I am pleased to share this wonderful book review by Dr Winston Chung, MD and Child Psychiatrist, and featured the SFGate blog http://blog.sfgate.com/ City Brights which features “prominent local citizens and experts with a unique Bay Area perspective that is often enlightening, sometimes infuriating and always thought-provoking”. Dr James Lake, MD and foreword writer for my book “introduced” us.
Here are the opening paragraphs:
“Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, cannabis, fatty or sugary ‘comfort’ foods, nicotine, wine or beer are all things that may pass our lips in an effort to calm our minds or to help sleep. Why does it seem hard to believe that healthy food choices or dietary habits could help decrease anxiety?
The Antianxiety Food Solution is a new book that describes how nutritional deficiencies or biochemical vulnerabilities may predispose one to anxiety, proposing dietary guidelines to consider for anyone looking for ways to reduce anxiety.
Author and nutrition expert Trudy Scott recommends including more high-quality vegetables, fruit and protein.
Trudy Scott, CN, is President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and author of this book. Trudy’s own personal journey with anxiety led to an understanding of her unique blood sugar issues and food sensitivities, and a nutrition practice that focuses on food, mood and women’s health.”
I love that his review focuses on some of the very powerful and yet simple changes you can make:
Avoid Sugar and Control Blood Sugar Swings
Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine
Address Problems with Gluten and Other Food Sensitivities
and Improve Your Digestion
Dr Chung has made one thought-provoking comment that I respectfully disagree with.
Dr Chung: “To those looking for help with anxiety, I would warn against stopping or trying to replace current modalities with dietary changes. In my opinion, antianxiety food solutions should be considered as an adjunctive approach to standard treatments.”
And my response: I have worked with enough anxious people and there is enough clinical research to support that food and nutrients may not necessarily be an adjunctive approach to standard treatments. Food and nutrients and lifestyle changes can replace current modalities for many people. But I do caution everyone to work with their doctor before stopping or trying to replace current modalities and medications.
You can read the whole review here:
Dr Chung teaches at a community-based, non-profit hospital in San Francisco. He produced and hosted “Mind and Body” radio on KUSF, and was previously a producer and host at Pirate Cat Radio, KPDO and KUCR. His writing has appeared in the Daily Illini, the Korea Herald and the Wall Street Journal. Be sure to check out his other very interesting articles on Bright Lights of SFGate – music therapy, ADHD, Prozac and much more.
The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings, is now available in major books stores, at Amazon and via www.antianxietyfoodsolution.com