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5-HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia
 
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5-HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia [Format Kindle]

Michael Murray
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Introduction

Chances are that you, like millions of other Americans, are suffering from health problems that are a direct consequence of our stressed-out, modern way of living.  Many people today awaken in the morning feeling unrested after a night of fitful sleep.  They drag themselves through the day feeling moody, tired, achy.  Succumbing to their cravings for sugary, carbohydrate-laden foods, they put on pounds that only add to their body's burden.  They shuttle from doctor to doctor seeking pills that will lift them from their depression, help them control their weight, put a stop to their pounding headaches and the nagging aches in their muscles and joints, and finally get a good night's sleep.

It may surprise you to learn that all of these serious, debilitating complaints can arise from a problem with a single, powerful chemical the body needs to function normally.  That chemical is serotonin.

Serotonin is absolutely essential for your brain--and thus your body--to function properly.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that carries vital signals from one cell to the next.  Without adequate levels of serotonin, those signals cannot move at the proper speed or intensity.  What's more, serotonin acts as a kind of master control chemical.  The activities of many other important brain compounds--including those that govern your muscle movements, your state of alertness, your mental activity, even your ability to fall asleep--depend on serotonin.

But poor diet, lack of exercise, use of harmful substances such as caffeine or alcohol, and overall physical and emotional stress can rob your brain of the ability to make enough serotonin to meet your body's demands.  This produces a range of significant complications: depression, obesity, insomnia, migraine headache, chronic fatigue.  Increasingly, scientists, doctors, and other health experts around the world are coming to recognize that this group of complaints all arise from problems with basic brain chemistry.  The disorder has a name: serotonin deficiency syndrome.

And here's the exciting news.  All of these maladies can be corrected through the same technique: by raising serotonin levels.

Serotonin was first discovered about fifty years ago.  Since then an enormous amount of research has been done to unlock the secrets of this multitalented molecule.  In the past few decades, findings in the laboratory have led to the development of many potent serotonin-active compounds.  Among these are Prozac, the popular antidepressant, which enhances the mood-regulating activity of serotonin; Imitrex, a treatment for migraine headaches, which works by activating serotonin nerve pathways to constrict blood vessels; and Redux, the appetite suppressant that was recently removed from the market, which controls eating by delivering a dose of serotonin to the appetite control centers in the brain.  Other serotonin-altering drugs relieve anxiety, enhance sleep, and ease muscular and skeletal pain.

But these medical miracles come with a pretty high price tag.  The side effects of synthetic serotonin drugs can be severe.  To take just one example: In September 1997 Redux and its chemical cousin fenfluramine, part of the "fen-phen" combination, were yanked off the market.  The reason?  Doctors suddenly discovered these drugs had caused permanent damage to heart valves in as many as one third of the people who took them.

Fortunately, there's a better way to overcome serotonin deficiency.  But because of the way the body makes neurotransmitters, you can't simply take a dose of serotonin as a pill or a tonic.  What you can do, though, is provide your body with the raw material it needs to produce its own serotonin.

That raw material is called 5-hydroxytryptophan--5-HTP for short.

5-HTP is not a synthetic drug.  It is a compound produced by the body from tryptophan, an amino acid found in many foods.  It can be very difficult to consume enough tryptophan in the diet to overcome serotonin deficiency.  However, 5-HTP can also be extracted from plants.  This form of 5-HTP is now widely available--without a prescription--as a nutritional supplement.  As you will learn in this book, 5-HTP promises to revolutionize the treatment of serotonin-related emotional and physical conditions.

In Europe, 5-HTP has been used for decades as an approved treatment for depression, sleep problems, weight loss, and other medical complaints.  It is just now starting to sweep America.  In my practice as a licensed physician, I have prescribed 5-HTP as part of overall therapy programs for hundreds of patients in just the past few years.  The results I have seen have been tremendous: improved mood, better physical vitality, higher energy levels, a rediscovery of the basic joy of being alive.

Research into 5-HTP and serotonin is exploding.  Throughout this book you will learn about the results of scientific and clinical studies, here and abroad, that are helping to unlock the secrets of 5-HTP.  While there are many questions yet to explore, the evidence is clear: 5-HTP is a safe, natural way to boost brain serotonin levels.  Use of 5-HTP has been shown to produce results equal to or better than those of standard synthetic drugs used in the treatment of problems arising from serotonin deficiency syndrome.

