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Disease Prevention and Treatment, 4th Edition Hardcover – June 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0965877756 ISBN-10: 0965877752 Edition: 4th
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"...one of the most consumer-friendly compilations on current integrative health approaches, empowering patients with knowledge..." -- Anti-Aging Medical News, Winter 2003

A "must have" for health care providers and consumers who are interested in an integrated approach to healing. -- Elisa Lottor, Ph.D., N.D., Board Certified Naturopathic Physician and author of Female and Forgetful

Everything from alternative medicine to the most innovative and current anti-aging therapies. Highly recommended! -- Nicholas Perricone, M.D., Author of the Wrinkle Cure and The Perricone Prescription

Like having a first-rate alternative physician at your disposal. -- Julian Whitaker, M.D., Whitaker Wellness Institute

This is the most comprehensive integrative medical reference guide in existence... This book belongs in every home. --Oz Garcia, M.S., Nutritionist and author Look and Feel Fabulous Forever

From the Publisher

Disease Prevention and Treatment is the only book of its kind that is an invaluable reference for the patient and physician alike. With the burgeoning growth of complementary therapies, both patient and practitioner need a qualified reference source that provides guidance on integrating the use of prescription medications with nutritional supplements and herbal preparations. This edition also opens the door to progressive therapies being used outside the U.S. to successfully prevent and treat the degenerative diseases of aging.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1666 pages
  • Publisher: Life Extension Foundation; 4th edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965877752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965877756
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.9 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth K. Ryan on July 18, 2003
There's a truth to the saying "knowledge is power". The more a person learns about the functions and dis-functions of their own body, the better chance they have of living a healthy life. But most people don't talk to their doctor or visit a hospital on a daily basis - so how would you know, for example, if your diet is not the best one for your gout.
By no means am I saying the "Disease Prevention and Treatment" book should replace your visits to the doctor - but it's an amazing source for medical knowledge.
Just about anything you need to know from preventing acne to treating cardiovascular disease can be found in this well written and easy to comprehend reference book. What I found most interesting is that Melanie Segala and The Life Extension Foundation are not biased when offering treatment advice. Both traditional treatments and therapies not yet accepted by mainstream medicine are explained as well as a comprehensive overview of the disease itself. All the information is backed up by years of scientific research.
If you care about living healthy, as opposed to just living, I highly recommend this book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2003
As a registered nurse and also a diabetic, I found the Fourth Edition to
contain an impressive amount of helpful information. I not only read the
chapter on Diabetes, but I also read several other chapters that are related
to health conditions that both my husband and I experience. I was very
impressed by the fact that the information was presented in a professional
manner and was substantiated by numerous recent scientific studies to refer
to for more specific information about the methods used and the findings
described. I plan to implement some of the information given in the Diabetes
chapter and to discuss other issues that might apply to my condition with my
doctor during my next visit. I have no reservations about encouraging
everyone to read the information in this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 8, 2003
Now in an updated and expanded fourth edition, Disease Prevention And Treatment from the Life Extension Foundation is an exhaustive, 1535-page encyclopedic style, "user friendly" resource compiling information drawn from research studies and the experiences of physicians worldwide. The "reader friendly" entries range from allergies, to thyroid disease, to scientific protocols that integrate mainstream and alternative medicine. Disease Prevention And Treatment is an impressive and strongly recommended resource for medical students, medical practitioners, and the non-professional general reader in need of quick and authoritative medical reference.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jean on May 29, 2008
I got this book with my initial subscription to Life Extension Foundation. It is an amazing source of health information and my husband and I (both over 50) refer to it over and over. I just had a copy sent to my sister as a birthday present as she was very interested after I told her about it. The book is formatted to present many, many common diseases and conditions in alphabetical order with a chapter on each (such as Asthma, Heart Disease, Thyroid problems, HIV, Hypertension just to name a few). For each subject, they talk about the symptoms, how diagnosis is done, what mainstream treatments are, what medications are used (plus pros and cons), and most importantly to me, what alternatives treatments are either currently being used, or, under investigation and gives sources so you can research it yourself. The chapter about blood testing is particularly interesting because it explains each test you see on your lab report in detail. Also, most labs print "normal" ranges that are not necessarily considered normal anymore and the book describes what LEF considers "normal", what the target should be, and why. The one thing that non-LEF member readers may find off-putting is that LEF products are often mentioned with info on how to buy them. [...] They do research that is not funded by food or drug companies and sell (high quality) supplements and products. I think everyone should have this book and at least take time to read about heart disease and hypertension.. two topics that are completely misrepresented by the FDA and food and drug industries these days.. take the time to update your knowledge on these important topics!
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DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT is a book that belongs in the library of everyone concerned about the state of health not only of the nation but also of each of us as individuals. While traditional medicine continues to raise the banners of the most sophisticated scientific investigation resulting in new machinery for treating critical illness that have indeed become robotic, physically distancing the doctor from the patient, and more and more drugs that flood the market and have become popular television commercials (complete with endless lists of the most terrifying side effects that would occur related by smiling satisfied patients tripping along the surf or enjoying senior status!), along comes this book that concentrates on preventive medicine. If we are going to correct the giant wall of Health Care failures in this country then the role of Health Emphasis and Preventive Medicine simply must become the focus.

In a very readable manner this book goes through the systems of the body, explaining how each works, offers current thoughts on the discrepancies of how to treat diseases, offers alternative ways of thinking about disease and health so that potential patients will be informed before they step in to the doctors' offices and have the ability to think clearly about the pros and cons of recommended treatments. It emphasizes diet and how to find the correct management of individual diets according to the manner in which the boy is reacting, exercise and what type is healthy and what type tears down the body, and how these factors influence the prevention of the factors that lead to diseased organ systems.

Published by Life Extension Media, the name of the publisher should be taken seriously. 'Life Extension' is another way of addressing health.
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