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81. Energy Anatomy
by Caroline Myss
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Asin: 1564558800
Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
Publisher: Sounds True
Sales Rank: 44757
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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Explore the human body’s vast energetic network with Dr. Caroline Myss, America’s #1 medical intuitive and author of the New York Times bestsellers Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can. Complete nine-hour course reveals every phase of her groundbreaking work with the human energy system, including the chakra system, intuition, power centers, biology and biography, self-healing principles, reclaiming your power, and much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This tape series is THE definitive Carolyn Myss
I listen to a lot of personal growth tapes. My orientation is to listen for material to apply to my life. I don't like vague theories. I began using Carolyn's ideas immediately and have found that they are changing my life. A key point she makes is that you don't have to take 20 years to heal from a trauma. You can "call your spirit back" from past painful events and disappointments. This very simple notion, when applied during meditation, can transform your life. Try it. As they say on TV "It really, really works!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Energy Anatomy: The Science of Personal Power, Spirituality
This is an extremely powerful tape set. It has the power to help change your life for the better. Carolyn Myss has a way of explaning the relation of the chakras to our everyday lives in such a way that everyone can understand. She explains in detail how our energy and that of the people around us affects every aspect of our life, from our health to our country's health to our planet's health. Dr. Myss relates past and recent events to the health of nations. She explains the Great depression and Polio, Aids, Cancer and other ailments. She offers help to fight these diseases. Her message very clear and easy to understand. This tape is a definite must for anyone who wants to improve their life spiritually, physically and emotionally. Wonderful, completely captivating. Carolyn Myss is a great teacher.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gritty style, hard hitting content--it works.
In university I studied engineering. I like to explore many things but at the end the day, especially when it comes to self help, I'm looking for things that work. These CDs from Caroline Myss are working for me.

Here's what I found very unique about Caroline's material: she makes many concepts, such as Chakras, accessible for me. Up to know I've seen them as "could be interesting but seems like new age babble." From what Caroline says in the CDs, that's how she saw all of this stuff too, until some things happened in her life and she ended up with a new point of view. Key point here: she isn't a woo-woo "stars and magic" person. She's blunt and practical. At one point she says something like this "I want to give you the science of Chakras...I like explaining these things like machines, so you see that this is real, not just made up stuff." By bringing this into practical, almost scientific terms, it's accessible to me. On tape 6, some of what she talks about was a bit out there for me, but hey, that's alright. The core of the content is very practical and can be experienced day to day.

Caroline has interesting things to say about spirituality and religion as well. She comes off as a very spiritual person, but there didn't seem to be a given religion behind that. Interesting.

Several people have commented on Caroline's style. Here's my take. Caroline is blunt and direct. She isn't warm and fuzzy. She *is* funny. She *is* a great speaker. She *is* very bright and good at quickly building to "the point." She isn't nurturing. I'm at a point where I'm really ready to take action, and ready to make some changes. I was taken aback a few times through the CDs, but that's OK. I'm ready to take some emotional bruises in order to move forward. I think it's worth it. I'm tired of finishing interesting self-help books, putting them down, and then finding that nothing in my life is different. I'm seeing lots of changes already from the way that Caroline's CDs are challenging me.

I've also seen some comments that Caroline seems overly confident in herself. I can see where that impression may come from. Here's the thing--I don't see her strength and confidence coming out of pride or need for recognition. I think it comes from having a very solid basis in what she says, and also in being very aligned in her work as a teacher. She has important information to get across. Is everything she says 100% right? Who knows? You will get an undiluted point of view on how things work though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Profound. Myss's best work
I have read a lot of spiritual material, and this one has had a continued and lasting impact on me. It has helped to give me an understanding of my chakras and how I relate to the world that fits completely with other spiritual material. This material made so much sence.

I am a healthy person, so Myss's books on healing have never interisted me. This material, however, taught me how to guage my own personal power and understand why I'm weak and why I'm strong. Ever since going through these tapes I have been continually physically aware of my chakras. I can feel when I am working on something that is affecting one of them, and I am aware when I am leaking a significant amount of energy from one (which is pretty much every day, but I'm aware now).

Myss has a system where people can become certified as instructors of her material. I took a local weekly class on this series and it really expanded the material, I recommend it if you can find something like that in your area. Also, once you have used this material to understand where you are leaking energy and why, you can use Byron Katie's 'The Work' to help disconnect from what you are tied into.

3-0 out of 5 stars Advanced Energy is better
By happenstance, I listened to the Advanced Energy series before I listened to Energy Anatomy. I found Myss's presentation and material far better on the Advanced series. So much so that I had to force myself to listen all the way through the Energy series. I had to keep reminding myself that I agreed with what she was saying. It made sense to me. I had to focus on the message and not the tone. When I listened to Advanced Energy, I couldn't wait to hear the next tape and was disappointed when I finished the last. I wish I hadn't bought Energy Anatomy but had borrowed it from the library instead. Clearly, I highly recommend Advanced Energy. ... Read more

82. Why People Don't Heal and How They Can
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Asin: 0609802240
Catlog: Book (1998-09)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Sales Rank: 30663
Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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For more than fifteen years, Caroline Myss has studied why some people heal, while others do not. In her previous book, Anatomy of the Spirit, Dr. Myss illuminated the hidden interactions of belief and body, soul and cell to show how, as she inimitably puts it, "your biography becomes your biology." In this new book, she builds on her earlier teachings of the seven different energy centers of the body to provide a vital self-healing program for physical and spiritual disorders. With her characteristic no-nonsense style and high-voltage storytelling, she exposes and explodes the five myths about healing, explains the cultural and individual contexts in which people become physically and spiritually ill and invested in "woundology," and teaches new methods of working with the challenges that the seven energy centers embody.

Both visionary and practical, Why People Don't Heal and How They Can presents a bold new account of the development of human consciousness and spirituality over the ages, and examines the dynamic global transformation of attitudes about healing. To help you get and stay on the path to wellness, Dr. Myss provides rituals and prayers for gaining a symbolic perspective on your life issues; for bolstering your personal power; and for connecting with a universal divine energy. Dr. Myss's breakthrough views on energy medicine and her active approach to healing life issues and physical illness will help you overcome the mental blocks that keep you from becoming well.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Power sources: spiritual, emotional, physical, etc.
Be sure to read the introduction! Myss parallels the symbolism of the sacraments of the Christian church, the Tree of Life of the Kabbalistic tradition and the Hindu chakras. The Tribal, Individual and Symbolic ages are explained. The archetypes, made widely known to us by Jung, are uplifted as a way to see the events of our lives in symbolic terms. The 3-page Epilogue "Snow White and the Seven Chakras" might be read first as another introduction to the scope of the messages of this book, then re-read as a review. Many personal stores are recounted, including Myss' own healing experience, as examples of the principles cited. This book is uplifting and informative. It ties together things we have read in many other books into a helpful whole.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for healers
I am a Chi Gung master and a Shaman with over 30 years experience in esoteric healing and energy work and I spend most of my time working with and healing plants, animals, and people around the clock and as an intuitive healer myself, I recognize Caroline's skill and methods as very beneficial for any healer. I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to gain a deeper insight into who they are and how the healing process can work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Self Identification is the only way...
There has been millions of research to justify everything Caroline teaches. She's not critizing the wounded and neither is she arrogant. Facts are facts, and she delivers the facts in a way that people who are not serious about making some changes will easily get affended, because that's the easy thing to do other than looking at themself and saying, "Hey, I brought this on myself. And I could fix it myself." Carolyn is terrific! But if you are not serious about self improvement, don't bother.

2-0 out of 5 stars She is not a healer
Mind/body/spirit authors and healers are often accused of "blaming the victim." Good spiritual and mind/body healers do no such thing, but some do imply that if you're sick, it's your fault. And if you don't get better, it's because you don't want to, or don't try hard enough.

Caroline Myss doesn't just imply that illness is our fault, she wrote this whole book to tell us so. By downplaying or ignoring the social, economic, genetic, and environmental determinants of health, she turns what should be a hopeful message of empowerment into a club of guilt and blame.

Of course, our own behavior and attitudes play a large role in health. And yes, illness does bring some advantages that some people cling to. But people have good reasons for adopting the behaviors and attitudes they do. We adopted those behaviors before we knew better, because they seemed necessary at the time. And we maintain them because our lives are set up to maintain them.

Change is hard, especially if you don't believe you can do it, or that your life is not worth the effort. People need hope, support, and belief in themselves if they are to change. So when people need to change, to improve their health or their lives, you don't want to start by making them feel bad about themselves. That's why this book, far from helping people heal, is likely to add another layer of suffering to their lives.

My book, The Art of Getting Well, was partly written in response to Why People Don't Heal. (I have been called "the anti-Caroline Myss.") My book explains that illness is not our fault, but it is our responsibility to do the best we can to maximize our health and our lives.

It's often the conditions of our lives that make us sick, and many times the key to getting better is improving our quality of life. One element in this improvement is learning to value, love and forgive ourselves and our bodies. Myss takes the opposite approach; she blames. She is not a healer.

David Spero RN

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Completely Useless, But ...
We all know people with legitimate illnesses who seem to wallow in their misfortune. However, we all suffer from illnesses, and we all age -- some of us dwell on our ailments, others are stoic to the point of self-neglect. The author is obviously a charlatan, who has positioned herself as the Camille Paglia of New Age Healers.

As others have pointed out,she has no credentials, and isn't even a healer -- she is a professional busy body, telling others where to get off, and it is sad that people have actually gone to her in their desperation. There are plenty of New Age healers who aren't charlatans, who have a genuine gift of love and will to help others.

She basically says that some people need their illnesses for attention or whatever, and that others experience spiritual growth through their physical travails. None of this is exactly news. I just worry that people who come down with cancer or whatever will think it's their own fault if they don't heal, as she seems to think.

This book isn't really a waste of time -- but it is mean spirited, reduces a complex topic to a formula, and is completely lacking in a spiritual element. Which is ironic, because she is preaching spirituality. Scary. ... Read more

83. Advanced Energy Anatomy
by Caroline Myss
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Asin: 1564559173
Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Sounds True
Sales Rank: 45211
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Access the Power of Creation to Energize Your Spiritual and Physical Health. The energy of creation is real. According to Dr. Caroline Myss, this unlimited power source is available to you right now - if you know the science of how to access it. Now, this bestselling author and medical intuitive reveals a bold all-new program for excavating the deep unconscious forces that block the flow of energy through your life - Advanced Energy Anatomy.

In her previous work, Dr. Myss lifted the curtain on the human energy system and the connections between past events and your present health. But about your future? On Advanced Energy Anatomy, Dr. Myss reviews her results with thousands of people in search of healing, and identifies the one power that can literally change the future: your power of choice. Each choice you make can bring you into partnership with the divine, Dr. Myss teaches, in a sacred process of co-creation. To open to the divine mystery, and work with it as your partner in creation, Dr. Myss indentifies four central archetypes and seven principles of co-creation. In this complete six-tape curriculum, you explore how to work with these principles, and apply them to the most important areas of your life:money, relationships, career, creativity, and spirituality. Dr. Myss guides you to a new understanding of how archetypes and other unconscious forces relate to problems of health, addiction, self-esteem, and ! victimhood, while opening you to partnership with the divine power that makes everything in life possible. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended to anyone in search of knowing themselves better
This series is even better then the first Energy Anatomy Program.
It covers the archetypes and how they relate to our way of living. It will awaken your soul to realize alot you didn't know about yourself. Once you understand the Chakra system and archetypes, which Caroline explains, you will begin reviewing your life and see where you need to make adjustments to live a fuller life. I highly recommend this series. Caroline Myss is Brilliant and a woman who is obviously on a mission to help awaken society to the endless possiblilies and power we hold within ourselves. Our power is immeasurable. It's our responsibility to go claim it.
God Bless You

5-0 out of 5 stars Advanced Energy Anatomy - best yet!
Having heard all of Caroline's audio books, this is the best material yet. Extremely well put together in terms of logical flow from one topic to the next, and good examples and case histories to illustrate her points. Caroline covers the meaning of Archetypes and their impact on our lives from an energetic standpoint. This is the best description of Archetypes that I have come across so far. She makes it easy to recognize these Archetypes at work in ourselves and in others. Among other things, she covers the significant differences between a job, a career and a vocation, and the spiritual energies that push us towards expanding our awareness of why we are here. Listen to this tape series more than once. There is lots of information here. Highly recommended! - Mark Greenia, author of "Energy Dynamics: Conscious Human Evolution."

2-0 out of 5 stars Condescending
I listened to the first Energy Anatomy set and loved it, so I bought the Advanced set. I was disappointed. There is less actual material, more pontificating. Fewer real life stories, more bold, brazen and mostly unusable assertions. Above all there is far less charm, humility, humor and humanity. Myss must have a clientele of new-age noodle heads who enjoy being berated. Or maybe she's just sick of her audience. But she says a lot of things like "you have no idea what the consequences of any action will be, and your foolish to think you do". Well, if that were true, getting from your bathroom to your car in the morning would be impossible, right? She says "you have absolutely no idea how much you've been influenced by the social mind." Well, actually I've given this quite a bit of thought, Carolyn, but then you wouldn't know that because YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA who I am.

