The Healthy Heart Kit
Andrew Weil & et al
Sounds True, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
r. Andrew Weil's kit in a box includes a 52-page workbook, 2 CDs, and 25 heart-health cards, explaining how to '
heal your heart by minimizing your risk factors, changing your lifestyle, optimizing the mind-body connection through mindfulness and guided imagery, reducing chronic inflammation
he small workbook begins by introducing '
the most important muscle in the body
' and emphasizing that '
Cardiovascular disease is preventable, treatable, and often even reversible.
' Topics include risk factors; cholesterol; LDL/HDL balance; and tests. Conditions that raise cardiovascular risk are discussed with advice on what to do about them. Next the workbook addresses
, including spices to experiment with in place of salt and recommended supplements. It also covers emotions and heart health, suggesting
Three Mind-Body Approaches for Stress Protection
. The workbook ends with a summary of tips regarding:
. Book and website resouces are listed at the back.
he heart-health cards summarize tips under similar categories to those above - for example
Blood Pressure Levels
Target Heart-Rate Goals
by age under
Live for Today
. In the Session 1 CD, Andrew Weil and Stephen Devries emphasize lifestyle and integrative approaches, addressing topics including
New thinking on heart health
, risk factors and the anti-inflammatory diet. In the Session 2 CD, Devries explains breathing techniques to relax the heart; Erin Olivo introduces three meditation exercises; and Martin Rossman delves into guided imagery focused on healing the heart.
he Healthy Heart Kit
offers a comprehensive - and very accessible - approach to heart health, and in particular to taking a preventive approach to potential cardiac problems. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a genetic risk for heart disease, or simply wants to start living a healthy and mindful lifestyle now in order to avoid problems later.
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