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Posted April 2013
Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook
Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook

For 3.85 million Australians arthritis is a crippling fact of life. Courtesy of the baby boomers, this figure is expected to rise to 7 million by 2050. Often known as the disease of wear and tear, many of us will face the prospect of tired joints as we get older. While there is no cure for arthritis there is a lot you can do to manage your pain and improve your quality of life.

The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook is the ultimate guide to successfully managing all factors of your arthritis.

In it a host of strategies, tools and information are available to help reduce pain, control inflammation, maintain or increase joint function and to improve the overall quality of life for sufferers. The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook discusses;

  • Who is at risk of arthritis
  • What are its causes
  • How it is diagnosed

It also looks at ways of managing the disease including;

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medications
  • Natural therapies
  • Surgery options

Best of all The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook takes the pain out of menu management, suggesting 125 recipes to help get creaking joints on the move.

Posted April 2013
Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a growing health epidemic now affecting over 1.3 million Australians. Twice that number again are at risk of developing the disease in the next 5 to 10 years. Type 2 Diabetes can be caused by genetic factors but it can also be triggered or made worse by being overweight and lack of exercise.

Understanding Type 2 Diabetesis the essential resource for any diabetes sufferer. Written in a clear and easy-to-understand style by Professor Merlin Thomas from the world-renowned Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, it offers effective guidance on how to manage all aspects of the disease including:

  • What diabetes is and how it comes about
  • What is the right diet for someone with diabetes, and how to achieve it
  • How exercise can improve and maintain your health
  • The medical aspects of diabetes care, including the best ways to control your waistline, blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • How to prevent and treat the major complications of diabetes

Having diabetes is not easy. But its management needn’t be complex or complicated. With Understanding Type 2 Diabetesto guide you, you’ll soon realise that successfully managing diabetes is not only feasible but is also essential.

Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
Professor Merlin Thomas
RRP $29.99

Available from  or in all good book stores from March 2013.

Posted April 2013
The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide
The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide

Food allergy is a serious health problem affecting both children and adults worldwide. A growing number of people have adverse reactions to eating specific foods, ranging from temporary skin rashes and indigestion to life threatening anaphylactic shock.

In February 2013 we are releasing The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide and I thought you might be interested in taking a look at it.

Based on the most current and comprehensive information available, The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide is an indispensable guide for anyone managing these allergies and intolerances, as well as those who suspect that they might have a food allergy and need to know how to find out for sure.

The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide includes easy-to-understand information, tonnes of practical advice and answers to frequently asked questions about living with food allergies and intolerances. There’s also tips on planning an allergen-free diet with delicious and nutritionally sound recipes included that exclude the allergens that adversely affect your health.

Food allergies are a lifelong challenge, but by understanding what causes them and how they develop, you can avoid the threats to your wellbeing and achieve good health.

Posted December 2012
Chinese Herb Formulas for Vets
Chinese Herbal Formulas for Veterinarians

From CHEN & CHEN, the authors of 'Chinese Medical Herbology & Pharmacology ' & 'Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications', comes another excellent book: Chinese Herbal Formulas for Veterinarians

This work integrates historical foundations of Chinese herbal medicine with contemporary research and clinical applications in veterinary medicine.

While maintaining a firm focus on equipping today’s TCM professional for superior practice, the authors carefully combine perspectives on pharmacology, relevant research, and clinical experience to provide a clear understanding for veterinarians who wish to integrate Chinese herbal medicine into their clinical practice.

It features detailed traditional and veterinary uses, preparation, administration, dosages, combinations, cautions, contraindications and toxicology. It further discusses the pharmacology of herbal medicinal formulas, with insights on concurrent uses of herbal formulas and pharmaceuticals.

There is extensive documentation from clinical studies and published research, as well as pre-publication review contributions from over 140 academic, clinical, research and regulatory professionals.

Commentaries, case studies, and suggested acupuncture therapies accompany each formula presented.

RRP $195, CHINA BOOKS Special Price: $165.75 (plus p&h)

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Posted November 2012
Taking The Medicine
Taking The Medicine

By Druin Burch

People trust their doctors. This recent Rasmussen poll from the US described 79% of the population trusting their doctor. This trust, for most of us, translates into an unquestioning acceptance, at least for most common interventions, of the treatment suggested by our doctor. We take the prescription, fill it, and expect to feel better afterward. Rarely do we ask our doctor how they know that this treatment works, or what evidence they are using to recommend such an intervention. The book Taking The Medicine: A Short History of Medicine’s Beautiful Idea, and Our Difficulty Swallowing It, by Druin Burch, attempts to depict the journey from pre-scientific magic to evidence-based medicine, a journey fraught with egotistical over-confidence that doomed many millions of patients to death, even when everyone, doctors and patients, was convinced they were doing the right thing.

