Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition

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This comprehensive, up-to-date self-help book is a practical reference guide to drug-free remedies. Co-written by a medical doctor and a certified nutritionist, "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" provides all the information you need to design your own nutritional program for better health. It includes in-depth coverage of a wide variety of topics, and the latest research on herbal remedies. 869 pages. James & Phyllis Balch, co-authors.

  • A comprehensive reference guide for all-natural remedies
  • Aids the reader in designing their own nutritional program
  • Authored by James and Phyllis Balch, a medical doctor and a nutritionist, respectively

Customer Reviews:

  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition
    We had earlier editions which we found quite valuable. This edition (4th) is no exception....more info
  • nutritional healing
    This book is written for the layman in explaining what the disease is, what the mineral , vitamin , amino acid, water, herb is and how to use it --it has been divided into sections. with all allphabetized -- I started with the 3rd edition and then when the 4th edition came out grabbed that one --I have given quite a number of this book as gifts to family and friends --it is well worth the money and time for your health and understanding of your body --stay happy and healthy - get this book ...more info
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing 06
    I am not a devout herbalist, but I don't like to take a lot of medications either. If I can heal myself or prevent problems with diet, exercise, therapies, vitamins, minerals, or herbal supplements, then I would prefer to!

    I wanted one natural healing book. Just one- for reference. So I read through a TON of books at 2 different bookstores and at Whole Foods. I choose this one because it covered SO much.

    It has sections on almost 300 ailments (for example: anxiety, hair loss, hypoglycemia, arthritis, stress, migraine, depression, indigestion, flu and bee-sting) and it lists the vitamins, minerals, and herbs good to use for each problem. Compared to my internet research, it recommends many of the same things and more. I love that it also gives advice on what not to take, what not to mix, how much, and what problems can arise (no other book seemed to do this as well). In addition, there is info on diet, exercise, and alternative therapies. In the front of the book, she explains herbs, minerals, the different types of enzymes, and more. I also enjoy the essential oils list in the back.

    It is a little confusing when she lists some supplements by Brand Name (I don't like that). And the herbs are more of a post script to each list, but if you want more on herbs she does have a separate book just for that ("Prescription for Herbal Healing").

    I am happy with just this one book- plus the advice of the wonderful folks at Erewhon and Whole Foods (who, as it turns out, reference this same book!).
    ...more info
  • Mom of eight!!
    I have used that Priscription for Nutritional Healing for several years now and it has saved me many trips to the Doctor by showing me how to take care of my self and my family.
    I am mother of 8 children--and 10 grandchildren and so this year I ordered this book for them for Christmas. I wanted them to have a good reference book of their own as they raise their families!!!
    I call this book My health bible!!! ...more info
  • Good book
    This is a really good book - great reading for anything that is bothering you medically. It will explain vitamins, minerals & any medical problems. This is the 2nd edition of this book I have bought & I turn to it any time that I need answers to my medical problems. Great read - definitely recommend!...more info
  • Prescription for nutritional healing fourth edition

    Best nutritional(help book)I have ever purchased.I am 60 years old. By following the information given, along with exercising and eating healthy food, I have already seen results for my arthritis pain,fibromyalgia and insomnia. It's a great book!...more info
  • All Natural Bible
    If you have a cold sore, strep throat, pink eye, any of the common aliments that affect us this is the go to book to have for natural remedies. I ordered this book Thursday morning and it came Friday afternoon, super fast and convenient. Thanks Amazon!!...more info
  • Healthcare is a Consumer's Nightmare
    Anymore, it's hard knowing how to treat or prevent physical or medical problems, be it the common cold or chronic conditions such as diabetes and cancer. I stumbled by accident upon this book and have slowly been making my way through it (It's 869 pages!).

    I view the book as a 'starter' for many conditions, rather than one that has definitive and detailed advice or recommendations. That's not a bad thing, but it means the reader will need to do a bit more research on some of the supplements/herbs/treatments that are recommended. As an example, the author frequently suggests Colloidal Silver (for everything from ear infections to rattlesnake bites). If you look this up online, however, there is a HUGE split between the traditional and non-traditional health/medical communities as to whether this is safe to use. Granted, this isn't uncommon, but it's particularly prounonced with this supplement.

