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Rebuild from Depression: A Nutrient Guide Including Depression in Pregnancy and Postpartum Paperback – August 17, 2009

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Oh, but you're not depressed? Every woman should read this book. Every pregnant woman will wish she had. --Nina Plank, author of Real Food: What to Eat and Why

Rebuild from Depression provides real answers for reversing depression caused by common nutritional deficiencies. By giving you powerful information and practical steps to boost your awareness, it empowers you to live a happier, healthier life! --Jan DeCourtney, CMT; Co-author, Recapture Your Health

Rebuild from Depression is going to be a very important book. Its dissection of the role of diet and nutrition is well-researched and an eye-opener. Medical science is beginning to give more value to the study of diet and particularly the role of nutrients in maintaining that delicate bodily balance called health. It may be that increases in depression can be tied to our deteriorating eating habits in which "manufactured" food is progressively displacing "grown food." The medical community is trying to correct the ravages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity and yet these diseases may represent the end-result of dietary manipulation by industry. We need to address the cause of these diseases: the food we are consuming is nutrient-shallow. Rebuild from Depression helps us do just that. Dr. Amanda Rose needs to be heard by the medical professionals as well as laymen. --Robert Kotler, MD, FACS; Clinical Instructor, UCLA

About the Author

Amanda Rose, Ph.D., is a social science researcher, food politics writer, and a third-generation sufferer of postpartum depression. She writes on the Rebuild from Depression blog regularly about her efforts to stay out of the abyss.

Annell Adams, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist with a special interest in women's mental health and alternative treatments in psychiatry. She practices at the Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Purple Oak Press; First edition (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934712108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934712108
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in the Sequoia National Forest in California, in an historic brothel designed by architect Irving Gill. I have an organic garden and orchard and a small flock of laying hens.

I write about the link between depression and food/nutrients and blog in general about lifestyle approaches to conquering depression. After severe depression with psychotic episodes in my pregnancy in 2002, I had a second baby in 2008 and was able to avoid major depression.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ela Harrison on March 22, 2010
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As a person who has suffered from anorexia, depression, and food allergies, and has long been aware of the relationship between food and mental health and frustrated by mainstream healthcare's general refusal to acknowledge this, I am delighted that Amanda Rose has written this book. As a person who 'opted out' of mainstream healthcare for a long time and made several bad decisions about my health 'going it alone' and too sick to make proper decisions for myself, I am full of awestruck admiration for her singleminded quest to improve her health, even in the grip of depression. As someone who loves to see true facts uncovered in an accessible way that will not put people off, or come across as 'quackery' or magical thinking, I am enthused by the rigor, thoroughness and general user-friendliness of her book.

It is a fairly short and very readable book (just over 200 pages including helpful appendices, references and basic index), that is part memoir of Dr Rose's own recovery process and lifestyle changes implemented, and part how-to and sharing of what she learned along the way. So, it reads like a journey of discovery of all the nutrients/deficiencies implicated in depression, and all the lifestyle changes one can undertake to help not only to cure the depression but to keep it gone.

In her discussions of culturing foods to enhance nutrient availability and seeking out wild game rather than farmed meat, she echoes - perhaps unwittingly - the recommendations of the Weston Price Foundation (cf. 'Nourishing Traditions' by Fallon and Enig). Some people have been put off by the ideological background to this Foundation's approach.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Groom on March 18, 2010
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Amanda's book was the missing ingredient that I needed to help manage my depression. Her web site is fantastic and I was so pleased when her book finally came out. Yep, those extra nutrients helped me. If I neglect my diet and taking the supplements that she suggests than I don't do nearly as well. As it is, I sometimes feel I can cope better with life's stresses than the average person since I am conscious of my diet now. My depression has been a very arduous struggle, starting in my teens and still a force to be dealt with today at age 38. My case is a severe one, but with meds and diet I am a walking success story. Thanks Amanda! God used you to make me a vessel ready for His service!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KP27 on September 20, 2011
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This was a very sad story, and I can totally relate. It brought back many memories of my own birthing experience and pregnancy. I was vegan prior to getting pregnant and vegetarian in pregnancy, then went back to vegan until I started to have some major health problems including depression. I think my depression was a result of many factors, but I know my diet made it worse or was part of the problem. Just like Amanda mentions in the beginning when she was nearly vegan, she thought she was super healthy. Wrong. I personally ended up with very large purple bruises all over my legs just from sitting in a chair or kneeling, extreme fatigue, dizziness, the list goes on. I was consuming maybe 1/20 to 1/10 the iron I needed, and almost no zinc or magnesium for probably over a year. And I was still taking a vegan multivitamin! I read a lot of her info in her blog about phytic acid and thank goodness she posted all the studies on that, because it seems like no one I have ever met even knows about it. Certainly no vegan forums, blogs, or discussions I have ever read (and I have probably read hundreds) ever even mentioned it. I am horrified that I didn't know about it sooner, because I feel confident that the tiny amounts of those nutrients I was getting were being passed right through my body thanks to the lovely phytic acid I was eating. Some days probably in the 1000s of milligrams, around 2000-3000mg. I would feel like lying down on the side of the road, the worst exhaustion I ever felt...and this was as my diet got "healthier", consisting of all whole grains, nuts and beans that were not properly prepared (not to mention soy). It all makes sense to me now.

This book is especially relevant if you are vegan, or even vegetarian and of childbearing age. Very helpful techniques to reduce phytic acid in plant foods if you choose to remain vegan/veg. I did not, and I feel much more confident about my diet and decision.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Walls on June 20, 2011
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After having been on and off anti-depressants for years I am finally off for good. After losing access to my doctor and therefore a prescription for meds I decided to try and beat this monster once and for all without drugs. With a wonderful support system and the fabulous information provided in "Rebuild from Depression" I am on my way.
Amanda Rose provides so much great information it is overwhelming, especially to someone who can barely get out of bed in the morning. But she repeatedly states that anyone can do this, you don't have to do it all at once, establish a pace you can manage, and just changing one thing is a step in the right direction.
Rebuilding from Depression in a journey, a process, and it takes lots of little baby steps to get there. Amanda Rose provides a map to make the journey one that anyone can accomplish.
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