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The complete guide to treating and preventing illness through micronutrient therapy!

Prevention and Therapy Through Balanced Nutrition.

The selective use of micronutrients is a simple and practical method of nutritional therapy with proven effectiveness. This handbook gives both professionals and interested consumers a thorough understanding of the prevention and treatment of illness through balanced nutrition. A practical color key guides you through this handbook.

The basic principles of micronutrition: Micronutrient therapy concerns the treatment of illnesses with substances that are normally present in the human body, such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. In this introductory section, you learn how to use this knowledge for enhanced health and well-being.

What is healthy nutrition? This section introduces the basic building blocks of balanced diet, and includes a brief introduction to vegetarian nutrition.

The micronutrients: In this section, all micronutrients are presented, along with a discussion of their functions in the body and their therapeutic benefits. The effects of deficiencies, and their manifestations, are described in detail.

Micronutrition through the life cycle: Micronutrient needs do not remain constant throughout life. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, for example, requirements are higher for many micronutrients. The nutritional needs of children differ greatly from those of the aged. The effect of nutrition and lifestyle on longevity is also discussed in this chapter.

Micronutrients in prevention and therapy: This important section provides detailed information on the use of micronutrients in the log-term prevention and therapy of specific conditions and diseases.

Appendix: Here you will find a variety of additional information on drug-micronutrient interactions, nutrient-nutrient interactions, and laboratory assessment of micronutrients status.

Michael Zimmermann, MD is Director of Postgraduate studies a the Laboratory for Human Nutrition, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Thought-provoking...informative in an area of medicine that is becoming increasingly mainstream...reader-friendly format...it expanded my approach to treatment...recommended to physicians, residents, and medical students. --Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
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Reviewer: Heather Y. Lovelace, MSC, BHec (University of British Columbia)
Description: This book reviews micronutrients and their major food sources. Unlike other books covering micronutrients, this one includes a unique section that organizes the use of micronutrients by anatomical structure, lifestyle issues (i.e., sports), and medical condition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide reliable information on vitamins and minerals and their application in nutrition and disease. The author uses an evidence-based perspective, avoiding both conservatism and biased, unsubstantiated claims.
Audience: The author intends the book as a resource for physicians and other allied health professionals. It may also be a useful reference for students in various health disciplines. The author is well published and has written other books in related areas.
Features: This book combines traditional presentation of micronutrient use and sources with disease-oriented use of nutrients in prevention. Color printed tables and charts are appealing and easy to understand. One limitation of the book is that currency of references varies considerably by section, and materials are under-referenced at times.
Assessment: This handbook is not a comprehensive guide to micronutrients in nutrition and disease, but rather is a useful resource to help determine the potential for nutrient supplementation to influence disease outcomes. It is a good overview of nutrients in disease prevention and therapy.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783131279514
  • Publisher: George Thieme Verlag
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 288

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Laboratory for Human Nutrition, ETH University, Zurich, Switzerland
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Table of Contents

