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    1. 8 Weeks to Optimum Health
    by Andrew Weil M.D.
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    Asin: 0449000265
    Catlog: Book (1998-06-16)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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    "Health," Dr. Andrew Weil writes, "is a dynamic and temporary state of equilibrium destined to break down as conditions change." In other words, there's no such thing as the type of health that allows you to feel equally great every day of your life. Instead, Weil suggests, your goal should be to improve your resilience to disease, and while you're at it, feel more joy and strength.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Reviewed by Carolyn B. Leonard (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2. Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing (The Self Healing Series)
    by Andrew Weil
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    Asin: 156455726X
    Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
    Publisher: Sounds True
    Sales Rank: 21221
    Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    A complete course of eight breathing exercises that Dr. Andrew Weil uses in his own life, and has prescribed to hundreds of patients over the past two decades. In plain language, Dr. Weil explains the secret of breathwork’s power over our health, and its remarkable ability to influence – and even reprogram – the nervous system. A practical introduction to this crucial aspect of self healing, presented by this bestselling author and influential physician. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Wow... interesting
    I never knew that I didn't breathe right. This thing is crap... come on, breathing right? Give me a break

    1-0 out of 5 stars Bogus
    This cd suffers from it's author reading..and..pronouncing..very It has no flow and sounds forced and artificial, not like someone talking smoothly and naturally to you. I couldn't relax, nor get over the stilted sound of the narrative.
    Plus, Andy Weil is such a big (literally, he's fat) star, that there's no heart or caring in his materials. I don't think he walks his talk.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's O.K.
    I would have preferred this CD to be in a book format instead of a soundtrack. It would have been less expensive to buy and easier to use that way. The first CD, which is one hour long talks about breathing & health but I really didn't find it interesting or informative. I was rather bored. I thought everything he said was common sense and there was no fresh information. Basically this first CD is a one-time listening thing, so not really worth the purchase. My problem with the second CD, which has the 7 breathing exercises, is that it's one hour long and there is no way to "jump" between exercises 1 to 7. It is all one track. In the accompanying 6-page CD booklet all the exercises are very clearly explained and detailed in text... so you don't really need the CD at all! On the up side, I'm glad there are exercises out there on this subject that Dr.Weil made available to me. I have not been doing the exercises long enough to notice any changes yet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So basic, so useful, you wonder why you didn't think of it..
    Weil explains breathing. Exciting? Depends on you. Discovering breathing is like having had a PC for years and suddenly discovering "right click." There it is; you've never thought about it; discovering it makes your use of the machine so much more efficient. Weil's breathing exercises are easy and basic. They are like meditation: you have to decide to stick with the program. Results? That will depend on you and your needs. For people with normal breathing capacity, it must be equivalent to developing your quads and pecs after working for years at a desk. For those of us who have asthma and other breathing disorders, it feels like regaining "normal." Weil's gentle, intelligent guidance inspires confidence.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow--This is great!
    Andy Weil takes you through the steps to us your own breathing as a tool for healing and for life. I enjoyed listening to his opening comments and have used the breathing technique almost dialy ever since. ... Read more

    3. Eating Well For Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Bringing Health and Pleasure Back to Eating
    by Andrew Weil
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    Asin: 0060959584
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 9888
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    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

    4. 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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    Asin: 1564558827
    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

    5. The Andrew Weil Audio Collection: Breathing: The Masterkey to Self Healing/Meditation for Optimum Health
    by Andrew Weil, Jon Kabat-Zinn
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    Asin: 1564559491
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
    Publisher: Sounds True
    Sales Rank: 48599
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    When Andrew Weil speaks – America listens. Now Dr. Weil’s most important original audio titles – and Publishers Weekly bestsellers – are available in one convenient slipcased edition, in The Andrew Weil Audio Collection. Listeners love these helpful "housecalls" on audio from this trusted physician and authority on self-healing! The Andrew Weil Audio Collection includes these full length sessions:

    Meditation for Optimum Health – with Jon Kabat-Zinn. An easy-to-follow introduction that makes it simple to enjoy the life-changing benefits of meditation. By learning to concentrate the power of attention through daily practice, listeners can harness the full potential of their minds, to enrich every dimension of daily experience. Step-by-step instructions cover four complete meditations.

    Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing – A complete course of eight breathing exercises that Dr. Andrew Weil uses in his own life, and has prescribed to hundreds of patients over the past two decades. Useful for increasing energy, lowering blood pressure, improving circulation, and beating anxiety disorders naturally. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars star
    This may not seem important to some who don't take their health seriously.
    Both of these programs are only as good as the user.
    The breathing exercises are a great preparation for the meditation CD and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn to meditate.

    Dr. Weil has done more for Natural Medicine than anyone in quite some time because he bases his claims in science

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unprofessional production
    Learn to breathe! It's very, very important.
    I achieve much relaxation when i Stop. Concentrate. Breathe Deeply. Learning how is important, too.
    But this set of tapes is poorly done.
    The first tape is sales, WHY you should learn to breathe,
    and what the benefits are. I already have the tape, i'm sold.
    Please stop selling.

    The second tape is laughable. The author fills the tape with minutes of dead space as we 'breathe together'. The author will say "Here's a breathing exercise. Let's try it." The explanation of how to do the exercise takes 1 minute. Then, there is 2 minutes of silence.
    This happens quite often. The 2nd side of the 2nd tape has 5 minutes of new-age flute music, to get you in the mood.

    For me, this book didn't work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Meditation with your feet on the ground.
    As a first step into meditation, I would strongly recommend listening to these tapes. The first 90 minutes is a clear explanation by first Weil, but mostly Jon Kabat Zinn, on the best way of understanding meditation, what it can do for your life and your health. Then follows a 45 minute guided meditation on watching the breath. I have purchased many books on Buddhism, meditation or yoga. Jon Kabat Zinn, who also wrote the brilliant book Full Catastrophe Living, is along with Thich Nhat Hahn, my favourite writer. Kabat Zinn is particularly good at explaining meditation as a way of working with problems, rather than wishing them away. The focus with Kabat Zinn is on accepting your experience, opening yourself up to it, seeing how pain is there, but it is not you, on living fully- mindfully not mindlessly. He is great for people who suffer pains, physical or emotional. I think this tape is a perfect introduction to meditation as a way of healing the heart. ... Read more

    6. Self-Healing With Sound & Music
    by Andrew, M.D. Weil, Kimba Arem, Andrew Weil
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    Asin: 1591791987
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: Sounds True
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    Sound therapy has been found effective in treating a surprising range of health challenges including heart disease, arthritis, stress, emphysema, and more. On Self-Healing with Sound and Music, bestselling author and physician Dr. Andrew Weil teams up with sound therapist Kimba Arem to offer listeners a powerful new tool for healing on two CDs.

