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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Reprint edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451225139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451225139
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JOE GRAEDON, MS, pharmacologist, and TERESA GRAEDON, PhD, medical anthropologist, are authors of the nationally syndicated newspaper column "The People's Pharmacy." Between them, they have written many books, including the New York Times bestseller The People's Pharmacy. They also host a syndicated radio show of the same name. They reside in Durham, North Carolina.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

An easy read with great information.
J. P. Weisenhorn
I've been reading the Graedons' "People's Pharmacy" books since I graduated from pharmacy school in the mid 1970s.
disillusioned pharmacist
Great book for home remedies...use it often.
Gailya W.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By John M. Grohol on November 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have the Graedons' original 'The People's Pharmacy' and always found it a useful and helpful book. When I discovered they published this book which reviews the usefulness of a wide range of treatments for common health and mental health ailments (such as acne, allergies, depression, foot odor, insomnia, weight loss and more), I got it also and was not disappointed. This is a great reference, written in a down-to-earth manner, reviewing the most useful, best treatments for 2 dozen conditions. It gave me information I didn't know or even think to try. A must-have for everyone.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DR on April 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have been trying for years to take charge of my health with preventive measures. This book is organized by the health concern and then gives not only comments about prescriptions for that health concern, but also herbs/foods that may help. I lowered my blood pressure by following the advice in the book, and am now ordering two more copies for friends.

This book is worth the money, several times over.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Charles W. Smith on November 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Joe and Terry Graedon have a unique and important perspective. They are only interested in what patients confirm works for them, not what drug companies or marketing hype is saying. I consider this a very well written, important book and is a "must have" for anyone interested in self care. Joe and Terry do a great job of discussing both traditional and alternative therapies. They have an easy to read writing style and use lots of tables and graphs to illustrate their points.
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110 of 128 people found the following review helpful By disillusioned pharmacist on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading the Graedons' "People's Pharmacy" books since I graduated from pharmacy school in the mid 1970s. "Best Choices" is my favorite. Their chapter on generic drugs is worth the price of the book.

The issues surrounding generic drugs are endlessly fascinating. Pharmacists like generic drugs because the mark-up is better than on brand name drugs. Insurance companies love generic drugs because generics save the companies a ton of money. As a taxpayer, I'm happy that federal and state governments embrace generic drugs. I'd hate to be taxed to pay for exclusively brand name drugs for Medicare Part D, and for the Veterans Administration, and for Medicaid programs, etc. I like the fact that the government embraces generic drugs because that holds down my taxes. But as a consumer, I prefer brand name drugs.

One of the fundamental tenets of capitalism is that price determines quality. You get what you pay for. That's why tires for your car with a 80,000-mile treadlife warranty cost much more than tires with a 25,000-mile warranty. When you go to a supermarket, do you buy the store brand of green beans or do you prefer Green Giant or DelMonte? Are you happy when your automobile mechanic uses a brand of motor oil you've never heard of, or do you prefer that he uses Valvoline or Havoline? If you need a pacemaker for your heart, wouldn't you want the absolute finest on the market? If you need a drug to control a heart arrhythmia, would you be wise to accept a generic? The examples are endless but the point is the same. Can you be assured of quality when the cost of a generic product is half the price of a brand name?
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. Gayle Adcock on April 24, 2008
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I've bought a few home remedy books over the years and they were all pretty useless, but this one is excellent. There is information in here I haven't seen anywhere else, and once tried, boy was I surprised at how well it worked. This is really sound, researched, rational information. I don't even put it away. It's always on my desk.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ritchie Hernandez on August 29, 2008
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Great information coupled with believable testimonials from people. I'm a Type II diabetic who found the information very very useful and helpful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic book. Easy to read and find specific information on common medical concerns. I am an RN and my father is a pharmacist so using O.T.C. or Rx drugs for every ailment has always been our first response. With the recent recalls of major drugs and risky side effects as well as problems with counterfeits I can see a great benefit both physically and financially in natural alternative remedies. I like the way they rate the different approaches with stars from 1-5 for proven effectiveness and the letters from tried and true believers adds to the credibility. This book is not without it's lighter moments and several times had me laughing out loud. I plan to make this book a gift to family and friends this year.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kailani Gerych on January 7, 2008
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i was especially interested in a book that talked about the Nettie Pot - and i found this to be one of the few books which did (even though it was not lengthy, it was concise and to the point), but again - i appreciated that it was in the book. i also appreciated that it had other up to date remedies for health and i would recommend this book - Best Choices From the People's Pharmacy.
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