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Alternative Medicine : The Definitive Guide Paperback – September 15, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1887299336 ISBN-10: 1887299335

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  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Alternativemedicine.com books (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887299335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887299336
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Definitive Guide is known as the Bible of alternative medicine. You may very well want to use a dictionary stand for this hefty tome; it weighs in at more than 1,000 pages. Nearly 400 doctors (M.D.s, Ph.D.s, naturopaths, Doctors of Oriental Medicine, and osteopaths) contribute their cutting-edge knowledge, and the list of names is impressive. You'll find words of advice from Joseph Pizzorno, the president of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington; C. Norman Shealy, the cofounder of the American Holistic Medical Association; Nobel laureate Linus Pauling; Deepak Chopra; and Joan Borysenko, author and director of the Mind-Body Health Sciences in Boulder, Colorado.

After an intriguing, optimistic look at "The Future of Medicine," the book is divided into two sections. The first profiles 43 alternative therapies--acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, qigong, hyperthermia, and yoga among them--including their development, how they work, proven uses, and controversial or yet-to-be-proven uses, along with contact information for organizations. The second section covers 105 topics such as headaches, mental health, and allergies, along with the alternative therapies that are most likely to help alleviate pain and encourage healing. This guide is easy enough to understand to make it perfect for home reference, while it would also make a fine resource for health care providers interesting in learning more about alternative medicine. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I highly recommend Alternative Medicine : The Definitive Guide.
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I was not sure what to expect and I got an excellent hardcover 1st edition book in excellent shape!
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I have learned an inmeasureable amount of information from this book.
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT L. GIFFORD on December 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Just to show a small part of the accuracy of this book. If you go to page 716,under the title of " HEART DISEASE " third paragraph which starts off with " interest in Vitamin B6 deficiency.This was a study by Dr. Kilmer S. McCully, M.D. Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School in reference to Heart disease and lowering the HOMOCYSTEINE Levels, which are free radical generators capable of oxidixing cholesterol, one of the major contributing factors in heart disease.The (AMA) American Medical Association back then and until recently said he was wrong in his theory. But, most recently on the television show 20/20 with Barbara Walters, the AMA said they were wrong and that Dr. McCully was right back in 1969 with his studies. Which I believe shows just a fraction of the importance of reading from this invaluable book of Knowledge.I futher beleive that members of the AMA should be more receptive to the thoughts and studies done by Alternative Medicine Doctors , who are only trying to better Mankind. A little more open mindness would be a good begining !
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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I purchased this volume hoping to supplement my existing knowledge of medicine with the alternative protocols. This work is complete as to its coverage of the various diseases and modalities to treat them. When a patient encounters a serious illness, the keyword is protocol. Very often, there are multiple protocols for the same illness and the patient/doctor must sort through this maze. The Burton Goldberg volume helps tremendously in this effort. As people get older, they no longer get diseases that go away overnight. People tend to have conditions that require ongoing maintenance. The combinatorial impact of many different medications taken at the same time can be detrimental to the kidneys. Therefore, the alternative medicine protocols provide a mechanism to address the medicinal issues with substances that the body recognizes organically. In addition, this volume cites the medical experts in the different areas. It describes the biology of the disease processes in a way that is understandable to a novice. This work is a worthy investment for any personal library. People spend money on many frivolous things very often ignoring the future of their health. This work helps to craft a personal health plan/outline for the future by presenting comparative protocols in understandable english.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Philip Scott on July 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This has got to be one of the most comprenhensive books ever written about alternative medicine. It tells a lot of valuable information about various vitamins and minerals and how they work to keep our bodies in perfect form. It gives important detail about what doses of each supplement we need to take. I also tells us about how the supplements interact with each other.
This book goes into great detail to tell us about our various organs and other body parts and how they work. I tells about how to handle disease when we contract it. It reinsures us that we don't need to run to the doctor everytime we get sick.
I have learned an inmeasureable amount of information from this book. I really believe it has been a worth while investment.
I Would Strongly Recommend This Book
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Packed with tons of useful information, this book seems to have something on everything. Everyone I have shown the book to has marveled at its content, and the way it presents all the information in an unbiased manner.
This book deals with information which can be hard to acquire. The contemporary medical establishment is well entrenched in its ways, but we all "know" there are other therapies and cures out there, but where do we find out about them? This book is the answer!
"Alternative Medicine" does not endeavor to go into full detail about any of the therapies and treatments presented. Rather, it provides a valuable starting point at which to begin your serach for information on how to cure yourself or a loved one.
I heartily recommend this book to anyone who needs a comprehensive reference volume for medical maladies and their cures.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By seeker on July 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a giant of information, not just the authors information, but facts accumulated from many high levels of authority on the subject. I particularly like that each main area has names and addresses of where to get further information, studies, protocals, support groups or Doctors. It also has a suggested reading list for each treatment type. It really is the most complete I've seen, I use it in my wellness center every day. Thanks :-)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This extensive work has been a valuable reference tool both for myself and my clients. As a practitioner of holistic medicine, I work w/ persons who are interested in many different treatment options.The set up of the book, first into modalities, then divided by diagnoses/health topics makes it easy to use. A must have for all those whose search for healing takes them beyond the scope of services offered by their HMO.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Organic1 on October 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This encyclopedia of alternative medicine has everything you need to know. This guide is easy to understand and makes a perfect home reference book. It is extremley helpful if you are looking to learn more about alternative medicine.
I highly recommend Alternative Medicine : The Definitive Guide.
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