    On CD 1, Dr. Weil discusses the latest in medical research that demonstrates how music heals the body and mind. CD 2 gives listeners a complete "sound journey" into expanded states of consciousness optimized for healing. Through an integration of binaural beats, natural sounds, indigenous and classical instruments – and a state-of-the-art recording process called "holophonic technology" that creates a three-dimensional healing space – listeners experience "prescription strength music" with the power to influence every system of the body. ... Read more

    by Lewis Mehl-Madrona
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    Asin: 0684802716
    Catlog: Book (1997-02-18)
    Publisher: Scribner
    Sales Rank: 618734
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    Inspired by his Cherokee grandmother's healing ceremonies, Lewis Mehl-Madrona enlightens readers to "alternative" paths to recovery and health. Coyote Medicine isn't about eschewing Western medicine when it's effective, but about finding other answers when medicine fails: for chronic sufferers, patients not responding to medication, or "terminal" cases that doctors have given up on. In the story of one doctor's remarkable initiation into alternative ways to spiritual and physical health, Coyote Medicine provides the key to untapped healing methods available today. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Clear, honest sharing of Native American spirituality.
    This is THE best book on Native American spirituality I have ever read. Lewis Mehl-Medrano did an excellent job of sharing his autobiographical experiences as a "half-breed" in learning the spirituality of his family in a way that was relevant to those readers unfamiliar with N.A. spirituality. His presentation was refreshingly non-New Age in an honest, clearly written description of Native American healing beliefs and practices juxtaposed with his training and experiences as a western-trained medical doctor. The book was inspirational without being syrupy or lecturing. I truly enjoyed this book and will read it again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading on Holistic Medicine
    This book blew me away. I have reread much of it so many times and bought multiple copies for friends. I have filled the margins of my copy with notes and filled notebooks with essays and thoughts inspired by Dr. Mehl-Madrona's book. It is nothing short of miraculous itself, in addition to describing medical miracles and how they are brought about by spiritual intervention and Native American healing.

    A child prodigy, Lewis Mehl-Madrona hitchhiked to a local college while still in high school, read philosophy science voraciously and was the youngest peacetime graduate of Stanford Medical School. The more impressive since his childhood was at times difficult.

    At medical school, Dr. Mehl-Madrona became interested in shamanic traditions and attended some sweat lodge and tipi ceremonies. Here he encountered otherwordly phenomena such as blue light, sparks, sensorial stimulation and miracle cures in cases that were deemed too far gone by western doctors. Most importantly, Dr. Mehl-Madrona learned how shamans talked to patients, asked questions about their families and lives and spent long periods of time with them. The author learned that shamans tap into the inner healer of the patient, and consider themselves only partially responsible for any cure.

    At the same time, Dr. Mehl-Madrona was encountering negligent and dehumanizing healing practices in his western medical pursuits. A few spine-chilling tales display the callousness and arrogance that exists in some hospitals and clinics. One example: two obstetricians made a bet concerning the fastest C-Section birth and the winner, very triumphant at seventeen minutes, accidentally tied something shut in the woman's internal organs. It was fixed and the woman even wrote a letter of thanks to the hospital! Such is the blind and sometimes unjustified trust the public has in the medical establishment.

    The book is wonderfully woven with many colorful strands of storytelling. On one level, it is a memoir of Dr. Mehl-Madrona's journey to reconcile his western medical training with holistic and in particular Native American healing. He is part Native American, so this pursuit poignantly reflects his mixed heritage. Poignant because Dr. Mehl-Madrona often felt like an outsider in all areas of his life, as a Native American man, as an American man, as a western doctor and as an aspiring and ultimately successful shaman.

    Another strand of his story is the Native American tradition of healing itself, which we discover in almost the same timeframe that he does. We are introduced to the traditional practice of storytelling as a healing technique at the same time that he is. Early in the book, when the doctor is a resident, he is tending a man whose medical condition is exacerbated (and perhaps caused) by his intensely critical nature. A wonderful passage in recounts Dr. Mehl-Madrona's tentative attempt at telling a story to the cynical patient, himself a psychologist, who groans with sarcasm as the story begins. As it continued, he was intrigued, however, and even hazards a guess at the meaning, to which guess the doctor gives an ambiguous confirmation. The great part of this passage is how Dr. Mehl-Madrona successfully enacts the role of enigmatic shaman even though he himself is still unsure of the story's meaning.

    Coyote Medicine also discusses the role of the supernatural in shamanic healing, and the perception of magic and nature. For anyone who ever sat in the woods or even on his aparment steps late at night and felt a mystical connection to something unseen and bigger than himself, Coyote Medicine is a kindred spirit.

    At one point the author goes on his vision quest and meets his power animals and is given shamanic healing tools. We as readers are present at many important moments in his life, including personal and family struggles (his first wife, according to the book, seemed to wrestle his children away from him and resented his shamanic efforts), professional travails (Dr. Mehl-Madrona's questioning intelligence, sense of dignity for the patient and also his holistic beliefs created friction with several different western medical institutions). When, at the end of the book, the author finds an accepting partner and on a professional level, a venue where he could combine holistic healing with Western, we feel as thought a close friend has triumphed in the face of great odds.

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in healing, either for herself or others, and also about finding one's own individual path, as difficult as and untraveled as it might be, but that is true to the traveler.

    Many blessings on this book and thank you Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona.

    Robert Murray Diefendorf, Author of Release the Butterfly

    5-0 out of 5 stars Take the risk and make the leap
    Coyote has always been a special animal to me, so the title jumped out at me. The two feathers and physician's symbol on the cover present a beautiful balance. The physician's symbol has the twin serpents and the two wings of the one. In the background is the four, the Mystery.

    Lewis' experiences are related in an interwoven manner. He rushes through life in the quest for medical expertise and validation. In doing so, he trips himself into bouts with infinity as his beautiful plans fall through, day-by-day, year-by-year. However, his rapidly depleted physical/mental being is slowly but surely filling from the inside out. The book is a wonderful, candid sharing of one human's journey to clarify his purpose, his vocation, and to realize such.

    He seems like a powerless pawn at times. Have you felt that way? I have. It takes courage to choose the walk toward balance with a fellow being. Lewis had to learn the way of the warrior to survive his path as a healer.

