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The next book I’m reading

I just picked this book up at the library. Thanks for tuning in. I hope everyone is nourishing their adrenal glands this week. And, preparing for a nourishing, relaxing, grateful, connecting-with-someone Thanksgiving.

P.S. More books on the subject of the healthy intersection of brain and body— and getting to happy from wherever you are:  Mood Repair Books List

Why I take 5-HTP. And, CAUTIONS!

*UPDATE 10/14/2016 My sources of folate are: a diet rich in leafy greens and a multivitamin. The brand I’m currently taking is Thorne Research 2/Day. I take one at breakfast with a 50mg dose of 5htp, and again both at 2:00 p.m.  I also take magnesium glycine and taurine. All of these together are the core of my “calm and happy” nutrient supplementation. You can see other posts throughout my site and in the future for more information about other supplements such as brain-critical fats (fish oil and phospholipids) supplements.

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Fish Oil Guidelines

This post is practical info about buying and taking fish oil, as part of any proper mood repair project. My doctor had me switch off cod liver oil (CLO) to fish oil.  This is because my plan includes taking a high quality multi-vitamin which helps to simplify (somewhat) my supplement plan.  I hope that if you follow along with me on this blog, eventually you will end up at a supplement plan that has you feeling awesome.  I’m feeling much better already, but I continue to plug away at figuring out each component of my supplement plan. Continue reading

Another, different, Amino Acid product

If you are researching amino acids for mood repair, you’ll want to see this one:



Mood Repair Books List


All of these books deal with evidence-based, non-pharmaceutical, natural methods for repairing the biochemical environment of the brain: the body!—through basic and therapeutic nutrition, plus lifestyle changes.  I keep finding more doctors who are trying to get this same message across!  The books each have a different way of approaching it, but all are saying basically the same thing: make some changes and you CAN feel better.

[Added 11/17/2016] A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, a practicing psychiatrist with a degree in cognitive neuroscience from MIT, and MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, and clinical training from NYU School of Medicine. This book is geared toward women.

The Mood Cure by Julie Ross – Quotes from Larson’s approach (see next). Good starter quiz on her website: Mood Type Questionnaire

Depression Free Naturally by Joan Mathews Larson (her clinic is located in my neighborhood) – This one contains the most info on the chemistry.

Healing Anxiety and Depression: Based on Cutting-Edge Brain Imaging Science by Daniel G. Amen. Dr. Amen is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Look up AmenClinics.com.  This book is on my list. Meanwhile I’ve been listening to an audiobook of his Change your Brain, Change Your Age. And, skipping around in Unleash The Power of the Female Brain.

The Chemistry of Joy and The Workbook– I listened to the audio book.  This book balances the lifestyle changes along with meditative and cognitive approaches.

Ultramind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First and other books by Mark Hyman, M.D.  – This one goes very much in depth. I haven’t read it (yet), but his books are featured at the clinic where I am going to an integrative doc. I looked over some documentation where he walks you through specific troubleshooting of many different health issues. If you are male, you might want to look at The Chemistry of Joy for a similar approach using a holistic approach to lifestyle impacts.