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1. What You Must Know About Vitamins,
2. The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book,
3. An Evidence-Based Approach to
4. The Doctor's Complete Guide to
5. The Complete Idiot's Guide to
6. The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins,
7. Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals, &
8. Vitamins and Minerals Demystified
9. The Vitamin and Mineral Food Counter
10. The Healing Power of Vitamins,
11. The Essential Guide to Vitamins,
12. The Encyclopedia of Vitamins,
13. The Complete Book of Vitamins
14. The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book:
15. Vitamins & Minerals Quick
16. Nutrient A-Z: A User's Guide to
17. Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals
18. Vitamins Minerals and Herbs: A
19. The Pill Book Guide to Natural
20. Vitamins & Minerals from A

1. What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, & More: Choosing the Nutrients That Are Right for You
by M.D. Pamela Wartian Smith
Paperback: 433 Pages (2008-01-15)
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Asin: 0757002331
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very inclusive book
This book is perfect for someone who wants to make sure they are eating the correct vitamins and minerals. It lists the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids essential for making proteins. It lists which foods you can find these in, and what the specified vitamin/mineral does for the body. It is a very good reference book and I highly recommend it, especially for the beginner or for someone who has been wanting to eat a more healthy, complete diet, and they just don't know where to start. Although it does not include everything, it is a book that I will always turn to for a quick and easy reference. I think that everyone who is interested in improving the quality of their diet should consider gettig this book. It is laid out very straight forward, very well organized, very informative. Five Stars.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting information
This is an interesting view on looking at alternative medicine to improve one's overall health and well being. Not always Western medicine has all the options available and there are so many different vitamins, minerals and herbs this helps to look at what is out there. It does not include everything but it is a good start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More
I subscribe to 3 naturopathic papers plus Consumer Reports 'On Health' for balance. This book does a very thorough job of pulling it all together in an easily read guide. I bought it to get a concise guideline for how much of each nutrient is needed for what purpose. It gives that along with precautions. Money well-spent. ... Read more

2. The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book, 4th edition: The Definitive Guide to Designing Your Personal Supplement Program
by Nancy Pauling Bruning, Shari Lieberman
Paperback: 448 Pages (2007-05-03)
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Asin: 158333274X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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With more than 300,000 copies in print, The Real Vitamin & Mineral Book is a trusted resource for people seeking to make sense of the plethora of information about nutritional supplements. Now in its fourth edition, this book provides up-to-date scientific validation for the use of dietary supplementation in both the treatment and prevention of disease and for overall optimum health-the very facts that are not made available to consumers when they purchase supplements.

In this fully revised and updated fourth edition, readers will find:

- complete usage and dosage recommendations for the twenty-eight basic vitamins and minerals that every person needs to promote health and to slow aging;- advanced recommendations for special conditions that may require additional supplementation; and- quick-reference charts and tables for easily updating supplement regimens.

With clear, understandable explanations, the most current scientifically documented nutrient guidelines, and easy-to-follow charts, The Real Vitamin & Mineral Book is concise and to the point-the only resource readers will need. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars About to become my "Bible" of nutrition
This review is of the fourth edition of THE REAL VITAMIN AND MINERAL BOOK, 2007. There are lots of books in the market about vitamin and mineral supplementation but this one makes a better case than most that Americans, on the whole, should be taking a lot more vitamin and mineral supplements. For one thing, says author/researcher Shari Lieberman, the FDA's RDI's (until recently RDA's) are defensive measures designed to guard against certain diseases but not to enhance health. For instance, the suggested amount of B vitamins we need are calculated to keep beriberi, rickets and pellagra at bay, when many other health benefits accrue by taking more of these substances. For another, those usually minuscule RDI amounts are calculated for an imaginary genderless human being of about 160 lbs, truly a statistical straw person. Worse yet, the quality of the food we Americans eat is steadily eroding under the impact of over-processing, fast food, and soils weakened by generations of chemical (nitrogen-based) fertilizers.

So basically the author dispenses with the "common wisdom" along the lines of "Eat a good balanced diet every day and if you like, take a multivitamin-mineral supplement." Lieberman patiently discusses the role of every vitamin of human use and most of the minerals. This book held a lot of surprises for me. Did you know that Niacin (Vitamin B3) can help lower blood cholesterol? It is even called the "best-kept secret in American medicine," especially when so many people are taking vastly more expensive statins to lower their LDL's. (Many people take both Niacin and statins, and shrug and smile when the doctor credits only the precription drug for any improvement in blood cholesterol.) And men -- before you go to the doctor with complaints of a swollen prostate gland (which may be "BPH", benign prostate hypoplagia), try getting more zinc into your diet.

What I like most about THE REAL VITAMIN AND MINERAL BOOK is its intellectually honesty. Lieberman backs up her advocacy by discussing the most recent and relevant studies of vitamins and minerals. Usually her suggested doses of vitamins and minerals are many times the government's straw-man RDI amounts, but really you have to read this book. Someimes the amounts of supplementation for a particular substance is about the same or a little more than the government recommends; and in at least one case I can think of (phosphorus), she recommends no supplementation at all; i.e., nothing compared to the FDA's RDI of a small dose.

So the reader has to pay attention -- gorging on multivitamins, B-complex vitamins and fish oil may do us more harm than good. Also, frequently, the form in which a nutrient gets to us is key. To help reduce cholesterol Vitamin B3 (Niacin) has shown to be helpful, but it needs to be taken in the form of "straight" Niacin, not the Niacinamide that usually winds up in multivitamin or B-complex pills. But ingesting the straight Niacin can lead to a flushing effect -- to counter that, it is necessary to take an aspirin half an hour before taking the straight Niacin (an easy habit for those of us who practice "daily vitamin therapy" of a small aspirin tablet each morning), OR to pay extra for "flush-free" Niacin. This book is packed with such helpful strategies and approaches, which make good common sense and are based on scientific data.