Also, content-wise, I don't find this to be about "advanced energy anatomy" at all, but about archetypes, which is a bit of a different subject. Pass on this title and listen to her previous work, before fame made her arrogant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, life changing and insightful
Caroline's wisdom is remarkably shared with examples that I can understand and encompass. This is not my first Caroline Myss tape, but it has helped me more than I can write. I'm from a family of "victim" archetypes and I have a tendency to overspend when I'm letting my "child" archetype have control of my thoughts. Caroline's tapes have helped me make positive changes in my life that I would have taken years to even comprehend before these tapes. Buy the CD version because you will want to listen to the lessons over and over.

5-0 out of 5 stars Advanced Energy Anatomy
Caroline Myss at her best!! The most profound answers to the questions you didn't even know you had asked.
I listen to this series over and over and highly recommend it to anyone who is seeking to live in accordance with their higher truths. ... Read more

84. The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children - From Birth through Adolescence
by William Sears
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Asin: 0316777153
Catlog: Book (1999-08-03)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 23142
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Organic or regular baby food? White or wheat bread? Yogurt or ice cream?Parents often wonder how best to feed their families, but the wondering is over with The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children--From Birth Through Adolescence. The beloved William Sears and his wife, Martha (a nurse), teach you how to become your own family nutritionist. Parents of eight children and well-known authors of more than a dozen childcare books, the Searses offer the solid advice on breastfeeding, beginning solids, and feeding picky eaters you'd expect. But more than that, they provide a crash course in overall nutrition. You'll learn how the body works, how to read food labels, what ingredients to look for (and which to avoid), how to trim fat from your diet, what makes up a balanced diet (not just the "food pyramid"), which foods are thought to prevent cancer, and more. The Searses also offer helpful food lists: good fats, best proteins, top 10 complex carbohydrates, and top 12 family foods, to name a few. You'll even get favorite Sears family recipes to help you get started on the road to healthy eating. It's all here, and it's all mixed with a healthy dose of passion for eating well. So you can show your children--by example--how to stay healthy and feel great. --Kelley Smith ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's a very useful and complete book
Again written in a very easy-to-read way, this book is a very complete nutrition guide. It gives you the why's and how's of the differnet food groups and its very eye opening about comercial products and the way so called "healthy products" are marketed. After reading the book I have found myself in a better position to make informed decisions about what I'm buying and the way I'm cooking. The Sears give you a complete perspective without getting in the controversy of whether you should be a vegeterian or not, which I found very important so people of different believes and eating philosophies can enjoy the book equally. I particularly enjoy the sections of feeding your baby and toddler. They very complete and helpful. The book doesn't have recipes or anything but it has some cool ideas. I keep refering back to it everytime need to check in the nutritional information of different foods, or just when I need to give a boost to my health-awareness. It's very well documented (research references wise) and I particularly recommend it for people interested in cancer preventive styles of living.

5-0 out of 5 stars An interesting and eye opening nutrition book
This book was interesting to read (and I am NOT a nutrition nut). I especially like the way it is divided into managable chapters that tackle a particular concept (fish, oils, brain foods, anti-cancer foods, vegetables, milk, yogurt, etc.)

It takes potentially daunting concepts and makes them understandable to the layman. For example, the chapter on fats finally helped me understand all the jargon out there about saturated and unsaturated fats, hydrogenated oils, etc. This information has made me a better consumer and I know what to look for on labels.

It is also very readable because it incorporates many lists and side bars that highlight key concepts and insights. These items make it easy to skim through and glean a bit of information about many things without feeling overwhelmed by a bunch of dry and boring facts.

I also liked the way that Sears explains how certain foods impact our body. He uses many analogies to help the reader understand what occurs during the digestion process and why particular foods lead to optimum health.

Although I could never incorporate all of their suggestions, the book does a great job of giving me some goals to shoot for. It has helped me understand why some foods are bad and others better. The book has inspired me to look at eating in an entirely different way and to make efforts to improve my family's health.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
This book is great, even if you didn't have kids and just wanted to learn about how to eat right! The stuff nobody ever tells you and food manufacturers don't want you to know! It's a very helpful, complete book.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Family Nutrition Bible
By page 7, I was diving into my cupboards and discarding all the foods with hydrogenated oil. I devoured this book, and found this to be the easiest book on nutrition that I have ever read. Cut into bite-size sections, this book was a delight to read. I was able to make consise, informed decisions without feeling pressured into one lifestyle over another. I purschased this book for my Mother-In-Law, who is as far apart from me on the eating spectrum as possible, but who will still be able to glean wonderful and relevant information from this book.
My favorite section was the top twelve food list, honorable mention food list, and top-ten foods for each vitmin, mineral, and food classification. By implementing these foods into my family's lifestyle, I have increased the diversity of our meals, while feeling confident that my family of six is getting all the nutritional requirements that they need. I used the food circle as a guide to create a weekly nutrition plan for my family, and using that, I prepare weekly meal plans using the tops foods for each category. This also helps when it is time to do the shopping, as I only need to get the items on the mealplan, minus what I already have in the pantry. It sure helps for me in the kitchen! As a Mom who doesn't relish her time spent in the kitchen, this book helps me to maximize the nutritional efficiency of the time that I do spend in there!
This book helped me to take the final step into vegetarianism, and introduced me to the world of whole foods. Thanks, Dr. and Martha Sears!

5-0 out of 5 stars Get your nutrition info straightened up
The Searses have really outdone themselves this time. Knowlege is power, YOUR power to be healthy and raise healthy kids with sound eating habits. A definite MUST for all who are concerned and confused about what and how we eat and feed to our kids. The "Family Nutrition Book" opens all these little drawers in your brain full of jumbled-up bits and peices of incomplete information of dubious quality - and makes order. The book is superbly organised and easy to read, which doesn't make it any less scientific. No more mumbling a vague "it's good for you" when your kid asks why he should "eat this stuff", for now you actually KNOW why. Enjoy. ... Read more

85. Before the Change : Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause
by Ann Louise Gittleman
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Asin: 0060560878
Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Sales Rank: 131154
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Learn How You Can head off Depression and Mood Swings, Weight Shifts, Erratic Sleep, Memory Loss, and Other Changes Leading to Menopause

Take charge of your perimenopause simply, safely, and naturally! This breakthrough book details a gentle incremental program for understanding your own changes and offers a wide range of options for taking care of yourself. By following the author's proven techniques for controlling the symptoms of perimenopause, you can continue to feel great through this vital phase of your life.

With this essential do-it-yourself program, you can say good-bye to hormone havoc and sail through your perimenopause, the period of about ten years leading up to menopause, by understanding and controlling its symptoms.

Before the Change ...

  • clearly explains the symptoms of perimenopause and offers a self-diagnosis quiz;
  • details safe and natural alternatives to hormone therapy, including healing vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural hormones
  • gives you a powerful Changing Diet, with tips and recipes for foods that prevent and alleviate symptoms

This revised and updated edition includes:

  • an expanded section on the pros and cons of soy as a natural phytoestrogen;
  • an expanded discussion of hypothyroidism and how this is connected to hormonal imbalances as well as the best natural treatments;
  • a full discussion on the ramifications of the halted Women's Health Initiative HRT study in July of 2002, i.e., how to wean yourself off of the synethetic hormones and what other herbal, lifestyle, and diet options and modifications there are for women who have had a hysterectomy, have risk factors or a history of breast cancer, osteoporosis, or heart disease
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Lifesaver!
This book was a lifesaver! Shortly after turning 47, I experienced severe bloating, severe cramps, extremely heavy flow and frequent periods. I was so bloated I could not wear my ring, could not zip up my pants and the fold in my eyelid drooped down. My uterus felt so heavy, I felt as though it hung between my knees. My period was so heavy, I could not go to work, stayed in bed on a towel and went to the bathroom every 1/2 hour to change pads and tampons. I researched the internet and found black cohosh and progesterone cream which helped a little. It was not until I went to Women and Children First, a bookstore in Chicago, and requested books on perimenopause that I found Ann Gittleman's book, "Before the Change". I immediately read it and began her recommended vitamin and herbal supplements. I began to feel like myself within 2 weeks. The bloating is gone and my periods are almost back to normal after 4 months of supplements. I recommended her book to all my forty something friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every woman over the age of 35 needs to read this book!
I almost returned this book when, as I was thumbing through it, I saw something about evening primrose oil. I thought it might be too off the wall, then I started reading. I have tried only two of Ms. Gittleman's "Peri-Zappers" and I can't remember when I last felt this good. It's like a miracle! What I can't understand is why no educated physician would tell me my symptoms may be due to a lack of progesterone or a magnesium deficiency. Do yourself a favor ladies and BUY THIS BOOK. It is well organized and easy to read. Each possible perimenopause problem is thoroughly explained in plain language. Once you understand what symptoms correlate to which perimenopause problem, you can make a determination about your own issues. Then, Ms. Gittleman presents a solution of either diet, supplements or both. She even recommends specific products and tells you where to buy them. This book has literally changed my life. I have struggled with horrible "PMS" symptoms for years, and one week with this book and I feel like a new woman. I HIGHLY recommend it and wish you all the renewed vigor I'm feeling.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good Book, But....
I had to downgrade this book from four to two stars because of the author's frequent promotion of particular brands, such as Uni Key. Perhaps it's a pet peeve, perhaps it's just rampant raging hormones, but I've always been driven nuts by that particular practice. I also found the plugs for her other books a bit tedious.
Having said that, the information contained in this book jives with what I've read in others about perimenopause - all of which I've purchased in the past several days. (I'd highly recommend "The Change Before the Change" by Laura E Corio, MD. It does a much better job of explaining the medical underpinnings of what we're all experiencing.)
I have not yet begun the recommended regimine of supplements; it will be interesting to see if what she and others propose actually work.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read For Every Woman Over 40
This was one of the best books that I have read. Prior to reading this book, I knew my body was feeling different but did not understand some of the symptoms and was not quite sure how I would explain them to a doctor. Well, now I don't need to. I took some of the advice on the Peri-Zapper's and within days I had more energy, my mood was better and I was sleeping like a baby again. I really believe that if I had gone to see a doctor I would have been on various medications which would not have got to the root of my problems.

Ann Louise Gittleman has outlined important information that every woman over 40 should know! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER and this book can be a great start for gaining the knowledge and power to take control of your health. Too few doctors have this knowledge or want it, so a woman must have it so she can discuss it with a doctor who is comfortable with nutrition and health. Dr. Edward Conley author SAFE ESTROGEN: REDUCE YOUR BREAST CANCER RISK BY 90% ... Read more

86. The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution : The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week
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Asin: 0767913868
Catlog: Book (2002-12-24)
Publisher: Broadway
Sales Rank: 8953
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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Join the Slow Burn Fitness Revolution!

In The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, authors of the three-million-copy bestseller Protein Power team up with leading fitness expert Fred Hahn to revolutionize the way America gets strong, lean, and healthy. The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution lays out the accumulating body of scientific evidence that shows the spend-hours-in-the-gym approach to exercise is over. The Slow Burn exercise routine gives great results in just 30 minutes a week. With Slow Burn, you will:

*Get strong fast
*Increase bone density and ward off osteoporosis
*Improve cardiovascular health
*Enhance flexibility
*Say goodbye to lower back pain
*Increase your metabolism, and
*Make your body a powerful fat-burning machine

Slow Burn promises a leaner, fitter, stronger you with a realistic workout that lets you have a great body and a life!
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1-0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me or my friends!
I got this book for Christmas last year and I followed the guidelines religiously for 4 months - the results? Nothing! In fact, not only did I not lose weight and feel better, but I felt worse! The book got me off the foods I love and that gave me energy, and the exercise routine was less than I was previously doing! The guidelines in this book caused a real drop in my energy and my desire to eat right or exercise. I followed this routine with several of my friends and all of us exerienced the same disappointing results. I can't imagine why anyone would want to do it. I consulted about my results with my doctor and he told me to go back to my old routine regular daily cardio and weights. I have slowly been losing weight since then, believe it or not, and I feel much better with higher energy levels. I don't recommend this book at all!!

3-0 out of 5 stars some 'ifs' and 'buts':
Under ideal conditions, slow training has to be done with: 1/special equipment, because when lifting slowly, the weight that is correct at the beginning of the movement will require more speed to move later . This is the point behind the original Nautilus and MedX machines:asymetrical pulleys,(cams), change the leverage advantage to keep the resistance appropriate throughout the exercise, allowing slow productive exercise in the full range. (Also , the machine must be designed with very low friction, a costly production procedure, as friction can add unaccounted for and arbitrary resistance during slow movment.) This cannot be done nearly as well with free weights, and 2/Expert coaching,(ie "Superslow",tm). Properly executed slow training is SO HARD that without someone monitoring your technique and effort, and giving you encouragement, a full effort is unlikely, and sustained effort over the necessary months impossible. Even with all of the proper equipment and help, slow training can be _very_ discouraging at plateaus, and is quite expensive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Valuable Information - Doomed to be Forgotten
Like many other "scientific" books written for the layman, this book is doomed due to political reasons. Before I comment on Slow Burn, may I first say that it is a horribly written book that is otherwise very logical in content. If you can withstand the book's repetitiveness, you might discover some real truths about being fit, building muscle, and burning fat. Quite frankly, it puts Arnold's Encyclopedia to shame. In fact, it dispels so many myths that it infringes on every other commercially laden product or philosophy. Thus, Slow Burn will be trashed by every single other fitness expert - till it loses its appeal and vanishes. BUT - WARNING the exercises presented at the end of the book are inappropriate and perhaps even dangerous. For example, imagine doing deep knee bends to the point of muscular failure, and then having little or no strength to save yourself from gravity's harsh pull.
Apart from the exercises, this book is either dead right or at least on the right track. Read it or get a copy now before the so called "know-it-alls" find their way to erasing it from existence. Thank you for your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get the tapes too!
I ordered the Slow Burn video tapes (they are kind of expensive) but they have been a great addition to my Slow Burn plan. Fred Hahn takes you through each exercise on Tape 2; Tape 3 offers ways to make each exercise easier or more difficult; Tape 1 provides theory. You can exercise along with Fred, like he is your personal trainer; everything is timed right too. I love this exercise! I'm 56, female, and I am convinced that knees and hips were never designed to run or jog for miles on hard surfaces. Those great runners in Africa don't keep going; they are village elders at about age 40 and they turn over the running to the young. Anyway, I made a dash for my car this week...ran 3/4 mile without even coming close to being winded. Slow Burn works! My whole body is stronger, including my heart and lungs...I ordered directly from Fred in NYC; Amazon probably can get it too? Finally, the models doing the exercises look like real people; the woman is not some scrawny waif; she is a healthy young woman with curves and muscle tone; the man looks like that great gym teacher we had in junior high; healthy human not a steroid mess.

