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21. The Get With The Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants
by Bob Greene
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
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It's not where you eat,
it's what you eat!

From Bob Greene, the bestselling author of Get With the Program!, comes a handy portable guide to dining out. With healthy choices from more than 75 fast food and family restaurants, including Applebee's, The Olive Garden, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald's, Burger King, Domino's Pizza, Subway, Dairy Queen, and Taco Bell, now you can feel confident about staying on the Program when dining out with friends or family.

There are no confusing nutritional charts or graphs -- just simple, honest advice for those of us who enjoy dining out. Each restaurant listing offers Bob's Top Picks for healthy and delicious options, as well as a list of menu items that are not on the Program. With tips on portion control, beverage choices, and balancing fat, carbohydrates, and protein, this is an indispensable book for anyone who dines out once a year or once a week.

Whether you're on the Program or just getting started, you will turn to The Get With the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants to make smart choices when dining out. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a great little book!
I went to the bookstore the other day, and as I was browsing the new releases when I have came upon this little book!
It is really comprehensive. It would be a great addition to any person's personal diet plan to follow.
It is not easy to eat healthy when you go out, but with this book you can have the convenience of fast food, still eat well and not give up on your diet goals! I would highly recommend this book! ... Read more

22. The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
by Elizabeth Pantley, William Sears
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Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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A breakthrough approach for a good night's sleep--with no tears

There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby "cry it out," or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don't believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley's sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution.

Pantley's successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley's guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming naptime and nighttime problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night's sleep--all with no crying.

Tips from The No-Cry Sleep Solution:

  • Uncover the stumbling blocks that prevent baby from sleeping through the night
  • Determine--and work with--baby's biological sleep rhythms
  • Create a customized, step-by-step plan to get baby to sleep through the night
  • Use the Persistent Gentle Removal System to teach baby to fall asleep without breast-feeding, bottlefeeding, or using a pacifier
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5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE the no-crying approach!
FINALLY, a book that makes sense to sleep-deprived people! I always thought there were only three options when it came to sleeping with a baby in the house: 1) You just get lucky and have a natural-born sleeper; 2) You can let them cry it out; or 3) You can just deal with the constant night waking.

Thanks to Elizabeth Pantley, I realized there is a gentle, loving way to teach my daughter to sleep without a single tear! After a few nights of following our sleep plan, my daughter started sleeping through the night. This was accomplished without ONE single tear!!!!

Unlike in other books, there is no strict format to follow. You can adapt the ideas to fit your child and at your own pace. No more feeling guilty for not just letting her cry it out and being tired all the time. No more guilt about not following the very rigid programs in some other "sleep books."

Thanks for all the sweet dreams, Elizabeth!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic solution for any parent with TWINS!!!!
I have 21-month-old twin girls. One of my daughters had never slept through the night (nursing 5-10 times a night!!!), and my other daughter had only occasionally slept through the night. Until I read Elizabeth Pantley's book.

First of all the book gave me hope. I had had visions of nursing my daughters through the night and then getting them ready for school. I thought it would never end. This continuous lack of a full night's sleep was really starting to wear on me.

I was never very comfortable with the cry-it-out method, so I felt like my only other option was to wait it out. That surely sometime, they would start sleeping through the night. However, after many months of patience and sleepless nights, that time never seemed to come.

I found Elizabeth Pantley's book while desperately searching for a solution. Finally, an alternative to the cry-it-out method that is gentle, sympathetic, and in line with an attachment parenting style. I started using Elizabeth's ideas. A few weeks later, my daughter who used to nurse all night now amazingly can put herself back to sleep when she wakes up. Both of my daughters have actually slept through the night, never waking once, for the last two weeks. Our naptime and bedtime is no longer a struggle. When I tell the kids it is time for a nap or time for bed, my daughters and my 3 1/2 year old son no longer object or balk. What used to be a 10-11pm bedtime is now an 8:00 bedtime.

Thank you Elizabeth for showing me that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Book EVER!!!
I have read SOOOO many sleep books and have surfed hundreds of web sites looking for information on helping my baby sleep then finally found No Cry Sleep Solution. I am not kidding when I tell you my son (now 8mths) has never slept well. He was waking every single hour and the only way I could get him back to sleep was by b/feeding him. Every Single Hour!
NCSS has changed my life! After a few really consistent days of following NCSS and not one tear, My son slept very well last night and woke up so happy! Instead of going to him and feeding him 9 or 10 times, He called for me TWICE!!!! Yes, I wrote Twice!!!! I cannot tell you how good this is - you just have to read it! If your consistent, it WILL change your life too! Thank You so much Elizabeth Pantley!

Edited to add, one month on ... Henry is sleeping through the night without waking! I still breastfeed him to sleep and there hasnt been any tears. Just a few months ago, I was so terribly desperate for sleep, now I feel alive! Dont feel the 'Controlled Crying' to be the only answer - this DOES work!

5-0 out of 5 stars Your baby does NOT need to cry it out
After receiving much unwanted advice about letting my 5-month-old baby cry herself to sleep, I was delighted to discover The No Cry Sleep Solution. When I did the first sleep log, my baby woke up 12 times during the night and had only one and a half hours of naptime. Now, three weeks later, she naps for three or four hours and only wakes up once or twice (I think this is due to genuine hunger and will probably stop when she starts solids). We are very grateful to Mrs Pantley for showing us a way to teach baby better sleeping habits - without being cruel!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful, supportive and encouraging!
Hello, sleep-deprived moms and dads! I SO understand where you are right now. I was there, and sometimes still am, but things have gotten a lot better. We have been using the techniques in this book for a few months now and our daughter slept through the night twice this week. It's been a gradual process, but we have seen a lot of steps forward - and she never once cried alone in her crib. If you are looking for an alternative to the cry-it-out method, this book offers a lot of practical and useful advice and tips. It is easy to follow and Elizabeth shows respect for whichever sleeping arrangement you choose - crib, co-sleeping, a little of both. I recommend this book to all new parents (along with the NoJo sling!!) ... Read more

23. Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery
by Dean Ornish
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5-0 out of 5 stars Scientific proof for reversing heart disease
While we appreciate that Mr. Bayan took the time to comment on our work, we are concerned that inaccurate statements he has made may discourage some people from making changes in diet and lifestyle that we have proven to be lifesaving.

For the past 24 years, the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine have conducted research scientifically proving, for the first time, that the progression of even severe coronary heart disease can begin to reverse by making comprehensive changes in diet and lifestyle, without drugs or surgery. These studies have been published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the AMA, The Lancet, the American Journal of Cardiology, New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, and others.

Mr. Bayan alleges that the diet we have proven to be so beneficial is "dangerous" for some patients because both HDL and LDL may decrease and triglycerides may increase. HDL and triglycerides are only potential risk factors for heart disease, they are not diseases. When we measured the actual severity of heart disease using state-of-the-art measures such as computer-analyzed coronary arteriography and cardiac PET scans, patients showed continued improvement over time, even in patients like Mr. Bayan whose HDL decreased or triglycerides increased. Also, cardiac events were 2.5 times lower in the group who followed the program compared to the control group who made more moderate changes in diet (30% fat, 200 mg cholesterol). [reference: JAMA. 1998;280:2001-2007.] Clearly, lowering HDL by changing diet did not harm these patients. LDL cholesterol decreased by an average of almost 40% during the first year, and none of the patients who adhered to the diet showed an increase in LDL.

As Dr. Connor wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, "There are no data showing that the physiologic reduction of HDL cholesterol levels with a low-fat diet is detrimental. Diet-induced lowering of HDL cholesterol does not confer the same risk of atherosclerosis as do low HDL cholesterol levels in Americans consuming a high-fat diet." [ref: N Engl J Med. 1997;337(8).]

It is true that one can eat an unhealthful low-fat diet if it is high in simple carbohydrates such as sugar, white flour, alcohol, and many popular fat-free desserts. Such a diet may cause a shift to the more harmful pattern B LDL subclass that Mr. Bayan mentions.

But this is not the diet we recommend for reversing heart disease. Other studies have shown that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and other complex carbohydrates (which is the diet we recommend) actually cause a shift AWAY from the pattern B LDL subclass to more beneficial patterns [ref: Kenney JJ, et al. Very-low-fat diets do not necessarily promote small, dense LDL particles. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1999;70(3):423-5.]

Patients whose triglycerides increase are counseled to be even more mindful in reducing their intake of simple carbohydrates and increasing their exercise. Also, for many years we have recommended that patients take 3 grams/day of fish oil, which also helps to lower triglycerides. In the Multicenter Lifestyle Demonstration Project, we found that triglyceride levels, which initially increased slightly but not significantly, then fell significantly in years two and three. [ref: American Journal of Cardiology. 1998;82:72T-76T.] Almost 80% of people who were eligible for bypass surgery or angioplasty were able to safely avoid it by making these diet and lifestyle changes instead.

We respect the work of Dr. Robert Superko and often refer patients to his lipid laboratory for testing. Again, we have found that patients with small dense LDL also show reversal of heart disease on the program recommend.

The program that we recommend includes a reversal diet for those with heart disease and the prevention diet for others. The prevention diet may be higher in fat and cholesterol than the reversal diet and is tailored to the needs of the individual rather than offering one diet for everyone. The prevention diet may include some oils, fish and other animal products for some people.

Switching from saturated fats to monosaturated fats is better, but for reversing heart disease or lowering cholesterol it is better to avoid all oils other than fish oils. Olive oil is 100% total fat and 14% saturated fat. The more olive oil you consume, the more saturated fat you consume, the higher your plasma cholesterol. The studies showing that olive oil lowers cholesterol are only when substituted in equal amounts for butter or oils that are higher in saturated fat. Also, olive oil has almost none of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

The bottom line is this: patients in our studies with severe heart disease reported a 91% reduction in angina (chest pain) within one month, and most became pain-free. They not only felt better, they were better. We measured improved blood flow within one month as measured by thallium scans and radionuclide ventriculograms, reversal of coronary artery blockages (atherosclerosis) within one year, even more reversal after five years, and 2.5 times fewer cardiac events (e.g., heart attacks). It works.

5-0 out of 5 stars No Program is 100% effective.
Dr. Ornish's program just like any other program or treatment out there is not 100% effective in reversing or preveting heart disease. The truth is that it works. For a few people that might develop the so called subclass B LDL phenomenon it is adivisable to supplement with other treatment modalities such as low dose cholesterol lowering drugs(please consult your cardiologist). But in my view it would be utterly dangerous to abandon this program just because of the B LDL controversy. For those with family history and other risk factors the diet and life style changes recommended in this book with few individualised modifications may well make the difference between long life and sudden death.

Disregard the negative view of some self-serving individuals hoping to promote their unpopular books and sundry unproven formulae. It is downright irresponsible for anyone to cite some stupid studies that has proven that vegan women die more from heart disease than meat eaters. If you want to make more sense out of Dr. Ornish's program purchase the book "Fit For Life" by Harvey & Marilyn Diamond.

Just remember that anything that would lower your risk of dying from any disease by even 1 percentage point is worthwhile.

5-0 out of 5 stars It worked for me!!!
When my doctor suggested cholesterol lowering drugs last year, I decided that 34years old was too soon to start taking drugs. My cholesterol was 266 (& that's after cutting out most red meat and pork fat -and no hamburgers). I was motivated to try to improve the health of my arteries and heart. I want to be around for my ten year old's retirement party!

I followed Dr Ornish's diet program for 6 month's then had my cholesterol levels tested again. Everything improved: cholesterol down to 210, triglycerides went from 389 to 217 and my ratio improved 24%. I never skipped a meal. I never went hungry. Secondary benefit: I lost 14 pounds and two inches around my waist without trying. I did not exercise enough so I am trying to increase my exercise now. I probably exercised an average of once a week.

