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Say NO to Benzodiazepines for Anxiety! with Trudy Scott, CN

Announcements and Food News You Can Use! segment: 0:00 – 11:25
Trudy Scott Webinar presentation: 11:25 – 1:42:34

Are benzodiazepines more addictive than heroin? *

Benzodiazepines can be prescribed for anxiety (and other conditions). Hawthorn University welcomes Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott, CN as she presents Say NO to Benzodiazepines for Anxiety! on Hawthorn University’s Holistic Nutrition Webinar Series.

Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs that work by enhancing the effect of the calming neurotransmitter GABA, and are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, pain, muscle spasms and a range of other conditions. They are widely prescribed, particularly among elderly patients and may even be used off-label with children with autism.

Use of this medication is very controversial. We know long-term use leads to tolerance, dependence, as well as adverse psychological effects and physical effects. Short term use is generally considered safe but even using them for 2 – 4 weeks can lead to problems for certain individuals.

This presentation provides an overview of benzodiazepines; when they are used; who they are prescribed to; details about tolerance, dependence, and the many adverse effects; how to taper, including nutritional support during the taper; what to do instead of saying yes to a benzodiazepine prescription in the first place; and additional resources.

* “It is more difficult to withdraw people from benzodiazepines than it is from heroin.” says Professor Malcolm H. Lader.

The first ten minutes of this recording are reserved for our pre-webinar announcements and the popular Food News You Can Use segment with Mira Dessy (of and Paula.

Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a certified nutritionist on a mission to educate and empower women worldwide about the healing powers of food in order to find natural solutions for their anxiety, depression, emotional eating and sugar cravings. Trudy works with clients one-on-one and in groups, serving as a catalyst in bringing about life enhancing mood transformations that start with eating real whole food and using some pretty amazing nutrients. Trudy uses a comprehensive 9-step approach with her clients to help them overcome their anxiety, depression, emotional eating and sugar cravings. It is, of course, customized to their unique biochemistry.

Trudy also presents nationally to holistic health practitioners and mental health practitioners on food and mood, sharing all the recent research and how-to steps so they too can educate and empower their clients and patients.

She is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings (New Harbinger, 2011).

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Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.