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Thank you for posting your thoughts and research, and for actively contributing to this site in this way. Mercury, and other chemicals, have well-documented effects on the nervous system, as do the lack of certain vitamins such as C, and Niacin. There is little doubt that the mental problems caused by deficiencies in these area can enter the realm of depersonalization-like symptoms, along with many others. However, keep in mind that while some kind of ongoing, low-level poisoning may create mental problems in many people, most people suffering from DPD specifically have had the condition triggered by some stress, or a specific stress-trigger, such as the use of marijuana or Ecstasy. An immediate fall into Depersonalization Disorder after specific traumas or the use of such drugs would not involve copper toxicity or zinc deficiency. (Bloodwork and/or physiological profiles of such patients has never indicated such deficiencies to date). So, finding that such a deficiency causes mental problems in some people is one thing. Finding that it specifically causes DPD in some people (as a disorder, not a symptom of other mental disorders), would indeed be quite a discovery. In any event, I just wanted to inject these comments based on the DPD-specific research done to date.
Thank you for your comments. I am very interested in learning more about the connection between nutrtitional status and DP. I have read some of the research being done in New York and England, although not in the last few years. I don't recall seeing information regarding research on mercury, copper, zinc, and other metals/minerals, but I am the first to admit that I may not remember that because of my very bad memory from DP. What sticks out in my mind is basically a focus on drug treatments, and of course tests like PET scans to understand better what part of the brain is affected by DP. You mentioned bloodwork, but I know that heavy metals and minerals need to be tested by hair analysis to get a true profile, which is not the common practice.
Like I stated earlier, my sister has written a book on zinc/copper, etc. and has uncovered longreaching implications due to imbalances, both the number of people it is affecting, and the problems they cause. This also includes many mineral/vitamin deficiencies, including a Vit. D deficieny of epidemic proportions, causing many health issues, including mental. I cannot state that someone who uses street drugs and then gets depersonalization disorder is because of an underlying nutritional deficiency, but I think that based on the research out there (by many well-known universities) it is worth delving into more. You state on the Home page that DP is of epidemic proportions. In our world today, WHAT isn't found in epidemic proportions? I am convinced that the causes fall in three large categories: Malnutrition, sedentary lifestyle, and a toxic environment.
It's six weeks since my visit to Pfeiffer, so I will get my results any day now. I will try to keep my posts to a minimum about this as I know it doesn't interest everyone, but I will keep you updated with highlights of my detoxing experience.