By the way, Dr Ornish included a chart that demanded that you eat at least a certain amount of fat in your daily diet. I liked that the book is filled with studies by major US universities. This is not 600 pages of rambling prose but a how to book to reverse heart disease. If you want someone to hold your hand, call your Mom. If you want a "How to Reverse Your Heart Disease" manual, buy this book. ... Stop reading reviews and buy, read and try it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Is Ornish Regimen a Religious Diet?
Why does one have to be a strict veggan on Ornish? Why can't one have a low-fat diet without abstaining from fish and poultry? Is there any proof that Yoga, Meditation, and "Breathing Exercises" are really necessary for Ornish program to work?

Few know this. But Dean Ornish is a longtime disciple of Swami Satchidananda. And the Ornish Regimen is an exact replica of his guru's Integral Yoga. Which emphasizes breathing, meditation, and of course yoga.

In his book "Eat More, Weigh Less," Ornish admitted "Much of what is in this book is a direct outgrowth of twenty years of study with Swami Satchidananda...for whom I have the deepest respect and appreciation."

So if you want to adopt a Hindu "Integral Yoga" lifestyle hatched by Ornish's Swami, fine. But if you just want what works without the Hinduism, then I recommend The Elixxir Progam.

This is based on the best way to slash your risk for dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. It can dramatically lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar.

The body of scientific research supporting the basis of The Elixxir Program stretches all the way back to the thirties. Much better documented than Ornish's regimen. And you won't have to be a veggan and abstainer from alcohol for life.

Get a copy of "The ImmorTalist Manifesto: Stay Young & Save the World." (Available on Amazon) At back, in excerpt, you will read about The Elixxir Program.

Then go search for the website of Elixxir and The Elixxir Program.

P.s. If you main goal is weight loss, Ornish is not exactly slim. As the New York Times, I believe, and others have noted. But Elixxir is fabulously slim.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Information that helps. He includes stress reduction
Dr. Ornish is great. His book(s) have lots of information to help improve heart conditions and overall health in the process. He was on Oprah talking about meditation the other day and did a nice job, but I want to tell everyone that the BEST book I have ever used to reduce stress and learn what is called meditation (though this book is very non-mystical) is EFFORTLESS WELLBEING by Evan Finer. Not only does it cover how to calm your mind and relax your body and breathe properly, but also tells other profound and super simple exercises to do while performing "meditation"! Simply the best and a SUPER compliment to any and all of Dr. Ornish's books. Don't miss this one! A Gem! ... Read more

24. The Fat Flush Foods : The World's Best Foods, Seasonings, and Supplements to Flush the Fat From Every Body
by Ann LouiseGittleman, Ann Louise Gittleman
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-23)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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The Fat Flush Foods: The World's Best Foods, Seasonings, and Supplements to Flush the Fat From Every Body

Everything you need to know about the top fifty Fat Flushing foods

The New York Times bestselling The Fat Flush Plan is helping millions lose weight, cleanse their bodies, and lead healthier lives by eating foods that flush away fat while building vitality and strength. Now The Fat Flush Foods highlights the "super" foods, herbs, spices, and supplements that help you speed up fat loss and reap maximum health benefits. The Fat Flush Foods features:

  • The Top 50 Super Foods that burn fat, boost your metabolism, and detoxify your body while controlling cholesterol and blood sugar levels
  • The best thermogenic culinary herbs and spices-including ginger, cayenne, mustards, anise, fennel, and cinnamon
  • The latest research on the antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of these foods
  • Tips that make fat flushing easy, economical, and delicious
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5-0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book--With One Small Exception
This is an extremely helpful book whether you are using it with Gittleman's Fat Flush Program or if you use it alone for information on healthy eating. It is easy to use in that it lists foods by categories--like Fruits or Vegetables--and then alphabetizes within each category. A very good index is included so you can search for foods and topics, as well as a good section on references to articles and medical studies that support what Gittleman is saying. And of great value, too, is a section called "Fat Flush Support and Resources" that directs you to additional books and Internet sources for support groups, for products you can order, and for discussion groups.
Gittleman is a very thorough and clear writer, and so this book is easy to follow and to use. Her emphasis is upon "50 Super Foods" that burn fat and boost your metabolism and also control cholesterol and blood sugar levels. She provides a detailed discussion that includes information on what chemical components of each food do in the body and what specific positive effects each food provides. Gittelman's emphasis in all her books is upon detoxifying the liver, so nearly all of these discussions explain how a particular food affects that process.
A very nice aspect of each section on a food is that Gittleman has marked each food in terms of whether it functions as (1) a Blood Sugar Stabilizer, or (2)a Cholesterol Zapper, or (3) a Detoxifier, or (4) a Diuretic, or (5) and Energizer, or (6) a Thermogenic--or some combination of these. These designations are very helpful in that they are printed in a box under the food's name, and so if you are looking for foods that lower cholesterol, for example, you can search through and find just the foods that do that. The only small breakdown in this sytem is that occasionally a food will not have a particular designation listed in the box, but yet, if you read the description of the food and its effects that Gittleman provides, you will sometimes find that information in the description. For example, Coriander, Garlic, and Ginger do not have Cholesterol Lowering listed in their boxes, yet they are described in the text as great at lowering cholesterol. I think this is one small problem with this book, and a small disappointment, but certainly not enough of a problem for me not to recommend the book highly. However, it is especially odd with Garlic, which is one of the major cholesterol lowering foods. And one other oddity that I noticed. On the front cover along the bottom is a row of pictures of foods, including one of an avocado half. Yet there is no mention of avocados anywhere in the text or in the index. Go figure--especially since Gittleman opens her discussion of "Good Fats" in her cookbook and in several other books by talking about the great health benefits of avocados. Odd indeed. However, this is still a great book for learning about the best foods, seasonings, and supplements for flushing fat from the body, so I recommend it to you highly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Health Diet
I read the whole Fat Flush Diet books including the cookbooks. They have alot of very interesting imformation in them. I consider myself pretty healthwise and read up on new exercises, vitamins and diets plans. This one seems very healthy, but you really have to take it seriously, Plans must be made to change your bad eating habits. You have to start thinking health from the start. No more of those run in and get a quick bite at the drive thru's. I thought the "no coffee" would do me in, but surprisingly it wasn't that bad. I did try the all natural coffee they talk about. It wasn't bad, but a little expensive and again hard to keep in stock in my kitchen. I lost weight and felt very good, but I live alone and have no others to worry about when it comes to dinner time.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Fat Flush Foods
This book is excellent and a must for everyone who wants to zero in on the benefits of the top 50 Fat Flushing foods. I have been following the Fat Flush program for over 6 months now,and have lost over 67 pounds. I have all the Fat Flush books and still found this book to be a "keeper". I recommend this book to everyone, whether they are on the Fat Flush program or just want to live and eat healthy. This book is easy to read and understand. In addition, it helps me incorporate healthy food choices when preparing foods for my family.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun and good information for Fat Flushers and others
I'd give this five stars, except that it's just not that "big" of a book. But if you are a fan of Fat Flush, or just want to learn more about some foods that can make your life healthier and happier, this is well worth reading.

Good reference, too. And very easy to read. Plus lots of ideas of how to add, use, choose and keep the 50 foods described.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Companion to the Fat Flush Plan!
Ann Louise has done it again! As someone who has lost...and kept off...90 pounds with the Fat Flush Plan, I love this new book. It is full of great information about 50 of the best foods, beverages, herbs, spices and supplements to help people get (and stay) trim and healthy. The book is well organized and easy to read. It is filled with great practical tips that are helping me save time in the kitchen AND save money at the grocery store. After two years of eating the Fat Flush way, I'm picking up some great new ideas for how to be a better, more efficient Fat Flush cook.

This book would be great for anyone interested in healthy eating...even those who have never tried the Fat Flush Plan. I recommend it enthusiastically!! ... Read more

25. Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight
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Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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No one knows the self-denial--and the failure rate--of dieting better than Suzanne Somers. The Three's Company and Step-by-Step star struggled with her weight for twenty years. But now, after years of experimentation and consultation with more than one hundred nutritionists and dietitians, Suzanne has developed a weight-loss plan that truly succeeds.

With over a hundred recipes for great-tasting creative and traditional dishes, Eat Great, Lose Weight will help you free yourself from food cravings, get off the diet roller coaster, and learn to love food again. You won't believe how easy it is to look and feel your best!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Eat better than 'Great', eat AMAZING!!
At 35, I had been warned of hypothyroidism, impending diabetes, and possibly a hysterectomy because of irregular cycles, and I was about at the end of my rope. I used to walk around with constant headaches, my diet was restricted because of 'allergies', and I got the stomach flu at least once a week. I could NOT stop gaining weight, no matter how much exercise I got or how much 'cutting out' of this or that, I just felt worse every day.

Then one weekend, while visiting my sister, she just 'happened' to put this book on my nightstand, and the rest, as they say, is history.

In 6 months, following Level 2 (give up carrots and beets? What are you, nuts?), I have lost over 20 pounds, my cycles are regular, my blood sugar is down to a healthy level, my thyroid has stabilized, and I feel FANTASTIC.

The really great part of it is, I can eat eggs again! I can eat beef! I can drink milk and have tomatoes! I can even have chocolate, if I want it!

People who complain they can't have butter on their toast or oil on their pasta haven't paid very close attention to Level 2, I eat Level 2, I have butter on toast once a week, I'll put a tablespoon of oil in my pasta, but PIZZA? One day, just because I missed pizza (I really, really did), I ate sausage pizza. OOOOHHHH, it tasted good! And OOOOHHH, I wanted to go to the hospital and have my stomach pumped! Never again! Well, guess what, you can order it 'No Cheese' - and it's really, really great! Even if you never try food combining, try a veggie pizza without cheese, you won't be disappointed!

I'd like to point something out to the people I see who say 'Fit for Life' is better - guess, what, I had 'impending diabetes', let me tell you, I heard it from a nutritionist and an internist, only 'fit' people should do 'Fit for Life', I was not to go near it, it would have carried me over the brink.

And if you've ever read about it, it's very confusing.

Thank you, I'll follow the advice of Europeans - who have been eating this way for decades.

And thank you, Suzanne Somers, for saving my life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy way to loose weight!
My husband and I have just finished a wonderful meal of Morrocan chicken, baked spagetti squash and crisp stir fried zuccini squash. It was such a tasty,filling and gourmet type meal that he suggested I share our excitement with all the Somersizing fans! The chicken recipe is one of our favorites and we enjoy using the left over preserved lemon in other dishes. We started on this diet in Sept. and have both lost 20 pounds. After a couple of months we did start to cheat a bit and found that as long as we return right back to the plan we maintain our weight. We are off on a two week holiday soon and will try to keep to the diet as much as possible but know that if we return a few pounds up that it is very easy to loose them quickly by going right back to level one again. If the person who was looking for the eggplant parmesan recipe finds it, I would appreciate if you would send it along. I would also like to correspond with anyone who enjoys trading ideas. My e-mail is Good luck to all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to eat!
I love this way of eating! I used to be in good control of my weight, until I had my son, and gained about 20 pounds. I tried tons of diets..and I realized why I was always hungry and kept on gaining. All I was eating was white flour products and sugar! When I went on this way of eating, I immediately felt better. I have lots of energy, and I never feel hungry. My friends are jealous! They say "youre always eating!" I eat about every 3 hours. I have been on this for about a month, and I already lost 7 pounds. This is definitely a lifestyle that I am going to live with, because I have never felt better!
And how can this NOT be healthy?? Look at what I eat? Fresh fruits and whole grain cereals, plenty of fresh vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. I can even have a little cheat and have a donut or cookie every once in awhile, and still be okay..and I'm still on Level One!
And for those of you who are bashing Suzanne Somers for writing this book because she is not a nutritionist.
she states herself in her books that she isn't a nutritionist, but she worked with a lot of them. Her books are NOT like the Atkins and Fit for Life, it is much less strict. Whoever said that obviously did NOT read the book. She wrote this book because she wanted to share this wonderful way of eating that she researched that worked. And how could anybody of else have written it, when she shares her own stories of her family and provides pictures? Anyway, if you are sick of yo-yo diets, as I definitely was, then you should definitely give this a shot! However, I think you should get her book "Fast and Easy", because its the newest one out. Also, visit her website. The message boards have been a HUGE help, providing lots of yummy recipes, as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Book!
I just didn't believe it could be true, which is why I had this book in my closet for three years following the time I purchased it. I was scared of it. Scared I could never eat like that and lose weight. Surely, it wouldn't work for me, I thought. For some lucky folks, it may, I believed, but not for me. Finally, in desperation, I pulled out my copy a month ago and have been following it faithfully ever since. I have lost 28 pounds since I began and I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! This is the most amazing program, thing, idea, way of eating, I have ever heard of. I am a woman who has fought her weight all of her life! I have had times in my life when I was thin, yes, and I literally starved myself to get and stay there. Well, food is life and you can only white knuckle is so long before you give in and blow it. I have lost over 80 pounds three times in my life and I have always gained it back. I have cried myself to sleep for the past 30 years asking God for an answer, I just wanted to be normal, a normal person, able to eat and not balloon out. Obesity is a terrible disease and those who suffer from it are treated with such contempt by our society. I won't go into too much about Suzannes program itself as there is plently of information out there, check out All I can tell is that this program has worked for me and I am thrilled! This is NOT A DIET, I know it sounds cliche', but it is true, this really is a way of life, a wonderful, enjoyable, tasty, rich, way of eating and living. I can do this forever! I eat more now than I have ever eaten before in the past, even at my heaviest!!! This book was the answer to my prayers! I am free, I know, I will never be fat again! I PROMISE THIS PROGRAM IS LIKE NOTHING YOU HAVE EVER TRIED BEFORE....LIFE CHANGING! POWERFUL! AN ANSWERD PRAYER!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just plain delicious!
Whether or not you follow the somersize program, you will love the recipes from Suzanne Somers! They are very tasty! And for anyone looking to find delicious ways to include more vegetables in your diet you'll find lots of ways to incorporate them. ... Read more

