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The Rebellious Body Paperback – August 21, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Books; 1st edition (August 21, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306454025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306454028
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,186,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wittenberg is a registered nurse who maintains a private practice as a healer and teacher. Her own battle with environmental illness (EI) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) led to her exploration of these poorly understood conditions affecting millions of people. She takes a holistic approach to the causes of and treatments for EI/CFS and emphasizes the multiple causative factors of genetics, dietary regimens, environmental exposures, viruses, mental health, and lifestyle. Treatment options discussed range from traditional prescriptions for drugs to alternative therapies such as reiki. Each chapter concludes with a brief summary and endnotes. Appendixes list resources and possible excitants; a recommended reading list and glossary are also included. Written to encourage and empower those who have EI and CFS, as well as to educate health practitioners and family members, this work is a welcome addition to consumer health or alternative medicine collections where there is demand for information on EI/CFS.?Dixie Jones, Lousiana State Univ. Medical Ctr., Lib., Shreveport
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Those suffering from environmental illness or chronic fatigue syndrome receive a manual of self-care which tells how to identify environmental allergic reactions and how to avoid toxic and damaging substances in the environment. Chapters survey relationships between diet and immune functions and tell how to support the body's recovery process. -- Midwest Book Review

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
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I bought this book (one of many that I have bought and read) to try to gain new insight on chemical sensitivity and environmental illness. I have suffered from chemical sensitivities for three years now and through several interventions, mostly nutritional and avoidance, have improved measurably. I was hoping to find some new ideas that have proven helpful to others but I didn't find much new in this book. It's a very good book for readers new to the subject though and the personal stories are helpful.
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Very, very well written with a lot of useful and sympathetic information.
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More About the Author

Janice Strubbe Wittenberg grew up in the comfy town of Palo Alto, California, where any and everything seemed possible. She is author of the non-fiction book The Rebellious Body: Reclaim Your Life from Environmental Illness or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Plenum Publishers, 1996) and has co-written a forthcoming book, My Husband Is Under There Somewhere, about obsessive hoarding. The Worship of Walker Judson is her first novel. As a registered nurse, she spent thirty years working in mental health. These days, she resides in Aptos, California with her husband, John, two zany cats, hosts several beehives, and tends a flock of hilarious chickens.