The Alternative Medicine Handbook

The Alternative Medicine HandbookAuthor(s): Barrie R. Cassileth

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company

Hardcover: 340 pages

ISBN: 0393045668

ISBN-13: 978-0393045666

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From Booklist , 02/01/98:

An estimated 60 million Americans use alternative therapies each year. Cassileth, affiliated with the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine, the American Cancer Society, and two medical schools, offers a survey of 54 therapies from a decidedly conservative, mainstream medical point of view. Though claiming that her book neither promotes nor opposes any therapy, she clearly has not made the paradigm shift necessary to understand the bases of much of this vast array of approaches, particularly alternative anticancer therapies or those originating in other cultures. The author often steers the reader away from the particular therapy by recommending that he or she first contact a medical doctor or mainstream organization, such as the Arthritis Foundation. Therapies here are organized into such groups as diet and herbs, bodywork, and mind-body. In chapters of 5 to 10 pages, each approach is treated as follows: what it is, what practitioners say it does, beliefs on which it is based, research evidence to date, what it can do for the patient, and where to get it. Factual errors in several entries were noted; missing in this work are considerations of medical politics or economics. Purchase it to balance more favorable views of alternative treatments. Copyright© 1998, American Library Association. All rights reserved

An expert in alternative medicine gives readers the complete low-down on what works, what doesn’t, what can help, and what can harm. In clear, nontechnical language, Dr. Cassileth describes the origin of each alternative therapy, the reasons practitioners say it works, the scientific evidence, and the places to go for treatment. Photos & illustrations National media publicity. Targeted print ads.

Customer Comments

Be educated not mindless about alternative medicine. People are finally taking control of their health. But that means using as discerning an eye about alternative therapy as about mainstream medicine. Cassileth has studied what does–and what doesn’t–work. I find the Booklist review inaccurate and dangerous. There are no anti-cancer therapies outside of mainstream medicine that have cured people yet. I do believe that if an alternative therapy for cancer is found that works–look at tamoxifen from yew trees–doctors will use it. In the meantime, mainstream medicine has prolonged the lives of some of my friends who have cancer–and given them the hope of a cure. Cassileth is, indeed, open to other cultures. She finds yoga, acupuncture, and some other types of Chinese medicine do enhance well being, and lists almost 40 conditions in a brief chart that can be alleviated through alternative/complementary medicine. She admits that some therapies seem to work despite no firm scientific evidence. She tries to remind people that whether what you take is made by a pharmacy or by nature, it can still have powerful–and sometimes dangerous–effects. This book is a good way of learning about the myriad therapies and finding ones that will help you.

from Truro, MA , 01/12/98, rating=9:
Great Basic Resource for Alternative Medicine Users This is a believable, well–researched book about the growing field of alternative medicine. Its a great book to have as a second opinion when one is considering going outside of traditional medicine to seek treatment or cure for medical and heaslth problems.

Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing – A Practical Guide

Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing - A Practical GuideAuthor(s): Vasant Lad

Publisher: Lotus Light Publications

Paperback: 175 pages

ISBN: 0914955004

ISBN-13: 978-0914955009

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Ayurveda : The Science of Self-Healing : A Practical Guide 1st Ed. Paperback, 175 pages Publication date: January 1, 1984 Book Description : For the first time a book is a available which clearly explains the principlesand practical applications of Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world.The beautifully illustrated text throughly explains the following: History& Philosophy -Basic Principles -Diagnostic Techniques -Treatment – Diet -Medicinal Usage of Kitchen Herbs & Spices – First Aid – Food Aid -FoodAntidotes – And Much More.

The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine

The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal MedicineAuthor(s): Dr.Vasant Lad

Publisher: Lotus Light Publications

Paperback: 251 pages

ISBN: 0941524248

ISBN-13: 978-0941524247

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Book Description:
For the first time, here is a detailed explanation and classfication of herbs,using the ancient system of Ayurveda. More than 250 herbs are listed, with 88 herbs explained in detail. Included are many of the most commonly used Western herbs with a profound Ayurvedic perspective. Important Chinese and special Ayurvedic herbs are introduced. Beautiful diagrams and charts, as well as detailed glossaries, appendices and index are included.

