Bentonite, Depression, and How The Gut May Work (2004/2005)

Dear friends:

What follows was posted to various Yahoo groups on the Internet in 2004 and 2005. It was titled “Some of my pet theories on bentonite, depression, and how the gut may work”. Although the material below, like much of my prior material, is due for an upgrade, I simply don’t have the time. However, even as it stands, some of the ideas below are very significant, especially in regard to the proper treatment of depression.

Allen Darman

Dear group:

The following was primarily extracted from older material that I wrote last year (mid 2004), and then edited a little bit.

I am advancing a few new concepts and ideas on the gut in the material below, the best of my knowledge. Although I am primarily discussing the symptom of depression in the following material, the gut theories that are being proposed, if they are correct, may apply to a whole host of other physical and “mental” illnesses and well.

Incidentally, the somewhat small but quite insightful yahoo egroup called “eytonsearth” does discuss the use of clay (bentonite is a form of clay) as a healing modality, both for external use, and for internal use in order to correct intestinal dysbiosis or cleanse the gut.

In addition to this, the website has some information on the use of bentonite and psyllium shakes as well.

I sincerely hope some persons in this egroup find ‘my pet theories” on bentonite, depression, and how the gut may work as discussed in this post somewhat useful to them in some way.

Lastly, I should perhaps mention that the following document does not go into mucous secretion in the small intestines by the mast or goblet cells (or so my best recollection goes) as a result of food allergen ingestion (and/or perhaps other toxic causes, such as candida, bad bacteria, parasites, etc.). Excess mucous secretion in the small intestines at times is fairly commonly known by alternative medicine. However, I realize in reading the below material over that I should have brought this “gut dynamic” up and explained it fully, in addition to my discussing “one of my pet theories”, i.e. that the villi in the small intestines can become swollen and inflamed when in contact with allergic food and/or toxins from various intestinal dysbiosis issues in the gut.


Allen Darman

Some of my pet theories on bentonite, depression, and how the gut may work

By Allen Darman (2004)

I am not a doctor. I am simply a person that has overcome manic depression in myself. In doing so, I had “to go way out of the box dosage-wise” with a few natural measures. Since 1997, I have admittedly taken dosages of a number of substances that were dosages that were not recommended in any books or references whatsoever. This statement is especially true in regard to free form amino acids and liquid bentonite (Sonne’s #7 from

Despite the fact that I am not a doctor, out of moral obligation I have either helped or attempted to help about a dozen persons since 1998. The biggest catch in my attempting to help other persons in the past is almost always that of unrecognized or under recognized food allergy in the person that I am trying to help.

As a concrete example of the above, if I am recommending that a person take bentonite, psyllium, glutamine, probiotics, take various other gut corrective measures, take a number of supplements, juice raw vegetables, etc. but this person then decides to eat pizza, cheese, eggs, corn, chocolate, potatoes, or some other allergic food that they may crave and/or be addicted to, then all progress stops.

Invariably, at this point the person that I am trying to help loses a great deal of faith in what I am representing to them, despite the fact that it was “the pizza that they ate” or “the orange juice that they drank” when they went home that was really at fault here (and they often don’t believe me at all when I tell them this).

Some of my “pet theories” on hidden food allergies and their effect on the intestines and one’s nutrient absorptive rate are as follows:

In my opinion, it is almost a fact that allergic food ingestion can greatly impair one’s nutrient absorptive rate. Allergic food ingestion can, and often does, greatly impair one’s nutrient absorptive rate for days after it is ingested.

In my opinion, it is also true that when one eats foods that they are allergic to, despite allergic food ingestion possibly seriously impairing one’s nutrient absorptive rate for days, some food allergens are always absorbed. Absorption in the intestines is not an “all or nothing equation”. And these allergens, once absorbed, can either directly cause or greatly contribute to psychiatric symptoms, such as mania, anxiety, or depression.

Even a single exposure to an allergic food can cripple a person’s progress towards a state of wellness. The power and prevalence of hidden food allergy in treating any and all “psychiatric conditions” should NEVER be ignored.

It is my firm belief that by God’s (nature’s) design, our intestines were meant to allow more or less absorption of food substances; depending on what food substances these intestines were exposed to. This statement is universally applicable to the human species, in my opinion.

If one eats non-allergic food on a continual basis, our intestines allow for very substantial absorption of the nutrients contained in such foods. This assumes that one has an adequate supply of digestive enzymes, HCL, and other digestive secretions such as bile in which to properly break down such food. This also assumes that one does not suffer from yeast or “bad bacterial issues” which release toxins, toxins that cause the villi in the intestines to become swollen and inflamed.

However, when one does eat a food that they are allergic to, the intestines sense this, and then the intestines react. The intestines react by causing the villi to become swollen and inflamed, temporarily shutting off the surface area between these fingerlike projections. And the less surface area of the villi that is exposed to food substances, the less absorption of these food substances takes place.

It is rather easy to visualize, and thus understand, the above. Just hold up the fingers of one of your hands, spacing them about one eighth of an inch apart. Imagine these fingers represent the villi in your small intestines, where roughly 85% of nutrient absorption does (can) takes place. Now imagine that these fingers are exposed to a food allergen. What happens? The same thing that happens on one’s skin when it is exposed to an allergen… swelling takes place. Only when your villi swell, because they are so close to each other, they begin to touch each other on their sides, not allowing food in between them, or allowing less food between them. Simply touch your four fingers together on their sides, and you know what happens in your intestines. Now, no longer do you have a great deal of surface area in which to absorb food particles, you only have the tips of the villi in which to do so. This simple idea involving using of the hand to visualize what is happening in your small intestines is a crucial key to treating “mental illness” in yourself… at least that’s my opinion.

And remember, not only do villi swell from being exposed to a food allergen; they swell from being exposed to toxins created by various yeasts, molds, fungi, and “bad bacteria” in the gut as well.

This swelling, and the resultant reduction in the available surface area of the villi, can be a little or a lot. This is not an “all or nothing situation”. My villi can be a little swollen, or a lot swollen, and my nutrient absorption can be a little impaired or a lot impaired.

