***This blog is still being edited, upgraded, and/or changed. It is not quite done. Despite this, this blog is still “a very decent read” in its current state.***
This blog, and the one to follow it within the next month or two, titled “Correcting gut issues; the other half of Willy’s baggie”, represents some of the most advanced conceptual and practical understanding in existence in regard to using natural methods in which to chemically correct a state of biochemical depression. This particular blog, and the one to follow it in regard to “correcting gut issues”, will tell in full detail why I know that the chemical correction of a state of very severe depression can be adequately completed in as little as eight to twelve hours in some persons, and how and when I learned such.
The core of the knowledge in the above paragraph goes all the way back to the late 1999 – early 2000 era, the point in which I knew as a result of an “accidental discovery” (using dosages “way outside of the norm”) that I had cracked the mystery of how to properly treat depression naturally for the entire world. (I most certainly have tried to be heard on this topic since then, but as with any new knowledge, it takes time for it to be accepted. Moving forward “new discovery” is not an easy job, especially discovery of this magnitude… as it is “world changing”, to say the very least.)
Although I am primarily discussing the correction of depression, please realize that the material that follows is about far more than just depression. The reason for this is that the proper correction of depression (in most so afflicted) involves the same four points that are involved with “basic health recovery” of all sorts, especially those illnesses that are categorized as “mental” or “degenerative” in nature. These four points of depression resolution and “basic health recovery” are (1) resolve all common problematic “gut malabsorptive”, “gut toxic”, and “leaky gut” issues that may apply to you, (2) identify and avoid ingesting hidden food allergens (one common malabsorptive issue worthy of specific mention), (3) boost your functional nutrient status “across the board” (depression involves broad essential nutrient deficiency, and healing of almost any sort is best accomplished by using a very wide range of nutrients, not just a few), and (4) lower your toxic load as much as is practical or possible (one should realize that the “gut’ is often the site of the greatest toxic generation, as well as the site of the greatest toxic load, in the body).
In simpler terms, the correction of depression, and the correction of many other “mental” and “degenerative” health issues as well, involves (1) unblocking your intestinal plumbing of any and all problems that interfere with nutrient delivery into the body, (2) ingesting the entire range of essential nutrients in an amount adequate enough to get “the healing job done”, while (3) “cleaning house ” (detoxifying) as much as is practical or possible at the same time… and then (4) let God/Nature/the wisdom of the body (whatever term you prefer) do the rest, as far as healing is concerned.
Some knowledge in what I write comes from the knowledge of many other persons, most of them being the authors of many of the books that I have read (a reading list of some of the books that helped me the most is at the end of this blog).
Some knowledge in what I write comes from various persons that I have met on the Internet or spoke to in person over the years.
Some knowledge in what I write comes from my own self experience since stumbling into the alternative medical arena in mid-1997. Since this time I have had a great deal of experience in regard to using nutritional supplements. This includes my taking well over 100,000 capsules of free form amino acid capsules since then. It also includes my taking at least another 60,000 capsules or tablets of various vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, probiotics, digestive enzymes, HCL, etc. I have also had a rather substantial degree of experience in dealing with hidden food allergies, yeast, other intestinal dysbiosis issues, and various other malabsorptive issues in myself.
In addition to the above, I have a rather substantial degree of experience intentionally inducing (or, as the result of poverty, simply suffering through) at least a hundred of episodes of depression and/or severe depression in the past ten years. (I intentionally induced episodes of depression in myself for the purpose of understanding what depression really is. I also did this for the purpose of learning how to properly treat depression in myself, and in other persons as well.)
Some knowledge in what I write also comes from others persons such as my son Willy; persons who have tried various healing suggestions of mine over the years and whom I learned from in regard to their results. (Whether these results represented success or failure, I still learned from them.)
I knew years ago that I had reached a very special place in regard to alternative medical understanding. This was the point that I had learned how to very substantially change the levels of virtually all of my neurotransmitters “at will” within a matter of eight to twelve hours, via the use of a multi-stage natural therapy that was only “logic and common sense”. The effect of my doing such in regard to a state of depression in myself still is, and has repeatedly been (many, many dozens of times over the years), no less than profound.