Clean and Green

Clean and GreenAuthor(s): Annie Berhold Bond

Publisher: Ceres Press

Paperback: 162 pages

ISBN: 1886101019

ISBN-13: 978-1886101012

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485 ways to clean, polish, disinfect, deodorize, launder, remove stains, even wash your car, without harming yourself or the environment. Recipes based on harmless, nonpolluting, renewable ingredients. 160 pages, recycled paper/vegetable ink, paperback.

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This remarkable book has sold 100,000 copies – for one reason – the formulas work!

Designer Poisons: How to Protect Your Health and Home from Toxic Pesticides

Designer Poisons : How to Protect Your Health and Home from Toxic Pesticides  Author(s): Marion Moses

Publisher: Pesticide Education Center

Paperback: 413 pages

ISBN: 1881510158

ISBN-13: 978-1881510154

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Booknews, Inc. , 11/01/95
An important book on the hazards of home use pesticides, filled with hard-to-obtain information explained for general readers. After outlining the dangers of pesticide exposure and discussing pesticide labels and regulations, details acute and chronic effects of pesticides, indoor and outdoor use chemicals, pesticides used on pets and humans, and commercial pesticides, with tables of brand name products listing ingredients and toxicity. Includes suggestions for less toxic and nontoxic alternatives, plus many appendices. Available from the Pesticide Education Center, P.O. Box 420870, San Francisco, CA 94142-0870. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Midwest Book Review
What pesticides are linked to cancer, what is the alternative to their use, and how can individuals and homeowners understand the dangers and protect themselves and their families? From brand name pesticide dangers in and outside the home to active ingredients in each, this packs in statistics and data.

The Healthy Household: A Complete Guide for Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment

The Healthy Household: A Complete Guide for Creating a Healthy Indoor EnvironmentAuthor(s): Lynn Marie Bower

Publisher: Healthy House Institute

Paperback: 475 pages

ISBN: 0963715631

ISBN-13: 978-0963715630

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From Booklist, 10/01/95:
We are surrounded by chemically treated and synthetically derived items having the potential to release dangerous chemical compounds into the air. Some of these toxins are mild irritants, while others can have adverse effects on the central nervous system or can be carcinogenic. Here less-toxic and alternative products for daily living are identified, simple methods of reducing risks of irritants and hazards are discussed, and techniques to maintain a healthier indoor environment are outlined. The author, who suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) (a hypersensitivity to exposure to small amounts of synthetic chemicals), coedits an MCS support-group newsletter. Multiple chemical sensitivity is described as a relatively recently labeled condition that is not yet accepted by much of the medical community. The first chapter briefly discusses physicians who recognize and treat chemical illnesses, sources of mail-order companies handling books about MCS, and definitions of terms, including all-natural, no volatile organic compounds (VOC), and unscented. Other chapters discuss in detail personal-care products, clothing and various fibers, and linens. Interior Decorating covers wall paint, flooring, cabinets, furniture, window treatments, and lighting. Lifestyle offers less toxic choices for stationery, wrapping paper, electronic equipment, saunas, luggage, and pets. The chapters Cleaning and Housekeeping describe new procedures for cleaning, storage, and pest control with alternative products. Purifying indoor air and testing and treating home water are covered extensively. Another chapter offers views on the ever-controversial topic of electromagnetic radiation from high-voltage power lines as well as wiring and electrical appliances in the home. Throughout the text hundreds of suggestions, alternatives, and sources are given. The extensive appendix lists contacts for utility and government help, printed material, organizations and consulting services, product sources, and specialized resources for infants and children. The Healthy Household is a comprehensive source for anyone troubled by chemical sensitivities. The meticulous approach to making the home environment less toxic is well researched and practical. For circulating and reference collections on holistic and alternative medicine. Copyright 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved

Living Allergy Free: How to Create and Maintain an Allergen- and Irritant-Free Environment

