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The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book, 4th edition: The Definitive Guide to Designing Your Personal Supplement Program Paperback – May 3, 2007
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About the Author
Shari Lieberman, Ph.D., CNS, FACN, a certified nutrition specialist (CNS), is a faculty member at the University of Bridgeport, School of Human Nutrition. She runs a private practice as a clinical nutritionist in New York City, where she frequently counsels women on weight loss. She is also well known to viewers of QVC, where she sells her own line of weight-loss supplements for women on an exclusive basis.
Top Customer Reviews
I trust this book over other sources because it has data backed by clinical studies from reputable organizations such as the American Medical Association and New England Journal of Medicine. Fro example, the book says it's okay to take 400-800 IU of vitamin E daily for heart health. I've seen other sources say it's too much -- presumably based on a study that the media jumped all over that said high doses were unsafe, but the study was flawed by several variables as they were not comparing apples to apples. I think when others recommend daily doses, they are referring to the RDA, the "minimum wage" needed, and not the dose needed for optimal health.
The author recommends for the average reader:
Vitamin A: 5000 - 25 000 IU
B1: 100 - 500 mg
B2: 100 - 300mg (500 mg for some)
B3/niacin: 500 - 1000 mg
B5: 100 - 500 mg (900 mg pantethine in cardiovascular diseases, and even larger doses for Lupus upwards of 2 g)
B6: 25 - 300 mg (500 mg for some)
C: 5 - 10 g (for healthy people)
Folate: 1 - 5 mg (the higher amounts in cardiovascular disease)
Manganese: 15 - 30 mg
Chromium: 200 - 600 mcg
Selenium: 200 - 600 mcg
Zinc: 50 mg
Boron: 3 - 6 mg
(These figures are from my own messy handwritten notes and so some errors may possibly exist. Please do not take these figures for fact, do your own reading first! This is also not a complete list.)
I would disagree with the claim that this book is the definitive guide to supplements as I found the information in the books Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution: Nature's Answer to Drugs and also books by Abram Hoffer such as ...Read more ›
This book frightened me. The author did not inform the readers in her book about the side effects of the supplements. I found this irresponsible. For example, I was surprised that she did not mention that too much vitamin A causes overt psychosis, liver damage and even death (the reason that the Inuit who traditionally ate bear meat never ate its liver, a fact corroborated decades ago by science), that too much vitamin D can cause hypercalcemia, that D-Ribose, a substance extracted from mastic, spurs action from the ovaries (Yemenite jews traditionally used it for women's fertility) and should be used with caution by women taking conventional fertility treatments and menopausal women and patients in hospital have gone into toxic shock when mistakenly overdosed with magnesium through the magnesium pump. The assertion that any side effects caused by over-supplementation are reversible by just ceasing supplementation is ludicrous and dangerous! There are just too many examples of lack of full disclosure of side effects to list.
I wanted a book that would round out my knowledge but this book to me felt like a big push to buy, buy, buy supplements. Although Shari Lieberman advocated cancer prevention and treatment through supplementation in this book, she herself died of cancer at age 51. Beware!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is indeed a handy reference guide and does have a great deal of good useful information that must have taken an awful lot of effort to compile. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ye Shall Be As Gods
Best book I ever read in the subject. I have owned a copy since her first edition, and bought this for a gift. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LoJay
Concise and to the point. A great comprehensive guide to vitamins and minerals that is not trying to sell you something.Published 9 months ago by Jason
I believe that every person on the planet should read a book like this to inform themselves that Vitamins and minerals are not 'nice to have' but essential fuel for health. Read morePublished 16 months ago by egflm