I have clearly stated to many persons (over the Internet and elsewhere) for about eight years now (since 4/2000) that a crippling state of very severe depression with suicidal ideation attached can be adequately chemically corrected in as little as eight to twelve hours. (For most persons the resolution of severe depression via natural means may take a few days to a few weeks or so, depending on (1) how clogged up and messed up that their gut is vs. mine, (2) what methodology that they are using to correct such, and (3) how deep and accurate their knowledge of their own body and their own “gut” is, (4) how deep and accurate their knowledge of any hidden food allergens that they may have is, and (5) how well that they know how to use free form amino acids and many other nutritional supplements as well.)
Some day the general public may realize that the use of antibiotics, while ignoring their damaging effect on gut biology, is a major causative factor in most cases of chronic depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, and a whole host of other very serious illnesses as well. (Our doctors, and the antibiotics that they often over-prescribe, is one of the major reasons that so many people have become either depressed or unhealthy in the past fifty years or so. Another reason for the same is that many of the foods that we are eating today are “common food allergens” and/or they do not contain enough nutrient-wise to support true human health.)
Hopefully, what I know about the correction of depression naturally will assist the general public in making the connection between “antibiotics”, “gut flora”, and “mental illness” in general, if not make this connection rather obvious. And hopefully, what I know about the correction of depression naturally will wake the public up in regard to the tremendous therapeutic power of free form amino acids and other essential nutrients, when they are used properly (in an adequately balanced fashion, and in a quantity great enough to achieve adequate therapeutic effect).
I sincerely hope that the material that follows is useful to the reader in some way.
My free form amino acid and gut “depression knowledge”
The idea behind this blog is to give those of you that are following what I am saying on the Internet some good reading material, as well as introduce you to four of the book sources “for what I originally knew” about the correction of depression naturally.
At the end of this blog, beside the four books mentioned in it, I have also provided a list of some of “the better books” in regard to the common gut and dietary issues underlying depression in the great majority of those persons that are so afflicted. I don’t suggest that you need to immediately buy and read all of these other books, as many of them “are redundant to one another”. Rather, simply to “pick and choose” what you need to in order to gain an adequate understanding of your own body; such that you are then able to become “an effective doctor of your own self”.)
When I first started taking free amino acids in 1997, I had two books which really helped me, as far as giving me ideas of what nutritional supplements to use and/or how to use them. These two books were “The Way Up From Down” by Priscilla Slagle, M.D. and “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” by James Balch, M.D. and Phyllis Balch, C.N.C. (I had the second edition of this latter book, which was copyrighted 1997.)
I would first like to introduce you today “the fundamental book” containing knowledge about free form amino acids that I used; the one that I feel would be “of the most use” to those of you that are just beginning to learn about the correction of depression naturally. The first book that I read in regard to using free form amino acids was “The Way Up From Down” by Dr. Priscilla Slagle. This is also the first book that I recommend that you read as well, assuming that you are considering the use of free form amino acids to treat depression in yourself, and you are not “too depressed to read” at the moment.
The abovementioned six dollar (when I bought it) paperback taught me a great deal, despite the fact that it was first published in 1987. This book is conceptually brilliant. It was way ahead of its time when it was written, and many of this book’s “great new truths” are still very valid and germane today. (Admittedly, some of this book’s information and supplement suggestions are a bit obsolete as well. Despite this, I still highly recommend this book.)
One does not even have to purchase the above-mentioned book today to read it. Dr. Slagle has been giving away a free copy of this book over the Internet for years on her website http://www.thewayup.com/. All you have to do is download it; it is completely no charge, and there are not even any forms that you have to fill out to get it.
Incidentally, the subtitle of this book is “A Safe New Program That Relieves Low Moods and Depression with Amino Acids and Vitamin Supplements”.
This book most assuredly debunks the myth perpetuated by Big Pharma that antidepressants are the best, if not only, way to change one’s neurotransmitter levels.
