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Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements

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Natural health's number-one bestseller for more than twenty years, completely revised and updated.

With more than five million copies sold, Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the most trusted, comprehensive source on dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and herbs. A pioneer in the field of nutritional healing, Phyllis Balch passionately and meticulously
Paperback, 4th Edition, 896 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by Avery Trade (first published January 1st 1990)
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Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with moderate to severe health issues.
This book was recommended to me by a man at Wild Oats in their supplement department as being one of the best resources for nutritional healing. I have used it for a number of reasons - thyroid issues, mononucleosis, fatiguqe, high cholesterol, high blood pressure... etc. for myself and my family. Most topics have 3-5 pages of information about what the issue is in medical terms, things that can be done to mitigate, improve, or in some cases alleviate the issue altogether. Supplements are ...more
Oct 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a very large, very comprehensive guide to alternative medicine, and is split into three parts.

Part 1 deals with overall health, including information on nutrition, vitamins, supplements, etc. The guides in this section explain the various vitamins and supplements available, along with recommended minimum and maximum doses for each (including also the FDA's guidelines when available).

Part 2, which makes up the majority of the book, lists a wide variety if disorders (both common and
Michael Weber-Williams
“A healthy outside starts from the inside” - Robert Urich
The book I chose to read was the Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements. This book is more like an encyclopedia rather than just a nonfiction book. This book goes into great depth in three main categories: the elements of health, numerous disorders, and remedies/therapies. In the elements of health, sub-categories include,
This is a book that I have had on my shelf, and referenced, for many years. It has helped me understand the nature of various illnesses (minor and major). The great thing about this book is the index in the back that allows one to instantly look up what is ailing them, and to read nutritional recommendations. Also, this book does not slam traditional medicine. James Balch is an m.d. and his wife is a nutritionist. The book clearly states when it is a good time to consult an m.d. or when ...more
Feb 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book as it appears to be a good source of information but upon reading several sections this morning I am absolutely appalled that some of this advice was even allowed to be published. Twice the author claims that rice and nut "milks" are appropriate substitutes for breastmilk or formula. This could not be further from the truth and is extremely dangerous advice. These products do not contain the necessary fats and other nutrients needed for a baby to survive. There are in ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book, but it doesn't have references. Its claims are not backed up by research studies. I can understand that for some sections, the herbals, and natural remedies, but so much of the prescribed diets do not have references even for the warnings, and this woman seems not to have an understanding of heart disease, inflammation, nor cholesterol and how it works in the body. Disappointing... glad I didn't buy it.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
(also posted on my site The Paperback Stash)

If you're into vitamins, minerals, and supplements, this book will be sure to please you. I'm not one into pill nutrients much, but hold this book in high regard because it is seemingly endless with its information. There are countless disorders, with information on them - then treatments - then final notes. The authors were obviously not in a hurry as some seem to be, or pressed for space. It's a great resource that covers so much more than just what
Dana Arcuri
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
This is an excellent resourceful book full of endless information and fabulous natural alternatives to health. I absolutely LOVE it! No matter what medical condition you are dealing with, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, is filled with a chalk full of holistic approaches to wellness.

Everything imaginable is covered in this book ranging from skin disorders, autoimmune diseases, thyroid, heart, ADHD, female issues, allergies and it's endless. Also, there is plenty of helpful information
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
This is a must-have resource for addressing your health/body concerns through diet and natural supplements. Reading through the general info., and the catalogue of various disorders is also a great way to become aware of the health concerns that are out there and ways to prevent them. Yeah! Preventative medicine!
Ryan Mickels
Nov 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
Great reference book for what hurts and how to maybe make it better or better yet, avoid ills.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little too unwieldy in its size. A good resource-type book.
Nov 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
I would not recommend this book, full opinions of author with nothing to back it up
Jenny K
An A to Z guide to supplements.
Luann Stubbs
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely the best alternative medicine reference book I ever read. The suggestions have helped me with many of my friends' and family's and my own ailments and challenges. Not only does it explain the many forms of alternative medicine and list suggestions for the different ailments, but also gives great information on what vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other substances are needed and what they do in the body, as well as the negative effects of substance interactions and ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Don’t tell me to eat antioxidants and not eat berries, The amount of restriction you must endure to follow along with this book is excessive and there are no references, I have a chemical imbalance, not a nutritional one but I don’t think this would work for most people anyways. Eat food, not supplements.
Sweet Mama
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
June Lackey
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The absolute best book on nutritional healing. My mom and I have been using it since it came out.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great resource on how to treat common (and not so common) ailments with supplements, herbs, and nutrition.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
everyday solid reference
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the least expensive book that every household could benefit from for many lifetimes! I cannot say how many times a person suffered from dis-ease and this exceptional book was given as a gift (or how many times I've replaced the one given)

