Inspired By The Release (and the Controversy That Has Come With It) of Dr Kelly Brogan’s Latest Book About Depression - Must Read
“One of the most important books in the history of psychiatry and natural medicine has been published by HarperCollins, who unique among their mainstream publishing competitors, had the guts to release it completely uncensored.”*
If you are not familiar with Dr Kelly Brogan, she is a Manhattan-based psychiatrist who is heavily qualified in her field, well respected in the mental health and functional medicine circles - especially for adapting both these areas of health together to offer better solutions to help her clients and followers heal and recover from mental conditions.
Dr Brogan recently wrote a book for women and depression - encouraging them to look further into their conditions and not just accept this as a blanket term "illness". She outlines other possible underlying causes that often get overlooked or perhaps never even addressed in the modern medical world where drug therapy to manage such conditions are quite influential and now sadly, very common.
She provides a lot of supporting evidence and even exposes how evidence has been suppressed over time in order to solely favour drug intervention. The book can be quite controversial and political, perhaps if you have never considered health from a different perspective that the modern medical treatments but may be suffering (or surely know at least one person suffering) from a mental illness, wouldn't you at least try opening your mind to what other possibilities are out there to help you (or them)?
I personally have grown up being exposed to a lot of different mental-related illness or chemical imbalance in the brain, which is why this book and article has really struck a cord.
It’s interesting to note that those I know who chose to search for other ways to address their condition (e.g. addressing gut, adrenal, genetic and other nutritional imbalances, lifestyle factors, deeper neuro-emotional or subconscious factors) over and above drug therapy as a sole treatment, have made incredible improvements. I often wonder how these people might have been in another couple of decades if they didn't discover the necessary supportive health treatments which went undiagnosed, which were also a REALLY BIG DEAL.
Another thing that makes me feel so much more compassion towards those suffering from depression, anxiety, mental illness etc, is we don't know what we don't know, while our bodies are still trying to adapt to the Modern Day Lifestyle where our health can be compromised more and more each day, it is any wonder it feels more common to be suffering something, or not know if there is hope for a long term "cure" – in a society where it is all about the dignosis and the cure but not necessarily the cause. People who are diagnosed with conditions then risk being harder on themselves, especially in a "big giants" society.
I am merely Health Coach qualified :) but even with this qualification (not to mention the years of study and countless courses I HAVE actually done, studying under some of the best functional and traditional medicine practitioners around the world) I can identify in many of my own clients from just listening to them, that there is more to them than meets the eye (or their diagnosis) and even though they come to me for “fat loss” the warning bells come up, as it is not always about fat loss! Especially in situations like: feeling like they can't cope, feelings of despair, being medicated for depression, anxiety etc, and generally feeling helpless - and also being hard on themselves.
I refer these clients onto more qualified practitioners that I trust will look after them properly, but often wonder how long these people might go on feeling like this (and being told "You are perfectly healthy, your blood test results are the best i've ever seen! Stop being silly") before realising that it's not ok to be ignored, especially if they don't feel ok! This is sadly common. I see it all the time. It's a safe bet that most of these people have had no prior exposure to other possible causes of their feelings or underlying health issues. This is sad because this just further risks a suppression of their happiness. (And from my perspective also it hinders their ability to drop body fat without it being laziness or anything like that).
Did you know that 90-95% of serotonin is made in the GUT? This is just one example of indicating that you address possible gut related imbalances and you have a higher chance of improving the way the brain functions as well.
The body is intrinsically connected. We have been conditioned to believe that if there is something wrong with an organ or tissue, direct treatment is the target (we will go for a scan or biopsy or get the relevant blood or stool tests JUST for this specific location/symptom) - this sort of treatment can be extremely useful in acute conditions (e.g. I am REALLY grateful to have had my hip plated back together when I broke it! Thank you doctors, surgeons and nurses!), HOWEVER in plenty of chronic conditions, where is the focus on possible manifestations leading the person to their symptomatic condition? Symptoms manifest in different ways in different people. Where is the second and third opinion before you blindly accept your first diagnosis and drug therapy without assessing other factors? A symptom is a sign that something else may be out of balance and thus needs to be addressed. If you want to know more about this, you must get Dr Kelly Brogan's latest book.
My discussion of the above is just one of the reasons why I started studying Naturopathy, so I too can be a part of helping people like this to find answers with their health, help them to detect underlying manifestations and show them how to heal in conjunction with whatever else they may be doing, so all bases are covered and their chances of improving are better. Not only can a diagnosis (e.g. depression) be a relief, so too can other underlying causes and the discovery that more can possibly be done than just being medicated.
After the release of Dr Kelly Brogan's book, she was black-listed by the media due to the book being "too controversial". Let's face it, there are plenty of controversial issues going on in the media and in politics, medicine, environment etc - did you notice that these controversies are often selected and depicted subjectively? Maybe you are not even aware of this! It is very clever manipulation!
Another interesting thing to note is that this book became a top seller even before it hit the shelves.
Please peruse the link provided below from Green Med Info about Dr Brogan's release (and as mentioned, the controversy that came with it) if you are feeling open-minded and would like to know more about what actually happened with Dr Brogan after she released her book:
You can also learn more about the book itself - it might help you or others you know who need it!
I have a lot of respect for Dr Brogan for speaking out (and writing a book about it). These are the sort of people we should be looking up to and adding books like this to our bookshelves whether you a practitioner or are a patient considering a broader perspective on seeking treatment.
If you didn't work it out yet, this is a BIG deal! I also believe this book will be earmarked in history.
If this resonates with you, consider buying the book (then photograph yourself with it and tag it in your social media streams to help others become aware to their possibilities, refer here for more info: http://kellybroganmd.com/join-my-grassroots-effort/), share this article around and have a great day.
* Extracts and links shared directly from the article titled “Why Is The Media So Afraid Of This Woman’s Work?” by GMI Reporter, 14th March 2016 from GreenMedInfo LLC. This work is shared with the permission of GreenMedInfo LLC. Want to learn more from GreenMedInfo? Sign up for the newsletter here http://www.greenmedinfo.com/greenmed/newsletter