The first half of the book describes the largely unsuccessful and downright dangerous treatments and mistakes in thinking that comprise the majority of medicine prior to the 20th century. What is very interesting is the mistakes that we rightly chide these otherwise intelligent practitioners for are to be found in alternative or integrative medicine; the reliance on personalized individual care, the insistence of a vitalistic notion of the body, and the arrogance to think that their treatment can cure all disease and is surely better than the other charlatan down the block, are all indefensible yet indefatigable positions found in alternative medicine today.

Taking the Medicine is required reading for anyone interested in the history of medicine for sure, but it is a great way to remind those of us in the field of medicine to always question our assumptions about the efficacy of our treatments. It is also a warning to those who are patients to keep informed about what our modern medical doctors and alternative practitioners are doing, because despite their best intentions, without evidence and scientific enquiry, those treatments meant to help may very well be harming us.

Posted November 2012
Clinical Medicine 7th edition
NEW EDITION: Clinical Medicine 7th edition

The new 7th edition of 'Clinical Medicine' is now available. A 'must-have' comprehensive guide to western medical diseases for every health professional.

This is the first prize winner in the medicine category in the BMA medical book competition!

Kumar and Clark's "Clinical Medicine" is a comprehensive and authoritative single-volume textbook of internal medicine that is consulted by students and doctors throughout the world. Its aim is to explain the management of disease, based on an understanding of scientific principles and including the latest developments in treatment.

It is written for medical students and doctors preparing for specialist exams, and is an ideal general reference text for all practising doctors.

Comes with full text online, a unique image library, case studies, questions and answers, online note-taking, and integration links to content in other disciplines - ideal for problem-based learning.

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Posted September 2012
Clinical Sports Medicine
Clinical Sports Medicine - 4th edition

By Brukner & Khan

Brukner and Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine is the bible of sports medicine. The text explores all aspects of diagnosis and management of sports-related injuries and physical activity such as the fundamental principles of sports medicine, diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, enhancement of sports performance and dealing with special groups of participants.

Each chapter has been comprehensively reviewed and updated and there are 12 new chapters which cover topics such as military medicine, prevention of sudden cardiac death and the integration of evidence into clinical practice. The contributing authors are renowned experts in their field and are based all around the world.

The fourth edition is enhanced by a new companion website featuring 'Clinical Sports Medicine Masterclasses Online'. Readers will gain access to this secure site via a pin-code included with the book. The site will include video clips of clinical examinations, interviews with leading experts and will be updated regularly.


  • Companion website featuring 'Clinical Sports Medicine Master classes Online'
  • 12 brand new chapters
  • Each chapter reworked and completely updated
  • New and updated illustrations
  • Internationally renowned contributing authors

RRP: $189.95

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Breast Support
Breast Support

Breast Support contains a wealth of information on all factors of the breast cancer experience and Gwendoline is there to explain it to you each step of the way.

“This book is a recollection of my experiences and a synopsis of my learning. It’s designed to be a helpful, informative and at times an entertaining guide to assist you, and your loved ones, through this previously inconceivable reality.” – Gwendoline Smith

Released during Breast Cancer awareness month, Breast Support will be an invaluable resource to women and their support teams as they embark on their own cancer journey. Chapters include:

  • How it all happened
  • The triple assessment
  • Cancer diagnosed
  • How to make the announcement
  • Lesbian love and breast cancer
  • How, when and what to tell the children
  • Breaking the news
  • The day after the diagnosis
  • Some thoughts on causality
  • Treatment and therapies
  • The day you meet your surgeon
  • The magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI)
  • Light relief
  • Breasts, bosoms, sexuality, sensuality and erogenous zones
  • Bipopsy, bipolar, biopsy: breast cancer and depression
  • How to get off the worry roundabout
  • Back on the Breast Cancer Highway
  • Insurance
  • Lymphoscintigraphy
  • Preparing for hospital
  • Back at home

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Constitutional Facial Acupuncture
NEW Edition: Law & Ethics in Complementary Medicine by Michael Weir

Law and Ethics in Complementary Medicine

A handbook for practitioners in Australia and New Zealand 4th edition

Established as the most widely used reference in the field, Law and Ethics in Complementary Medicine is a comprehensive handbook for professionals, students and researchers.

