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Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements

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4.37 rating

Comment 1: Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements by Phyllis A. BalchI have read a number of nutrition books over the last few years but this book by Balch ranks at the top of the pile in my estimation. The vast amount of useful and relevant information contained within the cover is astounding. Every nutritionist should have a copy of this book on his or her bookshelf. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that anybody interested in improving his or her health through nutrition should have a copy of this book. There are more than 1.75 million copies of this book in print; that speaks volumes about the benefits this book provides readers.Balch discusses how nutrition, diet and wellness are entwined in creating good health. There is great material covering vitamins, minerals, air quality, water, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, natural food supplements, herbs, and drug interactions we should aware of.Let us look at how Balch presents this information. Take vitamins for example. First, she gives us a general understanding of the role of the item in question. Then she tells us where we can find that item in the foods we eat. She also provides any comments and cautions that we need to be aware of. Vitamin D is necessary for bodily absorption of calcium and phosphorous, necessary for growth and many other things. Some of the best sources of Vitamin D are fatty saltwater fish, dairy products and eggs. But be careful taking too much Vitamin D (more than 1000 IU daily) as it will decrease bone mass.This book has been one of the biggest and best information sources that I have read about healing with nutrition. Some of the other books that I have do present information better is some areas and are weaker in others. This tome is strong throughout the entire length.This is definitely one nutrition book everybody should have.Happy Reading,

More Natural Cures Revealed

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3.37 rating

Comment 1: I caught part of an informercial with Trudeau and wasn't all that impressed with his spiel, but I decided to see what he had to say. Some of what Kevin Trudeau states in his book is good advice (avoid fast foods; avoid heavily processed foods; eat organic whenever possible) but it's all drowned in a sea of conspiracy theory and New Age psychobabble. The way he demonizes science and medicine turned me off completely; I say this as a transcriptionist who's worked in the healthcare field for over 10 years. His 'facts' aren't quite as factual as he claims they are. Page 76, for example: "Cancer incidence was less in the vitamin E group." He then breathlessly claims that the headline should have read "Vitamin E cures cancer!" Wait, what? Since when do the words "was less" equal "cures"? Is he suggesting that a person with a Clark's level III melanoma should simply take vitamin E and wait to be healed? That is idiotic. He also regurgitates the medical myths of electromagnetic chaos causing cancer (without references) and the link between autism and vaccines. If you are writing a nonfiction book and you are making specific claims, you must be prepared to back up your claims with facts, statistics, actuarial tables, etc. Making a bold assertion that vitamin E cures cancer without providing relevant data is meaningless. He also states, on page 104, to do a Google search for "natural diabetes cure" and the results will show products and research showing that diabetes can be controlled. The headline for this section of the book? CINNAMON CURES DIABETES. Mr. Trudeau, as the proud owner of several dictionaries, let me inform you that "controlled" does not come close to meaning the same thing as "cured." I finished the entire book, but he completely lost all credibility with me when he wrote, on page 11, "I've been to Area 51 in Nevada. Area 51 houses most extraterrestrial artifacts, including a working spacecraft and dead alien bodies. I've seen these things with my own two eyes." Ask yourself if you really want to take healthcare advice from a man who is delusional enough to believe "The X-Files" was a documentary."

The Bach Flower Remedies

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4.1 rating

Drawn from the essence of wildflower blooms by the power of the sun, the Bach Flower Remedies produce results which have confounded conventional medicine. Dr. Bach's revolutionary approach to healing through the personality of the patient aroused a storm of controversy. Yet six decades have demonstrated its efficacy in thousands of cases. The three books included in this single volume set forth Dr. Bach's 38 remedies and their application to every situation, together with his findings on what disease actually is and the natural way to conquer it - by allowing the miraculous human organism to find its own path to true health.

