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Disease Prevention And Recovery

Alternative Medicine Guide to Heart Disease, by Burton Goldberg - Save your heart from disease, attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and the dangers of angioplasty, bypass, and other invasive surgeries--12 top physicians explain their proven, safe, nontoxic, and successful heart-saving treatments

 

Disease Prevention and Treatment (Fourth Edition) by Life Extension Foundation – This book is the only one available that makes specific recommendations about combining mainstream therapies with nutrients, hormones, and unique medications to provide patients with their best chance of preventing and gaining control over serious medical disorders. This volume provides the latest approaches for treating cancer, cardiovascular disease, and over 120 other age-related diseases and conditions.

 

Dr. Fulford's Touch of Life, by Robert C. Fulford – Dr. Fulford, a 90-year-old osteopath who first came to the attention of readers in Andrew Weil's best-selling Spontaneous Healing offers holistic advice on achieving good health. It is his call for everyone to take responsibility for their life and their health. Dr. Fulford starts out explaining what osteopathy is and tells of his years as an osteopathic physician. After reading this book you will want to seek out a practitioner much like Dr. Fulford.

 

Earl Mindell's New Vitamin Bible, by Earl Mindell - Discover: How to maximize the effectiveness of your vitamins and supplements, new anti-aging vitamins and supplements, the art of personalizing your dietary regime, natural alternatives to hormone replacement, how to find the best practitioners in the field of nutraceutials, homeopathy and aromatherapy, healing regimes for heart patients and stroke victims and warnings about dangerous drug interactions and miracle cures.

 

Earl Mindell's New Herb Bible, by Earl Mindell - Recognized as today's leading trend in self-care, herbs can help you heal faster, live longer, and look better. In this completely updated edition, one of the world's foremost authorities on nutrition and natural remedies demystifies the language and lore of herbs and shows you how to choose and use herbs and herbal treatments -- from the traditional favorites to those on the cutting edge.

 

8 Weeks to Optimum Health, by Andrew Weil- "Health," Dr. Andrew Weil writes, "is a dynamic and temporary state of equilibrium destined to break down as conditions change." In other words, there's no such thing as the type of health that allows you to feel equally great every day of your life. Instead, Weil suggests, your goal should be to improve your resilience to disease, and while you're at it, feel more joy and strength

 

Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. - Dr. Fuhrman's powerful and practical guidelines apply for conditions ranging from the common cold to serious heart problems. This program provides an alternative to the costly and all-to-common side effects of surgery and drugs."

 

Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria, by Stephen Harrod Buhner – This book offers evidence that plant medicine with their complex mix of multiple antibiotic compounds, are remarkably effective against drug-resistant bacteria. You will learn how antibiotic herbs such as aloe, garlic, and grapefruit seed extract represent our best defense against bacteria and how their use will ensure that in the future, antibiotic drugs will still be there when we need them. Also see Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics

 

Healing From The Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western Traditions to Create the Medicine of the Future, by Mahmet Oz, M.D. - Mehmet Oz is a Renaissance man of cardiac care, combining yoga, aromatherapy, hypnosis, energy healing, music therapy, acupuncture, and visual imagery into his surgery practice. He's adamant that the relationship between traditional and alternative medicine should be symbiotic, not mutually exclusive. His patients are proof of this: when treated holistically, not as just "another transplant patient" with a plaque-addled heart, they perceive less pain during surgery and recuperation, are less likely to suffer depression, and heal more quickly.

 

Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, by Paul Pitchford –This book contains a wealth of information on health, diet, alternative medicine, natural food presentation, and recipes, researched by an expert in the field. Readers will learn how to apply Chinese medicine and the five-element theory to a contemporary diet; treat illness and nervous disorders through diet; and make the transition to whole vegetable foods. The most detailed source book yet published on preparing food and eating consciously, Healing with Whole Foods also includes complete sections on Ayurvedic principles.

 

Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, by Francis Brinker – This book provides reference on the contraindications of over 200 herbs and drug interactions. It includes appendices which address, by category the effects and limitations of herbs and identifies vitamin and mineral interactions with drugs.

