A Promise Of Hope by Autumn StringamA Promise Of Hope by Autumn Stringam

A Promise Of Hope

byAutumn Stringam

Paperback | May 19, 2009

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Some children inherit the family nose. Autumn Stringam and her brother Joseph inherited bipolar disorder, a severe mental illness that led to the suicides of their mother and grandfather. Autumn, at 22, was psychotic and 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 chronicles Autumn Stringam’s personal flight from madness to wellness and also provides an astonishing scientific account of an innovative treatment that moves from a kitchen table in Alberta to the offices of a distinguished Harvard psychiatrist and into the labs of a skeptical medical establishment. Now updated with the groundbreaking results of a clinical trial and with additional content from the perspective of Autumn’s family, A Promise of Hope is a powerful call for a new understanding of the mental illness that affects thousands of Canadians.
Some children inherit the family nose. Autumn Stringam and her brother Joseph inherited bipolar disorder, a severe mental illness that led to the suicides of their mother and grandfather. Autumn, at 22, was in a psychiatric hospital on suicide watch; Joseph, at 15, was prone to violent episodes so terrifying that his family members fea...
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Title:A Promise Of HopeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.71 inPublished:May 19, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554685095

ISBN - 13:9781554685097

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down. I could totally relate to the material and the journey that she took. I loved this book and the hope that it represents.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEYOND ENLIGHTENING Autumn writes about feelings and thought processes going from being very ill to being very well. No matter how much you THINK you understand you'll know ever so much more after you read this account of her journey to good mental health. What an inspirational story about family and friends and the ability to go outside the box to find that help and then fight for it. Truly astonishing.
Date published: 2008-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This beautiful story was written with so much honesty and courage and gives a voice to the widely ignored mentally ill populace. After reading this book I was able to understand myself better as well as others who suffer from similar symptoms. I personally know that this book was written for the purpose of helping others and spreading awareness of a possible treatment that has helped so many people already. Whether or not you are interested in the product that has helped the author and thousands of people, including myself, I highly recommend this book. It’s an amazing read and impossible to put down once you start.
Date published: 2008-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read - couldn't put it down Probably the best book I've ever read about bipolar. Ms. Stringam has compellingly captured what it is like to live inside a tortured brain - and more importantly - to recover her sanity. Everyone I know who has read this, including me, has said that it is impossible to put down! I think it would have been very easy for Ms. Stringam to just keep her mouth shut and live her normal life, rather than open herself up to criticism and accusations. Probably what most of us would do. The fact that the University of Calgary is conducting a major study on the nutrient treatment she uses tells me that there is a scientific basis to it. Who knows - Canadian researchers may be the ones to discover what causes mental illness, which is very exciting! Anyway, this book is definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2008-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not So Promising The book, “A Promise Of Hope” is simply a pathetic money making scheme used to promote the Empower Plus program. I read the book and like any other person I immediately felt sympathetic and very drawn to the author. The book gave me hope that maybe my fight with my disorder had not ended but only just begun, however after having had read the book and trying the program I am sad to say that both the book and the program seem more like a magical made up fairytale than a story of hope. I would caution anyone who reads this book to not be swept up by the fairytale happy ending because I see it only as a regression into the understanding of Bipolar Disorder and not a step towards an understanding or a healing from the disorder.
Date published: 2008-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story, a must read. Written by the woman who lived this story, the book brings the reader inside the mind of a Bi-Polar Disorder patient in her own words. All the chaos, highs, lows, delusions, anger, and deep depression are felt in a way that could not ever be accurately described by anyone who has not lived the story. The depth of the urge to suicide is indelibly written. It is told with no holds barred in the still voice that is often seen in trauma victims describing what has happened to them. A distance that makes the story very compelling and true. There is nothing asked of us other than to believe the story and what it means. No requirement to sympathize with the writer for what she has gone through. We see her life with her mother’s undiagnosed bi-polar swings and final suicide through a child’s eyes, never dreaming that the same terrors would one day be hers. The illness does not surface until she is an adult and married. From this point on, we travel through her own mind, while at the same time she finally begins to understand her mother. The family once again suffers the same fate as her younger brother also is diagnosed. There seems to be nothing to live for because nothing, no treatment yet used, could do more than remove them from a life into a stupor from which they dare not try to emerge. Her father begins a quest to find a way to help his children in a way that he had not been able to save his wife. All he wants is for them to be safe. A chance meeting with an animal nutritionist eventually leads to trying a new way, a nutritional concoction of vitamins and minerals, based on the formula for quieting aggressive hogs, “tail biters”. Over the next few years we journey through the miraculous recovery of the siblings. Indeed, both now lead healthy and productive lives. There are agonizing legal battles to get the product approved. The futile fights with the Canadian government are spelled out completely and succinctly and made me want to join in the fight! I can see it exactly as if I had lived it. I would strongly recommend this book for a number of reasons. For understanding of the bi-polar progress, for the discovery and preliminary trials to improve on any new medical discovery, and for how difficult it is to bring government acceptance of alternative medicine for many illnesses, are three main reasons. This is a real life, Autumn lived this life and tells the truth as it is, plain and simple, with suspense as to what will happen with the discovery, and the final outcome. Read it, you will be glad you did.
Date published: 2008-01-09

Editorial Reviews

“In striking, intimate and lyrical passages, Autumn Stringam brings us into her madness, into the world of the psychiatric ward.” (Pat Capponi, The Globe and Mail)