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The Beginner's Guide to Natural Living [Kindle Edition]

Larry Cook
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Book Description

The Beginner's Guide to Natural Living is a straightforward, well-researched, comprehensive and easy to understand step-by-step guide to the hows and whys of nearly every aspect of natural living. This book is an inspiring wealth of information, and includes everything you need to know to implement lasting change in your life and your health.

Author Larry Cook, former publisher of two popular natural living magazines, has finally encapsulated his in-depth knowledge on natural living in book form. This book presents clear guidance on everything from what to eat—and what NOT to eat—to how to choose quality natural products, which supplements to use on a regular basis, how to chose a natural doctor, why to go to a holistic dentist, and why and how to detoxify your body. It should also inspire you to implement a confidence building exercise routine.
And just as important as the how is the why—the book provides a thought-provoking exposé of the pervasive, toxic manipulation of our food supply as well as an exploration of the realities of conventional medicine, which uses a disease management and drug therapy model while simultaneously suppressing the use of effective, all-natural treatment modalities. To help you further your education in all of these matters, a thorough list of book suggestions is provided throughout the book and collected in the Bibliography.

Larry's detailed explanations and generous advice (right down to shopping lists, recipes and meal plans) make this guide an absolute gem if you want to know where to begin to confidently change your lifestyle. Buy it today, follow his trustworthy guidance, and begin reaping the many rewards of living the natural lifestyle!

Editorial Reviews


Here is everything you need to know to implement life-changing, health conscious habits. From what to eat (or not eat) to how to choose quality natural products, which supplements to use on a regular basis, how to choose a natural doctor or holistic dentist, and why and how to detoxifiy your body, here is a wealth of knowledge and advice that will help readers reap the many rewards of living the natural lifestyle.

About the Author

Larry Cook became a passionate advocate for natural living after reading John Robbins' revolutionary book Diet for a New America. The book changed his life – he became a vegetarian, lost 40 pounds and had more energy than ever before. Larry’s success with this lifestyle and subsequent years of research inspired him to publish two magazines devoted to natural living. He hired writers to create custom articles on a wide variety of topics he was passionate about, including the manipulation of our food supply, natural medicine, holistic dentistry and environmental toxins, to name a few. The Natural Life News & Directory – launched in 2000 – now boasts a circulation of 12,000 in Bozeman, Montana, and the EcoVision Journal – launched in 2001 – enjoyed a wide, loyal readership in Seattle, Washington until it was sold in 2002. In both cities the magazines became a trusted authority on health, environmental and other natural lifestyle issues. Larry’s current book, The Beginner’s Guide to Natural Living, is an easy to assimilate encapsulation of the wide and detailed knowledge he published in his magazines. Larry studied video/film production and photography at Clover Park Vocational-Technical Institute in Tacoma, Washington, and received his bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In addition to serving as a tireless advocate for natural living, Larry is a photographer and works as a location sound mixer in the television industry in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3658 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0975536184
  • Publisher: EcoVision Communications (June 1, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PO5Z0U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginners's Guide to Natural Living September 23, 2005
By Gail
I just love this book...I found out about it through a friend & read it in one night, now I keep it on my nightstand as a reference guide. I am a want-a-be naturalist & I try my best. This book gives me the knowledge and inspiration to stay on track. I purchaed 6 more books for my 20 something kids and close friends. Alot of the knowledge in the book I already knew, reading it gave me the power to incorprate the basics into my daily life. I know that I will not go Vegan however I am much smarter about my choices...I think everyone should have this book and use it as a reference guide to healther living.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive book, with just one flaw... February 24, 2008
The Editorial Review says it so well: "The Beginner's Guide to Natural Living is a straightforward, well-researched, comprehensive and easy to understand step-by-step guide to the hows and whys of nearly every aspect of natural living. This book is an inspiring wealth of information, and includes everything you need to know to implement lasting change in your life and your health."

Yes! It's all that and more! It's AMAZINGLY well organized and informative. I've been dabbling in this subject for many years and am impressed that TBG covers all the important, relevant topics to give a broad, yet thorough understanding of how to make healthy livestyle choices.

I discovered the book when I was Googling "natural/holistic dentistry", a subject upon which not much helpful information seems to have been written. TBG offers 10 pages that succinctly and effectively cover all aspects of this topic.

