El arco iris del Iguazu


Esta foto la tome en las cataratas del Iguazu del lado brasileño hace casi dos años.  Este lugar fue mágico para mí y allí deje algunos demonios bipolares que a veces sueñan con saltar de lo más alto.  Mientras caminaba hacia la garganta del diablo en el lado argentino, podía escuchar la música de Ennio Morricone y las flautas de la película La Misión;  y allí de forma grandiosa vi el más maravilloso Arco Iris en flow.

Mood, Food and Bipolar Disorder: A New Prescription

From Hoffington Post.  For full article click their link here.

If you’re one of the estimated 5.7 million U.S. adults dealing with bipolar disorder, you know the potent control it can have on your moods, energy and emotions. What you may not know is how much power you have to control it.

Thanks to an emerging science called epigenetics, researchers have learned that DNA is no longer destiny and that each of us has the ability to influence how our genes express themselves to the rest of the body. With healthy lifestyle choices and environmental changes, we can actually alter our own destiny.


For those with bipolar disorder, it’s an empowering message: No longer are you a prisoner of your genetics, thought to play a key role in the disorder. And through healthier lifestyle choices, you may be able to decrease your reliance on medication to manage your illness, although this remains a critical part of the overall treatment equation. By taking a holistic and integrative lifestyle approach that includes the practice of mindfulness and stress reduction, using nutrition based on whole foods, and adding a more active lifestyle — what I like to call my Mind, Mouth and Muscle blueprint — you can reduce the effects of the bipolar condition and improve the quality of your life.

This isn’t just theory. I work directly with those with mood disorders and have seen firsthand the benefits that can result from choosing the apple over the doughnut, meditating rather than obsessing and ruminating over a life stress, and going for a walk instead of sitting for hours watching mindless TV. With each healthy choice that’s made, you’re influencing the proteins that switch genes on and off and affecting the messages that are delivered throughout the body. Consistently good choices translate into a better reading of your genetic script. You’re also carving neural highways that lay down a foundation for new lifestyle habits.

This attention to Mind, Mouth and Muscle can also help with a condition highly associated with the diagnosis of bipolar disorder: weight gain. A 2011 review found that 68 percent of those who seek help for bipolar disorder are overweight or obese. The medications are partly to blame for the extra pounds, but the psychobiology of the disorder itself also plays a significant role as well. Those with bipolar disorder are believed to have lower levels of the chemical messenger serotonin, which can spark a craving for carbs and sweets.

Bipolar disorder also goes hand in hand with stress, which can cause a buildup of the hormone cortisol. When cortisol levels rise, our appetite for sweetness intensifies. And top that with new research that indicates that brain circuits involved with reward are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorder. If reward is perceived, a tsunami of the pleasure neurotransmitter, dopamine, is secreted by the brain’s reward center. The good news is that this dopamine-driven push for reward helps people with bipolar disorder become high achievers. The bad news is that they can also become side-tracked by short-term, pleasurable rewards like overeating. Not surprisingly, the foods that are over-consumed are the “hyperpalatables” — sugary, fatty, salty food combinations. One result of these psychobiological interplays is that the self-soothing and rewarding behaviors can contribute to strong, addictive-like eating behaviors that may become destructive to mental and physical health and well-being.

Experts agree that bipolar disorder has no cure. However, we now know that simple lifestyle choices like opting for whole food nutrition can make a significant impact on the daily management of mood, energy and sleep. Combine that with improved stress coping abilities, along with regular physical activity and the result is a more optimized, effective and long-term treatment plan. There’s no need to feel helpless, hopeless and defeated as so many with bipolar disorder do. You can make a significant difference in improving the quality of your life. And it all starts with being mindful of every mouthful.

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, is a Pew Scholar in nutrition and metabolism, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is a New York Times bestselling author, including her latest book, The Hunger Fix: The Three Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction. As Senior Science Adviser for Elements Behavioral Health, Dr. Peeke has created integrative nutrition and holistic lifestyle programs at Malibu Vista women’s mental health center in Malibu, California, and Lucida Treatment Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.



Hoy descubrí gracias a mi bella terapista que mi manía bipolar es comparada a un caballo que se desboca. Un cuarto de milla de buena sangre desbocado es cosa seria.–   Me encanta sentir las correas y el control, la brisa, la intensidad y el placer de la velocidad en mi cara… pero me asusta no poder controlarlo y no poder parar cuando lo deseo.  Así se siente la manía bipolar… creemos que la controlamos pero nos controla.

Entonces… las sales? las necesito?


I love the way you dream… Goddesses

Only Silence remains because I have to listen to him,
I have to listen to the silence. I have to experience him.

Fall over myself don’t mean to interrupt
I was miles away
Things I forgot are the footstools of God.
That’s how I behaved
I frighten myself and folded my hand as you talked to god.
I love the way you dream.

Even my most base complaint my sweet, my aims were lower
And even though all my restraint my sweet my aim was clumsy.
And even if there’s only one thing I want for you…..I want for you.

I love the way you dream
I love, love the way you dream
I love the way you love the way
Even if there’s only one thing I want for you, I want for you…
I love the way you love the way you dream, one for me one for you, one for me,
one for you…

La cosmología Bipolar


Acabo de pasar o estoy pasando una de mis peores crisis de manía bipolar.   Tal vez desde hace años estoy en una crisis existencial de altas y bajas, pero fue en Mayo cuando mis demonios cosmológicos volvieron a atacarme.

He descubierto algunos secretos del cosmos: la trilogía perfecta de los dioses y diosas. El amor profundo y doloroso… y el terror de sentir que nadie puede entender las estrellas fugaces en mi cabeza, que me hacen ver el mundo desde una perspectiva total y absolutamente diferente al resto de la humanidad.

En mis crisis hiero terriblemente a gente que quiero… tal vez en lo profundo de mi corazón existe algún tipo de resentimiento y por eso el grito en negación.

Esta vez es una crisis de crecimiento y el dolor de crecer lo siento tan profundo en mi ser que veo otros mundos, otras gentes y hasta nuevos amores.

Estoy convencida que algunos círculos han terminado. En mi interior siento que algunos hilos se han roto por completo y otros se abren a nuevas posibilidades.

Anoche soñé que encontraba a un niño huérfano, frágil y solitario. Lo tome de la mano y lo ame por un minuto. Luego apareció un pariente lejano que con alegría se lo llevo sin fuerza y con amor.