It's the degree of the symptoms that are affected in a positive way by
diet changes. Perhaps I might have said it that way. Mild forms of
Bipolar type II folks are often in better condition with diet control than many people not having an illness of that type. The more severe forms of bipolar in type I have not only a more difficult search for diet controls to help alleviate symptoms, but also carry, generally, a heavier and different medication schedule, as you know.
Tortoise, some researchers who have done their homework on bipolar illness are telling us now that the illness is really a poisoning of the
brain by something that crosses the blood brain barrier--they are
indicating that caffeine is the culprit--after years of ingestion caffeine
has the capacity to even cause dementia. They also suggest that
it was known as early as the late 1800s that there was really no such thing as bipolar illness; doctors knew that it was caused by a form
of poisoning that was occurring. Check ruthwhalencaffeine.com
She's brilliant in her understanding of the issue.
It's a real journey to go on to get the diet and medications in right order and perspective. I do believe that mental clarity and behavior
are very much affected by diet and rest. If I had to list the
things that seem to be triggers for the illness becoming more annoying, I would count caffeine, sugar, white flour products, excessive meat consumption as opposed to fresh foods and vegetables as definitely deleterious for stability.
Good to talk to you again; hope you've got everything under control.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 7/9/2011 9:17:45 PM (GMT-6)