Oliver Sacks helps me explain hypersensitivity

Humans can discriminate between similar odors and detect many substances, sometimes more than rodents and dogs. — The Myth That Humans Have Poor Smell Is Nonscents – The Atlantic — We can also know which herbs will heal us and when it’s appropriate to take them (a delightful thing I’ve learned as an amateur herbalist as I heal my brain) we are insanely out of touch with our animal selves. We have instinct and intuition like all animals…we can relearn and remember these skills…

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Somatic mysticism: reframing “hypersensitivity”

More musing from the past few days. Anyone who has ever been called too sensitive might appreciate some of this. I’ve recently been drawn to the term “somatic mysticism” because I feel everything deeply in my body. I can feel my cells doing their work quite often and I feel all manner of metabolic movement and […]

Limbic Kindling — hardwiring the brain for hypersensitivity and chronic illness

This is a very interesting and important article. It’s in keeping with my posts on how the autonomic nervous system is impacted in psychiatric drug withdrawal and how that is similar in many different chronic illnesses. This piece goes into a broader understanding of these issues. The author concludes that healing from these illnesses requires tending to the whole body/mind/spirit complex. This has become very clear to me as I continue to heal.

All diets are bullsh*t

This is what I’ve learned during my healing trip. What made me sustain a healing diet is getting the nutrients I actually needed. Different people are in need of different nutrients at different times…macro and micro. What you eat, for that reason matters greatly. What a healing diet looks like is going to be radically different for each person and is going to change a lot for individuals over time .. if one is healing there is no such thing as homeostasis, so it follows that your needs are going to change. With my radically dysregulated nervous system my needs can change daily. So becoming acutely mindfully aware of those changing needs became critically imperative. …

Monica Cassani PDF prepared for podcast Waking Up Bipolar with Chris Cole

Description: Below, please find a collection of articles for companion piece for the podcast Waking Up Bipolar hosted by Chris Cole. This can be downloaded by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the PDF image. Comments: Over the years now I’ve been interviewed on radio and podcasts a number of times. I’ve had fun […]

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some thoughts from around the internet in the last few days: In response to this article I saw tweeted: Psychiatric drugs killing more users than heroin, cocaine, say health experts I wrote these words:  Zyprexa alone killed far more than Vioxx ever did in same time it was on the market (Vioxx was taken off […]

Don’t you see (song recording by Beyond Meds)

This comment with the below video was left on this post. Had to share because the song is so beautiful and I am so touched. Hello, dear Monica. We are Armenian band and we called our band after your blog to thank you for great job that you do. Thank you very much for everything. […]