Natural Highs

Natural Highs
Feel Good all the Time

Hyla Cass, MD and Patrick Holford

What does it take to make you feel “high”? Do you routinely reach for caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, or sugary snacks to get you through the day or to transition from one event to the next? If so, you are certainly not alone.

In an average week, Americans drink, smoke or consume;

  • 1 billion cups of coffee;
  • 3.4 million cups of tea;
  • 4.5 billion sugared or caffeinated soft drinks;
  • 2.3 billion alcoholic drinks;
  • 8.25 billion cigarettes;
  • 400,000 tons of sugar;
  • 20 million pounds of chocolate

On top of this we take 20 million antidepressants, puff our way through 25 million joints and pop 1 million tabs of Ecstasy. Whether it’s to relax, get a boost or just plain feel good, it is clear that we are dependent on chemical stimulants.

Unfortunately, the quick fixes we have become accustomed to don’t work long-term and often further contribute to the underlying problems of fatigue, depression, brain fog, and anxiety. Are there any alternatives?

In their groundbreaking book, Natural Highs, authors Hyla Cass, M.D., and Patrick Holford answer this question with a resounding yes.

Their remarkable research shows how to formulate the perfect “brainfood” to improve how we think and feel, resulting in a greater sense of connection and joy in everyday life.

There are potent natural substances – herbs, amino acids, nutritional supplements and foods – that can significantly elevate mood, tame stress, and repair memory in ways that work in harmony with your body’s own chemistry.

Rather than artificially changing the way you feel, these substances affect the brain’s neurotransmitters (things such as dopamine and serotonin) that are crucial to our ability to feel good, happy, relaxed, and energetic – naturally. The authors present everything from simple solutions to more comprehensive programs (such as those to overcome addictions) combining supplements and mind-body techniques that will leave you understanding your brain, moods, and cravings in a whole new, fascinating way.

Haven’t you been thinking about weaning yourself off the chemical crutches that seem to rule your life? With these Natural Highs you’ll soon feel good all the time – naturally and without the side effects.

Good, solid information about natural ways of modifying brain chemistry in order to spend more time in the moods and emotional states you desire.”

Andrew Weil, M.D., Health guru and best-selling author of Healthy AgingEight Weeks to Optimum Health, and The Natural Mind


Natural Highs offers ground-breaking evidence that the ability to feel good all the time – naturally, without artificial chemicals – is easily within our grasp. This provocative book will soon have you reassessing your daily routine and implementing healthy, powerful changes that will effect your mood, energy and happiness in no time.”

Jack Canfield, Co-author of the best-selling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series


“If nature can offer us sound, safe, legal antidotes to the poisoning of the human spirit then there can be no more important work in the 21st century than researching and exploring these resources.”

Sting, Multi-platinum/multi-Grammy-winning recording artist; social and ecological activist


“This book is pioneering, both in its breadth of intelligent information and in its compassionate concern for the reader. Painting a picture of the energized, relaxed, and connected life we really do want to, and can in fact be living, Natural Highs offers realistic, innovative and pragmatic means to help us achieve it.”

Sharon Salzberg, author of “Lovingkindness”


“‘Why worry, be happy’ is great advice, but how can we do it? Natural Highs may be one of the most important books you’ll ever read. By implementing the excellent advice of these noted experts in psychiatry, nutrition and herbology you can restore your body and emotions to the natural state of joy, creativity, memory and optimal function that everyone craves.”

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. author of “Inner Peace for Busy People” and “Minding the Body, Mending the Mind”


“Here’s a book that should be on everyone’s shelf. Dr. Cass sheds new light on an important subject. Her discussion of the importance of connection is a valuable new contribution in the area.”

Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. Author of “Achieving Vibrance and Conscious Loving”


Hyla Cass, M.D. is one of the country’s foremost authors and speakers on the subject of integrative medicine. A former Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, she has incorporated nutrition and natural health techniques into her practice for more than 20 years.

Patrick Holford is the United Kingdom’s leading nutritionist and an authority on health. He is the founder of The Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, the largest training school in the UK for nutrition consultants. He is the author of The Optimum Nutrition Bible, The Optimum Nutrition Cookbook and many others.

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