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Healing Is Possible: New Hope for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Persistent Pain, and Other Chronic Illnesses [Paperback]

Neil Nathan: Foreword by Jacob Teitelbaum
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15 Jun 2013
A useful and comprehensive resource for anyone who has fallen through the medical cracks, HEALING IS POSSIBLE provides readers with new hope for healing. Through direct, hands-on experience, Dr. Nathan has brought countless people relief from their long-term symptoms and illnesses. Like a top-notch medical detective, Dr. Nathan gathers the facts and uncovers the clues one by one to bring about a steady improvement in his patients' health. Only when doctor and patient work as a team can they achieve the best possible results.

In HEALING IS POSSIBLE, Dr. Nathan identifies the twelve major imbalances in the body that often contribute to chronic and/or complex illnesses, such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, these imbalances are often overlooked or ignored by mainstream medicine. By identifying and treating these imbalances which he calls the Big Six and Little Six symptoms often improve or resolve completely. While further investigation is sometimes necessary forcomplete healing, when a well-informed and valiant effort is made on the patient's behalf, Dr. Nathan assures readers that healing really is possible.

Cutting-edge diagnostic tools and treatments are discussed in easy-to-understand language, armingthe reader with information that may be vital for finally bringing them relief from their long-term health complaints, including chronic pain. Further, the importance of having an open mind and good attitude on both the part of the physician and thepatient are on top of Dr. Nathan's list. A caring and knowledgeable physician can make a world of difference, as illustrated by the case studies included throughout the book. Further reading concluding each chapter offers additional help and information.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Health Publications; 1 edition (15 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591203082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591203087
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Nathan is a graduate of the University of Chicago's Prizker School of Medicine. A qualified GP who has been practising medicine for more than forty years, Dr. Nathan has combined his knowledge of conventional medicine with his extensive background in holistic medicine and pain management. He currently lives in California with his wife, Cheryl, three dogs and a cat and continues to practise medicine, do research and teach.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life saver 3 Mar 2014
This book and this man have saved my daughter's life. If you weren't able to purchase his first book "On Hope and Healing" then definitely buy this one. Having lost my husband to what we now believe was the same or similar set of illnesses that my daughter has we were determined that she would not suffer the same fate. Dr. Nathan is wonderful, compassionate man who uses a careful mix of detective work and knowledge to join up the dots of complex illness, find a diagnosis and treat the patient. I can't thank enough the person who introduced us to this book, which resulted in us attending Dr. Nathan's clinic and finding answers at last.
The book is a revelation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Book New Title, Slightling Misleading 15 Dec 2013
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This book is essentially 'On Hope and Healing' with the title changed and a slight tidying up of the table of contents. It is otherwise identical (I just received a copy and have been unable to find a difference) to that earlier book.

Given the new title with reference to Chronic Fatigue and Fibromylagia I was hoping to find fuller details of the treatment protocol developed with Rich Van Konynenberg. No such luck! It gives a brief outline of the study but really does not contain enough information about the various B-Vitamers or the purpose they each serve in Metabolism (this being identical to the earlier book). I personally don't feel it covers enough of the Konynenburg/Nathan treatment protocol itself or of the 'next steps' (e.g. AdenosylCobamalin) if the initial phase dose not work. I would also like to have seen references to North American/Australian/British labs able to perform the appropriate Methylation tests (given the strong emphasis on the related diseases in the title).

Be aware this (in my opinion) IS NOT A specialist book on M.E. or Fibromyalgia though it might have small relevance to them only if your Doctor is very proactive and prepared to do considerable follow up on the points it raises.

If you already own 'On Hope and Healing' don't waste your money. If you don't need a self help manual and fancy a coffee table book with a few interesting snippets, then you might enjoy this.


My personal view is that this book needed to be longer, go into more detail and be more thorough - it does not give enough information to make a strong case to your doctor. If you do have either ME or Fibro, it's usually necessary to make a VERY strong case for treatment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real hope 19 Aug 2013
By neil
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Real hope in this book. Dr Nathan explains in details the various things that can go wrong in illness and how to correct them . Seems to be a very caring Dr with a integrative approach which gets results
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neil is a healer 26 Jun 2013
By SHOE6 - Published on Amazon.com

Book review: Neil Nathan's Healing is Possible.

When I started my solo Family Practice (FP) in the sparsely populated Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1980, I wanted to make a difference. I had good training (Duke), an excellent rural FP residency (Williamsport, Pa) and a burning desire to improve the lot of Man. I wanted to bring my modern medicine to my new patients. That approach rubbed off quickly: my patients were teaching me. I had to learn to listen.