In this book, Dr. Slagle explains in a very understandable fashion the nutrient basis of some key neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. She also explains how to change such neurotransmitters by orally taking their nutrient precursors, along with some vitamin and mineral cofactors as well.
Despite this book’s age, and despite the fact that balanced broad based free form amino acids (similar to what my son Willy uses) is a much better healing modality than the use of certain individual amino acids, as Dr. Slagle recommends, I still consider this book a “must read book” for ANY person that is beginning to use free form amino acids in order to correct their “mood” in some way.
A little bit about my personal experience with free form amino acids:
As a result of reading “The Way Up From Down”, and reading the amino acid section of the book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” (in order to find all of the inhibitory amino acids that I could) in the fall of 1997 I was taking 1.5 grams of tryptophan, 1.5 grams of taurine, 1.5 grams of GABA (some say glutamine might be a wise substitution here), and 2.5 grams of glycine, along with vitamin B complex (50 mg.) and vitamin C (3,000 mg.), and a little of a calcium/magnesium/vitamin D preparation for inhibition and to go to sleep. This was my original “night-time cocktail” of nutrients for sleep. It was also the same “nutrient cocktail” that allowed me to beat an almost eighteen month month addiction to Klonopin rather effortlessly in about a month beginning in August of 1997.
In the fall of 1997, and as a result of what Dr. Slagle taught me, I also began taking a tyrosine and phenylalanine combination (along with B complex and vitamin C) for its excitatory effect. (“Excitatory” essentially means “antidepressant” here; these two words are virtually interchangeable in the copy I am writing.)
I used this tyrosine/phenylalanine combination of excitatory amino acids on a regular basis for about two and a half years until I learned “better” in this regard.
In the book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”, James Balch, M.D. and Phyllis Balch, C.N.C. often suggested “better” in regard to amino acid use; they often suggested the use of “free form amino acid complex” for a number of conditions, to include manic depressive disorder, malabsorption syndrome, and alcoholism.
The phrase “free form amino acid complex” and “broad based amino acids” both essentially mean the same thing; the latter just being my simplified wording of what Dr. Balch is saying.
Dr. Balch gave me the idea for using broad based amino acids way back in the fall 1997, when I first read his book. It just “took me a few years to get it” as far as what Dr. Balch was saying. It also took me some time to find an affordable amino acid source for the rather substantial dosages of broad based free form amino acids that I was soon taking, and felt a personal need for. (Later, I learned about this same idea of using broad based amino acids in other books that I read on amino acids; such as “The Amino Revolution” by Robert Erdmann, which I read sometime in late 1997 or early 1998. I simply got the idea of using broad based amino acids from Dr. Balch first, as a result of when I read his book vs. books written by other persons.)
Oddly, although Dr. Balch saw the need for broad based amino acids for manic depression, he missed the need for free form amino acid complex for depression. Dr. Balch apparently does not understand how to treat a severe state of depression properly, as broad based amino acids are ALWAYS indicated when attempting to properly treat serious and/or longstanding depression. Nor does Dr. Balch understand the need for “patient selected dosages” as being the proper approach as far as free form amino acid use is concerned. (The person actually taking free form amino acids of any sort is the “best person” in which to determine the proper dosages that are needed in order to “get the desired therapeutic effect”, and get such without suffering any unnecessary adverse effect.)
I did not act on Dr. Balch’s insight in regard to using broad based free form amino acids until February 2000. In part, this delay was due to the fact that my experience with using tyrosine/phenylalanine on a repetitive basis was so successful that for a few years I did not feel the need to look for “better” than what I was already doing.
Eventually I found that when under “prolonged stress” for quite some time, the tyrosine/phenylalanine combination that I had been using for a few years on a regular basis was simply not adequate enough for me in regard to “keeping up my brain and body chemistry up to par”, such that I was not depressed. (I began to attend college in January of 2000, at the age of 47. I also had bought and was fixing up an older house for a number of months just prior to this, right after a longstanding and rather “nasty” divorce battle. This is the “prolonged stress” that I am referring to here.)
