Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide
The information you need to take charge of your own health
The American health care system is in crisis. Pretty much everyone agrees on that point. Whether you believe that we have the greatest health care in the world or that it's lagging behind that of other countries, it's clear that there are troubling issues that need to be faced.
- Access to health care is becoming more limited, as the costs continue to rise and doctors are leaving their practices,
- If you can see a doctor, you have a seven times greater chance of dying than you do getting behind the wheel of your car. Adverse reactions to prescription drug are the third leading cause of death in America; and the medical system, itself, is the leading cause of death in America.
- Although the FDA is charged with protecting us from harmful drugs, this agency seems more intent on protecting the profits of Big Pharma, and allows the drug companies to use us as guinea pigs.
Even the common OTC medications we have been led to believe are safe can cause serious harm.
- Aspirin can cause gastric bleeding and, at one time, killed more people every year than heart attacks. It has also been linked to an increased cancer rate.
- Tylenol, used as directed, can cause liver and kidney damage.
- OTC sleep aids and allergy remedies negatively affect your brain, causing long term cognitive impairment.
Granted: modern medicine has the capacity to perform the seemingly miraculous. If I was ever in need of trauma care or had some other kind of acute medical emergency, there is not other place on earth that I'd rather be than in America. But, despite the heroics of modern medicine, in terms of the day-to-day management of your health, the system is broken. You simply cannot afford to hand over the responsibility for your health to the medical model.
In July 2002, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy G Thompson, told an American Medical Association gathering, "We are dealing with a system of healthcare delivery that is, at its root, dysfunctional." U.S. healthcare expenditures for 2002 are projected to reach $1.5 trillion, yet a survey of the health status of people from 175 nations placed the United States 17th in the rankings. It is an expensive lesson for us to learn, but spending money does not guarantee health.
In the midst of this gloomy outlook is one bright ray of hope. D. Gary Young … has opened a new door to better health using a long-forgotten natural medicine: therapeutic-grade essential oils. …
A growing number of healthcare professionals, from MDs to chiropractors to naturopaths, are finding their way to essential oils. Not only is there a long history of usage of these oils, but a growing body of new medical research is confirming their powers. …
I am pleased to recommend this essential oil book to all health-minded people, be they medical professionals or simply consumers seeking a more natural means of healthcare.
→ Ronald M Lawrence, MD, PhD
Physician, lecturer and author
The Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide is an incredible, much-needed, self-help guide to natural healing through the use of essential oils. … [T]his manual provides the ability to control one's own health destiny.
A must for every household.
→ Carolyn L Mein, DC
Clinician, lecturer and author
Today, as never before, it is critical to be self-empowered with regard to your health care. Now is the time to take charge of your own health.
Integrative Medical Guilde: Empowering you to take charge of your own health
The Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide is just the empowerment you need to take charge of your own health. It is an invaluable reference on therapeutic-grade essential oils and their use in medicinal aromatherapy.
If you're interested in using therapeutic-grade quality oils, this reference is for you. It will put the very best information on the oils and practical aromatherapy applications at your fingertips, to empower you to take charge of your health in ways you've never known before.
While this reference is not as comprehensive as the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, as a guide to the full scope of holistic health, it offers you two, very important things:
- Some of the most thorough and accessible information in the English language on essential oils and how to most effectively use them,
- It provides this information in generic, non-Young Living-specific terms.
Trustworthy information and proven applications
The Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide was written by Gary Young, one of the world's most respected authorities on the healing value of essential oils. In this 608-page book, you'll find information about essential oils, aromatology and other information on natural health and wellness vital to your optimal health.
In many ways, the Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide could be considered a "generic" version of the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition:
Comparing the Desk Reference and the Integrative Medical Guide:
- Contents of the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition
- Contents of the Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guilde
- They contain much of the same information, except for references to the Young Living product line.
- The Essential Oils Desk Reference, however, includes cleansing programs and information on enzymes and hormone therapy not found in the Integrative Medical Guide, making the Desk Reference much more of a complete natural health and wellness guide.