Our intestines were apparently built to protect us and not absorb well at all when “things were not quite right in our guts”, just as they were designed to maximize nutrient absorption when the contents in our gut were favorable.

I would like to coin the phase “the principal of variable nutrient absorption” here as I believe this is a key principle that needs to be understood to correct depression, manic depression, alcoholism and so many other illnesses as well.

Incidentally, when my villi swell and my nutrient absorption is impaired, my stomach bloats out noticeably. The more bloated I am in my abdominal area, the less I am able to absorb nutrients, and vice versa. If I eat enough allergic food or I am very high yeast, high “bad gut bacterial”, etc. (and therefore very “gut toxic”), I can bloat way out to the point where I cannot even absorb water well. Also when I am overexposed to my allergic foods or I am very high yeast, etc. (and therefore “gut toxic”), when I wake up in the morning my fingers are swollen (and my grip strength is weak). When my fingers are swollen in the morning immediately upon wake up, I strongly suspect that my villi are also swollen and therefore my nutrient absorptive ability is impaired as well.

Heavy and repetitive free form amino acid ingestion for a number of years taught me much of the above, as when these things happened (stomach bloating or finger swelling in the morning), I needed far higher dosages of amino acids to achieve the same effect, as I simply was not absorbing well at the time. I know for certain, that at least in me, my ability to absorb nutrients well can, and does, vary day to day, depending. I also know that if I eat even one Snickers bar or even a small bag of potato chips (foods I am allergic to), my ability to absorb nutrients well for a few days afterwards is seriously impaired.

According to the above educated guesses, guesses that are based on a great deal of experience (and assuming these guesses are correct), one primary goal when treating mental illness in yourself is to minimize your exposure to allergens and toxins in your gut, as these allergens and toxins can impair your brain and your other organs. These allergens and toxins can also impair your ability to absorb nutrients well, due to the fact that they cause the villi to swell, shutting off much of the surface area that is needed to do so.

Another primary goal when treating mental illness in oneself is to avail your body and brain of a wide array of essential nutrients at all times. Eat a good nutrient rich diet.

A third primary goal in treating mental illness in yourself should be to address the fact that you may lack key necessary secretions for proper digestion, such that the foods that you do eat are broken down properly such that they can be absorbed into the body well. This statement applies to a possible lack of digestive secretions such as digestive enzymes, HCL (stomach acid), and bile.

And a fourth primary goal is that if you have any mental illness you should learn how to purge yourself with bentonite or another clay product that is equally effective. Thankfully, a purge with high dosage bentonite and psyllium (or some other neutral fiber source) and a few other simple steps can resolve all of the above, such that a person can correct for a 30% absorptive rate and be at 70% the next day (the % figures are rough and relative, but valid enough to make what I am saying in the above true).

It sure appears to me that unblocking the intestines with clay, allowing them to be able to absorb much better, is a crucial key to correcting many mental health symptoms one may suffer from, especially that of depression.

If the above “pet theories” are correct, they may have substantial implications in regard to the treatment of mental illness. These theories may mean that understanding and correcting gut function is the key to understanding and correcting mental illness.

If my life experience is any indication here, I am certain of this… as my “bipolar disorder” was not just a case of brain dysfunction, it was a case of gut dysfunction that affected my brain, as well as affected every other organ and cell in my body.

Another implication to these theories is that simply taking supplements of various vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, etc. may not be the best that can be done to correct mental illness. One day these supplements can be absorbed at a rate of 70%, and a day or two later as the result of significant allergic food exposure, or a higher degree of yeast, etc. perhaps only 30% of these supplements may be absorbed, or perhaps even less. Just taking supplements without addressing this “variable nutrient absorptive rate issue” can sure can be a formula for failure.

So what do I do to correct the symptoms of mental illness such as depression in myself, at least from a general and conceptual standpoint? And what would I advise another person to do?

Ideally, to correct mental illness in myself, I would be able to use a hose and a soft brush to clean out my entire gastrointestinal tract of all manner of yeasts, molds, fungi, and “bad bacteria”.

Ideally, this hose and soft brush would be able to get between the villi and wash out everything in my gut that is problematic.

Ideally, I would also be able to determine the state of my gut, and I would know exactly what to do to fix any problem that I see.

And ideally, I would also be able to introduce the proper “good bacteria” to my gut such that these good bacteria would take hold and flourish.

And lastly, I would always have perfect foods in which to eat, nutrient rich foods that had no toxins or allergens whatsoever.

Well, I don’t have a hose and soft brush, nor do I have access to my gastrointestinal tract in which to use such tools in order to clean out my gut. What I do have is bentonite and psyllium, which (in an adequate dosage) can functionally do the same thing as a hose and soft brush can do.

I also don’t have any way of seeing inside my gut to determine what problems there may be, to include leaky gut, and so much else.

However, I do have at my disposal a wide array of natural “gut healing tools”. These tools can, either sooner or later, fix almost any serious gut problem in anyone. Fixing a handful of common gut malabsorptive problems is often the key to fixing many mental illness symptoms, especially that of depression. And to fix my gut problems in myself the key foundation step for me was to learn how to use bentonite, and then chase this bentonite purge shortly afterward with glutamine, then probiotics and raw vegetable juices, etc. (details on this to follow when I can find the time).

The theories proposed in this post may also mean that the concept of biochemical individuality, which is so often touted by many alternative health care practitioners, may be far less germane than it is commonly thought. If all of humanity’s intestinal villi swell when exposed to allergens and toxins, thus shutting off surface area and reducing the rate of essential nutrient absorption, and correcting for this fact (as well as eating a good diet) corrects most mental illness, then how important is biochemical individuality now in regard to the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses such as manic depression? In my opinion, far less so than is commonly thought.

I’d like to coin the term “biochemical commonality” here, as I believe that we humans operate far more similarly from a biochemical standpoint than is commonly thought.