26. The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom
by Angeles Arrien
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
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This collection of teachings, reflections, and stories from around the world open us to the challenge and deeper mysteries of the "great crossing" at midlife. Working with the images, poetry, metaphors, and other forms of symbolic language from diversified cultures, Angeles Arrien introduces us to the Eight Gates if Initiation. Readers are taken step-by-step through each gate to learn more about: How to effectively cope with the natural challenges of health and an aging body, Your secret longings: how they give you direction and inspiration to begin a project that is connected with your life dream, The gate of intimacy: two dangers that can stop your crossing, Ways to balance the two distinct meanings of life: your external, quantitative and material experiences, with the internal, qualitative, sensory experiences, Retirement – from what toward what, and more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift
Angeles Arrien has created a wonderful book of wisdom and beauty. Grounded in cross-cultural knowledge,inspiring stories,and practical suggestions, this book is the perfect gift for anyone who has crossed over the threshold of the second half of life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary storyteller
Angeles Arrien opens many doors to the mysteries of who we are as Uprights. Our tribe is global. We are a family revealed to us in the ancient symbols, myth and stories she so richly weaves. You can all but hear the drums beating in time with the words, feel the warmth of the Council Fires burning, sense the Elders drawing near. This series of tapes initiated me in a time when I was making a great crossing in my life. It is the ultimate wisdom teaching one hopes to have waiting when one steps over into the abyss. ... Read more

27. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff at Work : Simple Ways to Minimize Stress and Conflict While Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Series)
by Richard Carlson
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Catlog: Book (1999-01-06)
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Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars This is a nice book for all working people.
I received this book from U.S. and decided to translate it to my language (Farsi). I think it's a nice book for all working people and it should be bought by all the employers, in order to use by all the workers and employees and even the employers. It gives a sense of freedom and relaxation to all of us (who are working with somebody else.) I would like to thank Dr. Carlson for his nice book. (SORRY FOR MAKING MISTAKE IN GRAMMER AND DICTATION). SOHEILA M.RAZAVI

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Investment in Your Career
Let me first express that I typically have great condescension for most "self-help"-type books. Most of them seem very intent on getting one to do yoga or meditation or breathing exercises....activities I'm just not naturally inclined to do. This book, in contrast, suggests improved perspectives and outlooks. So, it is "intellectual" in that way, rather than the typical "touchy-feely." It provides gentle, insightful wisdom into modifying the only things you can control: your own outlook, your own behavior. Quite frankly, I'm very impressed by this Richard Carlson. This book was exactly what I needed to help me through a very negative phase of my career as a government lawyer, with bizarre stressors coming from every direction, including judges, opposing attorneys, and peers. I can't say this book made me glad that I became a lawyer, but it helped quell the storm. This book is written so that virtually anyone can understand it, and yet it contains brilliant insights and what I would have to almost call "ultimate truths." Some of them are so obvious that it's disconcerting I couldn't identify them by myself; others are more transcendental, and Carlson very sagely unveils the phenomenon and associated principles.

I think anyone in a stressful work environment would benefit from reading this book. I read it very closely and highlighted about half the book. I know it will take some time for me to assimilate all of the suggestions, but this book planted the seeds and should surely help me cope better in the future with work-related difficulties.

You should be forewarned: you'll probably realize a lot of your stress is self-induced. I found myself cringing with the sudden realization of several self-destructive behaviors which I've had through the years. I think you need to be particularly open to effectuating personal change and breaking out of bad habits. For example, I never previously thought of myself as a "back-stabber"; instead I thought of myself as a rhetorically amusing and insightful critic and identifier of "office realities." Carlson really sensitized me as to the need to be circumspect about any kind of negative commentary about others, bearing in mind that whatever one says about someone or something is inevitably going to be spun by office gossips into the most negative light conceivable. That results in tension and resentment and stress. I now try to reserve my commentary (usually humorous anecdotes) about co-workers, etc. to acquaintances far outside my office. He also really brought home to me the principle of the destructive effect of complaining and griping about one's job; all that is accomplished is that one's negative view is reinforced, emphasized, perhaps even exaggerated by those other parts of your mind that hear you complaining. It becomes a vicious, snow-balling cycle of discontent. I suspect a lot of people intuitively think of it as "ventilating" one's frustrations and being helpful as such. I try now to not complain (in my case it was about boredom and the lack of professional growth). This has freed me up to seek out a remedies both inside and outside my employment scenario.

But, I cite the above only as examples. Carlson lays his recommendations out in 100 small chapters. I would say I learned something very useful from about 80 of them. I am very confident the long-term professional benefits will be significant. We're living in a very stressful time and a stressful culture. Focusing on the art of managing stress is almost mandatory if you want to thrive.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time or Money
The book was short on practical suggestions and long on worthless "reprogam your own mind to accept the situation" advice. I'll save you reading the 384 pages. Don't worry, be happy.

3-0 out of 5 stars A few nice snippets on how to minimize stress at work
Dr. Carlson's book provides some keen insights on how to reduce stress when employeed by a large corporation, or for those shackled to a cubicle for eight hours at a go. While helpful overall, the book is less beneficial to those employeed in the retail sector or other public service areas, where dealing with cranky customers and unmotivated staff seems to be the prevailing problems.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, applicable, and timeless...
The "Don't Sweat" series provides the reader with tools to organize and prioritize ones life. With the many different pressures placed upon us in our lives, Carlson hits home with this short read regarding the balance between our worklives and our homelife.

Broken into extremely small chapters only one to three pages long, it is easy to take some time out and read a few chapters -- appealing to even the busiest of schedules.

The only caveat is that one might be bored by the continual emphasis of the same points over and over again. ... Read more

28. Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life
by Bob Greene, Oprah Winfrey
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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In Make the Connection, Oprah Winfrey and Bob Greene tell you exactly what to do every day, physically and mentally, to start looking and feeling fantastic. Oprah shares personal stories of her own weight loss battles and together she and Bob provide loads of encouragement and advice as they walk you through their ten simple steps towards a healthier and happier existence. You don't have to wonder how often to exercise, which exercises will work best for you, or what to eat and drink as you're losing the pounds. Oprah and Bob tell you in direct, easy-to-follow steps.

Eighty-five pounds lighter than she was, and having kept the weight off for more than two years, Oprah is in control of her life, and she wants to help you get in control of yours. You'll be amazed at how the pounds will disappear with this new method of eating, exercise, and daily renewal, and how you'll be inspired, like Oprah, to achieve a better body - and a better life. It's all within your reach.

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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm making the connection!
For years I've struggled with my weight but now I feel I've found the answer! Oprah and Bob Greene's book is THE BEST! It's still a struggle day by day but now I know the best way to go about things and how to approach it, rather than being on diet after diet, year after year! My son has special needs and has been ill all over Christmas. I find I comfort eat when there are difficulties but writing it all down in my journal does really help! I too hate the water still and have to "force" it down, but force it down I do and I hope to reap the benefits soon. I've only just started my connection but I can "feel" this is the answer and can't wait for the coming months and for my lovely slim strong body to be set free from under all this gross clinging fat! Here's to Oprah and Bob - a million thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration: The Answer for the Chronically Overweight
This is BY FAR the best book I have ever read for those with lifelong weight problems. Bob Greene is so compassionate and knowledgeable that I completely trusted what he had to say. Oprah's vulnerability and achievements are amazing (and yes, she still runs--she just ran an 8k in Chicago). Don't skip the beginning part of the book that sets the stage for making the decision to become fit. This part talks about how the real issue is self-care and self-love, not weight loss. It all made sense to me and prepared me to take on the steps. I'm happy to say that I have been applying the steps for two months, have lost 18 pounds and am running almost 3 miles a day! I feel like a million bucks mentally, emotionally and physically. If you are overweight and ready to become fit, this is the book to read and re-read! Thank you, Bob and Oprah!

1-0 out of 5 stars common sense
I've read this book and it works if you use it but its nothing new. If you want to save yourself some time from buying it drink water eat a well balanced meal, and exercise. Everything Oprah touches turns to gold. If only I could get 14.95 for my advice!

5-0 out of 5 stars Grimly Ironic.
After going through so many visibly successful "slimming phases," Winfrey has arguably shed more pounds in the aggregate than the ill-fated Donner Party, and her directives should not be taken lightly. I myself followed this wonderful book's program for several weeks before my second wedding, and was able to wow my betrothed with a slender new physique in time for our romantic yet financially disastrous trip to Petit St. Vicent. Sadly just like its esteemed author, I fell into a subsequent bout of severe gluttony that rapidly erased my hard-won gains. However I took heart in Ms. Winfrey's own phoenix-like dieting program, convinced that one day success would again be mine. I found the quiet example of Winfrey's co-author, a Mr. Bob Greene, to be no less inspiring. Greene is an object lesson in tenacity and dedication as he daily addresses the Sisyphean task of being Ms. Winfrey's personal trainer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grimly Ironic.
Ms. Winfrey is famous for experiencing somatic changes as regular and dramatic of those of the fabled Incredible Hulk. For this reason one is tempted to dismiss any advice that she might proffer on the topics of diet, nutrition, or general bodily health. However after going through so many visibly successful "slimming phases," Winfrey has arguably shed more pounds in the aggregate than the ill-fated Donner Party, and her directives should not be taken lightly. I myself followed this wonderful disk's program for several weeks before my second wedding, and was able to wow my betrothed with a slender new physique in time for our romantic yet financially disastrous trip to Petit St. Vicent. Sadly just like its esteemed narrator, I fell into a subsequent bout of severe gluttony that rapidly erased my hard-won gains. However I took heart in Ms. Winfrey's own phoenix-like dieting program, convinced that one day success would again be mine. I found the quiet example of Winfrey's co-reader, Bob Greene, to be no less inspiring. Greene is an object lesson in tenacity and dedication as he daily addresses the Sisyphean task of being Ms. Winfrey's personal trainer. ... Read more

29. Suzanne Somers' Fast and Easy: Lose Weight the Somersize Way with Quick, Delicious Meals for the Entire Family!
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Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Fast and Easy...Most of the time....
I purchased this book in 12/02 and followed the "Somerisize" eating plan for the past few months. For those unfamiliar with the plan, Somersizing is a hybrid of controlling carbs and food combining.
THE GOOD: The food is delicious! There are outstanding recipes for onion rings, flourless pancakes and Coq Au Vin (chicken in wine.) The food is diverse and full of flavor.
THE BAD: Cooking these fantastic dishes is not cheap. Eating fresh meat, chicken and seafood really adds up. Also, without a deep fryer, the onion rings aren't as good. The Coq Au Vin will take hours without a pressure cooker. You could make her ketchup from scratch (over an hour of cooking time) or buy two bottles from [the website] for [$$]. There are plugs all over the place for everything from Somersize marinara sauce to Somersize coffee ice cream. Without her pricey products, the cooking is not nearly as Fast and Easy. It is the book's biggest flaw.
THE UGLY: I followed the plan quite strictly for two months. I jogged four times a week. I lost less than 8 pounds. I found for myself, eating tons of eggs, heavy cream, olive oil and beef was too many calories for my body. For many people like myself, the only way to lose weight is to take in less calories than are expended. It's not as chic as Somersizing but it has been a thousand times more effective.
That said, this book has helped lots of people lose weight. I'd never say it's not for everyone. I firmly believe there's no single path to dropping pounds. If you've been thinking about cutting sugar and starch from your diet this may be for you. Just be careful, you could really put a dent in the family food budget making a lot of these treats.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fabulous addition to her somersizing series
I am very impressed by this book. As usual, the plan is laid out very well. It's made easy to understand, and the most up-to-date medical information supporting Suzanne's plan is included.