In fact, THE REAL VITAMIN AND MINERAL GUIDE has quickly become my "go-to" book about the benefits of the various nutrients discussed in them (there are also a few herbals the author discusses and approves of). If the recommendations in this book continue to work for me as well as they have for the past several months of implementation, it may well become my "bible" of greater health. Highly recommended. This book has a history of slipping in and out of print, so don't be afraid to go for a good used copy as long as it is fairly recent.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Service
The vendor was very professional and sent the item right away.The book is a good, current addition for our library.Our previous book on the same topic was about 25 years old and suggested dosages have changes.Thus, our need for a newer book.We are both Complementary Health Practitioners.I hope this gets recorded to the seller's credit

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Anyone!
My first exposure to The Real Vitamin & Mineral Book was the previous edition as a textbook in nutrition college.

It is one of only two books that I found to be invaluable enough from my school days to buy the new edition when it became available.

This edition is as clearly written and well researched as the previous editions, with the added bonus of updated information.

As a holistic health consultant I still think it is important to seek professional advice before you start making changes to your wellness plan, but this book will help you to understand what supplements truly can and cannot do.


5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on Vitamin & Minerals that I have read in a long time.
I thought I pretty much knew all I needed to know about Vitamin and Minerals; I was wrong. This is the best book I have read on the subject in a long time. The author is so detailed on each vitamin that when you go to purchase them you know exactly what they should contain.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get the most for their money when buying vitamins.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book There is On Supplements
This is the best book there is on nutritional supplements, and well-documented to boot.Buy one for yourself and give one to your doctor and any other health professionals you work with who have not caught on to the real power of nutritional medicine.This healing modality can no longer be tossed aside, as the 100 pages of research summaries in the back of the book show.I teach nutrition to physicians, and if there is one popular press book I insist they all read, this is it.Superb. ... Read more

3. An Evidence-Based Approach to Vitamins and Minerals: Health Benefits and Intake Recommendations
by Jane Higdon
Hardcover: 253 Pages (2003-06-09)
list price: US$69.95 -- used & new: US$55.00
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Asin: 1588901246
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Oregon State Univ., Corvallis. Text provides a review of the most current scientific information on vitamins and nutritionally relevant minerals and their roles in health and disease. Provides discussions on 13 vitamins and 14 nutritionally important minerals. Includes intake recommendations and a quick reference to diseases. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Evidence-Based Approach to Vitamins and Minerals
Books quickly arrived in excellent condition. Very fast service!! I highly recommend this seller! Book gives very detailed information about vitamins and minerals and reactions with other medications, symptoms of deficiency or toxicity. Very well written and informative.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for doctor's office and for fireplace reading
This book is under the banner of the famed Linus Pauling Institute (Oregon State University) has it has a great foreword by Bruce Ames. Linus Pauling was one of the best thinkers of the last century and he recommended much higher than RDA / Daily Value intakes from a multi-vitamin as well as some other supplements in order to help procure optimal health.

There is no science yet to suggest that Pauling was wrong about such high dose supplementation --for example to lower blood-toxin homocysteine, the most likely cause of most heart disease, some cancers and Alzheimer's disease. However, the medical world is slow embracing the evidence supporting this approach but that is changing.

This book is an important and tightly edited work that will help practicing physicians and interested lay people with factual data, pointers and references and even the most knowledgeable person will surely pick up important health information they would otherwise have missed.

This is a well organized handbook with 27 chapters for the individual vitamins and minerals and their effects, sources and therapeutic indications and drug interactions.

This book has "Tolerable Upper Levels" tables to satisfy even the most conservative physician but it must be said that this heading represents a level that prevents the most uncommon or even trivial interactions, and a level that may well be much below "Optimal Levels" as suggested by Pauling, and which are likely to promote health in the great majority of people.

The book would benefit from a "Pauling Proposed Probable Optimal Levels in Most" table and from the inclusion of chapters for what used to be named vitamin F, with the F from "Fat", i.e. the essential omega-3 and omega-6 oils, think of them as vitamins F-3 and F-6. Present intakes of omega-3s are well below adequate levels while omega-6 (linoleic acid from most vegetable oils) may well represent our most common "vitamin overdose".

The challenge of the new nutrition is figuring out the "Long-Latency Deficiency Diseases", LLDD's if you wish, caused by the insufficient intakes over time of one or several nutrients, from vitamin D and calcium for bone health, to the homocysteine-lowering trio of folic acid, B6 and B12 for heart and other diseases.

This book builds a solid foundation with what is known, it is without technical errors and it is clearly presented. Vital in a doctor's office and much recommended for the interested lay person. ..... ... Read more

4. The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals
by Mary Dan Eades
Mass Market Paperback: 576 Pages (2000-07-11)
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Asin: 0440236452
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Discusses how vitamins can help to optimize health, fight disease, slow aging, and assist in weight loss, considering more than one thousand diseases, disorders, and conditions that can be helped. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
This is a comprehensive guide to vitamins, minerals and herbs.It also gives vitamin/mineral/herbal remedies for sicknesses and diseases.Some diseases are a result of vitamin and mineral deficiency and this book could very well help people get off of some medications and choose a natural remedy, but of course, under the supervision of a doctor!That's one of the other things I love about this book.It's written by a doctor.There's a lot of valuable information in here and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking natural remedies for their ailments.

4-0 out of 5 stars good place to start
Arrived as promised, new.I have the previous edition as well, this one has an additional section on herbs, not extensive but a start.Since my view is that one gets sick because one's system is "out of whack" in some way, this gives a guide to some of the things that could contributing, or at least slowing healing for a collection of illnesses.There is also a good discussion for people who have the inherited possibility of diabetes type II and/or obseity which, while not the recent "method of treatment" (stomach stapling), it DOES describe the treatment that worked for my father, and reasons in line with known biological information.Weight control is her area of expertice, which goes hand in hand with the diabetes.I have had good luck with the advice I have found here.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals
a lot of words. will be a good book to keep around to look up answers to everyone's questions.

