Prescription Alternatives:Hundreds of Safe, Natural, Prescription-Free Remedies to Restore and Maintain Your Health (4th Edition)

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“For those who need to know what doctors and pharmaceutical companies are doing to people's health . . . this belongs in the library of every home.”

-- Lendon H. Smith, M.D., author of Feed Your Body Right

Prescription Alternatives is an easy-to-use, immediate reference for all the information you need ...
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Overview

“For those who need to know what doctors and pharmaceutical companies are doing to people's health . . . this belongs in the library of every home.”

-- Lendon H. Smith, M.D., author of Feed Your Body Right

Prescription Alternatives is an easy-to-use, immediate reference for all the information you need about how medications affect your body, what you can do to counteract imbalances, and what alternative treatments work best.

“FDA approved” doesn't mean it's safe!

• Prescription drugs can deplete the body of essential vitamins and minerals

• Studies show that H2 blockers for heartburn can cause bone loss

• Drugs to treat diabetes can increase risk of heart disease and death



Covering the major prescription drugs in use today and their dangerous side effects, natural health expert Dr. Earl Mindell lays the foundation for a sound body with safer alternatives to these medicines.





New drugs and natural alternatives for:

• Heart disease

• Diabetes

• Obesity-related ailments

• Asthma

• ADD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071600316
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 323,350
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on natural health and nutrition. He is the author of more than thirty books, including the international bestseller The Vitamin Bible.

Virginia Hopkins, M.A., has written or coauthored more than thirty books on alternative health and nutrition, including the bestselling What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause (with John Lee, M.D.).

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Laying the Foundation for Good Health
1. Changing the Pill-popping Mindset
2. Avoid Prescription Drug Abuse
3. How Your Body Processes Drugs
4. How Drugs Interact with Food, Drink, and Supplements
5. How Drugs Interact with Other Drugs
6. Surgery, Drugs, and Nutrition
7. How to Read Drug Labels and Information Inserts
Part 2: Prescription Drugs and their Natural Alternatives
8. The 6 Core Principles for Health
9. Drugs for Heart Disease
10. Drugs for the Digestive Tract
11. Cold, Cough, Asthma and Allergy Drugs
12. Drugs for Pain Relief
13. Antibiotics and Antifungals
14. Drugs for Insomnia, Anxiety, and Depression
15. Diabetes Drugs and Obesity Drugs
16. Drugs for Eye Disease
17. Drugs for the Prostate
18. Synthetic Hormones
19. Drugs for Osteoporosis
20. Drugs for Herpes
21. Drugs for Impotence
22. Drugs for ADHD

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    Wrong about ADHD -- what else is wrong?

    Having long heard Earl Mindell's name associated with books on vitamins and minerals, I assumed he was a credible expert. I have also respected the writings of Virginia Hopkins. So, when I saw this new book at the public library, I checked it out.

    I turned first to my area of expertise, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. What I read was so shockingly ignorant, luridly misleading, and exploitive, I knew this was a book to read at my own risk.

    As an avid gardener, I know the importance of my plants receiving adequate "nutrition" in the form of minerals and elements such as water and sunshine. Deprive them of what they need, and they are vulnerable to disease.

    I have long been aware that diet and lifestyle critically affect our health and cognition. I am disgusted many physicians' ignorance about vitamins and minerals. I'm also well aware that modern farming practices have stripped many of our basic foods of key nutrients and that supplements are often helpful. I shop locally for organic produce. In short, I am not a tool of Big Pharma or an advocate of medication as the answer to every ill. Quite the opposite.

    I am, however, aware of the science supporting ADHD as a valid medical diagnosis and the body of literature that explains not only HOW the medications work but also that they DO work. And they have been studied for more than 50 years. Every day, neuroscientific innovations such as brain-imaging demonstrate the intricate mechanisms involved. Scientists are teasing apart the genetic and epigenetic factors that contribute to ADHD. Moreover, we have impressive longitudinal studies showing what happens when ADHD is NOT treated: higher rates of substance abuse, suicide, traffic accidents, divorce, absentee parenting, bankruptcy, unemployment, and on the job accidents.

    I've long worked as a volunteer in support of those in the ADHD community who seek help for misunderstood symptoms that have held them back in life and created much suffering. For years, they've been told to "buckle down" and "try harder," among endless other admonishments. Telling someone with ADHD to "try harder" is akin to telling someone who wears eyeglasses to throw them away and "try harder" to see. It's cruel and inhumane.

    It is a great joy to witnesss people reclaim their lives once they learn about ADHD and receive evidence-based treatment. Yes, it goes against we expect -- a pill can help someone focus, organize, prioritize, drive more safely, be more cooperative in relationships, manage money more prudently, and so forth? It sounds too easy! And so, when we ignore the facts, we remain vulnerable to hucksters like Mindell who depict ADHD as a Big Pharma hoax -- and by the way, maybe you want to buy their book. Scare tactics sell.

    Medical treatment for ADHD is never a "quick fix." It takes trial and error to identify the right medication and dosage for each individual. Some physicians are better skilled than others; that's why the patients need to be educated. We are in the infancy of understanding how to treat very complicated brain conditions. There are no one-size-fits-all answers.

    With a combination of medication, dietary changes, exercise, and new habits, many people live vastly improved lives. Why would anyone want to deprive them?

    Earl Mindell's website offers no academic credentials. But the biggest red flag is this book's blatant ignorance.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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