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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]

Patrick Holford , Dr James Braly , David Miller
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25 Sep 2008
This groundbreaking book from the UK's leading spokesman on nutrition looks at why millions of people have cravings for substances such as coffee, sugar and alcohol, as well to drugs such as sleeping pills, antidepressants, marijuana and cocaine. It uncovers how the brain becomes addicted and how it can be 'unaddicted' through a combination of diet, supplements and lifestyle factors. The book is written in association with Dr David Miller, who has worked in the addiction field for 25 years and is an expert in relapse prevention. It looks at each of the most common substances that people become addicted to and offers specific advice on how to tackle that particular substance safely and effectively yourself. In-depth yet practical and accessible, HOW TO QUIT WITHOUT FEELING S**T, will allow you to understand why you feel the way you do, whether you have a depndency or have already given up but still feel lousy. The book provides a 12-week action plan for becoming addiction free - without suffering the deeply unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal that most addicts believe they must go through

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (25 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749940220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749940225
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Holford BSc, DipION, FBANT, NTCRP 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 NTC (Nutritional Therapy 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 Patron of IANT (Irish Association of Nutritional Therapy) in 2009.

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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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for alleviating abstinence symptoms. 4 Oct 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Close, but have a cigar.... 16 Mar 2011
I am a smoker and when I started reading this book I was initially hopeful that I had found the solution I had been searching for, all the initial principles made logical sense. However, after the first 200 pages of reading I got impatient/bored and jumped to the information I needed.

That is when I got the distinct "snake oil" feeling which you will be familiar with if you are smoker searching for a way to quit.
My concerns are :
The fact that it isnt dealing with a method of how to quit more a method of reducing the cravings, which may sound picky but if you are going to crack an addiction there is a whole world of psycholigical triggers which need addressing as well as the physical. Which this book seems to shrug off with "what ever method you want to use to quit" hmmmmm but isn't that why I brought your selftitled S**t book?

The dosages of the vitamins/amino acids which seemed very high. Also because they were so high they are hard to source at a reasonable price (initial investigation was 150+ for a month) and then it seems that you are then required to take them on an ongoing basis? with no sort of guarantee that it will actually work.
Further assistance is constantly offered by plugging the authors website (which has a members area where you can ask questions if you pay!)

The final point was the most aggravating as the pescription had such high dosages that you would want to query it, you google it and find that it doesnt look good and you go to his site to find no FAQ just a join now (for spam) or pay (for members area)

Overall - The system may work but I will not be trying it on the basis that it appears to be a very elongated advert for the authors products. This book looks to be another way to try and cash in on the desperate and addicted.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to quit 23 April 2009
Very easy to read, well informed book. Not the complete answer, but a very good look at the phsyical side of addiction. The succinct suggestions on how to use amino acids for treating specific behaviours and emotions are great and well explained. My migraine headaches have even benifited.
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