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Radical Healing: Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine [Paperback]

Rudolph Ballentine
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March 14 2000
This extraordinary book offers nothing less than a new vision of medical care. Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., has created a unique, integrative blending of the primary holistic schools of healing that is far more potent than any one of these alone.

Like Deepak Chopra and Andrew Weil, Rudolph Ballentine is a medical doctor who became intrigued by the workings of mind-body medicine and looked beyond the West in his search for understanding. Drawing on thirty years of medical study and practice, Dr. Ballentine has accomplished a singular feat: integrating the wisdom of the great traditional healing systems--especially Ayurveda, homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, European and Native American herbology, nutrition, psychotherapy, and bodywork. Melded together, the profound principles buried in these systems become clearer and stronger, and a new level of effectiveness becomes possible. Healing and reorganization are accelerated and deepened--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The result is transformation. The result is radical healing.

Radical Healing harnesses nature's medicinals--plants and other natural substances--with commonsense essentials such as diet, exercise, and cleansing, as well as the most profound principles of spiritual and psychological transformation. In Dr. Ballentine's synthesis, illness is an opportunity for growth that can go far beyond recovery. Through radical healing old habits and attitudes that supported the development of disease fall away, to be replaced by the clarity that comes with a whole new way of being in the world.

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Radical Healing: Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine--the title sounds like an impossible undertaking. Yet Ballentine, an American physician and psychiatrist trained in many of the world's healing traditions, succeeds. He introduces the principles of holistic healing and presents an integrated system combining the awareness, tools, and practices taught by a variety of healing disciplines, including Ayurveda, homeopathy, and herbal medicine. Ballentine explains the principles of "nature's medicinals," based on the herbal traditions of China, India (Ayurvedic), Europe, and Native America. He presents several self-assessment techniques, including body maps and mind/body types. He describes the use of exercise, nutrition and cleansing (detoxification), and holistic techniques for working with energy and consciousness. Extensive resources for integrating holistic healing approaches into your daily life let you continue after the book ends. Radical Healing is not a quick fix--it's intelligent, philosophical, and detailed, best for those who are interested in learning about different schools of holistic healing approaches, open to new insights and skills, and willing to devote time to learning to use them. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This detailed volume introduces a vast array of techniques?drawn from the ancient traditions of India and China, among others?intended to help readers achieve better health and richer lives. Ballentine, an M.D. also trained in Indian medicine, makes a convincing case against reductive and mechanical Western notions of diagnosis, disease and cure. Instead, his program focuses on openness to new ideas, self-exploration and awareness. Recommendations include not just regular exercise and sound nutrition but also detoxification, meditation, massage, breath and energy work, as well as the use of homeopathic, herbal and flower remedies. Significantly, Ballentine concedes that few holistic techniques are currently effective against many life-threatening problems. His approach focuses on prevention and less-severe diseases, and the appendix covering alternative visions and treatments of 100 common illnesses omits AIDS, coronary disease and cancer entirely (a detailed bibliography does direct the reader to other sources, however). Ballentine provides an informative and practical guide, hampered only by his remarkably encyclopedic knowledge, which can interfere with the book's readability. This is a guidebook for the highly motivated; it is notable for its unifying, often compelling vision of an integrative and self-directed approach to well-being.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Resource June 30 2000
Format:Paperback
The author, Dr. Ballentine, has had a very interesting journey. With a psychiatry background, he worked in a free clinic in New Orleans in the 1960s with "flower children" who introduced him to then "alternative" concepts like yoga, meditation, and vegetarianism. With these interests more and more compelling, he decided to travel to India and began training in homeopathy and Ayurveda. He set up practicing these newfound skills in Chicago and became so successful that he founded six clinics around the city.
While the unifying concepts to Ballentine's approach are unarguable - self-awareness, transformation, and wholeness - I found myself rather disturbed by the absence of a few things in this book. Namely, the author is so pro-alternative medicine that he doesn't even pay Western medicine the lip service it's due; namely, that its strength is crisis medicine and intervention. On a similar vein, on the chapter on herbal traditions, my hackles rose with the author's claim that the reader, upon completion of the section, would be able to walk into any health food store and select a "medicinal". This without the usual disclaimers of working with a reputable practitioner, be aware of interactions if you are currently taking other medication, etc.
With that in mind, I found Ballentine's knowledge of homeopathy to be truly comprehensive and one of the best historical discussions and practical applications I've found to date in any book. Other stand out chapters include the exercise and movement chapter as well as the "Healing as Transformation" chapter which concentrates on breathwork and chakras - very well written and good advice for everyone.
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By rash67
Format:Paperback
