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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Prescription for Nutritional Healing by nutritionist Phyllis A. Balch and James F. Balch, M.D., has long been considered one of the most trusted, comprehensive sources on the mind-boggling array of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other dietary supplements now available. Working from the premise that a good diet promotes good health, this third edition of PNH still starts with the basics: consume fresh produce, grains, and lean meats; avoid foods that are processed or high in saturated fat; cook using glass, stainless steel, or iron--never aluminum; and drink filtered water. The authors also stand by their claim that the government-prescribed recommended daily allowances are ridiculously low, and that the book's optimal daily intake for nutrients should be followed instead.
So what's new in the third edition? Along with now-accepted remedies, like zinc and echinacea for the common cold, the Balches also explore many of the newer supplements to hit the market: SAMe (recommended for depression and joint pain), phosphatidyl serine (mental acuity), red yeast rice (cholesterol), and 5-HTP (weight loss, insomnia, depression). You'll also find an expanded chapter on alternative therapies that encompasses Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, along with a hefty section on pain control that offers a grab bag of options such as acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery, chiropractic care, and massage.
Still, the bulk of the book remains the more than 250 health conditions--from everyday problems such as insect bites and bad breath to serious diseases including bulimia, cancer, and AIDS--and the nutritional protocols the Balches recommend for treatment. Since any number of supplements can be taken for the same condition, the Balches make sifting through the glut of information a little easier by separating their nutrient recommendations into four categories: essential, very important, important, and helpful. And they take a lot of the guesswork out of buying supplements by listing the brands they know and trust. Once again, the authors have squeezed in an impressive amount of information, including valuable sidebars on topics such as the dangers of aspartame; how to choose a calcium supplement; common heart problems and procedures; cancer risk factors, diagnosis, and treatments; and sports nutrition. This is not relaxing reading, but it's enormously useful. While the material can be dense, the authors still manage to present it in a straightforward manner that's understandable even for readers without a medical degree. --Norine Dworkin --This text refers to an alternate 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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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.
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.
I have been hearing some great stories about people seeing herbalists, and using herbs and other supplements in addition to regular medical treatment, going outside the normal level of resource to improve their health, and experiencing relief and cure from life threatening conditions.
Therefore, I highly recommend this book, as being jam packed with useful information which is easy to use. For example, burdock root is reputed to have anti tumor properties.
The further you get into book, the more valuable information you notice is contained in it.
I think you will find it very useful, and I hppe this was helpful.
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Just replacing my tattered copy. I've been using this book as a nutritional primer for about a decade and is a necessity in my health library. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ndb
The book is what my wife wanted but it was not in good condition for the money you were asking.Published 19 months ago by Steve
Good source of non-medical sources of health problem solving using less problematic prescribed medications. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Terry
My mother has an earlier version of this book and I can remember her pulling it out every time my little brother and I got sick. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2011 by Duncan
The quality of this item was better than they said it would be. The price was more than fair and it shipped in the amount of time that they said it would. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2011 by Jessica
excellent, all you need to know about nutrition in one book. they did not leave anything out.Published on Jan. 4 2010 by dosha
This is such an excellent book to nutritional healing. It was recommended to me by a friend and now, I ordered copies to give to other friends who I know will benefit from this... Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2009 by Leto
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