Friday, June 25, 2004

Recommended Website:
Doc Shillington

Book Review:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements by James F., Md. Balch, Phyllis A. Balch

This book is very easy to use, with various disorders listed alphabetically. Each problem listed contains a description of symptoms, possible underlying causes of disorder, nutrients which are listed as either essential, very important, important, or helpful for the treatment of the disorder, a description of various herbs which may help, and how to use them, and other recommendations and considerations.

For instance, under bronchitis, recommendations includes "drink plenty of fluids. Pure water, herbal teas and soups are all good choices." and "Add moisture to the air..." Under considerations, bronchodilators are discussed, inhalers are mentioned, and one is advised to get a chest xray if bronchitis "does not clear up in a reasonable amount of time."

There are actually hundreds of disorders listed in this book. It is the most complete reference I have seen for natural remedies, written for the layperson.

There is an extensive section on various nutrients, why they are necessary, for what conditions they should be used, and how they should be taken. At the back is a list of manufacturers of the various supplements mentioned.

This book certainly does not displace medical care, but it is a good supplement. It is very useful for minor ailments for which one would not want to see a doctor, or for chronic conditions such as endometriosis or chronic fatigue syndrome, which traditional medical practitioners are unable to easily cure.

I can highly recommend this one to anyone who takes supplements and wants more information on how to heal the body with natural remedies.