The Edge Effect
The national bestseller, now in paperback! The breakthrough program for reversing and preventing aging, written by a leading medical specialist and media expert, is now available at a popular price. This could be as close to a fountain of youth as mankind will ever come, the truly scientific answer to how to reverse or prevent the debilitating effects of aging, including memory loss, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and Alzheimer's.Dr. Eric Braverman, a leading figure in the practice of brain-body health care, reveals the dramatic impact that proper brain nourishment can have on the quality of our lives. His key to longevity and well-being is balancing the brain's four important neurotransmitters. A simple test determines which of the four is dominant in you, and what you can do to maintain the right balance, by modifying your diet with both foods and natural supplements. Proven effective for thousands of patients in Dr. Braverman's practice, this groundbreaking approach will help anyone make the most of his or her life, free of the major illnesses (such as cancer and heart disease) and minor ailments as well.

The Edge Effect Details

TitleThe Edge Effect
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2005
PublisherSterling
ISBN-139781402722479
Rating
GenreHealth, Psychology, Nonfiction, Self Help

The Edge Effect Review

  • Sasha
    January 1, 1970
    The writing style is in the manner of an overhyped bestseller, but if you can get past that it doesn't detract from the value of its contents. It addresses four biochemicals that are of particular importance to the brain, and to our mental, emotional, and energetic states: dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, and serotonin. In short, and from what I understood, dopamine provides motivation, wanting, determination, and caffeine-like energy; acetylcholine provides memory, clarity of thought, inspiration The writing style is in the manner of an overhyped bestseller, but if you can get past that it doesn't detract from the value of its contents. It addresses four biochemicals that are of particular importance to the brain, and to our mental, emotional, and energetic states: dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, and serotonin. In short, and from what I understood, dopamine provides motivation, wanting, determination, and caffeine-like energy; acetylcholine provides memory, clarity of thought, inspiration, perception and an orientation towards that which is big-picture, artistic, and mystical; GABA harmonizes the brain rhythm and provides calmness, ease, and an orientation towards organization and support; serotonin provides a loving, fun-loving, personable quality, and renews the brain during sleep.One detail that is fascinating to me is that these align perfectly with the four humors of traditional Western medicine; dopamine is choleric, acetylcholine is melancholic (see the etymological connection as well?), GABA is phlegmatic, and serotonin is sanguine.The book is not arranged in a way that makes perfect sense. Once you get into the chapters for the specific biochemicals, taking dopamine as an example, they start with "the dopamine dominant personality" then they address "dopamine deficiency" but with a focus on the dopamine dominant person being dopamine deficient... then they address lifestyle approaches for the dopamine dominant person to moderate the possible overinfluence of dopamine. Most readers will probably find that they are deficient in a chemical other than their dominant one, so it doesn't make sense to emphasize deficiencies in the dominant chemical, although one can still use the information provided. Also there's nothing, as far as I can tell, on lifestyle changes to boost given biochemicals rather than to moderate them. What it comes down to is that the author will tell you which medications are compatible with that particular deficiency... and will provide a short list of protein-rich foods which the body will transform into the given biochemical. (Cottage cheese is apparently a miracle food. Yum.) He also provides a list of supplements that can aid in the boosting of the deficient biochemical, but this list is ridiculously long and he doesn't prioritize them at all; this is probably because he makes money selling supplements that are composed of these different materials, and it's in his interest not to make it *too* easy to go without buying his products.I don't have enough scientific knowledge to really evaluate the accuracy of all this information. It basically makes sense to me, but he's addressing only a very small part of the body's symphony of nutrition and interactions. I've also had a hard time finding other sources for this subject on the web to provide context and second opinions. From what I have read, it seems that these biochemicals are influenced by a number of factors beyond one's diet, and I'd like to understand that more fully. "The Mood Cure" is on a similar subject, so I'll read that as well and see if it will fill in any of the gaps.With all its faults, this book is definitely worth reading if you have any mental, emotional, and/or energetic issues that have defied other forms of treatment.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    So far, a very interesting combination of the Meyers-Briggs personality inventory with neurochemistry.
  • Jack
    January 1, 1970
    I expected snake oil, but I believe I may have found science. Tempting to see this as the best answer yet to an holistic (comprehensive) approach to one's health. Very readable. (Take the tests - go ahead. You'll be surprised.) But I'm troubled by the almost total lack of comment about the book, the author or the concepts on the Internet, peer review or otherwise. I'm gradually searching the Kaiser Permenente medical group (my HMO) in an effort to find a professional who will discuss the concept I expected snake oil, but I believe I may have found science. Tempting to see this as the best answer yet to an holistic (comprehensive) approach to one's health. Very readable. (Take the tests - go ahead. You'll be surprised.) But I'm troubled by the almost total lack of comment about the book, the author or the concepts on the Internet, peer review or otherwise. I'm gradually searching the Kaiser Permenente medical group (my HMO) in an effort to find a professional who will discuss the concepts with me. So far, out of 12 MDs, PAs, nurses and health educators, 11 were hostile ("it's not the Kaiser way") and one-open minded eager soul who had never heard of it. I'm buying a copy of the book for her - mostly so I can get her opinion on whether it is trash or treasure. Hopeful, but still can't help being skeptical.
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  • Keith
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fantastic book for anyone who wants to achieve a great status of health. What a lot of people don't realize is that most problems start with the brain. By understanding this you are then able to truly solve some of the issues that people deal with when it comes to their quality of health. This is also a method that has been widely accepted by not only Neurologists but General Practitioners as well.
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  • Alejandra Palafox
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome book about the brain neurotransmitters and their role in our health and behavior. Feeling too aggressive or disorganized some GABA may help. Difficult falling asleep and depressed you may lack some Serotonin.. Very interesting!!
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    I love the connection he makes between foods as precursors and I invert this idea to pay attention to cravings. Part of my mindfulness practice is to journal and develop a working theory of balance in neurotransmitters, then balance in the bowel (the little brain.)
