I need to share this story so that anyone out there with a child who may be experiencing similar symptoms know there are other options other than psychotropic drugs to treat mental health issues. A 14 year old came to see me who had suffered from depression and self harm thoughts. She had to take off school her anxiety was so debilitating. She had come in with symptoms that had gone into dangerous levels of potential self harm.    We discerned that she had arabinose which is a metabolite of candida. We know that this can impair dopamine metabolism and can cause deleterious effects on the brain.  I shared with this young woman that the thoughts she was having were not hers that there were pathogens in her system that were making her feel this way. I asked her to give me two weeks. That during those 2 weeks, I would take away any food that had the slightest potential to turn to sugar; that included all grains, fruits, legumes and even foods that contained oxalates as oxalates in the presence of arabinose can exacerbate symptoms because they cause what I like to call the dopamine block. Oxalates are found in healthy foods such as almonds, coconut, black beans, beets, spinach, swiss chard. We also put her on an aggressive herbal anti-fungal and an antiviral protocol.   Well, today was her two week check-in and the results have been nothing short of miraculous. She is a happy, lovely, self loving young woman. She is back to the person she was in 6th grade. I even noted how kind she was being to her mom as her mom was suffering from a bad cold.  The mom shared that they had been searching for years for an answer. So many doctors, so many tests, so much expense, so much hopelessness.   I shared we were in the early stages of healing so only a very few foods would be re-introduced. I never have seen anyone be so happy to hear they can now eat strawberries and buckwheat. Perspective is everything.  I am continued to be humbled daily by the power of the body to heal if we understand it needs  #nothingisimpossible

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