Healing Springs: The Ultimate Guide to Taking the Waters

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The first book to present medical evidence that mineral springs can prevent and cure disease—and to tell you which spas are most effective

• Lists more than 200 of the best hot springs and mineral springs in the world and the health conditions best treated at each, with a special emphasis on springs in the U.S. and Canada

• Reviews additional healing techniques that best complement bathing in and drinking medicinal waters—such as acupuncture, homeopathy, fasting programs, and fitness training

• Includes photos of...

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Overview

The first book to present medical evidence that mineral springs can prevent and cure disease—and to tell you which spas are most effective

• Lists more than 200 of the best hot springs and mineral springs in the world and the health conditions best treated at each, with a special emphasis on springs in the U.S. and Canada

• Reviews additional healing techniques that best complement bathing in and drinking medicinal waters—such as acupuncture, homeopathy, fasting programs, and fitness training

• Includes photos of everything from famous spas to little-known hot springs

The Fountain of Youth does exist! Author Nathaniel Altman shows that "taking the waters" is a powerful healing tool that rejuvenates the body and prevents a host of illnesses.  Until now, it's been the best-kept secret for promoting and maintaining health and vitality.

The use of natural mineral spring water for the prevention and cure of disease dates back 5000 years to the Bronze Age. Hot springs reached their heyday in the United States in the latter part of the 19th century and were well attended until the early 1940s. Balneotherapy—using natural mineral spring water for the prevention and cure of disease—continued to thrive elsewhere in the world and is making a big comeback in the United States. It is an accepted form of mainstream medicine in Europe and Japan, where an abundance of medical evidence shows that in addition to relieving stress, certain mineral waters can help the body heal itself from heart, liver, and kidney problems, skin diseases, asthma, digestive disorders, arthritis, and a host of other health problems.

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Editorial Reviews

The New Times
"In-depth research of medical and scientific journals along with interviews of numerous physicians who work in this specialized field."
Whole Life Times
"Altman's book is an easy-to-read, comprehensive guide to the healing waters of the world."
The Book Reader
". . . enormously helpful for choosing just the right surrounding that would be best for personal health."
Nexus
". . . Nathaniel Altman's Healing Springs is a comprehensive guide to crenotherapy—healing with mineral and thermal waters. . . . From toughening regimens to routines designed to help you relax, spa therapy should be part of any fitness program."
Rahasya Poe
"This is truly the work of a person with a passion for the healing properties of water. A bonus is the more than 100 beautiful color photos."
Network for Women's Spirituality
"This book offers excellent explanations of healing water, its sources, criteria, and what ailments are healed."
Sept-Oct 2005 Nexus
". . . Nathaniel Altman's Healing Springs is a comprehensive guide to crenotherapy—healing with mineral and thermal waters. . . . From toughening regimens to routines designed to help you relax, spa therapy should be part of any fitness program."
Spring/Summer 2001 The Book Reader
". . . enormously helpful for choosing just the right surrounding that would be best for personal health."
April 2001 Whole Life Times
"Altman's book is an easy-to-read, comprehensive guide to the healing waters of the world."
March/April/May 2003 Network for Women's Spirituality
"This book offers excellent explanations of healing water, its sources, criteria, and what ailments are healed."
From the Publisher
". . . enormously helpful for choosing just the right surrounding that would be best for personal health."

"Altman's book is an easy-to-read, comprehensive guide to the healing waters of the world."

". . . Nathaniel Altman's Healing Springs is a comprehensive guide to crenotherapy—healing with mineral and thermal waters. . . . From toughening regimens to routines designed to help you relax, spa therapy should be part of any fitness program."

"In-depth research of medical and scientific journals along with interviews of numerous physicians who work in this specialized field."

"This book offers excellent explanations of healing water, its sources, criteria, and what ailments are healed."

"This is truly the work of a person with a passion for the healing properties of water. A bonus is the more than 100 beautiful color photos."

New Times
In-depth research of medical and scientific journals along with interviews of numerous physicians who work in this specialized field.
Booknews
Altman ( covers the geology and history of springs and their putative therapeutic uses<-->including consumption as well as emersion (he cites research done by the more credulous nations). Descriptions of ca. 350 developed hot springs of the world include the water constituents, and services. The book has appeal both for new age believers and for sybarites. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892818365
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A lifelong aficionado of hot springs, Nathaniel Altman is a medical writer and researcher who has written more than fifteen books on alternative healing, including Oxygen Healing Therapies and A Russian Herbal. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents


Note to the Reader

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Best-kept Secret

Part I: Step into the Water

1. The Waters of Life
2. Down from the Mountains, Up from the Depths
3. A Long-Standing Tradition

Part II: Just What's in that Water?

4.
Bicarbonate
5. Sulfur and Sulfates
6. Chloride
7. Gases
8. Peloids
9. Other Minerals
10. Bottled Waters

Part III: Looking Better, Feeling Better: The Healing and Rejuvenating Power of Water

11.
Skin Diseases
12. Joint and Muscle Diseases
13. Gastrointestinal Problems
14. Diseases of the Liver, Kidneys, and Urinary Tract
15. Heart and Circulatory Diseases
16. Gynecological Problems
17. Glandular and Metabolic Disorders
18. Respiratory Problems
19. Other Health Problems
20. Using Medicinal Springs for Wellness
21. Healing Springs of the United States and Canada
22. Healing Springs of Latin America and the Caribbean
23. Healing Springs of Europe
24. Healing Springs of Asia, Oceania, Africa, and the Middle East

Glossary

Resources

Notes

Index

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