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Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide for Treating Health Problems with Natural Remedies Including Diet and Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Bodywork, and More [Paperback]

James F. Balch , Mark Stengler
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12 Oct 2004
The all–in–one natural health resource your family can trust Dr. James Balch coauthored Prescription for Nutritional Healing, which became the first major popular guide to the healing power of foods and nutritional supplements, selling more than 8 million copies in all its editions. Now, Dr. Balch and Dr. Mark Stengler present a new natural health resource that you can′t afford to be without––a comprehensive reference of natural remedies for common ailments, including: ∗ acne ∗ allergies ∗ arthritis ∗ asthma ∗ back pain ∗ cancer ∗ depression ∗ fibromyalgia ∗ heart disease ∗ hypothyroidism ∗ influenza ∗ irritable bowel syndrome ∗ menopause ∗ osteoporosis ∗ stroke ∗ Syndrome X ∗ varicose veins, and more––almost 200 health problems and conditions in all. Prescription for Natural Cures provides a complete natural Rx for each condition, giving you a proven, natural, customized prescription that may include supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy, aromatherapy, Chinese medicine, hydrotherapy, bodywork, natural hormones, and other natural cures in addition to nutritional advice. Organized by problem from A to Z, this invaluable guide features: ∗ The unique Super Seven Prescriptions for each condition, which provide specific and practical remedies to help heal your problem. You have never seen natural health advice as helpful, targeted, and accessible as this ∗ Clear, authoritative guidance on dietary changes, healing foods, nutritional supplements, and recommended tests ∗ Easy–to–understand discussions of the symptoms and root causes of each health problem ∗ Down–to–earth descriptions of each natural remedy ∗ A resource guide to holistic practitioners This breakthrough book is indispensable if you want to get better––naturally

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (12 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471490881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471490883
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 20.9 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 938,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The all–in–one natural health resource your family can trust Dr. James Balch coauthored Prescription for Nutritional Healing, which became the first major popular guide to the healing power of foods and nutritional supplements, selling more than 8 million copies in all its editions. Now, Dr. Balch and Dr. Mark Stengler present a new natural health resource that you can′t afford to be without—a comprehensive reference of natural remedies for common ailments, including: acne allergies arthritis asthma back pain cancer depression fibromyalgia heart disease hypothyroidism influenza irritable bowel syndrome menopause osteoporosis stroke Syndrome X varicose veins, and more—almost 200 health problems and conditions in all. Prescription for Natural Cures provides a complete natural Rx for each condition, giving you a proven, natural, customized prescription that may include supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy, aromatherapy, Chinese medicine, hydrotherapy, bodywork, natural hormones, and other natural cures in addition to nutritional advice. Organized by problem from A to Z, this invaluable guide features: The unique Super Seven Prescriptions for each condition, which provide specific and practical remedies to help heal your problem. You have never seen natural health advice as helpful, targeted, and accessible as this Clear, authoritative guidance on dietary changes, healing foods, nutritional supplements, and recommended tests Easy–to–understand discussions of the symptoms and root causes of each health problem Down–to–earth descriptions of each natural remedy A resource guide to holistic practitioners This breakthrough book is indispensable if you want to get better—naturally

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JAMES F. BALCH, M.D., is one of the bestselling health book authors of all time with his coauthored landmark Prescription for Nutritional Healing, which was one of the first major books to show how food and supplements can improve health. He has made numerous appearances on TV and radio and regularly lectures around North America. Dr. Balch writes a monthly newsletter, Prescriptions for Healthy Living, which is read by 50,000 subscribers; he also has a weekly Internet radio program called Prescriptions for Healthy Living on wsradio.com. MARK STENGLER, N.D., is a licensed naturopathic doctor, author, and lecturer with expertise in nutrition, herbal therapy, vitamin therapy, homeopathy, and integrative medicine. He serves on a medical advisory committee for the Yale University Complementary Medicine Outcomes Research Project. An associate clinical professor at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Stengler is in private practice in La Jolla, California.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broaden your horizons 9 Sep 2006
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It might not be your health bible but it is certainly a good resource guide of holistic medicine. A book well worth considering for anyone serious about his or her wellbeing. The authors present an overview of basic alternative therapies, including nutrition (healing foods) and supplements, as well as traditional Chinese medicine. I think it is a good book for any open-minded person. Another, great book of similar subject matter is "Cure the Incurable" by Tombak. In fact these two books should be sold together as they support and complement each other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is yet another of those encyclopedia-type listings. This is a big book (700 pages) with the usual fatal flaw: it doesn't have any kind of integrating philosophy or central principle.

