The Triple Whammy Cure : The Breakthrough Women's Health Program for Feeling Good Again in 3 Weeks
by David Edelberg, published by 2005-12-20 (Free Press)
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Body and mind beware: relentless stress, shifty hormones, and dwindling serotonin spell big trouble for the idle. Blending conventional and alternative methods to squash their threat, Dr. David Edelberg presents The Triple Whammy Cure, a comprehensive plan for lifelong physical and mental well-being. Edelberg's work aims to help women, especially, who suffer from moderate but constant depression, fatigue, achy joints, and stress--the type that hangs around for years before raising red flags at the doctor's office. Through his three-week-long kick start plan, readers learn how to eat better, incorporate exercise, relaxation techniques and natural supplements into their lifestyles, and how to boost their mood-lifting serotonin levels. Forget weightloss plans; Edelberg says better health results from minding the whammy.
Similar to Dr. Christiane Northrup's work on women's health, The Triple Whammy Cure also explores disorders that result when sufferers ignore nagging symptoms. Anxiety, Fibromylagia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and the full gamut of menstrual issues (from PMS to menopause) each receive Edelberg's full attention as he illuminates connections to triple whammy causes and prescriptions for relieving discomfort. Food's role is to nourish; whole foods and portion control are key to quelling symptoms. His sound information offers help to all types--from those who work better in groups to those who appreciate do-it-yourself methods; from the antsy reader who will gladly dart around the book (as suggested by Edelberg's many "see page" references), to the cover-to-cover crowd. Score another point for moderation and self-care.--Liane Thomas
Is this your life? You've been feeling just plain awful for far too long -- depressed, exhausted, achy, stressed-out, bloated, and forgetful. In fact, you're beginning to find it hard to remember the last time you felt really well -- or even just okay. So you go to the doctor -- perhaps even a series of doctors -- who tell you either that your test results are normal and you're fine or that you have to learn to live with your symptoms. Maybe they even prescribe medications that don't help or that knock you out with side effects. You're fed up. You want your health back. If this sounds familiar, read on.
You may be suffering from what Dr. David Edelberg calls the "Triple Whammy" -- a three-pronged assault on body and mind made up of unrelenting stress, low levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, and your ever-shifting hormones. You can benefit from The Triple Whammy Cure, a simple but highly effective three-week plan that can stop this devastating attack and let you feel good again. It's important to take action now because, if Triple Whammy symptoms aren't stopped, Triple Whammy disorders can eventually develop: chronic anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, memory loss, PMS, menopause problems, postpartum depression, depression, fibromyalgia, wintertime blues, TMJ, irritable bowel syndrome, brain fog, migraines, sleep problems, overeating, and weight gain. If you've been diagnosed with one or more of these, you can start feeling better soon by following the Three-Week Cure and the special healing path provided for your condition.
Author Dr. David Edelberg is a recognized pioneer in treating chronic illnesses and a practicing physician with thirty years of clinical experience. Dr. Edelberg's Triple Whammy Cure is a natural program that provides powerful but easy solutions for each of the three whammies, with steps that include: boosting your serotonin levels without taking an antidepressant, natural supplements backed up by the best studies for smoothing hormonal swings, and a stress-relief menu that's more fun than work. There's also a delicious serotonin-boosting eating plan. And reading his healing paths for Triple Whammy disorders is like having a virtual appointment with Dr. Edelberg.
The Triple Whammy Cure is so simple that Dr. Edelberg's thousands of patients wondered how it would work -- until they tried it themselves and felt so much better only twenty-one days later. Case stories in the book show how these patients got their lives back. Now, The Triple Whammy Cure can help you get back your life, too.
You might recognize my name from the book. I helped Dr. Edelberg write and edit The Triple Whammy Cure.
I started the 3-week cure a couple years ago when Dr. E and I began working on the book. Back then I was having night sweats that woke me from a sound sleep and hot flashes during the day. All this was making me feel very disoriented during the day--my mind felt out-of-focus pretty much constantly.
Once I started the basic 3-week cure, after a couple of weeks my menopause symptoms subsided and then just stopped. It was stunning.
The Menopause Transition chapter in the book is one of my favorites. Here's why: it's tailored for 3 different levels of symptoms that women experience during the menopause transition-light, medium, and industrial strength. Dr. E describes a specific plan for how each group can use lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, and sometimes bioidentical hormones to get back to feeling really good again.
If you're having any menopause symptoms, I recommend it highly. This book is truly outstanding. It brings together current, insightful information about topics that are critical for some women but nearly impossible to get quality medical acknowledgement of, let alone constructive advice on. The book offers an integrative medical approach to understanding and treatment of the very debilitating but surprisingly commmon ailments covered; there is every validation of the person's individual experience as defining the ailment as well as the cure and no presumption that one size fits all, either in terms of symptoms or solutions. This book brings both hope and direction to understanding and fixing these problems. And, if that weren't enough, the writing conveys such warmth and is so accessible that it is, indeed, a genuine pleasure to read the book. I began it one evening and did not move from my chair for 7 hours while I completed the book in one sitting (and I am a fairly slow reader). In my opinion, there is no better book on the subject, and this book is a must read for anyone who is interested in any or all parts of the subject. You will immediately feel better for knowing that you are understood at last! This book is so well written and organized, that I read the sections that do not necessarily pertain to me just to gain insights and ideas for others I know. I have recommended it to several friends who I know will benefit from certain sections. There isn't a woman I know who would not get something useful from the book--something that would change her life for the better. Really!When I was given the opportunity to review a book purported to help women feel better, deal with stress, sleep more soundly and feel happier, it caught my attention but didn't necessarily call out to me - that is, until I saw one chapter devoted entirely to dealing with migraines. As a long-time migraineur, I'll try just about anything to help get them under my control and make them manageable. So I agreed to take a look at The Triple Whammy Cure.
Upon receiving the book, I found myself devouring it over the next two evenings. Here was a book that talked about stress, serotonin and hormones, and the multitude of afflictions women suffer from as a result of any one of these being out of balance. Reading further, I found a synthesis of research I'd come across here and there in my own struggles to deal with eatings disorders and depression in the past, as well as my own on-going ordeal with migraines. Not only that, but I'd found a book that was easy to read, with a clear plan of action, written by an author who seems genuinely concerned about his readers.
Says Dr. Edelberg, in his introduction:
Follow this carefully: what you're experiencing is not a disease, as doctors think of disease, but rather the consequences of a susceptibility you have as a woman on three separate fronts. Your symptoms are the result of a three-pronged assault - a "triple whammy" so to speak - consisting of:
-a shortage of a chemical in your brain called serotonin
-your ever-shifting female hormones
I decided that before I would write my review, I would try to follow Dr. Edelberg's plan myself for at least six weeks, as best I could, so that I could more fully reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of his book. I started following the plan in mid-December, 2005, and it has now been about six weeks. I chose to focus on two areas: migraines and PMS. I chose to add in thePMS plan because my migraines have always been hormonally driven, coming on particularly strongly during ovulation and at the end of my cycle.
In a nutshell, my course of action has included greatly increasing my daily intake of fruits and vegetables, walking outdoors for at least 20 minutes, five days a week, and adding a multitude of vitamins and other supplements to my diet. None of these was easy for me right from the start, but with time they are slowly becoming new habits for me. Because I take different pills at different times of day, I bought a small pill holder at the drugstore to keep track of them. Every night I sort out the next day's supplements so that they're waiting for me. Some of what I'm taking include B-2, feverfew, 5-HTP and fish oil.
Walking almost daily is getting easier, as I work it into my day as something that is non-negotiable. The exercise helps boost endorphins and serotonin, as does being out in the sunlight. I think the most difficult aspect of following the plan has been eating enough fruits and vegetables every day. Dr. Edelberg recommends 4-6 servings of fruit and 5-6 servings of vegetables. I have yet to have a day where I've met those expectations, but I'm making progress.
So how am I feeling, you may be wondering? On a day to day basis, I feel better. I am sleeping better, I feel healthier, and the exercise has been good for my mental state. I wish I could say I haven't had any migraines since starting, but that hasn't been the case. I've had a couple bad ones. However, I am feeling encouraged by what I've seen and felt so far, and I am sticking with it for at least another two months, to give it a real chance to affect some change. One thing I haven't done since the first couple of weeks is keep a daily stress journal, and that is something I intend to work back into my nightly routine.
There are other parts to the plan, such as timing one's carbohydrates during the day and cultivating a positive attitude, and that means that for me, there is still more to do before I can really render my final verdict. I think it would be hard to do all of what Dr. Edelberg suggests in just three weeks, as it requires many changes in one's day to day life if you're not eating well, not exercising, not journaling and so forth. But given time to work through the process, I think it can be helpful for women who feel "depressed, exhausted, achy, stressed-out, bloated, and forgetful." Dr. Edleberg lists 13 other issues that he considers Triple Whammy ailments, in addition to migraines and PMS, including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and anxiety disorders.
A final thought from the author:
And that's why I wrote this book. I decided that the five finest words any doctor can ever hear are "I think I'm feeling better," and my patients tell me they do feel like they've got their lives back.I've been going through night sweats, sleeplessness, mood swings, some brain fog--and so have all three of my sisters and many of my women friends who are in their 40s and 50s (and have some type of perimenopause and menopause symptoms). This book is 'information dense' and has given me lots of valuable advice. I needed more than a scrip for Prozac and an estrogen patch to cope with with these "triple whammy' symptoms. This book is literally a lifeline! I liked the multi-dimensional remedies, including alternative healing methods. I am getting this book, some fish oil and B complex for all my women friends and my sisters...and keeping this book as a reference guide.
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