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Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself

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With the #1 natural health website in the world and always at the forefront of what's next in alternative health, Dr. Joseph Mercola reaches tens of millions of people each year who trust him to deliver actionable advice and cutting-edge health breakthroughs. Now, his first trade book in years distills decades of his experience into 9 simple keys to maximizing health, ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Harmony (first published November 4th 2014)
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Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
My library offered this book in their e-lending library so I thought I would give it a try. The book synopsis offers "Effortless Healing", 9 simple ways to side step illness, lose weight and help your body heal itself. First let me say, if you haven't read many books about healing or health, the doctor who wrote this gives pretty generic advice; drink more water, stop drinking soda, stop eating processed foods, exercise, get enough Vitamin D and get enough sleep. These are all excellent ideas ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this for free as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest opinion.

I didn't get much out of this book. It's informative, easy to read and understand, but there wasn't really anything NEW to me. I know that pasta and white rice is bad for me, I know that moderate sunshine will make me feel happier, I know that water is a better choice than sodas. And there is nothing effortless about Dr Mercola's dietary recommendations... seemingly endless hours are spent making homemade
Iona  Stewart
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have long appreciated Dr. Mercola and receive his daily newsletter. He is perhaps the world’s foremost physician. My only reservation about him is that he still advises us to eat animal and dairy products, whereas I am moving towards veganism, both out of consideration for the animals and for my own health.

The author begins by informing us about the atrocious state of most Americans’ health and about how they fill themselves with vast quantities of exceedingly harmful pharmaceuticals. “One to
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health-wellness
I downed Dr. Mercola’s new book in two days. The information in the book was insightful, helpful, and well written. The chapters go over each topic enough for you to get a good grip and understanding without bogging the book down with to much medical information. I also liked that the book was on overall health and how the body wants to repair itself as long as we do what it takes for that to happen (Eating habits, Sleep Habits, Exercise, ect..). The chapter I found the most interesting was the ...more
Cosmic Arcata
If you think you know the latest health advise I bet you will learn something in this book. If you know what you should be doing but need some guidance this book will get you on the path to disable steps. Do you know what EFT is? How probiotic and a healthy gut supports your brain and can make you feel good? Do you know how to make fermented vegetables? Our how deep you breathe tells you a lot about your health? There is a lot more packed into this little book. Definitely not filler!
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've followed Dr. Mercola for years and while I have looked at some of his past recommendations with skepticism, (keep that cell phone away from your head!) I have followed much of his advice (sunshine and Vitamin D most importantly). This takes much of his overall philosophy and healthy recommendations and puts them all in one coherent read which could easily be considered a modern handbook for health. I devoured this in less than 2 days which is remarkable considering how slowly I read and how ...more
Christine Fitzgerald
This was a quick read that read like a infomercial. However lots of good recommendations for turning your body into the healing machine it has always been.
Christopher Lawson
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A “Wake-up Call” to Change How we Eat

I found EFFORTLESS HEALING to be very informative and a real wake up call for me. The author doesn't sugar-coat his points about the terrible foods that most of us eat - especially the over consumption of processed foods. Dr. Mercola is very upfront about his purpose in writing this book. He wants to “inform you of the details that are frequently omitted from the often manipulated help stories you hear or read about in the media…“

I confess that some of the
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight and Help Your Body Fix Itself by Dr. Joseph Mercola is a book chocked full of valuable information on healing your body. The key word is Effortless and the 9 simple ways seem just that. Things such as walking outside barefoot (otherwise known as earthing), drinking plenty of pure water and getting a good nights sleep are just a few of the simple steps included within the pages of the book.

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Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This book has made it to my Top 10 life changing book collection. Dr. Joseph Mercola has made the practice of healing yourself easily accessible and life changing in his ground breaking book, Effortless Healing.