4-0 out of 5 stars sort of
Not exactly what I was expecting, but it fills a void some of the other books don't.

4-0 out of 5 stars useful information
This is an excellent reference book on the usage of nutritional suppliments. I would recomend this book to others. ... Read more

5. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vitamins and Minerals, 3rd Edition
by D.C., Ph.D., C.C.N., Alan H. Pressman, Sheila Buff
Paperback: 448 Pages (2007-03-06)
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Asin: 1592576095
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The most up-to-date lowdown on vitamins and minerals.

Updated and revised for the first time since 2000, this new edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vitamins and Minerals covers all the latest research and developments in vitamins, minerals, and supplements in the last six years. It features significant new information on Vitamins A and E, folate, and glycosamine, among many others, and sets the record straight on much of the conflicting information out there on this subject.

--Covers all research and developments in vitamins, minerals, and supplements in the last six years
--Significant new information on Vitamins A and E, folate, glycosamine, and others ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Red Flags Going Off
A rule of thumb that I've learned is always be skeptical when, on the cover of the book, the author's name is accompanied by credentials (In this case, "D.C., Ph.D, C.C."). It's designed to make you instantly trust the author before opening the book, to think, "Well, he's a doctor with that Ph.D, so I'll just trust him." That's one.

Second red flag, he's a chiropractor. See, chiropractors, for the most part, do a lot of the same physical therapy that a real Physical Therapist MD does, except that the PT has to actually pass a regulated exam to get his license to practice. A chiropractor does NOT have to do any exams (not any officially government regulated ones, anyways) - he can practice a modern medicine without a license, basically. Wikipedia lists chiropractic as an "alternative medicine", which ought to tell you something.

Third is that Sheila Buff, the co-author, has no credentials. It just says she's a freelance writer that "specializes" in various things that sound fancy. In the end, it doesn't matter, because she quite simply has no listed credentials. Everyone is technically a freelance author by definition - heck, I am just for writing this review.

Fourth is that it has a forward by Gary Null. That should really say enough by itself, but assuming most don't know who it is, he's a well-known promoter of "natural/alternative medicine". He's been heavily criticized for being plain wrong, even from the James Randi Educational Foundation, which is a damn reputable organization. Basically, if the JREF says something is BS, then it's BS. Period.

So, right off the bat, with all these introductions, I can't help but to be completely on edge when reading the first page, where it talks about the importance of vitamins and minerals. Keeps your bones strong, that sounds good, keeps your eyes working, sounds good, keeps your brain working, sounds good, among other things. And then it says, "MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, you need them to protect yourself from cancer and heart disease." Wow, so cancer and heart disease is more important than being able to see, think or having strong bones to walk with, lift with and do normal everyday things? Even if I had cancer or heart disease, I'd at least be able to *live*, but apparently the author thinks it's better to be (quite fittingly) a vegetable than to have free will.

This book may have actual usefulness in terms of the chemical activities of vitamins and minerals, which is why I checked it out. I really want to know about food. When I look at a nutrition box, all I know is that eating tons of sodium is bad, cholesterol is bad, eating tons of fat makes you fat, so don't eat so damn much fat, always look at the "servings per package" text before eating an entire item and that the more protein, fiber and 100% signs (or as high as you can obtain for a specific vitamin or mineral) means that it's a measure of how healthy something is (see a nutrition panel of Total). But I don't know what any of those vitamins DO. What the heck does Vitamin B do? What the heck does Vitamin C, D and anything else do? Magnesium? All I know is eating the stuff is good, but I don't know what the chemical reactions with the body is exactly and this book hardly helps. I couldn't bring myself to read it because of the glaring red flags. I flipped through the pages and got to the alcohol bits. Abusing alcohol can prevent you from absorbing vital nutrients - that's probably true, I've heard that somewhere before, but drinking alcohol in proper doses, small quantities, has been medically proven to be IMMENSELY healthy, particularly red wine, which I don't remember the author mentioning. Also, all he said was it "blocks" you from absorbing vitamins. He may have mentioned it elsewhere, but for where I looked, he didn't explain why or how it blocks, just that it blocks. That's too vague.

For all I know, this book might contain scientifically and medically correct statements about food, but I just can't force myself to read a book that's very clearly founded on BS. This book is part of the recent trend in the last couple decades in America that are trying to sell garbage for easy money by banking in on all the paranoid fat Americans who want some help.

Look, if you're worried about your health and maybe even want to lose weight, don't eat trash. Don't eat candy or sweets, like cake and donuts, all the time. Don't eat pizza or fast food much, if any. Don't eat heavy meat, like beef and pork (mainly bacon and sausage, pork chops are actually okay). Eat lighter meats, like poultry and seafood (fish, shrimp, etc). Eat fruit and vegetables; I find fruit cups sold at Wal-Mart for about two bucks for four cups to be pretty tasty and adequately healthy. Corn, green beans and rice are all fairly cheap vegetables. Don't listen to the huge trend going around where everyone is suddenly saying corn is bad for you (particularly corn syrup, which is a pretty controversial topic, but I'm on the side that assumes it's not really bad, or at least not significantly bad, for you). I may not know much about the chemical or medical facts on food, but I'm not overweight and I'm very happy with my body. I'm not sick constantly and I don't feel like crap 24/7, so I assume that I'm decently healthy just from trying to eat what I assumed was an all-round daily meal (or at least I try to do so without inconveniencing myself. I admit I eat way too much ramen, but it's just such a sweet meal to have when you're watching anime - yeah, I'm a nerd). The truth is, if you really want help eating right, ask a doctor. Medical doctors know a lot about nutrition, it's their job. Anyone into alternative medicine will say that they don't, but everyone who gets a REAL medical degree has to take things like organic chemistry and microbiology as required courses, and of course it'd make sense for them to know about food to be able to identify illnesses. The people who say that MDs don't know about food are the same people who get high blood pressure and diabetes pills from those same doctors they speak so badly about, both of which are illnesses that could have been avoided if you had listened to what they said about food in the first place.

