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Nature's medicines : from asthma to weight gain, from colds to high cholesterol : the most powerful all-natural cures
Maleskey, Gale.
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Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press, 1999.
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xv, 688 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Nature's Medicines

More than 2 years in the making, Nature's Medicines is the most responsible health-supplement guide ever written. Leading consumers through the ever-growing maze of vitamins, minerals, herbals, and brand-new natural supplements, this book covers every category of natural products--essential antioxidants like vitamins C and E and beta-carotene; immunity-building and mood-altering herbal medicines such as echinacea, ginkgo, and St. John's wort; and controversial, headline-making supplements such as bioflavonoids, gamma-linolenic acid, lecithin, choline, and phytonutrients.
Each supplement has been scrutinized by the experienced team of health writers and researchers from Prevention Health Books, the most respected name in consumer health publishing. You'll find a wealth of ready-to-use, practical advice that includes:

Exact recommendations to help you choose the most effective supplements to fight or prevent more than 75 common health conditions

The latest breakthrough research proving the potency of selected supplements

Expert opinions from leading doctors and health practitioners about optimal dosages and mixtures

Cautions and warnings to make sure that you protect yourself from allergies, adverse interactions, and overdoses

Up-to-date information about controversial new remedies that offer unprecedented opportunities for self-care and treatment

For the millions of people who are now using supplements as an important part of their personal health-care programs, Nature's Medicines is the definitive guide to exploring the newest frontiers of healing.

What is the mysterious healing power behind the scores of supplements that have been called miracle medicines? Why are many of these supplements so potent? In Nature's Medicines , you'll find up-to-date information on the most controversial and powerful health supplements on the market.

Vitamins and minerals: Find out which can prevent arthritis, cancer, and heart disease--and add years to your life.

Nature's herbs: Discover the herbal supplements that boost immunity, relieve stress, remove toxins, and pump up your energy.

Emerging supplements: Find out what you're really getting when you buy highly publicized supplements like bee pollen, coenzyme Q10, melatonin, shark cartilage, and more. How effective are they? What have researchers discovered about how they work?

You'll find exact recommendations from M.D.'s, alternative practitioners, and herbalists, including:

The new memory aid (page 320)--a Chinese herb that "can help protect your brain from damage due to aging, heart disease, or toxins."

The new cure for high cholesterol (page 483)--an herb that can "lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, raise HDL levels, and promote weight loss."

The new pain medicine (page 561)--a natural anti-inflammatory that "acts like a home-style ibuprofen."

The new arthritis cure (page 566)--a supplement that can "slow the loss of cartilage by pumping more cartilage-generating nutrients into the body."

And much more--in all, more than 95 supplements to prevent or cure common diseases and health conditions.

Comprehensive, authoritative, and illuminating, this book is an absolutely essential resource to meet your personal and family health needs.

Author Notes

Prevention , America's #1 Choice for Healthy Living, is the single most popular health magazine in the country and is the third most trusted source for health advice in the country, trailing only the doctor and pharmacist in authority.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Here is a skillfully edited and reliable guide to both popular and obscure vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements from the editors of Rodale's Prevention Health Books series. Not only does an impressive board of medical advisors add authority to the title, but Alan R. Gaby, M.D., former president of the American Holistic Medical Association, acted as medical reviewer throughout the editorial process. The book's popular and nontechnical approach makes the text understandable to a wide audience. The first of three sections provides an excellent general overview of both familiar information and cutting-edge research on vitamins, minerals, herbs, and emerging supplements. The major portion of Nature's Medicines follows, with an encyclopedic A^-Z listing of 61 substances, from Acidophilus to Zinc. Sidebars provide botanical names and highlight special instructions and cautions. Following this section is an A^-Z listing of more than 75 health concerns, from Alzheimer's disease and memory loss to Yeast infections, with discussion of the appropriate healing supplements most likely to provide protection or speed recovery from disease. Many "common sense" remedies are also suggested, such as 30 minutes of aerobic exercises each day and a low-fat diet for men experiencing erectile dysfunction. The only deficiency in Nature's Medicines is the lack of a bibliography. Throughout the text, recommendations made by various doctors are cited but without pertinent bibliographic citations. This serious omission makes the book less helpful to researchers than the much more comprehensive PDR for Herbal Medicines [RBB Mr 1 99], which provides references for each of the more than 600 herbal medicines it covers. Another consumer-oriented resource, The Consumer's Guide to Herbal Medicines [RBB Ag 99], covers 67 medicinal herbs but does not have entries for individual diseases and conditions. Because of its accessible arrangement and style, and the fact that it covers vitamins, minerals, and other supplements as well as herbs, Nature's Medicines should have popular appeal and is recommended for public library reference collections.