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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Northern Dimensions Publishing; 4th edition (March 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097325386X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973253863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author, educator and biochemist, Lyle MacWilliam serves as a scientific consultant and public advocate for the natural healthcare industry. His early scientific training led him to the investigation of oxidative stress and the biological properties of antioxidants. His research focused on radiation-induced free radical damage and dietary supplementation with Vitamin E. An accomplished martial artist, Mr. MacWilliam is passionate about personal fitness and health. As an author, Mr. MacWilliam's popular NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements and Comparative Guide to Children's Nutritionals provide consumers with reliable tools with which to sort through the maze of nutritional supplements on the market today. Internationally, he is a sought-after speaker on the importance of optimal nutrition and lifestyle. Mr. MacWilliam's research hits hard at today's lifestyle and dietary patterns and their role in the development of degenerative disease. He is a contributory writer for Life Extension Foundation, a non-profit agency dedicated to the scientific exploration of preventive health and longevity. He has also served as a consultant with Health Canada, Environment Canada, Human Resources Development Canada, and the British Columbia Science Council; he is currently engaged as a scientific consultant for several nutritional manufacturers in the United States and Canada. Mr. MacWilliam is also a member of the Society of Industry Leaders, an international organization dedicated to bringing together authorities from all fields in a global network connecting industry veterans and academia professionals with institutional investors. A former Canadian legislator, Mr. MacWilliam served at the behest of Canada's Minister of Health to help develop the framework which led to the current Natural Health Product Directorate and regulations, which allows consumers far more choice in their health care products.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone taking supplements.
Rosanne Gianotti
I sell nutritional supplements and was delighted to find that my products are among the very few ranked as the best in this evaluation!!
John Jordan
It has a wealth of good information and is easy to understand.
Bryan E. Scarlett

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Sharon D. Montes on May 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a family physician who regularly recommends nutritional supplements to promote health and wellness, I am really impressed with the quality and quantity of information presented in this book. I particularly appreciate the creation of a "Blended Standard" benchmark that incorporated the expertise of a panel of clinicians and researchers. Although the writing shows thorough research and understanding of science, both consumers and health care providers will find the book useful and easy to read. THANK-YOU Mr MacWilliams for a great book!
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Gaishirei on December 17, 2008
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The information contained in this reference guide is one of the best I have seen based on the complexity of subject matter. The conclusions reached are explained in great detail and dose indeed reflect an opinion based on the research compiled by the broad list of professionals contained therein. Everyone can read the material and conduct his or her own independent research for accuracy of statements regarding the basis of conclusions reached, qualifications of listed personnel, as well as any other facet of the subject matter. A careful look at the conclusions will clearly reveal manufactures that produce some very good products. This book clearly presents the reasons why they have adopted what is known as "the blended standard" so obviously any company, (and there are more than a few) that meet and or exceed these standards and do well in this particular guide. Where a comparison is made and a standard is used there is always some bias and rightly so as this is a representation of specific views held at a particular time by a specific group of published professionals with the existing knowledge at the time of publishing. We are making many discoveries regarding these issues and as a result views and positions will no doubt change but at present this represents a very good effort at getting to the facts of the benefits of improving our views on health. For those familiar with the previous edition it is clear that the publisher has raised the bar considerably in determining a very reasonable method in separating one product from another regardless if one agrees with the premise. It is always up to the consumer to look past any perceived bias to make an informed decision. This book is educational, informative and is relatively easily understood by lay people as well as professionals. I applaud Mr. Lyle MacWilliams in this effort.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By John Jordan on June 29, 2010
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This is sort of the 'Consumer Reports' approach to sorting out the various products that are available. A comprehensive and scientific method of evaluating hundreds (1500, actually!) of products, all of which claim to be 'the best'. I sell nutritional supplements and was delighted to find that my products are among the very few ranked as the best in this evaluation!!

I have read criticism of this book by some who are concerned that there was a connection between the author, MacWilliams, and the USANA company, which is the one of the very few "Top-Rated" products (MacWilliams himself acknowledges that he is a consultant for several manufacturers). After reviewing the evaluation methodology, and considering that products from 5 other manufacturers, with which MacWilliams has no relationship whatsoever (as far as I can determine) are also "Top-Ranked", I think it is clear that there is no indication whatsoever of any conflict of interest. Some have criticized that one of the researchers who developed the "blended laboratory standard" against which the products were compared is on USANA's Medical Advisory Board (this is clearly stated in his bio in 'The Comparative Guide' so there is no attempt to hide this information). But, every one of the researchers who participated in development of the "blended laboratory standard" are experts in their fields... OF COURSE their advice is sought by many companies in the industry. Those who seek to inpugn this publication are most likely venting 'sour grapes' that their product(s) didn't fare well in the comparison... perhaps their effort would be better directed at improving the quality their products, rather than trying to discredit what appears to be such a fair and balanced evaluation!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ron on January 1, 2011
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I loved this book. It was packed with interesting scientific information on why a quality supplement is important for everyone. The ratings were eye opening as I had been buying inferior supplements because I did not know any better. I have changed my buying choices with the information I learned in this book and have seen big changes in my health that I think are do to taking better supplements.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Deb on January 1, 2011
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I found The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements Consumer Edition by Lyle MacWilliams to be a helpful guide to understanding the scientific ratings conducted of the products. Since nutritional supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, it is difficult for the consumer to evaluate and compare the products to determine quality.

Over 1500 US and Canadian supplements were scientifically rated and compared, using 18 critical health supportive criteria to evaluate each product.

It is helpful for learning about the appropriate use of nutritional supplements and how they contribute to optimal health, disease prevention, and anti-aging defense.

There are ratings included of many popular brands of supplements, including those sold in drug and health stores.Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements
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