The secret to my success: Thiothixene for Paranoia

Second-Generation Antipsychotic Monotherapy?

It turns out, for me, the best drug for my paranoia, ever, is called Navane, chemical name thiothixene. I hope they NEVER discontinue this medicine. It came out in 1968, and I know much of my success in life has been directly because of this drug. It is so effective for paranoia, articles have been written about  that specific indication in MEDLINE.

I started navane first in 1992 at Stony Brook University Hospital,during my first psychotic break. Over the years, I  made the mistake of trying monotherapy of Clozaril, Abilify, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Geodon, and many others. Right now, what seems to be working great is

  • Morning 2mg Abilify
  • Evening 10mg Navane, 2mg Risperdal,

I’m getting the restful sleep I need, my mood is quite good, and I feel good in general. I AM looking forward to trying Lumateperone which may come out in 2017, as it is part of a whole new class of medicines. I’m always game to try something new, but time-tested Navane will be hard to beat.

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

The 3 Physical Reasons Buddhism is Good for Mental Health

 

Imagine  a photo of the Buddha seated upon a lotus flower meditating.  Let me guide you through this photo. The Buddha is meditating, that is obvious. He’s the Buddha. One of his hands is down on the ground. Touching it. He’s Seated on the lotus flower. There, in plain sight are the three reasons why Buddhism is very good for the health, for mental health. How so?

Firstly, meditating is good for the mental health. Everybody knows this. It reduces  anxiety and helps with the immune system general health. Also when one meditates enough it can combat depression, anxiety, as well as other mental disorders because it seems to calm the amygdala and this by itself helps with anger, fear, and other horrible for preoccupations of the Mind.

Secondly, the Buddha’s hand is on the ground. Back when Adam and Eve and our ancestors were roaming the Earth they did not wear shoes. They slept on the ground.. They are always in contact with the Earth. This by itself was healthy. How so? Well it turns out that the  electrons coming from the earth going to the body actually help with anxiety and rest. This is a medical fact. Today, rubber shoes, wooden floors and carpets and other things block the natural flow of electrons into our bodies. This is one reason we are less healthy. Have you ever felt a sense of well-being walking through a grassy field or on the beach? This is the reason why.

Thirdly, I did not know that one could actually drink Lotus flower tea until recently. But, it is true. Lotus flower tea is the chamomile of the East. It helps with anxiety. Lotus tea helps with restlessness. Also, it helps with a calmer State of Mind.

Those are the three reasons why, hiding in plain sight are the 3 very natural strategies for mental health. They are powerful and have been scientifically proven to help with mental health and wellbeing. I invite you to check out more of my writings on my Amazon author page. I have a lot of great insights like this and to life the universe and everything. I’m the author of over 50 books in four languages English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Thank you for stopping by my little blog article about why Buddhism is good for the mental health.

Finally,  the teachings of the Buddha also can be of help to many people. I myself am a Christian. But I see much wisdom in the Buddhist teachings as well. Jesus was an amazing teacher and role model and if you are Christian or not I hope you can see that he lived an amazing life. I hope you can also see this about the Buddha.

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

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MCS Thursday Ramblings

The people who know me and my story know that I suffer from severe multiple chemical sensitivity these days as a result of limbic system damage due to the drug Wellbutrin which started about 3 years ago. I wish It were not so,  especially on days like today. Early this morning after having a really beautiful dream about getting a check for three hundred million dollars, I was woken up  by a sense of suffocation. I couldn’t breathe in my own bedroom. Why did this happen? I went outside to check the air, and sure enough probably somewhere New Jersey there is a manufacturing kind of release of chemical that most people are not aware of. I couldn’t breathe the air outside either. Luckly, my house is like a shiip, with airlocks. So, if the air in one room is bad, a door is closed there and it cannot contaminate the entire house. I currently have an IQ Air GCMultigas Air Purifier which new was over $1,300 including shipping and handline running on high to try to clean up my bedroom air. Hopefully cleaning up the air will not take too long.

