Prescription or Poison?: The Benefits and Dangers of Herbal Remedies

Prescription or Poison?: The Benefits and Dangers of Herbal Remedies

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by Amitava Dasgupta
     
 

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The widely used herbal antidepressant kava is damaging to the liver. Pregnant women should avoid most herbal remedies because of pesticides and preservatives required in the growth and storage of the herbs. Most ayurvedic medicines contain unacceptable levels of lead and other heavy metals. St. John's Wort could complicate any chronic medical condition. Many people

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The widely used herbal antidepressant kava is damaging to the liver. Pregnant women should avoid most herbal remedies because of pesticides and preservatives required in the growth and storage of the herbs. Most ayurvedic medicines contain unacceptable levels of lead and other heavy metals. St. John's Wort could complicate any chronic medical condition. Many people see herbal remedies as "natural" and therefore safe, but in Prescription or Poison? Dr. Amitava Dasgupta explains that one of his first pharmacology professors taught him that "medicine" is just another word for "poison" and all medicines of any kind should be treated with great caution. This book, written for the layperson but based on solid science and research, explains how toxic many alternative remedies can be, alone or in combination with widely prescribed drug treatments. He includes detailed information on the proper use of alternative medicines and their history of good results, while also cautioning readers in this wake-up call about the casual, often uninformed, and sometimes damaging use of alternative remedies.

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Prescription or Poison? is written in layman’s terms, is based on current information and research, includes complete descriptions of common herbs, and uses several case studies that demonstrate benefits and dangers in real-life terms. This book is a superb reference tool for a consumer who takes prescription drugs and wants to avoid conflicts with herbs, food, alcohol, and other substances. It is just as valuable for anyone who wants an authoritative overview of the benefits and dangers of herbal remedies. —ForeWord Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897935500
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Amatava Dasgupta is a tenured Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. He holds a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Georgia and ah PhD in Organic Chemistry from Stanford. Previous to his U of Texas appointment he was a tenured professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Before that he taught at the University of Chicago school of medicine. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards for the following publications: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Clinica Chimica Acta, Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine: Section Editor for Clinical Chemistry, and Current Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Dasgupta has extensive publications in the field of herbal medicines and have given lectures on herbal medicines in Scientific Meetings and Conferences in the USA and internationally.

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Prescription or Poison?: The Benefits and Dangers of Herbal Remedies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reference. A must have for anyone interested in using herbals. One concise place to learn about the cons of common herbal remedies and their interactions with common prescription medications.