The Fall

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3.95 rating

Comment 1: The story begins as 52-year-old Jamie Matthewson falls to his death on a solo climb better suited to a younger man. Rob Dewar, a long-ago friend and climbing partner, hears of the death and returns to Wales to offer condolences to Jamie's wife and mother. The death stirs up memories for Rob, and he begins telling the story of their boyhood and young adult friendship and climbing adventures. This story is interspersed with the story of their parents during World War II and how they all met and ma Comment 2: This book ranges in time from present-day back to blitzed London, taking the characters through 2 generations of twists and turns and connections with their lives. This book is powerful as it delves not only into the lives, loves and betrayals of the characters, but into the fascinating thought process of high elevation climbers. As it begins, one of the main characters has fallen to his death during a risky solo climb. From there, the story moves at a fast pace. The author paints pictures of th Comment 3: Mountain climbing as metaphor for coming of age and sorting out your position in life. The climbing scenes are really compelling, even just as climbing with no other meaning. But Mawer goes farther, and ties the climbing back to the characters' struggles in other parts of their lives. He creates beautiful imagery on the mountains, and then evokes the same images later in personal scenes that connect you back to the mountain. For example, a beautiful description of an avalanche on the Eiger, late

The Cure for All Diseases: With Many Case Histories

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3.9 rating

Comment 1: Many of us probably haven't heard of Dr. Hulda Clark, but she has left a lasting impression on alternative medicine, pop medicine, renegade medicine, and Beyonce Knowles. No Dr. Clark didn't invent the Master Cleanse, but she did invent the cleanses that work: the simple yet remarkably powerful parasite, kidney, liver, bowel cleanses that would , if mandated on every U.S. citizen, make Obama's preventative healthcare budget go zero while he turns hero again. If you're wondering why it takes 600 pgs to list 4 ingredients for a liver flush, the recipes take up less than 5 pages. This book is really about why we get sick and why the flushes we see plastered all over the internet are so important. Although the title is apropos, it sounds self-righteous enough to turn most health aficionados off. Try to look past it. It'll be worth your while. Dr. Clark boils down just about all chronic (and acute diseases like colds) to parasites, pollutants, and mycotoxins. And as smug as she may come off at first, she backs up her claims with diligent investigative legwork and the Syncrometer, a precise diagnostic testing method with a chance of false positive or false negative of about 5% (Considering we're testing pathogens here, that's in a league of its own--think bioresonance scanning, electrodermal testing). Her methods of treating parasites are using a zapper (she tells you how to build one) and/or frequency generator. They work. The trouble is finding the organism-specific frequencies. In my opinion, this book can be considered both the old and new testament of preventative medicine. Dr. Clark's findings generally still hold water nearly 20 years after they were first published, but understandably, scientific advancements have poked some holes such as genetic food allergies, anaerobic metabolism/mitochondrial dysfunction, bio-engineered critters such as borrelia and mycoplasma, and environmental discoveries (freon is not the cause of the ozone hole, teflon isn't safe cookware, heavy metals are ubiquitous).The greatest pitfall in reading this book is the sense of health paranoia/terrorism it inspires, which made me give 4 stars instead of 5. First of all, Dr. Clark cites science glibly but moderation just isn't part of her vocab. It's important not to take her book as seriously as she does. Dr. Clark requests that we throw the potentially-toxic baby out with the toxic bathwater and revert back to the Medieval age of living...(barn annexed to castle instead of garage inside house). Following all the guidelines is well-founded but impractical, and a sick person thinking they are necessary for recovery will get sicker if they manage to bounce back from a massive panic attack. If you read this book without emotional involvement, you'll learn more about preventative health than in any other western or alt med book. Don't try to follow it all, but do what you can without going off the wall. If you're a relatively healthy person and follow her maintenance program (parasite, kidney, liver cleanses--takes about 3 weeks) and do ozone saunas + ear insufflation, be sure to give me a call when you're 120.

