Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life. (Book Review)
From: International Journal of Humanities and Peace | Date: January 1, 2003 | Author: McCabe, Charlotte H.

Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life

By Russell L. Blaylock, MD

Health Press; P.O. Drawer 37470 Albuquerque, NM 87176, 2002 459 pages; ISBN 0-929173-42-2

In Dr. Blaylock's text he approaches disease as the imbalance of the biochemical function at the cellular level rather than the malfunction of individual organ systems. He puts forth his belief that environmental toxins and/or poor dietary choices may be the cause of most chronic debilitating diseases. He begins by describing in great detail cellular metabolism and the destructive effects of free radicals that result from how we burn our food to give our bodies the energy we need for our systems to work. He then goes into depth noting the research that has been done world wide to support theories favoring the toll that environmental toxins such as mercury, lead, aluminum, fluoride, aspartame, monosodium glutamate and various pesticides take on our bodies. Included in this section of the book is a comprehensive treatise on the controversy of vaccinations that is highly informative and well worth reviewing with infant vaccination rate now at twenty two recommended vaccinations before the age of five years.

The second section of this valuable reference text is primarily dedicated to the most common diseases of aging. Dr. Blaylock discusses atherosclerosis, stroke, hypertension and congestive heart failure as well as heart attack, adult onset diabetes, osteoporosis, digestive disorders, dementia, and the aging immune system. He asks us to look at the cellular destruction that assaults our bodies related to the choices we make about where we live, what hygiene products we use, what kinds of foods we eat and water we drink. His premise is framed in making good choices based on knowledge of what can hurt us; what can increase the toxicity of our bodies over and above just the natural function of the engine of metabolism. He invites us to ask question, read labels, seek out organically grown foods that are local to the areas of the world we live in and to find drinking water supplies that are uncontaminated with additives. He encourages us to start these kinds of choices and habits with our children as a moans of chronic disease prevention in future generations. He recommends supplements to help us repair the damage that these toxins and additives may have already caused in our adult bodies. He provides us what may well be a healthier alternative, a healthier choice.

I found Dr. Blaylock's work to be somewhat repetitive in regard to his citations of various research studies to support his position on these topics. I can understand that repetition is the prime tool for learning to occur and in that context it may be a great help for the lay reader's understanding and internalization of the material he presents. For the medical professional I highly recommend this text as an excellent reference when patients have questions about what they hear in the media in regard to their health and safety. As we move further into the twenty first century and as technology makes instant information available to more and more world citizens, those of us in the healing professions have an obligation to our patients to be as well informed about issues of disease prevention as we have been about treatment and cure.

Charlotte H. McCabe RN BSN GNP, Coconino County Department of Health Services, Home Health Program Coordinator








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