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The Science of Natural Healing

Explore holistic approaches to healthcare and discover many nature-based treatments and methods that are both clinically proven and readily available to you.
The Science of Natural Healing is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 228.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Natural Healing Been fascinated and studying Microbiology for 4 years, at the cellular level as it pertains to Chronic Disease, as a hobby, My 30 Year USAF Hum-int life pushed it in my retirement. This is the best course I could imagine for the entry level student. I hope a Second Season focuses on Arnold Ehret, Bernard Jenson, and Herbert M. Shelton as it pertains to Fasting! If you need direction, let me know!
Date published: 2023-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Needs to Watch this Course There are natural preventions, remedies, and even cures for our ailments. Do not discredit homeopathic or natural solutions that are THOUSANDS of years old. Watch this course and take action to improve your life. A wide range of topics are covered and all are beneficial to overall wellness. If you care about your/your family's health, then you should watch this course.
Date published: 2023-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some Useful Advice This was the sort of course where one can pick and choose parts to take on board or to ignore. Dr G (as she often describes herself) is a competent and experienced cardiologist who has turned to integrated medicine and has had much success in treating patients by "unconventional" means. Unfortunately, the lessons are geared toards the US healthcare system, and I do feel much of the course is unsuited and impractical in Great Britain. Neverteless, I found the course helpful in striking a balance between medication and natural self-help.
Date published: 2023-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Goid Presentation The instructor keeps the lectures interesting by sharing real life experiences and examples. Lots to good information presented.
Date published: 2022-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good advice Lots of good information in this course. I appreciated the slower pace of the course.
Date published: 2022-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Science of Natural Healing This is informative in that there was much that I was not aware of as I viewed the video. It has helped me with a new outlook on my health. I have already told my fiends about the video.
Date published: 2022-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks Loved it changed my eating for a couple of years now heart healthy Mediterranean diet and food isn’t just nutrition but medicine
Date published: 2022-06-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly After a few lectures of this course I really wanted to give this lecture course a high grade, but I really can't. It has a lot of good ideas in it. Half of what she teaches is really good. But there are simply too much bad and ugly to give an overall positive review. The last third of the course should be passed over and ignored. The Good. A holistic approach to healing is a good idea. She points out that too many physicians see most problems solved by either drugs or surgery, particularly long term chronic problems. The lecturer does a good job of showing that a lot of chronic diseases are caused by bad diet; too much sugar, too much salt, too much red meat, too much soluble fat, etc. I really liked this part of the course. The Bad. Several big things are clearly contradicted by other lecturers from The Great Courses. The two that stand out are her promotion of vegetarianism and organic foods. Humans are omnivores. Vegetarians deny human evolution. They frequently have iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies. No diet that requires you to take any supplement is a good diet. Organically grown foods offer no nutritional benefit over normal foods. The natural pesticides used with organic food are not necessarily superior nor safer than human created pesticides. This belief is often rooted in the false idea that "natural is better than man made". The Ugly. Biofield Therapies? Auras? Healing Touches? Chakras? This is not science. This is quackery. How any physician can support this is amazing. Homeopathy, like cures like, has been proven to be a fraud, but she endorses it. She also believes correlation means cause and effect. At one point she says: People X drink Y tea and don't get disease Z, so you should drink Y. There are other examples of her misunderstanding of correlation. And then, towards the end of the series, she spend 60 minutes ranting against climate change, global warming, air pollution, farming practices, chemicals, plastic, GMO foods, etc. In this section she also heavily promotes veganism, organic foods, fair trade coffee and more. So much potential, but so much disappointment. You can find better courses from Roy Benaroch, Steven Novella, and Alyssa Crittenden. I'm disappointed that my library is paying a license fee for this course. As a supporter of science I cannot recommend this course.
Date published: 2022-05-20
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What is the most effective way to nurture your own optimal health? Are there sound alternatives to the drugs so common in our health-care system, which can carry unwanted consequences and side effects? In the 24 lectures of The Science of Natural Healing, board-certified cardiologist Dr. Mimi Guarneri, founder of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, leads you in a compelling and practical exploration of holistic approaches to healthcare, introducing you to the many nature-based treatments and methods that are both clinically proven and readily available to you.


Mimi Guarneri

You have the power to be your own best medicine. It is my personal hope that the science of natural healing provides you with all the necessary tools, science, and wisdom to start your healing journey.


Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

Dr. Mimi Guarneri is board-certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and holistic medicine. She earned her medical degree from The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, where she graduated first in her class. She completed her internship and residency at New YorkñPresbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and held cardiology fellowships at New York University Langone Medical Center and the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. While serving as an attending physician in interventional cardiology at the Scripps Clinic, Dr. Guarneri recognized the need for a more comprehensive and holistic approach to cardiovascular disease. As a result, she founded the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, where she uses state-of-the-art cardiac imaging technology and lifestyle-change programs to prevent, diagnose, and treat cardiovascular disease. In recognition of her leadership in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Guarneri received the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and the Bravewell Physician Leadership Award for Integrative Medicine in 2011. She was recently elected president of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the American Medical Women's Association. She is also a diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. Dr. Guarneri has authored several articles that have appeared in professional journals such as the Journal of Echocardiography and the Annals of Internal Medicine. She is also the author of The Heart Speaks, a collection of stories from heart patients who have benefited from integrative medicine approaches. The Heart Speaks and her clinical work have been featured on NBC's Today show and PBS's To the Contrary and Full Focus. Her work was also featured in a two-part PBS documentary, The New Medicine.

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The Science of Natural Healing
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Shifting the Health-Care Paradigm

01: Shifting the Health-Care Paradigm

Investigate the fundamental paradigm of Western medicine-its strength in the treatment of symptoms and its relative deemphasis on illness prevention and long-term health concerns. In contrast, consider an approach to healthcare focusing on the whole human being, integrating the elements of your environment, genes, lifestyle, nutrition, and mental/psychological makeup.

27 min
Understanding Holistic Integrative Medicine

02: Understanding Holistic Integrative Medicine

Holistic integrative medicine creates a bridge between Western medicine and the world's other evidence-based healing traditions, making a spectrum of health-care approaches available to you. Learn the philosophy underlying integrative medicine, rooted in partnering with the patient, finding the underlying causes of disease, and caring for the body, mind, and spirit.

31 min
You Are More Than Your Genes

03: You Are More Than Your Genes

This lecture highlights the critical relationship between your genes and how you live your life. Investigate the ways in which nutrition, lifestyle, and stress can affect the outcome of your inborn genetic makeup. Explore the fields of nutrigenomics and pharmacogenomics, which study the interaction of nutrition and medications with the genes.

28 min
Food Matters

04: Food Matters

Holistic integrative medicine speaks deeply to the connection between food and health outcomes. Here, track scientific findings that demonstrate how the food you eat directly affects your heart health as well as numerous medical conditions. Learn about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and the kinds of foods that promote optimal health.

29 min
Not All Foods Are Created Equal

05: Not All Foods Are Created Equal

Certain key foods have unique properties that set them apart as nutrition "superstars." Starting with the importance of whole foods and fiber, study the most healthful foods in different categories, including grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and proteins, and grasp how the way you cook food affects its nutritional value.

33 min
Natural Approaches to Inflammation

06: Natural Approaches to Inflammation

Inflammation, a fundamental protective reaction of your body, is also a pathway to many diseases. Discover the multiple causes of chronic inflammation, from pollutants and bacteria to stress and sleep disorders. Learn how to use food as medicine, emphasizing a variety of foods, herbs, and spices that prevent and/or reverse inflammation.

31 min
Food Sensitivity and the Elimination Diet

07: Food Sensitivity and the Elimination Diet

Perhaps surprisingly, numerous physical symptoms and medical conditions can be triggered by sensitivity to foods. Study the six primary food groups related to food sensitivity and allergy, examine the astonishing data linking them to conditions such as migraines and arthritis, and learn about the elimination diet, which locates the specific source of food-related symptoms.

31 min
Vitamins and Supplements

08: Vitamins and Supplements

This lecture introduces the central subject of natural supplements. First, investigate the natural products industry and how to determine the quality and purity of supplements you may use. Then study key supplements, including probiotics, selenium, and vitamin D, and their effectiveness in treatment and prevention of ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, and cancer.

32 min
Herbal Remedies

09: Herbal Remedies

Many natural herbal substances have proven and significant healing properties. Discover the remarkable medicinal uses of aloe, ginger, and licorice for the GI tract, and of cranberry and saw palmetto for urogenital conditions. Also follow a case study showing the diagnosis and herbal treatment for a patient with chronic migraines.

30 min
Lowering Cholesterol Naturally

10: Lowering Cholesterol Naturally

Pharmaceuticals are not the only avenue for reaching healthy cholesterol levels. Begin by investigating the two kinds of cholesterol and the triglycerides, and their role in your physiology. Learn about specific foods that raise and lower cholesterol and triglycerides, nutritious alternatives to animal protein, and key natural supplements for controlling your cholesterol.

