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Treat anxiety with the power of valium without the side effects.

Vivian came to her first appointment with me with a long list of symptoms. Chronic stress was one of them. Some of her symptoms, such as depression, weight gain, insomnia, and fatigue, looked to me like they could be the result of increased Cortisol production. And increased Cortisol production comes from stress and anxiety.

Cortisol is an adrenal hormone that converts protein to energy and releases stored sugar. When appropriate amounts are secreted, it can give you energy. But chronic stress can cause the adrenal glands to secrete Cortisol inappropriately. This can eventually lead to adrenal fatigue and other health problems.

Vivian confessed that anxiety ran in her family. Both her mother and brother had taken strong anti-anxiety medications, including Valium, for many years. These drugs helped them, but they were addictive and had other side effects as well. In fact, her mother had fallen repeatedly as a result of poor muscle coordination from the Valium. These medications weren't an option for Vivian.

Vivian knew that anxiety contributed to some of her symptoms, but she wasn't willing to take any prescription drugs. And she had tried a number of herbs like kava. But they didn't work well enough. She had also tried meditation, dietary changes, and exercise. "I feel stuck," she said. "You're my last resort."

Vivian may have been stuck, but she was also lucky. Her timing couldn't have been any better. I had just learned of an herbal extract that scientific studies showed to work as well as Valium for anxiety without any side effects--including addiction.

Are you anxious?

This extract comes from a polyphenol (a type of antioxidant) found in the bark and cones of the magnolia tree (Magnolia officinalis). This polyphenol is called honokiol. Honokiol has a number of very special properties. In higher amounts, it's a powerful antioxidant that's 1,000 times more effective in preventing fats from becoming rancid than vitamin E. This superior free-radical scavenging action makes it ideal for all cardiovascular problems.

And here's an unusual effect of honokiol: it has pro-oxidant properties that destroy aggressive cancer cells. In study after study, honokiol killed cancer cells from the stomach, breast, prostate, lungs, and other areas.

That's not all. It also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria like MRSA, the flesh-eating bacteria and inhibits viruses as difficult to treat as HIV. This is one powerful plant extract!

This is just some of the reasons why I expect to see more doctors using honokiol in their therapy protocols as word gets out.

While honokiol is effective in larger doses against these and other diseases, it reduces anxiety as effectively as prescription anti-anxiety medications in much lower amounts. And it does this quickly. Studies comparing honokiol with Valium found that honokiol worked as well as the drug but without motor dysfunction and sedation. This is because it relaxes, rather than sedates.

Unlike many other polyphenols, your body absorbs honokiol orally and it can cross the blood-brain barrier. And your liver and your gut don't destroy it like many other antioxidants (including resveratrol and curcumin). These actions help explain its effectiveness in so many areas.

Honokiol is not the only active polyphenol we've found in the magnolia. This tree also contains another chemical with similar properties. These are called magnolol. But researchers found that honokiol is the most active polyphenol. Studies show that it's much more effective than magnolol. That's why it makes sense to me to take honokiol alone. Why take a watered-down version when the purist and strongest product is available?

The product is HonoPure--the most potent honokiol extract available. It's also the product researchers used in their scientific studies. So if you're looking for a safe, natural substance to calm you down and reduce depression without causing any dependency, I suggest you consider trying this particular honokiol supplement. You can get it from EcoNugenics (800-308-5518, www.honopure.com).

Some problems with Valium

Diazepam, which you probably know as Valium, is addictive and robs your body of essential nutrients. In her excellent book, Supplement Your Prescription (Basic Health, 2007), Hyla Cass, MD, points out that Valium and similar benzodiazepine drugs deplete the body of calcium, magnesium, folic acid, and vitamins D and K. You can see that these nutrients are key for strong, healthy bones. If you've been taking Valium, you'll want to make sure you're taking enough of these vitamins and minerals to prevent osteoporosis. The suggested amounts are in Dr. Cass's book.

Another problem with Valium is that it works. It's so effective in reducing anxiety that many doctors prescribe it for long-term use even though they know that this causes a dependency. Along with its ability to reduce anxiety, Valium has side effects like a dullness and sluggish brain function. Because it relaxes muscles (honokiol does not), there's an increased risk for falls, as Vivian's mother discovered.

You're supposed to take benzodiazepines for only two to three weeks. If you take them longer, you're likely to need more and more to get the same effect. Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant and common. Still, my advice is to never stop taking any of these drugs on your own. You need to withdraw from them slowly under medical supervision or risk tremors, seizures, and even acute anxiety--exactly what you're trying to get rid of.

Just as I suspected, the HonoPure reduced or completely did away with most of Vivian's symptoms. It just goes to show you the impact stress has on our health. If you're anxious enough to consider medication, give HonoPure a try first. Do not take it if you're already on prescription drugs unless your doctor monitors you. You don't want to take too many anti-anxiety substances at once.

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Shortly after I received some samples of HonoPure, I received some disturbing news. Several of my root canals had failed and were dumping toxins and inflammation into my mouth. I had to get some of my teeth removed.

Rationally, I knew this was best for my health. But I watched my anxiety grow as if I was observing someone else. Disturbing "what if thoughts cluttered my mind and I wasn't able to concentrate on my work.

I reached for my bottle of HonoPure and took one capsule, noting the time. Fifteen short minutes later, my anxiety had melted away. It didn't return that day or the next. I'm sold on this product.

Several friends and patients had the same experience. Some drifted off to sleep while others just felt calmer and more relaxed.

Fried, L.E. and J.L. Arbiser. "Honokiol, a multifunctional antiangiogenic and antitumor agent," Antioxid Redox Signal. 2009 May;11(5):1139-48. Review.

Kuribara, H., W.B. Stavinoha, and Y. Maruyama. "Honokiol, a putative anxiolytic agent extracted from magnolia bark, has no diazepam-like side-effects in mice," J Pharm Pharmacol. 1999 January;51(1):97-103.
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