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Textbook of Natural Medicine, 2e 2nd Edition
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President, SaluGenecists, Inc.
Editor, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal
President Emeritus, Bastyr University
Chair, Board of Directors, Institute for Functional Medicine
Seattle, WA 98165-1301
Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush' administration to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee in November 2002, is one of the world's leading authorities on science-based natural medicine. A physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesperson, Dr. Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University. He is Editor-in-Chief of Integrative Medicine: A Clinicians Journal, a member of the scientific review board of the Gateway for Cancer research and Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Licensed as a naturopathic physician in Washington State since 1975, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his academic, professional and public affairs leadership. Dr. Pizzorno is the co-author of the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine, the best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (1,000,000 copies in six languages), and six other books.
Additional information about Dr. Pizzorno can be found at www.drpizzorno.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Under the stewardship of Michael Murray and Joe Pizzorno, this edition provides guidance for practitioners and laypersons alike in the application of natural interventions in treating all manner of diseases and afflictions. As a naturopathic practitioner, I owe a debt of gratitude to Murray and Pizzorno, and to all of the contributors to this wonderful text. Such loving attention to the art and science of natural medicine must not go unrecognised.
Some have critcised previous editions for a lack of scientific rigour. If one is to refer to conventional medical texts from only a generation ago, they will find significant errors and outrageous claims. For a system of medicine with little-to-no corporate or government funding, naturopathy has performed extraordinarily well to achieve its current position - where the science exists, we detail it. Where it does not, we demand it. People must realise that in corporate, profit-driven healthcare, there are aspects of natural medicine that shall likely never be researched; this does not, however, invalidate them. Individuals must decide which is the most appropriate healthcare service for them...and then partake of it.
If you are a naturopathic clinician - I implore you...purchase this book. If you are a medico - invest in the future of medicine, and give yourself a head start among your colleagues. If you are a member of the public - buy this text, integrate it, and take charge of you and your family's health and destiny. Your wellness is your responsibility, and yours alone - the Textbook of Natural Medicine is here to help you realise that goal. A landmark publication for an age in desperate need of a more rational, more compassionate system of medicine.
The book cautions readers to prescribe therapeutically useful dosages and then in many cases suggests inadequate doses or too infrequent admnistration.
Irrelevant discussions, e.g. of how witches being burned at the stake during the inquisition relates to the role of women in modern medicine fill up a small but noticeable portion of the book.
Some of the material, such as that on heavy metal detoxification, is flat out wrong - and dangerously so. The editors did not ensure that contributors who proclaimed themselves experts in a field actually WERE experts.
With that all said, many effective therapies are suggested, much correct information is included, and most of the content is relevant. However it is up to the reader to go find OTHER sources and to collect the experiences of patients to sort out what it is in this book that works, and what does not. I'd say it is 70 or 80% accurate - a good place to start but certainly not the sole foundation for a medical practice that is going to make very many people well.
Health care professionals who read this book as a supplement to more traditional (and editorially mature) works will find much invaluable information that is not available elsewhere. Any type of physician would be well advised to read this book if they want to find new ways to help their patients solve problems that aren't amenable to the standard approaches.Read more ›
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My favorite textbook series ever!! I purchased this set for my PhD work. Never a better reference book!! Expensive and worth it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dr. Rebecca Stone
These texts are very useful for me. As a layman, I just like to have as much understanding as I can about natural medicine, and I try to do as much as I feel is "safe" for... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Donkey Lady
It's full of valuable information. I refer to it all the time. I recommend it to everybody interested in Natural Medicine.Published on May 27, 2013 by vicky
This textbook came highly recommended as the comprehensive, one book to own for people interested in Naturopathy. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
All one needs to know about this edition is that it has a chapter that promotes the practice of "unani medicine," the Islamized version of ancient Four Humors Theory -- the belief... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Reviewer
This is a one place stop for everybody interested in medicine. Consulting this exceptionally well referenced and compiled text became my first point of reference. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by C. Qu
Benedict Lust was an incredible pioneer of health. He himself was healed by Father Kneipp a priest, practitioner of hydrotherapy and hygienic diet. Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by T.R. Knox
An outstanding set of books!!! This set of books is by far, the best set of natural healing books I've found. Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by Suzanne from Murray Hill, NJ