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Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance

Posted by Happygal [2062.2033] on July 14, 2005 at 04:00:19:

Hi All,

There's a great new book out for helping brain and body chemistry. It's called:

"The Edge Effect: Achieve Total health and Longevity with the Balanced Brain Advantage" - Reverse or prevent Alzheimer's, aging, memory loss, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and more - by Eric R. Braverman, MD. Sterling Publishing Co., 2005.

It talks about the 4 neurotransmitters and their relationship to hormones and health problems. There's a questionnaire inside for determining your dominant neurotransmitter, and information about knowing which neurotransmitter you are deficient in. Then there are suggestions for medicines, dietary changes, and lifestyle changes that could help bring the neurotransmitters into balance.

A good self-help resource. One can also discuss the information with a doctor.

Best wishes,
Jan



(it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance

Posted by ~CT [3862.2032] on July 14, 2005 at 08:41:28:

In Reply to: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance posted by Happygal [2062.2033] on July 14, 2005 at 04:00:19:

Sorry, Jan. Braverman has gone off the deep end in this book by suggesting some things that aren't so great.

Page 79 shows a list of drugs to help those with extreme fatigue...Vi*gra, Meridi*, etc.

Page 83 states that caffeine is good for dopamine deficiencies.

The real shocker for me is his suggestion that the essential amino acid phenylalanine can be consumed via the sugar substitutes aspartame....Nutra-Sw**t and Equ*l! He suggests 4 to 6 grams of this per day.




Re: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance

Posted by Happygal [2062.2033] on July 14, 2005 at 09:56:32:

In Reply to: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance posted by ~CT [3862.2032] on July 14, 2005 at 08:41:28:

Hi CT,

Yeah, Braverman seems pretty mainstream in some ways. You are right. However, if you can ignore the not great stuff and take the good, useful ideas.... A few bad apples doesn't make the whole book useless.

My new doctor uses the questionnaire in that book to determine neurotransmitter deficiencies. He says it's far better than any lab test. I don't think that he follows all of Braverman's treatment advice, though.

I'll put this in here for the archive. My new doctor, Roger Billica MD, says treatment for neurotransmitter deficiencies is first to look for the cause:

1) neurotransmitter deficiency due to diet or absorption problems
2) stress and increased cortisol and adrenalin, which uses and depletes neurotransmitters
3) environmental toxins and heavy metals destroy neurotransmitters.

The treatment, he says, is amino acids and synergistic nutrients. Those boost the neurotransmitters and brain activity, and there is a ripple effect of oxidation, so it is necessary to increase antioxidants. This came from a lecture of his I heard on a CD.

I've only seen him once so far, but in a way, Dr. Billica reminds me of Walt. He listens to the patient and tries everything natural first. He recommends this book to other practitioners wishing to work with neurotransmitters.

Do you know of another or a better resource? I'd love to learn more.

Best wishes,
Jan



Re: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance

Posted by ~CT [3862.2032] on July 14, 2005 at 11:31:02:

In Reply to: Re: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance posted by Happygal [2062.2033] on July 14, 2005 at 09:56:32:

Jan, I bought the book for my mom based on Braverman's reputation.

Her dementia/alzheimer's was probably caused by the excess consumption of aspartame (and of course some other factors). How could I give this book to her when it suggests that this is a GOOD thing to take? I was really, really disappointed.

The growing incidence of dementia and Alzheimer's in the USA is enough cause to take notice of the relationship from the artificial sweetners and drugs that are being pushed. Since Braverman dismisses the relationships, I cannot respect anything else that he happens to write from this point forward.

I bought the book for the same reason as you, so this would have been my resource to others.



Re: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance

Posted by R. [2151.2032] on July 14, 2005 at 13:52:10:

In Reply to: Re: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance posted by Happygal [2062.2033] on July 14, 2005 at 09:56:32:

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Re: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance

Posted by Happygal [1307.2032] on July 14, 2005 at 14:32:26:

In Reply to: Re: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance posted by ~CT [3862.2032] on July 14, 2005 at 11:31:02:

Hi CT,

I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I sure can relate to how you feel.

I didn't buy the book, just borrowed it from the library.

What will it take for doctors to move away from the idea of drugs and chemicals?

Best wishes,
Jan

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Re: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance

Posted by Happygal [1307.2032] on July 14, 2005 at 14:35:44:

In Reply to: Re: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance posted by R. [2151.2032] on July 14, 2005 at 13:52:10:

Thanks, R.

I don't have a weight problem, but it looks interesting from the standpoint of working with brain chemistry. Braverman, too, says weight gain can be related to imbalanced neurotransmitters.

I am glad to see some different resources for working with brain and body chemistry. I hope that Walt will archive this thread to help people find information and a direction to go in. Plus, they can read CT's comments, which help put it into a realistic perspective.

Best wishes,
Jan

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Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance

Posted by gabriella [180.890] on July 15, 2005 at 00:53:32:

In Reply to: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance posted by Happygal [2062.2033] on July 14, 2005 at 04:00:19:

It talks about the 4 neurotransmitters and their relationship to hormones and health problems.

Thanks Jan, very interesting topic. I believe there is probably a huge untapped body of knowledge and information on the relationship between neurotransmitters and just about everything human beings experience.

I believe you mentioned in another post the relationship between neurotransmitters and weight and digestion. It's all related and it's amazing how that is sometimes so evident.

On the days when I wake up particularly early, quickly and very easily, I always have a ton of energy and feel extraordinarly positive, even if I've gone to bed at 3:00 am. I marvel at the connection between our mood our physical state, and wonder which came first, the chicken or the egg.

gabs


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Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance Archive: REFERENCE

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on July 15, 2005 at 06:52:34:

In Reply to: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance posted by Happygal [2062.2033] on July 14, 2005 at 04:00:19:

Thanks, Jan.

Walt

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Re: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on July 15, 2005 at 07:04:39:

In Reply to: (it isn't so great)Re: Wonderful new resource for brain chemistry imbalance posted by ~CT [3862.2032] on July 14, 2005 at 08:41:28:

Thanks, CT.

NO book is perfect! Never stop learning and one can protect oneself. Learn to sift the grain from the chaff.

Walt

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