June 13, 2020
A wonderful supplement for mood balance for many...


During my entire adult life up until the year 2000, when I learned about 5-HTP, I suffered from an extreme - considered psychotic - form of PMS called PMDD - premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

This manifested in OCD-type behavior from the moment I ovulated until I started menstruating. That's two weeks out of the month or, worse said,
half my life!

During these two weeks of the month, everything had to be perfect. Perfect.

I vacuumed my entire house every day. all the while noticing that the walls needed painting because nicks and smudges conflicted with my freshly vacuumed carpet.

In the year 2000, I was walking through the living room while the TV was on. I saw an ad of a woman struggling to get a shopping cart of of the queue that was stuck. She clearly lost it. I was like... "Wow... that's me ..."

The ad was for one of the SSRI antidepressant medications to treat PMDD.

Well, I wasn't about to go there, so I did some homework and found

5-hydroxy-tryptophan, or 5-HTP.

I ordered a bottle and started taking it right away at 300 mg nightly.

That month when I got my period I never saw it coming.

I never felt that way again.


I went from being irritated when my daughter was in middle school seeing a bit of T-shirt peaking out from a drawer to high school, when I could never see her floor. "She's got a lot going on, no big deal."

I never lost my love of beauty or order; what I lost was the tyranny of myself.

Now those things serve me; I don't serve them.

I know many of you out there know exactly what I am talking about.

And 5-HTP is not just for PMDD; no, not at all... depression, anxiety, etc. AND... if you don't fix it now you may be in for big trouble later.

My mother suffered depression, PMDD, and began manifesting Alzheimer's at age 49. There IS a connection.

Tune in, and I'll "tell all!"

What is 5-HTP?
5-Hydroxytryptophan, also known as oxitriptan, is a naturally occurring amino acid and chemical precursor as well as a metabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Let's dig a little deeper....
Clinical Evidence
Contraindications/Side Effects
While 5-HTP is generally noted to be safe, there are some precautions to keep in mind.

  • If you are being treated with an antidepressant, there is evidence that especially the SSRI's need the tryptophan to have the serotonin to work with in the first place, but we use a lower dose; say, 100 mg nightly instead of 300 mg. I used to wean people off SSRI's and then start 5-HTP, until I learned the importance of tryptophan in SRRI therapy.

  • If you have bipolar disorder 1, which means you can experience mania, you would not use this.

  • If your depression is more related to a dopamine deficiency, 5-HTP raises serotonin but diminishes dopamine and norepinephrine. This makes it ideal for people with COMT (catecholamine transferase) genetic mutations, as they are unable to break dopamine and norepinephrine down adequately, and that will result in too much adrenalin and, hence, anxiety. 5-HTP is perfect there.
It is not dangerous to experiment with 5-HTP;
if you feel better, it's a good fit.
If not, it's not.

  • Most common side effect is gastrointestinal - diarrhea, etc., but in all my years working with people I have only seen this one or two times.

  • Dose recommendations. The safe limits are considered to be 50-700 mg; I have never recommended more than 300 mg for anyone. I prefer taking it at night, as it first converts to melatonin and then to seratonin, so it is helpful for sleep.

Be aware, this will promote more vivid dreams.

If you feel like when you wake up you are "hungover," lower your dose.
Covid Corner
Though I swore I would no further credence to the "pandemic," I want to encourage you to watch this video. We have all been kowtowed by the body bags and irrefutable death count in the hot spots, especially Queens, NY. This insightful interview will open your eyes when it comes to the lies.

"Erin Marie Olszewski is a Nurse-turned-investigative journalist, who has spent the last few months on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, on the inside in two radically different settings. Two hospitals. One private, the other public. One in Florida, the other in New York.

And not just any New York public hospital, but the "epicenter of the epicenter" itself, the infamous Elmhurst in Donald Trump's Queens. As a result of these diametrically opposed experiences, she has the ultimate "perspective on the pandemic". She has been where there have been the most deaths attributed to Covid-19 and where there have been the least.

Erin enlisted in the Army when she was 17. She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Part of her duties involved overseeing aid disbursement and improvements to hospital facilities. While in country she received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service, and was wounded in combat. Erin eventually retired as a sergeant, and became a civilian nurse in 2012."

"Go to health!"
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