You don't need this book or any food book. You need to simply ask your doctor, "What do you think would be good to eat in an average week?"

5-0 out of 5 stars A well-written and always clear "vitamin bible".
I bought this book with the intention to better understand vitamins, but also the concern that a book on this subject could be undeniably boring, with the risk to end-up unread on a bookshelf. I instead, to my great surprise, I finished reading it no-time, with the pleasure and interest normally reserved to spy stories.
Extremely clear, if you are really keen on this subject, it is a real eye-opener that can change the way you look at food and health, though the risk is that you may want to start taking all your A, B's, C, D, E, K vitamins plus various minerals in the vane attempt to achieve immortality.
I have to say this is the first book I have read on this subject and I deem it an excellent one.

1-0 out of 5 stars lousy service
I have not received the book nor have I had a reply from Amazon about the
problem.They said it was because I had not charged it on your Click 1 (?)Amazon collected from my Mastercard the day I ordered.Blankenship should have notified me of this "problem they had" at the beginning - not a month later when I wrote them!

1-0 out of 5 stars Book not received.
I can't write a review for the book I ordered on May 24 because I never received it, and I got an e-mail on May 30 that it was being shipped.

4-0 out of 5 stars interesting
haven't used it as much as the PDR of nutritional supps, a bit bulky, but the info is easy to read ... Read more

6. The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs: A Completely Cross-Referenced User's Guide for Optimal Health
by Nicola Reavley
Paperback: 794 Pages (1999-10-12)
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Asin: 0871318970
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Vitamins, Etc. is the essential reference guide to sorting your way through this maze of information, helping you make informed choices about your health and well being. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best to date...
In this a great book to get an average indivdual without a chem major to understand what all the viatmins and minerals do for the body.

4-0 out of 5 stars Synopsis of reading portions of her book.
It was well written, with adequate references. A very helpful health supplement publication.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
AWESOME book. I have been buying books, CD's, videos since amazon.com first came on line...and this is the 1st time I felt compelled to write a review. I owned a copy of Earl Mindell's Vitamin Bible, but I was looking for more. I take about 9 vitamins a day & this book answered ALL of my questions and then some. I keep it at work & use it almost daily. I like the way you can find everything very quickly. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a lot of info.in one place.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good reference even though not up to date
I recently borrowed this book from the library. It is stock full of information, vitamins, minerals, herbs, symptoms, a little of everything. I especially liked the full explaination of vitamins and their attributes. The only thing bad about this book is that it isn't up to date with all the new herbs out on the market or new diseases and afflictions.

5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable, comprehensive, "user friendly" reference.
Do you need food supplements?If so, which ones? And how much?Nicola Reavley answers these questions and many more in The New Encyclopedia OfVitamins, Minerals, Supplements, & Herbs. Reavley points out thatwe're all different, and not everyone needs supplements.She emphasizesthat supplements don't make up for a poor diet.Peo0le need first to have"a good understanding of the roles played by vitamins and minerals inhealth and disease."Then they need to understand how supplements are"affected by your age, sex, state of health, and lifestyle. Certainsupplements can be harmful to certain people."She starts with ageneral description of vitamins and minerals and their roles in the humanbody.She explains how the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) arecalculated and how to determine if those are adequate for your individualneeds. With this, she includes a discussion of what constitutes a goodbasic diet.In some instances, people can get all the nutrients they needfrom their diet, and don't need to take supplements. The bulk of the bookis devoted to an in-depth discussion of each vitamin, mineral, herb, andother nutrients.Other nutrients include substances like melatonin, sharkcartilage, and coenzyme Q10.She starts each discussion with a "QuickGuide" which summarizes what the supplement does in the body, sources,RDA, interactions, and cautions.She then provides a complete informationabout that supplement. The final section of the book is a listing ofcommon health problems, such as asthma, insomnia, and osteoporosis, withinformation on the causes and treatments for each.She describes the roleof diet and nutritional supplements in preventing and treating thosediseases. A glossary provides definitions of terms used in the book,and an extensive reference section enables readers to do their own researchif they so desire.Reavley says that "as diet has a huge role toplay in the prevention of disease, eating well and consuming adequateamounts of vitamins and minerals are vital for both present and futurehealth."She wrote The Complete Encyclopedia Of Vitamins, Mineral,Supplements, & Herbs to provide the "necessary knowledge to makeinformed choices about the food you eat and the supplements you take." Readers will find that she has met her goal.

Sandra Smith, Reviewer ... Read more

7. Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals, & Supplements: The Complete Guide
by H. Winter Griffith
Paperback: 512 Pages (2000-03-20)
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Asin: 1555612636
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Do you know what you're taking?

Do you take vitamins? minerals? nucleic acids? amino acids? supplements? medicinal herbs? If you do, you need this book!

Used incorrectly, many of these substances can be harmful. Did you know:

-megadoses of vitamin A can cause bone pain, birth defects in babies, hypertension? -long-term excess vitamin E can cause low sperm count, degeneration of testicles, sterility? -vitamin C can cause gout, kidney stones? Megadoses can interfere with white blood cells' ability to kill bacteria, making infections worse rather than clearing them up?

Nearly everyone takes vitamins, minerals, supplements or medicinal herbs. Most people don't believe these are medicines. They're wrong!

