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1. Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems
by Richard Ferber
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Catlog: Book (1986-04-17)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 1785
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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When your child isn't sleeping, chances are that you aren't either.Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems--a tired parent's essential for morethan 10 years--offers valuable advice and concrete help when lullabies aren'tenough to lull your child into dreamland. Based on Ferber's research as thedirector of Boston's Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children'sHospital, the book is a practical, easy-to-understand guide to common sleepingproblems for children ages one to six. Detailed case histories on night waking,difficulty sleeping, and more serious disorders such as sleep apnea andsleepwalking help illustrate a wide variety of problems and their solutions. Newparents will benefit from Ferber's proactive advice on developing good sleepingpatterns and daily schedules to ensure that sleeping problems don't develop inthe first place. You'll also find a bibliography of children's books on bedtime,sleep, and dreaming, as well as a list of helpful organizations. Here's a bookthat is sure to put you and your whole family to sleep--in this case, that's agood thing. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It worked for us
My 7 month old daughter was waking up 2-3 times a night to be nursed back to sleep. A friend, who is a pediatric nurse with two toddlers, recommended the book and it made sense. We didn't even have to go through the "crying it out." Dr. Ferber does a great job explaning sleep associations, sleep cycles, and how to teach your child to fall asleep. There have been some bumps along the way, usually when she is sick. But she is a joy to be around--loving and wonderful. I don't see any harm. I strongly recommend, though, that Dr. Ferber's method be used on babies OLDER than six months. He states in the book that his methods are inappropriate for younger babies. Good luck and sweet dreams.

5-0 out of 5 stars Help your child get the sleep he needs
I was very skeptical about the Ferber method. I bought various books about sleep and I tried different techniques to get my baby to fall asleep without crying it out. He always had a tough time getting to sleep, except in the car. Night time was the worst, he would cry for an hour or so, no matter how much I tried to comfort him. He never fell asleep at the breast or with a bottle, even as a newborn, and so I spent months trying to figure out a way to help him drift to sleep easily.

I finally gave in and really gave the Ferber method my full commitment. My baby boy was about 6 months at the time and he did not fall asleep without any crying on the third night like I was hoping. However, the crying did decrease and we experimented with different bedtime routines, until we found the one that seemed to relax him the most. Every once in awhile he still cries a little before drifting off to dream land, but for you Mother's out there struggling with guilt that I know you have, your child will wake up a happier baby in the morning if he gets the sleep he needs. Your baby won't resent you and it is much better that you teach them how to fall asleep on their own then struggle with nap time and bed time every day. Take it from a Mom that resisted the Ferber method for months, it works and my son and I are both much happier and less stressed about sleep time. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't know what I did without it!
When my son was an infant, he too would want to fall asleep with bottle. A friend lent me to this book and after a little hesitation, I tried. My husband was sure it wouldn't work. I was adamant I was at least going to try. Being a first time mom, I must say the first night wasn't easy (for the parents)but the next night was easier and within 3 nights my son was going to sleep easier and staying asleep all night! I have had to reapply the philosophies from time to time when my son had developed more bad habits or when you pamper him when he is sick and then wants it all the time. Now that my son is 3, he wants me to lay down with him, which originally I thought was cute but now has become quite cumbersome. I went out and bought the book and used it ONE night and my son went to sleep without me with very little trouble. Now I by this book for every new mom! I highly recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED this book - I'm SLEEPING and so is our baby.
I must say that I was very wary of this book. I was adamantly opposed to any methods that used CIO. After unsuccessfully exhausting all the non-CIO methods... I reluctantly picked up this book at the urging of our pediatrician. I was surprised and grateful and the plain language and TOTAL SENSE of this book. I felt great about the method "controlled crying" and our daughter was sleeping through the night in TWO DAYS! She was sleeping at a regular bedtime withing A WEEK!! She was taking regular naps within 2 WEEKS!! My husband and I couldn't believe it. We are happier and our daughter is happier. We can plan to do things better because we know when her naptime/bedtime is and can be sure when she is ready to play and be alert.
This book is short, to the point -- written expertly for that sleep-deprived, frazzled and concerned parent....AND covers the whole range of adolescent sleeping problems. If I could give this book a higher rating I would!

5-0 out of 5 stars First understand your child's needs
The book should be read entirely to understand what is the child's sleep problem before you decide to implement a "crying to sleep" plan, which is not what the book suggests. The book itself is very well organized, and you can find the "categories" of sleep problems separated per chapters.

Here are two case studies on the implementation of the book. I admit that these are incredibly successful cases, but they are the ones that I lived.

Case 1:
I have a very sensitive daughter (19 months), who is VERY attached to her mommy. She was used to be rocked for 15 - 45 mins prior to be put in bed and slept from 7:30pm to 7:00 am. At 14 months, because of family health problems, we were staying a lot with family in other towns, or family members stayed at our home. Suddenly, she needed more time rocking her, and started to get up in the middle of the night. This got to a point where she only slept when she was with us in our bed. The family situation was over and she would still sleep with us. At night, she slept holding our arms and neck to make sure that we did not leave her alone or even moved her, but slept her naps without problems at her daycare.
A couple of months passed, and there was no sign of change in her sleep patterns. It was obvious to us that her sleep problems occurred because of the month we suffered a lot of emotional instability, but we did not know how to address the problem since she would literally grab on to us. We searched for information on sleep problems and a lot of people suggested this book. We thought that letting a child cry was definitively torture for her and us, but after reading the book we understood better the training technique and saw our child's problem photographed in the content.
At 18 months we started what we called "sleep training". Following the suggestions in the book, the first night passed just as the cases in the book. The total time from setting her to sound asleep was 35 mins and she woke up the next day refreshed and happy. The second night was terrible. She jumped from her crib, she defecated twice so we would change her, she kept trying to jump from the bed, she requested milk, juice, rice, cookies, water, ice and every other word she knew. All this time we would follow the suggestions of the book, entering the room at separated intervals but not picking her up, letting her know that we were there for her and making sure that she was safe but saying that it was time to sleep in her own bed. It was hard for her and us, the second night was what we called "bad crying", but the total time from setting her to sound asleep was 45 mins and she woke up the next day refreshed and happy. The third night we told her it was sleeping time and she complained for a minute and went to sleep. Since then she would not even complain when we told her it was time to sleep. She is still VERY attached to her mommy, and still loves to heaven her daddy.

Case 2:
After successfully implementing the sleep training, my sister tried to implement it. Her daughter was 13 months. She was used to sleep by being rocked with a milk bottle, and woke up every day at 4:00am to drink some more milk (not even an ounce). Because her parents had odd working hours, she was put to sleep at different times but mostly after 10:00pm and would wake up after 11:00am. She did not nap during the day. After reading the book, my sister understood that her daughters sleep problems were actually because she did not have a sleep schedule, and was relating "sucking" the bottle with sleeping. Following the suggestions on the book, a sleep time and a naptime were set. The next step was implementing the schedule. The first night the total time from setting her to sound asleep was 35 mins and she woke up the next day refreshed and happy (did not request bottle at night). In the first nap she complained for 5 minutes, but she slept 2hrs during the day. The second night the total time from setting her to sound asleep was 5 mins and she woke up the next day refreshed and happy (did not request bottle at night). The second day she was put to nap, but she did not sleep (she stayed in her crib). The third day and since she has slept and napped without problems. My sister thanks me every day for suggesting her reading the book. ... Read more


2. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
by Anne Fadiman
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Asin: 0374525641
Catlog: Book (1998-09-28)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sales Rank: 1141
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the countyhospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine. When Lia Lee Entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication.

Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. The Hmong see illness aand healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while medical community marks a division between body and soul, and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness, qaug dab peg--the spirit catches you and you fall down--and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of medical anthropology
What makes this rather eclectic work so utterly fascinating? Is it the exceptionally good writing? The universal appeal of an encounter with an a completely alien culture? The meticulous research that continually informs the reader? Fadiman's book catches you and forces you to question your preconceptions, prejudicies, and complacency. The author makes you care, deeply, about what it means to be Hmong -- not an easy feat given the polarity between the Hmong world view and our rationality-based, Western civilized frame of mind. The Spirit Catches You is a must read for anyone whose work involves contact with people from a very different little understood culture. This is a tale of what happened to a beautiful Hmong child when fear and misunderstanding between her parents and the medical community of Merced resulted in a tragic, and very likely avoidable, outcome.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Heartbreaking Tale of Cultural Clashes
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman is a wonderful book that explores the complex subject of cultural competence in the U.S. health care system. It raises awareness for the urgent need of health care providers who have knowledge about other cultures (specifically non-Western cultures) and are also willing to adapt to the cultural traditions and beliefs of their patients.

This narrative tells us the story of Lia Lee, an epileptic child born to a Hmong family who immigrated to the U.S. After a series of unfortunate events that stemmed from cultural clashes between the hospital and the Lee family, Lia eventually ended up brain dead in a comatose state. The lack of communication between the doctors and the Lee family, in addition to their inability to understand each other, linguistically and culturally, made cooperation impossible, and eventually ended up with devastating results.

From the beginning, Nao Kao and Foua Lee (Lia's father and mother) had difficulties with adapting to the ways of the Western medical system. Lia was the first child that was born in the United States. She was also the first to be born in a hospital, as traditionally Hmong women gave birth at home without the assistance of medicine. As a result, Foua was unaccustomed to the all of the events that occur in a hospital when a baby is born. For instance, once Lia was out of the womb, she was whisked away by the nurses and given all kinds of medical tests to determine if she was healthy or not. Being that this was Foua's fourteenth child, Foua was used to having the baby in her arms immediately after birth and caring for her from then on. Having this abrupt separation between mother and child was not normal to her.

