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Covers more than 200 entries for vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and other dietary supplements.
ONE -- What This Book Can Do for You That No Other Book Can
TWO -- Medical "Miracles" From Micronutrients and Other Substances
Part Two: The Supplement Supermarket
THREE -- How to Use This Part of the Book
FOUR -- Vitamins Introduction
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Pantothenic Acid and Pantethine
FiVE -- Minerals Introduction
SIX -- Amino Acids Introduction
L-Arginine (With a Note on Ornithine)
Branched-Chain Amino Acids
L-Cysteine (and Glutathione)
L-Methionine and Taurine
L-Phenylalanine, D-Phenylalanine, DL-Phenylalanine
SEVEN -- Nucleic Acids and Derivatives Introduction
DNA and RNA
Inosine and Isoprinosine
EIGHT -- Lipids and Derivatives Introduction
Fish Oils/EPA and DHA
Gamma-Linolenic Acid and Oil of Evening Primrose
Inositol (Myo-Inositol) and Phosphatidylinositol
Monolaurin and Caprylic Acid
NINE -- Herbs Introduction
Aloe Vera and Derivatives
Bayberry Root Bark
Garlic and Onions
Herbal Analgesic Ointments and Oils
Mexican Wild Yam
Saint John's Wort
Wheat Grass/Barley Grass
TEN -- Other Supplements Introduction
Brewer's Yeast/Skin Respiratory Factor/Glucan
Enzymes (Including Wobe Mugos)
Mushrooms: Shiitake and Rei-Shi
Pangamic Acid/DMG ("Vitamin B-15")
Seaweeds and Derivatives
Spirulina and Chlorella
Succinates and Cytochromes
Wheat Germ/Wheat-Germ Oil/Octacosanol
ELEVEN -- Other Substances Introduction
Bee and Flower Pollen
BHA and BHT
Dextran Sulfate (With a Note on Heparin)
Minoxidil and Other Baldness Remedies
Other Oxygen "Therapies"
Sanguinaria, Chlorhexidine and Other Mouthwashes
SOD and LIPSOD
Testosterone and Steroids
Part Three: A Fortune In Formulas For Better Health
TWELVE -- The Basic Formulas for Health Maintenance
Basic Formula for Adult Men
Basic Formula for Women (Premenopausal Women Not on the Pill)
Basic Formula for Teenagers
Basic Formula for Children (From Age Four to Teenage Years)
THIRTEEN -- Special Formulas for Women
Formula for Women Using Oral Contraceptives
Formula for Pregnant Women
Formula for Postmenopausal Women
Formula for Women with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
FOURTEEN -- Miscellaneous Formulas
Formula for Cholesterol Control
Formula for Cardiovascular Protection
Formula for Cancer Protection
Formula for Weight Loss
Formula for Athletes
Formula for Smokers, Non-Smokers Exposed to Cigarette Smoke and Those Exposed to High Levels of Environmental Pollutants
Formula for Those with Inhalant (Respiratory) and Food Allergies/Sensitivities
Formula for Those with Arthritis, Headaches, Fibrositis and Other Painful Disorders
Formula for Hospitalized Patients (Surgical and Medical) and Those Scheduled for Surgery
Formula for Those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Formula for Chronic Viral Syndromes (HIV Infection, ARC, AIDS, Herpes, CMV, EBV)
Formula for Colds
FIFTEEN -- Consumer Concerns: Questions and Answers
SIXTEEN -- Drug/Vitamin/Mineral Interactions
What This Book Can Do for You That No Other Book Can
Your Guide to the Benefits of the Nutrition Revolution
[From Home-Remedy to High-Tech)
This book will help you reap the benefits of an extraordinary "revolution" that is rapidly gaining momentum in our midst. This is a revolution in information and thinking, one in which more and more people feel empowered to exert control over and take more responsibility for their own health. Nutrition is central to all of this, including "micronutrition," the vitamins, minerals and other health-giving components of our food. We are discovering that through the manipulation of nutrition, and especially micronutrition, we can not only treat but, in many cases, prevent the ills that we once accepted as inevitable. And we can often do so without always having to resort to costly and, not infrequently, ineffective medications that come freighted with adverse side effects.
This is a revolution in which we are at last heeding the counsel of Hippocrates, who, centuries ago, said, "Let thy food be thy medicine." We are making exciting new discoveries every day related to the micronutrient components of our food -- with the result that, in the United States alone about half of the entire population is now taking micronutrient supplements, convinced that diet itself, given the kind of polluted and stressful world we live in, is inadequate to supply all the nutrients that are needed, convinced that these supplements will help prevent and treat disease, as well as boost energy, promote a feeling of physical and mental well-being and prolong life.
