Sensitivities to many different foods and substances, for me, have proven to be issues with poor methylation and therefore a non-existent capacity to detoxify naturally. I had 100s of radical hypersensitivities with foods that I no longer have at the height of the psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome.
It’s taken some years, but slowly, as I’ve improved my detoxifying capacities these issues are changing. I remain sensitive, but in a good way, by paying attention to my sensitivities I have learned what to eat and when…and I can eat most foods again…including very high histamine and salicylates, oxalates etc…those and much more were huge issues at one time.
So the “hyper” sensitivity went from being a liability, making life hell, to a way to collect life-saving, healing information simply by listening and paying attention to the symptoms etc…reframing what it was these “allergies” meant changed my life. They literally guided me out of the dark back to well-being. See: Meditation. This simple. This difficult (a collection).
It took time, a very long time, some might say, and I’m still careful…still in process but it’s a whole other ball of wax at this point.
In short, now, in retrospect, I see that what I needed was to detoxify…and to tolerated detoxification I had to start with eliminating foods that were highly problematic at the time and then slowly, over years, adding back highly nutritious foods and supplements that helped me detoxify…things like probiotics, enzymes, and many herbs (all of which I was radically sensitive to at one point for several years.)
It takes time and patience, but it can be done. This process also inherently involves healing the gut and the nervous system simultaneously…it all depends on each part healing together, really. These illnesses are profoundly holistic and involve body/mind and spirit. See this too for another window into the issue: Autonomic nervous system dysfunction, protracted psych drug withdrawal, CFS, Fibromyalgia
As I have cleansed (detoxed) I’ve healed long-standing autoimmune disease as well as brain injury imparted from psych drugs. “Mental health issues” associated with trauma also cleared up as the layers of dissociation disappeared with the biofilm matrixes. Word “disappeared” while true, belies the real work involved in letting go. This has both an emotional/spiritual process and a physical one. Both have been critically important processes in the healing process. We are truly one. There is no separation between the physical and the emotional. No separation between body and mind. And everything matters because everything is interconnected.
This healing process has largely been a process of returning to the body. An embodiment process. See: The disembodied mess we’re in.
- Food sensitivities, histamine and mast cell activation syndrome
- Have you considered histamine intolerance associated with psych drug use and withdrawal?
- Histamine Intolerance: can be associated with folks getting psychiatric diagnosis
- The histamine intolerance link and how this paleo girl went vegetarian (even vegan, for the time being!)
- Histamine intolerance (likely to apply to others on psych meds and coming off them too)
and a collection of links and info:
And on Detox:
- Detoxification (which is really about balancing the internal ecosystem): healthy living for body/mind/spirit
- Physical, mental, emotional – all ONE (Chinese / Ayurvedic systems have known this for millennia)
*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. Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
It’s become clear to me that whenever it’s possible that it’s helpful for folks who’ve not begun withdrawal and have the time to consider a carefully thought out plan to attempt to bring greater well-being to your body before starting the withdrawal. That means learning how to profoundly nourish your body/mind and spirit prior to beginning a withdrawal. For suggestions on how to go about doing that check the drop-down menus on this blog for ideas. Anything that helps you learn how to live well can be part of your plan. That plan will look different for everyone as we learn to follow our hearts and find our own unique paths in the world. Things to begin considering are diet, exercise and movement, meditation/contemplation etc. Paying attention to all these things as you do them helps too. The body will start letting us know what it needs as we learn to pay attention.
For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page.