- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Elephant Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985690437
- ISBN-13: 978-0985690434
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 350 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why Isn't My Brain Working?: A Revolutionary Understanding of Brain Decline and Effective Strategies to Recover Your Brain's Health 1st Edition
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About the Author
Datis Kharrazian, PhD, DHSc, DC, MS, MMSc, FACN, is a clinical research scientist, academic professor, and a functional medicine health care provider. He develops evidence-based models to treat autoimmune, neurological, and unidentified chronic diseases with non-pharmaceutical applications. His clinical models of functional medicine are used by several academic institutions and thousands of health care providers throughout the world. Dr. Kharrazian has received appointments as an Associate Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a Research Fellow at the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kharrazian is also a faculty member of Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). Dr. Kharrazian earned a PhD in Health Science with concentrations in immunology and toxicology and a Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) degree from Nova Southeastern University. He completed his post-doctoral research training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences, and a Master of Medical Sciences degree in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School. He is on the scientific editorial board for the Journal of Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics and Alternative Medicine Therapies in Health and Medicine and is a requested scientific reviewer for several scientific journals. He has published scientific papers in nutrition, neurology, autoimmunity, and toxicology and is currently conducting research in autoimmune molecular mimicry and environmentally induced immune reactivity. Dr. Kharrazian has developed post-graduate courses in blood chemistry analysis, hormone and endocrine management, complex immunology testing, gastrointestinal management, and various topics in functional medicine. They are taught at more than 200 locations annually. Dr. Kharrazian has a private practice for patients from all over the world. He practices using diet, nutrition, neurological rehabilitative exercises, and lifestyle applications. His practice has a two-year waiting list and is limited to patients suffering from chronic conditions. Most of Dr. Kharrazian’s patients are referred by doctors seeking his opinion in differential diagnosis and clinical management strategies.
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I also found I had to be mindful to not overly analyze or try to self-diagnose for every single symptom. When looking at dietary modifications and supplementation, I could see how one might read this book and find themselves thinking they have food sensitivities, allergies, an autoimmune disorder, leaky gut, IBS, the beginnings of Alzheimer's or Parkinsons, and so on. Likewise, if one reads carefully, throughout the first two-thirds of the book, the examples contain vague references to nutritional supports, supplements, and 'nutritional compounds'. Get past that into later chapters where more of these 'nutritional compounds' are listed and you realize that in many instances these things add up to as many as a dozen different 'supplements' multiple times a day in addition to dietary restrictions. This isn't to say these things won't be useful (I believe diet is a MAJOR role in most health disorders/chronic conditions), but it does add up in terms of cost, time invested, and lifestyle modifications. I visited some of the websites he lists under the anecdotal examples given by the functional medicine practitioners who shared their experiences with various clients in the book. Many of their visits cost upwards of $300-$400 per visit and require repeated visits not covered by health insurance.
I think its a good read, but I tried to make sure that I just took in what I think applied to my current concerns and personal interest. Otherwise, you could notice that you are middle aged female feeling melancholy with brain fog read this and think your on the verge of dementia or something, when really your estrogen and progesterone levels are just fluctuating too much because you need to cut out caffeine (this is a simplification, but hopefully anyone that read this review will get the gist... just saying..).
I was already skeptical about the mindless application of conventional drugs that mask symptoms, allowing further damage until the body degenerates into irreversible disease. Why Isn't My Brain Working? went further, arming me with healthy skepticism about "holistic" quick fixes as well. Those of us who are sick of doctors treating symptoms rather than addressing root causes must resist the temptation to replace the drug du jour with the supplement du jour. No matter what we put in our bodies, we must thoroughly understand its impact on the complex biochemistry of our brain and body.
This book makes clear why the concept of balance (in nutrition, exercise, and mental stimulation) is not just preferable or even important – it is absolutely vital. At the top of the list of risk factors for just about every type of dysfunction is blood sugar imbalance. If we all learned and internalized half of the many ways blood sugar imbalance disrupts almost every bodily function from the head down, I doubt we would ever see candy and convenience food as harmless and fruit juice as healthy.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. It is a health book for all ages and walks of life, not simply for upper-middle class, middle-aged and older folks who worry about accelerated mental decline. We would have a healthier, happier society if this information were effectively integrated into school curricula from the earliest possible stage and every year thereafter. Until we expect and demand change, the gaping chasm between conventional, disease-based medicine and functional/integrative, health-based medicine will continue to swallow up many people who might otherwise have enjoyed good health and peace of mind.
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