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Something to Chew On: A Mouth Map to Health
By Philip Christie BDS
4.7 out of 5 stars (3 Reviews)
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Publisher:  Trafford Publishing
Edition:  1st
Published:  July 6, 2006
Binding:  Paperback
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Product Description:
No need to be down in the mouth any longer according to a surprisingly innovative Health Manual called Something To Chew On which has just been published by Trafford Publishing. Written by Philip Christie, a dentist of 23 years experience, it unveils the mouth as a teacher of wisdom and understanding in matters of health. The answer it seems, is not blowing in the wind, but swimming in your mouth. It has been called "The Health Manual with Teeth"

Mind/body medicine, often misunderstood, is presented in simple and straightforward language, as the author guides the reader through the mind/body "connection", providing at the same time fascinating revelations about the human condition.

The insights on habit and behavior and its workings have the capacity to change the understanding and the treatment of addiction. The benefits of the concepts could amount to a minor revolution in the approach to the treatment of addiction. What a bonus for society if it proves fruitful! Health care is shown as a daily labor of love for health and not the mad scramble for a "cure" when disease strikes.

The book and the author are all about people and people power. By simply understanding people (ourselves) and this author certainly understands people, we can tap into an overlooked but potent source of power. It leads away from dependence and towards independence, gently empowering the individual.

Excellent health is something everyone can achieve through daily caring but we must first achieve a clearer understanding of the "bigger" picture. The author provides this (mind/emotion/body) bigger picture in a simple and effortless way with no padding and no nonsense. The similarity of the "story" to all our backgrounds brings us closer in community as we share a common past and common consequences of that common past. Anyone can easily identify with the "story" and surfacing childhood memories can induce a tear from a remembered hurt or a giggle from remembered fun.

Author Information

Philip Christie BDS qualified as a Dental Surgeon at Trinity College, Dublin in 1980 and completed a Masters Program in Dental Science, again at Trinity, by research in 1995.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  More than just a portal for delicious food or a useful arrangement of face furniture, October 05, 2014
By Orla
This interesting, well written book will challenge every reader to rethink the way they have thought about their mouth or perhaps even enjoin them to think about it for the first time. More than just a portal for delicious food or a useful arrangement of face furniture, Dr Christie shines a light on the mouth as a dynamic living system which reflects and reveals much about the overall health, including the mental health and habits of the holder. Insights abound and his ideas, presaging a new era in patient care which sees the person at the centre of the picture, have implications which are far reaching, including in the very current area of addiction. Power is returned to the individual who is encouraged to step up and have a central role in taking care of their precious assets. Look to the mouth, he tells the reader, and much will be revealed and, with the steps he outlines, healed. Look to this book I say, or miss a valuable and timely outpouring of wisdom.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Help me change my habits by understanding their basis, May 31, 2013
By Judith Lines
For my entire life I have been berated by dentists and hygenists to 'do better' in regard to the cleaning of my teeth. The condition of my gums has continually deteriorated. The harder I tried the worse things became. I was finally referred to a periodontist, who while being helpful, still did not help me to relate to what was required and how I could achieve it. I was still left with the believe that I was deficient in my efforts and while I understood that too much pressure was causing a lot of the damage I was still struggling with the situation and unable to achieve better results without the pressure.
This book is amazing as it explains what is happening in subconsious thoughts and causing the mental pressure that results in the physical pressure. While it will take a lot of practice I am now getting much better results for the first time in my life. I am now able to create a better mental attitude about myself and apply this to my mouth. I have hope that I will be able to change enough that I can recover the situation and save my gums and teeth. This book is going to not only change this aspect of my life but a whole lot more, it just starts with the mouth as a specific focus but will be so much wider reaching.

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4.0 out of 5 stars.  A Must Read, December 04, 2005
By Grace (Ireland)
This book is a must read for everyone, but is a particularly valuable reference for parents who could save a lot of expensive dental work in years to come!

The foreword by Dr. Paddy Rudden is also a tribute to enlightened thinking in medicine.

Very well written, simple, easy to understand and lovely to see the involvement of Dr. Christie's young son, who's illustrations are delightful.

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