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Organic Diet and Mental Illness

Organic Diet and Mental Illness

Can an ORGANIC Diet Can Benefit the Mentally Ill?

Our food supply is inundated with multiple pesticides and chemicals, many of which affect the central nervous system.  In addition, studies show that MI consumers are prone to poor health and weight gain (an unwelcome side effect from medication).  After Nick’s diagnosis the first thing I did was convert to an organic diet and eliminate ANY and ALL chemicals in the house.

Cleaning the house is now limited to vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, dawn and salt.

Shampoo and shaving cream are now a 50/50 solution of organic coconut milk and Dr. Bronner’s castile soap.

Signed up with Door to Door Organics, an organic market.  I use this because their produce is high quality and NOT cross contaminated with non organic produce.

Removed all dairy products, reduced the amount of animal fat and went with at least a 75% plant based diet.

This diet in addition to regular exercise has had quite a positive effect on his level of anxiety and restlessness.

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Welcome to the Family Survival Guide to Mental Illness

Welcome to the Family Survival Guide to Mental Illness

Welcome to the Family Survival Guide to

Mental Illness


The purpose of this site is to help families of the mentally ill navigate an incredibly complex, broken system.  I am the mom of a 31yr old, currently incarcerated, schizophrenic.  I have spent the past seven years clawing my way, by trial and error, through the system.  My prayer is that my experience may ease yours.  This site is currently under construction so bear with me, a computer wizard I ain’t!

Below is a list of issues and topics I will be explaining in depth.

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How a diagnosis is determined


What Next?

  • Finding a Dr with or without insurance
  • Where to find social services
  • How to get a social worker
  • Housing
  • Social Security SSI vs. SSD
  • What is a consumer?

Every Day Living

  • Diet
  • Meds
  • Activities



  • anxiety
  • violence
  • stress
  • Psychosis
  • Dual Diagnosis (addiction)
  • Non Compliant vs Compliant
  • Interaction vs Enabling
  • Stigma
  • Friends and Family
  • Isolation



  • When and how to use 911
  • Special Needs Trust
  • Advanced Directive/Living Will
  • Guardianship VS Power of Attorney
  • Minor’s Rights
  • Adult Right’s
  • Incarceration


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