For Someone’s Sheila – Nutrition and Mental Illness

This is a video I’ve wanted to make from the beginning, but didn’t have the courage to do it.

It’s a video about some personal struggles I had in my life, and it’s a video about a person I loved very much, who passed away unexpectedly.

I’m talking about my wife, her name was Sheila.

And this video is really dedicated to helping someone else who might have a Sheila, who’s in the same situation as we were in.

Now, I wasn’t able to help my Sheila as far as getting her well so this video is dedicated to trying to help someone else who might be in my situation.

Here’s a picture of my Sheila when she was young and happy and pretty.

She was a force to be reckoned with, believe me, she was full of energy and funny to the core.
She had a beautiful smile and a laugh that lit up the room. And more than anything she loved kids.

But something strange started to happen to her a several years after this picture was taken.
She started to have panic attacks, and anxiety. Nightmares and paranoia. Severe Headaches that would last for a couple days. It started slow at first, a few strange and out of character behaviors, angry outbursts that cut off relationships with family and friends. Missing work.

But one day the bottom fell out, and her behavior went way over the top.

And from that day on, her life and our life together was never the same: Doctors, medications, therapies became a way of life for us.  We became isolated, because I protected her from others. I didn’t want them to see how sick she was or be offended by her behavior.

We sought out medical treatment, went to the so-called professionals and they, of coarse, medicated her to the point were most of her bad behaviors went away. And most of her personality went away too.

She gained a tremendous amount of weight, which these medicines are notorious for causing.

She was really not the same person I met years before. She had periods where she was more normal, more like her old self, but basically not that same energetic happy person

She almost never laughed, unless she was able to self-medicate

You know I say this not to put her down, I’m not putting her down for this aberrant behavior, I learned as many of you know who deal with mental illness, that a people with mental illness tend to try to find any way they can, any way, to feel normal again, so they can interact with people, and they can laugh, and go out in public without panic attacks and sometimes they turn to prescription drugs or alcohol, or they turn to some kind of thing we don’t approve of as a society, to try to function more properly.

Sheila of coarse realized this was a problem and stopped doing that for the most part, but occasionally people with mental illness, they do do these things.

But that’s not really what this video is about.

The reason I’m making this video is that people who are in a dark fearful place, they need help and their families need help.
And I feel like I let Sheila down, because I didn’t know a lot of the things I know now.

I want to give those things to you.
It May help you, it may not, but to me, if I’d had this information, my outcome might have been different.

I’m not a doctor, I’m not trained in any medical field,
I’m just a working class guy, who’s lived this life and done a lot of research on it.

And what I’m about to advise you is not a risk to your health whatsoever
In fact I believe it could be a salvation for some of you.

I’m certainly not advising anyone to stop taking their medication, without the help of a trained licensed medical professional
people with mental illness, if they stop their medication without the aid of a trained medical professional they are risking suicide, they are risking being put into a mental institution.

Do not ever stop your medication without the aid of a medical professional, licensed, a licensed medical professional.

Mental Illness is such a mysterious and complicated thing, it takes over the lives of the people who suffers from it and the people who care for them.

It’s so complicated, that we automatically think the treatment for it must also be very complicated.

But, what I’m about to tell you something that’s not so complicated.

I want to tell you a couple of little quick stories:

The first story is about British sailors in the 1800’s.

Did you know the British navy had a terrible disease in their navy in the 1800’s. The disease was called scurvy, and it was a disease that caused health problems from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet.  But come to find out, it was just a simple vitamin c deficiency. By adding a little lime or lemon to the sailors rum ration, their “grog” the disease just went away or never occurred to start with.

I’m going to talk about just three vitamin deficiencies that can cause severe, system wide health problems. I’m doing this to point out the complicated body wide diseases are sometimes caused by a very simple nutritional deficiency.

Now I’m not talking about these diseases, being an issue, I’m talking about them so you’ll understand even a small nutritional deficiency can cause widespread body problems

So the first one is Scurvy, of coarse:

Scurvy is simply a lack of vitamin C.
But being deficient in just this one vitamin can cause you to have problems all over your body. Severe problems in the mind with anxiety and irritability, in the mouth with your gums and loosening teeth, in the bones with severe bone pain, in the skin with rashes, little red dots, rash dots and large purple bruise like patches on your extremities

Another vitamin deficiency disease is BeriBeri
It’s simply a vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency.
But, just like Scurvy, it causes body wide health problems.  It causes emotional problems, mental confusion, swelling of the arms and legs, weakness, tingling in the hands and feet, and an irregular heart beat.

Pellegra is another simple vitamin deficiency. It’s caused by not getting enough niacin ( and that’s one of the B vitamins) or tryptophan (which is an amino acid, a build block of a protein)

Pellegra is the most interesting for my purposes here, because Pellegra causes Psychiatric problems (such as anxiety, rapid mood changes, delusions, and hallucinations, headaches and fainting. It also associated with the bone disease called osteoporosis, which causes your bones to become weak and brittle.

