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Prescription for Nutritional Healing: Third Edition Paperback – Jan 11 2002

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; Revised edition (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583330771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583330777
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 4.5 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is very comprehensive. You can look up what's ailing you; or if you want to know more about a supplement, you can look that up. It explains each thing very well. Highly recommend this book.
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The human body is a magnificent machine and if you learn to listen to it, you won't need to take any supplements at all. I did learn what my body needed from this book but instead of spending money on pills and powders, I spent money on fruits and vegetables. Within 6 months I was off all prescription medication and a major weight loss. I find that now not only am I healthier but I'm happier.
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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. Highly recommend Balch's book for information on holistic treatment. (She doesn't preclude medical treatment when necessary.)
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Good source of non-medical sources of health problem solving using less problematic prescribed medications. It allows for warnings on certain sources of vitamins, what choices and doses to consume, and any contradictions that may occur.
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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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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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By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 11 2012
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This book was recommended to me by someone who at one point had been given 6 months to live. Using this book and other techniques she managed to make a full recovery. A relative of mine has a health opportunity right now, so I decided to buy this book, and follow her herbal recommendations.

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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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. Now, as an adult, I decided to buy a later edition and now I turn to it for healty, natural advice. I strongly and without hesitation suggest this book to anyone who is interested in a more natural way of healing. This book goes over it all, from nutrition to traditional Chinese medicine; from supplements to pain control. The beginning of the book goes through the basics of keeping the body healthy, and gives information about the herbs, supplements, minerals etc. suggested in the second part, which goes over about 300 disorders and natural ways to treat them. The third and final part of the book goes through alternative therapies. Now, more than ever, the world needs to turn back to a healthier way of living. This is the health "bible" to lead our bodies back to the way that they should be.
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