    Anyhow, the book is well-organized and covers a lot of topics. If you have a certain condition and have looked into common causes and treatments, this book probably won't tell you more than you already know. But if you're looking for a good overview of how to treat a whole variety of conditions, this is a great book....more info
  • Be careful, and do your own research before following some of these prescriptions
    This is an excellent book in that it contains, in one place, an enormous amount of information about supplements and their use in treating various medical conditions. It also goes through all of the vitamins and minerals, amino acids, digestive enzymes, herbs, etc., explaining their function.

    But do your own homework after consulting this book. Under AIDS, St. John's Wort is noted as containing "two substances, hypericin and pseudohypericin, that inhibit retroviral infections and could be useful in the treatment of AIDS." This is bad advice, because one of the most widely known herbal/drug interactions--and widely known since about 1997--is that St. John's Wort and protease inhibitors don't mix. This might actually be THE most widely known and infamous interaction. If you're a person living with HIV/AIDS, and you're taking a protease inhibitor, you should not take St. John's Wort UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. It is proven fact that St. John's Wort decreases the levels of the PIs in your blood, making them less effective. Meaning that if you have AIDS, are taking a protease inhibitor and St. John's Wort, you could very well be shortening your life expectancy. This is serious stuff, and not to be taken lightly.

    Glutathione is also mentioned throughout this book. When introduced, the book does say that "the effectiveness of oral formulas [of glutathione] is questionable. To raise glutathione levels, it is better to supply the body with the raw materials it uses to make this compound: cysteine, glutamic acid...glycine...and N-acetylcysteine". But when this is recommended for use in "The Disorders" section of the book, little mention is made of the ineffectiveness of oral glutathione, and indeed recommends specific amounts of glutathione one should take.

    Let me be clearer than this book has been: oral glutathione is worthless. If you're using it, you're not getting any benefit, and the companies that sell oral glutathione know this well. It's frustrating to see reputable companies produce a product just to make money when they know *for a fact* that it has zero benefit. If they really wanted to make money, they should instead put sugar pills in the glutathione bottles. That would be cost-effective! Interestingly enough, my partner is in pharmacy school and they just had a lecture on glutathione yesterday. I won't try to translate the medical techy stuff, but the gist of it is this: it won't be absorbed by the cells.

    So why does this book recommend glutathione (by itself, with no disclaimer) throughout? That's a good question, and I'd love to know the answer.

    Still, the book has its uses. As I noted, nowhere else will you find such a wealth of information in one place, and so easily accessible and understood. Just be prepared to do your homework....more info
  • Great book for health information
    This is my 4th edition of this book. I enjoy the convienence of having this reference in my home. I have used this book for insomnia, ADHD, and more. I would recommend it if you are into natural healing. ...more info
  • Couldn't do without this book!!!
    I have used this book for about the last 10 years!!! The information in the book is exhaustive and very accurate!! My daughter had borrowed it so often that I just gave her one for her birthday. I told her she would be using it all the time!!! Even if you have to have medication for a condition, this book tells you all the vitamins, minerals, herbal and nutritional things that will help to enhance the condition. I would not want to be without this wonderful book!!!!!!!!...more info
  • Great referance book
    I love this book it is so informative I refer to it on a regular basis....more info
  • The only book you'll need for reference
    I have used this book for many years. I always buy the next edition when it comes out because the information is so up-to-date. This is the only book that health food stores use for reference and that's why I initially started using it.