    The sweat lodge accounts are beautifully done. I felt it better than any other accounts I have read. Although I have not participated in a lodge, I have experienced years of "spirit stuff". He is talking from experience. Lewis tells us without violating the trust of his friends, manifested or otherwise.

    The visions he describes are direct accounts, rather than attempts to relay deep knowings into a form the reader may understand. Visions come in dreams, in rituals, in waking, everyday consciousness, you name it. If we need it and are open to input, we will receive guidance. A vision is experiential, so there is no way to relay the richness and life of such an experience.

    Ya gotta walk the walk--it's the only way.

    I laughed pretty good at his experience learning to talk with the desert. I too learned this while out alone walking in the desert. At first I thought my spirit friends were nuts--and said so--but I did it and learned a lot. You'll have to read the book to find out.

    There were tears of joy and tears of sorrow while reading this book, and a lot of laughter. Thank-you for making the great leap and taking the risk of sharing, Lewis!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Moving, educational and inspiring.
    This book is a well written merging of two subjects. The first is a personal sharing of Lewis Mehl-Madrona's upbringing and life experience as a half N.A. Native, his pursuit of a medical degree and specialty and his increasing disillusionment with the "science" of medicine as it is now widely practiced. The second is about Lewis' discovery of N.A. Native spirituality and shamani sm. He leads us on a winding path of discovery that introduces us to the intriguing characters who use shamanism to heal others, often while their own lives are in disarray, to those who sought healing and perhaps most importantly, to the spirits who assisted in the ceremonies. While pursuing this path of curing the individual, rather than the symptom, it seems that Lewis will lose site of his original goal to obtain his medical speciality. But, as so often occurs, as he helps others to heal, the path circles around to encompass his own needs and he completes his original path, a more well-rounded and enlightened human. More capable of understanding. More capable of giving what is really required. I found the writing to be powerful, the personal drama riveting and the glimpse into the ceremonies, symbolism and spiritualism of the N.A. shaman both moving and educational. After all these years of hearing the stories shared by N.A. natives, but not really understanding, I finally "got it". This book slaked a thirst I didn't know I had. Lewis not only shared his story but acted as a teacher and I know that I've grown as a result. I highly recommend it and hope that we'll hear more from this writer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading
    I enjoyed this book very much! It is full of truths ! I believe as does this man. I look forward to reading any book he writes.It was a easy read and on a level that I understood completely.I laughed and cried with his stories.I just loved it! ... Read more

    8. The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life, and Spirit
    by Andrew Weil, Rosie Daley
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    Asin: 0375413065
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-02)
    Publisher: Knopf
    Average Customer Review: 3.31 out of 5 stars
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    In Eating Well for Optimum Health, one of Amazon's bestselling health books of 2000, alternative-medicine maverick Andrew Weil revealed his version of the ideal diet (and backed it up with scientific proof): a variety of unprocessed, or "whole" foods; just-picked, organic vegetables; whole grains; "good" fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and nuts; fresh herbs and spices instead of heavy sauces; and a minimum of meat and dairy products. Eating this responsibly is certainly an admirable pursuit, but home cooking of this caliber can be intimidating, requiring much more energy than it would to pull up to the drive-through and order a burger and fries. In The Healthy Kitchen, Weil successfully teams up with Rosie Daley, formerly chef at the ritzy Cal-a-Vie Spa, to show how to cook with confidence within these dietary guidelines, creating dishes that are not only good for you, but are also fun to prepare, beautiful to look at, and delectable.

    For those of you predicting a tofu-fest, have no fear: Weil stresses he's "unwilling to eat food that is boring, artless, and devoid of pleasure even if it's somebody else's idea of healthful." Indeed, the gorgeous color photography in The Healthy Kitchen will get you drooling over healthy entrées like Warm Chicken and Asparagus Salad and desserts like Lemon Yogurt Sorbet. You can be proud to serve these recipes to your family and friends--many of the appetizers and entrées are perfect party foods, sized to feed a dozen. Some recipes are notably more complicated than others--Cold Vegetable Pasta Primavera involves grilling five different veggies; baked Vegetable Wontons are time-consuming if you're not familiar with the folding process. However, Daley and Weil advise working your way up to these more complex dishes.

    Sprinkled throughout the book are witty and wise health tips from Weil and cooking shortcuts from Daley. The two admit they don't agree on all cooking matters; Weil would substitute cashew milk for coconut milk and adds his two cents on making the Thai Shrimp and Papaya Salad spicier, for example. The Healthy Kitchen seems to be influenced a bit by Martha Stewart's Healthy Quick Cook, with Weil's text shaded in that unmistakably Martha sage-green, and Daley's in what Stewart might call bisque. Both books emphasize seasonal fresh foods and boast sumptuous photography and tempting menu suggestions. However, Weil and Daley outdo her with calorie and nutritional breakdowns for each dish, shopping guides for easy meal planning, and tips on encouraging children to help out in the kitchen (and develop lifelong healthy eating habits in the process). --Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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    I'd purchased Rosie Daley's earlier book, as well as several books by Andrew Weil, and was concerned this would be one of those filled with recipes where you need to start cooking on Tuesday to get dinner ready in time for Wednesday's evening meal.

    But I tried several of the recipes this weekend, and they were tasty, simple, and well thought-out. The book contains interesting tid-bits and hints from both authors' perspectives, also, which makes for interesting reading and knowledge collecting.

    A great addition to my cookbook collection!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Mix of Healthy Culinary Advice.
    'The Healthy Kitchen' by holistic medicine expert Andrew Weil, M.D. and professional chef Rosie Daley promises to be the very best union between expertise on food and health. It is not limited to simple weight reduction or to curing any other specific medical problem. It is true to the holistic doctrine of treating the whole person.

    The book generally takes the form of a dialogue between the two authors. The contributions of the two different voices / areas of expertise are clearly delineated by printing them with a header indicating the speaker and differently colored pages to signify which voice is speaking.

    Regarding the good doctor's contribution, I believe it is all sound, reflecting a synthesis of the most recent conventional wisdom on health and food. The value of this material will depend much on how much you have read in this area before reading this book. If you have read any of Weil's earlier books, especially the title 'Eating Well for Optimum Health', you will have already read almost all of Weil's material reproduced on the his green pages in this book. Much of this information has also appeared in other recent books on nutrition; however, I believe there are several tips in the book on kitchen practices which are unlikely to appear in a book general nutrition. One example is Weil's comments on cooking oils, especially the recommendation to never heat oils to the smoking point and to never breath the smoke of heated oil, as it is highly toxic. This is why he recommends grapeseed oil, as it has a very high smoke point.

