"Health," Dr. Andrew Weil writes, "is a dynamic and temporary state of equilibrium destined to break down as conditions change." In other words, there's no such thing as the type of health that allows you to feel equally great every day of your life. Instead, Weil suggests, your goal should be to improve your resilience to disease, and while you're at it, feel more joy and strength.
As to how you should gain this strength, joy, and resilience, Weil doesn't come on with a hard sell to give up every bad habit or all of the foods you enjoy. Instead, he suggests gradual changes: clean your pantry of whatever cooking oils you have there, except olive oil; start taking vitamin C three times a day; walk a few minutes a day; eat some fish and broccoli. The program is so simple and sensible that anyone trying it probably will feel better in a week.
The program then gets progressively more involved--more supplements; more of a shift toward a diet based on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; more exercise. Besides these steady changes, each week's program has a focus: In week 2, you start drinking bottled or filtered water; week 3 focuses on organic produce; week 4, on sleep; week 5, using a steam bath or sauna; week 6, trying a "universal tonic" like ginseng; week 7, volunteering in your community; and finally, in week 8, figuring out how to integrate permanently the elements of the program into your life.
Even those who don't go for the entire program will probably find something here to like--the recipes, maybe, or the suggestion that you cut back on strenuous types of exercise like running and competitive sports in favor of brisk walks. It's perfectly useful either way: as a total lifestyle overhaul, or a series of suggestions, any one or two of which will probably help you feel better.
Dr. Andrew Weils famous week-by-week, step-by-step plan that will keep your bodys natural healing system in peak working order. It covers diet, exercise, lifestyle, stress, and environmentall aspects of daily living that affect health and well-being. This revised edition includes the most up-to-date findings on such vital subjects as cholesterol, antioxidants, trans fats, toxic residues in the food supply, soy products, and vitamins and supplements, together with a greatly enhanced source list of information and supplies. Inside you will learn how to
develop eating habits for greater health and well-being
start an effective exercise program based on walking and stretching
work with breathing patterns to decrease stress and improve energy
solve sleeping problems
eliminate toxins from your diet
minimize environmental hazards in your daily life
Plusprograms tailored to the specific needs of pregnant women, senior citizens, overweight people, and those at risk for cancer.
I guess I'm not really into alternative medicine or methods enough to goo fullscale into the ideas presented in this book. I did learn things about my body, nuitrition, and health that I think are helpful. However, it seems like a lot of the "proof" given in the book is drawn from people's personal experiences... sorry, but that is the very essence of bad science.
Program for taking advantage of your body's natural healing powers.
This book contains a proven program for taking full advantage of your body's natural healing power.