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Copyright David Moyer ISBN #0-9717990-0-8

Acknowledgments

First I want to thank an Internet poster whose name I never knew nor likely would have remembered, having visited so many chat rooms and Web sites in my search. The person could have lived right next door or thousands of miles away, but it felt like we were in the same room. Before I followed his or her links I had followed the threads left by hundreds of others, all of them, like me, looking for ways to cope, or to help others cope, with a world of brilliant lights and terrifying darkness, of grandiose fantasies and debilitating fears. They weren't having much success, though, and until that moment, neither was I. Thanks, anonymous poster, wherever you are, for referring me to Tony Stephan. Without your help, this book would have been written very differently. It would have sensitized readers to the pathos of bipolar disorder, encouraged patients to take their medicine, and offered them, at most, a way to manage their mental disorder between hospitalizations. Because of your input, my son can expect more, much more. He does not have to remain the giant of his dreams or the dwarf of his fears. He can look forward to more in his future than his past would suggest.

I am grateful to Barb and Tony Stephan, as well as David Hardy, for their courageous commitment to making a difference. Their search for effective solutions was born out of the same despair and helplessness my family experienced. Their pioneering work adds to an already existing and yet still relatively unknown body of knowledge addressing the usefulness of nutrients to promote proper brain functioning and to restore what I call the broken brains of those suffering from a number of central nervous system (CNS) disorders. These disorders have heretofore been conceptualized in our culture as mental disorders.

I want to thank Dr. Robert Bransfield for his consultation, encouragement, and for writing the introduction. As I sorted through increasingly technical material, he invited me to join an Internet discussion group he had developed for health care providers, scientists, and knowledgeable advocates for change. He started this group after he and some colleagues in the American Psychiatric Association noted that patients were being cured of mental illness by the use of antibiotics for underlying complex infectious diseases. In the belief that mainstream psychiatry was being unfairly dismissive of these results and their implications, he and his colleagues resolved to use the discussion group as a forum where others could explore their experiences and share research findings. Since the purpose of the group was to explore issues around microbes and mental illness, it was called MMI. Dr. Bransfield maintains a Web site at mentalhealthandillness.com.

My sincere thanks goes to Dr. William Burgdorfer, Dr. Robert Cade, Dr. Bruce Charlton, Mr. George Eby, Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, Dr. John Martin, Dr. Puneet Pakeet, Dr.Richie Shoemaker, Dr. Robert Yolken and Dr. Joh-Kar Zubieta for permission to share highlights of their leading-edge research, as well as for their invaluable feedback. They have helped this backyard mechanic keep his flights of fancy to a minimum. I also want to thank Dr. Richard Poel, my previous commander and mentor at Beale Air Force Base. Dr. Poel would remind our medical facility professional staff that we could do whatever we wanted with our clients as long we followed Poel's rule: Know what you know and know what you don't know. I want to thank my sister, Judith R. Shamp, for the pen and ink drawing, "The Fragility of Nature," a symbolic representation of the hemispheres of the brain in the photo section. Judy is an award-winning professional artist in Houston whose creations include church banners, hospital art, wearable art, bug purses, and now, pen and ink drawings in support of this project.

Thanks to editor Paul Witcover from New York for his uncanny knack in opening new doors for me to explore with my family and for his ability to condense my verbose verbiage into short, simple, highly focused statements that even I can understand. And for final proofing I owe a debt of gratitude to Kit Bailey from Second Look in Nevada City. Thanks to artist Michael Lierly from Little Rock Arkansas for the neuron illustrations, and graphic artist Teri Paulus-Bershaw from Design Works for her assistance on the cover. She is also from Nevada City.

To Chris, who has been to the mountains and the valleys, thank you for your self portrait, both in picture and words. Thanks for being willing to share your experiences in the hope that others can learn from them. To my father — your life work has been a series of valiant yet futile efforts to undo the consequences of a crippling set of illnesses we call bipolar disorder. Thanks for sharing your experiences in this book in the hope that others won't have to repeat them. What happened in your past does not have to be the prologue for what happens in their future. Most of all I want to thank you Gayle, for putting up with my monomania to understand something of these crippling and complex brain disorders and for your practical advice and editorial assistance.

Copyright David Moyer ISBN #0-9717990-0-8


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