A Little Q&A With Dr. Edward Group

Posted on March 28, 2011. Filed under: Authors, Books | Tags: , , , , , |

Today I’m posting the short interview I had with guest post writer and published author Dr. Edward Group. His book The Green Body Cleanse is now available in print and e-book formats from Amazon, and he is the founder of the Global Healing Center.

Dr. Group was gracious enough to permit me a few questions about his successful career and the books he has written. Now I’m going to present the questions I asked and his detailed responses for you. I hope you’ll enjoy this brief Q&A and find it as enlightening as I have, and if you’re interested, please feel free to check out his books and company.

Can you tell me a little about who you are, your history, and your career background?

I hold a variety of degrees related to natural health and healing from many established institutions including a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) from Texas Chiropractic College, a Naturopathic Physician (ND) degree from the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy, an Alternative Medical Practitioner (AMP) certification from the American Alternative Medical Association, and more.

I’ve studied natural healing methods for over twenty years and now use that knowledge to educate individuals and practitioners throughout the world. My mission is to help as many people as I can by providing them with the most accurate health information in the world. I want to help educate and heal the world, promote a clean environment, and bring back good health, positive thinking, happiness, and love.

You are the CEO of Global Healing Center. What does this company do, and where is it based?

I founded Global Healing Center in 1998 with the goal of providing individuals with a variety of resources related to alternative, natural, and organic health. Global Healing Center offers a wide variety of products and home health equipment such as air purifiers, water purifiers, hi-tech supplementation, radiation protectors, books and educational material, colon cleanse supplements, custom designed health programs, personal consulting and more. The company’s goal is to educate people in understanding what causes poor health and to help them achieve their health goals by providing people with the tools that they need to live a long, healthy, happy life.

What inspired you the most to write the books that you have?

Over my 20 years of research and study, I’ve become disgusted with the mainstream medical community. It seems to me that the health care industry is more focused on treating the disease when its real goal should be to prevent disease. Following extensive research, I realized that our environment is full of toxins, and by living a toxin-free life, we can reach optimal health and happiness.

Can you tell me a little about what The Green Body Cleanse book is all about? What is the book’s biggest message to readers?

The Green Body Cleanse addresses disease with a different attitude than most health care professionals take: to prevent disease instead of simply treat it. A significant amount of the book focuses on the toxic state of the average person’s colon, and I provide readers with ways to test exactly how toxic his or her colon is. I then go on to discuss the overwhelming amount of toxins that we come into contact with during each and every day. I also supply solutions to the problems with a list of tips at the end of each chapter. Some of these tips are lifestyle-changing, but many of them are easy to implement and are promised to do a world of good. Finally, I give readers a complete plan: the Green Body Cleanse.

Who is your target audience for this book, and why do you think it’s important for that particular audience?

My target audience with The Green Body Cleanse is every single person in the world. I feel that people are grossly uneducated about the lifestyle choices they make on a daily basis, and many of these choices lead to an unhealthy state. Only through education can a person gain the knowledge they need to eradicate toxic living and lead a fulfilling, healthy life.

The Green Body Cleanse can be bought from the official website TheGreenBodyCleanse.com, or you can buy the Amazon Kindle edition for just $2.99.

And there you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this short interview with Dr. Group, and please feel free to leave any comments you may have! Tomorrow I’ll be starting a new series that you won’t want to miss. In the meantime, I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini-series on e-books and Dr. Group’s particular insight into the process!

– Rae

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Guest Post: How To Make E-Books Work For You

Posted on March 26, 2011. Filed under: Authors, Books, Guest Post | Tags: , , , , , , |

Hello all – I’ve got a fantastic guest post for you today courtesy of Dr. Edward Group. Dr. Group is the founder of Global Healing Center and has written several books. In his guest post, he’ll be talking about e-books and how he got into the electronic version of books. So, without further ado, here is the guest post by Dr. Group!

