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The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety

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Marrying Eastern techniques of meditation with traditional Western solutions of diet and exercise, celebrated psychiatrist Dr. Henry Emmons offers a proven plan to combat anxiety—without medication—that has helped tens of thousands gain inner peace and start enjoying life.

The debilitating effects of anxiety can affect your sense of well-being, health, longevity, productivi
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Touchstone
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This book was fine. It wasn't as interesting as The Chemistry of Joy, and it definitely wasn't as helpful or informative. It's clear that he's a professional psychiatrist and therapist, but it also seems like he's never had anything even close to a panic attack (not that it's necessary, but he seems only clinically familiar and not actually familiar with it). In fact, the information he includes about different forms of anxiety and its roots is brief and feels pretty empty.

I dislike that this bo
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an individual with longstanding depression and chronic pain, this awesome Resilience Training Program espoused by Emmons et al simply, naturally works. After nearly 15 years of prescription sleep aids, I now fall and return to sleep with ease, safely and naturally, without meds. My sense of optimism and self-confidence has rebounded as I've relearned to trust that my body and mind tend toward wholeness and calmness with proper self-care and support. An awesome, evidence-based program that wor ...more
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Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful, important book on balancing chemistry naturally -- through diet, exercise, healthy supplements, mindfulness, and re-thinking new understanding of neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, and gene expression. A positive reinforcement that who we are today doesn't necessarily have to be who we are tomorrow; we are less victims of our own biology than previously portrayed (think Freud...). As Dr. Emmons puts it, "we are resilient beings by nature. Everyone has a different degree of stress toler ...more
This book was laid out really well. Each section talked about different aspects to work on when dealing with anxiety. The mind body connect was the best for me and his meditations were well thought out and easy to follow. I'm really glad I read this book
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book has really helped me begin to find my way out of anxiety. The supplements recommended in the book work better than anything I have tried so far. As this book is about finding a balance between mind and body so you become more "resilient" to anxiety and stress, I feel that I will be referencing this book for a while to come.
A word of caution...I felt that the author of this book came off as rather arrogant (though perhaps he was just trying to establish a connection) with his repeated u
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liked this so much, especially the meditations, that I'm ordering a copy for myself to own. I have to admit I skipped the chapter on supplements and found the food advice to be a reiteration of things I've already heard (Emmons believes in Pollan's food strategy - Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.) or common sense (Anxious? Perhaps you should cut down on your caffeine, hmmm?). I didn't mind hearing some things again though; I'm hard-headed enough that it can take several times for something ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent reference source for those looking for a multi-pronged approach to tackling their anxiety. While Dr. Emmons has been trained in the Western tradition, he heavily incorporates Eastern influences into this book, and his excellent advice runs the gamut from diet and exercise to mindfulness practices. The later chapters on meditation and the nature of thoughts are especially insightful. This would be a wonderful complement to a more CBT-focused work, such as Burns' When Panic Attacks.
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Part 1 "Build a Strong Foundation" is totally impractical for someone who's unemployed. He wants you to eat certain foods, avoid pasta, and take loads of supplements. RIGHT, like I can really do this right now. Part 2 "Awaken to Equanimity" would be easier for me to do but it's due back at the library & I don't have the $15 to get my own copy. He talks about mindfulness meditation but I have a book edited by Susan Piver, "Quiet Mind: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation," which can be a good sub ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
A huge disappointment. Henry Emmons, if you wanted to write a book about nutrition, write a book about nutrition. If you wanted to write a book about Buddhism, write a book about Buddhism.

Just please, don't write a book directed at calming anxiety and turn it into a vague, non-supported clinical ha-blah of promoting your teachings.

Just, ah, God. I was reading this and got so distracted by my own thoughts asking myself to just kill me now.

Zero stars. Negative stars. Who published this guy anyway
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was hospitalized for depression and anxiety. This book is a great resource to reinforce many of the techniques I learned from the group therapy in the hospital. I started taking some of the suggested supplements and practice mindfulness taught in this book. I'm recovering very well. I think it's a great and complete program. I highly recommend it.
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