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"The best proof that the anxiety patient has a magnesium-responsive condition is to prescribe the repletion dose and assess whether or not the troublesome symptoms (e.g., some combination of latent tetany, hyperventilation syndrome, spasmophilia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and neurocirculatory asthenia) have ameliorated.^ Side effects with magnesium are rare, but can include gastrointestinal disturbances (e.g., diarrhea), dizziness, or faintness due to hypotension, as well as sluggishness, cognitive impairment, and depression if excessive doses are administered."
- Dr. Jonathan Prousky, BPHE, BSc, ND, FRSH, Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment (Get the book.)

"University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and her colleagues described the treatment of eleven children with behavioral disorders, including mood swings, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, oppositional disorder, bipolar disorder, and Asperger's syndrome. All of the children received a daily high-potency multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement. After just eight weeks, the children's behavior had gotten significantly better. Taking a high-potency vitamin supplement is one of the best things we can do for our health, and it's sad that this simple act is so widely ignored or discouraged."
- Jack Challem, The Food-Mood Solution: All-Natural Ways to Banish anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems--and Feel Good Again (Get the book.)

"This may generate a little anxiety at first, but you will likely get better at it so that you mentally note but otherwise ignore the impulse. Be mindful. To focus and improve your memory, you have to first pay attention. In today's world, this often means consciously ignoring potential distractions, such as trying to do too many things at once. Stick to doing what you have to do until you finish it. If it's a time-consuming project, you can give yourself a break after an hour or two and work on something else. That kind of work shifting may actually sharpen your concentration."

- Jack Challem, The Food-Mood Solution: All-Natural Ways to Banish anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems--and Feel Good Again (Get the book.)

"The symptoms include anxiety, which is often intertwined with depression, as well as a tendency to be easily startled, have flashbacks and nightmares, be sensitive to noise, be hypervigilant, feel emotionally numbed, or have panic attacks. Psychological Tips Post-traumatic stress disorder is serious. The earlier it is treated, however, the quicker a person's recovery is likely to be. Treatment should include psychological counseling (talk therapy), nutrition, supplements, and medications when appropriate."

- Jack Challem, The Food-Mood Solution: All-Natural Ways to Banish anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems--and Feel Good Again (Get the book.)

"C 6 In a double-blind study, 45 patients with anxiety disorders were given 5-HTP, clomipramine, or placebo. A References 1. Nicoll RA. Introduction to the pharmacology of CNS drugs. In Katzung BG (ed.). Basic & Clinical Pharmacology. 6th ed. Norwalk, CT: Appleton & Lange. 1995:330. 2. Braverman ER, Pfeiffer CC, Blum K, et al. The Healing Nutrients Within. 2nd ed. New Canaan, CT, Keats Publishing, i997;246-47,247-58, 290-303. 3. Mitchell WA Jr. Foundations of Natural Therapeutics: Biochemical Apologetics of Naturopathic Medicine. Tempe, AZ: Southwest College Press, 1997^05-08. 4."
- Dr. Jonathan Prousky, BPHE, BSc, ND, FRSH, Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment (Get the book.)

"Evidence-Based Summary of Articles Demonstrating the Therapeutic Effectiveness of L-Glycine, GABA and Serotonin Precursors for the Treatment of anxiety and/or Related Psychiatric Syndromes Reference Study Information Grade 2 Expert opinion and some brief case reports about the therapeutic effectiveness of GABA and glycine. C 3 Expert opinion about the usefulness of glycine for panic attacks. D 5 Small experimental study on patients with hyperventilation syndrome who were given supplemental vitamin B-6and L-tryptophan."

- Dr. Jonathan Prousky, BPHE, BSc, ND, FRSH, Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment (Get the book.)

"The second case was of a 58-year-old insulin-dependent diabetic female with a 35-year history of generalized anxiety, and symptoms of worry, fear, sweating, shaking, insomnia, and mild depression. On one particular day, all of her symptoms worsened, and she experienced more frequent panic attacks. She also developed muscle spasms, stuttering, and tetany. A positive Chvostek's sign confirmed the tetany. Laboratory testing revealed a serum calcium level that was below normal at 6.1 mg/dL. She was eventually diagnosed with idiopathic hypoparathyroidism."

- Dr. Jonathan Prousky, BPHE, BSc, ND, FRSH, Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment (Get the book.)

"It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that the general level of anxiety in the U.S., as well as anxiety-related issues of mental health, has increased during that same period of time. Studies in 2002 indicated that as many as 35 percent of the individuals exposed to the trauma of 9/11 could be at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder.10 Five years later, that possibility became a reality when the high-school-aged children who initially experienced America's worst terrorist attack began showing an increased demand for anxiety-related treatment."
- Gregg Braden, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits (Get the book.)

"As genuine reasons for anxiety, like polio, TB and smoking; recede, they are replaced by phoney ones, so that the anxiety level is kept homeostatically constant. I can think of no process - save a major cataclysm such as a flu pandemic - that would reset this anxiety to a low level in the developed world. The phrase 'studies have shown' in a newspaper these days almost always prefaces a new worry to be added to the pile to make sure it does not shrink."
- Luca Turin, The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell (Get the book.)

