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Book Review: How to Unbreak Your Health: Your Map to the World of Complementary and Alternative Therapies by Alan E. Smith

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How to Unbreak Your Health: Your Map to the World of Complementary and Alternative Therapies by Alan E. Smith is a compendium of cutting edge therapies all aimed at giving patients choice in the delivery of medical care.

The author cites specific body process methodologies that have been successful with patients. The Advanced Jaffe-Mellor Technique(JMT) is one such example. JMT is a bioenergetic therapy which uses muscle resistance tests as a diagnostic tool to identify pathenogenic microorgansms at the root of diseases, such as lupus, fibromyalgia, and MS. The treatment involves a gentle tapping of muscles with an activator or arthrostim providing mild percussion in rapid succession. The device elicits sensory input allowing the practitioner to make adjustments physically or through the use of vitamins, herbs, or other protocols.

Asian bodywork therapy has been in existence for centuries. The therapy aims to apply deep tissue manipulation to improve circulation, as well as correct imbalances in the flow of energy. A number of treatment modalities are in use currently. Examples are Shiatsu, Tuina, and Chi Nei Tsang.

Smith cites bee venom therapy (BVT) which is a concentrated use of bee stings aimed at increasing the bodily reproduction of cortisol, as well as complex peptides and highly concentrated enzymatic action. Patients are first tested for an allergic response prior to undertaking BVT.

The author explains Colonic Hydrotherapy Irrigation which is the gentle removal of toxins from the intestine utilizing mineral water combined with special herbs. The treatment flushes the system of toxins which accumulate over time. Patients have been known to lose up to 5-10 pounds in just a few sessions due to the discharge of large amounts of fecal matter which the body may not be able to eliminate on its own. Patients should seek out a licensed practitioner for colonics.

MLD, or manual lymphatic drainage, is a modality consisting of light sweeping motions to stimulate the lymphatic vessels. These motions promote the flow of lymph into the capillaries near the skin surface. Stronger motions push the lymph to flow more deeply into the tissues. The treatment is aimed at moving fluids to the kidneys and liver for elimination.

Perhaps the most interesting modality is the author’s description of the hot stone massage. Hot stones provide deep warm stimulation which relaxes the muscles and calms the nervous system. The hot stones expand the blood vessels which help to push blood and waste throughout the body.

Smith explains that the federal government is studying alternative medicine through the prism of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as well as other areas of the National Institutes of Health. The purpose is to provide patients with cheaper treatment modalities, as well
as less invasive ones.

How to Unbreak Your Health is a wonderful resource for patients everywhere. The book is written simply and the author has provided many authoritative sources to support the proper use of these modalities.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.