This is the third time this has happened to me in two years. The first time I was in a local cafe and I could not leave the cafe because of the air outside. A friend at the time told me he smelled a faint smell of chemicals,  later.  I was trapped in the cafe for about 4 hours until the checmicals in the air outside cleared up- Until about 1am. The second time this happened for a period of about a month when they were working on the George Washington Bridge. I had to wear a carbon respirator around the bridge when I came within five blocks of it, forget about getting right next to it. I would have suffocated. Even low levels of chemicals in the air make me choke. and tonight was the third time this has happened to me in New York City. Unfortunate this has happened only three times in two or three years. I’m so happy I do not live in China, I do not think I could live one day there because of all the chemicals and dust and air pollution. I see many people around the city who are Asian walking around with white masks, white medical masks, and I think I understand why. I believe they are also similarly affected by chemicals and dust and dirt in the air  as I am. Chemical sensitivity is a horrible disease. What makes it worse is that there are no government programs for housing or any kind of Rights afforded to people with multiple chemical sensitivities that would us live our very difficult lives. Actually if one ever goes to a psych ward, dollars to donuts they will treat your chemical sensitivity as a psychological or psychiatric disorder. It is not a psychological or disorder. It’s not  psychosomatic. The American Medical Association does not believe it is a real disorder. They are very wrong. Psychiatric disorders generally affect the upper levels of the brain in the cerebrum. Depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, eating disorders all occur in the Cerebrum. However multiple chemical sensitivity actually resides in the limbic system and in my case at least, a deeper part of the brain. What does that mean? That means that it is similar to a disorder of heart rate, respiration, temperature control of the body, excetera excetera. That is definitely nothing psychological. It’s a very physical reaction of the body to an over-sensitivity of the brain, sometimes described as similar to epileptic “kindling” in the brain. Yes a lot of people with depression  especially develop chemical sensitivity. I go to a psychosocial clubhouse called Fountain House, and I have met at least four people there with various degrees of chemical sensitivities. I believe this might be because of the medication a lot of times. I’ve heard of people getting chemical sensitivities due to exposure to crop fertilizes. Other ways people I have heard gotten chemical sensitivity are with sick building syndrome. What that is is when a building is very new it’s a lot of chemicals. The chemicals come from rugs, walls, paint,  and many more new construction  items. The chemicals are very noticeable and smell bad. A lot of these people are just totally disabled by their chemical sensitivities.  

It turns it out  that I created a Meetup for multiple chemical sensitivity in New York City because I wanted support. It’s called MCS in NYC,  and currently they have about 25 members. I’m no longer very active in the group, but it was good to see that there are more people in New York City area surviving with multiple chemical sensitivities. We shared stories, and  we shared experiences. We had some good people in the group. However, my MCS has gotten much better due to a external vagal nerve stimulator that I am using. What is that you ask? It is called the auri-stim 1000. Now  the lady I have in my life right now sometimes wears perfumes and I do not choke. She smells great. That in itself is a huge feat. I wrote a book called the medical Librarian’s Guide to Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Basically everything that’s in the book is on my blog except for a few resources. If you have multiple chemical sensitivities I urge you so either read my blog or click tag MCS or buy the book if you want information in an  easily digestible format.

I hope someday that people with multiple chemical sensitivities will be protected by the government of the United States and multiple chemical sensitivity will be recognized as a legitimate physical disorder.  Until then, we  who have it will suffer and sometimes die.

The last thing I want to say about multiple chemical sensitivity is that I believe the page on Wikipedia is being controlled by somebody or some group that doesn’t want people to know severe chemical sensitivities even exist as a rare disorder. Why do I say this? Because I and other professionals who have studied  this order have tried to edit the page, and we were denied sharing our knowledge. For example there over 300 articles about chemical sensitivities on Medline, that is a quantifiable fact. That fact was not allowed on Wikipedia page about MCS. I know also of people who are doing doctorates and postdoctoral work on environmental sensitivities who tried to edit the article on Wikipedia who were denied the right. The chemical industry is a huge multibillion-dollar industry. That being said that does not give them the right to do this. Maybe it is not they. However I don’t know who else will be doing this and why. It’s a very strange world we live in sometimes.

