Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Treating Epilepsy Naturally or The Selfish Brain

Treating Epilepsy Naturally: A Guide to Alternative and Adjunct Therapies

Author: Patricia A Murphy

Hard-to-find information on epilepsy, presented by an author living successfully with the condition

Drugs commonly used to treat epilepsy have some extremely harmful side effects. Treating Epilepsy Naturally is an empathetic, practical, empowering look at treatment options, lifestyle choices, and ways of living well. Written by an author who has been successfully living with it herself for most of her adult life, this comprehensive guide offers alternative treatments to replace and to complement traditional therapies and sound advice to find the right health practitioner for you.

Patricia A. Murphy, former vice president of the Epilepsy Advocacy Council of Long Island, currently edits the Epilepsy Wellness Newsletter, a publication providing alternative health information for people with seizure disorders.

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The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction

Author: Robert L DuPont MD

In this country, drug addiction and alcoholism have reached crisis proportions. The grim statistics illuminate the size of this crisis. More than 30 million Americans alive today will become addicted. The use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs causes one out of every four deaths in the United States. Illegal drug use now costs the nation & #36;67 billion a year.

The Selfish Brain: Learning From Addiction takes a comprehensive, no-holds-barred look at the easy path to drug addiction and the tough road to recovery. Written in an easy-to-understand style, this book can help people confront addiction in their own lives and in their families by exploring the biological roots of addiction and the way addicts are allowed to deny their addiction by compassionate, well-meaning people. Based on his experience as a specialist on addiction and as a policymaker, former drug czar Robert L. DuPont, M.D., advocates & ldquo;tough-love& rdquo; measures to strip away the denial that allows addicts to remain trapped in their destructive habit and place them on the road to recovery. He examines treatment options, especially 12-step programs, which he believes are the most effective path to recovery. Powerful and often controversial, The Selfish Brain provides an honest examination of an insidious, destructive disease.

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Betty Ford. Thinking About Addiction. Addiction to alcohol and other drugs. A world history of drug abuse. The contemporary scene. The Brain and Addiction. The brain: target organ of addiction. Gateway drugs: alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine. Heroin and other drugs of abuse. Overcoming Addiction. The addict& rsquo;s career. Codependence: the mirror of addiction. Preventing addiction. Intervention and treatment. 12-step programs: a modern miracle. Tough policy choices to prevent addiction. The future of addiction. A personal footnote. Drug facts. Bibliotherapy. Appendix 1: 12-step fellowship and other mutual-aid group descriptions. Appendix 2: Resources. Index.

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