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Prescription for Nutritional Healing 5th Edition Book Review

written by Head Health Nutter April 22, 2011

If you follow Live Lighter, you know how much I love my “Natural Health Bible” (a.k.a. Prescription for Nutritional Healing). It was my lucky day when the publishers offered me a copy of the newest edition in exchange for an honest book review!

Within its 856 pages, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 5th edition, unites the best of age-old remedies, twenty-first century science and today’s emerging health news. With cutting-edge findings in alternative and preventative therapies, this book is a must for health-conscious individuals wishing to achieve and maintain optimum health through natural means.

Along with natural treatment recommendations for a large collection of health conditions, it also teaches readers how to properly care for the body and contains advice in how to strengthen your immune system and increase your energy levels.

About the Authors

Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, was the leading nutritional counsellor and advocate for natural therapies for more than two decades and spent more than twenty-five years researching natural approaches to health and healing.

Stacey Bell, D.Sc., is a registered dietitian and has worked as a nutritional researcher while on the faculty at Harvard Medical School where she also counselled patients on how to eat in the face of disease. She has worked with Tony Robbins and Dr. Andrew Weil and is currently a nutritional consultant in Boston, MA.

About Prescription for Nutritional Healing

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 5th edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements (Avery, $30 US & $34.50 Cdn) is America’s #1 Guide to Natural Health. Since the first edition published in 1983, it’s sold over 8 million copies!

Written by a certified nutritionist, this book blends the latest scientific research with traditional treatments. It provides all the information you need to design your own personal nutritional program. In addition, the author offers traditional and up-to-date home remedies, and suggests healthful modifications in diet and lifestyle.

For easy reference, the book is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Part I discusses the basic principals of nutrition and health, and lists and explains the various types of nutrients, food supplements, enzymes, antioxidants and herbs found in healthfood shops and drugstores.
  2. Part II is divided into sections on 250 common disorders, from acne to cancer to yeast infection, arranged in alphabetical order. Each section discusses how to identify the symptoms and suggests ways to correct or treat the disorder through dietary guidelines and supplementation program.
  3. Part III offers descriptions and explanations of traditional therapies and conventional treatments that can be used in conjunction with a nutritional program. A number of alternative therapy approaches are also discussed, such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine and many more.

In addition, the book includes self-diagnostic tests and boxed insets throughout, which offer in-depth information on a wide variety of important topics. The ramifications of different drug therapies are covered and the latest medical updates are provided.

The Appendix is robust as well, and includes information on how to find some of the products recommended, along with a recommended reading list and a directory of health organizations.

5th Edition Changes

If you’ve got an earlier edition of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, you’re probably wondering why you’d invest in another copy.

One of the most confusing topics in the world today is health. We’re told not to eat this one day and then the next, it’s suddenly good again! The whiplashing rate of scientific discovery is hard to keep up with these days, plus we have to sort between bogus and legitimate claims. This is the value of a recent edition.

The 5th edition includes a line-by-line update on everything from disease studies to additional resource material. It adds the latest terminology and unveils new science on vitamins, supplements, herbs, drugs, nutrients, and even beverage intake.

Here are some of the 5th edition updates:

  • Dosage recommendations for vitamins, herbs and supplements
  • Omega-3s and exercise to alleviate Alzheimer’s
  • Current guidelines on managing Diabetes
  • Effects of nutrition on Autism
  • Vitamin D and Breast Cancer
  • Supplements and Crohn’s Disease
  • Updated diet and exercise information for Fibromyalgia
  • Latest research on Menopause and Bio-Identical Hormones
  • Vitamins for fighting Osteoporosis
  • Nutritional information for combating Prostate Cancer
  • Risk of beta-carotene in Smokers

The updated science includes: supplements and diseases; drugs; vitamins (B12, D, E); calcium and weight-loss; creatine & strength-building; melatonin & sleep; herbs such as turmeric, valerian, saw palmetto, St. John’s wort, licorice and kava; essential oils; preparing for surgery; beverage in-take; dietary thinking; and GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices).

New disease information (including treatment, demographics, nutrition and supplements): aging, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, autism, breast cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue, crohn’s disease, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, high blood pressure, influenza, insomnia, kidney stones, MS, obesity, PMS, prostate cancer, radiation exposure, skin cancer, smoking, tooth decay, tumor, ulcerative colitis and more.

The Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 5th edition, is an impressive (in my opinion, the definitive) natural health resource on bookshelves today. It’s thorough scientific references make it an authoritative resource for any smart, health-conscious consumer.

Think this book would be well used in your home or office? Grab it on Amazon.com for only $18!

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