 

Natural Alternatives to Over-The-Counter and Prescription Drugs, by Michael T. Murray – The author provides specific natural alternatives to some of the drugs most used by Americans, including Tagamet, Prednisone, Seldane, and Zantac, as well as alternatives to over-the-counter drugs used to treat acne, high cholesterol, hay fever, heartburn, insomnia, and many other common ailments. Also discussed are the effectiveness, and the unwanted side effects, of many of the drugs used today. He then shows how these drugs can be replaced with less expensive natural remedies whose medicinal benefits have been proven in clinical studies.

 

Natural Cures: They Don’t Want You to Know About, by Kevin Trudeau - The author blows the lid off a nest of deception and double standards concerning general and individual health in this new book. Kevin reveals the shocking truth of how drugs – which are being advertised directly to the consumer, pushing their use to an all-time high – are actually the cause of illness and disease climbing to near epidemic levels.

 

Nature's Virus Killers, by Mark Stengler - Dr. Stenger's previous book Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: is considered the bible of natural therapies. With "nature's virus killers" he goes into much greater detail about how viruses work and what we can do to protect ourselves from harm. I've already applied some of the suggested therapies with great success and recommend that book to all of my patients.  

Never be sick Again:  Health is a Choice; Learn How to Choose It, by Raymond Francis -This remarkable book answers the questions: What is health? What is disease? Why do people get sick? How can disease be prevented? How can it be reversed? It will teach readers, in one easy lesson, an entirely new way to look at health and disease - an approach that is easy to understand, yet so powerful that they may, indeed, never have to be sick again. Providing a basic understanding of health and disease, this book takes the mystery out of disease. It provides readers, no matter what their present physical condition, a holistic approach to living that will empower them to get well - and stay well.

Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drugs, by Ross Pelton - Many of the most widely used prescription drugs cause the body to lose nutrients and, as a result, cause nutritional health problems. Based on extensive scientific research, The Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drugs is the first book for the general public to describe the nutrient losses caused by prescription drugs and present ways to combat these losses and maintain good nutritional health. It's essential reading for all prescription drug users.

Prescription Alternatives: Hundreds of Safe, Natural Prescriptions-Free Remedies to Restore and Maintain Your Health, by Earl Mindell - Dr. Mindell shows that you can often solve your health problems without using prescription drugs and teaches you how to monitor your body as you switch from drugs to natural health.

PDR for Herbal Medicines (Third Edition) - Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) has compiled a list of extensive explanations of more than 600 herbal medications available. Addressing the influx of natural supplements into mainstream supermarkets, PDR intends to educate consumers and assist them in choosing the best herbs to treat an ailment or simply to help maintain a healthy life. Each herbal entry contains pertinent information: description, physical properties, intended usage and expected effects, precautions and adverse reactions, recommended dosage and references for additional reading.

 

PDR for Nutritional Supplements – This PDR begins with a series of indexes: supplement name (common/generic name); brand name; category (e.g., probiotics, vitamins); indications (therapeutic or preventive purpose); side effects (potential adverse reactions); interactions (problems when used with other drugs, herbs, foods, or supplements); companion drugs (supplements that may be used in conjunction with prescription drugs to reverse adverse effects, relieve symptoms of the illness, or treat complications); and manufacturers.

Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Other Antidepressants with Safe Effective Alternatives, by Joseph Glenmullen – This  book focuses on four serotonin boosters known as the Prozac group, and explores the efficacy of individual, couples and family psychotherapy, herbal remedies, diet and exercise and 12-step programs. The author states “clinical trials of drugs last as little as six to eight weeks, while side effects can take decades to emerge” “profit-minded pharmaceutical industry has under-reported side effects, misrepresented theories of "chemical imbalance" as fact and expanded diagnostic definitions to increase a drug's potential customer base.

 

The Antibiotic Alternative: The Natural Guide to Fighting Infection and Maintaining a Healthy Immune System, by Cindy L.A. Jones, PhD -"The Antibiotic Alternative gives the straight scoop on antibiotics--how they work, potential side effects, dangers of overuse, and compelling reasons to use them with restraint.  Dr. Jones's coverage of these subjects is balanced and supported by an abundance of research.  This book is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in maintaining optimum health." 

