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UnBreak Your Health!
"There is no
question that the major BREAK in life is the current Medical System, which is
at the very least the number 3 cause of death! At least 85% of the time
Complementary and Alternative approaches are far safer and more effective than
drugs or surgery. UnBreak your Health provides a terrific source for those
interested in real health!"
Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
Impressively organized and presented
As the babyboom generation ages (as well as generations X, Y & Z,
for that matter), personal health and physical fitness have become
more than just fashionable -- they are recognized as fundamental to
being able to enjoy life, pursue goals, and live longer. The rise in
the popularity of what is described as Alternative Medicine has also
taken place because of the shortcomings of traditional medicine to
insure continued good health and/or speedy recovery from illness or
injury. In "Unbreak Your Health: The Complete Guide To Complementary
& Alternative Therapies", Alan E. Smith has compiled more than 300
entries on more than 135 alternative health subjects, providing both
students of alternative medicine and non-specialist general readers
with an interest in alternatives to what traditional medicine has to
offer them with respect to basic health concepts. Impressively
organized and presented with an alphabetized roster of therapies for
the body, a section devoted to therapies for the mind; and an entire
chapter of therapies applicable to the human 'spirit' or 'energy',
"Unbreak Your Health" is thoroughly 'reader friendly' and
accessible. Of special note are the chapters on Insurance, Alan
Smith's conclusions, his recommendations, the resources list,
bibliography for further reading, and a comprehensive index.
"Unbreak Your Health" is very strongly recommended and fundamentally
useful reading for students of Alternative Medicine, and would prove
a popular addition to community library Health & Medicine reference
Midwest Book Review
(Oregon, WI USA)
June 2010 for the second edition
of UnBreak Your Health
by Vicki Landes
Today more than ever, we are bombarded
with stories of horrible drug side effects and greedy medical
insurance companies. While we pay out the nose for health
insurance, we spend hours in a waiting room and only get to talk
to a doctor for a few minutes before he or she slaps you with a
prescription and sends you out the door. Modern medicine, in all
of its advances and breakthroughs, serves to treat the symptoms
more so than the actual cause. As the system gets worse, more
and more people are turning to alternatives; "How to UnBreak
Your Health: Your Map to the World of Complementary and
Alternative Therapies" hopes to guide those lost in today's
medical maze towards hope and recovery.
"How to UnBreak Your Health" is a
comprehensive collection of the various complementary and
alternative therapies available to the ailing. From well known
practices such as massage, yoga, chiropractic, and acupuncture
to lesser-known yet rather surprisingly effective techniques
like Applied Kinesiology and Cold Laser Therapy. Author Alan E.
Smith breaks down each and every method and gives just enough
information to explain the concept without getting 'bogged down
in the weeds.' The information he gives includes the background
of each therapy, what they involve, who came up with the theory
and technique, and what type of health issues they seem to work
on best. Websites and other reference information are also
presented for further research.
"How to UnBreak Your Health" is a
fantastic resource for anyone looking to take more control of
their health. Since Smith gives only a short synopsis of each
method, he maintains a manageable-sized book for the
non-professional while including over 330 different
complementary and alternative therapies in 150 categories.
Further, he doesn't dissuade his readers from utilizing
traditional medical avenues; instead he encourages using both
traditional and alternative practices in tandem as to complement
each other. In concluding his work, Smith gives some advice on
questions to ask an insurance company regarding coverage of
complementary and alternative therapies.
As a self-labeled 'doubter,' I began
reading "How to UnBreak Your Health" with plenty of skepticism.
While I found just a few of the mind and spirit/energy therapies
to be a bit "hokey", the majority of the methods presented made
complete sense. Alan E. Smith speaks with intelligence while
imparting enough enthusiasm on his readers to get them energized
without going overboard. "How to UnBreak Your Health" has
changed my opinion of complementary and alternative therapies!