Also, there is a Hmong cultural tradition that women follow soon after birth. The act of burying the placenta has cultural significance that is related to one's soul and life after death. Foua, however, did not get to bury Lia's placenta; it was incinerated at the hospital. Not that she would have been able to even ask anyone about it because there was no one present during her delivery who spoke Hmong. Thus, this was another traditional Hmong practice that conflicted with the practices of Western medicine.

As the story progresses, you see the endless struggle that plays out between the Lees and the doctors at the hospital. One only wishes that the providers would be more sensitive to the beliefs and traditions of the Hmong culture. Sadly, this never comes to fruition as the story ends up in tragedy.

The book goes into great detail about the Hmong culture and the history of the Hmong people. Sometimes, however, this seems to distract the reader from the main story of Lia. Although this information is placed in the book to provide the reader with a better understanding of the Hmong, it seems a bit too much at times. However, overall this book was quite an engrossing read. The story pulls you in and makes you become a part of the Lee family's ordeal with the Western medical system. This is a highly recommended book for anyone, especially those who are interested in cross-cultural interactions between doctors and patients.

5-0 out of 5 stars I liken this to the literary world
Fadiman in a journalistic style of writing captures how different belief systems class in the world of the hmong and American medicine. What strikes me about this book is that it is translatable to the literary world. Madness is a much talked about subject in the genius of writing, but madness is run from by the Literati. The world is different now. As Alexandra Johson and others stated on memoir back in the late 90's, writing is more about having a writer with an agent, that is once was where a writer had a therapist. To wit: madness is perceived as an illness, when it used to be perceived by the writing world as a gift to the creation of art. Now in the writing world where agent matters, you get books like punctuation in Shoots and Leaves rather than about being and what it is like to BE in this day and age. And what's also true about this book and the American Medicine is that the doctor's like the literati are well meaning.

4-0 out of 5 stars The need for empathy
As a student looking to go to medical school, I found this book to be an eye opening experience. It really points out the need for empathy for other cultures, languages and religions in the medical establishment. Although I know I am more open minded than most pre-med students, I think that anyone who reads this book can develop an appreciation for culture and religion as it relates to health and healing. It is a great read and I recommend it for all pre-med students.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Prejudice Isn't Evil, Only Ignorant
I may be too optimistic, but I've grown to believe that bigotry isn't always practiced by bad people, but often by good people ignorant of cultures other than their own. This was certainly the situation in the case that Anne Fadiman writes about. People from two cultures, each believing they are correct, clash and a small child gets caught in the middle.

Prejudice begins to break down in the light of true communication. Unfortunately for this child, true communcation was too big of a hurdle to cross. Fortunately for the reader, we can learn from reading about this experience.

This book will touch your heart and open your mind. The lessons learned within its pages will stay with you. This book is worth purchasing. ... Read more


3. Hydrogen Peroxide: Medical Miracle
by William Campbell Douglass
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Catlog: Book (1992-02-01)
Publisher: Second Opinion Publishing
Sales Rank: 12906
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Effective periodontal treatment
Recently I developed periodontal disease around my rear molars in an area where previously impacted wisdom teeth that had been removed caused damage to the molars below the gum line. This left pockets that collected food particles and eventually led to a periodontal infection that was painful at times. My dentist referred me to a periodontist who recommended packing antibiotics below my gum line. Unfortunately, the periodontist was not sure that the treatment would succeed and he thought the affected teeth would likely have to be extracted.

Before reading his book I had read some of Dr. Douglass' claims for hydrogen peroxide. I was familiar with hydrogen peroxide from the pulp and paper industry, where as a chemical engineer I have used it in bleaching pulp as an environmentally friendly alternate to chlorine bleach. Fearing that I had little to loose, I decided to try hydrogen peroxide. Thinking about how to get it below the gum line into the infected area, I decided to try a water-pic (which I later read about in Dr. Douglasses' book). I performed the treatment twice daily for the first two weeks, then nightly for three weeks, thereafter intermittently.

My dentist was amazed that I was able to cure such a bad infection.

I would be interested in hearing from anyone else who has tried this method, whether your results were successful or not.

Alternative medicine is risky and I urge anyone experimenting with it to do enough research to determine if what you are considering is safe and if better conventional treatments exist.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an important health resource book for the home.
This book cites frequent research statistics for the use of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) going back over a hundred years. The efficacy of H2O2 to fight bacterial infections is well documented. The author also explains how the human body requires more oxygen than is now available in our atmosphere.

The author also gave many case examples of how H2O2 was used to help patients with a variety of illnesses.

This reader suffered from acid reflux for years, and tried everything from OTC antiacids to the latest and most expensive prescription antiacids, none of which helped much.

After reading elsewhere that acid reflux was believed to be caused by bacteria, I drew my own conclusions, and started taking 10 drops of H2O2 three times a day in a glass of water. After three weeks I realized I wasn't bothered by the acid reflux anymore. That was four years ago and I thank Dr. Douglas for writing this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have Tried it !
I am a retired veterinarian that caught Bangs Disease Or Undulant Fever while doing a C-section on a cow in Oklahoma during my internship in 1973. Fifteen years later I developed a bone abscess in my right humerus below a site where that bone was broken as a child. The bone had a hole in it about the size of a dime and became very weak when attempting any kind of manual work.

Diagnosis was very elusive and required much travel. Finally a Regional Referral Center determined it was not cancer but I had to resort to the local salebarn veterinarian for a card test to make the diagnosis. Specialty Labs in California confirmed the diagnosis. They said I had the highest antibody levers ever tested on a human.

Information in Dr. Douglas's Book allowed me to cure the infection and the radiologist said that the case should be written up in the medical literature but I would have to do it if it ever got done.

Thank you, Dr. Douglas, for your book that will help so many people if they search long enough to find it.
William H. Hall, DVM

3-0 out of 5 stars I Liked it
I liked it and for those interested in the subject. Go get a copy of Ed McCabe's book, Flood Your Body with Oxygen. This is another book for the health library. I could not put it down.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pseudoscience
This is yet another example of pseudoscience presenting as fact things that just can't be shown. Hydrogen peroxide, or free oxygen radicals, are intracellular poisons. If you possess a mutation preventing its enzymatic degredation, you DIE. Free radicals have been linked to all sorts of things, from aging, to the DNA damage that causes cancer.

If you want to try H2O2 therapy, be my guest, but other than its usage as a cleaning agent for cuts and abrasians (for which I've used it often myself), it's magical medicinal properties are somewhat nonexistent. Unless, of course, you're considering the often documented placebo affect, which can be quite significant. I know this review is gonna get lots of negative votes, but so be it. Dr. Douglass is laughing all the way to the bank, and it's your money he's holding. ... Read more


4. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations
by Stephanie Cave
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars a must read BEFORE your child gets vaccinated...invaluable!
This book encourages parents "...to be equal partners with doctors in deciding which vaccines their children should get and when they should get them." The way this book achieves this goal is by offering important medical information in easy to understand terms. "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You..." provides detailed info on the various vaccines currently required/suggested by state and federal governments; reviewing indepth the history of the diseases and related vaccines, ingredients used to make and preserve the vaccines, background studies and recent research available on a variety of the vaccines and also a risk/benefit analysis per vaccination. What this book offers (that your doctor's office may not) is a look at both sides of the vaccination issue and gives YOU a well-rounded resource package so you can best decide when/what vaccines to give your child. Factors that can influence your decision include any known allergies, reactions to previous vaccinations, family history of autoimmune diseases and more. Also a help to parents is a list of precautions parents can take when their children get vaccinated and also a recommended schedule (that differs from the government's) for childhood vaccinations. This alternative vaccination timeline allows you to operate within the guidelines of the government mandate that all children receive a certain number of shots prior to entering school, but attempts to spread out the vaccinations for minimum exposure to risk and negative side effects. Did you know many vaccines used today include ingredients such as mercury, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol (a main ingredient in antifreeze) and more? Would you consume those poisons? Of course not, but vaccine manufacturers (and the CDC and FDA) seem to think it's okay for our kids to receive these poisons ad nauseam. Fortunately, each of today's required vaccinations come with a mercury-free alternative, but many doctors are still using those with mercury and you must request the safer alternative. Research and vaccination injury reporting systems indicate possible and/or obvious links to multiple adverse effects including irreparable diseases and death, but many doctors, educators and government institutions refuse to consider those possibilities, as it may endanger the successful mass-vaccination programs currently employed in this country. Included in this book is a discussion of the possible exemptions available to parents, which may include religious, medical or philosophical, depending upon the state in which you live. If you're not willing to trust this author's approach, there's a list of multiple resources at the end of the book allowing you to do your own research and form your own further educated opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally! A comprehensive plan to tackle vaccination concerns
Dr. Stephanie Cave does an outstanding job explaining the ins and outs of the vaccine controversy. As a new parent, I never realized the importance of researching the effects of vaccines until my child suffered a reaction. Every new parent should study this book. The choice to vaccinate your child should be a personal one and should be made only when the parent has thoroughly educated themselves on the subject. Dr. Cave makes that process easier with simple explanations for a complicated medical issue. She also provides a proactive plan for a safer vaccination protocol to guide parents on the best way possible to protect their children from both the diseases the vaccines may prevent and the side effects they may cause. This information has been needed for a long time! Thanks Dr. Cave.

