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*ADD/ADHD Complementary Medicine Solutions - Charles Gant, M. D., Ph.D. ($34.95) (Books in Blue are available through Nu-Tune Press or Amazon.com. To order through Nu-Tune Press for free shipping click on "Retail and Wholesale Ordering" to left.)

At $34.95 it costs less than a doctor's appointment, but worth many with Dr Gant himself. This is an easy to understand book that explains nutritional and other solutions to complex triggers for ADD/ADHD.

*Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD  - William Shaw, Ph.D.($25.00)

This phenomenal book describes some ways in which there have been cures - yes cures - for autism. It is not the norm, but both cures and dramatic improvements are now possible thanks to Dr. Shaw's pioneering work. The book is included here because of the relevance for other CNS disorders like bipolar disorder.

*End Your Addiction Now : The Proven Nutritional Supplement Program That Can Set You Free - Charles Gant, M. D., Ph.D. and  Greg Lewis, Ph.D.  ($25.95) One hardback left. Paperbacks are $14.95.

Dr. Gant presents phenomenal outcome data from his inpatient treatment program. The secret? Assessing metabolic and nutritional deficiencies and then restoring brain health and functioning with customized solutions.

Lifting Depression The Chromium Connection - Malcolm Noell McLeod, M.D.

                                                                                                     

Author's Amazon Review: His patients try psychotherapy, antidepressants, but what really works for the 70% for whom it does work is chromium picolinate. Their diagnosis? Atypical depression with associated symptoms such as tiredness, excessive appetite, weight gain and a heavy feeling in their limbs.

It is wonderful to see a psychiatrist sharing the increasingly respectable, though, for some, still radical view that nutrients can restore "mental" health.

What I like most about the book is reading between the lines. Even while he supports a psychoanalytic approach, most (not all) of his patients say it is the chromium that made the difference. While the author respectfully defends what I consider to be an overrated ideology, in my view, he also undercuts it with his own research. The influence of his socialization into the field of psychiatry is not lost as the author frames his initial impressions of rapid improvement through his psychopharmaceutical lenses.

Still, Dr Mcleod is supporting an approach to "depression" based on treatable biological risk factors. The implications of this perspective are yet to be seen. If chromium is so effective perhaps tryptophan, magnesium, amino acids, etc. can also be effective for specific identifiable biological risk factors.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle - Elaine Gottshall, B. A., M.Sc.

A unique perspective on the relationship of diet and the health of the gut as it relates to overall health, including mental health.

A Dose of Sanity - Sydney Walker III, M. D.

A classic. One of the first to point out the obvious, that labels do not guide treatment; rather they limit assessment and treatment options.

Depression, Cured at Last - Sherry A. Rogers, M. D.

This is but one of a number of outstanding books by Dr. Rogers addressing a multitude of environmental, nutritional, and metabolic factors involved in depression. 

Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills - Russell Blalock, M.D.

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An important book for bipolar patients who risk brain injury by ingesting excitotoxins such as glutamate.  Did you know that some farmers are now spraying glutamic acid on your produce?

Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and The Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill - Robert Whitaker

This historical review of the care of the mentally ill provides a unique perspective for understanding current practices.

Optimum Nutrition for the Mind - Patrick Holford

Holford provides an overview of the role of nutrition for optimum mental health. The comprehensive book is filled with many surprises, one of which is that severity of smoking predicts severity of psychotic symptoms. 

Seeds of Deception - Jefferey Smith

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Some years ago, when tryptophan was pulled from the market after killing or injuring hundreds of people the public was led to believe the cause was poor industrial practices by a Japanese company. That was half right. Actually, the cause was a new method of using Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) to produce the tryptophan. Scientist-sleuths were able to track down the cause because the problem was acute and lethal.   What happens when the problem is subacute and chronic? In Too Good to be True, Nutrients Quiet the Unquiet Brain,  I discuss risk factors for mania such as glutamic acid. I also raise unanswered question about the role of mitogens and antigens. While Jeffery Smith does not address the specific issue of bipolar disorder, or even mental illness, his book is nonetheless instructive for those whose body chemistry already puts them at risk for disequilibrium.  

The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder - Stephanie Marohn

Very concise and well written; includes some excellent summaries of the work of William Walsh, Ph.D., Julia Ross, M. A., among others. Presents a number of different models, leaving the reader to determine effectiveness. Missing is a discussion of broad based supplement approaches such as Empower or Nutrenergy. 

Nutritional Influences on Mental Illness - Melvyn Werback, M. D.

Includes comprehensive summaries of research studies as they related to nutrition and mental illness.

Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue - Jane Pauley
 
                                        

This memoir by one of America's favorite TV personalities includes a description of an episode of hypomania which may have been secondary to an unknown condition that gave her hives, the steroid treatment she received for hives, or the antidepressants for the depression from the steroid treatment for hives. Her narrative, in my opinion, confirms one of the painful lessons in  Too Good to be True? Nutrients Quiet the Unquiet Brain, that treating symptoms before getting an accurate diagnosis is not only risky but also can obscure the original problem. For example, what was the problem to be solved, the hives, the steroids, or the anti depressants? What about the initial cytokine-mediated response that caused the hives? Her reporting that her antidepressant medications "unveiled" an underlying disorder may not reflect the whole picture.   The responsibility for the symptoms seems to rest with the "unveiled" illness,  not with the iatrogenic effects of steroids and  antidepressants, or even the cytokine-mediated inflammation that preceded her symptoms.

The Omega-3 Connection: The Groundbreaking Anti-depression Diet and Brain Program - Andrew Stoll, M. D.

 

 

Describes Dr. Stoll's groundbreaking research on the role of omega-3 fatty acids in maintaining mental health.

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