3-0 out of 5 stars Slow motion works but hard to stick with
Read the Nov 18 review "Some Truth and Some Junk" -- that's a good summary. I'd add one point and correct one:

The correction is that the review says the routine doesn't create the calorie deficit needed for weight loss. That's right. But immediate calorie deficit isn't the basis for weight loss associated with strength training. The idea is that over time, strength training increases lean body mass (muscle) which the body uses more calories to maintain, even at rest. Strength training increases baseline metabolism. CV exercise by contrast burns calories at the time, and that's it. Strength training doesn't do much at the time of the exercise (relative to cv) but gives you an ongoing burn rate instead.

The addition is that even though these routines are demonstrated to be effective, they are very hard to stick with. It is hard for most people to subject themselves to that feeling of muscle burn on a slow lift to failure. Even though it's less time efficient, most people are better served by a more traditional workout that they stick with long term, than a more perfect routine they can't stick with. ... Read more

87. The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet: The Lifelong Solution to Yo-Yo Dieting
by Rachael F. Heller, Richard F. Heller
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If you've been a yo-yo dieter for years or if you can eat a pound of pasta at one sitting, this book may very well be an eye opener. In simple--but never condescending--language, it explains the roots of carbohydrate cravings and teaches you how to normalize your insulin levels to prevent future food binges. Regulated insulin levels in turn help to temper serotonin levels, so food cravings and mood swings are prevented. The authors, both research scientists (one a health psychologist, the other a pathologist), have lost and kept off a total of 200 pounds between them. They've based this book on nearly a decade's worth of research, during which they've helped nearly 80 percent of their patients lose weight and keep it off for at least a year.

They explain that carbohydrate addicts most commonly crave popcorn, breads, bagels, rice, pasta, potatoes, ice cream, chocolate, pie, cookies, crackers, cake, fruit and fruit juice, potato chips, and pretzels. A questionnaire at the beginning of the book determines if you're indeed a carbohydrate addict, and if so, to what extent. (For those readers whose quiz doesn't indicate addiction, but who are bothered by their food cravings, the authors recommend a doctor's visit for an explanation.) The book includes a diet plan with dozens of easy recipes, a chart of the carbohydrate content of many common foods, and lists of binge triggers to watch for. The most appealing part of the diet--and one reason that it wins raves from its followers--is its once-a-day reward meal, which allows you to eat anything you want. The authors also offer helpful tips for incorporating the diet away from home, such as at parties and restaurants. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book changed me
I am 25 years, 5'7" and now way 127 pounds, when I began this diet on July 6th I weighed 146 pounds. I have only two pounds left until my goal weight, a weight I haven't weighed since I was 16 years old and modeling, I never imagined I could ever reach this point, it didn't even occur to me until a couple weeks ago that I would make it. The diet is simple I have lost my cravings completely I have so much more energy. In response to "talk to your doctor first please" and anyone else wondering, I was diagnosed hypoglycemic 4 years ago after fainting and severe dizzy spells, I was retested again after begining the diet and am no longer hypoglycemic, and my doctor is fully supportive, so there is hope, I agree it may not be for everyone. but I support it. I followed this diet but I suggest reading the 96' version for hints such as chromium supplements and salad eating, oh and NO diet soda. Regarding alcohol, I drink 5-7 (microbrews-12 carbs each) a week and consistanly lose more weight after a night of drinking than normal days. Beer is one of the only natural sources of chromium and works as a diaretic as well. Upon reaching my goal weight I will attempt to quit smoking I'll write back with those results in a couple months, but I'm confident that I will maintain my weight!

4-0 out of 5 stars Still Waiting for This Diet to Work (Take 2)
I promised I would write again to chronicle my progress on this diet (Rachael says "way of life"), and here I am 8 weeks into it and I have lost only 8 pounds. I have not cheated, but I guess those free dinners are what is keeping me from losing as much as I would like. I still feel great, no cravings, sleep better, etc. so I'm not giving up. One of the most helpful suggestions in the book is to keep track of your average weekly weight and I've created a spreadsheet that calculates that for me, together with a graph that illustrates my weight loss. My graph is very encouraging as it shows that I've lost weight every single one of those 8 weeks. I think it's basically a healthy diet, and a 1 lb./week loss is probably healthier than crashing down. Rachael recommends not losing more than 1% of your weight per week -- at that rate I should be losing 1.5 lbs per week. The sluggish digestion I mentioned in my previous review is still a problem if I forget to drink water (6-8 glasses a day makes a real difference in that department). So I'm still on the wagon, with about 12 more lbs. to lose. Will write back in 12 weeks!

4-0 out of 5 stars A good eating program for those sensitive to carbs
Carbs aren't the enemy, it's just the TYPE of carbs you eat that can shoot your glycemic index way up, causing a huge insulin rush. Once your body becomes used to those high amounts of insulin, the "excess" gets stored just like excess calories do- in the form of fat. Dr.'s Heller help us to understand that there are good carb choices and bad carb choices. For example, most fruits and vegetables are good carbs, while bread, rice, corn, bananas, table and other forms of sugar, sweets, etc are all bad forms of carbs. Carb Addicts is simply about making good choices. The "reward meal" allows you one meal a day where you can eat some bad carbs, provided you eat a small side salad first, and eat equal portions of protein and good carbs along with the bad. You can go back for more "bad" carbs as long as you also take more and equal amounts of protein and good carbs. Eventually, you insulins levels even out, and you lose the cravings for the "bad" carbs. The book gives you the list of foods to eat and foods to avoid, plus a few recipes to help you create low-carb meals. Also included is a test to find out how sensitive you are to carbs.

1-0 out of 5 stars This diet made me sick!
After two weeks on this diet plan I could bearly lift my head up. I nearly fell asleep driving home from work nights...not to mention hardly staying awake while at work. I thought it would be a pleasant change from the restrictions of Atkins, but I was never tired on Atkins. I don't know if it had something to do with insulin from the sudden onslaught of carbs...or what the problem was. All I know is I am happily following Atkins and losing much more rapidly than I did on this CAD plan. In two weeks I lost 6 lbs. on CAD...14 on Atkins. You figure it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Take the Carb Addict's Test Before Starting
It's been 4 days on the diet, and I've loss 5.5 pounds already! It's important that you take the carb addict's test, located at the beginning of the book, before starting the diet. Be sure to answer the questions honestly. You may find out that you are not a carb addict. If your not, this diet won't work for you. For those who say that they are starving between meals, you should slightly increase the fat content of your complimentary meals, say with a piece of cheese, small piece of butter, etc. This will give you that full filling that will last you to the next meal. What has allowed me to beat those cravings it knowing that I can eat anything I want for my Reward Meal.

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88. Mars and Venus Starting Over: A Practical Guide for Finding Love Again After a Painful Breakup, Divorce, or the Loss of a Loved One
by John Gray
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There's nothing more devastating than the loneliness that comes with a breakup, divorce, or the loss of a loved one. But even though it feels like the end of the world, you will survive -- and you will love again. John Gray's bestselling books about the Venus and Mars factor have helped millions of men and women develop better relationships. Now in Mars and Venus Starting Over, his gentle guidance, compassionate wisdom, and healing practices will help you feel whole again after a relationship ends.

With warmth and insight, John Gray shows that, while the process of healing is similar on Mars and Venus, there are distinct differences between the ways men and women heal their bruised hearts. Here he offers people of both sexes specific advice for how to deal with pain, find forgiveness, discover the strength to let go, rebuild confidence, and rise to the challenge of finding fulfillment again.

Mars and Venus Starting Over is a gift of love, a light in the darkness of your grief. Even if you're new to the Venus and Mars philosophy, you can trust John Gray to steer you through this difficult time and turn a painful ending into a joyous new beginning.

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you fit into any of the categories, rush to get this book
Heard and enjoyed the taped version of MARS AND VENUS STARING
OVER by John Gray . . . the subtitle says it all: "A Practical Guide
for Finding Love Again After a Painful Breakup, Divorce or the Loss of
a Loved One."

If anybody finds himself or herself in any of those categories, then
rush out to get this book (or the tapes) . . . you'll find a lot of
useful advice.

The first third is general information . . . Gray then presents material
relevant to women first, men second . . . I found the latter section
particularly valuable for what it had to say to me.

Among the ideas that I got from listening:
* The three steps for healing a broken bone are: getting help, resetting
the bone, and them giving it time to heal by protecting the bone in
a cast. In a similar way, the three steps for healing the heart are:
Step One: Getting help
Step Two: Grieving the loss
Step Three: Becoming whole before getting involved again

* [the four healing emotions]
Healing Emotion 1: Anger
Feeling then releasing anger reconnects us to our passion for love and life.

Healing Emotion 2: Sadness
Feeling and then releasing sadness opens our hearts to fell the sweetness
of love once again

Healing Emotion 3: Fear
Feeling and then releasing fear provides the ability to discern what we need
and can depend on now.

Healing Emotion 4: Sorrow
Feeling and then releasing sorrow provides the ability to discern what is

* Another way to process the four healing emotions is simply to ask
yourself these four questions. Often men find this an easier approach
in the beginning. By answering these questions, our healing emotions
automatically begin to come up. While answering these questions,
give yourself permission to feel anger, sadness, fear, sorrow, and any
other similar feelings.
1. What happened?
2. What didn't happen?
3. What could happen?
4. What can't happen?

If you wish to explore a little deeper, there are a few more questions you can
ask and answer.

What happened that you didn't want to happen?
What is happening that you don't want to happen?
What has happened that you do not like?

What didn't happen that you wanted to happen?
What is not happening that you want to happen?
What should have happened?

What could happen that you don't want to happen?
What is important to you?
What could happen that you want to happen?

What can't happen that you want to happen?
What can't happen that you wish could have happened?
What can happen that you want to happen?

By asking these four questions or practicing the three parts of the feeling
better exercise, you will be better prepared to heal the waves of feeling
that come from your loss. With this technique, you will be able to remember
your partner without having to get stuck in painful feelings. With this insight
and ability, you are free to stay in touch with your feelings and complete
the healing process.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful guide, worth reading and rereading
Many books about divorce get as far as "this is a trauma" and "don't hurt the kids," and maybe give you the standard "positive thinking" advice -
but this book goes into emotional machinery, and how to really grow and not just cope.

There is much more to this book than a quick blurb can suggest, but one main point is: There are four negative emotions which need to be recognized in dealing with a major loss. These are fear, anger, sadness, and sorrow (grieving for hopes that are now impossible). It is easy to get stuck in one or two of these four, but the one of these we are not aware of is likely to be the hidden hook which is holding us back.

He also has a great many practical observations about ways rebounding men and women injure ourselves and others - the first one is that men tend to get involved too soon, and women too late.

This is a pop-psychology/self-help book, but don't underrate it - it's got enough to say (at least for divorced people) that I've reread it three times in the last month.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Breakup Bible
What's refreshing about this book is that it does more than just say "Don't call him!" or "Hang out with your girlfriends more." It focuses on your emotions and how you can heal them so you can move on eventually and find love again. It actually validates your feelings of anger, sadness, and loneliness and even calls them "healing emotions," necessary for healing your broken heart and moving on. Instead of telling you to completely forget about your former partner and not think about him/her all the time, he ENCOURAGES you to think about the good times and what you did as a couple. Gray goes into every emotion with great detail, and gives you plenty of exercises to bring them out so they can be healed. And as a woman, it's refreshing to read a breakup book that doesn't "male bash." It doesn't go on about why men can't commit, blah, blah, blah. Since it's for both men and women, it gives both sides of the story (and surprisingly--or not--we both go through pretty much the same thing!) . And it never says "there is no possibility you'll ever be with this person again, so get over it", but it does state you need to heal from the breakup first before considering getting back together with your former mate. This book will immensely change your life and the way you think about relationships. Most of all, it will help you get through a very painful part of your life...with your sanity intact!

