New Zealand Woman Uses Hardy’s Micronutrients for Depression

New Zealand Woman Uses Hardy’s Micronutrients for Depression


I use the Hardy Nutritionals product
Daily Essential Nutrients, which I have been on for the last 15 years at full
loading dosage. My life before I discovered DEN was, I say that I don’t
have, I didn’t have a life. I say that I existed. I felt like I was a walking dead
person, a zombie. My health and that’s my life, were completely out
of control. I say that I was 90% my health issue and 10% me, and now I say
I’m 5 or 10% my health issue and 90% me. It was like my health issue had
completely overtaken my personality and my behavior so it actually became me. The little core me was still there but just a tiny bit, but that’s how I feel. All I
can really do is list my symptoms. I do have low-grade chronic depression,
that’s what I was diagnosed with or dysthymia, is the fancy word, and I was
diagnosed by a GP. So from the age of 28 I lost my job and I think I
believe that’s when my health issue of my depression was triggered and
because I lost the structure of going to work. So from the age of 28 to virtually
38 and then a couple of years later was when I discovered the DEN and I changed
my diet. I hid in the house for about ten years. I went out for basics and you know
for walks but often people would come to the door and I’d hide behind the
curtain, pretend I wasn’t home and I’d get the phone and pull it out of there
jack point and not answer the phone. I would then, but I wasn’t like that every day. I just want to make that clear. But
in general that was what I was like. So I had physical symptoms as well as mental
health symptoms, so I was constantly in a state of exhaustion. whenever I walked, my
feet would go thud, thud, thud, because I was so tired. I would lean on the hand
basin or the sink when I was doing the dishes and if I went to the supermarket
I’d be leaning on the trolley because I was so tired. I I had the flu, like
constantly had the flu or a cold or I felt like if I got over the flu I was
like two steps away from getting it again. I had a terrible cough, like I was
always coughing all the time. It was like my stress levels were through the roof. I used to, I shouldn’t laugh, because it’s not funny, but I used to yell and
scream at people like my ex-partner who had schizophrenia, and that’s
pretty serious. He called me a spinner and that’s from
someone who has schizophrenia. I was pretty aggressive, particularly when
I had my monthly and before my monthly. A lot of screaming, my mind would
race, like just race all the time and now it doesn’t race and I would blurt things
out because as I said I couldn’t control my mind, so I just blurt everything out
that would come, and that doesn’t go down particularly well with friends
sometimes. And I would wave my arms around all the time like this because I
was so stressed and I was a nervous wreck and I had brain fog, particularly
when I had my monthly, I would have brain fog for five days where I just couldn’t
think straight. One of my worst symptoms besides the
racing mind was actually lying on the bed in a trance and then when I had my
monthly I would actually lie on the bed for five days, sorry I wouldn’t lie
on the bed, I would be tucked up in the bed for five days and except for having
a shower and eating, I would be in bed for five days because I was so
physically and mentally drained, it was like someone had a vacuum cleaner and
just sucked all the energy out of my brain and my mind. Because I wasn’t on
medications I didn’t tend to sleep, so I was just living with all of my symptoms,
so when I was trying to get to sleep at night I’d be lying on the bed in a
trance and because I hadn’t had dinner and then I couldn’t get to sleep, so the
only way I could get to sleep was I’d get up and have something to eat and
then I go back to sleep and then I’d have to get up and have something to eat and
go back to sleep, and I was doing this all through the night and then I’d be
worn out in the morning because I probably had two, four, six hours of sleep, so a lack of
sleep of course was a constant problem because I’d be really tired and then
that lead into another symptom which was the fact that I could only read a couple
of sentences and then I’d be so tired because I couldn’t focus. So I couldn’t
concentrate. I was very very muddled and confused. For example if a friend and
I’ had gone to the supermarket, you know to the mall, and we’d come out of the mall and
when I had to remember where the car was parked, just blank. Absolutely no memory of
where the car was parked at all, and then I’d get street names and that really
muddled and confused and lose things, you know car keys. I mean that’s all quite
normal, as that people do misplace car keys and things you know, everyone’s got
a touch of forgetfulness, but mine was just like constant all the time.
But I just want to say having low-grade depression is an absolute nightmare
and it’s low-grade, so it was like my health issue, every second of the
day all I thought about was my health issue. I remember my mom saying to me
one time, Kim can’t you ever think about anything other than your depression? And
I sort of was like, well no, because I feel that every second of the day. It
would be like saying to someone who has got cancer, do you think about anything
other than cancer? And I know that you should think about other
things, but when you have that physical and mental drain and you feel it all the
time. I did expect great results because of all the reading that I had done but
it wasn’t the placebo effect when I did start on it because I was skeptical
about whether DEN would work or not because when I was watching these DVDs
of people from overseas with schizophrenia and bipolar who were
curing their health issues using intensive vitamin and mineral supplements
because, as I said, they were from overseas, I couldn’t relate to it you
know, it was just too out of my mind because I’m here in New Zealand
and also because I’m suffering from some paranoia, I thought these people
could be acting, but the more reading and research I did on DEN as well as just
general research about the link between food and mood and
mental health issues in intensive vitamin and mineral supplementation. The
more fascinated I was with the subject and the more that I knew there was something
to this, my life now that I’ve been taking DEN… I think
where I really notice is with my mind, the fact that it doesn’t race. I
don’t have those symptoms anymore. I do of course get a little bit stressed and
that I’m not going to make out I’m 100% perfect but I always say to myself, for
goodness sake, Kim, at least you’re not anything like what you were were. You know I’ve
got to look at it that way, and the two examples that I really use is obviously
well, first off a complete flip of my mental and physical health, but the two
