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From Library Journal

Written by a naturopath (Zand), a medical doctor (Allan Spreen), and a registered pharmacist (James B. LaValle), this book demonstrates how conventional and alternative medicine can work together to provide optimum health. The first part of the book describes different treatment modalitiesAconventional medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupressure, Bach flower remedies, aromatherapy, nutrition, and nutritional supplementsAand how they work. Part 2 provides an alphabetical listing of common health problems, ranging from athlete's foot to vertigo. Each entry includes a brief description of the ailment and treatment recommendations. The third section covers therapies and procedures, from locating acupressure points and doing breast self-examination to relaxation techniques and preparing herbal treatments. The book concludes with product information. Aside from too few illustrations, this book is flawless. Highly recommended for mid- and large-sized libraries as well as smaller libraries wishing to increase holdings in this genre.AValeria Long, Amberg Health Sciences Lib., Grand Rapids, MI
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A particularly comprehensive, well-laid-out addition to the spate of recent guides to medical and alternative health resources. This covers conventional medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, acupressure, aromatherapy, and therapeutic nutritional measures. Naturopath Zand (also trained in Oriental medicine and acupuncture), physician Spreen (whose particular interest is nutrition as therapy), and pharmacologist LaValle explain the history and philosophy underlying each therapeutic modality. Dr. Edward Bach's system of flower remedies originated at the turn of the century, for instance, on the theory that ``physical problems were secondary to emotional problemsthat physical illness was a manifestation of emotional imbalance.''. Then, for each of an exhaustive list of illsranging in severity from black eyes to melanomathe authors provide comprehensive suggestions for help. For instance, Lyme and other tick-borne diseases must be treated by conventional medicine with antibiotics first of all, but dietary measures will help (high fluid intake, plenty of well-cooked whole grains and fresh vegetables), calcium and magnesium supplements may help relieve achiness; and possible herbal supports include cat's claw, garlic, goldenseal, and oregano. There are appropriate cautions throughoutthese together with the wealth of possibilities make clear the need for the assistance of a knowledgeable health practitioner. Thorough and understandable, this is a useful all-purpose reference. (First printing of 100,000; $250,000 ad/promo) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1 edition (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895298678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895298676
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael S. Urvan on January 1, 2005
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Of all the medical books that I have read over the years, this is by far the best book I have seen. It explains the treatment options for all sides, Conventional Medicine, Dietary, Vitamins and Minerals recommendations, Herbal Treatment, Homeopathy, Accupressure, and Prevention. It is a pretty large, thick book with average sized text and little wasted space. It has a great deal of information and they do an excellent job of presenting the information. Most other books seriously fail in one of several areas: Accuracy and depth of information, ability to present the information in an easily understandable form, and ability to present the information in an applicable form. Many other books fail to mention herbs or vitamins that I know to have benefit for a particular ailment, while mentioning other herbs or vitamins that in my experience have little or no effect on an ailment. This book is the most accurate book I have yet to see, based on my own experience with herbs and vitamins, and online research. This book has an excelent organization, it presents the information as 'treatments' for each ailment or disease. The book breaks down each of the treatment options in their own subsections underneath each ailment or disease. By ailment or disease I mean it covers not only allergies, heartburn, insomnia, and stress, but it also lists Diabetes, Cirrhosis, HIV, Meningitis, Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis, and Rosacea among many other diseases. For each and every ailment or disease, it typically has a half-page general overview of each disease (what the disease is, how it works), and then it has the treatment sections (Conventional Medicine, Dietary/Vitamins, Herbal Treatment, and Homeopathy and Accupressure, etc).Read more ›
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I'm a fan of books about health, and have quite a large collection. This has quickly become one of my favorites, due to its well-balanced combination of traditional (allopathic) and alternative medical advice. It's unique in this way-most other health books are either all alternative, or all traditional (despite the fact that the majority of Americans are combining the two approaches). I consider this book an information integrator that helps me see all our choices for health and wellness, to weigh the merits of very different approaches and make informed decisions. It will be under the Christmas tree for many of my friends and loved ones this year.
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We have both this book and the Healthier Child book. They are now dog eared from being used so much. Very well written in a format that is easy to use. I recommend this to everyone. It has saved us a lot of money on doctor visits!
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By A Customer on June 28, 1999
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Dr. Zand has done it again!! Dr. Zand, a naturopath, has teamed up with Allan Spreen, an MD, and James LaValle, a pharmacist, to offer the bridge between conventional western medicine and natural medicine that so many of us are eager to cross. Incredibly thorough, amazingly concise, Smart Medicine for Healthier Living delivers valuable information in an open, thoughtful manner that is encouraging for the beginner as well mentally stimulating for veteran students and users of complimentary medicine.
In the first segment of this three-part book, the authors give a "nuts and bolts" description of various natural and conventional healing modalities, such as conventional drug therapy, aromatherapy, nutrition and acupressure, just to name a few. Part two offers an extensive list of common health problems, listed alphabetically, along with the ideal drug, herbal, nutritional, and homeopathic remedies to treat each complaint. Part three discusses how to apply different therapies and procedures, both natural and conventional, such as administering an acupressure treatment, or taking your temperature. This book is as easy to use as it is informative and engaging. It is simply a must for every one who wants to create a healthier life!
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I am a nurse (RN) and I just love this book (also the one for Healthier Children)
It gives you the traditional (allopathic) treatment that you can expect if you go to the dr.
and alternatives - including diet and supplements to treat your ailments.
It even includes things such as aromatherapy and body work.
Just a great resource to have on hand.
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I got this book and the one for our kids, my husband woke up with a stye in his eye a couple of days after receiving this book. He wanted to run to the Dr., I asked him to wait and followed the instructions the book provided, i like how it gave us many different ways to treat it. I used the homeopathic way and in a day and a half it was gone, it went from this horrible red, bloodshot eye to normal!!Amamzing, my mainstrean husband was very impressed. I really enjoy this book it gives me the power to heal our aliments in a healthy way and I save on the co-pays at the dr. office:)
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I am currently on my second copy of this book. My first one literally fell apart from so much use! This is a great resource for looking at different treatment options for a wide range of health issues. Among the different treatment methods are: conventional medicine, homeopathy, herbal remedies, acupressure, nutritional suggestions, and general recommendations. I have used this book time and again to put together successful treatment plans for my family and myself, using a combination of the methods provided. I have gifted this book to friends, and I also highly recommend this author's companion book, "Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child". It is similarly structured as this book, but the information is tailored for little ones where necessary, like dosage amount.
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