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91.

GROW IT HEAL IT

Chris Hobbs, Leslie Gardner
Paperback

Price: $21.99

Where there's a symptom, there's also a homegrown cure. With just a windowsill, container or small space, it's easy to grow an instant herbal remedy.

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Where there's a symptom, there's also a homegrown cure. With just a windowsill, container or small space, it's easy to grow an instant herbal remedy.

Whether it's a cough, heartburn, joint pain or neuralgia, the 40 ailments and conditions in this book can be treated using herbs and herbal preparations that readers can easily grow and make themselves. With inspiration found in science, tradition and modern herbalistic practices, Grow It, Heal It touts the healing power of more than 50 herbs-from anise hyssop to yerba mansa. Christopher Hobbs and Leslie Gardner, two of the nation's premier herbalists, share growing, harvesting and healing advice in this easy-to-use and friendly guidebook for herbal newbies, featuring teas, tinctures, salves, poultices, compresses and aromatherapy.

Among the many benefits of growing do-it-yourself remedies, readers will discover the convenience of preparing healing potions and salves when they're most needed; the advantage of having organic, fresh and high-quality herbs they've nurtured themselves; and how empowering it is to engage in self-care and why that's important to the healing process. Growing herbs at home allows readers to take an active role in their own health care.

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THE LOW GI EATING PLAN FOR AN OPTIMAL PREGNANCY

Brand-Miller, Marsh, Moses
Paperback

Price: $15.95

A scientifically proven, safe and effective program to help boost your chances of conceiving, ensure a healthy pregnancy, avoid gestational diabetes and give your baby the best possible start toward l…

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A scientifically proven, safe and effective program to help boost your chances of conceiving, ensure a healthy pregnancy, avoid gestational diabetes and give your baby the best possible start toward lifelong health.

The Low GI Eating Plan for an Optimal Pregnancy -- written by the world's leading experts on the glycemic index (GI) -- will help you to clearly understand the connection between the food you eat, your blood glucose levels and your baby's future health. The focus is on low GI carbohydrates -- vital at this time, because reducing the GI of your diet is one of the safest and most effective ways to ensure that your baby grows at the optimal rate, without you gaining excessive body fat and without compromising nutrition during this important stage of life.

This book will show you how to optimize your diet-pre-conception, during pregnancy, and once your child has been born-to ensure a healthy baby and a healthy mom, and includes:

  • What to be aware of once you're eating for two
  • How to ensure your weight gain is healthy
  • The importance of blood glucose in pregnancy (and why gestational diabetes is a big deal)
  • 8 guiding principles that make it easy to put everything into practice
  • The best foods to eat-as well as the ones to avoid
  • 50 delicious, quick and easy low GI recipes, plus sample menu ideas
  • Helpful checklists and guidance on how to exercise safely.
The Low GI Eating Plan for an Optimal Pregnancy is the only book specifically for pregnancy written by internationally recognized scientists qualified in nutrition, dietetics and diabetes. It is an essential, authoritative guide for all mothers-to-be and new moms.

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HERBAL ANTIVIRALS

Stephen Harrod Buhner
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Take control of your health! Emerging viruses are becoming more virile and aggressive, and traditional medications are becoming less effective against them. In Herbal Antivirals, his companion to the …

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Take control of your health! Emerging viruses are becoming more virile and aggressive, and traditional medications are becoming less effective against them. In Herbal Antivirals, his companion to the best-selling Herbal Antibiotics, Stephen Harrod Buhner offers in-depth instructions on how to prepare and use herbal formulations to strengthen the immune system and treat viral infections such as SARS, influenza and encephalitis.

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THE WILDERNESS FIRST AID HANDBOOK

Grant S. Lipman, MD
Paperback

Price: $14.95

The Wilderness First Aid Handbook is a handy, quick-reference guide easily accessible with basic wilderness first aid knowledge, but it does not require advanced degrees or experience with medicine an…

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The Wilderness First Aid Handbook is a handy, quick-reference guide easily accessible with basic wilderness first aid knowledge, but it does not require advanced degrees or experience with medicine and prehospital care. Recognizing that certain knowledge and procedures are outside the scope of a layperson's training, Dr. Grant Lipman limits the use of technical terms and advanced techniques that may be unfamiliar to some readers or beyond their comfort zone. This system-based, easy-to-follow guide assists the first aid provider when encountering most wilderness emergencies, from cold and heat concerns and blister treatments to high-altitude illness and lightning injury prevention-and much more.

Typically the most challenging decision in the wilderness environment is when to evacuate a sick or potentially sick person, and as such, each section has detailed decision-making steps to inform you of when to be concerned and when to get out. This guidance is based upon the recent evidence-based consensus statement published by the Wilderness Medical Society on the scope of practice of wilderness first aid. Filled with original, full-color artwork illustrating the techniques and procedures described and with internal-spiral binding and waterproof pages handy for travel into extreme environments, The Wilderness First Aid Handbook is a must-have for every back pocket or backpack.

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MEDICINAL WILD PLANTS OF THE PRAIRIE

Kelly Kindscher
Paperback

Price: $14.95

The Plains Indians found medicinal value in more than 200 species of native prairie plants. Unfortunately, modern American culture has not paid much attention.

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The Plains Indians found medicinal value in more than 200 species of native prairie plants. Unfortunately, modern American culture has not paid much attention.

White settlers did learn a few plant-based remedies from the Indians, and a few prairie plants were prescribed by frontier doctors. A couple dozen prairie species were listed as drugs in the U.S. Pharmacopeia at one time or another, and one or two, like the Purple Coneflower, found their way into the bottles of patent medicine.

