Prescription for Nutritional Healing is one of my two favorite nutritional supplements review and nutritional resource guides. It is a book that is well known for its incredible assortment of information on everything from minerals and vitamins to herbs and other nutrients and supplements. Balch, the author, comes from the perspective of having a healthy diet leads to good health.
I have my copy of this book handy as I refer to it all the time. Let me give you a bit more about what the book covers:
Balch covers almost every element and supplement there is, including amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes herbs, minerals, natural food, vitamins, even water & air and more.
Under each of the element categories, Balch goes into still further discussion as to the specific nutrient under each of the categories. For example, under antioxidants, she talks about alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, ginkgo, green tea, selenium just to name a few.
It contains a very comprehensive nutritional supplements review under all the element categories.
This is the heart of this nutritional reference manual. Balch shares a thorough explanation on hundreds of health issues. For each disorder, suggested nutrients are listed in order of importance from essential to very important to important to helpful.
Some of the nutrients are identified generically while others are brand specific. Balch then goes on to communicate what herbs are useful then recommends diet & lifestyle adjustments, poultices and helpful habits.
For each disorder other considerations are also discussed including precautions, medical information and research. Balch writes this in-depth information in a very easy to understand and straightforward manner. She includes everything from common warts to aids.
This section discusses over 45 alternative health choices such as Chinese medicine, Ayervedic medicine, pain control, blood purification, hypnotherapy, fasting & cleansing, baths and hair analysis.
Now, most appendices are nice to have but who really looks. However this one contains manufacturer and distributor information, health and medical organizations, suggested reading and a complete glossary. Well worth checking into.
I absolutely love this book. Although it is not a book to sit and read from cover to cover, I could spend hours thumbing through Prescription for Nutritional Healing searching out information on various health conditions and scan the nutritional supplements reviews.
Balch does a great job making it very easy to prioritize your nutritional needs for whatever illness or health situation you may have. Ranking the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in order of importance with suggested intake takes a lot of the guesswork out of a good nutritional program.
It is also done in list form so you can easily identify what you may want to include in your diet. However, when she suggests herbs and herbal therapy there is not always guidance as to importance or intake amounts.
Balch has included and incredible amount of information, on everything from aspartame and its dangerous effects and choosing a good calcium supplement to procedures and problems with your heart and diagnosis, risk factors and cancer treatments as well as sports nutrition.
If I could only have one nutritional reference book in my
library, this is it!