LIFEARTS: A Practical Guide to Total Being--Traditional Wisdom and the New Medicine by Evelyn De Smedt

LIFEARTS: A Practical Guide to Total Being--Traditional Wisdom and the New Medicine

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A loving sourcebook for healthy minds and bodies--and be sure to wear a lotus blossom in your hair. Hatha Yoga for those ""knots"" which prevent full enjoyment of life. How to cleanse the skin, tongue, lungs, and nose to ""enhance our electric metabolism by increasing our reception of prana."" Saying ""oo"" may relieve constipation. Tales about Zen (Buddha takes a flower in his hand; someone smiles) and a mantra or two. Much about nourishment: ""It is important to relax during a meal, chew properly, be calm. . . and avoid talking too much."" Everything you need to know about minerals, vitamins, glucides, and aromatics. (Garlic is a powerful disinfectant.) Even recipes for baking ""daily bread."" The body and the cosmos. Hot water ""yinifies"" the body while cold water ""yangifies"" it. Brush your hair vigorously several times a day (pig's bristles are best). Take a mud bath; bury yourself in the sand. Heal yourself with herbs and vegetables--even stones. Or try homeopathy: ""A beginning cold can be stopped with Camphora 4C. . . ."" This flower-child is wheat germ and spice and everything nice.

Pub Date: March 31st, 1977
Publisher: St. Martin's