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Tuning the Brain: Principles and Practice of Neurosomatic Medicine 1st Edition
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Two paragraphs of this book contain more neurochemical information than two pages of most books. Although I feel uncomfortable with the minimal attention Goldstein pays to detecting and treating the numerous viral, bacterial and fungal infections involved in Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel and Interstitial Cystitis, I feel his understanding of neurochemistry may be unparalleled. I would like to have read more about his experiences with intravenous Vitamin C treatment, which I believe may be the single most effective treatment for these disorders.
His diagnostic concept of quickly reaching the brain, by applying medications via ophthalmic, nasal and sublingual routes appears to have merit, since some of these sensory organs are only removed from the brain by two or three neurosynapses. The dramatically rapid improvements he describes using Naphazoline eyedrops, Nifedipine calcium channel blockers, sublingual Ketamine and other prescription medications are intrigueing.
Unfortunately Abecarnil and some of the other medications he discusses are not available in the United States, while others including Adenosine, with a ten second half life, would be of limited value, for chronic disease treatment.
Tragically, this brilliant, dedicated, devoted, unselfish physician reports he was unable to earn a living, testing and treating these very sick, labor intensive, exhausting patients, who have so many medical problems, requiring intervention after intervention. Health insurers and most patients do not want to pay for the level of care necessary to effectively treat these difficult patients for their numerous medical problems. Unfortunately, some of his patients were very selfish, demanding, manipulative and dishonest.Read more ›
Dr. Goldstein founded an entirely new branch of medicine which he has termed neurosomatic medicine (not to be confused with psychosomatic medicine). He remains the first doctor to truly understand the bewildering array of neurosomatic illnesses and to have effective methods of treatment. He did more for his patients in hours than other doctors did in lifetimes. The central defect in neurosomatic illness is an enhanced capacity for long term potentiation / depression, something that is beginning to be somewhat better understood, but still nowhere else at the level of Dr. Goldstein's mastery even 20 years ago.
This is not easy reading. It has taken me years to understand, and I am nowhere near the level of Dr. Goldstein. I have never met another doctor of the same level of intelligence - but I have found endlessly useful theories, treatments, and explanations from his books (Betrayal and Tuning are the most important). There is more information in a page of Dr.Read more ›
I concur with another reviewer's statement about the information density. My notes on the book are book-length themselves. I especially love the 90 color figures that aid in understanding the anatomy and biochemistry involved.
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... sure wish he hadn't retired. I went over this book extensively. & was so impressed. He could be solving serious problems that other medical professionals (including many who... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ken Boyd
I'm blown away that someone could compile so much information in their brain. This book is written in a clumsy and overly complicated way - despite the fact that the author clearly... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christina
If you have CFS, this is a must read. The author actually treated many people with CFS and got them better, which is sadly not the case with most practitioners. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by John Economides