But best of all, the recipes are MUCH better than her last books. In her last books, the recipes were more gourmet and "haute cuisine". They were good, for the most part, but my husband really didn't want to eat chicken stuffed with goat cheese - no matter how elegant the presentation - and my budget didn't allow for the expensive ingredients in most of her previous books.

These are recipes that families can enjoy, and she's tried to make most of them fast & easy to prepare. I am soooo happy!

She's included fabulously "somersized" recipes for a shake & bake type mix, ketchup, barbecue sauce, tartar sauce, chicken nuggets, "fries" made from zucchini and "tater" tots made from cauliflower. She's got chili, ribs and even a recipe for "Green Eggs & Ham." She's got boston cream pie, "pink kiddie" ice cream and chocolate cupcakes. (my toddler is in heaven already!) There's even cinnamon bread with an orange icing so I can make cinnamon buns!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Suzanne! This really is food families can eat!

5-0 out of 5 stars I was surprised that this is such a good book
When I see Suzanne Somers I just see Chrissy from Three's Company and all that snorting and dumb blonde-ing! I never paid any attention to any of the Suzanne Somers books because I figured this was just another celebrity attaching their persona to something. My library happened to have this on the shelf and since I had some time to kill while waiting for my daughter to pick out her books I decided to flip through the recipe section since I knew it was a low carb type of diet and I do atkins. I was very interested at what I saw so I checked it out. I have been totally shocked at how easy and terrific her ideas are and in fact her philosophy is quite interesting too. I am really impressed. I have a totally different viewpoint now of Suzanne Somers. I love this recipe book so much I had to buy it so I"d have a copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, great recipes!!
My husband & I just started the South Beach diet. Since Somersizing is a very similar concept (similar to Atkins too), I thought I'd check out these recipes. The book explains the concept of cutting out sugar & sugar forming carbohydrates (anything containing white flour). I looked into the other somersizing books & this one really has the best recipes. So far I've only tried a few & they were very delicious. The cream cheese pancakes & balsamic dijon chicken are yummy. I also bought Somersweet, some of the recipes call for it, but you can use Splenda or other sweeteners instead. All of the recipes in this book are appealing as well as healthy. And they are fast & easy to make.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not inspiring
Although I am a big fan of Suzanne's 3 previous cookbooks (not her dessert book) I've been disappointed with this one. Everytime I look through it for possible recipes, nothing gets my attention. If you haven't tried her other cookbooks, get them instead of this one. ... Read more

30. Suzanne Somers' Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away : *Feast on Real Foods--Including Fats *Achieve Hormonal Balance *Enjoy More Than100 New Recipes
by Suzanne Somers
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Catlog: Book (2001-04-17)
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Find out how hundreds of thousands of people all across the country have melted the pounds away without dieting, without deprivation -- the Somersize way!

With her number one New York Times bestsellers Eat Great, Lose Weight and Get Skinny on Fabulous Food, Suzanne Somers spread the word about her revolutionary weight-loss program that's unlike any diet out there. When you Somersize, you can eat your favorite foods until you are full and change your metabolism without skipping meals. Unlike other weight-loss programs, you don't have to eliminate entire food groups or skimp on portions -- instead, you can trim your waistline and boost your energy levels without depriving yourself of healthy, great-tasting foods.

In her new book, Suzanne Somers’ Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away, Suzanne shows loyal fans and newcomers alike that losing weight and getting fit are easier now than ever before. You'll be amazed at how the pounds just melt away when you eat hearty, rich foods like cheese, butter, meats, creamy sauces, and tempting desserts. The key is eating food in the right combinations to achieve maximum weight loss, while also lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure. Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away explains Somersizing in detail for those who have come to the plan for the first time. It also offers the latest Somersizing news, including:

* how hormone imbalances affect weight gain and how to maintain your weight throughout every phase in your life, from puberty through your childbearing years to menopause;
* how to Somersize with your children;
* how to incorporate little "cheats" into the plan so you never feel deprived, but still lose weight;
* information about the remarkable new natural sugar that allows you to eat sweets and still stay slim;
* answers to the most frequently asked questions and concerns about Somersizing;
* Somersize success stories that will inspire you to lose weight and get healthy.

And best of all, Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away also includes more than 100 new Somersize recipes that will tantalize your taste buds, including Pan-Fried Petrale Sole with Lemon, Butter, and Caper Sauce; Deep-Fried Turkey with Fried Onions and Herbs; Roasted Sweet Red Pepper Soup with Creme Fraiche and Crispy Sage Leaves; Portobello Mushrooms with Bubbling Pesto; Molten Chocolate Cakes; Raspberry Souffle; and many more.

Portobello Mushrooms with Bubbling Pesto

Serves 4
These mushrooms make a great appetizer or a delicious accompaniment for a summer meal alongside a steak. They work especially well if you are using your outdoor grill, but you can also broil them in the oven.

4 large portobello mushrooms
Olive oil for brushing
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 recipe Basil Pesto (p. 155)
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Trim the stems off the mushrooms. Brush mushrooms with olive oil and season lightly. Cook gill side down over medium coals or in the broiler for 5 minutes.

Turn the mushrooms over and spread a spoonful of pesto over the entire surface. Continue to cook for 10 minutes or until the mushrooms are very tender and the pesto is bubbling. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top of the pesto and return to broiler until cheese is melted and golden.

Dawn's Deviled Eggs

Makes 10
My good friend Barry Manilow has a wonderful cook named Dawn. These are her delicious deviled eggs. Her original recipe includes avocado, which makes the filling green. Try it that way for Level Two.

5 hard-boiled eggs, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon minced scallion, white and light green parts
1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
Juice from 1 lime
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
12 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
red chili flakes for garnish

Remove the yolks from the whites. Set the whites aside. Mash the yolks in a bowl with a fork. Add the scallion, jalapeño, lime juice, mayonnaise, and salt. Add more mayonnaise to reach desired consistency. Mash with a fork until blended. Using a teaspoon, carefully stuff whites with yolk mixture, mounding the tops.
For extra heat, garnish with red chili flakes.
For Level Two
Add 1 whole mashed avocado to the egg yolk mixture.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book with great insights
This book is great. I have read and re-read it several times and always find something new. It really explains how and why we gain weight. It also is excellent in explaining how we lose weight. I have been following this book for a 3 weeks and already lost 12 pounds. It is very easy to follow and I am never hungry. Plus the recipes are fabulous and easy to make.

Give it a try, you won't be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars I've lost 60+ pounds and several dress sizes!
This past year, I started following Suzanne Somers' way of eating as outlined in this book, and much to my surprise, I found that I went from a size 18 to a size 10 in about ten months. I still have about 20 pounds to go, but I look and feel the best I've felt in my entire adult life! (I'm 42).

My average weight loss has been right around 2 pounds per week. I love the fact that there's no limit on the amount of salad or vegetables I can eat. Also, there isn't any tedious time spent counting things like calories, grams of carbs, or serving sizes. I'm never hungry on this plan, and I can eat until I'm full at every meal (plus snacks!). I've never eaten so much rich, satisfying food in my life! Salads, vegetables, a wide variety of meats, numerous dairy products, and lots of delicous whole grain breads, pastas and cereals.

My health has improved greatly, too. I was constantly bombarded with a never-ending array of colds and flu, but since I've been Somersizing, I've only had one cold in about a year's time. For me, the "Queen of Colds and Flu," that's almost miraculous!

My major complaint with this book is that the recipes were way too fancy and too expensive for my simple taste (and even simpler budget!). If it were possible to drop my rating of this book by half a star, I would've given the book 4 1/2 stars because of the expensive and time-consuming recipes. I've had to do a lot of adapting of my own recipes to make sure I don't go broke with this eating plan. But Suzanne Somers' newest book, "Fast & Easy," has easier and less expensive recipes. I like the way the overall plan is laid out in "Eat, Cheat & Melt the Fat Away" better, but I personally prefer the recipes in "Fast & Easy."

I don't necessarily think that Somersizing is for everyone, but I've had four other friends here in town who started Somersizing after seeing my success and they've all lost weight, feel more energetic, and look wonderful.

This book is the greatest thing that's ever happened to me weight-wise and general health-wise, but I think the eating plan's effects will probably vary from person to person. I really don't believe in a one-size-fits-all diet plan ... but this particular one has been the right fit for me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too much Somersize marketing-early books are better
Suzanne Somers' diet is a good idea and it works. However, based on her earlier successes, Ms. Somers' has started marketing a series of products to help follow her diet. This book is filled with recipes that all require her new products. Buy her old book where she still focused on using what is in your kitchen. These recipes are merely marketing for her products.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes here
Suzanne Somers did her homework when she went looking for a diet to beat middle-age spread, and enlisted the help of California endocrinologist Diane Schwarzbein. The "Somercize" diet is low-carb but not no-carb like the Atkins program.

The major benefit here is two-fold: Want to reduce refined starches and sugars in your diet? Look no further. The recipes here are mostly low carb and low sugar. You can use saccharine or "Somersweet" --a mix of fruit fiber and fructose that is still sugar but lower in simple sugars than sucrose or corn syrup. Unfortunately, it's only sold on Suzanne's website, but she does provide the alternative of artificial sweetners. The second benefit is that if you don't care about sweets, you can ignore the desserts and head for the main dishes, which are all thoughtfully created with delicious vegetables, meats and seasonings to please the most discriminating palate.

The Somercize diet is a combination of the fad for food-combining; here fat and protein are ok, carbs like vegetables or whole grains are not eaten with fat or protein, and fruits go alone. Some foods are "funky foods" --that is, a mix of carbs and fat or carbs and proteins, and they are verboten until you lose sufficient weight.

Will it work? Possibly. Some people do report great results. But the value here is probably more in the cookbook, which really does have very nice recipes for low sugar, well-prepared meals. And if you do get Somersweet or use saccharine, there are ice cream how bad can this be? An attractive book, possibly useful even to Atkins dieters who can navigate those recipes with carbohydrates. And certainly if you are editing sugar out, you won't suffer with this plan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just plain delicious!
Whether or not you follow the somersize program, you will love the recipes from Suzanne Somers! They are very tasty! And for anyone looking to find delicious ways to include more vegetables in your diet you'll find lots of ways to incorporate them. ... Read more

31. Mars and Venus in the Bedroom : A Guide to Lasting Romance and Passion
by John Gray
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Asin: 0060927933
Catlog: Book (1997-01-29)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Sales Rank: 5678
Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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In his #1 New York Times bestseller Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, John Gray helped men and women develop better communication skills by recognizing that they have different emotional needs. Now he takes them to communications final frontier--the bedroom.

