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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1st Revised edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0658012193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0658012198
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Replenish, refresh, and revive your body with Dr. Baker's breakthrough program found in Detoxification and Healing

Reviews from the first edition:

"Detoxification and Healing is at the leading edge of its field . . . destined, I believe, to move into the mainstream of medical practice treating toxins and their link to immunology and neurobiology . . . a pioneering opus of great importance."
--Charles Lee Remington, Lecturer and Professor Emeritus in Biology and Environmental Studies, Yale University

"Dr. Sidney Baker begins the journey of understanding preventive medicine by introducing us to detoxification and healing . . . foreshadows an era of looking at health as a balance of internal and external chemistries, signals, and systems."
--Lloyd R. Saberski, M.D., Director, Yale University Center for Pain Management, and Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food with the natural detox program found in Dr. Sidney MacDonald Baker's bestselling Detoxification and Healing. Updated to prescribe simple, step-by-step treatments to alleviate your ailments, Dr. Baker arms you with immediate actions to take to start cleansing your body of harmful toxins . . . today!

The new and revised edition of Detoxification and Healing features:

  • Detailed information on medications, vitamins, and mineral supplements, including exact dosages and frequency
  • Frequently misdiagnosed food allergies and drug reactions
  • New information on gluten allergies, mercury poisoning, and the harmful effects of aluminum
  • And much more

Sidney MacDonald Baker, M.D., is a practicing physician, board-certified in obstetrics and pediatrics, with a special interest in the environmental and biochemical aspects of the chronic health problems of children and adults.

About the Author

Dr. Sidney MacDonald Baker is a practicing physician, board-certified in obstetrics and pediatrics. He has taught at Yale Medical School and Southern Connecticut State University.

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This book is truly one of the best health books I've ever read, highly recommended. I absolutely loved his way of explaining things. It takes a lot of knowledge and experience to explain several subjects so effortlessly and easy as he does, but also, he comes across as a very wise "mother." In standard textbooks, many of the basics of biochemistry and immunology are explained in a very dried and complicated fashion, which leaves a bitter taste to the subjects. But in this book, that is definitely not the case. His explanations are very clear and enjoyable, sharing his experiences with patients, which gives a lot of food for thought. Also, basic understanding of immunology and biochemistry is a key for understanding the body's detoxification system in order to make wiser choices for our health and well being. This book should really be a must read for everybody.
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Of dozens of similar books on health, I have come across nothing else that come close to the value and relevance of Dr Sidney M.Baker. His book on Circadian rhythms has certainly saved my son's health.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 18 Feb. 2005
By Charles Andrew Wingard - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book was going to be more about detoxification through nutrition. Instead, it's about supplements you can take to alleviate nutritional deficencies. Baker does do a super job of showing the food/body/ health connection. He also clearly illustrates how all the body's systems and functions are connected and dependent on one another. This book is much more open minded and thoughtful in the art of healing than modern medicine, which refuses to admit that diet affects your health. It's a pretty good book but I wish he spent more time on actual foods than supplements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slim, Easy to Read, To the Point 15 Mar. 2010
By Harrison Koehli - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Sidney Baker has written a remarkable book. This thin volume packs in so much useful information, it's hard to believe it is only 200 pages. Perhaps this has something to do with his integrative approach to chronic health problems. According to most mainstream doctors, each specific health condition has its own specific cause, and its own specific treatment, which would make for a tome of a book covering so many individual symptoms, causes, and treatments. However, as Baker shows, this approach is flawed, and those with chronic health problems like adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, severe allergies, or IBS know it. The systems of our body work together, and a successful treatment means treating the body as a system. This means different symptoms can have the same cause, and a single problem can cause very different symptoms. Baker repeats two important ideas throughout the book: the body's systems work together, and each individual is unique in their make-up.

Detoxification and Healing describes body chemistry and detoxification in simple, engaging language, using case studies from his vast experience in treating patients with cancer, diabetes, autism, among countless other epidemic disorders plaguing large numbers of people today. He identifies several well known and some little known toxins and deficiencies that contribute to these diseases: from hidden gluten sensitivities and mercury and aluminum poisoning to dairy allergies and fatty acid deficiencies. In fact, many people are allergic to gluten (found in grains like wheat, barley, and hidden in a host of processed foods) and do not even know it. The possible symptoms range from headaches, fatigue and depression to IBS, epilepsy, osteoporosis, diabetes, schizophrenia and autism.

