The Alternative Medicine Cabinet

The Alternative Medicine Cabinet

by Kathy Gruver

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Overview

The Alternative Medicine Cabinet is a wealth of natural health information. Easy-to-incorporate, practical advice about treating depression, better sleep, alternative cancer treatments and so much more. Without drugs or surgery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780741459039
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Publication date: 03/26/2010
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Kathy Gruver has been involved in alternative medicine for over two decades. She has earned her Masters in Natural Health, her ND as a Traditional Naturopath and practices as a medical massage therapist. She writes health articles, appears as an expert on radio shows and lectures nationwide on health and wellness issues.

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The Alternative Medicine Cabinet 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LauraFabiani on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love learning about alternative healing methods. In the last 12 years, I have read, studied and used several healing remedies, such as homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, kinaesthetic massage and natural herbal remedies, with real and lasting benefits for me and my family (even my sceptic hubby). In view of this, I was eager to review The Alternative Medicine Cabinet.This small book of 150 pages gives a basic overview of alternative ways to take care of your health naturally. Most of the information in this book is not new to me, but it is a good reminder of good health practices and how to take care of oneself because, ultimately, we are responsible for our own health. I really enjoyed learning about the Bach Flower Essences and it sparked my interest to learn more. The chapter An Herbal Overview was practical since Gruver tells how to make your own herbal tincture and capsules. And the reminders in Be Your Own Advocate cannot be stressed enough. If you want a good introduction to natural health care, this book will give it to you since Gruver covers many topics. However, if you¿re looking for a more in depth study of alternate healing solutions, you may be disappointed.The title led me to believe that I would find more detailed information that I could put into practice immediately without having to do more research. In some cases the information is practical, such as the herbal formula you can make for lowering high blood pressure, but in others, the information is really general. For example, under the heading Homeopathy for Children, a list of the most common remedies and their best uses could have been included so that a parent could try them. Or when the author suggests 5-HTP for depression and obesity (excellent choice), the reader might wonder about the dosage, how to take the remedy and how it works as opposed to traditional anti-depressants and diet pills.I also felt this book needed more rigorous editing. Some of the info was repetitive, and the author¿s tone was at times too informal, such as when she wishes the reader good luck almost after every chapter (I don¿t know what luck has do with it) or when, during the last part of the book, she self-praises her ability to heal super quick and insinuates that if you are not bouncing back to work a week after a back injury, you are not taking responsibility for ¿fixing¿ yourself. At this point, I felt her perspective came across somewhat unprofessionally, although this was not the case throughout the book.Overall, this book is a good introduction to alternative medicine.
kathieoc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Hundreds of Ways to Take Charge of your Health. Naturally.¿"Recipes" to Great Health!Gruver provides interesting and helpful ways to better care for yourself and your family. This is a great self help tool for the novice as well as those experienced in natural health protocols. Pick up a self help health book today and almost ways you will find a chapter on "Be your own advocate." Patients need to help themselves, rather than solely rely on western medical doctors. Demand for better health care is putting the general public on alert that they need to delve deeper into how to prevent chronic and degenerating diseases. Being your own advocate requires you to research and explore more natural alternatives and this book is a great primer. I particularly liked her in depth Table of contents. I found that I could quickly go to sections and chapters of higher interest and learn new information. She covers the benefits of massage, herbal therapy, healthy pregnancy, stress, and homeopathy for adults and children. She has a fantastic chapter on her top 10 nutritional picks and her top 10 quick health tips. She goes into depth on the benefits of blueberries, eggs, spinach, wild caught salmon, avocado, filtered water, and olive oil. I liked that many of her suggestions were easy to incorporate and implement; making it easy for young and old! She discusses back pain and recommends acupuncture. Her chapter on sleep suggests many ways to get help the insomniacs, and she offers advice for depression and anxiety in natural forms. Obesity has its own chapter and her ideas should be taken to heart by all readers. She presents so many aspects of achieving