Self-UnmedicatingPosted: August 20, 2014
A couple weeks ago the Alchemist and I decided to ditch Vitamin A(lcohol) except for special occasions. It’s amazing how much better we feel and we’re saving money to boot! I felt so good that I thought it was time to re-examine other aspects of my personal health. One of my favorite bloggers does periodic counter-evidence studies where he goes through certain ideological movements specifically to challenge his own convictions. This is kind of the same thing.
- Alcohol. This is a clear win already. That said, if I could get a great IPA without the alcohol, I’d be in heaven. I always drank more for the taste than the chemical effects. My pocketbook is happier that the chemical effects cannot, largely speaking, be divorced from the taste.
- SSRI anti-depressant. I’ve written about this periodically here as well as on my private journal elsewhere on the Net but I’ve struggled with depression on and off for a few years. Actually, I think I’m closer to bi-polar, but that’s never been officially diagnosed. All I know is I have both depressed and manic states. Anyways, I’ve been off my medication for about a week and feel solid. Based on my previous experience coming off of neurotransmitter affecting drugs, this will be a full-on win. Right now I’ll call it a probable win.
- Probiotic. A couple years ago I was sick. Sick all the time. One of those sicknesses where you lose 60 pounds in a year when you’re NOT trying to lose weight (but I needed to, so it’s all good). I went on a couple variations of the elimination diet where you eat rice, some fruits, and that’s basically it for a couple weeks – and then slowly add possible trigger foods back in. That netted an undiagnosed peanut allergy and taught me I have to be very careful about my dairy intake. But I still needed to take the damn probiotics at $15/month even knowing this! The last time I tried going off, I felt awful immediately, but I’ve been off a few days and feel…okay. I won’t go TMI about my GI system, but things are different, yet within the realm of normal. I’m hoping this is a win, but it’s too early to tell.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. For all I know, the instant you stop one of your medications you’ll die or go batshit insane. Blah, blah, blah.
The past 10 months have dramatically questioned my lifestyle and outlook on the world. I never want to stop questioning. I love the mantra David Cain uses: “right now, at this moment, what is the best thing I can do?”
Life is a journey, and we’re self-assembling machines constantly adapting to new conditions.