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

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Ballantine Books, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 306 pages
Now expanded and updated–the #1 New York Times bestselling book in which one of America's most brilliant doctors shares his famous program for improving and protecting your health

Eight Weeks to Optimum Health lays out Dr. Andrew Weil's famous week-by-week, step-by-step plan that will keep your body's natural healing system in peak working order. It covers diet, exercise, lifestyle, stress, and environment–all 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

Plus–programs tailored to the specific needs of pregnant women, senior citizens, overweight people, and those at risk for cancer.

“If there is a heaven, sixtysomething Weil is headed there, but if he practices what he preaches, probably not for some time yet.”
– London Times

“Dr. Andrew Weil is an extraordinary phenomenon.”
The Washington Post
 

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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

Dr. Weil takes a wholistic approach to health care. This book provides stories of health, recipes, suggested supplements, and changes to lifestyle. He provides an outline for improving health through eight weeks of progressive changes and experiments such as fruit or water fasts. Read full review

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User Review  - wedi - Overstock.com

The book is great however it arrived as though the pages still needed to be trimmed! I have purchased before from this site and this was not the case. Read full review

Contents

An Overview of Health and Healing
16
Defying a Prognosis
25
Why Eight Weeks?
37
WEEK
47
7
117
WEEK FIVE
123
The Power of Ginger
138
WEEK SEVEN 16 1
161
I4 For Those Over Age Fifty
209
I6 For Those Under Age Twenty
216
I8 For Women 2 24
225
2O For Parents of Young Children
233
For Those Who Travel Frequently
244
For Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
255
For Those at Risk for Cancer
261
Acknowledgments
267

The Power of Intimacy
175
I3 WEEK NINE AND BEYond
196
Peripheral Neuropathy
203
Notes
281
Index
293
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About the author (2007)

Andrew Weil, M.D., has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health and for fifteen years was a Research Associate in Ethnopharmacology at the Harvard Botanical Museum. He has traveled extensively throughout the world collecting information about the medicinal properties of plants, altered states of consciousness, and healing. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine and other national publications. He is under constant demand to lecture and appear on radio and television. He is currently Associate Director of the Division of Social Perspectives in Medicine, and Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he practices natural and preventive medicine. Eight Weeks to Optimum Health is his seventh book.


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