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Betrayal by the Brain: The Neurologic Basis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and Related Neural Network Hardcover – September 10, 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 10, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560249773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560249771
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,596,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
Since reading Betrayal by the Brain I discovered The Companion Volume to Dr Jay A. Goldstein's Betrayal by the Brain (also available from Amazon). Written by Katie Courmel (a non-scientist), this appears very useful in helping those who are not experts in Neurochemistry to understand the technical aspects of his therapy, although it posesses technical difficulty, also.
Joseph R. Duba, M.D.
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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. The meds reduce synaptic transmission. Over time, they can restore the nervous system to normal functioning.
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Format: Hardcover
Jay Goldstein presents an interesting combination of highly technical neurobiochemical arguments mixed with practical, anecdotal reports from his work with patients with severe neurosomatic disorders. The scientific statements and arguments are so complex that most physicians would would have difficulty following them, or even arguing with them. There is , however, an underlying logic and point of view which is fascinating and holds the possibility of helping a lot of people with apparently hopeless medical problems. I skipped over many sections of the book because of the "heaviness" of the medical language. Despite this, I realy enjoyed the book and hope to try some of the therapies with my patients.
Joseph R. Duba, M.D.
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