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Dear Heidi, Thank you for your daily column. It is such a pleasure to have you as a source of information and questions that are not in various books at our disposal.
I am an O (secretor unknown) and have a question about the propensity of bipolar symptoms in type O’s. I find that I get rather melancholy for weeks at a time, withdrawing from social situations, especially at work. Not that I claim to be bipolar but to some degree these symptoms arise. I seem to work my way out of it eventually and then all is fine. However, I always seem to slip back.
It’s not much of a problem from my standpoint, but people at work tend to notice and to them I look moody and perhaps alienate others from my apparent withdrawal. Is there anything natural I can take for this? I prefer not to go to my regular physician as she will certainly recommend products that I probably don't want to be comsuming at this point for such a minor problem. I just thought taking something naturally to regulate mood might be beneficial. I have taken St. John’s Wart in the past for something else and know this in an avoid for type O’s. Any other suggestions?
BTW, I am proud to proclaim I am a member of the successful liver/gall bladder flush club. Did it last weekend after much consideration and reading on the subject. It was terrific. I used almond instead of olive oil with a combination of grapefruit and lemon juice processed in a blender, as suggested by my father-in-law. It was easier to keep down than using olive oil. But I did feel very out of it the next day – almost like I was hung over. I felt very queasy and lethargic.
The next day was an entirely different story – I felt like a million bucks and still do. After a few days I can now say it was worth it and I will be ready to do my second flush in a couple months. I can already see the health benefits and know there will be more to come as I clean my system more thoroughly. Thanks for all your help and wisdom! -- Dana
Staying away from MAO inhibitors like St. John's Wort is a good decision. The Encyclopedia also recommends that type Os experiencing depression or bipolar symptoms should avoid kava-kava.
The finest and cheapest mood-smoother is exercise. A brief daily workout works miracles on one's outlook. It regulates catecholamines and other neurochemicals and endocrine secretions, and aids the digestion and elimination processes ~ making Dana a glowier girl.
That said, I'm wondering whether the mood changes noticed by co-workers are merely a sign that you could use a little more solitude than you get there. Jobs differ and people differ, and if you aren't disturbed by those quiet times, then they don't bother me at all, either. ;-> In addition, if you are surrounded by busybodies and doomsayers at work, perhaps at least part of you isn't thrilled about being among them. This I don't know, but from the description you provided it sounds like the problem isn't yours, if ya know what I mean.
At any rate, do consume plenty of proteins, vegetables and good fats, include a daily whack of B vitamins, and energize with exercise. Stroll through the Protocols available on this site, if you'd like a little extra support.
Remember the oft-quoted phrase, "Illegitimi non carborundum" [modern usage, that is], and tell Gladys you feel JUST FINE!! ;-)
And CONGRATULATIONS on your successful flush! Neat, ain't it? Thank you for your note, and very best wishes, Dana! :-D