Restoring Your child's Mental Health

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In 2016, the Child Mind Institute reported one in five children suffer from a mental health or learning disorder, and 80 percent of chronic mental disorders begin in childhood.  This is an especially challenging problem because the United States has only 156,300 mental health practitioners. Eighty-nine percent of patients cannot find a doctor. Forty to 50 percent cannot afford treatment.  
Gracelyn Guyol has authored three books to help other patients. Each chapter in Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs (2006) leads with the story of one depressed or bipolar patient who restored their health using drug-free alternative therapies. Who's Crazy Here? Steps to Recovery Without Drugs addresses nine mental diagnoses (2010). Her 2018 book, Restoring Your Child's Mental Health, offers 10 innovative drug-free treatments for kids.  All explain how natural treatments can bring recovery instead of taking psychiatric drugs that only mask one’s symptoms and cause serious side effects.   

Each chapter in the new book describes a unique holistic therapy and how it works. Treatments covered include Homeopathy, BioEnergetic Assessment and Homotoxicology, BioResonance Therapy, the Fisher Wallace Cerebral Stimulator, Brain Balance Achievement Centers, NuCalm therapy, Neurofeedback Brain Training, Emotional Freedom Technique for trauma, Amino Acids for all types of addictions, and Nutrient Power to help schizophrenia as well as other challenging diagnoses.

All-natural treatment begins with a lengthy questionnaire and patient interview, which provide clues to the underlying biological causes of dysfunction. Taking a family mental health history helps identify inherited traits. Lab tests reveal essential nutrient deficiencies and imbalances. Collectively, the results enable practitioners to recommend specific dietary improvements, natural supplements, lifestyle changes, detoxification, or other treatments. The overall goal is to strengthen the body's own built-in healing systems to optimize mental functioning.


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Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs

Each chapter of this book begins with the inspiring story of one person’s recovery from depression or bipolar disorder.  Hundreds of ordinary people around the country have quietly found relief using natural methods that address the causes.  But few were willing to “go public” with their stories until recent years. Gracelyn set an example.

Part I covers essential fuel every brain needs to function properly.  It outlines ways to identify and treat the most common causes: inherited traits, nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalances, unidentified allergies, toxic overload, and medication side effects.

Part II introduces effective nondrug therapies that frequently bring relief and recovery. Learn about specific supplements that offset inherited errors (one which causes mania) and neurofeedback’s ability to improve brain wave balance, along with mood, focus, and sleep. Homeopathy is introduced, a 200-year-old inexpensive healing system so effective it is covered by national health programs in India, Mexico, Cuba, and Brazil.  Various forms of energy medicine are explained, along with how deep emotional traumas can now be rapidly released using eye movements and tapping treatment systems.

The body has built-in ability to heal.  This book reveals many scientific ways to restore mental health, offering HOPE for a better life to the one-out-of-four people in the world struggling with mental illness.

Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs, Inspiring Stories of Restoring Mental Health Through Natural Therapies          

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Who’s Crazy Here?

Practitioners loved the science in Gracelyn’s first book, but patients asked for a short guide to recovery, without all the science, since many had difficulty reading lengthy books.  Who’s Crazy Here? covers what to do for nine mental diagnoses in 114 pages.

Part I covers “Sherlock’s Process,” the healing method Gracelyn uses.  Web sites are given to assist in locating holistic practitioners to guide you.  “Brain Basics” outlines essential fuel all brains require to optimize functioning.  Substances that disrupt mood and should be avoided are given; solutions for inherited errors and remedies explained; and digestive problems and ways to off-load toxins known to disrupt the nervous system/mental functions are outlined.  Not all causes are physical, however.  Emotional trauma is experienced by many from accidents, war, rape, incest, and disasters.  Effective, quick, and affordable methods of releasing emotional trauma are revealed.  Instead of explaining the science involved, resources are given at the end of each chapter for those who want data and details.

Part II focuses on specific mental diagnoses and treatments unique to that ailment.  Pioneering medical researchers and practitioners are introduced who have developed effective, drug-free treatments over the past 60 years.  Each diagnosis chapter ends with bulleted Steps to Recovery, a summary of holistic options to be discussed with your trained, alternative mental health practitioner.

Who’s Crazy Here? Steps to Recovery Without Drugs for ADD/ADHD, Addiction, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Autism.      

