A Promise of Hope

A Promise of Hope

Paperback - 2007
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Some children inherit "the family nose." Autumn Stringam and her brother Joseph inherited the family bipolar disorder, a severe mental illness that led to their mother's and grandfather's suicides. Autumn, at 22, was psychotic and in in a psychiatric hospital on suicide watch; Joseph, at 15, was prone to violent episodes so terrifying the family feared for their lives. But after they began taking a nutritional supplement developed by their father and based, incredibly, on a formula given to aggressive hogs--Autumn's and Joseph's symptoms disappeared. Today they both lead normal, productive lives.

A Promise of Hope is the personal story of Autumn Stringam's flight from madness to wellness, all due to the vitamin and mineral supplement that works on the premise that some forms of mental illness are caused by nutritional deficiencies. An honest book that exposes the hidden torment of bipolar disorder, it is the story of a daughter seeking to forgive her mother. A Promise of Hope is also an astonishing scientific account that moves from a kitchen table in Alberta to the treatment offices of a distinguished Harvard pshyciatrist and into the labs of a skeptical medial establishment. It climaxes in a bitter--but eventually triumphant--battles with Health Canada, in which the tiny supplement company is exonerated and praised for saving the lives of thousands of Canadians previously thought lost to mental illness. More than anything, A Promise of Hope is a powerful story and a call for a new understanding of the causes of mental illness and its treatments.

20% of Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetimes Over 300,000 Canadians are affected by bipolar disorder (or manic depression) 15% of people with biploar disorder commit suicide EMPower Plus, the supplement that worked for Autumn, is being used and studied around the world, reflecting the growing awareness of the role of micronutrients in normal brain function.
Publisher: Toronto : Collins, 2007.
ISBN: 9780002008846
Characteristics: 282 pages ;,23 cm.


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Mar 08, 2016

When i read this a number of years ago, i found it very profound and i've recommended it innumerable times (and i ditto jamwalk - you don't have to have a mental illness). I continue to reflect on the many layers of Autumn's story; it's given me such an appreciation, and beginning understanding of mental illness (I have no personal exposure as yet), a more ferocious support of alternative therapies, and so importantly, first hand account of encouragement and HOPE. I've read another book since called 'The Mood Cure', which also focuses on nutrition to be healthy.

Dec 30, 2013

Excellent writing & honesty about the pain of one family's suffering from mental illness. I am intrigued about the formulation of the remedy intended for aggressive hogs. From what I see on the website, it has a high concentration of Vitamin B 12. Lecithin, also present, is an inexpensive supplement that contains inositol & choline to nourish brain neurons. I swear by Omega 3's. Gingko biloba hasn't been proven. It is expensive to order this from truehope.com. but perhaps worth it to get off those nasty pharmaceuticals.The politics involved were an eye opener. Apparently the drug companies want people to stay sick so they can get richer. There's a scary thought!

May 23, 2012

As a person recently diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, I found the story in this book both compelling and enlightening. It both gave me insight into something I did not experience (having a bipolar parent) and something I did (becoming sick myself). I would highly recommend this book to anyone regardless of mental health, but especially for anyone with a diagnosis. Autumn writes with brutal honesty, and I appreciated her insight greatly.

Feb 17, 2012

Absolutely stunning and I can't deny the fact that her telling of her story helped me look at my life and that of those around me. No wonder some people think some of us are so messed up with drugs and alcohol and are crazy. It's biological I now have found... for some anyways. Thanks to Elan from Woodcroft library for suggesting this book. Wouldn't have found it without her!!

Oct 27, 2009

This a great book for understanding mental illnes and an alternative approach to conventional medicine. There is a little bit of language but as a sensitive reader I did not find it offensive.

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