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What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More: Choosing the Nutrients That Are Right for You Paperback – September 15, 2007
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Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH, spent her first two decades of practice as an emergency room physician at the Detroit Medical Center. A member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and a board examiner, Dr. Smith is an internationally known speaker and author on the subject of wellness and anti-aging. Currently, she is the owner and director of the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity, with locations in Ann Arbor, Center Line, Rochester, and Traverse City, Michigan.
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In the title I use the words "reference book" as I have found it being better, and easier, to go searching in than in Google. For example if wanting to know from where we are getting the Vitamin A in what we are eating, then we by the writing about Vitamin A, in a frame "Food Source of Vitamin A", are finding 54 foods sorted progressively, starting by the number 1, for having most of this Vitamin. And then in the chapter about the Minerals we in the frames are getting the amount in milligrams for each 100 grams, for example in "Food Sources of Magnesium", from 760 in Kelp to 64 numbers later, the 8 milligram in 100 grams of Apple.
And it's good with the separate chapters concerning respectively Vitamins, Minerals, Acids and Herbs, in which we concerning each of the objects mentioned in these chapters, we besides the frames mentioned above, also are getting many details about for what they actual are needed, or just help, symptoms telling us about deficiency, the possibility for having deficiency, how big a dosage to get, and so on.
We have 36 sides concerning Herbs, and concerning Herbs there exist so enormous many so we always in books find the existence of some more. But concerning the Herbs, for example in this book, it's also interesting on the whole of the side 166, to read the story about a dangerous Herb, that is the "Ephedra: A Potentially Dangerous Herb".
And even though I during many years have been reading many books concerning what to eat, what the body needs, and so on, I still learned more by reading this book. For example about the Fatty Acids we always learn, as written on side 107, that we also are having the "bad" Fat, the Trans Fatty Acid (TFA), invented by man. But especially on the side 114 we then read that actually the TFA also exist in the nature. For me this is the first time to read this. And then besides, we also, on this side, are reading about an actual TFA from the nature, the Conjugated Linoleic Acid, which opposite to the by man manufactured Fatty Acids, among other is believed to fight Breast and Colon Cancer! Very interesting learning.
Part 2 in the book "Health Conditions" covers 130 sides and having writings which is good for private persons, compared to for example the Mosby's Dictionary, as we here are getting more writing in each case, and besides we in each case also are getting tables with supplements to treat it.
The only thing which I found to be missing in this book is that on the sides 263-264 we have the "Estrogen-related Problems", but here we don't learn about the different parts, types, of Estrogens. That is the Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2), and Estriol (E3). And in a short writing, for which the two first mentioned helps Breast Cancer, and the last one fights Breast Cancer. So it's important besides having a balance between Estrogen and Progesterone also to have a balance between the parts in Estrogen.
But all together a very good book which I without doubt in the future many times will be using as a lexica concerning Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, and Health Conditions, after that I now have been using a speed marker in it.
The writer apparently is not even aware that Dr. Abram Hoffer (PHD Biochemistry, Nutrition, Ag Engineering/Chemistry, MD, Psychiatrist/General Medicine) was the real founder of orthomolecular medicine along with Linus Pauling. Hoffer did all the clinical work and laid the ground work for Orthomolecular medicine by finding the cure for alcoholism, drug addiction, schizophrenia, and effective orthomolecular treatment programs for cancer, alzheimers, autism , and other degenerative diseases, and what's more he statistically validated his treatments and published over 30 books and 300 papers.
