Did you know that over 40 million people in the US will experience impairment because of anxiety conditions this year? Only 4 million will receive treatment, and of those, only 400,000 will receive proper treatment.
I don’t even want to guess what the statistics are for my country, Turkey.
What if the answer is as simple as a vitamin treatment?
I’ll share Elisa Black’s incredible story so that you can judge for yourself.
As she puts it:
“My anxiety is a wild beast. It has destroyed relationships, clawed at my insides until I was sick, left me cowering under blankets, plagued me with panic attacks, and tipped me into post-natal depression following the birth of my first son.”
Let me summarize, chronologically, what she went through:
- As a toddler, she saw a neighbor fall into a puddle, and was – for years – plagued by thoughts of the “drowning hole”.
- In primary school, she was obsessed with leprosy.
- As a teen, she had a phobia of vomiting.
- As a young adult it manifested itself as panic attacks.
- At 25 she moved back to her parent’s home, and didn’t leave her room for 3 moths, convinced that she would die if she did.
For more than a decade, she sought a cure. Some things helped for a while, others not at all, and always anxiety was there in some way.
She took medication:
to name a few.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Exposure therapy
- Visited psychologists, psychiatrists, naturopaths, and herbalists.
She doggedly practiced:
- Exercised feverishly
She says that in the last year, her anxiety has edged closer to depression.
The vitamin that helped her
As she puts it, for years she was looking outside for the answer, when she should have been looking inside all along. Looking at her genes.
As it turned out, she had a genetic mutation on one of her genes, one with the name MTHFR. The result was that her body could not process B-group vitamins.
The interesting thing is that she is far from being alone. This genetic mutation effects close to one in five people and could be responsible for everything from mood disorders, multiple miscarriages, strokes, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many other diseases.
The good news is that the potential treatment – FOLINIC ACID – is cheap, relatively easy to find, and has no side effects.
This picture is from Amazon.
The distinction between folinic acid and the common dietary vitamin, B9 or folic acid, is an important one. Variations in the MTHFR gene means one is unable to convert folic acid into a form one’s body can use – folinic acid – easily. This, in turn, can lead to many health problems.
It was Dr. Andrew Owen, of Sterling Drugs, who suggested to Elisa, and many of his patients, that they get tested for MTHFR variations. Aware of the research in the area for the last 6 years, and the benefits he had observed from taking folinic acid, he conducted his own specific research before deciding to see if it could help others.
The results on himself and his patients were dramatic. However, as with so many drugs, the effects of the treatment aren’t completely predictable.
Some people with a double mutation don’t necessarily respond dramatically to folinic acid. In such cases Dr. Owen uses a methyl B12 combination as there might turn out to be other pathway disorders. He says that he is treating at least a couple of hundred patients with this now.
This picture is also from Amazon.
The patients that he is presently treating don’t only include those with anxiety and depression. The doctor has seen improvements in people with fibromyalgia, migraine and hypertension; and kids with ADHD and autism.
Elisa Black claims that she is now a “normal” person. As she puts it:
“…today my beast, finally, is a paper tiger, a tiny shadow in the corner of my heart. It wasn’t drugs or therapy or deep-bloody-breathing that finally slayed it though. It was a vitamin.”
I also have occasional bouts with anxiety, quick temper, and have acquired a slight hypertension problem in the last couple of months.
As always, I will try FOLINIC ACID, and report back to you.
That’s it; see you all next time.