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Natural Cures For Dummies

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Find natural cures for more than 130 health conditions

Packed with over 130 remedies for the most common ailments, from arthritis to varicose veins, Natural Cures For Dummies will serve as your complete health advisor. This user-friendly reference arms you with information on the symptoms and the root causes of each problem along with a proven, natural, customized prescription. Whether you are looking for relief from a particular nagging ailment or simply wish to obtain optimum health, Natural Cures For Dummies gets you on track to approaching healthcare from a natural standpoint.

  • Offers clear, expert guidance on dietary changes, healing foods, and natural supplements to treat common conditions

  • Includes down-to-earth descriptions of health problems and the range of natural remedies that can be used to manage them

  • Shows you how natural cures can treat over 130 of the most common ailments

  • Demonstrates how you can dramatically boost your health and wellbeing the natural way

  • If you're navigating the sprawling world of alternative medicine and looking for a good place to start, Natural Cures For Dummies has you covered.

    Table of Contents

      1. Cover
      2. Foreword
      3. Introduction
        1. About This Book
        2. Foolish Assumptions
        3. Icons Used in This Book
        4. Beyond the Book
        5. Where to Go from Here
      4. Part I: Stepping into the Wonderful World of Natural Cures
        1. Chapter 1: Getting the Lowdown on Natural Cures
          1. Wrapping Your Brain around the Concept of Natural Cures
          2. Recognizing Natural Medicine’s Many Benefits and Its Few Drawbacks
          3. Comparing Conventional and Natural Medicine
        2. Chapter 2: Adopting a Natural Cures Diet and Lifestyle
          1. Changing What and How You Eat: Using Food as Medicine
          2. Making Lifestyle Changes That Complement Natural Medicine
        3. Chapter 3: Sampling Different Approaches to Natural Cures
          1. Aromatherapy
          2. Ayurveda
          3. Biofeedback
          4. Chelation
          5. Functional Medicine
          6. Herbal Medicine
          7. Homeopathy
          8. Bodywork (Massage)
          9. Naturopathy
          10. Nutritional Medicine
      5. Part II: Curing Common Maladies: Trustworthy Treatments at Your Fingertips
        1. Chapter 4: Treating Injuries and Minor Ailments
          1. Making Bruises Disappear
          2. Extinguishing Burns
          3. Curing Cuts
          4. Handling Hangovers
          5. Heading Off Headaches
          6. Preventing and Treating Heartburn
          7. Quieting Hiccups
          8. Alleviating the Pain and Swelling of Insect and Spider Bites and Stings
          9. Moderating Motion Sickness
          10. Soothing Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Reactions
          11. Relaxing Sprains and Strains
          12. Snuffing Out Sunburn
          13. Reducing Swelling
        2. Chapter 5: Coughing and Sneezing? Curing Nose and Throat Conditions
          1. Combatting a Cough
          2. Clearing Up Laryngitis
          3. Treating Sinus Congestion and Postnasal Drip
          4. Snuffing Out Sneezing
          5. Soothing a Sore Throat
        3. Chapter 6: Combating Flus, Colds, and Infections
          1. Boosting Your Immune System
          2. Battling Bronchitis
          3. Curing the Common Cold
          4. Fighting Fever
          5. Purging the Flu and Other Viruses
          6. Healing Hepatitis
          7. Mending MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
          8. Flushing Internal Parasites Out of Your System
          9. Clearing Your Lungs of Pneumonia
          10. Shedding Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
        4. Chapter 7: Healing Skin, Hair, Scalp, and Nail Conditions
          1. Getting the Skinny on Skin Conditions
          2. Scrubbing Away Hair and Scalp Conditions
          3. Chipping Away at Nail Conditions
        5. Chapter 8: Tuning In to Ear Problems
          1. Oh, My Aching Ears! Eradicating Earaches
          2. Treating a Ruptured Eardrum
          3. Eliminating Earwax Buildup
          4. Overcoming Hearing Loss
          5. Itchy Ears
          6. Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)
          7. When the World Spins: Vertigo and Meniere’s Disease
          8. Making Your Own Eardrops
        6. Chapter 9: Ogling Eye and Vision Problems
          1. Supporting Eye and Vision Health with Diet and Lifestyle Changes
          2. Uncovering the Causes of Blurred Vision
          3. Clearing Away the Clouds: Cataracts
          4. Dealing with Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
          5. Rejuvenating Dry Eyes
          6. Giving Your Eyes a Break from Eye Strain
          7. Relieving the Pressure of Glaucoma
          8. Slowing Macular Degeneration’s Progression
          9. Treating Sties
        7. Chapter 10: Addressing Mouth and Dental Conditions
          1. Optimizing Oral Health
          2. Banishing Bad Breath (Halitosis)
          3. Conquering Canker Sores
          4. Rejuvenating Chapped Lips
          5. Dealing with Gingivitis and Other Gum Infections
          6. Stopping Jaw Pain and Popping: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction
          7. Relieving a Toothache
        8. Chapter 11: Kicking Leg and Feet Conditions to the Curb
