The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First
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The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First

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"Is your brain broken? "We refer to our broken brains by many names--depression, anxiety, memory loss, brain fog, ADHD, autism, to name a few--and although we can't see it, this silent epidemic affects more than 1 billion people worldwide.

If you can answer yes to any of the following, you may have a broken brain:

"Are you depressed, feeling down, and don't have the drive to...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Scribner (first published December 30th 2007)
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Skylar Burris
As I read “The Ultra-mind Solution,” I was continuously reminded of a joke a friend and I used to tell in the 80’s anytime a certain commercial for a Home Remedy book would come on television: “Have cancer? Try a banana!” Only in this author’s case, it’s more like “Have autism? Try a glutten-free diet in combination with eliminating all sugar and caffeine and all food additives, and don’t get within two feet of mercury!”

I almost hate to give this book such a low rating, because there is a great...more
Jonny99
Better brain bull****. Instead of a critique, I present a rough synopsis. Your brain is busted!!!!! You are having trouble reading this review not because it is semi-articulate tripe but because your brain is buss’d!!!! You have stopped paying attention to this review and are thinking about your genitals not because it is a semi-coherent rant but because YOU BRAIN IS BUSS’D!!!!

How do you get your brain to work? Simply avoid the following: sea bass, football, white wine, prescription drugs, pla

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Skylar Burris
This is a one-star review, so right away you know it’s going to be very, very long. If I were giving a five star review, I would of course limit my comments to one or two paragraphs.

As I read “The Ultra-mind Solution,” I was continuously reminded of a joke a friend and I used to tell in the 80’s anytime a certain commercial for a Home Remedy book would come on television: “Have cancer? Try a banana!” Only in this author’s case, it’s more like “Have autism? Try a glutten-free diet in combination...more
Erica
For anyone who is battling with a child with autism, This book seems like it can be a benefit for you to read. There are suggestions on what you can do to help and possibly reverse autism. It is helpful for those of us that want to prevent any health issues or just to be healthier. The book gets you thinking about how our society is slowly killing us. It took me a while to get through this one. At times it was very dry reading, but I stuck with it and it gave me some things to consider. I might...more
Gina
One of my guiding principles has always been: Never read a book that has the word "ultra" in the title.

However, interesting perspectives on diet & health intrigue me, & when I saw endorsements from such respected doctors as Dean Ornish, Christiane Northrup & Mehmet Oz, I decided to break my rule and plunge into The UltraMind Solution.

I'm glad I did, for this book is an engaging read that's full of cutting edge science & practical advice. Dr. Mark Hyman has been on a mission to...more
Mallory
The Ultra Mind solution is a good companion to read AFTER Ultraprevention (by the same author). There is some repition, but they are good points and so making them stick would be beneficial. Dr. Hyman does explain and define his terms used in both books very well in ultraprevention, and so if you do read that one first you would go into ultra mind with a better understanding. While ultraprevention focused on getting healthy in order to live a disease free life, ultra mind of course focused on ge...more
Robertderryck
Despite its hyperbolic title, this is one of best medical resource books I've found for dealing with chronic ailments. Having suffered for a number of years from chronic problems that conventional doctors have been incapable of explaining (something that unfortunately is occurring more and more frequently in our modern society), I'm heartened by the extensive information and recommendations provided by Dr. Hyman. The focus of the book is on what has, until recently, been unfortunately completely...more
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
This book was basically interesting in a challenging sort of way. It describes a diet/way of life/vitamin program that essentially cleanses the system of toxins and helps with brain chemical imbalances. Hyman also describes many of the chemical processes which occur in the brain as a result of normal/healthy/unhealthy eating and living practices. These process are desribed in "laymans" terms, but are difficult to follow. I skipped through most of these described process even though I have a very...more
Saadia
Dr. Hyman uses the latest scientific discoveries to re-affirm the influence of environmental toxins and the food we eat on our health. He specifically details the direct pathways affecting our health at the cellular level in the nervous, digestive and immune system. It can be frightening to some but ultimately at the end of the book, one understands that health is at one's fingertips, i.e. self-care, and Dr. Hyman gives the 6 week program to cleanse and detoxify one's body. Of course, I already...more
Stephen
The book is very controversial, so Dr. Hyman is either a genius or a nut job, I am leaning toward genius.

Just finished it, and it has given me a lot of great information and ideas. Definitely worth a 6-week trial to see if these techniques work as well as predicted (most topics I have heard for years, just never had the motivation to execute on them).
Lionkhan-sama
Aug 11, 2014 Lionkhan-sama rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lionkhan-sama by: Marcel
I cannot put into words how incredible this book is.
I plan on buying a copy for every single person I care about in life.

You can't not know this stuff. It's essential to every single person alive.
It's information that has been hidden from the majority for far too long.

Say goodbye to disease as we modernly know it!
Michelle
Finally! A book that tells you WHY your body doesn't need white flour, suger and dairy; and how much it DOES need fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish oil and vitamins--and what happens when you do or don't take them. A very fascinating read, and one I want to have as a reference book.
Judith
Eat right, exercise, get the appropriate amount of sleep, eliminate caffeine, alcohol, sugar, white flour, gluten and hydrogenated fats from your diet. . . . stop me if you've heard this one before.
Paula
Three weeks on my way to UltraWellness and I'm seeing noticeable improvements in my brain power and mood. Maybe I will have more to say in another three weeks.
Juanita Johnson
I get it. A lot of our health problem are caused by eating incorrectly. And I've known that we tend to be allergic to the very things that we are addicted to. This is a great book with excellent recommendations on how to eat to improve your memory, fix your brain, and lose weight (although the weight isn't highlighted in the book). BUT it doesn't cover the issues with addiction. While he acknowledges that you might be addicted, he uses the "just do it" encouragement that every addict knows won't...more
Deb
*Heal the body and the mind will follow*


The modern day paradigm to treating disease focuses on alleviating symptoms and discomfort. In doing so, however, not only do the underlying causes of the disease often become overlooked, but the "treatments" for the disease frequently lead to further disruption and chaos in the body.

