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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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Former public relations executive Guyol was determined to be free of psychiatric medication that caused dangerous side effects; that was the catalyst for this guide to the most effective natural remedies for depression and bipolar disorder. Highly detailed sections on frequently overlooked contributors to mental illness relate how many factors—low blood sugar; thyroid disease; allergies; vitamin, mineral and hormonal imbalances; Candida albicans; parasites; excess caffeine and sugar consumption; and environmental toxins—can cause or exacerbate mental illnesses and such conditions as autism, ADHD and autoimmune diseases. Guyol describes now common alternatives (yoga, meditation, reiki, affirmation, homeopathy) as well as those unfamiliar to many mainstream physicians (glyconutrient supplementation, Nambudripad Allergy Elimination treatments, Mahikari no Waza). The focus is not only on treatment but on recovery. In moving real-life stories, readers will meet people whose illnesses left them incapable of basic functioning yet they continued their search for healing, discovering alternative and mainstream healthcare providers with whom they partnered. While no single treatment cured them, a combination of helpful supports restored their mental, emotional and physical capacities. Guyol's respectful presentation of their tenacity in the face of great obstacles is, perhaps, the main strength of this effort. (Aug.)
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About the Author

Gracelyn Guyol is a former public relations executive and this is her first book. She lives in Stonington, Connecticut.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company; 1 edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080271496X
  • ASIN: B001FA23L8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gracelyn Guyol is a visionary leader and successful entrepreneur who has used and advocated drug-free, holistic medicine since 1997, sharing what she has learned from personal experience to empower others.

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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Most of us can benefit from information in this book. It provides a way to evaluate the necessity for prescribed drugs with undesirable side effects or deal with symptoms for which doctors cannot find reasons. The emphasis in the book is on ways to eliminate medical conditions, not just to mask symptoms.

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.
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I found this book easy to read and very informative about alternative methods to treat BD. I liked how it talked about how vitamins, supplements, and diet affect the body, and how brain biochemistry and even
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.
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This is the first time I write a review although I have been buying books from Amazon.com for years. On my most desperate day I ordered this book, which was January 4, 2012. Today is February 24, and I feel I just want to sing! I had been suicidal since August 2011, right after I took the antidepressants prescribed by an arrogant doctor who claimed it was my personality, not the drug he gave me that made me feel that way. Luckily he abandoned me so I did not have to keep taking those poisons. I was left on my own, of cause with my loving husband, mother and wonderful kids. I knew I could not passively followed the doctors and I decided to do my own research. Thanks for the author and her book: not only I found the right treatment to my mental illness, I also started to do research on orthomolecular medicine, which is good for so many other conditions. I am a 43-year-old Chinese first generation immigrant, I had been suffering from depression since my teenager years back in China. I have been through many holistic treatments, and I never learned what exact imbalances I had until I had the exam and treatments from the Mensah Medical Center in Chicago. I was lucky enough to learn that the pfeiffer treatment center was changed hands a few years ago, and the two doctors who were trained directly by Dr. Walsh are now at Mensa Medical Center. In fact, it was Dr. Walsh who replied my husband's email so that we could find the right place! In any case, thank you very much for giving the crucial information that lead to my recovery. I understand my full recovery will take 6 months, but I am lucky enough to feel so good just in less than one month. My energy level is at its best!

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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