So, what's the flaw?? No index!! For such an information-rich book as this, an index is an indispensible, reader-friendly tool for accessing information easily. Please include an index in the next edition, at which time, I will happily add another star!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Mom wasn't healthy, no huge degenerative disease like cancer...but just lots of little things adding up, memory loss, arthritis, pains here and there...And although she is interested in healthy ways, (and talks to me / is supportive about what I do and what I like...) she was hesitant to make any changes to her own old routines... So, I got my mom this book as an introduction to ways she can start to feel better. I had read it for myself, and although it was mostly things I knew (I've read a lot about health over the years) what i was impressed with is that it contained the components of health and nutrition that I've found to be most beneficial in my own experience of trial and error.

So I decided to get it for my mom, thinking that she most likely won't read it...and I'd just have to chalk it up to, "Oh well, I tried". So it came as a complete surprise that she -first of all- read it, and then was utterly ASTONISHED when I found out that she actually started implementing EVERY SINGLE suggestion in the book! :)

So then, I had to find out how it was able to make such an impact...So I was like "mom, I've told you how important getting omega oils is, like taking flax oil" she quickly quipped back "but you didn't tell me WHY!..." So, for whatever reason, the WAY in which this book was written combined with the practicality of the suggestions ...has changed my mom's health for the better. And further, has managed to shift her belief /inspired her to know that she now has an active ROLE in maintaining her own health (!) So pretty cool indeed...So, I'm actually writing this to say, thanks Mr. Cook! :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Beginner's Guide September 8, 2007
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I have been very interested in natural living for a while now, and slowly have been adding more and more components of it to my life. This book is a great comprehensive guide to many aspects of natural living. It gives specific examples of what to do and not to do, as well as specific product recommendations. He also has some recipes in the back of the book that I have tried and loved, and found very useful. I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in natural living.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is a fantastic roadmap for starting a healthy lifestyle. I learned many of the foods and household products I used had additives that are not safe, but it is a big task to change the things that we use everyday. The book introduced me to some great products and helpful resources for information. I like to research products before purchasing but I found that there isn't a lot of rating information about organic products. Larry's book is a fantastic "where to start and why" reference, one that you will use again and again.
This is the best book I have read for healthy living ideas that you can implement at your own pace. The improvement in my family's health confirms that The Beginner's Guide To Natural Living was a great investment! Danna B.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Introduction to Natural Living August 29, 2008
For those of you who are confused by conflicting health care data, I highly recommend The Beginner's Guide to Natural Living. I have been educating people about natural health for over 20 years and ever since this book came out, my job has been much easier. It provides the reader with easy-to-understand information on everything from how to (painlessly) transition to a better diet, how to find a good alternative care practitioner, how to find products to support you in making changes, and most importantly... WHY it's so good for you to do so. It even has pictures of many of the staples of a natural foods diet so you can bring the book with you to your local health food store to show them what you want.

If you've ever felt embarrassed by not knowing the difference between a naturopath and a homeopath, or between a vegetarian and a vegan, or what a tincture is or why it's best to clean your body, hair and teeth with natural products... this is your new bible!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to start
This is a great book to get if you're just starting out on a more natural and healthy lifestyle. The information in this book still holds true years later and I find myself going... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistent and informative
This book is well written. Everything is consistent with what we know today about additives, GMOs, organic etc. I really liked this book... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kathie Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars the Beginners guide to natural living
This book changed my life, I am so happy I order it through amazon, I am sure I will order more books soon
Published 18 months ago by kinsi farah
5.0 out of 5 stars It is just that, a guide for beginners, and a wonderful one at that.
I found this book to be incredibly insightful and eye-opening. Larry covers a vast array of topics, all of which contain very valuable information, and is sure to sight his... Read more
Published on September 13, 2011 by Taylor Frandsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic little book on how to live a healthy life
This little gem does a great job covering the basics needed to achieve and maintain good health from a natural health perspective: how to shop at a health food store, why to drink... Read more
Published on June 20, 2010 by Angela Agrios
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to get started
I recommend The Beginner's Guide to Natural Living to my patients because it encapsulates all the things I would want them to know at the outset: vibrant health comes from living a... Read more
Published on September 4, 2009 by Simon Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of great info
I was feeling very overwhelmed on my search to living a more natural lifestyle when I ran into this book. Read more
Published on August 20, 2009 by C. Blankenship
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Simple and Effective
As a Naturopathic Doctor, I appreciate Larry Cook's emphasis on the simplicity of eating a natural, whole foods diet as the foundation for optimal health.
Published on July 18, 2009 by Maggie Ney
5.0 out of 5 stars Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Straight forward information for those who want to live more naturally but might be confused or have no idea where to begin! Nice job!!
Published on July 17, 2009 by Dr. Holly Lucille
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Guide to Healthy Living
I've read many books over the last 40 years on nutrition and healthy living, and "The Beginner's Guide to Natural Living" is one of the very best. Read more
Published on February 15, 2009 by David Lundberg
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