-Recommended by The US Review of Books
Learn how childhood trauma can kill us as adults, why our left-brain dominant society is sick, and action steps to develop the right hemisphere to heal.
Elizabeth Gould is the daughter of a Vietnam veteran whose combat stress affected the entire family. Raised in the Philippines, Taiwan and Maryland, she and her family moved to California when she was 12. After a whiplash accident in 2003, Gould found that Western medicine only masked her symptoms. She became a stress detective, tracing her accident pain as well as her longtime anxiety and auto-immune disease back to the atmosphere in the home where she grew up.
Raised in a church-going military family, Gould was horrified, when, after her father retired and they moved to California, her mother started dabbling in "finding herself" and "alternative medicine", things that had always been looked down upon as quackery and self-indulgent New Age hogwash. When Western medicine couldn't help anymore, Gould, who had never let go of that skepticism of alternative health, collected proof for herself every step of the way as she began working with the alternative camp.
Gould found a strong link in her own life between chronic stress and illness, which echoes research findings. For example, inflammation, a precursor to disease, is compounded by perfectionism and a stream of negative inner dialogue (often internalized messages from parents, teachers and society.)
With one foot firmly on each side of the health care divide, Gould brings a welcome dose of rationality and reason to explanations of alternative health. She has the ability to explain complex information about the brain and body in a simple, understandable way. Written for people who, like her, had no interest in alternative health until it became medically necessary, Your Best Health by Friday provides a shortcut for finding your best health ever.
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