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

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4.42 rating

Comment 1: I was a First Read Winner of this book and I found it very informative. Any questions you ever had about cannabis this book will probably answer. It is very well put together and easy to understand. I think this book will come in handy if you are looking for an alternative approach to your health care. I had been familiar with its uses for nausea and vomiting, having had some friends and family members suffering from cancer, but I was surprised to see all the other medical benefits. It might not Comment 2: To be honest my father saw a special on T.V. on medical marijuana and it compelled me to try to win this book so I could find out more. He is against all kinds of drugs but thinks this would be a better alternative to all the pills people take. Sometimes I take pills that causes me to take other pills because of side effects that causes me to have other issues. It's a crazy cycle. It is not legal here yet but I have found several doctors that would support this type of treatment. The book lists Comment 3: Really impressive in the breath and depth of information. There's at least two pages per illness/ailment, as well as information regarding strains and methods of application to assist each ailment. Of note: it covers many strains of MJ, many of which are not the focus of medical uses. If you're interested in this topic, this is the best book I've come across so far.

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide

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4.46 rating

Comment 1: A wonderful beginner's guide to medicinal herbs. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and love how it sets out to dispel any negative feelings about growing, using and integrating into yours and your family's everyday life. I also greatly appreciate the simple breakdown on how to make your own tea blend, syrups, salves and tinctures. This book also contains a plethora of "recipes" to assist with everyday problems such as cold related coughing, allergies, relaxation aids, digestive aids, acne treatmen Comment 2: Herbalism doesn't have to be complicated and scary. Rosemary's advice is to start with just a few herbs - ones you know well, that grow near you. In this book she talks about growing and using such common garden sights as yarrow, St. John's Wort, dandelion, and basil. Basic, easy-to-understand directions for the common preparations are included right up front - tincture, salve, infusion, decoction, poultice - all in plain, non-technical language. Rosemary's signature wise-elder style comes throu Comment 3: Really awesome introduction to herbalism. Herb books are going to be a little earthy-crunchy by nature, but Rosemary is an OG and doesn't waste time rambling. She jumps right in with basic guides on what differentiates decoctions, teas, tinctures, syrups, salves, etc and how to prepare these and more. The book is broken down plant-by-plant, with recipes and tips included in each chapter, which makes it really intuitive as a straight read or reference book. I'll certainly be using it as the latte

Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?

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3.92 rating

Comment 1: What makes this book amazing is the unique subject matter. While highly scientific in the beginning (and frankly all the technical jargon slowed me down a bit because i really wanted to understand it) the real question comes to this: now that i have this information, what am i going to do with it? I am implementing a lot! Googling and doing more research on the topic of Earthing has led to reading/viewing/researching on tangential subjects and an enormous positive expansion in my thinking life t Comment 2: This book Earthing, jumped off the shelf into my hand. I am in the process of reading, for me the process of putting your barefeet upon the earth, is like breathing. Do you take off your shoes at the beach and walk in the sand and oceans waters, or a sandy beach, at a lake or rivers edge? Do you walk in the grass barefoot at home or in a park? This book talks about science behind standing on the earth, our physical and mental health benefits, by placing our barefeet upon the earth! "Beneath your Comment 3: I tried the technique with a copper cable that had a 100,000 ohm resistor in it and connected to a non-electrified ground rod in my back garden. I got a really bad back that was followed by heart arrhythmia. I had to stop in the end as the heart arrhythmia was getting really bad. I tested the earthing cable by plugging it into my radio antenna connection and found that it was filled with radio frequencies! The effects of connecting yourself into a bad grounding connection are documented as "Stra

Ayurveda and the Mind

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4.21 rating

AYURVEDA AND THE MIND is perhaps the first book published in the West that explores specifically the psychological aspect of this great system. The book explores how to heal our minds on all levels from the subconscious to the superconscious, along with the role of diet, impressions, mantra, meditation, yoga and many other methods to create wholeness. "Opens the doors to a new energetic psychology," says Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D.