Grace Revisited: Mental health advocate takes her message to television

Stonington's Gracelyn Guyol is taking her message of hope and advocacy to television in a local series.

Update, March 21, 2013: The "Restoring Health Holistically" series is available on DVD. Visit for show description and purchase information.  

It's been quite a year for our August 2011 Woman of Grace, Gracelyn Guyol. The Stonington resident had shared the story of how she was able to end the symptoms of her own biopolar disorder, after a harrowing experience with conventional drugs inspired her search for alternative, but effective therapies. Last fall, Guyol stepped down from the presidency of Clean Up Sound & Harbors (CUSH), the nonprofit environmental group she founded in 2007, to pursue her mental health advocacy work. The author of two books: "Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs," and "Who's Crazy Here: Steps to Recovery Without Drugs," she has been speaking throughout the region about the symptoms and possible causes of ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism. Starting Sept. 26, Guyol will host her own 13-week community cable TV series, "Restoring Health Holistically," that will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Channel 12 via Groton Comcast Cable.

"My goal is to educate viewers about holistic health options while promoting local practitioners and raising awareness of the many inexpensive, successful, non-drug healing solutions available," Guyol said.

Topics include: End Physical Causes of Addiction, Alcoholism & Sugar Cravings; Lift Depression Forever (Even in Winter); Reduce Inflammation and Autoimmune Disease (Arthritis, Lupus, MS); Reversing "Incurables:" Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue; Banish Anxiety and Phobias; Begin Cancer Prevention Now; Harnessing Body, Mind & Spirit for Health; and Forget Cholesterol and Reduce Heart Disease.

Here's a look at the first four episodes:

Sept. 26: Foods for Rebuilding Health

Guest: Jane Percy, executive director of the Riverlight Wellness Center in Stonington and author of "Lighten Up." Percy specializes in medical hypnosis, empowerment coaching and past-life regression therapy. A certified brain trainer, she holds advanced certification in medical hypnosis and Hypno-Oncology by the National Guild of Hypnotists. Her work has been the subject of newspaper and magazine feature articles, an NBC TV broadcast and several national radio shows.

Oct. 3: Detox & Power Up Your Immune System

Guest: Dr. Deirdre O'Connor, founder and clinical director of Natura Medica in Mystic, has practiced naturopathic

medicine for more than 25 years. She is a current member and past Board of Directors member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Connecticut Association of Naturopathic Physicans and the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Oct. 10: Focus on Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity

Guest: Debra Burdick, the "Brain Lady," is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified neurofeedback practitioner. She is a national speaker and author and her private practice specializes in ADHD, depression, anxiety, stress, sleep, cognitive function, memory, relationships, mindfulness, and traumatic brain injury.

Oct. 17: Balancing Bipolar Mood Swings

Guests: Anne Procyk, ND has been practicing naturopathic and homeopathic medicine at Natura Medica since 2004. She graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore. in 2000, and expanded her study of homeopathy at the New England Institute of Homeopathy in 2002. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association.

Dan Hartman, MD, specializes in the practice of classical homeopathy at Natura Medica. Dr. Hartman received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1985, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent Hospital (Worcester, MA) in 1988. His pursuance of Homeopathy began in earnest in the mid 1990's after attending a Harvard Medical school conference on Alternative Medicine


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