Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs and Food Supplements

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"With more than five million copies sold, Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the nation's number-one-bestselling guide to holistic health. For ten years and more, people interested in alternative healing and preventive therapies have relied on this invaluable reference as a guide to improve health through nutrition and supplementation, avoiding traditional drug therapies. Now, completely updated and more than one-third revised, this latest edition of the book incorporates the most recent information on the benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements and herbal remedies, and their effects on hundreds of disorders and diseases." Part One of the book lists and explains the various types of nutrients, food supplements, and herbs found in health food and drug stores. Part Two describes more than 250 common disorders, from acne to yeast infection, arranged conveniently in alphabetical order, and identifies the supplements that can be used to combat the conditions. Part Three is a guide to alternative remedies and therapies that can be used in conjunction with a nutritional program. In addition, self-diagnostic tests throughout the book offer in-depth coverage of a wide variety of topics. Book jacket.
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Prescription for Nutritional Healing has long been the most trusted guide to holistic health. The new and improved third edition includes expanded listings of drug-free cures for everything from allergies to arteriosclerosis, heartburn to hemophilia. But this classic reference for alternative medicine offers more than just a quick fix -- it also provides an in-depth look at the basic elements of health and covers new supplements like SAMe and little-known herbal remedies such as cat's claw.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781583332368
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/19/2006
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 896
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Phyllis Balch was author of the bestselling Prescription for Nutritional Healing, as well as of Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements, and Prescription for Herbal Healing.

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Chapter One

Nutrition, Diet, And Wellness


Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. Everyone needs the four basic nutrients—water, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats—as well as vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients. To be able to choose the proper foods, and to better understand why those foods should be supported with supplements, you need to have a clear idea of the components of a healthy diet.

The Four Basic Nutrients

Water, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are the basic building blocks of a good diet. By choosing the healthiest forms of each of these nutrients and eating them in the proper balance, you enable your body to function at its optimal level.


The human body is two-thirds water. Water is an essential nutrient that is involved in every function of the body. It helps transport nutrients and waste products in and out of cells. It is necessary for all digestive, absorptive, circulatory, and excretory functions, as well as for the utilization of the water-soluble vitamins. It is also needed for the maintenance of proper body temperature. By drinking an adequate amount of water each day—at least eight 8-ounce glasses—you can ensure that your body has all it needs to maintain good health. (For details on choosing the best water, see WATER in Part One.)


Carbohydrates supply the body with the energy it needs to function. They are found almost exclusively inplant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, peas, and beans. Milk and milk products are the only foods derived from animals that contain a significant amount of carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates are divided into two groups—simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates, sometimes called simple sugars, include fructose (fruit sugar), sucrose (table sugar), and lactose (milk sugar), as well as several other sugars. Fruits are one of the richest natural sources of simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are also made up of sugars, but the sugar molecules are strung together to form longer, more complex chains. Complex carbohydrates include fiber and starches. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates include vegetables, whole grains, peas, and beans.

Carbohydrates are the main source of blood glucose, which is a major fuel for all of the body's cells and the only source of energy for the brain and red blood cells. Except for fiber, which cannot be digested, both simple and complex carbohydrates are converted into glucose. The glucose is then either used directly to provide energy for the body or stored in the liver for future use. If a person consumes more calories than his or her body is using, a portion of the carbohydrates consumed may be stored in the body as fat. Due to complex chemical reactions in the brain, eating carbohydrates has a mild tranquilizing effect, and can be beneficial for people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder and/or depression.

When choosing carbohydrate-rich foods for your diet, always select unrefined foods such as fruits, vegetables, peas, beans, and whole-grain products, as opposed to refined, processed foods such as soft drinks, desserts, candy, and sugar. Refined foods offer few, if any, of the vitamins and minerals that are important to your health. In addition, if eaten in excess, especially over a period of many years, the large amounts of simple carbohydrates found in refined foods can lead to a number of disorders, including diabetes and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Yet another problem is that foods high in refined simple sugars often are also high in fats, which should be limited in a healthy diet. This is why such foods—which include most cookies and cakes, as well as many snack foods—are usually loaded with calories.

A word is in order here regarding fiber, a very important form of carbohydrate. Referred to in the past as "roughage," dietary fiber is the part of a plant that is resistant to the body's digestive enzymes. As a result, only a relatively small amount of fiber is digested or metabolized in the stomach or intestines. Instead, most of it moves through the gastrointestinal tract and ends up in the stool.

Although most fiber is not digested, it delivers several important health benefits. First, fiber retains water, resulting in softer and bulkier stools that prevent constipation and hemorrhoids. A high-fiber diet also reduces the risk of colon cancer, perhaps by speeding the rate at which stool passes through the intestine and by keeping the digestive tract clean. In addition, fiber binds with certain substances that would normally result in the production of cholesterol, and eliminates these substances from the body. In this way, a high-fiber diet helps lower blood cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease.

It is recommended that about 60 percent of your total daily calories come from carbohydrates. If much of your diet consists of healthy complex carbohydrates, you should easily fulfill the recommended daily minimum of 25 grams of fiber.


