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"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
~ Marcel Proust

Health magazines which I highly recommend
(and to which I subscribe now, or have in the past):

Dr. Weil's Self-Healing Magazine
Body & Soul
Life Extension
Men's Health
Psychology Today
Yoga Journal
Vegetarian Times
Alternative Medicine
The Herb Quarterly
Natural Health

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Fantastic Voyage
is a good discussion of how upcoming health research may radically extend how long we can live, and how healthy we can be, if we first understand and implement various healthy practices which have already been discovered. A worthwhile summary of current knowledge about how to be healthy.

It's also a good idea to read books by Andrew Weil -- my favorite of his books is Spontaneous Healing
While Weil's ideas are well above the norm of health writing, I do disagree with him on various points. For example, his recent book -- Healthy Aging
seems needlessly defensive to me, in its refutation of anti-aging research and writing, such as that by Kurzweil (described above). In my view, health research is a very good thing, far better than what most of our personal and governmental spending buys. Increasing healthy lifespan allows more to be done and experienced, lets wisdom and skills develop. Anyway, Weil's a fine writer and thinker about health. When considering various health topics, I often check his website -- drweil.com.

Recently I bought The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, Second Edition: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, by Clair Davies, and a related book: Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques, by Art Riggs.

Decades ago I became aware of this sort of therapy (which you can perform on yourself or others), through a workshop and book and audio tape by Bonnie Prudden (she called her methods Myotherapy, or Pain Erasure). It's remarkable how many of our aches are muscle-related, and can be eased or eliminated through appropriate deep pressure. Perhaps even more effective is acupuncture (which has been helpful to millions, maybe billions, including me) -- which seems to take longer to learn. I'll be adding info about acupuncture, on the Qi page. Also see the Back Roller, described on the Exercise page. (Why is it there, I wonder?)

I think it's a good idea for everyone to have access to a good encyclopedic book on diagnosing and treating diverse health problems -- I especially appreciate and recommend The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, by Murray and Pizzorno
and another book which is equally worthwhile and hefty: The Medical Advisor: The Complete Guide to Alternative and Conventional Treatments, by the Editors of Time-Life Books. It's 960 pages. (My link goes to the first edition, which I have; instead get the second, which is apparently unavailable at the time I'm writing this.) Newer such books may exist, or should, but I've not found them. Please let me know if you do.

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