Food sensitivities, histamine and mast cell activation syndrome

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(Note: This may be of interest to you if you have protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal issues, if you have autoimmune issues, and also other chronic illnesses like CFS and/or fibromyalgia.) My food sensitivities have continued. I tend to learn a whole lot by paying attention to them and they oddly allow me access to parts of the psyche for healing when I sit with them in meditation. It’s almost as though there is a psychedelic aspect to my experience with them. I am not alone in this. I’ve found others who have this experience too. They are difficult to live with and I continue to work with them from as many different windows as I can. — In western medicine they are best explained and understood as a form of mast cell dysregulation, I’ve found. I’ve not ever gone into that in any explicit fashion on this blog because I’ve tried to keep it simple and so I’ve talked about histamine intolerance mostly, which is often a manifestation of mast cell dysregulation. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

What is bipolar disorder? Grandiosity and mania, what are they really?

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“Grandiosity” is a state of reactivity brought about by having been rejected, abandoned and invalidated in childhood. In a similar vein “mania” is a dissociative state. This is something that is rarely understood. In understanding mania as dissociative we see that it is a form of post traumatic stress. We are disconnected from the body when we experience mania. We are literally ungrounded. All of this can be healed by becoming aware on all fronts. Body/mind/spirit. I have done it and I know many others who have too. Healing is a journey that doesn’t end. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

John Nash, nobel prize winner in economic sciences has died

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John Nash has died. Besides being a brilliant man who won a nobel prize he was once diagnosed as schizophrenic and became very famous for that fact as well, when the movie “A Beautiful Mind” came out. John Nash has died. Besides being a brilliant man who won a nobel prize he was once diagnosed as schizophrenic and became very famous for that fact as well, when the movie “A Beautiful Mind” came out. — I am doing this post in his memory. I’m recovering from a nasty stomach bug so it’s being put together quickly. Included is footage where John Nash once again clarifies that he didn’t take psychiatric drugs for most of his life. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Becoming our truest selves with one another

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Below I’ve collected a few status updates from the Beyond Meds Facebook page in the last few days. I’ve cut and pasted them here and then added links to posts that discuss the status update more in depth.  *** The body needs to speak too. Suppressing physical symptoms by any means possible can be the […]

There is a drive to not only survive but to thrive: coming back from trauma

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What gets called mental illness, is, in large part, a reaction to trauma. It’s quite simple really. When we start listening to people’s stories of pain rather than numbing them out and effectively silencing them with neurotoxic drugs we will start healing them. Until then people will remain broken. One of the most basic needs for a wounded human being to heal is to be seen. Recognized. Validated. Yes. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

God and nonduality…yes, no, maybe

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Nonduality is a place I’m comfortable learning to inhabit. It is a stance that allows for the great diversity which is the human experience. We are all in this mystery together, doing our thing. Surrendering to the mystery has been a large part of my healing process. — As a religious studies student both in college and in life the question of god/no god has always been one I have played with. I have found myself on all sides of the spectrum and everywhere in-between at various times. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.

"Grib skov" by Malene Thyssen - Own work

An incredible poem by David Wagoner shared below. Please read it. Then, following the poem, there is a relatively short video with David Whyte discussing this poem in conversation with Jeffrey Mishlove. Wonderful. Enjoy. … [click on title to read and view more]

2015 Yale Symposium – Dr. David Healy: video about dangers of psych drugs

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Wonderful! I’ve only listened to a bit because I have a meeting in a few minutes but this is Dr. David Healy at Yale speaking about the dangers of psychiatric drugs and the denial about that fact in the medical establishment. … [click on title to read and view more]

Are you at the end of your rope?

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This is a very brief but wonderful meditation and emotional release. I highly recommend it. — little excerpt (While) feeling so frustrated with all the trying and “efforting” that we put into things, I’d like us to go a little deeper and explore what the real underpinning is of all of that push to try to be in control of things. So in this moment can you allow yourself to just feel how much you just want to ‘effort;, in fact it happens a lot, all day long… … [click on the title to read and view more]

Icarus Project: Mad Maps, lifesaving tools for folks facing emotional distress

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The Icarus Project is hard at work turning out new, lifesaving tools for folks facing emotional distress to heal ourselves and our communities (Mad Maps). We’re deepening our racial justice efforts and strengthening local leadership, all while broadening our grassroots fundraising strategies. We need the participation of people like YOU to sustain our movement at this critical, inspiring time! … [click on the title to read and view more]

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