My main criticism about this book is the vitamin, mineral dose rates she recommends for optimal health are not anywhere close to what Hoffer and Pauling said was necessary, and for people with degenerative diseases her dose rates, are no where near what Hoffer found was necessary to treat people with degenerative diseases and terminal diseases, thus if you have cancer, alzheimers, etc you're likely to die if you follow the advice in this book. In addition she repeats many canards of the MD establishment that are simply false, and that were dispelled by Hoffer, Pauling and Williams, such as vitamin c can cause kidney stones. She fails to neglect Vitamin C must be taken at very high doses, from 50-300 grams via IV to cure many viral infections, bacterial infections, degenerative and so called terminal diseases, and fails to cover the powerful form of Liposomal vitamin C. Pauling and Hoffer both took over 10 grams a day their entire life! If you want to learn about Vitamin C, read Thomas Levy's books, or Pauling /Camerons books, or Hoffers books. She claims to have read Pauling, yet Pauling said for a healthy person, due to genetic variation the optimal dose of Vitamin C, was from 500 mg to 20 grams a day and much more , (given by IV injection, or Liposomal), vitamin C would be needed to treat degenerative and so called disease.
I suggest all readers who enamored of her work, read Dr. Abram Hoffer's books, starting with 'The New Orthomolecular Medicine' and The New Orthomolecular Nutrition". Hoffer founded the field of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, with some small assist from Linus Pauling, and he founded the field of Orthomolecular Nutrition, and Hoffer, Pauling and Williams founded the field of Orthomolecular Medicine, but Hoffer was the first to treat large number of patients successfully, with diseases from acholism to heroin addiction to cancer to alzheimers to autism.
Other severely deficient areas of this book are the completely inadequate discussion of Vitamin D3/K2, which when combined with other megadoses can effectively treat/ eliminate Crohn's disease, Lupus,cancer, and she demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of standard orthomolecular treatments for many other degenerative diseases. She is completely deficient in covering the 'miracle' enzyme, serrapeptase, which can be used to treat hardening of the arteries and alzheimers, and nattokinease, which is more effective than wafarin as a blood thinner, and anti-cancer agent.
She seems to have no understanding of the importance of detoxification and how to achieve this.
Her treatment of herbs is juvenile at best. She leaves out the most potent antiviral and antibacterial agents, of allicin, olive leaf extract, neem leaf, cannibis oil, european mistletoe, elderberry. She leaves out Astragalus root, which the Chinese use at 160 grams per day via IV drip to prevent people from dying from cancer. Astragalus root is a super oxygenator of the blood. She leaves out basic herbal information such as the lethal dose rates.
She leaves out the two major, and most cost effective vitamin /mineral/herb suppliers, Vitacost, Swansons Vitamins for some very expensive vitamin sources that simply will not be affordable for most people if they take Hoffer/Paulings recommended daily optimal program. Hoffer at least tells his readers what he takes every single day.
I suggest readers who want to know what herbs can do, is read Allicin: the heart of garlic by Peter Josling to start. It's wonderful medical book as well for treating most common and many so called 'uncurable' diseases. I cured my West Nile Virus with Allicin and Whooping cough. After that I would start with William Cho's books on evidenced based Materia Medica.
This book, only underscores my belief that unless MDs, unless they have advanced degrees in biochemistry , chemistry, or chemical engineering and have studied Materia Medica, you're better off going to an ND/herbalist/Chiropractor or 'Doctoring Yourself' as Dr. Andrew Saul suggests. He is a PHD in biochemistry who found MDs to be near worthless in treatments. We all pay a fortune to the MDs and medical establishment and get substandard care, and in the case of Pam Smith, we get substandard orthomolecular and materia medica advice,some of which is flat out wrong, major elements which are omitted.
Skip this book, and start with Hoffer's book, The New Orthomolecular Medicine as that book may save your life or someone you knows life, then continue your reading from there. After all without Abram Hoffer's work there would be no such thing as natural healing in the USA/Canada.
Hoffer was the greatest physician since Jesus Christ.
I was not a patient of hers or ever been in the US for that matter. But this book offers nothing new, went through it in half an hour. Very accurately the same reviewer said that it could be a wikipedia copy and paste. The 15 reviewers so far that have given the book 5 stars and in most of these reviews for example 40 out of 40 find it usefull are all fake.
If you know of any book with which I can delve into the subject in a meaningful way, let me know.