5-0 out of 5 stars Balanced & well researched
I have been reading much research on immunizations. Most authors sway one direction or the other. Stephanie Cave doesn't promote nor dissuade the reader from the decision. She merely lays out the pros & cons. If you choose not to she tells you how to obtain an exemption in your state. Most importantly she provides detailed information, for those wanting to vaccinate,on how to administer them while reducing risks. This is the first book that I have seen providing a "safe" vaccination schedule. The schedule does not follow the CDC's recommendations but, gets the job done.

4-0 out of 5 stars good book good start but not an end
This is a good book for parents who want simple facts that are easy to understand. It is a good start to researching the pro's and con's of vaccinations but should not be the end. The book has many good facts, and some opinions. She covers almost all subjects of concern but not all thoroughly. I would definitely recommend this book as a starting place. If you want a book of scientific facts, studies and medical information then you probably want Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? By Neil Z. Miller. His book is full of scientific facts on BOTH sides, with point and counter point information referencing medical journals, scientific studies and other documented facts. If you choose to read a few books on the subject then be sure to pick up What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations. by Stephanie Cave, but if you only read one get Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? By Neil Z. Miller.

1-0 out of 5 stars Biased opinion, only one side of the story
The author presents their opinions on vaccinations, then discusses a few studies to support only their opinion. Very one-sided and biased. This book came recommended, but left me very disappointed. Read some of the other good books on this topic by Neustaedter or Miller to get the rest of the story. ... Read more


5. From Fatigued to Fantastic!: A Proven Program to Regain Vibrant Health, Based on a New Scientific Study Showing Effective Treatment for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
by Jacob Teitelbaum
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
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Sales Rank: 10070
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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With more than 200,000 copies sold, the most authoritative book on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia has been completely revised and updated.

From Fatigued to Fantastic! offers the most effective treatment plan to help people recover from these disorders, and will coincide with the publication of a groundbreaking study in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome announcing the author's findings to the medical community. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) and fibromyalgia are illnesses characterized by severe long-term fatigue, achiness, "brain fog," and recurrent infections, among other symptoms. The conditions are frequently misdiagnosed and patients often receive confusing and misleading information from health practitioners.

Dr. Teitelbaum, one of the country's leading experts on CFIDS and fibromyalgia, has experienced and overcome these illnesses himself. In this revised edition of his landmark book, he examines the possible causes of the disorders and provides instructions for patients on how to eliminate them, using both natural and pharmacological methods. He offers compelling evidence that these disorders can be treated effectively, andprovides the latest scientific research and cutting-edge discoveries about these diseases as well as sound, compassionate advice on dealing with them. Notes. Index.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fanatastic, easy to understand.
The book was very thorough regarding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (FMS). It could have had more information about Myofascial Pain Syndrome and its interrelationship with FMS. It is a condition often associated with or preceding FMS. Dr. Teitelbaum reports about accompanying conditions encompassing CFS & FMS, and their symptoms, then spells out treatments clearly.

When I realized Dr. Teitelbaum's office is only about 40 min. drive from my home, I became very excited and wanted to make an appointment to see him. Then I learned that he charges $1,500 for the initial 3 hour visit, and this didn't include lab tests, which would be another $1,500 to $2,000! I feel somewhat betrayed! It might be better to make the book a gift to your regular doctor, and work with him or her.

5-0 out of 5 stars Make Your Doctor Read This Book!
If you have Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or suspect that you may have, this book can open medical doors for you. FMS/CFS/CFIDS are illnesses that are very misunderstood by the medical community at large. Normally this disease needs to be diagnosed by a rheumotologist. If you are having unexplained joint pain and unexplainable fatigue, make your doctor read this book. It outlines the illness, symptoms, tests that should be ordered and how to correctly interpret the results. My doctor and I follow Dr. Teitelbaum's program and I am improving. It is the best source of information on Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome available. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum is very passionate about this illness due to the fact that he has had it and knows what his patients feel. He writes compassionately and in a language that a non-medically trained reader can understand. It is less expensive than a trip to the doctor and you'll definately get more information

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the Gold Standard, authoritative and exhaustive
There is something of a civil war going on between 'traditional' and 'alternative' medicine doctors, and this very thorough and detailed book basically discusses just about every possible cause of serious, unexplained tiredness, from the expertise of both traditional and alternative medicine. In the back there is even a section for doctors, where a few of his journal articles are reprinted. (I would also recommend 'Adrenal Fatigue, the 21st Century Stress Syndrome' by James L. Wilson as a whole book devoted to treating adrenal fatigue, which Teitelbaum covers only briefly.)

3-0 out of 5 stars Some encouraging ideas but omits celiac disease
I found hope in this book at a time I felt fairly hopeless and still think it presents a lot of worthwhile ideas to explore.

However, my chronic fatigue turned out to be due celiac disease (gluten intolerance) which is thought by some researcher to have a prominence as high as 1 in 133 in the USA. Since fatigue is one of the most common symptoms (and sometimes the ONLY symptom), celiac disease deserved at least a mention in this book. There are no references to it (or to gluten as a potential toxin) at all in the book that I could find.

As a result, I spent considerable money on recommended supplements which did nothing for me. Even so, one or more of the ideas in here might be just the ticket for someone else suffering from fatigue so it's definitely worth a look.

If you're interested researching this possibility, check out "Dangerous Grains" by Hoggan and Braly or one of the many other excellent books on gluten intolerance for sale here on Amazon.com.

Best wishes in your quest for health and energy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for all Doctors and CFIDS patients
As a Naturopathic Medical Doctor and a person diagnosed with CFIDS (1992)-- I highly recommend this book!

The treatment protocols are indispensable for all physicians that are treating CFIDS patients. The book has a truly integrative approach and discusses medications, nutrition, herbs, etc. This is also the first book that I have found that actually discusses the intravenous vitamin therapy know as the "Myers Cocktail".

I recommend that all of my CFIDS patients read this book. This book helps patients make empowered health care choices and also educate their own doctors about cutting-edge treatments.

This book gives PWCs hope that they can feel better and offers a road map to guide each person on his or her journey toward optimum health.

For more information check out: Dr. Teitelbaum's website at www.jacobteitelbaum.com (he has a physician referral page to help you locate a doctor in your area) --- the CFIDS Assoc. of America at www.cfids.org and --- The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians at www.naturopathic.org ... Read more


6. Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Third Edition
by Mayo Clinic
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Asin: 0060002506
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: HarperResource
Sales Rank: 4425
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Since its initial publication in 1990, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book has become a classic home medical reference, selling more than 1 million copies. Now in its third edition, this completely revised, generously illustrated volume offers the latest in medical knowledge with a strong emphasis on self-care. From prevention to treatment, from infancy to old age, this comprehensive health guide offers reliable, easy-to-understand information in six convenient sections.

Part I: Living Well

Filled with health-promotion strategies, this section details nutrition, fitness, stress management and other practices for healthy living.

Part II: Common Conditions and Concerns Through Life's Stages

Here you'll find explanations of human growth and development, descriptions of health issues common to children and adults, and a discussion of issues related to death and dying.

Part III: Making Sense of Your Symptoms

This all-new section is intended to help you better understand what may be causing certain signs or symptoms that you're experiencing. It includes information on frequent concerns and complaints common to adults, as well as those common to children.

Part IV: First Aid and Emergency Care

Here you'll find guidance on how to respond to situations ranging from simple sprains and cuts to urgent events such as chest pain and choking.

Part V: Diseases and Disorders

The largest section in the book, Part V includes discussions of more than 1,000 diseases and disorders. Here you can find detailed information about specific conditions. Each discussion lists common signs and symptoms, followed by a description of the condition, information on how it's diagnosed and a review of treatment options. Preceding this section are 40 pages of color illustrations to help you better understand human anatomy and common disorders.

Part VI: Tests and Treatments

This section discusses tests commonly used to evaluate individual health and diagnose disease. It also includes a medications guide and information on surgery, various methods to manage pain and complementary and alternative therapies.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great source for writers....
The Mayo Clinic Family Health Book is like having six resource books in one. Information from Mayo is reliable, easy-to-understand and reviewed by some of the most respected physicians in the world.

Part I: Living Well
Part II: Common Conditions and Concerns Through Life's Stages
Part III: Making Sense of Your Symptoms
Part IV: First Aid and Emergency Care
Visual Guide: Anatomy and Common Disorders (color photos and illustrations)
Part V: Diseases and Disorders
Part VI: Tests and Treatments
Glossary and Resources
Index

Each disease mentioned contains information about key signs and symptoms, a basic description of the disease, illustrations, how the disease is diagnosed, potential consequences, information on treatment, and information on prevention.

The comprehensive index in the third edition is easy to use. For example, information on "scoliosis" can be found on pages 235, 603, 774, 980, and 981. (Page 980 features an illustration.)

There is also a complete listing of resources for more information including addresses, phone numbers and Web sites. I particularly like the section on symptoms. You can just look up a symptom such as "back pain" and learn more about conditions that cause back pain. The book then directs you to the page containing detailed information about that condition.

I'm looking forward to what I hope will be the interactive DVD version of the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mayo Clinic Family Health Book
What an amazing source of information!! It is a definate must have for new parents. This detailed, yet easy to understand book offers specific chapters by age including newborns. It give prevenative information on health & safety including tooth care, controlling stress and travelng abroad. Of course first aid and diseases and disorders are the bulk of the book. It is well written easy to use and include helpful illustrations and photos. Every household should have one, but certainly families with children, of any age should have this book to refer to.

