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The chemistry of calm : a powerful, drug-free plan to quiet your fears and overc
Emmons, Henry.
Adult Nonfiction 616.85223 E 2010

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Who doesn't need a Resilience Training Program? Psychiatrist Emmons (The Chemistry of Joy) rolls it out in eight-step "body and mind, heart and soul" detail for the worried, stressed-out, compulsive, and miserable minions suffering from depression and anxiety. It's a tall order, and Emmons triggers more than a few anxious moments himself with a regimen of diet and supplements that seems more rocket science than common sense. "Don't eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn't have recognized as food," he sagely counsels, quoting eat-food-not-too-much-mostly-plants guru Michael Pollan. The simple soon gets tricky: widen your horizons with spelt instead of wheat, goes one suggestion. Harder still is the mind-blowingly daunting list of supplements recommended to balance your brain chemistry. Where does one procure 5-HTP to boost serotonin levels? The good doctor is in much calmer territory with an elegant and lyrical guide to meditation and mindfulness. Not that being "aware and awake to the present moment" will be a walk in the park: following your breath takes more work than you'd think. But it could be worth the effort: Emmons reinforces a sweetly generous and drug-free way to tame the wild mind within. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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