- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: EcoVision Communications (June 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0975536184
- ISBN-13: 978-0975536186
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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!
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! :)
On the other hand there are two BIG issues I had with it. Most of the information in the book was the exact same thing that is on the website the author has. The other issue I had was the author's insistence on living a completely "natural life".
While I DO think his suggestions are doable and even affordable for some people, the author has neglected to think of the big picture of human health and survival.
Hear me out. No doubt the food that most of us eat is sub par and we are constantly taking in toxins that were not in our lives 50 years ago. However, if we avoid these BAD things completely, what will be left of the human race in the future?
Said another way, if our food and our environment is changing (which it no doubt is), should we not change and ADAPT to it gradually. If we don't subject ourselves to some of the bad things that are in our environments now, we and our future generations will not be able to adapt when things inevitably get worse and our entire spicies will most likely die off.
Its kind of like the parents who clean every surface in there homes with bleach so that their kids won't get sick, only to realize that the kids get horribly sick when they finally leave the house and get around other people. Most of us understand that we need to subject our children to some "germs" so that their bodies can build up immunities to defend them from the things that get them sick.
The same thinking goes for our environment. No we aren't talking germs here. But we are talking toxins, that are everywhere and are not likely to go anywhere - ADAPT. Food that has been genetically engineered and is not likely to go anywhere - ADAPT to survive.
Does that mean we should all go out and eat junk food all the time? I don't think so, that would be too extreme. Just as living a completely "natural" life is too extreme. Balance in everything is the key to staying healthy.
Bottom line, the author doesn't take into account that while we may not like the changes that are occurring in our environment and in our food, it is unlikely that we will UNDO what has been done. So we need to make sure our bodies can adapt to it.
Living your life in a healthy bubble is ultimately NOT good for the human race as a whole in the long run.