Psychiatric drugs and mitochondrial damage

Yesterday I wrote on Facebook:

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Mitochondrial support: I can finally tolerate the supplements (they caused absolutely HEINOUS reactions for a long time…building the body slowly has been necessary)…and WOW…again…I’m having so much fun learning about my body and hence my psyche and the world right now.

The fact is that the iatrogenic damage caused by the psychiatric drugs is among other things mitochondrial damage. Damage to every single living cell in our body. That is why it’s such a broad spectrum sort of illness.

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I’ve not written a whole lot about mitochondrial issues even though I’ve been well aware that they are a hugely significant issue for those of us harmed by psychiatric drugs. I share a few posts where mitochondria damage is mentioned below. The fact is the dietary adventure and evolution I’ve been on has been supporting mitochondrial healing for a long time. Lately, however, as my hypersensitivity becomes something I can work with consciously I find that my body is directing me to the supplements I need. Supplements I was radically reactive to not that long ago. Even three months ago I didn’t tolerate a couple of things I now sometimes use in quite high doses. Though how I take them varies day-to-day. I am careful and mindful and don’t take most things daily as my body uses them then says enough for a while until it’s time again to take more. Learning to listen to my body isn’t just a cliché thing to talk about…it’s really been a very important practice and reality.

Things that support mitochondrial healing and regeneration are fish oils, phospholipids, CoQ10, and a large variety of minerals among other things. We all vary and so I don’t get too explicit about protocols very often. The B vitamins are also very important. I still don’t tolerate B vitamin supplements so I’m eating organ meats. That is my only option for now. And yes, I’d prefer being a vegetarian but it’s not on offer at this point. Healing is my biological and it seems spiritual imperative too. I also have found some specific herbs to be very helpful. I get them as dried plant matter and prepare them myself for the most part. So, yes, I get most of all of these from whole food sources, but now that I can get highly concentrated supplements — it’s a much more marked healing process. I am in awe of my body which teaches me new things everyday.

So, a bit more for you to check out and then you can do more googling as necessary. 

*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well-educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

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About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters