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8 Weeks to Optimum Health

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2000 at 09:34 AM CT

8 Weeks to Optimum Health


Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Ballantine Bks Ed., July 1998 edition (June 16, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0449000265
ISBN-13: 978-0449000267
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches


"The eight-week program of the title {consists of} a schedule of incremental changes in diet (recipes are included), dietary supplements, exercise, and such mental-spiritual practices as breath work, art and music appreciation, and spending some time in a sauna. The program goal is to facilitate the body's natural capacity to heal and, so doing, to increase everyday well--being.In general, Weil teaches that achieving this end involves exchanging meat, dairy products, most oils, and refined foodstuffs for fish, olive oil, and plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; taking a formula of antioxidant supplements; walking a lot; and de-stressing and connecting more charitably with other people. Later chapters customize the eight-week plan for particular kinds of people (men, women, the elderly, those under 20, the overweight, frequent travelers, etc.)." (Booklist) Index.

"...the best-selling author of Spontaneous Healing describes the array of changes that people can make in their lives to reduce stress, strengthen their immune system, and avoid illness."

From The Publisher
The Eight-Week Program sets up a foundation for healthy living that is preventative in the broadest sense. Not only does Dr. Weil provide information with which you can keep your body's inherent healing system in peak working order as you encounter the challenges of day-to-day life; he also shows you how to construct a lifestyle that will protect you from premature illness and disability, and teaches practices and skills that will enable you to prepare for any eventual health crisis you may face. With clearly explained and authoritatively informed recommendations, Dr. Weil guides you in fine-tuning your current eating habits - to eat less fat and animal protein, more whole grains and other complex carbohydrates, and more fruits and vegetables - so that your diet becomes more nutritious and increasingly beneficial to general health (he also includes simple, flavorful recipes to help you make the dietary changes quickly and easily). He shows how walking and stretching will satisfy all your exercise requirements throughout your life, and provides a gradual plan by which you can make brisk forty-five-minute walks and some simple stretches part of your weekly regimen. Dr. Weil recommends the addition of four antioxidant supplements - vitamins C and E, selenium, and mixed carotenes - to further protect your healing system. He provides instruction in five basic breathing exercises that can impart both greater relaxation and energy. He discusses the benefits and techniques of visualization. He explains ways to overcome sleeping problems; to test and filter your water supply; to eliminate toxins from your diet; and to avoid environmental hazards such as the sun's ultraviolet rays. He suggests ways to make art, music, and the natural world more important parts of your life. For those who wish to experiment further, he outlines several projects and activities such as cleansing fasts. There are a dozen additional programs that concentrate on the specific needs of pregnancy.

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