Protein is essential for growth and development. It provides the body with energy, and is needed for the manufacture of hormones, antibodies, enzymes, and tissues. It also helps maintain the proper acid-alkali balance in the body.

When protein is consumed, the body breaks it down into amino acids, the building blocks of all proteins. Some of the amino acids are designated nonessential. This does not mean that they are unnecessary, but rather that they do not have to come from the diet because they can be synthesized by the body from other amino acids. Other amino acids are considered essential, meaning that the body cannot synthesize them, and therefore must obtain them from the diet.

Whenever the body makes a protein—when it builds muscle, for instance it needs a variety of amino acids for the protein-making process. These amino acids may come from dietary protein or from the body's own pool of amino acids. If a shortage of amino acids becomes chronic, which can occur if the diet is deficient in essential amino acids, the building of protein in the body stops, and the body suffers. (For more information about amino acids, see AMINO ACIDS in Part One.)

Because of the importance of consuming proteins that provide all of the necessary amino acids, dietary proteins are considered to belong to two different groups, depending on the amino acids they provide. Complete proteins, which constitute the first group, contain ample amounts of all of the essential amino acids. These proteins are found in meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, and milk. Incomplete proteins, which constitute the second group, contain only some of the essential amino acids. These proteins are found in a variety of foods, including grains, legumes, and leafy green vegetables.

Although it is important to consume the full range of amino acids, both essential and nonessential, it is not necessary to get them from meat, fish, poultry, and other complete-protein foods. In fact, because of their high fat content—as well as the use of antibiotics and other chemicals in the raising of poultry and cattle most of those foods should be eaten in moderation only. Fortunately, the dietary strategy called mutual supplementation enables you to combine partial-protein foods to make complementary protein—proteins that supply adequate amounts of all the essential amino acids. For instance, although beans and brown rice are both quite rich in protein, each lacks one or more of the necessary amino acids. However, when you combine beans and brown rice with each other, or when you combine either one with any of a number of protein-rich foods, you form a complete protein that is a high-quality substitute for meat. To make a complete protein, combine beans with any one of the following:

· Brown rice
· Corn
· Nuts
· Seeds
· Wheat

Or combine brown rice with any one of the following:

· Beans
· Nuts
· Seeds
· Wheat

Most Americans eat too much protein, largely as the result of a diet high in meat and dairy products. However, if you have reduced the amount of meat and dairy foods in your diet, you should make sure to get about 50 grams of protein a day. To make sure that you are getting a great enough variety of amino acids in your diet, add protein-rich foods to meals and snacks as often as possible. Eat bread with nut butters, for instance, or add nuts and seeds to salads and vegetable casseroles. Be aware that a combination of any grains, any nuts and seeds, any legumes (such as beans, peanuts, and peas), and a variety of mixed vegetables will make a complete protein. In addition, cornmeal fortified with the amino acid L-lysine makes a complete protein.

All soybean products, such as tofu and soymilk, are complete proteins. They contain the essential amino acids plus several other nutrients. Available in health food stores, tofu, soy oil, soy flour, soy-based meat substitutes, soy cheese, and many other soy products are healthful ways to complement the meatless diet.

Yogurt is the only animal-derived complete-protein source recommended for frequent use in the diet. Made from milk that is curdled by bacteria, yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus and other "friendly" bacteria needed for the digestion of foods and the prevention of many disorders, including candidiasis. Yogurt also contains vitamins A and D, and many of the B-complex vitamins.

Do not buy the sweetened, flavored yogurts that are sold in supermarkets. These products contain added sugar and, often, preservatives. Instead, either purchase fresh unsweetened yogurt from a health food store or make the yogurt yourself, and sweeten it with fruit juices and other wholesome ingredients. Yogurt makers are relatively inexpensive and easy to use, and are available at most health food stores.


Although much attention has been focused on the need to reduce dietary fat, the body does need fat. During infancy and childhood, fat is necessary for normal brain development. Throughout life, it is essential to provide energy and support growth. Fat is, in fact, the most concentrated source of energy available to the body. However, after about two years of age, the body requires only small amounts of fat—much less than is provided by the average American diet. Excessive fat intake is a major causative factor in obesity, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and colon cancer, and has been linked to a number of other disorders as well. To understand how fat intake is related to these health problems, it is necessary to understand the different types of fats available and the ways in which these fats act within the body.

Fats are composed of building blocks called fatty acids. There are three major categories of fatty acids—saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated. These classifications are based on the number of hydrogen atoms in the chemical structure of a given molecule of fatty acid.

Saturated fatty acids are found primarily in animal products, including dairy items, such as whole milk, cream, and cheese, and fatty meats like beef, veal, lamb, pork, and ham. The fat marbling you can see in beef and pork is composed of saturated fat. Some vegetable products—including coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and vegetable shortening—are also high in saturates.