5-0 out of 5 stars A HUGE source of information!
Having been to Mayo Rochester, I was thrilled to get this book. It is MASSIVE. There is so much good info in here it's hard to know where to start. There are detailed illustrations of all of the body's systems, pictures of various skin disorders, instructions on how to deal with all types of illnesses and symptoms, info on healthy eating and diet, and info on various drugs used to treat a myriad of ailments. This book should be in EVERY home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mayo Clinic Family Health Book
We have had this book for 10 years and cannot imagine it being any better. Clear, direct, worth the price 50 times over. I am now buying the latest edition to stay up-to-date.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Idea For Baby Shower Gift
I am a mother of two and refer to this book for any concerns. It is easy to reference and understand. I am now buying it as a baby shower gift for a friend. ... Read more


7. Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions
by Karen L. DeFelice
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Asin: 0972591877
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Thundersnow Interactive
Sales Rank: 12315
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Enzyme therapy is one of the fastest emerging successful alternatives for people on the autism spectrum as well as other neurological conditions. Reports of significant improvements in health, pain reduction, language, food tolerance, socializing and other benefits emerge daily. Drawing on long-standing scientific research and trials by a wide range of families, Karen DeFelice deals comprehensively with all the information on enzymes that parents or those new to enzymes need: how enzymes work, who may benefit, what to expect, practical tested advice on selecting and introducing the right kind of enzymes, and how this can be combined with other approaches and therapies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating journey and learning experience in one book
This book was written with an intelligence, wit, and clarity that is very rare for such a technical subject. Don't be fooled by the title. The book covers autism, PDD, ADHD, Sensory integration disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other neurological and gastrointestinal conditions. The author teaches rather than preaches on the science, experiences, and the how-to of using long overlooked digestive enzymes to help with many related health conditions. I went away with the knowledge I needed to understand the options and make my own informed decisions. Read it before you start any biomedical or behaviorial program. And if you have already started a program, read it so you can finally understand what is really going on, and how it can be improved with enzymes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, easy to understand and very helpful
I wish there would of been a book out like this 5 years ago, Karen DeFelices book Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions is great and I have found so much valuable information.Having a child with Autism I understood her struggle and need to find anything to help her children. The book is so well written and I am so grateful that she was able to write about her struggle and her findings and put them into a book that everyone can understand..I am able to now go to my daughters doctor and go over different approaches I feel will benefit her..Thanks Karen for the wonderful gift you gave to many..

5-0 out of 5 stars Hope for Freedom from Special Diets
Well written, well researched the author shares with us her frustrations with her 2 special children on her journey on the road to find out. All this is mixed with wry, humorous insights so there are many chuckles in this otherwise unique presentation on the very specialized area of enzymes. The HOPE that she offers to the families is so exciting because the special diets recommended for autistic children are so restrictive.

Her subtitle says it all: The Practical Guide for Digestive Enzymes & Better Behavior.

5-0 out of 5 stars Help for Autistic children
I really enjoyed this book, I actually read it in one day. It describes in layman's terms about how digestive enzymes can dramatically improve behavior and help with development in autistic children. Karen DeFelice is a mother of two autistic children, and she describes, from her own experience, her journey in using digestive enzymes and how it helped her and her children.
As a mother of an autistic child, it gave me some great advice and guidelines for using the digestive enzymes, and described exactly how to go about trying this method, which has been successful in help other autistic children on the road to recovery.
After reading the book it is something I will definitely try.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very easy to understand
I found the information in this book very easy to understand. It put the pieces of the puzzle together that were missing for me so I could finally understand the whole picture of why food affects my child. I could clearly make a mental picture of the digestive system in my mind and how it works by the way it was described in this book, and that helped me a lot. I have purchased extra copies of this book to give to family members and friends so they too can understand how this is all affecting my child. ... Read more


8. Infant Massage--Revised Edition : A Handbook for Loving Parents
by VIMALA SCHNEIDER MCCLURE
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Asin: 0553380567
Catlog: Book (2000-10-31)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 9915
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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Discover the gentle art of Infant Massage...

In this completely updated version of her renowned classic, Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of Infant Massage, and its premier proponent in the United States, helps you master the techniques of infant massage so you can incorporate this joyful and wonderful healing art into your baby's life. She shows you why a daily massage can be one of the greatest gifts you give your child...and yourself.For generations mothers the world over have known that the soft stroke of their hands soothes, calms, and communicates their love to their babies. Now scientific research proves that massage can do all that and more.

In Infant Massage, McClure shares how massage benefits children--easing discomfort, releasing tension, helping premature infants gain weight, even helping asthmatic children improve breathing function.She explains each step of the massage process with simple easy-to-follow instructions and delightful photographs demonstrating each stroke. You'll also find:
Specific routines tailored to help relieve colic, fever, chest and nasal congestion
Modified instructions for premature infants and babies with special needs
Helpful hints on dealing with crying and fussing
Lullabies, rhymes, and games to enhance the massage experience
Guidance for teaching children about "good touch"
A special chapter dedicated to fathers
Compassionate advice for foster and adoptive parents
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5-0 out of 5 stars Parents, Do Try This At Home
Have you ever touched a baby and had a happy response? Well this book will show you how to fine tune that touch. Once you can do this you will find there is nothing quite like seeing your baby glow with the love and attention he or she is recieving as you massage them.

Babys need a lot of care and this is one way you can both enjoy interacting. Not only does baby enjoy the sensations, but this is the best opportunity to learn your baby's personality. This is when they really open up, telling you through their large smiles, loud coos and some rather amazing wiggling, what they like and dislike, and most importantly, how much they love you.

While massaging our little boy (although my wife does most of it), I have found that there is more of a bond, and a feeling that this child really is a part of our life.

Inside you will find not only how to massage an infant, but lots of information about the importance of an early relationshp with your child, and how times have changed and people are finally becomming aware that their baby doesn't just need physical care, but emotional and spiritual care as well.

We got this book because we heard that infant massage helps gassy babies, not only by helping to release the gas, but also easing tension in both you and the baby. After a week or two of practicing, the results were real. Not only is he generally feeling better, but he really looks foward to his massages.

My only regret is in not knowing about this book when my little girl was a small baby. But as they say, it is never to late, and she is now massaged on a semi-regular basis, thoughrouly enjoying it, (although at this age they are much more easily tickled).

Do I recomend this book? Highly. I think american culture needs more books like this that place a real value on human interaction, and how to cultivate it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book On Infant Massage
This is a wonderful book for any expectant or new parent. It gives a concise summary of the research supporting infant massage and why it is important. Then the book goes into great detail on how exactly to do a great infant massage. The last part of the book is dedicated to handling special cases [preemies, sick babies, etc]. The photos are great for helping you understand what massage techniques the author is describing. I found this book very helpful as a new parent. Infant massage really helped me bond and connect with my daughter [now three] and I'm looking forward to using it again with our new baby.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the topic
Teaches you how to best use massage on your tiny baby. Helps you feel more comfortable and confident at a time when you feel like you're all thumbs. The illustrations are very helpful. I'd also recommend: The No-Cry Sleep Solution and The Happiest Baby on the Block.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book!
Both an informational and instructional book. This book gave me a good understanding about the theory and history of infant massage. It also explained thouroughly the technique and benefits of preforming infant massage. Madeline and I have gained many enjoyable and memorable hours of massage from this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great gift for a shower.
Every time I've given this book to an expectant mother, I've been met with a look of surprise. After reading it though, they always come back with heart-felt thanks. ... Read more


9. The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II : Over 1,200 New Doctor-Tested Tips and Techniques Anyone Can Use to Heal Hundreds of Everyday Health Problems (Doctors' Book of Home Remedies)
by SID KIRCHHEIMER
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Asin: 0553569848
Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 27746
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not a doctor but reads like one!
I bought this book after getting fed up taking myself to the doctor to hear that it is just a bad cold or something that could be remedied at home. I had the wonderful experience of letting myself get addicted to nasal decongestant. Not the saline spray! I know that my body can become resistant to antibiotics and the side effects are scary!

This book has all kinds of ailments. It is incredible how many alternatives there are to help with some of them. It is a book that does not just use herbs but items that you may have in your pantry. Who would have thought?

I love this book because he is not writing technical medical jargon. It is all there in laymen's terms to allow us to help ourselves and understand what we are reading. This book is well organized. The book contains the ailments in alphabetical order. You just need to know your ABC's. Their is an index in the back too. In every ailment that is in the book, there is a black box with important info. For example, he mentions that if it feels like this or you have a history of... go to the doctor. In this case he is being cautious and letting us know that the book is not going to help us with everything. There are times that we need to rely on a doctor. In this case, he is not trying to act like the end all and be all of information. This is one thing that disgusts me with other authors that write similar books. They are matter of fact that they will say if you have brain damage make a cup of tea and add eye of newt. It sounds far fetched but have you read some of the books that are out there?

Anyway, I highly recommend this book. It is a great little book: the middle of the night, on the weekend, at work, or on vacation it can hold you together until you can see a doctor. It can help you to cure it on your own. It has almost every ailment in there. It is definitely worth every penny. Here's to good health!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than a doctor, and more fun!
This book is an excellent source of information, with thousands of direct-to-the-point pieces of advice that are apparently effective (at least those remedies that I tried worked.) The doctors' advice is clear, direct and absent of techincal medical terms. It's a "do this" and "here's why" kind of advice rather than a lot of theory.

