Seven Weeks to Sobriety: The Proven Program to Fight Alcoholism through Nutrition

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By Joan Mathews Larson, Ph.D.

Fawcett Columbine, $11.00

The premise behind this book is that alcoholism is primarily a physiological disorder, rather than a psychological one; that just as counseling alone won't cure a diabetic, it won't work on an alcoholic either. The program the book presents has been used for 12 years at the innovative Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, where it boasts an impressive 75 percent success rate (as opposed to 25 percent with more conventional programs).

Larson -- a medical doctor who began her research into alcoholism and nutrition after her alcoholic teenage son committed suicide -- argues convincingly that alcoholism results from a powerful physical addiction to which people are genetically and biochemically predisposed; it is frequently linked to hypoglycemia and sensitivity to environmental chemicals. Her program attacks the problem using dietary modification, exercise regimens, and precisely tailored supplementation with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids (from which neurotransmitters are constructed). Research into the biochemical causes of alcoholism is increasing; this book may fuel it even further.

Yoga Journal L.L.C.

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By Anne Cushman

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