The liver uses saturated fats to manufacture cholesterol. Therefore, excessive dietary intake of saturated fats can significantly raise the blood cholesterol level, especially the level of low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), or "bad cholesterol." (For more information about cholesterol, see HIGH CHOLESTEROL in Part Two.) Guidelines issued by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), and widely supported by most experts, recommend that the daily intake of saturated fats be kept below 10 percent of total caloric intake. However, for people who have severe problems with high blood cholesterol, even that level may be too high.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in greatest abundance in corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower oils. Certain fish oils are also high in polyunsaturates. Unlike the saturated fats, polyunsaturates may actually lower your total blood cholesterol level. In doing so, however, large amounts of polyunsaturates also have a tendency to reduce your high-density lipoproteins (HDLs)—your "good cholesterol." For this reason—and because, like all fats, polyunsaturates are high in calories for their weight and volume—the NCEP guidelines state that an individual's intake of polyunsaturated fats should not exceed 10 percent of total caloric intake.

Monounsaturated fatty acids are found mostly in vegetable and nut oils such as olive, peanut, and canola. These fats appear to reduce blood levels of LDLs without affecting HDLs in any way. However, this positive impact upon LDL cholesterol is relatively modest. The NCEP guidelines recommend that intake of monounsaturated fats be kept between 10 and 15 percent of total caloric intake.

Although most foods—including some plant-derived foods—contain a combination of all three types of fatty acids, one of the types usually predominates. Thus, a fat or oil is considered "saturated" or "high in saturates" when it is composed primarily of saturated fatty acids. Such saturated fats are usually solid at room temperature. Similarly, a fat or oil composed mostly of polyunsaturated fatty acids is called "polyunsaturated," while a fat or oil composed mostly of monounsaturated fatty acids is called "monounsaturated."

One other element, trans-fatty acids, may play a role in blood cholesterol levels. Also called trans fats, these substances occur when polyunsaturated oils are altered through hydrogenation, a process used to harden liquid vegetable oils into solid foods like margarine and shortening. One recent study found that trans-monounsaturated fatty acids raise LDL cholesterol levels, behaving much like saturated fats. Simultaneously, the trans-fatty acids reduced HDL cholesterol readings. Much more research on this subject is necessary, as studies have not reached consistent and conclusive findings. For now, however, it is clear that if your goal is to lower cholesterol, polyunsaturated and monounsaturted fats are more desirable than saturated fats or products with trans-fatty acids. Just as important, your total calories from fat should not constitute more than 20 to 25 percent of daily calories.

The Micronutrients: Vitamins and Minerals

Like water, carbohydrates, protein, and fats, and the enzymes required to digest them, vitamins and minerals are essential to life. They are therefore considered nutrients, and are often referred to as micronutrients simply because they are needed in relatively small amounts compared with the four basic nutrients.

Because vitamins and minerals are so necessary for health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formulated recommended consumption levels for vitamins called recommended daily allowances (RDAs). But, as we will see in VITAMINS in Part One, these allowances do not account for the amount needed to maintain maximum health rather than borderline health, only the amount needed to prevent deficiency diseases. Therefore, the average adult who is not suffering from any specific disorder should obtain more than the RDAs of vitamins and minerals from food sources and/or from supplements. The table on page 6—which includes not just vitamin and mineral supplements, but other supplements as well—should be used as a guideline. Although the amounts listed are safe (they will not cause toxicity), they should be varied according to size and weight. People who are active and exercise; those who are under great stress, on restricted diets, or mentally or physically ill; women who take oral contraceptives; those on medication; those who are recovering from surgery; and smokers and those who consume alcoholic beverages all need higher than normal amounts of nutrients.

In addition to a proper diet, exercise and a positive attitude are two important elements that are needed to prevent sickness and disease. If your lifestyle includes each of these, you will feel good and have more energy—something we all deserve. Nature has the answers we need to maintain our health, but you need to know what nutrients you are taking to make sure all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

Nutrients and Dosages for Maintaining Good Health

The nutrients listed below are recommended for good health. Daily dosages are suggested; however, before using any supplements, you should consult with your health care provider. The dosages given here are for adults and children weighing 100 pounds and over. Appropriate dosages for children vary according to age and weight. A child weighing between 70 and 100 pounds should be given three-fourths the adult dose; a child weighing under 70 pounds (and over the age of six years) should be given half the adult dose. A child under the age of six years should be given nutritional formulas designed specifically for young children. Follow the dosage directions on the product label.

Use only quality natural (not synthetic) supplements from a reputable source. Lower priced supplements can mean lower quality, with higher levels of fillers and other undesirable ingredients. Give your body the best—it deserves it. If you cannot locate one or more of the supplements recommended in this book, you can call or write to one of the sources listed in the Appendix.