    I am especially happy with Weil's bringing out the distinction between simple and complex carbohydrates and that in spite of the current low carb diet fads, one should not avoid all carbohydrates. Even more important is his discussion of the glycemic index of foods, which is a measure of how fast a food is converted from the gut into glucose in the blood. High glycemic index foods such as most sugars and starches have the undesirable effect of quickly raising blood sugar, triggering the production of insulin. This also has the effect of making you feel hungry again, soon after eating. Low GI foods remain in the stomach longer and maintain satiation longer.

    The culinary half of the partnership is shared by the two authors, with Ms. Daley providing the recipes and Dr. Weil providing 'color commentary' and comments on the health benefits and risks of various cooking techniques. All recipes include a nutritional analysis, giving the weight in grams of calories, fat, saturated fat, protein, carbohydrate, cholesterol, and fiber per serving. The serving size is not indicated directly. Rather, the recipe gives the number of servings in the dish. Given the totally acceptable variability in the practices of home cooks and the variability of nutritional content of ingredients, I would use these figures only as a means of comparing one recipe to another. As usual, portion sizes seem to me to be rather small.

    The recipes are divided into very familiar headings, giving us chapters on: Breakfast, Beverages, Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Entrees, Accompaniments, and desserts Desserts. The last chapter gives a week's worth of menus with a composite nutritional analysis for the entire day's menu.

    The selection of dishes fits your expectations for a healthy eating book. There are no beef or veal dishes and the authors flatly state that they are excluded to avoid saturated fat and environmental toxins. On the positive side, there are several pasta dishes. Dr. Weil offers the very wise suggestion that he typically looks to Oriental cuisines for his pasta recipes instead of to Italy, as Oriental dishes have less fatty sauces. There are many fish, shellfish, chicken, and tofu dishes, plus an emphasis on grilling and roasting techniques.

    Overall, the book borders on but does not enter the world of dietary extremism parodied by a menu of tofu, bean sprouts, and wheat germ. It celebrates things like garlic that many people enjoy and which are also good for you. It devalues carob as a pale imitation of chocolate and endorses chocolate in moderation, especially as an accompaniment to fruit.

    If you have a limited budget for cookbooks and are concerned about food and health, this is a very, very good book. The list price is lower than almost any other recent hardcover cookbook you are likely to find and the recipes are very good. They are not simple. This is not quick cooking a la Rachael Ray. My only concern with the book's nutritional advice is that it may be just a bit dated. It touts the benefits of garlic; however, I think the nutritional value of garlic has been devalued recently. It is still tasty and quite safe.

    My main concern with the culinary material in the book is that it does not adequately provide a good substitute for white bread. While bread appears in one chapter title, it does not appear in the index and the closest I can find to a bread recipe is a recipe for blueberry pancakes. This may be too much to ask from a $27 book, but it would have made the book a lot better.

    Highly recommended, especially if you own no other books on nutrition by Dr. Weil. Requires some preexisting culinary skill. Not fast cooking.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good taste, but hard to assemble
    The beauty of this cookbook is that it offers interesting, tasty foods that are healthy beyond being low fat or low calorie. In other words, they offer healthy food, not diet food. Each recipe includes a nutritional guide, but there are also notes on the actual nutritional value of many ingredients and on various food groups. The problem I've found is that many of the recipes call for foods that just aren't easy to come by. This is a cookbook for the focused chef with time to shop and prepare full menus, not for the casual health-conscious cook.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Annoying; recipes are mistake-laden
    If the recipes here were written clearly (they're not) and you were a novice cook, you'd find enough basics to get a good grounding in healthful cooking. As it is: kitchen disaster on most pages. If, on the other hand, you were an experienced cook, you'd know where the recipes miss the mark --- but then again, you could find far better ones elsewhere. Examples: a pancake/waffle batter that is fat free, as far as the ingredient list goes, but unlisted in the ingredient list, buried in the directions for pancakes, is 1/4 teaspoon butter, for greasing the griddle. First off, if butter is called for, list it in the ingredients. But secondly, why not use a non-stick skillet in the first place, and/or a spray of oil? And thirdly, the recipe says that you do not need to add more butter to the pan. This is probably not true, unless you are using a non-stick or have a superbly seasoned skillet --- which amateur cooks would not know. And fourthly --- when you get to the waffle variation, no fat of any kind is called for in greasing the waffle iron. Even non-stick waffle irons (which are not specificied here anyway)require lubing with oil or butter, and most waffle batters contain oil because of the tendency towards sticking. Doing it as suggested will result in ruining your waffle iron, since you can't soak waffle irons lest you screw up the regulator. Books like this waste readers' time, money, even equipment. Directions like "strain the raspberry puree through a colander" are so annoying: Hello! A colander's holes are too large to catch the seeds; you need a strainer. (Why didn't an editor catch this, at the very least?) And what of a Citrus Mango Freeze made without added sweetener that has 1/4 cup each lime and lemon juice to 3/4 cup orange juice and 3 mangos: Yikes, that is some serious tartness! Not a word to even warn readers / eaters so they now how sour it is, or to suggest modifications. I could go on. As an experienced cook and cooking school teacher I find these kind of omissions unsconscionable and irritating. Frequently such errors occur in celebrity cookbooks, especially when "packaged", as this one, to judge from the intro, was --- put together by the publisher, not a self-generated collaboration between friends or colleagues.
    Best thing about this book: Andrew Weil's dietary advice, which is sensible and informative, if basic, and a lovely lay-out. But you don't eat the lay-out. Bottom line: get this out of the library for Weil's advice, but the recipes are not worth cooking from. Try Passionate Vegetarian, Laurel's Kitchen or World of the East for superb, healthful and varied recipes which work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love this Cookbook!
    I absolutely love this cookbook. My new year's resolution was to start cooking better. I got tired of walking around the grocery store with all of the sodium, preservative, fat and sugar laden products. Before I found this cookbook, I would rarely stumble on a healthy recipe from a magazine or cookbook that would actually taste good. It was really quite discouraging to learn to cook healthy.

    There is not a single recipe in this cookbook that I do not like. Everything turns out perfect and the flavors are incredible. It's amazing to me that my husband, who lives for burgers, pizza and red meat, really loves the food from "the Santa Claus dude book" (referring to Dr. Weil).

