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Food: Your Miracle Medicine Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 1998


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reissue edition (May 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061013307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061013300
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Did you know that fish oil and collard greens block breast cancer? Brazil nuts can improve your mood? That contrary to popular belief, sugar actually mellows out most people? Carper's collection of culinary medicine is astounding. Based on research culled from prestigious scientific institutes around the world, Carper reports on what you ought and oughtn't to eat for ailments ranging from heart disease to cancer, strokes to depression and anxiety. It's pleasant to think of health as taking place in your kitchen instead of the doctor's office or hospital. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Columnist Carper ( Jean Carper's Total Nutrition Guide ) here provides preventive and antidotal foods for innumerable ailments: colic, gas, gallstones, cancer, ulcers, colds, asthma, osteoporosis and even headaches. Organized to be thumbed through readily, the book carries many catchy subheads jauntily: under "Coffee Calamity," readers will find the warning that caffeine may worsen gallstones; under "Milk Gone Sour," we learn that diarrhea can be an allergic reaction to cow's milk. Besides its practical applications, the book is interesting just for its facts, some familiar, some not: red wine, chocolate, cured meats, MSG, and even fava beans may spur headaches; tomatoes and other nightshade vegetables, some believe, bring on arthritis. And nursing mothers who consume garlic before feeding time will induce their infants to drink longer and better.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I find that it is very informative.
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I already have my own copy of this book and I purchased 3 more for some close friends.
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If you have an interest in nutrition I highly recommend this book.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is precisely what the public needs to escape the clutches of the drug industry! The material is well-ordered, well-organized, and gives vital and very helpful information for those seeking advice. I feel this book will do very much to bring the "wholistic" approach out of the realm of "eye of newt, wing of bat" where "normal" people often place natural remedies. Jean Carper, you have given us a big measure of respectability with many and frequent cites to scientific studies which confirm the tremendous values contained in plain old food! Thanks SO MUCH!
In a very wise, old book it is written, " . . . and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:2.
The buyer will get many times the purchase price in return from reading and heeding the advice given. My copy is a treasured addition to my library.
Ken Demster
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1998
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My mother, a 78 year old who has smoked heavily for over 40 years was diagnosed as having acute C.O.P.D. She was using a nebulizer 4 times a day, an inhaler as often, as well as an oral steroid. These "MEDICATIONS" had her high,"speeding" day and night. Between not sleeping,not being able to eat,skin problems,hardly being able to talk without difficulty,Not having strength or stamina enough to even walk without extreme fatigue, loss of her hair and still having to fight for every breath it was obvious to all of us she did not have much time left nor did she want much since her days were spent in extreme discomfort. Folks, my mother was dying and we were helpless. Our great medical community was and is helpless. My wife, seeing my deepening concern and feeling similarly suggested sending her Jean Carper's book. I felt even though I've been vegetarian for a long time and have influenced my mother a lot she would take the attitude of leaving her health (or lack of same) in her doctors (capable?) hands. Wendy sent her the book anyway. People, its been about 7 months since out of sheer desperation and having nowhere else to turn she read the book. She followed Jeans advice and began eating hot peppers. She now takes NO medication at all. All symtoms have gone the way her quality of life was going before Jeans book. I could go on and on but I think its enough to say, Jean you have saved my mothers life, nothing less.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2001
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It's packed with infomation about what to eat or drink and spices/herbs to use that are beneficial to your body. Some of the infomation in the book has are: It lists foods that may help prevent certain symptoms and problems, it lists disease-fighting powers in 60 common foods, it lists foods that are high in calcium, fiber, beta carotene and more. The books also goes on about how to use drugs in foods to stay healthy which I found very helpful since I don't use over-the-counter prescription such as tylenol
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By "taliaferro" on November 1, 1999
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I found this book for a friend who was having kidney problems and, intrigued, decided to look into it for myself. I am absolutely thrilled with what I've read, and am changing my entire eating program as a result. Jean Carper provides the reader with scientific facts in layman's terms, and uses a "thumbs up/thumbs down" system to debunk myths and provide further foundation for the true "miracle power" of food. She offers cardiovascular food cures, remedies for digestive troubles, cancer-fighting diets, foods to stave off depression, foods to prevent asthma. . .the list goes on and on. It leaves the reader with the realization that health is something we can *choose*. . .especially when armed with the knowledge Carper has given us.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1998
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This is book is research based and informative. She clearly presents what research has shown to help and to hinder various health conditions. There are also helpful lists at the back of the book that are good reference tools.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By djholmes@netusa1.net on January 1, 1998
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Jean Carper brings together information that took me seven years to conclude on my own (no thanks to doctors), and much, much more. I recommend this book often, and have received great feedback from friends with various ailments (cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.) This book is vegetarian friendly, a real plus.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erin on October 21, 2005
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Food: Your miracle medicine is yet another small paperback that's extremely afforable and packed to the brim with information. Sometimes the best things come in small packages; thankfully Carper's effort is no different.

Broken up into systems, such as cardiovascular and digestive, she covers the most basic of complaints with reasonable food and dietary suggestions. This isn't another one of those common sense guides just published to make a book, however, for there was plenty in here I didn't know, and that most people don't. An added bonus is much of this is backed by the latest research, amazing findings, and also personal experience. She has many guest quotes of experts throughout the text. Beyond that, it's very easy to understand, perfect for the beginner, and even perfect for nutritionists who just enjoy the journey of learning.

It all wraps up with food connections you should know about, such as the relationship findings between lupus and fish, a listing of calorie burning foods that promote healthy metabolism, and foods that stiffle the urge to cut the smoking habit. We even get a section on using drugs in foods to stay healthy, such as natural antibiotic sources, antidepressant, carminatives, etc.

While it may not be the ultimate nutritionist guide out there, the amazing effort to cram this much useful knowledge into such a small book is extraordinary. I see from the cover it was a New York Times best seller, and rightfully so. Great work here, something everyone needs to know, no matter where your interests lie. Not unrealistic or glitzy and glamrous, each section is backed up with enthusiasm, facts, and further resources for doing your own research.

Yet another affordable, small paperback back offers a wealth of knowledge.
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