An Alternative Textbook on Depression: Depression; Cured at Last


An Alternative Textbook on Depression

Depression; Cured at Last


by Sherry Rogers, MD

SK Publishing, P.O. Box 40101, Sarasota, Florida 34242 USA

1997, Hardcover, $24.95, 707pp.

Sherry Rogers' eighth and newest book supports her reputation as a pioneer. Once again, she has shown her willingness and ability to travel beyond conventional medical boundaries. In her new book, Depression: Cured at Last, Dr. Rogers provides many insights and answers into the causes and treatments of depression. The author is extremely thorough in her examination of the possible causes and contributing factors of depression. She draws heavily on her knowledge of environmental medicine but includes much from nutrition, biochemistry and spirituality. No stone is left unturned in creating this comprehensive tome of information on depression.

Dr. Rogers writes in a style that is easily understood by the interested patient and referenced for the health professional. Each subject is clearly and concisely explained. Those who are interested in learning more can use the references provided after each topic. Her pursuit to educate and heal the patient and practitioner appears relentless.

Depression: Cured at Last is an excellent resource and learning tool. Readers get overviews on environmental medicine, allergy medicine, toxicology of xenobiotics, holistic diagnostics, nutritional therapeutics and many other aspects of alternative and complementary medicine.

Dr. Rogers divides her book into four volumes. The first volume is entitled "Environmental Factors." Chapter One leads the reader through a discussion on medical economics, ethics, paradigms, philosophy, politics, and therapeutics as they relate to depression. She endeavors to give the reader awareness of the many unseen, driving factors surrounding conventional diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to depression. As Dr. Rogers points out repeatedly throughout the book, "Depression is not a Prozac deficiency."

Chapter Two provides a basis for understanding the connection between food allergy and depression. The concept of brain allergy is introduced and explained as causal factor of depression. All the usual suspects are discussed as perpetrators (i.e. sugar, caffeine, alcohol, milk, wheat). The author also introduces irradiated foods, additives, dyes, and molds as potential culprits. As a diagnostic and therapeutic measure, Dr. Rogers recommends cutting out an item of food that is a normal part of the diet, for two weeks. Then if the cessation or reintroduction of the food has an effect on symptoms, that may be a food allergy. This can be an accurate and inexpensive, though time consuming method of determining food sensitivity.

The relationship between toxic chemicals and depression is covered in Chapter Three. This area is one of Dr. Rogers fortes. She brings to light many surprising or hidden sources of toxic chemical exposure. We find out if we are "Depressed Dursban Dummies," living in sick buildings or dealing with toxic encephalopathy. Many people are familiar with heavy metal exposure, but few know about the toxic chemical exposure originating from OTC and prescription drugs. The end of the volume, chapter four, deals with the dangers of molds and fungi and their relationship to depression.

Volume Two explores other frequently overlooked etiologies of depression that are related to vitamin, mineral, amino acid, and essential fatty acid deficiencies. Dr. Rogers explains how deficiencies can happen in a modern society and the need for specific diagnostic techniques to determine the nutrient deficiencies. She makes a case for the rarity of single nutrient deficiencies and that a good clinician must look for others. The "magnesium cycle of disease" and the "chromium craving cycle," are two examples showing how nutrient deficiency can lead to a cascade of effects that may result in depression.

A brief discussion about amino acids and neurotransmitters will give the non-medically trained reader a better understanding of brain physiology and how it relates to depression. While many may know the importance of essential fatty acids and the roles they play in health, the author demonstrates their relationship to depression. Dr. Rogers elaborates on several therapeutic agents that may have been overlooked or forgotten. She gives brief overviews phosphatidyl choline, L-glutamine, carnitine, lipoic acid, deanol, pantethine and three popular botanicals, Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort), Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo) and Valerian stichensis (Valerian).

"Metabolic Factors" is the focus for Volume Three. Many important metabolic causes of depression are covered including endocrine dysfunction, intestinal dysbiosis and leaky gut. Hormonal influences are an important topic discussed and include thyroid, gonadal, as well as the popular OTC hormones, DHEA and melatonin. Hypoglycemia and leaky gut syndrome are examined next as frequent causes of depression. The author describes the "8R's" as her recipe for healing the gut. "Recognize (diagnose), Remove (kill bugs), Reinoculate (add good bugs), Repair (FOS, glutamine, nutrients), Recall (detox the body), Restore (fiber, chewing) and Repent or Rectify (change your diet habits, stop NSAIDs, etc.)"

The final volume, "Treatment," provides strategies for the treatment of depression. The concepts of "total load" and the multi-factorial aspects of disease are introduced as important factors in depression. The book provides strategies for wellness such as dietary recommendations, how to control aspects of your environment and other lifestyle adjustments. The author lists her preferred nutrients in the forms she likes best for depression. These include plant enzymes, CoQ10, flax seed oil and many others. Dr. Rogers gives tips on finding the right doctor to facilitate recovery from depression. The book ends with a further treatise on topics covered in the first chapter: medical economics, ethics, paradigms, philosophy, politics, and therapeutics.

Depression: Cured at Last will provide much information and many treatment strategies to patients and doctors looking for alternatives to Prozac and other anti-depressive drugs. Depression appears to be an increasing epidemic in our society and Dr. Rogers points the way to a greater understanding and resolution. The topics covered and the way they are covered, should further encourage a paradigm shift about modern medicine especially as it relates to depression. Dr. Rogers writes for interested patients, yet provides references and scientific support of great value to physicians. This book is well suited for the libraries of patients and physicians alike and is definitely recommended.

Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients.


By Brett D. Jacques

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