    Sure, it takes longer to shop for the ingredients and make the recipes. Instead of grumbling, I use the time to practice mindfulness -- using all of my senses (sight, taste, smell, etc.) to get lost in the process. It relaxes me at the end of a long day. The rewards are a wonderful meal and knowing that I did something positive by choosing to eat healthy. ... Read more

    9. Dr. Andrew Weil's Guide to Optimum Health: A Complete Course on How to Feel Better, Live Longer, and Enhance Your Health Naturally
    by Andrew Weil
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    Asin: 1564559785
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Sounds True
    Sales Rank: 135538
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    On DR. ANDREW WEIL'S GUIDE TO OPTIMUM HEALTH, one of America's most trusted physicians and a respected voice for integrative medicine invites you to attend his first comprehensive one-on-one audio learning course. Join Dr. Weil to learn the same reliable, practical advice on natural healing that you would by attending a seminar with Dr. Weil -- at your own pace and in the comfort of your home. In 12 engaging and information-packed sessions, Dr. Weil shows you how to make positive lifestyle changes in the way you eat, exercise, relax, approach aging, and protect yourself against chronic disease. You'll also learn how to use specific vitamins, herbs, supplements, and alternative healing therapies to treat and prevent many common illnesses. With DR. ANDREW WEIL'S GUIDE TO OPTIMUM HEALTH, here are the skills and encouragement you need to start achieving optimum health today. ... Read more

    10. The Canyon Ranch Guide to Living Younger Longer: A Complete Program for Optimal Health for Body, Mind, and Spirit
    by Len Sherman
    list price: $30.00
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    Asin: 068487136X
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-16)
    Publisher: Free Press
    Sales Rank: 172493
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Before splurging on a week at the world-famous spa, why not experiment with Canyon Ranch's new distance-learning program? Examining everything from your sleep schedule to daily fitness, this book's aim is for you to feel your best in every respect. The staff of the spa has pooled its experience into 10 simple chapters that cover exercise (with photos and instructions), nutritional information (with recipes), and relaxation techniques (start with a hot bath). Inspirational stories are plentiful, leaving you with a feeling that success is just around the corner. Insisting there is no ideal weight, the food chapters end with the request for you to "go out there and be reasonable," which is excellent advice for us all. The introduction offers three ways to use the book to achieve the particular goals of weight loss, stress management, and cardiovascular health--if one of these goals is your priority, use the specific chapter recommendations rather than reading the book straight through. Every chapter stands beautifully on its own, and taken as a whole, The Canyon Ranch Guide to Living Younger Longer might just change your life. --Jill Lightner ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars What We All Need
    This is an excellant way to find out how to be truly good to yourself. To treat yourself inside and out positively, in a 12th grade level, yet still very formal. I highly recommend this book for those of you who are beginning a lifestyle change towards healthy living, or if you have been living healthy. An excellant way to keep you on your toes!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A different perspective on lifestyle
    This book was a breath of fresh air. Most of what you read in the personal development genre seems to make you feel guilty for your lifestyle. This book tells you that you're okay and how to work with what you have to make your life even better. I was so inspired by the book that I recently went to Canyon Ranch in Tucson. That place is fantastic! The introduction in the book claims that they are trying to put the spa resort in a book in case you can't make it there. From first hand experience, I can say that this book really does sum up the philosophy and spirit of Canyon Ranch. I highly recommend this read.

    1-0 out of 5 stars hypocrisy
    It is a SCANDAL that Canyon Ranch would publish this book as I am personnaly aware of the age discrimination that this company practices. They recently fired their 69-year-old demonstration chef, Ruby Goodnoff,to replace her with a young man. This pattern of age discrimination contradicts and belies the title of this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A program for optimal health of mind and body
    Canyon Ranch Guide To Living Younger Longer provides a program for optimal health of mind and body and is based on the programs of Canyon Ranch, a health resort known for helping many. The latest information on how the body ages is used to develop preventative programs through yoga, exercise, and mindful eating patterns. An excellent general health guide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A handbook for living!
    I got hold of an advance copy -- what a great book! So many self-help books cover one aspect of life -- building muscles, dieting, relationships, whatever -- but this one book, from the staff of Canyon Ranch just nails it all. Everything you need to know about taking care of yourself, and why you should, is right here. The chapter maintaining a healthy weight is worth the price all by itself. I'm getting a copy for my mom, and one for my brother: I can't *make* them fly right, but this is one heck of a hint. ... Read more

    11. Natural Health, Natural Medicine: A Comprehensive Manual for Wellness and Self-Care
    by Andrew Weil
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    Asin: 0395581222
    Catlog: Book (1991-04-01)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (P)
    Sales Rank: 490345
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Health can be defined in any number of ways, from the simple fact that you're not lying on a hospital bed to an overall sense of well-being and connectedness. One person may not feel healthy unless he's carrying around mounds of gym-built muscle, while another doesn't feel healthy unless she's eating an intestine-scrubbing macrobiotic diet and practicing an hour of yoga each day.

    Dr. Andrew Weil looks at every aspect of health in Natural Health, Natural Medicine. He's quite cynical about bodybuilding and the emphasis on protein in our diets, while making a strong case for paying more attention to the way we breathe and the degree to which we interact with family, community, and nature. An interesting--but, unfortunately, short--section on loving says that most people have no idea what to do when they fall out of romantic love with a partner, which helps explain the high divorce rate.

    Other sections of the book focus on healthy self-care practices ("nasal douching" is recommended for sinus sufferers), supplements (he believes most benefits that seem to come from these are placebo responses), and natural home remedies for an A-to-Z list of problems (the section on depression states that people experience low mood because they constantly seek highs; eliminate the quest for highs, and you eliminate the rebound experience of lows).

    Many regard this book as the bible of natural healing; but even those who are on the fence about alternative medicine should find it to be an entertaining, informative, and highly opinionated beginner's guide to achieving better health without conventional medicine. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars I really liked it
    I really liked this book, it told a lot about alternative health that openend my eyes. It is amazing how much more options are out there besides the "allopathic" approach.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't consult this book!
    Not too long ago Mr. Weil appeared on a television show giving healthy eating tips.It was apparent that Mr.Weil was carrying lots of extra weight while the interviewers were trim.Wake up America, this guy is bogus.This book is especially riddled with bad advice.He totally denigrates any weight-lifting (crucial for women to elevate their metabolism and ensure healthy bone mass).He also advocates trimming your protein consumption to a bare minimum.Current wisdom is shifting to the value of good supplies of low-fat protein.Don't buy this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good advice
    This book needs to be updated a little - last update was 1998/99. However, still good common sense advice. His approach is to tell you what he has found but he acknowledges that every BODY is different -- use his advice as a guideline to discover what really works for you. Good for someone suffering from "mystery diseases" or just fed up with the American Medical System.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Weil is a Victim of His Own Education
    I found Dr. Weil to be very uninformed on many topics.For instance, he says nobody, including bodybuilders, needs to supplement with protein.Apparently he hasn't read any studies in the last four decades.