4-0 out of 5 stars It Helped Me.
Given the market of self-help books these days, it is still slim pickings to find something that might work for the average guy. This book goes a long way to help the average guy figure out all the feelings that go with breaking-up, divorce and death. Although there are parts of the book that are a little "touchy-feely", I would encourage someone to stick with it and finish. The section on the differences of breaking up between women and men is great. It helped me to understand I wasn't crazy and that there are right and wrong ways to approach loss. I'd recommend it to anybody who needs a little help to get over the hump of losing someone they love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
This book has been tremendously helpful, I have read it multiple times and learn something new every time. I would recommend this book to anyone who has found themselves newly single. It's hard enough to be alone, this book definitely helps explain the feelings. ... Read more

89. Mars and Venus on a Date: A Guide for Navigating the 5 Stages of Dating to Create a Loving & Lasting Relationship
by John Gray
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The latest tentacle of John Gray's formidable Mars and Venus octopus deals with a topic near to the heart of almost everybody--dating. With a lot of insight and common sense, Gray tackles the hard and often messy business of finding "a soul mate." Without fear or favor, Mars and Venus on a Date dissects the dynamics between men and women and the five stages each relationship must pass through: attraction, uncertainty, exclusivity, intimacy, and, finally, engagement (for marriage, of course). Even though Mars and Venus on a Date isn't The Rules by a long shot, the courtship it describes is surprisingly old-fashioned. It's chock-full of things your mother might say: "Most people find or are found by their soul mates when they are not really looking." "The man should never talk more than the woman." But how to know if the person you're with is your "soul mate?" Gray writes, "When our soul wants to marry our partner, it feels like a promise that we came into this world to keep." Which translates into, "When you know, you know." ... Read more

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First of all, to answer another reviewer's concern about how the author gained his knowledge, John Gray holds a Ph.D. and is extremely well respected around the world in his area of expertise - the psychology of human realtionships. His qualified opinions are not based simply on personal experience or opinion, but on proven, scientific fact and theory. His acclaimed books have been published and sold by the millions, world-wide, in forty languages.

Like his renowned book, "Men are from Mars, Woman are from Venus" this book is an insightful look into the psychology of the male-female relationship. This one, however, draws on the behaviours before marriage or a commitment has been made. As Grey points out, normally there is a five step sequence of events that takes place when dating: attraction, uncertainty, exclusivity, intimacey and engagement. As a counsellor who has studied psychology and human behaviour, this is one book I have recommended to many couples and received nothing but positive feedback, not once have I heard a negative comment.

This author deserves abundant praises for his research, expertise and writing ability. His books are an opportunity for both male and female readers to learn and understand more about themselves and their personal relationships. He adds a slight touch of humour to his unique writing style, and from the very first page, the reader cannot help but feel, "this is a person I can trust." Based on the world-wide success of books, obviously a multitude of other readers around the globe agree. His books are not "sexist" as some believe; they are an actual account based on fact from a psychological perspective.

For anyone who complains about the length of the book, a shorter version would not do the book justice. Each page is a key component to the overall picture, and if you fail to see it's purpose, you are missing out on a valuable part of the overall analyis.

I highly recommend "Mars and Venus on a Date" to anyone who is dating, regardless of age. Gray has a terrific presentation style and the principles of the book are not limited to any particular age group. Even if you are not currently dating, read the book anyway; it contains some insightful and priceless observations.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only dating guide you'll ever need!
There definitely seems to be a market saturation with dating and relationship books these days. But before you do a "Bridget Jones" and buy every single one of them, stop right there--buy "Mars and Venus on a Date" and you won't have to buy another dating guide ever again. This is a good book for ANYONE in the dating market--no matter what age you are, whether you are divorced or widowed, or what religion or set of values you follow. Most people today have no clue how to date properly in order to build lasting and loving relationships, and I was one of them before I read this book. I started reading it after having a disastrous dating situation in college and realized that I needed a little guidance in the romance depatment. This book was like a sudden revelation--suddenly all of my questions about male behavior and the dating process were answered! The book describes the five stages of dating and fills you in on how things are supposed to progress. It also gives you valuable advice about the male and female roles in dating. Though Dr. Gray emphasizes traditional dating roles (the man is the pursuer, the woman shouldn't call, etc.), he explains the logic behind them so that even a feminist such as myself would agree with them.

What makes this book stand out from the rest is that is focuses on building loving relationships and not just sex. Never once does John Gray say that sex should be a part of every relationship. In fact, he even says that too often people have sex way too soon, which often sabotages the relationship. As someone who wants to wait until marriage to have sex, I found this very refreshing. In fact, Gray gives some positive examples of couples who waited until marriage to have sex. He makes a clear point that you don't have to go all the way to experience intimacy.

But most importantly, this book works. I have now been dating someone for about 5 weeks now, and things are going great. Without John Gray's wisdom and guidance, this relationship may have ended up like the last one.

So what are you waiting for...go buy this book!

1-0 out of 5 stars OK at first, then offensive
The first 2/3 of the book was OK, with balanced "points of view" and "how-to's" for both men and women. Some of the information was interesting, explanatory, and useful; some was not.

But then the author began giving unbalanced treatment, primarily telling women how they ought to behave and what they ought to say. The message was that a man has a large and fragile ego, and that a woman should support his ego. She should never disagree with him, except "playfully". In public, she should paint him as a white knight, regardless of what really happened.

Perhaps it was just the author's writing style, but most of his examples, supposedly of real couples he'd observed or counseled, seemed made-up.

Finally, at the end of the book, the author insults the reader's intelligence with an idiotic, redundant, and unnecessary list of 101 places to look for a mate. Very patronizing.

3-0 out of 5 stars Solid, but a minor warning to shy readers
John Gray's "Mars and Venus On a Date" is a solid piece of work, with well-reasoned insights into the dynamics of male-female romantic relationships.

One note, though, to men who are shy, and might see the book as a guide to learning how to get dates more easily. Shyness is not really addressed here. This is by no means meant as a criticism, but given the notoriety of the "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" books, many men may wonder if this kind of help is being offered here.

The closest Gray comes to touching on shyness is when he says that many men get tongue-tied when approaching women they're attracted to, and that usually the best advice is to say the most simple thing ("Hi, I'm John," etc.). He also briefly touches on the various ways women might flirt, and the ways to tastefully send out non-verbal cues that you're interested. This territory is covered in a total of maybe three paragraphs, at different points in the book. One of the last sections touches on dozens of places to meet your soulmate.

The book is great for people who don't have any trouble in the initial, attraction phase. But for those who can't get to that first approach, this may not be the best place to start.

A year ago,I didn't want to believe this book was the truth.I wanted to believe I could be the agressor in dating and relationships.Newflash ladies being the agressor never works.The one who invest the most is the one who leads and wears the pants.Do you want a puppie for a man???This book is healthy for women and men.One thing will never change and that's the sex of the female and male.Some rules of them are masculine and feminine energy.IF YOUR HAVING TROUBLE HAVING SUCCESS IN RELATIONSHIPS..DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ THIS BOOK AND EXAMINE THE TIMES YOU HAD SUCCESS AND FAILURE IN DATING.AFTER READING AND APPLYING THE ADVICE IN THIS BOOK..I JUST WANT TO WISH YOU A BEAUTIFUL LIFE LONG MARRIAGE...HAPPINESS AND BLESSINGS TO ALL!!!!!!!! ... Read more

90. Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine
by Deepak Chopra
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Catlog: Book (1990-05-01)
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Early on in Quantum Healing, Deepak Chopra asks an interesting question: Why, when your body mends a broken arm, is it not considered a miracle, but when your body rids itself of cancer, it is? Chopra believes the two phenomena spring from the same well, that the body is capable of doing much more than we assume it can. He calls this ability to cure disease from within "quantum healing," and shows how we're all capable of it. He believes intelligence exists everywhere in our bodies, in each of our 50 trillion cells, and that therefore each cell knows how to heal itself. It's a fascinating assertion, one that remains unprovable by science but overwhelmingly true by anecdote. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all doctors
Dr. Chopra's 'Quantum Healing' is a must-read for all medical professionals because being a doctor I know that over the years our minds get programmed to learn from text-books without developing any new insights and eventually we treat patients very mechanically, ignoring the human aspect of a doctor-patient relationship and also the part human consciousness can play in recovery from an illness. Dr. Chopra has done a wonderful job of highlighting some of the medical concepts which point towards an active role of human consciousness in health promotion.
This book may be a difficult one for people who do not have a medical background because of frequent use of medical terminology.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ancient Wisdom Revisited
The senses of the wise man obey his mind, his mind obeys his intellect, his intellect obeys his ego, and his ego obeys the Self. -- Katha Upanishad

Thus, within this brief passage, we have the essence of Dr. Deepak Chopra's book Quantum Healing, which successfully seems to shed light for the uninitiated Western reader on the mind/body connection as it relates to medical healing. Although the ideas and techniques he discusses in his book may sound new to us, they are in actuality, as the Doctor demonstrates through his scrupulous tracing of the Western disciplines of neuroscience and physics back to the source of their beginings in the ancient Vedic traditions, as old as time itself. With the precision of an artist meticulously carving a statue, Dr. Chopra proceeds to chip away at Western medicine's physical approach to healing, asserting the point that "when the memory of health returns [it] brings with it enough power to last a lifetime."

These mind-based methods of healing, he tells us, are based upon Ayurveda, the ancient tradition of Indian medicine. The term "Ayurveda" is derived from its two Sanskrit roots, Ayus, meaning "life," and Veda, which can mean either "science" or "knowledge." Combined, the literal meaning becomes "science of life."

In describing how he came up with the term quantum healing, Dr. Chopra relates the moving story of one of his first patients to undergo Ayurvedic treatment. The patient, a woman who had lung cancer, had responded well to the traditional Western treatments which had been combined with Ayurvedic methods. The Ayurvedic method depended upon a "change of diet, some Ayurvedic herbs, a specific daily routine including simple yoga exercises, and instruction in Transcendental Meditiation." She was also "given two special mental techniques that went directly to the root of her cancer."

After nearly a year of this treatment, the woman had a sudden remission of her cancer. "They can't find any cancer cells at all--nothing," the woman's husband announced joyously over the phone to Dr. Chopra, who himself was surprised by the rapidity of the cure. Yet within a few weeks the woman's "miracle" began to teeter and stumble, not physically, but within the woman herself: "instead of being able to trust in her inexplicable recovery, she became conflicted, morbidly afraid that the cancer would return....It seemed that [her] cancer was easier to defeat than the sinister doubt that was creeping back into her life, defying her to be well....For her to be well again, she needed an explanation."

This, Dr. Chopra concedes, was the real starting point of his book. He continues, "Research on spontaneous cures of cancer...has shown that just before the cure appears, almost every patient experiences a dramatic shift in awareness. He knows that he will be healed, and he feels that the force responsible is inside himself but not limited to him -- it extends beyond his personal boundaries, throughout all of nature....The leap in consciousness seems to be the key....The word that comes to mind when a scientist thinks of such sudden changes is 'quantum.' The word denotes a discrete jump from one level of functioning to a higher level -- the quantum leap."

Throughout the remainder of the book, Dr. Chopra delves into an exacting and thorough discription of how this process is worked out in a physical way, using a style of language and an approach that is easily intelligible by both technician and layman alike. He quite effortlessly moves back and forth between the scientific and the more subjective metaphysical explanations behind how quantum healing takes place, in order to show, he asserts, the true nature of healing. The result is a delightful and convincing work, filled with many anecdotes and personal insights which enhance his arguments.

Quantum Healing hedges into the realm of being a contemplative tour de force, wherein the empirical and the analytical embrace with sublime warmth and intimacy the intuitive and the metaphysical. Indeed, one can almost "feel" a heightening in one's own awareness as he reads deeper into the book with a joy that only a discoverer has as he is breaking into new uncharted territory.

Dr. Chopra speaks with a clarity and confidence which is amply reinforced through his own personal experience. At one juncture he illustrates graphically the point that our minds create our reality. He relates an experience he had taking off from an airport in Bombay. The jetliner had apparently developed a problem shortly after take-off, and the "Fasten Your Seatbelt" sign flashed on overhead. The pilot made an announcement that they were having to return to the airport, and minutes later the jetliner bounced onto the runway. There was no fire or explanation ever given for the incident. Within minutes, the passengers were reboarded onto a different jet, but about half elected to stay on the ground.

"I didn't feel too disturbed during the incident," he writes, "and got on the second plane. The next time I caught a flight, about ten days later, my mind was at ease. However, as soon as they flashed on the sign, "No Smoking/Fasten Your Seatbelt," accompanied by that ding sound, my heart started to pound. At first I couldn't put two and two together; then I realized that I had created a small conditioned reflex in myself....I then noticed that as soon as this explanation dawned on me, my heartbeat went back to normal."

"For a few seconds I was present at the birth of one impulse that shaped my reality. It is plausible that I have unwittingly created myself by piling up millions of impulses just like it."

What Dr. Chopra had "unwittingly" stumbled onto is undoubtedly the key behind our human creation of reality and how to clear unbeneficial reactions from our beingness, in essence allowing our minds to react to the present moment rather than be drawn back into a negative past experience which we have previously "conditioned" into ourselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Nonsense - some miss the point
To those reviewers that claim this book is nonsense are completely missing the point. In my opinion the author is expanding traditional Western thinking around healing. Not that we can actually study and manipulate the quantum level of our own bodies, but rather entertain new ways of enhancing our own healing through the power of our own minds

Scientists can prove that being depressed, angry, or generally negative causes a negative biological reaction. Why can't the inverse be true?