My goal in writing this book is to provide you with the information and guidance you need to understand what 5-HTP can do for you.  Along the way I will explain some of the fascinating activity that takes place inside your brain and your body every second of every day.  Understanding that process will help underscore your awareness of what a magnificent creation your body is, and how a deficiency in a single chemical substance--serotonin--can wreak such widespread havoc.

Just as important, you'll also discover how the safe and appropriate use of 5-HTP can produce dramatic results in the form of better mood, better sleep, less pain, and greater satisfaction with life.

Serotonin: The Brain's Master Molecule

Serotonin--which scientists also call 5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT for short--plays many vital roles in brain chemistry.  Not only is it important in itself for controlling your moods and behavior, it also acts as a kind of chemical traffic cop that regulates the activity of many other neurotransmitters.  If your serotonin levels are too low, then your brain and your entire body may perform poorly, just as the performance of the entire play suffers when the leading actor fails to make his entrance or remember his lines.

Scientists first discovered and isolated serotonin from the blood in the 1940s.  Research since then confirms that serotonin has many important effects throughout the body.  For example, serotonin is found in platelets, the component of blood that promotes clotting.  Whenever you bleed, the platelets release serotonin to help constrict the blood vessels and minimize further loss of blood.  The cells of your digestive tract also contain serotonin and serotonin receptors.  The chemical regulates the secretion of stomach acid and other digestive fluids.  It also stimulates certain intestinal muscles to contract, which helps move food along.

Our main concern, however, is with the role of serotonin within the brain.  Serotonin influences a wide range of normal brain activity, including moods, eating patterns, pain transmission, sexual behavior, and sleep.  The level of serotonin present in your brain can have a tremendous impact on how you think, feel, and behave.  Having an adequate supply produces what is sometimes called the "serotonin effect"--a feeling of calmness, mild euphoria, and relaxation.  Having too little serotonin can lead to the opposite situation--feelings of depression, anxiety, and other problems associated with serotonin deficiency syndrome.


The Effects of Different Levels of Serotonin

Optimal Level of Serotonin
Hopeful, optimistic
Calm
Good-natured
Patient
Reflective and thoughtful
Loving and caring
Able to concentrate
Creative, focused
Able to think things through
Responsive
Does not overeat carbohydrates
Sleeps well with good dream recall

Low Level of Serotonin
Depressed
Anxious
Irritable
Impatient
Impulsive
Abusive
Short attention span
Blocked, scattered
Flies off the handle
Reactive
Craves sweets and high-carbohydrate foods
Insomnia and poor dream recall

Out of the dozens of neurotransmitters, serotonin is the one most involved in the onset--and for that matter, the treatment--of various medical and psychiatric problems.  If something goes wrong with the serotonin system, the impact can be tremendous.  The consequences of serotonin deficiency syndrome can be devastating and include plunging moods, health-threatening food cravings, ruined sleep, skull-cracking headaches, overwhelming body pain, and just plain exhaustion.  Because low serotonin can result from the stress and strain of our modern way of living, and because its symptoms severely reduce the joy of life to such a tremendous degree for so many people, I consider serotonin deficiency syndrome to be one of the most widespread and debilitating medical problems of our time.

Conditions Associated with Low Serotonin Levels

Aggression
Alcoholism
Anxiety
Attention deficit disorder
Bulimia
Carbohydrate cravings
Chronic pain disorders (such as fibromyalgia)
Depression
Epilepsy
Headaches (migraines, tension headaches, ...

Revue de presse

"A clear and practical guide...I recommend it highly."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Dr. Murray is...a champion of natural medicine who has much to teach psychiatry about relieving mental suffering."
--Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., bestselling author of Healing Anxiety with Herbs and Hypericum (St. John's Wort) and Depression

"Explains why 5-HTP, a natural substance, is as powerful a treatment as the latest wonder drugs--and yet is so much safer it doesn't need a prescription! This is an important book that will bring blessed relief to many people."
--Melvyn R. Werbach, M.D., author of Nutritional Influences on Mental Illness; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles

"Again Dr. Murray is on target, this time teaching us the pertinent facts and the importance of serotonin and its precursor, 5-HTP.... An important book for all who desire a healthier, longer, and more fruitful life."
--James F. Balch, Jr., M.D., author of The Super Antioxidants

