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Natural health's number-one bestseller for more than twenty years, completely revised and updated. With more than five million copies sold, Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the most trusted, comprehensive source on dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and herbs. A pioneer in the field of nutritional healing, Phyllis Balch passionately and meticulously researche Natural health's number-one bestseller for more than twenty years, completely revised and updated. With more than five million copies sold, Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the most trusted, comprehensive source on dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and herbs. A pioneer in the field of nutritional healing, Phyllis Balch passionately and meticulously researched and compiled this groundbreaking book. Now, a generation later, her message has more relevance than ever: consume fresh foods, avoid processed foods and those high in saturated fat, and optimize your intake of essential nutrients with the right supplements. Today's well-stocked vitamin and natural-health stores can be confusing, and people need Balch's clear, concise, landmark guide. To help them make sense of the mind-numbing array of choices that are available, readers of Prescription for Nutritional Healing will: - learn the basics of good nutrition; - find out how to balance vitamins and minerals so that the body can properly absorb both; - determine how best to treat 250 problems-from abscesses to wrinkles-using herbs, nutrition, and supplements; and - get the facts on other complementary therapies, like ayurveda, biofeedback, chiropractic care, and more. Prescription for Nutritional Healing is an essential resource for every health-minded consumer.


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Natural health's number-one bestseller for more than twenty years, completely revised and updated. With more than five million copies sold, Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the most trusted, comprehensive source on dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and herbs. A pioneer in the field of nutritional healing, Phyllis Balch passionately and meticulously researche Natural health's number-one bestseller for more than twenty years, completely revised and updated. With more than five million copies sold, Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the most trusted, comprehensive source on dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and herbs. A pioneer in the field of nutritional healing, Phyllis Balch passionately and meticulously researched and compiled this groundbreaking book. Now, a generation later, her message has more relevance than ever: consume fresh foods, avoid processed foods and those high in saturated fat, and optimize your intake of essential nutrients with the right supplements. Today's well-stocked vitamin and natural-health stores can be confusing, and people need Balch's clear, concise, landmark guide. To help them make sense of the mind-numbing array of choices that are available, readers of Prescription for Nutritional Healing will: - learn the basics of good nutrition; - find out how to balance vitamins and minerals so that the body can properly absorb both; - determine how best to treat 250 problems-from abscesses to wrinkles-using herbs, nutrition, and supplements; and - get the facts on other complementary therapies, like ayurveda, biofeedback, chiropractic care, and more. Prescription for Nutritional Healing is an essential resource for every health-minded consumer.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    This book was recommended to me by a man at Wild Oats in their supplement department as being one of the best resources for nutritional healing. I have used it for a number of reasons - thyroid issues, mononucleosis, fatiguqe, high cholesterol, high blood pressure... etc. for myself and my family. Most topics have 3-5 pages of information about what the issue is in medical terms, things that can be done to mitigate, improve, or in some cases alleviate the issue altogether. Supplements are sugges This book was recommended to me by a man at Wild Oats in their supplement department as being one of the best resources for nutritional healing. I have used it for a number of reasons - thyroid issues, mononucleosis, fatiguqe, high cholesterol, high blood pressure... etc. for myself and my family. Most topics have 3-5 pages of information about what the issue is in medical terms, things that can be done to mitigate, improve, or in some cases alleviate the issue altogether. Supplements are suggested in categories such as "essential", "important", "helpful", and herbs, spices are also cited that might prove helpful. Diet recommendations are given on types of foods to include or to avoid. My family has found this book tremendously helpful. My husband came down with a severe case of Epstein-Barr a few years ago and he followed the recommendations given in the book with great results. The dr. was surprised how quickly he bounced back, and when the Dr. was told that we had added these supplements to my husband's diet he asked for them to consider recommending them to other people. This is a book that I refer to regularly and hits almost every topic you could think of. It cites research, what specifically the supplements do to the body to help treat condition, etc. It is not meant to replace medical care, but to enhance it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    This is a very large, very comprehensive guide to alternative medicine, and is split into three parts. Part 1 deals with overall health, including information on nutrition, vitamins, supplements, etc. The guides in this section explain the various vitamins and supplements available, along with recommended minimum and maximum doses for each (including also the FDA's guidelines when available). Part 2, which makes up the majority of the book, lists a wide variety if disorders (both common and uncomm This is a very large, very comprehensive guide to alternative medicine, and is split into three parts. Part 1 deals with overall health, including information on nutrition, vitamins, supplements, etc. The guides in this section explain the various vitamins and supplements available, along with recommended minimum and maximum doses for each (including also the FDA's guidelines when available). Part 2, which makes up the majority of the book, lists a wide variety if disorders (both common and uncommon). Information on each disorder is given, followed by vitamins, supplements, and therapies that are recommended. The disorders covered are numerous, everything from allergies to cancer. Part 3 goes into detail about the various remedies and therapies described in the book (from color therapy to hair analysis), and often guides you to where you can find more information on a given subject. This is certainly an indispensable book for anyone interested in alternative medicines, or for those looking to supplement traditional medicine.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nickey