good health that I applaud her ability to explain it and organize it so easily. As a health practitioner I would use this as a self help guide for my patients and family. As a professional I learned more about natural ways to help patients. This book continues to provide resources and education for those that want to help themselves. Natural health is the way to a healthy longevity. She does a wonderful job of spreading that word. Her message on how to change is inspiring. Her goal is to educate, teach and enlighten. She shares her heart and soul with you in her book. Gruver provides her perspective on how to stay sick, how to get healthy and discusses the attitudes surrounding healing and getting well. I received a complimentary copy of ¿The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Hundreds of Ways to Take Charge of your Health. Naturally.¿
iwatson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all, I have to say I am an advocate of alternative health practices and because of that was interested in Kathy Gruver¿s book ¿The Alternative Medicine Cabinet.¿ I¿ve read many books over the years and practiced many modalities. I wanted to know if Gruver had anything new to say. She didn¿t, however, she didn¿t disappoint me either. I love her little book. It¿s only 141 pages and in our busy lifestyles anything more than this would be too much.Concise and to the point, Gruver gives us suggestions to better health, without drugs. Being a massage therapist herself she starts off with encouraging getting a massage. In her gentle way, she gives benefits and how to communicate with the massage therapist.I was specifically interested in what she calls ¿Kathy¿s Top 10 Picks¿ in nutrition. She is on the same page as I am ¿ wild caught salmon, broccoli with olive oil and garlic, and blueberries. A simple meal of these nutrient and antioxidant packed foods will not only taste delicious but feed your body and soul. But, there is so much more to this little book. It¿s packed full of information on women¿s issues, obesity, sleep, winter office health, and more. Basically Gruver covers all the important aspects.This is a great book for anyone that has been thinking of exploring alternative health. Gruver¿s knowledge and experience shines through by giving the skeptic food for thought. (Pun intended!) This book is also a wonderful quick resource guide for those that already consider alternative medicine as a way of life. Her recommended reading and resource guide is very helpful.
AHauer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book ¿The Alternative Medicine Cabinet¿ and with what is listed as a summary, I was under the impression there would be `hundreds of ways¿ or ideas to keep healthy. My impression at first before reading this was that I expected to see a list of symptoms or ailments with corresponding healing alternatives. However, that is not the case. I did find that Kathy was rather thorough in listing a variety of holistic modalities. All these modalities; Massage and bodywork, Reiki, Acupuncture to name a few) were briefly explained in easy to understand terms for those not familiar with the work. So for me, the title of this book is misleading with the ideas and content presented.I do feel this would be the perfect book to have on hand or give as a gift to those unfamiliar with the holistic field of natural medicine. As I am a holistic practitioner as well, I know many view Massage or Reflexology as a simple luxury, especially in the current state of the economy. But I personally have benefited in so many ways when receiving my own work for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Migraines and the normal Premenstrual Symptoms alone to the point that all pain has ceased. There are many out there with limited motion range and chronic and repetitious- movement pain that can have results with the right therapist, so it is highly worth checking into. I also love that positive thoughts are mentioned as so many seem to feel apathetic or negative on their situation. If you think `sick¿ then yes, you will be sick.On Homeopathic remedies, Kathy does mention that if one does not work, then another should be used. From my own experience, I have found that in most cases a second remedy is required to complete the healing action. I personally use many traditional remedies (the most common one has access for.) for myself and my small child. The most common uses range from bumps and bruises to controlling my Rheumatic pains and I do so successfully. (In fact, I have stopped all modern medications while using alternative means, only as these resonate in harmony with me.). Her `abchomeopathy¿ website that is listed directs a person through a slew of questions to narrow down a remedy, and when I did it for my allergies, I was directed to something that does not work for me. So, I would say keep at it or invest in a good reference book.All in all, even though this was not a book I originally expected, the information is invaluable to anyone. It serves as a good reminder even to the current holistic professional to make sure they also take care of themselves, as well as those in their care.