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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly Shoddy, Sept. 7 2001
This review is from: The Apha Practical Guide to Natural Medicines: The First Authoritative Home Reference for Herbs and Natural Remedies, from the Nation's Largest and (Hardcover)
Don't believe the rave reviews...She omits quite a few prominent dietary supplements (e.g., phosphatidyl serine), and the entries are pretty superficial from a pharmacologic standpoint, especially for a book from the APA. For example, 1) she mentions that Ginger is used for arthritic inflammation, but never says why it is credible for that purpose (it is a significant COX-2 inhibitor, a la Vioxx or Celebrex), 2) she omits that the primary modern use of Elder is as an anti-viral (she doesn't mention the substantial lab work on its mode of anti-infection action or list the well-known Israeli clinical trial as an anti-flu drug, 3) she erroneously equates grape seed and pine bark extracts as sources of antioxidant OPCs (the former is substantially more potent). And, she offers almost no info on the pros and cons of differing product forms, which can have very different effects and potencies (e.g., ground plant vs. standardized extract).
Laypeople and even professionals are much better off with The Natural Health Bible (Stephen Bratman, MD), Michael Murray's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicines, and similar works by Saul Hendler, MD and Dennis McKenna, PhD (the titles escape me).
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