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Broken Marionette book

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by thefreeprisoner, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. I came across this book:

    Reviving the Broken Marionette: Treatments for ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

    I searched for it on this forum to avoid repeating a regular question like a newbie but I couldn't find anything.

    The author herself (Maija Haavisto) has a pretty interesting story which is much like most of us and seems to know what she is talking about.


    I wondered if anybody here has read it and/or found it useful?
  2. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

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    This book is amazing. It covers 250 pharmaceuticals for CFS symptoms, comorbid conditions, and disease processes. IMO, any doctor who attempts to treat CFS should have a copy of this book. And any patient who wants to discuss pharmaceuticals with a doctor should have this book. It's the best CFS pharmaceuticals book I've seen to date.

    The only problem I see so far is with so many drugs listed, it is very hard to sift through them. I think it could use a feature similar to the one found in the Canadian Consensus, where each one has a code that shows the level of evidence of treatment. And maybe a list in the front that contains the best bets. Because as it stands now, one has to skim the entire book to find the highly successful drugs.

    http://www.brokenmarionettebook.com/?book
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    garcia Aristocrat Extraordinaire

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    Just wanted to say that I was the one who recommended the book to Andrew just a couple of days ago, so his testimony/review is completely unbiased. Agree with every word he says.

    If you are using drugs to treat ME/CFS then this is the best book out there bar none.

    It is available in PDF/ebook format from lulu or from e.g. amazon in paperback.
    If you are buying in the UK I recommend buying from The Book depository because they have free postage.
  4. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

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    I wonder if there's a book that's just as good for nutriceuticals
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    I have followed her a bit in the past too. I mean Maija Haavisto, the Finnish girl who is the author. She said she got better with Low Dose Naltrexone basically. I don't know how she feel or what she is taking now a days.

    She must be very talented though to write that compilation being so young. http://www.fiikus.net/
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    garcia Aristocrat Extraordinaire

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    Maija says:

    I agree about her being very talented.

    P.S. As Andrew said, does anyone know any other good CFS nutraceutical books?
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    I'm surprised that there isn't more buzz about Maija Haavisto's book. People are combing the Internet for information about drugs, and she's got a ton of it in her book.
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    I agree. Perhaps the title, "Broken Marionette", has something to do with it being undiscovered. At first glance I thought it was a book about art. Anyway, the woman's story is quite extradionary too: http://www.brokenmarionettebook.com/?author. I will definitely be reading this book.
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    Andrew Senior Member

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    I think the title does hurt it. It should have a dry boring name to give a more scientific impression. We already have enough problems with names working against us.

    I think another thing that hurts is the lack of decent preview pages on her site, at Amazon, etc. I think she should provide a preview of one table of contents page, 2 content pages, and one references page. It's a great piece of research with good presentation. There is nothing else that comes close. But the site and name do not communicate the high level of scholarship.
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    I wanted to pass along my thanks for recommending this book. It's the best I've ever seen and has given me one new ideas (because like most, I have to suggest things to my doc - and at least he listenes :) ) after just one quick scan.
  11. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

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    Which part did you find helpful?

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