Thanks for sharing this Thursday morning stream of thought with me, my friends.

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

Whey, Invokana, and Kidney Pain

Call me crazy, but I was having pretty serious kidney pain a week ago that I believe was caused by the combination of whey and the diabetes medicine Invokana. I remembered that Invokana and whey both can stress the kidneys. If you are taking Invokana and taking whey, that might not be a good thing. I stopped the Invokana and have been taking the whey for a few days now and feel good. If you are having kidney pain and are taking Invokana and whey, you might have your reason right there! Always listen to your body!

Side Effect information for Invokana:

5.3 Acute Kidney Injury and Impairment in Renal Function

INVOKANA causes intravascular volume contraction [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.1)] and can cause renal impairment [see ADVERSE REACTIONS (6.1)]. There have been postmarketing reports of acute kidney injury, some requiring hospitalization and dialysis, in patients receiving INVOKANA; some reports involved patients younger than 65 years of age.

 

A high protein diet can stress the kidneys. I was taking 60g of whey per day. No bueno.

FREE FULL TEXT FROM MEDLINE

Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2006 Nov;1(6):1293-9. Epub 2006 Sep 27.

Advanced glycation end products and nephrotoxicity of high-protein diets.

Abstract: The popularity of high-protein diets has surged recently as obesity has become more and more common in the United States and other developed nations. In view of the high prevalence of type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease among obese people, it is important to understand potential effects of high-protein diets on the kidney. The hypothesis that high-protein diets are nephrotoxic because of their excessive dietary advanced glycation end product (AGE) content and an increased amino acid load that enhances AGE formation in situ was explored. This review discusses the following evidence: (1) High-protein diets are deleterious to the kidney; (2) AGE are metabolic mediators of kidney damage; (3) dietary protein-derived AGE contribute to proinflammatory and pro-oxidative processes in diabetes and kidney disease; and (4) dietary protein-derived AGE produce functional and structural abnormalities that are involved in kidney damage. Future research should consider dietary AGE as a potential therapeutic target for kidney disease in obesity, diabetes, and perhaps other causes of chronic kidney disease.

 

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

How I cured Myself of Clinical Depression Naturally

I was sleeping up to 21 hours per day due to the antidepressant I was taking for clinical depression. My doctor seemed unsympathetic. I will not use the word that, in sum, described this guy in my mind. I soldiered on. I kept taking the medicine every day for more than two years. I knew despite the horrible side effects I was having from the myriad antidepressants they tried me on, Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, and Wellbutrin I was better off using the powerful SSRI and Dopamine Agonists than without them. Why? How could that possibly be? Well, when you have almost an absolutely undeniable urge to end your own life due to your own personal hell you are living in, being awake three hours per day is a gift. Better three than zero, right?

Since these dark days, I have been able to get off and stay off completely from the pharmacotherapy of antidepressant medicines for over two years. How? I’ve written a book called Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction that teaches all my secrets. However, I want to share with you the three main things that have saved me from clinical depression and the one thing that saved my brain the last time I had to take the antidepressants. Ready. Set. Go!

Fish Oil- The Omega3s of fish oil decrease inflammation in the brain and body and have a lot to do with the metabolism and health of the brain. Add this to your daily regimen. Currently there are 784 articles specifically about DEPRESSION AND FISH OIL on MEDLINE the doctors’s database. Fish oil is generally well-known, safe, and helpful for a multitude of mental and physical ailments. Do not take too much of it as it will thin your blood if you take an excessive amount. Also, you generally must stop fish oil a few weeks before a surgery due to this thinning of the blood and preventing it from clotting which is no bueno when you are getting cut open.