    I wanted to like this book as it appears to be a good source of information but upon reading several sections this morning I am absolutely appalled that some of this advice was even allowed to be published. Twice the author claims that rice and nut "milks" are appropriate substitutes for breastmilk or formula. This could not be further from the truth and is extremely dangerous advice. These products do not contain the necessary fats and other nutrients needed for a baby to survive. There are in I wanted to like this book as it appears to be a good source of information but upon reading several sections this morning I am absolutely appalled that some of this advice was even allowed to be published. Twice the author claims that rice and nut "milks" are appropriate substitutes for breastmilk or formula. This could not be further from the truth and is extremely dangerous advice. These products do not contain the necessary fats and other nutrients needed for a baby to survive. There are in fact warnings on the sides of these products for parents to not use them as substitutes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael Weber-Williams

    “A healthy outside starts from the inside” - Robert Urich The book I chose to read was the Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements. This book is more like an encyclopedia rather than just a nonfiction book. This book goes into great depth in three main categories: the elements of health, numerous disorders, and remedies/therapies. In the elements of health, sub-categories include, nutrition/dieting “A healthy outside starts from the inside” - Robert Urich The book I chose to read was the Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements. This book is more like an encyclopedia rather than just a nonfiction book. This book goes into great depth in three main categories: the elements of health, numerous disorders, and remedies/therapies. In the elements of health, sub-categories include, nutrition/dieting/wellness, importance of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, water, and so on. For example, this book discusses how magnesium is a catalyst primarily involved with enzymes of energy production. It can be found in most foods including, but not limited to, dairy products, meat/seafood, apples, avocados, and leafy green vegetables. Topic discussed in the second section of the book consist of a wide variety of health obscurities (anything from arthritis to canker sores, or fibromyalgia to wrinkles) specific explanations of the disorder, how much of what nutrients to best cure the “ailments,” other actions, techniques, and remedies for restoration, and considerations to take into account. The final section of the book goes over the therapies and remedies more clearly and extensively, for instance, hyperbaric oxygen therapy--the administration of oxygen while experiencing high atmospheric pressure. I wanted to read this book because I have always been intrigued by the human body and restoring it to a state of equilibrium, or better, as naturally as possible. In relation to my life, this book went over some natural healing methods my mother has already used as I was growing up. You should read this book because it provides excellent and vast amounts of knowledge on how to heal and maintain your body. If you are interested topics similar to health sciences and don’t bore easy, this book could be an option for you; however, if science does not interest you, and you don’t feel like reading an encyclopedia, this book is probably not the best choice for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    This is a book that I have had on my shelf, and referenced, for many years. It has helped me understand the nature of various illnesses (minor and major). The great thing about this book is the index in the back that allows one to instantly look up what is ailing them, and to read nutritional recommendations. Also, this book does not slam traditional medicine. James Balch is an m.d. and his wife is a nutritionist. The book clearly states when it is a good time to consult an m.d. or when prescrip This is a book that I have had on my shelf, and referenced, for many years. It has helped me understand the nature of various illnesses (minor and major). The great thing about this book is the index in the back that allows one to instantly look up what is ailing them, and to read nutritional recommendations. Also, this book does not slam traditional medicine. James Balch is an m.d. and his wife is a nutritionist. The book clearly states when it is a good time to consult an m.d. or when prescription medication or surgery may be warranted. I have followed nutritional recommendations and have found them to be effective (i.e. avoid caffeine, nuts,etc. when you have a cold sore and supplement with lysine..) I feel that everyone would benefit by owning a copy of this book. Also, if you are not in the medical profession, it is very helpful to read this book prior to seeing your doctor. You will have a better grasp of your illness and will know what questions to ask during your visit.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nichole

