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Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements: The Essential Guide for Improving Your Health Naturally [Paperback]

Michael T. Murray
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Book Description

July 24 1996
People of the nineties want empowerment over illness. And they've got it—if they know the facts!
In his new book, Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, naturopathic physician Michael T. Murray guides readers through the often complex, conflicting information regarding nutritional supplements. Each chapter profiles major vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, nutrients, and glandular extracts, including information on the following:
·deficiency signs / symptoms
·recommended dietary allowance
·beneficial effects
·available forms
·principal uses
·dosage ranges
·safety issues
·interactions
Based on extensive scientific research, Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements empowers readers to make educated decisions about which supplements to take for health conditions including cancer, arthritis, depression, high cholesterol, allergies, heart disease and more.

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From Library Journal

The companion volume to the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (see above) offers detailed profiles of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and other nutritional supplements. What sets this guide apart from similar works is the impressive list of references for each entry (55 pages in total). An excellent buy.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Michael T. Murray, N.D. is widely regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine. He is a graduate, faculty member, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Murray is the co-author of A Textbook of Natural Medicine, the definitive textbook on naturopathic medicine for physicians, as well as the consumer version - Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. He has also written over 20 other books including The Healing Power of Herbs and The Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements.
As a consultant to the health food industry, Dr. Murray has been instrumental in bringing many effective natural products to North America, including:
·Glucosamine sulfate
·St. John's wort extract
·Ginkgo biloba extract
·Silymarin
·Enteric coated peppermint oil
·Saw palmetto berry extract
For the past twenty years, Dr. Murray has been compiling a massive database of original scientific studies from the medical literature. He has personally collected over 50,000 articles from the scientific literature which provide strong evidence on the effectiveness of diet, vitamins, minerals, glandular extracts, herbs, and other natural measures in the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease. It is from this constantly expanding database that Dr. Murray provides the answers on health and healing. According to Dr. Murray: "One of the great myths about natural medicines is that they are not scientific. The fact of the matter is that for most common illnesses there is greater support in the medical literature for a natural approach than there is for drugs or surgery."
Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the natural approach that can put them on the road to lifelong health. Michael T. Murray, N.D. has dedicated his life to educating physicians, patients, and the general public on the tremendous healing power of nature. In addition to his books, which have cumulative sales of over two million copies, Dr. Murray has written thousands of articles, appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs, and lectured to hundreds of thousands of people nationwide.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literally saved my life... Oct. 21 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I found this book online after purchasing the author's excellent book on Hypoglycemia. After having low blood pressure all my life, I was suddenly diagnosed with severe hypertension (165/105) and before I knew it I was leaving the doctor's office with a prescription in hand and dire warnings about strokes and heart attacks (at 29 years old). The pharmacist was very worried about someone so young taking the medicine and kept telling me that it would cause a potassium deficiency and suggested a supplement. The next day I took the prescribed medicine (Hydrochlorothiazide) at breakfast. Within an hour I had the most blinding headache of my life (I have migraines, and this was worst than a migraine, which I had not thought possible), my eyes would not focus, I was dizzy, light headed and nauseated. I spent the next several hours being violently ill until my stomach was quite empty. Finally, at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, I went to bed completely exhausted. The next day, I pulled out this book and read about hypertension/high blood pressure. I had most (though not all) of the recommended supplements on hand. I called the doctor's office to let them know I was unable to take the medication, and scheduled the next earliest appointment - 6 days in the future. I then began the recommended supplement program (what I had of it already), with the rest on order. I also began walking 20 minutes a day. I altered and supplemented my diet as suggested as well. Upon my return to the doctor 6 days later my blood pressure was 138/90. She took it 5 times over the next hour (both arms, and with several different pressure cuffs) to make sure it was not a fluke of some sort. I explained to her what I had been doing, and she could find no fault in the advice, given the results. Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect and outdated in parts April 7 2012
By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book is a mixed bag. Some of the information is good, some is incorrect and wrong and some is quite outdated.