Men’s Multivitamin with Zinc- If you are a woman get a women’s multivitamin with zinc. If you are a kid do the kids thing. If you are a senior, do the senior thing. Why? If you are deficient in zinc, this is not good for your hippocampus at any age and when your hippocampus, an important structure in your brain, is not healthy and happy you may be more prone to depression and actually acting on negative thoughts. There is some evidence that a healthy zinc level will help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Conversely, if your hippocampus is functioning well, it should help your overall mental health and make you, theoretically,  be better at spatial memory tasks, (i.e. geometry, calculus, or architecture). Do not take more than the RDA, recommended daily allowance of zinc, as zinc in excess of this can be toxic. Also, always check your other vitamin pills as they might push you over the dose because they also contain zinc. The other vitamins bolster the action of the zinc and along with a healthy diet like the Mediterannean diet, which by itself has shown to act as an antidepressant, you’ll just do better filling in your nutritional gaps doing things like reducing inflammation which can only help.

Vitamin D- Most people are deficient in this “Sunshine” vitamin, especially in the winter when days are long and the sun is weak. One might also be deficient if they live in a colder climate and have darker skin. Or, the person with low levels of vitamin D may just be indoors in their office too much. In the United States about one in two people gets insufficient Vitamin D. Madre always told me that people who lived near the equator were happier, in general. It turns out that there is some truth in this, as many, many people in colder climes such as Sweden and other places have a much higher incidence of a depressive disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder, man times known by the acronym SAD. Talk to your doctor about how much vitamin D is safe for you, as too much vitamin D, like too much zinc is toxic. Always check your other vitamins like your multivitamin or specialized vitamin complexes, as they might also contain vitamin D. Always be careful with vitamins and drugs you put into your system, as you may not know it but even water in excess can kill you.

So, I had to get back on the antidepressant Celexa more than two years ago. But, one thing I did differently this time was to bolster my glutathione levels with whey protein. So, I had a healthy sleep schedule- not 21 hours per day of sleep. Wow! So, what is this glutathione and why should you care? It turns out that many psychiatric medications such as antidepressants and antipsychotics drain the brain and body of glutathione, the master antioxidant in humans. This is not a good thing. So, when I took the right kind of whey protein I put that disbalance back in balance. What I am saying here is that when I was sleeping over 20 hours per day, it was due to the action of the antidepressant drugs depleting my brain of glutathione. So, now if I ever really need an antidepressant, I know what to do to keep a better state of health.

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

Vitamin E helps Dystonia

I started having serious dystonias of the tongue, where the tongue would go back in my throat until I would choke. I had to take benzotropine 2mg often to avoid choking to death. It turns out a supplement with 400IU Vitamin E and 25mg of Selenium stopped that problem for me. It turns out I’m not the only one to use vitamin E to avoid problems like this.

Clin Neuropharmacol. 1997 Oct;20(5):434-7.

Vitamin E treatment in tardive dystonia.

Dannon PN1, Grunhaus L, Iancu I, Braf A, Lepkifker E.

Author information

Abstract

Tardive dystonia is a disorder characterized by abnormally sustained posturing associated with the use of dopamine-receptor blocking agents such as antipsychotic drugs. However, the structural pathologic and pathophysiologic features of this disorder are unknown, and no consistently effective pharmacologic treatment is available. Patients with tardive dystonia mostly are young men. We present the case of one substantially improved with treatment by 1200 mg/d (IU) of vitamin E.

 

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

The Real Good Will Hunting- William Jiang?

This whole article is going to bring me back to an earlier time and a crazy idea I had. Could I be the real life inspiration behind Matt Damon’s Oscar winning movie Good Will Hunting?

Back when the movie Good Will Hunting came out in 1997, I was like, “Cool! Another guy named Will who is amazing at math and worked nights as a janitor. He’s like me in that he is brilliant at pretty much everything and he needs a psychologist.” When I thought of it more. I felt it was a little weird. The character was a lot like me, with the same exact name, but he was super me. But, yeah. I thought back in 1997, “That’s probably coincidence. Great story though.”

I learned years later that Matt Damon went to Harvard but never graduated. That actually made me think about the movie again and my own life. The professor in English literature department who liked me the best and actually invited me into a class with masters and doctoral students when I was 19 was named Gerald Nelson. He knew me and my story well. He got his PhD from Harvard back in his day, and he knew I was a very gifted applied mathematician that worked as a janitor in his building, the Humanities building on Stonybrook campus, and I imagine, being a Harvard Man, he never lost his Harvard ties, where Matt Damon was going to school at the time.

