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Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health Paperback – December 9, 2004
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Health can be defined in any number of ways, from the simple fact that you're not lying on a hospital bed to an overall sense of well-being and connectedness. One person may not feel healthy unless he's carrying around mounds of gym-built muscle, while another doesn't feel healthy unless she's eating an intestine-scrubbing macrobiotic diet and practicing an hour of yoga each day.
Dr. Andrew Weil looks at every aspect of health in Natural Health, Natural Medicine. He's quite cynical about bodybuilding and the emphasis on protein in our diets, while making a strong case for paying more attention to the way we breathe and the degree to which we interact with family, community, and nature. An interesting--but, unfortunately, short--section on loving says that most people have no idea what to do when they fall out of romantic love with a partner, which helps explain the high divorce rate.
Other sections of the book focus on healthy self-care practices ("nasal douching" is recommended for sinus sufferers), supplements (he believes most benefits that seem to come from these are placebo responses), and natural home remedies for an A-to-Z list of problems (the section on depression states that people experience low mood because they constantly seek highs; eliminate the quest for highs, and you eliminate the rebound experience of lows).
Many regard this book as the bible of natural healing; but even those who are on the fence about alternative medicine should find it to be an entertaining, informative, and highly opinionated beginner's guide to achieving better health without conventional medicine. --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Weil, a believer in alternative, preventive medicine, provides basic fitness information and advises readers on herbal home remedies for common ailments. "Although he is justifiably quick to call certain conditions--chronic fatigue syndrome, candidiasis, hypoglycemia--faddishly inflated in presumed severity and consequences . . . some of Weil's positions are controversial," said PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Avoid the hard cover. Amazon doesn't know the difference in editions.
I expected it to more thoroughly expand on his terrific but fairly routine website info. I need more extensive discussion of health issues that concern me.
I would say "don't waste your money on this book", because there is not much in it that isn't already on the website.