Effortless Healing : 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself
by Dr. Joseph Mercola and David Perlmutter, M.D. and Dan Woren

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Do you have to tell your leg to heal from a scrape? Your lungs to take in air? Your body that it's hungry? No. Your body does these things automatically, effortlessly. Vibrant health is your birthright and within your grasp; you just have to step out of the way.  Read more...


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Do you have to tell your leg to heal from a scrape? Your lungs to take in air? Your body that it's hungry? No. Your body does these things automatically, effortlessly. Vibrant health is your birthright and within your grasp; you just have to step out of the way. In Effortless Healing, online health pioneer, natural medicine advocate, and bestselling author Dr. Joseph Mercola reveals the nine simple secrets to a healthier, thinner you. The results are amazing and the steps can be as easy to implement as:

· Throwing ice cubes in your water to make it more "structured"
· Skipping breakfast, as it could be making you fat
· Eating up to 75 percent of your calories each day in fat for optimal health, reduction of heart disease, and cancer prevention
· Avoiding certain meat and fish, but enjoying butter
· Eating sauerkraut (and other fermented foods) to improve your immune system and your mood
· Walking barefoot outside to decrease system-wide inflammation (and because it just feels great)
· Enjoying a laugh: it's as good for your blood vessels as fifteen minutes of exercise

Effortless Healing is the distillation of decades of Dr. Mercola's experience and cutting-edge medical knowledge. With his wisdom and that of your body, you can optimize your health, your weight, and your life...effortlessly.

From the Hardcover edition.

  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Gr
  • Date: Feb 2015

From the cover
Chapter 1

What Effortless Healing Is, and Why You Need It

If you have opened this book because you are challenged with a chronic health condition, excess weight, or a general malaise, I'm not surprised. Statistically speaking, you are much more likely to be some level of sick than you are to be well.

You might question how we could still be so far from understanding health and curing diseases. After all, the forty years we've spent fighting the War on Cancer has resulted in $500 billion in expenditures, yet the death rate has changed little.1 Medical science in general could be implicated: cancer researcher Glenn Begley attempted to replicate fifty-three "landmark studies"— conducted by top labs and published in major medical journals—and could only reproduce six.2 That's an 89 percent failure rate.

Obesity rates are at an all-time high and rising—the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being poll, which has been monitoring body mass index (BMI) since 2008, found that in 2013 the number of obese Americans rose a full percentage point, after being basically flat for five years.3 For the first time in human history, this generation will live a shorter time than their parents4—and this is despite spending an estimated $2.9 trillion in 2013 on health care in the U.S. alone.5 How is that for progress?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that by 2050, one in three U.S. adults will have diabetes.6 One in eight people aged 65 and over currently has Alzhei­mer's,7 and that number is expected to rise to one in four within the next twenty years.

In its 2014 World Cancer Report, the World Health Organization reported a looming "human disaster" in the rising cancer rates—from 14 million new diagnoses reported in 2012 to an estimated 22 million annual diagnoses twenty years from now8—an increase of 57 percent. That means within two decades, 13 million people will die from cancer each year.

Asthma, hay fever, eczema, food allergies, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and other autoimmune diseases are all on the rise. According to some estimates, allergies and diseases of the immune system have doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled in the last few decades, with some studies indicating that more than half of the U.S. population has at least one clinically diagnosable allergy.9 At an alarming rate, some people's immune systems are overreacting to substances that should be harmless, leading to allergies; others' immune systems are malfunctioning and attacking parts of their own body—the very definition of autoimmune disease.

If you seek relief from any of these conditions from your doctor, you are likely to leave his office with at least one prescription—and more likely, multiple—for pharmaceuticals. You may be shocked to learn that nearly 70 percent of all Americans are taking at least one prescription drug for a chronic or other medical condition, with antibiotics, antidepressants, and opioids topping the list.10

One in four senior citizens takes 10 to 19 pills a day.11 But over the course of a year, the average adult age 18 to 65 years old in the United States fills about a dozen prescriptions—unless they are over 65, and then that number goes up to more than 30 a year.12 In the pediatric population, one out of every five children takes at least one prescription drug every month, about 10 percent of them use two or more, and 1 percent use five or more drugs per month.13

These statistics, which are the latest available but still five to ten years old, are disturbing enough. But what is most shocking is that an average senior citizen who has been...


"Effortless Healing will cause a simple revolution in your health. I have been a fan of Dr. Mercola's work for many years and this book is the synthesis of his wisdom; it will help anyone feel better quickly." - Daniel G. Amen, MD, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and The Daniel Plan

"Dr. Mercola has been one of the leading teachers of health for a quarter century, and with this book he has done an admirable job of succinctly summarizing and making accessible to all, decades of accumulated knowledge. Those fortunate enough to read it will likely be rewarded with many extra years of health and life." - Ron Rosedale, MD, founder of

"If you want to improve your health, embrace the simple but elegant recommendations of Dr. Mercola. He is consistently ahead of the rest of the medical community, and his approach is solid and based on state-of-the-art scientific evidence." - Richard Johnson, M.D., Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado, author of The Fat Switch

"Effortless Healing is a very worthwhile read not only for the public but also for healthcare practitioners, who need to be teaching their patients the importance of following the advice in this book. These pages contain foundational truths that are well-researched and have already been proven effective in patients by Dr. Mercola, by me, and by other practitioners. If people, especially those in the United States, would act upon the simple, do-able recommendations in this book, I predict that the incidence of obesity and most chronic diseases would drop dramatically. Read Effortless Healing and then apply its wisdom in your life so that you also can experience vitality and longevity!" - W. Lee Cowden, MD, MD(H), Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, Academy of Comprehensive Integr

"Dr. Mercola is a national, and indeed international, leader in the natural health and organic movements. His new book, Effortless Healing is essential reading for all health conscious and concerned Americans, giving us the information and inspiration we need to heal ourselves and revitalize public health." - Ronnie Cummins, Founder and Director, Organic Consumers Association

"A true visionary who champions freedom of thought, Dr. Mercola has empowered millions of people around the world to take control of their health with common sense advice. He makes it easy to understand why healing and staying well is something everyone can do safely, effectively, and naturally by simply making more conscious choices." - Barbara Loe Fisher, Co-founder & President, National Vaccine Information Center

"We are not broken. We do not have prescription deficiencies. We are not helplessly waiting for our next diagnosis. Quite the contrary, we have been misled about our body's innate power to heal, and our access to vibrant health. Dr. Mercola, the world's pioneer in self-directed wellness, provides a simple, evidence-based roadmap to empowerment - some of which may be surprisingly unexpected! It could be the read that frees you to become your most vital self." - Kelly Brogan, MD, ABIHM, holistic women's health psychiatrist

"Dr. Mercola's latest book, Effortless Healing, will greatly expand the general public's awareness about some of the latest concepts and challenges facing our food choices and our health. He shares one bit of valuable medical information after another and then expands it, and discusses how these suggestions can be more readily implemented and effortlessly expanded to improve the health of all Americans." - Doris J. Rapp, MD, environmental medical specialist and pediatric allergist

"In his latest book Effortless Healing, the father of modern nutrition provides a hands-on, easy-to-implement, and yes, effortless guide that empowers you to overcome disease and take charge of your health. Whether you want to lose fat fast, turn back the clock, or simply eat more vegetables, this book provides a comprehensive arsenal of tools to reach your goals, maintain optimal health, and become your very best self." - JJ Virgin, New York Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet and The Sugar Impact Diet

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