Incidentally, to take these theories even further, assuming that they are correct, we humans had better wake up and wake up soon, or it may be the end of the human race as we know it. I think of the pictures that I see on TV here, of bags of wheat and corn being shipped by the thousands into places like Afghanistan and Iraq. I sure know that if I lived on a diet that was high in wheat and corn, I would sure be one very angry man. I would also be a man that was far more likely to seek revenge or kill another human being and think that I was right and just in doing so. And what is so genetically different from me than that man in Afghanistan or Iraq?

I am not saying that all persons are allergic to wheat and corn in Afghanistan and Iraq, but I think that far more human beings are allergic worldwide to these and other very common foods than is normally thought.

I am saying that we had better learn to understand the roots of human behavior. The roots of human behavior emanate to a great extent from the foods that we are eating, and what is happening in our gut.

Don’t believe me? Just look at our recent history and think for a moment. What has happened to the human race in the last few hundred (or few thousand) years? Did our genes change and we just suddenly became a lot smarter as a species, such that we have invented all of the technology that we have and we live the way we do now? Or did our “farmed vs. hunter-gatherer” diet and our “gut status” change, and thus we (and our behavior) changed as a result of this? And are antibiotics, sugar, and dental mercury (which can leak into the gut), and other common problematic gut substances a big part of the latter?

Are these simple declining gut status and allergic dietary causes the primary reason that we human are living and behaving much differently than we did a relatively short time ago in the history of humanity?

I sure know that when I am doing things right dietarily and gut-wise, that I am at peace with nature, god, the world, and myself… and that my pace of life is much slower and I am far more content.

I also know that when I am doing things wrong from a dietary standpoint and I am doing things wrong gut-wise that nothing satisfies me, I am unhappy, I am angry, and I am destructive, both of the environment in which I live and myself.

It is therefore my sincere belief that the quest to understand and treat mental illness is a quest to help all mankind. So many tens of millions of human beings are seriously chemically compromised as the result of what we foods we are eating and “the poor state of our guts”. Those of us that are mentally ill are simply “canaries in a coal mine”. Helping us to understand and treat our mental illnesses better may very help all of humanity become healthier… and to see clearer… and may even ultimately help us to stop “molecularly destroying our planet” as we know it.

Allen Darman (with help from his heroic WordPress Collaborative Patriot Team


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I sure know that when I am doing things right dietarily and gut-wise, that I am at peace with nature, god, the world, and myself… and that my pace of life is much slower and I am far more content.

I also know that when I am doing things wrong from a dietary standpoint and I am doing things wrong gut-wise that nothing satisfies me, I am unhappy, I am angry, and I am destructive, both of the environment in which I live and myself.

It is therefore my sincere belief that the quest to understand and treat mental illness is a quest to help all mankind. So many tens of millions of human beings are seriously chemically compromised as the result of what we foods we are eating and “the poor state of our guts”. Those of us that are mentally ill are simply “canaries in a coal mine”. Helping us to understand and treat our mental illnesses better may very help all of humanity become healthier… and to see clearer… and may even ultimately help us to stop “molecularly destroying our planet” as we know it.Allen D


Malabsorption Underlies Mental Illness (9/23/2011)

Dear Friends:

In April 1997 I knew very little about nutrition, nutritional supplements, or any other alternative medical topic. I had been taking some vitamin and mineral supplements for almost a year. However, I really did not know much about what I was doing in this regard.

As a result of finding some information on the Internet, I began taking a 500 mg. capsule of the amino acid tyrosine in May 1997, along with the vitamins and minerals that I was taking prior.

I did not realize how powerful this tyrosine supplement was for me antidepressant-wise until the sixty capsule bottle of it ran out.

For about a week after I ran out of the bottle of tyrosine that I had I underwent a steady mood decline to the point where it was obvious (to me) that I was depressed.

I had no psychological reason whatsoever to be depressed at this time. Seven months prior I had bought a new minivan that I was quite happy with. A few months prior I had bought an older but very comfortable 14 X 70 single wide trailer in a mobile home park in Clark Mills, New York. (This mobile home had some beautiful trees on the lot, a long wooden porch with a roof over it, and a small creek in the back. I loved it.) I was involved in a longstanding process of extricating myself from a bad marriage, but this was not a major stressor, as I was GLAD that my marriage was finally ending. I had a girlfriend that I was quite happy with at this time. Money was not a problem. My life in general was more stable and content than it had been for decades. There was simply no reason for me to be depressed in July 1997 unless this depression was ONLY biochemical in nature.

In thinking things over on the evening of July 6, 1997 I realized that my taking tyrosine for the past two months MUST HAVE helped my mood substantially in some way. I wanted to go out and buy some more tyrosine, and immediately take some. However, it was Sunday and the local health food store where I could get some more was closed. (I would have to wait until Monday to buy another bottle of tyrosine.)

That Sunday night I also realized that I had another option in regard to getting more tyrosine into my system. I could take a multi amino acid supplement I had recently ordered through the mail, but had not opened the bottle yet. This new supplement did contain some tyrosine per tablet, along with a number of other free form amino acids. So I did the math (as per the ingredients listed on the bottle), taking enough tablets of this new supplement in order to take a little over 500 mg. of tyrosine. Soon after this I also took 2 mg. of Klonopin (a medication that I had been on for about fifteen months), and went to bed.

Eight hours later I woke up in a state of mania! I went from a serious state of depression to a serious state of mania simply by the oral ingestion of nine grams of an unbalanced free form amino acid preparation.

I was amazed at this experience; that I could switch mood states simply by taking a free form amino acid supplement. I repeated what I did a week later, and the same thing happened… I became manic simply by taking an unbalanced (too excitatory) free form amino acid preparation.

The above resulted in my becoming greatly interested in what nutrition, and what nutritional supplements, could do in regard to my curing myself of over three decades of manic depressive symptoms.

As I have been self-educated for my entire adult life, I sought out books that might help me in my quest for more knowledge at this time.