 

The Anti-Depressant Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox, by

Peter R. Breggin, M.D. – As a  medical expert Dr. Breggin has access to private pharmaceutical research and correspondence files, information from which informs this straight-talking guide to the most prescribed and controversial category of American drugs: antidepressants. From how these drugs work in the brain to how they treat (or don't treat) depression and obsessive-compulsive, panic, and other disorders; from the documented side and withdrawal effects to what every parent needs to know about antidepressants and teenagers, The Anti-Depressant Fact Book is up-to-the minute and easy-to-access. Hard-hitting and enlightening, every current, former, and prospective antidepressant-user will want to read this book. – See Prozac Backlash above….

 

The A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions: How to Improve Your Health and Avoid Problems with Using Common Medications and Natural Supplements Together, by Schuyler W. Lininger Jr. - If you're either taking, or thinking of taking, vitamins or herbs along with your prescription and non-prescription medications, then you and your family must have this book! Millions of people, just like you, use both without knowing that some combinations are beneficial while some can be downright dangerous.

 

The Antibiotic Alternative: The Natural Guide to Fighting Infection and Maintaining a Healthy Immune System, by Cindy L.A. Jones, PhD -"The Antibiotic Alternative gives the straight scoop on antibiotics--how they work, potential side effects, dangers of overuse, and compelling reasons to use them with restraint.  Dr. Jones's coverage of these subjects is balanced and supported by an abundance of research.  This book is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in maintaining optimum health." 

 

The Body Knows: How to Tune In to Your Body and Improve Your Health, by Caroline Sutherland – The author explains how to “hone” your instincts and demystify your physical body processes. If you’ve ever wondered why you gain weight retain fluid, feel jittery, get headaches, have joint stiffness, lack energy,  have digestive problems and/or memory loss – and want to know what to do about it – this book is the key to finding out the truth of your own health equation.

 

The Body Knows Diet: Cracking the Weight Loss Code, by Caroline Sutherland - Readers will find out what is missing from popular diet books. Imagine being able to lose weight without dieting, measuring, calorie counting, starving or excessive exercise. For readers who are frustrated with the weight loss game, this book will teach them the keys to hormone balancing, how to stop cravings, how to prevent fluid retention, how to identify food allergies and much more. Caroline Sutherland shares her years of experience as an allergy testing technician helping thousands of people to lose weight effectively, Also see The Body Knows Cookbook

 

The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies, by Selene Yeager - In just the last few years, scientists have found hundreds of substances in foods that go way beyond vitamins and minerals for pure healing power. In The Doctors Book of Food Remedies, you will learn exactly how to use the "healing foods" to treat and prevent dozens of conditions, from arthritis and fatigue to high blood pressure and stroke.

 

The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies, by Prevention Magazine - This complete, practical guide contains the experience of health professionals who offer more than 2300 accessible healing tips for the most common medical complaints. In this handy reference you will find curative techniques and symptom-relieving treatments for bladder infections, depression, emphysema, headaches, premenstrual syndrome, toothaches, and much more. Here are invaluable at-home solutions for annoying afflictions such as canker sores, dandruff, and snoring as well as methods for coping with more serious health problems such as high cholesterol, ulcers, and backaches. Also see: The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies II

 

The Natural Pharmacy:(Revised - 3rd Edition) Complete A-Z Reference to Natural Treatments for Common Health Conditions, by Alan R, Gaby - Imagine having the foremost experts in natural medicine providing up-to-date treatment options for your health concerns. This book will do just that.. Completely revised to include more than 500 entries, this reliable health information resource is informative and easy to navigate.

 

The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs: How They Are Best Used to Promote Health and Well Being, by Nicola Reavley – This book is the essential reference guide to sorting your way through this maze of information, helping you make informed choices about your health and well being.