It's also fun to read; I've laughed out loud at some of clever writing. I originally bought this book for medical reference, and wound up taking it with me on vacation for "pleasure" reading. Not only have I learned a lot from it, but I showed it to my doctor and he agreed with the medical effectiveness of those remedies. I bought this book along with the Home Remedies Book for Children, and both are useful. But if you only want/need one, II (the blue cover) is the definite choice. It's more comprehensive and better written.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than a doctor's visit -- and more fun!
This book is entertaining AND informative. It covers some of the weirdest and wackiest home remedies you can imagine...all coming (in direct quotes) from doctors, many with very impressive credentials. The introductions to each disease are clever and well-written; some made me laugh out loud, but also full of interesting facts. But always, the medical advice is direct and helpful. (I even asked my own doctor about some of these remedies and he agreed with their medical effectiveness.) I bought both Home Remedies books in the package deal; number II (the sequel) is better than the first Home Remedies book, but both are used a lot. helpful my home. Dollar for dollar, one of the best investments I ever made. Not only have I used many of these remedies, but I have used the book for background information and just to read for enjoyment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Research, Fun to Read
If you buy only 1 Home Remedies book, this is it! It covers practically every disease and condition, including some things I would never think of (as opposed to the "Original" Home Remedies book, which only included what you might expect). These remedies are practical, with "cures" that anyone can do and there are literally hundreds of different doctors giving advice, so you get a lot of different perspectivbies. The writing is clever, to-the-point and has enough wit to keep you entertained as you get informed I've purchased some other books by Rodale Press and this is, by far, the best I've read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Damn Good Book
A lot of information is packed into these pages, and the disease sections are written with flair (so it's a health book that is FUN to read). I tried some of the weirder home remedies (putting super glue on paper cuts, for instance), and they work! ... Read more


10. Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child: A Practical A-To-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Infants and Children
by Janet Zand, Robert, MD Rountree, Rachel Walton, Bob Rountree
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Asin: 1583331395
Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
Publisher: Avery Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 5962
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Revised, updated, and expanded to reflect the latest thinking and information on children's health issues, Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child enables parents to combine the best of conventional and alternative approaches. Part One explains the full spectrum of techniques that can be employed to effectively treat childhood health problems, providing an overview of the history, fundamentals, and uses of conventional medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupressure, diet, and nutritional supplementation. Part Two contains a comprehensive A-to-Z guide to the various health problems of childhood, from acne to chickenpox to thumb-sucking. Finally, Part Three offers guidance on using the therapies and procedures suggested in Part Two, from locating acupressure points to preparing herbal remedies.

Written by a naturopathic physician, a medical doctor, and a pediatric nurse, this unique book gives parents easy access to current information and advice regarding their children's health and acts as a bridge between time-honored healing systems and mainstream medicine. Illustrated with line art.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hands down - the best gift for any new parent.
Calling all Parents: Today's allopathic world of modern medicine can be overwhelming and excessive for our children. Side-effects from even over-the-counter relief medications can be devastating. The greatest gift you can give to your children is health, and this does not come from doctors, it comes from you and your knowledge. This is simply the best book to help you understand the basics of just about any childhood illness. Where doctors are limited to one kind of medicine, this guide gives you a great advantage in diversity of treatments, from allopathic to naturopathic. Strengthen your childrens immune system and treat their illnesses through the use of nutrition, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and accupressure. Learn about your children and yourself and empower yourself with the knowledge of the healing arts. THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ANY PARENT!

5-0 out of 5 stars Be your child's BEST health advocate with this awesome book!
Written by a medical doctor, a naturopath and a pediatric nurse, this comprehensive A-to-Z quick reference guide gives you what you need, when you need it, without having to waste any time wading through all the fluff.

At-a-glance options for the most common childhood ailments are provided, along with a guide to common symptoms, dosage guidelines for herbs and nutritional supplements and of course the huge yet easy to navigate A-to-Z listing. Excellent suggestions for each illness are provided in 9 different categories of healthcare:

Conventional Treatment
Dietary Guidelines
Nutritional Supplements
Herbal Treatment
Homeopathy
Acupressure
Bach Flower Remedies
General Recommendations
Prevention

I pass by all the others on my bookshelves and never fail to find just what I need in this wonderfully written and thorough compilation. Between my conservative, conventional husband and my own more holistic instincts, Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child greatly pleases and helps BOTH of us.

With 470 oversized pages, this tome is HUGE and a great bargain even at the full ... retail price. I can't tell you how thrilled I was when this book arrived in the mail! In addition to the main meat of the book, the authors thoughtfully provide a plethora of other helpful information to assist you in caring for your child, divided into three separate and neatly organized chapters.

Part One: The Elements of Healthcare
You'll get the basics (and then some) on all of the above listed 9 categories of healthcare ' history of each method, how and why they work, common treatments and how to administer them properly. There is even a ten-page section on pregnancy and your newborn as well as a helpful checklist for assembling a comprehensive home health kit.

Part Two: Common Childhood Health Problems
The nitty gritty of this book which features the A-to-Z listing and suggestions.

Part Three: Therapies and Procedures
So you might possibly be interested in using acupressure to help your child who keeps wetting the bed, but have no idea how to properly do this. This section of the book will give you brief instructions along with an illustrated chart of common acupressure points on a child's body. You'll also find other helpful information such as CPR procedures and illustrations for infants and children, first aid for choking, how to prepare herbal treatments (baths, teas, ointments, tinctures, etc.), relaxation techniques for your child, and more. The small section at the end of this chapter, on 'time outs', is the only part of the book that I do not fully agree with or recommend. The rest of the book is so incredibly valuable that it is easy for me to simply overlook these one and a half pages.

At the end of the book you will find a helpful glossary, a chart of common medical abbreviations, a guide to recommended suppliers, a listing of resource organizations and even a listing of toll-free hotlines on a number of parenting issues.

An excellent companion to this book is 'A Parent's Guide to Medical Emergencies: A quick and easy-to-use handbook to the most common childhood accidents', written by the same trio of authors/experts and presented in the same easy A-to-Z format. Between these two books, my husband and I have become deeply educated about our son's health and have never felt more confident about the choices we are making on his behalf. If you are an involved parent, Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child is one of the best resources you will ever get your hands on!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book is a very handy reference guide for any parent. It has an extensive catalog of common [and not so common] childhood diseases, illnesses, and symptoms and includes both the modern western medical treatments as well as nutritional, herbal, homeopathic, accupressure and other more non-traditional treatments. It is a thorough and complete volume. It is non-judgemental as well - not preachy or annoying. This book would be helpful to any parent in dealing with their child's health concerns.

5-0 out of 5 stars a treasure: still using it after 6 years
I bought this great book when my 6-year-old son was a baby, and I still turn to it whenever he's not feeling well...and sometimes when the adults in the family aren't feeling well.

Here are 2 of the most valuable things about it:

1) It is very easy to navigate and has many lists of symptoms that help you identify what illness you're probably dealing with. For example, there is a table of different rashes by symptom. The book's many "When to call your doctor" sidebars listing severe or alarming symptoms help to sort out what's serious from what's not.

2) It presents conventional, herbal, dietary/nutritional, homeopathic and other treatments for every illness. Its information is balanced, informative, and easy to understand, allowing you to select a combination of treatments that works for you. At the end of each entry, it sums up with a common-sense list of "general recommendations" including some from all of the approaches listed above.

This book is especially good for nagging problems that conventional medicine has limited solutions for. For example, my son's recurrent thrush infections as a baby did not go away with the Nystatin the pediatrician prescribed; they did, however, go away when I treated myself with acidophilus and grapefruit seed extract as the book recommended.

I would recommend this to every new parent as a reassuring, well-balanced, and amazingly thorough resource to your child's health.

5-0 out of 5 stars well worn book
This book is worn and cracked and split in two from years of regular use. It's well organized with good descriptions of the symptoms and many available treatments. I also like that it includes preventative measures. I've recommended it many times. ... Read more


11. The Infertility Diet: Get Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage
by Fern Reiss
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Asin: 1893290395
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Peanut Butter and Jelly Press
Sales Rank: 35319
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Eat your way to pregnancy!The Infertility Diet is a nutritional approach to fertility enhancement and miscarriage prevention.Endorsed by infertility doctors across the country, this book is based on over 500 medical studies linking fertility and nutrition, and is a groundbreaker in the field.The essential diet for anyone trying to have a baby.A caring gift for all potential parents.

The Infertility Diet: Get Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage supplies specific nutritional advice for couples with problems including sperm count, motility, morphology and clumping; miscarriage; candida albicans; cervical fluid; endometriosis; estrogen/progesterone balance; hypothyroidism; luteal phase defects; ovulation; PCO; elevated prolactin levels; and prostaglandin.Learn what foods to eat--and what foods to avoid--to get pregnant and carry your baby to term. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment, Overall
The only novel information in the book was on the studies linking a heavy yam diet with increased birth rate. I'd like to try the (true) yams (not sweet potatoes), but I haven't been able to find them (though I've gone to three health food stores). For people with already healthy diets and a reasonable understanding about fertility, the book will probably be a disappointment. Almost half its pages are devoted to recipes for yams, whole grains, tofu and the like. Your money is much better spent on Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. Good luck to all who are trying to have a baby!

3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing really new or interesting ...
If you're totally clueless about nutrition, this book is for you. Since health, diet, and fitness are hobbies of mine, I'd like to think that I know a bit about each subject. There wasn't really anything new or exciting for me to latch on to and say, "ah, maybe this will help with infertility problem".

