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The Way Up Newsletter
Vol. 9

"Love is our only reason for living & the only
purpose of life. We live for the sake of love
and we live seeking love."
Swami Muktananda


  It remains my persistent belief that nothing interferes with the quality of life so pervasively as does a negative view of self, others, & life. How we perceive & interpret is integral to our ability to love ourselves & others, to have meaning, a reason for being.

It is awesome that hope & the potential for happiness actually rests upon the proper functioning of our brains.

A recent journal report again emphasized this fact when a usually happy woman undergoing a microsurgical procedure on her brain while conscious reported a profound depression & desire to die when a specific site in her brain was stimulated. She returned to her happy self when the stimulus stopped & when the surgeon twice again went to the same site, to see if the response was duplicated she twice again became profoundly, though transiently hopeless.

Negatively altered mood & perception can be insidious & many who have this don't even know it. They think that is reality, how life is, because it's what they have known. I maintain that any unfounded fear or negative thought ranging from fleeting thoughts of threat, loss, disaster, etc. to an obsessive dwelling on the unpleasant represents varying degrees of a usually correctible brain dysfunction.

One of the most positive persons I have met is a manicurist I know. She has a number tatooed on her arm, lost her family to the concentration camps, & has every excuse to be negative. Instead, she is full of light & fulfilled in life.


Those of you who have read my book know my interest in alternative treatments began with looking for natural methods for mood & stress control. It then expended from there.

Several have emailed asking if the treatment of low moods & stress outlined in my book, "THE WAY UP FROM DOWN", remains the same as the last printing in 1992. The basic program is the same & has been successfully applied by thousands of people, including myself.

The only difference from the book is that now I usually recommend 5- hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) in place of L-tryptophan. L-tryptophan converts to 5-HTP on its way to becoming serotonin, so 5HTP is one step closer to the desired end product. The reason for the change is the over-the-counter availability of 5HTP, whereas L-tryptophan is only available from compounding pharmacies & with a Dr's prescription.

Though the basic mood control program ( multivitamin /mineral, B complex, vitamin C, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, L-tyrosine, & 5HTP remains the same, there are numerous additional items which help with mood & can be added to the basic program. I do not suggest they be used first, but as an addition when needed.

If this subject interests you, visit http://www. & look for depression on the conditions list to find & read about the additional items. We'll choose one to focus on now, as it would be the first to be added to the basic program.


Our brains are predominantly lipids (fats). Essential fatty acids (EFA's) are those forms of fat which are essential for the health & proper functioning of numerous organ systems. They are only obtained by diet or supplements. Proper levels are required in the brain for normal nerve conduction & neurotransmitter function.

Recently I was pleased to see an article published in the non-alternative oriented Archives Of General Psychiatry, May/99 entitled "Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Bipolar Disorder, A Preliminary Double-blind, Placebo Controlled Trial"

The premise, "fatty acids may inhibit neuronal signal transduction pathways in a manner similar to that of Lithium carbonate & valproate (Depakote)" which are medicines used for this condition. The study was performed "to examine whether Omega 3 Fatty Acids also exhibit mood- stabilizing properties in bipolar disorder." Fatty acids or placebo were added to the patients usual treatment regimen. The findings were that "the fatty acid patient group had a significantly longer period of remission than the placebo group & for nearly every other outcome measure performed better than the placebo group".

The journal Biological Psychiatry March/98 reported the depletion of omega-3 fatty acids in the red blood cell membranes of 15 depressed vs 15 control subjects.

Another study found that 53 subjects with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) had significantly lower concentrations of fatty acids in the plasma & red blood cells than did 43 control subjects. Am. J. Clinical Nutrition 1995; 62:761-8

Obviously, these smatterings are to picque your interest only. Decreased essential fatty acids are linked to numerous physical & mental disorders. If you would like to learn more, you might want to read the book, SMART FATS, by Professor Michael Schmidt.


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Enjoy your life & will revisit next month.
Priscilla Slagle M.D.

"It is not the actions of other people that give us
trouble, but our own nature, our own attitude & our
own actions."
Swami Muktananda
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