PPD Now Twisted to PPP: Postpartum Psychosis

Holy Hormones Journal: Paul Latimer has done the women in British Columbia a gross injustice in his use describing postpartum depression as postpartum psychosis suggesting that lithium is an acceptable treatment – during and after  pregnancy.  But then again his message in congruent with the US message/suggestion that new mothers use Xanax and Prozac to be better ‘mommies’.

Both of these messages victimize women and keep them dependent on addictive drugs. Using lithium prior to – during and/or post-pregnancy is dangerous PERIOD.  For the obvious reasons – the mental/emotional and physical health of both mother and child.

The facts point otherwise.  All of us men, women and children and under-nutrated due to the lack of essential nutrients in our foods.  Add to that the estrogen mimickers and toxins in our environments and the medications and synthetic hormones that further rob our bodies of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Bipolar disorder is a severe form of hormone imbalance and is becoming more and more common.  To lump it in as a ‘psychiatric illness’ is frightening and with the new DSM5 guidelines have long-lasting implications.

There are many reasons for an increase in severe bipolar disorder.  Add one or more pregnancies to a woman who is hormonally imbalanced and nutritionally depleted – and every nutritional reserve in her body becomes depleted.  BPA and other estrogen mimickers are bombarding our bodies – wreaking hormone havoc and tipping the scales of our mental health.

That is when postpartum depression sets in.

There is a company in Canada -who is making remarkable accomplishments in getting over 90,000 people off their bipolar medications by using targeted nutritional supplements to the brain. Truehope Nutritional Services.

The brain is the new medicine.  And it is time that people stop thinking that medicating and suppressing the brain is the answer to their woes.  It is not. Healing the brain.. replacing the nutrients that are absent in our food sources are essential to a sustainable health.

Everything is else is a cash cow for the pharmaceutical companies and the doctors who prescribe them.

Check out Truehope.. There are 20 independent published studies on the product for bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.

Medical consumers deserve true hope – not more drugs.

BTW – this was my original comment to the article on the Kelowna News page. I since modified (toned down) my comment there… but posted the original here. LB.

Latimer: Preventing postpartum psychosis in women at risk

Kelowna Capital News
British Columbia
By Paul Latimer
Published: June 06, 2013 1:00 AM

Study-All-New-Moms-Should-be-Screened-for-Postpartum-Depression1As most of us likely are aware, pregnancy and the postpartum period are times of increased risk for women to develop mood symptoms.

This risk is highest among those with a history of psychiatric illness.

While we are aware of the risk and do have treatments to help alleviate postpartum depression or psychosis when it occurs, there has always been a certain amount of discussion surrounding what steps should be taken during pregnancy for those who know they are at the highest risk.

As in any medical treatment, the goal is always to measure the potential benefits of a treatment against its inherent risks.

When it comes to medical treatment during pregnancy, we are always very cautious because of the vulnerability of the unborn baby.

Very often, treatments are delayed or stopped during pregnancy to avoid exposing the fetus to unnecessary risks.

When it comes to psychiatric treatment, things can be complicated. There are some medications we know to be harmful to a developing fetus, yet many psychiatric medications are considered safe to take while pregnant.

Women generally consider whether a relapse of their psychiatric condition is likely to put the baby at risk.

If stopping medication could trigger psychotic symptoms, a deep depression or manic episode, it may be safer for mother and child if treatment is continued.

A relatively recent study of women at risk for relapse in bipolar disorder or postpartum psychosis came to some interesting conclusions.

When it comes to preventing postpartum psychosis or mania, treatment with lithium is known to be effective.

Read full article…


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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.


  1. What stands out about the advice from Kelowna Capital News is that lithium is a mineral salt- a nutrient. Hmmm, I wonder if the increased demand for nutrients on the mother, coupled with the nutrient-draining qualities of pregnancy could be offset by more effective prenatal vitamins (most are junk), pre-pregnancy detoxification and/or education on other possible underlying causes of these disorders?
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17723028 is a fantastic meta-analysis of the nutritional roots of mental illness.
    Another great resource is http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/0062026666 by Autumn Stringam.
    Great post, Leslie!

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