The Green Body Cleanse by Dr. Edward Group

The journey to getting a book published and having it released to the public is a difficult, but rewarding path. You must think about the message you’re trying to convey, and you must decide if print or electronic is the way to go.


When I first began writing The Green Body Cleanse, these worries were the furthest thing from my mind. I was concerned with one thing: telling what I knew in order to help my readers live healthy, toxic-free lives. I was more concerned with portraying the best information and advice to my readers than I was with worrying about if I should push for hardcover, paperback, or electronic book formats.


Once the book was published in hardcover in 2009, I sat back and basked in my glory. It was listed on Amazon.com, and I was thrilled that my message was now out there, ready to be received by all those looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle.


After a year, it was time to try out an electronic version. After all, it couldn’t hurt matters, right? So The Green Body Cleanse was converted into a version suitable for e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle.


I knew that it would take a lot of work to get attention drawn to the Kindle version of my book. By utilizing various forums and tools on the Internet, my team and I did all we could to get the word out that my book was now available in Kindle format. It made sense to first turn to Amazon to promote the e-book—that was where it was being sold, after all. We created an Amazon Listmania list focused on the best natural health books available for the Kindle and also created a So You’d Like To… guide on Amazon focused on natural cleansing. We got the word out on a number of e-book and Kindle forums, and then targeted sites that featured author interviews. The promotion never seemed to stop—but it was all worth it.


The result of all of our hard work? The Kindle version of The Green Body Cleanse went to the #1 spot on the Amazon Kindle Natural Health bestseller list! My book is just one true-life study of how you can make e-books work for you!



Dr. Edward F. Group III has authored several books including The Green Body Cleanse and Health Begins in the Colon. He is also the creator of the revolutionary Oxy-Powder colon cleansing program.



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Getting the Low Down on E-Books

Posted on March 25, 2011. Filed under: Books, Publishing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hello from the wonderful world of China! It’s been an interesting week here, and what with recent current events (i.e. the earthquake in Japan), I’ve been kept on my toes. Teaching, submitting job applications, waiting to hear from friends in Japan, and trying to get my proxy server working again have kept me from the blog. But I’m back now and ready to chat about e-books.

For those of you who are watching this blog, you’ll be happy to know that with my access to the proxy back in place, I should be updating more frequently. In fact, today begins a series of posts on e-books that will go through the weekend. I’m writing because I received a request from an author’s production coordinator about doing a possible guest post on the blog.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received the request and did not seek out the author. However, I believe you’ll find that his experiences are interesting, especially given his field and current occupation. That said, I’ll tell you a bit more about him when I post his guest post tomorrow. And on Sunday, I’ll post the author interview I did with him.

Now, onto the world of e-books!

Today I’d like to start with a discussion of how cyclical things seem to be. A few years ago, people were saying that print newspapers would be eclipsed by their online counterparts. Years before that, they were saying the DVD would be the end of VHS. And the same goes for cell phones and their older counterparts. So now the question is: will e-books grow more popular than their print companions?

The internet age has opened up a great deal of opportunities for people to make money. Technology is advancing at a frightening pace, and with it, we’ve gotten more options to make our lives more convenient, comfortable, and technologically savvy.

With Apple’s introduction of the iPad, competitors like Amazon’s Kindle are having to amp up their offerings. Being able to get the Kindle app on your iPad means the best of both worlds: beautiful Apple graphics and functionality with access to the giant library associated with Amazon.com.

Here in China, you can buy a legitimate iPad for around 3,000 RMB, which is equivalent to US$450. Not a bad deal when you consider the reasons people are getting into e-books.

Some of the reasons are simple: convenience. Instead of purchasing a paper copy of a book, I have it on my computer and e-reader with the touch of a button and the transfer of a few dollars from my bank account. The ease of downloading multiple books to a device with graphics designed to make reading on a screen easier has many people purchasing the various e-readers on the market.

