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The Source: Unleash Your Natural Energy, Power Up Your Health, and Feel 10 Years Younger Hardcover – September 23, 2008

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"Woody helped teach me integrative medicine, but I still took copious notes on his sensational 21-day program. Follow his 6 simple steps for healing your energy and you could feel more alive than ever before." -- Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., coauthor of You: Staying Young and You: On a Diet

"Woody Merrell, M.D., is the doctor of the future. And The Source is packed with exciting, health-enhancing secrets that you begin using immediately. Great stuff!" -- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"The Source is a must-read for anyone that wants to take their health and well-being to the next level. Dr. Merrell's focus on emotional fitness, dietary discipline, and exercise demonstrates that creating a balanced lifestyle isn't just about your health--it's about creating the foundation of a truly fulfilled and vital life." -- Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power

"In today's world, there are countless doctors that are specialists, but Woody really treats the patient first; not only the disease. His unique ability to bring together Eastern and Western philosophy creates what I call a whole healing, which is for the mind, body, and spirit. This book will open the door to understanding that we all deserve optimum health and how to achieve it." -- Donna Karan

"If you want to become healthier and also to transform your life, this book is for you. Dr. Woodson Merrell, one of America's leading pioneers in integrative medicine, is an utterly trustworthy guide. The Source is a rich resource -- good medicine, good science, and good sense." -- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and Reinventing Medicine

"I read this entire book in one sitting! I found I just didn't want to put it down. It really is a compelling read. Dr. Merrell's book reminds me why it's important to take care of our whole selves. The 21-Day Program is such a simple and empowering way to reconnect with your own source. I'm so thankful that Dr. Merrell put his wisdom into a book that I can refer to again and again." -- Cindy Crawford

"My old friend, Dr. Woodson Merrell, has written this fine book sharing the important and skillful strategies he's learned and developed in his 15 years at the forefront of integrative medicine. He's been an enormous help to me and many of my friends, and I'm sure he will be helpful to many others. Give this book a try." -- Richard Gere --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Woody helped teach me integrative medicine, but I still took copious notes on his sensational 21-day program. Follow his 6 simple steps for healing your energy and you could feel more alive than ever before."-- Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., coauthor of You: Staying Young and You: On a Diet

"Woody Merrell, M.D., is the doctor of the future. And The Source is packed with exciting, health-enhancing secrets that you begin using immediately. Great stuff!"-- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"The Source is a must-read for anyone that wants to take their health and well-being to the next level. Dr. Merrell's focus on emotional fitness, dietary discipline, and exercise demonstrates that creating a balanced lifestyle isn't just about your health--it's about creating the foundation of a truly fulfilled and vital life."-- Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power

"In today's world, there are countless doctors that are specialists, but Woody really treats the patient first; not only the disease. His unique ability to bring together Eastern and Western philosophy creates what I call a whole healing, which is for the mind, body, and spirit. This book will open the door to understanding that we all deserve optimum health and how to achieve it."-- Donna Karan

"If you want to become healthier and also to transform your life, this book is for you. Dr. Woodson Merrell, one of America's leading pioneers in integrative medicine, is an utterly trustworthy guide. The Source is a rich resource -- good medicine, good science, and good sense."-- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and Reinventing Medicine

"I read this entire book in one sitting! I found I just didn't want to put it down. It really is a compelling read. Dr. Merrell's book reminds me why it's important to take care of our whole selves. The 21-Day Program is such a simple and empowering way to reconnect with your own source. I'm so thankful that Dr. Merrell put his wisdom into a book that I can refer to again and again."-- Cindy Crawford

"My old friend, Dr. Woodson Merrell, has written this fine book sharing the important and skillful strategies he's learned and developed in his 15 years at the forefront of integrative medicine. He's been an enormous help to me and many of my friends, and I'm sure he will be helpful to many others. Give this book a try."-- Richard Gere --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416568166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416568162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You could read a book on New Thought and ditch this book. Most statements DO NOT have scientific backing or references and are portrayed in way to make it LOOK like he's using valid research but doesn't.

