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The Edge Effect: Achieve Total Health and Longevity with the Balanced Brain Advantage Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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Dr. Eric Braverman is the Director of the Place for Achieving Total Health (PATH) in New York and Philadelphia, and the former Chief Clinical Researcher at the Princeton Brain Bio Center. He has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs, from “Larry King Live” to “The David Letterman Show.” He hosts “Total Health,” a live call-in radio program broadcast in New York and New Jersey. Dr. Braverman lives in Princeton, NJ.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402712057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402712050
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ERIC R. BRAVERMAN, MD, is the best-selling author of Younger You and director of the PATH Medical Center and PATH Foundation.

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158 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Marianne on January 11, 2007
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The connection between personality and mood on the one side and neurotransmitters on the other side is a young subject.

This book is definitely worth owning and reading to get some basic popular orientation in the field, to play with the questionaire and to experiment with medication or alternative supplements to balance your own mood states. It is very readable.

- It is not an in-depth treatment, the last word on the subject or your essential reference tome.

Words of caution: it's important to remember that the health of other organ systems also impacts mood and personality. Not to mention life events! We are not just wandering brain chemistries ...

The supplements suggested are very high. I have effects with about 1/10 of the dosages recommended in the book, and at about 1/6 of recommended dose I start to get overdose symptoms - so get professional advice about dosage (and a general health overview if you don't already have one) if you decide to try the supplements.

The author also has a website and an organisation that sells supplements and is good about giving advice on email exchanges.
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138 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Premolardoc on July 17, 2008
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I can't believe there aren't more rave reviews here. I had to jump up and down when I realized that 10 years of discomfort, allergies, forgetfulness, and other annoying symptoms had a chance to finally be resolved.

Of course, one cannot make any medical claims. Its just a window into what could be an answer for you.

After taking the test (questionnaire in beginning of book), and reading about my Dominant type, Deficient type, and other personality/physical characteristics of the 4 neurotransmitters ... I put the book aside for a bit. I found just that knowledge had given me alot to ponder. Why do I procrastinate, why do I love to be creative... Is it good for my type to drink caffeine...? Well its alot of questions no one ever asked me, and it made me take a second look at what I do and when I feel sick.

I did quite poorly on the deficiency scale. My most severe defiencey being GABA, and hence I have had chronic hives, Irritable bowel, anxiety and other things. But could GABA have anything to do with it?? Well I have taken many credits in Neurology-- this never came up. I have been to Neurologists, Dermatologists, Allergy Specialists-- why has no one given me a GABA promoting drug (atleast)?? Guess there is a disconnect between wellness and typical medical protocols.

I followed the GABA promoting diet (Almonds, oranges, bananas, oats, whole wheat, broccoli, spinach, fish, eggs, and much more...). No drugs. It made a huge difference. I also drank an herbal tea (passion flower, valerian), that helps promote GABA. I decreased caffeine. I focus on what's good for my body to make and store enough GABA to keep my body relaxed. It made an impact-- big enough, that I finally feel my health can be great again.

Thank You Dr.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By voxsusanna on May 21, 2007
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I found this book easy to read even though I didn't choose to slog through it all. The diagnostic questionnaires are understandable and simple to use.

Like "A Reader," I thought Braverman was recommending a lot of pills and I've been trying to REDUCE my supplements. But I felt ill enough (and monied enough) to try his regimen. Within a week I felt more cheerful, alert, resilient, and relaxed--a remarkable combination of effects. I've been sleeping well and waking up refreshed. My knees and hips don't ache. It's pretty amazing.

I wish I'd had access to this information when I was struggling with clinical depression several years ago. It might have helped me avoid taking some or all of the pharmaceuticals that kept me afloat.

While this approach may not be everyone's cup of tea, the book is certainly worth reading. If you've read far enough to get to this/my review, I'd suggest that you read it: The Universe may be trying to tell you something...
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Gaby on September 10, 2009
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Some of the information was very interesting, but the lack of references left me baffled. Is it a self-reference? I had read numerous books on the subject, and authors usually leave references even though they had thousands of experiences with patients, it just makes you more reliable. It is also very useful and interesting to know about the "says who?" and where can you find more information, etc. For educational purposes... Or are we supposed to go to him?

He also borrows some elements of Carl Jung's and Isabel Myers-Briggs' typological approach for personality types for his Braverman Nature Assessment which is okay. But the personality types and the correlation with particular brain imbalances need some references as I know plenty of exceptions.

But the one reason I can't recommend this book, is because he actually recommends aspartame for people with dopamine deficiency and that is extremely ignorant and dangerous. He actually says its safe! That just boggled my mind. He and other readers of this book will benefit from reading "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by Russell L. Blaylock.
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104 of 119 people found the following review helpful By rusty on March 7, 2008
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This book is about achieving total health by balancing your brain chemistry, based on a quiz you take (in the book) to determine your dominant neurotransmitters. Once you take the quiz and find out which of the four major neurotransmitters is dominant, you can take supplements and eat foods that supposedly restore your brain's normal biochemistry (normal meaning how it was before you started having symptoms of disease).
The author says everyone is born with a dominant neurotransmitter that determines their health and their personality, and when this gets out of balance, signs of illness begin. He lists the supplements you should take and the foods you should eat to get back in balance again, and also recommends some exercises, both physicla and mental. At the end there is a section of exercises you can do to improve your memory.
In his private practice the author claims to have healed many people by simply balancing their brain chemistry, and this is a wonderful thought, but he doesn't say where you can find a doctor to work with who would be into this type of treatment. Most doctors would not agree to do some of the tests he recommends, and would not be open to his ideas. He claims you can do it on your own, but I am concerned that the high doses of some of the supplements may be harmful. On the other hand, I'm a bit of a risk taker and decided to start the supplement and diet program to see what will happen. If anyone else has tried this program, I'd like to know their results and whether they would recommend it. This book has a very interesting and believable theory, but I think is too new to be accepted by mainstream medicine, so you're pretty much on your own if you apply it.
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