Anxiety will affect more than 40 million people in the U.S. this year, but the devastating fact is that only 4 million of them will receive treatment, and only 400, 000 of them will receive a proper one.
Yet, the amazing story of Elisa Black revealed another way to treat anxiety, by taking one vitamin.
She starts her experience by saying that this disorder ruined her relationships, left her all alone at times, panicking. Anxiety also led to post-natal depression following the birth of her first son.
She remembered being a toddler and seeing her neighbor fall into a puddle. This made her obsessed with the thoughts of the “drowning hole” for years. She never felt safe.
During primary school, she was constantly afraid that leprosy would destroy the world in a day, and she spent her nights sleepless, being afraid that the next day would never come.
Moreover, she remembers:
“As a teen, a phobia of vomiting — something that is far, far more common than you might think — meant I was too scared to eat around other people in case I threw it all back up in front of them.
And as a young adult, it manifested as panic attacks. I was convinced my body could not tolerate heat and even seeing someone sweating on television could tip me into a full-blown panic attack.
At 25 I had to move back home with my parents and didn’t leave my room for three months, convinced that I would die if I did.”
Elisa tried to cure herself for over ten years, and nothing treated it permanently. She consulted numerous doctors, herbalists, and naturopaths, and took various medication, like Zoloft, Aropax, Cipramil, and Effexor.
She sought help from psychologists, psychiatrists, exposure therapy, hypnosis, yoga, meditation, regular exercise, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
“I’ve sought solace in wine and avoided anxiety-inducing situations to the point of agoraphobia. And, for the last year, my anxiety has edged ever closer to depression, as I berated myself for not being good enough to beat what so many seem to view as a personal failing, something I should be able to control if I just tried hard enough.
Yet today my beast, finally, is a paper tiger, a tiny shadow in the corner of my heart. It wasn’t drugs or therapy or deep-bloody-breathing that finally slayed it though. It was a vitamin.”
Finally, years later, she looked at her genes and found that one of her genes has genetically mutated, one with the rather apt acronym MTHFR, and this led to the reduced processing of B-group vitamins in her body.
Yet, this is not an isolated case, as many people suffer from the same genetic mutation, and it causes various issues that range from mood disorders or multiple miscarriages to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and many other illnesses.
The best thing about this is that the treatment is easy to find, inexpensive, and does not cause any side-effects: folinic acid.
As in the case of Elisa, the body cannot easily convert folic acid into folinic acid in the case of variations in the MTHFR gene. This, in turn, leads to various health problems.
“Stirling’s Dr. Andrew Owen, that comforting medical mix of compassion and curiosity, has been listening to me bang on about my anxiety for more than 10 years.
I first saw him after 12 months of virtually constant panic attacks had stripped 10kg from my frame, caused relentless insomnia and had driven me home from a life overseas, having left a relationship in ruins and on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
He helped me tone down my more manic side with drugs and psych referrals but anxiety had never entirely left me, ready to rear its ugly head in times of stress or when the kids get sick and I suddenly think that weird rash is smallpox (modern eradication be damned) or in the small hours of the night when the tiniest thing can seem like the gravest catastrophe.”
He advised her to check for an MTHFR variation.
Owen researched the area for more than 6 years and analyzed the effects of folinic acid:
“Like any good doctor, I tried it on myself first and quickly became aware of a substantial rise in my energy levels. After a few of my patients responded dramatically I thought this could be something to use on those who didn’t respond to SSRIs (a type of antidepressant).
Some people with a double mutation don’t necessarily respond dramatically to folinic acid, which is why I use a methyl B12 in combination as there might turn out to be other pathway disorders. I’m treating at least a couple of hundred patients with this now.”
This treatment is beneficial for patients suffering from a migraine, fibromyalgia, and hypertension; and children with ADHD and autism. At this point, Elisa decided to allow him to treat her disorder.
Very soon, her treatment gave positive effects, and her health improved at an accelerated rate. She met many people dealing with the same issue as her, and this stimulated her and gave her strength to continue. After a short time, she stopped taking the medications she took for decades.
Nowadays, she says:
“If only I’d known that something as simple — and free of side effects — as B vitamins was a credible option before I spent all my money on enough hand sanitiser to keep all the world’s bacteria at bay. And while better skeptics than me have pointed out that anecdotes are not scientific evidence, allow me to share a local success story or two.”