In February 2000 I learned how to adequately balance free form amino acids by combining two “stock amino acid blends” and some individual amino acids until I found a mixture which worked well for me. I did this simply by “feel”, by using some logic and common sense, and by “dosing up” slowly until adequate therapeutic effect was achieved.
I also learned experientially at this same time about the need to include carnitine and phosphatidyl choline when taking any “decent-sized dose” of broad based free form amino acids, or I would not feel nearly as good from taking them, and was likely to get a serious headache as well. (Acetylcholine, a major neurotransmitter carnitine and phosphatidyl choline seem to be involved with nutrient-wise, appears to me to be “a necessary buffering chemical” for free form amino acids in the brain.)
“Better” for me (far better, so much so that there really is no comparison) than using a tyrosine/phenylalanine combination for excitatory effect was using an adequate therapeutic dose (for myself) of balanced broad based free form amino acids in the morning, along with carnitine, phosphatidyl choline, and at least the water soluble vitamins of vitamin B complex and vitamin C (if not often with a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral preparation as well).
From February 2000 until late 2002 (when my money finally ran out), I commonly used 25 to 50 grams of broad based free form amino acids taken “all at once” in the morning soon after I woke up. I was literally taking handfuls of amino acid capsules, along with what I felt were needed nutrient cofactors, and a large glass of room temperature spring water… and I was doing so with very profound positive effect as a result of this supplementation. (I have taken 25 to 50 gram broad based free form amino acid dosages many hundreds of times. This equates to 50 to 100 500 mg. capsules. I have taken such amino acid dosages whenever I could afford such, even after my access to any substantial money ran out in late 2002. Doing this has helped me enormously. It has also taught me a great deal about the gut, the brain, and the proper resolution of depression. Broad based amino acid supplementation such as this is responsible for the majority of my aggregate intake of over 100,000 free form amino capsules since 1997.)
When taking broad based amino acids I often, but certainly not always, combined this supplementation with a non-allergic (for me) “green shake”; one in which I made in a blender with fresh pineapple or fresh papaya, and spring or distilled water. (Doing this on a repetitive “off and on basis” over the years was how I learned “amino acids and greens go well together”.) I also commonly took a number of vitamin and mineral supplements at the same time I supplemented with broad based free form amino acids and this “green shake” as well. (I now realize that is is wise to take the entire nutrient range all at once, as Adelle Davis stated almost four decades ago, and as my son Willy “proved” is the right thing to do.)
In August 2004, as a result of my son Willy insisting on my combining all of the supplements that he needed to take so that he could take them “all at once” (with the exception of probiotics, which he took separately), I learned “even better” as far as the correction of depression in myself was concerned.
“Even better” than my older approach of using 25 to 50 gram dosages of broad based amino acids, along with some needed nutrient cofactors (as discussed above) is my son Willy’s baggie approach, which I now primarily use (when I can afford such), along with whatever adequate “gut corrective measures” that I need to use as well, such that the nutrients in Willy’s baggie are not negated by a “much too toxic”, “overly plugged up”, and/or malabsorptive gut. (I often, but not always, take Willy’s baggies after a gut purge of some some sort. I can tell fairly accurately whether I need such a purge or not before I take baggies by how bloated I am, by how constipated I am, and/or by how I feel mentally and physically in general. My most common gut purge is either just plain psyllium with water or bentonite and psyllium with water. My son Willy’s most common gut purge is simply to eat “some apples”.)
I continue to be amazed at how anti-depressive “Willy’s baggie” is for me, especially in light of the fact that it only contains fourteen grams of free form amino acids or so. (Admittedly some persons may need a little larger, or a much larger, amino acid dosage than this. Such is easily determined by “dosing up” over time, while monitoring the effect of such in yourself… and then making adjustments in your supplement routine accordingly. At some point, I will be providing a suggestion for “dosing up” on the amino acids in Willy’s baggie in another blog on this site.)