    You can't go wrong with this book!...more info
  • Love It / Recommend to everyone
    I love this book, it is full of useful information on vitamins, supplements of all kinds, conditions and even some RX meds. I like the way this book is laid out, the way it is written. I have used this to treat several life long medical problems (with my doctor of course) I am not longer on any RX only vitamines and amino acids. My conditions are controlled and I have no side effects as I did with the RX. This book has been a life saver to me and even if you don't need it for something specific, the information is priceless. ...more info
  • encyclopedic info
    This book is a must for all health-conscious people. It has so much information about every condition. I can't recommend it highly enough, and have purchased copies as gifts for several friends. It's a huge volume, but relatively inexpensive. A superb reference book!...more info
  • The value of nutrition
    This book was recommended to me by someone who at one point had been given 6 months to live. Using this book and other techniques she managed to make a full recovery. A relative of mine has a health opportunity right now, so I decided to buy this book, and follow her herbal recommendations.

    I have been hearing some great stories about people seeing herbalists, and using herbs and other supplements in addition to regular medical treatment, going outside the normal level of resource to improve their health, and experiencing relief and cure from life threatening conditions.

    Therefore, I highly recommend this book, as being jam packed with useful information which is easy to use. For example, burdock root is reputed to have anti tumor properties.

    The further you get into book, the more valuable information you notice is contained in it.

