the guardian Sat 24 January 2009
Having plugged into this with the pessimism I reserve for most self-help manuals (years ago I did one of those EST life-enhancing and self-awareness courses from California that has left me permanently scarred), I was amazed to find myself feverishly making notes about the supplements I should be taking - tyrosine? Chromium? Magnesium ascorbate? - to make life without cigarettes bearable. Nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, uppers, downers, cannabis, heroin - Holford, a psychologist who has spent years working in addiction treatment centres, covers them all. His thesis is basically that if you can get your drug-damaged brain chemistry working correctly, kicking your habit will be relatively painless. Diet is the key. Be prepared for a bit of neurological jargon about dopamine reuptake inhibitors, but Holford's advice about rebalancing brain and body with specific nutrients is crystal clear.