Learn what you need to know. Easy-to-read charts cover over 75 vitamins, minerals, nucleic and amino acids, other supplements and over 200 commonly used medicinal herbs. At-a-glance information tells you:

-Proved and speculated uses-Sources -Deficiency symptoms -Correct recommendations by RDA-Warnings and precautions-Signs of overdose-Adverse reactions and side effects -Possible interactions with drugs and other substances

Be a smart consumer of vitamins, minerals, supplements and medicinal herbs. This book tells you how! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Vitamin Reference Guide
Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals, & Supplements: The Complete Guide (Purchased on 03/27/2010)
by H. Winter Griffith

I like this book because it explains both the positive and negative aspects of vitamins, herbs and supplements, and also tells one of any drug, food or supplement interactions.This is an updated new version of the book.I had the older version for some time and was glad to see an update of it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Resource
Ever buy a book and get more than you bargained for? This is one of those in a great way, with far more information than I expected. Whether you're into traditional or holistic approaches, or simply want to learn more, this is a must have reference book. Claudia Newcorn - author of the award-winning fantasy, Crossover Crossover: Krisálys Chronicles of Féyree

5-0 out of 5 stars Physicians' Desk Reference for Vitamins
This is the best source of factual and easy-to-read information ever assembled on vitamins.Even better, the reader doesn't need to worry about what is claptrap or quackery, as in so many other books on vitamins.
Every vitamin is thoroughly described, along with its scientifically proven effect, plus possible effects, plus disproven claims.
Side effects and risks are listed, too.This is information that should be required on every vitamin-pill label.Why isn't it?
Thus, this book is a necessity for every family that takes vitamins.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exellent Reference Guide
My mother recommended this book to me and I use it often. Very good!

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful and unique, but needs updating
The supplement industry moves at light speed at introducing new products, so the fact that this book is six years old is somewhat of a hindrance. However, that being said, it has a unique medical perspective on just about every vitamin, herb, and mineral you could think of.

Each supplement included in the book includes short sections starting with "Basic Information" that shows foods that include the supplement, if any exist. Also there are sections on known effects (studied and proven), possible additional effects (proven via anecdotal evidence), warnings and precautions, and notes for those who are breastfeeding, infants and children, and senior citizens. There is also information on storage, safe dosage, toxicity, and adverse reactions.

This book is written by an M.D., so it does seem a bit overly cautious at times, but in the age of the Internet with so many snake oil salesmen claiming they have the cure for everything from Alzheimer's to diabetes in a nutritional supplement, I find this voice of caution refreshing. I consider this book just one more weapon in my arsenal of nutritional knowledge.

I also recommend the book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing". That book focuses on specific illnesses, while this book focuses on the herbal remedies and nutritional supplements mentioned in that book. They definitely make good companion reading.
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8. Vitamins and Minerals Demystified
by Steve Blake
Paperback: 342 Pages (2007-09-25)
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Asin: 0071489010
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Encapsulating the science behind vitamins and minerals

Need to understand how vitamins and minerals work but find dense texts difficult to absorb? Here's your panacea! Vitamins & Minerals Demystified makes it easy to digest information on everything from A to zinc.

Written by a holistic health doctor, this essential guide explains the crucial role vitamins and minerals play in nutrition and physiology. You'll find details on the type and amount required for survival and for increased disease resistance. The book outlines the food sources of different vitamins and minerals and covers the benefits and pitfalls of both natural and synthetic vitamins. Featuring end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, this book will fortify your knowledge of vitamins and minerals.

This fast and easy guide offers:

  • Numerous figures to illustrate key concepts
  • Graphs indicating the foods rich in various vitamins and minerals
  • Charts featuring U.S. Recommended Daily Allowances (USRDAs)
  • Coverage of deficiency-related diseases
  • Quick summaries of each vitamin and mineral reinforce learning

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Vitamins & Minerals Demystified is the perfect supplement for anyone studying or interested in this important health topic.


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5-0 out of 5 stars vitamins & minerals demystified
This book focuses on a commonly difficult issue in medicine, and it develops all themeswith a quite amiable style thatmakes it easy to underestand, even the most complex concepts regarding mechanism of action and function. It provides valuable information about some important biochemical concepts regarding these chemical compounds, which are vital to pursuit an efficientmedical practice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Hello, I am a sincere student of health and nutrition. I read Vitamins and Minerals Demystified, learned the information, and passed all the quizzes and final exam. This is not a fluffy book. The book gave me a much more in-depth understanding of vital nutrients - much more than Nutrition Almanac or many other "Vitamin" books. There are charts, graphs, molecular diagram cartoons showingtransport systems and the sequence of nutrient assimilation in the body. Wow! And yet, this was all outlined in an easy-to-use format so I was not daunted by the information. Thank you for the Best book on the market in the subject of Vitamins and Minerals in human nutrition.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love it!
This book is so informative!It is sometimes very technical but also describes the processes in lay terms.It tells you how your body breaks down and uses specific vitamins.This is a great book for those who want to understand how the body works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just what it's supposed to be
It is just what it's explained on the cover page. Every vitamin and mineral is described from the following points of view:
- how it works in the human body
- why we need it
- how much of it we need it
- where to find it
- what happens if we lack it
This book is what I was looking for. I am someone who seeks health, not a professional.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly advisable!
I am an electro-engineer PhD, who also get involved with Bio-phenomena. For this reason I assumed that I need a short book (not a bible) in order to understand the essential points for Vitamines & minerals. This book covers all basic knowledge with a comprehensive way & very usefull tables, quiz, short but very advisable comments & above all an appendix with all basics info for all vitamines & minerals (RDA's, defficiancy, toxicity, upper level etc). Just order it without loosing time!!! ... Read more

9. The Vitamin and Mineral Food Counter
by Annette B. Natow, Jo-Ann Heslin
Mass Market Paperback: 416 Pages (2004-03-30)
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Asin: 0743463773
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Will vitamins and minerals keep you healthy? How much do you need? Which foods are the best sources? Is it better to eat raw or cooked foods? Now, for the first time, nationally known nutritionists Annette Natow and Jo-Ann Heslin offer a guide to the vitamin and mineral content of thousands of brand name and generic foods. Get the latest information on the eleven "marker" vitamins and minerals -- the ones that ensure you'll meet all your vitamin and mineral needs. Features include:

Food values for vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, sodium, iron, and zinc Portion size plus calorie counts for every food listed Warnings about prescription and over-the-counter drugddinteractions Daily recommended intakes and safe upper limits A quiz to help you evaluate your nutrient needs

THE VITAMIN AND MINERAL FOOD COUNTERis your essential reference to healthy eating! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Information for the healthy.
Does what it says it will, gives all the skinny on the good things in food. A great help. ... Read more

10. The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs (The A to Z Guide to Enhancing Your Health and Treating Illness with Nutritional Supplements)
by Wayne Kalyn
Hardcover: 416 Pages (2001)
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Asin: B000P576UC
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This book contains all you need to know about enhancing your health with supplements. Over 90 ailments and more than 80 vitamins, minerals, and herbs covered by leading experts in the field. Easy to read easy to find, beautifully photographed entries. A comprehensive list of ailments with exactly the right supplements and dosages to treat each condition. A rundown of key benefits, warnings, and potential side effects of the most popular supplements on the shelves. Shopping tips, latest studies, and little-known facts about the supplements you use. Special instruction on how to create your own supplement regimen for maximum health. Handy guide to interactions between prescription drugs and supplements. ... Read more

11. The Essential Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Supplements
by Dr. Sarah Brewer
Paperback: 608 Pages (2010-01-07)
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Asin: 0716022168
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A bewildering range of vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements is now widely available to us all, but information about their health benefits cannot be given on the packaging as it would constitute a health claim. In this jargon-free guide leading expert on sensible supplementation, Dr Sarah Brewer, sets out all you need to know about the main supplements, and suggests which to take for specific health problems. This work: includes A-Z guide to 150 supplements for a brighter and healthier life; clearly explains the benefits, possible side effects and contraindications; thoroughly sets out the research evidence to back their efficacy; and, recommends supplements for common problems such as IBS, chronic fatigue, recurrent candida and arthritis. Packed with clear and concise answers, this essential guide explains the use of supplements to maintain or improve your daily health. ... Read more

12. The Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
by Tova Navarra
Hardcover: 353 Pages (2004-07)
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Asin: 081604998X
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Written by two experts in the field, this layperson's guide to the nutritional options and substances that improve health helps readers make informed decisions about maintaining and strengthening their bodies.

Organized in an A-to-Z format, more than 500 extensively cross-referenced entries profile:

What vitamins, minerals, and supplements are and how they work in the body Myths and quackery surrounding some of the substances Nutritional analyses of diet, body-building, and special supplements Vitamins as a treatment for physical and mental disease and disorders Pioneers in the field and their theories of nutrition, and much more.

Various charts, tables, and appendixes highlight:

The latest and most complete information on FDA operations and regulations The composition of the new food label Illnesses and injuries associated with the use of selected dietary supplements The interaction between certain drugs and nutrients. ... Read more

13. The Complete Book of Vitamins & Minerals for Health (All New Edition)
by Prevention Magazine Editors
 Hardcover: Pages (1992-01-26)
list price: US$12.99
Isbn: 0517080222
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14. The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book: Using Supplements for Optimum Health,
by Shari Lieberman
Paperback: 406 Pages (1990-07-01)
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Asin: B000HWZ13C
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Complete source for current information on boosting the immune system, fighting illness, and maximizing health. Explains how age, nutritional value of food, the environment and other factors affect our bodies' absorption of nutrients. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Really Great
This is a really great book.Direct and to the point without a lot of fluff!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I am extremely pleased with all this book has to offer.It's very informative and has research to back it up.A very good buy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it was going to be
It was very hard to read I'm not a Doctor and I guess I thought it was going to just tell me what I should be taking, but if I follow all of this info i would be on so many vitamins i wouldn't have to eat Breakfast I would just eat a hand full of vitamins.
I do look up info and it does give me some answers I can put into use I just wishedthey would have written it for someone who is not up on her vitamins and minerals

5-0 out of 5 stars Great information...
This book has great information about all types of minerals and vitamins.I had a hard time putting the book down.I learned so much more about the minerals and vitamins and what doses you should be using.Now I know how much my body needs of certain vitamins.

3-0 out of 5 stars Careful - this book isn't as neutral as the author claims it to be
If you read this book you will be given lots of evidence and independent studies on the various benefits of vitamins and minerals.But while this book claims to be neutral and balanced on the good and bad of each vitamin, the author does leave out a variety of studies that have cast doubt on the benefits of "mega-doses" of various vitamins and minerals.

For instance various recent studies on Vitamin E supplementation have shown no or negative correlation to heart disease.Several studies have even shown an increased mortality rate for people taking high doess of antioxidents (which are thought to do the opposite).A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted some of these growing concerns (search on "the case against vitamins" for that article or "dangers of vitamins" for a variety of articles.)

I'm not an expert, in fact one of the reasons I bought this book was because I am confused on what to take and not to take and this seemed to be an impartial book.All I would suggest is that this book very much recommends taking vitamins at doses much higher than the recommended daily allowances (RDI), and before you take this book as the latest and best info and start a regiment of 15 pills a day, make sure you really do talk to your doctor or at least look at the contradictary studies now available online. ... Read more

15. Vitamins & Minerals Quick Reference Guide (Quick Study Health)
by Jill E. Winland-Brown, Lynne, Ph.D. Dunphy, Nina Waasdorp-Nolte
Pamphlet: 4 Pages (2001-01-24)
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Asin: 1572225513
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Old Student
Card was a good purchase,had to brush up on Nutrition for class and this was very helpful.

4-0 out of 5 stars A handy reference covering many vitamins
There is a lot to learn about vitamins and minerals, and opinions vary widely depending on who you ask. The Quick Study guide to vitamins and minerals is a good place to start your search for information.Three authors crammed a ton of information onto four sides of a page. With small print, they cover a lot of ground.

