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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; REV edition (Dec 9 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618479031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618479030
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Health can be defined in any number of ways, from the simple fact that you're not lying on a hospital bed to an overall sense of well-being and connectedness. One person may not feel healthy unless he's carrying around mounds of gym-built muscle, while another doesn't feel healthy unless she's eating an intestine-scrubbing macrobiotic diet and practicing an hour of yoga each day.

Dr. Andrew Weil looks at every aspect of health in Natural Health, Natural Medicine. He's quite cynical about bodybuilding and the emphasis on protein in our diets, while making a strong case for paying more attention to the way we breathe and the degree to which we interact with family, community, and nature. An interesting--but, unfortunately, short--section on loving says that most people have no idea what to do when they fall out of romantic love with a partner, which helps explain the high divorce rate.

Other sections of the book focus on healthy self-care practices ("nasal douching" is recommended for sinus sufferers), supplements (he believes most benefits that seem to come from these are placebo responses), and natural home remedies for an A-to-Z list of problems (the section on depression states that people experience low mood because they constantly seek highs; eliminate the quest for highs, and you eliminate the rebound experience of lows).

Many regard this book as the bible of natural healing; but even those who are on the fence about alternative medicine should find it to be an entertaining, informative, and highly opinionated beginner's guide to achieving better health without conventional medicine. --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Weil, a believer in alternative, preventive medicine, provides basic fitness information and advises readers on herbal home remedies for common ailments. "Although he is justifiably quick to call certain conditions--chronic fatigue syndrome, candidiasis, hypoglycemia--faddishly inflated in presumed severity and consequences . . . some of Weil's positions are controversial," said PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Thank you Dr. Weil-Your book has had a dramatic impact on my life. I am 44yr old male 5ft 7in and weigh in at (formerly 289lb.) 247lbs. I had high blood pressure and took an alpha blocker and a beta blocker for prevention. Also I developed diabetes and was taking oral medication for control of my sugar. Well to make a long story short, I Knew I was killing myself, and needed to do somthing, so I purchased your book after scanning it in the book store. Since that time I have been practicing as much as possible the guidelines that you have laid out about living a natural healthy life. And I am pleased to say today that I do not take any medications for sugar or for hypertension any more. I can hardly beleive it!! I have so much energy now, I hope that this testimony reaches many people in similar situations in the hope that they will take to heart the information in this book. I have underlined and highlighted lots of different passages that are inspiring and helpful. One of the quotes in this book that I now live by,"It is our lazy self,the principle of inertia in us, that tells us we do not need to excercise or do not have time for it. The only way to deal with this voice is to pay no attention to it." Well I don't want to ramble here but if anyone reads this and wants to e-mail me, I would be happy to respond and help anyone that might need to share where they are in their efforts to live healthy. In closing I would like to thank Dr.Weil for his efforts in compiling this information. I AM A NEW PERSON!! thank you Gary Coutcher PS Thank you
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If you are tired of prescriptions, fad diets and books focused only on weight loss, then Dr. Weil's approach in "Natural Health, Natural Medicine" will provide a useful second opinion. This book presents easy tips for living a healthier, more balanced life in a society that often depends on quick fix remedies. It's a handbook for readers interested in robust health.
Dr. Weil approaches "Natural Health" as a well-rounded state of being instead of limiting his discussion of wellness to exercises and diets that will shed unwanted pounds.
The "Natural Medicine" chapters provide alternative treatments to prescriptions and over the counter remedies.
I liked the message of Natural Health so much that I included it on the suggested reading list in my own book, Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life by JoAnna Carey.
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This book on health serves as a veritably comprehensive handbook for how to optimize the quality of life for humankind. To the benefit of the reader, what is learned here streches beyond the confines of what is generally considered of relevance to physical health - although it definitely includes that as well, and with excellence, assuredly. This author of widescale importance has done his homework for you. Dr. Weil's definition of "wellness" is NOT a superficial one. As many have already realized, this book is utterly worthwhile, and contains some info. touching topics of profundity such as psychology and Soul. Five stars.
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Note to Dr. Weil : Although you suggest Osteopathy and Rolfing for certain conditions I think you may be underprescribing them. Without exception, they would be beneficial to anyone regardless of their health and have yet to receive their full appreciation by the medical community. Contact averbic@aol.com if you need the opinion of someone who has experienced the above therapies or help promoting them.
To negative reviewers: You didn't read the book, manage to absorb it properly, or suffer from obsessive skeptic disorder(OSD). Try Ginkgo for concentration.
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When I first read this book, I knew little about natural medicine. Now I keep it as a handy resource for its valuable information on preventing common diseases and natural solutions to common problems. The ideas in this book have reformed my view of health entirely, and I have much more control over my health now than ever before. My only fault is that Dr. Weil often relies heavily on his own experiences and can be very opinionated at times. But overall, this is an excellent introduction to the field of alternative medicine.
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By A Customer on March 21 2000
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I was recently diagnosed with systemic lupus and upon researching my illness, discovered the world of Dr. Weil. This was the first book I read from him and I'm hooked! I met him personally at his book signing in Virginia recently and he's wonderful in person too! After reading this book, I have a better understanding at what foods will or will not irritate my illness and I have improved miraculously in a short period of time. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their health and live longer.
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By A Customer on March 15 1999
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As the daughter of an MD I've been skeptical of many of the claims from people who use alternative approaches to health and medicine. Dr. Weil's background and experience give this book complete credibility and gives the reader some very useful options, some which have made a big difference in my life already. I've given this book to all of my friends and family members...even my dad!
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