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Publisher's Summary

Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you - and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.
These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle. Whether you're looking for a sound alternative to the drugs so common in our health-care system or you're merely curious about the validity of herbal medications, this course points you to numerous empowering avenues for healthful living.
You'll examine a number of far-ranging topics, including:

The power of food healing
Micronutrients and natural supplements
Clinically proven herbal medicines
Natural treatments for common medical conditions
The mind-body connection in healing
And, natural approaches to mental and spiritual health
No matter what kind of life you're living, optimal health is one of the greatest assets you can have. In speaking deeply to a truly integrative approach to healing, these lectures can make a profound difference in your health now and in the future and help you live your life to the absolute fullest.
Disclaimer: These lectures are not designed for use as medical references to diagnose, treat, or prevent medical illnesses or trauma. Neither The Great Courses nor Dr. Guarneri is responsible for your use of this educational material or its consequences. If you have questions about the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a medical condition or illness, consult a qualified physician.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses
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3 out of 5 stars
By ViennaMom on 06-17-14

Uneven, several problems

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I found parts to be interesting and the description and examples of integrative medicine to be for the most part useful; there is such a strong focus on supplements and vitamins that I would have expected some discussion of how well the body absorbs supplements compared to getting them through food, but that topic was not addressed.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

It was easy to follow throughout. There was a concerted emphasis on evidence based information for the first two thirds then a marked departure into a new age spiritual focus that I found less useful.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Mimi Guarneri’s performances?

Dr. Guarneri seems sincere but her style is not pleasing. She speaks very slowly and there are multiple interminable pauses. I found toward the end that speeding up to 1.5x made things better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ronda on 11-11-13

Authoritative and useful

The author presents health choices based on proven research. She debunks both common myths and modern medicine's lack of understanding of the effects of good nutrition and appropriate supplement choices. The presentation style is very natural, easy to understand, not monotonous. However, she speaks very slowly so I had to increase the speed to 1.25 and 1.5 times. Otherwise it was excellent.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Veryconfused on 07-04-17

Science should be removed from the title.

To not purchase this if you're looking for an objective review of the current science on health. Author approaches subjects with anecdotal evidence and confirmation bias.

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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ketan Dave on 12-13-17


Concepts like strengthening the soil, nutritious diet, exercise, spirituality......are all explained in a way that appeals to us on an intellectual level as well as intuitive level. Prevention, really is the best intervention. And the chapter on environment was really an eye opener....very informative too. Dr Guarneri's audio performance is also quite engaging. Thanks for this wonderful course.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marzena J on 06-28-15

Informative and inspiring

An enthusiastic professor, great information, science healing and health made easy to understand. It would be hard not to make changes for the better after listening to these lectures.

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