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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark E. Lavallee, MD, CSCS, FACSM (Memorial Sports Medicine Institute)
Description: This book will enlighten readers about the often murky world of the sports supplement industry. Readers will be surprised at the steps which the $16 billion dollar supplement industry takes to sell their products, involving everything from misrepresenting research, the addition of banned substances, inaccurate marketing, incorrect product labeling, and lobbying congress for protective legislation to outright lying to consumers and athletes.
Purpose: The author's purpose is three-fold: first, to expose the sport supplement industry's history of lies, deceit, and greed, similar to Ralph Nader's campaign that exposed the safety concerns of the Corvair; second, to educate athlete-consumers on the real science behind vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, and other supplements; and, finally, to give athlete-consumers some practical applications and ways to apply the information to their lives.
Audience: This book is essential reading for the interested athlete or coach. Particularly, it should be required reading for those studying in the field of clinical sports science (undergrads, grad students), allied health professionals (ATCs, personal trainers, dieticians), and primary care sports medicine physicians.
Features: This well researched book starts by exposing the sports supplement industry for what the author sees it is: big business, and not necessarily concerned about health, safety, truth, or honesty. The book then tackles in systematic fashion the complex myths and realities about vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, and carbohydrates. The author pulls it all together in the end, making his recommendations. The list of resources, references, and index are quite extensive and well done.
Assessment: This well written book keeps readers' attention while discussing very eloquently the science of nutrition and the myths revolving around the supplement industry. The author accomplishes the difficult task of addressing two different groups with this book: the athlete and the more educated sports science/sports medicine student. This book parallels Faust's Gold : Inside the East German Doping Machine by Steven Ungerleider (St. Martin's Press, 2001) which exposed the doping issues associated with East German athletes in the 1970s and 1980s.