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Food and HealingFood and Healing
by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D.

How what you eat determines your health, your well-being, and the quality of your life.

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Ten years ago, Colbin's Food and Healing stood at the forefront of the food revolution, exploring the link between diet and health. In this anniversary edition, she provides updates on recent dietary systems, including low-fat, food combining, and alternative medicine.

A theory book on the dynamics of the effects of food on health, using both Western and Eastern concepts. Most useful for anyone who is confused by conflicting dietary opinions and recommendations; it helps people make their own dietary choices according to their need. A section on home remedies offers help with headaches, colds, fevers, and stomach aches.


"Food and Healing is must reading."
--Santa Cruz Sentinel Review

"Oprah calls them ah-hah! moments. Some refer to the metaphorical lightbulb. Others say God spoke. The colloquial phrase is, “No duh.” Whichever usage appeals to ya, I experienced it... Check out Food and Healing. It’s changed my life."
--Soyager: a journey into healthier living
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"Annemarie Colbin's message in her book, "Food and Healing" can be distilled down to one morsel: There is a direct correlation between the food we eat and our general state of well-being – eating well is the key to living well.

While this message may sound familiar, Colbin's approach is not. The book is a guide to making healthy food choices, yet Colbin does not recommend any particular diet."
--by Samantha Berg M.Ac., L.Ac. and Kevin Meddleton M.Ac., L.Ac., Alaska Center or Acupunture
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"This is not a cookbook.

What Food and Healing is is a nice summation of a lot of current trends, ancient philosophy and modern scientific breakthroughs on the health benefits of right eating. If you're a woman suffering the throes of monthly mania, if you suffer from undiagnosed allergies or would like to do what you can to get and stay healthy, Food and Healing is must reading.

Discussions by the author run the gamut from profiling the pros and cons of famous diets, the cumulative effects of food preservatives and additives, vitamin supplementation and the resultant change in the body's nutritional alignment (e.g., "if you take a vitamin A pill in the morning, you may be spending the afternoon looking for the rest of the carrot") and more.

While Ms. Colbin posts nutritional warning signs throughout the book, she also readily points out that diets should be tailored to individual circumstance.

Every chapter will appeal to every reader. Important information abounds, like why we crave specific foods, why we binge, how to change one's diet, food as medicine, food's effect on mood, on sex, when one needs contractive foods or expansive foods, foods for headaches, colds, and on and on.

This is a holistic book and relies heavily on the idea that all of life is interrelated. Author Colbin is as good at teaching nutrition as she is at teaching philosophy. Quality is not all that counts. Context does too.

The quality of the paperback is, by the by, inadequate. Yet, one could balance that criticism by saying that (the price) is not much for the abundance of information contained in Food and Healing.

A nice adjunct cookbook is Ms. Colbin's The Book of Whole Meals."
--Chris Watson

From Readers:

"I recently read your book Food and Healing, and was floored by how thoughtful and inspiring the book is. Thank you very much for writing it! I am going to begin my family on your suggested diet, starting today! . . . How glad I am to have found it!"
--A.B. Rhinebeck, NY

"Thank you immensely for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us. . . . I, personally, regard you as a sage. Food and Healing has changed my life for the better in many ways. For one, I was engaged in an unbalanced eating style that your book corrected. ... Another way the book affected me was on a philosophical/spiritual level. I recognize the profound truths you profess; it's interesting because I can tell that you know.... Certainly you have surpassed Emerson's criteria of a life well lived (under his poem "Success") for you have made this breath easier breathed."

"I have found (Food and Healing) to be very rewarding in that the explanations of theories and the "whys and wherefores" have been easily understood by me. Unlike other books on healthy eating habits, Ms Colbin's book has not instilled the fear of God in me for following the eating habits I currently follow. The theories brought out in this book are sensible and appear to be attainable."
--Ms. K. B. Ontario, Canada

"I found your book wonderful. I am a systemic marriage/family/child counselor, and your thinking is systemic. I could not have been more pleased."
--C.S., Wenatchee, WA

"I am enjoying your book Food and Healing. I am also finding it very helpful. You have really put so much into it. What a wonderful resource it is to have handy.

"It brings together a lot of disparate information into a coherent framework. I believe it is destined to be a classic in the field."
--S.F., Lenox, MA

"(Food and Healing) impressed me as being the most open-minded discussion of nutrition as a healing force that I have ever read. Your knowledge seems a well-balanced blend of intuition and absorption of scientific facts and traditional methods, based on extensive experience with many approaches to nutrition."
--D. M., Myrtle Beach, SC

"Over the years I've not been one to care about cooking , , , , When I began vegetarian cooking I found a sheer delight in the plant foods.. . I love your direct, clear, beautiful presentation! It is truly inspiring and gives me a new, great incentive to enjoy this cooking game. . . . I feel this joy in cooking will increasingly come to me and your lovely ("Book of Whole Meals") is an added inspiration to me at this time."
--G. C.