Living Allergy Free: How to Create and Maintain an Allergen- and Irritant-Free EnvironmentAuthor(s): M. Eric Gershwin, Edwin L. Klingelhofer, Eric M. Gershwin

Publisher: Humana Press

Hardcover: 294 pages

ISBN: 0896032256

ISBN-13: 978-0896032255

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In this commonsense book, Dr. Gershwin and Dr. Klingelhofer offer sensible, practical strategies for identifying the substances that cause allergies (allergens), the symptoms they cause, ways exposure to allergens can be avoided or reduced, and ways you can relieve the symptoms. Living Allergy Free also treats some reactions that are commonly assumed to be allergies, but are really sensitivity or irritant reactions, shows how they can be distinguished from true allergies, and tells you what to do about them. If you suffer from allergies-or if you think you do-Living Allergy Free is just what the doctor would order!

Booknews, Inc. , 12/01/92:
Doctors Gershwin and Klingelhofer teach reader-sufferers how to identify allergens, recognize the symptoms they cause, relieve their symptoms, and reduce–or even avoid altogether–exposure to allergens. They also treat some reactions that are commonly assumed to be allergies, but are in fact sensitivity or irritant reactions. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Indoor Air Quality: Solutions and Strategies

Indoor Air Quality: Solutions and StrategiesAuthor(s): Steve M. Hays, Ronald V. Gobbell, Nicholas R. Ganick

Publisher: McGraw Hill Text

Hardcover: 417 pages

ISBN: 0070273731

ISBN-13: 978-0070273733

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The field of indoor air quality concerns architects, engineers, industrial hygienists and building operators. Bringing together all these disciplines, this expert guide offers vital information and practical guidance to assess and control indoor contaminants in all types of buildings. Featuring the latest investigative procedures, measurement and monitoring techniques and assessment protocols, this book demonstrates how to: conduct thorough occupant interviews, collect and analyze samples, diagnose and solve problems related to air movement and HVAC-systems, minimize pollution from VOC-emitting building materials and equipment, control contamination introduced by maintenance and construction activities and implement a building commissioning plan to minimize problems in new construction. Indoor Air Quality provides tested and proven solutions and strategies you need to design, operate and maintain buildings with good air quality.

Booknews, Inc. , 08/01/95:
An architect, an industrial engineer, and a mechanical engineer offer an overview of what’s known about managing indoor air quality for professionals in the building industry. They provide a foundation for analysis and control, show relationships among the various disciplines concerned with indoor air quality, and discuss practical applications of the disciplines. Includes five appendices and a 12-page glossary.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
The IAQ Problem
Diagnosis and Remediation of IAQ Problems
The Interdisciplinary Approach
Chapter 2. Industrial Hygiene and Its Application to IAQ
Industrial Hygiene Methodology
Indoor Air Quality and Industrial Hygiene
The Application of Industrial Hygiene Methodology to IAQ
Sampling, Analysis, and Interpretation
Chapter 3. Mechanical Engineering and IAQ
Classifications of HVAC Systems
IAQ Issues for HVAC
Existing Buildings: Investigation and Corrective Strategies
New Construction
HVAC System Maintenance
Chapter 4. Architecture, Construction, and Operations
Building Materials
Other Sources of Building Contamination
Building Functional and Occupant Loads
Other Factors That Influence IAQ Perception
Existing Buildings: Investigation and Corrective Strategies
New Construction
Chapter 5. Conclusion
IAQ Management
Status of IAQ
IAQ in Other Facilities
Appendix A. Core Checklist
Appendix B. Occupant Health and Comfort Questionnaire
Appendix C. HVAC IAQ Investigation Checklist
Appendix D. Architecture, Construction, and Operations Checklist
Appendix E. Resources
Symbols and Abbreviations

Healing Environments: Your Guide to Indoor Well Being

Healing Environments: Your Guide to Indoor Well BeingAuthor(s): Carol Venolia, Debra Lynn Dadd