Vitamins Daily Dosages(*)

Vitamin A (retinol) 5,000-10,000 IU
A carotenoid complex containing beta-carotene 5,000-25,000 IU
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 50-100 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 15-50 mg
Vitamin B3 (niacin) 15-50 mg
(niacinamide) 50-100 mg

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 50-100 mg
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 50-100 mg
Vitamin B12 200-400 mcg
Biotin 400-800 mcg

Choline 50-200 mg
Folic acid 400-800 mcg
Inositol 50-200 mg
Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) 10-50 mg

Vitamin C with mineral ascorbates (Ester-C) 1,000-3,000 mg
Bioflavonoids (mixed) 200-500 mg
Hesperidin 50-100 mg
Rutin 25 mg

Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 400 IU
Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol) 400-600 IU
Vitamin K (use natural sources such as alfalfa, green leafy vegetables) 100-500 mcg
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) (primrose oil, flaxseed oil, salmon oil, and fish oil are good sources) As directed on label.

Minerals Daily Dosages

Boron (picolinate or citrate) 3-6 mg
Calcium (citrate, ascorbate, or malate) 1,500-2,000 mg
Chromium (GTF, picolinate, or polynicotinate) 150-400 mcg
Copper 2-3 mg
Iodine (kelp is a good source) 100-225 mcg

Iron(**) (ferrous gluconate, fumarate, citrate, or amino acid chelate; avoid inorganic forms such as ferrous sulfate, which can oxidize vitamin E.) 18-30 mg
Magnesium 750-1,000 mg
Manganese 3-10 mg
Molybdenum (ascorbate, aspartate, or picolinate) 30-100 mcg

Potassium (citrate) 99-500 mg
Selenium 100-200 mcg
Vanadium (vanadyl sulfate) 200 mcg-1 mg
Zinc 30-50 mg

Amino Acids(***) Daily Dosages

L-Carnitine 500 mg
Acetyl-L-Carnitine 100-500 mg
L-Cysteine 50-100 mg
AcetyI-L-Cysteine 100-500 mg

L-Lysine 50-100 mg
L-Methionine 50-100 mg

Taurine 100-500 mg
L-Tyrosine 500 mg

Optional Supplements(****) Daily Dosages

Chondroitin sulfate As directed on label.
Coenzyme [Q.sub.10] 30-100 mg
Cryptoxanthin 110 mcg
Flavonoids (citrus fruits and berries) As directed on label.
Garlic As directed on label.

Ginkgo biloba (herb) As directed on label.
Glucosamine sulfate As directed on label.
Lecithin 200-500 mg
Lutein/lycopene As directed on label.
Pectin 50-100 mg

Phosphatidyl choline As directed on label.
Phosphatidyl serine As directed on label.
Pycnogenol or grape seed extract (OPCs) As directed on label.
Quercetin 70-140 mg

RNA-DNA 100 mg
Silicon As directed on label.
Soy isoflavones (genistein) As directed on label.
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) As directed on label.
Zeaxanthin 90 mcg

(*) Be careful not to confuse milligrams (mg) with micrograms (mcg). A microgram is 1/1,000 of a milligram.

(**) Iron should be taken only if a deficiency exists. Always take iron supplements separately, rather than in a multivitamin and mineral formula.

(***) See AMINO ACIDS for more information. Individual amino acids should not be taken on a regular basis unless used for treatment of a certain disorder.

(****) See NATURAL FOOD SUPPLEMENTS for more information.

Other supplements that you may wish to take for increased energy are:

· Bee pollen.

· Coenzyme A.

· Coenzyme 1 (nicofinamide adenine dinucleotide with high-energy hydrogen, or NADH; sold under the brand name Enada).

· Free-form amino acid complex.

· Kyo-Green from Wakunaga of America.

· N,N-Dimethylglycine (DMG).

· Octacosanol.

· Siberian ginseng.

· Spirulina.

· Wheat germ.

In addition, there are many good formulas on the market specifically formulated to help meet the nutritional needs of infants and children, among them Mycel Baby Vites from Ethical Nutrients, a highly absorbable liquid multivitamin formula.

Synergy and Deficiency

Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicate that at least 40 percent of the people in this country routinely consume a diet containing only 60 percent of the RDA of each of ten selected nutrients. This means that close to half of the population (and very likely more) suffer from a deficiency of at least one important nutrient. A poll of 37,000 Americans conducted by Food Technology found that half of them were deficient in vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 42 percent did not consume sufficient amounts of calcium, 39 percent had an insufficient iron intake, and 25 to 39 percent did not obtain enough vitamin C. Additional research has shown that a vitamin deficiency may not affect the whole body, but only specific cells. For example, those who smoke may suffer from a vitamin C deficiency, but only in the lung area.

Whenever you seek to correct a vitamin or mineral deficiency, you must recognize that nutrients work synergistically. This means that there is a cooperative action between certain vitamins and minerals, which work as catalysts, promoting the absorption and assimilation of other vitamins and minerals. Correcting a deficiency in one vitamin or mineral requires the addition of others, not simply replacement of the one in which you are deficient. This is why taking a single vitamin or mineral may be ineffective, or even dangerous, and why a balanced vitamin and mineral preparation should always be taken in addition to any single supplements. The following table indicates which vitamins and minerals are necessary to correct certain deficiencies.

