This book brings together a wealth of information from a variety of authoritative sources. The author, Dr. Russell Blaylock, explains how you and your family can stay healthy and avoid some pitfalls of modern living.
Dr. Blaylock contends that though we may be "wired" for certain conditions as we age, good nutrition and healthy living can do a lot to waylay, and sometimes prevent, the activation of genetic switches that are linked to the most dreaded diseases of aging.
The first section deals with the most harmful, and seemingly unavoidable, environmental toxins we encounter on a regular basis (increasingly unhealthy food, pesticides and other industrial chemicals, and heavy metals) and the biochemical reactions that trigger the advent of disease.
Dr. Blaylock asserts that the profusion of strong drugs routinely prescribed for unsuspecting Americans frequently causes more harm than good--especially when benign natural treatments can accomplish much more in terms of actual healing, and usually for less money. He includes a scathing indictment of the politics of the pharmaceutical industry's profit machine.
In his first book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills Dr. Blaylock made the connection between food additives (in particular, Monosodium Glutamate and Aspartame) and degenerative diseases of the nervous system--Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and ALS. Citing new studies, Chapter Seven of this book revisits the increasingly inescapable relationship of food chemistry and degenerative disorders.
The second section is concerned with the diseases that most of us will eventually encounter as we age, including atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Chapter Twelve, "Protecting Your Brain," is specifically concerned with the prevention and and diagnosis of degenerative nervous-system diseases.
Each chapter addresses what systems of the body are affected by each disorder, discusses the healthy operation of the physical systems involved, and explains what goes wrong when disease occurs. He also provides fascinating current theories about the causes of each disorder, and easy-to-implement alternatives to "big" medicine's treatments for many of these diseases.
In addition, Dr. Blaylock challenges misplaced notions of physical "fitness" and highlights the small changes that can have a huge impact on healthy aging. For instance, citing numerous fitness and diet studies, Dr. Blaylock dispels the idea that aerobic exercise is the best way to achieve physical fitness; in fact, he demonstrates that aerobic exercise may actually be quite harmful for many segments of the population. He suggests alternatives, such as walking and isometric exercises, to achieve a healthy physical balance.
Included with each discussion of a specific health danger is a comprehensive set of recommendations for avoidance, prevention, and improvement, enabling readers to take an active, well-informed role in their own medical care and overall well-being.
459 pages. ($22.95)