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The SuperStress Solution: 4-week Diet and Lifestyle Program Hardcover – January 12, 2010

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"The hectic pace of life is taking a toll on your body and mind. Here is the remedy."—Andrew Weil, M.D.

"With unique yet easy-to-implement diet and lifestyle changes, this powerfully healing book will help you build oases of calm into your life, moments of control and peace from which you can draw strength and resilience against both the small and large stresses of your day.  ––Dean Ornish, M.D.

"To anyone whose default state of mind and being is stressed out, Dr. Roberta Lee's book, The SuperStress Solution, is a masterful guide to the most difficult skill in the world – learning to deeply relax. Just as the absence of disease is not health, so the absence of obvious stress is not relaxation. For unremitting stress, you need a solution, and practical tools, and a way to find the "pause" button and learn to hit it every day. This book will give you back life and joy." Mark Hyman, MD, author, The UltraMind Solution

About the Author

Roberta Lee, M.D., is vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine, director of Continuing Medical Education, and co-director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel’s Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Lee attended George Washington University Medical School and is one of the four graduates in the first class from the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona conducted by Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345508629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345508621
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,457,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is purported to be "a groundbreaking...revolutionary...whole life guide to help you repair the effects of stress". All the material here is basic and widely available elsewhere. You can easily access all of this material, and I mean all, on the internet or in books from 10 years ago on. Before spending $20 (with shipping) consider leafing through the book in a bookstore or just get it from the library. It seems that the notion of not just stress, but "Superstress" is the 'hook' here, but the solutions are the same as for regular stress, and Dr. Lee offers up nothing new. Self care-- an important topic.

You should start before any crisis in your life occurs, because once you're in the midst of it, it's impossible to begin meditating, eating well, exercising, etc. It has some value to get you started, but she points you to no further resources (e.g., HeartMath's program is never mentioned, for one, or any other complementary practices like EFT).

For a taste of this "revolutionary" approach, watch the video of Dr. Lee above on this site. That's about the level at which this book is aimed (sleep, exercise, avoid alcohol, etc.), and if this is new information to you, then perhaps check out the book.

If you're new to complementary therapies this book may be helpful. If you're at all further along in experience, interest or knowledge, you will already know this stuff, but perhaps it may give you a program to follow, and that is a good thing.
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We are overwhelmed, we are exhausted, we have insomnia, we have huge appetites for food but none for sex. We experience substance abuse, headaches, anxiety. The author maintains that our modern world has put us in a "menacing form of stress that closely resembles post-traumatic stress disorder" such as what has been observed in war veterans. She calls this "superstress" and gives us a "super solution" through this book.

The book is divided into 3 parts, and each part has a brief summary at the beginning. Real life case studies are sprinkled throughout the book to make it more interesting and see how people can heal, change, and relax. (One woman couldn't even go an hour without checking her Blackberry 5 or 6 times--even at night, checking her email.)

The first part of the book explains what stress is and how it affects your body. There are various kinds of stress, with environmental, work, relationship, social and spiritual sources. Four hallmarks of stress are listed: It is compounded; you can't get a handle on it anymore; life has lost its luster; and "anxious is the new normal."Friends, family, day-to-day hassles and job duties are factors that tip us into superstress. And as the author states, "Our parents and certainly our grandparents probably wouldn't recognize what we call parenting as anything they'd ever done--that's how all-encompassing the job has become." This section also discusses the hormones of stress, the physical results, and gives case studies. We are also given an in-depth test of 9 pages to access our stress level.

Part II provides us with a smorgasbord of stress busters.
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In the hectic world we live in today, we could all learn how to de-stress. This book with tell you how to:

* Nourish your body with nutrient-rich foods,herbs, and supplements that repair stress damage
* Detox your system and jump-start your body's healing with an easy-to-follow eating plan
* Sleep well again by following simple steps to protect and promote the rest your body needs
* Move to simple, low-impact exercises that can be done in five-minute to one-hour increments
* Retrain your mind so you can access a sense of peace and calm even in your most stressed-out moments

The SuperStress Solution will do more than help you beat back the overload that is making you sick; it will restore physical harmony and balance. More than a program that makes you feel better, it is a program that will make you truly well.

The first part of the book explains where our stress comes from and how your body reacts. Stress comes from so many different places, some that most of us would never even think of. We think of stress coming from our family, work, driving in traffic, waiting in a slow check out line etc. But it also comes from the environment etc. and some of us even add stress to ourselves, without realizing it. At the end of Part 1 there are four questionnaire: Your Superstress Type, The Physical Toll Stress Takes, Your Personal Resilience To Superstress and Recent Stressful Events. I learned a lot about myself when thinking about some of the questions and now I can work on changing those things to be less stressed. You can take a shorter version of these questionnaires HERE.

The second part gives you the tools you need to overcome these stresses through breathing, meditation, affirmations, aromatherapy, massage etc.
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As someone who has endured many kinds of stressful events (earthquakes, tornadoes, fire, flood, hurricane, IRS audits, and other natural disasters), I feel qualified to review a book on stress. I've also written a course on this topic so I come at it as a published expert.

My insights into handling stress made quantum leaps when I began studying Chinese martial arts in the early 1980s. Dr. Lee is of Chinese decent (third generation Chinese American). Thus, I was not surprised to find myself nodding yes, yes, yes as she explained one concept and then another. Much of what she says is outside of the mainstream discussions of this topic. And that's really too bad, because she's right on target.

I was born with an immune deficiency that persists to this day, yet have not been sick since 1971. I credit this mostly to my dietary choices. Dr. Lee makes dietary recommendations that are very close to what I would recommend. Even Dr. Lee's Famous Salad Dressing is nearly identical to my own dressing recipe (I don't add honey, and I use balsamic vinegar instead of rice wine vinegar).

One thing she doesn't mention is where to get your green tea. I get mine from an ethnic Chinese grocery. I think it is an important quality consideration. For one thing, the tea bags don't have staples. I'm guessing Dr. Lee doesn't buy her green tea from the local chain grocery, so isn't aware that many brands of green tea aren't up to the standards she probably takes for granted.

Why are our diets so similar? It isn't because her information is widely known and practiced (it isn't). The similarities are there because we have arrived at solutions that work, though by different paths taken to get there.

The similarities go beyond diet.
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