    He also calls fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and several other diseases "fashionable".(Weil's education taught him what to think rather than how to think.) He talks in a very demeaning manner about victims of these diseases, as if they are all simply crazy people who need mental help.It's unfortunate he used his book as an outlet for his ignorance and poor bedside manner.These diseases are very real and just because doctors like Mr. Weil cannot help sufferers of such diseases is no cause to let his monstrous ego get in the way.Fibromyalgia is still fibromyalgia--regardless what you want to call it.

    He also talks about placebo effects with supplements.Again, he didn't do his homework.Placebo effects are always possible with any treatment or preventive measure.However, countless studies have shown the benefit of supplements.For a much more informed view from a real expert, read Lester Packer's books.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good resource on natural health
    When I first read this book, I knew little about natural medicine.Now I keep it as a handy resource for its valuable information on preventing common diseases and natural solutions to common problems.The ideas in this book have reformed my view of health entirely, and I have much more control over my health now than ever before.My only fault is that Dr. Weil often relies heavily on his own experiences and can be very opinionated at times.But overall, this is an excellent introduction to the field of alternative medicine. ... Read more

    12. The Best Alternative Medicine
    by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier
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    Asin: 0743200276
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-12)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Sales Rank: 80909
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    The Best Alternative Medicine is the only book available today that both evaluates the major areas of alternative medicine and addresses how they can be used to treat specific conditions. Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier explains such popular therapies as mind/body medicine, herbal and homeopathic remedies, spiritual healing, and traditional Chinese systems, discussing their effectiveness, the ailments each is most appropriate for, and how they can help prevent illness. In the second part of the book, which is organized alphabetically, he draws on the latest National Institute of Health (NIH)-sponsored research to present clear recommendations for the prevention and treatment of health concerns ranging from acne to menopause to ulcers.

    Combining valuable guidance about alternative treatments with definitive health advice, The Best Alternative Medicine will be the standard reference for the increasing number of people integrating alternative medicine into their personal and organizational heath-care programs. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Alternative medicine: a guide to sorting evidence and myth
    If you consider yourself open-minded about medical therapies, but are bewildered by, if not downright sceptical of, popular claims regarding alternative medicine, this book may be one of the best guides to help you sort actual scientific evidence from hearsay.

    Dr. Kenneth Pelletier, a clinical professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, provides a lucid, superbly documented, and well organized volume on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) broadly defined as "those medical systems, interventions, applications, theories, or claims that are currently not part of the dominant (conventional) biomedical system."

    This book should appeal both to those with a policy interest in this subject as well as a practical interest in understanding what the state of scientific evidence is across a wide range of alternative medical practices. Even while looking at these issues primarily from the perspective of policy and practice in the United States, the book sources its medical evidence globally and compares policy and practice from different parts of the world.

    The book is organized in a straightforward two-part structure. Part One catalgoues avaiable scientific evidence relevant to major categories and sub-categories of alternative medical practices such as mind-body control (inclduing biofeedback, mediatation, arometherapy, etc.,); diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes (inclduing herbal medicine); alternative systems such as acupucnture, ayurveda, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, and others; and manual healing,incdluing acupressure, massage therapy, chiropractic, and others.

    Part Two organizes and evaluates evidence relating to CAM therapies by dozens of specific major meduical conditions such as acne, alcoholism, arthrities, depression, diabetes, epilespy, ulcers, and vertigo, just to name a few.

    The politics of conventional and alternative medicine ensure that no treatment of this subject is easily free of, or seen to be free of, advocacy. This book is no exception, with clear bias for openly considering alternative medicine based on available evidence. It recognizes the polemical atmosphere in which the debate is currently framed and favors a middle ground approach of "integrative medicine." There is an interesting discussion situating the debate on these issues in the United States relative to other, mainly European, countries.

    While it can hardly be the last word on this difficult subject, this book appears to be one of the most thoughtful and transparent comparisons of conventional and alternative medicine in the United States.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Engaging, Encouraging and Authoritative
    This is an engaging and encouraging survey of evidenced-based, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) from the perspective of a leading medical researcher well-experienced with the many scientific and public policy issues involved in CAM. It provides a delightful educational experience and deserves a prominent spot on the health reference shelf for many reasons.

    First, most of the major CAM disciplines and methods are covered, including Mind-Body Medicine, Dietary Supplements, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Western Herbal Medicine, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Chiropractic, Ayurveda & Yoga, and Spirituality & Healing. This provides a basic introductory understanding of the therapies themselves and the science behind the evaluation. All assessments of therapies are well documented, which is one of the major strengths of this work.

    Second, there is an alphabetical list of many specific medical conditions and an assessment of a variety of CAM therapies for treatment. This is a valuable feature of the book and the reason it may be of immediate help for some and a good reference manual for others. Of course, the science is rapidly expanding in this area due to popular interest and NIH funding, so the evaluations in this book will increasingly lag behind current thought.

    In addition, there is a good discussion of CAM insurance and related public policy matters. (Unfortunately, at least in my view, this otherwise very helpful discussion does not address the fundamental impact Medical Savings Accounts might have on making CAM more accessible by providing consumers more treatment and economic choices in their own health care decisions.)

    A good complementary to this book is Health and Healing by Andrew Weil. The policy minded will wish to review the recent report (March 2002) from the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Policy (WHCCAMP), available on the web.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Must be read carefully
    Like most people I am aware of the scientific limitations of some complementary and alternative medical practices and approaches (CAMs). I am also aware that there are some ailments that are most effectively treated by conventional methods. As Dr. Pelletier points out, "conventional medicine excels in the treatment of acute trauma, childbirth emergencies, treating broken bones, performing corrective surgery, and treating acute, life-threatening illnesses" (p. 183). Nonetheless I am a staunch supporter of alternative approaches taken selectively, in particular those based on a long history of practice, such as acupuncture, Chinese medicine and some aspects of Ayurvedic medicine. I am also aware that the theory behind these practices is sometimes flawed in a scientific sense, and that the reason for the effectiveness of some of the treatments is not fully understood. Additionally, it is sometimes impossible to separate the effectiveness of a therapy from the placebo effect. The fact is, however, the art and science of medicine is still in its adolescence at best, and we have a lot to learn. I think in particular the American Medical Association and its members have a lot to learn. The main thing they should understand is that a strictly scientific approach to the healing arts is of limited effectiveness because an essential part of the healing process is treating the whole person, physically, mentally, and emotionally. This is particularly true of the chronic diseases that plague modern societies.