"I have heretofore denied myself the opportunity -- and the pleasure -- to confide to you that, shortly after reading my copy of your Food and Healing, several years ago, I immediately went out and bought myself twenty five additional copies to distribute to members of my family and to friends. It has proved an invaluable reference guide for questions pertinent to food and to illnesses resulting from improper absorption. I consider your work a veritable bible of nutrition."
--H. Y., NY, NY.

"I enjoyed your book. It helped me gain an understanding of what my diet needed. I recommend it to my Reiki students."
--W. S. C., Fall River, MA

"I love your book Food and Healing and highly respect your broad approach and philosophy."
--L.M.T., Los Angeles, CA

"I did indeed buy your book "The Book of Whole Meals," and feel a report is long overdue. The meals are scrumptious, the cooking techniques invaluable, but most importantly, my feelings are centered and solid. I feel much more "here," with a sense of fortitude that has been missing from my constitution for some time now. I believe that a limited variety of foods and other factors contributed to this depressed state. I'm gaining more confidence at preparing my own "impromptu" meals and more adept at selecting a balanced meal when I dine out. I have not had a cold this winter. My long search for nutritional equilibrium has finally reached a comfortable plateau. Thank you so much!"
--P. O., Los Angeles, CA

"Thank you for writing Food and Healing, the most informative book on nutrition I've ever read."
--I. H., Holistic Health Consultant, West Chester, PA

"This is the best book I have read on food, moods, etc. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you have written. . . . Thanks for writing such a WONDERFUL book!"
--D. C., Carlsbad, CA

"I purchased Food and Healing and, shall I say, I devoured it! Often I found myself crying at the end of some chapters because I could not believe that I had not read the book years ago. I felt angry at my parents and doctors for neglecting to tell me what you told me so clearly and matter-of-factly in a single book. Your book gave me incentive to see a Naturopathic doctor and begin a new regimen of nutrition and a wholesome approach to living. . . . Thank you for opening doors for me."
--R. R., Medford, MA

"Thank you for your efforts in writing such a wonderful and informative book. It's quite apparent that an awful lot of research and work went into putting it all together."
--L. D. M., Marlborough, NH

"I am grateful for your open approach to health through diet by your recognition that there is no one diet that is good for everyone all the time. I truly appreciate your discussion of the importance of diet and your analysis of various popular therapeutic diets without being dogmatic about the issue. Your view of health through contractive and expansive foods is fascinating. Food and Healing was used as a text this year for one of our nutrition courses at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR. I see now why this book was chosen as a text. The general principles of health maintenance and treatment of disease that you discuss constitute a large part of how Naturopathy views health and disease."
--S. S., Portland, OR

"I just had to write to you and tell you how much I appreciate Food and Healing! This is a long and very much needed book -- and I find it a very valuable balance between all these dietary extremes on the market today. . . . What I really love about your type of approach is the balance of diet adapted to character, climate, work, lifestyle, etc. And: no dogmas! The usual . . . books are often too teacher-pupil like, with a moral code underneath it all which I don't care for. . . I also liked the way you mixed theory and practice and your own personal stories. I enjoyed them a lot, they bring life and warmth to the reader. You really did a super job and I can only hope that this wasn't the last book you wrote!"
--J. K. Boston, MA S.A.I.

"I just finished your book Food and Healing after months of reading and rereading it slowly, and I have to thank you for the time and energy you spent in putting it all on paper. I have read countless books on the subject looking for answers and direction, and feel as if I finally have both after reading your book. I have many more tools to deal with to improve my way of eating along with my life. I understand a lot of my cravings and can now offset them with good nutrition."
--T. J., DC, Hanover, MA

"Food and Healing is the best, Annemarie. Finally I have a book I can wholeheartedly recommend. And I am beginning to do so. Thank you for this healing work and your beautiful being."
--M. K., Lenox, MA

"If you don't get letters like this all the time, you should. Your FOOD AND HEALING has impressed me deeply with its clarity, scholarship, common sense, and humility. Thank you for your great contribution to what we know about our collective health, and for the direction I've needed in guiding me to my own. Congratulations."
--P. M.

"The aspect of your book which I resonated to the most strongly is its emphasis on wholeness and spiritual development. . . . Food and diet are so important in this collective process we are all in -- and your comprehensive, holistic consciousness is truly a gift to us all. Thank you."
--C. S., Takoma Park, MD


Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 1986)
ISBN-10: 0345303857
ISBN-13: 978-0345303851

Tenth Anniversary edition, with a new cover and new foreword,
published by Ballantine in 1/96.
Translated into Spanish (Robin Books, Barcelona),
Italian (Macro Edizione, Sarsina, Italy),
Chinese (Mercury House, 1994), Polish (Ksiazka I Wiedza, Warsaw, 1998),
Bulgarian (Kibea, 2002), and Czech (Euromedia Group, 2004).



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