"John's wort appeared to cause anxiety and palpitations. This side effect is often associated also with Prozac, affecting about 1 in every 11 people. Because St. John's wort and Prozac (and other similar drugs in Prozac's class) work in similar ways, it's not surprising that they can both be related to anxiety. What You Can Do The anxiety related to St. John's wort is very, very rare and of a mild nature. If you do experience anxiety and believe it's related to the plant, you may want to see if the anxiety passes in a day or so."
- Carol Turkington, The Hypericum Handbook: Nature's Antidepressant (Get the book.)

"As genuine reasons for anxiety, like polio, TB and smoking; recede, they are replaced by phoney ones, so that the anxiety level is kept homeostatically constant. I can think of no process - save a major cataclysm such as a flu pandemic - that would reset this anxiety to a low level in the developed world. The phrase 'studies have shown' in a newspaper these days almost always prefaces a new worry to be added to the pile to make sure it does not shrink."
- Luca Turin, The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell (Get the book.)

"A common issue surrounding weight loss is anxiety about what happens later. Sometimes this anxiety begins the very day you begin the plan. You "bite the bullet" for a period of time and you see results but inside there is a doubtful voice that says, "you know that this can't last." You'll have to go back to "normal" at some point. Then what? Will you regain the weight? Will you "fall off the wagon?" Will you have to feel deprived forever?"
- Wendy Bazilian, DRPH, MA, RD, Steven Pratt, MD, Kathy Matthews, Superfoods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients (Get the book.)

"For example, one genetic trait weakens a key enzyme that's involved in making serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Another genetic trait interferes with the transport of serotonin in the brain. Both of these genetic issues increase a person's risk of developing prolonged depression. As I'll explain later, though, supplements of certain neuronutrients can offset these weaknesses. How Sandy Cured the Blues In her early fifties, Sandy began to suffer from serious bouts of depression. She lived a high-stress life, running her own business and was always on the go."
- Jack Challem, The Food-Mood Solution: All-Natural Ways to Banish anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems--and Feel Good Again (Get the book.)

"Moreover, anxiety itself may worsen the manifestations of the disease [4, 76]. Appropriate dietary education and guidance may help ease symptoms and anxiety (Table 4). H. Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment of IBD usually involves medication, surgery, and nutrition and psychosocial support (see Table 5). The goals of treatment are essentially to bring about remission (or at least resolve symptoms), treat and prevent complications, restore and maintain nutritional status, and improve quality of life."
- Ann M. Coulston and Carol J. Boushey, Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease (Get the book.)

"Kava kava is the herb of choice to relax the body, relieve stress, to combat mild to moderate anxiety, for relief from headache and back pain. Kava is now recognized by many doctors as an alternative to drugs like Xanax and Valium. • Lobelia is an extremely powerful anti-spasmodic and sedative. It helps imptove breathing dramatically by dilating the bronchial tubes—great for asthmatics. • Passionflower is remarkably effective as a sedative to calm nerves that get on edge. • St. John's wort. Sometimes called "Nature's Prozac," St. John's wort helps relieve stress, anxiety, and tension."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"Coriander has been used for the relief of anxiety and insomnia in Iranian folk medicine. Recent experiments in mice may provide the secret to its enduring usage for anxiety. Throw Me a Lifesaver! DIABETES: When coriander was added to the diet of diabetic mice, it helped stimulate their secretion of insulin and lowered their blood sugar. HEART HEALTH: Coriander was given to rats that had been fed a high-fat and -cholesterol diet. The spice lowered total cholesterol and triglycerides significantly."
- David W. Grotto, RD, LDN, 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life! (Get the book.)

"That's because I don't like the anxiety and feelings of self-loathing that many people have with obesity. But you'll notice it appears in the table above as a "possible risk factor" linked to six types of cancer. When it comes to eating to help prevent cancer, obesity is a necessary part of the discussion. According to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, overweight and obesity account for 14 percent of all deaths from cancer in men and 20 percent in women."
- Elaine Magee, Food Synergy: Unleash Hundreds of Powerful Healing Food Combinations to Fight Disease and Live Well (Get the book.)

"They are the leaders in this infantile game and the lightning conductors of common anxiety. They fight the demons so that others can hunt the prey and in general fight reality." 7 And so it happens that if anyone—in whatever society—undertakes for himself the perilous journey into the darkness by descending, either intentionally or unintentionally, into the crooked lanes of his own spiritual labyrinth, he soon finds himself in a landscape of symbolical figures (any one of which may swallow him) which is no less marvelous than the wild Siberian world of the pudak and sacred mountains."
- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell (Get the book.)

