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

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,288 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
"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
Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Scribner (first published December 30th 2007)
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Skylar Burris
Dec 28, 2013 Skylar Burris rated it it was ok
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
May 19, 2010 Jonny99 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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

Skylar Burris
Sep 08, 2010 Skylar Burris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
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
Aug 11, 2014 Lionkhan-sama rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 07, 2011 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2010 Robertderryck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2009 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2009 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Feb 15, 2016 Desinka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very up-to-the-point, solution oriented book. I've read a couple of others on the subject an this one impressed me with offering clear explanations, easy action steps and an overall sense of achievability:)

I listened to this and I liked the author's narration.
May 06, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
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.
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
Jan 26, 2009 Saadia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
A terrific book for anyone with allergies, food issues, etc. I read it in one sitting, which is unusual for a book like this. We started following advice and so far I have lost 18 pounds, my husband has lost 12, taking the supplements, avoiding certain foods, etc. We feel like different people. Or at least the same people in different bodies. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in an alternative to Big Pharmas, etc.
Alex Murygin
Apr 24, 2011 Alex Murygin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't recommend this book now as i haven't finished the program mentioned in this book. But I've started and looks like it's kind of fantastic. I'll update status as only i finish the program.
I think this will be interesting for everybody who'd like to live healthy life )
Aug 01, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 14, 2009 Judith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 26, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-books
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.
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
Owen Spencer
Oct 06, 2009 Owen Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Patricia Mauerhofer
Excellent book of the interconnection between bodily processes and mental wellbeing and what each and every of us can actually do to enhance her/his health. The biochemical, genetic and metabolic processes are explained in an easy to follow way and are illustrated with many success stories.
The best part of the book is a very concrete 7 weeks action plan to overcome illnesses and enhance mind-body functioning. Why only 4 stars? Certain aspects are repeated too many times for my taste and the one
Zack Plauche
Feb 22, 2016 Zack Plauche rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is basically the bible of all of your health problems. Many people are skeptical because when you first open it he tells you your brain is broken... And he's right. What we associate with "normal human behavior" is only "normal" because most people eat the same sh*tty food and partake in the same not so healthy habits. Like drinking alcohol, eating/drinking things with high fructose corn syrup (most sodas/Gatorade). It's poison.

I feel I'm inclined to review this book because it basical
Sep 23, 2014 Cara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
When I first found this book, I was super excited about it. Yay, I can cure my own f'd up brain without any of those pesky doctors or modern medicine! But as I read on and the author kept banging the same drum over and over, I started feeling really tired. What made it so depressing is that the author is probably right. If we took all the right supplements, and made sure they were super pure and effective, and exercised, and slept enough, and exercised enough, and filtered all our water, and ate ...more
Juanita Johnson
Jun 04, 2012 Juanita Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 25, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing
*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
Terry Kim
Mar 27, 2015 Terry Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will change your life. Not in an immediate, magic pill kind of way but a long term, health conscious change.

Although I don't have any medical problems or any brain illness, I enjoyed this book. It is quite similar to the book The Mood Cure which I enjoyed reading as well (I already take a lot of the supplements mentioned in the Ultramind since reading The Mood Cure).

If you want to protect your brain, be happy and healthy, I totally recommend this book. Even if you dont follow the die
Oct 24, 2014 Bart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The nutritional explanations and justifications for fortifying one's diet with vitamins and minerals are interesting.

We'll see how well it all works.

From a craft perspective, this is another book that could be reduced to ten good pages - by removing ceaseless repetitions and that staple of the self-help industry: dreadful and italicized anecdotes from ordinary people seeing extraordinary results just like you can!
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
Jan 01, 2016 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-care
Excellent book for anyone trying to hack their brain and their mental health. Provides basics of an excellent self-care program along with multiple helpful quizzes to follow different effective paths based on your own particular struggles. Lots of credible detail from leading functional physician who calls himself an "accidental psychiatrist" who discovered how much the body impacts the brain.
Jul 24, 2015 HozzaTV rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition
Absolutely the most comprehensive book on diet on the market! As a trained chemist myself I completely agree with everything this book says. Containing a comprehensive bibliography and plenty of patient reports, this book squeezes out a lot of credibility.

I recommend to have this book on your bookshelf as a great reference for dieting.

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Mark Hyman, M.D., is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine. After ten years as co-medical director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, he is now in private practice in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention. His websites are and www.ultr ...more
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