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  • It's definitely huge
    Outside of the unabridged dictionary this is the biggest, heaviest book I've ever had. Perhaps the 870 packed full pages could be cut into two volumes. But as for the real review, this book and its author(s) have somehow managed to keep pace with the changing times. I had the first book way back in the mid to late 80's and it was remarkably well done and help me and my family immensely. This book is just a bigger volume, meaning it is up to date. As before, it is well organized, easy to read and understand, and very educational. I'm glad I got it. Now I need to build a podium that can hold it :-) You can't go wrong with this book....more info
  • Nutritional Health Bible
    We are only telling you of the excellent results we obtained after using a suggested treatment from this book. I have been using this book since the first edtion was published. The book was suggested reading by an amish man that was introduced to me at a country auction. I told the gentleman that my doctor's had tried everything over 4 plus years to lower my blood LDL cholesterol levels, lower my blood total cholesterol levels, and to raise my good blood cholesterol levels in the way of diet, exercise, and prescriptions. We are restricted in exercising by injuries received from an automobile accident. My cholesterol levels went from 600 to 210 in just under 3 months per my medical doctor, after using only 800 mcg of a mineral that this book suggested to take for high cholesterol. My medical doctor was shocked at the results of only just under 3 months of using this mineral had lowered my blood LDL cholesterol levels, lowered my blood total cholesterol levels, and raised my good blood cholesterol levels from 0 to within normal levels. We told my medical doctor that I wanted to stopping all prescriptions for cholesterol for 2 weeks before I started the 800 mcg daily doseage of the mineral suggesteed by the book. We found out later the amish gentleman was a self taught medical doctor. He is limited by state law to only doctor within their faith in the amish community. I did run into the amish gentleman again at another auction. We told him how much I enjoyed reading and using the suggested treatments in the book that he told me to read....more info
  • A Safe healing method
    I was looking for a book on safe healing. That is with no chemicals. Then I found this book in the internet. I bought it and use it as a guidance for different types of illness. Surprisingly it worked. So I shared those contents that I have experienced with several friends who later requested me to get buy the book for them. I bought them and gave them to my friends for free. Altogether I have bought 4 books and will be buying another one soon....more info
  • Great Book!
    Absolutely Great Book for anyone! Even if you never buy an herb, this is a great book to have on hand to reference in the middle of the night when you're wondering about some problem you or a loved one are experiencing. It gives great recommendations of diet, herbs, vitamins, what not to do or eat, etc. It helps you help yourself be more healthy & conscious of what will benefit you naturally...not saying "don't go to your MD"... just "take responsibility for your own health & here is a guidebook."...more info
  • Good Book
    Bought several of these books for family and friends. This is our go to book when someone is sick. ...more info
  • My go-to reference for family health...
    I have a bachelors degree in holistic health, and was introduced to this book years ago when I first began studying alternative medicine. I have used this reference time and time again in treating myself and my family for common ailments. It never fails to yield useful information, always directing the reader to conventional medicine for more serious illnesses. An extremely useful tool for family healthcare. ...more info
  • Taking Responsibility
    This book is helpful. I am mostly interested in the power of mind and self ideas for healing, but I know nutritional healing is also very important. I wouldn't take this information as law, but it is very helpful. I would say the nutritional suggestions are very important and right for most. Every body is so individual so there's just not one solution for all, but this is a great start....more info
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing
    Have used this reference for many years. Current update has much more material making it even more useful. ...more info
  • Useful reference book
    Even in this age of the internet, this is a helpful reference book to have available. Excellent information on health and supplements. Easy to find information. I definitely recommend it....more info
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing , 4th Edition by Phyllis Balch
    This book is a wonderful reference book for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch. I actually checked out an earlier version of this book and liked it so well I had to have my own copy of the latest edition. A friend of mine recommended this book to me in regard to osteoporosis, it has wonderful information in healing bones etc. with natural nutrition. Great addition to my library, I would highly recommend it to anyone. Marlene...more info
  • Great Book
    Everyone would benefit from having this book as a medical and nutritional reference. It's loaded with great information, and is well written and easy to understand. ...more info
  • Very Thorough But...
    I read both this book and the book written by her husband, Prescription for Natural Cures. I noticed before I read them that she is a nurse, and he is a doctor, so I thought that she would be easier to understand, and he more technical, however, the opposite proved to be true.
    I felt her book to be very dry, and clinical, as if being a mere nurse made her overly self-conscious and politically correct, or rather, more afraid of people taking her advice and trying to file malpractice suits.
    His book, on the other hand, manages to convey warmth, and encouragement, and doesn't make you feel as if you have to run straight to a doctor to discuss every little thing (though he does mention it for legal reasons.
    All in all, if you can only buy one, I recommend Natural cures, but since people are different, really, you should check both out from the library, and decide which one suits your home library better, and buy that one....more info
  • Great advice
    This is my third copy(I always give mine away!) The information keeps getting better....more info
  • top notch medical reference book
    This is the fourth edition of this book and I have owned or do own
    each of the prior three editions. Each subsequent edition has contained
    a greater wealth of information than its predocessor(s).
    This is a superior medical reference, that no home should be without.
    I have and continue to recommend this book to all my friends and family.
    Ms. Balch had a compassion for people and an amazing understanding
    of health and nutrition which resulted in an excellent body of work. Kudos
    to her and heart felt condolances to her family. She will be sorely missed!...more info
  • Great Information
    The book was purchased as an update to an earlier edition. It was well worth the price! It is well written and easy to understand. I fully recommend this book....more info
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing
    I found this book fascinating and helpful, not only for my acute problem, but for EVERY ailment known! With all of the additives that are turning out to be poisons to our body, I refer to this manuel first!
    I ended up having to have my gallbladder out, but if I had taken care of it YEARS ago, with methods in this book, I'm sure I would still have my gallbladder today!
    My husband has BPH, and he's following the book's protocol. We'll see at his next checkup!...more info
  • Excellent reference
    I've been sick recently and this book definitely helped me with herbs, vitamins, and foods to help me feel better. I'm not really into herbs and taking lots of pills, so I was able to pick & choose what I would include and what I would exclude. Very easy to understand and find what you need....more info
  • Great Reference Tool
    What I love about this book is how thorough it is. Not only does it cover a lot of ailments, but when it lists helpful supplements, it explains exactly how they work, recommended dosage, and the importance of it. It also give suggestions for lifestyle changes (for example, foods to avoid, the importance of exercise, etc.) Amazing. It's organized well, you can look things up by ailment OR supplement. ...more info
  • Outstanding Authority - We Updated from the Previous Version
    I am Director of Sales & Marketing for a major pet supplement company. Our people have used this book (the previous version) for years to help understand issues regarding health and nutrition. This new version is just as valuable as the previous version. It's one of the vital resources we use daily. I especially like how part of the book is devoted to ingredients (grouped by type, like herbs, etc) and all the things they do, while the other part focuses on health problems themselves. It's easy to understand, seems thoroughly researched, and is fun to read. We often look up one thing and find ourselves reading for hours about all these other interesting facts and nutritional suggestions. As a healthcare related company, it's essential. As people interested in health and nutrition, it's great fun!...more info
  • Helpful reference
    This book has a thorough description of symptoms related to various diseases and then offers helpful suggestions on what one can do to treat a specific disease. Using this guide I was able to suspect I had Celiac's disease and so I ordered the blood work on my own. Sure enough the results came back positive for Celiac's....more info
  • Okay, but not great
    I thought this book was okay, but I wouldn't call it a classic. I did hold onto it, and it is on my bookshelf, but I rarely refer to it. When I do, it's just to get a basic description of an illness, not for the remedies it recommends. I felt like it just repeated what everybody else is saying, and didn't really have any original information to offer....more info
  • Prescription for Nutritonal Healing; Fourth Edition
    What a great book to have on hand! I lost count of the number of times I have referred to this book for research and have sited it in many papers. Although written by a practitioner, it's easy to understand and has clear and very useful reference tables. I recommend this book frequently to others who are researching in a quest to better their own health. It's great to have such a down to earth reference written by a respected clinician; far too many people publish without the credentials to support their views. ...more info
  • The perfect well being directory
    This is a great guide for quick reference. It has great, easy to understand information in an easy to use format. I just love it. ...more info
  • Great Book
    I highly recommend this book. I have three children, and I use this book to look things up all the time. It covers many health issues and gives great recommendations....more info
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing
    Great and informative book. So much so it is the second I have owned. Apparently the first one someone thought was great too. If you just use some of the information you will live healthier!!!...more info
  • Fantastic Information, Easy to Follow
    Prescription for Nutritional Healing is a very informative and easy to follow guide book. It not only offers information for you to discern on your own, you can follow up on the the information they give you to double check it for your self-It has been quite helpful and true to diagnoses. I would recommend it for reading just to be informed on what is going on with our own bodies, even if you have no symptons to treat !

