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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles W. Eliot

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The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation
By Barbara Arrowsmith Young and Norman Doidge

Neuroplasticity – the idea that just as our brains shape us, we can shape and rewire our brains – has revolutionized our understanding of cognition, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about the process. Perhaps no one is more qualified to offer insight on it than our author. Diagnosed in the first grade with learning disorders, she lived in a fog for the first 27 years of her life until a suite of cognitive exercises helped her bring her weakened brain areas to normal – or higher – levels.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain tells her story. Detailing the cognitive problems she had growing up and explaining the research that inspired her brain exercises, it’s an inspiring look at the power of the mind to change the brain.

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7 Minute Back Pain Solution

The 7-Minute Back Pain Solution: 7 Simple Exercises to Heal Your Back Without Drugs or Surgery in Just Minutes a Day
By Dr. Gerard Girasole and Cara Hartman

Are you one of the millions of lower-back-pain sufferers who is desperate for relief? Have you ever been stopped in your tracks by pain so excruciating you were afraid to move? Have you spent countless hours seeing medical professionals? Now, with 7 easy stretches done in just minutes a day, you can finally relieve your back pain and prevent it from happening again. The exercises and tips in this book will teach you how to fight back pain anywhere, anytime, using the equipment you already have—your own muscles.

This is a proven program that will help you:

– Heal by doing the 7 stretches, which will take you no more than 7 minutes.

– Strengthen your core, which gives your spine the protection it needs.

– Protect your improved core strength to make future injuries much less likely.

The detailed photographs and helpful lists in this book will guarantee you see results, while the guide to daily activities will show you how to prevent injuries, whether you’re exercising, doing the laundry or commuting to work. Say goodbye to back pain, starting today.

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Perfect Health

Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide, Revised and Updated Edition
by Deepak Chopra, MD

Perfect Health offers a good introduction to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of healing introduced to the larger American audience by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1970’s and popularized by Chopra himself. Chopra presents the ancient healing art in a modern idiom, blending insights from the ancient Ayurvedic sages with modern-day information on quantum physics, diet, and lifestyle. He presents a perfectly accessible tool for any reader who is interested in learning more about Ayurvedic methods for influencing health. A body-type questionnaire in the beginning of the book sets the stage for the information that follows. By following the listed recommendations for your body-type (including exercise and diet) Chopra believes you will improve your health dramatically.

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Smart Medicine for Healthier Living: Practical A-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Adults
by Janet Zand, Allan Spreen, Dr. Allan N. Spreen

A particularly comprehensive, well-laid-out addition to the spate of recent guides to medical and alternative health resources. This book opens with an overview of the history, fundamentals, and uses of conventional medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupressure, diet, and nutritional supplements. Each problem receives a clear explanation and specific advice on various approaches to treatment. Highlighted emergency treatments are included for quick reference, and readers are advised when treatment from medical professionals is necessary.

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Tibetan Healing: The Modern Legacy of Medicine Buddha
by Peter Fenton

To preserve the wisdom of traditional Tibetan medicine – which dates back some 1300 years – naturalist and journalist Peter Fenton traveled to India and Nepal to meet its practitioners. In this remarkable book, he introduces us to lamas, shamans, and folk doctors and gives us an overview of Tibetan ideas about health and illness. It has been called a masterpiece.

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by Clare Walters

One of the most complete introductory manuals of aromatherapy, this book offers a full and instant visual overview of the basic scents used for the most common ailments. Full color pictures and text accompanies each herb.

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Prescription for Nutritional Healing:
A Practical A-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements
by James F. Balch, MD. & Phyllis A. Balch, CNC.

An alphabetical encyclopedia of nutritional treatments for a wide range of common ailments explains how to use vitamins, herbs, minerals, and food supplements to promote healing and wellness. This is a very complete and authoritative guide to dealing with health disorders through nutritional therapy. This book should be on everyone’s shelf.

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Gary Null’s Ultimate Anti-Aging Program
by Gary Null, Ph.D.

Gary Null’s guide offers everything you need to stay biologically young and in peak condition for decades to come. Gary Null has long been an authority on alternative medicine. The host of the longest-running syndicated daily health radio program, Natural Living with Gary Null, he aims to set the record straight on the plethora of conflicting information about aging.

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Complete Guide to Chinese Herbal Medicine:
How to Treat Illness and maintain Wellness with Chinese Herbs
by David Maloney

The aim in Oriental Medicine is to bring the whole body back to a balanced state, allowing it to heal itself naturally and more rapidly. Here you will find the basic ideas and theories behind Chinese herbal medicine. The book also discusses how to diagnose common illnesses or imbalances and provides an alphabetized listing of common, everyday ailments with the appropriate herbal treatment.

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Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical & Emotional Health & Healing
by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup’s visionary holistic medical guide revolutionized the way women ensure their physical and emotional well-being. This book offers the most up-to-date information on women’s health issues, from implementing a dietary program that can change body chemistry, to improving fertility after 35, to deciding whether hormone-replacement therapy is right for you.

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A Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Healing
by Gary Null

The author is well known for his investigative reporting to advance the latest alternative therapy modalities. Readers will find well written descriptions of the healing applications for all the leading nutrients: amino acids, phytochemicals, herbs and more. East meets West to deliver a new path in medicine.

