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I just wanted to send you a sincere thank you for the information you
have given me to fight my depression and anxiety the natural way. I’m
twenty years old now, but my depression started when I was in seventh
grade. I went to the doctor at age eighteen and I was diagnosed with
bipolar, depression, and anxiety. I was on Lamictal and Wellbutrin for
two years, and I just wasn’t seeing any improvement. I weaned myself off
the medicine and found myself feeling even worse for the next year. Two
weeks ago I changed my life. In the past two weeks I’ve changed my diet
to mostly raw foods, and started taking a multivitamin, B12, and 300 milligrams
of niacin a day. I feel like the person I’ve always wanted to be. I
went out last week for the first time in a year. I’ve literally been too scared
to leave the house, being bombarded with terrible social anxiety. It’s all
gone away. I feel more productive and energized then I ever have in my
life. I just wish I would have found out sooner, and not had to suffer for
the last eight years. Thank you for changing my outlook on life.
AN EXCERPT FROM THE VITAMIN CURE FOR DEPRESSION:
You may consider me a wounded healer. Yes, I have worked with a considerable number of depressed people. I also have personally
been through the depths of depression.
I recall (and am unlikely to forget) the very day and hour that I bottomed out. One hesitates to say that things cannot get worse, because perhaps they always can. But on that particular day in 1996, I simply could not go any lower. What did I do? I did what is now contained in this book. It worked for me. It was not instant success, it was not absolute success, and it certainly was not effortless success.
It simply worked, and the more I did it the better things got.
There is no monotherapy, no single magic bullet, for depression. It would be
nice to make this book into a little pamphlet directing you to a single
pill that you could take, get quickly cured, and be done with it. Such
a tablet does not exist. There is no one drug, or cocktail of drugs, that
will do the trick. Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., said, “Drugs make a well person sick.
Why would they make a sick person well?” He added, based on his
fifty-five years of psychiatric research and practice, that drug-only cure
rates are about 10 percent. Optimum nutritional therapy (orthomolecular
medicine) and related measures, Dr. Hoffer said, will get you an
80 percent cure rate. I like those odds.
One of the problems with depression drug therapy is that it is successful
. . . for a while. Many a Prozac’ed patient will report swift and genuine
improvement. Yet maintained selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
(SSRI) drug use can be reliably expected to cause problems down the
road. This applies to antidepressant drugs in general. The bloom is off
the rose all too often, as the patient reports decreasing benefit and
increasing side effects. This book offers a serious alternative.
You are going to hear more of my personal story later in Chapter 11.
First, we are going to present what we think will help you to better
understand what depression is, why you feel the way you do, and especially
what you can do about it using nutritional methods. As actress
Margot Kidder said so well, “You can fix your brain with nutrition.”
What we focus on in this book are nutritional
treatments for depression. They 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.
There is no way I would ever go to a casino unless they let me use
my own cards. They will not, of course. Still, I would never place a bet
unless I could stack the deck. To do so, you do not need to know how
to manufacture playing cards, or the mathematical theorems of probability,
or even be honest. However, you do need good technique. To
beat depression, you need to stack the deck. Nutritional therapy is a
really good technique. We want to show you how to use it.
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THE VITAMIN CURE FOR DEPRESSION by Bo Jonsson, M.D., Ph.D., and Andrew W. Saul
Part One: Understanding
Chapter 1: The Plague of Depression
Chapter 2: An Evolutionary View of Depression
Chapter 3: Conventional Treatment and Traditional Science
Chapter 4: Evidence-Based Medicine: Neither Good Evidence nor Good Medicine
Chapter 5: Orthomolecular (Nutritional) Medicine and Biochemical Individuality
Part Two: Action
Chapter 6: An Evolution-Based Health Program
Chapter 7: Food Really Does Matter
Chapter 8: Orthomolecular Treatment
Chapter 9: Multinutrient Treatment
Chapter 10: Bipolar Disorder
Part Three: Non-Vitamin Cures For Depression
Chapter 11: In the Now
Chapter 12: Unstress and Un-Depress Your Life
Chapter 13: Depression: Observations and Comments
Chapter 14: Case Histories
Conclusion: At the Crossroads for All the Difference
Appendix: Finding Reliable Information on Orthomolecular Medicine
About the Authors
Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE
YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews athttp://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html
) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html
For ordering information, Click Here .
Andrew W. Saul
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