3 Responses to Prescription for Drug Alternatives: All-Natural Options for Better Health without the Side Effects

  1. Nutrition Man
    Nutrition Man May 11, 2011 at 4:36 am | | Reply
    68 of 77 people found the following review helpful:
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    Doesn’t Follow His OWN Advice!, September 27, 2008
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    Nutrition Man (Florham Park, NJ) –

    This review is from: Prescription for Drug Alternatives: All-Natural Options for Better Health without the Side Effects (Paperback)

    Dr. Balch, the main author, missed a great opportunity to write an exceptional book that could help tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people live a healthier, happier and more rewarding life.

    The fact that he often leaves out his own advice given to readers of his newsletter is proof of this.

    The best example is the section regarding cholesterol reduction / cardiovascular health.

    He offers limited information on natural alternatives to prescription cholesterol-lowering drugs.

    He COMPLETELY left out perhaps the best natural alternative of all – Pantethine (a special form of vitamin B5 known as Pantothenic Acid).

    A while back, he talked about Pantethine in his newsletter, and how great and safe it is for lowering cholesterol / triglycerides.

    Yet in his book, this information is NOWHERE to be found!!

    I also found much information about newer, scientifically-advanced supplements was completely missing as well.

    As someone who has been involved in the nutritional supplement industry for 15 years, I am greatly disturbed by how incomplete this “up-to-date” book is.

    There are books published 10 years ago that are better than this “latest” work by Dr. Balch.

    Instead of wasting your $$$ on this book, I highly recommend “Dr. Atkins’ Vita-Nutrient Solution” (Nature’s Answer to Drugs) by Dr. Robert C. Atkins (available here on Amazon, and in Barnes & Noble stores)

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  2. Susan Stephens
    Susan Stephens May 11, 2011 at 5:31 am | | Reply
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Right Book At The Right Time!, March 20, 2009
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    Susan Stephens (Orlando, FL USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Prescription for Drug Alternatives: All-Natural Options for Better Health without the Side Effects (Paperback)

    I stumbled upon this book by accident and am I ever glad that I did! I was recently diagnosed with osteopenia after a hip fracture and have been researching all the osteoporosis meds available … and coming away horrified at their side effects. I was just about to take my chances with a “do nothing” form of treatment when I found this book. I am SO relieved and excited to find the really good information contained in this book on this particular subject and all the alternatives that are mentioned. I have two other books by James F. Balch and they are well worn from use. This one is definitely joining the others as a must have in my home library. After researching my own medical conditions, I looked up those of a few other family members … found just as much information available … and was able to share it with them. Do not hesitate to purchase this book … it is a great tool … especially for those of us in the Second Act (50 years and older!) that are finding themselves being diagnosed with various medical conditions after living very healthy lives. There are a lot of “age related” things that we are faced with every day and this book gives us a breath of fresh air from the usual prescription meds our MDs are so quick to put us all on!

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  3. LC
    LC May 11, 2011 at 6:15 am | | Reply
    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Guides you through the maze of supplement bottles, November 16, 2008
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    LC (NYC) –

    This review is from: Prescription for Drug Alternatives: All-Natural Options for Better Health without the Side Effects (Paperback)

    I am open to supplements, but not ready to throw out traditional medicine just yet. And I’m overwhelmed by the 50-foot aisle of supplements at my grocery store. I see 37 different kinds of calcium alone and honestly, I give up. What’s safe to take? Which manufacturers are trustworthy? Who knows?

    Well, this book guides you through natural supplements that can improve or heal many conditions (big ones like high cholesterol, everyday ones like eczema or even anxiety). It discusses the studies – serious, peer-reviewed studies – proving the value of these supplements. It even tells you how your prescription medications may be working, and how supplements can assist or replace them. For some things, I’ve decided a supplement that can help me, and felt like I knew which bottle of pills was worth my money. For other things, I’ve come away understanding why my prescription drugs work. With the price of vitamins and supplements these days, avoiding just one wasted purchase would probably cover the cost of this book.

    (I work for the publisher, and the editor gave me a copy of this book.)

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