Best books on CFS and related topics

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Sunspot, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. Sunspot

    Sunspot New Member

    These are some of my favorite books on CFS and related topics. What are yours?

    About living with fatigue:

    - A Pace of Grace: The Virtues of a Sustainable Life, by Linda Kavelin Popov. The author suffered from post-polio syndrome, and during prayer received a list of ten rules to follow that brought her back to much better health. It's both practical and deeply spiritual in an approachable and incluseive way.

    - Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: 7 Proven Steps to Less Pain and More Energy, by Fred Friedberg. The author has CFS and shares his proven coping strategies.

    About exercise and/or pain:

    - Beat Fatigue with Yoga: a Simple Step-by-Step way to restore energy, by Fiona Agombar

    - Strong Women Stay Young, by Miriam Nelson, PhD. This is not specifically for people with illness, but it's a great book with interesting research on bone health. The author says we can build muscle and bone by exercising only twice a week.

    - Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain, by Pete Egoscue

    - Back Care Basics: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program for BAck and Neck Pain Relief, by Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D.

    About depression:

    - Feeling Good, or The Feeling Good Handbook, by Dr. David Burns. Feeling Good is a smaller, older book. The Handbook is so big it's almost scary, but has lots of good info about anti-depressants, etc. Both have excellent exercises that will help you challenge your negative thoughts (don't believe everything you think!) Self-help cognitive therapy.

    - Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky. Another good book about cognitive self-help. This one may be the easiest to get into, but teaches basically just one technique. Dr. Burns' books teach many techniques and have good self-tests to help figure out how serious your depression is, or whether you're depressed/anxious or not.

    - The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and EAstern Wisdom, by Henry Emmons, M.D. Written by a doctor, he discusses what everyone should know about the importance of nutrition in depression, EVEN IF you're taking anti-depressants. He also talks about the different types of depression that the 3 Ayurvedic types or the 3 Buddhist psychology types are likely to experience, and how to deal with them.

    About general health:

    - Acupressure's Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments, by Michael Reed Gach. An easy to understand guide to doing simple and quick acupressure treatments on yourself or family members, for CFS as well as colds, flu, eye strain, allergies, back aches, etc., etc.

    - The Touch of Healing: Energizing Body, Mind, and Spirit with the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, by Alice Burmeister and Tom Monte. This is similar to acupressure, but may be done with simple finger-holds. The quick treatments to ease emotions are really helpful!

    - Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra. A good overview of Ayurveda and how to support health based on what body type you are.
  2. Sunspot

    Sunspot New Member

    Just wondering what books others would recommend?
  3. wildflowers2

    wildflowers2 New Member

    put Dr Natelson in the search box and you will come up with 2 of his books-

    Excellent doctor.
  4. Forebearance

    Forebearance Member

    I would recommend "Mold Warriors" by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker for all CFS patients. Even if you don't have mold issues, the explanation of how the immune system works is fascinating. This book was eye-opening and life changing for me.

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