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What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You Paperback – May 15, 2007
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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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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.
Even though I own around 300 doctors and health books I still by this book found important information. Especially I now see how helpful, and important, the Grape seed extract is in many sickness cases, besides by increasing the results from the vitamins and minerals. And when I then looked in my other books after Grape seed extract I found that I had forgotten what I earlier there had read as I nearly found nothing about it. And actually I’m going to buy Grape seed extract, to see if it can help in solving some of the problems which my wife during some years has talked about.
In the book is interesting to read that when Ray was studied medical then the cholesterol level less than 320 was considered being normal, while now it the has fallen to 200, but that this in reality being a misunderstanding about LDL, as LDL is very healthy except for part of it which might have been oxidized. So only seldom the problem is the total cholesterol number, but instead id there are some oxidized LDL; just like we have the oxidizing problem to watch for throughout the body.
Among other it’s delightful in the book to read the many cases, as most of these being truly amazing. For example, in the diabetes chapter we read about Joe whose ratio triglyceride / HDL was 40, by the cholesterol measure, while not allowed being higher than 2, if preventing diabetes. And then by changing his lifestyle after just 12 weeks his triticale ratio already had been turned down to only 2.5.
But by in the book reading about the doctor misbelief in nutritional medicine, I clearly recall my own battle with doctors here in Chiang Mai, during now 13 years, mostly concerning the way in which they blindly believe to cures cholesterol and cancer. For example, when I back in 2011 received the book by Cohen, Suzy, RPH.: “Drug Muggers: Which Medications are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients”, I then discovered that the drug which a doctor had put me on against stress, not was good for persons eating banana, or rice, which I daily are getting. I shoved the book to the doctor, but it didn’t chance anything in the hospital, the drug continued in being giving to patients. And I also from the book Burt Berkson, MD, PhD.: “The Alpha Lipoic Acid Breakthrough”, recalled how he would have been fired, hadn’t it come to the news, after he 2 * 2 times had saved the life of patients, poisoned by fungi, because he used ALA, (Alpha linolenic acid), which the hospital didn’t know about.
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.
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.