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Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements: The Essential Guide for Improving Your Health Naturally Paperback – Jul 24 1996


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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (July 24 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761504109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761504108
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.7 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 962 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 21 1999
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 By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 7 2012
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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There again this author is very complete ans détailed in his books. Very intersting and helpful. Goes into depths to explain the suppléments. Explains the latest researchs.
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By Badassnrocknroll on July 22 2013
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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 By audrey on Sept. 27 2001
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 By "petersonreviews" on March 5 2001
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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 By "petersonreviews" on 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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