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The Food-Mood-Body Connection by Gary Null: What Can Nutrition Do For You?

Updated on August 4, 2012
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Do you have an abiding interest in the combined and related subjects of food and health? Always leaping on those newspaper articles linking the latest ‘hot’ fruit or vegetable with reduced instances of cancer or dementia? If that’s the case then a book like The Food-Mood-Body Connection by Gary Null would quite probably pique your interest.

Of course, at this point many of us have acquired a healthy degree of scepticism regarding the more outlandish and far-fetched claims regarding what vitamins, antioxidants, protein, pomegranates or nutrition in general can do for your health. I mean, everyone knows you need the odd potato or citrus fruit to avoid scurvy, and it’s generally agreed that it’s better not to live on French fries and chocolate – or not all the time, anyway! But when you’ve gone the all-raw food route, through veganism, via high-dose vitamins and every other crazy fad out there, well, you just tend to get a little jaded when it comes to extravagant dietary claims.

Still, you’ve got to approach new information with a fresh eye and unbiased mind, as far as you’re able, right? The overall theme of The Food-Mood-Body Connection is a definite concentration on the effects of food and nutrients on psychological and emotional health, although physical health is partially covered into the bargain. Ailments such as schizophrenia, autism and chronic depression get chapters to themselves and a detailed and scholarly account of current nutritional research in relation to them.

(Bear in mind that the most recent edition of The Food-Mood-Body Connection is from 2008, however. Any information contained therein may require some degree of updating!)

Who is this book aimed for and potentially helpful to? If you have suffered or currently suffer from any psychological or emotional disorder or trauma, or have a friend or family member who may do so, then you may well feel it could serve a useful purpose for you. One word of warning, though, the information it contains is intensive and detailed: be warned, it’s a long way from being a light beach read!


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