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This month Casa Guide, Emma Bragdon launches two new books on Holistic Mental Healthcare

"Resources for Extraordinary Healing: Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Other Serious Mental Illnesses" and "Spiritism and Mental Health".

Resources for Extraordinary Healing: Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Other Serious Mental Illnesses

Hot off the digital press, "Resources for Extraordinary Healing: Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Other Serious Mental Illnesses" by Emma Bragdon, PhD is now available. This book is unique. No other book simultaneously spells out the need for a cautious approach to psychiatric medication, and reveals the model of integrative care used in Brazil, and offers a well-organized list of resources for those who live outside Brazil who want similar integrative care. It offers a groundbreaking new paradigm that illuminates the practical application of spirituality to mental health care.

Compelling real-life stories engage the reader and point to accessible resources for recovery in the USA, Europe, and Brazil. These narratives deeply touch the heart as well as open the mind. Contact information for safe homes, sanctuaries, empowerment centers and private practitioners are given and recommendations for further learning are well organized, making this book an excellent guide and an inspiring reference for those suffering with emotional disturbances, their families, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, healthcare providers and students.

Teenagers to elders will be at ease with this Resource book, especially if they have a real interest in mental health. Anyone interested in the spiritual aspects of mental health and integrative health care will find this fascinating as well as useful. It will be of value anywhere people seek information, compassionate care, and illuminating perspective on recovering mental health.


"Resources for Extraordinary Healing provides a unique, ground-breaking contribution to the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. We are undoubtedly in urgent need of an alternative strategy, as the conventional approach sentences patients with serious mental illness to lives unbearably compromised by the treatment of their illnesses. The centerpiece of mainstream psychiatric treatment in 2011 is psychoactive medication that only palliates symptoms. It is often accompanied by such untoward and severe side-effects that patients feel chronically physically ill. With courage and clarity, Emma Bragdon introduces the reader to effective modalities of treatment that are very foreign to the conventional, western, rational "scientific" mind. She sensitively anticipates how the Spiritist philosophy and methodology will strike the ear of a mainstream reader, as the modalities she introduces posit a complete paradigm shift in our thinking about the cause of psychiatric disorder. Dr. Bragdon makes this unfamiliar perspective accessible with simple, clear explanations and moving case histories."  -- Judy Tsafrir, MD, on Faculty at Harvard Medical School, Adult and Child Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, Newton, MA. USA

"Resources for Extraordinary Healing is a valuable compendium on integrative approaches for healing from serious mental illnesses, useful for both mental health practitioners as well as those suffering from mental illness. Instead of merely masking symptoms with potent and potentially harmful medications, practitioners and patients who read this book will be encouraged to explore the underlying spiritual imbalances that are often at the root of mental breakdown. The book offers the reader guidance as well as many resources for embarking on a spiritual approach to healing from mental illness. The author, Emma Bragdon, PhD, writes in a style that is concise, yet full of wisdom and compassion. Her depth of knowledgeabout her subject is apparent throughout the book." -- Erica Elliott, MD is in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has consulted with John of God twice for her personal healing, and she encourages her patientsto incorporate some of the methods described in this book to further their healing.

Spiritism and Mental Health

This month Jessica Kingsley Publishers is launching a book Emma Bragdon edited, "Spiritism and Mental Health". The audience we address are health providers, students of health professions, sophisticated readers and researchers. A few of the endorsements we received summarize the contents:

"A brilliant explanation of Spiritist practice in Brazil-a tour de force in introducing consciousness and spirituality to psychiatric treatment. I highly recommend this book for those wishing to practice truly holistic medicine." -- John L. Turner, MD, Neurosurgeon and author of Medicine, Miracles and Manifestations: A Doctor's Journey Through the Wolds of Divine Intervention, Near-Death Experiences, and Universal Energy

"Spiritism and Mental Health is a heartfelt paradigm-expanding glimpse into the future of mental health care. This book's incredibly rich assortment of articles may seem offputtingly esoteric at first glance, but the 26 chapters provide a comprehensive and down-to-earth overview of one of humanity's most ancient healing practices-working with spirits-and how this spiritual perspective may help guide psychiatry out of its current psychopharmacological dead end.