A little bit about the “gut”, its relationship to depression, and/or where I learned such:
Oddly, the first big breakthrough that I stumbled into “for all humanity” in regard to the treatment of depression did not involve the use of free form amino acids at all. This breakthrough, which first occurred in August of 1999, used concepts from Dr. Sherry Rogers in regard “gut correction”. Dr. Rogers book “Depression Cured At Last” proposed an “8 R” method of gut correction; eight specific steps that needed to be taken, all of which began with a word starting with the letter “R”. One of these eight steps was “Removal” of the present contents of the gut. And one of these eight steps involved “Replacement” (or “Replenishment”, I am not quite sure which) of one’s gut flora.
In August of 1999, I learned that “adequate removal” of the pre-existing contents in my gut was “A FOUNDATION STEP” in order for me to correct a state of severe depression in myself.
It so turns out that one’s pre-existing gut contents has a huge effect on one’s mood… and that this is especially true when one is chronically depressed. (I actually knowingly risked my life in order to learn this lesson in regard to the removal of my gut contents being key for me in order to resolve a serious state of depression in myself. Without dosing up slowly for safety purposes, I did something “gut purge-wise” that would have put many persons in the hospital, if not killed a number of them as well. This gamble, one that I DO NOT RECOMMEND OTHERS DO, paid off in spades… and taught me a ton about how to properly correct a depressive state in myself. I will tell this story fairly soon in the blog titled “Correcting gut issues; the other half of Willy’s baggie”.)
Worthy of mention here is that it turns out that the first person that really “taught us all” about the need to remove the toxic contents in the gut, as well as the need to control bowel transit time by eating properly, and the fact that the contents of the gut often “poisons us” (this is called autointoxication) was a fellow named Bernard Jensen, in his classic book called “Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management”. Although this particular book is out of print to the best of my knowledge, the same insight in this book is contained in another book by Bernard Jensen titled “Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care: A Complete Program for Tissue Cleansing through Bowel Management”. This is the fourth book that I highly recommend you read, and follow its suggestions, if you suffer from either depression or its “twin sister illness” called bipolar disorder.
Bernard Jensen was a “true pioneer” of alternative medical truth, just as Dr.’s Slagle, Rogers, and Balch were. Indeed, I am almost certain that all of these three doctors learned a great deal from Bernard Jensen, just as I and millions of other persons did. (It may help many persons to read this book after reading “The Way Up From Down” by Priscilla Slagle, M.D. and prior to reading “Depression Cured At Last” by Sherry Rogers, M.D. as things may make more sense and be more understandable if these books are read in this order.)
In August of 1999, I also learned that adequate “Replacement” of my gut flora, when it was awry, was “ANOTHER FOUNDATION STEP” in order for me to properly correct severe depression in myself. Straightening out one’s gut flora can, almost all on it’s own, have a profound effect on depression, but this is too long of a story for me to tell here. The best that I can do for you, the reader of this document, is introduce to you “my greatest teacher” in this regard; Dr. Sherry Rogers. Besides Dr. Priscilla Slagle, Dr. Balch, and Bernard Jensen, Dr. Rogers is the fourth “conceptually brilliant author” that I learned from in regard to the correction of depression in myself. (Dr. Rogers also happens to be one of the most prolific alternative medical authors in existence. Her “library” of written work is sure worth taking a good look at if you have any interest in alternative medicine. http://prestigepublishing.com/)
A commonly used gut purge in which I treat a state of mild depressive state in myself is either (1) a “fiber purge” with a two or three decent sized apples (or my eating a substantial portion of some other fibrous fruits or vegetables), or (2) a psyllium purge… this latter being my most common purge. (Perhaps other fiber sources such as flaxseed, etc. can do just as well here. I have much less experience with using other fibrous sources vs. using psyllium, so I have to say “I just don’t know” in this regard. However, “fiber” is “fiber”, and perhaps any “adequately sized” dose of fibrous material will do.) Either purge (1) or purge (2) are taken a few hours or so prior to my taking any nutritional supplements, which allows adequate time for my stomach to empty, such that either of these “fiber purges” are heading down my intestines, rather than still being in my stomach where they started out.
My ONLY utilized gut purge in which to treat a state of severe depression in myself is a bentonite and psyllium purge similar to what is suggested on http://www.curezone.com in this regard. (Curezone calls a bentonite and psyllium purge a “P and B shake”.)
