Who’s Crazy Here? We All Are
It was the Cheshire Cat who assured Alice, “We’re all mad here.” If he were here today, he’d most likely say the same thing. That great diagnostician, Norman Bates, remarked to Marian Crane, “We all go a little mad sometimes.” Many of those who have, are aided by chemicals—medications—that allow them to feel not-quite-mad.
In her book, Who’s Crazy Here? Steps to Recovery Without Drugs for ADD/ADHD, Addiction & Eating Disorders, Anxiety & PTSD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Autism, Gracelyn Guyol (Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs), proposes dietary and lifestyle changes that will relieve the symptoms that prescription medications treat. Guyol herself “ended her bipolar disorder in 2002 by addressing its underlying causes instead of treating the symptoms forever with drugs.” In addition to the disorders listed in the book’s subtitle, Guyol discusses Celiac Disease, allergies, and other physical ailments, as well as toxins that inhibit or affect brain function.
For those willing to give up their medications, and place themselves in the hands of a holistic medical practitioner and their faith in homeopathy, Guyol offers numerous non-drug fixes to some very serious disorders. One cannot help but wonder about the wisdom of taking a formerly-suicidal depressive and replacing the Prozac successfully taken for fifteen years with a regimen of vitamins, exercise, and diet adjustments. Are people who have experienced a more “normal” life after beginning medications willing to risk their progress by taking a holistic approach? Undoubtedly, some are.
Guyol offers success stories (for example, a doctor who helped 75% of his schizophrenic patients recover by using the “right” molecules), and cites scores of resources. She also takes a few shots at Big Pharma which are not necessarily uncalled for, but do ignore the fact that millions of people enjoy better physical and mental health through medication.Continued on the next page