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How To Quit Without Feeling S**T: The fast, highly effective way to end addiction to caffeine, sugar, cigarettes, alcohol, illicit or prescription drugs Hardcover – 25 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (25 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749940220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749940225
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Holford BSc, DipION, FBANT, CHNC pioneers new approaches to health and nutrition. He is the founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London (Europe's leading training centre for nutritional therapists), is Chief Executive of the Food for the Brain Foundation and the author of over 30 books.

He is widely regarded as Britain's best-selling author and leading spokesman on nutrition and mental health issues, hence being frequently quoted in national newspapers from the Daily Mail to the Guardian. Patrick is also popular on radio shows and national television as a presenter, interviewer and guest.

Patrick started his academic career in the field of psychology. While completing his bachelor degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of York, he researched the role of nutrition in mental health and illness. He became a student of the late Dr Carl Pfeiffer, director of Princeton's Brain Bio Center, and later a student of Dr Abram Hoffer, Director of the International Schizophrenia Foundation in Canada, who were leading the field in mental health and nutrition. In 1980 he started treating mental health patients with nutritional medicine.

In 1984 Patrick founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), a charitable and independent educational trust for the furtherance of education and research in nutrition. Today, ION is the largest training school in the UK offering a diploma course in nutritional therapy and is widely respected as a leading edge organisation by professionals and media alike. Patrick formed a relationship with the late Dr Linus Pauling, who became the Patron of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.

In 1986, Patrick started researching the effects of nutrition on intelligence, collaborating with Gwillym Roberts, a headmaster and student at ION. This culminated in a randomised controlled trial testing the effects of improved nutrition on children's IQ - an experiment that was the subject of a Horizon documentary and published in the Lancet in 1988. This study was the first of its kind in the world and considerably raised awareness of the role of nutrition in intelligence.

During his years as director of ION, Patrick ran many educational campaigns that brought attention to the importance of zinc and pyrolluyria, disglycaemia, antioxidants, methylation and homocysteine, IgG food allergies, essential fats in mental health - factors still greatly underestimated in the treatment of mental illness. Patrick retired as Director of ION in 1997 to focus on writing, teaching and researching.

Patrick was awarded an honorary Diploma from ION and is also an Honorary Fellow of BANT (the British Association of Nutritional Therapists), and a Member of CHNC (The Complementary and Natural
Healthcare Council). In 2003 he founded the Brain Bio Centre at ION, a treatment centre pioneering the optimum nutrition approach for mental health, to formalise the treatment of mental health with nutrition and to act as a research centre. The Brain Bio centre is owned by the Food for the Brain Foundation, a registered education charity set up by Patrick to promote awareness of the link between learning, behaviour, mental health and nutrition. In 2007, Patrick was appointed Patron of South African Association for Nutritional Therapy, and in 2014 he was inducted onto the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame.

Patrick lectures and conducts workshops throughout the world on a wide range of topics, to the public, health professionals and the medical profession. In the UK he presents around 50 workshops and lectures a year. His knowledge, personality and enthusiasm, together with his strong scientific approach, helps him to stimulate lively debates, simplifying complex issues and help the public and professionals expand their understanding of health issues. Patrick is frequently involved in government campaigns and debates concerning optimum nutrition.

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Another excellent book from Patrick Holford, this deals with addictions - not just alcohol, drugs and nicotine - but sugar and caffeine too. All have major impacts on health and well-being and are difficult to give up without expert help. Using nutrition and providing the right nutrients and supplements, investigating allergies, stabilising blood sugar levels and addressing the psychological reasons for addiction the Brain Bio Clinic, founded by Holford, helps many people every year. This book is written for anyone who feels it is time to take control of their lives, rather than being run by their addictions and experiencing the mental and physical consequences. It isn't made out to be easy, but a detailed run down of how to approach each addiction gives an insight in how to change. There are plenty of resources, references and places to get help included as well. (BOOK OF THE MONTH, HEALTHYSOUL.CO.UK)

Whether booze, fags, sugar or drugs are your vice, this book has been written to help rid you of your addiction - for good! Including action plans, case studies and diet tips, this easy-to-understand book has the potential to be a life-changing. (STAR MAGAZINE)

If smoking, prescription drugs, caffeine or even sugar are a day-to-day vice affecting your health, this could be your weapon. (BRAND NEW YOU)

Book of the Week: A helpful, holistic and very thorough guide to quitting dependencies from sugar to drugs, via cigarettes, antidepressants and alcohol. (YOU MAGAZINE)

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The fast and highly effective way to stop cravings, end addiction and recover energy and happiness without drugs

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By John Coats on 4 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
It is undoubtedly true that nutrition plays an important part in maintaining mental and emotional equilibrium.