Now why in the world would I tell you people this stuff? These deficiency diseases.

I’m telling you this because when it comes to mental problems most of us have mixed up ideas.

When someone is sick physically, we automatically think of how to treat them with medicine. But when someone has anxiety, or mood swings, or paranoia, or angry outbursts we think it’s a spiritual problem, we consciously know it’s a medical issue, we know that in our mind, but in our heart and deepest feelings, we think these are just something wrong with the persons soul.

It’s a behavior problem, It’s a spiritual problem.
But really it’s a physical problem.

But these deficiency diseases let us know that having poor nutrition can cause problems all over your body, both mental and physical.

You know there’s a site here on the internet which I hope you guys will visit.

You can read all about people who have cured themselves by simply changing their diet. They’ve wrote their story down and published it online.

It’s at a place called the Ancestral Weight Loss Registry

And you can read there, stories from real people who’ve cured themselves from irritable bowel syndrome, skin problems of every stripe and imagination, joint pain, I’m one that cured myself of that

Listen, You’re caring for someone whose mentally ill, and I’ve been in your situation, and believe me, Sheila and I we tried all the medications and while they stopped almost all of Shiela’s bad behaviors, abnormal behaviors, they did not improve her life.  No one explained to me that mental illness could be a nutritional problem. No one.
Now, I’m not saying mental illness is a nutritional problem, I’m saying it could be. And believe me this is not a far-fetched idea. Just being deficient in one or two things can cause a host of problems, and people today DO NOT eat the most nutritious foods anyway.

Do you know even people who are 100 lbs overweight could be starving to death for nutrition?

Hunger is natures way of letting us know we need nutrition. And guess who is hungry all the time?
The same people who have100’s of thousands of extra calories in the form of belly fat, hanging around their belly. And yet they’re hungry. Hugely fat and still hungry all the time.

For more about that, watch my Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off video.

Listen, these people are hungry because they are not getting the nutrition their body needs and they will remain hungry until they get it, no matter how many calories of junk food they stuff themselves with, until they eat what their body needs, they will remain hungry, sick and in pain.

And of coarse, there are those who never get fat, no matter what they eat. They can and often are deficient in vitamins and minerals, and they will not be fat, but they will sick and in pain and hungry and feeling bad even though they don’t get fat.
So this is not a fat vs. skinny problem, this is a nutritional problem

Listen, you people who are dealing with someone with a severe mental issue.

You’ve tried what all the experts have told you, but it really hasn’t solved your problem. It’s made it go down to where you can manage it, but it hasn’t solved it.

The person you love is medicated into submission really, but that’s not what you wanted for them, and it’s certainly not what they want. They want to live. Even if they’re suicidal, they wish they could live. You and they want to be well and happy. They want to live and you want them to live.

You’ve saved your loved ones life, their existence, but the life and personality of that person you love is really gone. You haven’t been able to save that part.

What do you have to lose by using food as medicine? Once again, I’m not telling anyone to stop taking your medicine. My Sheila stopped taking her medicine without me knowing it, and it led to a bad situation for us, believe me.

I’m telling you to find out about Medical Doctors who are using nutrition along with medicine to dramatically improve their own life, because some of them are very sick or someone they love is very sick, and they’re helping their patients with this knowledge

This is not some far fetched crazy idea, if taking a few vitamins can cured the diseases like we just talked about, what could it do for your Sheila? If eating right has cured people of joint pain, diabetes and intestinal illnesses, what could it do for your Sheila’s mental illness?

Here online there’s a wonderful video from Dr. Terry Wahl’s. I have a link here, so you can go to it. She is a doctor who has MS. Her condition had gotten so bad she was actually in one of those motorized chair because she couldn’t walk. She did the study and found out about nutrition. She has a program of nutritional therapy for that’s geared toward helping people with MS.

But guess what, I bet any nutritional therapy that treats the whole body could also help your Sheila or your Bob. Check her video out and learn just how much nutrition can change your life.

Go watch Dr. Mary Newport’s video here on YouTube. She is a doctor who treats her Husbands Alzheimer’s with coconut oil and MCT oil and a carefully planned diet. It’s remarkable what this therapy has done for him. I’ve heard from people, even on my website that has talked about this same therapy for their relatives with Alzheimer’s

These are two doctors and there’s many more that have used nutrition to treat some of the most severe, severe conditions

Since my Butter video came out, I’ve heard from people from all over the world. People who changed their diet and got rid of anxiety, depression, paranoia, delusions, suicidal thoughts. People who got rid of joint pain, I’m one of them. People who got rid of every symptom of diabetes. By changing their diet. The list could go on and on.

They did these things because food is medicine and the best kind of food is fat, the right kind of fat.

Some of you that’s going to make fun of me for this video, that’s okay it doesn’t matter to me. No skin off my hindend at all.