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE CABINET: HUNDREDS OF WAYS TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH. NATURALLY. by KATHY GRUVER,PHD,LMT,RM, NHC (2nd Edition)is an interesting Alternative Medicine/Nutrition/Health. What a wonderful guide to better health naturally. A great quick guide to Homeopathy,herbs,healing,belief and so much more. While not intended to diagnose or prescribe in any way it is an excellent source of information. I enjoyed the 10 quick health tips and the obesity and natural health. I was fasnicated by the fact that soda, neither diet nor regular have any nutritional value except to help you gain weight. There have been studies to the "correclations between high fructose corn syrup(found in non-diet soda and many processed foods) and weight gain in the US." A very educational book and one I intend to look back on often. Well researched and well written. Easy to read and follow. I would highly recommend this title if you are interested in natural health, supplemental health and wellness. Also, if you are looking for a quick resource, this is the title for you to pick up and read. A wonderful guide to better health. Received for an honest review from the author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: NONE REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
reader170 More than 1 year ago
"The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Hundreds of Ways to Take Charge of your Health. Naturally." "Recipes" to Great Health! Gruver provides interesting and helpful ways to better care for yourself and your family. This is a great self help tool for the novice as well as those experienced in natural health protocols. Pick up a self help health book today and almost ways you will find a chapter on "Be your own advocate." Patients need to help themselves, rather than solely rely on western medical doctors. Demand for better health care is putting the general public on alert that they need to delve deeper into how to prevent chronic and degenerating diseases. Being your own advocate requires you to research and explore more natural alternatives and this book is a great primer. I particularly liked her in depth Table of contents. I found that I could quickly go to sections and chapters of higher interest and learn new information. She covers the benefits of massage, herbal therapy, healthy pregnancy, stress, and homeopathy for adults and children. She has a fantastic chapter on her top 10 nutritional picks and her top 10 quick health tips. She goes into depth on the benefits of blueberries, eggs, spinach, wild caught salmon, avocado, filtered water, and olive oil. I liked that many of her suggestions were easy to incorporate and implement; making it easy for young and old! She discusses back pain and recommends acupuncture. Her chapter on sleep suggests many ways to get help the insomniacs, and she offers advice for depression and anxiety in natural forms. Obesity has its own chapter and her ideas should be taken to heart by all readers. She presents so many aspects of achieving good health that I applaud her ability to explain it and organize it so easily. As a health practitioner I would use this as a self help guide for my patients and family. As a professional I learned more about natural ways to help patients. This book continues to provide resources and education for those that want to help themselves. Natural health is the way to a healthy longevity. She does a wonderful job of spreading that word. Her message on how to change is inspiring. Her goal is to educate, teach and enlighten. She shares her heart and soul with you in her book. Gruver provides her perspective on how to stay sick, how to get healthy and discusses the attitudes surrounding healing and getting well. I received a complimentary copy of "The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Hundreds of Ways to Take Charge of your Health. Naturally."
iwatson More than 1 year ago
First of all, I have to say I am an advocate of alternative health practices and because of that was interested in Kathy Gruver's book "The Alternative Medicine Cabinet." I've read many books over the years and practiced many modalities. I wanted to know if Gruver had anything new to say. She didn't, however, she didn't disappoint me either. I love her little book. It's only 141 pages and in our busy lifestyles anything more than this would be too much. Concise and to the point, Gruver gives us suggestions to better health, without drugs. Being a massage therapist herself she starts off with encouraging getting a massage. In her gentle way, she gives benefits and how to communicate with the massage therapist. I was specifically interested in what she calls "Kathy's Top 10 Picks" in nutrition. She is on the same page as I am - wild caught salmon, broccoli with olive oil and garlic, and blueberries. A simple meal of these nutrient and antioxidant packed foods will not only taste delicious but feed your body and soul. But, there is so much more to this little book. It's packed full of information on women's issues, obesity, sleep, winter office health, and more. Basically Gruver covers all the important aspects. This is a great book for anyone that has been thinking of exploring alternative health. Gruver's knowledge and experience shines through by giving the skeptic food for thought. (Pun intended!) This book is also a wonderful quick resource guide for those that already consider alternative medicine as a way of life. Her recommended reading and resource guide is very helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago