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The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution Paperback – June 2, 2011
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From the Book: Why Food May Be Affecting Your Mood
Problem foods can contribute to anxiety in a number of ways, including inflammation and physical stress due to the production of antibodies. Another possible mechanism relates to histamine, a compound involved in the immune response that also functions as a neurotransmitter. A histamine imbalance is often related to allergies or sensitivities to both foods and environmental allergens, such as pollen, dander, or mold (Pfeiffer 1987; Jackson et al. 1998).
From the Book: The Problem with Gluten
Gluten sensitivity can limit the availability of tryptophan and therefore lead to decreases in levels of serotonin (Pynnönen et al. 2005). (See chapter 6 for more on the link between serotonin and anxiety.) Another possible mechanism is indirect effects of gastrointestinal damage due to eating problem foods, resulting in nutrient malabsorption (Hallert et al. 2009). And yet another is an effect wherein you’re drawn to eat certain foods to get a psychological high (Pfeiffer 1987) caused by gluteomorphins—opiate-like compounds produced during the digestion of the gliadin component of the gluten protein. Gluteomorphins are addicting, and withdrawal symptoms can feel as bad as drug withdrawal. When you consume gluten, initially you’ll feel great, but then you’ll experience a severe letdown that may show up as anxiety, depression, mood swings, fatigue, and other symptoms.
Learn what other foods may be causing your anxiety in The Antianxiety Food Solution.
“Trudy Scott’s book, The Antianxiety Food Solution, fills an important gap in the popular literature on anxiety. It provides clear, helpful guidelines for utilizing nutrition to overcome anxiety.”
—Edmund Bourne, PhD, author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook.
“A great little book with plenty of practical advice backed by science.”
—Daniel G. Amen, MD, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
“Every one of the millions now suffering from anxiety has a new friend in Trudy Scott, whose book offers them a nutritional lifeline. Replete with specific and practical suggestions, this book is backed up by research and clinical expertise.”
—Julia Ross, MA, MFT, author of The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure
“This book is a must-read if you have anxiety and want to treat the underlying causes and heal, rather than having to rely on medications. Adjust your brain chemistry with the right nutrients and you can reclaim your brain and your life!”
—Hyla Cass, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health
“This book is a real tour-de-force in complementary mental health literature and should be on the shelves of every anxiety sufferer. It’s a user-friendly and balanced book about foods and nutrients that can reduce anxiety, and it is also refreshingly original.”
—Jonathan Prousky, MSc, ND, professor of clinical nutrition at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and author of Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment
“As a nutrition and fitness expert and the mother of a child with an emotional disorder, I find this book invaluable. It is one I will use myself and recommend to both clients and colleagues.”
—JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS, nutrition and fitness expert, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy, and cohost of TLC’s Freaky Eaters
“A leader in the field of food and mental health, Trudy Scott supplements the core themes of food and gut health with chapters on amino acids, pyroluria, and lifestyle changes. Trudy aptly emphasizes that readers should try to find the root cause of their health problems.”
—Lawrence E. Cormier, MD, holistic psychiatrist in Denver, CO
“This book may be the key you’ve been looking for. It does an excellent job of explaining the science behind anxiety and then bringing it to a practical level, providing a nutritional and integrative approach to anxiety.”
—Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN, director of doctoral studies at Hawthorn University in Whitethorn, CA, and author of Digestive Wellness
“Trudy Scott’s work communicates something I tell my patients every day: there is a powerful connection between what we eat and how we feel.”
—Mike Dow, PsyD, cohost of TLC’s Freaky Eaters
“I recommend this book not only to those who suffer from anxiety, but to their health care providers as well.”
—Karla Maree, certified nutrition consultant, neuronutrient therapist, and director of nutritional therapy at Recovery Systems Clinic
From the Publisher
The Antianxiety Food Solution presents effective natural treatments and dietary changes that can significantly reduce anxiety symptoms and improve mood.