My main problem was with the diet and detoxification - he recommends foods such as soy and grains that are hormone disruptors and nutrient uptake inhibitors while at the same time having a detox program to remove them. He made a reference on how our ancestors used to use protein sparingly....who's ancestors I don't know - if we're talking pre-agriculture, and tribes of present day that live as their ancient ancestors did - high fats and protein were/are the staple and the cultivation of grains started the decline of health into modern day. I don't think he know the difference between organic/free range red meat and conventional and how the fat make up is completely different and it's cascading effect on the entire system. You can't categorize both in the same place. That's like saying grape flavored soda is the same as pure grape juice.

Let me save you some time - for all practical application, all this book says is...

Don't stress.
Stretch and work out.
Don't eat processed crap.
Stop using/consuming chemicals.
Pray to whatever higher power you believe in.

Do that for 21 days and I guarantee you'll feel better too.

The key isn't intellectualizing all of this or arguing if it's right or wrong or why or why it doesn't work - it's just about consistency. I think everybody knows this stuff, it's just tough to stick to it...maybe just by a book that teaches you how to stick to something.
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Book Review: The Source--A FirstLook Feature

Are you tired of feeling tired? About 75 million of us believe that we feel "extreme fatigue" while at work. An estimated 38% of the workforce really is tired, resulting in $100 billion of healthcare costs.

A newly published book, The Source: Unleash Your Natural Energy, Power Up Your Health, and Feel 10 Years Younger (Free Press, Sept 2008), written by Woodson Merrell, M.D.* with Kathleen Merrell*, explains that our bodies aren't designed to be simply energy consumers, but also energy creators. A beneficial book for those on a healing journey and wellness guide for everyone else, The Source helps the reader positively alter his life, become an energy producer--without the caffeine fix, and live a healthier life. Dr. Merrell writes that over the counter solutions to energy loss consumed as coffee, energy drinks, sleeping pills, and alertness drugs, do not address the sources of energy drain and they don't really rejuvenate the inner source of natural energy.
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I learned a lot reading The Source. I was able to understand complex chemical processes,such as how does the body create energy or how does the liver detox the body, because it's written in an entertaining style. I also liked the fact that it provides suggestions on how to improve your health using both Western as well as alternative medicine principles (so one can chose). As we learn about them, these suggestions are based on extensive research as well as Dr. Merrell's experience with his patients.
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After being diagnosed with a severe Vitamin D deficiency and several illnesses to go along with it, I bought this book and read it while I was being treated for the deficiency. A MUST read for everyone. Vit D deficiency is quite serious. The sun is our friend,not our enemy as we have been taught.Safety is important for sure,but you can get healthy doses of sun without the harm.Not getting some sun is harmful to your health! I've survived some awful diagnosis and reversed them thankfully.This book is a must read!
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As I began my chemotherapy treatment, I found book on CD's very relaxing, and grounding. 'The Source' will guide you to find your core strength, faith and begin the healing process. What a wonderful tool.
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The Source: Unleash Your Natural Energy, Power Up Your Health, and Feel 10 Years Younger
Review by Richard L. Weaver II, PhD.

Woodson Merrell's 383-page book, The Source: Unleash Your Natural Energy, Power Up Your Health, and Feel 10 Years Younger, is designed to break the fatigue cycle with a six-step 21-Day Plan for becoming an energy creator rather than an energy consumer (from the front jacket). The "Intregrative Medicine" approach (He blends into his practice aspects of foreign cultures' views on health, homeopathy, quantum physics, and spirituality to connect mind, body, heart, and spirit.) explained in Part I, "Transforming Energy: Six Ways to Reclaim Your Vitality (through mind, food, detoxification, exercise, rest, and spirit), is developed/applied in Part II, his "21 Days to Optimal Energy," in which he assists readers through a three-week program of detoxifying, energizing, and maximizing the body's energy output. Whether you follow his plan or not, the part of the book most interesting to me was Part III, "Menus and Recipes." These were created by Stefanie Bryn Sacks, M.S., who is a culinary nutritionist, and many of them looked incredibly appetizing. The book is well-written, contains excellent ideas, valuable research, and practical suggestions.
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