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Lecithin: the little pill that changed my life

Updated on August 9, 2010
Sadness by Jerry Bacik
Sadness by Jerry Bacik

Before Lecithin

For the first 30 years of my life I suffered from what would today be called bipolar disorder which I guess, was being called manic / depressant when I was growing up, coupled with a panic attacks triggered by any social engagement and you have the man who stand before you today. I have no regrets with this history, for within those disorders my creativity flourished and the talents which I harness today were developed during that period of my life. Sad or tragic, I became a consummate observer of life, and the relaxation techniques I learned to control my symptoms, served me well in my theatrical career.

Emotions where always at the forefront of my existence, and it was necessary to always maintain an even demeanor, for if I got happy, I know I would get sad, and depression was a physical sensation, (there was an actual physical sensation when depression broke), and I learn to master that technique, either in my poetry or my writing, my sculpting or my art, I learned that if I crated something that I was proud of my depression would break, and I would feel a release, like someone opening up a tap, a calm would come over me and I would feel good once more. The only other way to aleave my ailments was in the movie theater, in the dark and calm of the cinema I would lose myself within the story unfolding and my depression would abate

The other strange disorder was panic attacks which I would experience only when I went to parties, more than just discomfort, but sheer panic, I would close myself off, hide in the corner, and wait for the first person to leave, then flee for the door, then berate myself for not being able to enjoy a simple social occasion. And the strange thing was that I felt absolutely normal at other social gatherings, staff meeting, gathering’s at restaurants, but once a year I would see if I could go to a cast party and bam panic attack.

Well at the age of 30, a friend of mine was raving about a psychic he just saw, now I’m not really into that stuff but I thought why not it might be fun. I forget the name of the man, he was spot on with a lot of things, has happened in my life, he said that I would move to Utah, that I would injure my legs there, and that I should take lecithin.

Now let me premise what I’m about to say here, he did not tell me that it would help my depression, he said it was good for my blood pressure, so that there was no pre suggestive aspect to what changed my life, but an hour after taking the pills my depression broke, and my panic disorder disappeared. My life changed and from a stupid little health food supplement

Before Lecithin, my emotions were raw, and I could tap into those emotions for my acting, I literally had to re-learn to act after taking lecithin, there was so much of a change,. For the first year or so I would test myself, I would stop taking lecithin, and in a week or so the blue funk would return, then I would take the pill and within an hour depression would brake once more.

Now I’ve searched the internet, and there isn’t much out there, on this subject, “Lecithin protects cells from oxidation, and helps make up the protective sheaths surrounding the brain”, whatever that means, I also know that it acts as an emulsifier helping mix oils and water together, which I’m sure assists in the conductivity of the electric neutrons within the brain.

I don’t really know how it works, but for 5 bucks, I would say try it, it worked almost immediately for me. I started out with taking 2 1200mg softgel capsules 3 times a day, but now only take it once a day, I’ve tried the powder and combination and concentrated high potency stuff but they never seemed to work as good as the softgel capsules, which cost cheaper.

How my life might have changed if I had discovered this when I was growing up, I do not know, I like who I am, with my talents and creativity, and abilities, which I developed as coping skills for a lot of pain, and loneliness, and frustration, I do know that when I found it, I haven’t stopped taking it for 20 years, I have control over myself, before lecithin so much of my time was spent trying to deal with my emotions, trying not to feel, trying not to be happy because the sadness would come,

But now, I can cope with life as it comes, open myself up to other people, live.

So that how lecithin changed my life, so if you suffer from bipolar disorder, or panic attacks, try it, it’s healthy, it has no negative side effects, it’s cheap, and it might just set you free.

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      Kdawgg99 

      10 months ago

      Okay, I'm going to cut to the chase. I've been diagnosed with bipolar syndrome and have felt the wrenching effects of it for several years now, and the effects have certainly destroyed parts of my life, caused addictions, and left without coping skills or community to be able to heal. To that part of my life I now say FCK THAT. And I hope by the end of this monologue you can say that too.

      Conventional medicine is trained in disease MANAGEMENT not in curing diseases or preventing them. We've gotten far from our roots and if you consider yourself a naturalist and purist, you are the bullseye target I'm speaking to as I understand you are the 'very healthy I do everything I can and still cannot overcome bipolar sufferings'. But just hold on, this information will apply to everyone, and if you are in the targeted audience, this will be one of the last stakes you need to put into the ground to ensure you're doing everything 'right' to naturally cure your bipolar symptoms.

