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The Vitamin Cure for Depression: How to Prevent and Treat Depression Using Nutrition and Vitamin Supplementation Hardcover – December 1, 2012
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There is no truly effective, long-term drug therapy for depression. Indeed, drugs can be relied upon to make depression worse in a majority of people subjected to them. Psychiatrist Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., said, "Drugs make a well person sick. Why would they make a sick person well?" According to this book, drug-only cure rates are about 10 percent. Optimum nutritional therapy (orthomolecular medicine) and related measures are effective 80 percent of the time.
The senior author of this book is an experienced psychiatrist who is head of the Center for Affective Disorders at a major hospital in Stockholm. He was also educated and worked at the Karolinska Institute, and holds both PhD and MD degrees. Perhaps medical education in Sweden is more advanced than in the USA, or maybe the drug companies have less of a grip on healthcare. Either way, this book is the only depression book I have seen that really focuses on high-dose vitamin and other nutritional therapy. It is desperately needed information.
Nutritional treatments for depression, say the authors, "are remarkably simple, safe, and easy to try. This does not mean that nutrition and depression and medicine are simple subjects. You do not need to know it all to get good results. Automobiles are very complex, yet you do not even need a high school diploma to operate one safely and efficiently. The human body is unbelievably complex, yet there are certain key areas of opportunity that are straightforward and doable. The odd thing is that so many people suffering from depression have never been encouraged, or even informed, about nutritional (orthomolecular) medicine. We'd like to fix that right now."
This book is good news for everyone that has depression, or has a family member or friend with depression. It is very well referenced with up-to-date citations to the latest medical research . . .the latest NUTRITIONAL medical research. The research your doctor has not told you about . . . because your doctor has never seen it. Reading this book can help to change that. I highly recommend it.
The second error, which I found shocking, was the lack of info on folate in the diet and your vitamins. If you Google "MTHFR and depression," you'll find thousands of listings as this is the new hot topic in the depression community. It's been discovered that people with defects in the MTHFR gene are 500 times more likely to get depression, and the right vitamin protocol, which includes taking L-methylfolate (NOT folic acid, a distinction they don't focus on), can help a depression patient tremendously.
This book devotes literally two paragraphs on this subject, whereas there are huge science based web sites describing this new and exciting info in detail. I don't know if I can post links in reviews, so write to me privately and I'll get you the info.
Overall, the book provides exactly two pages on which vitamins to take and why...the rest just talks about the supplements themselves. Because of these huge errors, I wouldn't dare follow this protocol.