Wellness Encyclopedia CL

University of California at Berkeley, Author, Berkeley University Of California, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $29.95 (541p) ISBN 978-0-395-53363-5
Since 1984 The Wellness Letter has been a font of sensible information about health, so it should come as no surprise that the Letter' s in-depth look at health, fitness and nutrition in book form proves equally helpful. Here are extensive chapters on evaluating health risks, on the importance of diet and exercise in preserving health, on digestive disorders, dental care and weight control. A critical summary of food groups, nutrients, food supplements, vitamins and minerals will be particularly useful to readers wishing to improve their diets. Such thoughtful coverage effectively dispels many myths about foods: where there is controversy about an issue, whether it be caffeine consumption or hormonal replacement therapy for menopausal women, the editors provide a cautious but balanced approach. Numerous tables and charts encourage browsing. Suggestions for selecting health care providers, including pharmacists and nutritionists, are unfailingly practical. Anyone requiring a medical evaluation will also benefit from the detailed descriptions of common diagnostic tests--and when and why they are likely to be implemented. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
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