But there’s someone out there who has done everything the doctors told him or her.
I’m talking to you, I’m talking to you, you’ve done everything the doctors told you to do, and coarse it’s helped the behaviors, but it’s not solved your problem.

You’re desperate because you’re losing your Sheila or your Bob.
You’re going to listen to me, and you’re going to think food is medicine, you’re going to watch these videos, you’re going to get in contact with some of these doctors who know what they’re talking about.
And you are going to save your Sheila’s life. You really are.
And the rest of the people out here that want to make fun of an old redneck from Tennessee telling them this stuff, they can kiss my butt. I don’t care.
But for you, I do care, I want you to do this, and let other people know about it too, when it helps your Sheila

I couldn’t save my Sheila, but if you listen to me, there’s still hope for you. And I’m hoping you will do this investigation.
Thank you very much. Good bye.

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  • Staci Chipman says:

    Thankyou for you beautiful video , & so sorry about Your Sheila. This video came at the right time as my son in law is trying to do all he can to improve his depression. Keep your videos coming, and thanks again!

  • helene says:

    im in tears now. my mom suicided at 34yo. my dad has dementia. my very good friend has been overly-medicated (depression) for decades with no progress.
    so sorry to hear ur struggles, bob. but u can not blame urself. u obviously did all u could with what u knew. there is no more than can be asked of you. peace.

  • Serena says:

    I can relate. Modern diet has made me practically bi-polar, suicidal, easily angered, and self harming. At 40 years old, too old for that and trying to raise a teenager on my own. I got tired of medicines tossed at me that numbed me past functioning and not fixing my problem. We have to realize what causes this more than what we can do to hide it with drugs. I admit I feel better off grains and on high fat, but then I have weaknesses to junk food, like an addict, and fall back, punish myself with laxatives and a “black mood” for days. I am glad people are looking into other ways to resolve their issues. Keep up the good work.

  • Mert says:

    Bob, I am so struck about this since I saw this a couple of weeks ago, I still feel your pain. Nothing to do about it except to remember and live with. Thank you for your courage and your fantastic work. Cheers and blessings, M.

  • Robin Revell says:

    I recently completed an internship in a state psychiatric hospital for a masters degree. I have been LC for over 10 years and LCHF for the past 4-5 years. I worked exclusively with the female population and my first and continued impression of 98% of the patients was that so much of their mental and physical problems could be improved if not cured, with a LCHF diet. In a facility like this, two things are working against that. 1) The state food provided is cheap, processed, has a long shelf-life and therefore is very high carb. 2)The psychiatrist running the show LOVE medications. It is literally like working working with (legalized) drug pushers. Combine the LCHF diet with some behavioral modification and/or corrective thinking programs and you’ve got yourself very stable, productive, contributing citizens. Where do we begin?

    • Hélène says:
      psychiatrist who put down the Rx pad yrs ago. she does gluten & dairyfree too. new bk out too.

  • Bobbi says:

    Very moving Bob, I am so sorry for the loss of your wife. RIP Sheila. xxx

  • Lonnie Graham says:

    My son had Anxiety and was on medication. He has seriously lessened his sugar intake (soft drinks mostly) and has been able to come of all medication. It works.

  • Anne says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for the video. I think you might be happy to hear that my psychiatrist recommended I look you up.

  • susan v Barrett says:

    So true about nutrition and mental health. Your mental/brain health is only as good as your bodies health. My husband started having severe mood swings and temper tantrums a few years before he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He was self medicating for probably many years for pain in his lower back, pelvis and legs. Is where the bone cancer was found. I knew he wasn’t long for this world, I’d had a premonition. I’m still protective of him as I know what a beautiful soul he is. He did his fair share of offending in those last years.
    Is very hard to even write about and remember all the suffering. Just us two alone, going through some strange new world, my life revolving around all his needs and care. Then one day like hitting a wall full speed, it ends and you’re left with all your dreams and plans to grow old together gone. So now that I’m sufficiently crying my eyes out, is time to train my brain to get on with the awesome life I’m making on my own now.
    So thanks to you videos, I won’t be carrying any extra weight during it.

  • Lisa says:

    Dear Mr Briggs, I don’t have a mental disease but I do have slight weight issue. Your honest and heartfelt explanation of your beloved wifes mental diesease breaks my heart, but thank you for putting on your website. I know it must have been hard to do but I am absolutely sure your advice with help people and save lives.
    Thank you so much for your easy to understand diet advice and simple recipes. Keep up with the videos and bless you.
    Kindest regards,
    Lisa xxx

  • Alisha says:

    This video is one of the many of your I have been viewing lately. You have touched my heart and soul with your story.
    I love your videos. I’m also in the south (Texas) where eating poorly is just the norm. Lots of fried potatoes, grits and biscuits!!!
    I never had a weight problem until after having a child where I gained 70 lbs and was just never able to lose it. Now at 50 I’m 205, pre diabetic with awful joint pain. Watching your videos has inspired and educated me in trying the keto as nothing else has worked.
    Wish me luck and thank you so much.

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