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Take Control of Your Health [Paperback]

Dr Joseph Mercola
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  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Mercola.com (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970557418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970557414
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Take Control of Your Health book by Dr Mercola

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Control of Your Health 18 Jun 2011
By vinny
I found this book to be very illuminating on the subject of food combinations that match a body's metabolic type. It makes perfect sense to me and it works. Combining the food groups in the way Dr. Mercola suggest is more satisfying and energizing - a great way to achive and maintain your optimum weigt. I thouroughly recommend it!Take Control of Your Health
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take Control of your life. 8 April 2013
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I couldn't put the book down as soon as it arrived. it is amazing and full of such useful advice. I have already down loaded my Nutritional typing and will start to change my diet. This will be a constant source of information to me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful guide 2 Jun 2014
By wellsie
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I have found many good suggestions in this book, from dietary suggestions to how to make the most of the gym facilities
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware... 21 Mar 2010
By rachael_m - Published on Amazon.com
As mentioned by other 1 and 3 star reviewers, this book is basically a come-on for Mercola's website, his nutritional typing test and other products on his website, combined with some valid metabolic food typing information.
However, you won't find in the book the food charts corresponding to the protein type, the carb type (now called the veggie type on Mercola's website) and the mixed food type (some protein and carb). Why not? Because Mercola says in the book that the charts don't reproduce well in the book, so you have to go on-line to his website to find the charts. The on-line links Mercola provides in the book don't lead to the food charts, though. Maybe they did once upon a time, but not now (March 2010). I had to put the web addresses in a google search. If you do a search on Mercola's website for these links, you'll have to do a lot of round-abouting to finally stumble onto the right pages, as of March 2010.
The book should be stand alone. That is, I shouldn't have to go elsewhere to get the basic information that I'm looking to the book to provide. That's the main reason I gave the book a one-star. If the basic material changes that quickly that it won't stand the test of time and requires updating on a website fairly soon after publishing, then the data to me is suspect.
The book through Mercola's website sells for $19.97 plus shipping. You used to be able buy the book here on Amazon for cheaper than Mercola's website (I got my copy in 2008), but not anymore. On Amazon, you can only get it used and the cheapest copy I saw (as of March 2010) was $40. If you're set on buying the book, then do so through Mercola's website.
If you're serious about metabolic typing, then go to the source, William Wolcott, in his book (with Trish Fahey) called "The Metabolic Typing Diet." Mercola refers to it in his book and website, as do other authors promoting metabolic typing. Wolcott and Fahey, however, won't make you jump through hoops to get the information you need in their book.
Metabolic typing works well for some, but didn't for me. Good for information, but didn't prove well as a way of life. The material in "Healthy For Life" by Rachael & Richard Heller, and Diane Schwarzbein, MD's "Principle" and "Transition" books work for me much more handily.
To be fair, there's good info in Mercola's book, but the slippery way Mercola goes about presenting it diminishes the quality of his product as far as I'm concerned. I'm giving my copy away in a used book sale but wanted to write a review before I did so.
70 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Great Products 25 July 2008
By A. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Dr. Mercola's approach to be in charge of your own health has practically eliminated my trips to the doctor. I honestly can't remember the last time I needed to go in, other than for a regular teeth cleaning. I am also prescription drug free, and intend to stay that way. Dr. Mercola is unmarried, and completely devoted to his research, so he spends basically every living moment devoted to natural health. While it is true that Dr. Mercola recommends certain products from his web store, I have confidence that he has carefully researched them and chosen the best products available. (I mean, he has to support himself somehow, and his books and website are chock full of unique information on so very many topics which obviously takes a lot of time to do). As a busy Mom, I don't have time to do the extensive vetting process I once did when buying nutritional items so I really appreciate being able to get vitamins, etc from a trusted source. So I say, don't throw out the valuable information just cause you feel p*ssed about the self-product recommendations.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 13 Dec 2010
By ahyde - Published on Amazon.com
I only give the book 4 stars but I would give his clinic and nutrition plan 5 stars. My 3 1/2 yr old son has had numerous digestive issues and doctors are completely baffled by him. Once I implemented Dr. Mercola's nutrition plan for him of gluten-free, pasteurized dairy free, soy free, corn free diet his health turned around within 2-3 wks. I think one of the downfalls of the book is the meal suggestions... they aren't very realistic for little kids. That is something that you can adjust for your own personal preferences though. I have also been implementing his nutritional plan for myself and when I follow it closely I have NO food cravings for the first time in my life and I lost 10 pounds in the first 2 weeks. I love that you learn to truly listen to your own body through this plan.
39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource guide 24 April 2008
By Health Guru - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book from cover to cover and really liked how Dr. Mercola identifies the many factors that interfer with health maintenance. A person could read many books to obtain the same information. He does a nice job of explaining complex topics for example genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dr. Mercola makes it easy to understand important health issues. I also liked his resource guide and recommended readings. I thought he did a very thorough job. I went on to read many of the recommended books and found them to be helpful.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, one I believe we should all review 31 Oct 2009
By Susan Dorey - Published on Amazon.com
This book is filled with information on how the foods we eat can harm us or help us.

Explains how sugars cause damage to the body, why Gluten might be a problem certain people. Explains the importance of exercise and why aerobic exercise is not necessarily the best or only exercise we should do.

Although Dr. Mercola often refers to nutritional typing and charges $29.95 for a nutritional typing test you can still utilize the other information in this book if you choose that you do not want to spend the money on nutritional typing.

I believe this book contains basic information we all need to live life to it's fullest.
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