When you start looking at disease in terms of the individual, you see that recovery often does happen as a result change in diet, determining which substances are lacking (nutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc.) and which are present but harmful (toxins). Many substances, like mercury, are more toxic to some than others, and scientific tests aren't always developed to the point where this can be determined. Often the only thing that works is to first test (by eliminating certain foods from your diet, for example) and then see if a change for the better has occurred. Dr. Baker has found that many of his autistic patients experience recoveries after eliminating wheat and other gluten-containing foods from their diet for a period of weeks, as well as controlling yeast overgrowth like Candida in the gut by implementing a the use of an antifungal like Nystatin as well as taking a good probiotic.

Following Baker's approach, it makes sense for each person to make sure their body is efficiently detoxifying unwanted substances, and Dr. Baker provides several detox protocols to get started. Mercury build up is perhaps one of the worst problems we face today, as it is a highly toxic substance which is found not only in large fish like tuna and salmon, but in Mercury amalgam fillings in our teeth. Replacing our fillings and following the Mercury detox protocol developed by Baker can go a long way in ridding our bodies of this harmful material. A healthy diet, proper supplementation, and a good detoxification schedule all go far in optimizing health and effectively treating and managing disease.

Dr. Baker also recommends learning diaphragmatic breathing to help with good health. By stimulating the vagus nerve, breathing techniques like those taught in the Eiriu Eolas breathing and meditation program are scientifically proven to provide immediate and effective relief of stress, a large contributor to autoimmune diseases. Over all Detoxification and Healing is highly recommended.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book on this topic that I've gotten excited about! 1 Feb. 2006
By Terri L. Manning - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish every mainstream doctor would read this book. I've read a half dozen books on detoxification, and this is the best! His presentation is clear, concise, and backed by science. The case history examples he is able to present to testify to his claims, come from his 30 plus years in medical practice. I'd much rather read the instruction from a person so well versed in biochemestry than some of the other books that offer only the testimonials of lay-persons as proof that their ideas are sound.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than the usual "detox" book. 16 Jan. 2004
By PBKider - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book written by an Orthomolecular doctor at his best. What you get here is much more than "how toos". Detoxification is about working from the fundamentals of a system and out from there. Dr. Baker, in speaking about this subject, gives a great example of how balance and imbalance, in healing, has always made perfect sense. This is a very enlightening and informative set of ideas that can help open new ways of thinking. Not, "way out - new age" concepts, but common sense connections about how our choices effect us and how we can be empowered to make changes to heal. I recommend this highly and also for anyone that wants to get a very good glimpse at how a good Orthomolecular doctor thinks about things.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great theory, weak practical advice 1 April 2013
By Jodi-Hummingbird - Published on Amazon.com
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This book said all the right things at the start of it. But in the end the practical advice given just wasn't of the same quality as the health and healing theory the book started with.

The author was inspired by the brilliant Linus Pauling and also Jeffrey Bland.

The author explains that if we were sitting on two tacks then of course just removing one tack would not make our pain and other symptoms lessen by 50%. He says that it is the same with our health. If we're still sitting on a tack then we will need to do lots of health-promoting things to feel better. More and more as our illness worsens. But what is really needed most of all is not just good management but tack removal. This is where good nutrition and detoxification programs come in.

This book talks about the commonly supported fantasy that if a doctor can name it `they can tame it.' There is a lot of good information about why diagnosing something is not the same as finding the causes of the symptoms and how the person should best be treated. The book also discusses the need to avoid toxic substances in our environment as well as foods we react to.

The body's systems all work together and are connected in many ways and we are each biochemically unique and can have all sorts of nutritional and other quirks, the book explains. Successful treatment means treating the body as a system and not just masking individual symptoms blindly with drugs.

There was too much focus on stress as a cause of illness in my opinion and it is even suggested that MCSS patients have an abuse link in the cause of their disease.

The practical advice given in this book is quite poor, outdated and incomplete. A vegetarian diet is recommended as is avoiding salt and saturated fat and eating tons of fibre. Many diet myths are repeated in the book sadly. FIR sauna use is not even mentioned and the dosages given for most supplements are far too low to do very much. 200 mg of vitamin C twice daily is recommended to help patients cope with having mercury fillings removed, for example. But so may good orthomolecular books explain that massive vitamin C doses or even IVs are needed in such cases as a matter of urgency. This dose is so small as to be completely worthless. Linus Pauling would not at all agree with this recommendation!

This book was quite disappointing overall but many of the parts of it on health and healing theory were rock solid. The author clearly knows his stuff on this topic and is to be congratulated for speaking so well on this topic. There are far better books out there for useful practical advice on this topic however (e.g. Detoxify or Die by Dr Rogers).

Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME) and Health, Healing & Hummingbirds (HHH)
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