The Buffer Zone Diet – By: Fred Cuellar – A Book Review


The Buffer Zone Diet – By: Fred Cuellar

The Buffer Zone Diet – a Recipe for Fitness, Healthy Living, and Self-Discovery

I shudder to think of how many diets I have tried, how many books I have read, and how many pounds I have lost and gained back, in an effort to achieve good health, a nutritious diet, and weight loss.

Within minutes of opening the cover of Fred Cuellar’s “The Buffer Zone Diet” I knew I was in for a good read, and just maybe discover the truth about weight management.  I scanned the endorsements, glanced over the Table of Contents, explored the format of the chapters, and confirmed I was in for a good reading experience and a plan of action that I could initiate and pursue successfully.

The content is well organized, thoroughly researched, with an extensive list of reference for further reading. (Easily digestible, written in bite sized chunks). From the preface to the epilogue I became engrossed. Author Fred Cuellar writes from his real life experiences, personal research, and a personal commitment to make a difference in other people’s lives.

As a result of Cuellar’s challenge I am taking steps to achieve results in areas of weight management, healthy living, and self-discovery. I am learning to “tame my hunger,” evaluate my food intake; determine an effective exercise program, regulate my sleep, and control my environment.

“The Buffer Zone Diet” is endorsed by leaders in the Medical Field, Clinical Nutritionists, and Mental Health Experts. Highly Recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

MaxVera Publishing, 2465 San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas 77027,9780998909110, $ 16.95, 2017, 352 pages

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40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul, and Spirit By Beni Johnson – A Book Review


40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul, and Spirit, By Beni Johnson

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Devotional Guide Leading to a Healthy and Free Lifestyle

In her book “40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul and Spirit” Beni Johnson masterfully presents a progressive positive approach to attain and maintain a lifestyle of health and wholeness from the starting point to a natural sense of relationship of physical health, mental acuity, and spiritual power.

Each of the 40 days open with a carefully selected passage from the scriptures, a word of practical instruction, encouragement or motivation drawn from Beni’s own pursuit healthy living and wholeness. A unique feature of the book is the thematic continuity and consistency by putting an emphasis on “Body, Soul, and “Spirit.” The instructions, words of encouragement, and prayers with declarations of thanksgiving strengthen the reader for their journey.

I found the chapters addressing: the importance of a support circle, practicing self-control, and pressing toward the goal to be especially helpful and motivating.  The suggestions for being intentional about keeping an exercise journal resonated with me.

Christians who have struggled with basic discipline in exercise, diet, and devotional consistency will find Beni Johnson’s “40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul and Spirit” practical, easy to implement, and motivating. Highly recommended.

The book is a part of the Healthy and Free video curriculum. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257. 97807687410846, $16.99, 2017, 184 pages

 

 

The Original Design for Health – The Simple Plan to Restore & Maintain Health in 3 Easy Steps By: Dr. Mark Shannan – A Book Review


The Original Design for Health – The Simple Plan to Restore & Maintain Health in 3 Easy Steps

By: Dr. Mark Shannan

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Practical Steps for Implementing a Healthy Balance – For Improved Health

“The Original Design for Health – The Simple Plan to Restore & Maintain Health in 3 Easy Steps” is written out of a genuine desire to help people to live “the most balanced, peace-filled, and healthy lives possible, and to guide them toward a healthier future” based on the guiding principle that God has an Original Design for all people.

The book is made up of proven principles and scientific facts, stories (or case studies) of individuals who have been healed by finding identifying root causes of their health issues and then took control to finding complete wellness.

The book is well organized with a logical progression of material presented. The format includes helpful summary statements, topical headers within each chapter, charts, graphic illustrations, lists, graphs, and pictures. All of these add to help the reader assimilate the material, review topics of interest, and better understand and identify specific material for personal application.

Dr. Mark Shannan is passionate about his work as a Chiropractor and Nutritionist and has a successful practice. His credentials include: a Bachelor of Science degree in human anatomy, a doctorate in Chiropractic, and is a certified applied clinical nutritionist.

“The Original Design for Health” will resonate with anyone seeking to discover and understand how to live healthier, more active, and better balanced lives. I am already incorporating some of Dr. Mark’s principles into practice and better understand why this important for finding mental, physical, and chemical balance.

Highly recommended – an excellent redi-reference for everyone’s personal bookshelf.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, Pa 17257,978-0768409871, $ 16.99, 2016, 318 pages

 

Dr. Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body by Elizat Huntley, PhD – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Dr.  Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body

By: Elizabeth Huntley, PhD.

