Mental Illness Or Undiagnosed Physical Disorder

It is my duty as a medical technologist and American citizen to urge you to take immediate action to protect our citizens by discontinuing to diagnose patients complaining about one or more physical symptoms (including but not limited to exhaustion, pins/needles, headaches, muscle pains, stomach pains, weight gain or loss, jaw clenching, sleep problems, restlessness, panic, anxiety, rashes, premenstrual symptoms, and anger) and/or complaining buy codeine about altered mental status (including but not limited to paranoia, delusions, loss of focus, confusion, memory loss, mood swings, disorganization, obsession, loss of control, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts…) with a mental disorder: ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and the numerous other mental disorders established by psychiatry. Please also discontinue diagnosing patients exhibiting one or more signs of altered mental status (including but not limited to paranoia, delusions, loss of focus, confusion, memory loss, mood swings, disorganization, obsession, loss of control, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts…) with ADHD or another mental disorder.

It is also my duty as a medical technologist and American citizen to urge you to take immediate action to protect our citizens by discontinuing the practice of prescribing stimulants to persons exhibiting attention deficits. It is also your duty to limit prescribing psychiatric medications to individuals complaining about physical symptoms and/or complaining about or exhibiting signs of altered mental status. It is the professional obligation of physicians to treat every patient with dignity and to look for the underlying physical causes of patients’ complaints and as the very last measure, a life saving precaution, resort to prescribing psychiatric medications. I am aware that this is not happening.

There are no laboratory standards in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) for the diagnosis of mental illness. And if you read the DSM IV closely you may understand that the symptoms associated with mental illness are physical symptoms.

According to research, the majority of psychiatric patients have abnormal blood test results, direct confirmation of a physical disorder. In fact, I am aware that abnormal lab test results are erroneously being used as markers for diagnosing bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This being the case, patients are wrongly diagnosed, unethically stigmatized with a diagnosis of ADHD and/or mental illness, being drugged and getting sicker. This has been going on too long.

There are several progressive conditions affecting persons throughout the world: hypersensitivity to caffeine and hypersensitivity to adrenaline (1). A masked condition, ongoing caffeine anaphylaxis alters biochemical make-up and causes attention deficits, psychosis, and other conditions, all preventable and curable (1-4). Chronic adrenaline hypersensitivity is capable of the same (1).

I urge you to protect American citizens by:

1). Immediately requesting that any patient with one or more abnormal mental symptoms be thoroughly examined by a licensed medical doctor, preferably not a psychiatrist.

2) Immediately requesting that all medical doctors order a battery of hematology and chemistry tests (including, but not limited to muscle enzyme tests and theophylline, non-routine tests, and a complete blood count (CBC)) for every patient complaining about idiopathic symptoms and/or mental status changes and every patient exhibiting altered mental status. Patients with elevated muscle enzymes and other abnormal physical changes are erroneously being diagnosed with and treated for mental illness (1, 2, 4).

3) Immediately requesting that medical doctors, including psychiatrists, treat patients for their corresponding medical condition and do not prescribe psychiatric medication to any patient with any abnormal blood test(s) result, as the patient with an abnormal laboratory test result is in an abnormal physical state.

On behalf of the American people and ethical medical practice, I respectfully request that you do not ignore this letter.

A Healthy Dose of Self Compassion

Many people who are trying to lose weight feel that if they only had a little more self-discipline, if they deprived themselves a bit more and exerted more willpower, maybe then they would succeed. This is the essence of the dieting mentality which implies that you need to suffer, dihydrocodeine punish and shame yourself into arriving at a healthy weight and then you will succeed at maintaining it happily ever after. This approach certainly didn’t work for me and the rest of the country doesn’t seem to be doing much better either.

When you turn your approach around and take a 180 degree turn away from dieting, suddenly you make way for loving kindness, self-compassion, nurturing and intuitive self-care. When you allow yourself to get attuned with the signals of your body, listen to and trust yourself to know what you need at any given time, you can begin to march to the beat of your own drum, rather than the rules of a diet.

Often managing a healthy weight is not about the knowledge, because most of us intuitively know what healthy choices are. In order to live and eat with our best interests every day, we have to work with rather than against our bodies, hearts and minds. When certain diets ask you to give up entire foods groups, do you really feel good about that? If you start another high protein diet, how long will it be before you start dreaming of fruit and bread and mashed potatoes? What about the constipation and the bad breath? It is only a matter of time before you experience a slip up. As soon as you take your first no-no nibble is when you start beating yourself up, leading to more self-hatred and never-ending frustration. Not to mention rebound overeating.

On the other hand, if you give yourself unconditional permission to eat all foods and you practice talking to yourself in a loving, nurturing and caring way, you are more likely to eat moderately. When you are compassionate with yourself, you eat and move in a way that nourishes and energises your body. You are more likely to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, move when you feel energised and rest when you feel tired. And because you are following nobody’s rules but your own, there is no failure – ever. Isn’t that a better way to live?