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Review - BODY ECOLOGY: The Book

By Roe Gallo, M.A.

Book Review by Jennifer Ransom

"I teach a comprehensive approach to total health which emphasizes personal awareness and independence, and my goal is for all my clients to learn to reach their maximum potential," states Roe Gallo in "Body Ecology", and in reading this book, we can reap the same benefits for ourselves. Hers is a prime example of the healer who has healed herself, as she proves with her own story of her struggle and victory over chronic ill health. Her methods incorporate nutrition, exercise and positive mental activity, the basics we all know of, yet Roe's vision of health transcends the individual to include the earth itself, as she points out the parallels between our human body and the "body" of our planet. An example is the stress that eating animal products places on our bodies, and its parallel stress on the environment of the planet, e.g. the cutting down of the rain forests for cattle grazing. The ultimate goal, as Roe sees it, is our alignment with nature, resulting in a healthy balance and a new beginning for us and the Earth. The first step in accomplishing this is our understanding and connection with our own bodies. The structures and functions of all our bodily systems are explained in detail, clarifying the need for balance and homeostasis; this is indeed an ecology of the body. A thorough explanation of exercise physiology further expands the reader's understanding of the "magnificent machine" that is the body, and lays the foundation for the chapters on nutrition and physical training. The process of transitioning to a healthier diet is eased by suggestions on making optimal choices, pointing the way to a diet consisting of mostly or all fruits and leafy greens. Recipes are given that make the changeover most appetizing! The chapter on training makes the point that exercise is something that should be integrated into our lives, not confined to gym visits: "The principle here is that one's own body is a body gym!" The advantages of doing isotonic exercises are explained, e.g. as a positive stress-relieving and body-building measure when stuck in a traffic jam. A series of illustrated yoga and isotonic exercises are given to get us started working with our own body gyms. In the final chapter, "The Mind Gym", the techniques of affirmations, visualization, reframing and rescripting are explored as ways to create powerful self-image and reprogram the subconscious for success that will grow to create "a continuous positive circle of self-communication". Here again, Roe presents examples from her experience. This make the lessons much more real and vivid, assisting us in applying them to our own lives.

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