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Who's Crazy Here?   Book Introduction

I frequently meet people whose loved one suffers from a mental ailment. Psychiatric drugs aren’t working and their lives are being torn apart. Doctors write yet another prescription, believing that a combination of two or three drugs might bring relief. But such cocktails turn people into zombies, barely able to feel anything, let alone function.

When I say their loved one can possibly be treated more effectively using vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other natural supplements, they get teary, thanking me profusely for giving them information—and hope. Who’s Crazy Here? is written to extend that hope for recovery to the one out of four people in the world who will experience a mental illness.

Let me explain how I became so confident of these facts.

My Recovery

My mother called me “Crazy Gracie” as a child, a term of endearment for my energetic creativity.  I was not diagnosed as bipolar until 1993 when a therapist noticed manic highs between my life-long bouts of depression. After refusing lithium due to its side effects, I was placed on an antidepressant. Life seemed easier, less chaotic.

A year later breast cysts and tumors appeared rapidly and I had surgery twice in twelve months.  Each time growths were cut out, more would develop. Doctors said all they could do was monitor the lumps until one proved malignant. Waiting for cancer didn’t sound like a great plan, so I went searching for other options.

As it turns out, I was part of a trend. During the 1990s, many Americans began seeking more effective, natural solutions to improve health, battle chronic or terminal illness, or resolve the side effects of prescriptions. By 2007, four out of ten adults were using Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), including me.

If I could figure out what was causing these growths, I felt there was a chance of stopping them.  Under the direction of a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), I dramatically changed my diet, started taking therapeutic (higher than normal) levels of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, and systematically worked to reduce contact with chemicals or toxins that might make cells mutate.  Cyst growth soon halted, but a new benign breast tumor appeared in 1998.

The only chemical I still knowingly took in was the antidepressant. (All drugs are handled as toxins by the liver.)  Mood swings had made my life stressful but they were never life-threatening. Cancer might be. I tapered off the pills to see what would happen and within two months, my latest tumor disappeared and all growths stopped. I had found the triggering substance.

Joyfully, I celebrated. But a question kept nagging. What would I do about my poor brain?  I refused all psychiatric drugs due to other dangers I had discovered in my search, but mood swings were getting worse with age. Successfully halting the tumors made me suspect it might be possible to end bipolar symptoms as well. I gave myself two years to sort it out.

By 2002 I was celebrating again. Both depressive lows and manic highs had been halted, and interestingly, they had different causes.

Today at age 62, after a decade of using a technique I call Sherlock’s Process to resolve all my health problems, I take no prescription drugs. In addition to ending the tumors and bipolar symptoms, I’ve rid myself of arthritis, avoided the type II diabetes rampant in my family, and spend very little money on health care. Hmmm, perhaps that is why the medical industry works so hard to discredit the importance of vitamins, minerals, and natural remedies.

Insane Health Care Costs

United States health care costs hit $2.5 trillion in 2009, exceeding 16% of Gross Domestic Product.  Roughly half this expense, $1.2 trillion, is paid for by taxpayer-funded government programs! As the world’s most expensive and envied medical system, one would assume we’re getting our money’s worth. Several measures indicate otherwise.

The U.S. spends $7,026 per person for health care, compared to $4,056 in France, $3,912 in Canada, and $2,690 in Japan. What is our stellar outcome? In the US, life expectancy is 77.9 years, compared to 81 years in Canada and France. The Japanese, who spend the least and emphasize prevention, live to 83 years.    

The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks the United States 37 among nations in overall health outcomes, on par with Serbia. Using infant mortality as a measure ranks us 29, admirably tied with Slovakia. This subjective system represents an outsider’s perspective.

An insider’s view isn’t so great either. Sixty percent of Americans remain perpetually ill because Western medicine only treats the symptoms of an illness instead of addressing underlying causes that when resolved bring recovery. A couple of years ago people in the US were filing for bankruptcy every thirty seconds due to medical bills, something unheard of in other countries.

Who’s crazy here?

Those of us diagnosed as crazy represent a particularly lucrative market. Mental illness is our most costly medical condition, exceeding that of all cancers combined. Between 1996 and 2006 treatment for mental disorders rose from $35 billion in 1996 (measured in 2006 dollars) to nearly $58 billion, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

After 60 years of increasing psychiatric drug use, most doctors are not taught other ways to treat mental disorders. Yet 50% of patients do not improve at all on these prescriptions. Of patients who sense some immediate benefits, half later go off their meds due to intolerable side effects. Embarrassingly, this leaves 75% of mental patients with no effective treatment, sick for lifeoften dependent on government aid.