Publisher: Celestial Arts

Paperback: 240 pages

ISBN: 0890874972

ISBN-13: 978-0890874974

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From The WomanSource Catalog & Review:

Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by SH, 02/01/97:
The physical environments we live, work and play in have a direct, but often unrecognized, effect on the harmony of our lives. Becoming aware of our interactions with these spaces and making changes to improve them can help create balance and emotional well-being. Healing Environments provides ways in which to reconfigure our lifestyles and surroundings that will enhance our lives and spiritual beings. For instance, adding accents of silver, the color of the moon, can aid creativity, soothe emotions and soften the ambience in our surroundings. An architect by profession, Carol Venolia guides us beyond the structural dimensions and into the sensorial realms of the spaces we inhabit. This book is presented as a way to get to know ourselves and evaluate our environments, as well as to teach us how the components of color, sound, temperature, light, arrangement and texture can be cultivated to create a healthier and more fufilling existence.

Excerpted from Healing Environments by Carol Venolia (as appears in The WomanSource Catalog & Review). Copyright(c) 1988. Reprinted by permission, all rights reserved:
A friend of mine found another way to change his environment via his perceptions. His heart was in the Sierras, but his work was in San Francisco. He made his peace with the city by knowing the origins of its parts: the granite veneer on his high-rise office building was quarried in the mountains; his drinking water came from the snowfall of the Sierra Nevada; his Victorian row-house was built from the redwood forests; the sun that shone on him also irritating, but necessary requirements for home-dwellers.

Home Safe Home: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Everyday Toxics and Harmful Household Products in the Home

Home Safe Home: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Everyday Toxics and Harmful Household Products in the Home
Author(s): Debra Lynn Dadd

Publisher: Putnam Pub Group

Paperback: 464 pages

ISBN: 087477859X

ISBN-13: 978-0874778595

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Toxins in the home can be the cause of unexplained headaches, fatigue, and depression. It is also widely believed that there is a definite link between the increased use of toxins and the rising rate of cancer. In this book, the author of Nontoxic, Natural & Earthwise and The Nontoxic Home & Office presents more than 400 tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace harmful substances found in the home. Card catalog description Home Safe Home offers more than 400 tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace harmful substances we are exposed to in our own homes. Whether you suffer from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression, or if you worry about the link between increased use of toxics and the rising rate of cancer, the many suggestions in this book can make your life virtually toxic-free!


A reader from New York state , 01/07/98, rating=10:
A sure-fire formula for making your home safe This guide was written to give consumers an overview of the problems of everyday toxins and harmful household products. It’s designed to help you choose safe products depending on your interests, budget, medical conditions and lifestyle. The author has spent seventeen years investigating the toxic substances that caused a breakdown in her immune system. Each of her fast reading chapters explains a hazard and then provides a safe solution to the problem. Included are hundreds of inexpensive do-it-yourself formulas. The appendix includes pertinent information on the following topics: the harmful effects of common substances, dealing with household poisonings,recommended reading and organizations for each chapter, annotated mail-order sources with addresses and phone numbers, a directory of product manufacturers, an extensive bibliography, and an index. Every household needs a book like this because we can do something about the toxic environment in our homes. The table of contents and the index make this a ready reference book though it should read in its entirety. Then we will be better equipped to deal with the toxins in our homes. This book would make a great bridal shower gift. Highly recommended.

Table of Contents
Ch. 1. How Safe is Your Home?
Ch. 2. Indoor Air Pollution
Ch. 3. Household Cleaning and Laundry Products
Ch. 4. Home and Garden Pest Control
Ch. 5. Water
Ch. 6. Drugs and Medications
Ch. 7. Beauty and Hygiene
Ch. 8. Food
Ch. 9. Textiles
Ch. 10. Home Office and Art Supplies
Ch. 11. Home Furnishings
Ch. 12. Babies and Children
Ch. 13. Pet Care
Ch. 14. Finding a Safe Home
App. A. Harmful Effects of Common Substances
App. B. Household Poisons
Recommended Resources
Mail-Order Sources
Directory of Product Manufacturers