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The Immune Advantage

Cut your risk of all major disease by at least 20 percent.

Nothing science has discovered can match the power and effectiveness of your immune system-- when it is operating at full capacity. That's why boosting your immune system is the single most important thing you can do for your health.

The Immune Advantage brings you the newest, most comprehensive information on how you can activate the healer within and learn how to:

* Prevent colds and flu all year long
* Guard against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
* Overcome allergies and environmental toxins
* Avoid the pain of arthritis
* Boost your energy to new levels
* Activate the top immune boosters and duck the immune busters
* Nourish your immune system with 50 delicious recipes
* Ignite your immune system with Dr. Berndtson's patient-tested MaxImmunity Plan
* Tap into the source of stress reduction and emotional wellness
* Take advantage of the immune-boosting secrets of more than 95 experts including herbalists, nutritionists, M.D.'s, and alternative practitioners

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Part 1

What You Should Know
The Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Health

Genes surely are a part of the answer. But even genes no longer mean that we must be passive victims of fate. Today, we can measure our risk of getting various diseases that may run in our families and take practical steps to avoid them or lessen their effect. Some of these steps are as simple as avoiding certain foods and environmental toxins, and periodically scheduling screening tests.

In addition to using knowledge of our genetic risk factors to safeguard our health, there are many other aspects of health that are in our own hands. In fact, there is nothing more powerful than the potential weapons of wellness that lie within us all. We are all born with an extraordinary system of immunity that serves as a natural defense against bacteria, viruses, and other invaders. Your family tree may tell you a lot, but scientists now say that the strength of your immune system depends on your choices: eating well, exercising, reducing stress, and even taking a moment, perhaps, to say a prayer or simply think about the good things in life. It's that basic. That's why we believe that boosting your immune system is the most important thing you can do for your health.

If you take away nothing else from reading this book, remember this: You can take charge of your health and make simple lifestyle changes that might have a crucial effect on the quality--and perhaps even the length--of your life. Researchers say that it's never too late to empower your immune system. Scientists have proved that people who take steps to eat healthfully show huge improvements in their daily lives, and that exercise is a kind of elixir of youth--a dramatic means of rejuvenating muscles and overall strength. And as you adjust your lifestyle to lower your risk of getting life-shortening diseases such as cancer and heart disease, you will increase your odds of living to a ripe old age. You may not have been able to select your genes, but you certainly can make lifestyle choices that will put your health in your own hands.

Learn How to Take Command of Your Health

To understand how your immune system works, think of it as a national defense system. Imagine your cells as the soldiers gearing up for battle to defend against and attack invading germs and viruses. At all times, your immune system operates as a powerful defense, shielding you from the most common cold and the most deadly cancer. It is a magnificent machine that works with military timing, with trillions of cells throughout your body moving in harmony through cooperation and communication.

Yet despite the awe-inspiring efficiency with which our immune systems work, they can also use our help. This book will show you how to increase your defenses with the Top 20 Immune Boosters, and what to avoid with the Top 10 Immune Busters. How easy it will be to display a rainbow of fruits and vegetables on your dinner plate--a delicious way of making sure that you and your family consume the rich combination of phytochemicals that your immune system craves to protect it from the assault of free radicals. You'll find out why it is so critical to wash your hands frequently, yet avoid common antibacterial products. We'll show you how to protect yourself from environmental hazards that can weaken your immune system--including steps as simple as washing your new clothes before wearing them. And you will find out why parking your car at the far end of the lot and taking the stairs to the office restroom on another floor will add years to your life.

In fact, we'll supply you with dozens of simple strategies that will help you live longer, including the most important supplements to take, the most promising stress-relieving techniques, and some top exercises to boost your overall health and immunity. And if you should experience health problems--perhaps you come down with the flu or pneumonia, get a sexually transmitted disease, or experience chronic fatigue--we'll show you how to work with your immune system so that your body best uses its innate healing ability to make you well once again.

Sometimes, your immune system can become confused and attack itself. In this book, you will learn how to care for yourself and your family when dealing with autoimmune disorders such as insulin-dependent diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (January 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579543553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579543556
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on December 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
Part One of this detailed study deals with the structure of the immune system, the immunity-aging connection and the balance of the system.
Part Two provides the keys to a strong immune system. These include techniques for enhancing immunity with mind power. The top 5 of the authors' Top 20 Immune Boosters consist of: 1.Eating 9 to 10 fruit and vegetable servings per day; 2.Taking supplements regularly; 3. Working out; 4. Getting 8 hours' sleep every day; 5. Ensuring psychological health via balanced emotions.
Part Three deals with the prevention and treatment of immune-related diseases like colds and flu, allergies, cancer, HIV & AIDS, infectious diseases and auto-immune diseases.
The MaxImmune Plan is given in Part Four; it consists of diet, supplementation, exercise and stress relief techniques.
Part Five, Immune Resources, includes 50 delicious recipes, discusses super-immunity ingredients and foods to avoid and provides safe use guidelines or supplements, essential oils and herbs.
There are black and white illustrations in the exercise section and the book includes an index and a list of resources with the details of relevant organisations and their websites.
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By J. Healey on December 9, 2002
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Great format, great info, very readable. I've been doing my own personal health research for a year or two now, and this book seems to incorporate the best of everything I've come across. It gives equal weight to diet, exercise, complementary/alternative medicine, stress reduction, etc. It even has a section of recipes. This will be a book I refer back to for many years to come.
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I bought this book with a lot of eagerness to learn new and exciting secrets to boost the immune system, however, all I found was the same basic information that has been touted by millions and millions of doctors (and quasi-doctors) for many years; namely: eat right (fruits, veggies, whole wheat, more fish, less bad fats, more good fats, etc.,)exercise, and live a happy, stress-free life. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, I mean, if there had been any new, fascinating advances in this area, I'm sure it would have been all over the news, so why I expected to find anything but recycled advice is beyond me. Quite frankly, I catolog these among my light and fluffly collection. Not much depth to it at all!
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By A Customer on August 26, 2002
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"The Immune Advantage" should be required reading for anyone embarking on a diet or lifestyle change. The information is presented in an easily readable, conversational format and stresses commonsense knowledge we often ignore in our fast-paced world: good foods are often the simplest foods; sleep heals; exercise sharpens not only our bodies but our brains.
Ellen Mazo's information is solidly researched and well organized. And the recipes are a major plus!
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