Mars and Venus in the Bedroom provides both men and women with specific instructions on how their new relationship skills can be used to improve their sex lives. Written with the understanding and unique insight that can come only from John Gray, it shows couples how they can become sexually satisfied without frustrating their partners, be better lovers, keep their monogamous relationship passionate, communicate their sexual needs romantically and get more pleasure out of sex.

Yes, men are still from Mars and women are from Venus, and vive la difference. With John Gray's guidance, these two celestial bodies can harness their differences to come into closer orbit with each other and enjoy some close encounters of the most heavenly kind. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mars and Venus in the Bedroom: You Have to Have This Book!
I've been married to the same person for 28 years and always thought our sex life was great, but when we read this book (yes, we both read it) we realised how much we still didn't know, hadn't tried, and hadn't communicated about. This book has enhanced an already great relationship - just think what it could do for one in trouble! This is written plainly, interestingly, and is very accurate - from both the woman's and the man's point of view. There were a couple of things that seemed corny to me, but may not seem that way to someone who is 20 years younger than me (I'm 48). Buy this book! I guarantee you will get at least one insight into sex that will help your love life, no matter how wise you think you already are!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Text
John Gray's book is an excellent resource for people who are interested in improving their physical relationships. After reading each section thoroughly, I realized for the first time that there was more to the enjoyment of intimacy than I had imagined. Chapter 3, titled 'Once A Year Is Not Enough', made me re-think my schedule. I still only get it once a year, but at least Gray has made me aware.

Another excellent piece of advice comes in Chapter 5, where Gray states controversially, 'Don't be afraid to experiment; try new things, like undressing. It may seem unnatural at first, but hey...we've all got wobbly bits.'

This is also a valuable manual for those just starting a physical relationship. Topics for the 'nookie' novice include 'How Come You've Got THREE?', 'Batteries Are A Girl's Best Friend', 'No, Susan, Fellatio Wasn't That Italian Film Director Married to Sophia Loren' and 'Bob and Carol and Bill and Monica'.

'Mars and Venus in the Bedroom' is a 'must-read' book. I can't wait for Gray's next one, 'Mars and Venus in the Boardroom'. Coroprate America is already ducking for cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars By Far the best Mars/ Venus book
Of any of the books.... this is the one to get if you are in a long term relationship. It touches on so many topics, and different perspectives that is is the only one that I went out and bought after I read it from the local library.

1-0 out of 5 stars gray is old hat
I cannot believe what Gray thinks about women.It's insulting
and sterotyical.How would he know,how would anyone know what
every woman and every man is thinking or wanting anyway!
Women are crockpots and men are blow torches he says.He never
gets to the truth of why this sometimes is so - it's called
socialisation.Socialisation influences us so much,we don't
sometimes know it's happening because it's so planted in our
Read Rudov,I just got done with his book and he has ideas which
will end all of your relationship problems.Some might be
shocked by his revolutionary and courageous ideas but sometimes
one has to be shocked into a new way of thinking in order to
change for the better.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for laughs
I got it,
and it has lots of great advice! I would recommend that it be read with a lard chunk of salt (in some sections).

A couple of things made me LMAO and I had to share.

1. He devotes 1 1/2 pages in telling a man how to deliver oral sex to a woman. And not very well either. He mentions the G-spot, but basically says "It would create preformance anxiety in the man if he kept trying to find it---so he won't get too technical" so he leaves it at that.

Excuse me! I nearly dropped the book at this point (like, he could have devoted 10 pages to that alone).

2. HOWEVER, he devotes 5 plus pages!!! on giving oral to a guy! Going into extreme, intricate detail of every millimeter of area to be covered.

In reading this, there is no doubt about Dr. Gray's gender.

His justification? Men like it better than women (erm, excuse me?! Was I asked???)

3. He does this lingerie=mood chart that had me falling out of bed "If she is wearing black lace, it means she is in this kinda mood, if she is wearing white, it means she feels virginal, if she is in pink, it means she feels romantic."

Again, WHAT? How about I look pretty dang good in black lack, the pink doesn't scratch and the white doesn't ride up. Maybe he is color blind.

4. Oy, and don't get me started in the section about Quickies (I do agree to some point, but the reciprocal part isn't fair, balanced). Cuddles for a quickie? Where did he find these people! It came off as extremely cold blooded, with the woman lying there like a log being perfectly OK to the hubby (argh!) That alone would be a 'he needed a killin'' defense in a murder trial.

All that aside, it does have some helpful pointers. Buy the book used....and cheap. ... Read more

32. The Discipline Book: How to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten
by Martha, William Sears
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Catlog: Book (1995-02-15)
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Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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From the bestselling authors of The Baby Book and The Birth Book comes The Discipline Book, the definitive guide to raising happy, well-adjusted, well-behaved children. Seasoned parents of eight, Bill and Martha Sears draw on personal experience and their professional knowledge as childcare experts to provide an authoritative approach to a broad range of disciplinary issues and practices.

With focus on preventing behavior problems as well as managing them when they arise, the Searses offer clear, practical advice on everything parents need to know about disciplining young children. Believing that discipline starts at birth, the Searses discuss baby discipline, disciplining the toddler, mother-father roles in modern parenting, saying no, self-esteem as the foundation of good behavior, helping a child to express feelings, the constructive use of anger, good nutrition for good behavior, and sleep discipline.

On handling problem behavior, the Searses cover sibling rivalry, spanking and alternatives to spanking, breaking annoying habits, and eliminating bothersome behaviors like whining and talking back. The Searses strongly advocate teaching children values like apologizing and sharing, and explain how to deal with such issues as lying, stealing, and cheating. In addition, the Searses address building healthy sexuality and discipline in special situations such as after divorce and in the single-parent household. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of wisdom, little science
Here is a great book to own for Dr. Sears fans and "attachment parenting" families. It gives balanced advice, emphasizing the importance of respecting and understanding the child as a person without falling into the "parent as powerless mentor-friend" trap. The Searses were in the process of raising eight children when this book was written, so it contains a great deal of wisdom gained from vast experience.

Probably the biggest drawback in this book is the tendency to use the term "attachment parenting" interchangeably with the more general psychological term "attachment" (which is basically the same as love, according to my understanding). I will not deny that many families find that Dr. Sears's famous attachment parenting methods (such as the family bed and infant wearing) actually do promote good attachment, but they are means to an end and not mandatory for all.

Another weak area concerns the issue of spanking. The Searses are known for holding to the respectable view that spanking is not the best way to discipline, and that other methods are preferable. I have no problem with their view, but the so-called "science" that is used to support the view is very poor. No effort is made in any of these studies to look at responsible spanking; rather, all physical discipline is lumped together, including angry spanking, inappropriate spanking, and outright child abuse. Sorry, but these "studies" either have little to do with the issue at hand (loving discipline) or are simply worthless wastes of time that do not belong in this book or any other! The Searses themselves probably made the decision to not spank based on personal experience; they should cite this and leave the junk science alone. As an aside, the parent who does choose to spank will find a section in this book regarding how to do it lovingly, which I endorse, and which, ironically, is similar to advice offered by pro-spanking writers like Dr. James Dobson.

To sum up, I recommend this book. However, if its gentle methods aren't working, by all means look for more assertive (but still loving) methods. Children thrive best where discipline is effective, as well as loving and fair.

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential book in a detachment oriented culture.
I wish all of Dr. Sears books would be prenatal prerequisites and parting gifts at the hospitals! There is scientific evidence,personal experience, and genuine caring. Indeed,in an ideal world we would all be parented this way- people would value people over things.We have attachment parented our daughter by responding to her cues from day one in terms of nursing,crying,sharing sleep,holding and simply doing what feels humane. Zoe is almost three and this approach has truly helped me to know my child and has served as the foundation for effective discipline which is simply guidance, whether firm or gentle,it is setting limits,and correctng and redirecting. When you have done this from the beginning, "discipline" isn't something that you do all of a sudden now that they are a toddler. Talking to her early on and explaining things and having age appropriate expectations builds trust- this makes for a more harmonious relationship overall and quite an asset for there are days and weeks that are just hard- there are certainly challenges to being an "at home" parent-even with a great natured toddler,I believe that all of the Sears' books have affirmed the value that I have on the attachment process in the first three years of life.Attachment parenting is an investment.Our society wants independence and quick fixes where children our concerned: let someone else parent them,leave them to cry,spank,scream,ignore.These methodst have grave long term consequences-a good reason to buy this book! Read this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars I really disliked this book . . .
I have to agree with the negative views posted here. I wanted to add my review to help balance out the numerous positive reviews.

I too consider myself an "attached" parent - I nursed both my girls for at least one year each (while working full time) and work very hard to be an effective parent even though I'm not home with them every day. As other reviewers have said, this book does the attached parenting thing to death. It more than implies that if you're an attached parent, you'll simply know what it is your child wants or needs and if you don't know, you must not really be an "attached" parent. In my experience, that isn't reasonable - no matter how good a parent you are, there are times when you simply aren't going to understand what your child wants. That's ok! The real world does not revolve around our little darlings, no matter how much we'd like it to.

The advice to simply and gently "redirect" a toddler from something he or she wants is totally laughable if you have a toddler like I did who does not understand the subtlety of a gentle redirection! In the real world, children need both negative and positive reinforcement to learn right from wrong and safe from unsafe. This book misses the mark by a mile in that respect.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for children under 1
Our child's under one, and just getting to the discipline stage. There's nothing for a child under age one, unless you want to be told the value of attachment parenting (which I do not believe in). I've got a successful "Baby Whisperer" child so far. I'm keeping the book (I got it as a gift), but only because when I skipped around, it seemed to have some advice we might find useful when our child's older. If I hadn't have gotten it as a gift, I wouldn't have bought it because of the attachment philosophy, but I'm new to the world of discipline techniques so I'll keep it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not what an 'attached parent" needed...
I loved the "Baby bBook", but was quite dissapointed with this one. It has little advise to balance excessive attention and control our sun was getting as a result of this approach. At this point I beleive that most "attachement" parenting families with one child spoil their children rotten and deprive them of independance they crave by age 2. Unless they have 8 of them like Sears. For balance I would highly recommend all books by Magda Gerber, particularly "Your Self-Confident Baby". She is a recognised authority on early childhood by both Montessori and Waldorf movements. They changed my life. By the way, i did not need a huge chapter on benefits of not spanking my children. i doubt many Sears followers do. ... Read more

33. The Fat Flush Plan Cookbook
by Ann LouiseGittleman, Ann Louise Gittleman
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-14)
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The popular weight-loss program now has a companion cookbook

"(Ann Louise Gittleman's) rundown of the therapeutic and culinary benefits of her favorite 25 cooking herbs makes a perfect introduction to her popular nutritional philosophy."--Natural Health Magazine

The Fat Flush Cookbook contains more than 200 recipes using fat-flushing foods and featuring the thermogenic herbs and spices--including ginger, cayenne, mustard, anise, fennel, and cinnamon--introduced in the popular diet program The Fat Flush Plan. This indispensable cookbook can be used as either a standalone volume or a companion book.

This tasty, heart-smart volume includes:

  • Time-saving, one-dish dinners
  • Packable lunches
  • Vegetarian-friendly ideas
  • Recipes with delicious and unique fat burning herbs and spices
  • An extended list of name brands suitable for Fat Flushing

In addition, The Fat Flush Cookbook shares new research explaining why certain Fat Flush staples speed up fat loss and provide profound detoxifying benefits while protecting overall health. Key ingredients such as lean proteins, phytonutrient-dense vegetables and fruits, psyllium, lemons, flaxseed and flaxseed oil, thermogenic herbs and spices, high-protein whey, stevia, cooking broths, and more are prominently featured in these delicious recipes. Cranberries, for example, which are now ranked among the best health foods we can consume, are an essential component to the success of Fat Flushers everywhere, and The Fat Flush Cookbook provides creative ways to enjoy this delicacy--along with tips on simple ways to sneak all these staples into existing favorites without making any major adjustments.

