Book Reviews of Eight Weeks to Optimum Health: Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power

Eight Weeks to Optimum Health: Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power
Eight Weeks to Optimum Health Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power
Author: Andrew Weil M.D.
ISBN-13: 9780679447153
ISBN-10: 0679447156
Publication Date: 3/4/1997
Pages: 282
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3.6 stars, based on 43 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
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"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.
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Program for taking advantage of your body's natural healing powers.
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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.
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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.
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Dr Weil makes so much sense...he'll turn your thinking around when it comes to letting your body's natural healing power unleash it's self. A good book.
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This book contains a proven program for taking full advantage of your body's natural healing power.
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A top seller right now! A practical plan of action for enhancing and protecting present and lifelong health.
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Interesting Health book.
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From the back of the box: "The practical companion to Dr. Andres Weil's bestwelling Spontaneous Healing, outlines a week-by-week, step-by-step program that will enable you to set out on a lifelong course of optimum mind-body health."
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Read by the author.
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Simple ideas for improving your health from a well respected doctor. Simple to read and understand without being boring.
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"Eight Weeks to Optimum Health lays out 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." -Review from RandomHouse.com
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Good advice this guy is ten years ahead of his time.
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A week-by-week, step-by-step program for enhancing your health. Makes it easy to stay the course of changing your lifestyle.
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Extraordinary!
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Well, it sat on my desk for 8 weeks, and I don't feel appreciably better than before, so I guess I'll pass it on.
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interesting self help book
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This book has pen scribbles in the front and back covers. None throughout pages. Otherwise looks in new condition.