What Your Doctor Hasn't Told You and the Health Store Clerk Doesn't Know

What Your Doctor Hasn't Told You and the Health Store Clerk Doesn't Know

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by Edward Schneider, Leigh Ann Hirschman
     
 

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Millions of Americans turn to alternative medicine to treat chronic health problems when conventional medicine fails. Yet few doctors-or health store clerks and alternative practitioners-know what treatments are safe and effective. In this book, Edward Schneider, a leading researcher and clinician at the University of Southern California, arms readers with an

Overview

Millions of Americans turn to alternative medicine to treat chronic health problems when conventional medicine fails. Yet few doctors-or health store clerks and alternative practitioners-know what treatments are safe and effective. In this book, Edward Schneider, a leading researcher and clinician at the University of Southern California, arms readers with an overview of the latest medical research, then offers a proven formula for the best integrative therapy available to treat the most common health issues. From supplements and herbs, to acupuncture and yoga, What Your Doctor Hasn't Told You and the Health Store Clerk Doesn't Know outlines the myriad therapies used for:

- sleep problems
- joint, back, and neck pain
- depression and anxiety
- PMS and menopause
- prostate health
- heart disease and cancer
- memory loss, and more

An authoritative yet friendly guide, complete with hard-to-find dosage guidelines and advice on what therapies are just not worth your money, and packed with the type of information readers can take to the health store aisles and to their doctor, this book is essential reading for anyone considering alternative remedies

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Aging boomers eager for answers to health-care questions couldn't ask for a better guide to the best treatments than Schneider, a practicing clinician and dean emeritus of USC's Andrus Gerontology Center. Evaluating the latest medical research on topics ranging from arthritis, depression, menopause and male libido to heart disease, brain function and cancer, Schneider (The Longevity Quotient) outlines his recommendations for a combination of conventional and alternative treatments. Though recent studies have shown that some of the supplements that he and others advocate (saw palmetto for prostate problems and glucosamine and chondroitin for joint pain) can be ineffective, the use of these are, in general, just a small part of Schneider's comprehensive wellness program. All chapters are easy to navigate and well organized, and feature not only useful "to dos" but a number of "how tos" (relaxation response for sleeplessness, for example). When dealing with insomnia, he suggests an exercise program and good "sleep hygiene" (firm mattress, no caffeine) and discusses various nonaddictive prescription drugs (including dosage and side effects). Overall, Schneider's balanced view of integrative therapies and his great fund of practical and medical advice are both reassuring and invigorating. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Researcher and clinician Schneider (gerontology, dean emeritus, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles) and coauthor Hirschman (The Chronic Pain Solution) focus on 11 common disorders and perform a sort of consumer-oriented meta-analysis, distilling research to highlight the most promising alternative treatments for each. They resist the temptation to provide a single answer, instead drawing on degrees of efficacy (highly recommended, recommended, acceptable, do not use) based on the quality of research available and the strength of the results. In doing so, they not only offer sound clinical information but also teach basic critical analysis of research literature. Ginseng is "good," right? Surprise-it depends. This is refreshingly reality-based medicine. Dosage levels are included for recommended therapies, and the authors conclude with a "Top Ten" list of recommendations for general good health. The only drawbacks are the limited number of conditions researched and the exclusion of some therapies (e.g., remote prayer, acupressure, shamanic healing). Highly recommended for public libraries, though one has to wonder who asks a clerk for medical advice.-Andy Wickens, King Cty. Lib. Syst., Seattle Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583332528
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
613,102
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Edward L. Schneider, M.D., one of the nation's leading experts on aging, and currently dean emeritus in gerontology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as well as a practicing clinician, was formerly the deputy director of the National Institutes of Health's Institute on Aging. He has edited eleven books and written more than 180 scholarly articles. His television appearances include 20/20, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, and Larry King Live, and he is often quoted in such publications as Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

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What Your Doctor Hasn't Told You and the Health Store Clerk Doesn't Know 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the angry and bitter old woman who apparently does not want, understand or appreciate great sex, I now want to read the book. I am a '39 something' year old man and plan on keeping my very healthy libido intact for decades. This could be a very helpful read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for everyone who ever visited a Health Food Store. Dr. Schneider corrected a lot of misinformation that I had received from Health Food store clerks. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in maintaining optimal health.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are many positive things about having good sex with your partner, a longitudinal study in Europe showed that men who did have sex more frequently with their partner increased their longevity so as to provide more support for their partner... the 'break lady' sounds jaded and spurned, perhaps she should read a book on how to attract a man and 'keep' him instead of grousing...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gained a lot of knowledge I didn't know previous to reading this book. I find it very helpul and keep it near by to refer to as a reference book. I discovered an online audio interview with Dr. Schneider located at Talk to Tara dot com - I recommend one listens. It is beneficial to hear straight from the authors mouth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sympathize with the abuse and disrespect that women get. I have a daughter in her teens and I worry very much for her safety as well as the decisions she makes in life. I get sick whan I hear of rapes and of child molestations. But my wanting to be better at sex has nothing to do with any of these. I have been divorced for over 12 years and when I do meet a women I would like very much to please her in many ways as well as sexually . So learning about how to keep my libido is important to my mind,my body and my spirit as it is important for me to please my partner. I will say its not just men that think of sex, women are much more aggressive today.Its not a competition but the pressure is on to be , hotter, sexier and better. I like to get what ever knowledge I can to help.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a world where a woman is raped every three minutes, the LAST thing I give a crap about is trying to 'boost' men's libido's. Women are objectified every where you turn your head. Nature has told older men to shut down the uncontrolable erections (every 40 minutes for young men!!!). So listen to Mother Nature. Give your poor old wife a break and stay the heck away from girls young enough to be your daughters and grand daughters. Pick up a book and read something- better yet, try TALKING to women your own age. GROW UP. Age with grace instead of articially trying to prolong your teen years. Let's face it, you probably weren't that good back then either,long before they found starch for your willy, why would you think your wrinkly rear end would be such a treat for a partner now?