Like the other PDR volumes, this one begins with a series of indexes: supplement name (common/generic name); brand name; category (e.g., probiotics, vitamins); indications (therapeutic or preventive purpose); side effects (potential adverse reactions); interactions (problems when used with other drugs, herbs, foods, or supplements); companion drugs (supplements that may be used in conjunction with prescription drugs to reverse adverse effects, relieve symptoms of the illness, or treat complications); and manufacturers. The "Companion Drug Index" is a unique and very useful feature. There is also a product identification guide with color pictures. This is quite limited. Many popular brands (such as Centrum and NatureMade) do not appear.
The descriptive monographs are arranged alphabetically by supplement name. These entries include trade or brand names and a description of the product with emphasis on its chemical and biochemical importance for humans. They also cover the actions and pharmacology of the supplements, explaining what they do, how they do it, and why they may be used. A summary of the research about the product with the most significant findings, both pro and con, as well as information about contraindications, adverse effects, interactions, information about dosage and administration, and overdosage, is included also. Available product information about forms and dosages and relevan and citations from the literature complete the entries. Although the authors assume that readers have a basic knowledge of biochemistry, the monographs are accessible to lay readers, who will encounter less medical jargon here than they do in the other PDR volumes.
The PDR for Nutritional Supplements has several helpful tables that compare various calcium, iron, multivitamin, multivitamin-mineral, and vitamin B complex products. It also has a brief list of common laboratory test values and directories of poison control centers, drug information centers, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration telephone services. This new source fills a gap in reference collections even though it does not cover all of the popular products that are currently available. It is useful for public, academic, and health sciences libraries. RBB
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I spent hours in this when I first got it!
For anyone concerned with nutrition, this book is a must have, and for anyone who knows someone who enjoys supplements, this book would be the best gift EVER.
In addition to the authoritative clinical information, Dr. Hendler provides fascinating historical background on the uses of many of the supplements.
The doctors gave my wife 6 weeks to live when we discovered her cancer. The 7 -1/2 years we fought using conventional and alternative treatments and supplements yielded mostly... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jimm Grimm Sr.
I got this to help evaluate supplements at work, but could easily spend hours reading this for personal knowledge and enjoyment! So thorough. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RubbahSlippahRippah
I give this 5 stars as it has definitely met my needs. It helps me to establish a well balanced diet.Published 6 months ago by Lee
This book are OK for my submitions to Ministry of Health in Costa Rica, thank you so much, Juan JoséPublished 11 months ago by Juan Jose Arrieta Acuña
I like to have these type of research books to evaluate supplements and herbs. This one is fairly comprehensive and easy to navigate.Published 13 months ago by Catherine Vansant
Another good reference of PDR. Informative and detail, with updated information to the practitioners and students. It is a must to everyone of the field.Published 15 months ago by Alice
For those of you in a health-related field, this book will be familiar. It's formatted as other PDRs, and is a thorough and reliable resource. It *is* a hefty volume! Read morePublished 19 months ago by exotec
A must for the library of any person taking personal responsibility for his or her health, or their family's health.Published 19 months ago by Mark Hilgendorf
Very comprehensive, but omits some commonly used products, also lack of some detail pertaining to preparation and administration.Published on August 3, 2010 by Laz