It is a sort of dictionary. At the end are 150 not very helpful pages attempting to address diet/nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupressure, bodywork, exercise and "natural" hormones. The first 500 pages cover, in alphabetic order, over a hundred conditions from Abscesses, Acne, Aging, AIDS to Varicose Veins, Warts and Yeast Infection. No attempt is made to link any of these conditions - for instance, Chinese Traditional Medicine knows that kidney is connected with bones, teeth, ears, and head hair.

Too many so-called health books are like this - ones on homeopathy and herbs too. They lack any focus on causation, there is no consideration of a unifying thread or starting point which, when addressed, could clear a number of seemingly different symptoms. (Homeopathy claims to do this but why, for example, is ignatia overwhelmingly given for just one symptom - grief?)

Those who have studied Chinese Traditional Medicine (CTM) understand my point. CTM looks for, and addresses, a root cause for all the symptoms presented by a specific person. Too many health books, just like the conventional medical system, see patients as a collection of parts, conditions or diagnoses, each separate item to be fixed by a different specialist or herb or nutritional supplement (or combinations), for example.

Although the book purports to list "root causes" for each condition, it doesn't really do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide 12 April 2009
By Michael Scott VINE VOICE
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I am a big fan of natural remedies as well as conventional medicine. This book does an excellent explanation of both natural (homeopathy) based medicine as well as the author has an interest in chinese medicine as well.

If you are concerned about your health in anyway then always visit your GP as the primary source of information but using this for everyday aches and pains is well worth a try.

The power of placebo! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A handy reference 13 Feb 2005
By Anil Minocha MD - Published on Amazon.com
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This user-friendly reference on natural healing and preventative strategies for a variety of ailments is based on the premise that body functioning is optimal when the foods ingested are as close as possible to their natural state. The physician-author believes (and lot of people endorse this view) that non-emergent and chronic ailments should be managed by holistic medical techniques, while using modern medicine as a useful adjunct, and not the other way around.

Each chapter is devoted to a health condition, and it is further subdivided into an overview of the disease, its root causes, symptoms and testing techniques. Treatment is divided into recommended foods and the foods to avoid, detoxification strategies as well as complimentary treatments including homeopathy, accupressure, stress reduction and aroma therapy.

Over 100 health conditions are discussed in this format! These include conditions as diverse as acne, high cholesterol, diarrhea, headache and sinusitis etc. Part II of the book reviews essentials of natural medicine including diet, nutrition, fasting, supplements, exercise etc. This is one thorough book to have around!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference for a Family, Excellent Policy for a Nation 18 Aug 2005
By Robert David STEELE Vivas - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the more recent (2004 versus 2000) and the more comprehensive of two books that I have bought and use, but I do recommend that the other book, Bill Gottlieb's "Alternative Cures" be bought at well.

This book distinguishes itself by routinely including, in addition to clearly laid out natural herbal prescriptions, what the options are that might be effective in Acupressure, Bodywork, Stress Reduction, Bach Flower Remedies, and Other Recommendations.

All informatioon has to be taken with a grain of salt, but I have found that by combining the recommendations from this book with those of Bill Gottlieb, I get a better over-all sense of where there is consensus, and I get a clearer picture of what natural cures to select from the broad range that both books recommend in different ways.

This is the better of the two books, but it is not sufficient to stand alone. The two together provide a superior meld of knowledge tailored to each individual reader's needs.
51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference 9 Mar 2005
By Loaiza - Published on Amazon.com
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It's no surprise that with the increasing costs of traditional medicine (not to mention the invasive nature of some treatments and the alarming side effects of most prescription drugs) many are turning to natural or alternative remedies. Balch and Stengler provide a great source of information on everything from herbs and other supplements to accupuncture and bodywork. For each condition listed in the book, the authors offer 7 super prescriptions (7 supplements). I've been using the remedies for lower back pain and I've found them very helpful.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basic book that you need in your home 30 Mar 2006
By Victoria Munoz Espin - Published on Amazon.com
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I received this book as a gift from a company who sell me vitamins. It is easy to understand and follow the prescriptions. It describes the treatment for many illness, recomended food, detoxification and also offers alternative cures using aromatherapy, homeopatic and acupressure. I love this book and If were possible I would give it more than five stars.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! 19 May 2006
By Candace Mike N Elmo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book you will use. this is a book you will want your doctor to read, preferably own. It will take the person who is not familiar w/ many alternative care methods and supplements and "baby step" you you through them w/out dumbing anything down or being tedious.

it is a wealth of good , easily referenced information

for those who are already well versed in alternative medicine..many chiropractor friends have this to refer to in order to best serve

their patients... it is top notch and once again EASY to read and understand.

I use it regularly and would not part w/ it !!!
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