Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Revised and Updated

 The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements


Based on Part One of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fourth Edition
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 352 p
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 2006 by the Estate of Phyllis A. Balch 
 1997, 2000 by Phyllis A. Balch
 1990 by James F. Balch Jr. and Phyllis A. Balch

About This Book
We have learned a great deal from traveling the country and speaking to so many of the people who have used our book Prescription for Nutritional Healing. That book was designed to be a comprehensive in-home guide that would help you to achieve and maintain the highest possible level of health and fitness through careful dietary planning and nutritional supplementation. However, we found we were frequently asked whether we could design a book that would provide basic information on a wide variety of today’s nutritional supplements, and yet easily fit into a pocket or handbag to be taken to the store, on trips, or wherever needed—an edition that would incorporate up-to-date findings in the fields of nutrition and supplementation, from old standbys like vitamin C to newer products such as cordyceps, SAMe, and olive leaf extract. The answer to this question is Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements. Now in its fourth edition, this book was specifically created to provide on-the-go readers with authoritative information drawn from Part One of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, packaged in a handy reference that you can take along with you wherever you go. This volume provides all the information needed to design your own personal nutritional program as well as to use and understand today’s supplements. What you will find here is a clear discussion of the basic principles of nutrition and health, as well as lists and explanations of the various types of nutrients, food supplements, and herbs found in health food shops and drugstores. Topics covered include vitamins, minerals, water, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, a wide variety of natural food supplements, and herbs.

Before you start any supplement regimen on a regular basis, test the supplements one at a time to find out if you have a reaction to any of them. Always listen to your body. If you
perience unpleasant effects you suspect may be linked to a particular supplement, either discontinue the supplement or decrease the dosage.

Always take supplements with a full glass of water. Nutritional supplements are concentrated and can overburden the liver if you do not consume sufficient liquid with them. In addition, water enhances absorption and is needed to aid in carrying the nutrients to the cells.

If you follow a nutritional supplementation program for longer than a year, change brands periodically so that you do not develop an intolerance or build up a resistance to one or more of the ingredients in any given supplement. Remember, you can develop an intolerance to the ingredients in vitamins and other supplements just as you can to foods.

It is important for us to stress that the information offered in this book is not intended to replace appropriate medical advice and prescribed treatment. The use of any of the supplements recommended here should be approved and monitored by your medical doctor or other trained health care professional.

“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings.”

Socrates once said, “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” This statement should guide us in all of our actions, especially where our health is concerned. Too many of us do not have the slightest idea of how to maintain good health. When illness strikes, we rely on our doctors to cure us. What we fail to realize is that “the cure” comes from within. Nature has provided us with a wondrous immune system, and all we have to do is take proper care of this inner healing force.
Does this sound too simple? Basically, it is simple; our modern lifestyles have gotten us off the right track, with fast foods, alcohol abuse, drug dependencies, a polluted environment, and high-tech stress. Nature intended to fuel our inner healing force with the right natural substances to enable the body to function up to its fullest potential. Nature’s resources—whole foods, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, phytochemicals, and other natural bounties—are designed for use in our immune systems. However, because most of us have a profound lack of knowledge as to what our bodies need to function properly, we find ourselves out of balance and susceptible to all sorts of illnesses.

All individuals should take an active part in the maintenance of their health and in the treatment of their disorders with the guidance of a health care professional. The more we take it upon ourselves to learn about nutrition, the better prepared we will be to take that active role. Attitude is also an
important factor in the processes of health maintenance and healing. We must have a positive state of mind in order to bring harmony to the body. The realization that body (lifestyle), spirit (desire), and mind (belief) must come together is the first step to better health.
This book is the culmination of half a lifetime of study, work, and research. It is intended to provide you and your health care professional with a more natural approach to healing, which may be used in conjunction with your current medical treatment. A number of the suggestions offered, such as intravenous therapy, can be administered only by or under the supervision of a licensed physician. Also, because our body chemistries differ, some of us may have allergic reactions to certain supplements.
Before taking any nutritional supplement, check with your health care professional regarding its appropriateness.

Should you experience an allergic reaction to any supplement, immediately discontinue use of the supplement. You should never attempt to treat yourself without professional advice.
No statement in this publication should be construed as a claim for cure, treatment, or prevention of any disease. It is also important to point out that you should not reject mainstream medical methods. Learn about your condition, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Feel free to get second and even third opinions from qualified health professionals. It is a sign of wisdom, not cowardice, to seek more knowledge through your active participation as a patient.

Every effort has been made to include the latest research available on nutritional healing. We also have added new sections on many health disorders at the suggestions of our readers. All the information in this book has been carefully researched, and the data have been reviewed and updated throughout the production process. Because this body of knowledge promises to continue growing and changing, we suggest that when questions arise, you refer to other current sources of information to verify textual material. We will strive to keep abreast of new scientific information, treatments, and supplements.
More than eight hundred years ago, Moses Maimonides said, “The physician should not treat the ailment, but the patient who is suffering from it.” This book was designed to meet the differing needs of individuals and to help each person create his or her own nutritional program.

Table of Contents

Preface, vii
About This Book, xi
Introduction, 3

Nutrition, Diet, and Wellness, 7
Vitamins, 32
Minerals, 69
Air, 96
Water, 104
Amino Acids, 122
Antioxidants, 150
Enzymes, 166
Natural Food Supplements, 177
Herbs, 234
Drug Interactions, 315

Index, 323

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Previously published as part of Prescription for Nutritional Healing (Fourth Edition)
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