Henry Emmons, M.D., is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness and allied Buddhist therapeutics, and psychotherapeutic caring and insight in his clinical work. Dr. Emmons obtained his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and did his residency in psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Emmons is in demand as a workshop and retreat leader for both healthcare professionals and the general public. He practices general and holistic psychiatry and consults to several colleges and organizations nationally. He currently serves as Consulting Psychiatrist at the Allina Medical Clinic in Northfield, Minnesota.
CAN YOU REALLY TREAT ANXIETY WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND ANTIDEPRESSANTS?
THE ANSWER IS YES.
The debilitating effects of anxiety can affect your sense of well-being, health, longevity, productivity, and relationships. In The Chemistry of Calm, Dr. Henry Emmons presents his Resilience Training Program—a groundbreaking regimen designed to relieve anxiety and restore physical and mental strength. This step-by-step plan for mental calmness and emotional wisdom focuses on ways to create resilience as a key to resolving anxiety in everyday life, incorporating the latest science on:
• DIET—you’ve got to eat good food to feel good
• EXERCISE—it’s proven: moving makes you less anxious
• NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS—boosting your natural anxiety resistance
• MINDFULNESS—including meditation techniques to calm your body and brain
Marrying the Eastern techniques of meditation with the traditional Western solutions of diet and exercise produces a dramatic effect. Using this program, Dr. Emmons has helped countless patients reduce their anxiety and reclaim the resilience that is their birthright. Now, with The Chemistry of Calm, you can be anxiety free too!
Who doesn’t need a Resilience Training Program? Psychiatrist Emmons (The Chemistry of Joy) rolls it out in eight-step “body and mind, heart and soul” detail for the worried, stressed-out, compulsive, and miserable minions suffering from depression and anxiety. It’s a tall order, and Emmons triggers more than a few anxious moments himself with a regimen of diet and supplements that seems more rocket science than common sense. “Don’t eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t have recognized as food,” he sagely counsels, quoting eat-food-not-too-much-mostly-plants guru Michael Pollan. The simple soon gets tricky: widen your horizons with spelt instead of wheat, goes one suggestion. Harder still is the mind-blowingly daunting list of supplements recommended to balance your brain chemistry. Where does one procure 5-HTP to boost serotonin levels? The good doctor is in much calmer territory with an elegant and lyrical guide to meditation and mindfulness. Not that being “aware and awake to the present moment” will be a walk in the park: following your breath takes more work than you’d think. But it could be worth the effort: Emmons reinforces a sweetly generous and drug-free way to tame the wild mind within. (Oct.)