Covering a wide range of complementary modalities, it deals with legal and ethical issues in clinical relationships and provides practical guidelines for setting up and running a professional practice. Michael Weir systematically outlines the various aspects of the law which impact on clinical practice, including legal obligations to clients, consumer legislation and complaints processes, and professional boundaries. He explains how to navigate professional indemnity insurance, and the steps you need to take in setting up a professional practice from establishing a business name to dealing with employees. He also outlines the role of codes of ethics, and explores how to deal with tricky ethical issues in daily practice.

This fourth edition is fully updated and addresses recent changes in regulation and case law, including the introduction of national boards to cover each registered health profession in Australia. For the first time it also covers aspects of regulation of complementary medicine modalities in New Zealand.

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Cry For Health

Jesse Sleeman
For the past 25 years Jesse Sleeman has been the court jester of natural therapies in Australia, playfully challenging the established beliefs of public audiences, as well as complementary medicine practitioners and students alike with his oftentimes apparently radical ideas.

Since the 1950s the prevalence of the so-called ‘diseases of civilisation’ - cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, autism, and so on—has continued to skyrocket in Western countries. Today, as the same story is beginning to be repeated in newly industrialised nations, modern diseases are reaching pandemic proportions.

Why has this happened? The medical profession’s spin is that the culprit is the aging of the population. But, as Cry for Health (Vol 1) reveals, there is overwhelming evidence for why our populations are ailing, evidence health authorities and governments have chosen to ignore, or have refused to acknowledge, or have kept hidden from the public to keep them clueless to the real culprits: many modern technologies and our modern lifestyles.

In unravelling this story, the book firstly identifies the extent of the modern pandemic, the saga of death by doctoring, and the many reasons for iatrogenic disease; secondly it exposes the failure of medical science to fully understand life, health and disease because of its denial of the existence of the vital force; and thirdly it explores the impact of man-made chemicals, electropollution, and modern farming and food processing practices on our health.

In Search of Tom Bowen and The Therapy He Inspired

The level of misinformation and general nonsense that evolved to become ‘common knowledge’ about legendary Geelong healer Tom Bowen, inspired former journalist (and lots of other stuff) turned manual therapist turned Bowen Therapy school director, Col Murray, to set out on a journey to set the record straight. Along the way he tells the story of this special and often troubled Australian set against the emergence of a remarkable manual healing technique and the misinformation, jealousies, ego-tripping and outright silliness that has surfaced in the race to make the work known to the world.

This book is an informative and entertaining romp through the world of natural therapies and the environment in which they operate, stopping occasionally to take a few pot-shots at those whom the author feels might be doing Bowen an injustice, including orthodoxy and its tunnel-visioned restraints.

And some in the Bowen Therapy world.

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The Way of the Natural Therapist: Inspirational personal stories to guide modern-day healers

An edited book containing over 20 entertaining, personal stories filled with wisdom about the ups and downs of being a natural therapist. Their stories are about health, holistic healing, self-realization, finding longevity and excellence as a therapist, and following your passion in life. It includes chapters written by experienced therapists from around Australia practising a range of modalities such as Jost Sauer (TCM), Chandrika Gibson (naturopathy and yoga), Allan Mourad (myotherapy and massage), Rosemary Arnott (counselling and flower essences), Jacqueline Gardam (homeopathy), Greg Williams (acupuncture), Paul Movsessian (shiastu/ acupuncture), and many more.

This book gives readers a unique perspective of more than 250 years of collective wisdom from therapists practising a range of modalities including naturopathy, acupuncture, massage, kinesiology, yoga, homeopathy, meditation, counselling, reiki, sound healing and more.

In The Way of the Natural Therapist, you will discover:

  • Ideas to help you get started or renew your approach
  • How your state of mind drives your external achievements
  • Your clients help you grow as much as you help them
  • Tips for staying balanced, healthy and happy in your work
  • Different approaches to achieving longevity doing what you love

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Essentials of Law for Health Professionals

'Essentials of law for Health Professionals'  has a new revised 3rd edition and it is a 'must-read' for all health professionals in Australia.

'Essentials of Law for Health Professionals' has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout to reflect the most recent changes in legislation relevant to the provision of health care services in Australia.