      What I'm going to do is actually copy and paste an email I wrote to a new friend who makes youtube videos on how to deal with bipolar. He actually sent me off on a path of research, and being as astute as I am with the brain/body, came up with recipe that will work for ALL OR SOME of your symptoms. I challenge you to try this procedure, and sorry mods or whoever that takes offense to this, you need to let a little space in here for people to passionately (and not manically, I'm over that people :-) speak in ways that will move others to change. This is a condition you can take into your own hands with a daily regimen and mindset that will guaranteed make an impact on your bipolar symptoms. And once again, I am done with mania and depression, I haven't had any severe mood swings since starting this regimen from DAY 1. Take that psychiatry.

      Hi ___,

      Hope this finds you well my man. Sorry for the blind reach out, just felt inspired to connect and wanted to share some great information with you.

      Your video describing your medication got me thinking about what that medication actually does in the brain/body. This article was the best I found describing its mechanism of action - http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20011015/msgs/81710.h...

      It's somewhat dense, but also accessible. Basically, we could think of the nerves in our brain like a burning candle wick. In bipolar brains, the wick burns quickly and repeatedly, giving a great surge of energy but eventually leads to a burnout (manic then depressed). Lamictal works by blocking some of the channels that cause quick burning, so it burns with less speed and intensity, allowing for a steady burn. This turns a firecracker into more like a white hot burning coal, causing some normalization of symptoms.

      The channel that Lamictal blocks is the sodium channel which creates the quick burning wick action. By blocking the sodium channel, magnesium comes into the forefront of the operation, which helps to calm the brain, release more GABA reducing glutamate - the primary excitatory neurotransmitter - and Mg also helps synthesize dopamine. Sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium all have inverse relationships in the tissues of the body as one goes up, the others go down -- they compete for uptake into certain pathways/channels.

      Additionally, one effect/cause of bipolar disorder is an irregular sleep pattern, one that either ends up in too much sleep or less sleep, which kind of coincides with the candle wick burning too quickly then burning out. One element that has a lot to do with circadian rhythms is lithium. I've been reading hella information on lithium, and at first of course we think 'one flew over the cookoo's nest' and insane asylums. But actually, lithium, as the #3 spot on the periodic table, is linked to a whole host of pro-health benefits like reducing inflammation in the frontal cortex (symptom of bipolar), reducing depression, and balancing mood, especially when found in trace amounts in natural drinking waters and diets. In fact, some of the areas of the world with the lowest suicide rates, homicide rates, depression rates etc, are linked to water supplies that have higher lithium content, ruling out other factors.

      So what does all this amount to my friend? In essence, I think we are sensitive fish. And I use 'fish' euphemistically and literally. Have you ever swam in the ocean, and return feeling 'chilled out' or feeling balanced/good? I also tried to move to LA, lasted a whole 6 months before that place of a spiritual blackhole had me nearly lose hope in all of humanity :D but the reason I moved there, was to get more salt water on me because I knew how healing it could be. I didn't get in the ocean enough and the vibes of LA living got to me after a while, so I left. But without digressing further....

      I think the answer to our symptoms is more minerals, dude. The big problem is that most of the elements on the periodic table are super rare in today's world, zinc, boron, iodine, lithium, etc, are very depleted in the soils and foods we eat, we hardly get enough of the trace stuff in our diets, even with a raw vegan life, its just not enough. Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin, and we need A LOT to get into our brains, I'm talking salt baths or ocean baths daily dude. But, there is a solution in today's instant world. I am taking magnesium-l-theronate, which is the only form of magnesium that can directly cross the blood brain barrier to easily enter the brain. It is an instant chill pill for the brain. Once before bed.

      To get the rest of my minerals, and lithium in its ionic form, I am taking concentrace liquid ionic minerals, which has a lithium dosage of 1.5 mg per serving in addition to 71 other trace minerals in every drop. The studies where people were chilled and happy had about 2mg of natural lithium daily in their drinking water. This brand also has a high amount of magnesium in it.

      The other supplements that seem to help are sunflower lecithin, which has naturally occurring choline, inositol and phospholipids that protect the nerves referred to above that magnesium would be running through.

