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Re: vegetarianism/mental health problems?

Posted by Larry Hoover on July 3, 2003, at 13:41:01

In reply to Re: vegetarianism/mental health problems? Larry Hoover, posted by johnj on July 1, 2003, at 17:39:08

> Hi Larry,
> How is everything going? On the road still? Thanks for this thread it is very interesting. I haven't been around very much since I have been feeling better and just have had many demands after work that I can't get to a computer :(

Feeling better is :), not :(.

Ya, I'm about a third of the way through a six-week stretch on the road. Just got in.

> I have something interesting to add and ask you.
> I have been told over the past few weeks that I look thin. I didn't want to make a fuss about it but I weighed myself...I have dropped 12 pounds, from 170 to 158. I am a skinny guy but I just thought it was due to sitting so much and not much excercise. Well, I was at my mom's house and she was telling me about a friend who they found out was allergic to wheat. I did some digging and I fit some criteria such as I have lost most of my ass and it hurts to sit.
> I have noticed one thing and that is since I have added sublingual B-12 and a chewable B-complex, which I let dissolve in my mouth, I have felt really damn good and sleep is good too.

Good news.

> I am still on 15 mg of remeron so I don't know if it was the remeron or the vitamins.

I'd go with the vitamins, but hey!, I'm biased.

>I do suspect it is both, but maybe malabsorption could be a culprit.

I think malabsorption is far more common than everybody thinks it is.

> The fact is without my fiber ceral, which contains wheat, I am very constipated.

There are lots of ways to get fiber without resorting to whole grains. Psyllium (Metamucil) is soluble fiber.

>I will wait and see if I start to gain any weight back, but am at a loss at how to fix my diet so that I am regular. I allready eat lots of fruit and not much junk so I am at a loss. I mentioned this to my therapist and she wants to watch the weight issue closely. I just don't want to seem like I am searching for a biological reason for my depression.

???? Why?

>I know it is a big part but I don't even know if their are accurate tests for these things.

If you keep losing weight, you need to see a doctor for an examination.

> I am definately keeping tabs of my vitamins, they are essential. I think the sublingual types offer an advantage. What do you think?

Sublingual forms are advantageous if you have intestinal malabsorption, or if you've been chronically depleted. For e.g. NADH, it's to avoid digestion (either sublingual or enteric-coated, to avoid stomach acid).

> Thanks and take care, and if you are on the road I hope you stay safe.
> johnj

Well, I'm always safe. It's the other drivers.....

Glad you're feeling better, John.





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