First I found the book “The Way Up From Down” by Dr. Priscilla Slagle. Despite its old copyright date (1987) and its simplicity, this book helped me enormously. (I read and reread this book perhaps a half dozen times over the next six months.) It educated me in regard to the fact that there are excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters. It educated me in regard to the fact that neurotransmitters are primarily made out of amino acids, but that vitamins and minerals were important in this regard as well. It educated me in regard to the fact that taking individual free form amino acid supplements can increase whatever particular neurotransmitter these free form amino acids make. It educated me in regard to the fact that B vitamins are needed to make many neurotransmitters. It educated me in regard to the fact that our American diet is often substandard and that food allergies and other malabsorptive causes can play a role in causing depression. It educated me in regard to the fact that ALL of these obvious and irrefutable biochemical issues are summarily ignored when treating depression, as “drugs and only drugs” are modern medicine’s ONLY answer to the same. And it educated in regard to the fact that modern medicine is criminally ignoring the biologically obvious, simply for the sake of the money it can make from doing so.

[The book “The Way Up From Down” is out of print. However, Dr. Slagle has generously made this book available free at her website, The whole book can be downloaded in Adobe.]

In the summer of 1997, I also found (the current edition at this time) the book “Prescription For Nutritional Healing” by James Balch, M.D. and Phyllis Balch. This book did have a prescription for manic depression, but I found it sorely lacking and somewhat in error. I could relate far more to the prescription it had for either alcoholism or malabsorption, as both of these prescriptions made far more sense to me for manic depression that the prescription for manic depression itself. Despite its errors, I am deeply thankful to the authors of this book. They introduced me to a much wider range of nutritional supplements than Dr. Priscilla Slagle did, and I began to experiment with a great many of them (to see how I felt after taking them).

Luckily, I lived only fifty miles from Syracuse, New York. Syracuse NY was where Dr. Sherry Rogers practiced medicine in 1997. Dr. Rogers had recently self-published her book “Depression Cured At Last”. I picked up a copy of it at a health food store in the Syracuse area called Natur-Tyme in September 1997. Dr. Sherry Rogers book “Depression Cured At Last” opened up a conceptual realm of alternative medicine that was enormously helpful to me. Dr. Rogers primary goal in all of her written work was to educate the patient to help his or her own self. Her biggest target in correcting depression was the GI tract (gastrointestinal tract), which I commonly refer to as the gut. (It would have taken me a lot longer to figure out the proper manner to correct bipolar disorder in myself if it was not for Sherry Rogers. In a very real way, I feel that I owe this woman my life.)

Sherry Rogers essentially taught me to “Forget about the brain when dealing with mania or depression in one’s self. The brain is only a secondary target organ to primary gut events. Fix the gut, and correct dietary issues (to include avoidance of hidden food allergens), and the brain will automatically fix itself”. Another thing that Dr. Rogers taught me is that orally supplementing with nutritional supplements, without addressing one’s malabsorptive status at the same time, is “just not wise”, as much of the nutritional value of such supplementation is lost (it is pooped into the toilet a day or two later). In my opinion, Sherry Rogers 8R program of gut correction, as first espoused in her book “Depression Cured At Last”, and later upgraded in her book “No More Heartburn”, is conceptually unparalleled. (All of Dr. Rogers books can be found on, and many of them can be found on as well.)

[Dr. Rogers only major blind spot in healing is in regard to the use of free form amino acids. To cover this blind spot, I used knowledge from three sources. I used knowledge that Dr. Priscilla Slagle taught me in her book “The Way Up From Down”. I used knowledge I learned from Robert Erdmann in his book “The Amino Revolution” which can be found on at And I used knowledge gained from my own self experimentation and self experience. I did not need amino acid knowledge from Julia Ross in her book “The Mood Cure”, as I had sent her via email the prescription of tryptophan, taurine, GABA, and glycine for inhibition in February 1998, and I later amended my advice on the same to include histidine, as per Robert Erdmann’s repeated suggestions in his book “The Amino Revolution”.]

At Natur-Tyme in September 1997 I also bought a few books by William Crook, M.D. at this time; one on yeast (candida) and one on food allergies and yeast being causative of ADHD. I also bought a classic book on the gut (that is now out of print) called “Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management” by Bernard Jensen.

These books helped me enormously as well.

William Crook’s written work, in conjunction with my own experience, made me realize that I had had an overgrowth of yeast from my childhood years onward, and that this yeast was a major causative factor in my being bipolar for over three decades. His written work, in conjunction with my own experience, made me also realize that I had multiple hidden food allergies from my childhood years onward, and that these food allergies were a major causative factor in my being bipolar for over three decades as well. [It is worthy to note that another doctor named Doris Rapp drew the same conclusions as William Crook in regard to hidden food allergies and yeast being the two primary causative factors underlying ADHD.]

Bernard Jensen’s book “Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management” prompted me to undergo a series of colonics in September and October of 1997. A colonic is a cleansing of the large intestine with water that is under gentle pressure. Normally a 45 minute colonic will clean out the large intestine, which averages about five foot in length. My first colonic did not even clean out one foot. (I could actually feel how far it got.) My bowel was encrusted with “many years old” feces, just as John Wayne’s bowel was when he died. (Some say John Wayne had 30 to 40 pounds of old fecal matter in his large intestine when he died.) The series of colonics that I got over a two month period of time removed a lot of old encrusted feces from me. One result was my mood lifted noticeably. Another result is that my skin cleared up in a manner that was quite noticeable to me as well. I felt a sense of peace and relief after this series of colonics was completed… a feeling that I never had felt before.

[Although “Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management” is out of print, a newer book by Bernard Jensen essentially replaces it. This book is titled “Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care: A Complete Program for Tissue Cleansing through Bowel Management” and it can be found on at]

As a result of taking vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, probiotics, and other helpful supplements in September and October of 1997, I realized that most of them were substantially helping me. I could quite literally “feel the help” that these supplements provided me; no book had to convince me. (Incidentally, whenever I took certain free form amino acids along with vitamin and mineral nutrient cofactors this “help” was both fairly immediate and quite obvious.)

In the fall of 1997 I wondered why so many different supplements were clearly helping me. And I wondered why I was deficient in so many essential nutrients (such that my condition of manic depression was the end result).