But in both the number of species used and the varieties of treatments administered, Indians were far more proficient than white settlers. Their familiarity with the plants of the prairie was comprehensive: There probably were Indian names for all prairie plants, and they recognized more varieties of some species than scientists do today. Their knowledge was refined and exact enough that they could successfully administer medicinal doses of plants that are poisonous. All of the species used by frontier doctors were used first by Indians.

In Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie, ethnobotanist Kelly Kindscher documents the medicinal use of 203 native prairie plants by the Plains Indians. Using information gleaned from archival materials, interviews and fieldwork, Kindscher describes plant-based treatments for ailments ranging from hyperactivity to syphilis, from arthritis to worms. He also explains the use of internal and external medications, smoke treatments, moxa (the burning of a medicinal substance on the skin), and the doctrine of signatures (the belief that the form or characteristics of a plant are signatures or signs that reveal its medicinal uses). He adds information on recent pharmacological findings to further illuminate the medicinal nature of these plants.

Not since 1919 has the ethnobotany of native Great Plains plants been examined so thoroughly. Kindscher's study is the first to encompass the entire Prairie Bioregion, a 1 million-square-mile area bounded by Texas on the south, Canada on the north, the Rocky Mountains on the west, and the deciduous forests of Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin in the east. Along with information on the medicinal uses of prairie plants by the Indians, Kindscher also lists Indian, common, and scientific names and describes Anglo folk uses, medical uses, scientific research and cultivation. Descriptions of the plants are supplemented by 44 exquisite line drawings and more than 100 range maps.

This book will help increase appreciation for prairie plants at a time when prairies and their biodiversity urgently need protection throughout the region.

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WHY WE GET FAT

Gary Taubes
Paperback

Price: $15.00

Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Gary Taubes revisits the urgent question of what's making us fat-and how we can change.

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Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Gary Taubes revisits the urgent question of what's making us fat-and how we can change.

He reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century-none more damaging or misguided than the "calories-in, calories-out" model of why we get fat-and the good science that has been ignored. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? Persuasive, straightforward and practical, Why We Get Fat is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management.

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FOOD OVER MEDICINE

Pamela A. Popper, Glen Merzer
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Almost half of Americans take at least one prescription medicine, with almost a quarter taking three or more, but diseases such as diabetes, obesity and dementia are growing more prevalent than ever. …

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Almost half of Americans take at least one prescription medicine, with almost a quarter taking three or more, but diseases such as diabetes, obesity and dementia are growing more prevalent than ever. Overmedicated, overfed and malnourished, Americans fail to realize the answer to lower disease rates doesn't lie in more pills, but in the foods we eat.

In Food Over Medicine, Pamela A. Popper, Ph.D., N.D., and Glen Merzer openly discuss the dire state of American health, the result of poor nutrition choices stemming from cynical food politics and medical misinformation. But, more important, they share the key to getting and staying healthy for life. As executive director of The Wellness Forum, Popper works to change lives through diet and lifestyle, reduce medical costs for businesses through health education programs for employees, and educate health care professionals on the healing potential of an optimal diet.

Backed by numerous scientific studies, Food Over Medicine details how diet can dramatically improve health and turn around alarming diagnoses-such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other major health problems-and do so more effectively than drugs that often have lingering side effects. Including recipes from Del Sroufe, author of the best-selling Forks Over Knives-The Cookbook, Food Over Medicine reveals the power and practice of optimal nutrition in a highly accessible way.

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10 ESSENTIAL HERBS

Lalitha Thomas
Paperback

Price: $24.95

10 Essential Herbs, the expanded second edition, is back after being out of print for years. Heralded as the herb book for the self-sufficient, it is everyone's handbook to health. It can be used in m…

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10 Essential Herbs, the expanded second edition, is back after being out of print for years. Heralded as the herb book for the self-sufficient, it is everyone's handbook to health. It can be used in many ways: for daily use, for travelers and for pets, and it is ideal for hundreds of ailments. Written in clear and concise terms, this book takes the guesswork out of herbs. Author Lalitha Thomas has penned a gem of a book for consumers, one that is already heralded as a classic. Botanical medicine in this country will benefit from it for years to come.

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THE EVERYTHING GIANT BOOK OF JUICING

Teresa Kennedy
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Millions of Americans don't get the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables in their diets. If you want to try an easy way to drink some of these fruits and vegetables, you'll find all you …

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Millions of Americans don't get the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables in their diets. If you want to try an easy way to drink some of these fruits and vegetables, you'll find all you need in The Everything Giant Book of Juicing. It's packed with 300 recipes for fresh, delicious and easy juices for nutrition on the run, including:

  • Boost juice
  • Grapeberry cocktail
  • Carrot mango cup
  • Tropical treat
  • Mint shake
Adding fresh juices to your diet can help ward off colds and migraines, promote longevity, shed excess pounds, and prevent serious diseases. And this all-new collection includes recipes for smoothies, frozen drinks, and ice pops for more fun ways to include vitamin-rich foods in a healthy, balanced diet. So whip up some juice, raise a glass, and make a toast-to your health!

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FIX IT, MAKE IT, GROW IT, BAKE IT

Billee Sharp
Paperback

Price: $15.95

Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook to revolutionizing your spending habits and reclaiming your quality of life. Fix It, Make I…

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Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook to revolutionizing your spending habits and reclaiming your quality of life. Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It is an inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more. Practical and profound, this handy how-to covers every area of life and offers easy-to-do tips, recipes, and advice on saving money and the planet. You and your family can live more joyfully and far more creatively, all on a dime. The best things in life are free-or if they aren't, you can have a lot of fun making them.

Learn how to:

  • Ditch the lawn and raise organic veggies
  • Cook healthy meals for pennies
  • Eco-clean your house with lemons and lavender
  • Cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet
  • Join a seed sharing community garden
  • Save big dollars with small repairs
  • Organize a free market
  • Put the "happy" back in your holidays

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