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Aging boomers eager for answers to health-care questions couldn't ask for a better guide to the best treatments than Schneider, a practicing clinician and dean emeritus of USC's Andrus Gerontology Center. Evaluating the latest medical research on topics ranging from arthritis, depression, menopause and male libido to heart disease, brain function and cancer, Schneider (The Longevity Quotient) outlines his recommendations for a combination of conventional and alternative treatments. Though recent studies have shown that some of the supplements that he and others advocate (saw palmetto for prostate problems and glucosamine and chondroitin for joint pain) can be ineffective, the use of these are, in general, just a small part of Schneider's comprehensive wellness program. All chapters are easy to navigate and well organized, and feature not only useful "to dos" but a number of "how tos" (relaxation response for sleeplessness, for example). When dealing with insomnia, he suggests an exercise program and good "sleep hygiene" (firm mattress, no caffeine) and discusses various nonaddictive prescription drugs (including dosage and side effects). Overall, Schneider's balanced view of integrative therapies and his great fund of practical and medical advice are both reassuring and invigorating.(June)
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ISBN-10:  1583332529
ISBN-13:  978-1583332528
Author:  Edward Schneider
Publisher:  Avery Trade
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review by . June 26, 2006
The gold standard for Alternative Medicine citations is the  Journal of the Lancet. Although this work lists some important  complementary medicinal protocols I recognize, it's not clear  whether or not conclusions reached on other treatments are valid.  The author mentions the benefits of calcium citrate absorption in  the intestines. Magnesium is cited as a good tonic generally known to benefit musculoskeletal conditions. Ginger and tumeric are …
review by . June 01, 2006
Many people are afflicted with chronic health problems, neck and back pain, sleeplessness, depression, arthritis, etc., and when conventional medicine cannot help, they are left to sort through a variety of alternative treatments, from acupuncture to chiropractic care, holistic and health store remedies. In this helpful guide, Edward L Schneider, MD, explains the basics of alternative treatments and what works for different conditions, covering a spectrum of specific issues: joint pain, chronic …
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