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The Natural Way to Treat Depression

Puri, B.K.

There’s a lot of criticism of current methods of treating depression. 

There are three main kinds of antidepressants, all of which have their own problems. The oldest kind, called tricyclics, such as amitriptyline (Tryptizol) and imipramine (Tofranil) commonly cause drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, sweating, dizziness and blurred vision.

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, include fluoxetine (Prozac) and paroxetine (Seroxat) and can cause headaches, nervousness, insomnia, anxiety, nausea, diarrhoea and reduced libido. They are also addictive and cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as constant agitation, sleeplessness and nightmares.

Finally, the monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as phenelzine (Nardil) and tranylcypromine sulphate (Parnate), have fewer side effects but can cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure if taken with foods containing the amino acid tyramine, such as cheese, or with decongestants or antihistamines.

We aren’t making medical claims and we aren’t knocking these medicines but we’ve noticed that some people have benefitted from other protocols too.  Exercise has been shown to be as effective in combatting mild to moderate depression as SSRIs and some evidence exists that fish oil fatty acids can be beneficial too.  This book expands on the latter.

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SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life

Pratt, D.

OK, we are a bit sceptical about the idea of superfoods but the point is well made: some foods do seem particularly good for us.  Another book that has been written by a medical doctor who sees opportunities for living a more natural and healthy life.

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In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating

Pollan, M.

A book that’s critical of “big food” – the huge food processing industry.  It’s American, but no less applicable to other audiences.

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The Clever Guts Diet

Mosley, M.

Is one thing to acknowledge that conditions such as IBS are made much worse or perhaps caused by stress but did you realise that even you think and feel is influenced by the billions of microbes that live in your gut?  Your gut contains more neurons than the brain of a cat and there are more linkages from your gut to your brain than vice versa!  No wonder we talk of a “gut reaction”!  It’s time to pay more respect to what lies within …

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The GL Diet for Dummies

Denby, N.

Understanding how what you eat can have a profound impact on your blood sugar and from that on your mood and general levels of stress and resilience is vital.  In the digestible (no pun intended) format of the Dummies Guides, this is a good place to start.

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Extracts from Human Nutrition

Barasi, M.

It’s amazing that many of us know more about how our cars work than our bodies! This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of nutrition. The second edition discusses the application of nutrition in the protection of health and presents up-to-date scientific information in an accessible and reader-friendly format.

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