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Too Good to be True? Nutrients Quiet the Unquiet Brain: A Four Generation Bipolar Odyssey Paperback – January 10, 2003

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... An intelligent and engaging writer, David Moyer combines family biography with his own impressive research... -- Dan Stradford, Safe Harbor

About the Author

David Moyer, retired Lt Col, USAF, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Diplomate with a 28 year career as a therapist and mental health administrator in the United States Air Force. An insider by virtue of his membership in the mental health profession and a bipolar family, he not only provides a telling perspective of the institutions that deal with our most vulnerable citizens, but also offers practical recommendations for a better future for those who are called the "mentally ill."
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  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Nu-Tune Pr; Copyright 2003 edition (January 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971799008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971799004
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Sealey on February 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book could have been called The Bipolar Patient's Encyclopaedia
Volume: 1. How the Moyer family coped with four generations of dysfunctional brains;
Volume 2. how conventional psychiatry relies on a DSM 'bible' to label and then medicate;
Volume 3. how a range of medical, genetic, dietary, environmental, infection and metabolic conditions can cause or contribute to bipolar symptoms.
A great aunt suicided before the family even knew she was depressed. The author's bipolar father lived through years of ups and downs and had the author on the edge of a precipice of dread. Author David Moyer became a mental health professional but faced a mid-life crisis when his son came down with bipolar symptoms. Training as a social worker wasn't enough to solve his son's problems. Conventional psychiatry wasn't good enough either. Although the usual bipolar medications quelled his son's religious zeal, he became less than normal due to negative effects. Schizophrenia medications stopped the visions but added more side effects.
An empathetic and concerned father, social worker David Moyer scanned the Internet for 'restorative' answers. Not expecting to find real help by networking, he happened upon the Synergy system of supplements, developed in Calgary, Alberta by another concerned father of several bipolar children. Euphamistically called True Hope. Was it too good to be true or did the vitamin, mineral and amino acid nutrients in the True Hope dietary supplements really quiet his son's unquiet brain? Charting his son's progress over a five year period, David Moyer noticed that medications and hospitalizations alternated with relatively 'normal' periods but his son seemed to do better when he took his nutrients and tapered the synthetic medications.
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Do you remember Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath"? This book actually reminds one of the award-winning novel. Steinbeck writes a chapter about the Joad family, then a chapter on the "big picture". Moyer does a similarly exemplary job of interweaving the personal with the general in a way that is really quite captivating.
Moyer discusses his family history. We learn about a malady that appears to have effected distance relatives, his dad, and finally his son. We learn how it can impact a family. We learn about a health care system that too often is ineffective and, at the same time, lacks respect for the patient and loved-ones. We also learn about the incredible complexity of bipolar disorder, brain chemistry, and the myriad of potential solutions to the disorder. It is this last aspect that offers hope to those impacted by the disorder.
The is a book that both touches and educates us. A hearty thumbs-up for both a moving and informative work.
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I have been researching the drug industry and psychiatry over the past year and have attended a Harvard Medical School seminar to see what is being taught concerning psychopharmacology. What I have learned is that for generations, orthomolecular physicians have been curing mental illness by recognizing that brain malfunctions are caused by medical problems such as thyroid, kidney, and sleep disorder problems, an immune disorder cerebral allergy, metal toxicity, Candida infestation and enzyme and nutritional imbalances such as essential fatty acids deficiency (malnourishment). Biochemical testing can assist in determining underlying causes. Harvard's Dr. Stoll recommends fish oil to provide essential Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins as an effective treatment for depression.

According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing P. 448, A thyroid condition can cause fatigue, mood swings and depression, P. 153: An allergy is an inappropriate response by the body's immune system to a substance that is not normally harmful." P. 157: "Cerebral allergies cause swelling of the lining of the brain." P. 154: "Persons between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five are the most allergy-prone..."

Entire food families can cause allergic reactions in susceptible people. Repeated headaches, or schizophrenic, violent, or aggressive reactions, can be an indicator. Foods such as corn, wheat, rice, dairy products, and chocolate, and certain food additives, are the most common offenders but chemicals such as petrochemicals or other substances, like mold can also cause serious problems.
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By A Customer on June 29, 2004
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I loved Dave's book and was so thankful to find someone who I could relate to in being unsatisfied with standard medical care for bipolar disorder. Dave is passionate about finding a solution to help his son and others. I am hopeful that someday soon the medical profession will explore alternative care so that they could work together to end the brain illnesses that destroy lives. Because of the cost involved in seeking health care outside of insured coverage, most people rely on inefficient medications and their side effects. By gleaning from the research done by others, new avenues are available to me. I look forward to being healed someday and appreciate the work that Dave and others do to direct me in the healing process.
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