This book provides a comprehensive path toward identifying the
options available for health and wellness promotion, for mending
broken perceptions and body parts, for uniting our spirit and
energy with our minds and bodies. Alan provides a sensible
approach to the personalized pathway to hope, healing, and
wellness in non-technical language, empowering the reader of
information and options about which he may not have been
(he) takes us on a personal expedition, providing a “map to
better health” for which each of us may find an individualized
path according to our specific inner GPS... Smith provides a
roster of therapies and wide-ranging resource list from which we
can begin our own course of healing and health betterment.
Reviewed 3/6/11 on
About.com's PATIENT EMPOWERMENT
Health is the most comprehensive and reader-friendly guide for alternative
health solutions that I have ever read. The author, Alan E. Smith, through
personal experience presents a compelling argument for the power of our bodies
to heal themselves if we would give them the opportunity. However, Smith
is not an opponent of conventional medicine, and states that this book is meant
to give hope and options to complement healing therapies.
reader-friendly format of the book provides an introduction to alternative
therapies, the best way to use this book and chapters on overall health concepts
and working with the body, mind and spirit. Topics include acupuncture and
traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, osteopathy and
environmental medicine. Other therapies covered are mind-body therapies,
manual healing therapies and herbal remedies. The methods listed in this
book include therapies that have been around for thousands of years to
life-changing new devices.
I was amazed at
the number of alternative therapies that are available to a person. Our
technology-based culture can learn so much from the cultures of ancient lineage
around the world following time-honored systems. The Western approach
often fails to treat the whole patient - mind, body, emotions and spirit, and
treats the symptoms instead of finding the root of the problem.
Additionally the author has included user comments throughout the book that are
testimonials of healing from people who have given up on conventional medicine.
I recognized several of the therapies and was pleasantly surprised to see the
Network Spinal Analysis included, a chiropractic technique that uses specific
touches to heal. I was introduced to this technique several years ago and
was able to avoid surgery by using it. I was also really glad to see the
Radical Forgiveness Technology listed, an amazing technology that I started
using several months ago.
Health would complement any home-based or business library. I applaud the
author for creating such a comprehensive guide."
Reviewed by Cherie Fisher for Reader Views 2007
There have been a number of
changes and updates in this second edition of UnBreak Your Health ... Another
welcome change is more background information about the general philosophy of
complementary and alternative therapies ... With the added commentary and
analogies, this new edition will now be equally useful to those with little or
no background in alternative therapies, those tentatively sticking a toe in the
waters so to speak.
Reviewed by Tami Brady for TCM Reviews July 2010
"...I enjoyed reading
this book and can now say I am enlightened and empowered and able to improve my
health. This is a must have book for anyone wanting to improve their health and
ways to go about it." I rate this book
Reviewed by Wilma for Booksville Literary Reviews
An Unparalleled Reference Volume!, November 29, 2007
Alan Smith has created THE definitive guide to complementary and alternative
health care (CAM) with this invaluable book. As chair of the Texas Health
Freedom Coalition, the nation's numerically largest state level grass roots
alternative health advocacy organization, I am recommending all our members
not only purchase a copy for themselves, but also send one to their state
senator and representative to allow our lawmakers to better acquaint
themselves with CAM, now the fastest growing segment of our health care
system. Kudos to Alan for a great job!
Peter McCarthy "Naturopathic Doctor"
(Helotes, TX, USA)
Health is an incredible resource and we should all really have this book on our
shelves. I think it's a wonderful, wonderful book."
--Juanita Watson, host of InsideScoopLive.com
“UnBreak Your Health:
The Complete Guide to Complementary & Alternative Therapies” by Alan E. Smith
presents a comprehensive guide useful for when you want to explore other options
beyond traditional medicine. If you are considering complementary or alternative
therapies you are not alone! ... After most descriptions is a favorite part of
mine called “user comments” which aids in understanding how effective these
therapies are. These are comments from actual users of these particular
methods... I recommend this thorough guide to complementary and alternative
therapies to anyone who is frustrated with conventional medicine’s approach to
his health issues or to anyone who just wants to educate himself as to what is
out there in terms of non-traditional care."
