In recent years the health world seems to have divided itself into two camps: traditional and alternative medicine. Taken only by itself, each side can seem equally myopic. One side appears to distrust anything that isn't discovered in a lab, while the other prefers to accept faith systems over treatments that can be shown to work. Intelligent Medicine
bridges the two warring camps as well as any book. While geared toward baby-boomers, the book provides an excellent once-over for anyone concerned about health and longevity. After all, baby-boomer breasts, prostates, and immune systems aren't any different from any others; they're just older than some and younger than others. Ronald Hoffman seems to go a little overboard in his recommendations of nutritional supplements for every possible complaint, but the fact that he owns a health-food store probably has something to do with that.
From Library Journal
Hoffman, a baby boomer and a holistic physician, combines the best of conventional medicine with the natural systems of healing to provide advice on everything from nutrition to acupuncture. His three-part guide contrasts with Isadore Rosenfeld's Dr. Rosenfeld's Guide to Alternative Medicine (LJ 12/96), which was designed to evaluate 26 different therapies. Instead, Hoffman begins with an overview of the "baby-boomer health legacy of sustaining health while minimizing decline." He then addresses the body's systems and targets specific health problems created by factors ranging from neglect to pollution. This work promotes an impressive array of treatment modalities. Excellent reference notes and a resource list for each body system cite books and periodicals, professional and support organizations, web sites, and health products. Highly recommended.?Rebecca Cress-Ingebo, Fordham Health Sciences Lib., Wright State Univ., Dayton, Ohio
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