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Triple Whammy Cure
by David Edelberg
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Free Press, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In The Triple Whammy Cure, Dr. David Edelberg addresses women's susceptibility to 'a three-pronged assault' from stress; a shortage of serotonin; and shifting hormones. The book is in four parts - understanding what the triple whammy is, recommending a three-week cure, discussing healing paths for related disorders; and detailing additional resources.

The author tells us that triple whammy is not a disease, but can contribute to the development of disorders like chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, memory loss, migraines, PMS, SAD, sleep problems, and weight loss agonies. He explains the chemistry of chronic stress, serotonin's role as a stress buffer, and the ongoing impact of hormonal shifts. His plan includes consistent daily walks outdoors, stress management, herbal and nutritional supplements (such as fish oil, St. John's Wort and 5HTP), carbohydrate timing, and consideration of the use of progesterone cream.

Dr. Edelberg discusses the various disorders - including menopause transition - and their treatment in some detail. Under Resources, he goes into many means of reducing stress, like a stress journal, aromatherapy, meditation, a fitness program, and bodywork (such as Reiki) therapy. He suggests an eating plan involving whole, unprocessed foods, recommends which foods to reduce, increase or replace, and includes half a dozen recipes. And he discusses use of alternative medicine - chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, traditional and Chinese medicine - to deal with the triple whammy.

The author's presentation in The Triple Whammy Cure makes a great deal of sense, and whether or not a cure results in the time frame suggested, women are likely to at least feel better after taking recommendations for daily walks, stress reduction, careful eating, and nutritional supplementation. If you or someone you care for suffers one or more of the disorders mentioned in the book, it would be worth your while to carefully consider Dr. Edelberg's advice.

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