It's time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.…
It’s that time again. The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews. Today’s topic is: What to read to learn about … (insert topic of choice).
This was actually kind of hard for me. I’m a non-fiction book freak. Fiction, too, if it’s historically accurate (shout out to John Jakes for helping me pass American History in high school).
I finally chose a book I use pretty regularly. It’s all about natural health care (using drug-free remedies). Now, I absolutely believe certain drugs have their place in our health care, but I also believe that people as a whole WAY overuse them. My mom has rheumatoid arthritis… has had for more than twenty years. And she refuses to use prescription RA drugs because of the side effects. She keeps it under control (mostly–there is the occasional flare up) using yucca, with occasional NSAIDS like ibuprofen when it gets a little more painful than usual.
Also, about 25 years ago, I was dating a man who was struggling with some chronic health issues. His doctor had tried everything, including massive doses of steroids which just about did him in. He finally told the regular doctor goodbye and went hard into holistic care. Some of it was a little too “woo woo” for me (like doing allergy tests by waving the food near his body and seeing how he felt), but his holistic doctor turned him onto the book I’m featuring today.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing
by Phyllis A. Balch
Here’s a description from Goodreads:
Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the nation’s #1 bestselling guide to natural remedies. The new fifth edition incorporates the most recent information on a variety of alternative healing and preventive therapies and unveils new science on vitamins, supplements, and herbs. With an A-to-Z reference to illnesses, updates include: How omega-3 and exercise may help those suffering from Alzheimer’s Current information on the latest drug therapies for treating AIDs What you need to know about H1N1 virus Nutritional information for combating prostate cancer Leading research on menopause and bio identical hormones And much, much more In the twenty years since the first edition was released, the natural health movement has gone mainstream, and the quest for optimal nutrition is no longer relegated to speciality stores. With more than 800 pages of comprehensive facts about all aspects of alternative ways to wellness, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition, unites the best of age-old remedies with twenty-first- century science.
There is so much good information in here. I have arthritis. I have sciatica. And when I do what the books says, I feel pretty darn good. I’m almost never sick (knocking madly on wood right now, lol) because I take natural precautions daily and when I do catch a cold, I can usually kick that sucker in just a day or two. I haven’t had antibiotics in 20+ years. My kid never had an ear infection. In fact, I remember when she was a teen and had a tooth abscess on her. The dentist wanted to give her antibiotics and asked if she was allergic. I told her I had no clue … she’d never had any!
None of my family (and this includes my 85 year old mother) are on prescription drugs of any kind. We aren’t opposed to taking them as needed, but we really seldom need them. I love this book because it’s not just about what to do when you’re sick, but how to stay healthy. And it covers other things, too, like skin care. I refer to this book all the time. It’s front and center on my bookshelf. If I could only keep one non-fiction book, it would be this one (or my 1952 Betty Crocker Cookbook handed down to me from my mom … I’m honestly torn).
So, what book can you recommend to me for learning things? I love to learn!