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A scientific yet accessible guide to herbs, vitamins and minerals, co-written by a physician whose herbal therapy study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine

What was once considered alternative medicine has made its way into the mainstream; half of all Americans have tried some from of complementary medicine, and more than $15 billion is spent annually on natural remedies. It is no surprise, then, that there's a tremendous amount of misinformation on the subject,...

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Overview

A scientific yet accessible guide to herbs, vitamins and minerals, co-written by a physician whose herbal therapy study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine

What was once considered alternative medicine has made its way into the mainstream; half of all Americans have tried some from of complementary medicine, and more than $15 billion is spent annually on natural remedies. It is no surprise, then, that there's a tremendous amount of misinformation on the subject, leaving consumers searching for a solid and reliable book. A Doctors Guide to Herbs and Supplements is that book, providing readers with the scientifically documented facts they need to make informed decisions about taking herbs and supplemnents. Based on up-to-date medical research, this comprehensive guide explains what these compounds are and demystifies how they do-or don't- work.

At the heart of the book are A to Z entries for the 100 most commonly used medicinal herbs and nutritional supplements. Each entry details what the herb or supplement is, if and how it works, who shouldn't use it, and how it may interact with other medications. Focusing on consumer safety, Dr. DiPaola offers a checklist of questions anyone should ask before using a medicinal herb, including:

*Am I currently taking a prescription medication?

*Do I have any underlying medical conditions?

*What does this label tell me? And what doesn't it say?

An invaluable reference, A Doctors Guide to Herbs and Supplements is the ideal choice for the busy consumer looking for a concise, user-friendly book about the most commonly used natural remedies and revitalizers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805066654
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/12/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert DiPaola, M.D., is a general internist and oncologist who has a special interest in herbal medicine. He has done both clinical and lab research using herbs, including a study on prostate cancer patients that was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. DiPaola has received a clinical oncology fellowship award from The American Cancer Society, and was included in The Best Doctors in America in 1998. He is currently an assistant professor at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School).

Timothy Gower writes a monthly column for The Los Angeles Times, and is a contributing editor for Health magazine. He lives in Harwich, MA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The One Hundred Most Commonly Used Herbs and Supplements from A to Z 17
Notes 211
Select Bibliography 231
Acknowledgments 233
Index 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2001

    This is the herbs and supplement book I've been waiting for!

    This is the most comprehensive guide to herbs and supplements on the market today. The easy to read format gets right to the point and keeps your interest throughout. I would recommend this book to anyone who is considering using herbs and supplements because it lets you know what works and what doesn't. I'll be using this handy reference book constantly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2001

    An excellent no-hype guide to supplements and herbs

    There are so many quacks out there recommending this herb or that supplement. How nice to have a book from a medical doctor. This book gives clear, concise information on all of the most common herbs and supplements. It's the best book I've seen on the subject!

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