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Fibromyalgia and the MindBodySpirit Connection: 7 Steps for Living a Healthy Life with Widespread Muscular Pain and Fatigue [Paperback]

William B. Salt II MD , Edwin H. Season MD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Dec 1 1999 Mind-Body-Spirit Connection Series
Rather than focusing on the pain and problems, this book teaches fibromyalgia patients how to feel well again. Patients are taught the key steps to minimizing or eliminating their symptoms—education, commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and accepting the importance of the connection between mind, body, and spirit. More than 100 photos, drawings, charts, and tables will show readers how to focus on the power of their minds, take responsibility for their own health, and become even healthier than before their diagnosis.

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"A fresh approach to fibromyalgia...organized in a manner that makes sense to both the patient and/or practitioner. An invaluable resource." -- Kevin V. Hackshaw, M.D., Assoc. Professor of Internal Medicine, Div. Of Immunology/Rheumatology/Allergy, The Ohio State University Medical Center

"Excellent accent on wholeness, preventative care, and personal involvement in one's own wellness and self-care." -- Thomas L. Hudson, M.A. Div., J.D., Senior Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio

"Now, thank goodness I have found a book that explainsfibromyalgia. Written by two Columbus, Ohio doctors, Dr. William B. Salt II, board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, and Dr. Edwin H. Season, board-certified in orthopedic surgery, the book explains how pain involves more than the body." -- Betty Ratliff Smith, Accent Editor, The Winchester Sun, Winchester, Kentucky

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From the Publisher, Parkview Publishing Fibromyalgia and the MindBodySpirit Connection is in its 2nd printing. It is the second book in our series entitled "The MindBodySpirit Connection Series." The first book in the series is Irritable Bowel Syndrome & the Mind-Body/Brain-Gut Connection by William B. Salt II, M.D., published October, 1997. It is in its 6th printing, is a Featured Alternate Selection of Rodale Press Prevention Book Club, and is a Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist.

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1.0 out of 5 stars There are many other better choices out there Feb. 21 2004
By Susan
Format:Paperback
This book, while telling some of the truth about fibromyalgia, was co-written by Edwin Season, who works as an "independent medical examiner" for the Ohio State Teacher Retirement System. That means it is his job to find reasons to deny disability to those who need it, thereby saving the retirement system money. (This retirement system is being investigated for misuse of funds.) I am one of their victims, my illness being labeled as "Somatization Disorder" despite the mounds of objective medical evidence of brain injury, etc. I provided. Thanks to Season, I now struggle to work just 20 hours per week and I cannot keep up on bills. All because he thinks that illnesses like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are all in the mind. He needs to look at the evidence - and, a little compassion wouldn't hurt either. I'm now destroyed financially with little means of support. Thanks for nothing, Season.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 20 2004
Format:Paperback
I feel I have wasted good money on this one. I am a strong believer in mind-body medicine, but the bits and pieces of boring information in primer form were a real turn off.
The information in this book seems to have been copied almost straight from other sources.
Try Jon Kabat-Zinn, Deepak Chopra, Emmet E. Miller, J. Sarno, Candace Pert, almost anybody else, for more inspiring reading.
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1.0 out of 5 stars There are many other better choices out there Feb. 21 2004
By Susan
Format:Paperback
This book, while telling SOME of the truth about fibromyalgia, was co-written by Edwin Season, who works as an "independent medical examiner" for the Ohio State Teacher Retirement System. That means it is his job to find reasons to deny disability to those who need it, thereby saving the retirement system money. (This retirement system is being investigated for misuse of funds.) I am one of their victims, my illness being labeled as "Somatization Disorder" despite the mounds of objective medical evidence of brain injury, etc. I provided. Thanks to Season, I now struggle to work just 20 hours per week and I cannot keep up on bills. All because he thinks that illnesses like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are all in the mind. He needs to look at the evidence - and, a little compassion wouldn't hurt either. (Even the title of this book is contradictory - if you have widespread pain and fatigue, you're NOT healthy!) I'm now destroyed financially with little means of support. Thanks for nothing, Season.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save your Money March 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
MindBodySpirit can be written all together like it's one word. Now you know what this book is about.
If you really want to connect your mind, body, and spirit, try a yoga class. If you want to know how your mind (nervous system and emotions) and body are connected, try some other book. I would recommend The Fibromyalgia Help Book (Fransen & Russell) or Inside Fibromyalgia (Pellegrino).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!!!! Feb. 19 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is an extremely helpful guide for patients living with fibromyalgia. So many fibromyalgia books read like a medical textbook which is frustrating to patients looking for advice. The information in this book is complete, yet easy to comprehend and utilize. The doctors are very positive giving sound medical advice as well as alternative mind body solutions. The "Mind Body" portion gives me another route to recovery, and puts a human touch on this baffling disease. Very optimistic information for fibromyalgia sufferers!
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1.0 out of 5 stars pass this one by Feb. 27 2001
Format:Paperback
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1994 and have read everything available on the subject. I have had excellent medical care, tried alternative therapies, meditated, relaxed, prayed with faith, exercised, used vitamins, herbs, etc.etc.etc. I still live with daily pain and fatigue!! I didn't learn anything new from this book. I found its simplistic, repetitive style and subtly condescending tone to be unhelpful at best, and extremely discouraging at worst. I found the ephemeral "mindbodyspirit" connection to amount to a fancy way of saying "it's all in your head". The last thing fibromyalgics need is unsympathetic MDs telling us we can "cure ourselves"!!I'd like to see them walk a mile in our shoes. Try the book Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome by Dr. Devin Starlanyl for a comprehensive understanding of fibromyalgia by a compassionate physician.
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