    I had high hopes for this book, but it doesn't have references. Its claims are not backed up by research studies. I can understand that for some sections, the herbals, and natural remedies, but so much of the prescribed diets do not have references even for the warnings, and this woman seems not to have an understanding of heart disease, inflammation, nor cholesterol and how it works in the body. Disappointing... glad I didn't buy it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    (also posted on my site The Paperback Stash) If you're into vitamins, minerals, and supplements, this book will be sure to please you. I'm not one into pill nutrients much, but hold this book in high regard because it is seemingly endless with its information. There are countless disorders, with information on them - then treatments - then final notes. The authors were obviously not in a hurry as some seem to be, or pressed for space. It's a great resource that covers so much more than just what (also posted on my site The Paperback Stash) If you're into vitamins, minerals, and supplements, this book will be sure to please you. I'm not one into pill nutrients much, but hold this book in high regard because it is seemingly endless with its information. There are countless disorders, with information on them - then treatments - then final notes. The authors were obviously not in a hurry as some seem to be, or pressed for space. It's a great resource that covers so much more than just what it says it does. There are chapters on vitamins, minerals, herbs, but the great heart of this book is the index referencing various conditions and ailments - everything from research, herbal suggestions, vitamin and mineral therapies with dosage recommendations - wonderful stuff. There are of course some eyebrow raising points, such as how orange juice is bad for everyone, but the authors seem to know their stuff and it shows. Highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dana Arcuri

    This is an excellent resourceful book full of endless information and fabulous natural alternatives to health. I absolutely LOVE it! No matter what medical condition you are dealing with, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, is filled with a chalk full of holistic approaches to wellness. Everything imaginable is covered in this book ranging from skin disorders, autoimmune diseases, thyroid, heart, ADHD, female issues, allergies and it's endless. Also, there is plenty of helpful information abou This is an excellent resourceful book full of endless information and fabulous natural alternatives to health. I absolutely LOVE it! No matter what medical condition you are dealing with, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, is filled with a chalk full of holistic approaches to wellness. Everything imaginable is covered in this book ranging from skin disorders, autoimmune diseases, thyroid, heart, ADHD, female issues, allergies and it's endless. Also, there is plenty of helpful information about herbs, vitamins, antioxidants and so much more. If you prefer alternative health over traditional medicine, this book is perfect. I use this beneficial resource so much that my pages are literally filled with yellow highlighters and tons of bookmarks. I wouldn't go without it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    This is a must-have resource for addressing your health/body concerns through diet and natural supplements. Reading through the general info., and the catalogue of various disorders is also a great way to become aware of the health concerns that are out there and ways to prevent them. Yeah! Preventative medicine!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Mickels

    Great reference book for what hurts and how to maybe make it better or better yet, avoid ills.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeniel

    I would not recommend this book, full opinions of author with nothing to back it up

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Steffy

    I am continually referencing this book for recommendations on how to address health issues for myself and others. I find it to be very helpful and perhaps why I make so few visits to doctors.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    There is a reason this has been America's #1 Guide to Health and Nutrition for many years. I purchase the updated version each time it comes out. An invaluable guide.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenny K

    An A to Z guide to supplements.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A little too unwieldy in its size. A good resource-type book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Good

