Phyllis Balch was a certified nutritional consultant who received her certification from the American Association of Nutritional Consultants and was a leading nutritional counselor for more than two decades. She came to the field as a result of experiencing firsthand the benefits of using diet and nutrition as remedies for sickness.
In the 1970s, Ms. Balch and her children suffered from a number of undiagnosed (or misdiagnosed) illnesses, and although they had expert medical knowledge very close at hand, their lives continued to be disrupted by these maladies. Ms. Balch felt there was something missing in the typical medical approach, which treated the symptoms rather than the cause of illness. Her first introduction to the relationship between nutrition and well-being was through the late Paavo Airola, a well-known naturopath and writer. Ms. Balch then pursued her own intensive research into the science of nutrition and, by making radical changes in diet, was able to transform her own health and the health of her children.
Convinced that nutrition was, in many cases, the answer to regaining and maintaining health, Ms. Balch opened a health food store called Good Things Naturally. In 1983, she published Nutritional Outline for the Professional and the Wise Man - now known as Prescription for Nutritional Healing - to share her knowledge with a broader audience. Through its first three editions, this books has had millions of readers in many different countries, and it has been translated into seven foreign languages.
During her lifetime, Ms. Balch continually shared her knowledge with others and convinced many traditionally schooled medical practitioners to incorporate nutritional healing methods of restoring health into their practice. She was highly sought after as a visiting lecturer and also appeared on television and radio programs throughout North America. Ms. Balch lived in Fort Myers, Florida and Greenfield, Indiana. She died in December 2004 while working on this fourth edition.
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