I knew that many of the foods that I ate in my life came from depleted topsoil. I knew that many of the foods that I ate in my life were processed. And I knew that many of the foods that I ate in my life were cooked as well. From the reading that I did in the fall of 1997, and from reading Adelle Davis decades prior, I knew that (1) mineral depleted topsoils, (2) the modern processing of foodstuffs, and (3) cooking all contribute to essential nutrient depletion in one way or another.

However, it became clear to me that mineral depleted topsoil, processed food, and cooked food were not the only three reasons I was broadly essential nutrient deficient.

In the fall of 1997 it became clear to me that the largest reason that I was broadly nutrient deficient was that I was MALABSORPTIVE. I was clearly not absorbing ALL essential nutrients as well as most other persons were, going all the way back to my childhood years.

Orally taking free form amino acids over a period of time can teach someone a great deal about malabsorption in one’s self. This I know for a fact as a result of taking about 150,000 capsules of individual or blended free form amino acids since 1997. Amino acid supplementation, done properly and with adequate cofactors, can definitely be felt, as long as one is absorbing adequately.

[It is worthy to note that one’s absorptive ability can change from one day to the next, or even one meal to the next, depending on what foods one is exposed to. Even a single exposure to a food allergen can temporarily AND substantially shut down the gut from an absorptive standpoint. Free form amino acid supplementation (taken along with vitamin and mineral cofactors) over time, taught me this.]


Malabsorption clearly underlies mental illness, not only my particular case of mental illness, but that of millions of others.

Sadly, the two free form amino acid blends that I mixed together (in a two to one ratio) and heavily relied on for wellness for over a decade will most probably be taken off the market (or go way up in price) via current Big Pharma subterfuge in getting the FDA to change the law.

Sadly, a number of powerfully therapeutic vitamin and mineral supplements that help me and many others such as those found at or will probably be taken off the market or go way up in price as well.

And sadly, my son Willy Darman’s simple yet profound discovery to take a wide range of nutritional supplements all at once (which is BY FAR the best way to correct depressive, ADHD, bipolar, and schizophrenic symptoms) is soon going to be suppressed.

What kind of world do we live in? such that soon after real answers to mental illness are actually found, the FDA repeatedly acts to take these answers away from us, simply to protect Big Pharma and the hoax of drug oriented medicine.

Allen Darman

Some Related Blogs:

The Best Book On Food Allergies I Ever Read (9/23/2011)

FDA Trying To Control All Nutritional Supplements By Labeling Them “Drugs” (2007)

The FDA Will Mandate That Mental Illness Cannot Be Cured (9/19/2011)

Will The American Public Win The Race Against Big Pharma? (3-28-2011)

***Note dated 3-29-2011: This is the most important blog that I have ever written in my life by far. It has the power to topple Big Pharma someday, due to the fact that it may save free market access to supplements here in the U.S. I am going to spend a considerable amount of time in the next thirty (30) days making this blog the best that it can possibly be. My primary goal in doing this “much longer upgrade than expected” is to prepare this blog for its going viral on the Internet, as there is a strong chance of this occurring (sooner or later). (By viral, I mean that this blog is seen by many hundreds of thousands of persons, if not millions.) The “related blog links” section at the end of this blog is the only real section that needs a great deal of work. My intent for this “related blogs” section is to well organize EVERY useful and insightful blog that I have ever written, such that anyone looking for information on a certain topic can easily find it. The rest of this blog only needs some rather minor edits, corrections, additions, etc. When this blog is finalized and completed, these remarks will be removed. Allen Darman***

Dear Friends:

Much of the material in this blog (below) was written by Mike Adams of (Note: used to be, but it was still Mike Adams behind it.) It is an old article (2007) of his that I ran across and thought appropriate to repost below what I have written.

Mike Adams knows Big Pharma is a corrupt corporate entity that is inevitably doomed. I know that Big Pharma is doomed in a remarkably short time if broad based free form amino acids, and other nutritional and natural supplements, are finally recognized for the incredible healing agents that they truly are.

The above paragraph assumes that broad based free form amino acids are used properly (such as a Willy’s Baggie approach), and are used in conjunction with the rest of what some alternative medical persons and I already know in regard to malabsorption and the gut.

The above paragraph also assumes that Big Pharma is NOT successful in bribing federal lawmakers in the U.S. to take ANY critical healing nutritional supplement out of the general public’s hands. This point is not a given, believe me. Big Pharma has a “bribery chest” of billions, if need be. The drug industry fully intends to use this “bribery chest” in Washington, D.C. as soon as they possibly can. (Their goal of course is to outlaw free market access to healing nutritional supplements… thus ensuring a monopoly for their toxic, symptom masking, expensive, and NON-CURATIVE drugs.)

Thank God for my son Willy. Willy proved to the world!! how important broad based free form amino acids, vitamins, minerals, EFA’s, probiotics, hidden food allergy avoidance, addressing bad gut biology, addressing excess gut toxicity, and addressing malabsorption are when curing oneself of mental and physical illness. Willy also proved to the world!! that even a thirteen year old learning impaired child could begin to learn what he needed to (without even reading a single book!) IN ORDER TO CURE HIS OWN SELF.

In doing what he did, Willy forwarded human understanding “far enough and fast enough” such that humanity has a chance to stop Big Pharma’s “ultimate grand plan”. This grand plan is to outlaw ALL healing supplements worldwide before the general public of ANY country widely realizes their tremendous power to cure depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and poor mental and physical health in general.

Since June 2006 (when I first put Willy’s original recovery story on the Internet, and “when I began to get repeatedly hacked”) I have realized that “we are essentially in a race” vs. Big Pharma. Humanity needs to awaken in regard to the healing power of nutritional and natural supplements BEFORE they are taken away from us worldwide. This is the race I am speaking of.

The recent loss of public access to a myriad of herbal and nutritional supplements in the ENTIRE European Union (comprised of about 325 million people) due to Big Pharma’s shenanigans is not a good sign. The American public needs to wake up, and soon.