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Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine
by Tori Hudson, Christiane Northrup

This book is compassionate and authoritative. It demonstrates how you can use an integrative medical plan combining conventional and naturopathic health care to maintain and heal your body. This book is the most comprehensive guide available to help you make informed choices and take charge of your health. This groundbreaking work covers the whole range of women’s health concerns–from cancer prevention to contraception, heart conditions to sexually transmitted diseases–and offers sound information on safe, effective complementary therapies including vitamin supplementation, herbs, diet, bodywork, and exercise.

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Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition
by Andrew Weil M.D.

At last, a book about eating (and eating well) for health by the brilliantly in-novative and greatly respected doctor who has been instrumental in transforming the way Americans think about health. A worthwhile discussion of how to formulate a healthy approach to eating. Weil begins by explaining the seven basic propositions of his own nutritional philosophy, beginning with the fact that we have to eat to live. Second, eating is a major source of pleasure in life, and any nutritional recommendations that don’t acknowledge that fact are doomed to fail. Third, is that foods which are healthy and those that are pleasurable are not mutually exclusive. His fourth and fifth points suggest that we recognize eating as a social interaction, and that what we eat reflects our personal and cultural identities. Finally, how we eat is also a determinant of health.

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Reinventing Medicine Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing
by Larry Dossey, M.D.

This book has been praised for its stunning brilliance, scholary depth, and deep compassion. Respected cardiologist Larry Dossey discusses a subject he’s been studying for more than a decade: the scientifically documented fact that long-distance prayers, compassionate thoughts, and good intentions help patients improve, even when they are unaware of such efforts on their behalf.

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Breathe In, Breathe Out: Inhale Energy and Exhale Stress by Guiding and Controlling your Breathing
by James E. Loehr, Jeffrey A. Migdow

Doesn’t it seen surreal that we have become so disconnected from our bodies in modern times that we need to be re-taught how to breathe? Research has now revealed that something as natural as breathing can actually be done in ways that enhance our well-being and, when done incorrectly, create physical and emotional imbalances. This book gives us just the right amount of explanation of the physiology of breath and then a host of different breath exercises that answer many different needs. Here is the book to open your eyes to the gift of breath, as well as to assist you in reconnecting to it.

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Natural Eye Care: An Encyclopedia: Complementary Treatments for Improving and Saving Your Eyes
by Marc Grossman, Glen Swartwout

With all the advances in eye medicine, this title is the first step in shifting some of the responsibility of eye care from health professional to individual. What most people don’t know is integrated medicine can be an effective tool in the treatment of eye disorders such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and more. The authors use therapies such as vitamin and mineral supplementation, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and much more with great success.

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The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen
by Peter Berley, Melissa Clark (Contributor), Beth Galton (Photographer), Laura hart Maestro

Peter Berley’s mission is to show how the simple act of cooking food can enliven your senses and nourish your life–from going to the farmer’s market and outfitting your kitchen with the simplest, most useful tools to learning techniques and sharing meals with friends and family. The author takes you through the seasons, with more than two hundred sumptuous recipes that feature each ingredient at its peak.

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Light: Medicine of the Future
by Jacob Liberman

Jacob Liberman, who has doctorates in both optometry and vision science, says that people who live on Earth evolved to thrive under the light put forth by our sun, and that we potentially harm ourselves when we hide from sunlight. He explains how to utilize the therapeutic benefits of light, and maintains our bodies need at least a small amount of UV light in order to function properly. He emphasizes that light is a nutrient for the body. Syntonics is the name given to light therapy, which involves utilizing specific colors for healing specific ailments. Dr. Liberman discusses its benefits in treating vision problems, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), cancer, and learning disabilities. It is an invaluable reference for all those interested in natural healing.

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Boundless Healing: Meditation Exercises to Enlighten the Mind and Heal the Body 
by Tulku Thondup, Daniel P. Goleman

This book offers simple meditation techniques that will awaken healing energies in the body and mind. Using Buddhist principles as a basis, the author describes techniques that draw on our innate capacities of imagination and memory, our natural enjoyment of beauty, and our deep-seated attraction to a quiet, calm state. This is a book for all those who wish to become healthier, happier, and more peaceful in everyday life.

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The Web That Has No Weaver 
by Ted J. Kaptchuk

The classic guide to traditional Chinese medicine is back. With the wisdom of a Taoist sage and the critical mind of a western scientist, the author demystifies this ancient practice without losing its artful underpinnings. From its relationship to Chinese painting to its incorporation of soul and spirit into the healing equation, the Chinese medical paradigm paints an elegant picutre of health that is as poetic as it is effective. Sketches of common ailments combine with cutting edge studies create a frank synthesis of Western and Eastern healing.

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Bombshell: Explosive Medical Secrets That Will Redefine Aging
by Suzanne Somers

Dubbed a health pioneer by the Wall Street Journal and called “crazy smart” by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Suzanne Somers has repeatedly opened up new terrain to health seekers worldwide. And now, with Bombshell, she does it again. Acting like your personal medical detective, she has found the most advanced scientists, doctors, and health professionals and gotten them to share jaw-dropping advances that will stop deterioration and set you on the path to restoration and healthy longevity. By taking advantage of these new bombshell advancements, you can live longer than ever with great quality of life, and experience a different way to age: with great health, strong bones, vitality, a working brain, and sizzling sexuality. All of it is yours for the taking if you are willing to make some simple, effective changes. In Bombshell you will learn about explosive medical secrets utilizing the groundbreaking technologies of today, or the very near future, that will allow us all to truly maintain the fountain of youth.

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