Dr. Emma Bragdon provides a great service by building a bridge that brings these timeless ideas and their modern adaptations (i.e. a description of the Department of Spiritual Assistance at a Spiritist Psychiatric Hospital in Brazil) to an American audience, with the help of an all-star lineup that has enough medical credibility to pass muster among the staunchest skeptics (Beverly Rubik, Melvin Morse, Linda Russek, Dean Radin, and Stan Krippner, among others). The book contains invaluable resources- extensive references, a listing of professional associations, and a glossary of terms. Dr.Bragdon is to be commended-two thumbs up!" - Eric Leskowitz, MD, faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Integrative Medicine Project at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, USA

"This inspiring and insightful book offers clarity to the philosophy and practice of Kardec's Spiritism. Emma's sensitive and extensive research illuminates subjects such as mediumship, spirit attachment/obsession, spiritual disease and the merging of Spiritism and medical science. The testimonials of recovery from spiritual conditions which are frequently misunderstood and misdiagnosed were profound. This book is a powerful read and excellent resource." -- Heather Cumming, co-author of "John of God: The Brazilian Healer Who's Touched the Lives of Millions"

The Main Objective:

These books illuminate how many people are suffering from serious mental illness, and the problems we have treating them effectively. They offer practical answers to these problems that have been tested and developed for more than eighty years in Brazil. They expose a new paradigm about the causes of mental disturbances and map pathways to full recovery.

Sixteen million Americans (5% of our population) are crippled by serious mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health. A lead article in Reuters News in August 2011 reported that 40% of people (201 million) in the European Union are mentally ill or have brain disorders. The numbers of mentally-disabled--from tots to seniors-- needing supplemental income supplied by their governments is swelling at an alarming rate. In the USA it's 6 times what it was in 1955.

Can one recover from serious mental imbalance? How? These questions are increasingly important to individuals in trouble and the governments supporting them. It's crazy, but our top research psychiatrists now admit "We still don't know the cause of most mental illness; indicators show it is not a ‘broken brain' that can be fixed by medications."

These two books are an important part of the conversation. They indicate a way to bring spirituality into the diagnosis of mental illness and recovery of mental health. They recognize the importance of adding spiritual treatment into biological and psychosocial treatment creating a truly integrative approach to mental healthcare.

The Author

Emma Bragdon, PhD, has spent 45 years studying and applying psychology and spirituality to healing emotional problems and wellness. Since 2001 she has been studying and subsequently teaching others about healing practices in Brazil. She is the Director of the Foundation for Energy Therapies (a not for profit educational and research oriented organization). Dr Bragdon is an internationally-recognized author of six books on themes related to psychology and spirituality, a film producer, coach and consultant. She leads groups to consult with John of God in Brazil. (

Emma has published articles in medical journals and popular press, as well as chapters in medical textbooks. She is often requested to give radio interviews. She is acknowledged as a pioneer in Transpersonal Psychology, and was recently elected to the prestigious "Council of Sages" at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She makes her home in central Vermont, USA and Brazil.

"Since 2001 I have spent 3-6 months each year in Brazil mainly being at the Casa de Dom Inacio, but also taking some trips to other Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals. You could say I was studying an ‘integrative approach to wellness-through Spiritism'. I have also been teaching others about what I have been learning through publishing books and producing documentaries about John of God and Spiritism, as well as leading groups of individuals who consult with John of God at "the Casa".

I am deeply impressed and inspired by the Casa-and feel it deserves the name it has been given as a Spiritual Hospital of the World. I am also excited about the model of other Spiritist hospitals and centers that rely more on groups of highly trained mediums to treat individuals, and classes to either train mediums or facilitate others to delve more deeply into the philosophy of Spiritism. These hospitals and centers have developed effective treatments in which conventionally trained MDs collaborate with spiritual healers to treat people with emotional disturbances and addictions. I knew that the mental health care system in the USA and Europe was ailing (and almost bankrupt) and could benefit by learning about Brazil's resources for recovery of mental health that are cost-effective."

"Dr. Bragdon is uniquely positioned to provide the authentic voice to this important and emerging tradition which offers the possibility of a revolution in the treatment of mental illness." -- Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD., pathologist, author, policy-maker

"Dr. Bragdon is on the leading edge of issues that must be addressed if we are going to realize a transformation in the ways in which health care is currently conceptualized and delivered. The future lies in the development of capacities which lie latent within all of us, and in technology which is more commensurate with recent scientific developments." --Jeffrey D. Rediger, M.D., M.Div. Medical Director, McLean Hospital SE; Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA.

Purchasing Information:

"Resources for Extraordinary Healing" is currently available as a digital PDF file from  or in E-book formats at  The Ebook will be listed on many ebook sites, including ISBN#978-0-9620960-0-6. Cost: $9.99usd, payable by credit card or Paypal. It is approximately 215 pages long, depending on the format. (Please be kind enough to purchase separate copies to support the author in continuing her good works.)

By Christmas, 2011, "Resources for Extraordinary Healing" will be available in a soft-cover format.

"Spiritism and Mental Health" is available through the publisher, "Singing Dragon", an imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The book is in hardcover and Ebook formats. ISBN #978-1-848190597. 352 pages. Cost: $99.95. You can order Toll Free Phone: 1-866-416-1078 • Email: or click on the following link to order from the publisher direct: