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1. 2005 Physicians' Desk Reference with PDR Electronic Library on CD-Rom
by Medical Economics, Physicians
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Asin: 1563634988
Catlog: Book (2004-10-31)
Publisher: Thomson Healthcare
Sales Rank: 19477
Average Customer Review: 3.44 out of 5 stars
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The Authoritative Source of FDA-Approved Information on Prescription Drugs.

Physicians have turned to PDR® for the latest word on prescription drugs for 59 years! Today, PDR is considered the standard prescription drug reference and can be found in virtually every physician's office, hospital and pharmacy in the United States. In fact, nine out of ten doctors consider PDR their most important reference source. The 59th edition is more than 3,000 pages—our most comprehensive edition ever!

These critical new drugs are included in the 2005 edition:

Cialis (tadalafil), a new selective inhibitor of cyclic guanosine monophosphate-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium), a new HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor indicated as an adjunct to diet in the treatment of primary hypercholesterolemia, mixed dyslipidemia, and elevated triglyceride levels, or as an adjunct to other lipid-lowering therapies (or if these are unavailable) for treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.

Levitra (vardenafil HCl), a new selective inhibitor of cyclic guanosine monophosphate-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Lexiva (fosamprenavir calcium), a new protease inhibitor indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV infection in adults.

Namenda (memantine HCl), the first NMDA receptor antagonist indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe dementia of the Alzheimer's type.

Raptiva (efalizumab), a new recombinant humanized IgG1 kappa isotype monoclonal antibody indicated for the treatment of adults with chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

Symbyax (olanzapine and fluoxetine HCI), a new combination of 2 psychotropic agents for the treatment of depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder.

You'll find the most complete data on over 4,000 drugs by brand and generic name (both in the same convenient index), manufacturer, and product category. Your 2005 PDR provides usage information and warnings, drug interactions, plus more than 2,000 full-size, full-color photos cross-referenced to the product information.

You will also find:

>Phonetic spelling for most listings
>A key to controlled substances
>FDA use-in-pregnancy ratings
>All other FDA-required information
>Clinical pharmacology
>Adverse reactions
>Pediatric use

On average, over 70% of the drugs found in PDR have prescribing information that has been updated from that found in the previous years' edition. This means that each year thousands of changes are made to drugs. Among these changes are:

>Interactions with other drugs
>Side Effects
>Recommended Dosages
>Black box warnings
>How supplied methods


The retail edition of the 2005 PDR includes a free PDR Electronic Library on CD-ROM. This valuable CD-ROM includes the full-text information of the 2005 Physicians Desk Reference, PDR For Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements and the PDR For Ophthalmic Medicines. As an added bonus, the PDR on CD-ROM also includes a Drug Interactions module that allows the user to check multi-drug regimens for potentially dangerous interactions. That’s over $280 worth of print information on one CD-ROM.

The 2005 PDR also includes important information on how authorized prescribers (including U.S.-based MDs, DOs, Dentists, NPs, PAs, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Anesthetists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists in full-time patient practice and medical students and residents) can access:

>mobilePDR, PDR's abbreviated drug information database for PDR applications
>drug information on

*Due to the importance of having current drug information, the PDR Electronic Library has a two year useful life. The software and data on this CD will expire on 12/31/06.

For absolutely accurate information, you need the 2005 PDR! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Standard
There are a lot of drug reference books. Many, if not most, are quite good. It depends more on how you like your information organized than anything else. The PDR is not designed to be carried in your pocket, it designed to be...well, exhaustive and filled with virtually all the data about the given drug. But regardless of what you think about the PDR, one thing is certain: The PDR has become a gold standard among practioners and is relied upon heavily by physicians.

1-0 out of 5 stars A better alternative
I am a clinical psychologist and need some drug info.
The PDR is a perfect example of the difference between data and information and its publisher's high handedness is to be expected when it teams with M$.
I just bought and love the Mosby 2004 Drug Guide. Better paper, easier to read, more usable info, and only $30. It is not completely 2004 (none are really current) and the index to brand names has a few omissions but these are minor problems.

3-0 out of 5 stars CD Terrible
Without question the PDR is a mandatory reference guide for physicians. It does contain all the required prescription drug monographs mandated by the FDA and has a reasonably useful indexing system for searching by Name, Generic, or Disorder/Treatment. The pill identification section is far from comprehensive and considering the decades this has been in publication I would expect slightly more. The lack of a Macintosh installer with the different versions of the cd (you can get this from being in different medical associations, as a medical student, or personally) is ridiculous. Stedmans is included completely in the 'individual' install, it's just not accessable from the PDR interface. The expiration date is ludicrous. Why? Because you own the physical volume (I own 2 shelves of a bookcase of the physical volumes). I have often had to reference back 8 or 9 years to see what formats a current medication was available in as people seem to take it for granted that if they are still taking the same medication, it is available in the same dosage and format. Some serious mistakes can and have been made because this information isn't available in a comprehensive archival system. There is no legitimate argument for an electronic licensing agreement which prevents you from accessing the same documents (less in fact) that you have in hardcopy format. The DRM is probably the only reason this isn't completely mac/other/pda's compatible and it is completely negligent of the publisher to not produce a full non-expiring library. I hope that at some point in time the PDR electronic version is treated correctly and made available as HTML with a Java/javascript search system. This could easily have been done, but wasn't in the name of money and it's harmful to the healthcare system.

5-0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended pick for medical library holdings
This Thomson Healthcare edition of Physicians' Desk Reference 2004 is a specifically designed professional reference for physicians and the medical community, and is updated yearly. Private practice, hospital, pharmacy, clinic, medical training centers and academic health libraries and health reference collections will find it an indispensable reference. This 58th edition lists all pharmaceutical manufacturers with address, phones and emergency contacts, includes products by category, and provides a diagnostic product information section which includes dosing instructions in Spanish, special notations on controlled substances, and FDA contacts. The extensive reference does require an in-depth knowledge of medicine for best access, making it a highly recommended pick for medical library holdings who will consider it a standard acquisition; but plenty of public and college-level libraries will find their patrons referring to it as well. Highly recommended.

2-0 out of 5 stars Kind of like paying for one volume of the LA phone book...
The PDR is basically a bloated collection of current-patent drug inserts printed on cheap newsprint. It weighs a ton, and contains virtually no information that one can't download from the relevant drug company's website for free.

If you are a doctor, you probably get this book for free. That's about what it's worth, considering that its scope is limited to expensive non-generic drugs.

If you have fifty bucks to spend on a drug reference, get something complete and useable like the "Physician's Drug Handbook." If you want full prescribing info for a current drug, you can get it off the internet without worrying about out-of-date info or expired CD's. ... Read more

2. Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, & Biologicals
by Maryadele J.O'Neil, AnnSmith, Patricia E.Heckelman, SusanBudavari, Merck
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Catlog: Book (2001-10)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 12782
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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An extensively revised and updated one-volume encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 monographs. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars MERCK'S REVELATIONS
This edition of "The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, & Biologicals" shows remarkable improvement over its predecessor.
Boasting of diverse groups of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, it is a success in its own right. There are just plenty to be explored! The book brims with accurate up-to-date information. Pharmacists, Medics, Chemists, Biologists, Physicists, Agriculturists, and many other professionals who work with elements, compounds and mixtures will find this book very useful. It is revised, and is complemented with detailed descriptions, which include molecular formulae, molecular weights, as well as the percentage compositions of constituent chemicals in a compound or mixture.
It is a valuable reference tool.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent chemical reference!
This book must be the most organized reference book I have ever used. Its so fulfilling to be able to find exactly what you're looking for when you need it. Includes a common name index, chemical formula index, as well as registry numbers, therapeutic categories for drugs, useful tables, and organic chemical equations. highly recommended!

3-0 out of 5 stars one of those things a chemist shouldn't be without
While not the first reference book I would recommend for a general library, it is certainly one a library or chemist's office shouldn't be without.

This is an encyclopedia, with abstracts on zillions of chemicals. Is this the most authoritative book on the planet? No. If you want that, go read Chem Abstracts.

If you want an handy reference which will give you a pointer in the right direction for information on chemicals/drugs/biologics, then this is for you.

Got chloroform in your waste water and wondering how it might have inadvertently developed from miscellaneous stuff dumped down the drain? Wow - acetone + bleach powder catalyzed with sulfuric acid = chloroform, with citations.

Not always the most useful, but definately a good resource.

1-0 out of 5 stars don't like it
personally, I think that this index has the most innacurate information available. It never has what most people need and it's too hard to use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bible for chemists and chemistry students
This is the most important and useful chemistry book for chemists and advanced level organic chemistry students. It shows all the physical constants, structures, information about synthesis, toxicity and use and reference. Although there are a few sites that provides the free online Merck Index, if you are into organic chemistry, it is not a bad idea to buy this one. It is much cheaper than the CRC Handbook of chemistry and physics! ... Read more

3. Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements
by Lyle MacWilliam
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Northern Dimensions Publishing
Sales Rank: 8537
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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This guide seeks to educate consumers about the science and value of nutritional supplementation, and to provide them with a simple, reliable tool with which to compare nutritional products. Section I: Aging, Oxidative Stress and Degenerative Disease

Section I of this guide discusses the theories of aging and the intricate links between aging, oxidative stress and degenerative disease. The remarkable protective powers of the endogenous and dietary antioxidants and their role in mitigating the aging process are examined. Five degenerative disease processes are highlighted, including recent scientific evidence supporting the use of nutritional supplementation as a preventive measure.

Section II: Criteria for Advanced Supplementation

Section II reviews the substantial scientific evidence employed in developing the fourteen analytical criteria imbedded in the product-rating methodology used in this comparative guide.

Creation of the Final Product Score, based on these fourteen criteria, has been an evolutionary process. With each edition of this comparative guide, we have built on previous research as newly published scientific findings have become available. The result has been the creation of a robust analytical model, based on the scientific literature and the independent recommendations of our seven cited authorities.

In each of the chapters of Section II, the reader is introduced to one of the fourteen criteria and the scientific evidence supporting its use. For those who find the reading a little technical, we refer you to the highlighted text. For those who wish to explore the science of advanced nutrition, we invite you to "dive in."

Section III: How the Comparisons were Made

Section III provides further explanation of the Final Product Score and introduces the Blended Standard, a nutritional benchmark we have created based on the independent recommendations of seven scientific authorities. A brief biographical background of each of the seven authorities and their specific recommendations for optimal daily nutritional intake is also provided.

The use of the Blended Standard, as a benchmark for optimal nutrition and the foundation for the Final Product Score, is featured. The Final Product Score is described in detail in Chapter 17. This fourteen-point score is the heart of our comparative analysis; it provides a rigorous quantitative evaluation and relative ranking of all products, based on the Blended Standard benchmark.

Section III also provides a summary of the 25 top-rated products, listed according to Final Product Score. From this list, the top six products are profiled. These are products of exceptional standing and merit your serious attention as a consumer. Included is a brief profile of each company, with contact information, company history and general information. Points of interest on product formulations, including a breakout of the individual product criteria ratings and information on manufacturing processes (if available), is also provided.

Section IV: Graphical Comparisons

In Section IV, selected products from companies throughout the United States and Canada are graphically compared to the Blended Standard benchmark. With each graph, we have provided the Final Product Score for that product, illustrated as both a percentage ranking and a five-star rating. This allows easy comparison of relative product ratings.

In writing this comparative guide, over 1,000 American and Canadian nutritional products were initially examined. Over five hundred qualifying products, representing the best in the line-up of more than 210 companies, were further evaluated, and their respective nutrient contents were compared to the selected nutritional standards. Two hundred and thirty-two (232) finalists, representing the top-rated product(s) from each manufacturer, were then selected and compared graphically. (Some companies have more than one product represented, if they market in ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best I've Found
My wife and I have taken nutritional supplements for years. It's always been 'up to me' to determine what brands are the best. I used to be a distributor for USANA nutritionals (rated #1 in this book) and then switched to Life Extension Foundation products (also rated high in this book). It was reassuring to me that by my own discernment, I had chosen the best. I have never found a book so complete and thorough as this book on rating nutritional supplements. I did read in one of the other reviews on this book, that someone had a problem with Denis Waitley reviewing the book when he was in fact, associated with USANA. Why? If that person took the time to do a little research, they would have found that other Doctors that made their own personal recommendations for the purpose of establishing a 'Blended Standard', were associated with several different companies. i.e. Dr. Michael Colgan is the Director of the Colgan Institute of Nutritional Science in San Diego and promotes his own brand of nutritional supplements. However, he's also associated with USANA. And Dr. Julian Whitaker, Director of the Whitaker Wellness Instituee, Inc in Newport Beach, CA, also promotes his own brand of nutritional supplements. Dr. Michael Murray, N.D. is associated with Natural Factors, a Canadian based nutritional supplement company. These doctors and others, all made their own suggestions as to what they thought went into making up the 'best' supplements. Then, an average was taken to determine the 'Blended Standard' to assess over 1000 supplement manufacturers products. This was boiled down to the best 500 and then charted in this book. USANA topped the list. So who would YOU have writing a testimonial for the book? Someone who represents a manufacturer that finished 500th? This is by far, the best book I've found on comparing nutritional supplements and their manufacturers.

4-0 out of 5 stars I am very pleased with this guide
I found the Comparative Guide very helpful in understanding the maze of information on supplements that exists today. It can be very difficult to understand how supplements work, the need for supplements, and very importantly- the quality of supplements!

MacWilliam has done a great job.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is essential
This book is essential for anyone interested in health and nutrition. It takes the guesswork out of trying to find the best supplements. The research is very thorough, and yet it is easy for the layman to understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Authority on Available Supplements
Extremely informative and authoritative. If you need to understand why nutritional supplements are important, this source compiles the evidence from many studies to tell why. How do the multitude of supplements available in the North American market stack up against well known nutritional experts' opinions? MacWilliam answers that question in his book. ... Read more

4. The New Mager Six-Pack
by Robert F. Mager
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Asin: 187961815X
Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
Publisher: CEP Press
Sales Rank: 172264
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Considered to be the reference library for educators, trainers, or anyone serious about improving performance, The New Mager Six-Pack contains six famous "how-to" handbooks. From providing a strong foundation in the basics for newcomers to serving as an invaluable reference for experienced professionals, The New Mager Six-Pack is a resource you will come back to time and time again. You'll find guidance on how to find feasible solutions to performance problems, create effective learning environments, measure the results of instruction, develop instruction that works the first time, and much more.

All six of the classic books in The New Mager Six-Pack are completely revised and updated.Filled with new chapters and more practical tips, invaluable resources, hands-on practice, and real-world examples, The New Mager Six-Pack is easier to read, use, and understand than ever before.It's a resource you'll use for a lifetime. !

The set is packaged in an attractive library presentation case and includes Preparing Instructional Objectives, Measuring Instructional Results, Analyzing Performance Problems, Goal Analysis, How to Turn Learners On...without turning them off, and Making Instruction Work. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mager - Forget the Complexity - Here is How You Make It Work
If your mission is instruction, your companion should be the Mager Six Pack. Mager's approach to instruction is concise, practical, example-oriented, practice-centered, and mastery-certified. If you care about the learner and you care about effective training, this set of books will help you dispell the myths, end the wasted time, identify the problems, and find the solutions. No fancy words, no difficult concepts, no hidden agendas, and no advanced degrees are required. Just pay close attention to the common sense approaches Dr. Mager offers, and you will be a better instructional designer and your students will be more successful learners. Especially useful are the three core books on Analyzing Performance Problems, Preparing Instructional Objectives, and Measuring Instructional Results. These should be on every instructional designer's shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars A six-pack that quenched my thirst--not a lite book.
Imagine a "6-pack" sitting on my desk untouched for almost three years! No, not beer, these are six Learning & Development books written by the L&D guru, Robert Mager. I had a formal Needs Analysis to conduct and needed a quick refresher (a shot of help). And not the swill that many training books provide that leave you parched, thirsting for more. I tapped into the 6-pack and cracked open the first book "Analyzing Performance Problems, or you Really Oughta Wanna" and began to drink in the information. I need models to follow and Mager provides actual flow charts with appropriate questions to ask. These helped guide me in formulating a Needs Analysis. (Truth be told, they worked pretty well with this metaphor too!)

In the end, I conducted the Needs Analysis and received feedback that the questions were "sober", "on target", and not at all "canned". These books provide genuine guidelines (not draft or lite versions) on creating needs analyses, learning objectives, and measurement tools. They are fun-to-read, easy to understand, and are full of real-life examples. Each volume is $19.95, and the cost for the "6-Pack" is $95. 1. Analyzing Performance Problems, or you Really Oughta Wanna 2. Developing an Attitude Toward Learning, or SMATs 'n' SMUTS 3. Preparing Instructional Objectives 4. Making Instruction Work 5. Measuring Instructional Results, or Got a Match? 6. Goal Analysis

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Investment!
If you are involved with training, course development, or performance improvement then this set is a MUST for you. Each book "reads" with the greatest of ease. The concepts and techniques are so simple, yet so POWERFUL! This set is truly an excellent investment for your personal development and growth. Buy it today. Trust me! ... Read more

5. The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Rebalance Your Emotional Chemistry and Rediscover Your Natural Sense of Well-Being
by Julia Ross
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Viking Books
Sales Rank: 21589
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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In her highly successful The Diet Cure, Julia Ross helped thousands of readers halt food cravings and end dieting by rebalancing their body chemistry. Now, in The Mood Cure, Julia Ross once again draws on her years of experience as a psychotherapist, clinic director, and pioneer in the field of nutritional psychology to present breakthrough solutions for people looking for help with depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, and sleep problems that diminish the quality of their lives.

The Mood Cure is a comprehensive program that includes the use of amino acids (which provide results in 24 hours) combined with a high-protein, good fat, veggie-rich diet and other nutritional strategies. Beginning with a 4-part questionnaire to identify one's bad mood type, The Mood Cure will help to:

* lift depression
* blast the blahs
* cool anxiety and stress
* comfort oversensitive feelings
* let go of emotional healing

Highly informational and enormously helpful, The Mood Cure provides the good news that we can feel better emotionally, without the use of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or anti-depressants-and the even better news that we will see results in just one day.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe, but it works!
The Mood Cure works! I've been on and off antidepressants for 5 or more years now. Most recently, I was taking Wellbutrin (300mg/day) and klonopin as needed to sleep. My husband and I were watching a spiritual infomerical about amino acid therapy one morning and he (the skeptic) made it his mission to "cure" me. He searched the internet and decided on "The Mood Cure," had to go out and buy it and the amino's that day! I went off of the pharmaceuticals cold turkey and after about a week and half of withdrawal and/or adaptation to amino therapy, my constant state of depression and anxiety miraculously dissipated. It's been two months now and the first month was filled with ENORMOUS turmoil and stress due to our life circumstances, not drug withdrawal or starting a new regime, and I have to say my overall state of calm and contentment have prevailed 99% of the time. Okay, things still get edgy around PMS time, but not nearly as depilitating!

If you are depressed, anxiety ridden, addiction ruled, even just not yourself, I highly recommend trying amino acid therapy. It's natural and given the american diet of today, you probably are deficient and the amino's can't hurt. And...if you've tried the full spectrum of popular antidepressants commonly prescribed, and don't like the endless and life interfering side effects, amino acid therapy may be your 'prescription' of choice. The only draw back to it is that amino acids aren't covered by your prescription drug plan so you may be shelling out more cash each month to maintain your mental health. However, according to 'The Mood Cure' after several months, maybe a year, of amino acid therapy your body will be back in balance and you'll be able to stop taking them!

Overall, my state of being is 100% improved over what it even was on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills. This isn't to say I am 100% cured,but I am 100% improved.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Mood Cure
This is a wonderful book! I highly recommend it along with "The Omega-3 Connection" by Dr. Andrew Stoll.
I have been through 3 severe clinical depressions in my life.I did the round of doctors, counselors and psychiatrists. I've been put on different types of medications until the doctors figured out which ones would help me. This, in my opinion, is sort of being like a guinea pig. They truly don't know you and your chemistry.
I've been fortunate enough to have never been hospitalized, but believe me, there were times I wish they would just lock me away or that God would end my suffering.
This book has a wealth of information on how our brain and body chemistry works.
I've been on this program for three weeks now and I'm off my antidepresant and anti-anxiety medication and feel great! I know I've finally found the right road to recovery!

5-0 out of 5 stars I didn't think it would work either, but it really did...
I was, of course, skeptical of this process and how quickly the author said the amino acids can improve moods, but it really really works. This is personal, but I was right on the decision line of suicide and after using the amino acids for two days, I no longer feel like giving in. I know, two days seems like a short time to go from the edge of death to being mostly fine, but it's really true. Amazingly true. I'm not making an effort to stop thinking about death, rather I'm noticing the differences in my mood by lack of hateful and dark thoughts. I'm not over-emotional, nor am I void of emotion. This is the best thing I can think of for people who either don't care to see a psychiatrist (can't afford it) or who don't want to take prescription medicine (I have no health insurance) for help w/ depression. I was amazed that it worked. Many things in her book related to how I feel about myself and about my history, such as starving and dieting. The book is simple, easy to use, and starts w/ a helpful quiz. I agree w/ the others who have said that the author's book is harsh on vegetarian proteins and on soy, which isn't helpful to people who are vegetarians, such as myself. She also recommends trying diets that are unproven in effectivess (blood-type diet) and she makes over-generalized comments, but I took what I could from the book and it has had a huge effect on my life. I've not followed everything she suggests (I'm still eating wheat and soy as these aren't problems for me and I'm taking my aminos when I feel is best for me, not necessarily on a schedule). I don't know that I would be able to make progress in healing from my depression and my eating disorder if it weren't for the suggestions in her book.

2-0 out of 5 stars cure or curse?
On the surface, The Mood Cure looks pretty impressive, but a closer examination reveals many problems.

The mood questionaire at the beginning of the book is too broad and vague, and since a person's general mood can change from day to day depending on external circumstances, this can be difficult to assess. Testing for allergies is also very difficult, as symptoms can vary greatly in variety and degree. People can even have a positive reaction to a benign substance if they believe it is an allergen. In any case, self-testing is not recommended.

Ross is also too critical of carbohydrates and vegetarian diets, and doesn't often make a distinction between whole grains and refined flour. Conversely, she downplays the dangers of a high-fat high-protein diet. Not only that, her comparison of diets today with diets 100 years ago is too broad and scientifically shaky.

Cautions about supplements are mainly relegated to the back of the book, and she advocates taking SAM-e and melatonin, both of which are largely untested regarding long-term effects (melatonin can have many short-term side effects, and sales are banned in Canada, France, and Britain).

Undocumented/unsubstantiated statements include:
28- the study in which a serotonin deficiency is created.
112- "Take a look at the following sample menu. The word that comes to mind is *satisfying!*"
130- Hydrogenated fats are "one step away from a plastic."
134- "Fat really is jolly."
138- "Casein can be as addictive as gluten."
154- "I defy you to find more beautiful and cheery people than the Thai."
On page 45, she actually cites a study in which tryptophan cured depression in birds.

As if that wasn't enough, she even advocates pseudoscientific remedies such as homeopathy and blood type diets. Lack of replication by others, and recent criticism of high-fat and high-protein diets in general does not bode well for this diet. Proceed with caution.

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful book
Overall this book is a good compilation of some of the nutrition/mood research available. Most of what I read, I've read elsewhere, but it was nice to have it summarized in one source. I don't agree with some of her opinions (she's an advocate of the Atkins diet and is adverse to vegetarian diets), but most of her advice is good.

As other reviewers mentioned, she definitely needs a good editor. Her self-promotional, dogmatic, repetitive writing style detracts from the book's content.

This book can be very helpful, but I'd encourage people to read other research to derive a more balanced perspective. ... Read more

6. The Miracle Seven: 7 Amazing Exercises That Slim, Sculpt, and Build the Body in 20 Minutes a Day
by John Peterson
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A 20 minute per day weekly plan, featuring 7 amazing Tiger Moves and the Transformetrics Training System, that are guaranteed to sculpt the entire body with incredible speed. ... Read more

7. Worst Pills, Best Pills : A Consumer's Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness
by Sid M. Wolfe
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Asin: 0743492560
Catlog: Book (2005-01-04)
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Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Quite outdated.
Perhaps I didn't do my homework so I'll take responsibility, but I didn't realize that this book was so old when I purchased it. It was recommended to me by an acquaintance so I purchased it blindly. It is a very old edition therefore somewhat obsolete. I do, however, like the concept and it would be a good book should it be updated to include medications that have come into the picture in the last 5-10 years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, Every doctor should have one.
My Mother suffered several strokes, so was on all types of medicines. In many instances, we helped to keep her from further complications by asking the Doctors if this pill or that would interact and create problems. We never let on that we had been advised through Worst Pills, Best Pills that it could create problems. The Doctors then took the time to look up the crossing of drugs and concurred and prescribed something less invasive. They kept their "in charge" feeling and we were comfortable knowing we weren't allowing a bigger problem to take place through drug interaction. As the last update was 1993, do you anticipate a newer edition to keep pace with the new drugs on the market?

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY INFORMATIVE

5-0 out of 5 stars As a primary caregiver this book is a valuable resource
I am the primary caregiver of my 86 year old mother-in-law. She was dangerously over-medicated. Since using this book as a ready reference she has been taken off some eight medications that she should have never been taking. I am, with the help of this book trying to get her off two more medications that are causing her serious side effects. This book is a very valuable resource and should be on every bookshelf at home and at the doctors office. ... Read more

8. The Eat Right for Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia
by Peter J. D'Adamo
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Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo has established himself as the world's most popular and respected authority on the connection between blood type and eating, cooking and living. Eat Right 4 Your Type, Cook Right 4 Your Type, and Live Right 4 Your Type have created an international phenomenon.

Now comes the essential reference book to answer all your questions about conditions, herbs, supplements, medication and food. From asthma to sore throat, from cancer to thrombosis, this guide recommends treatment for hundreds of conditions, citing rigorous studies that detail the frequency and severity of the conditions for each blood type.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Eat Right for Your Blood Type by Dr. D'Adamo
This is a top medical reference in the alternative medicinal
area. The book discusses dietary implications based upon blood
types. For instance, Type A is the agrarian which is comfortable with grains and livestock. Blood type B people require a
balanced diet of meat and dairy. (B-Antigen) Type AB is the
modern man with an inherited tolerance of AB with enhanced
abilities to manufacture more antibodies. (A & B antigen)
The blood type is key to the immune system. Blood type 0
persons have no antigens. (Anti-A and Anti-B antibodies)
Type B people may have milk ; whereas, Type A people tend
to have systems which agglutinate and reject it.

The author mentions an Indican urine scale for bowel
putrification; wherein, the liver and intestines do not
metabolize proteins. Instead; they produce indols- toxic
byproducts on the Indican Scale. Foods with toxic Indicans
should be avoided. i.e. Bologna which magnifies nitrites

Lactin activity inflames the intestines, causes bloating and
slows food metabolism. Blood type O discourages the
metabolism of animal protein. This type person needs lean and chemical - free meat, fish and chicken. Wheat gluten slows the
metabolism and interferes with insulin efficiency.
Kelp, seafood,liver, kale, spinach,brocolli and red meat
are ideal for metabolism and weight loss/stabilization.
Bacon, ham, pork, American cheese, cheddar and ice cream
should be minimized. Soy may be utilized as a good alternate
to the dairy group. Flax oil and olive oil are beneficial.
Corn oil and peanut oil should be avoided. Type B persons
have stronger immune systems and may eat meat, green veggies,
eggs, liver, licorace tea and ginger. Type AB persons benefit
from TOFU, dairy , green veggies and millet.

Persons with sinusitis and Type B should avoid fenugreek.
Type O persons should avoid alfalfa. Type B persons react
badly to vaccines. Type A persons should avoid cayenne due
to potential nausea. Type O and B should avoid aloe vera juice.

This book contains a wealth of important dietary material.
It should be read carefully. The contents should be placed
in a daily diary for maximum benefit and systematic
measurement of progress. The book is worth the price.
I find the information content of this book nowhere else.
For this reason alone, the book should be purchased and
read carefully.

5-0 out of 5 stars More scientifically oriented than Eat Right...
I admit it: I was suspicious of this diet. Before examining this book, I thought the diet sounded very "fad-like" (and I remain wholly unconvinced by the personality-trait correspondences which are NOT essential to the scientific basis of the diet, just a curiosity). I read negative reviews and their justifications. What I noticed was that most of these reviews sounded a lot like the criticisms leveled at the Atkins diet, a diet that does work for a lot of people (though not all--this book makes clear why) that have since been disproven by double-blind studies. A number noted that d'Adamo's theories weren't backed up by scientific research. Fair enough; this book cites double-blind studies and peer-reviewed research extensively, far more so than the Eat Right and Cook Right books. It also fine-tunes some of the earlier findings. This is ongoing research, something you just don't see in proponents of "fad" diets. D'Adamo has clearly been listing to his critics, and makes every attempt to clarify, fine-tune, and explain how all of this works.

I picked this book--and the diet--up when I browsed it in the store and noted that the medical problems in my family charted almost exactly with the risk factors for blood type. (Blood type correlations with disease have actually been established in peer-reviewed medical journals for a long time, although they aren't much talked about.) I tried the diet. I'm about three weeks in. I've lost 10 pounds, my digestive problems are much improved, I feel more energetic, I don't crave sweets, and -- the most convincing thing for me, because I wasn't looking for it and therefore can't attribute it to the placebo effect -- the morning stiffness I've had for 30 years is gone. It takes at least a week for things to kick in--especially if one has increased intestinal permeability due to intestinal damage--but it does, and for many, myself included, the results are quite profound.

I am not a scientist, nor am I claiming that d'Adamo has everything right. There are some typos in the book, although most misprints are corrected on the website ( to find, but worth looking. This is ongoing research, however. D'Adamo also uses that site to update new findings on food compatibility. I think this diet could easily be used in conjunction with others appropriate to type. For instance, type O people will do well with Atkins as long as they cut out the wheat gluten and dairy; people with food allergies may have to limit intake of more foods than he lists. He suggests 70-80% compliance works for most people.

Even the critics suggest that this diet isn't likely to harm anyone. I fully expect some version of this to be exonerated as fully as, if not more than, Atkins. In the meantime, this is a great resource, it's interesting reading even for the healthy, and it is more likely to engage a reader like myself who likes to see detailed scientific justification before jumping into a health plan.

4-0 out of 5 stars 1st diet, last diet?
Having studied, tried, or heard about many "health diets" in the last 35 years, I have always wondered why distinguished health professionals would produce diets that were so contradictory to one other. After all, it's the same human body we're talking about, right?

This book is the most complete in a series of books that answers these questions in a way that passes scientific muster. Of course we are not all the same, but why?

The answer lies in the fact that we each have a unique genetic heritage that dictates how we react to the foods we eat. The basic premise of Dr. D'Adamo's book reflects current thinking on the anthropological origins of our various blood types, which, although similar, are different enough to provoke adverse reactions not only to each other, but to foods that share the chemical markers of those various blood types.

If I can sum up my experience with this book in one sentence, it is this: If thousands of years of history of Homo Sapiens can be seen as a long dance of adaptation between plants and animals, we would all do well to know what our genetic ancestors adapted to, and stick to it. This book will help you do just that!

Individuals new to the study of genetics may find the science in this book to be quite overwhelming, as well as the many pages of footnotes.

I say bring it on! To those who say this is pseudoscience: Give this book a try. You may just discover what foods make you feel, think, and look your best, and discover why at the same time!

2-0 out of 5 stars This book needs more information
This book needs more information and some sort of telephone numbers or contacts to understand what exactly need to be done for certain problems. For example, it recommends some protocols to use, but it is not clear as to we should use all of it at one time or are they optional, meaning can we use any one of them. It will also be helpful if it says where these are available. This book was not as helpful as I expected it to be.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Volume for All Following the ER4YT Program
This updated 2002 volume supercedes D'Adamo's original title ER4YT as it adds secretor/non-secretor practical information regarding food choices for those who wish to further refine their diet.
Set up in an alphabetically arranged encyclopedia format, the text covers topics that range from the anthropology of the blood types, the history of blood types in medicine, a listing of conditions and diseases with relation to blood type and food choices for all 4 types.
If you are an advocate of the ER4YT program, this book is a must as is the delightful cookbook, 'Cook Right For Your Type'. I have been on the program at the advice of my health care provider for over 2 months and have slimmed down without really dieting all while feeling a heck of a lot better. Referring to this book, the cookbook as well as the original ER4YT help keep you interested --- as boredom resulting from monotonous food choices seems to be one of my number one problems with staying with any program. ... Read more

9. Absolute Beauty : A Renowned Plastic Surgeon's Guide to Looking Young Forever
by Gerald Imber
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Twenty-five or sixty-five, we all want to look our vital, youthful best. The frustrating truth is that no matter how we wish it wasn't so, each day brings tiny changes, constantly chipping away at youth and beauty. Happily, with proper guidance most of this can be prevented, controlled, and reversed. It is a simple and sensible lifelong journey that will yield great rewards for all ages.

Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Gerald Imber changed the way men and women deal with aging in his books The Youth Corridor, which offered the first integrated strategy to control the signs of aging, and For Men Only, designed for the man who wants to stay trim and youthful but doesn't know where to turn for advice. Now, after vast improvements in science and surgery, Dr. Imber once again paves the way for people to find the path toward keeping their youthful appearance.

In Absolute Beauty, Dr. Imber explores the new horizon for staying young-looking and the cutting-edge breakthroughs in areas such as:

  • Minimally invasive facial surgeries
  • New limited-incision facelifts
  • New wrinkle fillers
  • Anti-aging skin-care strategies
  • New antioxidant strategies

Absolute Beauty provides the crucial information needed to help you look your absolute best throughout your adult life. Dr. Imber's regimen will show you how to slow down the damage of time and help you turn back the clock. It will tell you how to protect your youthful good looks -- your absolute beauty -- by avoiding accelerating the changes that lead to aging and undoing the visible changes already present.

This indispensable book covers all aspects of the modern cosmetic surgical experience and is a must-have guide for anyone considering plastic surgery or just wanting to stay young-looking.

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10. Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide
by Shelley Case
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Catlog: Book (2002-04)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide contains practical information about the gluten-free diet.

Includes detailed information about foods allowed,foods to question,foods to avoid; American and Canadian labeling regulations; nutritional aspects; meal planning and shopping guidelines; recipes; over 1800 gluten-free products listed by product name,company name and package size; a directory of more than 130 American,Canadian,and international companies; celiac support groups and resources such as books,cookbooks,magazines, newsletters, web sites and more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Resource for those with Celiac Disease
This is more than 5 stars! Without a question, this IS the resource to have if you or a family member has celiac disease. In depth nutritional information, sources and contact numbers for gluten-free foods companies, recipes, and so much more. It is a book you will refer to over and over again. And, a great one to share with teachers, and physicians.

Andrea Levario, Co-Chair, American Celiac Task Force

5-0 out of 5 stars Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide by Case, S.
Shelley Case has written the definitive gluten-free guide. The extensive research behind this book will benefit everyone who needs to be on a gluten-free diet. This is a MUST HAVE reference for every physician and patient who has to deal with gluten-restriction in their life!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide
A concise resource with all the key information clinicians AND patients frequently need to get started. We recommend this book to all patients referred to us in our GI nutrition clinic with celiac disease.

Carol Rees Parrish RD, MS
Andrea Yoder, RD
University of Virginia Health System
Digestive Health Center of Excellence
Charlottesville, VA

5-0 out of 5 stars A must buy!
Having been diagnosed with celiac disease 2 years ago and practicing as a Registered Dietitian for the past 21 years, I know the importance of professional-looking, detailed, and accurate information. Shelley's book accomplishes this and much more-it is a comprehensive resource for gluten-free living. I wouldn't counsel a newly diagnosed sprue patient and not use this book as a primary resource. I recommend Shelley's book to people with celiac disease and Registered Dietitian's/health professionals/physicians working with sprue patients.

5-0 out of 5 stars Save years of research
I needed this book before I accumulated the mountain of computer printouts and handouts that adorns my office. Buy it or spend the next 20 years of your life unnecessarily duplicating this research. ... Read more

11. Health and Wellness
by Gordon Edlin, Eric Golanty
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-09)
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Health and Wellness, Eighth Edition is written in a personal and engaging style with specific tips and aids to help students improve their health habits. Like the previous editions, the eighth edition offers a presentation of life skills that enhance the quality and longevity of life and presents the most current and accurate information available in a personal health text. Health and Wellness covers the many holistic perspectives of personal health, including the physical, emotional, mental, social, environmental, and spiritual perspectives, with a central theme of self-responsibility for one’s behavior.

New interior design makes the eighth edition vibrant, interactive, easy to use and student friendly! ... Read more

12. Facilities Planning for Health, Fitness, Physical Activity, Recreation andSports: Concepts and Applications
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13. Sick and Tired?: Reclaim Your Inner Terrain
by Robert Young PhD
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Average Customer Review: 3.15 out of 5 stars
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Sick and Tired? presents the revolutionary theories of Dr. Robert Young, a scientist who passionately cares for his work concerning how foods positively and negatively affect the body. This book provides a comprehensive view of Dr. Young's research and ideas, and is a wonderful tool to helping anyone start on the road to once again reclaiming good health. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Youngs' Research is Nobel Prize
While reading Dr. Youngs' book I realized that his contextual theory of sickness and disease and health and wellness is revolutionary. I love the fish bowl metaphor: that you are only as healthy as the fluids in which your body cells swim. In other words if you are sick you don't treat the fish you change the water. What a simple truth! Classical medical science is treating the fish and ignoring the water, in otherwords the context.

I found his theory that bacteria, yeast, molds or even viruses are the expression of a state of imbalance from an inverted way of living, eating and thinking and not the cause of any specific disease, incredible. What I believe Dr. Young is trying to tell us is that germs are the expression of cellular breakdown from physical and emotional disturbances, not the cause of any specific disease. You don't get cancer or diabetes, you do it by your lifestyle. And to try and kill the germ is in reality killing part of oneself.

I also found Dr. Youngs' theory of red blood cell transformation and reverse transformation revolutionary. He uses the words dedifferentiation and rededifferentiation of the red blood cells to body cells, body cells to red blood cells and/or to morbid cells like bacteria, yeast, molds or viruses. This phenomena takes places right inside our bodies. This is why I am so impressed with Dr. Youngs' work, because he shows in his case studies blood cells that do and can transform!

Dr. Youngs' work in this area is revolutionary and he should be honored with a Noble Prize.

3-0 out of 5 stars Overall a great book
I read this book because: I've been into vegetarianism and raw foods for the past four years, and I've heard about it from Tony Robbins. At first I must say I was quite impressed. Dr. Young offers us a new Biology and new way to look at health and disease. According to him, diseases come from imbalances inside of us, not from outside ennemies in the form of germs and viruses. He has been observing people's blood for years and came up with the following theory: terrain (as he calls it) imbalances arise from the acidification of the body. This leads to the DEGENERATION of the cells which MUTATE into fungus, bacteria, and, later on, mold. He calls it polyphorphism and, apparently, it can be observed when one studies live blood. These fungus produce their own acids, which further acidifies the body, leading to a vicious circle of imbalances. Diseases are manifestations of this imbalance. The diet recommended by the author to come out of disease and stay health is a totally vegan, vegetable-based diet. It looks like a anti-candida diet but stricter. Vegetables, raw and fresh, are the basis of it. He says that fruit is actually acid-forming because of its sugar content, which is absolutely wrong in my opinion. I tried his diet for a few weeks and it made me feel... sick and tired! However it would be a major improvement for most people. But I pefer my hygienic diet of fruits and vegetables with little oil and no condiments. My overall feel is that a lot of information in this book makes sense, except for the diet recommendations. Also, the importance of living foods, although emphasized in the book, is in my opinion of greater significance. Overall a great book full of controversial information.

1-0 out of 5 stars Comments from an M.D. who wrote a textbook on pH balance
I am an M.D. and the author of a textbook on acid-base balance (pH balance). I have also published several technical pieces in medical journals on the pH consequences of diet, and the relationship between dietary ash-acidity/alkalinity and bone disease. A friend who had just spent $400 getting a kit from Dr. Young's organization asked me to give her an opinion. I should also add that I am open-minded and have a special interest in nutrition and holistic medicine; I personally spend close to a thousand dollars a year on nutrients; I have studied chi kung and yoga; and I have much skepticism about aspects of modern medicine. I say all this to make clear that I am not opposed to nutritional or holistic approaches to health.

I focused my attention on the parts of this book that pertain directly to pH balance, which is the center of Dr. Young's theory. I read with special care the part of the book that purports to explain the fundamentals of pH to the non-scientist. This section contains basic errors that suggest to me that Dr. Young is not very knowledgable about this area; his understanding of basic chemistry seems limited. His definitions of fundamental terms such as "hydrogen ion" are poor, and his explantion of what table salt (NaCl) is and how it dissociates in water is incorrect. He gives the same pH values for blood that comes from arteries and veins; in reality, venous blood is more acidic than arterial blood.

The manner in which Dr. Young writes suggests a religious fervor that has nothing to do with science. I saw no footnotes that support his extreme views; in fact, judging by the titles of the journal articles he cites, I saw no citations in either this or another book by him that pertain specifically to the effect of pH on disease. Further, Dr. Young does not describe any of his own experiments that might lead one to think he has a valid scientific basis for his ideas. He makes many extreme statements without any supporting evidence.

From what I can see, Dr. Young does not have any interest in actually *testing* whether his ideas are correct. For example, the simple way to test his assertions about the effects of pH on disease would be to give sick people a couple of teaspoons of baking soda per day mixed with water. Baking soda (NaHCO3) is a base and will alkalinize the person's blood at least as well as any of the dietary manipulations Dr. Young suggests. But he appears not to have done this, or even to have studied the medical literature to see if other's have.

I also listened to Dr. Young on a marketing-oriented group phone call, which one of the distributors of his diet plans invinted me to listen in on. Dr. Young repeats the phrase "alkalinize and energize" like a mantra, many times; yet he provides no evidence that I can see that "alkalinizing" the blood through dietary or any other means actually increases energy. I have nothing against an ash-alkaline diet; in fact, I personally believe such a diet might have a positive impact on bone strength. But if someone is to make broad assertions about the benefits of an ash-alkaline diet, they should have persuasive evidence; but I didn't see any evidence for his claims.

As Dr. Young correctly points out in his book, there is a long history of science and medicine making errors and going down the wrong paths; and sometimes these wrong turns are not identified for decades or perhaps even centuries (some surely have yet to be identified). However, what he seems to fail to recognize is that there is also a long (really, much longer) history of non-scientific healing going down the wrong paths. Both scientific and non-scientific healers have made mistakes, and these mistakes have sometimes gone uncorrected for long periods. The only way to catch these mistakes is to test one's ideas, to see if they actually work; this applies to both conventional medicine and holistic medicine. Dr. Young seems to have an almost paranoid skepticism about many aspects of accepted medical practice, yet he is entirely credulous about much that falls outside of the mainstream. He seems to be entirely credulous about his own ideas.

I accepted my friend's request to check out Dr. Young's ideas thinking that he might have something interesting to say. I didn't expect perfection, but I did at least expect enough evidence that one might think he has framed a plausible hypothesis, an idea that is interesting and worth exploring further. But I did not find even that. Instead I found an almost religious fervor, an inadequate grasp of the fundamentals of the very field that is central to his ideas (pH balance), and no evidence that he has any real interest in testing his ideas to see if they actually work.

To say this, however, is not to rule out the possibility that some of the particular dietary or nutritional interventions he recommends might be beneficial. For instance, he seems to recommend a low-carbohydrate diet (a la Atkins), various nutrients (which are supported by some valid studies), and the like. Some of these things might actually be good for a person. Perhaps doing many of them together will be even better for a person. But the point is this: Dr. Young believes and claims that these things all work through a common pathway: that they work *because* they alkalinize the body. For example, the low-refined carbohydrate diet is not effective, Dr. Young seems to believe, because it prevents rapid release of insulin, etc.; he believes the diet is effective because it (allegedly) alkalinizes the body. This emphasis on pH and alkalinization as the supposed common pathway behind a seemingly unrelated group of nutritional strategies lies at the core of Dr. Young's ideas. It is this emphasis that differentiates his approach from the approaches of many others who focus on nutrition. Yet it is precisely this aspect of his theory that appears to be almost entirely unsupported by evidence.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad propaganda
First off, I agree with the Youngs that much of medical theory is off-base. However, it is a disservice to the public (not to mention petty and unreasonable) to point out only the mistakes others make. While it is very true that medical science relies too much on their model of disease, that in and of itself does not mean that it is never accurate. It is true that medical science too often ignores that internal factors result in disease. Yet, it is sheer nonsense to suggest that there are no external causes of disease as the Youngs do.

The Youngs hope that their ad hominem attacks on conventional medicine will distract you from the holes in their own arguments. Their idea that cells in the body can morph into different life forms is utterly unfounded. After several chapters of trashing science, and then several more advancing pseudoscience, they come to the real reason for their book. This book is a piece of propganda for those already converted to the fundamentalist ideology of veganism. The anti-meat crusade is the real purpose behind this book and the justification for the outlandish theories it advances. They simply state that "if you eat meat, you acidify your blood snd crave more meat" without any supporting evidence. Their proposal of a radical vegan diet is unfounded, unnecessary, and dangerous. The Youngs propose to trade one unhealthy diet for an even more unhealthy diet. So, I cannot in good conscience recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellant but not "the" unifying theory
First of all the book is excellant. The concept of acid/alkaline in the body and its central role has been around for a long time, however he has perhaps uniquely extended the concept as unifying theory of the health/disease continuum.

Yet I have to say nice try, but the best unified theory of disease (or the disease/health continuum) resides with Dr.J.H. Tilden's concept of enervation/toxemia which predates you by 100 years or more. Acid/alkaline is not only controlled by specific foods but by (in general terms) all excesses of normally wholesome things (like sunlight, rest, food, exercise etc) and all insufficiencies of same and by emotions and toxin habits. Toxin habits would include some obvious ones like cigarette smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc plus indigestible food combinations.
Where Dr. Young emphacises the acids produced from foods and some of the stresses mentioned above, Dr.Tilden points out that as the body loses vitality through various bad habits of living and becomes enervated (exhausted) at least two large categories of body functions specifically excretions and secretions become impaired. The individual cell normally excretes CO2, ammonia, and other toxins which along with toxins produced from bacterial decay of food (due to impaired secretion) in the stomach do not get efficiently removed in an exhausted body. Thus impaired elimination through the lungs, kidneys, skin, and gastrointestinal tract result in acid waste buildup ie toxemia along with acid producing foods etc. that constitute Dr. Youngs acidity. Enervation ie lowered vitality and functioning power in a body would not only affect the physiological status of the body as a whole but the functioning power of the individual parts or organs, thus the increased acidity due to checked ellimination and retained waste.

What makes Tildens theory the "grand classic unified theory of disease" is that it works with Dr. Youngs concepts as well as Hans Selya, Bechamp, Naesans, Issac Jennings, Russel Trall, Herbert Shelton and many others. You can explain the simplest diseases to mass epidemics without resorting to the pathetically failed germ theory of Pasteur. What are epidemics? Epidemics are result of mass enervating occurrances. For example mass poor sanitation(contaminated water and/or little or no waste removal), cold spells, drought, failure of food distribution, insufficient food, mass overeating and drinking (as in U.S.holidays), mass decay of food, mass emotional stress (due to war, famine, displacement), mass drugging (as in vaccination, fluoridation etc) or mass polluting etc,etc. Often times the above list occurs in groups of negative occurrances as in periods of war (example: after WWI and the great flu epidemic). Also
the interpretation that as Dr.Shelton stated "disease itself is the remedial process and not something that should be cured, killed, subdued, suppressed, or thwarted but is something that sould be allowed to complete its purification work" preferrably in wholesome conditions like complete rest, clean water, quite, warmth, and no food is "simplicity itself". Also obviously to correct mass sickness from continuing the mass causes have to be addressed. These concepts have been around but largely unrecognized since the 19th century when it was originally called the Hygienic System which today is known as Natural Hygiene. Some of the older authors such as Tilden, Trall, Jennings, Bechamp, Shelton et al can be obtained from various sites on the internet under Natural Hygiene or at ... Read more

14. Pilates: Body in Motion
by Alycea Ungaro, Russell Sadur
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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The most authoritative, step-by-step guide to Pilates available on the market.

Popular for decades with dancers, athletes, and celebrities, the Pilates Method is the perfect equipment-free workout for a stronger, leaner, fitter body. With great emphasis on precision and awareness, not only is Pilates great for the body, but for the mind as well. Using step-by-step mat-work exercises and a wide range of programs, from beginner to advanced, Pilate's Mind and Body is the only practical guide that shows you all of the proper steps to follow and how to avoid common mistakes in your conditioning. ... Read more

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Pilates: Body in Motion is a stunner. I picked this book up at the bookstore and my first thought was - "wow, this is so beautiful, I bet the content is poor". Well, I was wrong. The pictures and gorgeous layout are actually secondary to the clear, precise, and extraordinary instruction that author Alycea Ungaro provides for each and every exercise.

