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Intelligent Medicine : A Guide to Optimizing Health and Preventing Illness for the Baby-Boomer Generation Paperback – August 29, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (August 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684810824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684810829
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2001
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After my husband was diagnosed with hypertension, I surfed the web for more information and thought I was pretty well-versed until I read this book. Gives very in-depth and easily understandable explanations of complex terms and it provides an alternative or lifestlye therapy for most complaints. Divided into body sytems, i.e., endocrine, circulatory, respiratory. Gives in-depth information when he recommends dietary changes: for example, what too much salt does in the system and why it is a contributor to hypertension, why leafy greens are good for you and how they chemically help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Lots of information for those who keep up with health trends and are health-conscious. Edition was published in 1997, though, and with rapidly changing information, would like to see a revised edition. A little redundant, but overall, good.
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