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encore un livre qui prétend offrir une solution naturelle à une palanquée de problèmes que beaucoup de gens rencontrent... Il ne faut pas rêver, le 5-htp c'est une bonne béquille, ça marche mais pas dans les proportions annoncées et rien de miraculeux là dedans...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well written book 26 janvier 2001
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Minor obsessive-compulsive disorder run in my family. A brother of mine is taking Zoloft. I was looking for a natural alternative to treat symptoms that I've had that are considered "mild" by the psychiatric community (my symptoms don't prevent me from holding down a job and having relationships). I've been unable to find a cure with behavioral modification. This book had the information I needed to understand the neurological and behavioral systems that are affected by serotonin deficiency. I was impressed with Dr. Murray's presentation of scientific studies and comparisons of 5-HTP against pharmological alternatives. I'm on 5-HTP now and it "magically" cured my 20-year compulsion. 5-HTP is no placebo. Like one of the other reviwers, I have to take 5-HTP in the morning. Taken before bedtime, I experience very vivid dreams and wake up at 3:00 a.m., unable to get back to sleep.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent, informative source for alternative health 23 juin 1998
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This well-written and extremely interesting book is a must-read for anyone suffering from insomnia, carbohydrate cravings (which often lead to obesity), depressed moods, or migraines. All of these medical problems have been linked to lack of serotonin, a chemical that the human brain makes naturally, which plays a part in the ability to feel pleasure, feel satisfied after eating, and feel well rested. Dr. Murray introduces his reader to a naturally-derived serotonin booster, 5-HTP, which has had positive effects on obese, insomniac, and depressed patients in both medical studies and in his own patients, so far without the negative side effects associated with Prozac and fen-phen.
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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I Gave This Book To My Doctor 28 janvier 2000
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When I skimmed the book jacket it was like reading a list of my symptoms: strong need for carbs in the evening, depression, difficulty in sleeping. I bought the book, but wasn't expecting any miracles. Well, I found one. Dr. Murphy painstakingly documents hundreds of clinical studies that prove the effectiveness of this amino acid when used to treat everything from obesity to migranes. He never asks the reader to take a leap of faith; rather he explains everything about this product in exceptional detail. I was so impressed with both the book, as well as the results I saw within 3 days of my taking this supplement, that I gave my copy of the book to my doctor. He specializes in hereditary diseases and thanked me for passing this on to him. Warning: as is noted in the book, some people (like myself) do experience nausea when first trying this supplement. This was easily fixed by taking tablets that are coated -- like aspirin -- so they don't dissolve in the stomach, but in the intestines. Thank you Dr. Murphy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 5-HTP Choices. 21 juillet 2000
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Regarding the debate between Murray's book and Sahelian's, each has merit. The bottom line is that both books offer considerable information on the benefits of 5-HTP. For many it is proving to be a viable solution to the conditions that plague so many. Murray's book offers substantial information that is easy to understand, but the recommended high initial dosage has worried some consumers. My sister has taken 5-HTP for a while now and is seeing great improvement without suffering from the side effects of the SSRI she had been on previously. A site where she has had great service as well as a variety of product choices is iHerb. She is pleased that they offer several choices of 5-HTP with dosages as low as 50 mg. so she could initially start with a low dosage and then find what works best for her.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Quality sleep, less Anxiety 19 septembre 1998
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I had such a hard time falling asleep, accompanied by debilitating anxiety, until I read this book and started taking 5-HTP. My problem was so serious that I found I was sleeping with my eyes open (Ouch!) The very first night I took it, I slept like a baby. I was unable to take prescription sleep aids and anxiety drugs because of depression and other medical problems. I felt immediate relief with 5-HTP.
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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If you notice that the benefits of 5-HTP seem to wear off after one month, I recommend that you supplement the treatment by taking 500 mg of L-tyrosine or 100 mg of D,L-phenylalanine three times daily. &quote;
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If you are not satisfied with the results, you can consider increasing the dosage. The maximum dose I would recommend for depression is 150 mg of 5-HTP four times daily (total daily dose 600 mg) for two weeks. If this dosage works for you, great. If not, then you may want to consider adding an herbal medicine. Typically, for people over the age of fifty, I recommend Ginkgo biloba extract. If the patient is under the age of fifty, I usually suggest St-Johns-wort extract. &quote;
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My standard recommendation for adults is to start by taking doses of 50 mg three times per day. If needed, after two weeks, increase the dosage of 5-HTP to 100 mg three times per day. &quote;
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