    However I cannot give a ringing endorsement to this book, mainly because it is primarily a carefully constructed, painstakingly written, legally considered endorsement of the alternative medical industry. As such it is a book taking a political position, clearly motivated by a desire to convince the insurance industry of the wisdom of allowing its clients to chose CAMs instead of, or in addition to, conventional treatments. Again and again Dr. Pelletier tells the reader that this or that alternative approach is more cost effective than the conventional approach (e.g., see p. 149). While I wish Dr. Pelletier success in getting the HMOs to fork out cash for CAMs, I would prefer a book that concentrates on helping the lay person evaluate the effectiveness of the various approaches. Dr. Pelletier has too many people to please for him to be candid about the relative merits of the various methods. Again and again we are told that the evidence is "suggestive" or "intriguing" (p. 147) or that some recent findings are "so new that they...have not yet been published and subjected to peer review" (p. 203). If one does not read carefully, one might get the impression, for example, that homeopathic medicine is the equal of say, Chinese medicine. Homeopathic medicine is based on a rather limited tradition and a highly suspect theory, while its principle technique is to give patients astronomically-diluted solutions of curative agents that are not necessarily curative. The explanation for how such a medicine works is that the water in the solution somehow "remembers" the form of the curative agent! However I must add that it is to the infinite credit of homeopathy that it follows the first and most important rule of medicine--a rule that conventional medicine does not always adhere to--which is, to do no harm. Having seen the horrendous harm that chemotherapy and radiation treatment can do, I say, thank you, dilute solutions! Chinese medicine, in contradistinction, is based on the use of thousands of medicines and practices honed over thousands of years of practice. This is an enormous difference not emphasized in the text.

    The real reason these alternative practices work (when they do work) is that the body heals itself, but it heals itself best when the patient has confidence in the therapy and is treated with respect, kindness, consideration and intelligence. The conventional medical establishment still hasn't gotten this very important message. The AMA has spent many decades decrying the "false" medical practices of, for example, chiropractic, but hasn't seen that a bigger problem lies with itself and the medical practices of far too many of its members, practices that neglect and ignore the whole-body, mind and emotional needs of patients while astronomically increasing the cost of their treatments. What has happened is CAMs have rushed in to fill the real needs of patients, and if their approach is not as scientifically "valid" as that of mainstream medicine, in many cases it doesn't matter, since the body itself is really the healer. What often matters most is how the patient feels during treatment.

    The "best" alternatives that Dr. Pelletier presents include, in addition to those mentioned above, "MindBody," "Western Herbal Medicine," "Naturopathy," and "Spirituality." He has a chapter devoted to each with an introduction to the particular approach, a brief history, and a statement of principles. He follows this with a "What Works" section, a "What Doesn't Work," and a "What's in the Works" section." Again the text must be read carefully. For example, on page 199 he writes, "Homeopathy's underlying theoretical principles appear to contravene the principles of modern scientific medicine...However...the principle of like cures like was the basis for the development of vaccines and allergy desensitization treatments. This analogy, though, is not really accurate...," etc., leaving the reader in a position of clear uncertainty!

    What is not uncertain is that some conventional doctors are becoming better educated and are reaching out into the fields of alternative medicine for ideas on how to improve their practice. But not all. Some are still the willing dupes of medical insurance companies; indeed there are mainstream doctors whose primary source of income is derived from making diagnoses that please HMOs and protect them from patients with chronic illnesses. The growth of alternative approaches may have the effect of forcing the practitioners of conventional medicine to become more responsive to the public welfare. At least one hopes so. This book should help.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Best medicine or just wishful thinking?
    Recommended to those who are intersted but also skeptical of alternative medicine claims. The scientific evidence compiled by Ken Pelletier shows that efficacy of homeopathy, acupunture, chiropractic, Chinese medicine, and ayurveda is often weak and questionable. Yet the author curiously seems to gloss over these obvious shortcomings.

    Having personally been a patient/client of many alternative/comlimentary/integrative health practioners of the kind mentioned above,I have come to the conclusion that a lot of wishful thinking perpetuates the exaggerated and often ridiculous claims of alternative medical practioners and people who, very much like myself, derive some benefit from spiritual and metaphysical beliefs.

    While conventional medicine is not without its controversy and shortcomings - take a careful look at psychiatry/antipsychiatry, for instance - scientific medicine, with some good old love and compassion, not dogma, still remains the "best medicine". I also highly recommend: "A consumers guide to alternative medicine" by Kurt Butler. "Inside chiropractic: a patient's guide" by Samuel Homola. "The Faith Healers" by James Randi. And especially Martin Gardner's books on psuedoscience, religion, and philosophy

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-buy!
    This excellent book is written in three parts. Part I is a thoughtful introduction to complementary and alternative medicine (or "CAM"). It looks at the history of medicines, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, chiropractic, and much, much more. Part II is an examination of the complementary and alternative treatments for many illnesses and ailments including: Aids, allergies, high blood pressure, and much more.

    I just can't say enough about this book. It has a wealth of information, both general and specific, and it is very easy to read. If you are interested in alternative medicine, then you must get this book. I recommend this book wholeheartedly. ... Read more

    13. Self-Healing With Guided Imagery: How to Use the Power of Your Mind to Heal Your Body
    by Andrew Weil, Martin Rossman
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    Asin: 1591791316
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Sounds True
    Sales Rank: 561379
    Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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    Join America's favorite doctor, Andrew Weil, M.D., and fellow-physician Martin Rossman on an introduction to the far-reaching effects of imagery and visualization on one's physical, mental, and emotional health. Dr. Weil introduces the topic, shares his own experience with visualization, and reveals the results of current research on how the practice of imagery directly influences one's well-being. Dr. Rossman guides listeners through a complete series of practical exercises that provide an immediate experience of the healing benefits of visualization. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Boring and not enough actual practice
    I guess if one had never heard of imagery or guided relaxation, all the talking and talking about it would be of value. I expected more guided meditations, imagery, whatever, than this provided. It was mostly discussion and explanation and very, very little guided imagery. And the little of that that was found was done by Dr. Rossman. (See next paragraph for why I think that's bad.)

