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An Alphabet of Good Health in a Sick World
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2010
Dr. Martha Grout and Mary Budinger hold a bright candle in the midst of epidemics of chronic disease.

Never before have we seen so much chronic illness in so many people and at such a young age. People often do exactly what their insurance company told their doctors to tell them to do, and after much time and money, they still are not well. They feel conventional medicine has failed them, and too often it has. When something goes wrong, the system views our body as the enemy and bludgeons it with surgeries, drugs, and radiation.

Discover that illness is really your friend, your body's cry for help.

There is a new paradigm emerging called green medicine and consumers are demanding more of it. Green medicine has a strong respect for the body's own healing abilities. Green medicine recognizes that what we put into our environment, we also put into ourselves.

It is paramount today to acknowledge the impact of food, chemicals, and electrosmog (wireless technology, electrical fields). If your doctor has little to say about them, then he's working with obsolete information. The new paradigm of medicine sees food as medicine, chemicals as more important than germs, and electromagnetic frequencies as a double edged sword.

A few of the discoveries you will make when you read "An Alphabet Of Good Health In A Sick World":

- At the core of most chronic disease is a constant, low level inflammation inside us. We can't see it or feel it, but we can measure it. It erodes our health like saltwater on metal.
- Half the people who have heart attacks have "normal" cholesterol levels. High cholesterol does not cause heart disease.
- We can use one-tenth the amount of chemo in cancer treatments and spare people the bald heads, severe nausea, and organ failure.
- Osteoporosis is a not a calcium deficiency.
- Pollution and junk food make autoimmune diseases more common than breast cancer.

"Good health is not inseparable from what is going on in the world. Some 75 percent of health care spending now goes to treat preventable chronic diseases. Well, most chronic diseases have their roots in diet and environment. Those two factors also tweak our genes in ways that affect us now and will be passed down for generations to come." - Dr. Martha Grout

"Our chemically saturated environments and our way of eating are the big white elephant in the room when health care is discussed. Let's get our heads out of the sand. This `epidemic' of chronic disease in America isn't going away until we have a more honest dialogue about what we eat and what is in our environment." - Mary Budinger
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2010
This book might save your life.

Much of what was in her book this writer had read about before in other places, but she covers in one book the reasons for many of the chronic diseases that ail thousands of us in the United States.

According to Dr. Grout, there are numerous things in our world today that are not good for us, among them are electromagnetic fields, fluoride in our city water supply, amalgam fillings, and processed foods. And they are causing chronic illnesses; but the popular press has not informed us. You have to really dig for this information, or you can read about it in Dr. Grout's book.

In the first part of the book, she covers what she calls the three pillars: food, chemicals, and electromagnetic energy. Even if you do not read any farther than this section, you will be able to make more informed choices in the future. In the second part of the book, she covers the causes of twenty different chronic diseases in detail. This writer feels that the sections in the second part of the book on cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis are the most important since these dreaded diseases seem to affect so many people. What she has to say will truly surprise you. Really.

Her approach in treating patients is to educate them to avoid the things that cause these diseases or to advise them on proper nutrition, not simply "to put a band-aid on" the problem by prescribing medications that have side effects. What she writes about is not simply her opinion. She cites numerous medical studies and papers at the end of each chapter that validate what she has to say. There are several references to web sites in the text that I also found very informative.

This writer believes this would be an important read for parents of small children. Once you realize the harmful ingredients that are in household chemicals that children are exposed to, or the sinister ingredients found in processed foods, you will want to protect your family by eliminating these hazards.

The book is very well written, with no grammatical or spelling errors. But most important, it is written in a manner that does not require a medical degree to understand.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2010
This is a great book! It covers so much and in a readable style that I could understand. If you want to know how to deal with everything that is assaulting us daily--drugs, genetically modified foods, environmental pollutants--read this book. I know Dr. Grout personally and have worked with her professionally for years. Dr. Grout serves on my company's Advisory Board because we value her input. She is an ethical, powerful person who cares deeply about natural health and demonstrates it every day of her life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2010
This is a great book, really well done. It explains why so many people have chronic diseases, and why they have had so much difficulty trying to find a doctor who knows how to make things right.
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on December 29, 2012
Many new ideas presented in this book. I am anxious to find out how they work as I follow them for the next year.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2010
It didn't cover what I expected and I'm all for good health but didn't meet my expectations and already have more information than what the book tries to portray
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