Saturday, 15 June 2013
Self-Medicating When the Black Dog Looms
Trying to carry on a 'normal' way of life can be pretty difficult with black clouds hovering just out of sight and creeping daily nearer.
Luckily for me I now know the signs and do everything I can to evade the clutches of the 'enemy'.
This for me, includes taking a heftier than usual dose of St John's Wort in order to just skate on the surface rather than drown.
There is I know a huge raft of prescribed chemical medication out there for those with similar problems. Many people find they work for them, and I'm very glad to hear that that is the case, but for me, tablets of anti-depressive drugs, no matter how effective, carry with them the not-so-well documented side effects.
In addition there is the danger of addiction.
For me the ideal treatment for any illness, of body or mind, is one manufactured from natural sources, plants and seeds and oils, rather than the much stronger synthetics manufactured by the pharmaceutical giants.
Sometimes, I know the reasons why the clouds are gathering, sometimes not, but there is a whole series of avoidance tactics I can employ and if they don't work, I then double my daily dose of St. John's Wort.
There is a problem with all such 'natural' remedies, namely the interference of the EU with almost all the currently available supplements.
I have signed a petition in the probably vain hope of restricting their level of control, but other then that there is nothing to be done but to wait and see how much havoc they will wreak.
Meanwhile the fight goes on to side-step this latest black cloud.
Wish me luck.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 1:33:00 pm