Dr Jay A. Goldstein 's Book On CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME ...
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'Betrayal by the Brain :
Neurological Basis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Related Neural Network Disorders'
(The Haworth Library of the Medical Neurobiology of Somatic Disorders: Neuroimmunoendocrine Networks in Health & Illness +)
by Dr Jay A Goldstein
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Review By: Sleepydust Editor and various reviewers
Although the author, Dr Goldstein , has now retired, his book 'Betrayal Of The Brain ', still lives on.
This book intrigued me [the Sleepydust Editor] because it's had such conflicting reviews. Where two Amazon reviewers said it was "a waste of money", most reviewers had nothing but glowing reports about it.
It was these amazing reviews that made me stop and take note.
Despite these raving reviews, I did notice that many reviewers said that it was rather complicated to understand.
In fact, many reviewers suggested that its 'companion' book might be easier to understand, because it was written for people who are not medically trained.
Click here to read more about the 'companion' book...
One Amazon reviewer said that Dr Goldstein's approach helped him to gain full recovery...
“Dr. Goldstein's treatment approach was very effective for me.
I was housebound and often bedridden for 15 years with severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I tried many treatment approaches but nothing had any beneficial effect.
I began working with Dr. Goldstein in 2001, following the experimental drug protocol set forth in this book.
I was on the meds he prescribed for 3 years. During that time, I gradually recovered.
I am now off the meds, working fulltime, and living a normal life.
I know this approach does not work for everyone, but it has worked for many people with CFS, and I would recommend giving it serious consideration.
Dr. Goldstein's hypothesis is that CFS is the result of a malfunction of the nervous system in which the neurons are over-responsive to stimuli.
Sounds, smells, bright lights, stress, etc. all over-stimulate the over-reactive nervous system, causing fatigue and adrenal exhaustion.
This is certainly consistent with my own experience of the illness. ”
-- Matthew Simon, Fort Myers, FL, United States --
"This is an absolutely wonderful book whose author, a doctor that specializes in neuropharmacology, has a view of these diseases that really makes sense to me!
(...) If you are willing to wade through the medical jargon, it is well-worth it.
[Sleepydust Editor's side note:
You can try this book's 'companion' which was written in more simple terms, so that people who are not medically trained can also understand Dr Goldstein's protocol. Click here to learn more... ]
Fifty percent of his patients with FMS and/or CFIDS feel dramatically better shortly after their first office visit with him.
Twenty-five percent more feel better after the second visit, and twenty percent more feel better after a while.
Therefore, only about five percent of his patients end up not being particularly helped by his methods.
As a sidenote, if you don't want to take any sort of pharmacological drugs, this may not be the treatment for you. Among other things, Goldstein uses drugs that have been approved for other conditions to treat FMS & CFIDS."
-- A reviewer from healthyplace.com --
"A book that will become a definitive guide for this illness!
Although the book is difficult reading (and reading is not easy for us with this disorder due to cognitive problems), his results are spectacular and he has probably defined a new class of disease: neurosomatic disorders, for which some experts feel he deserves a Nobel Prize.
I suggest the companion book to help clarify his methods.
[Click here to read more about the companion book...]
My life is certainly different from the pain racked, bedridden one it was before I met him.
His unpopular and unconventional ideas are widely misunderstood and we patients suffer unecessarily with clumsy symptom control efforts of the uninformed medical establishment.
Every doctor I see I give a copy of this book and many have said what a valuable work it is, albeit difficult to comprehend first time through.
Dr. Goldstein is years ahead of his time! In my opinion this book will become a classic."
-- Farraday McGuthrie, USA --
"A complete review of the etiology, diagnosis, of CFS and FMS.
I have read Dr. Goldstein's book twice, six months apart, and if I read it again, will probably glean even more from it.
This book is excellent, well- written, but not especially for the lay person.
For the lay person, the Companion Volume written by a patient is more appropriate."
-- An Amazon Reader --
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