- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Avery; 1 edition (February 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159463128X
- ISBN-13: 978-1594631283
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 147 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, a nd My Life Hardcover – February 21, 2013
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“The Last Best Cure will change lives; it may even save some. For all who travel through the dark and lonely landscape of chronic illness, here is hope and healing supported by solid science and first-hand experience. Hand extended, heart open, Donna Jackson Nakazawa is a seasoned, compassionate guide, pointing the way to the light at the end of the tunnel.”
–Katrina Kenison, author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day“This is a genuine page-turning science/non-fiction thriller! Nakazawa is endearing. Her situation is compelling. Her story-telling art is masterful. You will learn a great deal of up-to-the-minute neuroscience research all the while hoping that Nakazawa’s disciplined quest for health succeeds.”
–Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness is An Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life“Donna Jackson Nakazawa has written a moving account of her recovery from severe autoimmune disorders and her success with innovative mind/body therapies. It will certainly inspire others suffering from chronic illness to use integrative medicine to activate their innate healing potential.”
–Andrew Weil, M.D. author of Spontaneous Happiness“As both a science journalist and someone struggling with serious health issues, Donna Jackson Nakazawa offers clarity, heart, and hope for recovery and well-being. Funny, fast-moving, honest, insightful, and always helpful, her story of her journey to wellness brings together mind and body, East and West, solid research and the upper reaches of human potential.”
–Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom“Our seasons of serious illness can be scary, lonely and deeply depressing. Now, with The Last Best Cure we have a window into another possibility. Donna Jackson Nakazawa made discoveries about stress, disease and the role of meditation and yoga that led her to profound healing. Grounded in scientific research and presented with great lucidity and warmth, Donna’s story will guide, comfort and inspire you as you journey toward full aliveness and wellbeing.”
–Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
About the Author
Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an acclaimed journalist, public speaker, and author of the award-winning book The Autoimmune Epidemic. An alumna of the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, Nakazawa is a graduate of Duke University.
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* The book is written from a patient's point of view, as Ms. Nakazawa copes with multiple medical issues, specifically autoimmune disease.
* This is helpful to other patients who are dealing with similar issues.
* I also believe that this is helpful to professionals who are not familiar with the ACE study and it's long term health impact.
* The book is not a "difficult read" but it is certainly filled with informative information, including medical statistics from various sources.
* It was quite helpful that she went into detail of what the ACE study is, and how it has played out in our culture and in her personal life.
* Ms. Nakazawa is a well recognized and awarded author, and continues to be so.
* This book is one of three, and all seem to build upon the other.
* She certainly understands the "mind-body" correlation.
* She certainly understands the struggles that someone coping with autoimmune disease has to cope with on a daily basis. And she describes this well.
* The term psychoneuroimmunology is introduced, and quite interesting to read about.
* All of the medical/ clinical information is well researched from multiple sources.
* She speaks about how she was able to regain wellness and find joy in her life.
* She explains how she was able to accomplish this with Buddhist practices, Yoga, Deep Relaxation, Breathing Exercises, and Acupuncture.
* I appreciated that she included the ACE questionnaire in the appendix.
* I also appreciated that she included a way to monitor feelings of Joy in your life in the appendix.
* This book is primarily from a patient perspective. Ms. Nakazawa does not have any formal education in the medical field.
* It reminds me a great deal of "The Body Keeps the Score," but from a personal perspective.
* I was surprised that Ms. Nakazawa did not have more significant noted trauma, in relationship to her ACE, and her multiple autoimmune diseases (although I certainly do not wish that upon anyone)!
* I am concerned that the title is misleading, regarding a "cure." I personally do not believe that autoimmune diseases can be cured. I do believe that they can be treated. And I also believe that there can be major symptom improvements. But ultimately a cure has not been found for autoimmune diseases at this point in time.
It was a refreshing and well written read, from a patient perspective. It is certainly a wonderful addition to my library on this area of interest, and includes a great deal of thought provoking information. She is a wonderful story teller and is able to incorporate her own struggles with illness into an educational search, to help others. I will be reading her following two books, and look forward to it!
I would recommend this book to those who need more than just being told that positive thinking, meditation, yoga (or any exercise) will heal the body & mind.