What Do You Think of the Book “the Antidepressant Survival Program” by Hedaya?

Question by vivaldi558: What do you think of the book “The Antidepressant Survival Program” by Hedaya?
What I am seeking to find out is whether you experts out there think that Dr. Hedaya is way out in left field or if his proposals in this book have actually been corroborated by formal medical research.

For those of you who have read the book and attempted to follow the program how well did it help you? Specifics wouldn’t hurt.

If anyone has a link to a good review or critique of the book online I wouldn’t mind having it.

Thanks all!

Best answer:

Answer by Andrew O
Review: Look at link for more.

As a medical author who has preached and written about nutritional/orthomolecular medicine over the years, I was very, very impressed with Dr. Hedaya’s book; finally, we have a bona-fide physician with powerful credentials (Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown U., I believe) who extolls the benefits—not only of super nutrition in the treatment of depression, but of the food allergy connection (long disputed for its relationship to mood but clinically understood by ‘fringe’ clinicians for 50 years); hypoglycemia (remember that syndrome? it hasn’t gone anywhere!); thyroid function (many doctors prescribe standard thyroid tests which may often miss more subtle defects in that organs’ function, but Dr. Hedaya explains exactly what tests are needed to uncover these subtle defects and their connection to depression); vitamins (he actually recommends B-complex in the 50mg. range along with B-12 injections when necessary); adrenal function, and many others. Hedaya even includes notes that your doctor can read regarding testing (kind of like he calling your doctor on your behalf to convey information which is not always put into practice). Very well done.
If there is a slight negative to the book, Hedaya doesn’t really endorse St. John’s Wort (but does includes fair reasons why there may be some concerns regarding its use and does mention a qualified distributor) or Sam-E (which I have read is fairly safe, and has passed some clinical scrutiny in the treatment of depression). Also, Hedaya doesn’t appear to make any mention of 5-HTP (the modern-day tryptophan derivative which has been shown in a number of clinical studies, to naturally and therapeutically improve brain levels of serotonin—the chemical implicated in many depressions). Nor are the very serious side of effects of Paxil withdrawl dealt with in any substantial way (only to say gradual withdrawl is the rule of thumb). I have seen, for example, some studies suggesting that there are nutrient remedies involving glutathione transport(?) which can significantly reduce Paxil side-effects which many support groups on the web report as horrible.

Having said all of this, I would still highly recommend Hedaya’s book, as 90% of it is excellent, timely, informative, and deals with the medicine/nutrient connection in a way I haven’t seen since Durk Pearson’s book, Life Extension, first appeared over 2 decades ago. Finally, highly credentialed physicians in the medical establishment are ‘getting it.’ Bravo!


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