Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Authors: Ross Trattler, ND, DO and Shea
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
“Most diseases are curable, but not all patients. The benefit you obtain from natural therapy will depend on the amount of effort you expend. The process of cure does not end when your symptoms disappear, but continues each day as you live more and more according to the laws of nature,” Ross Trattler and Shea Trattler write in their book, Better Health through Natural Healing – How to Get Well without Drugs or Surgery.
This five hundred and forty-four page paperback book is targeted toward individuals facing surgery or using drugs for a physical or mental problem while seeking alternative options. With no photographs and a few drawings, this third edition book has three parts regarding naturopathy, physiotherapy, and homeopathy.
After an introduction and instructions, segments comprise of: What is Natural Medicine, How to Use Natural Medicine, and Appendices. The first section is almost one hundred pages explaining the philosophy, tools, and formats of naturopathy that include such topics as botanical medicines, hydrotherapy, massage, spinal manipulation, craniosacral therapy, and mind-body connection.
The main portion of the book is over four hundred pages of alphabetized diseases, illnesses, and issues regarding the body and how to aide, cure, or deal with them. Each chapter usually lists a definition, symptoms, both primary and secondary etiologic considerations, discussion, and treatment that may include diet, physiotherapy, and therapeutic agents. Within the therapeutic agents are listed vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and other suggestions. The final section of appendices has remedies, botanical names, a glossary, and an extensive index.
Common topics range from asthma, bursitis, cataracts, dandruff, earache, flatulence, hiatal hernia, and hives to impotence, kidney stones, mastitis, osteoporosis, psoriasis, scoliosis, smoking, and warts. There are missing chapters on any types of cancer including skin and pain management (only once referred to at the beginning of the book).
One chapter example is on phlebitis, the irritation or inflammation of a vein that could be very serious, leading to an embolism. After two sentences of symptoms and etiologic considerations, there are four paragraphs about this life-threatening disease, stating it must be under the care of a physician. The book also suggests a change of diet, several physiotherapeutic techniques using papaya, mullein tea, or witch hazel poultices and taking Vitamin A, B, C and E.
For those who are apprehensive of hospitals, doctors, and drugs, this book may be a helpful tool when approaching some common physical or mental issues but one should read with caution when it is a life-threatening problem that needs immediate medical attention.
North Atlantic Books furnished this book in lieu of an honest review.