    book bugger...more info
  • Amazing Book!
    Let's just say that this is a wonderfully informative, useful book. Even if your a staunch "Western medicine" believer, you should still have it for your household. Anyone who is cultivating a more healthy holistic approach to healing and doesn't have this book, really ought to get it right NOW!

    Like the title says "Nutritional" healing. So you don't necessarily have to take out your mortar and pestle yet. Try the Vitamin and mineral suggestions, and things to leave out of your diet, you might find that it helps do exactly what you were looking for....more info
  • whatever
    Great book! Very helpful and insightful. I don't know if it's worth waiting 2 months for it, though! I don't recommend getting any oversize packages delivered by mail. Too much time and hassle!...more info
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing - 4th Edition
    This is a very large book with great information. I like how it is laid out and for each issue (in Part Two of the book) the author separates some supplements you may want to take into groups in order of their importance/effectiveness. There is also a lot of information in the first part of the book.

    Because this is such a comprehensive book, I don't think the author is able to be a specialist in each of the areas discussed, which can cause a problem. In specific, I was looking at the lupus section and the author recommends taking alfalfa herbs. Alfalfa is a big no-no for lupus patients in all forms (this is addressed in a wonderful book written specifically about lupus called "The Lupus Book - 4th Edition by Daniel Wallace). Under "recommendations", the author does recommend avoid eating alfalfa sprouts, but still recommends it as an herb. Any form of alfalfa is potentially harmful and may cause serious flares in a lupus patient. This is just an example of how the author can give some misleading advice.

    So, although it is a great overall resource, I would highly recommend researching any specific problems/diseases you may be dealing with in addition to using the information in this book - just to be sure that you are getting the specialized information that the author may not be able to provide....more info
  • Remedies
    I like this book it has a lot of good stuff in it. You should get it and read it for your own good.