My world changed when a new illness appeared in the nearby Pocomoke River in 1996. It wasn't long before Pfiesteria piscicida, the "Cell from Hell," was killing fish and making people sick in 22 tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. No one knew anything about the human health effects caused by exposure to the biotoxin made by this dinoflagellate. Luckily, I stumbled onto the use of cholestyramine (CSM) as an effective treatment for the biotoxin illness. It wasn't long after that I learned about other biotoxin-forming organisms, like more dinoflagellates, molds, blue green algae, spirochetes, apicomplexans, lion fish, recluse spiders, actinomycetes and bacteria too, among others.

Talk about a life-changing event. I have dedicated my career since 1997 to unraveling the complex inflammatory immunology seen in biotoxin-associated illnesses. The application of that learning to the chronic illnesses of the 21st century is uncanny.

But what I started learning too was the nasty little world of government involvement in environmentally-derived illnesses. Keep the lid on, don't share the truth, look the other way. Responsible patient care? Nope, that wasn't the theme from the CDC or EPA.

I saw a lot of sloppy medicine along the way. I heard of made-up illness names like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia too, as if an illness didn't fall into a textbook of medicine, let's invent an explanation to get the patient on his way. Improvement? Nope, the illness is just an arbitrary collection of symptoms with nothing objective or diagnostic about the conditions. Many people might actually believe there are such illnesses even to this day. I don't. Define the physiology!

As I got involved with legal cases (I fought for the plaintiff), I saw a vicious side of medicine. Meet the mean-spirited medical consultants for the defense. Believe me; if the money is right those guys lie with a straight face hoping a judge will believe them. Revolting. Well, kicking those guys was a necessary part of the game, right?

What I kept learning though was coming from the open window of what inflammation told us about ourselves, our illnesses and our disease-modulating exposures. The new inflammation was called innate and it was no longer controlled by our protective immune functions. Without control of that new kind of injury-that coming from our own host defenses- we became our own scourge and still are.

The learning hasn't stopped. Now our small group is opening what (today isn't tomorrow) feels like the final frontier. We see the influences of environmental exposures, unusual commensal organisms and inflammation itself on gene activation/suppression. We can change gene expression to stop illness. Really. Regulating gene expression sounds kind of sci-fi; I guess it is. But NOT regulating such gene expression seems pretty backward! Some might not agree. No wonder it took three months to get approval from the Institutional (Ethical) Human Research Board!

To be frank, my drive to learn more about illnesses not even in textbooks started taking more time than patient care. And it started taking more time from interaction from docs who might not share the same burning passion to ask new questions in search of new answers. It made little difference to me if I spent time with docs or not. The answers to basic questions were at hand!

And then Neil Nathan, MD showed up in Pocomoke. He didn't share my data-driven model, and he still does some things that I don't like, but Neil was focused on learning how to help his patients better. What could I show him? As it turned out, Neil showed me some of what he does and in the end, I think learned more about Neil's medicine than Neil did of mine in our few hours of interaction.

As you have seen, Neil is a healer. Hands on, ears on, puns on (no wonder I enjoy talking with him so much) and more, Neil has the rare skill to get into somebody's being, helping and healing all the while.

It is a remarkable skill that Neil has. You can read about it in his newest (and best in my mind) book, but even better, when you talk with Neil, you can feel it. A sense of fullness of being comes along with his smile and saying hello.

I was pleased that he included some discussion about molds and biotoxin illness treatment protocols in his book, though I would have liked more discussion of ongoing exposures to moldy homes (Calvin's story on page 280 makes my point) and use of VIP.

Still, when I was in a hurry to nitpick over some physiology or some point (hey Neil, the mold is Wallemia, not Walleria); the underlying tone of Neil came through, not hidden in the pages but part of them. When I got to his last vignette (page 294, The Most Valuable Thing I've ever Done), I realized that for the last couple of hours as I was reading, Neil was sharing his being without my knowing it. He had been holding my hand too.

I felt the goose bumps of knowing that despite our different approaches, I was a better person for having read Neil's book. The insight he provides is a remedy others might try to bottle and sell, but Neil simply holds it out for others to take with them at no charge.

VIP might fix the inflammation (it does), but I think Neil heals the soul of medicine.

Ritch Shoemaker MD
Pocomoke, Maryland
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! 9 July 2013
By Jacob Teitelbaum MD - Published on Amazon.com
Dr. Nathan is able to take the complex work of numerous physicians specializing in CFS, fibromyalgia and other devastating and poorly understood illnesses of modern life, and synthesize them into treatment programs that powerfully help people. He has then taken this work, and added his own research to it. Enjoy! Jacob Teitelbaum MD author of From Fatigued to Fantastic and medical director of the Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Practitioners Network
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope that is Real 22 July 2013
By Jessica Howland - Published on Amazon.com
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I was in the middle of my healing journey when a friend, and patient of Dr. Nathan's, recommended this book to me. Now there are some books that you can only read so much of at a time, especially books on medical topics or conditions which use words that you may have to look up, research, or re-read every other sentence several times until you understand what it is the author is trying to explain. This can be a lot of work especially when you are not feeling well or thinking clearly.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Dr. Nathan's book was none of these. I read the book in one day. That is saying a lot for a book on this topic. I found the chapter layout organized, first laying a foundation then explaining the six big imbalances followed with the six little imbalances. As I continued reading I found myself emotionally connect with what Dr. Nathan's was sharing. And after each case story I found an increase of faith and hope that this could be me! This was so exciting!

