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Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements Paperback – Oct 24 2006


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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade; 4 edition (Oct. 24 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583332367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583332368
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written by a medical doctor and a certified nutritional consultant (James F. Balch, M.D., and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C.), this revised and expanded edition of Prescription for Nutritional Healing is one of the most complete, up-to-date guides to nutritional, herbal, and complementary therapies available. Prescription for Nutritional Healing starts with the premise: "Good nutrition is the foundation of good health." In the 600 pages that follow, the authors expand on this concept, explaining how to heal the body, achieve optimum health, strengthen the immune system, and increase energy levels using vitamins, minerals, herbs, and dietary food supplements.

The book contains three sections. "Understanding the Elements of Health" provides a thorough introduction to nutrition, diet, and wellness; offers guidelines for selecting and preparing food; and discusses hot topics such as aspartame (Is it safe?) and phytochemicals. "The Disorders" gives an A-Z reference to handling more than 300 health problems, including the latest research for treating AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, infertility, and for slowing the effects of aging. The final section, "Remedies and Therapies," explains how to implement the suggested treatments. Easy to understand and use, this book is an indispensable medical resource for both health professionals and laypeople. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Written by a medical doctor and a certified nutritional consultant, this comprehensive guide to nutritional, herbal, and complementary therapies discusses natural healing programs for some 300 health conditions. Arranged in alphabetical order, it's a useful ready-reference tool, although it could have benefited from a good bibliography.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria on Nov. 7 2008
Format: Paperback
With over five million copies sold, this book is one of the most read texts on nutritional health. I say "text" because it measures in at a good inch and three-quarters thick. Written by a certified nutritionist and a bona-fide MD, it is neatly divided up into three parts.

Part I, a quarter-inch thick discusses the basic principles of health and nutrition. This section lists and explains the various kinds of nutrients and food supplements.

Part II, by far the biggest section of the book measuring in at an inch and a quarter, provides the reader with an A-Z listing of many common disorders (such as backache or diabetes) and what you can do about them from a nutritional point of view.

The book ends with Part III, the last quarter-inch of the book, which is devoted to traditional therapies and conventional treatments that can be used along with a nutritional support. Here you'll find info on treatments such as chiropractic, massage therapy, color therapy, and so on.

I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the amount of info contained in this book and I can definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good nutritional reference book to put on their shelf when questions arise. Additionally, is also might give readers ideas of other types of therapies they could try for various medical problems. Other health titles I can recommend also include The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution for people who have trouble with chronic plantar fasciitis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By taleeya on Aug. 31 2001
Format: Paperback
If you want to take control of your health, GET THIS BOOK! Especially if you have been disappointed with your Dr. This book is jam-packed with good stuff. Its divided into 3 parts. The first part is a basic overview on being healthy, and describes the different vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutrients. Part two is the biggest part, and that is the various disorders. It starts out with a section on what your symptoms could be of. Each disorder has an explanation, what could be causing it, etc. Then the book lists what nutrients you should be taking, such as vitamins or amino acids or herbs. It also lists any treatments you should be doing, foods you should be eating or avoiding, or precautions. The final part talks about the various treatments, these include everything from massage(it explains the various kinds) to accupuncture to colour therapy.While the book won't replace doctors, its a good book to have for help with any minor complaints or as support during medical treatment for major illness. Its very very thorough, and has helped me out countless times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Woodworth on Jan. 18 2004
Format: Paperback
If there is ever a book I refer to again and again when I am not feeling well or have some physical challenge, this is it. Prescription for Nutritional Healing is Western in its foundation, although it doesn't encourage typical synthetic Western pharmaceuticals. In various sections, the book explains how various vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, herbs and natural food supplements work, and which are best to take in combination. Balch reviews wholistic lifestyles & alternative treatments such as fasting, juicing, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, preparing for & recovering from surgery. The bulk of this virtual encyclopedia is focused on ailments and disorders - everything from Acne and Age Spots to Wrinkling of the Skin and Yeast Infections is described in detail. Symptoms are explained, as is other possible causes for the symptoms. Nutrients & herbal remedies are suggested to help put the individual back into a state of balance, and the nutrients are categorized into very important, important and helpful. Many helpful recommendations and considerations are added at the end.
Although Prescription for Nutritional Healing does not delve into detail about preventative care & healthy choices so that you don't get sick, it is a thorough reference book for when you do. It's many insightful suggestions have helped me & my loved ones through insomnia, colds, fevers, hypoglycemia, eye troubles, backaches and allergies. I've given a copy of the book to several family members & "in-laws" and they always value and appreciate it. Prescription for Nutritional Healing is a classic when it comes to educating ourselves about our well-being & taking responsibility for our good health.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark and Marti Tannenbaum on Aug. 16 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
We bought this book looking for a natural way to treat a problem all four members of our family have, a late-afternoon slump we've been told is probably hypoglycemia. We took the book with us to the health food store and started to load up on just the supplements that it lists as "very important" and "important."
A 15-day supply of supplements for the four of us cost $454.69, including tax. And this was shopping at a discount place. Even worse, none of us felt all that much better after trying them for a couple of weeks--although to be fair, at least we parents may have been stressed out by the dent to our budget.
Somehow it isn't surprising that one of the authors of this book runs her own health food store.
We didn't give up on the idea of using a natural approach, however, and we found a more effective--and much, much less expensive ($38.07 a week for the family)--way to deal with our problem naturally in Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno.
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