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Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself Paperback – September 27, 2016
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“Effortless Healing will cause a simple revolution in your health. I have been a fan of Dr. Mercola’s work for many years and this book is the synthesis of his wisdom; it will help anyone feel better quickly.”
--Daniel G. Amen, MD, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and The Daniel Plan
“Dr. Mercola has been one of the leading teachers of health for a quarter century, and with this book he has done an admirable job of succinctly summarizing and making accessible to all, decades of accumulated knowledge. Those fortunate enough to read it will likely be rewarded with many extra years of health and life.”
--Ron Rosedale, MD, founder of Dr.Rosedale.com
“If you want to improve your health, embrace the simple but elegant recommendations of Dr. Mercola. He is consistently ahead of the rest of the medical community, and his approach is solid and based on state-of-the-art scientific evidence.”
--Richard Johnson, M.D., Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado, author of The Fat Switch
“Effortless Healing is a very worthwhile read not only for the public but also for healthcare practitioners, who need to be teaching their patients the importance of following the advice in this book. These pages contain foundational truths that are well-researched and have already been proven effective in patients by Dr. Mercola, by me, and by other practitioners. If people, especially those in the United States, would act upon the simple, do-able recommendations in this book, I predict that the incidence of obesity and most chronic diseases would drop dramatically. Read Effortless Healing and then apply its wisdom in your life so that you also can experience vitality and longevity!”
--W. Lee Cowden, MD, MD(H), Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine
“Dr. Mercola is a national, and indeed international, leader in the natural health and organic movements. His new book, Effortless Healing is essential reading for all health conscious and concerned Americans, giving us the information and inspiration we need to heal ourselves and revitalize public health.”
--Ronnie Cummins, Founder and Director, Organic Consumers Association
"A true visionary who champions freedom of thought, Dr. Mercola has empowered millions of people around the world to take control of their health with common sense advice. He makes it easy to understand why healing and staying well is something everyone can do safely, effectively, and naturally by simply making more conscious choices."
–Barbara Loe Fisher, Co-founder & President, National Vaccine Information Center
“Dr. Mercola’s latest book, Effortless Healing, will greatly expand the general public’s awareness about some of the latest concepts and challenges facing our food choices and our health. He shares one bit of valuable medical information after another and then expands it, and discusses how these suggestions can be more readily implemented and effortlessly expanded to improve the health of all Americans.”
--Doris J. Rapp, MD, environmental medical specialist and pediatric allergist
“In his latest book Effortless Healing, the father of modern nutrition provides a hands-on, easy-to-implement, and yes, effortless guide that empowers you to overcome disease and take charge of your health. Whether you want to lose fat fast, turn back the clock, or simply eat more vegetables, this book provides a comprehensive arsenal of tools to reach your goals, maintain optimal health, and become your very best self.”
--JJ Virgin, New York Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet and The Sugar Impact Diet
About the Author
Dr. Joseph Mercola is a passionate advocate of natural medicine, a wellness champion, and a visionary who has implemented much-needed changes to our current health care system. As a physician for twenty-five years, he treated thousands of patients at his wellness center outside of Chicago, and in 1997 he created the natural health website Mercola.com. A New York Times bestselling author, he has also appeared on national news media such as CNN, Fox News, ABC News, Today, CBS's Washington Unplugged, and The Dr. Oz Show.
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Dr. Mercola presents an approach to re-balancing your life that seemed to make sense to me. So I read the book and have been following the Healing Principles. It has only been one week and the results I have experienced are startling:
• Decreased cravings for sugar, processed foods, junk foods, etc.
• Decreased sluggishness.
• Increased energy - REALLY!
• Decreased stiffness in my joints.
• As a result of a calming to my negative emotions:
o I am more relaxed.
o Feel less stressed.
o Experience less overreactions to frustrations.
o Thyroid flare ups have been replaced with a calmer steadiness.
o There is an overall sense of wellness that can only be described as a deep and abiding feeling of bliss, happiness, or peace. I am not really able to find the right word. Whatever this euphoric feeling is, it is felt all the way to my marrow. And no, I am not taking mind altering drugs.