Using Functional Medicine (or "systems biology"), Mark Hyman takes a revolutionary approach that is based on simple evolutionary realities: our bodies thrive on a diet of nut...more
Owen Spencer
The UltraMind Solution is a highly informative book about osteopathic/holistic/alternative medicine. It includes excellent information and advice that, if applied, may result in dramatic improvements to one's overall health and well-being. This book was recommended to me by one of the top physicians in Lubbock Texas. My only complaint is related to the author's writing style. He mixes science with hype. The scientific findings that are reported are excellent, but there is also a lot of exaggerat...more
Ryan Summers
I would say that the most important thing to take away from this book is the idea that we can address problems with our brain by treating the whole body. The way one does this is through eliminating that bad stuff we put into it and adding the back the good stuff.

Taking out processed foods, sugar, caffine, allergen foods such as wheat and milk. After we remove these things from our diet one must add back those foods and suppliments that one needs as a unique biochemical machine. Dr. Hyman has a...more
Christine
A great book discussing what everyday eating habits can do for or against your overall health. I learned a LOT, and I come from a family of health care workers.

Even if you choose not to go for the full plan, making the overall changes suggested will help you feel much better. My husband and I have been sleeping better, not crashing at the end of the day, and seen other improvements in our health (not "major" things, since doctors would already say we were healthy, but small changes, such as redu...more
Talal Khazal
Greatly informative book about every aspect of lifestyle and nutrition's effect specifically on brain health.

Diseases like alzheimers, dementia and the like are growing at rapid percentage rates. The rate of autism and other mental illnesses at a young age are at an all time high. Dr Hyman puts forward that nutrition and lifestyle play HUGE roles in this boom in cognitive failure.

He goes into detail about how each chemical imbalance, digestive problem, dietary habit can play a role and specifica...more
Lisa
Interesting content, and I admire Dr. Hyman's holistic/systems approach to medicine, but if this is truly THE solution to curing autism & ADHD & depression & countless other disorders, then why isn't his approach validated by the medical community and incorporated into national treatment guidelines? And why doesn't his clinic accept health insurance? I can't help but wonder what financial kickbacks Dr. Hyman is getting from this plan. Percentage of nutritional supplement sales perhap...more
Sean Goh
Somewhere in the book it says if the only thing you change after reading this is cutting out 1. High fructose corn syrup and 2. Trans fats from your diet, it is enough for major improvement.
Seems like that's my main takeaway.

What irked me was that this book was filled with quizzes which profess to diagnose various nutritional deficiencies, yet even if you check none of the boxes describing various symptoms, you still are recommended to try out the 6 week programme anyway. As if everyone is "not...more
Laura
The strategies and principles in this book work! Since incorporating them a year ago, I have lost 15 pounds and my complexion is clearer. I plan to continue a gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle and limit my sugars and grains indefinitely.
Trudy
Most of the information in this book is the same as that found in Dr. Hyman's Ultrametabolism but with a bit more emphasis on how his "prescription" to eat whole foods and exercise will affect your brain health. It's hard to find a personal physician who will help you with this, however, since it is far easier to pull out the prescription pad and treat symptoms without regard to their causes. I am a bit leery about Dr. Hyman's advice to take so many supplements, though, especially since he sells...more
KC
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars because it was the launching pad for me to finally get to the bottom of my health issues and for that I am sooooo grateful. However, the writing is horribly redundant and I found myself saying "ok I get it just tell me what to do now!" I finally realized that it's likely because the author knows not everyone is going to read it cover to cover as I'd planned. And honestly, I skipped about 100 pages in the middle.
I think it's good for a starting point for...more
Maura
This book has changed my life and how I think about health. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in achieving optimal health naturally. Dr. Hyman talks about the epidemic of broken brains we have in the US and the science linking it to how we eat and how we treat our bodies. He provides a detailed guide, complete with recipes, for starting this program. When I read this book, I had had headaches for years and was looking for a solution other than drugs. After reading this book, following...more
Jean
This is a fascinating look at how seven factors (nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, toxic build ups, energy metabolism and stress) affect your brain function and overall health. Do you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? Perhaps it's caused by vitamin D deficiency and can be treated, not with antidepressants, but with vitamin D supplements. This is only one of many examples of diseases which can be treated with foods and supplements rather than medication. Since I've change...more
Max Kielsmeier

Loaded with crucial info about the human diet. Why there is a specific, natural way to eat and how most aren't doing it. More nutritional info than I've ever seen organized like this. Read it multiple times.
Tessa
As per Dr. Hyman's advice, I started taking high doses of B vitamins, Fish oil, and probiotics for my neurological issues, and it helped tremendously. I highly recommend this book.
Daniel Petz
A life changing book with incredible insight into health and nutrition. Though slightly repetitive, these are the points that need to be hammered home. A must read for anyone.
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