Examples of good bits:

* good information is given on carnitine, manganese, betaine HCl, vitamin B1 and the different B12 types

Examples of incorrect bits:

* A diet should never be made up of more than 30% fat by calories
* 500 mcg is the maximum dose for iodine
* Fluoride in water is discussed as beneficial (!)
* Warnings are given about the 'dangers' of saturated fat

Examples of outdated bits:

* 400 IU is listed as a high dose of vitamin D
* A high carb diet is recommended for hypoglycaemia
* Some vitamin dosages given are very low, eg. 5 mg of vitamin B2 daily and 500 mg of vitamin C daily fro pregnant women
* Despite coconut oil being very high in MCTs it is stated that there are no significant food sources of MCTs

Because some of the information in this book is so problematic, this book cannot be recommended, even though some parts of it are quite good. This was probably an okay book in 1996 when it was first published but far better choices today are books by Abram Hoffer MD, Nora Gedgaudes, Dr Sherry Rogers and others.

Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Info July 22 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great Book, The author Michael T. Murray always does a great job at taken a ton of info and giving to the reader with ease. I also have his book called Natural Medicine which I owned first and found the information to the point and the chapters well laid out and that allowed me to buy this book with confidence, I was not let down. Having such an amazing encyclopedia is a must in the days where everyone knows best but no one seems to be able to tell you why.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements Sept. 27 2001
By audrey
Format:Paperback
(See my review on the PDR for Nutritional Supplements.) This has much of the same information as "The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs" by Nicola Reavley (1998 - a newer book). I used these books to look up a list of herbal remedies for a weight loss program, and sadly could not find at least one third of these drugs. The reading is easy and to the point, and well-referenced to articles from medical journals. The first 13 pages consist of an introduction to nutritional supplements. Pages 15 - 413 list drugs under their separate categories with discussion on symptoms of deficiencies, recommended dosages, risks and benefits. Pages 413-489 briefly discuss medical conditions and recommendations for treatment, and then come References (56 pages) and the index (20 pages). I am still looking for a more updated and comprehensive source of information to use in my clinic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A handy reference to nutritional supplements March 5 2001
Format:Paperback
This book is well organized, making it easy to find information. There's a short introduction to nutritional supplements and lengthy sections on vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, accessory nutrients and glandular products, as well as a quick reference guide to a number of specific health conditions.
The book traces many of its health claims to medical journal articles in a list of references at the back of the book. Its index is good too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A handy reference to nutritional supplements March 5 2001
Format:Paperback
This book is well organized, making it easy to find information. There's a short introduction to nutritional supplements and lengthy sections on vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, accessory nutrients and glandular products, as well as a quick reference guide to a number of specific health conditions.
The book traces many of its health claims to medical journal articles in a list of references at the back of the book. Its index is good too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great resource
My uncle, who has been taking vitamins for years, recommended this book to me when I asked him for a single reference that would tell me about vitamins, minerals,EFAs, as well as... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003 by merrymousies
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of hype - little evidence
Lots of hype but little scientific evidence. Mostly based on opinion and conjecture. Better to look elsewhere......Bratman's Natural Health Bible is excellent with references. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased review of nutritional supplements
Michel Murray shows a distinct lack of knowledge of pathophysiology (alteration of body function due to disease). Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2002 by William R Joppa
5.0 out of 5 stars Late praise but great nonetheless.
I have been intending to get around to writing a review of this great book, but, alas, life is soooo busy. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2000 by Suzanne Chonok
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Supplements ever written!
The book is the foundation of my Nutritional Supplement program. Murray's information is extremely reliable. He supports most of his comments with references. Read more
Published on March 24 2000 by "johnhgohde"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Supplements ever written!
The book is the foundation of my Nutritional Supplement program. Murray's information is extremely reliable. He supports most of his comments with references. Read more
Published on March 24 2000 by "johnhgohde"
5.0 out of 5 stars information packed and comprehensive
During this time of the natural healing explosion it is helpful to have a tool which keeps you from drowning in all the information. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 1999
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