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Welcome to Focus On The Mind

This is a safe place for anyone wanting to improve their mental health.

We are here to provide you with HOPE and help with:

  • Finding new modalities in medicine that may help you
  • Information and documentation to help you in the recovery process
  • Coaching and support as you make lifestyle and diet changes for healing

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Our Journey to Recovery

Our Mission

Is to give HOPE and Empowerment to everyone in need of recovery from mental illness to allow recovery through maximum use of natural means by giving people scientific, biblically-based education and support.

What Motivates Us

 

“So, if the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed.”
(John 8:36, ESV).

In the above passage from the Bible, the word ‘Son’ refers to Jesus Christ. The freedom the passage is talking about is freedom from the eternal consequences of sin. Sin is doing anything wrong in the sight of God’s perfect standard of loving Him and loving our neighbor as ourselves. Have you ever done anything wrong at all? You have sinned against God and/or neighbor.

Jesus, being fully God, came to earth and lived a perfect life, having become fully man and born of a woman. Jesus was fully God and fully man at the same time. He was capable of living, breathing, working, dying, and everything else a human does. Eventually, He did die. He died a death on the cross that He did not deserve as a substitute for our guilty sentence. Jesus rose from the dead as a sign of His power over the sentence of death and will bring all who trust in Him to a new life free from eternal consequences we would otherwise justly deserve.

The passage also speaks about living free from the power of all sorts of sin and evil. Jesus removes the eternal consequences of sin through believing in Him and in His death and His resurrection. He also gives us grace to begin to be more like Him in terms of living right and good. The truth conveyed in the passage has more than just eternal consequences. The truth is, if you are set free by the Son in any area of life, you are free indeed. Somewhat like the freedom from the eternal consequences of sin, you can also be set free by the Son in any area of life. If the Son helps you overcome a sin, heals you of an illness, or delivers you from a poor relationship or anything that may be in control of your life, you will have freedom in that area.

Anything the Son says in our life will come to pass. That is why we trust Him.

We hope you come to trust in Him too.

No one, except Christ Himself, and we mean no one, has ever had complete freedom in life in this present age. We are set free 100% from the eternal consequences of sin by trusting in Christ, but until we go to meet Him, we all struggle with many things now. He gives us growing freedom in this life as we walk through this journey, trusting in Him along the way. Though, eventually, we will all die as mortals, we will live forever with Him in heaven, and eventually in the new earth He will recreate. Meanwhile, we can trust Him and with faith be set free from sin and, if He wills, sometimes we can be free from an illness as well.

What This Means for Us and to You

One area in which we have struggled with bondage is in the area of mental illness. With Rob, this has taken the form of schizophrenia. He has not had a life of complete freedom from this mental illness, but we thank God that Rob has more freedom now in this area of life than he once did. We are also thankful for the way it happened. Even though it has been a struggle, we have both learned along the way, and now, to some extent, we are able help others with what we have learned.

We know, you may be thinking, “You’re thankful??? You must both be crazy!!!”

Truth is, we don’t always reflect a peaceful, thankful spirit. (Say it isn’t so - surprise). But when we sit back and think about it, we know everything happens for a reason. God’s arm is not short that he could not reach down with a miracle, but He chose to let us go through struggles in the situations we encountered that could possibly benefit you and others. Some of what we have learned, we HOPE to pass along.

We will talk about nutrients, diet, allergic sensitivities, detox, and such that can help to balance biochemistry and improve mental health.

God does not want us to ignore this physical world, rather He calls us to learn and grow and discover while we trust Him along the way.

Our HOPE for you is that you will continue to learn and grow with us.


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Rob

I'm a graduate of Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).

I Defeated Schizoaffective Disorder

For ten long years, I had two choices.

One, I could skip my meds and feel like a strung-out crazy weirdo, or…
Two, I could take my meds and have self-induced terrible depression and anxiety.

One, I could skip my medicine.

This would result in me spending my day and night manic (out of control, racing thoughts). First, I would feel great for, oh, about an hour. Then, after this initial feel-good time, I would start to not be able to think straight. My mind would think faster than I could control it. Eventually, anger and irritability would set in, and the great high feeling would become a distant memory, as my mind went from subject to subject solving the world’s problems in head. Sleep was not possible for me when I decided to walk through this door. I would get nothing done, and I would be awake and up all night. My wife and kids would be afraid of me in this condition, and, for ten years, I only chose this option a few times, less than a half dozen.

Two, I could take my medicine as prescribed by my doctor.