The guide contains three sections.The first section gives you what conditions a particular vitamin is good for, the signs of deficiency, normal dosage, typical sources, and toxicity symptoms.The next section gives suggestions for dealing with various conditions such as cardiovascular or gastrointestinal.And the last section gives details about interactions between vitamins, minerals, and prescription medicines.

I like that the guide is fairly detailed and comprehensive. It seems well laid-out and is visually appealing

Dislikes: It is so brief it's hard to get meaningful information out of it. For example, I know there are studies that show that selenium is associated with a reduced cancer incidence, and they do mention this briefly in passing, but to get a good understanding requires far more than this guide can provide. Also, the guide does not stay up to date; some of the recommendations are too low (like vitamin D) and others are too high (like vitamin A). For vitamin K they don't differentiate between K1 and K2, and they overlook many important benefits. They say a deficiency is rare except in newborns but I feel that is misleading advice.Nowhere do they say vegetarians ought to supplement with vitamin B12. Where is Coenzyme Q10?Resveratrol?Curcumin?Omega 3 fats?The list of quirks, flaws, and omissions is maddening.

But you have to start somewhere. For those who don't want to read a book or subscribe to Life Extension Magazine, this 4-page summary is a reasonable start.If you think of it as an invitation to explore further it's well worth the modest price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great chart, but contains error &needs a revision
I am thankful for this well-formatted list.Although it does not include all important details, it does provide a brief "at-a-glance" reference for the vitamin and mineral sources along with their deficiency and toxicity symptoms, suggested dosages, therapeutic recommendations,and even a few drug interaction alerts. It is a bi-fold, four page chart, with more lists than I expected.It is definitely worth the cost.
However, an ERROR is under the POTASSIUM deficiency sympotoms.It states DECREASED blood pressure and it should be ELEVATED BLOOD PRESSURE. This is incredibly important! Often a person with hypertension has a sodium/potassium imbalance. However, instead of the doctor trying potassium therapy on the patient, the doctor will prescribe a blood pressure medication which also acts as a diuretic, further depleting the patient of more potassium and making the problem worse. The human body, with it's original diet consisting of potassium enriched foods and very little sodium, was designed to retain the sodium and to eliminate the potassium. With our canned and proccessed foods, humans now consume far too much sodium and this imbalance is very common.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT REVISION is needed: Under "High Blood Pressure", potassium should be added, and at the top of the list for the aformentioned reasons.

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16. Nutrient A-Z: A User's Guide to Foods, Herbs, Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements
by Dr. Michael Sharon
Paperback: 352 Pages (2009-03-01)
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Asin: 1847322638
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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With processed foods and commercially-farmed produce offering us less and less essential nutrition these days, people are taking a greater interest in their diet as a way to stay healthy and cope with illness and everyday stress. As a result the market is swamped with health claims for every kind of food and a profusion of health supplements, each one claiming wonder properties. Now in its fifth edition with many new entries and updated information in existing entries, Nutrients A-Z is an easy-to-use dictionary of every food, herb, vitamin, mineral, or supplement you might encounter, from bananas and carrots, olive oil and yogurt (the oldest natural medicines), to blueberries, guarana, and St. John’s Wort. Each entry gives a definition in plain language: what it is and where it comes from; the form it takes; how to prepare or enjoy it; its medicinal and health benefits; and recommended daily dose. In addition, any other key terms or nutrients that are mentioned within the entries are marked in bold to let the reader know that there is a separate entry on that subject.
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5-0 out of 5 stars nutritional reference
The best nutritional dictionary I have ever seen.Highly informative and practical. I keep a copy in my kitchen for quick reviews of my food choices.

Too many people focus on nutrition only when they are feeling run down or ill. To maintain good health at all times, one needs to pay constant attention to the fuel that you provide to your body. The immune system relies on what we eat for the essential nutrients that it needs to combat illness. Good health is a strategy that everybody ought to employ to prevent illness and provide the body with the resources to protect itself.

This is an excellent quick reference guide to find your way amongst all the food and health products and the profusion of supplements available these days. Each entry provides a definition in plain language, i.e. what it is, where it comes from, the form it takes, how to prepare or take it, the medicinal and health benefits and the recommended daily use.

Not only foodstuffs are discussed, as the entries include related matters such as for example the acid-alkaline balance, allergy, antibiotics etc. The entries run from acacia to zinc. The book includes a list of helpful addresses and herbal suppliers in Australia, the UK and the USA and concludes with an index. I also recommend The A o Z Guide To Supplements by Phyllis A Balch and Earl Mindell's Supplement Bible.

5-0 out of 5 stars A pocket-sized paperback encyclopedic reference
Want a pocket-sized paperback encyclopedic reference of herbs, vitamins, minerals and supplements which offers quick reference? Look no further than Dr. Michael Sharon's NUTRIENTS A-Z: now in its revised fourth edition, it discusses foods, herbs, vitamins, minerals and supplements in common foods from coconuts to kiwis.

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative, & enlightening
A must for the diet conscious, and well written in an easy to assimilate style by someone with an obvious flare for his work.A must reference book for everybody. ... Read more

17. Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs
by Sandy Shepherd, Reader's Digest
 Hardcover: 416 Pages (2003-12-31)

Isbn: 1874912637
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is guide to natural health care that has been adapted specifically for South Africa from a Reader's Digest international best-seller, It is divided into an A-Z of Ailments and an A-Z of supplements that will help you and your family improve your quality of life and arm yourselves against disease and ill-health. It includes descriptions of almost 100 ailments and more than 80 therapeutic vitamins, minerals and herbs help you identify common disorders and treat them. Expert opinions on the key benefits and potential side effects of the most popular supplements guide you to the most effective products on the shelves. Shopping tips and little-known facts about the supplements you use help avoid wasting money on the wrong products. A special introduction on supplement regimens enables you to customise your own for your personal maximum health and a handy guide to interactions between prescription drugs and supplements helps to avoid surprise side effects. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
This book has so much great information and is extremey easy to use and understand.Love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Herbs/Vitamins/Minerals Book
Got this book as a gift for my son whom is into herbs and fitness. I like the book for myself. Since we live in different households, I guess I have to get my own. This book is good to have around. Make it part of your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
A friend lent me this book and I liked it so much I had to have my own!It has pictures on every page and lists any ailment you can think of and then some.It has two sections, one in the front that explains symptoms and one in the back that explains the herbs and vitamins.Very well done!

