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01/27/2008 04:48 PM

The Power of EM Power

NorthPolar
NorthPolarPosts: 55
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I would like to know more about a supplement known as EM Power Plus. The website is Truehope.com.

The regularly suggested quantities of nutrients approved by the FDA might not be the correct quantities for bipolar people. A deficiency in too many nutrients for the body and/or brain can result in depression, anxiety, seizures, or a number of other "reactions" to deficiency in nutrition.

Perhaps there is a balance toward leveling off bipolar disorder by supplying the body and brain with what it has been missing; thus causing the disorder.

Any thoughts, opinions, or facts on this supplement?

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01/27/2008 05:04 PM
ADRIENNE3158
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hi i can't seem to post daughter with bipolar stresses me out don't know what to do half the time

01/27/2008 11:08 PM
NorthPolar
NorthPolarPosts: 55
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Has anyone taken EM Power Plus and seen a difference? Some people say that this supplement does so well for their bipolar disorder that they are able to even come off of their regularly prescribed medications. I would love to know if it was possible to simply balance the brain back into proper functioning using a higher strength of nutrients that bipolar people just may be lacking. It sounds like a good theory to me.

02/05/2008 05:49 AM
maisey

Sounds legitimate to me. Don't know I would personally go off meds, but I'd try the supplements.

02/08/2008 10:48 AM
maisey

Scientists Discover Chemical Signature Of Manic Depression

Main Category: Bipolar

Also Included In: Biology / Biochemistry; Neurology / Neuroscience

Article Date: 06 Feb 2008 - 4:00 PST

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People with manic depression have a distinct chemical signature in their brains, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, may also indicate how the mood stabilisers used to treat the disorder counteract the changes in the brain that it appears to cause.

Manic depression, which is also known as bipolar disorder, is a debilitating psychiatric condition characterised by alternating mania and depression, affecting about one in every hundred people worldwide. Although it is known that the condition can be treated relatively effectively using the mood-stabilising drugs lithium and valproic acid, the reasons why these treatments work are poorly understood.

The authors of the new study, from Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge, and the National Institutes of Mental Health in the US, hope that their research will enable a better understanding of the condition and of how it can be treated.

The researchers compared postmortem brain tissue samples of people with manic depression with those of age and gender matched controls. The samples were taken from the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which controls the processes involved in higher cognitive functioning. The researchers analysed these samples using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and found that people with manic depression had different concentrations of chemicals in this area of the brain than those without.

The researchers also used rat models to see the effects of lithium and valproic acid on the metabolite makeup of non-bipolar brain tissue. They found that these drugs caused the opposite chemical changes to those seen in the bipolar brain tissue samples. Chemicals that were increased in the bipolar brain tissue were decreased in rats given the mood stabilising drugs, and vice versa.

The researchers' findings lead them to believe that an upset in the balance of different neurotransmitters known as excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters, which are involved in sending signals in the brain, may be central to the disorder. The study also suggests that lithium and valproic acid work by restoring the balance of these neurotransmitters in the brain.

Levels of glutamate, an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, were increased in post mortem bipolar brain but glutamate / glutamine ratios were decreased following valproate treatment. Levels of another neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid, were increased after lithium treatment and decreased in the bipolar brain. Both creatine and myo-inositol were increased in the post-mortem brain but depleted with the medications.

Dr Tsz Tsang, one of the authors of the study from the Department of Biomolecular Medicine at Imperial College London, said: "By identifying a distinct biochemical profile in patients with bipolar disorder, our new research provides a valuable insight into the origins and causes of the disease. Moreover, the changes we see in people's metabolic signatures may give a target for drug therapy, allowing us to see how effective a drug is at correcting these changes.

"In this instance, we have already shown that the biochemical changes which valproic acid and lithium bring about in mammalian models represent almost a mirror image of the perturbations in bipolar disorder. This may provide a useful insight to the actions of these treatments and a basis for which to improve therapy in the future," added Dr Tsang.

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Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.

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1. "Metabonomic Analysis Identifies Molecular Changes Associated with the Pathophysiology and Drug Treatment of Bipolar Disorder" Molecular Psychiatry, 5 February 2007

Lan, M.J.(1),(3); and McLoughlin, G. A.(2); Griffin, J. L.(1); Tsang, T. M.(2); Huang, J. T. J.(1); Yuan, P.(3); Manji, H.(3); Holmes, E.(2) and Bahn S.(1)

(1) University of Cambridge, UK (2) Imperial College, London, UK (3) National Institutes of Mental Health, USA

2. About Imperial College London

Imperial College London - rated the world's fifth best university in the 2007 Times Higher Education Supplement University Rankings - is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts 12,000 students and 6,000 staff of the highest international quality. Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture. Website: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-02/ www.imperial.ac.uk

Source: Abigail Smith

Imperial College London


03/16/2008 08:19 AM
chattycathy
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You can watch a Discovery Health Channel special that was done on Truehope's EmpowerPlus supplement. It's in 6 parts and is on youtube.com. Type in "discovery" along with "bipolar" into the search engine and try to find it. It will answer all of your questions. Someone else on here posted a direct link to the youtube listings - maybe you can find it.

05/01/2008 04:12 PM
pyrogirl00
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I would like to see any more thoughts on this. Also the fact that they have actually had 5 studies, and a double blind study is in the works, is a good sign.

05/01/2008 04:26 PM
Gypsy
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Hi there,

I have known that meds, can be hard on the body. I also know that we can supplement our bodies with omega fatty acids, and B vitamins.

I personally have never tried this product. I have tried natural ways to deal with my bipolar, and they have never worked. I feel I need to stay on my meds, and add vitamins. Going natural can be very risky, so be careful.


05/02/2008 03:51 AM
carmen33
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Hi, North, there are a few people here that advocate that system, personally and this is just my opinion, anything that says "Cure" makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up, there are too many people that have died over this kinda claim, I will admit that there have been many that have died over medications, but for me I find that the medication benefits far outweigh the benefits of the current fad (my opinion again) of treatment.

I personally do not advocate trying any product without first consulting your doctor about it, and certainly not going off your meds without consulting them, if it actually works for some, then great for them, but anything like this needs to be taken with a boulder sized grain of salt.


05/02/2008 11:27 AM
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