Item description for Blue Genes: Breaking Free from the Chemical Imbalances That Affect Your Moods, Your Mind, Your Life, and Your Loved Ones by Paul Meier, Todd Clements & Jean-Luc Betrand...
Overview Many common psychological problems, such as depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and ADHD, can be linked to chemical imbalances in the brain. Dr. Paul Meier, whose clinic treats thousands of people per week, has written Blue Genes to help find answers for those who struggle. Through fascinating case studies, Dr. Meier shows the dramatic difference counseling and medicine can make. This empowering book addresses how genetics, environment, diet, fitness, and spirituality all affect our minds and our quality of life.
Publishers Description Many common psychological problems, such as depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and ADHD, can be linked to chemical imbalances in the brain. Dr. Paul Meier, whose clinic treats thousands of people per week, has written "Blue Genes" to help find answers for those who struggle. Through fascinating case studies, Dr. Meier shows the dramatic difference counseling and medicine can make. This empowering book addresses how genetics, environment, diet, fitness, and spirituality all affect our minds and our quality of life.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414312164 ISBN13 9781414312163
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More About Paul Meier, Todd Clements & Jean-Luc Betrand
Paul Meier, MD is the author or co-author of more than 90 books that have sold more than seven million copies in more than 30 languages. He is also the founder of the national chain of nonprofit Meier Clinics. He is a graduate of the Duke University Psychiatry Residency and is also an ordained minister and graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, where he taught for 12 years. He has traveled around the world teaching Christian Psychology, and has appeared on hundreds of national radio and television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Tom Snyder Show, Norman Vincent Peale s program, and on Radio Free Europe."
Reviews - What do customers think about Blue Genes?
A great book about chemical imbalances! Mar 11, 2007
I got this book to help me deal with a loved one struggling with depression. It was well written and had great info, particularly about brain chemicals. I like that the authors stress the importance of knowing what you're dealing with before you medicate! Would recommend this for anyone wanting to know more about 'mood disorders'. I also appreciated the info about nutrition and lifestyle being essential.
Well balanced book Feb 1, 2007
I appologize for writing a review before completely finishing the book. I am here to order at least 5 more books and noticed these reviews. I am astonished at the criticism. I am a conservative Christian who believes in natural healing and has hardly ever gone to see a doctor in my life. But I am also working on a masters in counseling, I have a mother and a(deceased) sister who are borderline hystrionic, and both have (or had) obsesive cumpulsive hoarding disorder, a husband who has had dysthymia since he was nine years old and has never taken medication for it, a grown son who was suicidal 6 years ago, and a grown daughter who has bipolar spectrum disorder. I know what it means to have "blue genes". I can't tell you how refreshing it has been to read this book! The authors do not "just push medications". They make it very clear in the book that 80% of their patients don't need medications. They demonstrate how psychotherapy can relieve clients without medications. They also point out the role of nutrition deficiency in these disorders. But they emphasize to a public in denial the need for medications in 20% of clients with mental disorders. Christians must realize that the world we live in is not the same world God created 6000 years ago. We rebellious humans have gone very far in destroying what God made perfect, not only in our natural resources, but also in our very genes. That is why John the Revelator saw in vision that "the (polluted) heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together" (Rev 6:14) and Paul said "we shall all be changed [healed] in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump" (1 Cor 15:51-51) and why, after the millenium (Rev 20) the earth will be melted down by fire into a lake and thus be purified. Until then we, with the wisdom and knowledge that God gives us in response to our prayers, must do what we can to be healthy and thus an honor to God. It is not an honor to God when his people are physcially or psychologically sick. If it is a lack of faith to use medicine that can restore our abused bodies, then we should go completely natural and back to being hunters and gatherers and wearing fig leaves. Thank you for "listening".
Too extreme Jan 29, 2007
The hope and insight that Dr. Meier gives those who have struggled with chemical imbalances is inspiring. His acceptance of people who are dealing with mental & emotional health issues is wonderful and necessary. Unfortunately, even in our modern culture, there are still stigmas attached to people with mental health problems. Dr. Meier and his co-authors truly understand the physiology of these problems. They have worked with thousands of people and have a real heart to help others. Their compassion and understanding are desparately needed in our churches and in our culture. However, this book does not have a healthy balance for Christians. It speeds right past encouragement and solid advice into some wild extremes.
According to Paul Meier, medications can be your savior and not much else is needed. Dr. Meier takes any and all responsibility off of the individual and places it squarely onto our brain's chemical imbalances. It's a shameless endorsement for medication and the Meier Day Programs. The end of the book reads like a corny science fiction novel (Benefits of Stem-Cell and Other Research, Computer Chips in Treatment, and Cloning p. 185-191...it's an entire review in and of itself). It's surprising that Dr. Meier dropped several names like Chuck Swindoll and Focus on the Family's Dr. Dobson in his book. Did either of these men take any time to read it? Do they realize what they are endorsing in this book? This guy is on the edge and going over fast!
