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Prescription or Poison?: The Benefits and Dangers of Herbal Remedies Paperback – June 8, 2010
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Prescription or Poison? is written in layman’s terms, is based on current information and research, includes complete descriptions of common herbs, and uses several case studies that demonstrate benefits and dangers in real-life terms. This book is a superb reference tool for a consumer who takes prescription drugs and wants to avoid conflicts with herbs, food, alcohol, and other substances. It is just as valuable for anyone who wants an authoritative overview of the benefits and dangers of herbal remedies. —ForeWord Reviews
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Each of those times, how handy a book like Prescription or Poison?: The Benefits and Dangers of Herbal Remedies would have been!
I admit that I'm somewhat of a "Chicken Little" when it comes to trying new supplements. It takes me several days just to decide on a multi-vitamin. Needless to say, I do my research.
Most herbs and supplements are unregulated and the information on the Internet is speculative. Family doctors, I've found, are not up-to-date on most herbal remedies and more importantly, drug interaction is a huge issue if you are taking any prescription or OTC medicine.
What a find, a blessing, it is to have all my questions answered in one handy book!
Prescription or Poison?: The Benefits and Dangers of Herbal Remedies is written in an easy-to-understand style, filled with quick-consult tables and charts, and contains information on every current supplement including Chinese and ayurvedic medicines. This guide even includes a secition on food, drink, and tobacco drug interaction concerns.
The author, Dr. Amitava Dasgupta, holds a MS in analytic chemistry from the University of Georgia and a PhD in organic chemistry from Stanford University, among a laundry list of other credentials. I felt that not only in resume, but in the straight-forward wording anecdoted with actual case studies, that the information contained in Prescription or Poison?: The Benefits and Dangers of Herbal Remedies is trustworthy and worthy of a thorough read.
The chapters on toxic and deadly supplements were a bit unnerving, but highly educational and led me to reconsider how I approach and store topical medications as well as internal supplements. (If you have children, I highly recommend reading these two chapter thoroughly!)
Overall, Prescription or Poison?: The Benefits and Dangers of Herbal Remedies is a wise investment. A guide that should be part of everyone's home reference library.
Amitava Dasgupta, PHD
Hunter House Publishers
P.O. Box 2914; Almeda, CA 94501-0914
(510) 865-5282 [...].
978-0-89793-550-0, $18.95, 2010
Reviewed by Laura Goodwin
I received this book directly from the publisher to review. I liked it and found the book to have a great source of references. It was relatively easy to read, with only a few chapters a little more advanced for my taste, that is why I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5. This book is a summary of the affects of herbal medicines on other drugs. The chapters are broken down very well with very informative charts inserted in each chapter.
This first chapter is dedicated to the types of herbal remedies, people who use them, the benefits, and common ones that are used. Most of the data found that the majority of these medicines can interact with other medicines and cancel out some of their benefits. Beyond the first chapter, the book builds upon more harmful supplements, and even ones that can endanger somebody's life.
I especially liked the section covering vitamins and some of the herbal remedies like St. John's wort and Valerian root. I take vitamins every day and I used to take these types of herbal supplements. After reading this book, it makes you think twice about taking anything that is not specifically FDA approved. The author goes very in depth to cover the various types of homeopathic remedies and specifically how these can interact with one's immunity system.
The section on women's health was especially helpful, basically contradicting all of the women's magazines that are out there today to promote certain herbal remedies at alleviating menopause symptoms. None of these herbal alternatives are relatively safe for consumption and some should be avoided altogether.
I liked the glossary at the back of the book and the appendix of generic and trade names of drugs discussed in the book. Everyone should take a look at the supplements that are toxic and dangerous. This is a great book to keep in any home library for future references and I recommend it to anyone who has ever taken any type of herbal supplement or has ever had acupuncture or other alternative medicines.