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Why Isn't My Brain Working?

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Losing your memory? Can't focus or concentrate? Do you have brain fog or tire easily? Have you lost your zest for life or motivation? Do people tell you this is all a normal part of aging? If so, your brain may be growing old too fast, or degenerating. Modern diets, a stressful lifestyle, and environmental toxins all take their toll on the brain. This doesn't just happen t ...more
Paperback, 587 pages
Published April 22nd 2013 by Elephant Press
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Cavin Balaster
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brain-injury
This is such an incredibly educational read! In May of 2011, I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and was diagnosed with a Diffuse Axonal Injury. 90% of people with this injury never regain consciousness. Those who do wake up will often remain significantly impaired or in a vegetative state. I am a case study in this book (my name is changed to Colin). I began working with one of Dr. Kharrazian's colleagues, Dr. Tom Culleton, about 6 months after my TBI. I have regained so much and am currently s ...more
Gry Ranfelt
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The information in this book is hands down phenomenal. There's so much information I never heard of before in this book, and I consider myself pretty well-read in this whole health-minded subculture. So many things are explained in this book which made questions I'd been wondering about for years click for me. For instance why many initially feel better on a vegan or raw vegan diet and then crash. Why some people will not get better no matter how "right" they eat - why some people can eat what s ...more
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Madeleine - 4 stars
And only 4 not 5 because WHAT am I to DO with all this information. So much of this book applies to my health situation and my family's but it's so expansive there is no way a lay person can extrapolate any treatments out of it themselves. This book educated me but left me feeling beyond inept at applying any suggestions he offers other than go gluten free. I found the book’s message so directly applicable to my health that I wanted to find a pra
Marguarite Markley
I am very interested in alternative medicines for treating the body and the mind. This is definitely worth reading if you are feeling mentally and physically "off" and want an alternative approach to the overly prescribed antidepressants and other prescription drugs that our doctors push on us. Our healing all starts with nutrition. ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loads of great info about all things functional neurology related- how autoimmunity, hormones, inflammation, injuries, blood sugar issues, lack of oxygen, etc. affect brain health. It's encouraging to see how much can be done to help the brain to recover and improve.
However, now I'm a little paranoid whenever I have brain farts because I know that it's nothing to ignore.
Elizabeth Disalvo
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think every human should read this book. I can't say enough. I have been a patient in the alternative medicine world for about 25 years (because basically NO ONE in the western medicine world could help me or tell me that there was anything wrong. My major sufferings were a mouth full of mercury amalgams that all but ruined my life and then 10 years later, Lyme disease that got my brain-for the most part.) I have done, and seen, it all in my quest to get my health back. I have come a REALLY lo ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, health
I've read a lot on this topic, but this is the most organized and thorough title I've read. It seemed to answer questions I had about why my past attempts at anti inflammatory eating (Whole30) didn't work. It explained why just taking 5-htp and l-tyrosine didn't work. Personally I'm tackling fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety. I now have a new approach I can try. I've looked some online but haven't found yet whether there are any practitioners in the Atlanta area that are knowledgeable in thes ...more
Joanne Kelly
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My family and close friends may get very tired of hearing me recommend this book. After years of trying to find a doctor who really understands my autoimmune disorders, I finally stumbled on this book and its very knowledgeable author. Now I have located a nearby practitioner schooled in his functional medicine approach. I recommend the book to anyone who has brain fog, head injury, depression, autoimmune disease or a neuro-degenerative illness (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc.) or anyone who is j ...more
Kaitlin Moore
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Okay, this book was deeply insightful full or research knowledge and tips. However, I would not recommend it if you are not somebody who already has a strong working knowledge of the body. The only exception to his would be if you have clear symptoms and know what you're looking for and use it as a reference book. And this would be an excellent reference book. Otherwise, if you're reading it for fun the answer to Why Isn't My Brain Working will probably be "Because I'm reading this book." ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was very interesting and informative, but I did raise my eyebrow at the parts that pretty much turned gluten and dairy products into heinous villains. Although the author does state that the problems with food containing these two affect people who are intolerant to them, it still felt that they were turned into the core of all brain deficiencies. Once again, I'm not gluten intolerant and I haven't been doing extensive research on the effects of gluten and dairy consumption, so I have ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
"Bob, 52, was a truck driver. He was 250 pounds overweight, had severe depression, diabetes, anxiety, panic attacks, literal demons crawling out of his asshole, and after years of visiting doctors and alternative health practitioners, who had prescribed him some anti-depressants, I made sure that, rather than eating garbage, and also no gluten, he ate food and engaged in some form of exercise. Within days he was cured."

^3/4ths of the book.

The remaining 4th contains valuable information about m
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: want-to-re-read
If you have any hypochondriac tendencies, don't read this, it will drive you further insane.

If you are thinking to read this as an audiobook- forget it, it is too dense and there are too many hormone, and drug names in here for none practitioners to follow. ( my mistake )

Fundamentally I found too many potential symptoms and worries that would be found in any normal human to be able to differentiate if this is science or quackery. The author is convincing but also uses many tricks of the charlat
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
One of the best practical books I've read. What the book says makes a lot of sense and reminds me to start watching my diet. I already feel the difference just by avoiding certain food mentioned in the book for a week. Highly recommended if you want to keep your brain sharp and have a higher quality life. ...more
This book really scared me, but it was full of great information. I thought it was readable also considering how complicated the subject is. I still feel confused about how to implement a plan without being able to see a doctor that understands this as well, but I got a lot of great ideas to try.
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So much good information - it's one of those books I'll go back to read sections over and over. I can think of so many people that I want to read it and I wish I had read it years ago. ...more
Todd Taylor
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's hard to review this book because it's more of an instruction manual than a typical book with a plot. For the most part, the book is a series of real-life stories of people with rather severe medical conditions that often, but not always, were successfully treated by changes to their diet with the help of supplements. As the author states towards the back of the book, this is a complicated topic and solving one's own medical issues isn't going to be as easy as "follow these 3 simple steps." ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
It starts out promising some really interesting explanations regarding brain chemistry, cause and effects of diet, and different related diseases. Unfortunately it reads overall as a marketing scheme to get people to go see a chiropractor for needs which should be met and explained by a general health practitioner.