Not to mention the fact that several e-book sellers are promoting their services by offering free books on their software. With Amazon, there are a number of classics that you can download to your Kindle for free. You can’t go to your local Borders and pick up a classic off the shelf for free. And for most people, free offers are something they just can’t seem to pass up.

E-books are also convenient for the traveler. I should know. Since I have yet to really purchase an e-reader, I am lugging my limited amount of books around with me. Getting to China with packed luggage is hard enough. Adding extra weight in terms of novels that I want to read really limits my space for clothes and other things I might need.

With an e-reader, however, I could have brought many more books to China without having the added weight. I know that would be an easy solution to my desire to read; however, I balk at the idea of paying for books I already own in print to put them on an e-reader.

There are other advantages to having an e-reader. Manufacturers have really done their homework. They specifically design e-readers with screens that are easy to read. Some of them allow you to adjust the size of the print (and wouldn’t some people love to do that with their printed books!), others have LED backlights to keep the light crisp and clear without being too overwhelming, and still others have more perks to pique your interest.

I still have misgivings about e-books despite those things I listed above. Perhaps it’s because I’m a traditionalist, but I love the feel of pages under my fingertips. And I, like so many others, love the smell of new and old books. A new book always smells like an adventure to me. An old book smells like a familiar companion.

These are things you can’t experience with e-books. Sometimes I’m enticed by the feel of a book’s cover under my fingertips. You don’t get the same feeling when you’re looking at a cover on a screen. You can’t trace the imprints of letters and feel the shiny bits to see if they’re muted or not. Call me old-fashioned, but I love having a library.

My little girl dream was always to have a library like the one in the Beast’s castle in the Disney film Beauty and the Beast. No offense, but that library was amazing. And I always dreamed of having my own home with a room full of books, even if it wasn’t as spectacular as that one.

That aside, though, I’m more willing to try e-books now than I used to be. And I’d be willing to publish one as well. The possibilities for e-book publishing are growing now, and new authors are paying attention. Getting your book published for the Amazon Kindle is as simple as going through a self-publisher who will format it for you. For first-time authors, that’s a tempting author.

Having an e-book to your name gives you another advantage: you’re potentially reaching a wider audience. I think the prices of e-books are typically comparable to print, but the audience you target grows exponentially. Many people have purchased Kindles, Kobos, Sony Readers, iPads, and others. The market is exploding, and it’s time that new authors find their niche in this field.

Think about the possibilities for writers. More and more people are moving to self-publishing venues, finding ways to market themselves, and gaining small but loyal audiences who will buy their books. Authors who do this might find publishing an e-book to be complimentary to their print versions. I may write a future article about marketing yourself and your e-book, but I think the obvious conclusion is that if you know how to market yourself properly, having an e-book only enhances your marketing strategy.

And having an e-book has enhanced the strategy of one Dr. Edward Group. His book, The Green Body Cleanse is a new edition of an earlier book. His research in the health field has given him insight into how the body functions and led him to write this book that explains the vital role keeping a “green” body and diet has in promoting total body health.

The Green Body Cleanse has made its debut on the Amazon Kindle and is now selling for $2.99 on the Kindle, which is a steal of a deal for readers who want to sample the book without having to purchase a bulkier print version.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting the gust post written by Dr. Group to explain his decision to make an e-book version of his book. I hope you’ll stick around and read it as it’s quite interesting. Look forward to that and a brief author interview with Dr. Group on Sunday.

Also, I’ll be following up on my previous Tate Publishing post with some new information. I’ve interviewed Tate author Jennifer Pereyra, whose new children’s book will be on sale in April. This series of posts will begin next week, and I’ll be reviewing Jennifer’s book and doing a two or three part series on the interview I did with her. For those of you who have paid attention to the Tate Publishing information here, you’ll be pleased to see what Jennifer has to say about the company and her experiences with it.

There are lots of things to look forward to here, so I hope you’ll bear with me. And I’ll be back tomorrow with the guest post from Dr. Group.

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to leave some comments and questions!


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