G’day from Australia!
If you are reading this post my guess is that you saw the CTV National News story that aired in Canada on the 12th May 2018 , which featured the groundbreaking clinical trial that is underway in Toronto treating Bipolar depression with FMT (faecal microbiota transplantation).
My name is Jane Sullivan and I am the Australian woman in that story who experimented with FMT at home to treat Bipolar 1 Disorder. It has been a phenomenal success story. My partner is my donor, and we first did FMT on the 8th November 2016. Within three months my symptoms started to disappear, and by August 2017 under the guidance of my excellent psychiatrist Dr Russell Hinton I was able to cease all regular medication. It is now May 2018 and I am still well. I have not experienced depression for over a year now and I am not medicated. This is unprecedented. In July 2017 my story was featured on Australian National Television on an SBS program called “The Feed”
I am creating this blog because my anecdotal success story is significant. I am living proof of what the Canadian doctors are hoping to achieve in their world first clinical trial. Bipolar Disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world. One in five people with Bipolar disorder suicide, and it is a horrendous illness to live with. Currently there is no cure for Bipolar Disorder, yet I am in complete remission. The longer I remain well, and the more functional I am, the more obvious it is that FMT corrected the underlying cause of my illness. After the second anniversary of my first FMT (November 8th 2018), my psychiatrist is going to write my case study up in the Australian & New Zealand journal of Psychiatry, which will make my story relevant in the medical world.
If you are interested in my story my guess is that you know someone with Bipolar Disorder or have the illness yourself. FMT may seem extreme to many people, but there are so many things a person can do to help heal their illness. I want to share what knowledge and experience I have gained in my journey to remission. FMT cured my depression and made it possible for me to live a productive life, but I have made numerous changes in my lifestyle and diet that have contributed to my wellbeing. I have so much to share with those that are willing to listen, and so I have created this blog to share what knowledge I have, and to create links to relevant resources and studies.
My wish is to inject hope into Bipolar community, and to empower people to take steps to heal themselves. I want to be an advocate for further research, and to raise the awareness of gut health relating to mental illness.
As you can see the content of this blog is extremely thin at this stage, and over time I will create a resources page, and continually update this blog with the latest science relating to mental illness and gut health, and updates of my personal journey.
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