I am a Pilates student and have been working out at a studio for about 5 years now. I have many of the other Pilates books but from now on I will only refer to Pilates Body in Motion. The Pilates Body by Brooke Siler has been my best resource until now but that book is very long winded and a bit weak on photographs. This book by Ungaro really put it all together. Great design, superlative instruction and a good price too. I am planning to buy her audio Mat class next to put her instructions and her live voice together for a true "real-time"experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hate to Exercise? This makes it easy!
As someone who hates to run, doesn't own weights, and can hardly follow an exercise video, I thought that Pilates might be the way to tone my tragically unfit body. After spending hours in bookstores trying to find a book that looked easy to follow, I discovered Pilates: Body in Motion. The table of contents easily breaks down the routine depending on how well you know the Pilates exercises: introductory program, beginner's program, intermediate program, advanced program. Even though it takes time and practice to learn all the moves, the book makes learning easy. Beautiful pictures, head-to-toe checklists of how to perform the moves, and step-by-step instructions make Pilates accessible to even the most uncoordinated of individuals. After a couple weeks my lower back was diminished, my posture was better, and my flexibility had increased. Also, I feel comfortable enough with the program that I could even join a Pilates exercise group without being intimidated.
The only drawback to this book is the binding. It doesn't stay open while you exercise and try to learn each move, making it difficult to really get both hands involved.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential for Pilates Enthusiasts
I'd have to agree that this may be one of the best books on Pilates out in the market right now. Its edge over Brooke Siler's "Pilates Body" is that this book clearly breaks down each exercise step-by-step with corresponding colored pictures to guide you through the moves. If you don't have the benefit of an instructor, this makes it easier to understand how each exercise is supposed to be done. Still, I'd recommend this together with "The Pilates Body" because the latter covers more mat exercises (especially the advanced stuff) and is more detailed on tips on how to execute each exercise optimally.

Together with "The Pilates Body", I think this is the only other book you'd need to really understand Pilates.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not for all!
Althoug I read the book, I must say that this book is like many others books on yoga and pilates only for those that are already flexible. I did use some of the easy excersises, but most of them are impossible for me to do untill I will get a little more flexible. I am sorry that I had to give it a 3 star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shape up or die! ;-)
Now that I got your attention, you really ought to read this book if you want the most "bang for your buck" from your exercise time.

No expensive equipment needed, you'll need a body and an exercise mat. Can you swing that?

One critique, the "welcome mat" exercise is too difficult for a novice, IMHO. Don't let it discourage you. Press on slowly and carefully.

The book might seem like a lot to take in at first for mind and body. Give it a chance, you'll eventually breeze thru it as you learn the routines.

After two weeks of daily Pilates, I am beginning to see and feel results!

When you start, do not do more than 10 minutes a day!
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15. The Thyroid Solution : A Mind-Body Program for Beating Depression and Regaining Your Emotional and Physical Health
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One in ten Americans suffers from thyroid dysfunction, yet most don't realize the mental and emotional components of this condition. "This is the first book to explain the hidden suffering that many patients have difficulty expressing and the first book to provide new ways of helping address and heal this suffering," promises author Ridha Arem, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of endocrinology and metabolism at Ben Taub General Hospital, both in Houston, Texas. This book explains the link between stress and thyroid imbalance; how thyroid imbalance affects your emotions, sex life, and relationships; and how to cope with the effects of this imbalance. Because thyroid problems primarily strike women, a whole section deals with women's health issues, such as infertility, miscarriage, postpartum depression, premenstrual syndrome, and menopause. Another section provides practical tools, such as evaluating lab tests and self-diagnosis techniques, dealing with treatment problems and side effects, and preventing memory lapses and depression. The book covers lifestyle choices that affect thyroid health, such as diet, supplementation, and exercise. Frequent case studies (usually told as first-person narratives), checklists, and questionnaires help to simplify the material and make it easier to check the medical information against your own situation. Each chapter ends with "valuable points to remember," making review easy. If you suffer from thyroid imbalance, or think you might, this book could be a valuable resource. --Joan Price ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
As a person with hypothyroidism, I have read a dozen or more books specifically on thyroid disease over the last twenty years. In addition I have read approximately forty to fifty professional journal articles relating to hypothyroidism and depression. This was for me the best single source of information that I have found dealing with thyroid disease and depression; and it contains up to date information from a practitioner in the field.

Having read quite a bit about the subject, I am surprised by how many doctors I have spoken to, or read articles written by, that are very out of date in their knowledge of hypothyroidism. Many doctors don't seem to recognize the symptoms of hypothyroidism despite its prevalence in the US population. Most doctors still treat hypothyroidism with the "gold" standard" of levothyroxine (T4) alone, despite there being evidence that a combination of triiodthyronine (T3) and levothyroxine (T4) may work better in some specific cases. For depression, Dr Arem says that he often supplements antidepressant use with cytomel (T3) rather than levothyroxine because of the connection between the distribution of norepinephrine and T3 in the brain (chapter 6). This is in concurrence with what I have been able to find through my research efforts.

The mind-body connection in hypothyroidism is a complicated one, and I thought that Dr. Arem's handling of the subject was done admirably. There is evidence that depression and hypothyroidism can in some people have genetic origins. In some instances hypothyroidism might be caused by infectious agents (viruses). Hypothyroidism might also be induced by stressful events in a person life (chapter 1). All of these are covered at a level that can be understood with perhaps some work required for persons with a light science background.

There are many other areas covered in this book that I won't mention due to lack of space. These subjects include testing procedures (TSH, TRH, T3/T4, etc), and what they mean, finding and talking with your doctor, discussing your illness with your spouse, and infertility. Additionally there is a section on nutrition, diet, and exercise, which can help in hypothyroidism.

I would recommend this book whole-heartedly to anyone with hypothyroidism, depression, or who suspects that they may have thyroid disease.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Essential Reading
The Thyroid Solution provides a comprehensive description of the cognitive effects of thyroid disease. It is an excellent source of information for anyone with this disease as well as health care providers. T3, the biologically active form of thyroid hormone, is a brain chemical just like noradrenaline and dopamine. It is essential to the optimal function of your brain. I know what a difference it makes because as soon as I switched from T4 to the natural form of thyroid hormone (which contains T3 & T4) I immediately experienced the benefits. In my opinion there is no comparison between the two hormones.
I found this book very informative and purchased copies for several of my health care providers who either were unfamiliar with or had overlooked the numerous symptoms of hypothyroidism that I exhibited. Dr Ridha provides a great deal of information on both hyper and hypo thyroidism. But don't stop with this book, also make sure you read Dr Broda Barnes "Hypothyroidism the Unsuspected Illness" for a complete overview of the possible effects of low thyroid function. These two book are indispensible for anyone with thyroid disease or just interested in the effects of thyroid hormone in the body.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the thyroid book you'll re-read
When I was diagnosed with Grave's disease (hyperthyroid), I read several books on thyroid function. This book is by far the most complete reference. The book explains in detail many of the subjects that other books gloss over. It also contains the most complete discussion of T3 that I've seen.

Now that I'm taking anti-thyroid medication and I've reached a stable level, I'm still reading the book and finding out things I wasn't told. For example, 50% of people gain weight when they start taking anti-thyroid drugs. This would have been helpful for me to know.

For how common thyroid problems are, there seems to be a real problem with correct diagnosis and treatment. In a world of managed care, you need the information in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for those who suffer from thyroid problems.
It is evident from the glowing recommendations that there is not much to add to how valuable The Thyroid Solution has been to patients suffering from thyroid disease. Dr. Ridha is a doctor at Baylor Medical Center, and has plenty of background in treating those who have been undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with thyroid problems. It is recognized that many people suffer needlessly from hypo- or hyperthyroidism because their internists or family practitioners are unfamiliar with endocrinology and the symptoms that present themselves. This book helps those who wonder whether they are being properly treated and supplies information in order that they can go to the right doctor. Many doctors don't like it when their patients become educated...tough. As shown by the other recommendations, obviously lives have been changed for the better. That is the yardstick by which we should measure what the medical truth is.

My family has a history of hypothyroidism. Both my grandmother and my older sister have had their thyroids removed. My younger sister was diagnosed with a cancerous bulge on her thyroid at age 3, and they were wrong, but the lump was removed along with part of her thyroid. She consequently had problems becoming pregnant. I've been hypothyroid for years. My internist was checking my peripheral neuropathy for things like MS and other neurodegenerative diseases of the muscles. Nothing came back positive. Yet, when I'd asked him to consider whether I was receiving adequate thyroid hormone, he refused to consider it. I've been lucky to have him test for changes in my thyroid once a year. The book says a known thyroid problem should be checked every 4-6 weeks, especially when the thyroid levels change. So I've been suffering with peripheral neuropathy and some other problems for over two years; I also have spent much of the last seven years anemic, in spite of removal of my uterus and subsequent iron supplementation. My sister led me to this book...she was positive I was not being treated right for hypothyroidism. After reading the book, I am inclined to believe the book and my sister. I have the familial background, the anemia, the deafness, the pins and needles, and too many other symptoms to count. So I have a referral to a known endocrinologist who is listed as a caring and listening doctor.

It's atrocious that physicians can dismiss the intelligence of women, and the ability of them to know their own body. I am tired of such patronizing attitudes, and hope that this doctor will assist me in restoring me to better health. I don't have time for this, and since I have an MS from med school in Neuroscience, I have more then enough background to know when my doctor is missing important signals.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who suspects he or she may have a problem with their thyroid. If necessary, drag the book into the other doctors and force them to pay attention. If they don't, find another doctor.

Karen L. Sadler,

Science Education,
University of Pittsburgh

5-0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life!
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in Sept 2002 and put on T4. Over the next 10 months I was still depressed, gaining weight, unable to remember anything, sleeping constantly, screwing up at work, snapping at my friends, declining social invitations. My doctor put me on Prozac and I saw a therapist briefly, but even though I felt slightly better, I felt like something was just not right with my body. When I read this book I folded down the corner of every page that I could relate to and by the time I was done more than half of the book was dog-eared! I immediately made an appt with my doctor and cited the book, begging her to try T3. Finally she agreed and within *ONE WEEK* I felt like my old self. Three months later I still feel great. If any of this sounds familiar to you, don't suffer anymore -- read this book and get on the road to feeling normal again! ... Read more

16. Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Third Edition
by Mayo Clinic
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Since its initial publication in 1990, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book has become a classic home medical reference, selling more than 1 million copies. Now in its third edition, this completely revised, generously illustrated volume offers the latest in medical knowledge with a strong emphasis on self-care. From prevention to treatment, from infancy to old age, this comprehensive health guide offers reliable, easy-to-understand information in six convenient sections.

