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  • Series: Prescription for Nutritional Healing
  • Paperback: 904 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 5 Rev Upd edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583334009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (536 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Phyllis Balch was author of the bestselling Prescription for Nutritional Healing, as well as of Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements, and Prescription for Herbal Healing.

Customer Reviews

The book is easy to use and very informative.
carolyn Howe
Its a really good reference book and has many listed ailments with recommened vitamin & herb remedies.
michael
I have purchased previous editions of this reference book over the years.
Texas Dude

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1,122 of 1,220 people found the following review helpful By S. Castellano on December 4, 2010
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there is a ton of information in this book about remedies for various ailments, which is why i was tempted to keep it. however, every time i turned a page, i stumbled on more outdated, cringe-inducing, food-pyramid-era misinformation, such as, saturated fats like coconut oil increase your risk of heart attack, and you should have corn oil or canola oil instead. (seriously?!) it doesn't recommend sucralose (splenda), but says it's "metabolically inert" and would work well for diabetics. no mention of the fact that this stuff was originally meant to be a pesticide. oh, and go ahead and eat that plastic "food" -- margarine in a tub -- because we wouldn't want to get fat on butter...and while you're at it, stock up on low-fat dairy products (made by those nice food manufacturers), which have had all the nutrients sucked out of them. if the author had taken the time to look into the latest nutritional research, she would realize all of this "common knowledge" was basically propaganda that is now being debunked. coconut oil, for example, is one of the best foods you can give your body, but the corn oil industry was responsible for vilifying it to beef up their own profits. all the research is out there, but despite the fact that this is the "updated" 2010 edition, you're not going to get anything cutting-edge here. expect more of the same old regurgitated B.S. we've been fed for the past several decades, information that has served to make us a nation of fat, sick, misinformed people. a book that presents itself as the gold standard of nutritional healing can't get up to speed with information i can find in a simple google search? that's either laziness, or more propaganda. either way, i rate that a fail.
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248 of 276 people found the following review helpful By D. Minton on May 9, 2012
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I looked up a condition called "interstitial cystitis" in the version of this book that I found today at the local health food store. I was horrified to see that the recommendations given for treating this condition were exactly the same as for cystitis caused by a bacterial infection. This could not be more wrong, or dangerous. As an R.N. and sufferer of interstitial cystitis, I can tell you that it is a well known fact that cranberry, Vitamin C, and certain B vitamins are absolutely contraindicated as they will greatly intensify the bladder pain in an already damaged bladder due to high acidity. On the contrary, the goal is to de-acidify the urine so that it is not harmed more than it already is. I can't help but wonder if there are more grave errors in this book.
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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful By S.A. on October 2, 2012
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I have used these desk-reference manuals for many years. It was a doctor who recommended that I get one and she was right. My current copy is '93, so it was time for a new one. Every recommendation I've ever used from this manual has worked perfectly. When I got the new one, however, I noticed some issues and a significant error.

I bought it specifically to get the most current information on thyroid issues. I noticed that under the disorder Hypothyroidism in the Considerations section, it says "see Wilson's Disease in Rare Disorders in Part Two." Hmmm. There are some issues with that.

There is no mention of a Rare Disorders section in the index at the front of the book, not on its own, nor as a section within Part Two. No mention of it at all.

First of all, the layout of the page headings in this version is horrible. In prior versions each separate disorder was in obvious bold print with dividing lines above and beneath that made the heading clearly distinguishable from the rest of the text, which makes it much easier and quicker to find. But in this new version, it is very difficult to read and takes significantly more time to actually find what you're looking for. Each disorder is just in small print that seems to be bold type but it is so slight you can't even tell at first. As if that's not enough, it is almost impossible to find Rare Disorders (with poor layout and no clear headings) which is just a small section within The Disorders section in Part Two, and is only noted by just a small print area at the top of the page with no distinction on the page itself to determine where the Rare Disorders start and end as separated from The Disorders general section.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Qu on October 27, 2014
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I bought this book expecting to see a quick summary of natural remedies per condition. Like a bullet point outline of how each of them would help patients to control their condition. Something like a `materia medica' of natural remedies. So if you have, say sore throat or suffer from gout you can quickly find a link to remedies. After all, the authors managed to pack 400 conditions into a 700 page book, it looks promising, right?

Wrong. This books fails miserably. Let me have a close look at its structure and content.

STRUCTURE

Each of about 400 sections consists of roughly equal three parts.

Part 1: General description of the condition.

Most of what I scanned through is too general to get anything useful of this. Opening a Wikipedia page will give you a better idea if you do not know what e.g. uterine fibroids are. So taking into account that this ½ pager is dedicated to describing a condition, how does it make you feel when the authors waste it with a generic copy and paste like:

"It is estimated that 20 to 50 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all diagnosed. In more than 99 percent of fibroid cases, the tumors are benign; they are not associated with cancer and do not increase a woman's risk for uterine cancer. For reasons not yet understood, they tend to form during a woman's late thirties and early forties, and then shrink after menopause. This would seem to suggest that estrogen is involved in the process. However, while all women produce estrogen, only some develop fibroid tumors." (p.433)

Remember the space is golden here. And this empty discussion of irrelevant epidemiology and other irrelevant to this volume points just carries on like a page filler.
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Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, was a leading nutritional counselor and advocate of natural therapies for more than two decades and spent more than twenty-five years researching natural approaches to health and healing.

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