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Paperback Betrayal by the Brain: The Neurologic Basis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and Related Neural Network Book

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ISBN13: 9781560249818

Betrayal by the Brain: The Neurologic Basis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and Related Neural Network

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In his trademark, revolutionary style, Dr. Goldstein uses his model of neural dysregulation to incorporate basic neuroscience research into pathophysiology and treatment. Betrayal by the Brain presents a comprehensive thesis that clearly defines the biological basis for many of the varied symptoms experienced by chronic fatigue syndrome patients. Dr. Goldstein provides a rationale for the use of symptomatic therapies that have worked in many CFS patients...

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The guy that gave this book a one star rating is moron. I have had MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities) since 1978. MCS overlaps with CFS and FM. I have tried just about everything anyone has suggested over the last 30 years. Absolutely NOTHING helped at all. Not even a little bit. Then I discovered Goldstein's work and found a doctor that followed his methods (Dr. Seastrunk). He put me on high doses of Neurontin along with Effexor. For the first time in my life IT WORKED. I couldn't believe it. The downside is the side effects of those drugs. But they pulled me out of a downward spiral, and I'm stable again. Goldstein is brilliant.

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.

A book that will become a definitive guide for this illness

After 11 years of battling this illness, 5 surgeries, consultations with doctors from top medical centers in the US, I was fortunate enough to find Dr. Goldstein. 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. His understanding of the brain and the use of neuropharmacology is unparalleled. Worth the effort to read, the case histories are not at all exaggerated....spend a few days in his waiting room and you will quickly see the results he produces and meet long time patients who are much improved. My only regret is that he is unable to communicate his vast understanding of the brain to the general public. I suggest the companion book to help clarify his methods. The case histories he includes are fascinating and true! 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. Many patients would benefit if more doctors would take the time to understand neurosomatic disorders and realize how quickly and simply they can be treated once they are recognized. Dr. Goldstein is years ahead of his time! In my opinion this book will become a classic.

Contains info that can give FMS patients back their life!

This book is written for physicians and researchers. Although it is tough reading for the average lay person, if you can get through it, it offers the first information and real help for people with FMS that I have found in ten years. This text does not tell you how to live with FMS but offers a real way to live without it.Basically Dr. Goldstein treats FMS as a central nervous system disorder, rather than a collection of unrelated, marginally treatable symptoms.After reading this book, I travelled to his practice in California. After ten years of living with disabling fibromyalgia flare ups, Dr. Goldstein ran several drug tests to correct my brain chemistry and over the course of four days, completely eliminated my symptoms. I have now been symptom free for two months.This book delineates many of the drugs Dr. Goldstein was using in his protocol as of 1996; he has since added more drugs as they have become available. His text describes specifically how the! drugs work and why. Although none of the drugs in his protocol are currently used in the treatment of fibromyalgia, they are all FDA approved. The reason these drugs aren't used in treating FMS, is his basic theory of FMS as a CNS disorder, differs from how most physicians who treat this disorder view it.This book is worth the effort required to read it for anyone with FMS who is looking to get their life back.
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