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5-HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia par [Murray, Michael]
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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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Par Edward J. Barton - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As part of my continuing desire to learn more about natural medicine and wellness, I read Dr. Murray's book on 5-HTP. The basic premise of the book is that sarotonin levels regulate many of the body's moods and behavior patterns - such as sleep and appetite. With a sarotonin imbalance or deficiency, the individual is subject to depression, food cravings, insomnia and the like. 5-HTP is a compound that increases the production of serotonin in the body. The book discusses many uses of serotonin as it relates to many medical conditions, and also compares its effectiveness to many common drugs, like Prozac. It also discusses the foods you need to eat in order to boost 5-HTP intake without supplimentation.

A decent book, and a reminder that a well balanced diet can do wonders for a body - and that there are alternative methods to traditional drugs in some cases. If you have an interest in naturopathy and natural wellness, this is a great read.
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I so appreciated his approach of explaining how this works and what other supplements can be taken safely with it. It can get technical in spots and for some this can be too much. Just skip over the technological spots and read on because there is plenty of helpful information for everyone. A great book you will want to keep.
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Par M. Winter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Informative and thoughtful book. 5-HTP has helped me in the past year. I was on antidepressant meds for many years. I was able to detox from them and also from benzodiazepines with the aid of 5-HTP. However, I found that after being on it for months, I was still unable to sleep and I found out that
tryptophan would be far betterNOW Foods L-Tryptophan 500mg, 120 Vcaps See my review. This has taken almost a year and I am still adjusting. I do not recommend doing this without help. It is very hard to find a Doctor who works with the supplements. Therapy is essential while doing this. I also read The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. If you are considering medication for depression, 5-HTP is safer and does not have withdrawl symptoms like conventional medicine. I am considering attempting to write a book about my experiences. Does anyone out there find this informatio helpful. I am not really interested in making a lot of money, just in getting the word out.
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Par sliphopper - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a very thorough and informative book on 5HTP. There's alot of info I wasn't aware of and because of it, I've begun to lose weight by following the advice in it. I'm surprised it is not touted as THE way to lose weight to give the bogus weight loss "systems" a run for their money. I like the fact that it lists studies, statistics, it's multiple uses and how it works. I didn't know it double dutied as a safe sleeping aid, for example and now use it as well for that purpose. It's too bad it gets swept under the rug for those that want to use a supplement as safe as 5HTP.
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This book provided scientific, statistical and anecdotal support for my decision to use this product. It guides you through the body and the brain and explains how and why it works, and why it is better than other alternatives. The author provides suggested supplements for use with 5 HTP and appropriate dosages for each of its many uses. It was very readable and not dogmatic.
For those, like me, who suspect that long term use of prescription antidepressants may be inadvisable, and for those who are looking for less expensive and safer ways to manage their moods, their weight, their pain, and their sleep patterns, this book is an excellent guide.
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