What I especially like about the Integrative Medical Guide
I've had the Desk Reference since the first edition came out in July of 1999 (when it was called the PDR for Essential Oils). But, when the Integrative Medical Guide was released in February of 2003, my use of the oils was taken to a whole new — and amazingly powerful — level. It contained information not found in the Desk Reference at that time that boosted my experience beyond anything I had known before. The one thing that really stood out for me was the enhanced Application Methods & Reference Guide, with its information on ingesting the oils.
From its release, until the release of the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 3rd Edition in April of 2004, I made almost daily reference to the Integrative Medical Guide (most often in conjunction with my Desk Reference, just to make sure I didn't miss anything).
|Example from the Application Methods & Reference Guide|
Application Methods & Reference Guide
As I said, one of the features of the Integrative Medical Guide that I found the most exciting was the more detailed Application Methods & Reference Guide (see the graphic to the left), which includes information on how to take the oils in capsules (information now included in the Desk Reference).
Making aromatherapy blends
The other feature of the Integrative Medical Guide that I especially liked was the section on making your own essential oil blends (recipes for, say, the Energy Balancing Blend, the Anti-Aging Blend, the Brain Blend or the Mood Lifting Blend). These are basically kicked-up versions of the Young Living blends. There are 27 recipes, in all.
However, I found that, with the release of the Desk Reference, 3rd Edition — and now the updated and expanded 4th Edition — what had been the unique value of the Integrative Medical Guide has been lost. But, as I move away from the Young Living product line, I've come to appreciate anew the value of this guide to essential oil usage.
So, do you really need this reference?
Over the last five years, I have come to experience first-hand the power and therapeutic potential of pure essential oils. Now at last, the clinical experience of one of the leading North American experts has been made available to the general public. …
The information in this book could save your family's life.
→ Carolyn DeMarco, MD
Physician and author
This book is a must-read for all health care professionals, as well as anyone with health problems. The results I have witnessed by using essential oils in my medical consultation practice have been incredible!
→ Terry S Friedmann, MD, ABHM
Physician and author
With the release of the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, most of the unique advantages I found in the Integrative Medical Guide are no longer unique; they can also be found in the new Desk Reference. It, too, contains the information in the Application Methods & Reference Guide. However, the Integrative Medical Guide still has some advantages:
- The IMG is a generic referece, which does not rely on proprietary Young Living product names. It deals strictly with essential oils singles, providing you with recipes for non-proprietary blends.
- The Desk Reference uses the Young Living names for the oil blends and other Young Living products. Since I recommend against using these products, that gives some advantages to the IMG, since it eliminates a lot of the confusion that can be created with trying to use the Desk Reference without using Young Living products.
However, Desk Reference also contains information on enzymes and hormone therapy, issues with water and personal care products, artificial sweeteners and microwaves, pH balance and cleansing programs, not found in the Integrative Medical Guide, making it a better all-round guide to holistic health. So, all-in-all, I see definite advantages in getting the Desk Reference.
This wonderfully informative new book on the science behind the therapeutic use of essential oils removes any doubt that D. Gary Young . . . is the leading US authority on essential oil therapy.
Over years of working with patients withdrawing from addictive substances, I have found therapeutic-grade essential oils to be a critical element in restoring both mental and physical well-being.
→ Ann Blake Tracy, PhD
Executive Director, International Coalition for Drug Awareness
So, with all of this confusion, which of these do I think would be be the most beneficial to you? Let me make my recommendations.
- For the person who is more experienced with essential oils and able to weed through extraneous information (like Young Living proprietary names), I think the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition has enough advantages to warrant getting it.
- For the person who is somewhat familiar with essential oils, but lacks a lot of experience, I think the Integrative Medical Guide might be less confusing. You won't get all of the holistic health information found in the Essential Oils Desk Reference, but it should be easier for you to choose the oils best suited to your needs.
- For the person who is new to aromatherapy, I'd recommend getting Modern Essentials. It's not as detailed as the other references, but it is dōTERRA-specific (and I strongly recommend dōTERRA® oils) and has easily-accessible information, without the confusion.
If you are serious about getting the most from your oils, I would recommend getting all three, as well as the:
And, for those who have horses, I'd definitely recommend the Equine RainDrop Therapy DVD.
The Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide is 608 pages, in a 6" X 9" format, hardcover. It's only $39.95; one of the best investments in health you'll ever make.