This is a book that can be read cover to cover but also dipped into for inspiration or insight about a particular physical or mental health issue or remedy. We learn that, despite the widespread availability of pharmaceutical medications, advanced surgical care, and state-of-the-art medical technology, chronic illness now affects more than 50% of the American population. The evidence is overwhelmingly clear that much of the chronic disease we are confronting in the United States has its roots in the way we live our lives. Research shows that if Americans embraced a healthier lifestyle, which includes a balance between rest and exercise; wholesome nutrition; healthy weight; positive social interactions; stress management; not smoking; limited alcohol use; and no or limited exposure to toxic chemicals; then 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50% of strokes, and 36% of all cancers could be prevented! This means that each one of us has the power to shift the odds of being healthy in our favor. And if you do get sick, being fit gives you a much better chance for getting well. Your health has a great deal more to do with your lifestyle and a lot less to do with taking prescription drugs than most people realize.
TIERAONA LOW DOG, M.D., is a personality author who eagerly represents her own work and is broadening her reach to the general public. She is a frequent guest on Dr. Oz and NPR's The People's Pharmacy as well as authoring a regular column for Prevention health magazine. She is the author of National Geographic's Life is Your Best Medicine and Healthy at Home and coauthor of National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs.
Publisher: National Geographic (September 4, 2012)
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