Vitamin Supplements Needed for Assimilation

Vitamin A Choline, essential fatty acids, zinc, vitamins C, D, and E.
Vitamin B complex Calcium, vitamins C and E.
Vitamin B1(thiamine) Manganese, vitamin B complex, vitamins C and E.
Vitamin B2(riboflavin) Vitamin B complex, vitamin C.
Vitamin B3(niacin) Vitamin B complex, vitamin C.
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) Vitamin B complex, vitamins A, C, and E.
Vitamin B6(pyricloxine) Potassium, vitamin B complex, vitamin C.

Biotin Folic acid, vitamin B complex, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin B12, vitamin C.
Choline Vitamin B complex, vitamin B12, folic acid, inositol.
Inositol Vitamin B complex, vitamin C.
Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) Vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C.

Vitamin C Bioflavonoids, calcium, magnesium.
Vitamin D Calcium, choline, essential fatty acids, phosphorus, vitamins A and C.
Vitamin E Essential fatty acids, manganese, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), inositol, vitamin C.
Essential fatty acids Vitamins A, C, D, and E.

Mineral Supplements Needed for Assimilation

Calcium Boron, essential fatty acids, lysine, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, vitamins A, C, D, and E.
Copper Cobalt, folic acid, iron, zinc.
Iodine Iron, manganese, phosphorus.
Magnesium Calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamins C and D.
Manganese Calcium, iron, vitamin B complex, vitamin E.

Phosphorus Calcium, iron, manganese, sodium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).
Silicon Iron, phosphorus.
Sodium Calcium, potassium, sulfur, vitamin D.
Sulfur Potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), biotin.
Zinc Calcium, copper, phosphorus, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).

There are certain cautions that you should take into account when taking supplements. Antibiotics interfere with the natural balance of normal intestinal flora needed to produce vitamin K, which is necessary for normal blood clotting and maintaining the integrity of the bones. Too much coffee and/or caffeinated soft drinks can interfere with calcium metabolism. Aspirin can irritate the gastrointestinal tract, and may cause gastrointestinal bleeding. Aspirin can also interfere with the absorption of B vitamins and vitamin C. If you are taking aspirin daily for cardiovascular health, it is better to take baby aspirin—studies have shown that it is less irritating to the gastrointestinal tract, and it works just as well as ordinary aspirin.