    My absolute go-to book for many, many years when it comes to any health conditions. It is well- grounded, and although favoring alternative or complementary solutions, there is always a decent nod to medical interventions when necessary, and the pros or cons. It is so simple to look up anything from a mere insect bite to chronic more serious conditions such as diabetes or crohns disease and see the recommendations and reasoning in a very easy to understand format, with the listings of lifestyle c My absolute go-to book for many, many years when it comes to any health conditions. It is well- grounded, and although favoring alternative or complementary solutions, there is always a decent nod to medical interventions when necessary, and the pros or cons. It is so simple to look up anything from a mere insect bite to chronic more serious conditions such as diabetes or crohns disease and see the recommendations and reasoning in a very easy to understand format, with the listings of lifestyle changes, supplements, foods to favor or eliminate, and more—all listed in order of most essential to recommended more generally. I’ve been using it, as I mentioned, for years, and especially before everything was internet based, couldn’t have managed nearly as well without it! But it still is a treasured resource.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Moeller

    Provides a comprehensive and extensive list of remedies for all types of ailments of varying severities, for anything you can think of. From simpler more common issues like stomach ache, cold sores, hemorrhoids, dry skin, ear infection etc. Ranging to more severe and complex problems such as Chron's disease, hypothyroidism, prostate cancer...etc. Each ailment is listed provides an in-depth description, etiology, recommended Nutrients (Supplement name, suggested dosage, comments) categorized by l Provides a comprehensive and extensive list of remedies for all types of ailments of varying severities, for anything you can think of. From simpler more common issues like stomach ache, cold sores, hemorrhoids, dry skin, ear infection etc. Ranging to more severe and complex problems such as Chron's disease, hypothyroidism, prostate cancer...etc. Each ailment is listed provides an in-depth description, etiology, recommended Nutrients (Supplement name, suggested dosage, comments) categorized by level of importance; in addition to Recommendations/Considerations (i.e., dietary, treatment options, progression or potential causal factors). I highly recommend this book to anyone who is open to trying natural methods of healing.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joomi Lee

    This is why I have mixed feelings about the author's book: There is both good and bad advice in this book. The author recommends New Age type stuff that I disagree with such as hypnosis/hypnotherapy and similar New Age inspired stuff. Prevention is the best medicine. Eat, drink, and exercise right and grow your own food from the best quality seeds you can find. If you can't afford to do that then buy the best quality plant food you can afford from the closest CSA/ISA/food co-op/grocery store/food This is why I have mixed feelings about the author's book: There is both good and bad advice in this book. The author recommends New Age type stuff that I disagree with such as hypnosis/hypnotherapy and similar New Age inspired stuff. Prevention is the best medicine. Eat, drink, and exercise right and grow your own food from the best quality seeds you can find. If you can't afford to do that then buy the best quality plant food you can afford from the closest CSA/ISA/food co-op/grocery store/food truck, etc. Food banks and food kitchens are other options. Please avoid dining outside your home. It is more expensive than cooking from scratch at home. It is best to get all your nutrients from the best quality plant food you can afford to grow/buy/acquire somehow. Most people cannot afford to buy every single supplement that she recommends under Diabetes, for one example. Even if a supplement maker has a good quality control department one year does not mean it will have a good quality control department the next year. The USA has lousy food protection laws. Some companies use calcium from sea shells which the human body does NOT absorb. The USA also has lousy labeling laws. I could go on and on but I think you get the message. I did buy this book in both Korean and English as gifts for my mom.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Luann

    This book is absolutely the best alternative medicine reference book I ever read. The suggestions have helped me with many of my friends' and family's and my own ailments and challenges. Not only does it explain the many forms of alternative medicine and list suggestions for the different ailments, but also gives great information on what vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other substances are needed and what they do in the body, as well as the negative effects of substance interactions and overdosi This book is absolutely the best alternative medicine reference book I ever read. The suggestions have helped me with many of my friends' and family's and my own ailments and challenges. Not only does it explain the many forms of alternative medicine and list suggestions for the different ailments, but also gives great information on what vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other substances are needed and what they do in the body, as well as the negative effects of substance interactions and overdosing. If you only buy one alternative medicine book, this should be the one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eliana

    Don’t tell me to eat antioxidants and not eat berries, The amount of restriction you must endure to follow along with this book is excessive and there are no references, I have a chemical imbalance, not a nutritional one but I don’t think this would work for most people anyways. Eat food, not supplements.