28 min
Treating High Blood Pressure Naturally

11: Treating High Blood Pressure Naturally

A surprisingly rich array of natural treatments is available to counteract high blood pressure. Review the startling statistics showing how blood pressure is lowered by both weight loss and reduced sodium intake. Also study the marked effects of foods, including garlic and seaweed, and micronutrients such as magnesium, vitamin D, and the enzyme CoQ10.

29 min
Treating Diabetes Naturally

12: Treating Diabetes Naturally

Diabetes is the result of a continuum that begins with the preconditions of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. Learn how all of these conditions are directly linked to lifestyle, and how to prevent and even reverse them through the kinds of foods you eat, healthy sleep patterns, and consistent exercise.

28 min
Stress and the Mind-Body Connection

13: Stress and the Mind-Body Connection

In the first of three lectures on stress, you investigate the body's stress response. Study the three stress hormones, the physiological changes they produce, and the unhealthy effects of both acute and chronic stress. Also track the psychological impact of stress, and stress's effects on the immune system and aging.

29 min
Turning Stress into Strength

14: Turning Stress into Strength

Your response to stress is intimately related to how you view the world. In learning to neutralize stress, map your own emotional life and consider research on the effects of positive emotions. Then learn a technique, using focused breathing and imagery, for reaching a positive feeling state and disarming the stress response.

32 min
Meditation, Yoga, and Guided Imagery

15: Meditation, Yoga, and Guided Imagery

Mind-body techniques are now shifting the paradigm of Western medicine. Learn practical ways to use them in your own life, and review their remarkable clinical effects, including the use of meditation for lowering blood pressure, yoga for treating spinal problems, and mantra repetition in treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

32 min
Natural Approaches to Mental Health

16: Natural Approaches to Mental Health

Holistic medicine also offers many avenues for responding to issues of mental health and well-being. Here, explore research on the role of nutrition and nutrient deficiencies in depression and bipolar disorder. Consider holistic approaches to treating depression, including the specific uses of diet, exercise, herbal remedies, and light therapy.

28 min
Biofield Therapies

17: Biofield Therapies

"Biofield" or energy therapies, although controversial, show ample evidence of a positive impact on health. Study the principles of acupuncture, tai chi, homeopathy, and Healing Touch, as well as clinical data on their use in treating a spectrum of conditions, including pain, stress, and cardiac disease.

32 min
The Power of Love

18: The Power of Love

This lecture poses the question, "Do personal relationships affect health?" Review the extensive clinical research correlating supportive parental, spousal, and social relationships-as well as optimism-with more favorable outcomes for major diseases. Consider the evidence for social connections as treatment for illness and as key ingredients of good health.

29 min
Spirituality in Health

19: Spirituality in Health

Increasingly, research is showing a strong connection between spirituality and health. Investigate the evidence demonstrating greater resilience to disease among spiritually active people, and why this may be so. Explore the medical implications of depression and hopelessness, and how holistic medicine integrates physical, mental, and emotional healing.

31 min
Components of Spiritual Wellness

20: Components of Spiritual Wellness

Holistic integrative medicine views spirituality as an element of optimal health. In approaching spiritual wellness, track research on forgiveness and positive thought and their effects, both physiological and psychological. Learn specific ways to develop an affirmative emotional outlook, including working with your internal thought patterns and practicing gratitude.

33 min
Applying the Lessons of Natural Healing

21: Applying the Lessons of Natural Healing

Here, a patient case study demonstrates the integrative approach to healing. Follow the story of a woman whose profile showed diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and arthritis. See how a comprehensive health plan for her included the factors of dietary changes, micronutrients, specific exercise, stress-reduction tools, and social connection.

32 min
Ecology and Health

22: Ecology and Health

In critical ways, human health is directly linked to the health of our planet. Track the effects on human bodies of environmental factors, including climate change, air pollution, greenhouse gases, the livestock industry, and industrial chemicals, and consider approaches to addressing these matters effectively.

28 min
Healthy People, Healthy Planet

23: Healthy People, Healthy Planet

This lecture looks at constructive actions that impact not only your own health, but the health of the planet. Investigate ecologically sound choices such as buying organic foods and reducing the use of plastics, as well as actions by governments and health-care facilities to eliminate hazardous substances and foster healthy food production.

31 min
You Are Your Own Best Medicine

24: You Are Your Own Best Medicine

The course concludes with a look at a final fundamental element of your healing: yourself. As provocative food for thought, review research on the question of why people heal and examine clinical evidence on the influence of the patient's outlook and beliefs on the healing process.

32 min