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5-HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia Paperback – June 1, 1999
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Author Michael Murray, N.D., a leading naturopath and coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, delves very deeply to explain the hows and whys of depression at the neurotransmitter level, and the illustrations of presynaptic membranes may be a bit much for the lay reader. There are also several sections with intimidating titles along the lines of "Enhancing 5-HTP with Catecholamine Precursors." But the book's comprehensiveness makes up for its occasional denseness. Murray includes enlightening sections on nutrition for peak serotonin synthesis, other complementary herbal supplements, and many online and physical sources for obtaining 5-HTP. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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While I agree with Amazon's assessment that the in-depth neurobiology of Dr. Murray's book can be intimidating, I see that as more of an indication of his unwillingness to patronize his readers by omitting it because it's "too hard for us." I would actually greatly distrust anyone who advised me to introduce a new substance into my body without telling me exactly what effect it was going to have on me in great detail. Try not to be intimidated by all those Latin names and medical terms - Murray really does try to explain these very complicated concepts in layman's terms.
I also greatly respect Murray's holistic approach to curing depression and obesity - he is never satisfied with merely selling us a miracle pill that can cure all of the reader's health problems without any effort on his or her part in this book. In addition to detailing the positive effects of 5-HTP as a dietary supplement, he strongly emphasizes good nutrition, proper sleep and exercise, and having a positive attitude as well, which I find reassuring, given the number of crash-diet and snake-oil peddlers out there.
The scientific studies referenced in this book made be feel very comfortable in taking 5-HTP. They were written in an easily understandable format. The author basically drew a map of the path 5-HTP takes throughout the body. Well done Dr. Murray!
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There is absolutely no scientific evidence that depression is caused by a serotonin deficiency. Even mainstream psychiatry has decisively renounced this marketing myth. Read morePublished 7 months ago by pas
Previously reviewers have mentioned some conflicting information which I did see, but this book has been invaluable for me because it
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Good book. Straightforeward. Includes suggested dosages for the many suppliments he discusses.Published 8 months ago by Redwingblackbird
I so appreciated his approach of explaining how this works and what other supplements can be taken safely with it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Marill
Good book so far not done yet. But what I read is pretty good.Published 20 months ago by sweet person