examples that I use is the fact that I can drive a car. I bought my first car
two and a half years ago. I got my license when I was 18, so
that was 35 years, I hadn’t driven a car for 35 years. As I said before there’s no
way I’d be capable of driving a car. I wouldn’t have been able to focus, I would
not have been able to cope with the stress of driving a car, there would have
been lots of accidents, that wouldn’t have been good. And the fact that I went to
university five years ago when I was 50, this is somebody who used to lie there
at night and go, ‘I’ve got to put the rubbish bin out tomorrow, I’ve got to put
the rubbish bin out tomorrow’ because I was so stressed, I knew the next day about
all I could do to cope was putting the rubbish bin in, I’d had the dishes three
days worth sitting there or would put the washing out and it was three days
until I could actually bring it in because I just, you know, I just wasn’t,
couldn’t do it. So obviously, I’d bring the washing in and out and do the dishes
when they should be done and so to go back to the fact that I was
like that with a rubbish bin and then I could cope with the stress of going to
university it was just incredible. There was one time when I did stop taking the
Daily Essential Nutrients and it was about eight years ago and so I’d been
on DEN for about seven years and I thought, oh, I’m feeling great, I can stop
it because I’m so well, and obviously I wasn’t well, but I was so well compared
to what I was like before, and I was fine for the first two weeks and then my
monthly came and I went strange and confused and really depressed again.
That actually was good in some ways because it made me really believe how I
needed these nutrients to function physically and mentally and just well it
did, it gave me a really big scare as well as shock as I just said,
really to know how much I did need the nutrients. DEN has helped with my
relationships. The best example I can give of that is obviously, just generally,
is that I can communicate with people so much easier
because my mind is working so much better now.
With my nephew, Tom is nearly 20 now, but for the first 11 years of his
life, I didn’t see him because I felt I was too much of a weirdo to be around
him and I love him dearly and it’s just been last 8 or 9 years when I’ve
gotten to know him and it was funny because about a year ago, because Tom didn’t see
me with my depression, with a really bad depression, and I told Tom that I
had depression, he goes, ‘No you’re normal’ and I said, oh am I? And I think
sometimes I don’t feel kind of normal, you know, sometimes just sort of think oh
gosh I’m a bit confused, I feel a bit stressed or something, but it’s nothing
like what it was, and for someone to say you’re normal it was just incredible. So
that’s a big example. But something else I wanted to mention too was I was at
church about five years ago and they were talking about welcoming more people
with mental health issues into the church which was really really nice and
then afterwards I said to the lady I have mental health issues and she said
‘No you don’t’ and I said, yes I do, and she said, ‘No you don’t’ and I thought,
Oh okay, well she seems to think I don’t, so I can’t change her mind.
So that was quite strange, I mean it wasn’t strange, but it was, it’s always
good when people do talk like that. If I had to recommend DEN to a friend of mine
I would tell them it’s the most researched vitamin and mineral
supplement in the world, it has been published in over 30 medical journals,
top medical journals, and studied at nine[teen] universities around the world and it has
been chelated which means attached to an amino acid [organic molecule] which just means in big language it
makes it more bioavailable to your body. It’s in a particular balance
designed for bipolar and when you have vitamins and minerals they need to be in balance for them to be most effective,
it’s broad spectrum which means it has a range of 36 vitamins and minerals so you
have this an energy effect and the more vitamins and minerals and amino acids or
anything that you have there’s an energy effect, the better it’s going to work and
as I said it was specifically designed for bipolar the downsides
of using DEN, well there haven’t been for me, any other than what I said before,
about, we can get it on the disability allowance here in New Zealand
but it’s more of a financial reason. That’s not really a downside with
anything to do with the supplement but that just needs to be because it needs
to be more readily available financially like the medications, will be perhaps one day.
Anti aging, up-sides, I’m sure that I’m slowing down my aging process but
that could be my healthy lifestyle as well, there are no downsides. I’ve had 15
years of being on this supplement plus a year and a half before that when I
changed my diet so I felt like I’ve had all of that time to actually go from
being really unwell to having my health. You know I started to drink all the
water, eat all the fruits and vegetables, so I’m just tying the diet back in, is
that you need to have a really healthy diet and be holistic, you just don’t take
pills and eat anything, rubbish, you diet. So I feel like I’ve been on an amazing
journey understanding the link and not sleeping having exercise doing all those
things because all those things obviously can trigger it and now of
course of all the new information coming up about the gut flora you know the
brain gut link, it’s really fascinating. I’m 55 now but I want to spend the next
50 or 40 odd years the rest of my life talking about nutrition and inspiring
other people and letting them know there is, you know, because well, there is. Educate yourself and I was lucky in that I was
very determined to help myself, I think that’s another thing if you don’t want
to help yourself or there’s not much there’s not much hope but I was
determined to help myself. It’s a small book, Health, Healing and Hope and I wrote
that nine years ago and that’s about what I just said, my amazing journey
about finding the real meaning of health and that if you give your body the raw
materials from what has made it’s actually called orthomolecular
psychiatry or nutritional psychiatry, if you give your body the raw materials
from which it is made it actually has an amazing ability to heal itself. So I just
look at the fact that I had a massive deficiency and for unknown genetic or
metabolic reasons I wasn’t getting enough from my diet and needed more than
the average person and I do talk about myself in the book and quite a bit about
my ex-partner with the mental health of schizophrenia, but I talk a lot
about nutrition and the bigger picture because I think even back then nine
years ago when I wrote it, I could see the bigger picture, but the
fact that I was well enough to write the book was just quite an accomplishment in
the first place.

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