MEDICATION ISN’T BAD
The reason all medications have some kind of side effect or stop working all together is because medications cause a nutritional deficiency somewhere in your body. Every medication they’ve done studies on—in some way or another—depletes specific nutrient pathways. Common medication side effects like dizziness, loss of appetite, loss of energy, feeling achy those symptoms show up when physiological processes are affected by specific nutrients not being available.
Think of it like this: taking medication is similar to driving a car at full speed. Your gas will be used up faster when you drive at top speeds.
This doesn't mean that taking medication is bad. Instead, we want to emphasize the need to weigh the positives against the negatives and how important it is for patients who are on medication to come in and figure out what nutritional base is being depleted by their medication. When we do this, we can support the patient’s body to help their medication work better.
And those common medication side effects? When we find the depleted nutritional base and support it, we often see these symptoms reduce. And that's good news for everyone!
A PATIENT’S CASE STUDY OF TAKING MOOD MEDICATION
We strongly believe mood medications are not for everyone and should be used very carefully. But for some people, they can prove to be very helpful in short term or longer term situations with some support for the individual’s nutritional base.
As an example, we had a patient come to us at Hope Clinic and we encouraged them to go on the medication their psychiatrist was recommending. We worked together with their psychiatrist to adjust the amount of medication this person was taking.
After a couple weeks on the medication, the patient started feeling achy, getting headaches, and being easily fatigued—all very common side effects. We immediately began supporting their nutritional base with specific nutrient and herbal supplements. For this particular patient, we did some very specific B vitamin intervention because the medication they were on was overusing that nutritional pathway. With this type of support the patient felt much better.
If a psychologist you’re seeing recommends a medication, we encourage you to get in to see us at the clinic right away so we can find what nutritional pathways are being used up. When you support your nutritional base while taking a medication, you’ll have a much better chance of getting that medication to work like it should—and keep working with less side effects.
ALTERNATIVES TO MOOD MEDICATION
Studies are showing that psychotherapy can be much more effective than medications. One of the most important parts of having a successful experience with psychotherapy is to find the right psychotherapist for yourself. You might need to try several different people until you find the right fit. If you don’t know where to look for a psychotherapist, ask Dr. Brad during your visit. We can recommend a few places to get you started.
If someone says to us, “I tried therapy once, but it didn’t really get me anywhere.” We often suggest for this person to give homeopathy a try. Constitutional homeopathy can open things up to let you see what’s going on. This can be an extremely helpful option for anyone who is feeling “stuck” in their therapy and needs help addressing the issues that are really there.
If you or someone you love is taking mood medications we invite you to come visit our next Hope Class to learn more about how natural care can help support your body, mind and emotions.