For over 600 pages Mr Ballentine makes a heroic attempt to put together a series of Alternative Healing Systems. I was afraid when I picked this book up that it was written by a novice who only copied introductions to these various systems, like many other books. But it is obvious that Dr Ballentine has used all of these systems to treat patients with varing conditions, rather than copying. And he has successfully combined them to treat patients.
But does he succeed to explain all? I would have to say in my specialty Homeopathy, he has not had room to go very deep. In Chinese medicine which I know little about, he introduces concepts of elements and then does little with them. On the other hand the book is a BRILLIANT treasure chest ideas and insights to the ultimate nature of health and disease and the interaction of mental states and subtle alternative to conventional Allopathic Medicine. I was high-lighting every other page! If he meerly shows people there are many many different ways to treat disease other than Conventional Medicine and that each of these has a separate domain of effectiveness, he will ultimately succeed. But the subject is so big, he could explore it in more books for years and not cover all of the subject.
Flower remedies are, as far as I know, totally without side effects.
Homeopathic Remedies, are MOSTLY side effect free. Most are available over the counter. Sure Homeopathy can produce miraculous, "soul-altering" cures, but Dr Ballentine does not state that these remedies are most effective if taken for a limited time, no more than a month, and sometimes less .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Radical Healing is a Masterpiece! July 14 2000
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Looking at the state of holistic medicine today, what we have are all these great healing therapies, but what they lack is unity. In fact, it seems that Holistic medicine is mimicking the efforts of Western medicine by compartmentalizing healing. As Western medicine has its gynecologists, cardiologists, podiatrists and dermatologists, Holistic medicine has its acupuncturists, herbalists, and homeopathic doctors just to name a few.
What Radical Healing does is that it demonstrates how most of the holistic healing therapies can be used in conjunction to heal the body, mind and soul. It not only provides a map of how to benefit from using these therapies in combination, but also introduces the know how so we can begin to heal ourselves.
Dr. Rudolph Ballentine has provided the reader with many of his case studies and personal experiences, which brings to life the theoretical foundations of each of the holistic modalities that he covers in his book. Radical Healing is a masterpiece. I have changed careers after reading it and that is only one of the many changes I made in my life. No other book provides such transformation. So, please do yourself a favor and go out and buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that puts it all together! Nov. 29 1999
Format:Hardcover
Radical Healing is sensational. Rudolph Ballentine uses clear, concise language, using lots of examples from years of clinical practice, to show how the body and the subtle energies (chi, prana, spirit)are interrelated, and how different modalities--homeopathy, herbs, breathwork, etc.--affect both the physical, mental, emotional, and energetic levels. It's a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how various alternative traditions work--and why! It's a great primer for self healing, too.
The kind of medicine Dr. Ballentine practices may be "radical" by today's standards, but I hope not for long!
As Dr. Ballentine notes, "Resorting to a drug to correct a human problem is analogous to dealing with a computer glitch by grabbing a screwdriver and trying to rewire its circuits. . . . when a few judicious taps on the right keys could modify the operating system and reprogram the malfunction out of existence." Dr. Ballentine has done us a service by sharing what he has learned about healing. This is one of the best books on healing and "alternative" medicine around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to miss...!
This book is written in a lively fashion. The author is intelligent, thourough and the text is approachable and flowing. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2002 by G. Stark
3.0 out of 5 stars A holistic approach to holistic medicine
It's fair in that it accomplishes what the title indicates - it does indeed integrate "the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions" - but it fails to adequately incorporate... Read more
Published on April 29 2002 by Andrew Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for those seeking common sense in health
The author uses his large range of experiences over 25 years and his very lucid writing style to detail the workings of herbal medicines, homoeopathic remedies & flower... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2001 by Ian Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Radical Says it Mildly
Ballentine brings synthesis to integrating the historic healing systems of the world. I am an alternative practitioner specializing in bodywork and the mind-soul connection. Read more
Published on April 22 2001 by Melinda Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Radical Healing is a Real Healing Alternative
This book is very thorough in all alternative therapies and it becomes obvious that the author is a rare and true healer. Read more
Published on July 17 2000 by Bonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to be read, trusted and used
I read Dr. Ballentine's book a year ago, and have been using it since, getting from it guidance, perspective, information and insight. Read more
Published on May 11 2000 by Richard Kenyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book! Integration of medicines is
I was captivated by the wealth of useful information found in this book, ranging from homeopathic medicines and working with doshas to spiritual health and prevention. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
Quite literally, left me standing in awe. Dr. Ballentine's long, but thoroughly readable text on the integration of "old" healing methods expertly woven into a new... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A multi-level, multi-dimensional exploration of healing .
This pioneering book explores the suble ways we can create heal by experimenting with the timeless therapies of the world culture. Read more
Published on June 8 1999
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