While I am all for taking good care of yourself with good nutrition and exercise, neither of these things will cure BP. To try to deal with this with an exclusively natural approach could be disasterous. People with this disorder, especially in a depressed and agitated state, can become a hazard to themselves and others. While cleansing your system might make you feel better physically (might) it will not remove any agitation and depression, nor will it cure Bipolar disorder. To suggest otherwise is irresponsible and downright dangerous, and I would ask you to refrain from doing so. More often than not this disorder requires lifelong medication, not simply good nutrition and a visit to the chiropractor. If it were that simple, we would all be med free.
I guess in short, I am eager to learn more about the history of BP in a Global sense and I would suppose that it stems from a need for validation. Is there a particular subject or topic you would suggest I start with to learn more (i.e. mental health through the millennia)?
Hope everyone is having a great day!Putter
Hi Putter,Just a quick initial response to your question. The first reference I got to Lithum being used in italy was in a book on case histories published in the late 80's. The title was something like Case Studies in Psychiatry, and was by Tomb & Christensen if memory serves. A good book on mental health history : Madness : A Brief History by Roy Porter Some other things you might look up, the names should spring some results on the web [I'd have to find some boxes in my families attic to get the original references, which I found many years ago - alas those old grey cells are dead ] :Hippocrates described melancholia and mania.Aretaeus of Cappadocia [an old city in Turkey] recognized the relatedness of mania and depression. He described cyclothymia, a form of illness characterised by alternating periods of depression and mania.If you look up Soranus of Ephesus [2nd Century AD] a follower of Asclepiades, you'll find that he used alkaline waters, which were high in Lithium.A great book on Manic-Depression though dated : Manic-Depressive Illness by Goodwin and Jamison publish by Oxford [1990?]. A link to details http://www.sciencedaily.com/cgi-bin/apf4/amazon_products_feed.cgi?Operation=ItemSearch&SearchIndex=Books&Author=Frederick+K.+Goodwin+M.D.This is a wonderful review of the research results to that date and also, if memory serves, some interesting information on : the history, personal impact, and some sociological aspects of the illness.My usual way to research something where there is already a body of knowledge :If I don't know the area at all I might just start with a lay persons/college text so I can read my way in before hitting the heavy jargon [they are also a good place to find the big names in an area]. Once I've identified the basic terms and hopefully the leading names, I try to find a definitive text by leaders in the field, or at least a fairly authoritative text with a good bibliography. Then go through the bibliography to find workers in the field. Then I seek out a list of their publications. The book above [Manic-Depressive Illness ] was a particularly good case because it involves a review of all the major research in the field at the time. It gave wonderful complete references to papers, and publications. Just a quick scan in any paper will give you a good sense of who the leaders in the field are. Once one completes this sort of survey, one can identify the key areas of research and keep an eye on them. I try to formulate questions at each stage – so that I’m always looking for answers to questions, this focuses the mind. Interestingly research show that a person who studies to answer specific questions retains more information [even on subjects other than those of the questions] than one goes to try and learn all he/she can. Going to the library and looking up citation indexes is a way to do evaluate who was influential in a field – not always reliably. Finally, I will write to experts in the field if I have a worthy question.
With an area like Manic-Depression, I would actually start with something like a lay/college text on Psychiatry to start with, because issues like this border on other areas - so it is important not to make the boundary too tight. For example, understanding psychosis is important and being able to distinguish between schizophrenia and manic-depression is important. Something that would be difficult if one only studied manic-depression. However, unless I want to make a study of schizophrenia it is better that I deal with it at almost a lay, or more realistically, a college level.In many areas the body of knowledge doesn’t exist then it is a mater of going to original sources, such as papers, notebooks, or setting up experiments to gather raw data, formulating theories and testing them…..
Given the subject you are interested in I'd start with a general book like "Madness : A Brief History by Roy Porter". Follow up the bibliography, and those mentioned in the text.
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