"Conversely, all moments of separation and new birth produce anxiety. Whether it be the king's child about to be taken from the felicity of her established dual-unity with King Daddy, or God's daughter Eve, now ripe to depart from the idyl of the Garden, or again, the supremely concentrated Future Buddha breaking past the last horizons of the created world, the same archetypal images are activated, symbolizing danger, reassurance, trial, passage, and the strange holiness of the mysteries of birth."

- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell (Get the book.)

"Themistocles dreamed that a snake wound itself around his body, then crept up to his neck and when it touched his face became an eagle that took him in its talons and, carrying him upward, bore him a long distance, and set him down on a golden herald's staff that suddenly appeared, so safely that he was all at once relieved of his great anxiety and fear.12 The specific psychological difficulties of the dreamer frequently are revealed with touching simplicity and force: "I had to climb a mountain. There were all kinds of obstacles in the way."

- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell (Get the book.)

"Caution: Grapefruit may interact with some drugs for cholesterol, blood pressure, heart rhythm, depression, anxiety, HIV, immunosuppression, allergies, impotence, and seizures, possibly due to its natural phytochemicals called furanocoumarins. If you are under treatment for any of these conditions, check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding grapefruit to your diet. Resveratrol reduces oxidative stress. A polyphenol found in grapes, resver-atrol belongs to another subclass of antioxidant phytochemicals called phyto-alexin."
- Elaine Magee, Food Synergy: Unleash Hundreds of Powerful Healing Food Combinations to Fight Disease and Live Well (Get the book.)

"Tinnitus may also be exaggerated by severe emotional anxiety or physical stress. Some cases will resist all conventional modes of therapy. Since this problem is so widespread, the American Tinnitus Association (www.ata.org) was established to study and research the management of tinnitus. Enzyme therapy can be used to support the health of the systems in the body that may be associated with the disorder, including the digestive and immune systems."
- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"It also helps to reduce anxiety when possible and include moderate exercise in your daily regimen. Strenuous exercise can actually contribute to an acidic environment in the body because of the increased production of lactic acid. Though I am not suggesting that strenuous exercise is bad, if one is having difficulty achieving an acid-alkaline balance, it should be a consideration. MICROFLORA BALANCE Another often-ignored health threat that can affect your overall wellness and life span comes from bacteria. Bacteria are simple single-celled organisms that are found everywhere on earth."

- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"Recommendations include avoiding caffeine, sugar, food allergens, and alcohol, all of which can contribute directly to anxiety levels or reduce the ability to manage stress. Other recommended practices include eating regular healthy meals in a relaxed atmosphere; incorporating relaxation, breathing exercises, and moderate physical exercise into one's daily routine; and eliminating or reducing the sources of stress."

- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"Overstimulation, rapid environmental changes, and parents' anxiety will often make the child even more irritable. Recommendations include creating a calm, quiet environment during and following mealtimes. Nursing mothers should not eat foods that may be contributing to gastrointestinal irritability in their infants, such as dairy products, onions, wheat, and broccoli. Administering digestive enzymes to the infant and mother before feeding times may also be highly beneficial."

- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"This behavior is a matter of rational calculation: in everyday living we have learned that when a large group of people is unanimous in its judgment on a question of simple fact, the members of that group are almost certainly right. The anxiety and distress that Asch's subjects expressed may have come partly from their conclusion that their own senses were somehow not reliable. Another widely cited series of experiments relevant to herd behavior is Stanley Milgram's investigations of the power of authority."
- Brian Fagan, Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations (Get the book.)

"The magnificent youth, Cuchulainn, at the court of his uncle, Conchobar the king, aroused the anxiety of the barons for the virtue of their wives. They suggested that he should be found a wife of his own. Messengers of the king went out to every province of Ireland, but could find no one he would woo. Then Cuchulainn himself went to a maiden that he knew in Luglochta Loga, "the Gardens of Lugh." And he found her on her playing field, with her foster-sisters around her, teaching them needlework and fine handiwork."
- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell (Get the book.)

"Now, however, a new pill called Lunesta was raising anxiety among the Sanofi executives. A competing company had announced it would be spending as much money to promote Lunesta as McDonald's was paying to promote its fast food. The Lunesta ads appearing on television and in magazines featured an evanescent luna moth quietly fluttering in a deep purple starry night and offered slogans like "For refreshing sleep—night after night after night." It was this "night after night" part that had the French company's executives particularly stewing."
- Melody Petersen, Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs (Get the book.)

"Examples of symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation, gas, nausea, bloating, heartburn, excessive excretion of mucus from the colon, fatigue, some degree of anxiety or depression, and bowel urgency or incontinence. A more serious condition not necessarily resulting from IBS is inflammatory bowel disease, which causes ongoing inflammation of the intestines and includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Inflammatory bowel disease affects fewer people and tends to be hereditary."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"That stress can come in the form of an injury, an infection, or anxiety. Small amounts of stress can be good—for fighting off disease, helping us heal, or preparing us for a traumatic event. But when we chronically trigger inflammation, our bodies can turn on themselves. Italian endocrinologist Dr. Claudio Franceschi has developed a widely accepted theory on the relationship between chronic inflammation and aging."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

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