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Dr. Mercola's TOTAL HEALTH Program: The Proven Plan to Prevent Disease & Premature Aging Optimize Weight and Live Longer [Paperback]

Dr. Joseph Mercola , Brian Vaszily , Dr. Kendra Pearsall , Nancy Lee Bentley
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Jan. 1 2010 0970557469 978-0970557469 1
Featuring world-renowned natural health physician Dr. Joseph Mercola's dietary program in part one and over 150 healthy and delicious new recipes in part two.Designed to help prevent disease, premature aging, optimize weight, increase energy, and love what you eat while doing so, Mercola's easy to follow program will help you avoid and eliminate the underlying causes of health and weight issues. Built entirely around a natural approach, including eating only the cleanest and healthiest forms of proteins, fats and carbs.Everything you need to know to:. Build your body's immune system to its peak levels to prevent diseases and common illnesses. Reach your optimal weight - while actually enjoying and being satisfied by eating - and remain at your optimal weight for life. Maximize your body's ability to restore the more youthful appearance you are meant to have while avoiding any premature aging. Boost your energy and mental clarity Help eliminate the underlying causes for those currently challenged by diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, chronic fatigue, allergies

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Joseph Mercola, D.O. is a fully licensed physician with training and over two decades of clinical experience in both conventional and natural health and is author of The New York Times 2003 bestseller The No-Grain Diet. He is the director of The Optimal Wellness Center in Chicago, and founder of Mercola.com, the world's most visited natural health website.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be March 26 2004
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This book has much information about healthy diet, lifestyle and medicine. Dr. Mercola pointed out in a recent talk we attended in Philadelphia that the third leading cause of death for Americans was --doctors. Sorry, doc, but iatrogenic (doctor-caused) complications are plentiful. Still, this statistic may be misleading as a lot of doctoring goes on in the expensive, last few months of life for terminally-ill and geriatric patients. So the number of complications due to procedures and drug interactions is possibly skewed here--if you read the medicare reports and read between the lines.
STILL, I prefer prevention. Dr. Mercola is a sort of Dr. Weil for the millenium, similar advice, more detail and his own slant on diet and health. Essentially, he advises vegetables, low to no grains--reduces insulin fluctuations, and healthy meats. He insists most people find that they are not served well by a vegan (no milk, meat, egg) diet and actually it could harm them. Yes, some folks are more than well on a vegan diet; it depends on your metabolic type, according to Mercola. For many, meat or fish are important. This is the "Atkins" type diet with an emphasis on healthy choices.
We liked a lot of the recipes in this book. Some were even delicious; "zucchini spaghetti" is a boon for the low-carb eater, thin strips of squash serve as a low-carb base for a tasty sauce. And a home-made sausage patty I liked, plus a spicy Jamaican rub for chicken or fish.
The recipes in "Total Health" are for the most part, pretty easy. The ingredients are what's more difficult to come by--for example, free range poultry, bison (buffalo), raw milk and Alaskan salmon, tested free of detectible mercury.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and tasty recipes March 28 2004
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This book outlines some of the fundamental eating habits that we all need to integrate into our lives. I have worked in the natural health industry for almost 20 years and have followed many different trends. In my opinion, this program offers a basic, comprehensive and logical approach to eating for today. We need to work together to support sustainable agriculture. Dr. Mercola is clearly aware of the issues surrounding the food industry. Instead of finding excuses, we need to go out of our way to find real food from real farmers.
Although I would have appreciated seeing more resources in the appendix section, the book helps increase your awareness about obtaining the healthiest ingredients possible in order to increase one's own health. The recipes were clearly written to accommodate our fast-paced lives. Not only are the recipes easy to prepare and healthy, they taste great!
Metabolic typing is an interesting method and merits consideration. It is a progressive approach that surpasses other popular programs currently available.
This is a multi-dimensional book which emphasizes emotional, spiritual, environmental, agricultural and physical health.
The authors have done a wonderful job conveying this information in such a concise, clearly written format.
Overall, it is an excellent book.
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Dr. Joseph Mercola's book: Dr. Mercola's Total Health Program: The Proven Plan to Prevent Disease and Premature Aging, Optimize Weight and Live Longer, took over twenty years to complete. Not the physical writing of it, of course, but the book's most important aspect: the dietary and lifestyle plan it is founded on. The story begins in the late 70's when he was still in medical school, Mercola believed that nothing was more essential to health and healing than proper diet. A few years later, as a young physician, He began to determine through committed investigations and practice the true ideal diet to help people prevent chronic disease and weight issues, and to reach their highest potential living a long life full of energy and free from pain. It wasn't until the late 80's he experienced what he called 'some major transformations of my own' regarding his perception of the conventional healthcare system--namely, that its foundation was fatally flawed, as it was almost exclusively centered on treatments and mere patchwork, but not prevention and reliance on the intrinsic healing capacity God gave each and every one of us.

He further recognized that people were confused about what the right diet was. They had major amounts of conflicting advice about fats and proper nutrition, and were intentionally being misled toward devastating food choices and perceptions of healthcare by the fast food and pharmaceutical industry that had much to gain in the way of money and power from doing so. People deserved the real answer, not information tainted by politics or greed, and Dr. Joseph Mercola's was committed to finding that answer. Dr.
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