I recommend if you're searching for a way to better understand how your state of mind might impact your health, or are searching for alternative therapy, pick up this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Healing that worked for me.

I was greatly benefitted by meditation and recovered from pains that took away my hopes and happiness. I developed severe ulcers working in a high tech job. I tried all kinds of modern medical therapies like ranitidne, omeprazole etc. They didn't work. I had changed doctor after doctor, my last doctor repeatedly asked me to learn meditation.

I started meditation and found major difference in controlling pain and gradually all my pain went away. But it took me 2 years of practise, whenever I stop meditating, I notice an obvious deviation of comfort in my digestion. It is very very important that we learn meditation from a experienced teacher. One thing to remember is don't force any technique, it is a natural process.

During the final stages of my recovery I came to know about Dr Deepak Chopra "Quantum Healing" and was very impressed and thankful for Deepak. I had read from many sources on healing. Dr Deepak must be one of the best. He has knowledge in unbelievably vast subjects in science and medicine like Ayurveda (5000 year old Indian system), modern western medicine realted to heart disease, diabetes, cancer. His knowledge in physics is amazing, Quantum physics seems to have close relationship to mind-body system and healing.

Deepak is very particular about offering us the best insights in natural healing and he has devoted decades in gathering knowledge on every area of scienece realted to health. Only criticism on Deepak is abusing the concepts of Quantum Physics. I have read 3 of his books and believe in his ideas becos they make sense and I appreciate his efforts to make everyone of us understand our full potential and soar into the future and create better lives for not just us but for every one we could.

Today Deepak has more than healing to offer. He is using his experience and knowledge to teach us the skills to acquire more skills and create a better world. More imporantly in the right direction.

It is fortunate to see people like Deepak who has achieved excellence as a doctor, who has understanding of the scientific theories of all great scientists like Einstien, who has unsertood the ancient Indian Vedantic teachings that has known to have evolved over 5000 years of experience, who is trying to put these all together into books to help people understand their nature and potential and create a better live for themselves and others.

How to describe such a man ?, Scientist ?, Angel of God ?, a Prophet ?. I would call him my best Friend !!.

1-0 out of 5 stars Complete nonsense
Deepak might be correct in his assertion that one's mental state affects the healing process, and that certain practices of eastern medicine offer great promise in treating a variety of ailments. But by dressing up his stories, anecdotes and blanket assertions in scientific terminology like "Quantum Healing" Deepak is telling what amounts to a lie. What passes for scientific "reasoning" in Deepak's book would cause a four year old to howl in laughter.

I don't understand why the other reviewers can't see this for themselves. I have a simple question to ask the reviewer who wrote:

"If you are into learning about how molecules of the stomach (neurotransmitters), are the same as those in the central nervous system, and therefore, think, then this book is for you"

Following the same logic, many of the molecules in a lump of coal (carbon) are the same as those in your brain (again, carbon). How can we be certain that you aren't actually dumber than a rock? ... Read more

91. Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-13)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Sales Rank: 44602
Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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Somersize your way to weight loss and good health!

Find out why Somersizing has swept the nation! In Get Skinny on Fabulous Food, the number one New York Times bestseller and sequel to Eat Great, Lose Weight, which also went to the top of the Times list, Suzanne Somers will show you how to shed pounds for good and have more energy than ever before -- without dieting. This lifestyle-altering book provides you with:

* The guilt-free way to lose weight and reprogram your metabolism -- including more than 100 delicious Somersized recipes that leave you both satisfied and indulged
* Breakthrough research on food and nutrition that changes the way you think about your body
* Moving personal testimonials guaranteed to motivate and encourage you
* An easy-to-follow weight-loss plan that teaches you how to combine foods properly so that you'll get, and stay, skinny without feeling deprived

Join the millions of people who have lost weight safely and effectively with Get Skinny on Fabulous Food and start celebrating good health and good times with Suzanne's delectable, simple, and balanced Somersized meals.
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4-0 out of 5 stars For those having difficulty losing weight with this book
Dr. Diana Schwarzbein who wrote the forward to this book has a book of her own, "The Schwarzbein Principle : The Truth About Losing Weight, Being Healthy, and Feeling Younger" in which she explains in detail the scientific rationale behind a low (not "no")carbohydrate diet. I heartily recommend her book be used as a companion to Suzanne's. What she says is that if you have been yo-yo dieting, or dieting with a low fat diet or even overeating carbohydrates in a typical North American diet (in other words, most of us who are overweight) have likely lost muscle mass and possibly bone over the years. I know that I have been yo-yo dieting for 25 years.

Therefore, when you follow a healthful low carbohydrate way of eating, incorporating fat and protein in healthy amounts, your body will first look to build up its muscle mass, balance its hormones, (i.e. reduce insulin resistance)and burn fat. Since muscle weighs more than fat, you will not necessarily see your scale move because you are gaining muscle at the same time as you are dropping fat. In the last 6 weeks, I have lost only 2-1/2 pounds and was feeling very discouraged. However, yesterday,I noticed my clothes were a lot loser and I have dropped a whole dress size! Now I know that had I lost 2-1/2 pounds on the scale prior to being on a low carb diet, fat loss would never have amounted to a whole dress size. In other words I have been losing FAT even though I am building muscle.

The other thing is to watch your carb intake. Buy a carbohydrate counter and using that and Diana Schwarzbein's book as a guide for how many carbohydrate grams you should consume, you will lose FAT. Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book had a lot of the same information as Suzanne Somer's other book on Somersizing "Eat Great, Lose Weight", however, this book has some updates to the original book as well as many more wonderful recipes. I originally started the Somersizing program after hearing that it could level out hormones. Having had two diseases that related to an imbalance in hormones, the idea that this program could balance out my hormones was the big draw. I did have some weight to lose, but that was not the major incentive for starting this program. After 10 weeks on the program, I never felt better in my life. I'm menopausal, but my hot flashes and night sweats have diminished to almost non-existent. I'm eating well and plenty and have so much energy. Oh, and I've lost 19 pounds to date. Some of my friends also started the program when I told them how well I was doing. All have had good results so far. One friend, who is diabetic, is amazed that her blood levels are the same all day. There are no more drastic spikes. Food combining can be a little tough to understand in the beginning, but once you master it, it is not that difficult to maintain. The main problem is the way that we have been conditioned here in the United States to eat over the years (pizza, white pasta with meat sauce, hamburgers, meat and potatoes and chemically altered foods that sit on the shelf for years). I highly recommend this way of eating to anyone who wants to feel healthy and slim down.

4-0 out of 5 stars Suzanne or Marilu--who will be your guru?
I have just read this book as well as Marilu Henner's book. In some ways they are similar: both feature beautiful, healthy, glamourous, rich, 70s-sitcom-starring celebrities. Both claim to have discovered the secrets to health and vitality and slimness. Both are enjoyable to read and seem like someone you'd like to have as a friend. But the food...there's the big difference. Being an aficionado of the famous Eat Right 4 Your Type way of eating I have discovered that as a type O+ I feel much better on a protein/veggies/fruits regimen versus an almost vegetarian (fishaterian?) grains and veggies approach. I spent 6 years basically doing the Henner approach but found a much higher energy level and ability to maintain a healthy weight AFTER I quit eating so much starch and started eating meat again. As I read this book I couldn't help but notice that it is very close to what Dr. D'adamo recommends for Blood Type As in his book; lots of soy, grains and legumes, avoiding dairy and meat and keeping fat intake low. I am convinced that this is the best approach for some people, probably the Type As! Suzanne Somers' book which allows meats, dairy and fat (properly combined of course) works really well for me and probably other type Os who really do need protein to maintain their health and energy. Speaking strictly as a cook and an enthusiastic eater, the Somers book is much more fun. I found recipes in this book that I will definitely use. Therefore, my advice to these readers is: If you are a type O, then check out Suzanne's (and Peter D'adamo's ER4YT of course!) book and enjoy a tasty dinner!!! An aside--I saw Ms Sommers in person in Palm springs two years ago and she looks absolutely lovely. She must be doing something right!

5-0 out of 5 stars Get Skinny by Suzanne Somer
The work explores the positive and negative aspects of dieting.
The author explores ways to reprogram the metabolism.
The first important food group is pro/fats consisting of meats/
poultry, fish and eggs. Next is the low starch veggie group
followed by carbs which consist of pasta, cereal, bread and
non-fat dairy. The author recommends eliminating all kinds of
junk food; such as, sugars, starch, caffeine , alcohol and
processed foods in general. She tells us to eat fruit on an
empty stomach. Foods should be eaten in combinations.
For instance fats are to be eaten with veggies or carbs
should be combined with veggies. The objective is to promote
hormonal balance. Meals should never be skipped. In fact,
the protocol calls for 3 meals each day. Stage 1 aims at
losing weight while the subsequent stages are weight
maintenance. The author recommends utilizing generous portions
of herbs; such as, ginger and extra virgin olive oil in place
of heavier oils. Many sample recipes are supplied.
Finally, the author speaks of a glycemic index and provides
sample food statistics. For instance, high glycemic foods
are in the 60-110 range. These foods consist of beer, white
bread, potato, jam, popcorn, pasta and brown rice. These foods
should be avoided or minimized. Dairy (non-fat), fresh fruit,
soy and green vegetables are in the 15-35 or low glycemic
category. This book is a good purchase. It will assist in
formulating and maintaining a diet which is manageable over
the long term.

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

92. The Chopra Center Cookbook: Nourishing Body and Soul
by Deepak Chopra, David Simon, Leanne Backer
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Asin: 0471266043
Catlog: Book (2002-08-23)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 31557
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The food at the world-famous Chopra Center for Well Being is designed to delight the senses, enliven vitality, and tap intothe joy of being alive. Now, Deepak Chopra, David Simon, and Leanne Backer offer you marvelous recipes from this extraordinary place of healing–showing how nature provides us with all the nutrients we need to create meals that are delicious as well as nutritious. Combining modern nutritional science and Ayurveda, the most ancient healing system on the planet, The Chopra Center Cookbook features more than 200 appetizing, easy-to-prepare recipes and 30 days of balanced meal plans. You’ll discover a new world of flavor and enjoyment with these low-fat dishes as the authors show you how to eat food that is good for you, re-establish the mind-body connection, and reverse the aging process.


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4-0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Food Approach
One of my top 2003 cookbook choices is The Chopra Center Cookbook, a smart and intelligent way of looking at food, what you eat, and how you feel.

As a TV Consumer Wellness Expert,, I feel the inside lacks design creativity and visual interest, but the wellness and food information is fascinating and useful.

Dr. Deepak Chopra and his co-authors talk about how purposely varying food tastes for each meal affects our holistic health, and how our appetite is a key, regulating internal indicator.

I have interviewed Dr. Chopra before, in person, and can almost hear his voice in the introduction and first couple of educational chapters. The recipes are simple and easy to follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars Is Healthier Eating Important To You?
If you are committed to building healthy eating habits in 2004 and beyond, then don't pass up this book! The Chopra Center Cookbook even offers 30 days of delicious meal planning! With this guide, it is easy to live a healthier lifestyle even if you're frantically running the rat race of life.

Also recommended: Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life by JoAnna Carey; Grow Younger, Live Longer by Deepak Chopra and David Simon

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Cookbook!
I found this book to great!
The recipes are good & nutritious (not bland or boring).
I can't believe this is Deepak Chopra's first cookbook.
I recommend it to all my friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cookbook
This cookbook is great, the recipes are absolutely delicious, but the most important part of this book is the spiritual aspect that goes along with cooking and eating food. Eating is important for all the obvious reasons, but really nourishing yourself is an incredibly important part of living a vital, healthy life. Everything from the type of food we choose, to the way we prepare it, to the mood we create everytime we sit down to eat, affects our life and health. This book is a great guide to cooking some fantastic meals and really showing you the spiritual side of cooking and eating. ... Read more

93. Dr. Atkins' Three-Book Package: New Diet Revolution; New Diet Cookbook; New Carb Gram Counter
by Robert C. Atkins
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Catlog: Book (2002-01)
Publisher: M Evans & Co
Sales Rank: 58225
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution 2002 Revised Edition, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Cookbook and Dr. Atkins' New Carbohydrate Gram Counter are included in this three book package. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The truth about health and weight loss!
Atkin's tell us the truth about health and weight loss! For years I've believed that I should have sugars and bread, but when I eat them and keep my fat intake to a minimum, I get very ill. I read this book and FINALLY I realized that I'd been duped all along.

Now I follow the Atkins method for weight loss, exercise and Vita-Nutrients and my chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia is GONE! This is a "life-style" that is easy to adopt and maintain!

You do not need medications to counter-act the symptoms of disease, you need Atkins' diet and Vita-Nutrient solutions to rid yourself of them once and for all.

Just by my reading his books, Dr. Atkins has saved my life and reinfused my zest for living. I've since recommended his diet to others and they have been successful, as well.

Thank you Dr. Atkins, from all of us!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a Miracle
I was not obese, but I knew I was over weight. I tried to convince myself that the wieght was ok on my athletic frame. Wrong!!!! When I learned my trygliceride count was at the ceiling I asked my doctor what to do. He said go low carb. I had no idea what this meant. A friend suggested Atkins. I went to the website and figured out what to do. I started immediately. In four weeks I lost 20 lbs without going to the gym. Now I am at the gym every other day and I am still losing weight. I had another blood test. My trygliceride count went way down and my bad cholestorol also went way down. My Dr was amazed.

