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Health Now: An Integrative Approach to Personal Health

Linda B. White, MD
October 2015
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This textbook is suitable for the following courses: Personal Health.

Health Now: An Integrative Approach to Personal Health is an introduction to personal health that presents and identifies lifestyle changes that promote health and wellness and prevent disease. Students will learn how personal habits ripple outward, affecting not only themselves, but also their loved ones and ultimately the local and global environment. Not only will students develop a firm grasp of health basics, but also a health literacy that encourages students to consult credible sources for answers.

New in This Version:
  • Enhanced recommendations for use of technology in relation to health
  • Updated information on smoking, vaping, alcohol, drugs, and the opioid epidemic
  • Included more information regarding personal safety, with new information on gun violence, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment
  • Provided new information on stress and sleep
  • Added information on emerging cancer treatments, such as immunotherapy
  • Incorporated current data on impacts of climate change and developments in national and international efforts to control carbon emissions
  • Summaries of historical milestones culminating in our current understanding of health
  • Learning objectives listed by section
  • Exercises and key terms for every section in the book
  • Videos from health organizations that help cement or augment many of the concepts
  • Self-assessments and recommendations for a healthy lifestyle
  • Timely research and additional sources provided
  • Customizable

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Linda B. White, MD Metropolitan State University of Denver

Linda Blachly White received B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Stanford University and an M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. After two years of residency training at the University of Colorado in Denver, she taught human physiology for several semesters in the biology department at Metropolitan State University of Denver then devoted herself full time to freelance writing, editing, and consulting.
Between 2004 and 2014, she returned to MSU Denver and developed and taught courses in the Integrative Therapies Program. These classes include Stress: Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Treatment, Sleep Science, Physiology of Aging, Dynamics of Health, Pediatric Holistic Health, Herbal Medicines, Botanical Pharmacology, and Writing for the Health Professions.
In 1990, Dr. White published her first book: The Grandparent Book (Gateway Books). She also contributed chapters to Consumer Guide’s The Complete Pregnancy and Baby Book (Publications International, 1987) and Maximum Food Power for Women (Rodale Books, 2001). She coauthored Kids, Herbs, & Health (Interweave Press, 1999), The Herbal Drugstore (Rodale, 2000), and 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them (Fair Winds Press, 2013). In 2010, she worked as a contributing editor for National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs and Other Healing Plants. She also was a contributor and advisor for Complete Guide to Natural Home Remedies (National Geographic, 2012). In 2013, she published Version 1.0 of Health Now: An Integrative Approach to Personal Health (Flat World Knowledge). Version 2.0 was released in 2015.
Her articles have appeared in Sesame Street Parents’ Guide, Mothering, Runner’s World, Vegetarian Times, Herbs for Health, Herb Companion, Pediatrics for Parents, Nutrition Science News, Natural Home, Natural Pharmacy, Delicious Living, Nutraceuticals World, Great Life,, Taste for Life, Remedies, Mother Earth News, and Mother Earth Living.
Dr. White lectured nationally and internationally, including at the Smithsonian Institute and three universities in Xi’an, China. She appeared on local television as well as CNN and Good Morning, America. For more information, go to
Dr. White died in February, 2016, at age 62.
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