Even someof the more conservative bastions of the medical "establishment" are finally joining this revolution. At first there was massive resistance to this, but now the data in support of prudent nutritional supplementation are becoming so overwhelming that the resistance is fading. The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, major medical journals and medical schools are all involved in research related to nutritional supplements and/or have already acknowledged the very significant benefits some of these supplements can confer.
The supplement marketplace is rapidly moving from its old "home remedy" roots to its "high tech" future. This book can guide you to that future today, so that you can immediately begin benefiting from the very best and very latest research findings and breakthroughs related to micronutrition.
Congratulations on joining the most significant health movement in history. Congratulations on reading this book. I believe you will find it your best possible guide. The reasons for this are explained below.
1) MORE AUTHORITATIVE/MORE OBJECTIVE/BETTER DOCUMENTED
Not all vitamin/mineral supplement guides are equal. They can -- and do -- differ enormously in real value to the consumer. Some, though published recently, are woefully out of date; some others are full of scientific and medical misinformation and mistakes. Most are still poorly documented. Many are obviously biased -- designed either to knock the whole idea of taking supplements or to praise, indiscriminately, every supplement that comes along.
For many years, friends, patients and fellow doctors, familiar with my background as a biochemist, researcher and medical doctor with a strong interest in human metabolism, diet, nutrition, and experimental and preventive medicines, have asked me where they could get objective, well-documented information on vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other food supplements. Among their questions were these: Which supplements, if any, are worth taking? Is there good evidence suggesting that these supplements are really helpful? Which substances are safe and in what doses? Which are the best forms in which to take these supplements? What are the optimal combinations? What results can be expected? Who should take supplements -- and when? Should all of us be taking the same things or should people in different age groups and life situations follow regimens specific to their needs? Can any of these substances really have significant impact on health and longevity; can they do anything to reverse, as well as prevent, disease?
Several years ago I set out methodically to answer these questions. My focus at that time was on aging and the degenerative processes that accompany aging. I wanted to know if nutritional supplements could have any measurable impact on the degenerative diseases that accompany aging. I studied very carefully the information that was typically being provided the general public and most physicians. I was distressed by what I discovered. It was as if the "experts" had formed up in two teams and were doing fierce battle with each other. On one side were what I call the old-line nutritional "academic conservatives" who doggedly insist that "the great American diet" provides everything anyone could possibly need in the way of nutrition. And on the other side were what I call the nutritional "true believers," those who proclaim every new supplement to be a "miracle cure" for one dire ill or another and sometimes for just about every ailment known.
The trouble with the nutritional conservatives is that they are sadly out-of-date, badly out-of-tune with new research findings. The "great American diet," far from providing optimal nutrition, has just about done us in, contributing not to health but to obesity, heart disease, cancer and premature aging and death. As a nation we are overfed and often seriously undernourished. Calories we've got -- in excess. But they are calories too often devoid of real nutritional value. Dietary/nutritional imbalances and deficiencies contribute significantly to the premature deaths of millions of Americans annually. And our changing world has placed new demands on our bodies, exposing them to environmental and psychological stresses and insults that were not previously so prevalent, stresses that deplete our tissues of protective and regulatory nutrients as never before.
As for the "true believers," the trouble there is obvious. This side, as much as the other, has impeded nutritional research with its often uninformed and excessive claims. (As noted later, the true believers, even while making insupportable claims, often overlook real benefits that are sometimes more remarkable than the ones they have focused on.)
In between these two warring factions I found few and generally only feeble voices of reason. So I set out to research and write a book that would, without any axe to grind, without any products to sell or any vested interests to protect, systematically and objectively analyze all of the available scientific and medical data for each of the substances for which anti-aging claims had been made. That project resulted in The Complete Guide to Anti-Aging Nutrients (Simon and Schuster, 1984; Fireside, 1986). I wanted the book to serve as a bridge between the two opposing camps and hoped that it would bring the investigation of nutritional supplements onto a higher plane, where the consumer would be better served.
In large part I feel rewarded for my effort, as that book managed to garner strong support in both camps, drew both closer to the center and brought many serious researchers, previously alienated by the extremes on both sides, into the supplement arena. Even two Nobel Laureates, who told me they had previously dismissed out-of-hand most claims being made for nutritional supplements, took a new interest in the field after reading my book. The book garnered excellent reviews in both the medical and popular press and won a "Best Book" award from Self-Care magazine. It was subsequently cited as a major source in a number of best-selling diet, nutrition, and other he