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Julia Ross has written about the pyroluria condition as well, but Trudy Scott's ultra plain-English breakdown stuck a cord with me. Had I not read that chapter, I'd still be panicking or worse - trying to control my health condition with psychotherapy.
I plan on updating this review if my social anxiety goes away. I won't be able to rate any higher than 5 stars, but at least I'll be able to say it cured me.
agoraphobia, rather it’s just concern of being uncomfortable in public. A good integrative Dr will treat the symptoms without a label and not tell a
patient they are “just anxious or just having a panic attack.” Know yourself, and really communicate well with your doctor. Don’t allow meds to dominate treatment without really delving into the reasons why. There are good resources here, but like I said research and genetic studies have come very far since 2011.
Trudy’s book is filled with real life, practical anecdotes as well as scientific research from leading institutions. Trudy comes to explore a nutritional solution to anxiety from her own personal experience, which she parlayed into solutions for the continuum of mental health concerns. If biology or chemistry are factors, Trudy shows us that nutrition can be a viable solution for mild to moderate, and even severe symptoms of anxiety. In my opinion, psychotropic medications can be quite useful for some people and some mental illnesses, and yet, these medications tend to be prescribed far too often and to easily. Like Trudy, I prefer a more natural and holistic approach, one which allows us to live in balance and harmony with nature. If changing our diet doesn't immediately improve mental health, perhaps adding amino acid food supplements will.
Certainly too few people know about nutritional solutions for depression, anxiety, insomnia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, migraine headache, PMS, food cravings, and pain. Trudy's book is filled with not only suggestions but plans for dietary changes or amino acid food supplements, and I know that these work, because I personally have tried a variety of Trudy’s suggestions from her book, and I've made the suggestions to numerous clients, friends and family members who have also benefited from Trudy's research and wisdom. And now, there is robust research supporting this more natural, Earth-based, and holistic approach to health, well-being and wellness.
Having had menopausal night sweats to the point of being awakened by them several times each night, I’d read from Trudy that the combined use of GABA and tryptophan or 5-HTP could successfully reduce one’s experience of these sweats or of the frequency, quantity and severity of them. I found 5-HTP to work better for me than tryptophan, and the amino acid “cocktail” I take each evening has resulted in a decrease in sleep disturbances from perhaps 4 or 5 awakenings nightly, to only 1 or 2. That results in a much better quality of sleep.
Using Trudy’s training and book as a guide, I have supported clients’ trials and use of amino acids for various concerns such as anxiety, low mood, attentional and concentration issues, food cravings and sleep. Rachael was in recovery and didn’t want to use a psychotropic medication for her anxiety and sleep difficulties. Despite her determination and hard work in learning skills in her psychotherapy with me, she still had some lingering anxiety in social settings and at times, enough to interfere with sleep. Rachael was willing to look at her diet and to end her relationship with caffeine, then tried using GABA Calm sublingual lozenges when she felt an anticipatory anxiety about social situations, or had trouble sleeping soundly. Rachael maintains her 4 years of sobriety and has pushed beyond the former limits of her anxiety to become involved in her church community’s leadership, a certain achievement her anxiety had not previously allowed her.
Trudy and her book are the real deal. She has written a clear roadmap for naturally reducing and eliminating anxiety, low mood, depression and many other disruptions in peace and calm of our contemporary lives. Trudy is undeniably solution focused, and her approach of utilizing nutritional solutions can offer real change. I have bought many copies of this book because I am a firm believer in its theoretical and practical realities, as well as in Trudy's ability to positively change lives, one day’s nutritional intake at a time. And in the case of using amino acid food supplements, change can be dramatic and come within five minutes time. If you'd like to step away from Big Pharma and the labyrinth of chemistry it presents, this book is for you. I am an amino acid and Trudy believer. Join me!
~ Adèle V. Bradley, MA, LCMHC
New Hampshire, USA
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