5-0 out of 5 stars reader's digest healing power of vitamins minerals and herbs
so far my favorite book. easy to read and understand. very helpful too.

5-0 out of 5 stars kc
For each ailment, (acne, depression etc), it provides a list of vitamins that can help solve that ailment. In the second half it lists each vitamin and the amount to take. It's a great way to figure out what supplements can help you, how much to take, and what to look for when shopping for the supplements. It's a wonderful reference book. ... Read more

18. Vitamins Minerals and Herbs: A Guide to Using Supplements for Health and Healing
by Inc. The Reader's Digest Association
 Paperback: Pages (2003)

Isbn: 0762104783
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19. The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines: Vitamins, Minerals, Nutritional Supplements, Herbs, and Other Natural Products
by Michael Murray N.D.
Mass Market Paperback: 1088 Pages (2002-03-26)
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Asin: 0553581945
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Compiled by one of America’s leading authorities on natural medicine, The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines answers vital questions about the effectiveness and safety of more than 250 of today’s most popular natural remedies. Dr. Murray's unique A-to-F rating system tells you at a glance whether the product has been scientifically proven to work and if there are risks in taking it. Written in clear, accessible language, here is important information on:

• What the product is for, and how it works
• Safety and effectiveness rating
• Possible side effects
• Drug and food interactions
• Usual dosage
• Cautions and warnings
•Special concerns for seniors, children, and pregnant women

Up-to-date and authoritative, The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines also contains Dr. Murray's recommendations for the prevention and treatment of over 70 common conditions, from acne and atherosclerosis to ulcers and varicose veins. Remember, just because a product is “natural” does not mean it is safe. This important reference can help you make wise choices–or even save your health. ... Read more

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This book is the most exellent source of health information I have ever come across--- WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE WHICH ARE SO FREQUENTLY DANGEROUS!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Reference Book
This book is the best I've ever found for the reference of natural medicines. It covers ailments, the conventional medicines prescribed most often, and the herbal or natural equivalent and its effectiveness and safety rating. I've bought several of these books for friends, and have steered many other people towards it. It should be a must for every bookshelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful, Helpful, Helpful!
That about sums this book up. I've referred to it so many times when myself or someone in my family is suffering from a slight case of something or other, but we don't feel like blasting ourselves with over-the-counter medications designed for a slew of other symptoms.

It provides a helpful grading system on how effective and how safe a product is when dealing with a specific illness/symptom.It's just a great book for someone who is interested in supplements & natural remedies but aren't sure where to start.A major upgrade from the kid working at the vitamin store in the mall!

3-0 out of 5 stars The Pill Book - Natural Medicines
This is a very good book.It tells you a lot more than the pharmacy papers that you receive with your drugs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Natural Medicines--Pill Book, you've done it again!
What started as a guide to the prescription medications we take has transformed into a catch-all series of books educating health conscious readers about the benefits of vitamins, herbs, minerals, and other natural medicines.The Pill Book Guide To Natural Medicines, while the information contained therein is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any known diseases, the guide cites the results of double blind scientifically conducted studies (if any) and gives a letter grade to both the efficacy and safety of known vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, herbs, and other natural products.As with other Pill Book Guides, the Natural Medicines book is a must-have weapon in the health conscious person's arsenal. ... Read more

20. Vitamins & Minerals from A to Z With Ethno-Consciousness
by Jewel Pookrum
Paperback: 160 Pages (2000-01-01)
list price: US$10.95
Isbn: 1886433100
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Please do not pay anything higher than $20 for this book
Come on people from $10.00 to $398.00. Please do not dish out this kind money for this book. Do your research. Trust me you'll find it cheaper else where.Don't get me wrong I purchase from Amazon all the time.

If you feel you need to pay between $95-$398 for a book that was $10 a few years ago, please be my guest.


5-0 out of 5 stars For All Highly Melanated Peoples & The People Who Love Them.
This book is just the answer to what 'melanated' peoples need.It explains our food and how it contributes to aid and maintain a melanized healthy body.It also explains the frequencies most melanated bodies pick up.It intends to teach us how to live optimally via eating healthy food and taking vitamin supplements.A must read for melanated bodies and the people who love them.If you have any person of color as a friend, they will appreciate this book.


5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Reference for Afrikan Descendants!
This is one of many books that offer medical and nutritional information as it relates to health and healing in Afrikan descendants.

This is also a must in ones library of Afrikan refrences in the journey to obtain knowledge of self.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
This book is a must read for all people, not just African Americans. Understanding that there are definately minor physiological/genetic differences among ethnic groups is critical to receiving and providing healthy treatment for disorders. Knowing what vitamins and minerals are key to human development gives the reader an informed perspective on how to change diet to increase the standard of living. The author has made a solid effort to inform the reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vitamins & Minerals from A to Z
This is a wonderful book that details a medical perspective of differences between Africans and Caucasians and will point you in the right direction toward health.It is fantastic to read a book written by someone who hashad the "benefit" of western training and realizes the gaps in"knowledge" in that system.

Dr. Jewel Pookrum does amarvelous job of chronicling chemical reactions, differences that aremelanin-related and opens the doors to a deeper understanding of health. This is information that we as a people, MUST grasp before the human genomebiological apocalypse is released.

I recommend also any books by QueenAfua and African Holistic Health : Complete Herb Remedy Guide, DiseaseTreatment, Nutrition, Diet, Wholistic Perspectives, African Herb History,Self Diagnosis by Llaila O. Afrika. ... Read more

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