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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 researche
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 sugges ...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
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 uncomm
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, nutrition/dieting
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 prescrip ...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. ...more
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 abou
Georgia Carbone
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.
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
Sandra Steffy
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am continually referencing this book for recommendations on how to address health issues for myself and others. I find it to be very helpful and perhaps why I make so few visits to doctors.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There is a reason this has been America's #1 Guide to Health and Nutrition for many years. I purchase the updated version each time it comes out. An invaluable guide. ...more
Jenny K
An A to Z guide to supplements.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little too unwieldy in its size. A good resource-type book.
Elizabeth Good
My absolute go-to book for many, many years when it comes to any health conditions. It is well- grounded, and although favoring alternative or complementary solutions, there is always a decent nod to medical interventions when necessary, and the pros or cons.

It is so simple to look up anything from a mere insect bite to chronic more serious conditions such as diabetes or crohns disease and see the recommendations and reasoning in a very easy to understand format, with the listings of lifestyle c
Courtney Moeller
Mar 26, 2020 added it
Recommends it for: Anyone open to Naturopathic, alternative medicine, health & nutrition
Shelves: health
Provides a comprehensive and extensive list of remedies for all types of ailments of varying severities, for anything you can think of. From simpler more common issues like stomach ache, cold sores, hemorrhoids, dry skin, ear infection etc. Ranging to more severe and complex problems such as Chron's disease, hypothyroidism, prostate cancer...etc.

Each ailment is listed provides an in-depth description, etiology, recommended Nutrients (Supplement name, suggested dosage, comments) categorized by l
Joomi Lee
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This is why I have mixed feelings about the author's book:

There is both good and bad advice in this book. The author recommends New Age type stuff that I disagree with such as hypnosis/hypnotherapy and similar New Age inspired stuff.

Prevention is the best medicine. Eat, drink, and exercise right and grow your own food from the best quality seeds you can find. If you can't afford to do that then buy the best quality plant food you can afford from the closest CSA/ISA/food co-op/grocery store/food
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 overdosi ...more
Nadin Nadin
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is really useful . Yes, everything is laid out accessible and clear. After all, you often want to improve your health with vitamin supplements, but you do not know where to start. And here you can learn a lot of interesting things about different natural organic supplements. I am one of those women who love natural remedies and often order them in . Therefore, I learned a lot of new and useful things for myself. ...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.
josie thal
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has many recommentations to common ailments that do not require you to put prescribed medicines into your body - instead it helps you energize your immune system to help it fight against common ailments such as cold/arthritis/common aches and pains - etc.
It is good to just purchase it and have it around for reference purposes!!
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is very good. I liked the way it listed the herbs and the origin of each herb and its medicinal uses in a smooth and scientific way. I have a realistic experience in healing my stomach disease using fresh ginger drink and I believe that if the herbs were fresh and pure, they would have a magical effect. ...more
Leanne Roberts
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From vitamins to herbs and Supplements and more, if you are looking for ANYTHING to help you outside of traditional medications, this is the very first book you should get and the best book on the subject. You will refer back to it often, it is one of my favorite books of all time. Even worth buying the new and updated versions when they come out. Highly highly recommended!
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.
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.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My copy of this book was referred to constantly over the years along with my dated handwritten notes.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, health
We have been using this book for years! Love it! So helpful in my research.
Renel Ralston
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good for reference
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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 Cong

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