    Bamidele Orogun - Thomas...more info
  • My Bible
    I own MANY Herb, aromatherphy, natural healing etc books. But this book is irreplaceable. It truely is MY BIBLE. Many Friends and family call asking questions..... Finally I decided that this book is a Great Book For Sharing... Great for just an "I Love You" gift, I care enough about you taking care of yourself and your Family gift. Of all my references this book by far is my favorite.
    D.C. Phoenix...more info
  • The best!
    This is the best reference book for nutritional healing. This is a must have in my house. ...more info
    This is a very thick book with tons of information. I am really enjoying reading it and finding alternative healing to my family's health issues, from breast cancer to autism to allergies....more info
  • Very helpful
    I really appreciate all the research and information in this book. I buy this every time they come out with an updated version. it is indispensable!...more info
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing
    This is an excellent reference book for nutritional and natural healing. I had the 2nd edition for some time and updated it last year. Since then I have purchased three more 4th editions for friends and family. It is very comprehensive. ...more info
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing
    I have now purchased four of these helpful health guides and given three to family members!
    This book is helpful and informative!
    I highly recommend it for anyone interested in being as healthy as possible!...more info
  • Prescription For Nutritional Healing
    Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements ... A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies)I love this book. There is a lot of good information on many different health issues. This is one of the best natural healing books that I have read....more info
  • Nutritional Healing, thoughtful and generally complete
    I found this book, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, very useful and complete. It's a great resource guide to nutritional healing. Her organization and presentation of the material is so easy to read. In part one she offers the basic building blocks of health, (nutrition, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, engymes, herbs, natural foods, etc.) In the second part of her book, she lists a fairly complete listing of the disorders with descriptions of each and the remedies and therapies, and in the last part of her book she summarizes various other alternative therapies (like aryuvedic medicine, the use of music and sound, blood purification, color therapy, the use of crystals, the use of magnets, exercise, yoga, and hormonal treatments, and she also includes a nice listing of pain management alternatives. I love the no-nonsense, quick reference organizational quality and especially how informative it is for a lay person and how she sometimes offers not just one or two modalities of remedies or therapies, but several. She also indicates her favorite, good quality products that one can purchase at most quality health food stores. While there are some products that will need to be ordered online or directly from the company, her suggestions are rich and varied and one is bound to find what one needs.

    There's also a nice quick reference section towards the front of the book around/approximately page 70-110 that list various herbs and their uses. Although, I'd like to see this section much expanded to include more of the listed herbs' uses, but also to include many more herbs listed as well, along with any 'warnings' on all the herbs too.

    She has a nice glossary at the back, plus generous listings of product mfg and distributors, medical and health organizations, and a strong index.

    I'd like to see her ad more illnesses and disorders and go into greater depth on some of the ones that she lists that are currently somewhat abbreviated. I'd like to see an even stronger glossary, and for the index to be updated.

    Nevertheless, this is a great book to have, whether one is just learning or is an informed reader about natural and alternative remedies. I highly recommend it. Buy it....more info
  • Comprehensive
    With over five million copies sold, this book is one of the most read texts on nutritional health. I say "text" because it measures in at a good inch and three-quarters thick. Written by a certified nutritionist and a bona-fide MD, it is neatly divided up into three parts.

    Part I, a quarter-inch thick discusses the basic principles of health and nutrition. This section lists and explains the various kinds of nutrients and food supplements.

    Part II, by far the biggest section of the book measuring in at an inch and a quarter, provides the reader with an A-Z listing of many common disorders (such as backache or diabetes) and what you can do about them from a nutritional point of view.

    The book ends with Part III, the last quarter-inch of the book, which is devoted to traditional therapies and conventional treatments that can be used along with a nutritional support. Here you'll find info on treatments such as chiropractic, massage therapy, color therapy, and so on.

    I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the amount of info contained in this book and I can definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good nutritional reference book to put on their shelf when questions arise. Additionally, is also might give readers ideas of other types of therapies they could try for various medical problems. Other health titles I can recommend also include The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution for people who have trouble with chronic plantar fasciitis....more info
  • Nutritional Healing
    This book has always been the one resource we refer to when needing a to-the-point answer to questions about a health problem. It explains why, what to do, vitamins needed, herbs etc. Great, great resource and easy to understand !!!...more info
  • Nutrition book
    I bought this for my son-in-law and daughter to look up information for his illness. They found a bounty of information....more info


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