          1. Stomping Out Athlete’s Foot
          2. Battling Bunions
          3. Coping with Fallen Arches (Flat Feet)
          4. Straightening Out a Case of Hammertoe
          5. Handling Heel Spurs
          6. Rooting Out Ingrown Toenails
          7. Taming Plantar Fasciitis
          8. Purging Plantar Warts
          9. Straightening Out Your Feet: Pronation and Supination
          10. Shoring Up Shin Splints
          11. Clearing the Air: Stinky Feet
          12. Vying with Varicose Veins
        9. Chapter 12: Addressing Common Kiddie Health Issues
          1. Adjusting Dosages for Children 12 Years Old and Under
          2. Bringing Up Baby
          3. Chicken Pox Survival Guide
          4. Alleviating Growing Pains
          5. Reducing the Risks of Childhood Vaccinations
        10. Chapter 13: Alleviating Allergies, Asthma, and Food Sensitivity/Intolerance
          1. Treating Asthma and Asthma Episodes
          2. Tests to Identify Allergies
          3. Treating Seasonal (Nasal) Allergies
          4. Treating Food Allergies
          5. Tackling Food Intolerances and Sensitivities
          6. Sealing a Leaky Gut
        11. Chapter 14: Battling Digestive, Urinary, and Bowel Conditions
          1. Alleviating Digestive Disorders
          2. Healing a Hiatal Hernia
          3. Battling Bowel Disorders
          4. Grappling with Gallstones and Gallbladder Problems
          5. Treating Kidney Stones and Urinary Tract Infections
        12. Chapter 15: Restoring Back, Joint, and Muscle Health
          1. Tackling Arthritis in All Its Forms
          2. Oh, My Aching Back! Treating Backache
          3. Working Out Muscle Aches and Cramps
        13. Chapter 16: Putting Sleep Issues to Bed
          1. Overcoming Insomnia
          2. Resetting Your Internal Clock in Response to Jet Lag
          3. Calming the Snoring Seas: Sleep Apnea
          4. Relieving Restless Leg Syndrome
          5. Getting a Leg Up on Sleepwalking
        14. Chapter 17: Tackling Chronic Health Conditions
          1. Combatting Cancer
          2. Easing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia
          3. Dealing with Cardiovascular Conditions and Stroke
          4. Delving into Diabetes and Other Blood Sugar Illnesses
          5. Dealing with Autoimmune Disorders
          6. Mitigating Migraines
          7. Strengthening Your Bones: Osteoporosis
          8. Taking the Punch out of Parkinson’s Disease
        15. Chapter 18: Targeting Adrenal and Thyroid Conditions
          1. Addressing Adrenal Fatigue and Stress
          2. Doctoring Thyroid Disorders
          3. Overcoming Pituitary Gland Dysfunction
        16. Chapter 19: Addressing Sexual and Reproductive Health Conditions
          1. Focusing on Women’s Reproductive Health
          2. Focusing on Male Reproductive Health Issues
          3. Enhancing Fertility
          4. Coping with Sexually Transmitted Diseases
        17. Chapter 20: Dealing with Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Issues
          1. Supporting a Healthy Brain
          2. Overcoming Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
          3. Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and Other Cognitive Disorders
          4. Relieving Anxiety Disorders
          5. Overcoming ADHD
          6. Addressing Autism
          7. Pushing Past Bipolar Disorder
          8. Beating Borderline Personality Disorder
          9. Dealing with Depression
          10. Taking the Bite Out of Eating Disorders
          11. Subduing Schizophrenia
      6. Part III: The Part of Tens
        1. Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Get the Most Out of Natural Medicine
          1. Consulting a Natural Healthcare Provider
          2. Targeting Causes, Not Symptoms
          3. Being Healthy Instead of Not Sick
          4. Using Common Sense as Your Guide
          5. Steering Clear of Miracle Cures
          6. Taking Vitamins and Minerals in Their Better Forms
          7. Being Skeptical of Expert Advice
          8. Making Bold Changes
          9. Eating Organic Foods Whenever Possible
          10. Steering Clear of Food Fights
        2. Chapter 22: Ten Rules of the Road
          1. Eat More Plants
          2. Avoid Sugar in All Forms
          3. Eat Grains Rarely, If at All
          4. Don’t Drink Your Calories
          5. Drink Plenty of Water
          6. Exercise Regularly
          7. Stop Eating When You’re 80 Percent Full
          8. Get an Oil Change
          9. Don’t Fall Victim to Pharmageddon
          10. Get Enough Sleep
        3. Chapter 23: Ten Natural Cure Maxims
          1. Community Is the Cure
          2. Treat the Patient, Not the Symptoms
          3. You Are What You Eat Has Eaten
          4. Pay the Farmer Instead of the Doctor
          5. Food Is Your Best Medicine
          6. Dread White Bread
          7. Don’t Drink Your Calories
          8. Let Your Genes Be Your Guide
          9. Stress Kills
          10. Sleep on It
      7. Part IV: Appendixes
        1. Appendix A: Vitamins and Minerals
          1. Vitamins
          2. Minerals
          3. Electrolytes
        2. Appendix B: Nutritional Supplements
        3. Appendix C: Natural Hormones
        4. Appendix D: Herbs
        5. Appendix E: Homeopathic Remedies
        6. Appendix F: Aromatic Essential Oils
      8. About the Author
      9. Cheat Sheet
      10. Connect with Dummies
      11. End User License Agreement