This resulted in massive depression and anxiety. It was a terrible feeling, but it was better than not taking my medicine, but not much. I felt like poop, smelly poop at that, but hey, at least my wife and kids were not afraid. On occasion, I may have felt like killing myself, and I was afraid of my own shadow, but at least I wasn’t manic…

Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention the meds gave me some great side benefits:

  • Impaired vision – never needed glasses before this
  • Weight gain and puffiness
  • Loss of libido
  • Still really couldn’t sleep well, but did a little
  • And who knows what they were doing to my liver and kidneys, not to mention my gut and brain chemistry…
 

I wanted my mind back.

I wanted to feel good again. Even just one day of my ‘old self’ would have been great. But I had no power, knowledge, or means to get even close.

Looking for relief, gave me great ideas…

I tried smoking cigars; I tried alcohol; I tried to see different doctors. Hmm. These worked about as good as a square wheel. Worse, I would develop an addiction to nicotine. Not to mention, all these great ideas took their toll on my health… I felt old, very old.

HOPE

I was a faithful attender of church although I had great difficulty sitting and participating. I prayed to God for help. His answer came in a way I did not expect, as His help so often does.

A friend at my church was going through a difficult time with depression. I don’t know how she came to discover the path she took, but I was to become very thankful for her discovery. She told my wife she had found great help by going to a clinic where a group of special doctors that practiced the “healing arts.”My wife told me we should go. I am not sure why I even agreed to try because I was about as big a skeptic as one could imagine.

Actually, at first I was excited to see some specialists, but when I heard that they practiced what I later learned was called orthomolecular medicine, which I heard had something to do with vitamins and diet, I had my doubts. Vitamins and diet, no way this sort of thing could help. Who ever heard of this really helping?

I was a very typical, closed minded, know-it-all, usual American when it came to medicine. Western medicine had all the answers and if my doctors didn’t know it, it probably wasn’t worth knowing…

I was your standard brain-washed butthead!

I’ll tell you how bad I was. I didn’t even believe the new plan for me was able to help, even after it was really helping. I thought there must be other reasons…

Then I began to read…

I know, this is not typical, even for most atypical stories, but it is what happened to me. I read books and learned about others who had recovered. I learned the new things I was trying were the exact things that helped them. This was the real turning point for me. I continued to read and would later read even more.

Orthomolecular medicine is very real and effective.

Correcting nutrient deficiencies really does help the body and mind to heal. Nutrient deficiencies are not what I had been taught, and sometimes mega doses of certain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are very good and necessary.

It has been another ten plus years or so on recovery road. Though I noticed the most immediate gains during the first year on the new program, I continue to learn more every day and to make strides toward better health. My meds have been reduced to very, very low doses. I have dropped about 50 pounds without trying to lose weight (this happened in the first year). I only drink alcohol on occasion, maybe one or two drinks a week.

Best of all, my mind is back. I have been able to work, read, laugh (real laughing, not the fake smile I had put on while feeling ill), and generally feel like I have a life again.

Wow, I can’t even begin to describe the change! My health, body and mind, have been altered dramatically. The change has been so dramatic that I feel compelled to share with you how you may be able to get the same results as me.

Although everyone is different, and your story is unique to you, because the results have been so fundamental and radical for me, and many others suffering from similar illnesses, I feel compelled to tell you more about it. Who knows, if you try what I have learned, it may also change your life for the good too. You may even be able to defeat your own mental health issues. You may be able to feel whole again. You may be able to live your life to the fullest again.

Even if you can function on meds, you may find my information helpful at discovering how to reduce doses. Remember, most atypical anti-psychotic medications shrink the cerebral cortex over time, along with many other side effects.


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Mary

Mary is a co-learner with Rob and Rob’s Advocate.

After talking with a friend who had experienced healing from depression, Mary encouraged her husband, Rob, to see the same doctors. Mary and Rob discovered that these doctors treated their patients with orthomolecular medical approaches. Mary began to read and study books to understand this new approach. As Rob began to show improvements from his mind ailments, Mary continued to study and grow in her new knowledge. She is currently a student at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) where she is enrolled in a Masters of Clinical Nutrition program. Mary hopes to continue to learn and help spread the word about a better approach to mental health and wellness.

Both of us

We both love to learn and discover. To this end, we have read and continue to read many really good books and study all subjects related to mental health recovery, primarily through natural means. In addition to living through it, we have studied for many years and continue to learn and grow.

We hope to pass along some of this knowledge to you so can learn and grow with us.

To Your Recovery!


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