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Re: to larry shadows721

Posted by Larry Hoover on September 7, 2003, at 11:05:37

In reply to to larry, posted by shadows721 on September 6, 2003, at 11:38:45

> Wow! You are so informative. I had no idea about the supplements. Thank so much.

You're welcome.

Your body can get locked into negative-feedback loops, which is another way of saying that it's lost the ability to restore homeostasis. One example is insulin resistance. If you can figure out what to feed your body, you can nudge it back towards homeostasis. Often, that requires dosing that is "off the charts" with respect to concepts like RDA. We're not talking physiological dose any more, we're into therapeutic dosing.

At least in part, PTSD involves the amygdala, part of the primitive, subconscious stimulus-processing brain region. Phobias probably arise there. When you have PTSD, you have a psychological reaction to a physiological process. You can learn how to intervene.

> I hope you are doing okay with the chronic fatigue syndrome.

Reasonably well, thanks. I'm not well, but I'm certainly much better. I am absolutely thrilled with what I can accomplish now. The problem is, it is so easy to get distracted, and forget about my self-care.

>I have often wondered if I had it or was it the depression.

Although diagnostic definitions are useful, I prefer to think in clusters of associated disorders. Within the cluster, the lines blur.

For example, I have had diagnoses of acute PTSD, chronic PTSD, chronic fatigue, major depression, dysthymia (my "normal", in the absence of depression), irritable bowel syndrome, gastro-esophageal reflux disorder, insomnia, and a joint disorder (not specified, but involving serious arthralgia). In my mind, they're all manifestations of one broad disorder (the cluster). I don't much care what it's called, ya know? A large number of my symptoms, cutting across the various diagnoses, vary in intensity together. Not all symptoms, but many of them.

> Sometimes, I feel like my mind is shutting down. Someone told me it was the system and it worked well in the past, but now it's being taken apart to heal.

That's a useful metaphor. I've let go of a number of what I used to think of as traits (defined as uncheangeable aspects of character, but obviously not unchangeable). I've kept what is useful to me, and I'm amazed at what I left behind.

> Oh, this healing process is really hard on my life.

Oh, yeah.

> Wish you well.
> shadows

You, too.





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