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March 10, 2003
by Marianne Favro

Kim Goldman’s despair was so bad, she couldn't work. Even prescription Anti-depressants failed to pull her out of a deep depression. So researcher and author of "The Mood Cure", Julia Ross suggested Goldman swap her junk food diet for one rich in protein.

She also recommends taking supplements to help regulate the brain's activity. "They go right into the brain into the sites," said Julia Ross. "And the brain rejoices, very happy to see this extra fuel so it can start making adequate amounts of the chemicals that can relieve depression."

Goldman says she felt better in just two weeks. She had a low level of Seratonin, considered our natural anti-depressant. But a year and a half after switching to a protein rich diet and supplements, the scan shows almost no deficiency.

The four supplements Ross recommends taking are Gaba, which she calls a natural tranquilizer, 5-HTP, believed to act as an anti-depressant, DLPA to raise Endorphin levels and the natural stimulant Tyrosene.

Ross published a study in the journal of molecular psychiatry backing her claims. It found 98 of a hundred volunteers reporting depression, lack of energy or lack of concentration noted those symptoms were gone just two weeks after switching to her therapy.

But Psychiatrist Doctor Pilar Bernal says it’s dangerous to start taking "brain supplements" without seeing a doctor first.  Bernal says, "The danger in this quick approach is that it may mislead an individual into finding a solution while the depression gets worse."

Kim Goldman says the only proof she needs is that she can now work, play and make it through the day without crying.

posted at 3:48PM by dave.miller@walb.com