There are 3 basic principles of the type of medicine discussed by Fife and others in this same field:
A. Get the good stuff in. Give your body the fuel and tools it needs to work at an optimum level. Good food, nutrients and all the proper vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Make sure you aren't deficient in any of the major nutrients as the different nutrients all work together.
B. Get the bad stuff out. Make sure your body can detoxify out all the toxic substances and toxic by-products of bodily processes properly. Stop as many toxins from getting in in the first place, and do a detoxification program to get rid of the ones you have. Stop doing or eating the things which cause inflammation and have a pro-oxidant effect, and so on.
C. Reduce your body's total load. The total load concept is that lessening the body's overall burden/work and stress level in one area, will improve health generally and improve the body's ability to heal because the body's total load (or burden) is lessened. Fixing one problem frees up bodily resources that can be then be used to help other parts of the body function getter or to heal. In other words, you need to look at the body as a whole in order to heal, and not just the one part of the body that is generating the most symptoms.
This book discusses subjects such as environmental pollution, nutrition, fasting, juicing, oxygen therapy and sauna therapy, enemas, exercise, and kidney and liver cleansing.
This book is helpful to some extent and quite good in parts, and of course the theories it talks about have a lot of merit and are very important to read about, but I found it nowhere near as detailed and thorough as the books and websites listed below. It was good in parts but nowhere near the best book available on this topic, in my opinion. It provides a very brief and simplified overview of the topic that may be and probably is very useful for newbies, but for those serious about this topic and dealing with serious disease it lacks depth and breadth.
It also lacks documentation to some extent.
To get good information on healing reactions and detoxification for free online, check out the website of Dr Lawrence Wilson. To read books on this topic see books by Dr Lawrence Wilson (the book on hair mineral analysis and the one titled Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing) and Dr Sherry Rogers (most especially Detoxify or Die).
These books contain not just far more detailed information on detoxification programs and sauna use, but also far more cautions and information on avoiding problems - which this book very much lacks.
This book also lacks any type of serious discussion of nutritional supplements and testing and the importance of correcting serious nutritional deficiencies BEFORE putting the body under the stress of a detoxification regime. This is a very serious oversight. Just eating well is not enough, especially if you have gut issues affecting nutrient absorption as most ill people do and especially if you have had these issues for many years, as many people have. This book needs a lot more focus on 'getting the good things in' through diet and also through supplements. Supplements are necessary where illness is long-term and severe and so this information is vital. Detoxification will not be very helpful and may even be dangerous if these gut issues and nutrient deficiencies aren't dealt with first.
(I also disagreed with Fife's opinion on the superiority of vegetarian diets, the 'dangers' of saturated fat and the recommendation of a high carbohydrate and lower calorie diet and comments about how eating sugar wont make you fat, but eating fat will. For more information on these topics I highly recommend Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage) and Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol. It turns out that 'calories in, calories out' is just plain wrong!)
Highlights in this book were the section on how nutritional deficiencies during different stages of pregnancy affect different organs in the foetus, the discussion of life expectancy vs. lifespan and how we have been misled on this issue, and why we need to boost our immune systems to beat super-bugs rather than focus on developing new drugs that the bugs can become resistant to. The 'real age tests' section was also interesting, as were the comments on healing reactions and the importance of healing fevers, and why homogenisation of milk is even more harmful than the pasteurisation of milk.
Fife writes, 'True life expectancy hasn't changed for 3000 years. People didn't die of old age at 45. Sanitation and less early childhood deaths has raised our life expectancy, but not our lifespan.'
This book is an excellent beginners guide and may do very well for those that are healthy and want to stay that way but it should not be the sole source of information for someone that is seriously ill and trying to regain their health as it lacks certain elements that are vitally important.
Far better Fife books to buy are his book on coconut oil The Coconut Oil Miracle (Previously published as The Healing Miracle of Coconut Oil) and his book on healing reactions titled The Healing Crisis, both of which are excellent.
BTW I'm writing all this as someone that that is slowly improving month by month from a very severe neurological disease - thanks in part to the work of Dr Rogers and Dr Wilson and others like them - that has left me housebound and almost entirely bedbound for many years. I wish so much I had had this information early on in my disease, rather than coming to it more than 10 years in. Healing is so much easier the earlier you start it.
Whether you choose this book or others on the topic what is important is that you read as much as you can about this type of medicine if you are ill as it really is the only way to really get yourself as well as you can be, and to prevent further problems arising.
Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E.
This has got to be the best book i have ever purchased on health,its complete and written in a way anyone can understand.i cant believe there is no previous reviews here already.This book should be compulsory reading in every school