"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom and joy but illuminates the way to true human potential." Paul Rademacher, author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd, author: Daring To Be Yourself

Friday, June 22, 2007

Book Review 3 - The Edge Effect

Tobago Cays, Windward Islands
The next item in the posts about book reviews is The Edge Effect by Dr. Eric Braverman who is one of the foremost experts in Integrative Medicine - the combination of Conventional, Alternative and Holistic therapies recognized as the paradigm for the 21st Century. He views every patient as a whole, with recognition of the brain's global impact on illness and health.

He indicates that many common conditions have their origins in brain chemical imbalances. Each of the four main lobes of the brain has a primary biochemical, called a neurotransmitter that is responsible for a specific brain function. When you are ill, physicians prescribe a medication, which restores a specific brain chemical to restore health. Natural substances however can do the same thing, because each of the primary brain neurotransmitter has a precursor, which the body used to manufacture each of the four brain chemicals.

Total Health In The 21st Century—“The good news from the world of medicine is that in the very near future you can expect to live to be 100 years old or maybe even longer. The bad news is, the odds are that if you reach that age you won't even know you're alive. Unless you do something about it now.” Source

The book discusses a proven program to reverse and prevent aging that will be a must-have for all "baby boomers," by a leading figure in the medical field This could be as close to a fountain of youth as mankind will ever come, the truly scientific answer to how to reverse or prevent the debilitating effects of aging, including memory loss, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and Alzheimer's. Dr. Eric Braverman, a leading figure in the practice of brain-body health care, reveals the dramatic impact that proper brain nourishment can have on the quality of our lives. His key to longevity and well-being is balancing the brain's four important neurotransmitters. A simple test determines which of the four is dominant in you, and what you can do to maintain the right balance, by modifying your diet with both foods and natural supplements. Proven effective for thousands of patients in Dr. Braverman's practice, this groundbreaking approach will help anyone make the most of his or her life, free of the major illnesses (such as cancer and heart disease) and minor ailments as well. Source

Essentially Braverman theorises that an imbalance in the four key chemicals humans produce which regulate the functioning of the brain: serotonin, dopamine, gaba, and acetylcholine (also known as neurotransmitters) can trigger certain illnesses, including depression, obesity, sexual dysfunction and Alzheimer's. Hence, restoring balance, especially via natural substances, is imperative if we want to live to a good age and continue feeling well at the same time.

This is where the anti-aging doctors (andrologists) that I like to talk about so much come into the picture. Please, inform yourself, and one of the ways you can do this, is reading books such as these and those of Suzanne Somers mentioned in my posts about bio-identical hormones.

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