Some blogs that I have written in the past that back up this contention that “we are essentially in a race” vs. Big Pharma are as follows:

FDA Trying To Control All Nutritional Supplements By Labeling Them “Drugs” (April 2007)

[Important Note: The blog listed above means that Big Pharma has “telegraphed their intent” in the U.S. This event of the FDA trying to control all nutritional supplements by labeling them as drugs happened about four years ago. Although we won this round due to massive public outcry via the Internet, Big Pharma is most certainly going to try the same thing again. The fact that our Supreme Court ruled in early 2010 that corporations can contribute UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF MONEY to elect Congresspersons, Senators, and even our President means that Big Pharma can stack the deck against us the next time that they try to do the above.]

From the ANH: Dark Times for Herbal Medicine in Europe (3-1-2011)

All Therapeutic Supplements Banned In EU in April 2011 (2-18-2011)

An Alarm Bell Rung By Jim Mercola, M.D. Regarding Supplement Access (10-30-2010)

They Have To Take Our Supplements Away (8-25-2010)


I sure hope that the American public soon discovers the profound curative power of nutritional and natural supplements in regard to resolving depression, and mental and physical illness in general. And I sure hope this happens before Big Pharma uses its powerful influence on the FDA and our entire federal government to (1) take ALL therapeutic dosages of nutritional and natural supplements off the free market, or (2) succeeds in getting “all supplements labeled as drugs”… thus putting them in the hands of doctors (available “by prescription only”).

I sure hope that “we win this race” against Big Pharma’s evil agenda. God help us all if we don’t.

Allen Darman

The following material was written by Mike Adams of

Why health freedom will ultimately overcome Big Pharma mischief and FDA corruption (opinion)

Do you find yourself frustrated with the lack of progress in the fight for consumer rights against Big Pharma and the FDA? Take comfort, my friends, in knowing that even though we did not achieve the victory we wanted in this latest legislative effort in the United States, we did stand up and be heard. Hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters of natural health contacted their senators and let their voices be heard. As a result, senators Hatch, Enzi and others are now on the record stating that Senate bill S.1082 will in no way restrict access to nutritional supplements. That’s a small but notable victory that would not have happened without the outpouring of support from natural health advocates like you.

What lawmakers now know for certain is that we will stand up and speak out against any threat to our collective health freedoms. We will contest every bill or amendment that favors corporate interests over consumer interests, and we will hit back with a wave of public protest that fills their phone lines, fax machines and emails with mindful comments and concerns from action-oriented citizens who demand real representation.

Our lawmakers now know that members of the health freedom movement will not remain silent when their freedoms are openly threatened. This very fact will make them think twice before introducing future bills that try to regulate dietary supplements, for example, or that limit the choices of consumers. I’m not saying they won’t keep trying to outlaw vitamins and expand the powers of Big Pharma and the FDA, but they’ve at least come to realize that we’re going to raise a racket each time they attempt to do so. The health freedom community is getting noticed in Washington.

Why natural medicine is winning

In the big picture, by the way, things are actually trending strongly towards naturopathic medicine. With this latest legislative event here in the United States, Big Pharma may have won a legislative battle, but they’re losing the war. Consider the following:

• The public opinion towards drug companies is at an all-time low. As the truth continues to come out about the predatory practices by Big Pharma, the public is increasingly disgusted with what they’re learning about fraudulent science, deadly drugs, the bribery of doctors, price-fixing schemes and so on.

• More consumers are abandoning pharmaceuticals than ever before and turning to natural treatments for diseases and health conditions. The number of ex-medicine users continues to rapidly expand.

• The truth about Big Pharma’s market monopoly is finally starting to gain traction among mainstream consumers. People are finally starting to get the fact that they’re being ripped off by a profit-minded industry charging them the highest prices in the world for medications that are neither safe nor effective. Once this realization hits the masses, the backlash will be unstoppable.

• The entire system of organized medicine is only years away from collapsing upon itself due to outrageous costs, fraud, corruption and criminal behavior by its proponents. On a simple economic basis, no state or national government can afford to continue doing business with Big Pharma in the long run. The scam is just about up. When cities, states and countries start to declare bankruptcy due to outrageous health care costs, the winds of change will blow stronger than ever. The clock is ticking against drug-based medicine…

• More consumers are choosing naturopathic medicine than ever before. The popularity of modalities such as homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, energy medicine, sound healing, massage therapy and mind-body medicine is at an all-time high… and it continues to rise! People are learning about what works, and they’re pursuing natural, non-invasive therapies in increasing numbers.

• Consumer demand for organic foods is skyrocketing. The truth about toxic synthetic chemicals in our foods, cosmetics and personal care products is finally starting to go mainstream. There are serious efforts now to promote green lawn care, green automobiles and green living. The trends are strongly in favor of natural, sustainable living!

Why Big Pharma is so desperate

In the context of these powerful trends, Big Pharma is acting out of desperation to protect a medical monopoly that will soon collapse in the United States. Think about this: The very reason Big Pharma has to bribe senators, buy off FDA regulators and pay the media to run its propaganda pieces is because Big Pharma has nothing left of value to offer the world.

There are no more solutions from Big Pharma that stand on their own merit. The whole health care scheme has degraded into propaganda, monopolistic control, discrediting the competition, and brainwashing consumers through television ads. These are not the tactics used by organizations that have legitimate solutions to offer the world; these are the tactics of desperate businesses grasping for one last measure of control before being swept away by a tidal wave of change.

Big Pharma is acting like a trapped, cornered animal, lashing out with its claws and raising the fur on its back to make itself seem more intimidating. But the truth is that to an increasing number of people, the whole system of conventional medicine is virtually irrelevant. We’re simply not buying pharmaceuticals or visiting doctors anymore. Through the choice of the way we use our dollars, we can economically starve this whole system of conventional medicine into its own overdue collapse.

Why do you think health insurance won’t cover naturopathic therapies? It’s because if consumers had a choice, almost everyone would now choose natural therapies instead of drugs and surgery! If consumers were actually given a choice right today, organized medicine would collapse tomorrow. The whole system is only propped up by limiting consumers’ choices, keeping them in the dark, and limiting access to natural therapies that actually work.