--Reviewed by Kam Aures for
"I was amazed at the number of alternative therapies; some I'd never heard
of. It really is a complete guide"
--Nancy Barlett, RI in Reflexology Across America winter edition
"(This) is a good overview of a
number of different types of holistic mind/body/spirit healing practices."
Eric Robins, M.D., co-author of Your Hands Can Heal You.
love that it is written in lay language---it is an every person’s guide!
So many books comparing complementary medicine techniques and medical or health
modalities are not; the reader must usually wade through technical terms and
small print as if reading a legal contract. Needless to say, many of those
truly desiring help are discouraged and explore no more. Alan Smith’s book is a
welcome and needed addition for those who truly desire access to health and
wellness information in easily digestible language and backed up by diverse
"There are many ways to heal and many
ways to grow. This book offers an amazing and impressive collection of valuable
information to people looking to complement or supplement the
conventional methods of treatment."
Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP
"Unbreak Your Health
has a great concept going for it. Alternative health techniques have flooded the
market in recent years, and their sheer variety overwhelms most people. It's a
laudable goal of Smith's to explain these many practices, which he does clearly
and concisely. Smith also covers an amazing number of therapies in a mere 212
pages. An extensive appendix of Web sites provides further avenues for
Reviewed by Elizabeth A. Allen for CLARION
"The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a list of alternative and
complementary therapies, along with descriptions of
each, you'll find an extensive list in this book. There
are very old therapies, some developed thousands of
years ago, like acupuncture. They are intermingled with
some of the newest therapies such as the Raindrop
Technique, first cited in 2003. Each is listed with a
web reference so you can get more information."
December 9, 2008
" Knowledge is power. And this book is a way to
provide you with a one stop source for discovering
complementary and alternative therapies...Do you feel
like your health is broken, and you haven’t been able to
find help from your regular medical professional? Now
may be the time to consider alternative
therapies...Health is very individual which is why
searching for alternatives may be your only course for
taking control of your health."
(Yes, I've been remiss about
posting reviews for a long time. I promise to do
October 12, 2009
"This book is probably the most useful reference I
have seen in this large field of study. It's
exhaustively researched, and contains information that
ranges from A to Z on the spectrum of alternative
medicine. It's written in an easy to understand style,
and is set up in a very useful format. I especially
appreciated the various comments garnered from people
who have actually used these treatments, and their
opinions and results. In addition to being a great
overall reference, it's a great manual for people just
beginning to look into these therapies. ... I think this
book has a place on the reference shelves of anyone
interested in better understanding this field, and would
be invaluable to any beginner in starting their study of
the field. In fact, I think this book can easily
replace 5 or 6 other books on my shelves, a testimony to
it's comprehensive coverage of alternative and
complimentary therapies. ...Additionally,
there are available podcasts and interviews with leaders
and researchers in this growing field of medicine."
by LAURI CRUMLEY COATES
February 27, 2010
As a practitioner of TCM, I
thought I heard of them
all---boy, was I wrong. I
was delighted to see how many
modalities I was not familiar
with. He breaks the book into
health concepts, working with
the body, the mind, and spirit
with a thorough overview of each
along with "user comments."
These comments are very useful.
...I enjoyed it and will use it
as a referral source for my
patients. Well done.
by Kathleen Albertson
UnBreak Your Health (second
edition) opens your eyes to
the possibility of better
health, and may even help you
discover a therapy that is just
right for you and will heal you.
There are other options to
conventional medicine. You
want to know what they are?
This is the perfect reference.
It's easy to read, well
organized, and a smart addition
to any home library.
Reviewed on 2/4/2011 by
ReviewTheBook.com member Laura