With delicious recipes, Fat Flushing information, and meal choices to suit every lifestyle, The Fat Flush Cookbook is perfect for the millions of Fat Flushers around the country.

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34. Say Good Night to Insomnia : The Six-Week, Drug-Free Program Developed At Harvard Medical School
by Gregg Jacobs, Herbert Benson
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-15)
Publisher: Owl Books
Sales Rank: 5255
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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Imagine an insomnia treatment that improves sleep in 100 percent of insomniacs, helps 75 percent of insomniacs become normal sleepers, and allows 90 percent of insomniacs to reduce or eliminate their use of sleeping pills. This treatment is safe, natural, and has no side effects except improved mood, higher energy, increased mind/body control, and better health. No, this is not a new miracle drug. It is Dr. Gregg Jacobs's drug-free program described in Say Good Night to Insomnia.

At Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Jacobs has tested and developed a six-week, drug-free programthat conquers insomnia in a large majority of patients. The first clinician to offer proof that insomnia can be overcome without drugs, Dr. Jacobs's program provides techniques for: Eliminating sleeping pills Establishing sleep-promoting habits and lifestyle practices Changing negative, stressful thoughts about sleep Implementing relaxation and stress-reduction techniques Enhancing peace of mind and reducing negative emotions
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5-0 out of 5 stars It Changed My Life
No kidding. I was resistant at first to start the book, I thought that by exploring my sleep I'd make the problem worse. Believe me, the exact opposite is true. "Knowledge is power" has never held so much truth. It took almost no time to feel a definite change in my sleep patterns. I started falling asleep in less than 20 minutes every night. If I woke up during the night I was able to get back to sleep almost instantly. By limiting my time in bed I was able to retrain my brain to think of a bed as a place to sleep again. At first I only got four hours of sleep a night, but now I'm up to as much as six and a half and I'm only into the second week of the program. Please do youself a favor, if you have insomnia, there is no need to suffer any longer. BUY THIS BOOK at any price, peace of mind can be yours again.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute must-buy for long-time insomnia sufferers!!
This book is wonderful--I finished it in 2 days! It is a very easy-to-read explanation of the physiology of sleep, why we lose it, and how we can get it back. The techniques Dr. Jacobs describes to stop insomnia are easy to follow (although they do take patience and persistence) and really make sense. And, best of all, this program works!!! I suffered from insomnia for over 16 years, and I never thought I would be free of endless days and nights worrying about sleep. To my amazement, the night following the day I started reading the book, I fell asleep within 10 minutes! Unheard of for me! And, I wasn't even employing any of the techniques suggested in the book yet. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to all insomniacs who suffer from constant anxiety about sleeping as I did, and wish you endless nights of restful sleep!

5-0 out of 5 stars This book really works!
I work the midnight shift as a police sergeant. I had never been able to sleep more than a few hours a day, and the situation had horrible prospects. I bought this book out of desperation, and it has changed my life. I went from 3 or 4 hours of sleep a day to 6 or 8 hours. I feel like a human being again. GOD BLESS YOU DR. JACOBS, AND MR. BENSON! THANK-YOU!

5-0 out of 5 stars Put insomnia to rest.........
I know whereof I speak...this book is the best insomnia guide that I have read. I put the advice to practice and it helped cure my sleep problems. I had even consulted a sleep disorder clinic and yet they did not help me as much as the information in this book. As with all great guides, you must take the action prescribed in order to feel the benefit. Best of all, this program is drug free.

5-0 out of 5 stars A life saver
I bought this book out of desperation. It seems that one day I suddenly lost ability to fall asleep. After several weeks spent virtually without sleep, I went to a doctor and got sleep medication, which worked well. However, I was unable to sleep without it and my husband and I wanted to have a second baby. Thus, I knew I would have to get off the medication; but when I tried to sleep without the pill, I couldn't fall asleep.

Thank you to all the readers who have recommended this book and helped me choose the right one! As a result of following Dr. Jacob's advice, I no longer need any medications and have no sleep-related problems. This was a great investment!

This book can be helpful to anyone who would like to improve quality (or quantity) of his or her sleep. ... Read more

35. 8 Weeks to Optimum Health
by Andrew Weil M.D.
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Catlog: Book (1998-06-16)
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"Health," Dr. Andrew Weil writes, "is a dynamic and temporary state of equilibrium destined to break down as conditions change." In other words, there's no such thing as the type of health that allows you to feel equally great every day of your life. Instead, Weil suggests, your goal should be to improve your resilience to disease, and while you're at it, feel more joy and strength.

As to how you should gain this strength, joy, and resilience, Weil doesn't come on with a hard sell to give up every bad habit or all of the foods you enjoy. Instead, he suggests gradual changes: clean your pantry of whatever cooking oils you have there, except olive oil; start taking vitamin C three times a day; walk a few minutes a day; eat some fish and broccoli. The program is so simple and sensible that anyone trying it probably will feel better in a week.

The program then gets progressively more involved--more supplements; more of a shift toward a diet based on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; more exercise. Besides these steady changes, each week's program has a focus: In week 2, you start drinking bottled or filtered water; week 3 focuses on organic produce; week 4, on sleep; week 5, using a steam bath or sauna; week 6, trying a "universal tonic" like ginseng; week 7, volunteering in your community; and finally, in week 8, figuring out how to integrate permanently the elements of the program into your life.

Even those who don't go for the entire program will probably find something here to like--the recipes, maybe, or the suggestion that you cut back on strenuous types of exercise like running and competitive sports in favor of brisk walks. It's perfectly useful either way: as a total lifestyle overhaul, or a series of suggestions, any one or two of which will probably help you feel better. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars some new important health tips and relaxation techniques
Review by Carolyn B. Leonard ( 1st NASR August 14, 1998 378 words

8 WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH by Andrew Weil, MD, read by the author (Random House, $18.00) Running time 3 hrs, 2 cassettes ©1997 ISBN 0-679-45166-8

Not just another weight-loss regimen, "Eight weeks" provides not only a schedule of incremental changes in diet and exercise, but also such mental-spiritual practices as breath work, art and music appreciation. The program goal is to facilitate the body's natural capacity to heal and, so doing, to increase everyday well-being and help the participant reach their healthiest weight level. Dr. Andrew Weil begins the tape with his own story and provides a week-by-week, step-by-step outline of reaching better health. Available in book, video-tape or audiotape form. This is a review of the audiotape.

Like most heath gurus, Weil encourages exchanging red meat, dairy products, most oils, and refined foodstuffs for fish, olive oil, and plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; but the similarity ends there. He provides clear instruction in five basic breathing exercises (similar to Yoga); one helps you relax -- it put me right to sleep!-- one will wake you up, the others provide other benefits. Weil recommends taking a formula of antioxidant supplements, and he instructs on how to test and filter your water supply. He details reasons to avoid hazards such as ultraviolet rays and radiation. He encourages walking everyday and connecting more charitably with other people. I especially liked his comments about bringing more flowers into your home and life.

Andrew Weil, M.D., has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health and for fifteen years was a Research Associate in Ethnopharmacology at the Harvard Botanical Museum. He has traveled extensively throughout the world collecting information about the medicinal properties of plants, altered states of consciousness, and healing. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine and other national publications. He is currently Associate Director of the Division of Social Perspectives in Medicine, and Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he practices natural and preventive medicine. Eight Weeks to Optimum Health is his seventh book.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Healthy Living 101
If you know you need to give your lifestyle a "health makeover" but aren't sure where to start, this is the book for you. Dr Weil's eight-week plan helps you gradually phase out unhealthy habits and foods, and start enjoying a more health-enhancing lifestyle. By guiding you through moderate changes over eight weeks, rather than advocating radical change overnight, Dr Weil creates a plan that is easy to stick with. His well-researched, easy-to-read book is an excellent foundation for a lifelong commitment to healthy living. Following Weil's sensible plan won't result in "cold turkey" feelings, just a steady improvement in your physical, mental and emotional health. His lifestyle prescriptions will also result in weightloss. But the book's nutrition plan centres around abundance, not denial. Dr Weil's mantra is "quality" when it comes to food. If you're already leading a healthy lifestyle, and seek to expand your knowledge, this title will probably be a little basic for you. Dr Weil's new title "Eating Well For Optimum Health" may be a more enriching read. Dr Weil's eight-week plan, on the other hand, strikes me as being perfect "entry-level" material.

4-0 out of 5 stars Health plans for different age groups
"8 Weeks to Optimum Health" is an excellent informative book with sensible ideas. One of the points that he brings up is keeping the body at homeostasis, the purest and most healthiest period of one's life. It is hard to believe that in eight weeks one can bring his body back to a healthy state. And with Weil's suggestions for mental and physical well being you can continue to improve. Though going through your pantry or fridge and throwing out probably most of what is in it may be hard, it is the first and hardest step to achieving good health. It is also shocking to learn how bad oils and fats are for you. Another very surprising part of the book is about the ways water is bad for you. Clean water is essential for healthy living. One adjustment that may be very hard to make is replacing meat with soy foods, which Weil claims to be healthier. There are many healthy atlernatives to everyday diets and the book is filled with useful information. The most useful, and probably easiest to adjust to is the customized plans that Weil lays out for different genders and age groups. Weil also doesn't just preach healthy living but he gives excellent recipes at the end of the book to help one adjust and start being healthy. It is a good read and a good resource to refer to when your health is in question.

5-0 out of 5 stars 8 weeks to optimum health- Menlo college
8 weeks to optimum health is an excellent book to read, in order to learn more about how to tune up your dieting, and exercising habits. Along with reaching optimum physical health through this 8 week process, Weil also wants you to reach optimum mental health through a series of exercises that offer you suggestions on coping with stress, anger and expressing your feelings.

This proves to be a good book for begginers, like myself, who want to get started on a good path to healthy living. I myself have not yet tried Weil's 8 week steps and methods, but just reading about them invigorates and motivates me to start developing healthy habits and mental stability, as well as being more intouch and connected with nature.

Along with being a very inspiring book it is to great extent a very informative book. It describes some conditions and diseases that the human body develops, and how to avoid them. Diseases that concern people of all ages, and how to take certain measures in your day to day habits that will greatly benefit you at an older age. Weil tells you to appreciate and love yourself and others, and to accept and embrace forgiveness. He offers you a small paragraph of lines to read as an exercise to love and liberate yourself, these types of exercises can be seen in several parts of the book. Along with these emotional exercises Weil also offers breathing exercises to both relax you and speed you up, to get you ready for your day. In fact these types of exercises I did have the chance to try along with some of my friends, and they did in fact have an impact on all of us, expecially the breathing exercises that give you very noticeable and real physical feelings.

This book is filled with many recipes to improve your health and physical appearance, further more it gives you recipes and tells you about certain roots, mushrooms and extracts that will improve your emotional conditions. These herbal extracts have many components that I did not know about like immune-enhancing, anti-cancer, and anti-viral properties that can be found in such mushrooms as the Japanese Maitake mushrooms. There is an entire section dedicated to a variety of muchrooms and extratcs that can be found in your local super market that offer many beneficial side effects for your overall mental and physical health.

Besides Weil's extensive and detailed 8 week program for reaching optimum health, he also focuses on projects to improve mental anbd physical conditions targeted at certain groups. He targets portions of his book on how to aid the frequent traveler, the overweight, certain age groups, for men, for woman, for those at risk of cancer and many more.

This was my first book I ever read by Andrew Weil, I enjoyed his syle of writing and his ability to reach the reader on several levels. I am looking forward to implement many of his methods and suggestions in the future, and I highly recommed this book to anyone who is interested on improving and perfecting both their physical and mental conditions. It is an overall excellent book to have around the house.

