Research Shows Link Between Nutrition and Bipolar Disorder


Treating Bipolar Naturally

Researchers have long shown the connection between nutritional deficiencies and mental illness. TrueHope Nutritional Support explains why nutritional related mental illness is more wide spread than you realize.

It may be surprising to know that people who suffer from bipolar disorder, or manic depression, now have a herbal ally. Extensive research has shown promise through the use of vitamin and mineral supplements.

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Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs features Gracelyn Guyol’s own story and those of thirteen other people around the country who have cured their depression and bipolar disorder using only natural therapies. In-depth research and the expertise of alternative health-care professionals are included in this landmark guide for patients and caregivers seeking responsible, safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs.

“This nutritional supplement that has had so much impact was developed out of, I guess you can say, out of drama, tragedy,” Anthony F. Stephan, Co-Founder & President, TrueHope Nutritional Support Ltd. “It was just a little over 10 years ago that my wife, Debbie, committed suicide. She was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and at that time, we had two children who also had the same diagnosis. I guess you can say it was a situation of necessity becoming an invention. My children were taking psychiatric medication and they weren’t assisting. They [the bipolar medications] weren’t helping. My daughter was in and out of the psychiatric ward. My son was extremely violent, extremely ill, had severe mood swings caused by the bipolar disorder.

We began to look into nutrition, or nutrients and their effects on mental disorders. The result of the research is EmPowerPlus. Today my children are well. They’re normal. They no longer require any psychiatric intervention.”

Nutritional supplementation and participation support have been in development since 1996. The result? Research and clinical trials that have led to a program where patients are seeing results.

“What we’re doing here is we’re not applying a medication,” Tony Stephan. “All we’re doing is we’re applying proper nutrition. A very whole source of nutrition and allowing the body to do what it does best, that of synthesizing and producing various neurochemicals that give us proper neurochemical balance.

For those suffering from depression, perhaps the most precious gift is that of hope. Today, with recent nutritional research patients can expect more.

“Neuroscientist, Bryan Kolb, along with his graduate student Les Hollowell investigated the benefits of this EmPowerPlus on regenerating brain growth in rats,” David L. Hardy, Co-Founder, TrueHope Nutritional Support Ltd. “They had removed the frontal lobes of the brains of these two to four year old animals and watched as their brains regenerated.

In this case, when used with EmPower [E.M. = Essential Minerals], instead of regenerating as in these images, leaving a huge gap, [with EmPower] the brain regenerated almost completely. In some way, nutrition was impacting the animal so they could behave and perform more intelligently. It’s just really quit incredible. Obvious, TrueHope’s EmPowerPlus, is a special supplement that’s doing something that most supplements don’t do.”

Changing the way mental illness is treated is a laudable goal, but certainly not easy.

“Now that we have a lot of data behind us, governments are interested and they’re getting excited about this. It has huge potential to reduce costs in the Health Care system. It [EmPowerPlus] has huge potential to increase productivity in the workplace and return people to work,” David Hardy.

Perhaps the best illustration of the difference of some nutritional supplements can have from these disorders is from the patients themselves.

“I did see the difference right away. My hallucinations stopped within a couple of days, but it took two months before I was off all my medications. And then I think I continued to improve over the first year, until you wouldn’t have known I was ever sick,” Autumn Stringam, bipolar patient, user of EmPowerPlus.

“I saw a difference right away when I started taking the TrueHope nutrients. I started to not feel the anxiety that I used to feel every single morning I got up. About four days after taking the TrueHope nutrients, that anxiety went away. That was such a great feeling to wake up in the morning and actually feel good about the day,” Bipolar patient, user of EmPowerPlus by TrueHope.

Even though millions suffer from depression, often suffering in silence, there is an alternative to psychiatric medication,” Hunter Tylo. “In the past decade, scientific research at TrueHope Nutritional Support has resulted in supplements that address the nutritional deficiencies in people suffering from bipolar disorder. These supplements have brought new hope for those suffering from the pain and anguish caused by manic depression and other mental illnesses.

Hunter Tylo, Life & Leisure Television

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Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs features Gracelyn Guyol’s own story and those of thirteen other people around the country who have cured their depression and bipolar disorder using only natural therapies. In-depth research and the expertise of alternative health-care professionals are included in this landmark guide for patients and caregivers seeking responsible, safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs.

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In addition to 5 successful studies already conducted on the effectiveness of EmPowerPlus, the results of another one is expected out soon.

Double-Blind Study Using EMPowerplus Nearing Completion

In April 2005 a randomized placebo-controlled trial in adults with bipolar disorder, sponsored by the University of Calgary and Alberta Innovation and Science, was started using EMPowerplus. The study, which will involve the participation of upwards of 96 bipolar sufferers, is scheduled for completion in March 2008. This study will add a new dimension to the 5 impressive medical journal articles already published on EMPowerplus.

Because of the interest of non-medicated sufferers of Bipolar I and Bipolar II to participate in this research, the study is underway at two locations--in Canada and the United States. Dr. Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD, is the principal investigator at the University of Calgary with Dr. J. Steven A. Simpson, PhD, MD, as a sub-investigator. In San Diego, California, Dr. Estelle T. Goldstein, MD, is the principal researcher.

New participants in the study are still welcome. Both diagnosed and undiagnosed individuals may be eligible. Check out details at


The scientists involved have hypothesized that non-medicated patients who take EMPowerplus for as little as 8 weeks will experience an improvement in their mood stability relative to those who only take the placebo.

Outcome Measures:

The primary outcome measures for this study will be evaluated by the clinician using the OBI (Overall Bipolarity Index), which is a composite of the Hamilton Depression Scale and the Young Mania Rating Scale.

Secondary outcome measures will be assessed by the clinician using the Global Clinical Impressions (a rating for severity), an Outcome Questionnaire (a self-report questionnaire), and the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (which assesses functional states and health-related quality of life).


All participants in the study will receive either the placebo or EMPowerplus for a period of 8-weeks under randomized and fully blinded conditions. During this 8- week period, each individual in the study will be under close medical supervision and will have weekly appointments with their practitioner. After the 8-week period, all participants will be given the opportunity of entering an 8-week open-label extension.

The rate of response in this research is defined as a reduction of 50% or more in either the depression or mood elevation component of the OBI.

For more details about the double-blind study, visit

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