Trust me. I was never able to lose weight until I started Atkins. I am not hungary. I eat great meals and I feel great. Once you get the hang of this, you can eat what you want with the confidence of being able to control yourself. You also have the will power to avoid things like fast food, sugar bread baskets and other unhealthy foods.

I got these books for Father's Day. There is a load of information here. Recipes, eating strategies, information on medical studies etc.

If you are serious about it, get the books to go with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Less carbs - better way to eat
On the induction phase of this diet plan I lost 10 lbs in one week, and it was easier than ever (and I've been on every diet). I continue to use what I learned in this book and I now weigh the lowest I've weighed in 7 and a half years!

4-0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH about Dr. Atkins death
It is astonishing to read the slam pieces here about Dr. Atkins so-called obesity and overweight condition at the time of his death. Here are the facts:
* He previously had a heart condition called cardiomyopathy -- a serious disease of the heart muscle which is unrelated to diet.
* He died of a head injury because of an accident falling on slippery ice and not of being overweight.
* His actual weight was 200 pounds when he was admitted to the hospital at the time of his accident. The erroneous reports of him weight 258 lbs was based on his weight at the time of his death. The extra weight was not fat, but an accumulation of body fluids linked to organ failure during his coma.
* His previous reported heart attack was due to a viral infection and not diet related. He spoke openly of his condition on various national news programs.
* The report that was released about him being overweight was leaked to the press by a group named "Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine", which is an ardent opponent of the Atkins diet. In short, they distorted his weight by reporting the weight at the time of death - 258 lbs, and not at the time of his admittance - 200 obvious attempt to discredit and distort the facts surrounding Dr. Atkins death.
* A formal complaint has been filed by the Medical Examiner of New York regarding the suspicious leak of this information to the public by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine."
* The disinformation surrounding Dr.Atkins untimely death is politically driven by the AMA and other detractors of the diet.

Dr. Atkins book, New Diet Revolution has turned the AMA and other nutritional views upside down and has created a furor over the standard edicts of the medical profession. What is not said among the detractors of the Diet is that it is safe and it works. The information contained in this book will not only help you lose weight, it could save your life. The food industry, especially the bread and pasta industry have lost hundreds of millions of dollars because of the low carb revolution. Is it any wonder that this diet is under so much fire? Keep an open mind and read the book.

As a side note, ignor the mumbo-jumbo rantings and ravings of the "Elixir Diet" system (see below). The hatred and mis-information spread by the reviewer is evidence enough that the Elixir system is phony as a three cent penny. Nuff said. The guy hasn't even read the Atkins book!

1-0 out of 5 stars Why follow a Dead Dr. Fatkins?
Why Follow Dr. Fatkins? Er, Dr. Atkins. The Dead & Obese Weight Loss Guru? Why model yourself after failure?

Dr. Atkins is dead. At only 72. And he suffered clinical death from cardiac arrest a year before he died. Autopsy showed he had suffered a heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension. As if this wasn't bad enough, Dr. Atkins was morbidly obese at his death! 258 pounds!! There should be full disclosure on this!

Why model yourself after a diet guru who was fat, fat, fat? 258 pounds at the time of his death! And greatly risk the same "side effects" as Dr. Atkins got -- heart attack and hypertension?

Not to mention the other side effect. Which few know about. But which I discovered. Horrible bad breath!

Why not model yourself after a guru who has really stayed slim? The secret of success is to model yourself after success.

After the Atkins diet failed me miserably, a very successful friend introduced me to The Elixxir Program. The Elixxir Program is based on the only scientific way to achieve dramatic weight loss. And keep it off for life.

And the guru Elixxir is his own best testimonial and proof that The Elixxir Program works.

Ever wondered why all the Orthodox Jews, Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists can stay on such "impossible" religious diets? Is it because they're stronger than you and me?

No, it's because they have a philosophy/worldview and lifestyle which SUPPORTS their diets.

And this is why The Elixxir Program works. And why Atkins diet and all the other diets do not. The Elixxir Program comes with an exciting philosophy and lifestyle which will empower you to lose weight and keep them off. It is in this book The ImmorTalist Manifesto on Amazon.

Read The ImmorTalist Manifesto! And then run to the website and find out about the Executive Memo telling you all about The Elixxir Program.

If anything can make you slim for life, The Elixxir Program can.

I should know. I had a "love handle" or "beer belly" around my waist that I couldn't get rid of no matter what. Until I got on The Elixxir Program. It's a miracle. Actually, totally scientific. The only diet program that is documented with an overhwhelming body of scientific research and articles.

Why follow a weight loss guru who was fat? Why not follow a weight loss guru who is as fabulously slim and healthy as you want to be? Elixxir is your man! Not Dr. Fatkins.;)

Bonus: Unlike Atkins regimen which speeds up your aging, The Elixxir Program is also the only scientific anti-aging eating program!

So "kill two birds with one stone," lose weight and stay young! ... Read more

by Iyanla Vanzant
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-05)
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Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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Ordained minister and "spiritual life counselor" Iyanla Vanzant doesn't know the exact moment when her soul opened up "and the spirit of the divine entered [her] body." But she will always remember the key insight that opened the door to her soul and simultaneously locked the door to her insanity: "If you know who walks beside you, you can never be afraid." This is the premise from which Vanzant has launched her enormously successful 40-day, spiritual self-help program. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up is designed as day-by-day journal/workbook to help readers believe in a divine presence while pondering daily spiritual lessons such as simplicity, peace, compassion, and nonjudgement.

The charismatic Vanzant (whom Oprah Winfrey considers to be one of the world's most admirable spiritual leaders) has a gift for humble, tell-it-like-it-is talk. She is also a wise and warm soul, eager to help others trust in love and find a relationship with God in order to get on with their lives. Readers especially like her daily list of inspirations titled "Let Me Remember." For example, under day 23, "When You Feel Angry," she uses the list to remind readers: "All things work to bring me healing"; "Forgiveness will provide relief and release"; and "Love will heal anything that is not an expression of love." --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book has been very powerful for me, and is effortless to incorporate into even a busy life. There are so many good books on spirituality, but this one is unique because it breaks down many universal spiritual principles into concise daily readings, with sections on "Honoring Yourself," "Honoring Others," "Honoring the Process," "Honoring Your Feelings," and more. Within each section, each day has one spiritual principle you read about, and has a short space for you to write your own take about what you've read. It also has a space to reflect at the end of the day any experiences you've had relating to that principle (don't worry, it's not a huge journal-type project - all the writing takes me less than 5 minutes a day, and adds immensely to the power of the program). Because my time is so tight in the morning, I do the reading the night before. (The readings are short - most only 3 pages.) I'm about halfway through the 40 days, and my soul is opening up, and I find myself looking forward to my nightly reading, as an inspiring and relaxing ritual. I'm sure you'll also find many of the readings to speak directly to issues you're having now, and others will validate things you've already become aware of, and yet others will be on tap when you are struggling with different things. It is a brilliantly concise book, and one with all its tools clearly laid out so it can be referred to again and again long after the 40 days are past. (I really encourage you to go through it one chapter at a time as she mentions, because each principle will sink in much more than if you attempt to read it as a chapter book.)

5-0 out of 5 stars very spritiual, uplifting, deep soul searching ,real honest
This book lays it on the line when it comes to digging way deep down in your soul for the truth. Only those of you who what to be true in spirit, mind, body, and soul in your beliefs with the divine, can comprehend, and see the real essence that Iyanla is trying to relate to you. THIS BOOK IS NO JOKE. I loan the book to my pastor's wife during our wednesday night praise service and she hasn't returned it yet. There was no way that I could read the book without feeling a gusty deep spiritual uplifting within. I followed all instructions in the book and read it before I would get out of the bed in the morning and then again before retiring at nite. I would sometimes read a chapter in the book and then find some type of bible verses that related to what I had just read. If, before you read this book you didn't have faith in the divine, or even knew how powerful you are with the blessings of God spiritually, then I'm sure after you read this book, your spirits and your faith in the divine will be greater than ever before. I truly would recommend this book for all readers. I intend to pass this book on as gifts, to those that I know who would love to be up lifted spiritually, in any shape form or fashion.

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware!
All I can say is "avoid this mess alone." That's all this author's publications are -- spiritual mess. A bit of new age here, occult there, and a healthy dose of self-centeredness and walla! Vanzant created her own patchwork quilt of a religion!

Someone recommended this book, like it was a great masterpiece. I could not get through the first few pages. Vanzant's writing style is superficial and amatuerish. Worse, is that she flies in the face of those who profess Christianity. I got this book out of my face and house in the same manner as a voodoo doll.

Despite the user-friendly marketing approach of Ms. Vanzant, this book can easily be seen as not very deep, even by lukewarm religious people. God warns us in the OT and NT of the Bible of the days when women try to create religion and usurp authority (in this case, profit$$) from men. This book is written in the spirit of Jezebel. Repent, Ms. Vanzant, repent!!!!!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Reality check please. . .
"I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and dog-gone-it, people like me." That seems to encapsulate Ms. Vanzant's approach to spirituality.

I don't know about anybody else, but when I look inside myself, I see that despite my best intentions and genuine desire to be "good," I often act in ways that trouble my own conscience. Ms. Vanzant's assertion that this stems from the fact that I have not yet really embraced my God-ness leaves me troubled, empty, and confused.

At least she's honest. Deep into the book she takes her "your truth is your truth" philosophy (complete moral relativism) to its frightening but logical conclusion when she (essentially) defends Adolph Hitler. She never says what he did was RIGHT, but that judging him as wrong is not a productive use of our energy. I happen to believe that one of the most productive things we can ever do with our energy is to condemn genocidal maniacs. If we can't stand up and call that wrong, then what on earth IS wrong?

According to Ms. Vanzant, that simply depends on what you decide. I don't want to live in a world like that, and am convinced such a world would be far from Ms. Vanzant's utopian dreams. The very possibility that Hitler did what was right for him is exactly why that concerns me. Hitler has been almost univerally condemned and this is because there is something in most people that recognizes evil at this level and calls it what it is. Ms. Vanzant would have us believe our world would be a better place if we discarded even this basic recognition of moral bankruptcy.

There has to be another answer, for this book's answer contradicts itself at every turn. I already have the things I pray for? Then why do I bother to pray for them at all? I act badly sometimes but am really divine? Then the meaning of divinity has been perverted beyond recognition. Who cares if we're all divine if we act in such ways?

What would the world look like if everyone in the world bought this book and lived their lives in accordance with it? It would be a world where most people hold hands around the fire and sing Kum-Ba-Ya, while the Hitlers and good old everyday wrong-doers of our world run around doing what THEY think is right, since the book gives complete license for "whatever you feel is right" behaviors. It disregards the likelihood that often our thoughts and feelings are a terrible gauge of what kinds of behaviors are and are not beneficial to us and others. Ms. Vanzant's solution to evil in the world seems to be to overlook it, convincing us it's not productive to call it what it is.

The fact is that it doesn't really matter if one's soul "opens up." The question is what is one's soul opened up to? If you are looking for a book that will tell you what you want to hear about spirituality (that you are a god, that there's nothing essentially wrong with humanity, that evil comes only from lack of enlightenment, that everything that you need to be fulfilled is already inside of you, etc.), then this is the book for you. But if you're looking for a book that deals realistically with the problem of evil, with human nature, and with what it means to grapple with both a human and a spiritual nature, then don't give this book a second look.

I believe Ms. Vanzant's book is an insult to the reality, the severity, and the complexity of the human condition.

4-0 out of 5 stars One Day My Soul Just Opened Up
This book will give you 40 days of soul searching and working through grief and anger. A lovely gift for any reader!(...) ... Read more

95. Eating Well For Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Bringing Health and Pleasure Back to Eating
by Andrew Weil
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At last, a book about eating (and eating well) or health -- from Andrew Weil, the brilliantly innovative and greatly respected doctor who has been instrumental in transforming the way Americans think about health. Now Dr. Weil -- whose nationwide bestsellers Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health have made us aware of the body's capacitiy to heal itself -- provides us with a program for improving our well-being by making informed choices about how and what we eat.

Dr. Weil makes clear how an optimal diet can both supply the basic needs of the body and fortify the body's defenses and mechanisms of healing. And he always stresses that good food -- and the good feeling it engenders at the table -- is not only a delight but also necessary to our well being so that eating for health means enjoyable eating.