Legal issues surrounding genetics, fertility and surrogacy are reviewed in conjunction with the current position on abortion and wrongful deaths. It emphasises major points and includes summaries on how the law relates to practice rather than merely stating the law. It is an important resource that clinicians and students will carry through to professional practice.


  • Highlights contemporary issues faced by health professionals with the implementation of National Registration
  • Outlines recent legislation affecting the daily practice of the health professional such as poisons, mental health legislation, child and elder abuse, and the notification of births and deaths
  • Examines recent chages to industrial relations law - information that is essential for health professionals entering into employment
  • Explores topical and controversial issues such as abortion, wrongful death, genetics and infertility
  • Takes a multidisciplinary approach to the subject of health care law and includes case studies and activities
  • Discussion on the implications of evidence-based practice on the standard notionally attributed to the duty of care.

RRP $75; CHINA BOOKS Special Price $63.75 plus postage.

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Mindfully Green: A personal and spiritual guide to whole-earth thinking

By Stephanie Kaza

Written by environmentalist Stephanie Kaza, Mindfully Green: A personal and spiritual guide to whole-earth thinking, argues that while practical approaches to an eco-responsible lifestyle offer important first steps, it is vital that we ground these actions in a broader understanding and personal commitment.

‘What is needed now is a change of heart, a coming home to the values and ethical framework that will reawaken in all of us a reverence for life and a passion to pursue it. Kaza’s thoughtful book is a critical contribution to this process.’ Senator Christine Milne, Australian Greens.

A Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont in the USA, Stephanie Kaza offers a simple, Buddhist-inspired philosophy for undertaking environmental action in real, practical and effective ways. Her wise insights help us discover new ways to think more deeply about our impact on the natural world, engage in environmental change, and make green living a personal practice based in compassion and true conviction.

Mindfully Green ($24.95) is now available from bookshops and through our website . We are also able to offer special discounts on bulk purchases: please contact Warwick Heath for details.

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul

How To Create A New You
By Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra makes his most radical statement about healing yet.

New book from the country's most well-known expert on health and wellness shows why spiritual wellness must come first

"Dr. Chopra moves us from the mundane lives that trap many of us to the sacred insights offered by our souls." -- Mehmet Oz, bestselling co-author of You: The Owner's Manual

This is a multilayer text to savor and study; readers will continue to contemplate the author's message long after the final page is turned -- Publishers Weekly, starred review anity.

DEEPAK CHOPRA is the author of more than fifty books translated into over thirty-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as 'the poet-prophet of alternative medicine'.

The Secrets of Spiritual Marketing

A Complete guide for Natural Therapists to making money doing what they love

The Secrets of Spiritual Marketing offers for the first time in one handy volume everything you need to know about advertising and marketing your natural therapy business. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or just starting out this book will provide you with all the proven tools you need to create a successful and profitable practice.

This book is filled with proven marketing tools that guarantee results and will enable you to reach those who can truly benefit from your talents. By using these marketing secrets you will make more money doing what you love without compromising your values.

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ANTA Book Review -  Kids
KIDS! Indigo Children & Cheeky Monkeys

A comprehensive reference manual for understanding and learning how to celebrate the uniqueness of every child! KIDS! Indigo Children & Cheeky Monkeys offers an in-depth profile of five different personality archetypes which can help parents, carers, health care professionals and teachers to bring out the best in all of our children. It outlines tangible strategies for supporting children, especially ‘difficult’ or ‘troubled’ kids, explaining the underlying reasons for their behaviour and providing real and effective approaches to nurturing them physically, emotionally and spiritually, incorporating wisdom from a range of spiritual and alternative health traditions.

PRAISE FOR 'KIDS! INDIGO CHILDREN & CHEEKY MONKEYS': “An exciting groundbreaking guide for our new paradigm children. Updated guidance is needed to understand these children and raise them to be happy, healthy and well-adjusted adults. This wonderfully refreshing and very unique approach contains a wealth of information using multiple perspectives with the intent of giving our children every opportunity to actualise their potential. ‘KIDS!’ is essential reading for parents, children, educators, therapists and anyone interested in the future of the planet. Read this book with an open heart and an open mind. You will be richly rewarded.” Dr. Hanna Cyncynatus, MB BS FAMAS

Available from selected bookshops and from the publisher’s website - cost $34.00 (including postage): 

By Scott Alexander King and Dr. Ralph Ballard
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Issue: 31 No.2 | July 2016

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