The Detox Prescription: Supercharge Your Health, Strip Away Pounds, and Eliminate the Toxins Within Hardcover – Dec 24 2013
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“Every once in a while, a game-changing book comes along that breaks through the chatter and provides a powerful new vision for solving our big problems. Chronic disease, obesity, autoimmunity, fatigue, depression--you name it--are often caused by toxicity. Our toxic diet, our toxic lifestyles, our toxic environment drive much of the disease and suffering so prevalent today. The Detox Prescription provides a shortcut to health, a roadmap for breakthrough well being. In just a few short days, following the wise counsel of Dr. Merrell, you can have your health and your life back. Just try it!” ―Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution, and chairman, the Institute for Functional Medicine
“Dr. Merrell marries his massive clinical experience with cutting edge science to craft a smart detox approach that will change lives. ” ―Mehmet Oz, MD, host of The Dr. Oz Show
“Inspiring, evidence-based, and wonderfully practical, The Detox Prescription shows us step by step how to nourish and heal our bodies and experience the good health that is our birthright.” ―James S. Gordon, MD, author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression, and founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
“I field questions about the latest cleanse or detox daily, and I'm usually stuck explaining why it likely won't help someone achieve--and may even hamper--their personal health goals. Finally, enter The Detox Prescription, a game changer in the cleanse/detox space! Dr. Merrell painstakingly developed a program that any reader can benefit from and any healthcare practitioner can feel secure with its benefits for their patient.” ―Ashley Koff, RD, celebrity dietitian
“Dr. Woody Merrell has been at the forefront of a holistic approach to health for decades, and his latest book presents inspiring yet practical advice for achieving good health in our polluted world. The Detox Prescription is an invaluable guide to healthy living, which starts with sensible, carefully designed steps anyone can take to clean up their diet and their immediate environment.” ―Ken Cook, president, Environmental Working Group
“The Detox Prescription is a book that … cuts through much of the mystery of detoxification to deliver a clear path to the whats, whys, and hows of a well-structured clinical detoxification program. Dr. Merrell is a leading innovator in medicine, who has the skill to find the right balance connecting medical tradition with the latest medical developments to provide superior care to his patients. His book reflects that unique talent and his years of experience as a physician in providing a safe and effective approach to detoxification.” ―Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, president of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute
“Dr. Merrell is one of the most progressive and smart doctors we have--he makes it compelling and easy for you to lean into a healthier lifestyle, no matter where you are on your path!” ―Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of The Lean and The Quantum Wellness Cleanse
“I've tried countless detoxes. I've even designed my own 21 day program, which I've successfully guided thousands of people through. So trust me when I say that Dr. Merrell's cleanse is impeccable. He has created the most well-researched, highly effective and doable detox available today. In fact, The Detox Prescription may just be the only medicine you'll ever need! Give yourself the gift of long-lasting health, read (and follow) this brilliant book.” ―Kris Carr, New York Times bestselling author, Crazy Sexy Diet & Crazy Sexy Kitchen
“With a dizzying array of detox options on the market (juices! powders! elixirs!), Joseph Hooper unearths the one cleanse that's really worth it.” ―ELLE (Jan 2014)
“In writing The Detox Prescription (Rodale), Woodson Merrell, MD has assumed the role of the sheriff who wants to run magical thinking and hucksters out of alternative-health town.” ―ELLE (Jan 2014)
About the Author
WOODSON MERRELL, MD, is chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The cofounder of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing in NYC, he maintains a private practice on Manhattan's Upper East Side and lives in New York City.
MARY BETH AUGUSTINE, RD, CDN, is an integrative and functional nutrition expert on the faculty of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing. She lives in Westchester, New York.
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I also recently added a new guide to my list of important books. Simple Natural Cures: Cheap & Effective Remedies for Everyday Common Ailments is one of the most valuable books on my Kindle. Many of the natural cures featured in the book are in line with the Detox Prescription. They also treat a wide array of ailments including fevers, coughs, colds, headaches, stress, and even eczema. Some of the cures rely on foods or herbs and others rely on "mind-body medication" and moisturizers. I know that during and after the cleanses on the Detox Prescription, I have used many of these cures with only positive effects to speak of. The best part, of course, is that all the cures are 100% natural. You don't have to worry about messing up your cleanse by adding potentially toxic pharmaceutical drugs.
If you're looking for a way to revitalize your life, boost your energy, and jump start your weight loss, then the Detox Prescription may be just what the doctor ordered. It is one of the most comprehensive and scientifically sound cleanses I have ever come across. I feel healthier, happier, and more active and I have both the Detox Prescription and Simple Natural Cures to thank for that. I can only hope that more people follow my example if they want to feel good.
1. The book needs better organization. It is currently written as if it were a novel. However on this detox you a always looking back at other previous list, recipes, tips, etc. In it's current form it is very hard to find things you have previously read as they are woven into the text. (Nut milk recipes, list of suggested snacks, the rainbow of foods list, meal plans, etc...) If the book had perhaps, some color coding or different organization (recipe section) it would be easier to look back and find these items. Currently I have added tabs, because I got so annoyed skimming pages to find stuff. Perhaps people that buy the book can sign up their email, and get a electronic list of recipes sent to them. Something. Especially if customers ever plan to use some of these recipes later.
2. The menu caters more to people that eat sweets. If I was a person that thought a bowl of cereal was my favorite breakfast, then these recipes would work perfectly for me. I am a egg and hot sauce in the morning, prefer-savory-foods-type of person. I have had to find other vegan recipes to substitute. Even the soups are pretty sweet. The book offer tips/ideas for people that miss their sweets, but doesn't offer ideas for people that prefer salty-savory foods. Especially having come from the 3 day juice detox part. There was only one smoothie the whole 3 days that was more savory. On day 4, I could not imagine having a sweet breakfast of banana, almond butter and a corn tortilla. I made substitutions based of the suggested lists of veggies that matched my palette better.
It is a LOT of cooking and prep. After a couple of weeks, I'm a little more used to the recipes and it isn't taking me as long, but be prepared for a lot of chopping and sautéing and cleaning up.
I just finished another shopping trip for the 21 day cleanse (which basically is a way of life), and I'm excited about it. We will not be vegans or vegetarians ever, but this book was incredibly helpful to cleanse our systems and to develop some new eating habits that are not so dependent on meat and dairy. When my book is due back at the library, I'll probably buy it on amazon because the recipes are so tasty.
My first shopping trip I went to Whole Foods and bought mostly organic and it was pretty expensive. However, I've cut back on most of the organic foods and found I can get most items at Winco. I'll buy organic when I can, but even if you don't you can still see tremendous benefit.
Overall it made me more aware of what and how much I eat. I will continue to use this as a lifestyle guide for making food choices for the rest of my life.
My only recommendation for the book is to make all the recipes the same serving size. Preferably like four or two. I found I was giving food away because there was too much. Towards the end of the book, I started reducing the recipes.
I recommend this book to everyone who is looking to make a BIG change. If you are going to do it, go all-in.