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This article is Part III of a three part series.

This post continues the discussion on priorities in interventions. In this post, I'm going to look at priorities 8 - 14 from the list individually. Each priority item could receive several volumes of information about its relative importance. A lot could also be said just to introduce information about each intervention, so the explanations are by no means exhaustive or complete.

Priority 8: Your Need for Gut Microbiome Support

There are more microorganisms living in your gut than there are human cells in the body in terms of number. Some say that the number of microorganisms present in the body is roughly equal to human cells if one counts the red blood cells.[i] In either case, there are a lot of foreign, non-human cells in the human body.

These tiny plants, bacteria, and other such organisms can either help us or hurt us depending on their relative population densities. If you have a higher number of the “good guys” and a lower number of the “bad guys” you will generally have better health, and this includes brain health.

As has been stated above when considering exercise, the gut is the birthplace of many neurotransmitters in the human body, and this will affect the brain and our mental health.

Achieving optimal gut health will help many with mental health conditions.

Often supplementing with a good probiotic can help in this process. Other helpful things to consider may be healing the gut walls through L-Glutamine and other supplements. Additionally, digestive enzymes and fiber may help with this gut rebuilding process.

In addition to exercise and supplements, eating right will also allow the good bacteria and other tiny friends to grow, whereas sugar, wheat, and other poor choices tend to make the bad guys grow.

Rebuilding your gut can reap huge benefits for your mental health condition in many ways.

This article is Part II of a three part series.

Part II

In this post, I'm going to look at priorities 1 - 7 from the list individually. Each priority item could receive several volumes of information about its relative importance. A lot could also be said just to introduce information about each intervention, so the explanations are by no means exhaustive or complete.

Priority 1: Your Need for a Right Relationship with God

Obviously, I can’t say everything that needs to be stated for this top point as our top priority in seeking health. In point of fact, seeking the Lord God with all our heart is beyond our mere physical health. This affects everything. I just want to make three points for now. Point one is that in everything Christ should have the preeminence, and this would include our health because it includes everything. Point two is that our prayers for each other and ourselves should include our health. Point three is that God is always in control of everything including our health, and to not seek him is a very big mistake.

Christ is Preeminent Over Our Health and Everything

In the Bible it says, speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Col 1:18, NKJV). Christ is always the first in importance in everything because he is the head all things. Since Christ is preeminent and first in order of importance, our need for seeking Him comes at the top of our list. This is true for everything including health.

Our Prayers for One Another Should include Health

The apostle John stated it this way, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2). It is fitting for us to prosper and be in health. Remember, though, God is in control, and oftentimes, even though we should pray and seek Him for our health and that of others, we are not promised to always have health.

The fact of us being mortal alone means we will not always have health. That said, God in His mercy may grant us health this side of judgement.

In either case, there is another promise that everything will work out for our good if we are trusting in Christ. (Rom. 8:28). Even though we may die, we will live again in heaven, and God will give us a new body in the new heavens and earth after the final judgement. So, in a sense, when we pray to be in health, if we are in Christ, we do have a promise of always receiving it, just not always right now, this side of judgement. 

It is a Mistake to Not Seek God for Our Health

We are warned to seek God first because it is He who will determine the outcome. Let me share an example of this principle.

King Asa was a king of Judah in around the 9th Century B.C. When King Asa was younger, he was more faithful at seeking the Lord God. However, as he became older, King Asa tended to rely on his own abilities more and more. At one point, for example, he tried to buy his way out of trouble instead of going to the Lord for help when an enemy was attacking Judah. His final demise came when he had a disease in his feet. “And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians. So, Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.” (2 Chr. 12-13, NKJV).

The point is that we should pray to the Lord about our health and trust Him for His answer. If you will excuse the double negative, God is not telling us that we should not seek the help of physicians. He is telling us, if we do seek the physicians, God is still in control of our health. We can trust Him.

This article is Part I of a three part series.

Part I


“Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Cor 14:40 NKJV).

What is the first thing people do when they don’t feel well? What do they think they should do if they are having a health issue?

Go to the doctor.

What does the doctor do?

Typically, give a pill or surgery. Of course, this is a “not always,” scenario, but this is typical, and it is what most people have come to expect. Additionally, rarely does the system support people who desire to go deeper and get to underlying issues.

This can happen for something as straightforward as hip pain or with something more complicated like psychosis. The answer is usually the same, “Here, take this pill.”

It can be difficult to even find the right help if you try to look deeper. “What do you mean you don’t want to be on pain killers the rest of your life?”

This brings up the point behind this topic. We really need to rethink how we approach health in the sense of what we should ultimately put first, second, third, and so forth in terms of health interventions.

This is everyone’s responsibility. This includes professionals and their clients or patients. Ultimately, though, it is each of our responsibility to think about this for our own health.

This rethinking is especially needed for bi-polar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia, but it is also needed for many other mental health conditions. This document has schizophrenia and such in mind as the target audience and will reflect this focus. That said, similar things could be said for other mental health conditions as well as many other health conditions not related to mental health.

When do we introduce an intervention? What are the priorities in terms of greatest long-term value, ease of maintenance, least side effects, etc.? This document is going to introduce a list of priorities of interventions to try to think-out the most logical order in terms of relative health benefit-cost ratio for each item.