This is why I found The Infertility Diet book quite bland and a complete waste of money.

Monica, San Diego

2-0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
I have mixed feelings with this book. I bought the book and have even tried following some of the recipies which are pretty tasty, however some of the ingredients (especially yams and Kelp) were difficult for me to find. However, after much searching I found them. I found some of the info to be too vague! For instance one minute she tells you the benefits of soy and in the next breath tells you not to consume to much! Well, how much is not too much? She recommends eating yams in the first part of your cycle before ovulation and not in the second half and not to consume dairy (or meat) products while trying to conceive but most of her yam recipies have dairy products in them!! Can you say contradictory? I emailed my question about this through her website but it was not answered at all!
Another thing is her yam recipies call for 4 yams or 6 yams or 1 yam. Well, I'd like to know where she purchased her yams because the true African yams that I found were 12"-15" long and weighed 8lbs-10lbs. Two tubers (yams) cost me $19.00! Not very practical to use 4 -6 per recipie! I wish she would have put some additional information in the back of her book or keep her web site updated but she doesn't do that either. I tried contacting the author (as was suggested in another review) but all of my questions were not answered or I'd get an answer that had nothing to do (I feel) with my question. Finally after my third e-mail I was told that Fern wasn't in the fertility business anymore. And, if you go on her website it hasn't been updated for quite sometime and the Website is really pushing other business ventures she is now in. It's an o.k. book but don't put all of your hopes into it, like I'm afraid I might have.

2-0 out of 5 stars Now I don't know what to think!
I wish I had read all of these reviews before I purchased the book. I recently bought the book and went on a spree at the health food store! Then I started thinking about some things that don't add up. For instance we need protein, but her suggestions are to eat tuna, sardines, and rice and beans. Some options! I have been pleased with the recipes I've tried so far, and I intend to keep using many of them. However, they weren't written by a chef so they can be a little vague and hard to follow. I've decided to get a couple of other more highly rated books. I'll let you know how it goes!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth $24.95..
Apart from the Author (Fern Reiss) repeating herself many times throughout the book (I can count the same sentences repeated over and over again in different sections) - I thought it would have more solid advice than what it contained. I am really dissapointed. I was looking forward to reading this book so much!

A couple of examples of why I was dissapointed with this particular book:

Example 1 - "Yet another good reason to avoid dairy as well as meat is dioxins."

Yes true. Meat contains dioxins - depending on where your meat is from. Fern does not give you advice on where to obtain clean meat (free of dioxins) but instead takes the easy way out and says - avoid.

One of the deficiencies that can arise through lack of red meat is Zinc. The author fails to inform us that Zinc deficiency is very dangerous to the development of feotus (particularly mental). Her suggustions are - Consume Pumpkin and Sunflower seeds. However unless you consume 300g daily you will not meet your RDI for Zinc. That's quite alot of seeds!

Red meat and Eggs contain an easily absorbed form of Zinc. They also contain many other nutrients essential for pre-conception. So the advice - avoid meat and dairy, is not one I would follow. Focus on purchasing clean meat and eggs - I have, and have not looked back since.

Example 2 - Her reccomendation to eat orange vegetables (that contain Beta-carotene) for Vitamin A. Quite alot of people with poor thyroid function CANT convert Beta-carotene into Vitamin A. So if you are relying on carrots and pumpkins to give you Vitamin A without knowing your thyroid status - Don't! She failed to mention that essential point.

Example 3 - Page 50 - "Although one study indicates that too strict a vegetarian diet can lead to irregular ovulation, we still recommend sticking to a health whole grain vegetarian diet that goes heavy on the fruits and vegetables, and avoids excess protein."

Even though this supposed study shows that too strict a vegetarian diet (which is EXACTLY what she recommends throughout her whole book) can impede fertility, she still insists on it, and YET she rejects everything else (no matter how trivial) that can impede fertility. Is she contradicting herself? Absolutely!

Example 4 - She reccomends to "Consume Wheatgerm for Vit E". She also fails to mention that this is bad practice. Wheatgerm easily becomes rancid and rancid oils are dangerous and useless to your body.

ALSO, A large part of the diet she advocates includes consumption of wild Yams. If you cannot get hold of these - don't bother buying the book!

The only thing that I do agree with in her entire 277 page book is that we all should all ditch processed 'empty' foods. But then again, that information is and should be common sense.

This book is certainly not worth its cost. Its good reviews are very overrated IMO. I bought this book based on those reviews and am very dissapointed.

Fern has gone through some effort to put this book together and thats why I award it one star. I don't believe it's content deserves more than that though. ... Read more


12. Secret of the Ring Mu
by PaulaGarbourg
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Just when you think the world of health and fitness has run out of frontiers, along comes someone with a new set of muscles to exercise. In this case, it's "sphincter exercise" ("sphincter" is broadly defined toinclude muscles around each of the body's orifices). Paula Garbourg calls her exercises "sphincter gymnastics," and theorizes thatdoing them can improve conditions ranging from asthma to varicose veins. Her theories come from the fringes of wellness; in fact, she cites no science other than her own experience. But the program doesn't seem as if it could do any harm, so it might be worth checking into. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars like to have the whole stuff
I am really sorry, but that's up to now the only way to contact you. I think you don't preview delivery problems, because I couldn't find a rubric to expose my following, from my point of view, simple problem:
You sent me the book: the secret of the ring muscles and you charged me the price for the book AND FOR A VIDEO THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT TOGETHER. bUT IT DID NOT ARRIVE. SO PLEASE, WHEN DO I GET MY VIDEO TAPE. I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO BE CONTACTEDNOT JUST BY A PREFABRICATED COMPUTER ANSWER.
With not very high respect, Peter

5-0 out of 5 stars for those confined, sphincter exercise works!
Author Paula Garbourg calls her programme "sphincter gymnastics," and after excercising your sphincter for 30 minutes you begin to feel like you've been straddling the Pommel Horse for weeks. After getting used to the regimine, though I've begun to feel the benefits: better digestion, more frequent bowel movements, less flatulance and relief from chronic hemorrhoids.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a marvellous title
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13. The Doctors Book of Home RemediesRevised Edition
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful advice for people with bad medical insurance benefit
I have used this book as a reference guide for everything between athelete's foot to zinc and I have found it to be very useful. In fact, I loaned the book to my brother and he refuses to give it back. I bought another copy for me and a few more for gifts. Not everything that they recommend works, but I have a high deductable for medical insurance, and I have saved many trips to the doctor by reading this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Average And Over-Simplistic
Advice like don't stand in a drafty room with wet hair, to avoid catching colds, is.... does not offer much insight and is a bit to common-sense. Most of us would be able to think of these treatments, without the help of a large book. I will not allow publishers to get away, throwing such trash at us, and I will try to return the book to Rajenra Publishing House Ltd, where I had purchased it in India. They sent me half a kg of brochures on the book and happily I threw them into a waste paper basket. Again, a bit to simplistic for my tastes and knowlegde. Yusuf

5-0 out of 5 stars The most practicle guide to healh problems for your family
A handy well written and wonderfully researched guide to just about everything that can go wrong with the health of every family member. Their advice and answers to every day health questions and problems is like having a doctor on call 24 hours a day. It's also great for piece of mind or educating yourself on problems you your friends or family members may be experiencing. Even after a visit to the doctor I often further educate myself by looking up the information in their comprehensive index section. My wife and I were amazed how often we picked it up to refer to it. On lots of minor problems it saves a trip to the doctor, plus the Publisher Rodale and Prevention are perhaps the leading publishers in the world on Health and Fitness.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I've had this book for about 5 years, and it's been very useful when I or one in my family gets sick. What I like most about the book is that it gives you remedies that don't mean heay medicines, for instance, honey, aspirin, alcohol, oatmeal, things that you usually have around your home. It contains an index of "illneses" like jet-lag, the flu, cramps, stomachaches, heartburn, fever, it tells you what to do and when, if necessary call the doctor. It is a highly recommended book, you won't waste your money here.

5-0 out of 5 stars a helpful reference
This book, along with the Home Remedies 2 version, have been a staple in our home for several years. Practical advice well organized. ... Read more


14. Talking to Alzheimer's: Simple Ways to Connect When You Visit with a Family Member or Friend
by Claudia J. Strauss
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Few books manage to balance practical suggestions and loving sympathy as well as Talking to Alzheimer's, a concise and comprehensive guide to communication with both paid caregivers and their patients. While the title suggests focus on a specific disease, the recommendations are appropriate for any family struggling with serious communication issues, whether those issues are the result of stroke, surgery, disease, or an accident.

Much of the book discusses methods of easing conversation during visits, as well as ways to manage the emotions that can surface in difficult times. From asking open-ended questions like, "How did your day go?" to gently reintroducing yourself to lifelong friends, the pointers here are written with kindness, and they focus on maintaining dignity for all involved. Short sections include tips on involving children in your visits and a welcome list of resources that spans organizations, Web sites, and additional books; this straightforward advice even includes expected response time to Web site inquiries. Instead of an index, you'll find a list of topics, so you can find immediate answers on "ending a conversation" and "when to insist."