    I also just spent $60 for 5 CD's with about 15 guided meditations of Dr. Rossman for healing cancer from within. (From his web site) While these WERE actually all meditations, the fact is that each one is almost exactly identical, except for a small piece in the middle of each. I feel that when you've heard one of Dr. Rossman's meditation tapes, you've heard 'em all! ... Read more

    14. Healer: Transforming the Inner and Outer Wounds (Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious, V. 2)
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    Asin: 158542188X
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
    Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher
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    The volumes in this series highlight the artistry of America's collective spirit, as they reveal how archetypal images shape and distinguish us as a people.

    With an Introduction by Andrew Weil
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    15. Chocolate to Morphine: Understanding Mind-Active Drugs
    by Andrew Weil, Winifred Rosen
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    Asin: 0395331900
    Catlog: Book (1983-03-01)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (P)
    Sales Rank: 1095963
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    16. Integrative Medicine: An Introduction to the Art and Science of Healing
    by Andrew Weil, Andrew, Dr Weil
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    Asin: 1564558541
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Sounded Like a Fund-Raiser for the IM Program
    I've been a fan of Dr Weil ever since he wrote "Health and Healing", but I really felt that this audio program was a waste of my time and money.

    The tape starts with Dr Weil and Dr Gaudet speaking before a live audience discussing the development and importance of Integrative Medicine in general terms while telling humorous stories. Then each of the new graduates of the Integrative Medicine program at the University of Arizona speak to the audience about one area of the program such as Chinese Medicine or meditation. I often felt relieved when they ended their presentations and either Dr Weil or Gaudet would summarize for them.

    The question and answer period was even worse. Some of the graduates seemed so reluctant to commit to specific advice that I was left with the impression that Integrative Medicine is so open-minded that they can't decide on effective treatments. For example, when one of the graduates beat a round the bush about the importance of "looking at the whole and not relying on any single treatments", Dr Weil actually snickered and stepped in to rattle off some simple herbal treatments that could be used to relieve the ailment in question.

    These 'new graduates' were not young kids, mind you. They were experienced MD's all hand-picked from around the world to represent 'the future of medicine'.

    This was just a recording of a brief presentation at a conference, and it seems that somebody decided to cash-in on Dr Weil's popularity by selling it. I wouldn't recommend supporting such tactics by purchasing this audio 'program'. I gave it 2 stars instead of one because I did enjoy listening to Dr Weil (as always) as well as Dr Gaudet (1st time). ... Read more

    17. Self-Healing Strategies: Simple Measures for Protecting Your Health, Staying Well, and Living Longer
    by Andrew Weil
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    Asin: 1591790042
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
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    With Self-Healing Strategies, Dr. Andrew Weil returns to teach the sequel to his first complete learn-at-home audio course for optimum health. On volume one, Taking Care of Yourself, listeners learned the foundations for lifelong wellness: eating for maximum health and pleasure, creating a "whole person" fitness program, and accessing the mind’s proven ability to heal the body. Now, with Self-Healing Strategies, Dr. Weil introduces us to the specific arts of self-healing. These six practical one-on-one sessions cover:

    • Keeping Your Immune System Strong – Dozens of specific ways to activate and support the body’s own defenses against infections and illness

    • Understanding Herbal Medicine – Dr. Weil’s expert guidance on how to use herbal remedies and preparations to boost your natural healing potential

    • Preventing Chronic Disease – How to avoid heart attack, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and more, often without turning to pharmaceutical drugs

    • Living Longer and Aging Gracefully – Recommendations for reducing the risk of age-related problems and staying healthy throughout your lifespan

    • Exploring Alternative Therapies – Homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda, bodywork, energy medicine, and other alternative therapies – how they work and how to choose among them

    • Living Well in the 21st Century – The future of integrative medicine and (until it arrives) how to get the most out of conventional and alternative medicine today. ... Read more

    18. Eating Wisdom
    by Andrew Weil, Michael Toms, Andrew, MD Weil
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    Asin: 1561708542
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
    Publisher: Hay House Audio Books
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    On this fascinating audiocassette, you will hear about one of life’s greatest pleasures: eating. Andrew Weil points out the dark side of fad diets and unhealthy eating patterns, while giving us life-enhancing and pleasurable eating alternatives. You will learn ways to become healthier, why most diets don’t work, the psychology behind how we eat, and so much more. ... Read more

    19. Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan: Ancient Chinese Way to Health
    by Wen Zee, Ma Yueh-Liang, Andrew Weil
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    Asin: 1556433891
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: North Atlantic Books
    Sales Rank: 278684
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    In this guide, a Western-trained doctor and tai chi chuan master exploresthe practice of tai chi. Dr. Wen Zee focuses on the health benefits derived from practicing this ancient martial art, offering case studies and published medical research on the effects of tai chi on balance, stress, and osteoporosis. Detailed instructions on tai chi, meditation, and qigong are also provided along with black-and-white photos and illustrations. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Material on Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
    Simply put, this is a very good book. It explains so many useful concepts that you need to focus on and try to apply in your tai chi practice. The language (including the very useful translations from Tai Chi Classics) is clear and the book is well organized. Notice however that although the book also describes the slow form, you will not be able to learn it from the book. The form is there for reference. ... Read more

    20. Taking Care of Yourself: Strategies for Eating Well, Staying Fit, and Living in Balance
    by Andrew Weil
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    Asin: 1564559920
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Sounds True
    Sales Rank: 186030
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    Since the beginning of the "natural health" revolution decades ago, Dr. Andrew Weil's groundbreaking books have helped millions to feel better, live longer, and avoid illness by integrating the best of modern medicine and natural healing practices. Now, with TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF, this pioneering Harvard-trained physician invites you to join him in a comprehensive one-on-one audio learning course. With Dr. Weil, you will learn the most current and proven essentials for creating optimum health -- naturally. Find out: How do you shop for foods and prepare them for maximum nutrition and pleasure? What are the most effective techniques for tapping the power of your mind to reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, and improve your digestion? Which vitamins and supplements -- out of hundreds available -- are critical for achieving optimum health? How do you create a "whole-person" fitness program that you will look forward to each day? In this in-depth six-session program, you will receive the same practical guidance that you would by attending a full-length seminar with Dr. Weil -- while learning at your own pace and at your own convenience. Join Dr. Weil as he helps you to create a personal health program based on sound and up-to-date recommendations -- and shows you how to start TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF. ... Read more

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