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Table of Contents

Preface, vii
How to Use This Book, viii
Part One Understanding the Elements of Health
Introduction, 2
Nutrition, Diet, and Wellness, 3
Vitamins, 13
Minerals, 25
Water, 35
Amino Acids, 42
Antioxidants, 53
Enzymes, 59
Natural Food Supplements, 63
Herbs, 85
Part Two The Disorders
Introduction, 116
Troubleshooting for Disorders, 117
Abscess, 120
Acid/Alkali Imbalance, 122
Acne, 125
Adrenal Disorders, 129
Age Spots, 131
Aging, 132
AIDS, 138
Alcoholism, 147
Allergies, 153
Aluminum Toxicity, 167
Alzheimer's Disease, 168
Anemia, 174
Anorexia Nervosa, 177
Anxiety Disorder, 179
Appendicitis, 183
Appetite, Poor, 184
Arsenic Poisoning, 185
Arteriosclerosis/Atherosclerosis, 186
Arthritis, 188
Asthma, 195
Athlete's Foot, 200
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), 201
Autism, 205
Backache, 208
Bedsores, 212
Bed-Wetting, 214
Bee Sting, 215
Bladder Infection (Cystitis), 216
Boil, 219
Breast Cancer, 221
Breastfeeding-Related Problems, 229
Engorgement, 229
Mastitis (Breast Infection), 229
Plugged Duct, 230
Sore Nipples, 230
Bronchitis, 232
Bruising, 235
Bruxism, 237
Bulimia, 238
Bums, 241
Bursitis, 243
Cadmium Toxicity, 245
Cancer, 246
Candidiasis, 263
Canker Sores (Aphthous Ulcers), 266
Cardiovascular Disease, 267
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, 275
Celiac Disease, 279
Chemical Allergies, 281
Chemical Poisoning, 283
Chickenpox, 283
Chlamydia, 285
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 286
Circulatory Problems, 290
Cirrhosis of the Liver, 292
Cold Sores (Fever Blisters), 295
Common Cold, 297
Constipation, 300
Copper Deficiency, 303
Copper Toxicity, 304
Corns and Calluses, 305
Crohn's Disease, 306
Croup, 310
Cystic Fibrosis, 311
Dandruff, 313
Depression, 314
Dermatitis, 319
Diabetes, 321
Diarrhea, 326
Diverticulitis, 328
Dog Bite, 330
Down Syndrome, 331
Drug Addiction (Substance Abuse), 334
Dry Skin, 337
Ear Infection, 340
Edema, 342
Emphysema, 343
Endometriosis, 346
Environmental Toxicity, 350
Epilepsy, 352
Eye Problems, 355
Bags under the Eyes, 358
Bitot's Spots, 358
Blepharitis, 359
Bloodshot Eyes, 359
Blurred Vision, 359
Cataracts, 360
Colorblindness, 362
Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye), 362
Corneal Ulcer, 363
Diabetic Retinopathy, 363
Dimness or Loss of Vision, 363
Dry Eyes, 364
Eyestrain, 364
Floaters, 365
Glaucoma, 365
Itchy or Tired Eyes, 366
Macular Degeneration, 366
Mucus in the Eyes, 367
Photophobia, 367
Retinitis Pigmentosa, 367
Scotoma, 368
Shingles (Herpes Zoster), 368
Stye, 368
Thinning Eyelashes, 369
Ulcerated Eyelid, 369
Xerophthalmia, 369
Fever, 369
Fibrocystic Breasts, 371
Fibroids, Uterine, 372
Fibromyalgia Syndrome, 374
Foodborne/Waterborne Disease, 378
Fracture, 384
Frigidity, 386
Fungal Infection, 387
Gallbladder Disorders, 389
Gangrene, 391
German Measles (Rubella), 392
Glaucoma, 394
Gout, 397
Growth Problems, 400
Hair Loss, 401
Halitosis (Bad Breath), 404
Hay Fever, 405
Headache, 408
Hearing Loss, 413
Heart Attack, 417
Heartburn/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), 422
Heel or Bone Spur, 424
Hemophilia, 425
Hemorrhoids, 426
Hepatitis, 429
Herpesvirus Infection, 433
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), 436
High Cholesterol, 440
Hives, 443
Hyperthyroidism, 446
Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar), 448
Hypothyroidism, 450
Hysterectomy-Related Problems, 453
Impotence, 455
Incontinence, 459
Indigestion (Dyspepsia), 460
Infertility, 463
Inflammation, 466
Influenza, 468
Insect Allergy, 470
Insect Bite, 471
Insomnia, 473
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, 476
Jaundice, 479
Kidney Disease (Renal Failure), 480
Kidney Stones, 483
Lactose Intolerance (Lactase Deficiency), 485
Lead Poisoning, 487
Leg Ulcers, 490
Legionnaires' Disease, 492
Lupus, 493
Lyme Disease, 496
Malabsorption Syndrome, 499
Manic-Depressive Disorder (Bipolar Mood Disorder), 502
Measles, 504
Memory Problems, 505
Ménière's Disease, 508
Meningitis, 510
Menopausal and Perimenopausal Problems, 511
Mercury Toxicity, 516
Migraine, 518
Mononucleosis, 521
Motion Sickness, 523
Multiple Sclerosis, 525
Mumps, 529
Muscle Cramps, 530
Nail Problems, 532
Narcolepsy, 535
Nickel Toxicity, 537
Nosebleed, 538
Obesity, 540
Oily Skin, 547
Osteoporosis, 549
Paget's Disease of Bone, 554
Pancreatitis, 556
Parkinson's Disease, 558
Peptic Ulcer, 561
Periodontal Disease, 564
Pneumonia, 567
Poison Ivy/Poison Oak/Poison Sumac, 570
Poisoning, 571
Polyps, 574
Pregnancy-Related Problems, 575
Anemia, 576
Asthma, 576
Backache, 576
Bladder Discomfort/Infection, 577
Bleeding Gums, 577
Constipation, 577
Coughs and Colds, 577
Depression, 577
Diabetes, Gestational, 578
Dizziness, 578
Eclampsia and Preeclampsia, 578
Ectopic Pregnancy, 579
Edema (Swelling of the Hands and Feet), 579
Gas (Flatulence), 579
Groin Spasm, Stitch, or Pressure, 580
Heartburn, 580
Hemorrhoids, 580
Insomnia, 580
Leg Cramps, 581
Miscarriage (Spontaneous Abortion), 581
Morning Sickness, 581
Nosebleeds and Nasal Congestion, 582
Sciatica, 582
Skin Problems, 582
Soreness in the Rib Area, 582
Stretch Marks, 583
Sweating, 583
Varicose Veins, 583
Premenstrual Syndrome, 587
Prolapse of the Uterus, 590
Prostate Cancer, 591
Prostatitis/Benign Prostatic Hyertrophy (BPH), 596
Psoriasis, 599
Radiation Exposure, 601
Raynaud's Disease/Raynaud's Phenomenon, 603
Reye's Syndrome, 604
Rheumatic Fever, 606
Rickets / Osteomalacia, 607
Rosacea, 608
Scabies, 610
Schizophrenia, 611
Sebaceous Cyst, 614
Seborrhea, 615
Senility (Dementia), 617
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), 619
Shingles (Herpes Zoster), 621
Sinusitis, 624
Skin Cancer, 627
Skin Rash, 632
Smoking Dependency, 635
Snakebite, 638
Sore Throat, 640
Spider Bite, 641
Sprains, Strains, and Other Injuries of the Muscles and
Joints, 643
Stress, 646
Sunburn, 651
Thrombophlebitis, 653
TMJ Syndrome, 656
Tonsillitis, 658
Tooth Decay, 660
Tuberculosis, 662
Tumor, 664
Ulcerative Colitis, 666
Underweight/Weight Loss, 668
Vaginitis, 670
Varicose Veins, 672
Vertigo, 674
Vitiligo, 676
Warts, 677
Weakened Immune System, 679
Wilson's Disease, 684
Worms (Parasites), 686
Wrinkles, 688
Part Three Remedies and Therapies
Introduction, 694
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, 695
Ascorbic Acid Flush, 697
Ayurvedic Remedies, 698
Blood Purification, 698
Chelation Therapy, 699
Oral Chelation Therapy, 700
Intravenous Chelation Therapy, 701
Chinese Medicine, 701
Colon Cleansing, 702
Color Therapy (Chromotherapy), 703
Crystal and Gemstone Therapy, 704
DHEA Therapy, 704
Enemas, 705
The Catnip Tea Enema, 705
The Coffee or Wheatgrass Retention Enema, 706
The Lemon Juice Cleansing Enema, 706
The Pro-Flora Whey Enema, 707
Exercise, 707
Fasting, 708
Glandular Therapy, 710
Growth Hormone Therapy, 713
Hair Analysis, 713
Homeopathy, 714
Hydrotherapy, 715
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, 716
Juicing, 717
Light Therapy, 719
Music and Sound Therapy, 719
Pain Control, 720
Acupressure, 721
Acupuncture, 721
Biofeedback, 721
Breathing Exercises, 721
Chiropractic, 722
Guided Imagery, 722
Heat and Cold Therapy, 722
Herbs, 723
Hypnotherapy, 724
Magnet Therapy, 724
Massage, 724
Medication, 725
Meditation, 726
Qi Gong, 726
Relaxation Techniques, 726
Tai Chi, 726
TENS Unit Therapy, 727
Using a Poultice, 727
Sitz Bath, 728
Steam Inhalation, 728
Preparing for and Recovering from Surgery, 729
Therapeutic Liquids, 732
Yoga, 732
Glossary, 737
Manufacturer and Distributor Information, 746
Health and Medical Organizations, 755
Suggested Reading, 764
Acknowledgments, 767
About the Authors, 767
Index, 768
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2008

