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South Dakota-based Strand, a general practitioner for nearly a quarter century, turned his attention to nutrition in the mid-90s when traditional medical approaches failed to help his wife's chronic fatigue. In his authorial debut, Strand preaches vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and other nutritional supplements with the zeal of a new convert. His opponents are formidable: the government, food suppliers and the medical establishment who, Strand says, disregard evidence that the RDA recommendations are inadequate to supply us with the weapons to fight chronic diseases. Chapters cover "Oxidative Stress and Your Eyes," "Cellular Nutrition" and "Homocysteine: New Kid on the Block," among other ailments and panaceas. Despite the alarmist title, those who suffer from or are at risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, auto-immune disorders and lung disease may want to weigh the evidence for themselves; Stand's book is designed to provide an alternative perspective that aids in doing so, though it also includes various supplemental regimens he has devised. His message, after all, is fundamentally a simple one: let's protect and care for our bodies, Strand says, and "may we all live until we die."
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About the Author

Ray D. Strand, M.D., graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School and finished his post-graduate training at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. He has been involved in an active private family practice for the past thirty years, and has focused his practice on nutritional medicine over the past seven years while lecturing internationally on the subject. Dr. Strand lives on a horse ranch in South Dakota with his lovely wife, Elizabeth. They have three grown children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078528883X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785288831
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Boone on January 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a must-read for anybody interested in their health. (Who isn't?). It confronts the pharmaceutical and medical industry and basically shows that the health care system in the USA is in need of great improvement. Other developed countries spend far less on healthcare, and have greater human life expectancy....the USA can do better.

Here, Dr Strand empowers the reader, and equips him with knowledge to prevent or fight many degenerative diseases. He backs it all up with more than 1300 sceintific studies.

He is not selling vitamins, as he cites no brand names in the pages. Any body that thinks that quality vitamins are expensive should try the alternative...illness, disease, and missed work opportunities.

Any medical Doctor that wants to excel at true patient care, and teaching, and to build up his practice, with long-term vision should buy this book, and practice what is recommended to complement their current activities.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on August 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book does a terrific job positioning supplements as an aid to medecine and as a prevention tool. His web site clearly is a business to sell both his book and subscriptions to his information about supplements specific to various diseases and disorders.

Reviewer # 2 "A Reader" claims Dr. Strand is in the business of selling supplements, which does not appear to have any basis in fact. His apparently amateur criticisms of Dr. Strand's research citings seems to overlook the many mentions Dr. Strand makes for research supporting his findings. For instance on Page 8, Dr. Strand says "In the past year alone, I have examined more than thirteen hundred peer reviewed medical studies involving nutritional supplements and how they affect chronic degenerative diseases. These studies are double blind, placebo-controlled medical studies, the kind that physicians love. The overwhelming majority of these studies show a significant health benefit to thos patients who take nutrients at optimal levels, which are significantly higher than the RDA levels."

Dr. Strand is no snake oil nor even supplement salesman. He offers solid advice for improving your health beyond the recommendations of the traditional medical community. Five years ago, many doctors did not support multi-vitamins and high dosage antioxidants. Recent research is beginning to change this, but Dr. Strand is out in front for people who need more than traditional medical treatments can offer.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Harold H. Howard on September 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is very important for modern health concerns. It offers treatment for problems that conventional medicine is unable to address.

Arguments are presented in a clear professional manner that is convincing of their truthfulness. This is no pseudo medicine full of a quacks mumbo jumbo. The case histories are very helpful to illustrate and confirm the points.

Also the availability of online consultation, presented in the book, is of unique value.

I use this book as a reference with my friends who have health questions and problems.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephenson on April 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book. I was experiencing similar symptoms as Dr. Strand's wife and the book gave me great insight into today's nutrition and supplement arena. Dr. Strand's perspecive is balanced and his voice is a welcome help in the wave of traditional medicine and prescriptions. Enjoy! His web site is [...]
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Cloud Gazer on October 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read extensively about health, nutrition and disease prevention. Bar none, this is the best book I've read that covers the gamut of major diseases and health concerns. The text is easy to read and understand - even for those who are NOT familiar with various health terms. The info is laid out in a well-thought out, logical manner. You will definitely wonder why you haven't learned about this info before... and the answer is also provided in the book.
I have been searching for a doctor or a resource that combines the best of the medical world with the best of the nutritional world. I've known all along you cannot have health without nutrition - any doctor who says that nutrition doesn't matter is a dolt. (That's like saying that oxygen isn't important.) Well, I finally found the doctor and the resource. (Wish he were in my home state, though!)
This is a keeper for your long term library. Every chapter has excellent info that can improve or maintain your health or ... it may benefit your immediate and extended family, your friends and acquaintances, even strangers that you may "touch". Truly, don't miss a single page in this book. Then, keep it handy for reference for years to come because not only is the information excellent but it is also timeless.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book!
I have been taking high quality nutritional supplements for over 3 years now and have noticed the incredible improvement in my body. However, when I tried to describe the increase in energy, overall health, decrease in joint pain and headaches to others, the message didn't always translate. Plus, if I would "promote" a certain type of vitamin/supplement - say Gingko Biloba, for example, people would purchase cheaper and less effective brands - not believing that you get what you pay for and you really should invest in your health and buy the best out there.
Dr. Strand was able to say in layman's terms, but with a lot more credibility, what I have been trying to communicate for years to family and friends.
This is a fantastic read and I wasn't discouraged afterwards; rather, I was encouraged since I knew I was on the right track...and you can be too!
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