2-0 out of 5 stars a credibility problem
My daughter purchased this book for me about 6 months ago. I know Dr. Weil is an educated man, but I'm sorry. I just cannot take seriously a man this overweight lecturing on optimum health. Look at the size of this guy. Either he is slipping in triple cheeseburgers and double malteds when no one is looking, or salmon and seaweed are VERY fattening. I would say its probably the former. I kept looking for "after" photos but, alas, there are none. This is how he looks. ... Read more

36. The Birth Book : Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth (Sears Parenting Library)
by Martha Sears, William Sears
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Catlog: Book (1994-02-01)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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In The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth, William and Martha Sears, authors of The Baby Book and creators of the concept of "attachment parenting," here turn their attention to the birth experience. In this helpful resource guide, the Searses cover the gamut of possibilities, and teach readers what they need to know to take control of their own birthings. The Birth Book is divided into three parts: "Preparing for Birth," "Easing Pain in Labor," and "Experiencing Birth." You'll find details about vaginal births; cesareans; VBACs; water births; home births; best birthing positions; drugs; pain; how to design your own birth plan; the humor, chemistry, and sexuality of birth; and pages and pages of birth stories. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thinking about "going drug-free"?
If you are considering having a drug-free delivery (and even if you're not), this book is for you. It will help you understand the reasons why having a baby is painful and things you can do to make it easier. I found myself remembering what this book said WHILE IN LABOR. One of the best tips in the book was to prepare a birth plan and the knowledge you will gain by reading this will enable you to write a birth plan that suits you and will use the medical jargon enough that the doctors and nurses will respect you. It is also very realistic, yet encouraging, about pain relief during labor. I managed without drugs and it was an awesome experience. I took no childbirth classes and had "one of the most beautiful deliveries" the L&D nurse had ever seen. The information in this book was a huge help. Out of all the books I read to prepare for labor, this one was far and away the best. This is a must read for pregnant women!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written, Informative Advocacy for Natural Birth
This book is SO much more accessible than the Bradley book which we used for our childbirth class. I wish I had had it before having two babies! I really enjoy the personal stories that the Sears use in all their books to illustrate their points... at the beginning of this book they describe the births of all 8 of their children. I found the section on prenatal tests particularly illuminating. Most books talk about amnios and such, but few talk about the consequences of fetal monitoring or ultrasounds in much detail. After reading this book I feel much more equipped to attempt a second natural birth... I have even had thoughts about home birth, but fear we are too far from the hospital.

The Sears' make a strong point that fear and tension during labor greatly contributes to pain. They see pain as a natural barometer and suggest that severe pain indicates a change is needed. This change could be as simple as changing positions and moving about, or it might indicate that some intervention is needed. Although they strongly advocate natural birth, the Sears' view medication during birth as one tool (not without possible complications) to help achieve a satisfying birth experience. Much emphasis is put on upright laboring and birthing positions, to increase mobility and to utilize gravity. Having found it a great help myself, I enjoyed reading about using the tub during labor and wished they had spent more time talking about birthing in water. I am strongly considering this possibility in my next birth. The final section of the book contains references and suggestions for further reading on particular topics. Overall a very useful book which does a wonderful job of balancing their advocacy for natural unmedciated birth with respect for what medicine has to offer!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but glossed over some complications
with the interventions. I preferred the "Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" which highlighted many of the risks involved with each intervention. But this book went over many of the regular treatments found in a hospital birth. Overall, well written & excellent information.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is very one-sided.....
I am the type of person who enjoys information that shows both sides. I have grown up going to doctors and I trust them when it comes to medicine. I got this book hoping that it would help me with some pain strategies for giving birth. However, it was much the opposite. Instead Dr. Sears and his wife start with the history of midwives being bumped out and go on and on about how doctors have ruined birthing for every woman because they brought in pain medications, and so forth. Instead of being satisfied with what I read, I was actually turned off, and don't even want to buy another book from these people! Sure it is empowering for those of you who want to go completely natural and feel that doctors should stay away from you during your birthing experience. But for me, I am totally middle of road. I want to know my options, I want to know the good and the bad in ever situation. Instead, the Sears only focus on the bad with doctors and hospitals and make you feel that because you choose to go the medical route that you are a failure at giving birth. Sure it would be great to go natural at birth, but if I am in enough pain that I want an epidural, then PLEASE give me one. It is also reassuring for me to know that I will deliver in a hospital in case anything goes wrong with either me or the baby. I think this book had some good advice (but not much), and the rest of it is all based on 2 people's opinions of how THEY THINK birth should be. I thought the book was VERY ONE SIDED!

5-0 out of 5 stars I changed my birth plans 6 months into my pregnancy!
If you are pregnant for the first time and don't know much about childbirth, READ THIS BOOK ... and don't be afraid to make changes to your birth plan (birth plan?!?) if some aspect of your care doesn't sit well with you. Do whatever you can to have a wonderful birth experience - it will live in your emotions and memory forever and may even affect how you bond with your child.

I was six months pregnant with our first child when I did the craziest thing ever. I changed my caregivers and I changed my hospital. Here's how it went: During my pregnancy, our kitchen was being remodeled. Attempting to escape the paint and glue fumes, I spent long days at our local library, reading books about pregnancy and childbirth. I stumbled upon "The Birth Book" and of course, in my swollen condition, I devoured it.


It opened my eyes to how insane birth really is in this country - how over-medicalized it is. It really put the fear of God into me, so to speak, with regard to "routine" procedures such as episiotomy, forceps/vacuum use, epidurals, C-sections, etc. I was set on a path for the typical "hospital-epidural-medical" birth, without much thought that it could be any other (better, more satifying) way, until I read this astounding book.

Thanks to this book, I scrupulously questioned my OB and ultimately switched from my OB to a Certified Nurse Midwife, I switched to a hospital with a very low C-section rate and a very pro-natural birth attitude and appropriate facilities, I hired a doula, and my husband & I took a Bradley class and cancelled our Lamaze class. BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK, I had a glorious, natural (drug- and intervention-free), waterbirth in the "Alternative Birthing Center" of a hospital. (Read our birth story in the upcoming book, Beautiful Births, due out in 2005! =)

Of course, my husband initially thought I was stark raving mad for wanting to make so many drastic changes so far into my pregnancy, but after reading this eye-opening book, it seemed even MORE stark raving mad not to! Even if you have no intention of making any changes (some women like having fetal monitors and epidurals, and that is their prerogative!), read it. Whether you desire to birth naturally or more "medically," or if you're not sure, it is very empowering to be well informed about everything that happens within the birthing community. ... Read more

37. Anatomy of the Spirit : The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-24)
Publisher: Harmony
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Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Anatomy of the Spirit is the boldest presentation to date of energy medicine by one of its premier practitioners, internationally acclaimed medical intuitive Caroline Myss, one of the "hottest new voices in the alternative health/spirituality scene" (Publishers Weekly). Based on fifteen years of research into energy medicine, Dr. Myss's work shows how every illness corresponds to a pattern of emotional and psychological stresses, beliefs, and attitudes that have influenced corresponding areas of the human body.

Anatomy of the Spirit also presents Dr. Myss's breakthrough model of the body's seven centers of spiritual and physical power, in which she synthesizes the ancient wisdom of three spiritual traditions-the Hindu chakras, the Christian sacraments, and the Kabbalah's Tree of Life-to demonstrate the seven stages through which everyone must pass in the search for higher consciousness and spiritual maturity. With this model, Dr. Myss shows how you can develop your own latent powers of intuition as you simultaneously cultivate your personal power and spiritual growth.

By teaching you to see your body and spirit in a new way, Anatomy of the Spirit provides you with the tools for spiritual maturity and physical wholeness that will change your life.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of spiritual matters.....
In the last part of ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT, Caroline Myss unites her discussion of three belief systems (Roman Catholic Sacraments, Kabbalah Tree of Life, and Hindu Chakras) within the concept of living in the present moment. Many who have trod the spiritual path Myss describes and faced the Three Big Crises - absence of meaning and purpose; strange new fears; and devotion to something greater than one's self - will appreciate her final words. Suffering produces spiritual rewards.

Not everyone will appreciate Myss' book. I would like to send the audio version to my 87-year old aunt who is devoutly Roman Catholic, but I don't think she would like it. My Southern Baptist aunt would probably disown me. My daughter would appreciate it - but she's a fan of Bishop Pike. For a change, Myss has written a book older folks will appreciate more than younger ones.

I know something about the sacraments having been raised with them. I've also acquired a great deal of knowledge about the Chakras in the past 40 years (via reading and Hindu friends). I have studied the Kabbalah (it is far more complex than Myss' book indicates). Like Joseph Campbell whom she apparently see as a model, Myss sees a larger truth underlying religious structures and/or tribal systems of belief.

Myss is billed as an expert on energy medicine. In the early 1980s, I had the pleasure and privilege of being in Louis Hay's home. I can testify that "whatever your mind can conceive and believe it will achieve." Whenever I have an ailment, I whip out Hays' healing books (Myss cites one of them). Healing takes many forms. Doctors mostly facilitate the process or mess it up. The power of positive thinking, prayer, the laying on of hands, and laughter all work to heal the body-mind-spirit. What Myss shares is not new, but if you haven't heard about it elsewhere you can learn more here.

This is a good book. I've heard, read, and/or experienced most of what Myss describes so I can testify to the truthfulness of it. If you are ready to move beyond tribal boundaries and become whole this may be the book for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Anatomy lessons.
Caroline Myss, Ph.D. is a medical intuitive and a specialist in energy medicine. Whenever she visits Boulder, she draws a big crowd, and her sold-out lecture last week promoting her current bestseller, SACRED CONTRACTS, was no exception. "According to energy medicine, we are all living history books," she writes in ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT. "Our bodies contain our histories--every chapter, line, and verse of every event and relationship in our lives" (p. 40). She maintains, in other words, that as our lives unfold, our biography becomes our biology (p. 40).

In ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT, Myss attempts to connect the dots between body and spirit by integrating the wisdom of several spiritual traditions, the Hindu chakras, the Christian sacraments, and the Kabbalah's Tree of Life. She draws from the ancient wisdom of these teachings to radically redefine spiritual and biological health, and to help us understand "what keeps us healthy, what makes us ill, and what helps us heal" (p. 67). The central premise of her book is that our past and present, personal and professional relationships, traumatic experiences and memories, beliefs and attitudes all become "encoded" in our biological anatomies, and then contribute to the formation of cell tissue, which generates energy reflecting our emotional strengths, weaknesses, hopes and fears (p. 34). Dr. Myss teaches us how to move through our wounds, rather than living in them (p. 60). While in her book she says that disease is the result of our negative emotions (p. 43), during her more recent Boulder lecture, Myss acknowledged she no longer believes this, and that this incorrect assertion has caused many to needlessly suffer, while trying in vain to identify the nonexistent negativity in their lives.

In her truly fascinating book, Myss reveals how we are simultaneously matter and spirit, and she encourages us to think about how matter and spirit interact, "what draws the spirit and life force out of our bodies, and how we can retrieve our spirits from the false gods of fear, anger, and attachments of the past" (p. 77). To those readers like me, who may be a bit skeptical of the anatomy lessons Myss offers here, she encourages us take from her book only what feels right to our heart and spirit, leaving the rest behind (p. 94).

