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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2010
I first saw Dr. Hyman during PBS's fundraising drive. It was 4 in the morning and I had just gotten my mother back to sleep whom had Alzheimer's and other complicating health factors. I couldn't sleep so I made some decaf tea and flipped on the tv. At first, as usual, I was skeptical. I kept listening though as I wanted to make sure my skepticism was accurate. The more information he laid out the more my skepticism faded into tacit agreement.

After myself having to have dealt with chronic illness for over a decade and a half, I had already come to some of the same understandings as Dr. Hyman. He further enlightened me as to some of the biochemical reasons for this. I knew what he said to be true as my own doctor had used similar testing methods to determine that I was low in zinc, vitamin B12 and D (which is finally catching on, that most of us in the northern latitudes are vitamin D deficient and that deficiency has been linked to some cancers and diseases). I decided I would order his book and see more about this.

I bought both "Ultrametabolism" and "the Ultramind Solution" and I would say, if you had to just buy one book that "the Ultramind Solution" would be sufficient. He deals with a topic, in that book, that is contentious these days but will be found to be standard practice in the future - the idea of heavy metal contamination and how that is just one of the stressors on the body and how that issue needs to be dealt with in order to recover one's health from chronic illness. He mentions his experience with heavy metal poisoning (mercury from his amalgam fillings and from the coal burning community he was living in, in China). There households burn coal and their air is thick with it. He determined that this was part of the reason for his decline into ill health. He was able to reverse his slide into chronic and critical illness and uses his research, what he uncovered during this process, to help his patients.

Dr. Hyman also has an extensive website with updated blog entries and information on the latest on disease, conditions, etc. It is packed with great information at no additional cost. Now, I do have to say that some of the people he has recommended, well, I haven't been as impressed with, as in other doctor's discoveries. Some I find, meh, and one in particular, their advertising and marketing are SO aggressive it has just been a huge turn off and I have deleted them from my inbox! But Dr. Hyman, I find him to be honest, forthright, and his science makes sense. For example, he talks about wheat (the proteins in wheat - gluten) to be a problem for many people. There is more on that on his website if you would like to see some info right now before ordering the book. I had had trouble with bowel pain, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal distention, pain, lots of pain for YEARS! I had told my GP's about but none of them thought to check me out for Celiac disease. None of them. It took till I was 41 when I found a new doctor who was open minded and progressing along the same path as Dr. Hyman here, looking for the CAUSES of illness rather than just prescribing pharmaceuticals to treat the symptoms. I was tested and bam, there it was, the numbers told the story - I had Celiac disease. I complained of pain for most of my life and NO standard doctor thought to look at this very OBVIOUS probable cause. Most medical practitioners are biased to their own cultural tradition and our's is no exception - our cultural food tradition is wheat and dairy. It is no surprise that both are overlooked so often as primary causes of illness. Not for everyone but for specific groups and/or individuals they are.

Because of my long undiagnosed Celiac disease I had become deficient in many vitamins and minerals (gluten destroys the celia in the intestine and celia are what take the nutrients from food and pass them into your system so you can benefit from the vitamins and minerals in your food). My doctor prescribed quite a few in order to get my levels up to where they should be. I am still on some of them and my levels are slowly coming up. Mineral and vitamin deficiency can cause illness. Specific determination of what mineral or vitamin one is deficient in and treating that SPECIFIC deficiency is vital to improving health.

If you want more information on what is upcoming standard medical procedure and what you should be aware of, get this book. I'm glad I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
This is a very informative book on how our brain, as our body's most sensitive and important organ, is affected by our diet just as we all know that our kidneys and liver are affected by things like acetaminophen and alcohol. The foreward is writte by a Harvard Medical School Prof., a reasonable assurance that this is NOT junk science. The cover sounds like "editor hype" but the book and author offer good, solid information. It worked for me too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2014
I'm really enjoying this book. As someone that doesn't often pick up something other than fiction, this book is making sense in so many ways. I have now been following the UltraMind 6 week meal plan (can't really call it a diet as it isn't typically for weight loss) for 3 1/2 weeks now and I feel wonderful. Being Gluten Free to begin with, incorporating Dairy free wasn't a big stretch. The majority of the meals are tasty and not difficult to make. Learning about the different vitamins and minerals that could be missing from my diet and what their possible effect has is mind boggling.
I would definitely recommend this book if you are concerned about your mental state of mind or the state of those close to you. Being in my mid 50's and my husband in his 60's I want to be sure that we enter our retirement with sharp minds that stay that way until the end. If it is possible to stave off dementia and other brain failures by diet and vitamins/minerals then I am going to do it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2010
I would encourage everyone to read this book, particularly those that have been given a diagnosis. Before accepting a diagnosis, obtain knowledge from this book before making any decisions on a treatment plan that is right for you and most certainly before you consider taking any drugs. Education is power! The outline in this book is really quite simple and by following the advise, you are not powerless over your disease, you have some control. Enjoy the read!Better Brain Book
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on June 15, 2014
I think this is a great book that outlines how sensitivity to certain foods can disrupt your body and have adverse affects. It is well written but I think there should be some caution applied to buying the supplement. First thing that I would recommend is to not just buy the supplements because taking them on your own is difficult and you don't really know what you are looking for. I did buy a bunch of supplements and they barely had any effect on me so I went to a nutritionist and that is when things started getting better. Also for Canadians dont buy the supplement package from the website for ultra mind solution because it will be stopped at the border by customs.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2009
I highly suggest this book as your next reading. I assure that for many of you it will be eye-opening. For example the information about sugar. -- You will learn that it is nothing else but a sweet tasting poison. Not only it can be responsible for diabetes but also for many other ailments, including dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease. Similarly problematic is cow's milk...

The most common effects of stressful life and diet containing sugars and highly processed foods are autism, Parkinson's disease, attention-deficit disorders, and chronic fatigue -- just to name a few. Conventional treatments of these and other diseases are usually dealing with the symptoms rather then underlying problem and as a result they don't help, or just provide slight benefits. Mark Hyman suggests natural solutions to these diseases of a "broken brains". The solution is to correct imbalances in the brain. These are the imbalances created by toxins, infections, excessive stress, and most importantly by nutritional deficiencies. By changing your lifestyle you can correct these imbalances and bring back your health without drugs or psychotherapy. So get this book and read about the steps to improving your health and bringing your broken brain back to normal. For more reading on the subject of `Body Cleansing' and `Health without Medication' I highly recommend Your Body Maintenance Handbook
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on October 13, 2014
Eye opening! Being cut off from reality by way of escapism and conformism for many years i believed the polar opposite of this books teachings. Consider yourselves very lucky to have been introduced to this knlowledge.
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on September 24, 2014
This is probably the best book I ever read. I learned so much and it created a mindshift in just everything I do and eat. A good friend recommended it and she actually refers to this book as her 'bible'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2015
The paper and small text are hard to read
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on August 1, 2014
This book tells everything you need to do and guides you to an optimal health.
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