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Monday, August 18, 2008

Pregnenolone | Book by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

I just finished reading an amazing book entitled Pregnenolone by Ray Sahelian, M.D. Before Dr. Sahelian recommends any herb or hormone, he tries it himself. At a dosage of 10 mg he didn't notice anything. He increased the dosage to 20 mg and "could now barely tell something was going on"; but the "effect was subtle." Then he upped it to 30 mg and "went about my morning routine, forgetting that I had taken it. Based on the experience of the previous few days, I didn't expect to feel anything significant. I was considering putting an end to my pregnenolone experiment in order to go on to another hormone or nutrient. However, that evening, while taking a stroll with a friend on the beachfront walk in Venice, California, I could feel something clearly happening. A mellow, steady, persistent feeling of well-being—like a mild euphoria—had imperceptibly come on. Even though I normally feel good, this was different, and better. I became more conscious of my surroundings. Flowers growing in the front gardens of the ocean homes seemed brighter and prettier. . . . A mosaic on the door of a beach house caught my eye. Examining it closer, I noticed that it was a scene of tall redwood trees with a curving blue stream running through the middle. My friend graciously accommodated my request that we stare at this mosaic and observe all of its fine details. . . . As I continued walking with my friend, my attention focused on the architecture of the homes. I started noticing the patterns of the stones, the shapes of windows, doorways, and porticos, and other details. The palm trees lining the walk appeared Carribean island-like picturesque. Everything seemed more beautiful and intriguing."1

I have quoted at length because Dr. Sahelian's description is poetic and reminiscent of the mescaline-induced heightened perception described by Aldoux Huxley in The Doors of Perception, where Huxley says that anything he looked at glowed with a greater brightness and significance: "The books, for example, with which my study walls were lined. Like the flowers, they glowed, when I looked at them, with brighter colors, a profounder significance. Red books, like rubies; emerald books; books bound in white jade; books of agate; of aquamarine, of yellow topaz; lapis lazuli books whose color was so intense, so intrinsically meaningful, that they seemed to be on the point of leaving the shelves to thrust themselves more insistently on my attention."2

The fact that pregnenolone production decreases with age and that is can be used as a supplement to boost memory, mood, energy, and visual and auditory perception is described in Dr. Sahelian's unique and groundbreaking book, a work that does its own job of opening the doors of perception.

  1. Sahelian, Ray, M.D. 1997. Pregnenolone: Nature's Feel Good Hormone. Garden City Park, New York: Avery.
  2. Huxley, Aldous. 2004. The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell. New York: Harper. Originally published 1954.

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