Part I: Living Well

Filled with health-promotion strategies, this section details nutrition, fitness, stress management and other practices for healthy living.

Part II: Common Conditions and Concerns Through Life's Stages

Here you'll find explanations of human growth and development, descriptions of health issues common to children and adults, and a discussion of issues related to death and dying.

Part III: Making Sense of Your Symptoms

This all-new section is intended to help you better understand what may be causing certain signs or symptoms that you're experiencing. It includes information on frequent concerns and complaints common to adults, as well as those common to children.

Part IV: First Aid and Emergency Care

Here you'll find guidance on how to respond to situations ranging from simple sprains and cuts to urgent events such as chest pain and choking.

Part V: Diseases and Disorders

The largest section in the book, Part V includes discussions of more than 1,000 diseases and disorders. Here you can find detailed information about specific conditions. Each discussion lists common signs and symptoms, followed by a description of the condition, information on how it's diagnosed and a review of treatment options. Preceding this section are 40 pages of color illustrations to help you better understand human anatomy and common disorders.

Part VI: Tests and Treatments

This section discusses tests commonly used to evaluate individual health and diagnose disease. It also includes a medications guide and information on surgery, various methods to manage pain and complementary and alternative therapies.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great source for writers....
The Mayo Clinic Family Health Book is like having six resource books in one. Information from Mayo is reliable, easy-to-understand and reviewed by some of the most respected physicians in the world.

Part I: Living Well
Part II: Common Conditions and Concerns Through Life's Stages
Part III: Making Sense of Your Symptoms
Part IV: First Aid and Emergency Care
Visual Guide: Anatomy and Common Disorders (color photos and illustrations)
Part V: Diseases and Disorders
Part VI: Tests and Treatments
Glossary and Resources

Each disease mentioned contains information about key signs and symptoms, a basic description of the disease, illustrations, how the disease is diagnosed, potential consequences, information on treatment, and information on prevention.

The comprehensive index in the third edition is easy to use. For example, information on "scoliosis" can be found on pages 235, 603, 774, 980, and 981. (Page 980 features an illustration.)

There is also a complete listing of resources for more information including addresses, phone numbers and Web sites. I particularly like the section on symptoms. You can just look up a symptom such as "back pain" and learn more about conditions that cause back pain. The book then directs you to the page containing detailed information about that condition.

I'm looking forward to what I hope will be the interactive DVD version of the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mayo Clinic Family Health Book
What an amazing source of information!! It is a definate must have for new parents. This detailed, yet easy to understand book offers specific chapters by age including newborns. It give prevenative information on health & safety including tooth care, controlling stress and travelng abroad. Of course first aid and diseases and disorders are the bulk of the book. It is well written easy to use and include helpful illustrations and photos. Every household should have one, but certainly families with children, of any age should have this book to refer to.

5-0 out of 5 stars A HUGE source of information!
Having been to Mayo Rochester, I was thrilled to get this book. It is MASSIVE. There is so much good info in here it's hard to know where to start. There are detailed illustrations of all of the body's systems, pictures of various skin disorders, instructions on how to deal with all types of illnesses and symptoms, info on healthy eating and diet, and info on various drugs used to treat a myriad of ailments. This book should be in EVERY home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mayo Clinic Family Health Book
We have had this book for 10 years and cannot imagine it being any better. Clear, direct, worth the price 50 times over. I am now buying the latest edition to stay up-to-date.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Idea For Baby Shower Gift
I am a mother of two and refer to this book for any concerns. It is easy to reference and understand. I am now buying it as a baby shower gift for a friend. ... Read more

17. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook
by Glenn R. Schiraldi
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 9522
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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For the millions who suffer from the effects of a traumatic experience, this book offers help and hope and provides the diverse elements needed for lasting recovery. Trauma can take many forms, from the most disturbing of circumstances such as witnessing a murder or violent crime to the subtle trauma of living with the effects of abuse or alcoholism. Deep emotional wounds often seem like they will never heal, but Schiraldi has helped and witnessed survivors recover, grow, and find happiness.

By helping people recognize the coping mechanisms and by dealing directly with the effects of a traumatic experience, there is a great reason for hope. The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook is a guide for both survivors and their loved ones, helping them to see that on the other side of their pain is recovery and growth.

  • Explains the psychic defenses that can go into effect to protect a victim from further emotional harm
  • Provides information on triggers and the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Addresses how the healing process can begin and how fear diminishes through a variety of medic and nonmedicinal treatment methods
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5-0 out of 5 stars Survivors of PTSD Have a New Best Friend
This book may well become the best friend of every person recovering from PTSD. I frequently find myself turning to this book for direction and comfort when the symptoms become overwhelming. It is a powerfully effective tool against the panic and feelings of isolation that I face as a person with PTSD. The clear, concise explanations, acceptance of the reality of these symptoms, and specific instructions and suggestions for professional and self-treatment, organized in an easy-to-read format, have proven invaluable in my own recovery. Glenn has taken the fear and confusion of PTSD and turned it into an understandable and manageable situation. I would recommend this book to anyone suffering from PTSD. It may save your life, and will certainly save your sanity. I can't say enough good things about it. It has, truly, changed my life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Easy to Read
This book on PTSD is very helpful in explaining the symptoms, remedies, and recommendations for individuals dealing with PTSD. I recommend it to anyone who feels they may suffer from PTSD, as it is a great relief to hear about other cases and symptoms of PTSD. Because of this book, I have realized that I'm not nuts and I'm not alone in my symptoms or in my diagnoses.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource!
As a sufferer of PTSD, I find this book to be one of my saving graces. When things get rough, I pull out the book. (it actually has its own place on my nightstand!) There are so many great techniques and explanations included that are in real english and easy to read and understand. I wish I could have found it a year ago!

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight
What insight! I also highly recommend reading Peaceful Heart: A Woman's Journey of Healing, by Aimee Jo Martin....a book that is a true testament to the human spirit and takes the reader thru a client's perspective of EMDR.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you God
I purchased this book initially because I was interested in the subject. Not a medical person or psychiatrist of any sort, I just thought it was something that I would enjoy looking into. For those that know how the subconscious works, you'll appreciate the fact that I discovered that I was a victim of PTSD while delving into the subject. It was as if the universe was trying to tell me something. All I can say is that it opened my eyes and changed my life in ways I never knew possible.

For those interested in fiction dealing with a topic along these lines (and also Dissociative Identity Disorder) I would recommend reading a book called "Bark of the Dogwood" by Jackson McCrae. It's an intricate study of PTSD and packs quite a wallop. ... Read more

18. Bowes & Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used
by Jean A. T., Ph.D. Pennington, Anna De Planter Bowes, Helen Nichols Church
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-15)
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Sales Rank: 41818
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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This classic guide to nutrition has helped put the balance inbalanced diets since 1937. Now completely updated for the SeventeenthEdition, this bestseller continues to fulfill its purpose, to supplyauthoritative data on the nutritional value of foods in a form forquick and easy reference. The book's main table reflects the currentfood supply -- listing more than 8,500 common foods -- and containsdata on the nutritional content of foods, organized by food groups.Supplementary tables define the content of lesser known foods. Eachfood entry is thoroughly evaluated to include calorie content, weight,water, protein, fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, dietary fiber and majorvitamins and minerals. Brand names and the general foods that typifytoday's eating habits are covered; the latest information on fiber andmonounsaturated fat content is addressed; and a bibliography of sourcesfor current food composition data is provided. New in the SeventeenthEdition: a comprehensive listing of sugars has been added to the maintable. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource!
I purchased this book several years ago when I started counting carbohydrates. A nutritionist recommened it as being the most comprehensive resource of its kind. I have found it invaluable. The fact that is not only contains prepackaged food, but fresh foods, meats, homemade items and even some common restaurants (along with many many other catagories), makes it THE perfect resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference
This book is for those of us on special diets that do not want 'special' books telling us what to eat, but neglecting to tell us what not to eat, or for those of us who just want to judge for ourselves what is good (or bad) for us. This book contains very complete information, including canned foods by brand, candy, gum, alcohol beverages, foods prepared in many ways, virtually any foods, even poi. The values listed include alcohol, calories, water, protein, carbohydrates, sugar, dietary fiber, fat, saturated fatty acids, monosaturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, cholesterol, vitamins A(RE), A(IU), C, B-1, B-2, B-4, B-12, D, E, E (as alpha-tocopherol), K, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid. Also sodium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iron, copper. Amino acids, caffeine, gluten, iodine, pectin, phytosterol, purines, salicylates, selenium, theobromine. What more could the dietary conscious want?

5-0 out of 5 stars Bowes & Church Food Values of Portions Commonly Used
I have been a diabetic for many years. My new doctor advised me to get this book so that I could count carbohydrates more accurately. It is a great book for diabetics. My new doctor can now treat me more efficiently. Thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars At last
Too many food guides for diabetics give food equivelants in volume (i.e. cups) measure. When comparing spaghetti to ziti or large cubes to small cubes, the amount contained by a cup varies significantly. Bowes & Church's, (the first book in which I found the nutritive values by weight) had lacked sugar and monounsatured fatty acids data. That deficiency is now corrected. Some food catagories have been expanded (i.e. Varieties of summer squash are now separately listed). This is definitely the best compendium of food nutrient content that I have found.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have not found a more comprehensive food value guide
This book follows in the tradition of the prior editions which I wore out from use. It has a fabulous index and lists foods as the title states, in commonly used portions so you can put your calculator away. ... Read more

19. Sugar Blues
by William Dufty
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Catlog: Book (1986-03-17)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A sledgehammer of truth
In SUGAR BLUES, William Dufty doesn't just lift the historical mask on sugar, he pulverizes it. I have read other books detailing the biological havoc that refined sugar wreaks on the body, but this is the first book I've seen that places sugar in a historical framework and charts its path of destruction over thousands of years, through the rise and fall of civilizations right up to present-day corporate and government duplicity. The results are truly eye-opening, if not shocking. If you thought sugar was just one of life's sweet little nuisances, think again. It has been one of the major levers for the enslavement and control of human beings for millenia.