Every subject is broken down easily. What are amino acids? What are herbs? Superfoods? Vitamins, oils, various types of waters, etc. it then gets into conditions people may suffer from, with essential vitamin/nutritional needs. Then lifestyle
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements by Phyllis A. Balch

I have read a number of nutrition books over the last few years but this book by Balch ranks at the top of the pile in my estimation. The vast amount of useful and relevant information contained within the cover is astounding. Every nutritionist should have a copy of this book on his or her bookshelf. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that anybody interested in improving his or her health through
Apr 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This was my nutritional bible for a long time and still refer back to it today. More than 250 health conditions--from everyday problems such as insect bites and bad breath to serious diseases including bulimia, cancer, and AIDS--and the nutritional protocols the Balches recommend for treatment. Since any number of supplements can be taken for the same condition, the Balches make sifting through the glut of information a little easier by separating their nutrient recommendations into four ...more
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It is my "health bible". I always consult this book for any sickness that my family has. I started with the 2nd edition and get a new copy each time a new one is available (the 4th is now available).

The first part of this book reviews nutrition, diet and wellness. Then there is a section that reviews vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, antioxidants, etc. Each time you read about a particular vitamin for example, you receive an explanation about the vitamin, the source and
Rebekah Duke
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rebekah by: my step-father, a holistic-practice dentist
I've purchased this book no less thatn six times! (They come out with a new edition every year, and update it with the latest information, etc.) I can't live without it, it's my guide for "whatever ails ya". Think of any physical or mental problem, from rickets to depression, and this book will tell you what vitamins and/or minerals may deficient in your diet, what you should eat (and avoid eating) in order to feel better, and begin healing. It also has a full run down of every vitamin, mineral, ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diet
This is hit and miss. It seems to be quite thorough for vitamins. However, the herbs they mention doesn't seem to get much detail.

The strongest point of this book is that it is organized by disease.
It also has some very useful points that I hadn't learned elsewhere. On the other hand, some herbs that I've heard as dangerous (I don't remember which perhaps sasparilla) didn't mention that information here. Additionally, many things I've learned through my searches don't show up here.

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The BEST complementary body book ever written, without a doubt! It's been, time & time again, a huge, helpful time saver, pointing out different ways to approach & tend to minor home remedies, as well as providing in depth information on diagnosed illnesses of a more serious nature, and providing options from palliative care to cutting edge treatments helping the reader to gain the best understanding of any risks involved. A enormous range of available treatment modalities are covered, ...more
Kelebogile Foko
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to feel better
Recommended to Kelebogile by: My personal research
Jeneil, I am not sure of the spelling of this name, posted a review of this book and suggested it was full of unsubstantiated opinion.

Interestingly, she offered no substantiation for her opinion of this book.
I have used this book, in it's many editions, for over a decade. Additionally, I have suggested this book to, and purchased it for many of my friends and family.

The information contained in Balch's "Prescription for Nutritional Healing is simple, concise, well-reasoned and, when used
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-own
I had chosen this book because I have been reading up on a friend's health issue. I have been looking for alternative treatments verses prescription meds for him. For an over all more holistic approach.

I found his book to be very reader friendly and clearly explains all options in the area that I was looking in. Such as surgical verses nonsurgical treatments and prescriptions verses natural treatments.

I highly recommend it as a resource if you are looking to take some control of your health
Angel Graham
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
I had the first edition and then the third edition. I now own the Fifth edition and glad I could finally get it. My Third edition was falling apart from use, and this one is already being highlighted, written in and used on a regular basis. My friends and family know to call me and ask "What does that big book say about...??..." before going anywhere else.

I highly recommend this book to all. I will be attempting to stay caught up with editions in the future, but even if you don't, much of the
Sep 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little background on why I like this book: I grew up with hippie parents who only once took me to the hospital when I was a kid (when my brother hit me with a stick and we thought my hand might be broken--and, no, my mom didn't even go to the hospital when she was pregnant with me). Instead, we took lots of vitamins and homeopathics. I still rely on them to this day and find this book really useful. I started reading/using it in middle school when I worked in a health food store where they ...more
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Phyllis Balch, a certified nutritional consultant, was a leading nutritional counselor for more than two decades, and came to the field from after experiencing in her own life the health benefits of diet and nutrition.
Convinced that nutrition was, in many cases, the answer to regaining and maintaining health, Ms. Balch opened a health food store called Good Things Naturally, testified before