The only reason I’m bringing this whole story up now is because I was randomly talking to a friend of mine and he said, “You’re Good Will Hunting, man!” I surprised him by saying, yeah I think you’re right. And I gave him a few reasons, such as SUNY Stony Brook University is in the same league as MIT in applied math, because we are number seven in the nation According to the Chronicle of Higher Education: http://www.ams.sunysb.edu. John Nash, the Nobel laureate immortalized in the movie A Beautiful Mind, thought enough of Stony Brook to lecture there multiple times including when I was going there as a student. I knew Dr. Gerald Nelson from 1990 to 1992. I graduated from SUNY Stonybrook with honors in 1994. The movie came out in 1997. Hm.

The only thing that Good Will Hunting did not cover about me was my amazing athleticism, which Dr. Gerald Nelson didn’t know anything about. Back in the day, I could do feats of strength which were world class, such as doing over one thousand push-ups in two hours, where I did 4 sets of 100 pushups and the rest were sets of 50. Also, I was able to run a half-mile in under two minutes. I was able to do 50 dips pretty easily. I also was able to do 48 chinups back when I was in Stuyvesant High School, among other feats.

Also, I was a Janitor at night in the academic buildings of SUNY Stonybrook. And, I was one of the most gifted undergraduate applied mathematicians at Stonybrook, I was straight A up to AMS 310. The course description is below form SUNYSB’s website, for the curious. It is an upper division, extremely competitive class with many graduate students in pure math, applied math, economics, and computer science. Of course, I got the highest grade they were allowed to give: a 4.0 or an A.

The only other difference between Matt Damon’s character and I is the locale, South Boston and Cambridge versus Stonybrook Long Island, and the level of genius of Matt Damon compared to my own. I would say that the level of genius depicted in the movie is not my level of genius, but rather the level of genius of my younger brother Dr. Leaf Jiang, who just happens to be the best electrical engineer to come out of MIT in the last 15 years. Go to Google Scholar and check him out if you don’t believe me.  If you are rich and powerful, I would hire him. He’d be cheap at 7 figures. No joke. He could make your millions into billions, and billions into more. But, don’t mess with him. He’s 6’4” and can bench over 300lbs. That being said, he is the most grounded family man I’ve ever met, and I would do anything for him because he’s the best. I’m proud to call this man my brother.

All that being said, I think my memoir A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope , is a better story than Good Will Hunting. Why? It’s a true story with bucketloads of romance, genius, madness, and redemption. But don’t take my word for it. Check out what Amazon Top Reviewer Mr. Grady Harp says about my autobiography, and thanks for stopping by. Tchau!

 

Appendix A

Good Will Hunting (1997)

126 min  –  Drama  –  9 January 1998 (USA)

8.2 Your rating:   -/10   Ratings: 8.2/10 from 455,899 users   Metascore: 70/100

Reviews: 627 user | 149 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant

Writers: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Appendix B

AMS 310: Survey of Probability and Statistics

A survey of data analysis, probability theory, and statistics. Stem and leaf displays, box plots, schematic plots, fitting straight line relationships, discrete and continuous probability distributions, conditional distributions, binomial distribution, normal and t distributions, confidence intervals, and significance tests. May not be taken for credit in addition to ECO 320. This course has been designated as a High Demand/Controlled Access (HD/CA) course. Students registering for HD/CA courses for the first time will have priority to do so.

Prerequisite: Applied Linear Algebra or its equivalent

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

The Day the Laughter Died: Robin Williams and Suicide in America

I  have been putting off writing about the death of Mr. Williams. Although I never met the man, I still smile when I think of his comedic antics. He made me laugh so so many times. It was shocking and sad to hear of his suicide. I remember I learned of his death of Facebook. It was a gray day.