The book speaks for itself....again and again. The first few pages begin by explaining to us that the key to happiness is found in taking medication. Dr Meier, himself, has found happiness and productivity in taking medication. He explains that he can't write books or even practice medicine without it:
"I have rather severe ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Before taking ADHD medications, I would sometimes make impulsive decisions that affected my family, such as blurting out negative comments or making impulsive financial decisions that hurt the family budget. By taking ADHD medications every day, I can stay focused and organized and do a better job of being a family member and practicing psychiatry with my clients. They also help me write more articles and books. In my practice of medicine, without these ADHD meds, I could make multiple mistakes, such as leaving dates off prescriptions, losing focus while clients are sharing extremely pertinent data, and so on. Moreover, I write about two or three books every year whole on medications and could write only one book every two or three years without them. So if I were too prideful to admit that I had any mental dysfunction, and I refused to take psychiatric medications, I would hinder God, Who gave me that biochemical disability for a reason, using my books, radio talk shows, and TV guest appearances to influence millions of people for His cause. I would be taking the "all natural" route to impress my "new-age" neighbors and legalistic believers, but accomplish one-third as much for Jesus and for my family." - Paul Meier, M.D. p 10
And this happiness is intended for over half of the world's population. Does he really believe that it is just for the few who are really struggling and have tried all other alternatives? I don't think so. Dr. Meier believes that the answer to most all of our problems is found in taking medication.
"The January 17 Time magazine articles estimated that up to 50 percent of the world's population [3 billion people?] might have an underlying genetic propensity for mental health problems. That means that 50 % of those of us `lucky enough' to have blue genes often suffer from more psychiatric problems than the other half of the population. We are prone to depression, sadness and anger, especially under stressful circumstances...About 20 percent of the population [over 1 billion] either requires lifelong psychiatric medications to avoid depression and other mental disorders or they would enjoy great benefits from modern-day psychiatric medication." p. 9
"Tom Patterson was a good, godly, creative loving family man. He was active in a healthy local church. He spent a reasonable amount of time with his wife and children...But Tom inherited a `blue gene' illness: Bipolar I, with psychosis, that had never shown up all his life until age 36. No one would have ever suspected that a humble, godly, loving man like Tom could lose touch with reality within a couple of days... Godly people, when manic, do ungodly things and have no control over them. Their brain chemicals are imbalanced and they do not know what they are doing. Therefore, they have almost no control over their behavior. When Tom Patterson flipped totally out, he went to a large topless restaurant, bar and strip club in Houston and bought it from the owner on the spot, paying an exorbitant amount of money. Tom went on to have sexual activities with several of the dancers that night... Tom had to file for bankruptcy and sell his house and his business to pay for his purchase of the strip club... Tom had also given huge tips to everyone, from the strippers to the Mc Donalds waiters, to whom he gave a fifty-dollar tip for a hamburger. He was really grandiose when manic and the worst person on the planet when depressed. After a week at the state hospital, and three weeks at the Meier Day Program, where Dr. Clements or I saw him daily and adjusted his medications, Tom was doing better than he had ever done before - even before the illness appeared. He was bankrupt and embarrassed, but relieved when we told him it was not because of any sin in his life, just a chemical imbalance." - Paul Meier, M.D. p. 192-95
"If you have the right amount of serotonin in your brain cell synapses, you are filled with love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, energy during the day, great sleep at night, and so on." p. 21 "Within ten weeks [of taking Lexapro] the serotonin level gets high enough again for you to experience love, joy, peace, gentleness, meekness, and patience instead of bitterness, depression, anxiety, irrabilitity, arrogance, and impatience. The latter are all the result of low serotonin levels caused either by genetics or by stress or by sin." p. 199
"In dozens of years of treating thousands of people for bipolar illness, we do not know of a single case that God chose to heal. But a large number of them are having a huge impact on the world for Christ while taking medications to balance their brain chemicals." p. 197
I admit that I was tempted to try medication that works to bring about the fruit of the spirit in my life and that would heal me from my habits, sins as well as my emotional problems. This book explains in detail exactly which medications will work and gives the names and all the information needed to talk to a physician. But something just didn't ring true to me; I still believe there's something to be said for relying on the Lord and the Holy Spirit. I guess Dr. Meier would call me a legalist believer, but I still believe in the sovereignty of God and that His grace is sufficient. Dr. Meier would call me a masochist, but I'm not quite ready to trade in biblical confession, repentance and relying on God for the poppin of the pill. My depression and bouts of anxiety are not bad enough for me to exchange my faith for a manmade savior. For some, their issues may be that awful...and they must make the choice.
Unfortunately, I picked this up in my church's small bookstore. There is some good information here, but Dr. Meier's views are way too far-fetched. I would steer clear of Blue Genes and look for something a little more biblically balanced.
Supports a use for medications by Christians Oct 10, 2006
The book jacket offers "practical advice" on dealing with emotional and behavioral problems. I didn't find a lot of practical advice, but a lot of indepth case histories. While most books tend to deal with the psychological solutions to depression and behavioral issues, this book did show a Christian basis for needed pharmacological soltions, which is generally not addressed. However, most of the book was stories of someone tormented who turned to the Meier Clinics for help and were cured (not overnight granted, but always cured nonetheless). So it was much more of an ad for the Meier clinics than anything else.
Hopefully in conjunction with other reading, people will find this information useful.
Thought provoking Sep 5, 2006
There is so much controversy amongst Believers about medication for chemical imbalances.The author writes from personal experience giving insight to those suffering in this way. Replaces judgement with understanding, compassion, help and hope. Well worth reading. From a pastoral care giver.