      And of course, your omega-3s are super important, humans evolved with a ratio of 1:1 omega-3's to omega-6s, mostly due to the abundance of clean fish that was found around the world at the time. Now our diets are typically 15:1 or more Omega 6 to Omega 3 — omega 3’s decrease inflammation in the diet, omega-6’s increase inflammation. We need some Omega 6’s for healing bruises etc but the Omega-3s for keeping the systemic and neurological inflammation down - both enemies for everyone especially those with BP symptoms. We eat so many fats that are not the only following: (fish), avocado, flax, chia, walnut, or hemp. With a vegan diet, we need lots and lots of omega-3's because the conversion rate from plant-based omega-3's (ALA) to the usable forms (DHA and EPA) is super low. If you have the money, omega-3's from algae are already in DHA/EPA form, and also contain B-12. There is a brand called Klamath I use from time to time.

      You and I know this, but in this world we are not living near tropical warm environments and bathing in salt water, we are drinking of dead waters, eating processed food that is loaded with the wrong balance of nutrition, and getting far less sunshine than we need -- OF COURSE we are going to feel out of sorts, and after years of it, the brain loses it's ability to regulate certain systems - neurotransmission systems depend on the right balance of salts to operate efficiently. As do bones, which require much more Magnesium than Calcium, (excess calcium actually leaches calcium from your bones and prevents magnesium from getting inside the cell wall - "got milk?" fuck no that's for baby calves. Story for another day :P)

      Here are articles to pan through when you have time, I feel this is some of the best accessible information on these subjects, and putting it all together it seems like a winning strategy to me. And I can speak from experience, when I take the liquid ionic trace minerals, I instantly feel better, balanced, out of the manic state and not depressed. It's like the scope of my emotions goes

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      Intelligent 

      2 years ago

      Great ad from Now..

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      Jenn 

      3 years ago

      Just purchased

      Hope to have same reports as many say of this supplement

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      Gina WAight 

      3 years ago

      thank u so much!! i stumbled on this on Pinterest. am running to the store to buy some. i suffer from nervous reaction and massive anxiety, and self injury. shouldn't hurt to try something new.

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      Fleur 

      4 years ago

      I just tried some lecithin powder today, took a couple of teaspoonsful. I wasn't sure whether to get the lecithin powder or caplets of Choline Bitartrate and Inositol, but felt that there could be something in the lecithin that the more concentrated forms of Choline don't have. I have high cholesterol, which did fall back to just about normal when I used margarines containing plant sterols and stanols for a few months a couple of years ago. I have had constant monopolar depression ever since childhood, it almost never lifts, and I have experienced what you describe of things suddenly feeling ok, for no reason, but this is rare and fleeting. But about an hour after taking the two teaspoonsful of lecithin today, I did notice that the usual depression, anxiety and lack of calm that I feel had lifted a bit, tangibly lifted.

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      scott 

      4 years ago

      I have experienced the same thing...Lecithin is a godsend!!!

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      scott 

      4 years ago

      I have experienced the same thing...Lecithin is a godsend!!!

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      Felicia 

      4 years ago

      Are you taking the lecithin with medication or on place of psych meds?

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      Richard 

      5 years ago

      I have struggled with anxiety and panic attacks for about 6 years. Needless to say my life hasn't reached its proper potential just yet.

      I read your post and immediately ordered some super lecithin gel capsules. I took one capsule about an hour ago and my anxiety has significally lessoned.

      I pray for good things in the nect few weeks.

      I have tried benzos before but they just feel dirty taking it. Same as anti depressants.

      Thank you for your post, I will keep everyone posted

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      lS 

      5 years ago

      Ever move to Utah? ;)

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      MHfamilysupport 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for this info I will research it more . If positive then share it. We need more things that don't produce side effects, is easy on the body and affordable. Who doesn't want to be able to get better and manage life well? Tired of hearing the word disable.

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      name 

      6 years ago

      Lecithin contains Choline which helps build the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter may help depression and anxiety. Also some Lecithin may contain inositol which can also help anxiety and depression.

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      Mg 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the great story, I've been trying for 2 days and I feel much better

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      ii3rittles 

      6 years ago

      I actually saw your hub over the weekend and ordered some. They came today and I started with two so far. I have been trying to find natural ways to rid myself of anxiety and panic attacks for almost 3 years now. Seems as though I get the worst symptoms. Shallow breathing, dizziness, nausea, horrible head aches, bad neck and back pain that actually stays with me for weeks, extreme fear... Its awful. I hope this helps me out. I'm trying this with lavender oil. The oil still hasn't come yet. Thanks for the info!

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      Neal Cullum 

      6 years ago

      www.doctoryourself.com mentions lecithin for depression. It creates acetlycholine for your brain, and your brain is one third lecithin!

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      Wongene Daniel Kim 

      8 years ago from Canada

      This was great stuff! :)

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