The hucksters running organized medicine today realize this! They know that consumers are tied to drugs and surgery by a single flimsy thread: Health insurance. If health insurance covered herbal medicine, acupuncture and naturopathy, we would witness a massive stampede away from doctors, drug companies and toxic cancer treatments.

Drug-based medicine is already obsolete

And so the big picture here becomes rather obvious. In the minds of most consumers, organized medicine is already obsolete. The Senate and the FDA remain hopelessly stuck in the past, arrogantly tied to a chemical medicine scheme that was outdated two decades ago. But the consumers who stay informed about these things are way ahead of the game. They know the future of medicine is all about preventing disease, supporting the patient’s healing process and nourishing the body with healing nutrients rather than chemically attacking it with synthetic drugs.

The Dark Ages of organized medicine are fast coming to an end. What you’re witnessing today with Codex, the FDA, drug companies and legislators around the world is simply the last desperate wave of convulsions from an industry that will soon follow in the footsteps of Big Tobacco to a well-deserved fall from power. Remember: for decades, doctors and the American Medical Association actually promoted tobacco as good for your health. Times change. And changes sweep through society faster now than ever before.

Things are trending in a positive direction on issues like natural health, sustainable living and organics. Sure, we have many skirmish battles to fight along the way, and we can never let our guard down against the corporate opposition, but overall, we are witnessing a time of tremendous change made possible by empowered consumers. And you know what’s key to that? The Internet. Without the internet, nobody would know the truth about Big Pharma, the FDA, and the dangers of organized medicine.

So feel good about what you’ve done so far, and keep yourself in a state of readiness to participate in yet more grassroots action that accelerates changes toward natural health and sustainable living. I believe we will live to see the demise of the FDA as it is currently structured. We will one day drive an electric car that’s refueled for free using solar panels on the roof of our home. We will live to see natural cancer cures embraced in North America, and if we live long enough, we will one day see historians describing our present times as a “Dark Age” of medicine that was ultimately overcome by a health freedom movement that refused to let the truth about natural medicine remain censored and suppressed.

The future of medicine will be very different from what has pretended to be health care in recent memory. A revolution in healing is at hand. Take care of your own health with herbs, superfoods and naturopathic medicine and you just might live long enough to witness it first-hand.

***End of copy written by Mike Adams***

The rest of the copy is mine.

Important Note #1: This material is not copyright protected in ANY way, to the best of my knowledge. (My copy is not copyrighted at all. I will soon check with Mike Adams in regard to his. If it is copyrighted, I will try to get a blanket release from him in this regard. Mike is a longstanding fellow warrior against Big Pharma… I am sure he would grant this. So would others, if I need such, or so I think. )

Assuming I get any and all copyright releases I may need, anyone and everyone may freely send this material to anyone they wish. In addition to this, anyone and everyone may put this material on their own website if they wish. (All I ask of persons that may use this material is that they do not charge other persons any money for it.) Everyone has my complete and irrevocable permission in which to do so. Signed… Allen Darman and Dated… March 28, 2011.

Important Note #2: For years drug industry hackers blocked many things I wanted to do in Myspace when it was the premier social networking site in the world. Then the same happened when Facebook took over as the premier social networking site. I have been blocked for years (to include the present) from posting my blogs to appropriate Facebook alternative health, mental health, health freedom, and health recovery groups. I would deeply appreciate it if anyone is able to use their Facebook account to spread any significant blogs of mine to places that are appropriate for them on Facebook (such that my “Facebook blockade” by the drug industry is circumvented).

Also, I deeply appreciate any person that spreads my material around the Internet in general (on places other than Facebook) for others to see. (In doing so, you are saving me valuable time in which to write more original copy.)

Important Note #3: I encourage everyone that truly believes what this blog is saying to mail a printed copy of it in its entirety to your elected representatives at the Federal level. And perhaps send a copy to your State Governor too. Please include a few personal statements of your own in this letter containing my material.

Our Congressional Representatives, Senators, and Governors need to become aware of information such as that which this blog contains.

And perhaps Obama deserves a copy as well.

We The Public need to know where our politicians stand in regard to the above (or similar) information, such that we can elect them in or out depending.

Our politicians need to be held accountable EVERY November if at all possible in regard to whether they are for Big Pharma or our true health. At the very least, they should become informed of the truth that drug-oriented medicine is a cruel and expensive hoax, and one that is bankrupting BOTH our nation’s health and wealth.

When you include a few statements of your own with this material, hopefully one of them will say “If you vote anti-supplement or pro Big Pharma in ANY way, I am voting AGAINST YOU in the next election… period”. And hopefully you will mention the suppression of (1) Bob Beck’s wisdom (the cure for HIV, some cancers, and some cures for other things), (2) Stan Meyer’s wisdom (the water powered car), and (3) Gary Vesperman’s compilation of “free energy’s” MAJOR discoveries as well.

Important Note #4: The primary “sister blog” to this one for Congressional or Governorial mailing purposes is the blog titled “Introducing the Concept of an “Educational Healing House” (2006)”. This blog can be found at

The above-mentioned “sister blog” admittedly needs a little editing. It also needs to have a little copy added, and Willy’s before and after picture(s) attached.

If there was to be “a secondary sister blog”, I think that the blog titled “A Critical Blog That Joins My Primary And Secondary Websites (3-1-2011)” would be the most appropriate. I say this due to the fact that this blog leads to so many others, and it helps with organization a bit as well. This blog can be found at

Important Note #5: Please don’t think that enough copies of these “sister blogs”, when put together, and then sent to our elected representatives with your comments attached, might not make a real difference some day.

If you cannot find the time or money to snail mail these “sister blogs” to your appropriate elected officials (with your comments attached), I suggest that you find a way to efficiently email this stuff.

A Final Conclusion

“Keyboard, mouse, and text warriors can change the world by awakening the pubic en masse”… many Arabic nations “just taught us this”.

Simply keyboard, mouse, or text your family and friends. In your own words tell people that you know and care about “to take a look at this” (I suggest you state this in your own words):

It may be that simple to stop Big Pharma’s evil agenda.

How can it be that simple?