Eating Well for Optimum Health is a hugely practical and inspiring book about food, diet and nutrition that stands to change -- for the better and the healthier -- our most fundamental ideas about eating.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Eating Well For Optimum Health Review
Eating Well For Optimum Health
Review by: Kehaulani Marciel

Eating well for optimum health is the concern of many Americans in today's society. The book written by author Andrew Weil is an outstanding book for obtaining optimum health. Dr. Weil draws out how exactly our body works and what our body needs to perform at its peak. Throughout the book you will learn how to improve your health, dietary advice for chronic ailments, as well as recipes to help you reach your optimum health.
Proteins, fats, micronutrients, and carbohydrates are all necessities of life. These are the three basics of human nutrition, which help us to obtain a healthy lifestyle. Yet, eating these things in large or uneven amounts can be very unhealthy likewise. It is important that we get proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in our diets because our body uses them and breaks them down and produces glucose, maltose, disaccharide, lactose and many other components that the body needs to maintain optimum health.
Dr. Weil lists the "Worst" and the "Best" diets that have been studied through many people's eating habits. He continues to pinpoint the benefits as well as the downfalls of each diet. He compares the United States to other countries and explains how and why that particular country is so much healthier. We see that here in America, we are constantly eating fast foods and grabbing a quick snack on the way out. In Asian countries, food selection is much different resulting in healthier life styles. When dining out, Americans often load up on bread and dive into oily and fattening dinner platters which offer a beautiful display. If we were to substitute our gourmet dinners for something a bit healthier, America would not be the top country for obesity.
Eating healthy does not only help you to look better, it helps you to feel better. Studies have shown that people, who consume fast foods, candies, sodas, as well as red meats, are more likely to not only have an obesity problem, but have health problems as well. Japan contained the healthiest people until recently. The average age for men was 77.2 while the women averaged 84.1 years. According to the traditional Japanese diet, there is a correlation with very low rates of coronary heart disease and hormonally driven cancers. Their foods are also prepared at an unusually low percentage of total calories from fat. It is obvious that in some parts of the world, traditional diets are no doubt better than those of today. If we Americans were to eat like our distant hunter-gatherer ancestors, most of our health problems including obesity and cardiovascular disease would disappear. This diet consists of no processed food and little to no carbohydrates. They ate meat from wild game, fish, wild fruits, nuts and tubers. They had no salt or vegetable oils, which made their foods a lot healthier than today's meals.
Through reading this book, you learn not only how to change your bad eating habits, but how to shop for them and order them as well. Dr. Weil shares a number of healing and inspirational stories of how people have changed their lives for the better. With just a slight modification of ones diet, we see a great improvement not only in appearance, but in long-term health as well. With the helpful and abundant recipes provided by Dr. Weil himself there is no reason to delay "Eating Well For Optimum Health."

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable reading
Of the many health books I have read, this is undoubtedly one of the best. In addition to providing a wealth of nutritional information, Dr. Weil evaluates various diet plans and exposes the dangers inherent in a number of currently popular ones. He offers medically sound and practical guidelines for healthy and enjoyable eating, stressing that for a diet to be followed successfully over a lifetime it must be a source not only of ample nourishment but also of ample pleasure and that healthful food need involve no compromise in taste. An especially useful feature of the book is the tips it contains for shopping and menu planning as well as for making sensible choices when dining out. Readers will also find Dr. Weil's advice very helpful when consulting cookbooks. For example, following the basic principles set forth in his book, I have discovered a gold mine of great eating in Sonia Uvezian's masterpiece, "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen," which is filled with easy-to-follow recipes for a myriad of dishes that are both wonderfully healthful and exceptionally delicious.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor ideas about exercise, advice is paranoid
Dr. Weil has a lot of odd advice in this book, and questionable ideas. For instance, rather than partaking in proper fitness training, particularly high intensity training which yields phenominal health benefits, he believes it's enough to chop veggies and do work around the house. This is probably a reason that he himself is overweight. He also believes that if you're overweight and healthy, this is better than being thin and healthy, but what about the evidence that abdominal fat is so highly related to diabetes and heart disease? Routinely he jumps on the most recent study saying this or that, such as mushrooms being cancer-causing, and many of his recommendations are likely to change because there is insufficient research behind them at this time. He believes soy is a wonder food, which there is, again, limited evidence that isoflavones are really good for your body. He does have some interesting ideas about antioxidents which are probably worth reading.

I suppose the fundemental issue I have with the book is that it makes a lifestyle recommendation on physical activity that is probably insufficient for optimum health, but convenient for people unwilling to exercise. The book is, otherwise, a big list of foods and some of their theoretical benefits in isolation, without any higher level analysis of a complete dietatry recommendation.

His book reads like: food A is good, except for this variety, which is bad. Food B is bad. Food C is good in this way and bad in this way. But really, at the end of the day, what is the actual consequence of all of these details as they're completely unquantified? Is consumption of white mushrooms and peanuts typical in the American diet really going to cause a statistically significant difference in cancer? Why should consumers be paranoid about such nonsense? Wouldn't it be more reasonable to make more solid recommendations on physical activity, cholesterol levels, saturated fats and the ratios of macronutrients than to list all of these insignificant dangers, and moreover to show how a *complete* diet fared with these recommendations, since he is a professor.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book but be aware what it isn't...
This is an excellent book as many other reviewers have noted but please be aware of the following:

1)It is not a "diet" book in the sense of magical ways to lose weight

2)It is not a book on "fitness" nutrition for people who want huge muscles and low body fat.

3)Health in the sense of the absence of disease, the optimum functioning of the organs of the body and a long-life has much more to do with body chemistry, blood pressure, cholersterol levels, the condition of your coronary arteries, the presence or absence of free-radical damage, etc than it does with the amount of lean muscle mass that sits on your frame or whether or not your body looks good in a bathing suit.

I make these points because many people complain the Dr. Weil doesn't look like John Bastow or the author of "Body for Life" so what can he know about "health". Get a clue!! While regular moderate exercize is related to longevity there is NO evidence that "Body for Life" types are healthier the way it really counts just because they have better looking bodies than Dr. Weill. Which do you think is healthier: a lean muscular body combined with high blood pressure, clogged arteries and a colon lined with intestinal polyps? or a body that looks pudgy in a bathing suit but with low BP, low cholesterol, clean arteries and an otherwise clean internal bill of health?

This book is about eating well for health and it is excellent. One of things I like most is that there is nothing "flaky" about it. Weill reviews what we know about nutrition from solid scientific research and is always clear to distinguish that from his own opinion about nutritional matters that may not be fully supported by current research.

Buy it and live longer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
This is the first time I have read any of Dr. Weil's books and I found this one full of new and useful information that I took to heart.

Some good points Dr. Weil made were quite interesting For example he mentions that in the 1950's, scientests thought vegtable oils were healthy and they lowered the risk of a heart attack. This turned out to be false but to this day many foods still contain high amounts of this substance leading to more calories in peoples diets and more weight gain.

Another point that Dr. Weil makes is that it is not the toatal amout of fat that we have in our diets but which foods contain more of saturated fats instead.

Then he makes the point that the idea a of a balanced diet is in consistant due to the vast amout of complex foods. Because he says the best way to get good advice for a healthy diet is to ask a professional or read books not from most doctors or nureses. The reason why is that people particulary doctors get this thought is because of the poor or lack of nutritional education in America.

For people who are looking for new ideas on how to diet this book is one of the best options for both finding out which are the best and the worst diets in the world. Also for various recepies with less fats and chemecals. ... Read more

96. The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program : A Personalized Plan for Becoming Slim, Fit and Healthy in Your 40s, 50s, 60s and Beyond
by Rachael F. Heller, Richard F. Heller
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Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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"If you are carbohydrate addicted, this book will give you the information you need to literally eliminate your cravings for starches, snack foods, or sweets and get control over your eating and your life--at any age, through all the decades to come--and without sacrifice. You will be able to lose weight and greatly decrease your risk for virtually all of [America's] top killer diseases. You will get the guidance you need to make the lifestyle change you have been waiting [for] for so long. And, in addition, you will gain the courage and conviction that your hunger, cravings, and weight problems are not your fault, and as the pounds fade, so will your guilt and self-blame." So begins The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program, a book especially tailored for those 40 and over, especially menopausal women and those who were prescribed Fen-Phen. Its premise is simple--it's designed to help you rid your body of excess insulin. When excess insulin is circulating through the body, it's virtually impossible to lose weight, say Richard and Rachael Heller, both research scientists and professors and authors of the bestselling Carbohydrate Addict's Diet.

They've created a sympathetic and clear guide for keeping insulin levels--and therefore food cravings--in check, with plenty of appealing and easy-to-prepare recipes, including low-fat Chicken Kiev and Herby Crabmeat Salad. A stress-reduction plan, progress charts, meal plans, and comprehensive index are included.--Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It works. A sustainable weight loss with few cravings.
I have recently been under a great deal of stress with my wife's illness and trying to cope with it. I am in the military and can't afford to be overweight yet my weight continued to climb even with increased exercise and a sensible diet as recommended by nutritionists. After two unsuccessfulI watched a show concerning this book and the stress factor concerning insulin production hit a nerve. I bought the book and have stuck strickly by the plan. In 24 days I have shed 14 pounds with out the hunger pains. Although they allow deserts with the rewards meal, I have chosen to have fruit. I do want the sweets but am more concerned about weight loss for now. With each pound going away, the exercising becomes easier which sheds more pounds. I have tried other diets but rarely was able to continue them for long, I really missed the sweets. No longer, now I can have them too, just has to be during the rewards meal. Buy it, read it, understand it, and apply it. I don't think I was a true carbohydrate addict but after taking the test they provide, I was in the middle group. Doesn't matter now, their process works and is spelled out in laymans terms. Some of the receipes were not worth my effort to prepare them but we each have our own tastes.

5-0 out of 5 stars With modifications, works great for me
It has been 12 weeks since I started this diet, and I've lost 14 pounds and the desire to eat between meals. From the research I did, it appears that the diet induces a condition called, "ketosis" which may be harmful over the long term. Finding myself losing weight too quickly and not feeling well after 2-3 weeks, I cautiously added more carbohydrates than the plan calls for. I'm back to shredded wheat for breakfast, with skim milk and fruit. At lunch, I eat protein, one of the vegetables from the non-craving list, and bread or an apple. Each evening, I follow the diet plan for the reward meal which is tasty and lots of fun. After a brief plateau period, my weight started going down again, and I continue to lose steadily without feeling deprived.

The plan has contributed to my well-being by giving me a way to get free of the carbohydrate addiction I had developed that had me "grazing" all evening, every day. I had lost the desire for meat, and am glad to have it back in my diet. I have needed to help my bowels along with a stool softener, but this is a small price to pay for a way to get my body back in shape. I am thankful to the Hellers for their work and promotion of their plan. Also, to for providing this forum which helped me decide to try the Heller plan in the first place.

5-0 out of 5 stars CAD: Successful Weight Loss That's Easy and Effective!
Having just turned 50 last year I knew I had to get my weight down. But it was more than that-I was looking for guidance to learn to eat healthy for the rest of my life, and I found it with CAD. I am going into my 3rd week, and I lost 5 pounds each week I weighed myself. Just to be sure the scale was accurate, I went to Walmart and stood on half a dozen different scales to make sure things were correct. It is SO exciting to see such great progress so quickly!
The doctors also offer several other wonderful books-cookbooks and a Healthy Heart Program guide.
You can speed up your progress with a simple exercise routine-all I do is walk 1 hour each day. I make sure I have a green salad with most lunches and dinners-the bigger, the better-it will help fill you up so you'll eat less of whatever is left on your plate. I am a vegetarian, so I have to get pretty creative to keep things interesting but it's working fine. And my husband and I have also learned how to eat healthy while dining out. Who would have guessed pureed cauliflower could taste like mashed potatoes? These's a whole new world of healthy eating out there-eat healthy and loose the pounds!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the only diet I could ever last on
Fast and concise - I tested out as severe (scored 50 out of 50) on the scale, was having severe hypoglycemic bouts (blood sugar down to the 40's in the afternoon), and or course, fat and unwell all the time. Weight Watchers and other low fat low calorie left me depressed and unhappy - and if I couldn't last on them a week, how could I last on them a lifetime?

I was on this diet for almost a year and lost 48 lbs. Then I went into a major lifestyle shakeup, went off, and gained it back. Now I am starting back from scratch, and have lost 15 lbs in 3 mos. The problem is, I am older, and more sensitive to insulin stimulating foods, and it isn't as easy as before.

But this book is the best I think the Heller's have, very clear and good at explaining the problem true carbohydrate addicts have. I recommend it highly - if it really changes your life, like it did mine, then it will be worth every cent.

4-0 out of 5 stars So far, so good
I've been using this program for about three months. I've lost five pounds, according to the chart on which I keep the record of my weight, in a weekly average. Most of the weight has come off my stomach and chin and neck. This is a very welcome change. The weight is coming off at 1/2 to 2/3 pound a week, which seems pretty slow to me, but that's probably impatience talking.

During the first three or four weeks, I had a hard time adjusting to my new diet. I had headaches a lot, and I sat down every morning to eggs with cheese and sauteed vegetables, and I wanted to throw it on the floor and eat some whole wheat toast with butter and jam and a grapefruit instead. But I stuck with it. It's gotten easier. No more headaches. I really appreciate the freedom from cravings. Actually, I'm nearly free from cravings. With the holidays here and cookie smells all over my office and at home, I'm struggling, but it's not as difficult as it used to be.

My approach to my diet has always been to pay no attention to trendy diets, to eat a balanced, moderate diet with whole grains, fruits and vegetables, enough protein and fat to balance out the carbs, and keep my sugar intake very low. I started running every day last summer, and even though I was up to three miles a day by the end of the summer, and I had very shapely thighs and buns, I had lost no weight, and no fat. I only need to lose 20-25 pounds, but they have been so, so, so stubborn. I have, before now, approached weight loss primarily through moderation in my diet and exercise. It got very discouraging when over and over, I lost no weight.

