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"Highly recommended." --Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, author of Eat Right for Your Type

"A very useful book. If you are depressed, I recommend that you read and apply the wisdom in these pages." ─Christiane Northrup, MD, ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

About the Author

Dr. Peter Bongiorno is a licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist with offices in NYC and Long Island, and an adjunct faculty member at New York University. He is a graduate of Bastyr University, the leading accredited university for science-based natural medicine. Dr. Bongiorno is vice-president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians, a member of the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and a Diplomat in Acupuncture. He has contributed to The Textbook of Natural Medicine, and The Biology of Depression and Dr. Michael Murray's Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.

He has worked as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health and Yale University, and has co-authored numerous medical journal articles in the field of neuroendocrinology. Visit him at www.innersourcehealth.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573245801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573245807
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Really good question, and the book actually answers it effectively as well as providing simple, non-drug remedies for a wide range of health issues that ultimately contribute to clinical depression.

You're depressed. Or maybe that word hasn't crossed your mind, but you feel kinda crappy all the time. And you're sick of being talked at about "thinking positive" every time you try to reach out for support, because what you're experiencing is not the same as having a bad day.... every day.....for over a year. It may not even occur to you that you have a very real medical condition.

The author made a clever and practical decision to make the first chapter of the book a brief list of 7 things you can do immediately to feel un-depressed enough to actually want to read the following 120 pages. It sounds silly, but it actually does work. As much instant gratification as can possibly be provided in 4 pages is more than enough motivation to want to make the effort to help yourself, no matter how bleak your situation looks.

I don't have a scientific background so I can't speak very far on the straight medical/chemistry content of this book, but it seems solid and well researched. The author combines orthodox medicine with naturopathic medicine and "home remedies" to generate a self-treatment plan that meshes the best of all worlds into a routine that can treat even severe clinical depression without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. The program revolves around dedicated self-care combined with an anti-inflammatory diet and the use of OTC supplements such as Vitamin D and 5-HTP to replace the chemicals that your body isn't making on its own. The author explains each of the potential causes of clinical depression in depth.
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This is an extremely interesting read and a book that I would recommend keeping in the house. The book does a great job in taking on the role of a road-map and stays away from the lecture format which so many other books in this genre fall into. The other element that really strikes me is the authors stance on how conventional and natural can work together. Many times a book swings completely one way or the other. It nice to get a more objective perspective.

Overall, it was a great read and not necessarily one you have to read from front to back. It makes the book far less intimidating. There is a comprehensive table of contents in the front that allows you to choose your topic of the day.
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Extraordinary! Finally a straight forward and truthful self help book about depression. Regardless if you are suffering from mild or severe depression the knowledge contained in this book can end your suffering. The information conveyed in this book may at first blush appear to be simplistic yet that is the very miraculous gift this book has to offer. A sincere and understandable approach coupled with highly researched information to healing depression and having a happy life. Doctor Peter Bongiorno, a well known and very respected doctor, author, lecturer and teacher of the science and art of healing has written a guide leading out of depression. No matter how mild or severe your depression is this book is a must read! It is truly life altering if not life saving. This book is the Rosetta Stone for the end of suffering and pain that is depression. I have seen some of the best psychiatrists and therapists regarding this awful if not totally debilitating affliction. Just like most good hearted mental health specialists they miss the "natural" reasons why someone is suffering from depression. I have tried 18 prescription antidepressants and none of them worked. I have spent a fortune in the conventional medical circus and all I had to show for it was declining health (barely functional) plus a large number for medical deductions. This book in no way is judgemental on how depression is commonly treated nor does it step on any toes, in fact it is all inclusive. Embracing the current treatment dilemma with no judgement but making it perfectly clear that our mainstream handling of depression is missing the hidden shovel to get you out of the pit. You can use it on your own or with a doctor.Read more ›
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I am a psychotherapist, and I have used this book with my clients. I learned some wonderful info from reading this book. I have begun referring to an ND in my area with wonderful results.
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This book enlightened me to the many "non cognitive" factors that lead to depression and the ways you can control them in order to make your brain chemistry happier and not depressed. Many schools of psychology cite such causes of depression as life experiences and habitual thought patterns but this book takes a different angle, nutrition and vitamin/nutrient supplementation.

Theres probably 50 recommendations in the book, most of which I can't remember. But I applied the big two which are emphasized as the most important and they've helped me a great deal. That is supplementing the right amount of vitamin d3 and exercising regularly. Most Americans are greatly deficient in these two areas and this leads to depression for many of them. D3 is a precursor to serotonin (the happy chemical) and so those people without enough D in their diet don't make enough serotonin.

I have to recommend this book as a 100% necessity to anyone looking to cure their own case of depression. Definitely get this book along with any other cognitive behavioral therapy book you've been looking at!
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