The portrait of the historical drama of sugar is this book's strength. SUGAR BLUES does have minor weaknesses, however. It's lacking in science, which these days is important to have when challenging the status quo. It also lacks a systematic argument, the chapters often meandering from subject to subject (the chapter on sugar in cigarettes, for instance, ends with a discussion of sugar's role in auto accidents). Finally, the book sputters to its conclusion as Dufty provides a final chapter on recipes that frankly put me to sleep. He should have stuck to his original purpose here and delivered a final, clinching argument. With a new edition, all of these minor wrinkles could be addressed.

That said, this book's value is nonetheless extraordinary. Sugar is so entrenched in most people's lifestyles that it is practically invisible, taken for granted. But if it has caused half the damage Dufty claims it has, then everyone should do themselves a favor and read his book. It doesn't end there; I know from personal struggle that sugar is incredibly hard to kick. But the first step in any change is knowing you have to make it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I first read this book a year ago. I'll say this about it:

Forget the indespensible information on the completely non-existent nutritional value of refined sugar. Forget the anecdotal mind-blowing gems like how mosquitos and other disease carrying insects fly past a recovered sugar addict's body because they are no longer attracted to what was once sweet smelling and tasting blood. Forget the paradigm shift his expose demands on the causes of a significant portion of all automobile accidents in this country. Forget his linking glucose intolerence to diseases--diagnosed, undiagnosed and falsely diagnosed over the centuries--from tooth decay to epilepsy to heart diesase to schizophrenia to lung cancer.

Just ruminate on the historical facts brought out by this man that the hunger for refined sugar, and the subsequent addiction to this mind and body destroying chemical are the architects of:

1) the African Slave trade in Europe and the Americas

2)the disconnected and disjunct philosophies of mind and body health being separate entities in Western medicine (just now being gradually overturned) unlike everywhere else in world history

3)"Pagan"/mental illness-related diseases of mythical, otherwise inexplicable derivation

4) the chemical dependency supply-and-demand relationship and geo-political international trade structure that made everything from the decimation of Native American tribes and lands in the Americas to the drug corporations near dominance of today's American economy, to the Medellin and Sicilian cartels of heroin and cocaine *creating international public policy today* not just possible but INEVITABLE...

In short, Mr. Dufty has written one of the most important books of this century, bar none. He has become a public servant to a level rivalling that of leaders and thinkers like Martin Luther, Charles Darwin, Martin Luther King.

Hyperbole? Of course. But it's impossible not to get emotional about what this man shows us and teaches us. When you see how he puts together all the evidence, like the final moments of a Sherlock Holmes movie, and see how the mysterious pieces of the most tormented periods of both one's personal life and that of human history since the European Middle Ages fit together and relate, it will downright frighten you with its damning simplicity. Anyone who has been touched by alcoholism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, heart disease, depression, obesity, anorexia, drug addiction, diabetes; racism, religious intolerence, alcohol-, car accident- and drug-related crimes; co-dependency-related divorce, dysfunctional families; in short, every citizen of the Western World--which by political proxy is everyone in the world--will read this book and be changed, even if you do have a cup of cola again. I have never even come close to successfully getting rid of sugar in my diet. But the idea that I could change my life, health, soul and sense of the universe completely by achieving it is something that would absolutely never have occurred to me before hand.

If that makes you say "that sounds so *new agey* it makes me want to gag", when you read SUGAR BLUES you'll realize it's the sugar talking!

My favorite line from the movie THE USUAL SUSPECTS is "The devil's greatest trick is making the world believe he doesn't exist." I think his real name is Fear; but maybe his real Sugar.

This book cannot just change lives, it has the power to change the world as we know it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Avoid Sugar ! (and the book).
Anything that is not done in moderation causes medical problems including too much water. This is a one note book - the evils of sugar. Please... nobody tell Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts.

So we now have a book that brings in a lot of justification. The book even has historical reasons to justify cutting back on sugar. The ability to prove some of the historical claims in the book is zero. So the author hopes that the reader is slightly gullible and buys the book and swallows (if I may use that pun) all of the explanations. Having said that anyone alive should understand that there is a connection between diabetes and sugar, as they should know (heaven help us if they do not) that smoking will ruin your lungs and throat at best and at worse cause cancer in a fixed percentage of smokers.

The book is 50% correct and 50% loony. Unfortunately it is hard to have both loony and good and have a credible book.

Yes definitely avoid too much sugar. But there is no conspiracy to make you eat the stuff. It is in the food (like Ketchup) because it is cheap and people buy the food with sugar addded.

Avoid too much sugar but also in my humble opinion, avoid the book. Just read the book reviews and draw the simple lesson to cut back and use sugar sparingly and at least in moderation.

Jack in Toronto

2-0 out of 5 stars An Unsubstantiated Diatribe
This book is an over-the-top rant about the evils of sugar. According to the author, most major evils were caused by sugar: the Bubonic Plague, The Crusades, Slavery, Witchunts and every physical and mental problem experienced by the human race. He also slams the medical profession,the Catholic Church, European and US governments and the ruling and industrial elite. While I agree that too much sugar is harmful and unhealthy, Dufty's extreme views detract from his message. He sounds like a conspiracy theorist. His conclusions are not supported by scientific or historical facts but are rather conjecture and personal opinion. Dufty tries to imply support by using footnotes, but the referenced material is inadequate. His logic is also seriously flawed. For example, he claims that because the Plague struck city dwellers (who consumed more sugar) instead of country dwellers (who consumed less sugar), one's consumption of sugar made one more susceptible to the Plague. He completely ignores the fact that the Plague was caused by fleas on rats who flourished in the crowded, unsanitary cities. It is hard to wade through the hyperbole in this book. It seems like Dufty is a very angry person with an axe to grind. This makes it hard to take his book seriously.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Good Book On Sugar
Every author I have read who writes about sugar comes across to me as a little paranoid, but after reading their books they have every reason to be. White sugar is probably much more nefarious then most of us imagine. Whatever it is, I am certainly treading on a different ground when I shop\hunt for food.

Some good things about Sugar Blues is there is some quick really simple recipes. There also is a section on how government and industry always seem to work together for their OWN interest and not yours. Caveat emptor.... always! Never forget that and use your common sense.

He also warns that doctors are not your friends. I believe that to be quite true. They are on another paradigm and pity the fool that neglects his health by his bad eating habits and ends up in their care. Read this book and you could avoid being another "white stuff" casualty. I mean doctors do wear white coats don't they?

In other areas the author pushed it a little too hard in my opinion when he said a lot of "unexplainable [car] accidents" in which "millions of American drivers" may be driving under the influence or effect of sugar drowsiness (i.e. hypoglycemia due to hyperinsulin) when driving after a meal, especially after eating restaurant meals which is loaded with sugar. But who knows, it could be true and never has been investigated. Refined sugar is in nearly everything we eat nowadays.

His decrying of sugar is similiar to Nancy Appleton's book, but I wouldn't take both of what they say lightly. The bottom line to me is another "white" food to avoid. That is; white sugar; white flour; white rice; white salt; and white milk (non-raw). All of these foods face extreme processing to lengthen their shelf life, but may end up shorting yours. ... Read more

20. The Merck Manual of Medical Information, Second Edition: The World's Most Widely Used Medical Reference - Now In Everyday Language
by Mark H. Beers
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Asin: 0911910352
Catlog: Book (2003-04)
Publisher: Pocket
Sales Rank: 1391
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Merck Manual
This is a comprehensive book, detailing nearly every type of ailment known to mankind. Those who judge just one small portion of it (who may or may not have medical degrees to support their opinions) do the work an injustice by focusing on the narrow instead of the entire range of the book.

This book is full of detail that the average person can comprehend. At times the book does seem a bit rigid in that certain ailments can only occur in specific parts of the body. Case in point, my wife was diagnosed with a ganglion cyst on her ankle, an uncommon location, but according to the book, such cysts are limited to the wrist.

But this does not detract from the overall usefullness of this book as a standard reference. Of course, no book should be the sole source of medical evaluation and doctors must be consulted as the needs arise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every home needs this!
This book should be in the library of every home. Are you worried that you have something that is serious? Do you need a self-diagnosis to comfort you or to push you to seek further medical advice? Do you want to know what the treatments are for the ailment you are suffering under? The Merck Manual has all the info you need in easy language to help you better your health. Many people go to a doctor unnecessarily wasting time and money when they feel "sick". However, this manual will give you enough info on practically every health problem/issue out there so that you can decide whether to just heal at home or need medical attention. If you're someone who always "fears the worst" this book will help you ease your fears; while at the same time it tells you the straight facts about a certain condition. In each section, the manual gives you a brief description of the condition/illness, then it gives you the symptoms and diagnosis, and then the prognosis and treatment. There are also VERY helpful appendices where there are lists of medical terms, drug names (generic and trade), and an address directory for all major conditions (in case you need to call a particular organization for more info on a certain condition). This book must be in every home library out there. It is an indispensable tool for a healthy and long life.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Merck Manual of Medical Information
Fantastic book for in depth but easy to understand reference book. It give you information in plain English, it's almost like a novel but very educational. For an example: It might say "take acetaminophen (Tylenol)" It gives you the meaning to words that are uncommon to everyday usage. Another great aspect is the the book uses a lot of examples after the explanation so that you can fully understand and apply that information if not understood. I have a learning disability (LD and ADD) and I find it very easy to read and understand with out mind boggling confusion.

1-0 out of 5 stars Article on circumcision
Having recently assisted at the birth of my son and well informed in the most up-to-date research into the anatomy of the penis and the history and practice of circumcision in the U.S., I read with some surprise and no little chagrin the tendentious and rather uninformed presentation on the subject of circumcision. It is surprising that so little account is taken of penile anatomy or the rights of the subject (most often an infant) of this surgery. In the case of baby boys, no notice at all is taken of circumcision as the surgical removal of significant healthy genital tissue from healthy baby boys. A significant surgical procedure with no medical necessity...seems a bit odd to me. In any event, it certainly casts much doubt for me on the authority of the rest of the manual, which I surely hope stands on firmer scientific footing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must
This manual is a must for any house. It covers every medical problem out there. It'll inform you and help you. Not recommended for hyperchondriacs...just kidding. ... Read more

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