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The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What You Should Eat and Why. Jonny Bowden. Gloucester, MA: Fair Winds Press; 2007. 360 pages, softcover, color photos, CD, glossary, index. $24.99. ISBN 978-1-59233228-1. From almonds to yucca, readers will find out what nutrients each of the 150 featured foods contains, what form contains the most nutrients, if they’ve been recommended to combat any diseases, where to find them, how to prepare them, and how much to eat. Provides recent research findings and recommendations from around the world. Includes indexes by nutrient, disease, and food.

The Complete Herb Book. Jekka McVicar. Buffalo, NY: Fire Fly Ltd; 2007. 304 pages, softcover, color photos, garden plans, index. $29.95. ISBN 978-1-55407-365-8. A comprehensive A-Z guide to the fascinating world of herbs, providing practical information on each herb’s organic growing requirements, use, mythical properties, and historical background. This new edition is updated and revised to include expanded entries for 40 additional herbs.

Healing Herbs of Malaysia. W. E. Wan Hassan. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA); 2008. 201 pages, hardcover, color photos, index, glossary. $88.50. ISBN 978-9-83995-442-5. Beautifully illustrated with large color photographs, this book profiles 100 species of common medicinal plants used in Malaysia. Chapters include medicinal fruits and vegetables, spices and condiments, herbs for vitality and virility, immune system herbs, and herbs used in aromatherapy. Includes species descriptions, therapeutic activity, and information on traditional use.

Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies. Mitchell Bebel Stargrove, Jonathan Treasure and Dwight L. McKee. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier; 2008. 960 pages, softcover, index, CD. $89.00. ISBN 978-0-32302-964-3. Presenting detailed, evidence-based coverage of the most commonly encountered therapeutic agents in modern clinical practice, this extensive resource explains how to safely and effectively integrate herbal, nutrient, and drug therapy in clinical use. Provides 70 comprehensive monographs of herb-drug and nutrient-drug interactions which include a systematic review and in-depth analysis, as well as quick-reference features. References included on the bound-in CD provide high-quality, evidence-based support.

WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants, vol. 3. World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Press; 2007. 376 pages, softcover, indexes, references. $95.00. ISBN 978-92-4-154702-4. The third in the series from WHO, this volume contains 32 additional monographs of medicinal plants, which include the same format as the previous two volumes: identity data, pharmacopeial summaries, and clinical applications based on extensive reviews of scientific and clinical research. Provides models to assist nations in developing their own monographs or formularies for these and other herbal medicines. Includes two cumulative indexes to all the herbs covered in the three volumes.

75 Exceptional Herbs for Your Garden. Jack Staub. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith; 2008. 239 pages, hardcover, color illustrations, bibliography, resources. $19.99. ISBN 978-1-42360251-4. Jack Staub uses a unique narrative writing style to inform readers of the history of medicinal and culinary uses of 75 herbs. The native origin of each herb and its ties to mythology and ancient and modern history are provided where applicable and summarized in the span of about 2 pages per herb. The meaning and possible derivations of plant names are also given, as well as preferred habitats, tips for cultivating select herbs, and favorite culinary uses.

Herbs at a Glance: A Quick Guide to Herbal Supplements. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Gaithersburg, MD: NCCAM Clearinghouse; 2008. 106 pages, softcover, color photos, references, indexes. No fee or ISBN. Available online at: htm. Forty-two common herbs are briefly profiled with basic information on each herb’s medicinal uses, the plant part prepared, scientific data that supports each herb’s uses, and side effects and cautions associated with each herb. A brief overview of history and native habitat precedes each herb summary. An index of common and scientific names is provided, as well as an index of health conditions and uses.