I decided to try CALP after a very discouraging day, and I saw a copy of the old CAD in a health-food store. I read enough to stimulate my interest, then bought a copy of the newer plan, which I think is better. I've tried it, and it's not without difficulties, but it's not without rewards, which I've never seen before. I'm a moderate carbohydrate addict, so I'm not surprised that the weight is coming off slowly, but thank heavens, it *is* coming off. ... Read more

97. Kathy Kaehler's Celebrity Workouts : How to Get a Hollywood Body in Just 30 Minutes a Day
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-28)
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98. Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish: 150 Easy, Low-Fat, High-Flavor Recipes
by Dean Ornish
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Catlog: Book (1997-01-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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Renowned cardiac researcher and bestselling author Dean Ornish, M.D., has inspired millions of people to choose a healthier lifestyle and a low-fat diet. But low-fat cooking can be time-consuming and hard to fit into a busy schedule, so Dr. Ornish has found 150 wonderful ways to make it fast, delicious and fun.

Everyday Cooking with Dean Ornish includes 150 easy and extraordinary recipes that are extremely low in fat and cholesterol -- and high in flavor. You'll find slimmed-down versions of comfort foods that are delicious and nutritious, from French Toast and Hashed Browns to enchiladas and lasagna, from Creamy Corn Soup and Spicy Arkansas Chili to Southwest Pizza and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. The recipes are quick to prepare, the ingredients are familiar and inexpensive and there are hundreds of smart time-saving tips on cooking, shopping and serving. Now you no longer have to choose between good food and good health. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for Healthier Cooking
A combination of scientific research into healthier living (primarily reversing heart disease but principles apply to any of us folks who want to feel energetic and live healthy lives) and easy to follow no added fat vegetarian recipes that are arranged by menu. This book is a vast improvement over his prior book Eat More, Weigh Less because the recipes are easy to make. In his prior book Ornish was trying to prove that no-added fat vegetarian cooking can be tasty too--so all the recipes are by renowned chefs given these specific parameters--thus they tend to be too complex for those of us who are not gourmet chefs but rather everyday basic cook types.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scientific and easy to use!
This book was written by a respectable medical researcher whose works has been published in various medical journals...

My wife and I have use those recipes and to our surprise the food look visually appealing as well as delicious!

We have found the recipes easy to use. It took significantly less than than other vegetarian cookbooks (some of which are loaded with fat) took about 2 hours to make. On average, we found it took from 1/2 to 1 hour to prepare.

I also highly recommend reading Part One in Ornish's earlier book, "Eat more, weigh less". That essential section laid out, in depth, the foundataion for this book.

Critics who said Ornish's program is extreme or hard have obviously NEVER tried out any of the recipes in THIS book!! The critics also failed to provide evidence for this purported "difficulties." If you are still skeptical, go to the library to try out the book before buying. (I'm not sure if the libraries carry these type of books) What have you got to lose?

2-0 out of 5 stars "Eat More, Weigh Less?" Really?
No question about it. Ornish is much better than Atkins. Especially for your heart. But can you really, as Ornish promises, "Eat More, Weigh Less"? The answer is NO. If you try to eat all you can on these recipes, as I did, I guarantee you the result: you will gain weight as I did. Even get fat! Many fat veggans in India, you know. Not to mention U.S.

As the New York Times and some other places have pointed out, Dr. Ornish is not exactly slim.

If you wish to achieve dramatic weight loss, shed body fat, make it stick for life, and do it in the most healthy way possible, and have a very nice life, then your best bet is The Elixxir Program.

I have lost 45 pounds. And have kept it off for over three years. And it doesn't require you to be veggan. As Ornish does. And it does not prohibit alcohol in moderation. And it does not obsess about restricting fat calories to 10% or less.

Haven't heard of it? It is known only to certain circles in the know. But you can get a copy of The ImmorTalist Manifesto: Stay Young & Save the World" by Elixxir. Elixxir is known as "the only anti-aging guru who has actually stayed young." (Investor's Business Daily, Marilyn Much, senior reporter)

But The Elixxir Program is not only anti-aging but also anti-heart disease and anti-stroke. And with more scientific studies to prove it than Ornish. So why not retard your aging and heart disease at the same time?

The ImmorTalist Manifesto will tell you about The Elixxir Program on excerpt at the back. And then you can search for and go to Elixxir's website. There you will find info about The Elixxir Program. Get the Executive Memo about The Elixxir Program.

You don't have to be veggan and abstain from fine wine and spirits for the rest of your life!

1-0 out of 5 stars Abandon your senses...
Don't eat zees. Don't eat zat. Und don't eat zee uzzer sing too.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book
This is just not a diet book - it calls for changes in what you buy at the grocery store and how you prepare the food. It requires change in basic patterns of living. Diet books come and go. They are often among the top 100 list of best selling books. Having said that I think that in this particular case any reasonable person would want to own this book. We can all use some more help in planning our diets, especially from a person such as Dr. Ornish. I think of this book more as having Dr. Onish as a personal consultant.

I bought his other book "Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease" when it first came out about 14 years ago. After reading his first book I never smoked again and have improved my diet and reduced the stress in my life, all part of his plan. I thought it was an important and convincing book even if it might not be 100% accurate. His ideas can only help so I am a strong advocate of his books.

Needless to say we consume a variety of food ranging from healthy or just simply bad. Many people have altered their diets and have changed the way in which they buy and prepare food adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to the their diet. Anything from Ornish deserves a serious look.

The recipes are a bit different and you will have to change the way you buy food but that is part of the idea behind the book. He has a nice broad selection of over 100 healthy dishes and it is also a source of ideas to make other dishes.

No brainer and good value. Recommend Buy. Five Stars.

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99. Golf for Enlightenment: The Seven Lessons for the Game of Life
by Jesper Parnevik, Deepak Chopra
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-04)
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Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Deepak Chopra has discovered the delights—and frustrations—of golf, and he is passionate about the game. Confronted by the wild ups and downs of his own play, he consulted with golf professionals and developed a new approach to the game that any golfer can follow—from the novice to the expert. The results can be measured not only in increased enjoyment and skill, but also in greater wisdom about life beyond the 18th hole.

Chopra’s own game has improved dramatically since incorporating the elements of his program. Instead of focusing on the mechanics of a “perfect” swing, Chopra reveals how golf can be mastered through mindfulness, a form of awareness that combines sharp focus and relaxation at the same time. Expanded awareness, he tells us, can accomplish much more than external mechanics to improve one’s game.

But Golf for Enlightenment is also an engrossing story about Adam, an Everyman who is playing a terrible round of golf when he meets a mysterious young teaching pro named Leela. In seven short but profound lessons detailing spiritual strategies, she teaches Adam the essence of a game that has much to explain about life itself.
Chopra has spent the last year taking the unique message in Golf for Enlightenment nationwide, teaching the essential tenets of his program at lectures and seminars to golfers everywhere. His message continues to help players turn an obsession into a positive life path.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for golfers!
Heard the CD version of GOLF FOR ENLIGHTENMENT: THE SEVEN LESSONS FOR THE GAME OF LIFE, written and read by Deepak Chopra . . . don't be put off by the title; even if you're not a golfer, you can get value from this material . . . the first part of each chapter, "The Lesson," contains a story about a golfer named Adam and his search for ways to improve his game . . . that material was only fair . . . what I did enjoy much more was the second part, "Playing the Game" or what the lesson taught Adam about life . . . and the third part, "Applied to Life," made the book really come alive, as it dealt with the relationship of golf to a happier, more spiritual life.

I have not played golf since I was a kid . . . however, if I ever
pick up the game again, I'd make it a point to reread this book . . . it showed me how the sport could be not only played, but enjoyed as well.

As Chopra notes toward the end, in talking about the hidden keys
to both golf and life:

When you laugh at a bad shot, you've transcended sorrow.

When you can take genuine pleasure in someone else's victory,
you've transcended jealousy.

When you can feel satisfaction with a round of 97, instead of 80, you've transcended self-importance.

The point is that only when you set your sights to go beyond
outcome can you allow in the possibility of defeating the voice
of self-criticism and ending the frustration that holds in check
deeper, darker fears.

5-0 out of 5 stars when the student is ready the teacher would appear
I've been playing golf for many years and have tried all instructional books and tapes with very poor and inconsistent results. For sure I discarded the possibility of learning golf thru instructions on the mechanics of the golf swing, after so many years I'm convinced that my brain can't process the many nuances of the golf swing to produce a consistent one.

I've had more success when using mind and feeling techniques in the way that Jim Flick or W. Timothy Gallwey teaches in his book the Inner Game of Golf. Although it has improved my game and lower my handicap apparently my right side of the brain is underdeveloped and is still very hard for me to have consistent success.

In Dr.Chopra's approach to golf instruction he raises the level from the mechanical and the emotional all the way to the spiritual level. Maybe it has been that I've been searching for a different approach to the game and at the same time I love all this spiritual literature but the reality is that by using this book as an instructional guide and appplyng his techniques with an irrational faith has make me play the most sublime golf I have ever played in my life. Not necessarily by lowering my score wich I have done lately but by hitting the golf ball with a joy and a pleasure that I didn't have before.

A friend lend me this book the night before a tournament and I finished reading it in my car in the way to the tournament ( is a short book and I was in heavy traffic). In the first tee I imagined a line from the ball to my heart and did as he recommends and for some reason I hit the longest and most beautiful drive I've ever hit, I still go to sleep with the memory of that shot in my mind. Needless to say I played a wonderful round and won the tournament.

I'm still inconsistent but when I can really connect and truly play from my heart the results are beautiful. In my case this book has really impacted my golf game and my life is also fine, thank you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thank God Deepak Chopra Discovered Golf!!!!
I've been a golfer now for 12 years and a serious reader for even longer. Having devoured books like 'The Legend of Bagger Vance', 'Golf in the Kingdom' and others, the golf/mysticism genre is one that seems to grow stronger and better all the time. Dr. Chopra's book 'Golf for Enlightenment' is another one in this long line of greats. Taking the now popular stance that golf is truly a metaphor for life, he gives us a mystical novel with after chapter commentary on how that segment applied to the game and to life. Think of it as a seven-step program to freedom and enlightenment through the game of golf. I can say with complete honesty that golf has positively changed my life in so many ways. This is why it's so refreshing to read an entertaining story of how it has shaped other people's lives as well. The book is also a very quick read which will leave you imagining the possibilities of your next round. If you love golf and can't get enough of it's endless mysteries and riddles, then this book is definitely for you!

4-0 out of 5 stars Deep and thought provoking
I found this book is quite deep and quickly gets into the realm of conceptual and spiritual ideas. Just as the well-known book "The Inner Game of Golf" deals with the mental side of the game, this book addresses the spiritual side. Having read this, I'm not totally convinced that I understand all the points that are being made, and some are easier to take on board than others. My interpretation of the overall message of this book is that it is all about coming to understand your own place in things and learning to transcend the tensions that exist within life. This is mirrored in golf and the way we approach the game. It should be pointed out that the book isn't really about lowering your golf handicap as such. Like any text concerning spiritual matters, faith and a willingness to suspend cynicism play a big part in determining how much you get out of this. Overall this book is enjoyable and intriguing at the same time, but some of the concepts might be better explained.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable gold book ever!
Sometimes I think the game of golf is the endless pursuit of perfect frustration. Deepak Chopra, in his distinctive magical way, taught me otherwise. His mystical/mythical tale of a golfer and his not-quite-human teacher gave me lesson after lesson not only on golf technique, but also on just allowing the process of life to provide me with wonder and joy. I really "got" the game for the first time. Guess what? I cut 2 strokes off! ... Read more

100. Meditation for Optimum Health: How to Use Mindfulness and Breathing to Heal Your Body and Refresh Your Mind
by Andrew Weil, Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Sounds True
Sales Rank: 30912
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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An easy-to-learn meditation guide for achieving optimum mind/body health.

The same ability that helps ordinary people achieve extraordinary success is also the secret to optimizing your lifespan, letting go of stress, and even enhancing your body’s self-healing powers. In Meditation for Optimum Health, you will join best-selling authors Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn for a practical introduction that makes it simple to enjoy the life-changing benefits of meditation – even if you’ve never tried it before.

How does meditation work? Can anybody do it? What do I need to get started? Is it religious? Does it have the power to heal? In alternating sessions, Dr. Weil and Dr Kabat-Zinn give you straight answers to the most common questions about meditation, and dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding this time-honored practice. By learning to cultivate the power of your attention through daily practice, you can harness the full potential of your mind, and use it to enrich every dimension of your life. You will learn how meditation can actually unify your mind and body’s many related functions – and help you start enjoying the best health of your life. Complete with real-life examples, and a proven program of step-by-step meditations to get you started, here is the perfect introduction to the oldest and most effective system for feeling better, naturally. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fundamental information about meditation
Anyone who is looking for a way to relax, and to just get the basic rundown of what meditation is all about, this recording will give you just that. Sit for awhile and listen to Dr. Weil's kind voice and that alone will have you feeling relaxed. John Kabat-Zinn is a little odd, I really respect his vast knowledge and practical advice, but his take on things seems a bit surreal. I recommend this for anyone who is in need of a practical, if basic guide to meditation.

3-0 out of 5 stars A very basic introduction
This CD would be useful to a beginner with little or no previous introduction to the subject. I had hoped it would have more in the way of guided meditations, but the few guided meditations provided are really too brief to be of much use beyond, again, a most basic introduction to the concept. It's worth borrowing from the library.

For a really good foundation in the process, I'd suggest Jack Kornfield's THE INNER ART OF MEDITATION. ... Read more

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