It is a risk to post this on Facebook because the next time I freak-out it is likely that someone will remind me that (in this post) I claimed to be a calmer, more loving, and more peaceful soul. That’s OK. Life is a journey!
The author mentions his impressive credentials, as someone qualified to talk on this subject. And he's right: "I have treated more than 25,000 patients as a physician, diligently reviewed a huge array of nutritional approaches, written two New York Times bestselling books, and built the most visited natural health website in the world." Dr Mercola points out that his website is looked at by 25 million people every month. Okay, okay, I am impressed! (The end of the book includes extensive notes to support the principles that the doctor states in each chapter.)
Dr Mercola started his career as a physician using traditional approaches, but he began to realize the effectiveness of natural therapies to treat patients: "I was thrilled to see so many people getting much better using diet and lifestyle modifications. I was so convinced by these outcomes that I decided to change my practice to natural medicine ..."What happened next was not so good financially for the doctor-- he lost three fourths of all his patients! To me, the author enhances his credibility when it's clear that he sacrificed a ton of money for something he believes in. That doesn't prove the doctor is right, but it does prove he puts his money where his mouth is.
The author writes in a very easy to follow fashion. For example the doctor includes a chart called "Healers vs. Hurters." In this chart he shows you what influences your ability to have a good night's sleep. As another example, when discussing one's weight, he shows a very simple chart showing you the body fat percentage for certain people--all the way from athletes to obese.
At first, I was baffled by Healing Principle # 5, "Enjoy the Sun and Get your Vitamin D." I was intrigued by the subject of this principle. Dr. Mercola notes that, "Just as plants need sunlight to grow you need sunlight to thrive." He explains further that "regular, sensible sun exposure dramatically lower your risk of cancer and heart disease and is the ideal way to get your vitamin D." Okay, now I see what the doctor means--the key is the word "sensible" sun exposure.
The author is extremely critical of processed foods: "A whopping 90% of the foods that Americans purchase every year are processed foods." Marketing agents "do a masterful job at making fast food foods and junk foods seem like a wise choice." He points out that the marketers are not telling you the full story. They neglect to mention that "You will pay a heavy price for consuming a terrible diet. The over consumption of these fake, overly processed foods is one of the major causes of a slew of chronic diseases in the United States." In particular, processed foods are chock full of sugar "which has been shown to have devastating effects on overall health in the form of insulin resistance."
√ All in all, EFFORTLESS HEALING is a convincing--indeed, a startling book. I found EFFORTLESS HEALING to be informative and clear--and sometimes a little scary. The author's credentials are impressive.
A number of years ago, I subscribed to Dr Mercola’s newsletter and every few weeks I receive information that is vital to help maintain a decent quality of life. This information however is seldom offered by most doctors. For example, Dr Mercola mentions in Effortless Healing that he was one of the first people to speak out against the use of silver mercury amalgam fillings in dentistry. Since then, I have had my own mercury fillings removed and many countries have banned the use of it. Dr Mercola has also communicated the detrimental effects of fluoride in our tap water, interviewing Christopher Bryson about the deception. We are literally been poisoned without choice or knowledge. For this reason, I admire the courage and dedication of Dr Mercola in his quest to educate the public about the real truth.
Effortless Healing addresses the concept of epigenetics- our lifestyle choices; the food that we eat, the supplements that we take and the exercise we pursue all play a fundamental role in our health. Through the choices we make, we can influence the role that genetics play in our health. This is liberating as we can literally change our health by knowing and making the right choice.
There is no doubt that so called diseases of civilization including asthma, hay fever, food allergies, lupus and high blood pressure are increasing year on year. This is incredible given the knowledge base, the billions of dollars devoted to science and the reported advances of Western medicine. Is there something not quite right when the problem is actually getting worse instead of better?
Maybe the solution is a little closer to home. One that doesn’t involve a life of consuming medication? Most people are unable to decipher clinical trial data. Most people don’t have the time to unearth the truth. Most people don’t have the courage to challenge the multibillion dollar health industry. For these reasons, the world needs Effortless Healing.