It is that simple because Knowledge Has Power. This blog has Powerful Knowledge that could grant the American public A Very Big Stick in the voting booth some day.

Assuming that the material in this blog goes viral on the Internet sooner or later…

Big Pharma is going to have “an almost impossible time” carrying out their evil agenda.

The drug industry is going to have this impossible time when it INEVITABLY TRIES TO BRIBE OUR LAWMAKERS in regard to outlawing (or controlling) curative nutritional supplements a few years down the road.

All I have left to mention is some Thank You’s.

First off I’d like to say “don’t thank me”. I only did what I had to do from the standpoint of moral obligation. (I am no saint, by any means. Believe me, if there was any way out of the jam I seem to have gotten myself into with the drug industry, I would take it.)

Thank God (whatever God you may believe in).

Thank Many in Alternative Medicine who taught us so much from writing so many incredibly useful and insightful books.

And Thank my son Willy.

Thank Willy for coming up with the crazy idea to take almost seventy capsules or tablets of supplements “all at once” at the tender age of thirteen. (I sure don’t think your idea is crazy anymore. Willy, you were right… nutrients work in synergy with each other… when supplementing, it is best to take them all.)

Also thank Willy for putting his foot down, thus leaving me no other choice, by INSISTING in the summer of 2004 that he would do things “NO OTHER WAY!”. (The discovery of Willy’s Baggie almost did not happen… I sure tried to talk Willy out of doing things this way.)

Willy, because of what you did, you may have saved supplements for all of us! At the very least “you have given us a chance”.

As I wipe my tears away… Willy, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for achieving your amazing recovery, and for proving to the world that the miraculous can be easy! in this regard.

Lastly, Willy, I would like to say a few more words to you besides “Thank You” and the other things that I said to you in the above. Always remember “we did the right thing”. You did your part, and I did mine. I feel blessed to have learned what we have learned about Baggies (and other things). I know that this knowledge has the power to help tens of millions. I have no regrets, regardless of what happens to me. Neither should you. (You could have NEVER stopped me from fighting Big Pharma. And no one in the world has the power to protect me.) Willy, hold your head up high, no matter what. Son, I love you, and I am proud of you. And I feel the same in regard to Max, your brother.

Allen Darman

Some blogs related to this one in one way or another:

My First Website on the Internet (August 2001)

An old speech draft on bipolar; still a worthy read (2002)

An Introduction To Alternative Medicine For Psychiatric Conditions (2005)
(This blog is SORELY DUE for a major upgrade, to include the suggested reading list.)

Introducing the Concept of an “Educational Healing House” (2006)

A Critical Blog That Joins My Primary And Secondary Websites (3-1-2011)

Concepts and Ideas to Treat Depression Naturally (2003)

An Overview of Willy’s Baggie I, II, and III (March 2010)

What A Harvard Educated Psychiatrist-To-Be Said About Willy’s Baggies (2009)’s-baggies-2009/

Depression and Bipolar Disorder – Cured At Last! (August 2007)

One of Willy’s “baggies” of supplements… Wow! (September 2006)

From Four Hours Work A Day To Sixteen (3-25-2011)

An Anecdotal Case; Depression Resolved in One Day, Rv.2 (2007)

Willy’s Baggie II Shortcuts The Resolution of Depression
(Note: Willy’s Baggie III is superior to, and replaces, both Willy’s Baggie II and Willy’s Original Baggie. I expect there will be a Willy’s Baggie IV fairly soon.)

The Proper Chemical Answer For Depression Has Been Found 10-31-2010

A Real Cure For Schizophrenia Has been Found! (March 2009)

“Hearing Voices” Remission Within Hours From Supplement Use (March 2009)

My Bipolar Recovery Story as of June 2004

An Email I Sent A Bipolar Researcher in February 2004 (3-27-2011)

The Story of Darman Mfg. Company and Genius (2010)

Cambridge Who’s Who And A Synopsis Of My Situation (October 2010)

My son Willy’s original ADHD/bipolar! recovery story (June 2006)

Willy’s Three Year ADHD/Bipolar Recovery Story (August 2007)

Willy’s Five Year ADHD Bipolar Recovery Story (June 2009)

The same blog as the above with a different title (the copy is the same) and “a before and after picture” of Willy at 10.5 and 17.5 years of age on it can be found at:

An Update Regarding Willy’s Amazing Recovery (June 2009)

Doctors Helped Cause Willy’s Sickness

Willy’s Baggies And Candida (10-17-2010)

Willy’s Baggies and Malabsorption (10-27-2010)’s-baggies-and-malabsorption-10-27-2010/

The possible implications of broad based nutrition taken all at once (February 2007)

Is it possible that key knowledge known by Robert Erdmann over 20 years ago got lost?

An Adequate Dosage of Broad Based Amino Acids

Adelle Davis; a true pioneer (September 2007)

A Testimonial to Dr. Sherry Rogers

Probiotics and Their Effect on All Mental Illness (September 2006)

The End of Antibiotics (2008)

The Five Fundamental Rules To Correct All Mental Illness; It Is Time For Change (10-27-2010)

Governmental vs. Alternative Medicine; It Is Time For Change (8-17-2010)

Suppression Of Great Truth Is The Norm It Seems (8-30-2010)

Much of the above blog is Gary Vesperman’s material in regard to the suppression of numerous “free energy” discoveries by our government and the powers-that-be. This man is a real hero in my eyes. I cannot thank Gary Vesperman enough for writing what he did.

A Tribute to Bob Beck; A World Class Healer (5-21-2010)

This last blog ended with the following two paragraphs:

“As of this day, Friday May 21, 2010 it is known that ALL MENTAL ILLNESSES CAN BE READILY CURED VIA NATURAL MEANS, every single one.

Mr. Robert Beck, my hat is off to you. I felt honored to be in the presence of your greatness these past two nights. I love you dearly for what you did.”

[Is is no accident that within days of this blog on Bob Beck being widely posted on the Internet I had what I consider to be the second attempt on my life. (There have probably been four now.) At least some portion of the drug industry knows I have essentially figured out the cure for mental illness in general.]