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  • Christy Devinaspre
    January 1, 1970
    Our brains are so complex and control so much of our bodies and actions. This book is not just about losing weight and increasing our memory. The way we eat, think, exercise and find that balance with our internal chemicals can change everything.
  • Brett Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Think of this book as an owner's manual for your brain (and subsequently for the care of your health & body).Very interesting perspective on health. Gives readers power to prevent and take action against minor or serious illnesses, which can be largely traced to imbalances in the brain.
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  • Rich And
    January 1, 1970
    Great and easy book to read for insights into 'your neurotransmitter dominance'. While I did not completely agree on all of the 'dietary' recommendations, the book definitely gave some great insights into possible deficiencies and their effects on personality. I really liked the multi-factor approach and the different levels of treatment going from medication to supplementation to lifestyle.
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  • Lirak
    January 1, 1970
    A fresh approach to understanding how brain chemistry can improve or wreck havoc to your overall health. If you want to learn more about neurotransmitters and how to balance them to achieve total wellbeing, look no further.
  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    I learned a lot reading through this book. I would love to read an updated version because so much more is known now. The book was published 2004. Even so, I bought four copies to give to loved ones.
  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved learning more about the brain and neurotransmitters. The nutrition information is very dated. Who recommends wheat anymore? Or staying away from red meat and butter?
  • Bart
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting personality test. Remedial remedies.
  • Sandi
    January 1, 1970
    This is about living to reduce memory loss and to reverse Alzheimets and also to achieve better health through leaning how to live better
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is excellent. I had never really thought about brain health before, always focusing on my weight and body, but brain health is critically important to our overall health -- mental, emotional, physical, psychological... Everything! Our brain needs to be nourished! Braveman talks about the four natures and includes his Braverman Assessment test so readers can find out what their dominant nature is and what they may be most deficient in. The cases he talks about are fascinating! Taking th This book is excellent. I had never really thought about brain health before, always focusing on my weight and body, but brain health is critically important to our overall health -- mental, emotional, physical, psychological... Everything! Our brain needs to be nourished! Braveman talks about the four natures and includes his Braverman Assessment test so readers can find out what their dominant nature is and what they may be most deficient in. The cases he talks about are fascinating! Taking these natures into consideration, conditions that were previously treated separately are now connected -- like falling dominoes. With this acknowledgement, treatment, in many cases, was swift and "miraculous." For me, this book was also helpful in terms prevention -- describing some of the warning signs in order to combat the onset of conditions and diseases. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
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  • Lizelle DuPlessis
    January 1, 1970
    This is a must-read for anyone interested to gain that edge. This book teaches a person so much about the brain and since our brains are the most important part of our bodies, the computer, it is important to know what the edge effect is all about to regain or gain that edge from the start. The Edge Effect creates an awareness about amino acids that stuck with me and caused me to want to learn more about them, not to mention the specific diets for each part of the brain, as Doctor Braverman divi This is a must-read for anyone interested to gain that edge. This book teaches a person so much about the brain and since our brains are the most important part of our bodies, the computer, it is important to know what the edge effect is all about to regain or gain that edge from the start. The Edge Effect creates an awareness about amino acids that stuck with me and caused me to want to learn more about them, not to mention the specific diets for each part of the brain, as Doctor Braverman divided the brain into for basic understanding. Everyone can only gain by reading this book.
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  • Stephen Antczak
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure there's much here that's actionable in a meaningful way, but that's not to say Braverman isn't on to something. Seems like too big a leap from the research he did to the questionnaire to the proposed solutions. Like THE CHINA STUDY, there is probably some truth here, but the scientific method was circumvented in a leap to conclusions.
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  • Nettie
    January 1, 1970
    I get the body chemistry stuff, but like most of these books, it is impossible to lead a normal life and follow this plan. Even when I tried, which I did for over a month, I didn't get the big ahah. Interesting, umh.
  • Nita
    January 1, 1970
    Another book I didn't finish. Read what I liked and left the rest. Took the test on-line but found the results confusing. Had to take it to my therapist who's chiropractor had explained it to her in order to understand it.
  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    This book had some interesting information. However, I felt it had far too many recommendations in the diet/supplement sections. Made it too overwhelming for any layperson or health practitioner to integrate it into everyday life.
  • amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book about total body health -- focusing on brain health. As someone who has had health issues that haven't been able to be fixed via traditional medicine, I really appreciated the new take that Dr. Braverman takes.
  • Janna Day
    January 1, 1970
    I continue to refer to this book. Dr. Braverman's advice has helped me immensely!
  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    nutrition advice is lacking, but the concepts are good. try Julia Ross instead for. primer on mood And neurotransmitters and diet.
  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    Good info on how to know the brain chemicals at work in different types of persons and how to manipulate them and optimize them.
  • Sharon Hastings
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting and easy to read/digest/assimilate information about brain chemistry and how to address it. Very helpful in my own family.
  • Sharyn
    January 1, 1970
    The interesting part for me was learning about the brain's 4 major neurotransmitters. More specifically, the mental conditions caused by the lack of each of them.
  • Lakshmi Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    This book is great! It is unusual to find a book that talks about a whole new field of research and makes it immediately practical. I took away a lot from this book about neurotransmitters.
  • Joules
    January 1, 1970
    I liked it, it was some what helpful in giving natural suggestions. I liked the tests you can take that can determine your Brain personality and the Logic was easy enough to follow.
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