The Last Best Cure

  • by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
  • Narrated by Karen Saltus
  • 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.

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- Pam Holtz

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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- A. Potter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2013
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC