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The Last Best Cure Audiobook

The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life

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Publisher's Summary

One day Donna Jackson Nakazawa found herself lying on the floor to recover from climbing the stairs. That’s when it hit her. She was managing the symptoms of the autoimmune disorders that had plagued her for a decade, but she had lost her joy. As a science journalist, she was curious to know what mind-body strategies might help her. As a wife and mother she was determined to get her life back.

Over the course of one year, Nakazawa researches and tests a variety of therapies including meditation, yoga, and acupuncture to find out what works. But the discovery of a little-known branch of research into Adverse Childhood Experiences causes her to have an epiphany about her illness that not only stuns her - it turns her life around.

Perfect for fans of Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project, Nakazawa shares her unexpected discoveries, amazing improvements, and shows listeners how they too can find their own last best cure.

©2013 Donna Jackson Nakazawa (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

What the Critics Say

“Donna Jackson Nakazawa has written a moving account of her recovery from severe autoimmune disorders and her success with innovative mind/body therapies. It will certainly inspire others suffering from chronic illness to use integrative medicine to activate their innate healing potential.” (Andrew Weil, M.D. author of Spontaneous Happiness)

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    Pam Holtz 05-10-15
    Pam Holtz 05-10-15
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    "Good information; bad choice of narrator."
    What would have made The Last Best Cure better?

    Fewer comments on personal life, body language of therapist, etc., and more direct scientific information on research, case studies. Listened to learn about how to better approach my advanced RA. I learned nothing from this.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Nothing too technical about this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Saltus’s performances?

    Absolutely no interest whatsoever. Her voice doesn't fit subject at hand. Better suited to voiceover personal interest stories, popular media, cultural events, but not medical.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Best Cure?

    First 25 minutes on family, friends, how the therapist had a piece of hair hanging on her face and tucked it back into place, people were surprised when they touched her hands at how cold they felt, etc......not listening to hear those kinds of details. Just expected a long discussion on newest findings in mind/body, auto-immune diseases, etc., and didn't find it here. My negative response is mostly based on narrator, rather than on author. I may read the book and find it is very good, but audio on this title just doesn't work for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Potter Washington D.C. 07-21-16
    A. Potter Washington D.C. 07-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrific book on healing; smartly written"

    This book highlights how bringing mindfulness and mindful practices, such as meditation and yoga, into your life can have profound effects on your physical well-being. This is not just a book for people who are ill. This is a book for anyone going through a period of heightened stress or suppressed health who wants to get to a better place emotionally and physically. Donna Jackson Nakazawa, a science writer and sufferer of multiple chronic illnesses, discusses how your Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) score can make you more prone to chronic disease and health issues later in life. The score is based on emotional or physical abuse or other factors (death in the close family, separation from a parent, etc.) experienced as a child. The theory is that the higher the score, the more likely you are to eventually suffer from illness. By expertly treating herself as both journalist and subject, the reader gets up close to Nakazawa's story (giving each chapter pace and momentum) while avoiding sentimentality and learning about some important practices and mindsets for healing.

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    lphats 08-29-17
    lphats 08-29-17
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    "Interesting and thought provoking"

    The story and scientific data shared was quite compelling. I realize how important positive thoughts and actions can be in my heali g process

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    Tina Tabachnick 08-07-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Fascinating Material"

    We live in a world filled with people dealing with immune disfunction, emotional trauma & depression. The current medicines may blunt the symptoms, but many people get progressively worse. The scientific data & healing techniques presented in this book are vital information that can help many people to feel so much better & to heal.

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    WorkerBee-DVB Bluemont, Virginia USA 08-04-17
    WorkerBee-DVB Bluemont, Virginia USA 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Oh my! This is incredibly helpful."
    What did you love best about The Last Best Cure?

    I liked the fact that this was the authors own experience, delivered with grace and kindness. I've suggested the book to several friends (one with an ACES score of 6). I could enter into several of her "mom" moments with her children.


    What other book might you compare The Last Best Cure to and why?

    I have not read a comparable book at this time.


    What does Karen Saltus bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Karen Saltus read as if it were her own experience; the emotions, sighs, frustrations, sadness were well expressed vocally.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One particular moment in the book that moved me? There were several - but the part that resonated over the course of weeks after the book was the need for self kindness. My aging mother lives with me - listening to her talk about herself - and seeing how her negative brain paths have hampered her joy for years was both sad and enlightening. Being kind to other is easier than being kind to myself - and now I see where that pattern started.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank Donna for writing this book she way she did. Beside her personal story she also included the research studies and specific scientific details that support the benefits, reasons, and expected outcome of the many therapies used. The mindfulness and meditation have helped me with focus, and the yoga is already assisting my husband and I with several "age related" issues.

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    Michelle Duenas 08-29-16
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    "28 mins in and nothing!"
    What disappointed you about The Last Best Cure?

    48 minutes in and nothing particularly interesting in this book!


    Any additional comments?

    Can someone please tell me what is interesting in this book that isn't in another science book so I can save the time from reading this book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Boyes Anacortes, WA United States 05-24-16
    Donna Boyes Anacortes, WA United States 05-24-16
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    "Excellent"

    I would recommend to anyone suffering from any illness. This is an amazing balance of proven scientific research and personal story!

    Thank you for the encouragement and motivation to continue with meditation, yoga, walking and maybe even to try acupuncture. I could relate to so much of Donna's story -my name is even Donna and I am also 51 (the age Donna was when she wrote the book)

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    Ellen K. 05-01-15
    Ellen K. 05-01-15
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    "Gave me hope."

    I have been doing what this author suggest but I made me see I need to persevere with more consistency.

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