Is the medical industry certifiable? Whatever happened to “First, do no harm?” Crazy, you see, is repeating the same ineffective action for years while patients suffer. The industry apparently suffers from an obsession with profits regardless of the human costs.

Ask those who have worked at ad agencies on New York’s Madison Avenue.  Psychiatric pharmaceutical campaigns are known as “disease mongering,” selling false hopes, hype, and outright lies to continuously boost drug sales, as if they were just another widget, not something capable of destroying someone’s life or future.

The game plan begins with leading the public to believe a minor or temporary problem is much worse or widespread than it really is. (One example was Valium, so widely dispensed it became known as “mother’s little helper,” until its addictive qualities could not be denied.)  Next, an existing condition is redefined to make it a psychiatric disorder.  Winter blues from lack of sunlight are common, but calling them Seasonal Affected Disorder boosts antidepressant sales. The third scam is creating a new condition—one of the latest being “compulsive shopping” (no joke)—and hiring psychiatrists to sell the results of “scientific research,” created and funded by pharmaceutical firms.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) does its part, regularly rewriting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (known as the DSM) to expand the list of potential illnesses in need of drugs. DMS-I, published in 1952, had 112 so-called mental disorders, created by a write-in ballot from 10% of APA members. The current DMS-IV has 374 different diagnoses, with a checklist of symptoms broad enough to apply to anyone at any time of life—much like predictions of a fortune-teller. DMS-V is now being prepared. Expect every conceivable personality trait or habit to become a named disorder in need of prescriptions requiring frequent psychiatric appointments for renewal, of course.

Are we all crazy? (Yes, or we soon will be by definition.) Where’s the science?  Psychiatric diagnoses have never been made based on laboratory testing. They often result from a 10 minute chat with any MD.  But once published, the DMS becomes a “bible,” used by doctors, psychiatrists, insurance companies, and courts in sentencing and custody decisions.

Meanwhile, patient’s lives are being destroyed and tax dollars wasted because these drugs never end mental ailments, they only treat symptoms, ineffectively and expensively, forever.

According to Marcia Angell, MD (former editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine) in The Truth About the Drug Companies, the ten American drug companies in the Fortune 500 ranked far above all other American industries in profits. In 2001, they showed an average net return on sales of 18.5%, compared to the median net return for all other industries on that list of 3.3%. These amazing profits funded legal changes that allowed such “miracle drugs” to be marketed on TV to a trusting, vulnerable public. The companies channeled funding to the AMA, APA, hundreds of university professors and researchers, Congress, and government agencies mandated to protect consumers, compromising the integrity of our entire medical system.  I’ve nothing against profits, but not at this price.

US drug sales in 2008 reached $14.6 billion from antipsychotics, $9.6 billion from antidepressants, $11.3 billion from anti-seizure drugs, and $4.8 billion from ADHD drugs, for a total of $40.3 billion, at least half purchased by your tax dollars. Yet should these drugs not work, you have to find healing on your own and pay for it out-of-pocket.

Helping Fellow Patients

My first book, Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs, was published in 2006 as a 220-page road map for patients. Therapies that helped me and twelve other people were used to demonstrate that recovery is not uncommon, although solutions may be different for each. The inspiring stories were followed by brief, science-based explanations of how the therapies used impact the brain.

As a result, I was hired to give seven-hour continuing education seminars on the book to medical practitioners, who expressed surprise at the scientific data not taught in medical school.  Patients, however, privately confessed they couldn’t “wade through” the science in most health books.  Rushed, stressed, and often unable to focus or read anything complex, they asked me to simply tell them what steps to take to get better, as briefly as possible.

Who’s Crazy Here? is my response—bulleted Holistic Steps to Recovery for seven major disorders and how to execute them in 130 pages. I’ll briefly explain what’s important and why.  Instead of science and footnotes, a Resources section at the end of each chapter will recommend DVDs, books, and web sites for those who want data and details. If this abbreviated book is still too much to absorb, just skim through Chapter 1, skip to the chapter on your disorder, then search for a special practitioner.

The primary reason readers contact me is for assistance locate experienced holistic practitioners. Chapter 1 explains how to find these rare gems in your community, using the Internet and your favorite search engine. It also explains the three-part approach I used that ultimately ended my tumors and bipolar symptoms, dubbed Sherlock’s Process to indicate a bit of sleuthing is involved.