I have been convinced since the fall of 1999 that bentonite, along with some sort of a fiber mixed with it, is going to be used worldwide for the treatment of depression some day, at least for “those persons whose guts can take such a purge without having great and/or undue difficulty”.
Bentonite and psyllium does purge far more than just psyllium alone.
I ALWAYS insure that I do this bentonite and psyllium purge on an empty stomach… and I always wait at least a few hours, if not three or four, for this bentonite and psyllium purge to be out of my stomach, and headed down my small intestines, before I take any nutritional supplements or food.
I use a bentonite and psyllium purge whenever my “gut is real bad off”. By what my mood is, what my general state of physical and mental energy is, and by other indicators such as excessive bloating, I can make a very accurate judgment in this regard. (Anyone can learn how to make accurate judgments in regard to their gut status such as this. It just takes a little persistence, a little self-awareness, and a little time in which to do so. An educational “healing house”, as I proposed a few years ago, would surely help a person to learn skills such as this. See http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-Kgb7fcYwd6q.3mLsjmULpwU-?cq=1&p=252 for details on this.)
THE FOUNDATION RULE TO CORRECT SEVERE DEPRESSION, and chronic depression as well is:
Forget about the brain when treating a depressive state. The brain is only a “secondary target organ” to “primary gut events”. (I learned this basic concept from Dr. Sherry Rogers, and then I learned it experientially for myself.) Correct your gut, and then optimize your nutrient intake, and the brain will most assuredly follow suit (“be undepressed”). Whenever I am depressed in any serious degree, I know that my “gut is seriously messed up”.
“The proper resolution of a state of biochemical depression” is really all about “the proper resolution of your gut”, and “the correction of your nutrient intake” (to address your state of essential nutrient deficiency, and to learn how to avoid hidden food allergens as well).
FOUNDATION STEPS TO CORRECT SEVERE DEPRESSION; as well as a few more that are critical in this regard:
The concept of the adequate removal of one’s gut (GI tract) contents being A FOUNDATION STEP to properly correct a serious depressive state applies to MILLIONS of persons that are severely depressed; it certainly applies to the vast majority of them.
The concept of the proper replacement of one’s gut flora being A FOUNDATION STEP to properly correct a serious depressive state applies to MILLIONS of persons that are severely depressed; it certainly applies to the vast majority of them.
The concept of hidden food allergy identification and avoidance being A FOUNDATION STEP to properly correct chronic or recurrent depression, ADHD, alcoholism, and manic depression applies to MILLIONS of persons that are so afflicted; it certainly applies to the vast majority of them.
The concept of using broad based amino acids for a substantial portion of one’s protein intake being A FOUNDATION STEP to properly correct a serious depressive state applies to MILLIONS of persons that are severely depressed; it certainly applies to the vast majority of them.
The concept of using carnitine and phosphatidyl choline when taking an adequate therapeutic dose of broad based amino acids being critical to properly correct a serious depressive state applies to MILLIONS of persons that are severely depressed; it certainly applies to the vast majority of them.
And lastly, the concept of using a very wide range of vitamin and mineral cofactors when taking an adequate therapeutic dose of broad based amino acids being critical to properly correct a serious depressive state applies to MILLIONS of persons that are severely depressed as well; it certainly applies to the vast majority of them.
Sadly, as so many persons have suffered for so long, and so many persons have died unnecessarily… the proper chemical correction of depression is simply “biological common sense”. It is also “biological common sense” that is not that hard for someone to understand, if my teenage son Willy (who has yet to read a single book on alternative medical topics, but has still gained an adequate degree of knowledge of how his own body works) is any real indication in this regard. (Willy has generated one of the more amazing health recovery stories in existence in regard to recovery of both his mental and physical health. See http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-Kgb7fcYwd6q.3mLsjmULpwU-?cq=1&p=235) for more details on Willy, if you wish to do so.)