Its a book to use as a jumping off point for discovery, but because all advise has to be carefully sifted through, it is not the best introductory book. If anything, it's a reminder t
Cj Sime
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, so, so close to a 5 star rating but the excessive testimonies littered throughout the book began to feel like the author was BEGGING me to believe what he was saying, it was just too over the top. Truthfully if he had just 5 testimonies or examples in the first chapter and then possibly 2 testimonies in the subsequent chapters, I would have found the book just as valid. Then when I got to the final chapter the summaries of each protocol really made me feel like wading through the rest of the ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
And only 4 not 5 because WHAT am I to DO with all this information. So much of this book applies to my health situation and my family's but it's so expansive there is no way a lay person can extrapolate any treatments out of it themselves. This book educated me but left me feeling beyond inept at applying any suggestions he offers other than go gluten free. I found the book’s message so directly applicable to my health that I wanted to find a practitioner to assist in decoding what I needed to d ...more
Amy Alpert
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most comprehensive health books I have ever read. It took me some time to get through because, brain isn't working! And while he simplifies very complicated concepts, there is a lot of material to digest. But this is the sort of book you may need to reread. This isn't the first book I have read that deals with a holistic approach to health but this book stands apart from most and is one of the most empowering books I have read. I think it should be required reading for ever ...more
Brad Zerkel
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a ton of information in this most of which md’s may argue against
The book is a walking advertisement for holistic medicine and naturopathy.
A lot of people may be turned off by that, but I’ve found that my naturopath is always more thorough than my primary care physician .... having suffered from insomnia for many many years this book really helped spot big causal relationships in my diet and behavior to the insomnia.
I’ve always written off my “memory “ to age 50 and getting worse as I a
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having just learned that many of my health issues have been due to an autoimmune disorder, I found this book to be extremely helpful in giving many ideas and suggestions of how to help keep my body from attacking itself and how to feel better over all. Putting them all into regular practice is another story, of course. It will take time to adjust and incorporate the many suggestions (old dog, new tricks...), but the ones I’ve already begun thanks in part to this book have proven to be noticeably ...more
Kelli Emge
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The title of this book is so misleading! This is a book about whole-body *health*. This book is about brain function, anatomy and physiology, all the aspects of health that affect brain function, and the many physical ailments that are actually brain problems at the root of the matter. This was gifted to me by a functional med practitioner, who said Dr K was brilliant and one of his heroes. I can understand the sentiment, after reading his work. Dr K really has a good handle on neuroscience, it ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had higher hopes for this book. It could have been 400 pages shorter and would have benefited from less "patient experiences." Some of the advice is weird and a little dangerous (unsupervised coffee enema?) There is some good basic "how the brain works" information that will help those with cognitive problems understand how and maybe why they are having problems. Best bet if you are in this category, and looking for information, go see your medical doctor and be your own advocate. ...more
Jed Merrill
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While this book was not relevant to my immediate health, it is a really important book for people dealing with or at risk for auto immune disorders, hormone imbalances, brain fog, chemical sensitivities, and many other issues that are not reflected in the title. Adding it to alongside comparable book Never Be Sick Again.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
This is a wonderful resource for anyone with an autoimmune disease, brain injury, or neurological condition. The bigger problem will be to find a functional medicine practitioner to help you apply the advice. Readers with autoimmune diseases might be able to do more on their own following Amy Myers "The Autoimmune Solution" or even Terry Wahls "The Wahls Protocol". ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I will define this book like very practical to understand concepts about your health,like blood sugar levels,neurotransmiters,gut-brain connection,hormones and more topics.
The information in the book can educate you enough to know what to check in a blood test and have some idea of what can be wrong in your health
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health-nutrition
There are soo many reasons to read this book. What happens when the brain/body doesn't get any sleep? What happens when the brain is on fire? How long does it take to go back to normal? Which treatments are the most beneficial? This book helped me understand so many things. So thankful for Dr. Kharzian. ...more
Kristin Anna Einarsdottir
Complete life changer!!! Everyone who cares for their (mental) health should read this one ... a bit difficult as there is a lot of medical language and some 700 pages! but all worth it.... why not at least consider alternatives to a better health?
Bruno Ferreira
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
Great user's manual for a malfunctioning brain.
Patients stories were just similar to mine, and I finally decide to see a Functional Medicine Doctor after I read this book and related ones (Unstoppable, Headstrong)
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Dr. Datis Kharrazian a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research focuses on toxicology, neuroimmunology, and autoimmunity.

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“No food is a more powerful trigger of neurological issues and autoimmunity than gluten, the protein found in wheat.” 1 likes
“While Sudoku or crossword puzzles are good brain food, doing them while eating a frosted pastry and slurping down an extra-large caramel latte with whipped cream works against you. All that sugar will upset glucose levels in the brain and create conditions that ultimately deprive the brain of energy.” 0 likes
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