I heard that Dr. Long forbid discussing True Hope as a possible treatment for affective illnesses, but I'm interested in the reasons. I'm not sold on True Hope's plan, far from it actually, but I'd like to find out others' opinions. Dr. Long, if you're out there, can we have a discussion?
Thanks. I have talked to a couple psychiatrists and a few psychologists about True Hope's plan and got some interesting opinions. It sounded like Dr. Long had a specific negative experience with them, that's all.
The psychiatrists noted a lack of thourough (APA-approved, done in America?) clinical studies. There have been studies done, but they must not meet some standard.
I have attended one lecture in Vancouver given by True Hope (concerning their product EMPower, a "secret" mixture of vitamins). I have reviewed their so-called "scientific" research. At this lecture, a gentleman I knew personally decided to stop his psychiatric medication, and start the EMPower/True Hope vitamin therapy. Later that month, this gentleman was psychiatrically rehospitalized in another manic episode (caused, I believe, by stopping his effective medication to start the ineffective "True Hope" vitamins).
My conclusion is that True Hope (or EMPower) is a total medical fraud. There is absolutely no scientifically sound (double blind, randomized) clinical trial that has shown this vitamin mixture to be effective.
It is bad enough that people with mood disorders suffer so terribly. It is criminal that others perpetrate a medical fraud just to prey on the suffering of the depressed.
For this reason, we do not allow any outside links to the biased True Hope website.
However, we do not want to prevent free speech. All we ask is that members discuss their OWN experiences with True Hope / EMPower vitamins. If we detect that representatives of True Hope / EMPower are using this website to misinform our membership; we will ban these True Hope / EMPower representatives from our community.
My husband was saved by True Hope. Dr Long, your friend should not have stopped taking their meds completely. They made it very clear to us about that. As a matter of fact, they worked with my husbands Dr (who was skeptical at first) and he agrees that it has been nothing short of wonderful for him. Please don't call it a "fraud" when you are going by an experience of someone who did not follow procedure and they should. You are keeping others from help that could change their life.