  21. 4 out of 5

    josie thal

    This book has many recommentations to common ailments that do not require you to put prescribed medicines into your body - instead it helps you energize your immune system to help it fight against common ailments such as cold/arthritis/common aches and pains - etc. It is good to just purchase it and have it around for reference purposes!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    Great resource on how to treat common (and not so common) ailments with supplements, herbs, and nutrition.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sweet Mama

    Helpful

  24. 5 out of 5

    June Lackey

    The absolute best book on nutritional healing. My mom and I have been using it since it came out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    My copy of this book was referred to constantly over the years along with my dated handwritten notes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kymberly

    We have been using this book for years! Love it! So helpful in my research.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Renel Ralston

    Good for reference

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    everyday solid reference

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jc

    Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements by Phyllis A. Balch I have read a number of nutrition books over the last few years but this book by Balch ranks at the top of the pile in my estimation. The vast amount of useful and relevant information contained within the cover is astounding. Every nutritionist should have a copy of this book on his or her bookshelf. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that anybody interested in improving his or her health through nut Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements by Phyllis A. Balch I have read a number of nutrition books over the last few years but this book by Balch ranks at the top of the pile in my estimation. The vast amount of useful and relevant information contained within the cover is astounding. Every nutritionist should have a copy of this book on his or her bookshelf. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that anybody interested in improving his or her health through nutrition should have a copy of this book. There are more than 1.75 million copies of this book in print; that speaks volumes about the benefits this book provides readers. Balch discusses how nutrition, diet and wellness are entwined in creating good health. There is great material covering vitamins, minerals, air quality, water, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, natural food supplements, herbs, and drug interactions we should aware of. Let us look at how Balch presents this information. Take vitamins for example. First, she gives us a general understanding of the role of the item in question. Then she tells us where we can find that item in the foods we eat. She also provides any comments and cautions that we need to be aware of. Vitamin D is necessary for bodily absorption of calcium and phosphorous, necessary for growth and many other things. Some of the best sources of Vitamin D are fatty saltwater fish, dairy products and eggs. But be careful taking too much Vitamin D (more than 1000 IU daily) as it will decrease bone mass. This book has been one of the biggest and best information sources that I have read about healing with nutrition. Some of the other books that I have do present information better is some areas and are weaker in others. This tome is strong throughout the entire length. This is definitely one nutrition book everybody should have. Happy Reading,

  30. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve

    This is probably the least expensive book that every household could benefit from for many lifetimes! I cannot say how many times a person suffered from dis-ease and this exceptional book was given as a gift (or how many times I've replaced the one given) Every subject is broken down easily. What are amino acids? What are herbs? Superfoods? Vitamins, oils, various types of waters, etc. it then gets into conditions people may suffer from, with essential vitamin/nutritional needs. Then lifestyle r This is probably the least expensive book that every household could benefit from for many lifetimes! I cannot say how many times a person suffered from dis-ease and this exceptional book was given as a gift (or how many times I've replaced the one given) Every subject is broken down easily. What are amino acids? What are herbs? Superfoods? Vitamins, oils, various types of waters, etc. it then gets into conditions people may suffer from, with essential vitamin/nutritional needs. Then lifestyle recommendations, foods or exercise suggestions, herbs to try. They actually name certain brand names (which, no, they do not get funded by these companies, but should!) If someone wants a primer, and has questions such as what is homeopathy anyway? Or, what is acupuncture vs acupressure. What organizations are out there to call to help me condition. What is a vegan vs a raw vegan? How can I alkalize my diet more? Beginners to seasoned practitioners can always go to this book for suggestions, or ideas in area they may not specialize. Over 30 some years I've seen this book get larger, and the price stay just about the same. It has contributions from so many sources, and now comes in Spanish... perhaps other languages as well! With the holiday season, or just a way to tell someone you truly care about them, their long term well being and health, or if you wish to understand what your partner, loved one or friend is going through, and how to be supportive. (Yes, I need an editor...) I'd say this book is the best $30 one can spend, perhaps even less on sites like Amazon, or if you don't mind a used edition. There are some listed from sellers on Amazon and other sources. Your local organic market, vitamin and herbal shop should Ave a copy on hand. I'd not advise this only on Kindle. Maybe to travel with, but in general these will hopefully be one of the great all time books that remain in paper form.

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