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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: 18.8 x 3.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 962 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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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.

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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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By A Customer on Oct. 21 1999
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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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(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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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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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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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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One of the few books I have found that did not make me feel as though I was do something wrong if I did not follow the author's regimen. Nor does the author dismiss physicians in the fashion that other non-traditional authors seem wont to do. Very comprehensive in its approach to treatment of symptoms and descriptions of vitamins, minerals, et al. And best of all, the author actually includes recommended dosages. A great resource.
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