1 The Basic Principles of Micronutrition
The Role of Micronutrients in Prevention and Therapy 2
Mechanism of Action 3
Variability in Micronutrient Requirements among Individuals 5
Safety 6
2 Micronutrients in Foods
Micronutrients in the Diets of Industrialized Countries 10
The Difference between the Diet of Our Distant Ancestors and Our Diet Today 12
Food Sources of Micronutrients 13
Vegetables and Fruits 13
Meat (Beef, Pork, Lamb, and Poultry) 14
Eggs 14
Milk and Milk Products 14
Fish 15
Cereals, Bread, Wheat Bran, and Wheat Germ 15
Salt 17
Vegetarian Diets 18
3 The Micronutrients
Vitamins 22
Vitamin A and Carotenoids 22
Vitamin D 26
Vitamin E 29
Vitamin K 33
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 34
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 37
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 38
Vitamin B6 41
Folic Acid 45
Vitamin B12 47
Pantothenic Acid 50
Biotin 52
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 53
Minerals and Trace Elements 58
Calcium 58
Magnesium 61
Potassium 63
Iron 65
Zinc 69
Copper 75
Molybdenum 77
Chromium 79
Iodine 82
Selenium 84
Fluoride 87
Fats and Fat-Related Compounds 89
Essential Fatty Acids: Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids 89
Choline and Lecithin 95
Amino Acids 97
Branched-Chain Amino Acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine 97
Arginine 99
Lysine 100
Glutamine 101
Methionine 103
Cysteine and Glutathione 105
Phenylalanine and Tyrosine 107
Tryptophan 109
Taurine 111
Carnitine 113
Antioxidants and Free Radicals 115
Free Radicals 115
Antioxidants 116
Coenzyme Q10 119
4 Micronutrition through the Life Cycle
Planning a Pregnancy 122
Nutrition and Birth Defects 123
Prepregnancy Weight 123
Pregnancy 124
Oral Contraception before Pregnancy 124
Role of the Placenta 124
Fetal Growth 125
Nutritional Needs during Pregnancy 125
Micronutrient Deficiency and Its Effect on Pregnancy 127
Dietary and Environmental Hazards during Pregnancy 128
Maternal Health Problems during Pregnancy 130
Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy 131
Summary 132
Breastfeeding and Infancy 134
Composition of Breast Milk 134
Nutritional Needs during Breastfeeding 134
Postpartum Depression 136
Dietary Hazards: Caffeine and Alcohol 137
Breastfeeding and Infant Health 137
Nutrients of Special Importance for Infants 138
Childhood and Adolescence 141
Nutritional Needs 141
Nutrition and Child Health 145
Summary 147
Aging and Longevity 148
Aging 148
Nutrition, Lifestyle, and Longevity 148
Physical Changes of Aging and Their Impact on Nutritional Health 151
Drugs and Nutritional Health 153
Micronutrient Supplementation for Older Adults 154
5 Micronutrients as Prevention and Therapy
Skin Care 158
Introduction: Healthy Skin 158
Dry Skin 158
Aging Skin: Wrinkles and Age Spots 159
Acne 159
Psoriasis 160
Eczema 162
Eye and Ear Care 163
Healthy Eyes 163
Conjunctivitis and Styes 163
Cataracts 164
Glaucoma 165
Middle Ear Infection (Otitis Media) 165
Oral Health 166
Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease 166
Dental Caries 167
Canker Sores (Oral Aphthae) 168
Digestive Disorders 169
Constipation and Diverticulitis 169
Gastroesophageal Reflux (Heartburn) 169
Peptic Ulcer 170
Gallstones 171
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease 172
Obesity 174
Cardiovascular Disease 175
Introduction: Atherosclerosis 175
Coronary Heart Disease 176
Hypertension and Stroke 179
Peripheral Vascular Disease (Intermittent Claudication) 181
Disorders of Blood Sugar Regulation 182
Diabetes 182
Hypoglycemia 184
Anemia 187
Musculoskeletal Disorders 188
Osteoarthritis 188
Rheumatoid Arthritis 189
Osteoporosis 191
Muscle Cramps 192
Infectious Diseases 194
The Immune System 194
Colds and Influenza 196
Herpes Simplex Infection 197
HIV Infection and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) 198
Cancer 200
Allergic Disorders 203
Allergic Rhinitis 203
Asthma 203
Food Allergies and Sensitivities 204
Insomnia 206
Nervous System Disorders I 207
Migraine 207
Learning Disabilities 209
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 209
Hyperactivity 210
Epilepsy 211
Nervous System Disorders II 213
Parkinson's Disease 213
Multiple Sclerosis 214
Memory and Concentration Loss 215
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease 216
Psychiatric Disorders 218
Anxiety and Nervous Tension 218
Depression 218
Women's Health 220
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) 220
Fibrocystic Breast Disease 221
Oral Contraceptives 222
Cervical Dysplasia (Abnormal Pap Smear) 223
Menopause 223
Breast Cancer 224
Urinary Tract Disorders 226
Prostate Enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) 226
Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones) 227
Stress and Fatigue 229
Infertility 231
Females 231
Males 232
Cigarette Smoking 233
Heavy Alcohol Consumption 235
Exposure to Heavy Metals 237
Lead 238
Aluminum 238
Mercury 238
Cadmium 239
Minimizing Exposure to Toxic Metals 239
Exercise and Sport 241
Energy Sources: Carbohydrate and Fat 241
Carbohydrate "Loading" 242
The Pre-Event Meal 243
Fluids 243
Protein for Bodybuilding 243
Vitamins and Minerals 244
Appendix I Drug-Micronutrient Interactions 248
Appendix II Nutrient-Nutrient Interactions 253
Appendix III Laboratory Diagnosis of Micronutrient Status 256
Index 263
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