Taking Charge of Your Health – Dietary Guidelines for Optimal Health

In her book “Dr.  Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body,” nutritionist, Dr. Elizabeth Huntley introduces the reader to a dietary plan that includes underlying principles and dietary guidelines designed to produce optimum results for preserving all possible nutrients from the foods we eat.

Huntley includes tools and tips that will enable the reader to better understand the truth about their body and the cause and relationship of our heavily polluted environment; she highlights the electromagnetic and radiant pollutants in the atmosphere as a contributor to the many chronic diseases prevalent today.

High on the list of important steps we can take to reduce and minimize the adverse impact and danger of these threats to health include: recognize and adopt the practice of using pure water, eat high quality food with a balance of natural nutritional supplements, take responsibility for your environment, and for those in highly populated areas, install an air filtration system.

Dr. Huntley has included a full section of recipes with tips for preparation. These recipes include foods in several categories: basic foods, salads and dressing, seasonings, and sweets. She also offers suggestions for substituting ingredients that will turn grandma’s mouthwatering sweets into “lick smacking good” healthy desserts.

“Dr.  Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body” is an important addition to every homemaker’s personal library.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Robert D. Reed Publishers, PO Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411

 

 

Silent Takeover by Jacquelyn Sheppard – A Book Review


Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind

By: Jacquelyn Sheppard

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

How the Body Affects the Mind and the Mind Affects the Body – A Plan for Redesigning Body, Soul and Spirit”

In her book “Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind” Jacquelyn Sheppard sets out to establish the concept that emotional, mental disorders and other addictive behaviors are directly related to diet.  She provides a “roadmap” for anyone looking for answers to two questions:  “Why am I the way I am? What can be done to change my Life?”

The book is made up of four parts. Part one deals with below the surface issues of emotional, mental, and addictive behaviors. Part two looks at surface issues; facing daily decisions and finding solutions to negative behaviors. Part three helps the reader understand addictions and look realistically at the impact of chemicals on everyday life. Part four provides strategies for redesigning body, soul, and spirit.

Jacquelyn’s writing reveals sensitivity to the examples of shepherding in Jesus’ teaching and a spiritual tone that resonates with the reader, establishes rapport, and builds confidence in her assumptions.

Sheppard’s extensive research often challenges generally recognized and more traditionally accepted interpretations of mental and emotional issues. Her meticulous chapter end-notes provide the reader with substantial suggestions for additional reading which confirm her conclusions. Her work is endorsed by professionals in the fields of medicine, education, and clergy.

I found Jacquelyn Sheppard’s “Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind” to be immensely interesting and vitally informative. Highly Recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409246, $ 16.99, 2016, 254 pages

The Power of Making Miracles – Supercharge Your Mind and Rejuvenate Your Faith – By Arnold Fox, MD and Barry Fox PH.D


The Power of Making Miracles, Supercharge Your Mind and Rejuvenate Your Faith

By: Arnold Fox, M. D. & Barry Fox, PH.D

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A New Look at the 10 Aspects of a Healthy Spirit – Living Out Your Full Potential

“The Power of Making Miracles,” an official publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation” is coauthored by Dr. Arnold Fox, M. D. and Barry Fox, PH.D.   The book is made up of a 14 Day Making Miracle Program built on the premise that we are all born with an unlimited potential and that this “spirit” within us provides the key to achievement.

The authors describe 10 aspects of “spirit” as “the 10 pillars that will lift your spirit high;” and that “these 10 Pillars of the Spirit are the foundation upon which success is built.”

Powerful easy to understand stories demonstrate the influence of stress and negative thinking on the heart and every the function of all the body’s organs.   In contrast dramatic case studies reveal the impact of words of “faith, enthusiasm, love, joy, courage, and conviction” on the health of man’s spirit.

Drs. Arnold and Barry Fox capture of the key elements and principles of positive thinking, visualization, and affirmation championed by Norman Vincent Peale, Maxwell Maltz, Rene Dubos, and life principles from the Scriptures. They are leaders and pacesetters and models for leaders in the community of contemporary life coaching.

“The Power of Making Miracles” is for anyone looking to supercharge their mind, rejuvenate their health, and refuel their faith. By applying the principles of this 14 day program you will impact your health, your spirit, your relationships, and every area of your life.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-07684-08386, $ 15.00, 2016, 266 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planet Heal Thyself – The Revolution of Regeneration in Body, Mind, and Planet by Jordan Rubin – A Book Review


Planet Heal Thyself – The Revolution in Body, Mind, and Planet

By: Jordan Rubin

Destiny Image Publishers, P. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,

978-0768408591< $ 16.99, 2016, 254 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Clarion Call to Join the Revolution of Regeneration to Heal Our Planet and Restore Your Health

New York Times bestselling author and Biblical Health Coach Jordan Rubin’s new book “Planet Heal Thyself – The Revolution in Body, Mind, and Planet” is destined to become another bestseller. The book is a serious wake-up call to the extent of degeneration of the earth’s natural resources and the future of our ecosystem. It is made up of page after page of stimulating new ideas for recycling, composting, and reversing the rate of degeneration of our topsoil.