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    With over five million copies sold, this book is one of the most read texts on nutritional health. I say "text" because it measures in at a good inch and three-quarters thick. Written by a certified nutritionist and a bona-fide MD, it is neatly divided up into three parts. <BR/><BR/>Part I, a quarter-inch thick discusses the basic principles of health and nutrition. This section lists and explains the various kinds of nutrients and food supplements. <BR/><BR/>Part II, by far the biggest section of the book measuring in at an inch and a quarter, provides the reader with an A-Z listing of many common disorders (such as backache or diabetes) and what you can do about them from a nutritional point of view. <BR/><BR/>The book ends with Part III, the last quarter-inch of the book, which is devoted to traditional therapies and conventional treatments that can be used along with a nutritional support. Here you'll find info on treatments such as chiropractic, massage therapy, color therapy, and so on. <BR/><BR/>I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the amount of info contained in this book and I can definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good nutritional reference book to put on their shelf when questions arise. Additionally, is also might give readers ideas of other types of therapies they could try for various medical problems. Other health titles I can recommend also include The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution for people who have trouble with chronic plantar fasciitis.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    Great Reference

    This is a great big book with a wealth of information about a great number (a few hundreds) of ailments, what causing them, and how to deal with them the natural way. With close to one thousand pages this is a complete resource of medical problems from A to Z. It is well researched, well referenced, and well written. It is also very simple to use, all ailments being ordered in alphabetical order. It is an excellent reference book, a health bible that should be readily available in each household. If you have a health problem I suggest checking what this book will tell you about it, before going to your doctor. <BR/><BR/>Other two books that I also recommend are "The China Study" and "Can We Live 150 Years?"

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2008

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    A great basic resource for almost any health issue. I refer to the older version of this title all the time.

    A must have resource for anyone concerned about health, nutrition, natural healing, etc. I use this book to look up everyday illnesses to find natural remedies and traditional healing information. It also provides information for many conditions that are not very common. I use it when given directions from both traditional and integrative health professionals to better understand why we're told to take certain supplements, avoid certain foods, etc. I highly recommend this as a must have for every family.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    Great Health Reference!

    Especially in these days, we need to be more knowledgeable of and responsible for our own healthcare. This is an understandable reference of common ailments and information as to their cure or alleviation. It also contains helpful suggestions to aid in their management. This copy was a gift for my brother.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    Must Buy

    If you've ever had any kind of health issue and would prefer to go natural versus the expensive chemical alternatives this is the book for you. It has helped me tremendously over the years including the earlier editions of this book. You should really have one in your house.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    When ever I had a cold I could not shake or some other common ailment, I had a friend I called who always knew how to best shake it. I thought he must have been some kind of witch doctor. I finally asked him where he got all his information from. He directed me to this wonderful book. I quickly bought it and was amazed at the wealth of information. It helped me understand everything from asthma to migraines. I have given this as gift to all of my male friends who just want a clear and concise approach to long term health options. It has become my 'bible'. I find that friends now call me for some helpful hints when they are under the weather. Great as a reference tool!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    This is a book every household should have!

