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How Come They're Happy and I'm Not?: The Complete Natural Program for Healing Depression for Good Paperback – November 1, 2012
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"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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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dr. Bongiorno did a superb job at writing this comprehensive guide to addressing depression from a naturopathic standpoint. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Persianroyal1
Another must read from Dr. Bongiorno. This book walks a patient through the healing process when suffering from depression. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
In a world where doctors ignore evidence that life style (diet, exercise, etc...) has a huge effect on our health it is fantastic to hear the voice of reason from somebody who... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Baboo
This book is very useful & insightful. Wonderful read for anyone with an interest in health of the natural persuasion. I met the author of this book in a seminar he was holding. Read morePublished 10 months ago by LoUdOgG24
This book was fascinating and informative. Dr.Bongiorno makes it so easy to understand the content. I never knew that so many factors contribute to depression. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Elizabeth Pell D'Antonio (JD-'13)
This book includes specific, helpful information and checklists. I appreciate the specific supplement guidelines and the many, additional resources provided.Published 19 months ago by lamarp