Nobody really likes the term “alternative” medicine, which refers to practices not taught in mainstream Western medical schools. Other labels are emerging—holistic, complimentary, functional, and preventative medicine—each with a slightly different meaning. I prefer “holistic.”  In its broadest sense, it means looking at the “whole” person:  body, mind, and spirit. While I’m not covering the spiritual aspects in this book, holistic is the single word best describing alternative medicine’s approach of viewing all body symptoms as connected, thus impacting mental disorders. The importance will become clear in the first half of this book.

Part I includes Chapters 2-8, describing causes that may contribute to any mental diagnosis—nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, genetic quirks, digestive ailments, allergies, toxins, and emotional trauma—along with their solutions.

Part II of the book covers specific diagnoses in Chapters 9-15.  Treatments known to reduce symptoms are introduced, along with the pioneering medical researchers or practitioners who developed them and/or have documented their effectiveness.  Each ends with bulleted Holistic Steps to Recovery for that disorder, summarizing options to be discussed with a practitioner.

Obviously, a short book covering seven mental diagnoses is not comprehensive.   Patients wanted an easy list. I wanted to group these disorders together to illustrate how many of the same causes contribute to all mental disorders, perhaps prompting improved screening and more effective treatment.

Your Recovery

Sherlock’s Process is a relatively simple concept. However, finding solutions unique to each patient may take only a few steps or it may be very complex. This book is merely a starting point. Holistically trained medical practitioners are needed to help decide which of these steps are appropriate for you and to offer additional options when nothing is working.

Solutions are as unique as DNA. Using an experienced practitioner who has guided hundreds to wellness reduces the time, expense, and persistence needed to figure out what might work best. Clues are revealed through a personal medical history, family mental health history, and laboratory testing. Regardless of your psychiatric diagnosis(es), holistic practitioners look for underlying causes of all your symptoms, with the goal of recovery.

What do I mean by recovery? Sorry, it doesn’t mean a perfect life. It will not make your boss nice, discipline the kids, bring back a loved one, or repair a broken relationship. But alternative mental health clinics find more than 60% of patients have symptoms sufficiently reduced to enable “normal” functioning—going to mainstream schools, holding jobs, enjoying independence and productivity.

Overall, costs are reasonable. The only loony part is most alternative therapies and natural supplements are not covered by insurance or government programs. You can get nearly any drug by prescription at exorbitant prices through government medical programs yet not a single natural supplement for recovery or prevention. Fish oils, which cost me $60 a month, are available by prescription for $200 a month!  Who’s barmy here?  Certainly not the pharmaceutical industry or its Congressional servants.

Despite recent changes in US health care, genuine transformation of our medical system will only come from us—patients whose objectives are opposite those of the medical industry. We want to get well as quickly and economically as possible, using whatever works best. Fortunately, consumer spending sets trends and drives the market. Here is your power—by simply choosing to spend your money on natural remedies that restore mental health, you will create change in this industry, because every insurance company, practitioner, and member of Congress must eventually meet consumer demands or get left behind.

Assuring Your Success

While each nuance of personality is being made into a new ailment, develop a skepticism disorder and don’t get sucked in. For a good laugh, go to www.Youtube.com and search for the spoof, “FDA Approves Depressant Drug for the Annoyingly Cheerful.”

Psychiatric drugs merely treat your symptoms. Yet recovery is a realistic goal, provided: 1) you are willing to use a healing process instead of popping pills, and 2) your brain has not been too damaged by years of pharmaceutical, street drugs, or other substance abuse. The brain has uncharted regenerative powers, and the only way to know for sure how yours will respond is to begin Sherlock’s Process in the next chapter.

Success depends on you. You are in charge of rebuilding your mental health. An experienced holistic practitioner can outline a plan and provide guidance. Nothing will improve, however, unless you make a consistent effort. Changing habits is seldom a snap and takes time. Your strongest motivation, however, will come quickly, usually within a couple of weeks or months. You’ll notice a slight increase in energy, more focus and calm, the ability to make decisions easier, less chaos in your life, and perhaps more laughter.

This is the road to recovery. It always has a few potholes but it is the most promising route.

Some people will prefer the ease of taking pills, satisfied by how they feel or unwilling to make necessary positive changes. Psychiatric drugs have serious long-term side effects, but deciding how to live and heal is every adult’s right and responsibility.

However, I will passionately advocate for making alternative medicine accessible to all Americans, especially the mentally ill, through mandatory coverage under insurance and government programs. Savvy consumers are leading the way to safer, holistic remedies because they offer the hope of genuine healing. 

- Gracelyn Guyol