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The Wellness encyclopedia : the comprehensive resource for safeguarding health and preventing illness
University of California, Berkeley, wellness letter.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1991.
Physical Description:
541 pages ; 29 cm
General Note:
At head of title: University of California, Berkeley.

Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
RA776 .W436 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Once viewed as an alternative approach, preventive medicine is now in the mainstream, having been embraced both by doctors and by established health plans. It has been the aim of The Wellness Letter, published at the University of California, to inform the general public about preventive medicine, and the creators of that newsletter have edited this home reference book, which uses straightforward, non-technical language. It sets out to dispel misconceptions about diet and exercise, to explain the link between lifestyle and staying well, to report on ways of coping with stress, to explore environmental and public health concerns which can affect personal health and to recommend alternative health measures.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This excellent family health care guide, meant to be read cover-to-cover, draws on expanded and updated articles from the Wellness Letter--a newsletter begun in 1984 under the auspices of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Within five broad divisions--longevity, nutrition (especially well done), exercise, self-care, and environment and safety--information for making intelligent choices for a better, healthier life is presented in authoritative, easy-to-understand language. Illustrations and highlighted, boxed texts and charts are particularly praiseworthy. The detailed index gives access to both conventional and controversial topics: from choosing shoes to bottled water. With its preventive medicine and public health point of view, this complements similar sources such as the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book ( LJ 12/90). Highly recommended.-- James Swanton, Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.