One lengthy chapter covers the heartbreakers, such as dealing with refusals to eat or listening to tearful requests to be taken home. Author Claudia Strauss acknowledges the difficulty of these situations honestly, while at the same time providing simple words that can help diffuse the issues and open the path for joyful visits that benefit everyone involved. --Jill Lightner ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title
Based on the previous reviews, I thought this book would have some helpful techniques for conversing with my grandmother and father-in-law who are both suffering from Alzheimer's. However, this book is geared towards volunteer care/visitors, not family. A lot of the techniques suggested would not work if you are a family member of a Alzheimer's patient. It was definitely not the worth the money!

4-0 out of 5 stars What to say besides "how are you?"
Especially helpful were the phrases to say. I needed a substitue for " How are you today?" I purchased this book because I volunteer in an Alzheimer's facility.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Guide for Training Caregivers
As a middle stage Alzheimer [aka CRSer], it has been my burden, duty and responsibility to train my Caregivers in how to communicate with me. This has been psychologically draining, and I have wished for a simple guide, so that I could say what works and does not work in caring for this rapidly deteriorating newly discovered "Dependant."

There is a well known acronym, K.I.S.S., which is inaccurately translated as "Keep It Simple, Sweetie(?)." As an educator, I have always encouraged the use of trots, Cliff Notes, Classic Comics, and the "Idiot's Guide" series. All of these are written to inform unknowing readers in depth of subjects of interest, in simple understandable terminology. "Talking to Alzheimer's" is just such a tome. I have strongly recommended it to the facilitors of my Berkeley ALZ Support Groups, as a Bible or Koran for recalcitrant Caregivers. It works!!!
With it in hand, we ALZers and Caregivers can and will communicate thoughtfully and without unnecessary stress. Words leave us, but our souls remain. Strauss is one of the best in this genre.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you've ever wondered "what do I say" this tells you...
This is really the book my family has been needing. We want so badly to keep connecting with my father-in-law but it's hard to know how to hold a conversation with someone who rarely knows what time of day it is. We love him and we want desparately for him to now that, but how?

Ms. Strauss offers a practical, informative, and hopeful guide, lists of 'dos and donts' rather than a medicial or theoretical guide. Since I've had this book I have been able to connect to Pop in a much more rewarding way for both of us. I highly recommend it to those who still want to connect!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Treasure
This book is a blessing for anyone who has a loved one with Alzheimer's, dementia or is a victim of stroke. Ms. Strauss's advice comes from the heart and not just the mind.She reminds us that to truly connect with others we must conciously be in the moment with them.This is good advice no matter who it is we are trying to stay connected to. How often are we distracted by outside thoughts and miss opportunities to truly connect to others. This book is a gentile reminder to us all. ... Read more


15. Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?-A Scientific Detective Story
by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, John Peterson Myers
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5-0 out of 5 stars Spooky, Interesting and informative , and easy to read
Forgotten Future takes the reader from the fields and lakes where wildlife is having reproduction problems to the labratory where PHD scientists, are struggling with the mystery of synthetic chemicals disrupting hormone messages in developing, (unborn) wildlife and humans. Easy to read, this book unfolds like a mystery novel and draws some very serious conclusions about the toxic world we have created for ourselves by using billiions of tons of synthetic chemicals. We are all un-wittingly participating in a dangerous global experiment with numerous persistant, synthetic chemical toxins which, invisably, disrupt and scramble the body's chemical messages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Please stop the world now, I¿d like to get off¿.
Without doubt, this is the most terrifying book I've ever read. Stephen King, move over, reality bites.....Nope, this is not fiction, this is the air we breathe, the food we eat - even the very containers we eat from. No place on the planet is safe anymore, so would someone please stop it and let me off now?

For me, the most terrifying aspect was the dawning realization that I had read many of the research papers cited within, but had not drawn the elements together. As the pieces fell into place, my eyes opened in horror at the implications....and I looked down at my infant son, who I was breastfeeding, appalled at the choices now confronting me.

But make no mistake, this is no tabloid horror, nor a new age book on the environment. This is a well-researched work, with an opening prelude by Vice President Al Gore. The facts are presented in a clear, concise manner that does not require a college degree to understand, but nor will it bore academics. Told with the same mounting tension as Richard Preston's The Hot Zone, the real terror comes when the reader realizes that unlike Ebola, there is no possible escape. This is not some emerging virus in a distant country, this is here...now, already in us....

Current human population growth masterfully disguises an insidious biological time bomb already exploding within us all. In our desire to create new and better chemical nightmares manufactured under the guise of modern living conveniences, we may be headed to extinction as fast and sure as any currently endangered species. ...And it's hitting is right where it hurts most, the physical and psychological abilities we need to reproduce.

But like a well presented piece of research, with the null hypothesis clearly in mind, this book does not draw unfounded conclusions. It allows you, the reader, to draw your own. And when you do, you may never sleep well again.

Buy this book. Read it, lend a copy to a friend and encourage them to buy it. It may be the single most important book you ever read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stop, I Want Off Now
The Industrial Revolution ushered in a lot of nice toys and some really convenient products - if it hasn't made our lives a little more frantic - but with this book, and now a host of other books like it, we see that the end results of our mad-dash to make and remake the world using our new scientific know-how is taking a huge toll on human health: Sperm counts are plummeting, cancer-rates are sky high, the immune system is being undermined, and hormone-mimics are quite possibly eroding our intelligence and altering our behavior. Without realizing it, we have put ourselves in grave peril, and ironically enough it is a cadre of scientists (life scientists, that is, ecologists and biologists) who are sounding the wake-up call -- ironic because it was their ilk, the chemists and scientific industrialists, who brought us pesticides, PCBs, and other toxic substances in the first place. The sad fact is, we all have these substances in our body now. There is no way to escape the new, chemicalized environment we have constructed. So in other words, there is no getting off this joy ride. That said, if you are interested in learning about natural detoxification processes, read "Hormone Deception" (Berkson, 2000). There is a lot of useful information in there, as well as a chapter about how diet and excercise can help keep these substnaces at lower levels by speeding up and aiding the body's natural detoxification processes. In a nutshell, she suggested to eating green, yellow and red veggies, taking in a lot of protein (nuts and seeds work fine for veggetarians), getting a regular dose of antioxidents, and excercising until you sweat for 30 minutes six days a week. For more detailed information, read the book. Take care of your body. Tread lightly on the planet. Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars This book should be mandatory reading
The book is amazing it is pleasant to read and extremely informative. All those who are concerned about the earth, your children, and existence on human beings should read this book. One of the best books I have ever read. This book should be mandatory reading in high school and college.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Book
The book "Our Stolen Future" by Theo Colborn and John Peterson Myers, two leading environmentalists and Dianne Dumanoski, an environmental journalist, list the compelling effects of chemical contamination revealed from wildlife studies, laboratory experiments and human data. Synthetic chemicals are now linked to reproductive problems: a low sperm count (the male sperm count has plummeted by 50% since 1940 worldwide), infertility, genital and urethra abnormalities, the feminization of males, the masculization of females and hormonally triggered human diseases such as breast and prostrate cancer. Other symptoms include neurological and developmental disorders in children, the abnormal functioning of the thyroid, endocrine and immune system and mental and emotional development.
The danger we face in being exposed to industrial chemical contaminates is not simply disease and death. Something more sinister than straightforward poisoning may be occurring-the actual destruction of our human potential and our ability to reproduce.
Carcinogens are poisons that kill cells or attack DNA, other man-made chemicals target hormones. These synthetic hormones mimic the effects of natural hormones, usually the female hormone estrogen, by altering the natural synthesis of hormones or altering hormone receptor levels. The effects most often appear in the offspring, not the exposed parent. Many mothers are unknowingly passing their chemical legacy on to their babies through their womb and through their breast milk.
Eighty thousand chemicals have been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency in the last 60 years. Twenty new chemicals enter the market a week. Few are properly tested. These chemicals include pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, industrial detergents, and household cleaners. They are found everywhere in our water, air, soil, and food. They may even lurk in unexpected places such as the nonylphenols and the alkylphenols found in plastics and personal care items.
The chemicals may be low in the environment but they resist breakdown and accumulate in the body fat of humans over time. Because of food contamination the concentrations are higher in the bodies of animals up the food chain and in humans. This chronic synthetic hormone exposure is unprecedented in our evolutionary experience. However, most research money for investigating the effects of environment contamination of health goes to cancer studies. Also, because industrial chemicals have become a major sector of the global economy, any evidence linking them to serious human and ecological health problems is met with opposition.
Colburn, Myers and Dumanoski chillingly warn, "There is no clean, uncontaminated place, nor any human being who hasn't acquired a considerable load of persistent hormone-disrupting chemicals ... we are altering the fundamental systems that support life."
What can we do? We need to get political. We have to clean up the toxins in our environment and ourselves to reclaim our future. ... Read more


16. Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASDs
by Chantal Sicile-Kira
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Asin: 0399530479
Catlog: Book (2004-08-31)
Publisher: Perigee Books
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Based on nearly two decades of Chantal Sicile-Kira's personal and professional experiences with individuals and families affected by this growing epidemic, Autism Spectrum Disorders explains all aspects of the condition, including:

- The causes of autism spectrum disorders
- How to properly diagnose ASDs
- Treatments based onbehavioral, psychological and biomedical interventions
- Coping strategies for families
- Educational needs and programs
- Living and working conditions for adults with ASD
- Community interaction
- Teaching strategies and resources for educators and other professionals
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17. Heart & Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy & Birth
by Elizabeth Davis, Suzanne Arms, Linda Harrison
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Asin: 1587612216
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: Celestial Arts
Sales Rank: 48246
Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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For over two decades, HEART & HANDS has been a beloved guide for both midwives and parents interested in the benefits of midwifery care. This all-new fourth edition has been revised from start to finish, featuring updated material that emphasizes independent midwifery, physiologic (natural) birth, and the art of nonintervention. Midwifery expert Elizabeth Davis includes valuable hints for turning breech and posterior babies, mediating pain in labor, and supporting newborn physiology. Davis also reveals the keys to postpartum recovery, with practical tips on breastfeeding for busy mothers. Comprehensive and compassionate, HEART & HANDS remains a dog-eared classic for parents, midwives, and other birthing helpers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful volume bridging professionals and mothers
Elizabeth Davis has produced a beautifully laid out and well-written book on the both the mystery of birth as well as the concrete practice of birthing. Covering all aspects of prenatal care, birth, and postnatal care, this is an excellent work for both professional and expectant parent. Expectant parents should be aware, however, that Davis responsibly addresses the many possible complications of birth from a professional standpoint - information that might inform one future parent while alarming another - so parents should use their self-knowledge to determine whether they wish to read those parts.

