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  • Paperback: 501 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749927852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749927851
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,126 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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This is the breakthrough we've been waiting for. (Professor Andre Tylee, Institute of Psychiatry, London)

If you care about your mind, your moods or even your mental alertness, OPTIMUM NUTRITION FOR THE MIND will change your attitudes to the foods you eat- for the better! This comprehensive work will provide you with food for thought. An excellent book. (Dr Chris Steele, ITV's This Morning)

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A practical, in-depth examination of how you can use nutrition to improve your mind and prevent mental health problems such as depression and memory decline

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How sharp is your mind, how balanced is your mood, how consistent is your energy, how happy are you - and what, if anything, do these qualities have to do with what you eat? These are some of the questions we set out to answer in Britain's biggest-ever health survey - known as ONUK for Optimum Nutrition UK - which involved 37,000 people and took place in 2004. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader on 11 Dec. 2011
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This book is well worth reading. I'm taking it slowly, marking up various points of interest, which takes forever, so I'm at p.200, but have dipped into the bits I haven't yet read in detail. Holford's style is matter-of-fact rather than sensationalist, except when he's dealing with the statistics on mental health, which make for sobering reading. Holford worked with legends in the field, such as Dr Carl Pfeiffer and Dr Abram Hoffer (who wrote the foreword), and he's a lot more solid than some people make him out to be.

There are relatively few good up-to-date books on nutrition and mental/emotional health. There's no need for me to over-hype this one. It delivers what it promises, goes into plenty of detail with many pages of references if you want to follow up the scientific side, but if you just want to skim it or concentrate on a chapter dealing with a particular condition such as depression or memory, that's easy enough too. A very useful overview of the subject, and reading it will give you many tools to start to address various issues afflicting mood and mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helen Mary on 2 April 2012
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I'd recommend this book to anyone who suffers from anxiety or depression and wants to get better without using anti-depressants. The author explains how important the right nutrition is on your mental health - and how you can help yourself feel better by eating differently and taking supplements where appropriate. Since reading 3/4 of this book, I've reduced my prescribed medication significantly. It's a shame GP's don't know half the information in this book and use it to help people when they first start experiencing symptoms of low mood etc. This book made me feel empowered about my own ability to improve my mental health now and in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali247 on 14 April 2013
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This is a book that everyone needs to read. From medical professionals to parents to people with depression to anyone looking to boost their health. Holford presents clear arguments for supplementing a healthy diet with additional vitamins and minerals. He also outlines the basis of a way of eating that anyone can follow if they value their health.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on 6 Dec. 2008
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This is the kind of book you will want everyone to read. Its fascinating, well-written and answers a lot of questions. The advice also works. I tried adding certain foods to my diet, for example and noticed an improvement within a week. It can get technical in places, but you can read each chapter on its own. Very highly recommended
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Caesar on 31 Jan. 2009
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Initially this is a facinating book and it is very easy to read and understand.
It may be easy to become depressed yourself if you're not careful and some parts make you feel that the whole thing is nothing but a sales ploy for supplements. It does say what foods are best but will often say that is not enough. He may be right! I have been taking certain supplements for 2 months as advised by a nutritional expert but have no improvement in mind or body.

A very very interesting read - well laid out - informative. I would recommend to anyone with an open mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 21 Nov. 2013
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Its a strange mix of science and opinion. Categories with names like ' Brain drainers' and statements like...sugar makes you stupid, I found it hard to read.....and the amount of opinion as opposed to evidence made me give up trying. The Author is well read and well informed but this book is far too long winded. The random use of non linear evidence makes it all.....a little hard to swallow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen hale on 24 Jan. 2015
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So far so good haven't finished it yet but already it is becoming the diet plan I hope to follow for the rest of my life. very comprehensive research and packed with convincing evidence and information
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda on 10 July 2009
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A very informative book. Someone I know tried the vitamin treatment in this book on an episodic mental disorder without medication and it worked! Now she has a safe alternative whenever the problem occurs with no side effects!

Psychatrists, Doctors, nurses and anyone in the medical proffession should be trained in this method as a safe alternative to the poisons that are being prescribed.

For less and the more severe mental problems, this book is brilliant. For the more severe mental disorders; There is a safe way to reduce or come off medication but ideally you may need someone who is trained in this method to help you - The Brain Bio Centre in Richmond are experts in this method, have psyciatrists and nutritionists familiar with this method and also use extensive tests to tailor a programme to your needs. Although expensive for some, you can't put a price on good health can you!

All in all this is a must read and a real eye opener!
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