability to function normally
- a very poor diet with many deficiencies
- major sleeping problems
- nightly cold sweats
- severe anxiety
- suicidal thoughts
This patient had gone from being a viable working contributor to not being able to work. He started becoming very irritable at work and falling asleep. If all of his medications had been working, why then did this patient continue to spiral down drastically over a five year period?
The diagnosis on patient’s health history was major depression/anxiety which he had been diagnosed as Schizophrenic for several years with a family history of similar problems. His history also included general anxiety disorder (GAD) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The patient’s diet was much worse than his spouse realized. He had been eating sugar and candy all day long and spent his days on the couch. He craved ice cream. Note: Sugar always adds to depression and is very hard on the nervous system.
He experienced lack of focus and no energy. He wanted to play baseball on occasion. This patient experienced five years of chronic sleeping problems and nightmares. He had been off work for 16 months. Since May of 2010, he has been waking up with sweats during the night.
Patients list of medications:
- Co-Quetiapine 100 mg – 2 tablets at bedtime
- Teva-Lorazepam 1 mg – 2 tablets nightly at bedtime and whenever needed
- APO – Citalopram 20 mg – 1 every morning
- APO – methylphenidate SR 20 mg – 1 every morning
- Abilify 2 mg – 1 in morning
- APO –Atorvastatin 20 mg – take one at bedtime
- Ezetrol Ezetimibe 10mg – 1 tablet at bedtime
- Risperidone 1 mg
Googling the medications being prescribed decribed the following:
- Co-Quetiapine – belongs to the class of medications known as antipsychotic – used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder and depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder – it does say not to stop taking this medication without consulting the doctor.
- Teva-Lorazepam – used for symptoms of excessive anxiety.
- APO – Citalopram – anti depressant drug used to treat symptoms of major depression and anxiety conditions.
- APO – methylphenidate SR – to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Abilify – common medication licensed for treatment of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, and major depression (when used with antidepresssants).
- Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic agent for two reasons. First, it is chemically unrelated to the older antipsychotic drugs. Second, unlike older antipsychotic drugs.
- Ezetimibe belongs to the group of medications known as cholesterol absorption inhibitors. It lowers cholesterol levels by decreasing the body’s ability to absorb fat.
Results of working with Michelle Honda: The patient’s current status in 2013; Off all medications & his healing process and story are below.
Problem with patient’s mood drugs: This type of medication can for some people act as a type of poison to the brain and change your brain chemistry in effect. Over time the brain will grow new neurotransmitters and brain mass (when the body is feed properly) which becomes evident in the patients changed behaviour and symptoms. Depending on the severity and duration of the symptoms, sufficient time for a full recovery must be given. Patience can be greatly rewarded as seen with this case history; however, protocols must be followed in all areas of recommendations to achieve optimum results.
The initial protocol properly balanced the patient’s diet. Stopped all sugar except for naturally sweet fruit. Patient’s weight reduction was 6 pounds in the first week. Vegetable juice daily, Michelle’s formula: 1 pint a day (500ml) Supplements recommended to correct his many deficiencies, with special attention to those that feed and rebalance the brain. Corrected constipation. Herbal additions/substitutions for medications being taken for anxiety. Glandular support especially the thyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, and pituitary gland. Liver cleanse. No coffee while healing. No alcohol, pop, stimulants. No junk food or processed food. Only whole, pure and natural. Herbal teas for taste or for medicinal properties. No limit. Supplements were administered to raise dopamine and serotonin levels, and hemoglobin levels.
September 2011- Meds reduced to the following: *The first two (the night time medication) Patient gradually stopped taking the night medication last April/May. 2011 Co-Quetiapine 100 mg – 2 tablets at bedtime (stopped taking since May or so) – replaced with a natural supplement* Teva-Lorazepam 1 mg – 2 tablets nightly at bedtime and whenever needed (stopped taking since May or so) -replaced with a natural supplement*
APO – Currently (Sept 2011) he is on Citalopram and methylphenidate and has reduced to every other day. His change of moods is noticeable since he has started to gradually stop taking these two drugs. APO – Citalopram 20 mg – 1 every morning (currently taking every other day) APO – methylphenidate SR 20 mg – 1 every morning (currently taking every other day)
Abilify 2 mg – 1 in morning (has never taken). He did not need to take the drug.
*Patients Progress: Within the first year the patient was off all of his medications. Patient excelled very quickly. He lost 30 pounds within weeks of his first appointment. By November, his weight was 175 from 210 April/May 2011. He was doing the cooking, and always made his own vegetable juice. The patient gave me complete compliance. He started playing baseball 2 nights a week and bike riding. His energy was greatly increased as was his metabolism. His zest for life is back and has started to return to a normal way of living.
Patient’s Challenge: Within the first year the patient was off all of his medications which required a good deal of perseverance on his part. He felt great overall but was still dealing with some unwanted thoughts. Patience is required for the time it may take to rebuild new tissue and remove all chemical toxicity from the brain tissue as well as other areas in the body. The liver and fat tissue is where chemicals usually store, although the head is another area due to its proximity, involves lower circulation.
Patients spouse’s weak moments. During the time mentioned above, the patients wife suggested that perhaps the patient could stay on a low dosage of one med to see if the remaining unwanted thoughts would completely leave. My recommendation was a strong “no”. I cannot force someone to do anything nor do I try to, but I will explain my reasoning behind my recommendations and show the family/patient involved the long term reasoning behind my suggestions. My opinion was formed on the basis that the patient and spouse had already experienced the benefits or lack there of, from his previous health history before seeking my suggestions and recommendations. Current status: The patient stayed on a healthy diet and lifestyle with continued support of his family and continues to be med free. This case history is a wonderful example of what may be possible with patience and trust on the part of the patient and family. The diet and supplementation played a huge role in rebalancing the patient in many different areas of his body. Compliance is also key, to make the necessary changes and to incorporate a new dietary regime. It takes great courage on the part of everyone involved when making a transition from a day to day existence that had become familiar, to one of fighting back to retrieve the person that once was, only healthier.
Summary: I do not believe there is any condition that cannot be benefited and improved by supporting and enhancing the health of the whole body. It is all about balance! Do you feel balanced?
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