Diagnosed with Crone’s disease at the age of 19, Jordin became devastated. In a desperate attempt to avoid a radical experimental surgery, Rubin’s father contacted nutritionist Bud Keith and wan was introduced to a proven plan of Neuropathic healing, using Biblical principles.  After following the program for six weeks Jordin’s body was totally regenerated. This began a life change for Jordin that led to a 20 year study in the areas of alternative health therapies, sustainable agriculture, food production, economic prosperity, and abundance. His recovery set in motion a passion to transform the health of our nation, “one life at a time.”

Jordin warns of the crisis created by our country’s loss of top soil, how nutrients create health, and an effective plan for growing your own food. He talks about regenerative farming, steps to creating real health, and benefits of eating organic, going gluten free, and saying no to GMO. He warns of eight common allergens to avoid, and introduces the artisanal eater.

“Planet Heal Thyself – The Revolution in Body, Mind, and Planet”  will be fascinating reading to everyone who recognizes the key to health depends on decisions we make in health and nutrition for ourselves, our families, and our nation.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

The Physically Fit Messiah, Wellness Wisdom Past and Present by Cal Samra – A Book Review


The Physically Fit Messiah – Wellness Wisdom Past and Present

By Cal Samra

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Fresh Look at Jesus’ Exhortation to His Disciples to “Be of Good Cheer,” With Sage Wisdom from Wellness Advocates Past and Present

Award winning humorist, editor and publisher, Cal Samra’s “The Physically Fit Messiah – Wellness Wisdom Past and Present” is a refreshing approach to the relationship of faith, humor, and health. Pastors and church editors subscribed to Samra’s “Noiseletter” for over 30 years. The newsletters provided reproducible cartoons and humorous illustrations for church publications and for introducing humor into sermon applications.

“The Physically Fit Messiah”  is packed with fast moving facts, wellness principles to live by, real life stories that illustrate and confirm the healing power of exercise, the healing power of prayer, and  the healing power of pets.  He reinforces the healing power of humor with tongue in cheek cartoons, jokes, and stories that help the reader experience personally the benefits of laughter. He highlights the work of Patch Adams, and the impact Chloe the clown on the healing process.

Readers from all faiths will find encouragement from the history of the early Greek Christian physicians, the Franciscans, John Wesley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ellen White, Mary Baker Eddy, the Quakers, and modern health reformers.

Samra is highly recognized for his reputation as a health and humor historian, for his strong Christian faith, and as an advocate for physical fitness and nutrition, and health care reform.  He demonstrates his keen sense of wit and subtle humor in his writing as well as his passion for historical research and for his skill as a newspaper writer and editor.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411

978-1934759998, $ 14.95, 2015, 216 Pages

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy & Free – A Journey to Wellness for Your Body, Soul, and Spirit by Beni Johnson


Healthy and Free – A Journey to Wellness for Your Body, Soul, and Spirit
By Beni Johnson
Destiny Image Publishing, Inc., P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768407914, $ 15.99, 2015, 206 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Guidelines for Healthier Living – The Importance of Physical Exercise, Proper Nutrition, and Spiritual Fitness

“Healthy and Free – A Journey to Wellness for Your Body, Soul, and Spirit” encourages the reader to become more aware of the importance of physical exercise, proper nutrition, and spiritual fitness and introduces a series of practical, proven guideline for healthier living.

The book is also Beni’s personal story, a story of struggle and transformation, a story motivated by her passionate love and concern for peoples of the world, who are undernourished, or unaware of the need for and importance of finding and pursuing tools that lead to healthy living.

The importance of soul health is reinforced with Biblical principles and documented examples of how this is a precursor to physical wellness. In her presentation of “Tools for Health” ” Beni discusses hydration, the power of sleep, exercise, proper eating, and detoxing for a better life. I found the Q&A section to be of special interest as well as the recipes and the references to essential oils, and nutritional supplements.

The book is thoroughly researched and meticulously documented with chapter end notes and a resource list with websites with recommended product brands, food documentaries, recommending reading, and recommended blogs.

Beni Johnson serves with her husband Bill Johnson as senior pastors of Bethel Church of Redding, California and is highly respected internationally for her role overseeing Bethel’s intercessory prayer ministry.

A complimentary copy of this book was received for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.