Friday, June 5, 2009
Two Books I Recommend
If you spend any money on yourself this month, let it be on something that will help your body, mind and spirit. What better a way to do that than by helping get your health at its best? :)
If you have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Type 3, or Hypermobility Syndrome, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Dr. Tinkle's book Issues and Management of Joint Hypermobility. The book has helped me fully understand my EDS and get a grasp on just how it affects my body. It is the most comprehensive guide to hypermobility that I have come across. I will refer to it from time to time on my blog. I tend to pull it out and read up on things from time to time just to keep refreshed. It is available through Left Paw Press (http://stores.homestead.com/hstrial-LDarr/-strse-Medical-Books/Categories.bok) or other online retailers like Amazon.
My number one book of choice these days is Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition, by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC. This book has been the foundation for my research into nutritional care, the building block for my new health plan and the inspiration for me to take charge of my body and bring myself back to the basics. I have been using the book as a starting point for my research as of late. For instance, the book will list 'fybromyalgia' and all of its symptoms, and everything that is essential for the body to function properly with it. It might mention a certain amino acid that is essential, foods to avoid, or herbs that help with pain. I take that info as a starting point and then start browsing the internet, library, health food stores, etc. I am finding the key is doing enough research. There are a lot of opinions on natural health care, and I like to read the pros and cons of each thing I am thinking about adding to my 'health plan.'
The book lists all sorts of ailments and recommendations for treating them - from the common cold to dealing with AIDS, cancers, heart disease - even POTS is mentioned! Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is not listed; however, I have researched individual symptoms and found ideas for each, used things from the fybromyalgia section, the heart disease section, etc. It gives good nutrition advice, talks about allergies to foods, why eating organic is important, and has many great resources listed in the back - like websites to visit, books to read, etc. I bought mine through Organic Food Depot (where I work), but if you aren't a resident of Hampton Roads, you can grab it online. I have seen it on Amazon at a good price - just make sure to get the most current edition (I believe it is the 4th)!
There is a great review of the book on this website: http://www.herbalremedies.com/presfornuthe.html
"1. This book, the Prescription for Nutritional Healing, is comprehensive and lists many different drug-free remedies for various disorders and health conditions including vitamins, minerals, herbs, food supplements, exercise and meditation. It truly is a practical A-Z reference to drug-free remedies using vitamins, minerals, herbs, and food supplements
2. The author, Phyllis Balch, C.N.C. are realistic about the role of herbs in healing. Unlike other materials and books it does not advocate the exclusive usage of herbs for healing or view herbs as a "cure-all." It is also quite honest and very straightforward about the dangers of some herb usage.
3. The Prescription for Nutritional Healing lists diseases, illnesses and disorders in alphabetical order (along with recommended treatment) for quick reference. There are other chapters which specifically explore vitamins, minerals, herbs, the role of food supplements, nutrition and good water.
The Prescription for Nutritional Healing is a must have for any household!"
My next post will list the fast I am doing - it is straight from this book. I have looked into many ways of fasting - and I like their's best! :) We'll all see how it goes soon!