A Book Review: Feed Your Body Right – By Dr. Lendon Smith, MD

Smith begins his book by giving a little history of how he got to where he was at the time. Trained as a standard medical doctor, he had grown weary of the standard allopathic procedure: diagnose illness and treat with drugs. He found nutrition to be helpful and when John Kitkoski contacted him, they were able to work together to develop a program to balance the body’s chemistry (alkaline and acid). Since the sense of smell is connected to the brain, their program makes sense. During this time of research and development, they were able to document that indeed the blood tests results agreed with the ability of one to monitor their health by smell and taste.

Highlights of the Book:

1. Brief History of Mankind’s Efforts to Improve Health – Chapter 3

2. What Your Body is Trying to Tell You – Sample list of symptoms and nutritional deficiencies. Chapter 5

3. Chemical Imbalances have symptoms and nutritional solutions – supplement the deficiencies and remove foods / allergens. Chapter 6

4. They devised a 1-10 scale for patients to rate the smell of supplements. 1 sweet, smells very good to 10 – it stinks, yucky The rating determines whether you need to take that supplement or not. Chapter 8

5. For example: When Vitamin A smells good, you need to take it. Vitamin A deficiency is linked to stress, asthma, fevers, frequent colds, bronchitis, inner ear disease, diabetes, cortisone use, smoking or exposure to pollutants, trauma, cancer, digestive disturbances, alcohol ingestion, pregnancy, liver problems. P. 66

6. After a brief introduction to chemistry, Smith states that it takes time to balance the body’s chemistry through a balanced diet. Even diets that are considered balanced may not be balanced when you look at their nutritional composition – vitamins and minerals. Chapter 9

7. In chapter 10 and 11, Dr. Smith gives guidelines to analyze blood tests. Sometimes an allopathic doctor will say that such and such result is within normal range, but there may be an unspoken qualifier to that – you need to ask (at least yourself with the use of Smith’s guidance), “Normal range for whom or with what condition?”

8. In Chapter 12, Smith begins with Acne and ends with Warts (some 67 conditions) contrasting the allopathic, natural and Life Balances solutions.

9. Electrolytes and their essential part in your health are presented in Chapter 13. How do the nutrients get to where they need to be? “Without electrolytes and the electricity they produce, life is impossible.” P. 143

10. Smith covers some areas in more depth: Hypertension (Chapter 14); Mental and Emotional Dysfunctions (Chapter 15); The Immune System: Allergies and Sensitivities (Chapter 16); and Amino and Fatty Acid Supplements (Chapter 17).

11. Smith introduces his Life Balance Program in the summary and appendices. http://www.lifebalanceprogram.com

12. I have no personal experience with Smith’s program. However, I do have experience with and know people who have used the following program. Karen Neilson trained with John Kitkoski: http://www.senseablesupplements.com The reader should research both and decide which works best for you.

"Salt Sugar Fat" – A Review

An epic encapsulation of the tyrannies of the conglomerates of the food industry, this book paints a bleak but realistic picture of the operations of the food industry that is ubiquitous in our daily lives.

The clever science of food nutrition has permeated our lives and determined our habits without us even realizing its power, which is the creepily scary part of it all. How easily consumers are tricked into false notions and myths of health by “vitamin water” or “fruit essence added” is mercilessly, ruthlessly and wholeheartedly exploited by the profit-minded companies. The end motive of achieving higher sales overrides the hypocritical concern of officials for the public’s health.

The three pillars of processed food thrive on one another and can exist in no other way. Aspartame or Splenda can never deliver or replicate the sheer joy that sugar itself brings to the taste buds of eager consumers. The intricate detail and attention as well as level of technological expertise devoted to the manufacturing of salt grains for an optimal crystalline structure is incredibly unbelievable. Sheer intelligence of top-notched food chemists, scientists and engineers are put to fuel the food economy at the expense of the health and life spans of an innocent, unknowing and pitiful public.

Who the ultimate responsibility in choosing food products belongs to is not a question. In a supermarket where almost no non-processed food, or food without unnatural additives can be found, and organic foods are priced unreasonably high, most consumers’ purchasing power may not be enough to afford the truly natural and non-modified foodstuff. Unless the producers themselves overhaul the way of doing things, even a slight dent in the increasing rate of obesity-related deaths is unlikely to occur anytime soon.

Don’t Sweep It Under the Drug! – By: Dr Cathy Rosenbaum – Book Review

Finding the right balance in life for health of body and mind has become more difficult in today’s increasingly complex world. The world generally focuses on maintaining a youthful appearance, but this may not be the best way to achieve wellness. Indeed, this is especially true for Baby Boomers, who are now facing various medical issues as they mature. Because of busy lives and hectic work schedules, it is often easiest to take multiple prescription medicines as well as the ever popular dietary supplements, thus covering up the symptoms but often not dealing with the actual cause. A semblance of bodily health might be achieved, but important aspects of a person’s life are ignored in the process.

Finding a better way is possible, and Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum provides the path towards wellness in her book, Don’t Sweep It Under the Drug! First, with the guidance of a medical professional, Baby Boomers, as well as the rest of the population, can better manage their prescription medications. Carefully reviewing these medicines along with any dietary supplements can help eliminate the dangers of drug interactions and minimize any adverse side effects. Similarly, incorporating complementary practices, such as massage and aromatherapy, and making lifestyle changes can further be of benefit. No wellness program would be complete, though, without attention to relaxation and spiritual development. By taking this holistic approach, even those with chronic illnesses can begin to feel better and more at ease with their aging process.

Among the many health-related books available on the market, Dr. Rosenbaum’s book offers Baby Boomers with a balanced way to achieve health, both of body and mind. As a pharmacist and medical professional, Rosenbaum has a unique insight into the pharmaceutical industry and gives readers an overview of the fundamentals of drug approval, polypharmacy, drug interactions, and more. Additionally, she outlines some alternative approaches to medication that readers can explore with their doctors. Indeed, all of the information provided would be difficult to obtain elsewhere. Rosenbaum’s explanations of complex issues such as drug interactions are extremely accessible to average readers and give them the needed background to better improve their health. Don’t Sweep It Under the Drug! also includes many practical strategies for improving wellness, including an emphasis on spiritual development, something that is sorely lacking in many similar books.

Dr. Rosenbaum’s passion for helping others is clear in her book. What started with a family member’s health crisis has become for her a way to walk alongside others as they make gradual changes to improve their lives. Certainly Rosenbaum’s book is written for Baby Boomers and so would directly appeal to their needs and values, but the book would easily have value for anyone attempting to maneuver through a maze of prescriptions, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes. Brief and yet filled with important insights, Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum’s Don’t Sweep It Under the Drug! is a necessary addition to the library of any reader, whether young or old.