G. Merritt

1-0 out of 5 stars Listen and take what you can
Not very good at all. The whole lecture comes from a christian standpoint. Caroline searches for the basic truths that all older folk-based religions possess, but realizes the christian "religion" does not have these truths. Then she begins to relate the sacraments to the chakras, saying that the truths are hidden. This may be so, but through the finding of these truths she reccomends things like praying to god for help, admitting that your anger is your own fear and asking god to help you. I find this very weak, as I do the whole christian religion. It seems the "new age" thinkers are still trying to twist christianity into the spiritually uplifting religion that every other religion is. Its funny that it has never been taught by nuns or priests the way it is being "interpretted" now.
I don't advocate asking for help from god when things go wrong. I don't believe getting angry with someone shows that I am somehow afraid of something within me-and therefore must submit to god. The church and their bible do not advocate finding your own way through the path of spirituality yet the new age idea of christianity twists it to say it does. Just drop your bible and the whole christian influence as a whole and learn from your blood. A religion that never came from it's own people, but was forced upon them can NEVER lead us to a path of spirituality no matter what you "interpret" it to be.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Wonderful!
I recently survived a serious illness and I feel that owe a lot of this to Caroline Myss and this book that she wrote. As she says in this book, our body is a reflection of our state of mind in many ways. Because of this book, I have been focusing on bringing myself to a healthy state of mind which leads to a healthy body. In doing so, I am learning so much about my own personal, emotional, and spiritual development partially through this book but also from other incredible books like "The Ever-Transcending Spirit" by Toru Sato (this one is also a wonderfully inspirational, enlightening, absolutely great book by the way!). I love how Myss puts together some of parallels in the spiritual traditions of Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity and tries to show us that these teachings are all trying to guide us in a similar, if not the same, direction. Wonderful, Wonderful book! Highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars A bit lacking, but good
After reading many many books by several empowering authors such as Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dalai Lama, Marianne Williamson, and Tiffany Snow, that I am still reading, my life has opened up to me in such a compelling and wonderful way. There are great transforming authors, who shift the consciousness of humankind in a way never known before. The "Anatomy of the Spirit" tries to do this, but is lacking in some ways. It is a good book, but not great. ... Read more

38. Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
by Christiane Northrup
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Catlog: Book (1998-03)
Publisher: Bantam
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Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars In defense of victimhood...
I straddle the fence between faith in allopathic (Western) medicine and a more wholistic approach. So I bought this book eagerly. I have been both intrigued and disappointed.

I appreciate the hard scientific information: how our bodies work, how various procedures and substances affect them, the latest developments in health care. I also appreciated reading that things that I have long considered normal, like pregnancy, are indeed natural processes and not diseases or disabilities. But I didn't appreciate hearing that most medical problems are rooted in dysfunctional emotional states. While I think that there are some conditions that are amenable to a psychotherapeutic approach, I KNOW that the hideous cramps I suffered all through my young girlhood, from age 11 to about 27, were a lot more than merely a function of my ambivalence toward my burgeoning womanhood. And while this isn't my problem, the idea that an enlightened female doctor would tell an infertile woman that her infertility is caused by her own psychological state vis a vis parenthood is absolutely horrifying. As is the idea that grapefruit-sized ovarian cysts can be reduced by changing the way we regard ourselves in a patriarchal society. And the idea that most of our plumbing problems are rooted in our victimhood reverses all the gains in strength and self-confidence we've made in the past 30 years. And the less said about her friend the "medical intuitive," the better!

I recommend this book only to women who are grounded, strong in their sense of self as non-victims, and well-versed enough in medical knowledge to winnow through the junk and glean the good medical information. For the rest, I think it could be quite damaging.

5-0 out of 5 stars at last, a book focused on all aspects of women's health
what a brilliant, sensitive, informed, and thoughtful way to approach health issues particular to women. (Dartmouth Medical School-educated, if I recall correctly) Dr. Northrup truly combines the "Western" with the more "Eastern" approach to health, and she does it in a very balanced way.

this book covers quite a bit of ground: from the special relationship between the menstrual cycle and the lunar cycle to birth/miscarriage to menopause. it is not a book advocating one way or another, but rather explores and considers how a woman's health is affected by many things, both from within and without the body. she also talks about many things a woman can do to improve her health, in accessible and realistic terms.

I found especially useful the chapter on birth stories. Her discussion of labor and delivery allowed me to understand birthing on a deeper level, beyond the "pain," and provided me with more confidence and trust in my body and in the process of giving birth (which I was able to do without any medication). I loved the "wave" metaphor, that each contraction can be experienced as a wave that one dives under (mentally) to avoid being thrashed around.

lastly, this is one of a very few number of books that celebrates women and womanhood. just the title itself tells you so much. i think every woman would do well to have it on her shelf or next to her bed to consult from time to time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book for every woman
I got this book as a gift 2 years ago and it has been an amazing discovery of so many things about me!
This book speaks to me as I am sure it will for every woman.
A must have!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This book will teach you to think of your health and your whole self in a new way. Revolutionary.

4-0 out of 5 stars Double Edged Sword
This is the first major book to look at women's health systematically from a holistic perspective. My sister, an ND, gave this to me many years ago. I have referred to it many times since I first read it and my friends always want to borrow it. It's a great reference.

If you are looking purely for an objective scientific book on women's health then don't bother with this. There is a lot of scientific info but there's a lot of "non-science" as well. Read the lowest reviews first which fairly summarise the weaknesses of this text. I agree that this book comes across as flaky in places however it is a breakthrough work in terms of systematically exploring the integration of mind and body and the effect of this balance on health.

While I applaud the effort to make people realise how their mental state can impact their health, the other side of that sword is that women feel they are to blame for having the "wrong state of mind" which leads to poor health.

For instance in one story a woman became infertile because, in the author's opinion, she didn't feel her husband was the right person to have children with. If you're pragmatic you can hear this story, consider if it applies to you and discard it if it doesn't fit. But some women could develop a guilt complex over something that is upsetting on its own without the added blame.

Ultimately, the problem with this kind of thinking is that it leads to a vicious worry cycle: you worry that you might not have the right state of mind for good health... and then you worry that your worrying risks your health further! But to ignore this altogether also poses risk. Stress does cause disease and an integrated approach to health cannot exist without considering a person's state of mind.

Because this book provides significant medical information, the reader could be lead into taking all the author's opinions as fact. Take the opinions as just that and you will find the book enjoyable. It is informative and thought provoking. ... Read more

39. Energy Medicine
by Donna Eden, David Feinstein, Brooks Garten
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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The first practical guide to using energy medicine to improve physical vitality, emotional health, and mental acuity.

"Even the most hard-nosed doctor will admit that some people have a healing presence that makes us--and our immune system--better than before. Donna Eden is one of those rare healers."--Gloria Steinem

World-renowned healer Donna Eden is able to literally see the body's energy keypoints and meridians. In Energy Medicine, she tells readers how they, too, can visualize these energy systems, determine the causes of physical and psychological problems based on the state of these energies, and devise highly effective treatments to remedy specific ailments and injuries. This is the only interactive guide that shows how you can work with energy to strengthen the immune, circulatory, lymphatic, and respiratory systems; alleviate pain, emotional stress, and depression; and improve memory and learning skills.

In health conferences throughout the world, Eden consistently exhilarates and amazes her audiences. Blending intuitive genius with a profound grasp of how the body functions as an energy system, Donna Eden's unique approach to energy medicine integrates Eastern, Celtic, and Western healing arts.

Illustrated with black-and-white line art throughout
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5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, Useful, Inspired
Energy Medicine is the most useful book I have read in the field of energy work for the layperson. Donna Eden and David Feinstein have collaborated to create an invaluable guide for everyone interested in improving health by balancing energy. Donna has many years of experience in practicing energy work and teaching, and she has done a wonderful job of creating a unique hybrid of methods into easy-to-use everyday routines. The book is rich in illustrations and instructions, all well-indexed. I believe everyone, at any level of health, can benefit from this book. Good for beginners, but extensive and detailed enough to provide deep study. I've bought many copies as gifts for loved ones; they all say it's the best they've seen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Landmark work in energy medicine, wide-ranging and useful
As a physician interested in helping patients achieve wellness, I was fascinated by Donna Eden's Energy Medicine. I maintain a large library of books on complementary health topics. Among the hundreds of books in the category of Energy this book STANDS OUT as the only book to my knowledge that addresses so many different energy systems. I have wondered how to reconcile chakras, meridians, etc. and Donna Eden does just that. The book is also unique because it demystifies and provides access to many routines that can be used for self-help. Many books are full of esoterica and mystery that leave the reader with useless knowledge. Energy Medicine is full of practical information.

Chapters deal with major topics. Within each chapter are "How-to Boxes," giving specific suggestions on how to manage over 30 different common problems. The short Daily Energy Routine in Chapter 3 has benefited everybody who continues to do it.

I bought the videos because I wanted to see Donna at work and I wanted to see some of the movements. They are an excellent addition to the book.

Energy Medicine is a gold mine of information. Every time I dig for a nugget, I get something out of it. The book bears re-reading, and I can testify that the effort is time well-spent. My copy is dog-eared from use. I purchased a second book as a loaner because I recommend it so frequently.

Optimal health has been defined as the unlimited and unimpeded free flow of life force energy through body, mind and spirit. This book introduces you to techniques which make that possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Energy Medicine Made Easy
As an energy practitioner, I have experienced many "healers" who have been sincere in their dedication and devotion to God, the clients, and to the healing profession. However, Donna Eden is like none other. She explains the various techniques in a simplistic, practical manner. Anyone can use the techniques within this text. It is clear that her intention is not to be heralded as a guru, master, or mystical being. Her purpose is to help teach and heal those interested in the healing arts. I have read the book and watched her Energy Healing video; both are phenomenal! This is a Must Read text for anyone in the healing arts.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Most AWEsome Volume!!!
10 Stars!!! The word-pictures Donna paints - telling of her own experiences make me envious! I feel left out in some way, but I feel sure that I can come up to her level given time & following the teaching... Very grateful that the book is out here for us to read and gain insights to a wonderfull process. I have given the book to others as a gift, I only wish I had found it sooner - but probably wasn't ready earlier. :) Great explanations on 'how to do it' abound, and it is a worthy reference for Masters & Beginners alike imo! Thank you Donna!! ~ric~

5-0 out of 5 stars Not a book for people who enjoy feeling bad!
If you are one of those rare people who really has no interest in feeling good and having more energy, then, whatever you do, don't buy this book. If you do, don't do a single one of the exercises. You are forewarned that doing these exercises will likely mean that you're going to experience:

* Improved health
* Elevated moods
* A sense of well-being
* A genuine spring in your step
* Energy levels you probably haven't experienced in years

This is a book that's jam-packed with information that's easy to use, yet extremely effective. Eden is generous with her techniques, and for those willing to actually practice them, lives will change for the better--physically, mentally, and spiritually.

I cannot recommend this book strongly enough, or often enough. I've experienced my own miracles from using these techniques, and watched as others who tried them found their own personal miracles.

But it's really not for those who want to maintain an existence of pain, low energy, and bad moods. Those people need to avoid this book at all costs!

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40. Invisible Acts of Power : Personal Choices That Create Miracles
by Caroline Myss
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For more than two decades, internationally renowned pioneer in energy medicine Caroline Myss has been studying how people use their personal power. Through her special brand of spiritual insight and intuition, her popular workshops, and her bestselling books, Myss has helped hundreds of thousands of people meet the lifelong challenge of managing their spiritual energy and improving their lives.

Now, in this inspiring new book, Myss expands her message about power in an entirely new spiritual direction. With characteristic originality, she explains how we become channels for divine grace and a conduit for miracles through kind, compassionate, generous actions or, as she calls them, invisible acts of power. When we act compassionately, without a private agenda or expectation of credit or reward, God works invisibly, anonymously through us. And as we move from visible acts, such as giving a friend a helping hand, to invisible acts, such as prayer and healing, we undergo a profound journey of personal empowerment.

Myss explores the seven stages of the practice of compassion and generosity and shows that the choice to do good, to act in service to others, is as essential to our physical and emotional health as it is to our intuitive development. In fact, she reveals, generosity is a biological and a spiritual necessity.

As she conveys these insights, Myss tells her trademark electrifying personal stories along with numerous others about life-changing acts of service, chosen from among more than twelve hundred letters that were sent to her Web site. The myriad simple but profound ways that people connect to create small miracles, gain a greater sense of spirituality, and transform their own -- and others' -- lives in an instant will inspire you to your own invisible acts of power...and attract them to you. ... Read more

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