HEALTHY IMMUNITY

Scientifically Proven Natural Treatments
for Conditions from A--Z


Allergies » Autoimmunity » Cancer » Heart Disease
Menopause » Thyroid
and More

Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe, MSc

Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 1, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1575664860
ISBN-13: 978-1575664866


Table of Contents.

Foreword

Introduction

As little as two decades ago, those seeking medical treatments using herbs, homeopathy, detoxification, vitamins, and minerals would have had a hard time locating a general practitioner who would even discuss these types of treatments, let alone recommend their use. The term given to this non-drug approach to disease elimination was "alternative." People sought this type of treatment after exhausting what conventional medicine had to give. Only a handful of medical doctors would offer "alternative" medical care to their patients for fear of being threatened by their medical boards or ostracized by their peers. Anyone seeking an alternative approach to drug therapies had to educate themselves by reading books and other materials. Or they enlisted the help of health food store owners, herbalists, homeopaths, traditional Chinese medicine doctors, acupuncturists, and the rare naturopath.

In twenty years much has changed. A dramatic shift in our health consciousness has taken place. Pharmacists are being trained in herbal and homeopathic medicine. Thousands of medical practitioners are prescribing to the principles of natural medicine. Many more medical doctors practice "integrative" medicine, where they combine research-backed alternative medical treatments with the best of allopathic medicine. And several hundred licensed naturopathic doctors are offering excellent patient care. In addition, medical universities now offer courses on alternative medicine. The University of British Columbia, McMaster University in Ontario, and the University of Alberta offer complementary medicine programs for medical students. Post-graduate degrees are available in homeopathy and naturopathy at Bastyr University in Seattle. The University of Maryland at Baltimore offers a two-year fellowship in Integrative and Complementary Medicine. Harvard Medical School Center for Alternative Medicine Research provides post-secondary education for doctors. Stanford Medical School, the University of Arizona, and the University of Berkeley, California, also offer such programs.

Thousands of research studies on plant nutrients and vitamins and minerals have been performed in university laboratories and clinical settings. These studies are confirming the effectiveness of alternative treatments, giving validation to decades of traditional use. Recognized journals worldwide, including The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine, among others, regularly publish the promising results of nutritional medicine. Physicians are reading these scientific reports and the validation is clear. Science is confirming what traditional healers and pioneers in alternative medicine have known since the beginning of time—Mother Nature provides us with what we need to be well.

Many people are becoming disenchanted with conventional medicine's drugs and the cut and burn approach to disease. Illnesses that are caused by inadequate nutrition, too much stress, and environmental toxins-many of which are dealt with in this book—do not respond well to prescription drug therapies. Strange diseases not seen several decades ago now plague our society: fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases such as lupus, MS, scleroderma, as well as HIV. Diabetes and arthritis are rampant. These diseases are caused by lifestyle and environmental problems, not by a lack of prescription drugs. Moreover, the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and viruses that mutate so fast that current treatments quickly become ineffective, have also made people realize that there must be a better way. People are looking for solutions, and starting to understand that preventing disease and taking charge of their family's health makes sense. Our medical doctors also now recognize conventional medicine's shortcomings.

Healthy Immunity: Scientifically proven natural treatments for conditions from A-Z provides you with the most up-to-date, research-backed recommendations for treatment of the top 100 modern diseases, with special emphasis on over 25 autoimmune disorders. Wherever possible, the treatments recommended throughout the book are scientifically backed with research using human subjects.

When using this book you can go directly to the disease that affects you and then read the associated chapters. If you are currently taking medication, consult your physician before embarking on any new health care program.

A healthy immune system is the basis for the prescription for health treatment suggestions. Your immune system is your body's internal healing machine. When in prime condition, you are well. When the immune system fails, you become ill. Optimal immunity is the key to good health and longevity.