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Depression-Free, Naturally: 7 Weeks to Eliminating Anxiety, Despair, Fatigue, and Anger from Your Life Paperback – January 2, 2001


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wellspring/Ballantine (January 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345435170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345435170
  • ASIN: 0345435176
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larson, author of the bestselling Seven Weeks to Sobriety, believes that many doctors misdiagnose nutritional imbalances as psychological disorders. She argues that most people who are depressed, fatigued or addicted to food, cigarettes or alcohol suffer from a deficiency of vitamins or amino acids that is only exacerbated by drugs like Xanax, Prozac and lithium. Larson provides checklists of symptoms, possible disorders and corrective formulas along with simple but thorough explanations of how the biochemistry works. She plausibly links biochemical emotional problems with the gradual shift in the American diet over the past 60 years toward sugary, carbohydrate-laden and processed foods, which disturb the body's insulin production and deprive the brain of much needed vitamins and nutrients. The author urges readers to seek out doctors to run lab tests in order to identify possible deficiencies, blood-sugar abnormalities and food allergies. Occasionally, Larson's advice gets lost in her sales pitch for her Health Recovery Center in Minnesota ("The nutrients used at Health Recovery Center are the best quality we can find"). Still, anyone who has suffered from mental lapses, mood swings and stress will find plenty to mull over here. Author tour. (Nov.)
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Larson, a nutritionist and director of the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, contends that an imbalance of body chemicals often causes emotional problems and that making appropriate dietary changes will restore the brain's equilibrium. In addition to suggesting which foods to avoid or to eat, Larson provides lists of supplements to be taken on a daily basis and numerous questionnaires for detecting deficiencies. The long list of recommended supplements promotes extensive pill-popping, and there are regular reminders that those available from the Health Recovery Center at their 800-number are "the best quality." Larson's advice about the value of nutritional repair for depression and other emotional woes is sound, but with no clarification, her jargon is often confusing, e.g., "Symptoms indicating tyrosine or 1-phenylalanine is needed to increase norespinephine levels." The final chapter on anti-aging hormones seems somewhat out of place. Appropriate for larger public libraries.AIlse Heidmann, San Marcos, TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If only we had read it sooner.
L. M. Sutton
Because there are no side effects or risks with natural substances (amino acids, vitamins, minerals) there is great peace of mind for me, now.
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This book (which was easy to read and fascinating) gave me clear and logical answers.
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Monica R. Miller on May 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I had no idea until I read this book that nearly all of my health problems and symptoms were related, genetic and a result of a nutrient deficiency. I spent more than 10 years being told by various doctors that they couldn't find anything wrong with me and yet I suffered from strange symptoms. After getting on Ms. Larson's vitamin program, these symptoms began to fade away...some almost overnight! I feel like a normal person again! I can't recommend this book enough. I was surprised that there are so many genetic disorders that can be easily helped with nutrient therapy. This book has helped me more than any other health book I've read.
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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful By nancy tremewan on November 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I found it to be a well researched book with scientific, NON-DRUG solutions for depression, and anxiety that are working for me. I like the fact that the author developed and tested all of these formulas at a clinic in real life situations. If you have been disappointed with the effectiveness of drugs in solving your health problems, you will be delighted with the results from this logical approach.
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109 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Kathy A. Fisher on November 4, 2000
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I read this book and followed all the suggestions and it worked for me. It was simple and the book supplies you with a real live clinic and staff to help and get the vitamins to you! I also went to my Physician armed with the book and he took me off the anti-depression medicine and wrote a prescription for L-tryptophan. As the book says L-tryptophan is the only substance known to man that can increase serotonin or I should say replace lost serotonin. Read it and then live it. It really can change your life. I recommend it to many people and so does my Doctor. He is amazed!
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Tillie V. on November 12, 2006
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Following the regimen found in this book has allowed me to be free of prescription anti-depressants and their side-effects for the first time in 15 years. It provides logical, clear prescriptions to treat anxiety, depression, anger and other emotional/physical conditions through diet, and natural food supplements. The treatment works, is affordable, and doesn't require an MD or prescription drugs. I recommend it highly.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Chung on January 6, 2013
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Dr Mathews-Larsen has provided the world with a PRECIOUS GIFT in documenting her protocols in a book that anyone can access. This book SAVED my life, so of course there is no stronger recommendation possible. It's easy to read and follow. She explains how prescription drugs do more harm than good and were actually designed to mimic the action of nutrients! After more than a decade of career crashing, debilitating chronic fatigue, Dr Larsen's simple, safe nutrient protocols healed my poor sleep, normalized my moods, eliminated my anxiety, stabilized my blood sugar, gave me physical ENERGY & mental FOCUS and also many side bonuses like improving my eyesight and eliminating water retention. (Amino acids are MIRACULOUS!) She provides very RARE information about various nutritional deficiencies that cause depression, anxiety, and addictions, pointing to easy physical CURES for illnesses that seemed intractable.

This book is amazingly complete & thorough yet also concise. This a a PRACTICAL book on how to get better, not a book of theory. I love how she provides symptom checklists but also tells you where you can get lab testing done, too. I didn't use Dr Larsen's supplements, since I found them cheaper on iherb.com, which has the KRAZY-great prices on supplements! I recommend Anabol Naturals for the aminos (the blend is 99% the same as Dr Larsen's & is pharmaceutical grade.)

Dr Larsen's book provides enough information to heal yourself. However, in case you have pyroluria, I'd like to provide a few extra tips based on my experience. Because pyroluria causes zinc deficiency, you will automatically have copper toxicity. So you must realize that you will definitely go thru an uncomfortable healing crisis at some point as you detoxify excess copper.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Laura on August 2, 2001
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I highly recommend this book! First, it's a book that covers a lot of aspects of common problems (ie. hypoglycemia). It's set up with tests to see if an area is a problem for you. It explained in detail why it's so important to eat healthy (your sanity depends on it). In the last 5 weeks, my depression has improved considerably, I'm not nearly as tired as I was before and I feel better about myself overall. I've recommended it to many of my friends.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2003
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As someone who has suffered from major depression for nearly 20 years, I read the book quickly and was excited and encouraged by the information therein. The author addresses in part the ramifications of long-term poor nutrition and eating habits and provides numerous screening tests for the reader to determine where he/she may be suffering. As I took the screening tests and read the chapters, I found myself identifying with nearly everything I read and could readily accept the fact that years of malnutrition may be at least partly to blame for my current severe state of depression.
Yes, the book suggests megadoses of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and that can be hard to swallow (literally)! And costly. But you have to go through the book and try to determine what might work best for you. The author also suggests some dietary changes based on how quickly you turn food into energy and your blood type, and of course she espouses regular, consistent exercise. After a short time following her guidelines (as best I can) and cutting out sugar, caffeine, and dairy, I feel better than I have in a long time. Am I cured of my depression? Of course not! That's going to take a long time and I have no doubt that in the future I will have to be ever-vigilant against future relapses. But as of today, at least, I feel less sad, hopeless and unfocused and I credit the book (and my therapy sessions and medications) with contributing to that improvement.
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