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5-HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia Paperback – Jun 1 1999


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (June 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553379461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553379464
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chances are that you, like millions of other Americans, are suffering from health problems that are a direct consequence of our stressed-out, modern way of living. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 11 2002
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I have suffered from mild depression for years. The therapy described in the book has worked like a miracle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 28 2000
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When I skimmed the book jacket it was like reading a list of my symptoms: strong need for carbs in the evening, depression, difficulty in sleeping. I bought the book, but wasn't expecting any miracles. Well, I found one. Dr. Murphy painstakingly documents hundreds of clinical studies that prove the effectiveness of this amino acid when used to treat everything from obesity to migranes. He never asks the reader to take a leap of faith; rather he explains everything about this product in exceptional detail. I was so impressed with both the book, as well as the results I saw within 3 days of my taking this supplement, that I gave my copy of the book to my doctor. He specializes in hereditary diseases and thanked me for passing this on to him. Warning: as is noted in the book, some people (like myself) do experience nausea when first trying this supplement. This was easily fixed by taking tablets that are coated -- like aspirin -- so they don't dissolve in the stomach, but in the intestines. Thank you Dr. Murphy.
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Nothing new here. Same old stuff you will find in any other book about 5-HTP. Dissapointed.
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By A Customer on Jan. 26 2001
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Minor obsessive-compulsive disorder run in my family. A brother of mine is taking Zoloft. I was looking for a natural alternative to treat symptoms that I've had that are considered "mild" by the psychiatric community (my symptoms don't prevent me from holding down a job and having relationships). I've been unable to find a cure with behavioral modification. This book had the information I needed to understand the neurological and behavioral systems that are affected by serotonin deficiency. I was impressed with Dr. Murray's presentation of scientific studies and comparisons of 5-HTP against pharmological alternatives. I'm on 5-HTP now and it "magically" cured my 20-year compulsion. 5-HTP is no placebo. Like one of the other reviwers, I have to take 5-HTP in the morning. Taken before bedtime, I experience very vivid dreams and wake up at 3:00 a.m., unable to get back to sleep.
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By A Customer on Dec 28 2000
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This is all natural. There are no known side effects. I have suffered from depression most of my life and this has helped more than antidepressants, but as you read in the book 5-HTP isn't the only supplement that you need to take. 5-HTP naturally occurs in biological chemical processes but people w/ depression are missing the normal levels found in "happy" people. You won't see any effects overnight as some people would like. Just follow the instructions in the book, you can't go wrong.
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By Suzanne Chonok on July 21 2000
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Regarding the debate between Murray's book and Sahelian's, each has merit. The bottom line is that both books offer considerable information on the benefits of 5-HTP. For many it is proving to be a viable solution to the conditions that plague so many. Murray's book offers substantial information that is easy to understand, but the recommended high initial dosage has worried some consumers. My sister has taken 5-HTP for a while now and is seeing great improvement without suffering from the side effects of the SSRI she had been on previously. A site where she has had great service as well as a variety of product choices is iHerb. She is pleased that they offer several choices of 5-HTP with dosages as low as 50 mg. so she could initially start with a low dosage and then find what works best for her.
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By A Customer on April 14 2000
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Murray does a good job summarizing the scientific experiments that have proven the mood-lifting benefits of 5-htp. However I was appalled to read on pg. 10, "Electrical signals travel along the axon at nearly the speed of light, just as they do along the wires in your electrical appliances." In fact, signal velocity along an axon depends on axon type and conditions, but is never more than about 100 meters per second - less than a millionth of the speed of light.
Long term effects of any mood-altering chemical are also a potential cause for concern. 5-htp does not have any known adverse long term effects, but by their nature, these effects tend not to be discovered until a drug has been in use for a long time. Users should exercise caution in dosage and pay careful attention to their own reactions.
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This book has lots and lots of excellent information. 5-HTP really works, as I suffer from depression and now take 5-HTP and it has greatly helped me. As for making one sick as one customer review said; you need to take the enteric coated kind of 5-HTP. This is something that is addressed in the book. Really good!
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