I love Dr. Nathan's philosophy on viewing the body as an integrated whole, the importance of the patient taking responsibility for their health, and of realizing the key role our mind/thoughts play into the healing process. Here was someone who not only had found answers, but a track record of many who had received healing. All things truly are possible!

After researching several doctor's that treated chronic illness, and after reading this book, I became a patient of Dr. Nathan's. I can say with first hand experience that it is an honor and privilege to be working with him. And someday soon I will have my own case story of healing!I have purchased several copies of this book and have already handed them out to friends who are challenged with chronic illnesses, because I want them to know hope is real.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for everyone with chronic systemic illnesses 16 July 2013
By V. R. Roadifer - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Nathan is an Integrative Medicine doctor who has more than forty years experience, first as a family medicine practitioner and then as an Integrative Medicine MD. He realized that patients like me with complicated systemic chronic illnesses have fallen through the cracks of the conventional medicine system simply because that system is set up to treat one health problem, not a whole host of them. He's attempting to change that and give those people hope and a chance at healing.

In parts one and two of the book he identifies the 12 most common health issues related to chronic illness based on his experiences with his patients: adrenal deficiencies, magnesium deficiency, thyroid imbalance, sex hormone imbalances, food allergies, gut permeability, blood sugar imbalances, heavy metal toxicity, mold-related illnesses, chronic infections, amino acid & neurotransmitter imbalances, and methylation errors. Those with chronic illnesses can have one, a handful, or all of the above problems and more; identifying and treating them is the key to better health. He goes through each issue one by one and talks about why it's important to good health, how the issue can originate, gives the best way to test for it, the treatment protocols that have worked best in his medical practice, patient success stories and finally resources for further reading. There is little to no guesswork involved in his treatment plans. Most of the medical problems can be verified by tests, though some require specialized labs. Treatment varies based on the health issue and can combine standard drugs, compounded drugs, IV nutrients, supplements, osteopathic manipulation, and lifestyle changes.

Part three involves new approaches to pain relief. He explains conventional medicine's approach to injury and how it differs from his and his colleagues. He believes that treating injuries properly before they become chronic pain issues is ideal and possible. This can be done with a variety of techniques including manual medicine (chiropractic, osteopathic and craniosacral therapy), prolotherapy which involves injecting an injured ligament or tendon with a benign irritant which stimulates the body's own healing abilities, FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) therapy which resets the nervous system with targeted electrical microcurrent, and LENS (Low-Energy Neurofeedback System) which is a form of biofeedback for the brain that has helped people with cognitive impairment and brain fog regain brain function and mental clarity.

Part four goes into other concepts and treatments for chronic illness including chelation for heart disease, the importance of sleep, alternative treatments for cancer and autoimmune disease, and autism.

Part five extends the scope of the book further, looking at the big picture when it comes to illness and healing. This section contains chapters on the environment's impact on health, the importance of listening both by the doctor and the patient, the monetary cost of chronic illness, and the choices and mindsets that can make a patient's health worse or better. This part contains mostly his observations and thoughts and I found it quite compelling. The overall message is that healing begins in the attitude of the patient. The last line of the book sums up how I feel about my own journey to better health: "Healing requires not just hope, but also commitment and dedication."

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone with chronic systemic illnesses. Even a patient who doesn't want to go down the Integrative Medicine path could learn something from this book. For someone like myself who has nearly reached the limit of my doctor's knowledge and my own research up to this point, this book gives me more avenues of testing and treatment. I already had hope of healing; this book gives me a greater chance of achieving it.

My only criticism is that the Kindle version had major formatting issues but that doesn't change the content.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has some encouraging "out of the box" ideas for chronic health issues 16 Aug 2013
By younginspirit - Published on Amazon.com
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I went to see Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum about 8 years ago and he wrote the forward for this book. He told me I did not have fibromyalgia, but I had an energy issue--chronic fatigue. Dr. T. is a wonderful and wise doctor who is renowned for his expertise in these two areas. Dr. Neil Nathan had some great ideas here that I had not heard of before such as the transfer factor (when it comes to Epstein Barr as a triggering factor and other herpes simplex viruses) and all magnesium supplements and mode of taking magnesium are not created equal. He also has found DHEA to be an important factor in helping get many patients back to feeling good. I found this book offers hope and I keep referring back to it.
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