This book sets out, in some detail, many of the biochemical factors which may influence the way we feel. It suggests foods and supplements which may be beneficial for generating a sense of well-being. It is a very informative book and gives a useful account of the association between the various neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine etc.) and mood.

Some parts of the book are more suitable for specialists with some knowledge of biochemistry than they are for the general reader. Some of the suggested regimes of supplements seem rather complicated (and possibly expensive).

I would have found the book even more impressive if it had suggested more practical means of improving our ordinary diet to produce the desired effects.

Instead, we find the following types of advice "When you are feeling anxious...take GABA, tryptophan, 5-HTP or taurine.", "When you...feel apathetic, take tyrosine.", "When you are feeling hypersensitive...take DL-phenylalanine"..."To offset cravings, take glutamine or GABA". For those who "...are sicker and feel more hopeless than others..." it is suggested that "intravenous nutrient therapy" is appropriate.

It is usually desirable for people who suffer from addictive disorders to get away from the idea that the solutions to all of their problems are to be found in the contents of more pills, potions and syringes. Nevertheless, a great deal of work has clearly gone into the production of this book and the information which it contains looks extremely useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By reader5113 on 8 May 2013
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I read this book ages ago but didn't put it into practice. Recently when I really wanted to kick a long term addiction to cannabis, I read it again. I ordered a lot of the supplements from Amazon - some I already had anyway. A lot of them can be bought fairly cheaply if you shop around and are good for your general health anyway. I have found they have really helped me through with minimal physical discomfort. I have slept well throughout which has always been my big sticking point in the past. Not being able to sleep really does lead me back to the addiction, because lack of sleep makes an addict vulnerable in early recovery. I also attend 12 step meetings for the psychological side. Some have said that it's expensive, but it's a lot cheaper than taking yourself off to rehab. You need to experiment a bit with dosages as everyone is different, but I have found NOW True Calm a great GABA, Taurine and Valerian combo for sleep and am taking l-Glutamine too and various other supplements. It's worked so far for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Aug. 2012
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The authors of this book have long experience in helping people overcome addictions.

This is an excellent book clearly explaining the nutritional deficits that result from addiction/habitual overuse of various substances including alcohol, nicotine, sugar, caffeine, sleeping pills, antidepressants, cannabis, stimulants such as amphetamines and cocaine, also heroin and painkillers, amongst others. It is these deficits that underlie the cravings which make it so hard to stop.

The nutritional supplements to correct this imbalance(different for different substances)are clearly laid out. As pointed out by a previous reviewer these may not be cheap - but then neither are many of the substances we get addicted to. Also if you are going to the trouble of taking nutritional supplements to rebalance the brain's chemistry it makes sense to use good quality supplements at the recommended dosage, for the specified period (approximately 3 months). It won't be for ever and it will give you the best chance of getting a healthy body, brain and life as they support you to make the changes that mean you can become free of your habit/addiction/dependency.

This approach has been used successfully in USA for over 20 years through various clinics. This book is now making the information widely available to anyone who is ready to start helping themself. This nutritional support can be used in conjunction with psychological therapies if necessary.

The book is also available as a CD set. Personally, I found the information easier to take in from the book as it is easier to dip in and out.
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If you are brave enough to purchase this book, and spend the time to read it, you will achieve results.
I was told about this book by a friend who thought that it may help me with my sleeping problems and the way I was feeling in general.
I ended up a changed person, even though sadly it hasn't been able to help me with my sleep , but I have now found that this is a different issue.
So I decided to do the mood prescription in the book, as I wanted to cut out sugars and caffeine in my diet, well not only have I done that, but I am happy to tell you, that I have stopped smoking too.....!!!! I really didn't expect that to happen, I wasn't even planning on it right now, although I knew it was something I had to tackle later on.....
I just woke up one morning feeling really good, and realised that I hadn't had a cigarette since the morning before, and I really didn't want one either!
I am pleased to say that I am now near the end of 3 weeks of not smoking now :-) A big achievement after smoking for over 35 years!
I didn't realise the impact this book would have on my life, but I am so glad I bought it.
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