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Alternative Cures [Hardcover]

Bill Gottlieb
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Oct. 17 2000
FROM "OVERWEIGHT" CHAPTERFats That Can Help You Losem Fat supplements? For a person who`s trying to lose weight, the idea of taking fat in a pill sounds like a cruel joke. But here`s what you may not know: A deficiency of certain types of good fats, called essential fatty acids (EFA), that your body requires can lead you to crave and overeat the bad kinds of fats and put on extra pounds. That`s the opinion of Ann Louise Gittleman, a certified nutrition specialist in Bozeman, Montana. "Fat phobia is the cause of so much overweight in this country," she says. "Yes, saturated fats in animal products and trans-fats in processed foods are bad for your health. But not getting enough of the good fats-the essential fatty acids found in foods like fatty fish, certain oils, leafy greens, avocados, and nuts and seeds-is also bad for your health." The different types of EFA, she believes, actually stimulate fat metabolism so that your body burns more fat, trigger the production of hormones that make you feel full, and balance your body`s levels of insulin (the hormone that burns sugars, so you don`t crave high-calorie sugars and other fattening carbohydrates. Most Americans are deficient in various essential fatty acids, such as gamma-linolenic acid, alpha-linolenic acid (LNA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahex-aenoic acid (DHA), Gittleman believes. The best way to make sure that you get enough of all those types of EFA, each of which is crucial in helping you lose weight, is with EFA supplements, Gittleman says. Here`s what she recommends:FLAXSEED OIL: Reset Your Thermostat The LNA and other omega-2 fatty acids found in flaxseed oil help reset your body`s thermostat to a normal level so you burn excess calories, Gittleman says. They also help normalize insulin metabolism, thus reducing sugar cravings. She recommends 1 tablespoon a day with a meal. Flaxseed is a great supplement, Gittleman says, and can be safely taken on a regular basis.GLA: Activate Brown Fat GLA helps you lose weight by activating dormant brown fat, the type of fat that helps burn excess calories. "Brown fat makes it possible to expend ingested fat as energy rather than storing it as excess white fat," Gittleman says. "Many of my clients who had 10 pounds or more to lose have reported dramatically successful results by taking four to eight 500-milligram capsules of GLA-rich evening primrose oil a day."CLA: Inhibit the Enzyme That Stores Fat The essential fatty acid conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may help in your weight-loss efforts, says Gittleman. In a scientific study, people who took 3,000 milligrams of CLA daily lost 20 percent of their body fat in 3 months without dieting, she says. The theory is that CLA interferes with the production of lipase, an enzyme that affects the way the body metabolizes fat. She recommends taking 1,000 milligrams three times a day before meals. As a bonus, CLA may have breast cancer-fighting properties and general immune-enhancing properties, Gittleman adds.FISH OIL: Balance Your Overall Fat Intake Although the fatty acids found in fish oil do not directly help with weight loss, they are crucial for balancing your overall intake of fats and maintaining good health, Gittleman says. She recommends taking 1,000 milligrams of the product SuperMaxEPA two or three times daily.

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Pick an ailment--any ailment--and chances are, Bill Gottlieb can succinctly crystallize the problem, propose its root cause, and describe a handful of nonmedical remedies for treatment. Creator and supervising editor of the bestselling Doctors Book of Home Remedies, this 25-year veteran of the health field draws from more than 300 alternative care practitioners (including holistic nutritionists, licensed acupuncturists, massage therapists, and the occasional swami) to present a thick textbook worthy of gracing the reference shelf of any family or health provider. Serious physical ailments like asthma, HIV and AIDS, stroke, and cancer receive equal attention with pesky afflictions like oily hair, acne, nightmares, and wrinkles. Mental health ailments, such as guilt, anxiety, grief, and shyness, also get their due. Gottlieb's stance is not that individuals should shun their primary care physicians to rely solely on herbs, better nutrition, and other alternative paths. Rather, he seeks to educate readers on the biological effects of such practices and tinctures, to share their documented benefits in helpful detail. Each ailment receives a sidebar titled "Guide to Professional Care," in which Gottlieb outlines symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention. Other sidebars highlight especially helpful treatment--from aromatherapy to meditation--for various troubles. Gottlieb provides an section on alternative healing where he elaborates on the process, benefits, and safety of each general treatment referred to in the book (from acupuncture to yoga therapy). Complete information, an engaging writing style, and visually appealing graphics make this encyclopedia-style book very easy to digest. --Liane Thomas

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"Alternative Cures is a valuable resource of alternative and integrated medicines--a great mixture of therapies from excellent expert clinicians makes it an essential book for your health library."--Elson M. Haas, M.D., author of seven books, including The False Diet and The Staying Healthy Shopper's Guide.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on alternative cures I've ever seen Feb. 10 2001
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This is the most comprehensive, intelligent, and user-friendly reference book I've ever found on alternative remedies. And it's from Rodale Press, whom I've learned to trust. Anyone interested in alternative home remedies, especially parents, will want this around. Well done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Bill Gottlieb is a consumate researcher. A former Rodale Exec with decades of experience and health wisdom. Millions of people will read this book and many will discover life enhancing and life saving information. ...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for me July 17 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have had irritable bowel syndrome for years. It seems to have no cure with conventional medicine, so I bought Alternative Cures. The book recommended peppermint tea, which I found in the health food section of my local grocery store. I bought some and tried it, and my problems are greatly relieved! Sure was worth the cost of the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review on April 24 2013
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Borrowed this book from a friend. Found it so helpful that I took it to my Doctor who had not been successful in treating me for Heatburn. Wished I had one of my own - went on line and was fortunate to get a decent used copy. Would recommend your company to anybody. Oh, delivery was very speedy. Impressive!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not effective reading material. Oct. 19 2014
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Not for me.
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