Perhaps needless to say, conventional medicine ignores all “biological common sense”, and opts to treat depression with drugs and only drugs, simply for the sake of the money. These people should all be held accountable in a court of law some day. How many persons that they have hurt, and how many they have killed?… all for the sake of the money that they are making in manufacturing, selling, and prescribing toxic antidepressant medications.
If someone is interested in reading two authors that are very germane in regard to the proper correction of depression and manic depression, one would be wise to read Dr. Priscilla Slagle, and Dr. Sherry Rogers vs. many other authors on these particular topics.
Why these authors vs. some others?
I recommend these doctors and their books due to the fact that both of these doctors are “true pioneers” in alternative medicine. Both of these doctors postulated original thought vs. simply copying the ideas of others. Dr. Slagle “first introduced” the use of free form amino acids to the general public for the correction of depression. And Dr. Rogers “first well defined” the myriad of common problems that exist in the gut, and underlie depression, for the general public as well. In addition to this, Dr. Rogers also was “first” to “accurately propose how to correct these common gut problems” (in her “8 R” program of gut correction).
I recommend these doctors and their books for a second reason as well. This reason is that both of these doctors actually suffered from depression themselves. I cannot imagine a non-depressed person really knowing in a deep heartfelt way about the true causes and best corrections of depression, no matter how many medical degrees that they had, unless they suffered from depression themselves. And I most certainly cannot imagine a non-depressed person, doctor or not, “figuring out any original truth” of depression and its best treatments, unless it had already been figured out first by others (such that one could learn from these others by reading their books).
It is no accident that in one book that I read years ago Dr. Slagle spoke very highly of Dr. Rogers written work. And in another book that I read years ago Dr. Rogers spoke very highly of Dr. Slagle. These two authors both appreciated what they had learned from each other. Out of all of the authors that I have read on the topic of how to correct depression naturally, I have appreciated these two authors the most… as well as found their ideas and insight of great use to me over time.
I do not mean to diminish the two other authors that I have introduced you to here. If you suffer from depression, I consider reading and/or understanding what Bernard Jensen has to say in his books “a must” if you wish to become and remain well, and Dr. Balch has a few good ideas as well. (Many other authors also have a number of good ideas that are useful to the correction of depression, especially those that wrote “gut books” or “gut related books”, such as Jordan Rubin, Elizabeth Lipski, Alyce Sorokie, Gloria Gilbere, Dr. Jonathan Wright, Dr. William Crook, Dr. Doris Rapp, Christine Winderlin, etc. However, the two Dr.’s mentioned, Slagle and Rogers, represent the best two authors in existence specific to the topic of depression, or at least this is my opinion.)
What I have learned about the correction of depression and manic depression represents a major upgrade to what both Dr. Slagle and Dr. Rogers have proposed for the same. I simply built on their pre-existing original knowledge, using myself as “a guinea pig for the world”. However, I most certainly have to thank Dr. Priscilla Slagle and Dr. Sherry Rogers for what they taught me. Without BOTH of them (as well as other key authors such as Dr. James Balch and Bernard Jensen), I would not have gotten anywhere close knowledge-wise to where I am today.
If the world ever becomes wise enough to couple what Dr. Slagle taught all of us in her book “The Way Up From Down”, with what Dr. Rogers taught all of us in “Depression Cured At Last”, and then becomes wise enough to couple these two authors with what I am trying to tell it as well… the entire class of antidepressant medications would virtually collapse.
In my mind, Dr. Sherry Rogers should win the Nobel Prize for her landmark piece of written work titled “Depression Cured At Last”. If not, she should co-win it with Priscilla Slagle, M.D., and myself, as the three of us have conceptually, if not in a practical sense as well, resolved the proper correction of depression (in most so afflicted) for the entire human race.
Unfortunately, as much as I have been getting harassed by hackers over the Internet since June 2006, to the point where I am essentially “knocked offline at home”, it appears Big Pharma is fully aware of what is going on in the above-mentioned regards. And unfortunately, no party with adequate means to effect change has yet supported or acted on what I have to say.
