Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
ISBN 10: 1582706573
ISBN 13: 978-1582706573
The cofounder of the holistic lifestyle website DailyOM presents a gentle and accessible step-by-step guide to moving from excessive reliance on medications to fundamentally healing yourself through four pillars of natural wellness.
Madisyn Taylor was plagued by depression and anxiety, suffering from chronic physical problems that left her desperate for solutions. Spending decades searching for answers, she first turned to the medical community, which put her on a rollercoaster course of numerous doctors, tests, and an unhealthy reliance on medications that left her numb and lifeless.
With her happiness and future on the line, she then made the decision to become unmedicated, reaching out to the natural, holistic health realm. And after years of practice and research, Madisyn developed an integrative wellness program that put her back in the driver’s seat of her health, and ultimately, her life.
Unmedicated is her thoughtful account of how she broke free from binding mental chains and physical ailments to be happy, healthy, and productive; it is also a guide for you to apply her practical techniques to your own healing journey. Madisyn offers a daily program of easy-to-follow actions based on four pillars that will build a lifelong foundation for health: clear your mind; strengthen your body; nurture your spirit; and find your tribe.
Whether you want to be happy and stay happy, find relief from depression and anxiety, or heal and create a healthy change, Unmedicated is a gentle, compassionate, and achievable path that empowers you to take back your life and live fully.
Taylor, cofounder and editor-in-chief of the inspirational website DailyOM, shares her story of her own overreliance on medications that numbed her to her full potential in this instructive take on holistic medicine. She was on antidepressants and antianxiety medications for decades but now lives without them, and here presents a four-pillar plan aimed at helping readers break their need for pharmaceuticals. The first pillar, “clear your mind,” emphasizes meditation, explaining how it can help readers quiet the mind and giving practical steps for beginning a daily practice. With this foundation, Taylor says, readers can then slowly wean themselves off of medications with the help of journaling, strengthening the body from inside out by eating well, learning to manage time efficiently, and purposefully engaging others. Taylor introduces potential pitfalls and solutions so that readers won’t be overwhelmed. Spiritual elements are slight but they do undergird her holistic philosophy of building mental health from a foundation of meditation. Taylor’s slow-burning guide to releasing the mind from medication will work best as a supplement to clinical advice. (Jan.), Publisher's Weekly
“Thank you Madisyn for this book. Long needed are words that inspire people to seek help for behavioral issues through taking responsibility and living a mindful life addressing all our incredibly important daily activities.” -- Mariel Hemingway
“Madisyn Taylor has been a leader in the self-help and inspirational fields for over twenty-five years, and her work has impacted countless lives. With her new book, Unmedicated, she tackles the field of mental health, and she provides inspiration and hands-on guidance in a compassionate and soulful way for anyone looking to help themselves or their loved ones.” -- Dr. Peter D’Adamo, New York Times bestselling author of Eat Right 4 Your Type
“Via bravely sharing her inspiring journey to self-healing, Madisyn Taylor offers healthy, profound, and easy to implement solutions for anyone dealing with depression, anxiety, and other challenges. This book will give much-needed hope to those who have yet to find a solution to their suffering.” -- Jen Sincero, New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life and You Are a Badass At Making Money
“Unmedicated is a precious gift of a book for anyone who has struggled with depression. In this deeply personal and profoundly practical guide, Madisyn will hold your hand through how to take daily actions to change your state. This is not some intellectual, do-this-to-feel-better-immediately read, but a guide from a veteran who has been in the trenches of depression and shares her secrets and practices to healing from the inside out.” -- HeatherAsh Amara, bestselling author of the Warrior Goddess Training book series
"Many eloquent voices have begun to dispute the widely held view that our life challenges are best handled by taking chemicals. In Unmedicated, Madisyn Taylor shares how sadness and anxiety dogged her heels, how medication proved the wrong answer for her, and how, by following her program, you can live an emotionally healthy life without psychiatric medication. A very rich, interesting and important book—and highly recommended!” -- Eric Maisel, author of The Future of Mental Health, Rethinking Depression, and Humane Helping
“As one of the 40 million Americans with an anxiety disorder, I am grateful for Madisyn Taylor’s new book Unmedicated. Like a close friend, Madisyn Taylor shares with her readers her personal healing journey and the insights she garnered while on it. Her revelations result in her 'Four Pillar Program' that can lead anyone who follows the practices to a profound feeling of health and wellbeing. Whether you take medication or not, I encourage you to use Unmedicated as a tool to create positive change. Take action and feel the shift.” -- Lissa Coffey, author The Four Pearls and The Four Squirrels: A Modern Fable About Happiness and Distraction
“Unmedicated offers those using prescription drugs for depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks, HSP symptoms and other similar maladies, hope, inspiration, and most importantly, solutions to assist them in living drug-free. With a four-tier program, this book provides an easy, yet powerful program that holistically balances mind, body and spirit. If you are seeking more joy, more peace through natural methods, this book is for you.” -- Arielle Ford, bestselling author of Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate
"Many years ago, I started to face the darkness of my childhood and the addictive patterns I used to avoid my inner pain and suffering. I wish that my yesterday-self had been handed Madisyn's book, Unmedicated. With amazing honesty, Madisyn shares her own spiral into despair and resulting over-reliance on prescription medications. The four pillars she discovered, created, and employed to free herself from the secrets within her soul also released her from this dependency. These four pillars, each composed of wisdom and action steps, can do the same for you, whether you are hiding your light within medications, isolation, illicit drugs, or simply bad thoughts about yourself. When taken sequentially, the four pillars will unlock you from bondage. When integrated into the rest of your life, they will bring meaning to the phrase, 'being alive.'" -- Cyndi Dale, bestselling author of The Subtle Body, The Intuition Guidebook, The Complete Book of Chakras, and Energetic Boundaries
"With wisdom and sensitivity, Madisyn Taylor shares her journey to unmedicated freedom, using four unique pillars of holistic healing. For anyone who has tried everything, as Madisyn has, or who simply seeks the joy of living life in a new way, this offering shines a bright light of hope." -- Sara Wiseman, author of Messages from The Divine
About the Author
Madisyn Taylor is the cofounder, editor-in-chief, and content curator of the popular inspirational website and daily email newsletter, DailyOM. A recognized leader in self-help and new thought spirituality, Madisyn has more than twenty-five years of experience in personal development and alternative healing methodologies. Madisyn has written articles and an online course for Oprah.com and other publications. She is an award winning and bestselling author of two previous books, creator of a line of meditation albums, and was featured in the documentary Sensitive: The Untold Story. Madisyn resides in Santa Barbara, California. You can find her work at DailyOM.com or MadisynTaylor.com.