Monday, February 6, 2023

Comments by Michelle Llamas

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  • Hi there,

    Yes, you are absolutely right about the mechanism for efficacy. Very wishy washy when it comes to psychiatric medications. For example, the drug company who makes Prozac tried to get it approved as a heart med and an obesity treatment first. It didn’t work for either. But, they found a handful of people who said they thought they felt a little less depressed in clinical trials and decided to make it an antidepressant! 🙂 So, they admit that they don’t actually know how it works.

    But naturally, people do not react the same to a drug, so it’s very difficult to track that, even. So many people I know who have tried medications have to go through a long trial and error period. In the meantime, they are left with crazy side effects. 🙁

    And I agree. I am learning to slow down and enjoy life more. It has helped immensely. Thanks for your kind wishes and great comment.

  • I can totally understand the dieting. I have had the same history in life. I have had to learn to have a better relationship with my body and food as well.

    And wow, I think that is also something that doctors should explain to people when they start on pharmaceuticals like neuroleptics. You said 25 years, does that mean you are still on them or have stopped?

  • Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for your comment. I wouldn’t say the nightmare is over, haha! 🙂 It is just something I have learned how to deal with in some fashion.

    I am still awaiting follow up test results to see how my supplements are helping. Luckily, the severe panic attacks have subsided. I know when they are about to happen sometimes, and I go into meditation mode or find a way to distract myself.

    And I am glad injections helped you! 🙂 I was prescribed pills I have to open and put under my tongue for B12. I will have to look into the magnesium. You are another person who recommends it.

    For iron, my naturopath prescribed Ferrochel (ferrous biglycinate chelate). It has thus far not affected my stomach. 🙂

    Thanks very much!

  • Hi madmother,

    Yes, Louise Hay does really make you look inside. Most of us are afraid to do it. I tend to embrace the shadow now. 🙂 Gotta love all parts of ourselves to move forward. It’s a lifelong process.

    Thanks for the recommendation of her mirror work, I will look into it. Thanks very much!


  • Hi Ms. Monique,

    Thanks for your kind words on my story. I definitely am not completely sold on Louise Hay, but she has some points to learn from. I think we can meld science and “metaphysics” to help us deal with the world. 🙂 If anything, she teaches us to be kinder to ourselves and let ourselves be human. And if there is one thing I have learned, there is no one-size-fits-all cure for our mental issues.

    If you want to say more and want to email me, I don’t mind. 🙂 You can email me at mllamas(at) I don’t mind lending an ear…or an eye in this case.

    Thanks again for your comment, and I wish you the best in your personal journey,

  • Hi Julie,

    Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I always tell people to visit Drugwatch when a doctor recommends a new drug. Chances are, if you write about it, you don’t want to take it. Haha. 🙂 Seriously, though, As I mentioned in a previous comment. I am not anti-medication. I recognize the benefits of medicine. But, the problem is that most drug companies are not transparent about studies with regard to benefit versus risk. I have written about faked studies, the doctor kickbacks and misleading marketing. So, I tend to advocate due diligence before taking a drug.

    You are looking up lithium lawsuits? It this a malpractice situation or for side effects of lithium? It’s not a drug we cover on Drugwatch, but I may be able to dig up something for you. You can email me mllamas(at) and I can see if I can help.

    Also, you mentioned shock treatments. I recently had some folks email me about the horrible side effects they suffered. So, I have been looking into it more. What has been your experience? It seems like you might have had a positive one?

    I wish you the best on your journey,

  • Hi Mary,

    Thanks so much for your kind words. 🙂 It is very difficult for me to trust medication because I write about side effects for a living. Haha! I am so glad that you have a great doctor that was able to give you natural ways to improve your mental health. Congratulations on being 86 and amazing! 🙂

    I certainly don’t judge anyone who decides that pharmaceuticals help them. I have a friend who decided that taking Paxil for his extreme anxiety was easier than dietary changes. It works for him. So, we all make our choices. My issue with doctors is that they are either dismissive of diet or supplementation as a valid treatment or don’t bother to dig into what is really going on with a patient. My primary care physician doesn’t even look at me when she is speaking to me. She keeps herself buried in her laptop, and gets angry when I ask questions. Luckily, there are still doctors who do care, we just have to find them.

    Best on your health journey,