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Nourishing Wisdom
A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being
by Marc David
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to Are you confused by all of the books available that try and tell us what kinds of food to eat, how much food to eat, and even when to eat? Every day new books full of 'expert' advice appear on bookstore shelves. Most of us do not know if we are giving our bodies what they need. Marc David offers sound advice on how to listen to our bodies to determine the emotional as well as the physical effects of the foods we eat. He reveals to us the illusions of the 'perfect' diet, 'good' foods, and 'bad' foods.

This book teaches ways to examine our eating habits. It is more a book about 'how' to eat rather than a book about 'what' to eat. It is an exploration into the psychology of eating and our relationship to food. I recommend this book to everyone who is concerned about the food they eat.

Nutrition in a Nutshell
Build Health and Slow Down the Aging Process
by Bonnie C. Minsky
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to Amazon.comNutrition in a Nutshell offers ten nutritional concepts that build health and slow down the aging process. based on the latest scientific research as well as the author's fifteen years of experience as a nutritional consultant, here is a friendly, informative, and comprehensive approach to enhanced health through diet and supplementation. Learn how to feel and look great as you build your overall understanding of food and implement your personalized 'Feel Like a 10' food plan.


Food for the Spirit
Seasonal Vegetarian Recipes to Warm the Kitchen and Nourish the Soul
by Manuela Dunn Mascetti and Arunima Borthwick
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to Although I am not a vegetarian, I find myself being more and more attracted to sources of proteins and other nutrients other than meat. I first picked up this book because it offered over one hundred recipes that covered a broad range of uses. Most of the recipes looked very appealing. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of commentary that accompanied them. 

There is a lot of material in this book that offers sound advice about how to prepare meals that are not only good for the body, but also for the mind, heart, and soul as well. I have prepared some of the recipes in my kitchen, and I have enjoyed every one of them.

Nature's Super 7 Medicines
The Seven Essential Ingredients for Optimal Health
by Dr. John Heinerman
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to This book has a wealth of information about seven common foods and natural materials that have proven to be very beneficial additions to one's health regimen. The healing properties of antioxidants, bee pollen, cayenne pepper, garlic and onions, ginseng, turmeric, and wheat grass are discussed. Dr. Heinerman is enthusiastic about his subject, and his prose often has an evangelical tone, but his facts and anecdotal material make an impressive case for the inclusion of these seven natural medicines in everyone's herbal medicine cabinet.

I didn't care much for the tone of this book when I first picked it up, but I did find its information useful. I refer back to this book often and find more reasons to like it each time. Everyone who reads this book will benefit from learning about these seven natural wonders.

Pain Free
A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain
by Pete Egoscue
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to As a massage therapist, one of my most challenging experiences is working with someone who is experiencing chronic pain. The cause of the pain is often not immediately apparent, and treatment seldom leads to permanent relief without making lifestyle changes at the same time. This book offers low-impact, easily performed excercises that aid in returning the body to its natural posture and function. Along with a relatively healthy lifestyle, these exercises can offer hope to people who have suffered too long with chronic pain.

Among the conditions that these excercises are designed to treat are lower back pain, hip problems, sciatica, bad knees, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, stiff neck, fatigue, sinus problems, vertigo, TMJ pain, shin splints, varicose veins, sprained or weak ankles, bursitis, tendonitis, and rotator cuff problems. The book also includes special preventative and maintanance excercise programs for the entire body. I would recommend this book to anyone experiencing recurring or long lasting pain.

Discovering the Body's Wisdom
A Comprehensive Guide to more than Fifty Mind-Body Practices that can Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Foster Health, Spiritual Growth, and Inner Peace
by Mirka Knaster
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to This is a very useful survey of about sixty holistic techniques available for mind-body integration. It is the most comprehensive listing of these types of techniques that I have found to date. It includes techniques from both Eastern and Western healing traditions. Along with a description of each technique, the author discusses reasons for selecting it, what to expect from one session or a series of sessions, and what, if anything, you should beware of as a client.

The Web That Has No Weaver
Understanding Chinese Medicine
by Ted J. Kaptchuk
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to The practice of medicine in western society has come under increasing criticism in recent years partly because the scientific model that it is based upon fails to account for phenomena that cannot be explained or reproduced. This is one reason among many for the recent popularity of medical systems in which practices and philosophies take a more holistic approach. These are the so-called alternative medicines. The practice of medicine in China is one of those systems based upon observations that the mind and the body are connected and that what happens to one affects the other.

Chinese medicine is not new. But it is unfamiliar to many people in western society. This book offers a clear and understandable introduction for anyone wishing to learn more about this ancient and remarkably effective system of medicine. It is a fascinating look into a philosophy that recognizes the multidimensional and interdependent nature of life. This book is a classic in its field and should become part of every seeker's library.

Beyond Antibiotics
50 (or so) Ways to Boost Immunity and Avoid Antibiotics
by Michael A. Schmidt, et. al.
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to Soon after antibiotics were developed to combat pathogenic microorganisms, antibiotic resistant strains began to appear. Antibiotics have been shown to produce undesirable side-effects in the body and even kill microbes which reside in the body and play a crucial role in supprting its metabolism and its immune system. Antibiotics are clearly not the panacea for fighting disease that many had hoped they might be.

In addition to exploring the problems presented by the overuse of these drugs, this book discusses why we get sick, effects of the environment on the immune system, the role of heredity and lifestyle in health, and the roles of mood, mind, and stress in infections. Natural medicines that support the body's immune system are discussed. Finally, specific suggestions are given to help you avoid using antibiotics.

Health and Healing for Pets

Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
by Kymythy R. Schultze, C.C.N., A.H.I.
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to There are an estimated 60 million dogs and 70 million cats living as beloved companions in the United States alone, and feeding pets is a multibillion-dollar business. A significant proportion of pet owners are now turning to holistic health care to prevent disease and enhance their pet's well being. The foundation of holistic care is optimal nutrition. Our own doctors extol the virtues of eating fewer processed foods and adding more fresh foods to our diet if we wish to enjoy good health. Certainly our dogs and cats deserve the same consideration!

In this reader friendly book, author Schultze shows you how a species-appropriate diet of raw natural foods can lead to an enhanced quality of life for your pet. You will learn how to easily prepare a nutritious homemade meal that can help your pet develop a shiny coat, healthy skin and digestion, clean teeth, and bright eyes. You will also learn how to reduce flea problems and bad breath. This is an invaluable book that you will want to keep handy at all times.

Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats
by Diane Stein
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to This is a wide ranging guide for keeping your pet healthy through massage, herbal remedies, acupressure, nutrition, psychic healing, homeopathy, acupuncture, flower essences, muscle testing, and other alternative and natural techniques.

In this book Diane Stein offers us a means to restore health an well being not only for our pets, but for all forms of life and for our environment. This book is well illustrated and can be easily understood. It has an extensive resource guide to holistic healing methods. This book also offers effective ways to reduce your veterinary costs. This is an excellent book for anyone who is seeking alternative ways of improving the health and well being of their beloved pet companions.


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