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A Physician Successfully Unites Medicine and Nature,
This review is from: A Physician's Guide to Natural Health Products That Work (Paperback)
I came across Dr. Howenstine's book, "A Physician's Guide," when researching for a Master's paper on holistic care. I was particularly interested in his opinion on holistic care from a medical perspective. Often holistic/homeopathic "authorities" cite remedies to diseases/ailments without having the medical background to know if they've given the right advice. This, unfortunately, can do more harm than good.
Dr. Howenstine breaks down his book into specific sections -- the first chapters discuss how certain foods and additives have affected our body's health. The remaining chapters discuss common diseases/ailments and holistic approaches to dealing with them. Topics covered include immune illnesses, heart disease, malignancies, mental disorders and men's/women's health issues. The final chapter deals with how to take natural products effectively. Throughout the book, Dr. Howenstine cites some interesting ancedotes from his personal practice to back his claims. He also suggests some great holistic alternatives to medicine, conveniently offering several companies which sell the products, including his own company, Natural Health Team.
I was intrigued by many of Dr. Howenstine's insights and was alarmed over how much our society is rife with harmful, overprocessed food. ("Nearly everything in a can, box, bottle or package has artifical fat and sugar.") Since reading his book, I have switched from using margarine to butter (the chemical contents of margarine are like a chemistry experiment gone awry), cut back on frozen convenience foods and take daily Flax Seed oil supplements.
The one downfall to this book is its editing. The book isn't as cohesive as it could be -- at times it jumps from subject to subject without solid transitions, making it a choppy read. Moreover, I wanted to read some of the literature Dr. Howenstine used in his research and was disappointed to find the lack of a bibligraphy or works cited section at the end of the book. However, the information Dr. Howenstine conveyed in his book was interesting enough for me to overlook the book's editorial flaws.
Overall, "A Physician's Guide" is good for someone wanting a crash course in the primary diseases/ailments today, and what you can do to prevent or mitigate them from a sound holistic perspective. Tired of the medical industry pumping drugs through our veins to solve everything, I found this book to be a refreshing alternative.
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Initial post: Jul 9, 2008 8:38:03 PM PDT
B. J Robbins says:
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2010 1:49:00 AM PDT
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Great Cook, Great Cook says:
Thank you B.J.Robbins, for your review on Howenstine.
Your absolutly right about him being a Quack, Fake..
He has been around for a long time with his Scare tactics.
I'm into health. I buy Organic food, I read all food labels, but this guy is nut case, and making allot of money..
He quotes the Bible, and does say, if any Women has had an Abortions she will Get Breast cancer, by 150% and up!
Howenstine is laughing all the way to the bank with everyones moneys.
I guess you can fool allot of the people most of the time!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2016 11:32:38 AM PST
Mark Brownstein says:
The words are a lot -- not allot. You may try to spell check these things before posting them.
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