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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, 624 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
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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
Gry Pil
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Kaitlin Moore-Morley
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."
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Jerry Huggins
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very insightful for someone without a medical background. With made it a bit harder to understand at times but in the end I was still able to take a great deal from this book.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is quite possibly the best book on health I have ever read! I used to be a fan of Julia Ross, but Kharrazian's book just blew me away. It definitely is the most accessible and fun read on neuro-health and nutrition. Mind you it is a very thick book- took me more than a week to finish it.. but if you are genuinely interested in this topic you would not at all find it dry , I almost look forward to reading it!

Love it.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Incredible insights into the relationship between your physical and mental health. Easy to read with stories from patients to illustrate the concepts. I picked up the book to learn about the effects of stress and ways to help mitigate the impact on my health and now I reference it often.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book that details the various conditions and how you can work towards improving your brain function no matter the current state. I look forward to thinking more clearly and improving my health more with it's tips.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My current favorite resource book.
Julie Macmillin
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr. K gives answers where traditional doctors just call you crazy or offer an antidepressant. If you have an autoimmune disorder of any kind this is a must read.
Jess Macallan
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nutrition-health
This is a fantastic, comprehensive book about brain and overall health. I plan to refer to this often in my nutrition practice.
Zac Stojcevski
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very informative
Truly food for thought
Patricia Power
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Clearly and succinctly written in lay man's terms with excellent suggestions on how to build and restore neuro pathways in the brain.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great info. Very science-y. Good case studies to demonstrate the concepts.
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