This work would also be invaluable for the professional midwife interested in mentoring students or for the future midwife wanting an overview of midwifery practice and information on entering the profession. Extensive resources and bibliographies are presented. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful book promoting the essence of Midwifery
This tender book has given me, as a student Nurse-Midwife, a precious insight to the essence of Midwifery that has gotten lost for some. In the midst of Midwifery school where details on the hows of birth are heavily concentrated on I pick up this book when I need to 'feel' that deep-seeded passion that Midwives have for their careers and their precious patients. The text is simply written, but also complex in its coverage of many aspects of birth. Ms. Davis does a fantastic job giving an explanation to the psychological and mystical events surrounding birth. Thank goodness that this sister Midwife shares her insight and experience with those of us who are doing everything we can to learn this challenging information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for homebirthing parents
As an unassisted homebirthing mother, I love this book. It gives a wonderful amount of information without giving too much. I have a copy of Williams Obstetrics and several other texts, but this is my favorite!

5-0 out of 5 stars Full of heart
Elizabeth Davis's classic Heart and Hands just keeps getting better and better with each new edition as she strives to keep current with the craziness that is going on in obstetrical practice today. Geared toward midwives of all persuasions (CNM, CM, LM, DEM, etc.) some of whom may find themselves in a homebirth practice by default (as I did after completing midwifery school in 1980 and unable to secure hospital privileges until 1984), it's also essential reading for those pregnant couples who plan to give birth with a midwife in attendance. It is also an excellent resource for those who, because of their insurance, are destined to birth with doctors in hospitals but still want to be prepared with knowledge that will help them claim as much control as possible.
Beautiful photographs, exquisite drawings, and personal stories complement the appeal of this classic book that is destined, one hopes, never to go out of print.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Informative
This is an excellent book for pregnant women and the aspiring midwife alike. Nutrition, medical care, diagnostics, the list goes on. This book is well balanced will a pro-midwife view, yet is not anti-doctor. Many helpful suggestions for the aspiring midwife. Ancient midwifery arts such as pelvimitry discussed in detail. I really enjoyed this book! ... Read more


18. The Ultimate Healing System: The Illustrated Guide to Muscle Testing & Nutrition
by Donald Lepore
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Asin: 1885670087
Catlog: Book (1996-03-01)
Publisher: Woodland Publishing
Sales Rank: 82261
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Inflamed ear, or ear infection?
As a holistic practitioner, The Ultimate Healing System is on my "suggested reading" list. I am all for having an informed client, and after they have read this book, THEY ARE INFORMED! The rice/wheat allergies regarding ear inflamations is notable. The author, in one instance suggests that allergies (the kind that do not show up on a prick test)are responsible for such things as ear inflamations. There are easy to follow muscle testing exercises that individuals can do to see if they have adverse reactions to such things as even the suppliments and vitamins they take.
As a colon therapist, and advocate of good water,the chapter on Drinking Water, which was brief and to the point, could have contained more information.
This is a great reference book to keep on hand at all times. But read it through FIRST!

4-0 out of 5 stars Is the testing system credible?
There is a wealth of information here about herbs, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and many other topics of interest to alternative health readers. The point we keep returning to is that our medical problems are caused by allergies, and that allergies can be cured by taking antidotes.

Muscle Response Testing (MRT) is used to determine what we are allergic to and exactly how to cure the allergy. But the MRT system is so hard to believe. It is like tapping into a realm of magic. And yet everything in this book takes you back to this unusual method of testing.

Do you need Vitamin C? Place a Vitamin C pill in your right hand, press it to your solar plexus. Extend your left arm. Your doctor then presses down on your extended left arm. Is your resistance strong? Is your arm rigid? Try it again, holding two vitamin pills this time. Is your extended arm stronger this way?

Being open minded, I gave it a try even though it seems unscientific. Holding different amounts of pills did have varying effects on my thoughts. Does this test rely on the fact that the person being tested knows what he is holding and this affects how strong his resistance will be? Will he then subconsciously try to satisfy the tester by giving an appropriate amount of resistance? Do the results really tell what your body needs, or do they tell what you think you need?

One of the most valuable bits of advice in this book is that your state of mind deeply affects your health, and that worrying and being afraid will not do you any good. When you feel this way you are advised to say a prayer. This will re-focus you and turn your negativity around.

The author is obviously very knowledgeable, and I believe him when he says he has helped many patients.

5-0 out of 5 stars If Only I Had Known
After years of suffering with what I believed (and mistreated) as some mystery nasal allergy, I received relief in whatever time it took to disgest a couple of potassium pills. My daughter came home from work with a severely painful throat. When she mentioned it was only on the left side, I thought, ah, hah, whipped out my book handed her a handful of royal jelly capsules and within hours, her throat was completely "well". If only I had read this book years ago, I could have saved hundreds of dollars on over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth having 2 copies in case a friend "borrows" one
This little book has so much information on nutrition and muscle testing that I've not seen anywhre else; it ranks at the top of a huge field of books on nutrition and allergies.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic system & valuable info to guide one's health
This book is filled with very valuable information on nutrition, healing, and self guidance to heal and keep healthy using kinesiology. It also explains various alternative holistic healing techniques. ... Read more


19. Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family
by Ellyn Satter
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Asin: 0967118905
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Kelcy Press
Sales Rank: 36048
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family completes Ellyn Satter's trilogy of child nutrition books and begins to build the bridge to her writing abut adults and their eating. Child of Mine is about what to feed, How to Get Your Kid to Eat is about how to feed. Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family is about how to get a meal on the table-and feed ourselves as well as our children. Early reviews of Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family have called it a pioneering work that, like the earlier two, fills a vital niche for both professionals and the public. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for parents of all cooking abilities
Ellyn Satter seems to direct this book at parents with minimal cooking experience or desire. This is probably justified based on her topic, but I am a happy and experienced home cook and I really enjoyed the book too. She explains useful tips for adapting foods for little eaters and how to round out meals with appealing vegetables and desserts. I love this book! A great companion to Child Of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, because it provides lots of recipes to help apply the very sensible eating principles from Child Of Mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Put the pleasure back in mealtime
If you've been grappling with the Food Pyramid for the past 20 years, this book will put the pleasure back in mealtime, eliminate guilt, and get you back in touch with your own feelings of hunger, satiety, and fullness. Have you ever noticed how people who are worried about their own health are no fun, and often less healthy than those with a more relaxed attitude? Read this book, relax, and enjoy your food!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Approach!
This book was written with a very simply and easy approach to help understand a healthier diet. The style is simple, has some really great ideas and advise. There are recipes also. The book was just on so matter of fact without all the glitz it applies common sense instead which was this a wonderful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Common sense and recipes to boot!
Ellyn Satter understands kids, parents and the pressures of modern life, and shows us how to navigate our way to a healthier diet! No guilt here, either. Just common sense and good advice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas - practical too.
This book is a must have if you are interested in feeding your children well. I think the style is friendly and easy to read and the ideas are terrific. I would recommend to anyone who has trouble knowing what to feed their family. ... Read more


20. The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work
by Donna Farhi
list price: $19.00
our price: $12.92
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Asin: 0805042970
Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
Publisher: Owl Books (NY)
Sales Rank: 39642
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

A groundbreaking approach to improving the quality of your life through the most readily accessible resource: your breath. These safe and easy-to-learn techniques can also be used to treat asthma and ease stress, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, arthritis, chronic pain, and other debilitating conditions.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air
The book is simple to read, easy to follow and has clear explanations. It is well organized and the pictures are relevant.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I must admit I wasn't expecting to be impressed by this book yet I was. I liked the way the exercises were grouped so as to provide maximum benefit. It's also nice to get a complete understanding of what are the benefits to an exercise too. You can't go wrong with the clear directions provided by the author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand, read and implement step-by-step guide.
I really liked this book! It is thorough, easy to read and understand. This is the first time someone has explained it to me in a way I can understand it! Excellent diagrams, exercises, etc. Not only an outstanding yoga teacher but also a good book writer!

5-0 out of 5 stars Breath Practice Demystified
Clearly written and very readable, the focus of this book is not on esoteric breathing excercises but on remembering and relearning the deep, smooth, easy breath we had as children. With lots of explication and diagrams for the analytical among us, and many postures, excercises and meditations to try, this book offers good advice on how to identify and remove habitual stress patterns that encourage shallow or restricted breathing. The last two chapters- "The shared breath - Inquiries for couples" and "Minding the Breath - Cultivating Mindfulness" were definitely my favorites. ... Read more


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