Diet and exercise, with or without psychiatric drugs

Australia’s Channel 9 News reports, Bipolar drug side-effects may be overcome. I suggest that this type of reporting is deceptive.

Anti-psychotic drugs have been documented to cause dramatic weight gain, raised blood fats and Type-2 diabetes within the first six months of treatment.

True enough, and the answer is…

It found that a supported diet and exercise program for schizophrenics taking anti-psychotic medication yielded significant health benefits within just 12 to 16 weeks.

This jump in the text from “bipolar” to “schizophrenics” takes place because people labeled with bipolar disorder often take the same drugs that people labeled with schizophrenia take. This is the first confusion. The second confusion is in not pointing out that with detoxification people often recover from both conditions.

Just think where a person could be at if that person didn’t take psychiatric drugs, but used your supported diet and exercise program instead. I bet he or she could have your druggies’ physiques beat hands down.

Associate Professor Katherine Samaras, a clinical researcher at the Garvan Institute, said an early intervention program could be the best way to prevent physical ill health.

The no psychiatric drug approach suggested above then, with supported diet and exercise, represents a better way than ‘the best way’. Imagine that!

Actually recovery rates for 1st episode schizophrenia have been found much improved where no neuroleptic drugs at all were used. Complete recovery by definition requires a complete withdrawal from neuroleptic drugs. The person who takes neuroleptic drugs, for that very reason, can’t be said to have fully recovered.

The problem beyond metabolic syndrome is cognitive decline. Long term neuroleptic drug use causes cognitive decline. This is true across the board. It is suggested that mental health clients consider this fact before they launch on a long term neuroleptic drug regimen, atypically metabolic syndrome bound or typically otherwise.

Cease the neuroleptic drug abuse, and you kill a number of birds with one stone. Those birds killed include metabolic syndrome, cognitive decline, and a minimal recovery rate–a minimal recovery rate that is the direct result of relying so heavily on so-called “medication maintenance”. This isn’t to say that added benefits couldn’t come with dietary changes and exercise, too.

Both atypical and typical neuroleptic drugs are known to shorten the lifespans of those people taking them. Diet and exercise can lengthen the lifespans for people both on and off drugs. There are other ways to treat people who have troubles besides drugging them into a numbed-out oblivion. I suggest we promote more choice in treatment options, and that we explore some more of those other ways.