I feel Robin William’s untimely death teaches us a lot about mental illness and specifically clinical depression in todays’ USA. In 2020 clinical depression will be the new number one cause of long term death and disability, worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, so a conversation about depression and suicide needs to happen. The stigma of depression and mental illnesses of all kinds must end because, in the end, the stigma of mental illness kills people just as surely as the illness itself. Not only must the person deal with low mood and feelings of hopelessness and isolation due to the mental illnesses themselves, but the shame and further isolation of the stigma associated with the illnesses is an additional stressor.

They say it is lonely at the top. Robin Williams said, “The worst thing in life is not to end up all alone. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.” When one is a rich star who makes his money in mirth, the last thing he wants to project to the public is that he is not feeling like laughing all the time. What a personal hell that poor man was in, trying to live up to the public’s perception of him as a comic character. I have a feeling the pressure of being two people- the comic and the man suffering with depression caused a cleft in his mind and life.

We should all be comfortable with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, in the sense that if we break a leg we are not a broken leg. We have a broken leg. If we become depressed, we are not a depressive. We are a person worthy of love and respect who is struggling with a dangerous beast that lives within called depression.

The US and the world society needs to come out of the dark ages and have an open and honest discussion about mental illnesses of all types. Why? We need our sparkling gems of people, all imperfect, like Mr. Robin Williams, to continue to sparkle- all of us. Matthew Fox said, “If you look closely at a tree you’ll notice it’s knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.”  Every knot and age ring in a tree’s trunk tells a story of the personal history of the tree. The imperfections are what make each tree uniquely beautiful. Robin Williams wasn’t crazy. He wasn’t ever alone. He is now a fallen star. He was loved by many who never even met him. He will be missed.

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

Podcast interview about #schizophrenia featuring William Jiang, MLS

Dear Blake,

It was a pleasure to be interviewed and featured on the Podcast of The Half Hour Intern. Thanks for taking the time to interview me! My friends, to listen to the podcast click here:

 http://www.halfhourintern.com/hobbies/schizophrenic-with-will-jiang

Will

 

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

Be careful what you take with your psychiatric medicines with

I have a lot of great things going on in my life right now, but one always must be careful what one mixes with one’s psychiatric medicines.  I have a loving romantic woman in my life, she’s my favorite ladyfriend of all time. A great position with a prestigious institution’s library may be mine in the next few months. I am fighting for some justice for my family for my deceased stepfather’s tragic early demise due to COPD due to 9/11 and its aftermath. The fourth edition of The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health, a follow up to my #1 best seller in the field of holistic mental health is shaping up well. I’m playing with a new potentially dangerous but powerful therapeutic modality, tDCS otherwise known as Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to enhance my meditation, language learning abilities, and mood.  An advanced certification in the Spanish language the DELE level C1 is coming up. Also, I saved mom’s life from a basal skin cancer recently by forcing her to get it checked out. Mom should be around for many more happy years. My brothers are getting on with their lives in a positive manner, and all my nephews and nieces are in good health and growing up beautifully. The house is a lot quieter without Dad around, but he’d be happy and proud of what our family is up to. I hope he is looking down on us and smiling. So, I have a lot of great things happening in my life right now, a lot for which I am  thankful and grateful.

It is pretty common knowledge that there are drug-drug interactions. If one takes ANY medication, and one is going to add a medicine, one must always check for medicines that do not mix, contraindicated medicines. For example, some cough syrups mix badly with some antidepressants. A few years back, I learned the hard way because of a lazy doctors work that the mood stabilizer Tegretol has a major contraindication with the antipsychotic thiothixene. That’s a funny story. I was in the hospital for two weeks. The second day as inpatient my doctor started me on Tegretol. I felt strange. I decided to trust the doctor for once and not check up on her work. Mistake. Days after being discharged I started becoming symptomatic with psychosis. After about a week of becoming sicker and sicker, I went to the Emergency Room. I told them about the medications I was taking, and how I was feeling. Their response? “Your doctor should raise your level of Tegretol if you are not feeling better soon.” I was dumbfounded. This was not how I should be. I know myself and my baseline. So, I Googled “tegretol navane contraindications”. Sure enough, the first hit said that Tegretol and Navane had a MAJOR contraindication. That means as a general rule, you should NEVER mix the two drugs. Anyways, I stopped the Tegretol by myself, and soon after was feeling much better. The way I understand it, Tegretol makes an enzyme that degrades the navane, thiothixene, making it less and less effective the longer the two are taken together and the higher the dose of the Tegretol. So, that’s one medication-medication interaction I had that I fixed myself and lived to tell the tale. Do not get me started on my Metformin Topamax interaction. That was REALLY frightening too. The point here is that one’s doctor should always check for drug-drug interactions. It’s really easy for them. There are databases for this. However, as I experienced, doctors sometimes will not check for even major drug drug interactions. So, ask your pharmacist. Then, do a check on Google yourself. Your life is too precious to trust to take any drug without checking for drug and vitamin/mineral/nutraceutical interactions.