If you have ever wanted to take more responsibility for your health and lifestyle, lose weight, eat better, feel better, this book is for you. Dr. Mercola breaks down the path to effortless healing into 9 simple steps that anyone can achieve! These include: drink pure water, eat your
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read for everyone. I've seen some of the "nay-sayer" comments, but it was clear that they never made it past early chapters. Dr. Mercola gives - yes gives - you the keys to health for you and your family. Many of the foods/products that have been shilled as healthy and good for you simply are not. Dr. Mercola answers so many whys as to different diseases and maladies that have grown to epidemic proportions in recent years and how you don't have to be a victim and even how to ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have a few medical problems and this book offers easy options to improve your health. I know many other people have written books with the same themes, but the way this book was written allowed for me to understand the reason for the changes. The solutions that Dr. Mercola offers are truly effortless. They are easy changes that almost anyone can accomplish without completely changing your current lifestyle. I
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book as a first read. It offers helpful tips but nothing we haven't heard before - drink more water, don't drink sugary drinks, eat more vegetables, eat less starchy foods, exercise more, eat fermented foods and probiotics, get outside, get enough sleep, eat healthy fats, interact with people, etc. He offers up a few unconventional and slightly controversial contentions like skipping breakfast, filtering shower water, going gluten free, or eating honey for allergies. The book is ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very interesting book. I am always looking for ways to stay healthy. Effortless Healing gave me some new ideas. Dr. Mercola has written several books on the subject. This is his latest. I found ideas that are worth try.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I would say that this book has some good advice, as well as some kooky ideas. I think you get to a point where you decide you want to enjoy your life and you can't control every element as he is suggesting in the book. It's about balance.
Katherine Owen
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great resource on lifestyle changes as well as eating.
J Crossley
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Unfortunately for me, most of the suggestions given in the book were already known to me. The chapter on healthy foods to avoid had some information i was not aware of. After providing the nine ways of healing, there is a section explaining how to make the healthy ways part of your life.

This book would be good for someone who wants to start a healthy lifestyle and is not certain what to do.

I should make mention of the fact that Dr. Joseph Mercola only practices natural medicine. He shuns
Sylvie Bourgeois
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great book to reference . Every book I read these days emphasizes how wheat and sugar and basically our modern health hazards. Most of all go through life with chronic inflammation and then develop devastating diseases. The good news is that we can help prevent those outcomes by eating the right diet and decreasing stress in our lives . He also talks about how important regular exercise is for every part of our bodies, we need to move, everyday! He covers it all: sunshine, probiotics, ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Nothing particularly new here, but good reminders of a lot of Bernard Jensen's ideas about the value of sunshine and walking in the grass. He also talked about eating a lot of vegetables, drinking pure water, and working out at high intensity intervals. I still do not agree on limited fruits and whole grains. I know there is something to avoiding gluten for a lot of people, but I think the pendulum will eventually swing back on the avoiding grains idea. They have been a staple of many cultures ...more
Josh Rhodes
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really easy read, with practical approach to getting into better shape. Recommend this to anyone who needs assistance trying to find a place to start.

You don't have to do everything all at once, just implement one thing at a time. Baby steps are your best approach. Keep doing what works, and try to build upon the momentum by adding more and more.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say that his recommendations for a change in lifestyle are effortless. It's all practical advice that's been seen before. Still, he offers gentle reminders to not attempt to accomplish everything at once. To begin slowly and to set small, short goals, and then to extend them once you've seen some success. Worth borrowing from the library.
Zack Quaderer
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Good information but nothing outside of what you would expect to hear. There are some good insights and information on how to improve your daily life but the basis of the book is eat healthy, exercise, and drink clean water.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: health
Great Reminder of 9 things:

Drink Pure Water
Eat Your Veggies
Burn Fat for Fuel
Exercise Less & Gain More Benefits (Peak Fitness Workout)
Enjoy the Sun & Get Your Vitamin D
Let Your Gut Flourish
Clean your Brain with Sleep
Go Barefoot!
Avoid Six "Health Foods"?
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it!

Lots of good information and actionable insights. Just need to prioritize what to incorporate first. This is the first book I've read by Dr. Mercola and am very impressed by his knowledge. Thanks.
Sarede Switzer
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mostly stuff I knew already but was good to read anyhow to fill in some things. Inspired me to start fermenting stuff.
Amanda Roemer
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
Very dangerous, irresponsible commentary regarding the effectiveness of depression medication. This could kill people.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good insights, some questionable insights....
Gina Coppolino
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read!
Barbara Zeidl
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't think his way would be so effortless, but there are some good ideas in there.
Some of the principles seem sound, but others would not be advisable for, say, type 2 diabetics And there is much that just sounds like advertisements for his products. Boo to those aspects.
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Dr. Joseph Mercola is a natural health expert based in Illinois. He believes that people are capable of taking control of their health – they can harness their body’s ability to stay optimally healthy. He shares his recommendations through his website, It is one of the leading natural health websites today, with over one million subscribers worldwide.

Dr. Mercola has authored three New
“Ironically, the very advances that represent all that is modern in the world—hand sanitizers, treated water, factory farming—have created their own set of diseases. For example, triclosan—an antibacterial chemical used in many soaps and hand sanitizers—has been shown to kill human cells,26 and even the FDA admits it acts as an endocrine disruptor in animals.27 When combined with chlorinated water, it produces chloroform28—a probable carcinogen according to the EPA.29” 4 likes
“Making sure you drink enough pure water is one of the most important and powerful steps you can take for good health.” 3 likes
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