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Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs: Inspiring Stories of Restoring Mental Health Through Natural Therapies Paperback – Bargain Price, August 8, 2006
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In 1992, Gracelyn sold her California public relations agency and retired mid-life with her husband to New England, planning to garden, write, and play tennis.
Rapid growth of breast cysts and tumors soon brought surgery twice in 12 months, however, beginning her quest to restore health. Systematic elimination of chemicals and toxins revealed an antidepressant taken for bipolar disorder was triggering the growths. Gracelyn went off the drug and, refusing all other psychiatric medications due to dangerous side effects, found specific nutritional treatments that ended her symptoms in 2002.
The science in her first book, Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs, led to delivering seven-hour continuing education seminars for medical practitioners. When patients asked for simple steps to recovery without all the science, Gracelyn wrote Who's Crazy Here in 2010, describing holistic ways to address the causes of nine mental diagnoses in 114 pages. Her upcoming book will offer methods for preventing or slowing the onset of Alzheimer's.
She ventured into TV production with a 13-show television series in 2012: "Restoring Health Holistically." "Restoring KIDS Health Holistically" followed in 2013, and a 2014 series is underway. In each 55-minute show, Gracelyn interviews medical experts on drug-free treatments to make consumers aware of their many effective options.
In the aftermath of the Newtown School shootings, Gracelyn was appointed to serve on the Connecticut Children's Mental Health Task Force as a Complementary & Alternative Medicine expert in September 2013.
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Both Gracelyn and her mother were bipolar. Gracelyn grew up familiar with her mother's side effects from lithium, which Gracelyn declined to use. Placed on an antidepressant instead, she suddenly developed multiple breast cysts and tumors. When she went off the drug, the growths stopped. Refusing all psychiatric drugs, she consulted a brain research center that identified two genetic disorders, treating them with specific vitamin and minerals. Within four months, her manic symptoms disappeared. Then, left with depression, she heard about successful clinical trials of omega-3 fish oils for bipolar patients. The oils quickly lifted her depression.
In Gracelyn's journey to health, her first priority was to stop the formation of growths in her breasts that could become cancerous. You may or may not be interested in how she managed that. Beginning on page 37 of the book, she describes how she dealt with mania and depression and goes on to explain how a lack of nutrients can cause addiction, allergies, and other symptoms.
She does not recommend stopping drugs except under a doctor's supervision. Patients may want to continue with their present doctor or find a doctor who is comfortable with alternative methods. Gracelyn suggests continuing medication, trying one or more nutrients, and decreasing medication as symptoms decrease.
I find the information in this book consistent with other books about alternative treatments, such as The Mood Cure by Julia Ross.
digestion can be flawed. It was fascinating to learn about deficiencies that we are born with that over time potentially trigger mania or depression, which worsen as more traumatic or extremely stressful events occur in one's lifetime.
Western medicines are painted an ugly picture. Sometimes it gets paranoid even. The book could use more supporting documentation for her more negative claims. The author mentions briefly that each individual is unique in terms of physiology, biochemistry, and genetic make up which makes each person react uniquely to drugs OR alternative treatments. However, there seems to be more emphasis in why drugs are bad. Her stories of people with BD seemed to be extreme cases of adverse reactions to drugs. I caution you to remember as much as possible that just because her examples had such reactions does not mean that everyone else will, too. It's all circumstancial. Also, note that some side effects do go away in time after consistent use. It just depends on how much you would put up with them overall.
Don't get me wrong. Though I think that science has its merits, I am also in favor of holistic and alternative approaches, but I don't think that either one stand alone nor have the ultimate solutions. I think it rests in a balance of both, a harmony of Western and Eastern thinking where so much study has been spent on either side for the same goal of finding "better" treatment, however that applies to each individual.Read more ›
My last word is: If it works for me, and so many other people, then the chance is that you might be the next one! Don't let the psychiatric drugs poison you for too long!
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Bipolar Disorder is such a sad matter. But there is new hope as to what is really causing it and how to overcome it!
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I haven't read the whole thing, but I did relate to one of the chapters a LOT. So I've been taking a great multi and fish oil and feeling like a whole new person. Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. Creek
This book is changing the way we think of mental illness. I think it's a wake up call that many will benefit from!Published 13 months ago by Diana Soileau
This is an excellent book! Very informatory, educational while easy to read also! I recommend it to anybody seeking help in this area, for a loved one or for oneself!Published 15 months ago by mlt
This book started a healing process for my son. Their are local people who can help cure mental illness.Published 16 months ago by Off the Grid
This book gave me a lot of ideas. It gives stories snout people who were pretty much over medicated, then they found alternate ways it fix themselves. Sounds pretty good right? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Maria McConnaughey
I like most of the things in this book! I read it about 4 years ago and still go back to reference it now and then. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Aspen