Sometimes an usually harmless food or nutrient can interact badly with a drug.  Grapefruit juice can kill you. Yes. There is something called the “Grapefruit Juice Effect” or something like that. Grapefuit juice, for example, if mixed with some heart medications could kill you.

Don’t drink grapefruit juice if you’re taking any of these medications:

If one drinks a lot of green tea, it’s good for the health, right? Yes, usually, however, if one takes the mood stabilizer lithium, it can change your levels of lithium without you being aware. My primary diagnosis is paranoid schizophrenia, as detailed in my best-selling autobiography A Schizophrenic WIll: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. Paranoid in excess is never good. However, it is good to be cautious about what one is putting into one’s body, for sure.

Two weeks ago, mom made a suggestion me to start taking curumin, the stuff that makes curry yellow. I briefly looked it up. Cucurmin helps  inflammation, diabetes, and arthritis. I did not look into it any more. Curry never killed anybody right? Plus, it tastes so good! No worries, right? Wrong. It was crazy how fast my mind started to devolve into paranoia and insanity.

I felt a bit off the first day I took the curcumin. “No worries,” I told myself, “It is just a bit of a bad day.” The night of the second day on the curcumin, I was teaching my lady about some really cool and useful resources for learning languages. But, I did not sleep well the night before; and about 7pm that night, with her, I could not believe how divorced from reality I became. I took her home 30 minutes later because I was not good company, not even for myself. The third day was horrible. The fourth day  on the curcumin, about 5pm at a Clubhouse I go to sometimes to socialize called Fountain House, I got fully-blown paranoid. Psychotic paranoia can be totally overwhelming. I was almost totally sucked into a vortex of madness totally. I had not been that paranoid for over 20 years! I struggled to get home without unhappy incident. I was successful. At home, I was so sick that I took my medicine 2 hours early, and I started looking for a new anti-psychotic that would not allow me to get this sick, maybe something in clinical trials. There are a few good medicines in the pipeline, but nothing I could easily use. Then, something clicked in my mind. The only new thing in my diet was the curcumin. I thought, grasping at straws, that maybe that this was my issue.

Fortunately, I had in mind something about the liver and the metabolism of the Navane. It turns out that Navane aka thiothixene is metabolized in the liver at CYP1A2. I’m a medical researcher. This took me about 5 minutes to find on Google. Then, I went to the medical database MEDLINE and searched for “curcumin AND CYP1A2”. This is what I came up with: Plant polyphenol curcumin significantly affects CYP1A2. The curcumin was speeding up the metabolism of my thiothixene, my main antipsychotic. I was going loco for curry! Needless to say, I stopped the curcumin; and I am no longer psychotic.

The short take away from this long story is that if you take ANY medication, please check all your drugs against each other yourself as well as all the nutrients and foods in your diet, especially if you start feeling bad after adding a new food, medicine, or nutrient to your mix. It may not be coincidence. That being said, talk to your doctor or go to an Emergency Room to get to a safe place and proper medical care, if you think you have an emergency, and DO NOT STOP ANY MEDICINE without your doctor’s OK. Sometimes, one has to make the best of a temporarily bad situation, or one lands in a worse situation. “Out of the frying pan, into the fire,” as they say.

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net