Change Your Genes, Change Your Life:
Creating Optimal Health with the New Science of Epigenetics
Our DNA doesn’t rigidly determine our health and disease prospects, as the previous generation of geneticists believed.
According to the new science of epigenetics, our genes are shaped by what we think and what we do. An endless supply of new studies is showing that the vast majority of our genes are fluid and dynamic. Our genetic profile may signal an inherited vulnerability to a disease, but those genes cannot predict your future. Instead, our daily choices and lifestyle behaviors determine whether these vulnerable genes will be switched on or switched off. And that means our actions have a direct and powerful effect on our genes, changing their expression so that we can achieve optimal health. This short but profound book by a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine introduces you to this exciting new field, and reveals how each of us has a profound ability to influence our genes for the better.
DK Complete Family Health Guides
New Medicine is easily the most comprehensive mainstream guide available to this pioneering new approach. In Part 1, a series of essays by distinguished health practitioners covers key issues in integrated medicine, including how to combine herbal and conventional medicines safely, when to treat ailments yourself and when to seek expert help, and how to choose therapies to suit your disposition and needs. It explains the purpose of MRI scans and other types of screening, describes how drugs and herbal and homeopathic medicines work, and shows how simple lifestyle measures, such as improving your diet, can promote health and longevity. DK Press, 2009.
The Best Alternative Medicine
What Works? What Does Not?
Based on an enormous body of research, including new research funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Best Alternative Medicine is the first book to provide authoritative, scientifically based answers to these questions. Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at the Stanford University School of Medicine, rigorously evaluates the most common forms of alternative medicine and delivers research-based evidence about hundreds of individual treatments, organized both by therapeutic discipline and specific illness and disease. Easy to understand and free of jargon, The Best Alternative Medicine offers definitions, background, and examples of specific treatments from a multitude of therapies, including Mind/Body Medicine, European Herbs, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Spiritual Healing, Acupuncture, Dietary and Nutritional Supplements, and Ayurvedic — East Indian — Medicine. Touchstone, 2002.
Sound Mind, Sound Body
A New Model For Lifelong Health
In this dramatic new approach to understanding personal health, Dr. Pelletier shows how lifelong good health is far more dependent on a positive, purposeful life orientation than on aerobic workouts and rigid low-fat diets. He challenges the medical community’s long-accepted focus on the “disease model” and proposes a positive new health paradigm. Touchstone, 1995
Mind As Healer, Mind As Slayer
Discover the Life-and-Death Link Between Stress and Serious Illness
Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer is a seminal book on the link between stress and four major types of illness: cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, and respiratory disease. Dr. Pelletier offers a holistic approach to preventing stress disorder, exploring the sources of stress and supplying methods for evaluating one’s own stress levels. He gives readers profiles of various disease-prone personalities and includes a practical section on the prevention of stress-related diseases through such techniques as meditation and biofeedback. Delta, 1977.
Fulfilling Our Biological Potential
Discusses how to extend life spans and maintain good health well into old age, applying basic principles of holistic medicine and stress reduction. Dell, 1982