Big Pharma most certainly realizes that what I have discovered about the proper treatment of depression spells doom for the antidepressant class of medications. They also know that what I know about natural healing spells doom for other classes of medications as well. And lastly, they know that what I know about natural healing spells doom for the general public’s faith in their entire industry as well.
I don’t even care if I am totally plagiarized here without getting any credit for any of my original discoveries whatsoever. I would just hate to see Big Pharma win. I have no self seeking agenda. Indeed, as a result of being hacked so much, using so many different computers since June 2006, and even being hacking using various computers in different public libraries, I am not in denial that “Big Pharma has become aware of me”… and that I may “end up dead for what I know”.
I sincerely hope that I have enough time, and can find adequate means, to complete what I have to say to the world (finish an organized and cohesive book). And I sincerely hope that I can finish this book before free form amino acids (and other critical nutritional supplements) are legally taken off the market, as a result of Big Pharma bribing the FDA and our lawmakers in order to protect its profits and sales.
I believe that Big Pharma knows that it is in huge trouble, with a storm of class action litigation to follow thereafter… if what I know about the correction of depression and manic depression naturally ever finally reaches the light of day.
Book and website resources:
Dr. Priscilla Slagle’s website is: http://www.thewayup.com/
Dr. Sherry Rogers website is: http://prestigepublishing.com/
Dr. Rogers did expand and upgrade the “gut knowledge” that was first postulated in her book “Depression Cured at Last” in a later book that she wrote titled “No More Heartburn”. (This book is about far more than heartburn… in my mind it is one of the better gut books in existence. It has a four and a half star rating on Amazon.com)
Bernard Jensen’s older book that is mentioned in the above material is out of print. However, another book written by him is “a very good replacement” for his orginal classic on the gut titled “Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management”. This “replacement book”, which has a four and a half star rating on Amazon.com, can be found at:
Various books and editions of “The Presciption for Nutritional Healing” by James Balch, M.D. and/or Phyllis Balch can be found at:
A “little gem” of a book on the gut by Alyce Sorokie, which has a five star rating on Amazon.com, can be found at:
A decent book by Elizabeth Lipski on the gut, which has a five star rating on Amazon.com, can be found at:
Elizabeth Lipski also wrote a short book on leaky gut syndrome that might be worth a look at. A decent book on yeast (candida) by Christine Winderlin, which has a five star rating on Amazon.com, can be found at:
A decent book by on yeast by William Crook, M.D., which has a four star rating on Amazon.com, can be found at:
A decent book on stomach acid by Jonathan Wright, M.D., which has a five star rating on Amazon.com, can be found at:
A decent book on the gut by Jordan Rubin, which has a four star rating on Amazon.com, can be found at:
A decent book by on yeast and food allergies causing ADHD by Doris Rapp, M.D., which has a four and a half star rating on Amazon.com, can be found at:
A decent book on the gut by Gloria Gilbere, which has a four star rating on Amazon.com, can be found at:
Some blogs that are related to this one somewhat and/or may be useful to the reader in some way are:
Natural Treatment of Depression and Willy’s Baggie
Depression and Bipolar Disorder – Cured At Last!
One of Willy’s “baggies” of supplements… Wow!
Baggie number two kicked in…. Wow again!
An Anecdotal Case; Depression Resolved in One Day
Willy’s Three Year ADHD/Bipolar Recovery Story
My Bipolar Recovery Story as of June 2004
Bentonite, Depression, and How The Gut May Work
Bentonite, vitamin C, and yeast die off
Willy’s Baggie Ingredient List
A more detailed explanation of Willy’s baggie
The Neurotransmitter Precursor Group of Nutrients in Willy’s Baggie; and their cost
Adelle Davis; a true pioneer
Introducing the Concept of a “Healing House”
An egroup post on using lithium vs. raising acetylcholine
Taurine and other inhibitory nutrients
Two egroup posts on inhibitory nutrients written in 2003
GABA vs. Glutamine
The possible implications of broad based nutrition taken all at once
Autism and Probiotics Proven to Be Linked!!
Probiotics and Their Effect on All Mental Illness
An old speech draft on bipolar disorder; still a worthy read