First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated © Dennis Rocke 2022


Panic attacks are brief periods of acute anxiety often giving the sufferer an intense fear of dying or losing the ability to reason. At first the attack occurs unpredictably, but tend to become linked with certain places such as a small lift or crowded shops. Some of the symptoms are:­

  • A sense of breathing difficulty
  • Chest pains
  • Dizzy
  • Feeling faint
  • Feeling light headed
  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Trembling

These symptoms are often accompanied and therefore worsened by a fast, shallow breathing (hyperventilation) leading to pins and needles and a feeling of depersonalisation (a state of feeling unreal, in which there is a sense of detachment from self and surroundings) and often derealisation (a feeling that the world has become unreal. Sufferers often describe the feeling as looking at the world through a glass screen). Panic attacks are frightening and very unpleasant, but they normally only last for a few minutes and cause no physical harm. They are also very rarely associated with physical illness. Breathing slowly and deliberately into a paper bag covering the nose and mouth may relieve the hyperventilation.

Generally anxiety attacks are a symptom of an anxiety disorder such as agoraphobia or other phobias. Causes are unknown and panic attacks are treated with behaviour therapy. The relaxation lessons in PART 7 of this book may be of some help. It is very seldom that the attacks are part of a somatization disorder (this was previously named hysteria and is a condition where a person complains over many years of various physical problems for which no physical cause can be found) or schizophrenia (a term generally used for a number of psychotic illnesses distinguished by disturbances in behaviour, thinking and emotional reaction. It is normally referred to as having a split personality).


Follow the health diet that comes later in the book, putting emphasis on a low sodium, high potassium vegetarian diet. Fruit, vegetables and garlic are of specific value. Limit the use of dairy products. Low-fat foods and soured milk are best. Goat’s milk and its products are best to use instead of cow’s milk. Most large supermarkets sell goat’s milk and other goat’s milk products at the time of writing. Grain products, cooked or sprouted can be eaten in moderation.

Daily Supplements (Recommended)
Vitamin B (complex)  

Take the dosage prescribed by the manufacturer; make sure it is of a natural high potency.


Bone Meal  

10 tablets daily


Brewer’s Yeast  

3 tablespoons


Cod Liver Oil  

2 capsules