From Harvard Health Publishing: “This study adds to the data that suggest gut flora has an effect on psychiatric diseases. We still do not know if an intestinal microbiome disarray is the cause of mania and bipolar disorder. However, this research supports an assertion that overall inflammation is associated with gut inflammation, which in turn can modulate mood disorders, or at least severe cases of mania for bipolar patients. The evidence of a ‘gut-brain axis principle’ is more robust, especially after some studies showing that the type of bacteria that live in our bowels could cause brain inflammation. This most recent research indicates that we could potentially manage the symptoms of severe cases of bipolar disorder merely by changing the makeup of our microbiome.”
“We still do not know if an intestinal microbiome disarray is the cause of mania and bipolar disorder.” But we do know the antidepressants and ADHD drugs can create the symptoms of bipolar, including mania. And this iatrogenic pathway to a bipolar diagnosis has resulted in millions of people, including over a million children, being misdiagnosed as “bipolar.”
From the DSM-IV-TR: “Note: Manic-like episodes that are clearly caused by somatic antidepressant treatment (e.g., medication, electroconvulsive therapy, light therapy) should not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder.”
And we do know combining the antipsychotics and/or antidepressants, which is part of today’s recommended bipolar treatments, can create psychosis and hallucinations, via the central symptoms of antidepressant and/or antipsychotic induced anticholinergic intoxication syndrome, aka anticholinergic toxidrome.
And we also know that weaning people off of the “bipolar” drug cocktails can result in a drug withdrawal induced “super sensitivity manic psychosis,” too.
Perhaps a good way to prevent most of the “bipolar,” would be to stop passing out the psychiatric drugs, that create the “bipolar” symptoms, like candy?
Do the Harvard doctors know that the head of the National Institute of Mental Health declared “bipolar,” and all the DSM disorders, to be “invalid” disease entities in 2013?
20 years ago, the mavens at Harvard Medical School would have laughed at the idea probiotics would have any value as a treatment for ANY psychiatric disorder. This alone is a big step for them.
It was hard enough getting doctors to accept probiotics as a treatment for CDiff, let alone anything else. So glad to see this article on MIA. Wish it had been front page news.
Did you know Mr Whitaker that you have a very good photographer featured on your art page?
You should give her much more eyeball.
“….if an intestinal microbiome disarray is the cause of mania and bipolar disorder”….as the article states, then so-called “bi-polar” really is NOT a “mental illness” at all, is it?….
So-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as “real” as presents from Santa Claus, but not more real….