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Books on Alternative Therapies

Thanks to Hampton Roads Publishing Company for donating these excellent books on alternative therapies to the members of Pendulum.
These books provide fascinating in-depth examinations of the neurochemistry of these all-to-common illnesses, yet present the information in a manner quite understandable by laymen. Moreover, it is clear that extensive research went into proving the alternative treatments which are the books' focus.
One of the more intriguing factoids that I found in the books was a section on the kinds of depression that the different neurotransmitters can cause. This new information sent me back to the Physician's Desk Reference where I looked up the pathways affected by the SSRI I take.

Irrational Medicine - Jeffrey Wilson. Gracia Publishing (January 19, 2005). -- Exposes many of the fallacies about the benefits of long-term antidepressant therapy. The medical profession is only beginning to recognize the long term effects and this book brings the issue into focus. Further, it will show you proven effective means of treating your illness.

Dealing With Depression Naturally/the Drugless Approach to the Condition That Darkens Millions of Lives - Syd Baumel , Keats Pub, 1995 -- There are natural antidepressant therapies which can restore emotional health, from vitamins and dietary adjustments to visualization exercises and sleep therapy. Baumel tells how to assess the pros and cons of these various therapies and how to apply them to personal issues in this strong self-help guide.

Depression and Natural Medicine - Rita Elkins , Wise Owl Books, 1995 -- A nutritional approach to depression and mood swings.

Manic Depression: Illness or Awakening - Robert E. Kelly, Knowledge Unlimited Publishers, 1995 -- The author was diagnosed as manic-depressive in his early twenties: here he refutes the common medical opinion that mania is an illness, instead presenting a case for mania as a reflection of an 'awakening' psyche. His spiritual, psychological and intellectual studies are reflected in a strong presentation which makes a case for an alternative view of manic tendencies. Midwest Book Review

Natural Alternatives to Prozac - Michael T. Murray, William Morrow & Company, 1996 -- Offers safe and effective alternatives to Prozac for people who want to alleviate depression naturally, demonstrating how many herbs, extracts, vitamins, and minerals can produce depression-alleviating help without side effects.

Optimal Wellness - Ralph Golen, MD, Fawcett Books; 1995 -- A wonderful book that discusses a variety of conditions (including most of those discussed below) that can lead to suboptimal health. For those who want just one book on the topic of alternative approaches to health (including mental health), this would be a good choice.

Secrets of Serotonin - Carol Hart , St. Martins, 1996 -- Serotonin--a completely natural hormone manufactured by your own body--can dramatically transform your mood, reduce your appetite, and improve your life. Serotonin has a powerful effect on the brain--in fact, millions of people take Prozac every day to compensate for low serotonin levels without knowing that changes in diet and lifestyle may be all they need. This breakthrough book helps you take charge of your own health and healing.

Simple Abundance : A Daybook of Comfort and Joy - Sarah Ban Breathnach, Warner Books, November 1, 1995 -- With the grace of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's A Gift from the Sea and the wisdom of M. Scott Peck's A Road Less Traveled, this practical, inspirational daily guide provides a meditation or exercise for every day of the year to help women pare down their lives and clear through their mental clutter.

Simple Abundance : Living by Your Own Lights - Sarah Ban Breathnach, Time Warner Audio Books, December 1, 1998 -- Leading the listener on a journey of spiritual self-discovery, Sarah Ban Breathnach illuminates the principles of Gratitude, Simplicity, Order, Harmony, Beauty and Joy, and provides simple exercises to beautify one's inner self and environment. 2 cassettes.

Talking Back to Prozac - Peter R. Breggin , Ginger Ross Breggin, St. Martins, 1995 -- Are you one of the thousands of Americans "listening to Prozac"? Chances are you at least know someone who is. It's time to take a closer look at this supposedly "safe" drug. Peter Breggin picks through the studies used to justify Prozac's safety, often uncovering flaws and shoddy science. He details the FDA approval process, including who on the panel was paid by whom. The key players and the details will surprise you. Find out what Prozac's label doesn't say; the panic and anxiety Prozac can cause --not cure; what Prozac has in common with cocaine and amphetamines; cases of sexual dysfunction from Prozac, particularly in men; and much more.

The Way Up From Down - Priscilla Slagle, M.D., St Martins , 1994 -- It stresses a nutritional approach heavy on the amino acid tyrosine, and a complete vitamin supplement program. May work for people with less difficult forms of depression.

Modified November 18, 2005

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