    My first stop for every illness or ailment, be it large or small. A comprehensive overview of "most" issues. You will never view your doctor's office visit the same way again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2010

    A must have

    This is a must have if your into alternative medicines. An a to z guide on ailments, and natural supplements to take.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Here's the REST OF THE STORY when facing medical situations.

    This has been an invaluable nutritional resource for me through the years. I recommend this for everyone's library. It provides another view to common problems, and nutritional therapies you can use in adjunct with your medical doctor's. At the very least it gives you a basis for questions to ask your medical doctor, who probably has the equivilent of 3 months of nutritional education in their seven years of medical training. Make this book a gift to them!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

    Perfect for Living Healthy

    I'm very excited to say that I think everyone should have a copy of this book in their homes. Maintaining good health is something everyone needs as well as making some problems better or even go away. Times are changing and we need to get our bodies on the right path. This book is great!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

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    Down to Earth Remedies

    Whwn I consider my troubles, I like to consider my options, possible side affects and cross reference them with what other authorities say. Considering good books like this can drive some doctors up the wall, and it's a good measure to check up on what some doctors recommend. Nevertheless, I'm living proof, that it's not all opinion. There are amazing natural remedies for many things some claim can never completely heal, ever. Today, upon the recommendation of a friend I was looking up about the Liver as a friend tipped me off that my Rosacea trouble sounds like a touch of liver damage, and it quickly simplified some clever looking suggestions. Hopefully, I'll be cured of another supposedly incurable thing soon. If so, I'll come back to edit this, :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2008

    A reviewer

    This is the best Go-To Guide for anyhting that ails you. I always find a clue to feel better fast. I have learned so much about what systems are related and how best to treat my body with what it needs to heal itself. Not at all anti-doctor, but a tool to use for better health.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011


    I am a serious healthnut thus avoid prescription drugs as much as possible. The two professionals (authors of this Book) provide great detail about many, many diseases and various health issues. They also provide 'recommendations' as to which supplements (and specified doses), foods, herbs, etc. work well. Many of the subjects, for example, Hypothyroidism, also tell you how to "self-test" (at home) to see if you have the condition. I have had this Book since 2001, and have used it frequently. In fact, I went to research something in it today for my daughter, and then tried to order it online (for her) from Barnes & Noble...but, I've just learned that it's NOT currently sold at Barnes and Noble (for some strange reason). I am now seeing that the Authors (Phyllis and James Balch) have been 'individually' writing books lately, so I am guessing they 'were married' when they wrote "this" book. Perhaps, that's the reason it's no longer available at Barnes & Noble. I sure hope it's still available somewhere because it truly is amazing and should be in everyone's home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2005

    Knowledge is Power!

    I bought a copy of this book when my daughter was diagnosed with asthma when she was 3 years old. That was 12 years ago. With the information that I gained from reading this book, I was able to take her off of albuterol and refused to give her a pump. By modifying her diet and teaching her healthy habits such as what ingredients trigger her asthma, we became very proactive in using diet, herbal and homeopathic remedies to treat her asthma. Today my daughter is a healthy asthma drug free teen and it is largely due to the information that I was able to collect through various research including this book. Without this knowledge, I am sure she would be on asthma medication the rest of her life. I am now purchasing an updated copy to learn more about alternative remedies for ADHD to treat my 6 year old nephew.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    The ONLY book for SUPERIOR reference!

    This is an incredible reference for virtually all diseases and health issues, giving practical, easy-to-understand information on every subject. This includes the most thorough information I have seen on all vitamins, minerals, supplements, etc., including WARNINGS and contraindications which are often left unstated in other guides. I have highlighted my copy nearly cover to cover because it has so much to offer and refer to it over all the other resources in my home library. It is an ideal book for those just beginning to look into alternative treatments as well as a great guide for those of us who have studied natural remedies from many other sources as well, putting a lot of GREAT information in one place. I have done a lot of research on the subject and can say without a doubt that this is the most comprehensive guide out there with the most current information. Don't hesistate to buy it, you will not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    Can't do without it...

    This is a book that helps me everytime I go to a health store. I need to get in touch with the author of this book and deliver a couple of gifts. The writer(s) deserve a few more degree's for this masterful work. Sincerely, Author. 'Knowledge For Tomorrow'..Quinton D. Crawford

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2004


    this book has helped me become a healthier person with out the use of medication. i feel better, i look better, this is an absolutly amazing book i'd recomend it to anyone who looks out for their health and wellness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2004

    Awesome !!

    The newest version and full of remedies. I have used these remedies for years and they really do work. Anything natural is much better than what chemicals that we take in prescription drugs. You can prevent a problem before it gets out of hand and the natural way, it's the way God intended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004


    This is best book on nutrition,vitamins,minerals....everything you ever wanted to know about the chemistry of the human body. Easy to read and understand. It will change how you look at today's medical society.

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