 

The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health, by Robert O. Young - This revolutionary, proven diet program empowers readers to take control of their health. Forget counting calories, fat grams, and cholesterol. Forget blood pressure, blood sugar, and hormone levels. The single most important health measurement is the pH level in the blood. THE pH MIRACLE unlocks the surprisingly crucial role pH balance plays in weight loss. For example, if the blood becomes overly acidic from eating too much of the wrong foods--wheat, meat, and cheese--it can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more.

 

The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicine: Vitamins, Minerals, Nutritional Supplements, Herbs, and Other Natural Products, by Michael Murray, N.D. – This book answers vital questions about the effectiveness and safety of more than 250 of today’s most popular natural remedies. Dr. Murray's unique A-to-F rating system tells you at a glance whether the product has been scientifically proven to work and if there are risks in taking it.

 

The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth About Losing weight, Being Healthy and Feeling Younger, by Diana Schwarzbein, M.D. - Based on sound research and the success of thousands of people, The Schwarzbein Principle proves that excess weight, degenerative disease and accelerated aging can be controlled - and reversed - in a healthful way. It is a holistic guide to achieving lasting weight loss, normalizing metabolism and maintaining ideal body composition through lifestyle and nutrition. By bringing the internal systems into balance, this program has been proven to: reverse type II diabetes; free people from food cravings for chocolate, caffeine and sugar; cure depression and mood swings; and reduce body fat while building lean tissue. Also See: The Program: Losing Weight the Healthy Way

 

The Wellness Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Maintaining Health and Treating Stress-Related Illness, by Herbert Benson – This book reflects the cutting edge of health care, giving you the opportunity to gain more control over your own well-being. Use of the book, in combination with modern medical treatments, will aid in prevention and treatment of a number of illnesses and, according to USA Today, "legitimizes the mind/body connection in traditional medicine."

 

Total Wellness: Improve Your Health by Understanding the Body’s Healing System, by Joseph Pizzorno, N.D. – This book is well written, logical and easy to understand. Documentation of various methods of supporting the body's own healing capacity is quite interesting. It also explains how to use supplements; with a clear, understandable explanation of why and how they work. If you want to understand why natural medicine works, read this book.


You: The Owner's Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger, by Michael F. Roizen and Mahmet C. Oz – Anti-aging guru Roizen and celebrated heart surgeon Oz combine their popular approaches to patient-centered care in this assessment of how much, or more to the point, how little, readers know about their bodies. After taking the quizzes in the book, readers may feel shocked by their ignorance of basic anatomy and the processes required to maintain physical and mental functioning. Each chapter focuses on a body part or system (heart, brain, digestive, reproductive, etc.) and discusses diseases associated with it; genetic and lifestyle influences on its aging process; and foods, supplements and habits that can prevent or reverse related illnesses.

 

You: The Smart Patient: An Insider’s Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment, by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz – These doctors’ pair up again and offers this book as a crime scene of a metaphor for an illness. You are a detective in charge of collecting clues and creating a crime team to diagnose and cure your challenge. You will learn how to get the best treatment—after all, being a smart patient improves your odds when you want or need medical care. 

 

Your Personality, Your Health: Connecting With The Human Energy System, Chakras and Wellness, by Carol Ritberger  We are all interested in understanding  "What makes us ill?" or  "What can we do to get well." As Dr. Ritberger shows, maintaining optimal health is an inside job. Dr. Carol Ritberger guides us on a healing journey and teaches us to understand the human energy system embedded in the chakras, along with knowing the color of our aura so we can intuitively know what keeps us healthy or what imbalances create dis-ease.

 

Women and Pain: Why it Hurts and What You Can Do, by Mark Young,, M.D., - The author offers conventional plus complementary pain-relief options for many ailments common to women: PMS, headaches, foot pain, backaches, joint pain, and many more. His recommended therapies include herbs, dietary recommendations, recipes, supplements, homeopathy, exercise, mind-body techniques, and "do-it-yourself" aids such as baths, self-massage, and reflexology. Young, a physiatrist (physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and a licensed acupuncturist, illustrates and personalizes his points with frequent anecdotes from his practice.

 

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