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Take that, Kindle!

Great turnout on Wednesday, June 4, to hear me read from and talk about my new book, The Doctor’s Book of Natural Health Remedies (Galvanized Press/Random House).

I love my Kindle; it’s light, great to travel with and easy to read in the dark. But one of the things it does not lend itself to is the good old-fashioned book signing.

This past Wednesday, dozens of friends (new and old) came to Manhattan Beach’s pages: a bookstore to hear about my book and see a demonstration of some of the remedies in it. We talked about herbs that you can grow in your garden and I showed the audience how to make teas and tinctures from them. The tea I made from fresh thyme, for example, has been proven to ease bronchitis and coughs from colds, and it tastes delicious.

Tinctures are simple to make and use – put fresh herbs in a tightly-sealed jar, pour enough vodka to cover the herbs (some people use Everclear!), close and store in a dark, cool place for six weeks, shaking the jar every day. Strain and store the liquid in a dark brown bottle in the fridge and it will last a long time. You can use this on your skin to fight acne, cuts and burns, and even toenail fungus, or put 10 – 15 drops in hot water to soothe a sore throat.

The Doctor’s Book of Natural Health Remedies is a comprehensive, organized and fun read, a guide to the conditions that respond best to complementary and alternative therapies; medical systems, practices and therapies ranging from acupuncture to meditation to yoga; herbs and supplements. In it, you’ll find remedies for GERD, insomnia, heart disease, sexual dysfunction, even cancer, as well as ways to stay looking and feeling younger, longer. The “doctors” in the title refers to the practitioners, researchers and experts who use, recommend and research these remedies. Every piece of information in the book is backed by research.

The discussion Wednesday night was lively and the feedback positive; so much so that there will be a follow-up signing this Sunday, June 8, in my hood:

At: The Frank/Piscitelli residence in Mar Vista
From: 3 – 5pm.

Here’s a link to the evite:

Email me at for more information

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