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One of the best-known proponents of integrative medicine, Merrell (chair, Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Ctr., New York) is part of a growing movement of physicians who acknowledge the interplay among body, mind, and spirit. Here, he describes how the body uses food, a balance of physical activity and rest, and spiritual activity to create the energy for everyday living. He explains the mind-body connection drawing on case studies to illustrate the effects of his program before going on to describe a 21-day plan for detoxification, exercise, and rest to reset biological rhythms. The detox program is much less drastic than those featured in similar books, with emphasis on juice fasting and gradual changes in diet and exercise. Overall, Merrell's advice is soundly based on established principles of healthy diet, regular exercise, and plenty of interpersonal relationships. Although he includes some less-proven aspects of medicine (e.g., the power of others praying for you without your knowledge), the program is generally quite sound and will definitely benefit one's health if followed over the long term. Most public libraries will want to purchase this title.
—Susan B. Hagloch