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The Well-Equipped Invalid
Sickness For Dummies

This page will contain information that I have gathered from 20 years of nursing and 6 years of disability with fibromyalgia. The main things I will share here are links to web and non-web resources, and book recommendations.
Last updated: December 31, 2000
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These links will take you to Amazon, where you can read more reviews, write your own review, or buy the book if you want. If you don't see what you want, click on the Amazon logo at the bottom of the page for other books, audio tapes, or CD's. I've read all of the books listed below and can recommend them as a nurse and as a patient. Please bookmark this page, so if you decide to buy in the future you can come back here and use my links. It doesn't cost you anything extra, and it generates a referral fee for my little online bookstore.

Betrayal by the Brain
The Neurologic Basis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and Related Neural Network Disorders

by Jay A. Goldstein
Price: $23.96
Paperback - 313 pages(August 1996), Haworth Pr; ISBN: 1560249811
Dimensions (in inches): 0.80 x 8.43 x 5.99
My comments: If you wish your doctor knew how to read your mind, offer him this book. Goldsteinís nuclear physics level analysis of brain chemistry is most instructive. You may not be able to understand much of the scientific language, but the colored pictures alone speak the thousand words you want to doctor to hear.

The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Understanding, Treating, and Living With CFIDS

by David Bell
Price: $12.00
Paperback, ISBN: 0201407973
My comments: Excellent book for patients, their loved ones, and their doctors as well. David Bell thoroughly explores the latest theories on the cause and treatment for the 10 million U.S. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia sufferers. His broadminded perspective enables the readers to draw useful conclusions and to more successfully redirect their own health care management. Smooth reading for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced audience.

Prescription for Nutritional Healing
The A to Z Guide to Supplements
A Handy Resource to Today's Most Effective Nutritional Supplements

by James Balch MD., Phyllis Balch
Price: $6.25
Paperback - 192 pages (January 1998), Avery Pub Group; ISBN: 0895298163
Dimensions (in inches): 0.70 x 6.99 x 4.15
My comments: This is the Readerís Disgest version of nutrients that the US population needs to know. Applying the standard Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why method to delivering data, it teaches you all the things your mother didnít. The explanation of the amino acid arginine alone is worth the price of the book. Balch and Balch are an unbeatable team whoíve authored several Must Read books. See also Prescription for Natural Healing.

Eat Right for Your Type
The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight

by Dr. Peter D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney
Price: $19.96
Hardcover- 392 pages (January 1997), Putnam Pub Group; ISBN: 039914255X
Dimensions (in inches): 1.30 x 9.29 x 6.32
My comments: Basic blood type. Who could know it held so many secrets? DíAdamo is to diet as Freud is to psychiatry. His retrospective exploration into the evolution of human digestion is a major breakthrough in the long-lived addage "You are what you eat." Now you can learn why.

Earl Mindell's Vitamin Bible
by Earl R. Mindell, Earl L. Mindell
Price: $6.99
Mass Market Paperback Revised & expanded edition (November 1991)
Warner Books; ISBN: 0446361844
Dimensions (in inches): 1.02 x 6.76 x 4.15
My comments: Mindellís bible is an alphabet soup for the vitamin-challenged. Opening with Ralph Waldo Emersonís "The first wealth is health" and closing with a glossary and pages of recommended reading, the inside is packed with predigested information on how to shop for your basic dietary needs. A primary reference manual for anyone who eats.

Toxic Metal Syndrome
by Richard H., Dr Casdorph, H. Richard Casdorph, Morton Walker (Contributor)
Price: $11.96
Paperback - 413 pages (January 1995), Avery Pub Group; ISBN: 0895296497
Dimensions (in inches):1.06 x 9.00 x 5.99
My comments: If youíve ever cooked in aluminum, had teeth filled, or eaten fish youíll be interested in what it can do inside your skull. If anyone close to you has Alzheimerís or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, this book will help you understand why.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Yeast Connection
A Get-Well Guide for People With This Often Misunderstood Illness--And Those Who Care for Them

by William G. Crook, Cynthia Crook (Illustrator), William C. Crook
Price: $16.95
Paperback- 386 pages (August 1992), Professional Books; ISBN: 0933478208
Dimensions (in inches): 0.99 x 9.21 x 7.38
My comments: This is the most basic instruction I can offer anyone with Chronic Fatigue, whether formally diagnosed or not. Itís so simple your kids could understand it, pictures included. If youíre a menstruating woman [or ever were], this is a major reference manual. The cascade diagrams on pages 17 and 33 should be made into posters for doctorsí offices. Tell me if you agree.

Optimal Wellness
by Ralph Golan, MD.
Price: $16.00
Paperback (September 1995), Fawcett Books; ISBN: 0345358740
Dimensions (in inches): 1.53 x 10.87 x 8.48
My comments: If your doctor hasnít read this one, fire him. This text puts you in the driverís seat of your own health care vehicle. Replete with scores of reference tables and laymanís language, it tells you more than your health teacher knew. Accurately described as a bible for 21st-century medicine, I bought one for my teenager.

(No cover available) Healthwise Handbook
A Self-Care Manual for You

by Donald W. Kemper
Price: $9.95
Paperback 13th edition (January 1997), Healthwise; ISBN: 1877930296
My comments: The strength of this book lies in its first chapter. With five-word sentences and oodles of checklists, it tells you how simple it is to get results in the complicated world of sickness. The main text is a quick reference on what you can handle at home and when to call a doctor.

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